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  1. Hall of Fame weekend “kind of sad”, “not as much excitement”

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    No, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer

    The Baseball Writers Association of America opted not to elect any new living members to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1965. Scott Miller of CBS Sports asked some living legends about the atmosphere in Cooperstown, New York, and the sentiment wasn’t very positive. “This year, it’s kind of sad,” former Cardinals…

  2. Zack Greinke on Ryan Braun: “He lied to us”

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Many of Ryan Braun‘s current teammates have been supportive of him publicly following the announcement of his 65-game suspension for his connections to Biogenesis, but one former teammate isn’t pulling punches. After taking a couple of days to gather his thoughts on the matter, Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke expressed his disappointment on Braun in comments…

  3. Aaron Rodgers: Ryan Braun lied to me

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Aaron Rodgers

    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the most vocal defenders of Ryan Braun during his drug test/appeal drama last year. Rodgers blasted anyone who doubted Braun at the time, saying  “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man” and that they “Picked the wrong guy to mess with.” There…

  4. Fan at Miller Park told to hide their Ryan Braun “Fraud” jersey or be kicked out

    Jul 26, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    miller park

    A Miller Park security guard is apparently a big Ryan Braun fan: he threatened a fan with ejection for a Ryan Braun jersey altered to read “Fraud” instead of “Braun”: Karen Eidem says security tapped her on the shoulder while she was standing with friends at the ballpark Wednesday night. Eidem had changed a couple…

  5. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose on the PED cheaters

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    pete rose getty

    There are actually a couple of good quotes from Pete Rose in this story from Ted Berg at USA Today. A lengthy one about how, in his view, the PED stuff is bad because it messes with stats and records and that, unlike what he did, what Ryan Braun and the PED cheats have done…

  6. Ryan Braun merchandise sales are up since Monday

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    ryan braun getty

    I don’t know if this a function of an angry populace thumbing its nose at the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and it’s “get rid of Braun” jag or simply a matter of hardcore gangster types having a new anti-hero to celebrate, but it’s interesting: Interesting from #Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger in the Milw…

  7. Ryan Braun is under a gag-order

    Jul 25, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    braun getty

    Everyone wants Ryan Braun to come clean. But he says he can’t. At least not yet: More Ryan Braun: “I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and am still not, legally allowed to say anything yet.” #Brewers — Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) July 25, 2013 Pouliot makes a great point on Twitter:…

  8. You can still get a Braun jersey at the MLB.com shop

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun shirt

    While the Brewers’ portal to the MLB.com shop area is now Ryan Braun free, the Braun jerseys themselves are easy enough to find and are still marked at full price. An authentic Braun home jersey costs $298.99 through MLB.com, the same price one would pay for a Brewers jersey featuring the name and number of…

  9. Common sense prevails: the BBWAA will not be stripping Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    There was a time in late 2011-early 2012 when several baseball writers were arguing that the Baseball Writers Association of America should re-vote the NL MVP award in light of Ryan Braun‘s positive drug test. That idea was fraught will all manner of problems and was never seriously considered by the BBWAA. But the meme…

  10. “Get rid of Braun?” Yeah, sure, OK

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s editorial about the Ryan Braun stuff is hilarious. And not just for this part, which suggests that Ryan Braun‘s PED use has been so pervasive that it has given him the ability to fly: Braun is paying a pittance to leave one of the worst teams in the majors for a few…

  11. Matt Kemp doesn’t want the 2011 NL MVP award

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    kemp getty

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp narrowly lost the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player award to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. That the two were separated by about 60 points in voting illustrates just how close the race was. Now that we’ve learned that Braun did, in fact, use performance-enhancing drugs, that race isn’t nearly as close for…

  12. Report: Alex Rodriguez not interested in deal with MLB

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale hears that Alex Rodriguez intends to go down swinging. Two people close to A-Rod told Nightengale that Rodriguez has no intention of negotiating a Biogenesis-related settlement with MLB and that he plans to appeal any suspension handed down. Rodriguez’s penalty is expected to be more severe than the 65-game ban handed…

