It turns out when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun won the National League MVP award, he did so as someone who knew he had failed a drug test. ESPN is reporting that Braun tested positive for a PED, synthetic testosterone, sometime in late October. He was named National League MVP on November 22.
The fact that MLB allowed Braun to even remain in the running for this prestigious award tells you everything you need to know about how serious they are about PEDs.
Braun is looking at a 50-game suspension as soon as the 2012 season begins. He’s planning on to dispute the test results. If he somehow prevails, he will be the first player to ever overturn a positive test result. Then again, he might have an advantage no other player has had: MLB commissioner Bud Selig used to own the Brewers.
I thought it was ridiculous when Braun won the National League MVP award over Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. He lost out not only to a guy with inferior stats, Kemp lost to a guy who’s urine was hot for synthetic testosterone.
Sometimes baseball, like life, just is not fair.