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“It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation,” Braun said in a statement. “We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.”
Braun, 28, is believed to be the first major league player to successfully win such an appeal — although other examples would not necessarily have come to light, since the process is designed to keep the player’s name secret unless the suspension is upheld. ESPN, citing two anonymous sources, first reported in December that Braun had tested positive for synthetic testosterone during the playoffs and would be suspended unless he wins an appeal.
A three-person arbitration panel consisting of MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred, union chief Michael Weiner and independent arbitrator Shyam Das voted 2-to-1 to sustain Braun’s appeal, with Das casting the decisive vote.
I like Ryan Braun and was very saddened when he was fingered for cheating last year. As for this ruling, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt since he won his appeal. But the whole thing is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. It sounds like he got off on a technicality.