Ryan Braun’s Legacy is Shattered if PED Suspension is True
As you all probably know by now, Major League Baseball has been doing a long investigation in the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami. After months of uncertainty, it now looks like Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch is going to cooperate with the MLB and give up names of players who he sold Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) to. There are tons of players who Major League Baseball are reportedly going after, most notably Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Other players, including Jesus Montero, Melky Cabrera, Everth Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon and Jhonny Peralta, are also being named as possible customers of Bosch. Major League Baseball is reportedly looking to slap Braun with a 100 game suspension. If this happens, Braun’s once clean legacy, will be completely ruined.
This is certainly not Braun’s first time being accused of PED use. In 2011, ESPN reported that Braun tested positive for PED and would receive a 50 game suspension. Well, Braun ended up appealing the suspension, and became the first MLB player to win an appeal. His suspension was overturned because proper protocol was not followed when his urine sample was not sent directly to the testing lab. Braun was coming off of a MVP season at this time, and many people believed that he stole that award.
If the reports are true and Bosch does name Braun as a PED user, his image is officially destroyed. He will go down with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens as guys who cheated their way to the top. Baseball fans have not been very forgiving towards the steroid era players, and I do not think it will change for Braun. This will be the first thing that people talk about when his career is discussed. He will always be considered a cheater and I think that is fair. Simply put, PED usage is illegal, and gives you an unfair advantage over your opponents. If you have been proven of using them, your numbers and accomplishments mean nothing to me.