Found March 01, 2012 on The Victory Formation:
Career Minor League Baseball player and free agent, Justin Dowdy, has been handed down a 50 game  suspension from Major League Baseball by refusing to participate in a drug test. The suspension will take place as soon as Dowdy signs with a team.  He has been in the minors for the last decade, as a member of 8 different organizations, most recently with the San Francisco Giants.  He is the 17th player suspended this year. Dowdy has also spent time playing with teams in independent leagues as well.  In fact, he has spent more time there than being affiliated with a Major League organization.

Braun should have quit while ahead

Turns out, The Collector has a name. And a reputation. And a story. The PR battle Ryan Braun lamented is raging anew. For this, he has himself to blame. I dont know if Braun knowingly used the synthetic testosterone that showed up in his October urine test. But he is guilty of a blatant refusal to quit while he was ahead. In the news conference that followed his successful appeal...

Reaction to Braun case is symptomatic of a larger problem

Now that Ryan Braun has had his 50 game suspension overturned, we’re all left to wonder what exactly happened, why this information leaked in the first place (something I think is going egregiously overlooked), and how MLB will amend their process so that this doesn’t happen again in the future.  Additionally, we’re subjected to tired, knee-jerk “analysis” such as “Braun...

Braun’s a lucky bastard … or not!

Ryan Braun may have won his appeal of his 50-game ban, but his PED saga is still far from over as far as MLB is concerned.Milwaukee Brewers reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun is one lucky bastard … or is he?  Sure, Braun had his 50-game suspension overturned last Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, but all that did was piss off Commissioner Bud Selig and the Major League Baseball...

Collector in Ryan Braun Steroid Case Denies Wrongdoing, Says He Followed Protocol

During Ryan Braun's news conference last Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made a number of insinuations about the integrity of the MLB's sample collecting process and the specific collector who took his positive test sample. On Tuesday, a man revealing himself to be the collector of Braun's test, Dino Laurenzi Jr., sent an email to ESPN The Magazine to state his...

Braun Sample Taker Fires Back

((HT: Milwaukee))The gentleman's name is Dino Laurenzi...And he isn't going to take being accused of a felony lightly...At his welcome back press conference, Milwaukee Brewers reigning Emm-Vee-Pee Ryan Braun basically intimated that Laurenzi was the one who tampered with both of Braun's samples to give the "false positive."On both... With exactly...

Ryan Braun has 59% approval rating in Wisconsin, poll says; 34% still undecided

After the fallout from the overturning of his 50-game drug suspension, Ryan Braun looks like he might end up saving face. Well, in Wisconsin, at least. According to a recent poll of Wisconsin voters, 59% said they still have a favorable opinion of the Brewers’ reigning NL MVP. But, interestingly, 34% of those polled said they still weren’t sure how they feel about Braun. The...

Collector in Braun case says he followed rules

A man identifying himself as the collector who took Ryan Braun's urine samples last fall said he followed the same protocol with the Brewers slugger as he had with hundreds of previous samples.

Collector of Braun's sample refutes allegations

Five days after Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun won his appeal of a 50-game suspension by blaming a faulty collection process, the collector of Braun's sample responded with a three-page statement.

Minor leaguer Dowdy suspended

Major League Baseball suspended minor league pitcher Justin Dowdy for 50-games on Wednesday.
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