  13. We still don’t know what the basis of the Braun discipline was

    Jul 23, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    You’ve heard me blather for two days now — my favorite hate comment so far was one calling me “calcaterr-ible” — so this is more of a links thing. Two good ones. First: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel talking about the decision making, such as he can determine it, into the length of Ryan…

  14. Before you climb aboard the “we should void cheaters’ contracts!” express …

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Void

    Though the sea change we’re experiencing in Major League Baseball’s drug testing regime is undeniable, the “we should get tougher!” crowd easily has the loudest voice in the grand shouting match that is our current baseball discourse. And easily the most fashionable get-tough argument in that crowd is the one which goes “players should have…

  15. Stop it: Ryan Braun is not Lance Armstrong

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    braun getty taller

    I think I’ve been pretty clear in saying that Braun (a) is a liar; (b) is a cheater; and (c) should count himself lucky that he only got 65 games. On radio spots today I’ve opined that he’s probably some sort of sociopath who I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw. I won’t…

  16. Quote of the Day: Skip Schumaker brings the noise on Braun and PED users

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

    To underscore the earlier post about where we are now with PEDs in baseball, check out what Skip Schumaker had to say after the Dodgers game last night: “I can’t stand it. It (PED use) needs to be eliminated from the game. I have an autographed Ryan Braun jersey hanging in my baseball room at…

  17. Who cares what Ryan Braun said yesterday?

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    ryan braun getty

    I touched on this some last night when I talked about how Ryan Braun doesn’t answer to anyone apart from his teammates, those he personally lied to and people he directly harmed as a result of his lying. Those are folks to whom he owes apologies, not anyone else. Certainly not the general public. But…

  18. Before you call for stiffer drug penalties please think about what just happened

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Within 12 hours of Ryan Braun — described by one national columnist as a “cockroach” — getting unprecedented discipline and going down without even bothering to fight, the calls have already started for baseball to get even tougher. Just this morning I have seen multiple calls for automatic lifetime bans, contract-voiding provisions and all manner…

  19. Ryan Braun’s suspension may be the easiest of them all: looking at the next Biogenesis targets

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    nelson cruz ap

    Ryan Braun‘s suspension was first and, as the alleged public enemy number one — or two — of Major League Baseball, may eventually be seen as the most significant.  But at the moment it sort of seems like small potatoes, all things considered. Why? Because the Brewers season was already effectively over and it will…

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

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Matt Moore throws his first career shutout and it came in the first game of what, so far this year, is the Rays biggest series. Two hits allowed, one walk four strikeouts as the Rays cut a game off the Sox’ division lead, now sitting a half game back. Reds…

  21. The Marlins’ scoreless drought ends at 37 innings

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    The Marlins are finally back on the board. Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI double off left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the top of the first inning tonight against the Rockies, snapping a streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings for the Marlins. It was the team’s first run since Derek Dietrich drove in two runs in the…

  22. Brewers GM Doug Melvin on Ryan Braun: “We can move forward starting tonight”

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Doug Melvin AP

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin addressed Ryan Braun‘s suspension prior to tonight’s game against the Padres. While he expressed disappointment about losing Braun for the rest of the season, he also said that the organization is looking forward to putting the matter behind them. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has the quotes: “Every year is challenging,…

  23. What if the Brewers had kept Prince Fielder over Ryan Braun?

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    The truth is that the Brewers made their choice well before Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers two winters age. As a small-market team already pushing the payroll to the limit in 2010, the Brewers knew they’d have to decide whether to build around Ryan Braun or Fielder. What made it an easy choice was…

  24. Ryan Braun does not owe you, or most anyone else, an apology

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    braun getty

    “Ryan Braun should apologize so we can talk about how insincere and self-serving his apologies are.” –everyone in the next 24 hours. It’s starting already, of course. Buster Olney wrote something already in which he compared Ryan Braun to Lance Armstrong and listed all of the people to whom Braun should apologize. It’s probably not…

  25. What happens if Ryan Braun tests positive next year? Or in 2017?

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    One thing that is clear from the Ryan Braun suspension is that it was, in some form or another, the product of horse trading. A settlement of sorts given how both sides got something good out of this, all things considered. But there is still an open question here: is this considered Braun’s first offense?…

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