We told you this was going to happen.

MLB just announced that Ryan Braun has agreed to a 65-game suspension that would run through the remainder of the 2013 season.

Lots of details yet to emerge, most importantly the other players and their length of punishment. Will any players fight the suspensions to delay their punishment to next year so they can continue to participate in the 2013 pennant races?

If you want to re-read Mike Maffie’s series on the PED suspensions and also the informative comments sections from those posts, here are the links to Part I, Part II and Part III.


Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. any cardinals?

  2. He’s lucky he didn’t get 100-150 games. I’m assuming he “plea bargained” to get a lesser sentence.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: Absolutely. I’m sure part of the deal was that he would give up his right to appeal. In his case, that’s in everyone’s interest. Baseball doesn’t have to worry about it’s suspensions be reversed by arbitrators, they don’t have to expose the details and strength of their case, and Braun can start the 2014 season with this behind him.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: Apparently the suspension was valid under the “just cause” provision of Selig’s powers, since there was no positive test that would trigger the 50/100/150 suspensions. Therefore, you’re correct that is was a plea deal between MLB and the MLBPA.

  3. He said that he admitted his mistakes, does this mean that he’s giving the 2011 MVP back that he cheated to win? Rose is suspended for life for betting on his team to win, this piece of crap only gets 62 games for cheating to win games, isn’t that fixing games?

    • @stevechai: Not the same things. MLB needs fans to believe that everyone on the field is trying to win. 1919 killed Rose as much as anything Rose did. However, he was ultimately banned for his actions as a manager when he had the ability to influence the careers and lives of many players beyond himself by theoretically pushing them too hard, etc.

      Plus, Braun would have to keep his lie up for about another 20 years to get into Rose’s territory.

      I believe Pete Rose should be in the Hall, and I’m not looking to start this argument, but PED use is a lot closer to the greenies all players used in the 70s than it is to gambling.

  4. They have 6 games left vs. the Crew. Swept the only 3 that Braun played in. Wish I was at 1 of those games to BOO him.

  5. So this means that the Brew Crew lose their best player for the remainder of this season, when the only thing they are competing for is how high their draft pick might be in the 2014 draft.

    So this means that Braun will lose a few (very few) miollions of income on his salary this season only to make to recoup those lost milllions on next year’s contract at a higher salary. The same contract he ‘earned’ and negotiated while he was juiced.

    Yeah, that’s fair…not! But who said life or competative sports was ever fair, eh?

    The good news…the Reds play the Brew crew for 10 games without Braun, the Birds play the Brew Crew for 9 games without Braun and the Bucos play the Brew Crew, without Braun, for only 6 games.

  6. Cards have 9 games left against the Brewers.

    This can only help them.

  7. Only being suspended the remainder of a bad season just isn’t enough given the circumstances. And the half-hearted apology, along with MLB “applauding” him for being a stand-up guy now, are a slap in the face.

  8. So after all the posturing, it’s a 65 game suspension?

  9. From Twitter:

    Source also tells OTL evidence provided about A-Rod is “far beyond” what Bosch gave them re Braun. A-Rod will be a different story. MLB’s case against him includes possibility he interfered with investigation. They’ll go after him harder. Worth noting evidence against Braun showed ongoing pattern of significant PED use, several sources tell OTL. This was not a one-off.

  10. I’ve written many corporate appologies and Ryan Braun just issued a corporate appology.

    “I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed…”

    Braun doesn’t even have the backbone or pride to admit that he juiced.

    “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.

    The only thing Braun is sorry for is that he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and couldn’t extricate himself from the situation on another technicality.

    Anyone who thinks that Braun won’t continue juicing is simply fooling themselves. The only thing he will change now is to be more careful not to leave a trail of incriminating evidence.

    • @Shchi Cossack: Is there any surprise here? This is standard issue for people who get caught in sports.

    • @Shchi Cossack: Shchi – you must know a little about denial around drug addicts – am actually celebrating 31 years of sobriety tomorrow and can tell you a little bit about the denial I have seen over the years around drug and alcohol abuse. These banned players should be made to go to 90 day drug rehab and make retribution to the fans who paid hard earned money to watch them play all year! Alcohol and drug abuse is a disease – and Braun is clearly in denial.

