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ryan braun whoaIn the worst-timed major news announcement that I can remember (for me, I mean – because, like, Garza), Major League Baseball has announced that Brewers star Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season. That’ll be a 65-game suspension, and it’ll cost him more than $3 million.

The suspension emanates out of the Biogenesis investigation, and marks what basically amounts to a “plea deal” for Braun. MLB’s statement:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Braun is effective immediately.

Ryan Braun said: “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs 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.”

You can read that middle paragraph as, “I lied, I lied, I lied, I lied. My bad. Yes, I juiced. It won’t happen again.” I did.

The suspension, while significant in length, really is about as gentle as this thing could have possibly been. The Brewers are going nowhere, Braun has been dealing with nagging injuries, and serving the suspension this year (as opposed to next year) could save him some money.

Interestingly, though, the fact that Braun accepted the suspension demonstrates that MLB really did have the dirt on him, as emphasized by Wendy Thurm. That makes you wonder about the other implicated players. Braun accepting 65 games – more than a first-time suspension of 50 games – also makes you wonder whether other players implicated will now also take plea deals. MLB was probably happy to get a precedent here.

Braun is no longer a suspected cheater who got off on a technicality. He’s a cheater who has been suspended for his cheating. Good for baseball.

  • @curveballmark

    And why does Braun get to come back to baseball next season…yet Pete Rose is banned for life?

    • fresno cub fan

      Because MLB believes that continuously betting on baseball games and not admitting it for many years is a greater danger to the integrity of the game than using PEDs.

    • bbmoney

      Betting on the games you’re involved in is worse.

    • Cwt

      Exactly. Worse than 1919 for baseball.

    • cubswin

      Hey guys, this should be a sad day for baseball , not just the brew crew… I find it terribly embarrassing when this kind of shit happens in baseball,period. I am almost embarrassed to call myself a fan. You should stop rubbing shit in. You all act like you are perfect, including Bret… eff it…he cheated… what can we do about. He will serve his suspension and come back to the game. Maybe next time he will consider his actions.until then, we as Cubs fans lay in misery and watch our team suck donkey balls.

  • baldtaxguy

    “Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed….”

    What a jive line. A non-apology apology.

    I am really, really not a fan of this guy. Cheats, lies, profits from it, negatively alters a man’s life. Even profits from not appealing since income significantly increases after this year.

    I remember his Spring Training press conference taking everyone to task. Here, he issues a statement and goes on vacation, not willing to answer the questions. He needs much more of a punishment in my opinion.

  • LEO L

    coincidence announced after a big trade?

  • DougS

    First of all, the “technicality” that lifted his suspension last year, should never have been upheld. That would have been 50 games that the Brewers would have been without him. I believe that could have changed the complexion of the NL pennant race for several teams.

    I think he should still have to serve those 50 games, in addition to the 65 games this year. Make him serve those 50 games at the beginning of next season. That seems fair to me!

  • Die hard

    As I predicted 3 mos ago by being suspended Cubs may want to consider being buyers.. But didn’t count in them being so bad to trade best pitcher

  • Dusto

    Charlie Hustle never got an innocent guy fired from his job. Such a douche Braun is! Still haven’t heard him exactly come out and say he used. Like a good Chicago politician he’s come out and actually danced all round the subject without saying yes I did it. MLB should make him publicly apologize to the guy he got fired.

  • Beaarthur’shusband

    1. Yes Pete Rose should be allowed back. I mean the guy only bet on him team to win. Did he ever not play hard? I was young watching the downside of his career but our coaches told is to be him. Or try like him.

    32. Not only does Braun get off almost scot-free..it’s a huge boon for the Brewers. Brett may need to step in with legalities here, but you can’t punish a team for the antics on this idiot. I’d love to see the brewers docked a draft pick. Make the punishment hurt the team so there is pressure not to look the other way. Since that isn’t gonna happen (either because of legalities or owners)…it’s ludicrous for the brewers. They will surely lose more games without Braun (and injuries and maybe some trades) and get a higher pick. I was hoping the post July 31 (yes i am a fan, but Like the FO says 72 vs. 77 wins means nothing). Cubs could challenge the brewers for last and a higher pick. Now, that’s quite unlikely. If they lose at a higher clip, the brewers get to rebuild that system faster and it doesn’t seem right. Am I nuts? Best guy cheats = higher draft pick.

    • Nick

      Why the hell would the brewers lose a draft pick? The cubs should lose a pick just for your logic

    • wvcubsfan

      “Am I nuts?”

      Absolutely!!

    • Goddess

      What does it tell the gamblers on the days you don’t bet on your team? Pete Rose should be banned for life. Right along with the cheaters.

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