Why do we pretend like we care anymore? The list of players who allegedly received and used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) from the Biogenesis clinic just keeps getting longer and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is on it. This is supposedly really big news, but is anyone surprised? Didn’t think so.
Braun tested positive for illegal synthetic testosterone back in the 2011 MLB playoffs, which was right after he won the NVL MVP award. Funny coincidence, huh? Not really. Braun’s stellar 2011 season was followed up by an even better 2012 campaign that was overshadowed by Melky Cabrera‘s Triple Crown season, which makes the story even better because he’s on the list from Miami as well.
It’s definitely no surprise to see that after Cabrera was suspended 50 games this year for PED use. It’s like every baseball player who has a breakout season these days takes PEDs or steroids or both, like Alex Rodriguez.
There’s no word on what MLB will do about Braun’s situation specifically, but Brewers fans should be prepared to miss him for at least 50 games this year if not more. Of course, that’s just a slap on the wrist and he’ll likely just continue to cheat like Cabrera and Rodriguez until MLB actually does something about it. The players have 162 games to play each year and they play literally every day of the week, so some of them might even enjoy the time off. Heck, Manny Ramirez admitted to it recently. Braun’s name is bigger than a lot of players on the list, but he’s no different. Just another artificial slugger.