His vindication comes from an arbitrator’s ruling that reversed a 50-game suspension because he allegedly tested positive for a performance enhancement drug. So now the reigning National League MVP can just kick back, relax, and enjoy his life as a Milwaukee Brewer …right?
To quote ESPN’s Lee Corso, “not so fast, my friend…”
Braun may have won his appeal, but his reputation has been sullied a bit. His name will be now associated with performance enhancing drugs.
Players and fans outside of Milwaukee will look at Braun sideways. They will start to think (if not so already), “is he really innocent, or did he get over?”
I may not see the future like Dionne Warwick, but something tells me he will get the Barry Bonds-light treatment on the road this season.
Another big star – an MVP no less – associated with performance enhancing drugs. And by the way, that was the last thing that baseball needs.