Reactions To Braun’s Appeal Victory | Disciples of Uecker

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A wide range of opinions have hit the baseball blogosphere since Thursday afternoon, when news broke that Ryan Braun won his appeal. I thought it useful to gather some of the more interesting articles together in one place for your viewing/reading pleasure this morning.

  • Mark Attanasio: “Since joining our organization in 2005, Ryan Braun has been a model citizen and a person of character and integrity.  Knowing Ryan as I do, I always believed he would succeed in his appeal.”
  • Danny Knobler of CBS Sports: “A flawed test is useless as proof of anything, so unless he fails a test where there is no question about the method or the chain of custody, he’s as innocent as any other player in the game today.”
  • Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports: “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.”
  • Richard Justice of “Some people will never believe he’s clean. That’s true of some players, too. Braun shouldn’t worry about those people. All he should concern himself with is the truth. Lay it out for all to see, then go back to being what he has always been — one of baseball’s best players and most popular stars.”
  • David Schoenfield of ESPN: “I want to believe that MLB’s drug testing program works, that it catches those using banned substances, that the sport is clean and the days of tainted home runs and MVP winners are long behind us. I want to believe that Braun’s positive test for synthetic testosterone resulted from hair-loss medication or a tainted milk or even a vitamin B-12 injection.But I can’t believe that.”
  • South Side Sox: “The ramifications of this ruling will be felt not only in MLB but in every anti-doping program around the world. What will surely be known now as the Ryan Braun Loophole has given dirty athletes in every sport a tool to void a positive test and avoid suspension. Apparently, both MLB and the union are in agreement that the JDA needs to be amended to clarify what to do with a sample in situations like this. No doubt other organizations like USADA are re-evaluating their protocols. Of course, even if the Ryan Braun Loophole is closed, there surely are other ambiguities in the JDA for the clever lawyer to exploit.”
  • Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Despite the odds, I always believed Braun would win his appeal. He never seemed like a shortcuts kind of guy. He really does work at the innate skills that might cause other players to reach for the cruise-control button or the needle. He really does arrive early and leave late, despite his guaranteed millions.”
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports: “It’s called due process, folks. You might not like or even trust the result. But the rules were collectively bargained. And management and the players’ union jointly appointed the independent arbitrator, Shyam Das.”
  • Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball: “Maybe the biggest loss in this all is the fact that no matter how confidential you try to make a policy, when there are people involved, someone is going to eventually screw it up.”
  • Eno Sarris of FanGraphs: “His positive test was supposed to be confidential. Then, he was supposed to go through the appeal process, and had the same result been found, the general public would never had heard anything about this. No columnist would have wagged their finger at him. Nobody would have called for him to return his hardware.”
  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today: “Two people close to Braun and familiar with his appeal, but unauthorized to speak publicly about the process, acknowledge the sample collection was flawed. But they contend there were several factors in Braun’s succesful grievance. There was no other proof that he took an illegal substance, and his 20/1 TE ratio [hormone testosterone to the hormone epitestosterone], they said, was impossibly elevated for an acceptable sample. A TE ratio of less than 4/1 is considered normal.”

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