Brewers' Ryan Braun Suspended for Rest of Season for Doping

Confesses to breaking the rules


Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended—effective immediately—for the rest of the 2013 season without pay, MLB has announced. He admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and violating the Joint Drug Agreement, though he did not give any specifics.

"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," said Braun in a statement. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love."

"We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions," said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball. "We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field."

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  1. Who next?

    A-Rod likely.

    Who else?

    As long as it’s not that massive egoist Puig.

    1. 1 for 6 today with an RBI and another amazing running catch crashing into the center field wall.

  2. “How do you think white people get ahead? They cheat!”

    Matt Kemp = 2011 NL MVP.

    1. They should give it to him, especially since nowadays the dude can’t stay healthy. He went 3 for 4 yesterday with a home run and there RBIs in his first game back from the DL only to sprain his ankle crossing home plate in the top of the 9th in a blowout against Washington.

      1. He currently has a whopping 5 home runs, but I swear I checked his stats several days ago and he only had 2 homers through his first two hundred at bats. That’s like, not even leadoff man power.

        So even when he manages to be in the lineup, there’s something physically wrong with him.

        Also fuck you Firefox for telling me ‘leadoff’ is not a word.

        1. Last I checked, Kemp had the worst WAR of every starting CF baseball from the 2012 All-Star Break to today. Over the course of the past 18 months, Los Angeles has become the terrible contract capital of baseball.

          And Puig reminds me a lot of a motivated Soriano. Enjoy it while it lasts.

          1. Over the course of the past 18 months, Los Angeles has become the terrible contract capital of baseball.

            Ouch, the Angels are paying Josh Hamilton $17 million this year for a WAR of 0.1. I don’t have to be a sabermetric (STOP DOING THAT FIREFOX) whiz kid to realize that’s a bad investment so far.

            Actually Hamilton has been so underwhelming for LA that you don’t even need the fancy new stats to demonstrate it. .223 batting average? 41 RBI in 92 games? Pujols is thinking “Hey, at least the heat’s not all on me anymore.”

        2. His shoulder has been his biggest problem. I don’t think it was fully healed when he began the season and even now it’s iffy since he only manages to stay healthy for a few games before going down again.

          I’m worried he’s becoming the next Jason Bay.

  3. how will Reason intellectual lightweights ridiculously make this a libertarian issue?

    1. Corporate entities setting their own rules is, uh, statist. Somehow.

  4. private entities can set up their own rules ..try again …wow..the typical Reason “libertarian” on display

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