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  1. Ryan Braun’s popularity has taken a hit

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Nathanial R. alerts me to some public polling in Wisconsin. After all the boring stuff about politicians, we get to this vital item: After word leaked of his first failed drug test Ryan Braun remained popular in Wisconsin, registering at a 59/7 favorability rating in February of 2012. Voters in the state have had enough…

  2. Ryan Braun was back at Miller Park on Wednesday

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the story: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday afternoon that suspended slugger Ryan Braun‘s visit to Miller Park was merely to say hello to teammates and staff. Braun had not been at the ballpark since July 22, when he accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension for evidence found that he purchased performance-enhancing…

  3. Ryan Braun calls Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

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    Sure, it’s PR through and through, but it’s also kind of neat. Ryan Braun, currently serving a 65-game suspension from MLB for his performance-enhancing drug usage, is calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for his transgressions. CBS 58 in Milwaukee reached out to one of the ticket holders, Pat Guenther, and got some quotes from…

  4. Adam Jones reaches 30 homers, 100 RBI… and 20 walks!

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the first inning Thursday against the White Sox, giving him 30 homers and 100 RBI on the season. Three innings later, he reached another little milestone: he walked for the 20th time in 567 at-bats. Barring a stunning turn of events, Jones is about…

  5. Matt Kemp still isn’t comfortable, may not return on Monday

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp made his second rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga yesterday, but still doesn’t feel comfortable yet, reports Bill Shaikin. Kemp has been sidelined since July 22 with a sprained ankle. The hope was that Kemp would make a few rehab starts and be ready to return to the Dodgers after this weekend,…

  6. SportsDash: Joe Posnanski and I talk about Ryan Braun

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

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    In case you missed it, a new show launched on NBC Sports Network on Monday. It’s called SportsDash and it’s a collaboration between NBC Sports and Yahoo! in which the top trending stories on the interwebs are featured and discussed.  It’s a nice, fast-paced run around the sports world, giving people stuff they, by their…

  7. Why do people want apologies from bad people anyway?

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Some more thoughts about Ryan Braun‘s apology and the disappointed reactions thereto: The weirdest thing about the reactions from the “Braun’s apology wasn’t good enough” camp is that, generally speaking, they come from people who are usually totally comfortable making stark character judgments. The “this guy is bad and evil and a cheater and a…

  8. Shocker: people aren’t satisfied with Ryan Braun’s apology

    Aug 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Wow, I’m gobsmacked. I really and truly thought that, after Ryan Braun‘s apology last night, people would embrace him and say that he addressed every concern they had and now we could move on. Imagine my shock and horror this morning when I read multiple takes from the usual suspects about how Braun left questions…

  9. Ryan Braun releases statement admitting to use of banned substances

    Aug 22, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who accepted a suspension for the rest of the season late last month following MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, has released a statement this evening admitting to use of performance-enhancing drugs while apologizing for his actions. In the lengthy statement, Braun explains that he was dealing with a nagging injury during his…

  10. Tips for Ryan Braun’s upcoming rehabilitation tour

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    As I said the other day, I feel like Ryan Braun is in a situation where no matter what he does and no matter what he says he will still be a pariah. Mark McGwire showed us that, as has every other publicly disgraced person who gets in front of a camera in an effort…

  11. A-Rod’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, files an appeal challenging Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis lawsuit

    Aug 20, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin Yuri Sucart has filed a writ with a Florida appellate court challenging the validity of Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis: the lawsuit which gave Major League Baseball the handle with which to turn Anthony Bosch and others as it pursued Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other ballplayers who were alleged to have…

  12. So, Jeff Pearlman: how do you really feel about Alex Rodriguez?

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Jeff Pearlman writes today that Ryan Dempster is a hero for throwing a baseball at Alex Rodriguez. But I’m not quite sure how strongly he feels about it. Please judge for yourself: F**k you for cheating. F**k you for stealing paychecks. F**k you for influencing the outcomes of games. F**k you for lying. F**k you for dragging us all…

