Saturday, December 10, 2011

MLB News: Ryan Braun Tests Positive for PEDs

This evening, MLB announced that reigning National League MVP, Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug (PED).  You'll recall that Braun and former-Met Jose Reyes battled for the National League batting crown until the final game of the season because Reyes controversially pulled himself from the game following a first inning single, eventually winning the award by .05 points.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Braun failed a test he performed during the 2011 playoffs and was informed about the result in late October, prior to winning the MVP title.  An additional test was performed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and it was determined that Braun's elevated level of testosterone was the result of a synthetic substance.

Braun has told teammates that he did not knowingly take a banned substance, however that would not be sufficient grounds for appeal.  Braun could have several routes to an appeal, but would have to prove he consumed a substance that had been tampered with.  If the result is confirmed, he would face a 50 game suspension to start the 2012 season and would lose $1.94 million in the process.