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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jenkins: Ryan Braun affair isn’t worth getting upset about

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.

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2012 at 07:32 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, steroids

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   1. Bob Tufts Posted: February 25, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4068467)
Amazing. A writer that wasn't amply supplied with pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers and trying to peddle them to an unsuspecting public!
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 25, 2012 at 09:02 AM (#4068471)
Amazing. A writer that wasn't amply supplied with pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers and trying to peddle them to an unsuspecting public!

yeah, but he's from San Francisco, so he's probably...you know...one of THEM
(not that there's anything wrong with that)
   3. JL Posted: February 25, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4068473)
After this article, I fully expect the BBWAA to begin proceedings to revoke his membership or at least put him on probation until he gets with the pitch fork program.
   4. GregQ Posted: February 25, 2012 at 09:24 AM (#4068476)
No, he used up his supply of pitchforks on Bonds
   5. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4068640)
Not jumping on board with this one since accepting Jenkins' logic requires agreeing that steroid use/non-use can be inferred from statistics.

And Braun is a different hitter in many ways now than he was then. He has greatly improved his K-rate. Until last year that has come at the expense of power (declining ISOs).

But I agree that there was nothing in Braun's performance last year that was outside the bounds of variation around established levels.

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