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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

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

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Lupica

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    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…

  20. 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…

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

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    braun reuters

    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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