Found January 18, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Ryan Braun plans on accepting his National League MVP award in person at the annual Baseball Writers' Assn. of America awards banquet in New York on Saturday despite facing a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He will be there and he will accept his award, Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Braun, said. While Braun does not plan to grant interviews Saturday, the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder is expected to give an acceptance speech. It is not known whether he will talk about being found to have abnormally high level of testosterone. He may feel his initial response -- "it's B.S." -- already covered the subject adequately. Braun, who is appealing the suspension, led the Brewers to the NL Central title with a .332 batting average, 33 home runs and 111 RBI. Second-place Matt Kemp of the Dodgers had a .324 batting average with 39 home runs and 126 RBI. The test was administered in October, and Braun already knew of the pos...

Counsell to retire and join Brewers' front office

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MVP Braun to speak at awards banquet

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Milwaukee Brewers sign Norichika Aoki

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The #Nationals are still viewed by many in the industry as the frontrunners to sign Prince Fielder. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 19, 2012

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Rangers remain interested in Prince Fielder, but only in "creative" deal

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Mariners tidbits while waiting to see if Yu Darvish signs. Yes, there's Prince Fielder speculation

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