Ryan Braun Can You Believe It? If It’s MLB Yes?
The lead story everywhere is Ryan Braun’s 50 game suspension is overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, becoming the only time ever that a player has had a drug related penalty of any sort overturned. But the story should be: “Once again, Major League Baseball has completely messed up a situation that didn’t need to be messed up”.
Rob Manfred, the executive vice president of MLB, stated management “vehemently disagrees” with the decision Das rendered. Of course Braun professes his innocence and feels vindicated. He said in part how he can begin restoring his name and reputation.
And as Braun prepares for spring training, MLB prepares for a possible lawsuit against the ruling. Largely because the test itself is not as much in question, allegedly, as the process of which the specimen was stored and gathered. MLB feels that this does not address the real issue being Braun failed the doping test for performance enhancing drugs.
Braun, sounding like Lance Armstrong, spoke of how many drug tests he has passed and how this obviously was an error.
That brings us back to me stating earlier that the MLB messed this situation up. MLB is so ashamed of their past issues with players and steroids they want to be out in front of everything and show the public that they are serious about their need to keep their game clean. They brag about their policy of 50 and 100 game suspensions in hopes that that will make the common sense public forget or believe that general managers, owners and the commissioner’s office had no knowledge of the steroid problems of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
So the second they have something, they are ready to announce suspensions and punishments. This in itself is dumb. The test is done behind the scenes and that’s where it should stay until the entire process is finished. Why come out and say this person will be suspended for steroids only to come back now and disagree with an arbitrator, threaten law suits and make YOUR National League MVP look bad which in turn makes you look bad.
How difficult would it have been to not say anything until everything was worked out? By playing it out in the media, it pits MLB against their owners and their players and against the public which will surely choose sides.
So who wins in this? No one: Your MVP award winner will always be tainted, your process will look foolish and you have managed to create more questions than answers. But should we be surprised? This is MLB.
Thanks to Fox Sports, ESPN and the AP for info in regards to this story..