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July 23, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
On the worst day of this baseball season, Ryan Braun wasn't the only thing suspended. So too was the belief that in this era of stringent testing and severe penalties, most baseball players should be considered innocent until proved dirty. Wrong. Your favorite oversized or incredibly improved player must now be questioned, even doubted, because if somebody with little motive and zero pressure such as Ryan Braun can be such an incredible cheater and liar, this list of fellow miscreants must be very long indeed.
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January 26, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, ready to resume his All-Star career after a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy, took part in the team's annual fan festival and admitted, "I don't ever know if I could apologize enough for what's occurred. " Braun reportedly received a warm welcome, except for one heckler, when he was introduced Sunday at a downtown Milwaukee convention center during the Brewers On Deck event. Braun had drawn the contempt of many fans and baseball officials because he originally denied using performance-enhancing drugs, beat the charge on a technicality and then proceeded to claim his innocence while taking to task everyone involved in the case.
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February 24, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Prince Fielder   of the Detroit Tigers said he's relieved that his former teammate Ryan Braun won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, clearing his 50-game suspension. "Obviously, it's good. You didn't want him to miss those games," Fielder told reporters Friday. "I'm happy he's able to clear his name. " Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, was cleared Thursday. He reportedly tested positive for synthetic testosterone during last year's playoffs,  then took his appeal to an arbitration panel in January, where it was sustained by a 2-1 vote.
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September 7, 2013 | Times staff
"I'd rather have a pitcher nobody is talking about who has won 15 games than somebody everyone is raving about who has won five. I'm a baseball manager, not a statistician. " Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland , on analysts pointing out that Tigers ace Max Scherzer (19-2) has the second-highest run support of any major league pitcher. "It felt like it was one of those dreams where you can't run fast enough. " San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence , who missed by inches on a diving catch that would have clinched a perfect game for Yusmeiro Petit on Friday.
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August 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
So, Ryan Braun, how should history regard your most valuable player award? Should we brand it with an asterisk? That was your idea, after all. You have not offered to return your MVP award, and the Baseball Writers  Assn. of America has not withdrawn the award. However, we keep hearing you are on the verge of a public apology. You supposedly plan to stand up, once and for all, and admit that you lied all those times that you denied using performance-enhancing drugs. You might even say you're sorry for pointing fingers at just about everyone but yourself.
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February 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ryan Braun, the reigning National League MVP, won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug and had his 50-game suspension overturned by an arbitrator. MLB and the players' union announced the decision Thursday. Rob Manfred, MLB's vice president for labor relations, was incensed at the ruling, saying in a statement: "Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field.
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February 24, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp said he was pleased to hear Ryan Braun was successful in appealing his positive drug test from last year. “I was happy that he was not found guilty,” Kemp said. “I know he's been going through a lot. Now, he and the Brewers can concentrate on just playing baseball, going about their business.” Kemp finished second in MVP voting last season to the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who avoided a 50-game suspension. “I didn't vote for who was supposed to get MVP,” Kemp said.
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July 24, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss how 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun might perform next season after returning from his suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment of your own. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times It's a tough question, because Braun accepted his suspension in part because MLB agreed not to disclose the evidence. Logic would say Braun would not have used performance-enhancing substances last season, after he had come so close to a suspension then.
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July 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Ryan Braun's former high school baseball coach at Granada Hills, Steve Thompson, said Monday he was "disappointed he did do it," referring to Braun's acknowledgment he had violated Major League Baseball's basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program. Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, has been suspended for the rest of the season without pay. Thompson added, "Acknowledging he did something wrong is a good thing. He's hurt his image and now he's going to have to repair it. " Thompson supported Braun more than a year ago when the former National League MVP won an appeal over testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
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July 25, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The owner of the Milwaukee Brewers said Wednesday he expects suspended slugger Ryan Braun to do and say "the right things" to rehabilitate his image among fans. Mark Attanasio, the Los Angeles-based owner of the team, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he had no intention to trade or release Braun. Although Braun forfeited about $3.4 million by accepting a 65-game suspension Monday, the Brewers have guaranteed him another $127 million through 2020. They would remain obligated to pay that money if they released him. Attanasion also said he expected Braun to speak publicly -- rather than limit his comments to a prepared statement -- once Major League Baseball has completed an investigation that is expected to result in more than a dozen suspensions for violations of baseball's drug policy.
