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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ryan Braun confident he’s ‘better than I’ve ever been’

Yes…and the Karl Braun cathode ray tube will be making a big comeback too!

Braun met with reporters at the Wisconsin Center for nearly 10 minutes, but again refused to offer any more details on his suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He made his first public comments since accepting 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball in November at a charity food drive at Miller Park.

“Again, I appreciate there is still interest in this stuff, but I addressed everything in November when I was here for the charity event, and I think I addressed it pretty specifically in the statement that we gave (in August),” Braun said Sunday. “I think that addressed it pretty specifically as far as exactly what it was and when it occurred.”

As spring training and the regular season approaches, Braun’s return to the Brewers lineup willbe closely watched by many. The former National League Most Valuable Player will be needed to return to form if the Brewers expect to contend, and Braun feels his production will not drop off.

“I think I’ll be better than I’ve ever been,” Braun said. “Very confident in that.”

...Participating in a game show later in the afternoon, Braun was heckled by one fan who yelled, “You know he’s lying.”

He admitted Sunday’s appearance in front of the fans is likely another step in the process, but what happens next is still unclear.

“I think the whole experience has been challenging,” Braun said. “I don’t think there’s any specific part of it that’s more challenging than another part. There’s no blueprint. There’s no specific, ‘This is how you deal with a situation like this.’ Not a lot of people have been through something like this. So, certainly, (this is) a unique and challenging set of circumstances, but I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. So I’m looking forward to everything the future holds.”

Repoz Posted: January 26, 2014 at 08:41 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4646580)
Yes, he probably has received better advice on how to beat the steroid tests.
   2. davekemp Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4646581)
Best mental shape of his life
   3. Ray K Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4646588)
well, good. Then I guess this season will be convincing proof on the benefits of PED use (or lack thereof). We can then calculate a performance delta from Ryan's MVP season and his non-PED "better than I've ever been" season and correspondingly adjust the statistics of all of the other known PED users downward.

Right?
   4. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4646591)
You better you better you bet.
   5. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: January 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM (#4646592)
So is Braun confident that he's better than the reporter or confident that the reporter's better than Braun?
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4646593)
well, good. Then I guess this season will be convincing proof on the benefits of PED use (or lack thereof). We can then calculate a performance delta from Ryan's MVP season and his non-PED "better than I've ever been" season and correspondingly adjust the statistics of all of the other known PED users downward.

Right?

you have to account for the "best shape of his life" adjustment
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4646594)
at a charity food drive at Miller Park.


...where he adamantly denied that he was distributing genetically modified vegetables and hormone-enhanced meat, but refused to discuss specifics.
   8. Brian Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:42 AM (#4646647)
I have to imagine that he views this year as a referendum on whether his career up to now has been a PED-infused fraud and is working like a madman to show that he can be just as great without PEDs. His motivation to succeed this year is set to 11.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4646652)
post 8 is correct. the counsel that mark and doug have given braun is that the noise will be in proportion to his success on the field. he plays well, lesser noise. he plays poorly, lots of noise.
   10. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4646654)
   11. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4646715)
Again, I appreciate there is still interest in this stuff, but I addressed everything in November when I was here for the charity event, and I think I addressed it pretty specifically in the statement that we gave (in August)


On the one hand, I think that the reporters should not have been asking about the suspension. Move on.

On the other hand, when Braun says something like this, I wish he'd be called out on it, because back in November, he said, "I'm not going to get into specifics" about a hundred times.
   12. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 27, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4646786)
On the other hand, when Braun says something like this, I wish he'd be called out on it, because back in November, he said, "I'm not going to get into specifics" about a hundred times.


Yeah, but he's not here to talk about the past.
   13. tshipman Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4646841)
Here's the thing that amazes me:

If Braun has a bad year, it's going to be conclusive evidence that he was a fraud created by steroids.
If Braun has a good year, it's going to be because the results of steroids last more than one season.
If Braun has the best year of his career, it's still going to be evidence that he's just on different steroids.
   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4646845)
tship

and if he had not used or avoided being busted no such issue would exist

so either don't use or be more careful. that is the takeaway from this situation

he did it to himself..............
   15. Ron J2 Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4646846)
#3 Already done at least once by one of the Prospectus guys (Nate Silver IIRC). Statistically insignificant. Been a while since I looked, but as I recall, the pitchers who had been busted were as a group better after their suspension.

It's a study that could stand to be repeated now that we've got more data points. Somebody posted a link to everybody who we can officially count.