  13. Ryan Braun was pretty sleazy when he tried to lobby other players for support back in 2012

    Aug 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    We’ve noted that Ryan Braun‘s public comments about the man who handled his urine sample back when he tested positive for testosterone in 2011 were low rent and uncalled-for, what with the implication, however oblique, that it was possible that the sample was tampered with.  Buster Olney reported last night that his private comments —…

  14. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson rips Ryan Braun

    Aug 18, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Kirk Gibson’s Diamondbacks lost to the Brewers in the 2011 NLDS, with Ryan Braun going 9-for-18. It was later revealed that Braun failed a drug test for synthetic testosterone before the start of that series. He initially got out of it with good lawyering but has since been suspended for purchasing performance-enhancers from the Miami-based…

  15. Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer accuses the Yankees of being misleading about his client’s injury

    Aug 17, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

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    When denying a report that his camp had leaked the names of Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the press, Alex Rodriguez cryptically said yesterday that “for the next seven weeks, it’s going to be a very, very bumpy road.” He wasn’t kidding. Rodriguez’s bombastic new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, has made some pretty bold claims…

  16. Report: Ryan Braun is ready to come clean

    Aug 16, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Friends of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity. They said that Braun will soon come clean about everything and apologize to those who got hurt along the way. From Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY: Braun, according to his friends, is ready to soon admit that he used performance-enhancing…

  17. Longtime friend of Ryan Braun files lawsuit for defamation

    Aug 16, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    ESPN is reporting that a longtime friend of Ryan Braun has filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee slugger. Ralph Sasson alleges that Braun doped while playing for the University of Miami, committed academic fraud, and accepted money while a student. Sasson helped Braun successfully appeal his suspension back in 2011, when the right fielder tested…

  18. A-Rod denies that he leaked the Biogenesis information to Yahoo!

    Aug 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez is at Fenway Park and he has spoken to the assembled media about this morning’s 60 Minutes report that he leaked Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli‘s names to Yahoo! back in February. ARod denies “60 Minutes” report that he leaked information about Cervelli and Braun’s involvement w/ Biogenesis. — Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) August…

  19. 60 Minutes reporting that A-Rod’s camp leaked Ryan Braun and other Biogenesis players’ names to Yahoo!

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez has, like, 47 people on the planet in his corner. It’s me, a few other like-minded PED apologists, his kids, some friends, his lawyer and a handful of ballplayers, I figure.  If this report from 60 Minutes is accurate, he’s doing a great job now of alienating even those left in his corner:…

  20. Bud Selig calls his suspension of Alex Rodriguez “eminently fair”

    Aug 15, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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    At the owner’s meetings in Cooperstown, New York, Commissioner Bud Selig defended his decision to suspend Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, calling it “eminently fair”. Selig added he was “trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational”, per ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. As evidenced by his…

  21. Is the MLBPA’s long-standing solidarity at risk as a result of Biogenesis?

    Aug 7, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Howard Bryant has a fantastic article over at ESPN about the players union’s response to the Biogenesis scandal. In it he details how and why this PED scandal, unlike those which came before, represented the final straw for most players. Player who used to uniformly rally around those accused of cheating but who do so…

  22. Posnanski: Fair or unfair, Major League Baseball making example of Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 5, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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    Like it or not, MLB is making an example of Alex Rodriguez.

  23. A-Rod handed 211-game ban; eligible pending appeal

    Aug 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was one of 13 Major League Baseball players who were suspended on Monday for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a shuttered Miami wellness clinic, the league announced. Rodriguez received a 211-game punishment from the league, which would be effective on Thursday and last through the end of the 2014…

  24. Jesus Montero’s future in doubt with 50-game ban

    Aug 5, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Two years ago, one could have looked at the group of the 14 suspensed Biogenesis players — Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli, Antonio Bastardo, Jordany Valdespin, Sergio Escalona, Fernando Martinez, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto —  and concluded that, besides Braun, Montero…

  25. Is Nelson Cruz “selfish” for not appealing is suspension?

    Aug 5, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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    A quick talking point coming out in the wake of Nelson Cruz deciding not to appeal his suspension is that he is being selfish: Least surprising thing is that players accepted plea deals out of self-interest. They took the PEDs in the first place b/c of self-interest. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 5, 2013 For…

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