Found February 24, 2012 on
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Frank Coonelly’s DUI wasn’t the only bad off-field news for the Pirates on Thursday. Ryan Braun shocked the baseball world by winning the appeal on his 50-game suspension for his positive drug test last year.
Braun’s winning argument apparently centered around this:
The collector, after getting Braun’s sample, was supposed to take the sample to FedEx/Kinkos for shipping but thought it was closed because it was late on a Saturday. As has occurred in some other instances, the collector took the sample home and kept it refrigerated. Policy states that the sample is supposed to get to FedEx as soon as possible.
Weak. Obviously we’ll never know if that’s what actually caused the positive test, but the policy was violated and that was enough to win the appeal. (Also…the collector taking a dude’s urine sample home and refrigerating is pretty creepy…)
MLB is upset, but it’s not their call – this comes down to an arbitration hearing. MLB obviously wants to see people get punished for any sort of positive test, and I’m sure they are very frustrated about a possible precedent this could be setting for future appeals. I had to laugh at this statement saying they “vehemently disagree” though – that’s similar to the Pirates being mad about Jerry Meals’ call. Nothing you can do.
Anyway, this means Braun won’t be sitting out for 50 games like we thought he would. None of the games he would have missed would’ve been against the Pirates anyway, but his presence will obviously be huge for the Brew Crew and will help their place in the standings early on.
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