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Spring training is just beginning and already history has been made in this MLB season. Today it was announced that Ryan Braun has become the first person in baseball history to win an appeal and have a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs overturned.
Braun was facing a 50-game ban after testing positive during last season’s playoffs. The reigning NL MVP has vehemently maintained his innocence throughout the controversy, stating that peculiar circumstances would lead to the result being overturned. He is expected to address the media tomorrow in Milwaukee, but has already released this short statement:
The verdict is in: Guilty. Guilty of obstruction of justice. The jury was hung on all of the perjury charges and a mistrial was declared. The government can choose to re-file the charges, but I ask what’s the point? The government case was weak, filled mainly with hearsay, without much real evidence. They should feel fortunate they got a conviction on any of the charges. A conviction, which may get dismissed by the judge. If I were them, I would put the money they would spend on another trial to better use. I now ask, will this finally bring an end to the government’s steroid witch-hunt?My answer would probably have to be no. Roger Clemens is set to begin trial this summer, and the saga tarnishing baseball’s legacy will drag on further. The fact of the matter is: the MLB did not adopt a steroid policy until 2002. This policy was a joke, as it let the players remain anonymous and receive treatment instead of receiving suspensions. If you want to get technical, a real policy was not adopted until before the 2005 season. If players weren’t truly being held accountable before the 2005 season, then they shouldn’t be held accountable now for things they did prior to 2005.
I don’t think anyone felt the Tampa Bay Rays were going to repeat as division champs in the AL East, but to begin the season at 1-8 means things might be worse than expected. This offseason, The Rays lost many key players. The most notable of these are the 2 they lost to teams within their own division: Carl Crawford (Red Sox) and Rafael Soriano (Yankees). The worst thing that could have possibly happened to this team was allowing these players to leave for destinations in which they could have the largest possible detrimental effect on Tampa Bay: within the AL East. Last seasons’ AL Saves leader Soriano, who left to become the heir-apparent to Rivera in New York, can shut down opposing batters and teams’ hopes of a comeback. While Crawford may be the fastest player in the MLB; he can steal anything: be it a base, a game or the Rays’ hopes for the playoffs. The rationale for not retaining their services is simple: they simply could not afford to financially. Tampa has a beautiful stadium in Tropicana Field and last season had a very competitive and entertaining product; still they had significant trouble attracting interest and selling tickets. This led to severe financial losses. This is only part of the problem. The other is owner Stuart Stermburg. Stermburg, is an investor by nature and says his number-one priority is getting team finances in order. Furthermore he lives in New York and still holds season tickets to the Mets. This brings into question where his loyalties lie. As an investor, he should have seen locking down irreplaceable assets such as Crawford and Soriano down long-term as good for business. Instead he let them leave and will now be stuck competing with far superior products for relevance within his own division.