One year later, we have the sequel: Major League Baseball vs. Ryan Braun, Part II.
Days before the start of spring training, MLB drug sleuths have a fresh opportunity to pursue allegations of performance-enhancing drug use against Braun. That is the biggest takeaway from Tuesday night's Yahoo! Sports report, which said Braun's name appeared in records of the Biogenesis clinic at the center of the recent South Florida steroids scandal.
Braun's successful appeal of a failed test for elevated testosterone from October 2011 represents the most public defeat of the MLB drug program. In the aftermath of the decision by arbitrator Shyam Das last Feb. 23, MLB issued a statement saying it "vehemently" disagreed with Das' ruling. MLB vice president Rob Manfred publicly took issue with Braun's assertion that baseball's testing program was "fatally flawed." Months later, MLB fired Das.
So, it would appear that a number of important people at the commissioner's office believe a guilty man ska...