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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ryan Braun pleads case to special panel Thursday trying to avoid 50-game suspension

I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to play this game, and I am appalled that you would begin a three-member panel inquiry with a topic like that!

Ryan Braun, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, pleaded his case Thursday before a three-member panel that will decide whether he faces a 50-game suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

The appeal came just two days before Braun will accept his MVP award at the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s dinner Saturday night at the New York Hilton, sources familiar with Braun told the Daily News.

A decision by the panel, which includes MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred and independent arbitrator Shyam Das, is not expected to come before Braun accepts his award. It was unclear if the hearing would continue into Friday.

...The Milwaukee outfielder, however, is playing a game that no major leaguer has won; despite conflicting reports, no player has ever seen a suspension overturned by the arbitration panel, according to people familiar with the process.

It is possible for a player to test positive for a banned substance and see his case dismissed in advance of arbitration because of chain of custody or other issues, without the public ever learning of his positive test. But Braun is past that point, and is looking to the arbitration panel as his final chance to avoid suspension.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, rumors, steroids

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   1. Eugene Freedman Posted: January 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM (#4040890)
Can't believe I wrote this over 10 years ago. Who is Shyam Das?
   2. Tripon Posted: January 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4040909)
Will Ryan Braun invoke the herpes defense?
   3. puck Posted: January 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM (#4040910)
Bulked-up Dexter Fowler is center of attention for Rockies.

It's not often these days when you read about guys bulking up. (He's gained 7 pounds...)
   4. Anonymous Observer Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4041033)
It's not often these days when you read about guys bulking up. (He's gained 7 pounds...)

Well, he can now kiss any chance of being inducted into the Hall of Fame goodbye.
   5. Dale H. Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4041428)
Will Ryan Braun invoke the herpes defense?
"If it burns you must adjourn."
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4041431)
"If it itches, acquit me, b!tches!"
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4041450)
"If the swab finds chlamydia, we won't get rid a ya."
   8. Big Train Rollin' Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4041453)
Meanwhile, a three-member panel of 40-something cougars voted unanimously in favor of Braun's elevated levels of testosterone. One of them spoke on condition of anonymity saying, "Although he plays for the Brewers he was a like a tiger in heat last night! Gimme some more of THAT!"
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4041463)
Will Ryan Braun invoke the herpes defense?

he should try the world series defense
   10. Maury Brown Posted: January 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4041676)
#6 = Primey

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