MLB expert says Braun's name 'essentially mud right now'
Ryan Braun. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - A national MLB insider who has covered the Ryan Braun PED investigation for the last 19 months says that the suspension against the Brewers slugger has shattered his reputation.
"Ryan Braun's name will never be the same. It's essentially mud right now," said FOX Sports and MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"Things are not going to improve for him from an overall perspective. He may get the local market back, but I don't see him ever getting his good name back. That is why, when someone is suspended, the amount matters...but what matters most is that he accepted it without appeal. He took it. That shows me that he obviously did something quite wrong."
He addressed the point that many people are making about the Braun suspension, that the 65-game suspension and the loss of income from it is simply a drop in the bucket in Braun's long-term career.
"You have people saying, 'Oh man, it's only 65 games. He only $3.4 million when in his career, he's going to make about $150 million.' Those arguments, in my view, miss the point."
Though Braun never admitted specifically to what he was guilty of in his statement through Major League Baseball, Rosenthal says that there certainly was plenty of evidence against Braun to lead to a suspension.
"Going back to when Yahoo reported his name had surfaced in Biogenesis documents, his explanation was (that) his lawyers had consulted with Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, when preparing his successful appeal before the 2012 season. That was what he said," explained Rosenthal.
"I find it extremely difficult to believe that he accepted a 65-game suspension simply because his lawyers talked to Bosch. Something else happened. I'm not sure what that something else is, but 65 games is a suspension of consequence, and he accepted it without appeal."
Rosenthal applauds MLB and commissioner Bud Selig for being pro-active in trying to solve the PED issue with the Biogenesis investigation, even if there are aspects to it which are not the most above-board in his mind.
"Baseball is going beyond its testing policy to suspend players. These are suspensions not for a positive test. These are suspensions for just cause," said Rosenthal.
"This is a positive step for baseball, for the union in accepting this suspension, and for all those players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs. I questioned this investigation, calling it unseemly, which in many ways it is. Baseball is associating with people like Bosch, paying for information, etc., but the ends justify the means...it will go a long way toward improving (Selig's) legacy."