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Ryan Braun tested positive for synthetic testosterone

Dec 10, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Braun, who won the 2011 National League MVP Award, is disputing the result through arbitration. If it is upheld, he will face a 50-game suspension.

It should be noted that Major League Baseball has not once overturned the result of a PED test.

Here’s more from Fainaru-Wada and Quinn, who revealed the stunning news on Saturday evening as part of an “Outside the Lines” investigation:

The 28-year-old Braun had to provide a urine sample for testing during the playoffs, and he was notified of the positive test sometime in late October — about a month before he was named the National League’s most valuable player.

The positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in Braun’s system, the sources also told “Outside the Lines.” A subsequent, more comprehensive test revealed the testosterone was synthetic — not produced by Braun’s body.

Braun, 28, batted .332 with a .994 OPS, 33 home runs and 111 RBI in 150 games this year. He posted an .866 OPS and hit only 25 home runs in 2010, somewhat of a down season for the slugging left fielder.

The Brewers signed Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract extension in April, adding to a previous eight-year pact that he inked with Milwaukee in May of 2008. He’s under team control through 2021.

  1. rcali - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Barriod Bonds has made a statement for Braun: “It was flaxseed oil.”

  2. isujames - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    This guys name will never be brought up again in mvp discussion.

  3. mashoaf - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    They should re-pole the MVP award.

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      I think the MVP will be Poled for sure

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    They need to test that guy in Toronto for sure.

    • sailbum7 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      If you really want to stop the PED problem in MLB there is a very easy solution – have a positive test result in any existing contracts being immediately void. After all, why should a team be forced to honor a contract with a proven cheat. Lets see one of these guys try and get a nine figure contract with a positive drug test and 50 game suspension hanging over their heads. If they know that they will lose every penny of guarantee of any future earnings maybe these guys will stop with the PEDs.

  5. westcoastredbird - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Wow if they lose Fielder and a 50 game suspension for Braun there will be a nuclear winter in Milwaukee. It’s a good thing the Astros moved to the American League West because the Brewers would have a hard time competing this year and may finish last. I’m not sure they’re any better than the Cubs at this point. It looks like the Cards and Reds this year.

  6. jason9696 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Cheater!!! Now give the NL MVP to it’s rightful owner Matt Kemp.

  7. tominma - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Take away his MVP!!! Let him share the shame of the other cheaters!

  8. metalhead65 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    so if braun retires now and comes back in spring training will he get his suspension cut in half?

    • paperlions - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      yeah, but that would effectively make it a 187 game suspension.

      Not good with logic, are we?

    • jwbiii - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      Not a chance. If he retires, his contracts are voided. Do you think any team will give him a nine figure deal?

  9. johnnyb1976 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    No Braun no Feilder. Brewers may be done before the end of May. The rotation is good but there is not very many good bats in that lineup.

  10. 2difshoe - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Now Braun is in the good company of Sammy Steroid Sosa. Sosa is as despicable as they come when it comes to baseball and cheating… corked bat, steroids, and the most conceited, I love me who do you love ballplayer to don a professional uniform….and I am a Cubs fan !

    I actually liked Braun, but he has now tagged himself a FRAUD.


  11. garyman1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    As a Brewer fan, we need to presume innocence until all the facts have been submitted and a thorough review has been completed. He could be wrongfully accused.

    Oh hell, who am I kidding…looks like he cheated….Dammit !

  12. thefalcon123 - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Well that sucks. C’mon Ryan! You’re already awesome at baseball (assuming, since this is the first time you tested positive that you weren’t doing them before), don’t fuck with that stuff! Nothing good comes of this crap.

    I want nothing more than for him to come back next year off roids, hit 40 bombs and .300. Sadly, he’ll be pegged as a no-good roider forever by a certain vocal minority. Let’s hope he can rise above it.

  13. Walk - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Couple of things to consider, one is false positive for a test like this is usually in the 2-3% range. Second is omg how is this possible? He has such a normal size head!!!! One of those two can probably be safely regarded as sarcasm.

    • paperlions - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      If the false positive rate was really that high, then dozens of players would fail tests every year. This is why they confirm results with b-samples before a test is considered positive.

      …and there is no false positive rate for synthetic testosterone in the follow up analysis…you can’t detect it if it isn’t there.

  14. hammertoe11 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    OH Snap here we go again folks.

  15. Chris Ross - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    This is just an amazing story. Manny Ramirez was something but Ryan Braun is right in the prime of his career getting caught. And to come off an MVP season and have this cloud it is unbelievable. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Ryan Braun and what kind of precedent the MLB sets in this kind of case. What a blow to a the MLB after so much success with their drug program. Who knows who else is out there on the juice.

  16. jwbiii - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    His family? Really? I think they’re very happy about the $141.5M he has left on his contracts.

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