The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

NEW YORK (AFP) – Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced the suspension Monday and said it was effective immediately, which means Braun will miss the final 65 games of the Brewers’ season.

“As I have acknowledged in the past I am not perfect,” said Braun, 29, who was the most valuable player of the National League in 2011.

“I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of baseball fans and especially those in Milwaukee.”

Braun is the first player to be suspended in the wake of an investigation into Biogenesis, a Florida clinic suspected of supplying performance enhancing drugs to top baseball players.

Braun will begin serving his suspension with the Brewers’ Monday night game against San Diego. He will also miss any potential post-season games.

Braun was previously slapped with a 50-game suspension in late 2011 but he was able to get it overturned in February 2012.

He tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, but won the appeal on a technicality when he challenged how the test samples were stored.

The exact nature of Braun’s offence was not specified. But it comes after he and other players — including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — were linked to the Biogenesis of America clinic run by Anthony Bosch.

Major League baseball is suing the now-closed clinic on the grounds it had sought to provide banned drugs to professional baseball players.

Selig announced the suspension in a news release but did not go into specifics about what that five-time all-star Braun was suspended for.

Selig only said the ban is for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, executive vice president for Major League Baseball.

“We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”

When he won the MVP award, Braun hit .332 with 33 homers and 111 RBI.

In 2012, he hit .319 with 41 homers and 112 RBI and he was hitting .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 61 games this season.

Like Selig, executive director of MLB Players Association Michael Weiner also refused on Monday to go into specifics about Braun’s suspension.

“I am deeply gratified to see Ryan taking this bold step,” Weiner said. “It vindicates the rights of all players under the Joint Drug Program. It is good for the game that Ryan will return soon to continue his great work both on and off the field.”

The media reported earlier this month that as many as 20 players could be banned for alleged involvement with the Florida anti-aging clinic.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

MAGA Children's Books

The GOP descent into full-blown conspiracy and fascist hell has not gone unnoticed as of late. With the right-wing dominated Supreme Court poised to finally overturn Roe V Wade and 2022 races focusing on backing Republicans who support Trump's 2020 election lies, democracy and decency are all but dead and Democrats are going to have to turn out big in the midterms to prevent a GOP takeover over the House or Senate.

But while the focus of progressive ire has been over the GOP's assault on reproductive rights, Republicans have also been waging a war on facts and education quite well. After all, they need their voters nice and ignorant to remain in power. Book banning and, sickeningly, book burning is a thing for the GOP in the year 2022. The state of Tennessee, for example, is banning books. In fact, a psychotic trump zealot pastor led an actual book-burning event.

Keep reading... Show less

Pat McCrory

Youtube Screenshot

If former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is any indication, the GOP primary wounds wrought in the last several months stand a good chance of bleeding into the general election this fall.

McCrory, who lost his bid Tuesday to become the Republican nominee for the Tar Heel State's open Senate seat, declined to endorse his GOP rival, Rep. Ted Budd, the Trump endorsee.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}