Brewers : Back in First Place Topic

News and notes:

K-Rod agrees to $8M contract (with incentives related to games finished) rather than go to arbitration (where may expected him to be awarded around $10M).

Norichika Aoki, the Japanese "star", signs two-year deal with option for 2014.

Braunie had his appeal hearing in New York last week. This morning Dan Patrick is saying that based on what he is hearing, there is a "good chance" that Braun will be exonerated.
1/23/2012 11:09 AM
the league wouldn't want its freshly minted MVP to be tainted, now would it?

1/23/2012 3:37 PM
DP also reports that two of Braun's teammates also had "spiked testosterone levels" that same week.
1/23/2012 4:20 PM
Braunie wins his appeal!!!!!

Suck it, ESPN.
2/23/2012 5:54 PM
It's sad when fans don't really care if their players are cheating, they just want their team to win.
2/23/2012 7:10 PM
There's an appeals process for a reason. No player has ever had his suspension overturned. Obviously Braun had a really compelling case to show he DIDN'T cheat.
2/23/2012 7:17 PM
Espn should be banned 50 days from sports reporting
2/23/2012 7:42 PM
Apparently he won on a technicality.
2/23/2012 7:54 PM

Being white instead of brown or black isn't a technicality.

2/23/2012 8:27 PM
It came down to a vote - that's not a technicality.
2/23/2012 10:25 PM
Posted by dms3 on 2/23/2012 7:42:00 PM (view original):
Espn should be banned 50 days from sports reporting
Bang on.  Here's a quote from Jayson Stark's article today:

"Over on that side of this fence, we have MLB's Rob Manfred, whose duties required him to serve as a member of the arbitration panel, "vehemently" disputing this verdict in a statement of his own. Wow. He didn't merely disagree, friends. He "vehemently" disagreed. Hmmm. We're not sure why Manfred chose that word. We're not sure, frankly, why he chose to dispute this ruling publicly at all. The process is supposed to call for confidentiality. So in truth, the long-term good of the sport probably would have been better served if Manfred hadn't commented in any way, and the reputation of a heretofore-model citizen could have been safely restored."

Really? So the same network/website that published the leaked results of Braun's test when it was supposed to remain confidential through completion of appeal is now concerned about the integrity of the game, or the testing process? Give me an effing break. I realize they're journalists (to some degree), and that's fine, but then don't pretend to care about the game or the process when you are the ones who fueled all this in the first place by publishing illegally obtained information.
2/23/2012 10:34 PM
Will Carrol is apparently reporting that Braun's team was able to replicate the original result and show how it happened. Has a story submitted to SI.

Some of his tweets:

“@injuryexpert: Repeatable result showed exactly how Braun's single test showed positive. Arbitrator agreed. Simple, isn't it?”

“@injuryexpert: The Braun decision was based on HOW the sample was corrupted. Panel was shown exactly what happened, why result was invalid.”
2/23/2012 11:35 PM
Yeah, they drop some 'roids in a vial and said "See how easy it is to corrupt a sample?!?!?!"
2/24/2012 6:50 AM
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The suspension was overthrown, not because the outcome of the test was found to be invalid, but because of a chain-of-custody technicality.

"Sources told Quinn and Fainaru-Wada the seals were totally intact and testing never reflected any degradation of the sample. Based on the World Anti-Doping Agency code, this is exactly what would have been expected to happen, and the collector took the proper action, the source said.

The source also noted that synthetic testosterone doesn't show up just because a sample sits in one place or another.

Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision "a real gut-kick to clean athletes."

"To have this sort of technicality of all technicalities let a player off ... it's just a sad day for all the clean players and those that abide by the rules within professional baseball," he said."

2/24/2012 7:48 AM
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