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  1. We may never hear Shyam Das’ explanation for overturning Ryan Braun’s suspension

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

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    Today marks two months to the day since we learned that Ryan Braun won the appeal of his 50-game PED suspension. The hope was that a written explanation from arbitrator Shyam Das would provide further illumination for why he made his decision, but it turns out we may never get that information. According to the…

  2. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Twins 6, Yankees 5: Justin Morneau hit two homers. That’s four homers in six games, which hopefully means that Morneau is back to his mashing ways. Jason Marquis, who missed most of spring training when his daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, made his first ever start in Yankee Stadium and got the…

  4. Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury. Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the…

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  6. Aramis Ramirez expects big boos for Ryan Braun this year

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Brewers opened their regular-season schedule with a home series against the Cardinals, so we haven’t been given a taste of what kind of vitriol Ryan Braun is in for this summer at road parks. But that will change Monday when Braun and the Brewers head to Chicago for a four-game set against the Cubs.…

  7. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Is there life after Prince Fielder in baseball’s smallest market?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: A Battered Brew Crew. The Big Question: Can the Brewers still be successful without their Prince? Milwaukee put it all…

  9. The Reds go too far with Joey Votto’s $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Ever since Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP award, it seemed like Reds fans were counting down the days to his departure. The Reds weren’t going to pony up the money Votto so clearly deserved, and Votto, for his part, seemed OK with the idea of spending the second half of his career in…

  10. Ryan Braun has played through a groin injury for several weeks, but sat out today’s game

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun was a late scratch from today’s game with a strained groin and manager Ron Roenicke revealed that the reigning MVP has been playing through the injury for several weeks. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the injury “flared up yesterday after Braun started against the Rangers.” Braun is expected to sit out tomorrow…

  11. T.J. Simers’ annual cheap shot column

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    It was a year ago tomorrow that L.A. Times’ columnist T.J. Simers filed what was one of the worst, low-rent columns I’ve seen in a while. Ripping Marcus Thames for being exactly what he is: a platoon/bench outfielder who is not an All-Star. It wasn’t some meta thing. He wasn’t making a larger point. He…

  12. Ryan Braun on hearing boos: “I don’t think anything of it”

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For the most part the Brewers have limited Ryan Braun‘s exposure to unfriendly spring training crowds by playing him almost exclusively at their home ballpark, but he’s still been booed at times there and got a harsh reaction Saturday when he played a rare road game against the Angels. In addition to downplaying the worries…

  13. Ryan Braun 1-for-15 on the spring after hitless Saturday

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 with a walk in Saturday’s Cactus League game vs. the Angels, leaving him 1-for-15 with three walks and five strikeouts through the first half of the 2012 exhibition schedule. It’s silly to over-analyze spring stats, but let’s just note that Braun batted .325/.372/.700 in 40 at-bats last February and March and…

  14. Two Twins minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced that two Minor League players from the Minnesota Twins organization have received 50-game suspensions for taking PEDs. They’re not major minor league players — they’re pitchers Yeison Florentino and Ezequiel Zarzuela of the team’s Dominican Summer League team — but not everyone can be Ryan Braun.  They tested positive for metabolites…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Randomness at Brewers camp

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Yount Gamel

    I mentioned earlier that I’m in an impossibly good mood today. The park has a lot to do with it. Great weather of course. Just woke up on the right side of the bed somehow. And when I’m in a good mood I like to walk around and take pictures of stuff. Yes, I realize…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Leave Maryvale Baseball Park alone!

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Maryvale

    Until today I had been to every single Cactus League Park except for Maryvale Baseball Park, spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Everyone who had been here before told me I wasn’t missing much. That it was a dump and in a crappy neighborhood and that my time would be spent better elsewhere. Well,…

  17. Off to Spring Training

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    I’m hopping on an airplane here shortly and heading for Arizona. That’s right, kids, a week in the Valley of the Sun, taking in Cactus League action.  I assure you, though, I won’t be enjoying myself at all. It’ll be all work. Really. Truly! OK, maybe I’ll enjoy it a little. But I will be…

  18. “Ur-ine Sam-ple! [clap clap clap-clap-clap]“

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

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    It’s entirely possible that Ryan Braun did something last fall that he won’t be proud of one day.  But if you were one of the Giants fans at Maryvale Stadium for the Giants-Brewers split squad game yesterday involved in this, you probably need to examine your life a little bit. Not so much to figure…

  19. Ryan Braun’s attorney criticizes the collector’s statement

    Mar 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Dino Laurenzi Jr. is the man we’ve come to call “the collector” in the Ryan Braun case.  He defended himself the other day following Ryan Braun’s sharp criticism of him at his press conference. Now Braun’s attorney, David Cornwell, has issued a statement defending Braun from the defense: “Ryan Braun presented a winning defense in the…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  21. Minor league free agent Justin Dowdy suspended for refusing a drug test

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Here’s one way to avoid there being and errors or irregularities in the testing procedures: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Justin Dowdy has received a 50-game suspension after refusing to take a drug test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment…

  22. Wisconsin man who collected Ryan Braun’s urine sample issues statement “to set the record straight”

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Dino Laurenzi, the Wisconsin man who was in charge of Ryan Braun‘s urine sample, issued the following lengthy statement following the overturning of Braun’s suspension: On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that “there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way…

  23. Deadspin has a pretty controversial theory on the Braun decision

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs offers a potential theory of why Ryan Braun won his arbitration, even though many believe the case against him was so strong: Over the weekend, however, I spoke with someone familiar with the arbitration process in general. He had another theory: Ryan Braun didn’t get off because of the merits…

  24. The Ryan Braun saga tells us something about the culture of baseball

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard a lot since Thursday evening about how Ryan Braun was such a lucky dog for beating the system and all of that. We haven’t heard a ton, however, about that system itself.  But Grantland’s Charles Pierce has some pretty strong opinions.  Notably: From its very beginnings, the “war” on performance-enhancing drugs in sports,…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Weekend

    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

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