Ryan Braun’s Suspension Imminent: What Do the Milwaukee Brewers Do Now?
It’s not a good time to be a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Reports have surfaced that Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and almost 20 more MLB players are set to be suspended after the 2013 MLB All-Star Game takes place. Braun in particular has denied speaking to the league about the P.E.D scandal, so MLB commissioner Bud Selig is coming down rather hard on his players. As if the last-place Brewers weren’t embarrassing enough, the state of Wisconsin now has to deal with one of its mainstays being put in baseball hell.
Not to mention, the Brewers are also in a world of hurt when it comes to Braun’s contract. In 2011 the young slugger agreed to a $105 million, five-year contract extension. That contract only added on to the deal he signed in May 2008, which makes the Brewers responsible for the young slugger to the tune of $145.5 million through the year 2020.
That’s a lot of zeros for a guy who will likely miss 100 more games in 2013.
If the Brewers are hardly winning games with Braun on their roster, how in the world are they going to survive if and when No. 8 is forced to serve his lengthy suspension? Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez have played All-Star worthy for the Beermakers in 2013, but they aren’t the kind of players who can bring an NL Central division crown to the Cheese State like Braun and Prince Fielder two years ago.
The rubber is going to hit the road for devout Braun supporters as the amount of No. 8 jerseys in Miller Park is sure to plummet in the coming weeks.