National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug according to Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN.  The 28-year-old Brewer is disputing the claim through the MLBPA, but if the test results are confirmed, he faces a 50-game suspension.

Braun was made aware of the positive test in late October after providing a urine sample for testing during the playoffs.  The positive test was triggered by an elevated level of testosterone in Braun’s system.  Usually (although certainly not always), these tests are caused by synthetic testosterone.

Representatives for the Brewers’ leftfielder issued this statement today:

“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”

Braun hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs and a 7.8 fWAR  in 2011, helping the Brewers to the NL Central crown and just their second playoff appearance since 1982.

There is no word yet on whether or not a confirmed positive test will result in Braun being stripped of his MVP Award.  More on this in the days to come.

Comments (16)

  1. braun = lmaowned

  2. He shouldn’t be stripped of his MVP award. The punishment for PED use is a 50 game suspension, nothing more.

    Anyway, maybe now the writers will stop blindly saying the “Steroid Era” is over (and start voting some PED users into the HOF in time). Ryan Braun certainly isn’t the only elite hitter using PEDs, he’s just the one that got caught.

    • i’m predicting that the media comes to the defense of braun.

      i’m also going to guess that after losing fielder (looking more certain now), that there’s a good chance that the brewers find some way to help braun clear his name on this one. it of course, doesn’t hurt that selig is effectively one of the brewers owners.

      • Oh boy. I can hear it now if the media starts defending Braun and Barry Bonds catches wind of it. If Braun keeps his MVP, Bonds had better be a first ballot HOFer, because unlike Braun, he was never caught doing anything wrong.

        • Are u kidding? no Barry Bonds was never caught…..he just magically gained 50 pounds of muscle, was hitting homeruns everytime he swung his bat…..ohh and after a year off is all of a sudden magically back to a normal size and weight…..but he didn’t do anything wrong at all lol…..keep telling yourself that one

          • …and was never caught.

          • Not saying Barry Bonds didn’t take steroids but…

            Putting on 50lbs of muscle over several years in itself isn’t proof.

            I’ve done the same thing naturally through weight training.

          • Forgot to add:

            If I ceased eating 4000+ calories/day and stopped lifting weights I would quickly drop a lot of size too.

            Barry probably just stopped eating and lifting weights since he had no reason to maintain his current musculature.

          • Not saying he didn’t do it. Just saying he wasn’t caught.

          • He also didn’t break any rules at the time. There were no rules nor testing.

    • this is whats wrong with baseball. idiots like this guy who can justify using roids by a simple suspension.

  3. ESPN posted a pretty thorough recap of events, including the fact that Braun has since taken a second test, that did not come back positive, is stringently appealing it, and apparently has a history of both disliking steroids and being tested for them.

    It seems to me there’s more to this story than initially appears.

    (Link to the story here: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7338271/ryan-braun-milwaukee-brewers-tests-positive-performance-enhancing-drug)

  4. I’m posting this everywhere I possibly can – idiot thinks he has proven all his haters wrong:

    @DamoSpin Damien Cox
    Braun and PEDs in baseball; huh, guess sometimes you do at least have to ask the question….

    • Wow, Cox. Except nobody was asking the question about Braun, they were singling out Bautista for no reason.

    • Let’s keep in mind that somewhere around 5% of these tests are false positives. A further 2-3% of elevated testosterone positives are not drug related.

      • Except that the WADA test confirmed that the steroid was synthetic. This is not something that he could explain away as being a natural elevation of his own body’s testosterone level.

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