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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. The man who collected Ryan Braun’s sample is revealed

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Ryan Braun made some pretty strong comments yesterday about how his urine sample was handled by the collector, saying that he was a “victim of a process that completely broke down and failed.” We’re still hearing different information regarding where the sample was stored in the collector’s home — some reports say it was stored…

  8. MLB responds to Ryan Braun, asserts that testing program is not “fatally flawed”

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun held a press conference earlier this afternoon, during which he said that “the system as it was applied to me in this case was fatally flawed.” Not surprisingly, MLB wasn’t too thrilled with how Braun characterized the program. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive VP of labor relations, released the following statement late this afternoon,…

  9. Many Mets players think that Ryan Braun’s appeal was a joke

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Andy Martino of the Daily News is in Mets camp, and overheard a bunch of Mets players talking about the Ryan Braun news today.  The peanut gallery is not impressed: “Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent,” one Met said. “Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?” … “Oh, wow,” a Mets…

  10. Ryan Braun press conference notes and quotes

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    Some notes and quotes from Ryan Braun‘s press conference this afternoon: • He thanked fans who “withheld judgements as I respected the confidentially of this case.” • “I tried to respect this process even though the confidentially was breached early on.” • “If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally I’d have been the first…

  11. Mike Lupica seems to think the Braun arbitration was rigged

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Mike Lupica has a pretty Mike Lupica column up about the Ryan Braun arbitration today.  The upshot: who cares what some arbitrator says, we all know Braun is dirty and blah, blah, blah.  Lots of people are actually writing that column today, of course. I’m sure it makes them feel good. But more notable to…

  12. MLB to appeal Braun ruling to federal court? Good luck with that.

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is considering appealing the arbitrator’s decision in the Ryan Braun case to federal court: Sources said MLB is livid and is evaluating the possibility of suing in federal court to have Das’ decision overturned, but that they did not expect a decision to be made until after Das…

  13. Think Braun is still dirty? Fine, but then at least admit you don’t care about drug testing

    Feb 24, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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    After a night’s sleep and a couple hundred angry comments and emails, I think I’ve figured a couple of things out about the Ryan Braun reaction and people’s overall feelings about MLB’s drug testing program. Mostly, though, I’m just dumbfounded at the cynicism and intellectual dishonesty of so many who wish to ignore the arbitrator’s ruling…

  14. Your morning Ryan Braun roundup

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:48 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    If, like a lot of people, you read HBT at work for the most part, you missed out on Ryan Braun insanity last night.  Here’s a roundup of it: Braun’s appeal prevails, his suspension overturned; Why? Because of a chain of custody issue. Fine, that’s what the arbitrator said. But … wait, was it really…

  15. Was there really a violation of chain of custody protocol in Ryan Braun’s PED case?

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension overturned Thursday after independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that there were legitimate chain of custody issues with the urine sample that eventually tested positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone. After a thorough review of the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its…

  16. Ryan Braun got off on a “technicality?” Bull!

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

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    In almost all cases, the people who say that someone “got off on a technicality” or took advantage of a “loophole” really mean “I think the SOB was guilty and because of that I don’t care if the proper safeguards and protocols were followed!”  It’s a ridiculous stance. Ridiculous because procedures such as chain of…

  17. Ryan Braun won his appeal because the evidence collector took his urine sample home with him

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Lots of people are saying that Ryan Braun got off on a “technicality.”  Before I get in to the odiousness of that particular phrase, let’s all get up to speed on what that technicality was.  This is from ESPN.com: Braun didn’t argue evidence of tampering, didn’t argue anything about science being wrong but argued protocol…

  18. Ryan Braun’s return puts Brewers on good footing in NL Central

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun slaps hands with teammate Rickie Weeks after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game 1 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoff game in Milwaukee

    In doing the Brewers’ edition of running down the rosters earlier this month, I presented two lineups: one with Ryan Braun and one without him for the 50 games he appeared likely to miss pending the appeal of his PED suspension. Needless to say, the one with the exonerated 2011 NL MVP looked a whole…

  19. Ryan Braun wins the appeal of his drug suspension

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    Huge news:  As first reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun has won the appeal of his 50-game suspension for taking a banned substance.  The MLBPA has confirmed.  Braun is the first player to successfully appeal a drug suspension. Immediately after this news broke, Major League Baseball released a statement, printed in…

  20. Ryan Braun may report to spring training without decision on appeal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this week that we would learn the fate of Ryan Braun‘s appeal before the outfielder reports to spring training, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by a source “familiar with the appeal” that there’s a possibility a decision could take longer. While there’s hope for…

  21. 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…

  22. Running down the rosters: Milwaukee Brewers

    Feb 12, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    With Prince Fielder‘s departure assured, the last thing the 2011 NL Central champion Brewers needed was to lose Ryan Braun for a third of the season. It’s likely to happen, though, even if his appeal is still pending. The rotation should be strong enough to keep the Brewers in the race while Braun is out,…

  23. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 left fielders

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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    A couple of names I’m sure no one expected to see make the top 10 for left field: .957 – Ryan Braun (Brewers) – 419 AB – .994 in 2011 .914 – Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) – 585 AB – .889 in 2011 .910 – Matt Holliday (Cardinals) – 582 AB – .912 in 2011 .868…

  24. No deadline for decision on Ryan Braun’s PED appeal

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    It has been three whole weeks since Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a plea of innocence in front of an independent arbitrator in New York City, and yet no decision has been made about the NL MVP’s status for the start of the 2012 regular season. Braun, who tested positive for “insane” levels of…

  25. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

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