Before you start jumping for joy at the thought that MLB has cleaned up the game by suspending Ryan Braun for the rest of the 2013 season, keep in mind the ball of wax that is the Performance Enhancing Drug scandal. Just because the Milwaukee Brewers slugger is lost for the entire season — 65 regular season — doesn’t mean that MLB commissioner Bud Selig is eliminating cheaters the right way.
As of now, MLB is acting like the mob in that they can suspend whoever they want to and for whatever they feel. That’s not the way a professional organization should handle its players. Consequently, the Major League Baseball Players Association will have the last laugh if Selig is suspending these players without a positive test.
While I understand that No. 8 issued a statement admitting his use of PEDs, the league must make sure that it isn’t jumping the gun just to get these players out of the game. For instance, MLB has relied heavily on Tony Bosch during the entire Biogenesis investigation, who is a known drug dealer and is as two faced as they come.
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or discount Braun’s apology, but I want to see the positive tests that coincide with the suspension before they happen. As we move forward, remember that the only smoking gun evidence in a case like this is in fact the positive tests.