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Ryan Braun should know if he’s suspended by February 24

Feb 14, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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There’s usually a 25-day deadline between a drug test appeal and a decision, but that time frame has come and gone with respect to Ryan Braun.  Tom Haudricourt reports, however, that MLB’s decision on whether to suspend Braun for 50 games should come no later than February 24, which is Braun’s deadline to report to camp.

I have no idea what they’re gonna do and have zero insight into the process itself. But part of me wonders if they’re working hard to find a way to clear Braun in such a way as to not throw any future high-profile positive test into a situation where the zero-tolerance, automatic nature of it all is compromised.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    This is just a gimmick by Bud to keep baseball frontpage before Spring Training starts.

    Lots of dead time in sports media right now.

  2. randygnyc - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I think Buds historic ties to the Brewers has tainted these specific proceedings. Without fielder and Braun, the brewers are essentially emasculated and without box office appeal. That could destroy this franchise, literally. Speicial considerations for buds old franchise?

    • Old Gator - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Between you and me, I suspect Braun knew he was suspended when he had to take that fateful leak in the first place.

    • soleson09 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Because the Brewers weren’t able to deal without Fielder and Braun for the 40 years they were a franchise beforehand? So losing Fielder to free agency and Braun to a 50 game suspension=the end of the Brewers’ existence? Just stupid.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        Don’t make too much sense soleson. Other posters don’t like it.

  3. notacelticsfan - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    They’re trying to figure out the best way to say why he won’t be suspended, because it’s hard to come public with “the MVP failed the test because he was taking a herpes medicine which caused him to fail the test.”

    Braun should just come clean with it though, could probably get a good endorsement deal out of it.

    • brewcitybummer - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      I would love to see the Hebrew Hammer riding a horse on a beach in the celebrity update of the classic herpes medicine commericial.

      And FYI, the whole Braun is passing around herpes rumor made its way around Milwaukee before the failed drug test came to light, which is probably why people here are quick to believe it.

  4. rebel21das - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Some serious haters in here….

  5. rcali - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    If his name was “Manny Ramirez” or some minor league palyer we’d never heard of, his goose would be cooked, let’s be honest here. I still think he’s good enough to be in the future new wing of the Hall of Fame with Arod, Barriod, and Roger.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      You’re right that you wouldn’t have heard of him. The Brewers have a guy in their minor league system who also won his appeal a couple years ago so the system is not picking favorites based on popularity.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Why can’t it be there’s a legitimate reason why he shouldn’t be suspended? Seems everyone wants him to be suspended because they want to believe drug testing is 100% accurate all the time.

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