Sunday, December 11, 2011

Strip Ryan Braun's MVP Award?


The news that Ryan Braun tested positive for PED's is a black eye for Baseball. I don't think Dodger fans should be happy over this news. Twitter and Facebook blew up yesterday over this news and most Dodger fans are happy. What's there to be happy? Just because Matt Kemp might get the MVP trophy since he finished in second place?

Also remember that he hasn't been suspended yet. MLB hasn't announced anything. ESPN broke the story. Braun is going through a appealing process.

From MLB.com {linked here}

First reported by ESPN.com, the positive result has Braun facing the requisite 50-game suspension for a first violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Policy if the initial finding stands, but the positive test has not been announced because Braun is appealing the finding through an arbitration process.

Braun responded to the test result by telling MLB.com's Adam McCalvy in a text message: "I would love to talk, but unfortunately I'm not really allowed to say anything right now. My day will come soon, though."

We have to wait before we attack him.

Geoff Baker of Seattle Times says there should be re-vote for N.L. MVP. {linked here}

Stunning news today that Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun failed a test for performance enhancing drugs weeks before he was named National League Most Valuable Player.

Nothing had been made public yet because Braun has appealed the findings. His representatives say there are highly unusual circumstances surrounding the case but that will be up to them to prove.

It's worth noting here that no player has ever successfully appealed a positive test result. There's a first time for everything, I suppose. And Braun seems pretty convinced he'll be exonerated. We'll see.

But what concerns me is that members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) were allowed to vote Braun in as MVP while Major League Baseball officials kept everyone in the dark. Now, I can understand why those officials would want to keep quiet and protect Braun's right to an appeal.

But in fairness, I'd hope they also also understand that BBWAA members should -- if the appeal does not succeed -- be given a chance to re-cast their votes for MVP.


Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts disagrees. {linked here}

My opinion: A positive drug test doesn't make Braun's 2011 season less valuable. He still did what he did. It does call into question how he achieved that value and open the door for you and me to judge him how we will. But my view of history is that it chronicles what happened, for better or worse. History isn't what we'd like things to be – it's what was, like it or not.

Whenever I consider baseball's long, plentiful history of misbehavior, I've never been in favor of bringing an eraser to the record books, and I'm not going to start now. If Braun is guilty, his punishment will be his suspension and his tainted reputation. I'm not excusing his behavior. I'm just not pretending that he didn't deliver on the field, illicitly or not.

The fact that my MVP vote would have been for Kemp regardless is a separate issue.

The BBWAA is already saying that they will not strip Ryan Braun of his MVP award. From L.A. Times - {linked here}

The Baseball Writers Assn. of America has no plans to strip Ryan Braun of his Most Valuable Player award or to hold another vote if Braun is suspended after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who finished second to Braun in the voting, likely would become the MVP if the BBWAA redid the voting.

"I got the same question after Ken Caminiti came clean about his steroids usage, and whether we should give the 1996 MVP award instead to Mike Piazza," said Jack O'Connell, longtime BBWAA secretary-treasurer and award administrator. "The answer is no.

"We did not strip Alex Rodriguez of the 2003 MVP when it was learned later he used PEDs while in Texas.

"The voters used the infomation they had at the time of the election. I don't see how we can change that."

Braun is appealing, with a statement from his spokesman claiming there are "highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence."

Stay tuned.

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