  11. From ESPN: MLB has been considering lifetime ban for A-Rod.

    Brian Cashman must be ecstatic to hear that haha

    • @Vottoeroticism:
      No kidding. That would be doing the Yankees a big favor, getting them out of the remainder of A-Rod’s contract.

      I think the team of the offending player should have to play a man short on the roster throughout the length of the suspension. In the case of a lifetime ban it should run the remainder of the player’s contract. After all, the team also benefited from his juicing. And back in the heyday of PED’s, management looked the other way while the great homerun race was taking place. With both subjected to penalty, the punishment isn’t bourn solely by the player and everybody has skin in the game.

      • @MikeC: Now why would you think that? Why punish the team for the misdeeds of an individual? That just doesn’t make any sense to me?

  12. So what’s the odds that MLB saw how the NFL “Bounty” suspensions were handled, and how it was a nonstop distraction, and were glad to get a plea deal with anyone they weren’t 100% certain they could burn in the appeal process? Just trying to avoid that catastrophe.

    Either way, if he were really sorry, he’d give up his MVP trophy and give it to Matt Kemp who wasn’t juiced when he had his career year and finished 2nd in the MVP voting only to Braun.

  13. I just don’t see why it all matters at all, who cares…..

  14. Wonder what Matt Kemp thinks of that? Or is the union so strong that the players don’t care about that, even when it costs one of them an MVP ??

  15. I agree, it’s a plea bargain for him being the first to the table. I also believe they showed him the evidence, he swallowed hard, and asked his attorney for a pen to sign the deal. This has to have a bearing on the other evidence against the even bigger fish and I’ll wager we’ll see that firestorm yet this week or early next. Braun’s arrogance slipped away – A-Roid’s won’t die so easily or we’d have heard about it already. I believe he met with MLB before Braun.

  16. I’ll come late to this party and hide at the bottom to avoid the impending cacophony of hate replies.

    The justice here is the money taken away. About $3.25M. (Or at least that’s the figure I saw earlier.) That is how you penalize players. Money only effects them. It does not change the outcome of a season for a whole team, nor does it cause fans to not come to the stadium to see the stars play.

    That said, the Brewers’ season is over already. But not for nothing but it does effect the outcome of the race in the Central. While obviously the Cubs are out of the race (for now) they are playing well. With that in mind and the fact that they are not yet mathematically eliminated, I will include them in the discussion.

    The Cubs have 11 games remaining with the Braunless Brewers.
    The Reds have 10 games remaining with the Braunless Brewers.
    The Cards have 9 games remaining with the Braunless Brewers.

    The Pirates have 6. That’s a big difference. So you penalize one of the teams because they played more games at the beginning of the season.

    I realize these things get overlooked because injuries do the same thing. Injuries are unfortunately part of the game. Artificially changing the makeup of a team changes the race and puts one of the competitors at a disadvantage at no fault of their own.

    I’m just not in favor of suspensions. Fine them, don’t suspend them.

    • @TC: I’d like to see the part where some of Braun’s money goes to the sample collector he savaged in the media back when he, ahem, “had truth on his side.” A truth so bright, it could not be revealed to mere mortals such as ourselves. Say you’re sorry to the collector, Ryan. Be a man.

    • @TC: I’m a couple of days late here, so no one will see this. But I just want to point out that the scheduling this year has been terrible. No off days for weeks at a time, then two in four days in the middle of a west coast trip. Playing one series at home in nearly a month. The Giants not playing within their division for over a month. Lots of other examples.

      Which leads me to: your point is correct, but even worse is a case like the Cubs. The Cards have most of their games against the Cubs coming up. Too bad it’s a team that will have been stripped for parts. The crazily unbalanced schedules that MLB came up with this year create a lot of situations like this. Or a situation where one injury can doom a team because it comes in the two week stretch they play 10 games against their rivals. Etc.

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.


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