Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of year

Ryan Braun is the first MLB player to be suspended for involvement with Biogenesis, Alex Rodriguez could be next Photo: Juice-Mode/AP

LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2013 — Major League Baseball has announced that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season for his connection to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida.

Braun’s name appears on a client list from the anti-aging clinic in Miami along with as many as 20 other MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez. This is the first suspension handed down to a major league player after Biogenesis documents were leaked in January.

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MLB released a statement from Braun in which he said, “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.”

In 2011, Ryan Braun had a positive drug test for performance enhancing drugs and was given a 50 game suspension. Braun appealed and eventually won on a technicality based on how his sample was handled. Braun, who will be representing the United States in the World Baseball Classic this year won the Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and is a five-time all-star.

When Braun’s name first surfaced in February, he issued a statement saying, “During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.”

Alex Rodriguez is expected to be dealt with by MLB next. The next few weeks should be littered with various suspension announcements.

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Alex Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to using steroids after signing a then record $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. He has said that he only used steroids from 2001 through 2003.  Rodriguez, or El Cacique as he is nicknamed on the list, claims to have been clean since 2003.

Yuri Sucart, cousin/friend of Alex Rodriguez, is also on the list.  Rodriguez said in 2009 that Sucart was the person who brought him the drugs from 2001 to 2003. He signed another deal with the New York Yankees that extended his contract to a record $275 million. He is owed $114 million over the next five years of his contract. Rodriguez recently sustained another injury to his thigh while attempting to return from the DL.

Also on the list, are Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal, all of whom have already been caught in 2012 by baseball’s drug testing program. Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for high levels of testosterone in August while playing for the San Francisco Giants. He served his suspension, but was left off of the post season roster for the Giants. During the off-season, he signed a two year contract worth $16 million with the Toronto Blue Jays.   

Less than 2 weeks after Cabrera was suspended, Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 games by MLB for synthetic testosterone while playing for the Oakland A’s. The A’s signed him in November to a new one year contract for 2013 worth $3 million. The contract could be worth up to $6 million if certain incentives are reached.

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Yasmani Grandal was a rookie last year with the San Diego Padres. He was suspended in November 2012 for 50 games for elevated testosterone levels. He will start the 2013 season with the San Diego Padres while serving out his suspension. 

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music for The Washington Times Communities. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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