The Brewers’ Ryan Braun decided not to run this time. Rather, he took he punishment like a man.
Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, has been suspended by MLB for the remainder of the 2013 season. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Braun found a loophole in a PED allegation and was able to skate by. Not so lucky this time, as he will have sit out the remaining 65 games.
It’s 2013 and baseball players are still cheating. Given the frequency with which guys get caught, they’d have to be stupid to keep doing this stuff. But frankly, why not? If you can be rewarded with a big pay day, it’s not a bad gamble.
Baseball contracts are fully guaranteed, so if you’re coming up on a contract year, do what you have to do. It pains me to say that, but that’s where we are with the game. Braun will not be paid for these 65 games, but that’s just a drop in the bucket for him. He has already cheated his way to non-refundable millions, so who cares?
The national pastime has long since become a punchline. But miraculously, however, it largely hasn’t damaged the game’s popularity. That’s because it has become expected.
Following his suspension, Braun issued the following statement:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by MLB that did not specifically mention Biogenesis. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”
Here’s how Brewers fans took the news tonight:
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2013