It is still uncertain whether this suspension is a result of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) or recreational drugs. Braun has taken responsibility for his actions and has willingly accepted the punishment he has received:
“I wish to apologize to … all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates.”-Braun
— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2013
Whether he was caught taking PEDs or not, Braun’s name is shaded by past mistakes. In 2011, Braun won the NL MVP award after an outstanding year, batting .332 and blasting 41 home runs. However, the following year, Braun tested positive for PEDs and was handed a 50-game suspension by the league. The suspension was later revoked on a technicality which basically boiled down to Braun’s lawyers claiming the test sample had not been properly stored. Braun continued to play although most people agree that he got off as a guilty man.
Baseball fans who remember this injustice will look to today’s suspension as a belated form of fairness. However, fans will also look on today as a sad day for baseball. The game’s tarnished statistics are a sad sight for baseball purists. The only positive aspect of the announcement is a sense of restorative integrity.
Braun will be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 MLB season without pay. The league has reported that this ruling is a result of “violations of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” Time will tell what exactly this means, but in the meantime, Braun is doing the time he ought to have done in 2012.
Isaac Comelli is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @IsaacComelli, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+. You can see all of his articles here.