HE’S OUT: Braun suspended for remainder of season for violating MLB’s drug policy

Ryan Bryan’s legal team contends that it only consulted with Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch during his successful appeal of a 50-game drug suspension in 2012.

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Ryan Bryan’s legal team contends that it only consulted with Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch during his successful appeal of a 50-game drug suspension in 2012.

Major League Baseball settled its score with Ryan Braun on Tuesday, suspending the Brewers star for the remainder of the season and sending an unambiguous message that the league is committed to a hardline anti-doping policy.

Next up is Alex Rodriguez, who like Braun has been linked to Miami’s now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, an apparent source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than 20 players, most of whom are expected to face discipline in the coming weeks.

Braun is the first chip to fall in baseball’s historic Biogenesis probe, and his ban is likely to be seen as vindication for the commissioner’s office, which tried unsuccessfully to suspend the leftfielder in 2012 after a urine sample he submitted during a playoff run showed radically elevated levels of testosterone.

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“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by the league. “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.”

In 61 games with the Brewers in 2013, Ryan Braun bats .298 with nine homers and 38 RBI.

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In 61 games with the Brewers in 2013, Ryan Braun bats .298 with nine homers and 38 RBI.

While Rodriguez’s ordeal has played out in high dramatic fashion, Braun’s advisors worked quietly behind the scenes to resolve his case.

Baseball’s union commended Braun for taking responsibility following his suspension.

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“I am deeply gratified to see Ryan taking this bold step,” said MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. “It vindicates the rights of all players under the Joint Drug Program. It is good for the game that Ryan will return soon to continue his great work both on and off the field.”

Braun met with MLB’s investigators June 29, while he was on the disabled list with an injured thumb.

Ryan Braun is suspended by MLB for the remainder of the season on Monday.

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Ryan Braun is suspended by MLB for the remainder of the season on Monday.

Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, tested positive that season for radically elevated levels of testosterone, but evaded a 50-game suspension after successfully challenging the case in arbitration.

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League officials were outraged when Braun beat the rap by raising questions about the route his urine sample took on its journey to a drug-testing facility. After an arbitration panel voted 2-1 to absolve Braun, he held a press conference where he portrayed himself as having stood up for justice.

“Today is about everybody who’s been wrongly accused, and everybody who’s ever had to stand up for what is actually right,” Braun said. “Today isn’t about me, it isn’t just about one player – it’s about all players.”

Last year, the league fired independent arbitrator Shyam Das, who had cast the deciding vote in Braun’s favor.

“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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