Ryan Braun Battling Failed Drug Test Results

The current NL MVP could face a heavy suspension, while Manny Ramirez seeks to minimize his.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

With baseball still desperately hoping to put the entire ‘steroids era’ behind them, it’s always unfortunate when another drug-test fail arises, especially when it is your current National League MVP.

Brewers stud outfielder, Ryan Braun, reportedly failed a drug test a month before winning his MVP award, and Major League Baseball hasn’t officially announced the test result because Braun is currently taking the findings through arbitration in his defense. Regardless of the findings, this doesn’t help baseball, and if overturned, it would most definitely set a precedent.

Odds are slim that his test would be reversed and he wouldn’t have to serve a 50 game suspension, but according to an MLB.com source,  "It was not a PED, drug or steroid of any kind, and there has never been a result like this in the history of the [MLB drug testing] program." Very interesting case we may have here.

I would argue that since Major League Baseball implemented the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2006, only once have we had a player of such stature get busted, shocking us all. Of course, ‘shocking’ may be too strong of a word, considering we have had multiple ‘future Hall Of Famers’ come out in regards to ‘roids in the past decade.

 

Manram. Manny Ramirez. Yup, no surprise here. Busted more than once. So why should we be surprised? Probably because he’s about the only player of his caliber that has failed drug testing multiple times.

Not only was he on the unconfirmed MLB steroids list in 2003, but he failed a test in May of 2009 while with the Dodgers and then another shortly after signing with the Rays in April of last year. His first offense gave him a 50 game vacation, while the second handed him 100 games. And to refresh your memory, what did good ol’ Manny do? He ‘retired.’ Yup, quit. Peace out boyscout. Now he wants back in and is seeking reinstatement from MLB, hoping to get the 100 games he never served cut back down to 50.

So why bring up all these facts that we already know? Because baseball may need to readdress what they are doing with their drug prevention program. I don’t want to call out Braun before we know a final verdict, but if all holds true (we will know the result in January), we still have a serious problem if our current NL MVP is on juice, HGH, or a testosterone boost via double stuffed Oreos.

I don’t care what it is or how they are taking it, I would like to think that all the players on my favorite team (or fantasy baseball roster) are clean.

A source of mine that played minor league baseball as recently as last year, informed me that an overwhelming majority of players are still on some sort of undetectable HGH, and that you need it if you want to compete, let alone if you want to get to ‘the show.’ Part of me hopes that he is a walking hyperbole. The other part of me hopes I’m not being naïve.

 

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