Of course, year to year player performance is pretty volatile at the best of times, but it is worth noting that the year to year variation in oWAR and WAR in general did not go up during the sillyball era (That is to say I compared players with 300+ PAs in back to back seasons. The variation in oWAR, dWAR and WAR is pretty consistent going back to 1955. And I only stopped at 1955 because that's where I've always stopped these long term studies, being the first year that we have official IBB stats)

It's worth noting that with serious training (which almost everybody in baseball does these days) that you can retain of the gains from steroids for quite some time. At least according to Charles Yesalis. This is the reason why he says you have to have serious out of competition testing.
   16. tshipman Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4646850)
and if he had not used or avoided being busted no such issue would exist

so either don't use or be more careful. that is the takeaway from this situation

he did it to himself..............


I'm not shedding any tears for Ryan Braun, just frustrated over how people seem to think that steroids are a magic pill that let you hit home runs.
   17. Joey B. Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:43 PM (#4646864)
Participating in a game show later in the afternoon, Braun was heckled by one fan who yelled, “You know he’s lying.”

I'm surprised Braun didn't respond by calling the heckler an anti-Semite.
   18. davekemp Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4646873)
He should totally do "sympathy for the devil" as his at bat song. Just full on embrace it with no sense of irony.
   19. davekemp Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4646878)
Actually AROD would be better served with that song. But I'll settle for Braun since AROD lacks a realistic sense of self awareness
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4646887)

A-Rod would be better served with this song as his intro music.
   21. davekemp Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4646893)
20

That intro is actually kind of cool for an at bat song. Ominous.
   22. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 27, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4647012)
Well said, Harvey. This has all been brought about by Braun. He did it to himself, to his team, and to that specimen handler that he falsely accused of wrongdoing.
   23. bookbook Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM (#4647080)
We can then calculate a performance delta from Ryan's MVP season and his non-PED "better than I've ever been" season and correspondingly adjust the statistics of all of the other known PED users downward.


What proportion of MVP seasons have been that player's career year? Maybe not so many, but it would be higher if the right player won the MVP each year.
   24. zonk Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4647092)
With the Brewers signing Garza, they obviously have no intention of trading him... but I do tend to wonder 1)if anyone would try to acquire Braun on the cheap, 2)if the Brewers would even listen, knowing they'd get a lowball offer, and 3)what a fair return would be, all things considered.

   25. Ray K Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM (#4647116)
I'm not shedding any tears for Ryan Braun, just frustrated over how people seem to think that steroids are a magic pill that let you hit home runs.


That's what the players think, and they are professionals who presumably know better than anyone else the effects of PEDs on their performance. As fans, who are we to tell them they don't know what they're talking about?
   26. Blackadder Posted: January 28, 2014 at 01:20 AM (#4647124)
EDIT: Nevermind.
   27. tshipman Posted: January 28, 2014 at 01:21 AM (#4647125)
That's what the players think, and they are professionals who presumably know better than anyone else the effects of PEDs on their performance. As fans, who are we to tell them they don't know what they're talking about?


The teams clearly don't think so. No one is evaluating any former steroid users as though they will lose all their power. I will bet you a $100 BBref sponsorship that if Braun plays 150 games next year, he will hit at least 33 home runs.

Are you interested?
   28. Monty Posted: January 28, 2014 at 01:32 AM (#4647128)
That's what the players think, and they are professionals who presumably know better than anyone else the effects of PEDs on their performance.


They're the same professionals who wear Phiten necklaces because the aqua-titanium aligns their ions.
   29. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 28, 2014 at 04:17 AM (#4647136)
What proportion of MVP seasons have been that player's career year? Maybe not so many, but it would be higher if the right player won the MVP each year.


Probably fewer I'd guess actually -- writers not wanting to give the MVP to the same guy over and over (e.g. Mantle, Mays) is well-documented.
   30. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:42 AM (#4647138)
zonk

No chance

people keep suggesting a braun trade and I will stay on message that it will not happen this season

no chance
   31. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: January 28, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4647166)
Zonk, I was hoping to make the same move in fantasy (claim Braun in the last week of the season, then spend a keeper on him), but the other owner was smart enough to hang on to him.
   32. Ray K Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4647262)
The teams clearly don't think so. No one is evaluating any former steroid users as though they will lose all their power. I will bet you a $100 BBref sponsorship that if Braun plays 150 games next year, he will hit at least 33 home runs.

Are you interested?


Make it 42 homers and you've got a deal. Braun hit 41 on steroids and now he's in the best shape of his life. 42 should be a piece of cake.

edit: Barring a trade to Denver, of course.
   33. Bug Selig Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4647343)
No one is evaluating any former steroid users as though they will lose all their power.


I guess I missed Cruz's big windfall.

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