Thursday February 23 2012- Breaking News- MLB network is reporting that Ryan Braun has won his appeal according to an independent arbitrator. Braun, the reigning National League MVP was originally suspended 50 games under the rules of MLB's drug testing policy.
There are whispers, unconfirmed, that the suspension was overturned on a technicality involving time the sample was held before delivery to the laboratory performing the testing. If this true, MLB has a big problem with their system integrity, while
the Players Association as well as the Brewer front office, not to mention Tijuana pharmacies are celebrating.
*Updated- Braun's appeal victory is based on test procedure not test results. Evidently a testing facility employee, thinking that FED-EX was closed for the evening, took the sample home for the night and kept it in the refrigerator until morning. This helps explain the MLB position of embarrassment and "strongly disagreeing" with the independent arbitrator. Here's how it works on the three person panel: One union employee, one MLB rep, and one completely independent arbitrator, with each voting with their respective loyalties, as expected, its left to the independent. Like it or not, this is a fair result. Did Braun and his legal team use the system to beat the system? Sure. But not anymore than anyone else and that has nothing to do with money or position. Chain of evidence is first day of law school procedure. It is a right that anyone being judged should be able to expect.