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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Manhattan Tower, here I come…as I find myself almost agreeing with Jenkins.
So many questions surround Ryan Braun’s successful appeal. The enforcement process is flawed, Major League Baseball comes under suspicion, and there’s always the fact that Braun plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, so dear to Commissioner Bud Selig’s heart.
Here’s the level of angst in this corner: zero.
The worst thing you can say about an alleged drug user is that the “performance enhancement” inflated his numbers beyond reason. That was the stain of the so-called Steroid Era, when Johnnie LeMasters turned themselves into Cal Ripkens (to use a rather extreme hypothetical) and mere statistical evidence proved to be a glaring indictment.
Braun’s allegedly tainted season was profoundly typical of his career. Not a number out of place. He hit more homers in his rookie year, 2007, than he did last season (34 to 33) and had a higher slugging percentage (.634 to .597). To be a .300 hitter (.332) was common for him. He has essentially been the same player throughout a magnificent five-year run.
Posted: February 25, 2012 at 07:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
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