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September 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Ryan Braun has already given a public apology for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Now the Milwaukee Brewers slugger is taking the personal route, calling season-ticket holders individually to apologize for the actions that led to his season-ending suspension. "He was very humble on the phone," Milwaukee bar owner and Brewers season-ticket holder Pat Guenther said after his conversation with Braun. "He wanted to reach out and for him to do this is an act of kindness.
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September 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
Earlier this week, the venerable -- and aging -- Miguel Angel Jimenez threw some cold water on the buzz surrounding teen golfer Ye Wo-cheng. Just 13 years old, Ye was given a sponsor's invitation to the European Masters. "No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament," the 49-year-old Jimenez said. "But then it seems you have to go looking for underage players to promote yourself. I'm sorry, this should not be allowed. " Midway through Friday's second round, it appears the Spanish veteran is being proved correct.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
While most fans are focused on teams still in the playoff chase, fantasy owners understand the benefit of trolling the rosters of the also-rans. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some newer talent currently on display in the MLB's outposts. Scooter Gennett 2B | Milwaukee Amid the Ryan Braun turmoil and disappointing 59-75 record before Saturday, Milwaukee is having a season to forget. But all is not blue with the Brew Crew, as the emergence of Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura could give them a strong middle infield for years to come.
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August 24, 2013
Reaction from current and former major leaguers to the statement Ryan Braun issued Thursday, in which he apologized for using performance-enhancing substances and for his previous denials: "So Braun has spent the last month writing an apology statement novel... " --Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson , on Twitter. "You can be upset, you can be angry, but if you want to move past it you have to be able to forgive. And that's where I'm at. " --Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and teammate John Axford , to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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August 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
This post has been updated. Please see note below. The NCAA's horrific public relations summer got worse over the weekend when it was learned the organization was holding up the eligibility of a former Marine trying to play football for Middle Tennessee State. The NCAA maintained Steven Rhodes, a walk-on freshman who spent five years in the Marines, had to sit out a season because he played in a recreational league while in the service. This was just another example of how inflexible and tone-deaf the NCAA can be when it comes to rules and regulations.
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August 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Denver Broncos reportedly could be without star pass rusher Von Miller for the first six games of the season. Miller is facing a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance policy, and the decision could come as early as Monday, although the sides are still negotiating the number of games he will sit out, according to an ESPN report. The potential suspension was originally thought to be four games. The report said Miller is not likely to appeal the decision. The Broncos play host to Baltimore -- and Denver's former star defensive end Elvis Dumervil -- in the Sept.
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July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be several million dollars poorer today. And some guy named Todd Sutton should be that much richer. All because Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. And because of a now-deleted bet between Rodgers and Sutton last year. Back in February 2012, Braun had a 50-game suspension for basically the same charges overturned, with an arbitration panel finding concerns with the way the player's urine samples were handled.
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July 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One of the most encouraging things to come out of the Ryan Braun suspension is not the indignation from the media and fans, but the players. There's some real outrage out there from players and they're speaking up louder than ever. The clean guys are fed up. They want an even playing field. Braun made it easier for them with his lies and accusations against Dino Laurenzi Jr., whose great crime was collecting a vial of Braun's urine during his first infamous go-round with steroids.
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August 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
So, Ryan Braun, how should history regard your most valuable player award? Should we brand it with an asterisk? That was your idea, after all. You have not offered to return your MVP award, and the Baseball Writers  Assn. of America has not withdrawn the award. However, we keep hearing you are on the verge of a public apology. You supposedly plan to stand up, once and for all, and admit that you lied all those times that you denied using performance-enhancing drugs. You might even say you're sorry for pointing fingers at just about everyone but yourself.
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August 19, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster is nothing if not persistent, taking more than one attempt before giving Red Sox fans what they apparently wanted to see Sunday -- controversial New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez getting nailed by a pitch. Rodriguez, who is allowed to keep playing while appealing a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case, was booed by the crowd at Fenway Park all night, starting with his initial appearance in the on-deck circle during the first inning.
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