MLB Should Strip Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun of 2011 MVP Award
However, the punishment for the 29-year-old does not go far enough. Yes, the suspension will cost him $3.85 million in lost salary for the rest of 2013, but it should go further. Ryan Braun should be stripped of his 2011 NL MVP award.
That year, Braun hit at .332, smashing 33 home runs and notching an incredible 111 RBIs to win the honor, and led the Brewers to the NL Championship Series, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.
However, that record is now damaged beyond repair. Indeed, 2011 was the year when Braun first faced accusations of taking PEDs. He may have appealed the results of the test in January 2012, but after the latest revelations, there can now be no doubt.
Like cyclist and drugs cheat Lance Armstrong, he attacked the test collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., whose results found his levels of testosterone to be abnormally high. Like Armstrong, he tried to destroy an honest man who was doing his job to save his own skin. And like Armstrong, he has been found out and must now face the consequences.
Stripping Braun of his MVP award would send a clear message to all those who have used PEDs in MLB. That message is simple: we will find you, and you will be punished.