Ryan Braun suspended for the rest of the 2013 season

The first axe has fallen: Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the year

7/22/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jul 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun reacts after striking out in the 3rd inning during the game against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsIt's official. Major League Baseball has successfully (it seems) suspended the first player related to the Miami biogenesis clinic.

They announced today via Twitter that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Based on a statement from Braun himself, it looks like he won't be appealing it, either.

Here are the tweets from MLB:
 

BREAKING: Ryan Braun suspended without pay for remainder of 2013 season for violations of Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2013
 

"I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions." - Ryan Braun.

— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2013
 

"I wish to apologize to ... all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates."-Braun

— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2013

Do you think this was the right move by Major League Baseball, as well as Braun? It looks like he's just going to take his lumps and sit out the rest of the year, in what appears to be some sort of plea deal with the league, since there's not really a precedent for a 65-game suspension.

Does this change your opinion of Braun?
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7/23/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
a day later.. we see that this guys reputation is taking a major hit based on what he has said in the past.. he may have been a user is entire major league career...

A few questions for you:

What does baseball have to do to make you feel they are doing "enough" to combat PED usage?

What do players have to do for you not to automatically suspect them of using PEDs solely because they are professional baseball players?

If the answer to both questions is nothing, just say so.

7/23/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

a day later.. we see that this guys reputation is taking a major hit based on what he has said in the past.. he may have been a user is entire major league career...

7/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Pat wrote:
How is it not long enough? It's already longer than the guidelines set forth in the CBA.

This suspension is not a result of the positive test.. Its outside the cba guidelines of suspensions for positive tests...for the health of baseball these suspensions need to be long... the clean players also need to be heard.... and they will,,,,

7/22/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4212 respect

Scott wrote:
I'm not sure how anybody can be shocked by this. Braun failed a drug test last season and escaped punishment only because of a technicality. No way Major League Baseball was going to let that happen a second time.

Would point out it wasn't a technicality but rather a failed process. If you can't guarantee the purity of the sample, the test is worthless.

7/22/13   |   genobibb007   |   18370 respect

It's funny how these guys after they get caught, they admit what they did 

7/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pat wrote:
How is it not long enough? It's already longer than the guidelines set forth in the CBA.
(Edited by Eric_)

That's the thing Pat. For those that foam at the mouth about PEDs, its never enough. Baseball puts in a testing program, it's not good enough. They improve it, still not good enough. They suspend people, it's not long enough. They catch people, either it's not good enough or it just means baseball's permanently tainted. There is nothing that will satisfy these people. The only thing MLB can try to do is push the blame to the players and the union, which I'm guessing they are succeeding at.

7/22/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
well.. he admitted use... the suspension is not long enough...

How is it not long enough? It's already longer than the guidelines set forth in the CBA.

7/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well.. he admitted use... the suspension is not long enough...

7/22/13   |   Scott   |   53030 respect

I'm not sure how anybody can be shocked by this. Braun failed a drug test last season and escaped punishment only because of a technicality. No way Major League Baseball was going to let that happen a second time.