Sources are reporting that Ryan Braun, the 2011 Nation League MVP, has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and will face a 50 game suspension. Reports also state that Braun knew about the positive test results in October, one month before he won the MVP. Not a surprise is that Braun is going to fight the positive test.
”There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.” – Ryan Braun spokesman
Not only will he be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2012 season but his MVP award is now tainted. Some people are now calling on baseball to overturn his award thus making the Dodgers Matt Kemp the 2011 National League MVP. Major League Baseball will have the chance to prove to its fans that they are serious about cracking down on performance enhancing drugs by striping Braun of the award, But they won’t.
MLB, who does not give out the MVP award, would have to convince the writers, who vote for the award, to overturn the decision. There are past winners of the award who have tested positive and are still regarded as the MVP of that given year. Those results may not change but there is now a chance to right a wrong.
Ryan Braun is challenging the results but if it is true and Braun is guilty of disrespecting the game of baseball then Matt Kemp should be the MVP. Years from now we want to look back at the 2011 baseball season and when looking up stats and the winner of the MVP, we want to be able to say that the winner of the MVP award won it cleanly. Why add more black marks to a already bruised baseball legacy? Baseball needs to do the right thing. Reward the clean players, make them the roll model, make baseball the sport it once was and punish the wicked.
I leave you with this quote. In 2009 Ryan Braun was asked about Alex Rodriguez and his encounters with performance enhancing drugs.
“The best thing he (Alex Rodriguez) can do is come out, admit to everything and be completely honest. The situation will die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth.” – Ryan Braun
You sir, should take your own advice.