Posted By Jeff Fletcher on December 12, 2011 9:00 am
I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to hear what I think of all this Ryan Braun stuff, so here goes…
First, I am reserving judgment on whether he’s even guilty at the moment. I know it’s easy to just assume that everyone accused is guilty, but given the fact that Braun has played his entire professional life in an era when he’s been tested, I find it at least plausible that he’s clean. Second, people who know Braun seem to be legitimately shocked. Third, MLB still hasn’t announced the suspension, which means they are still wading through the process. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s guilty or innocent at this point.
Now, what about the MVP? No way you can take it away from him. Voters voted with the best information they had at the time, and Braun won. End of story. BBWAA secretary treasurer Jack O’Connell has said as much.
Ken Caminiti. Jason Giambi. Alex Rodriguez. Barry Bonds. All of them won MVPs and had strong ties to steroids. (The first three admitted it well after winning, and Bonds was widely assumed to have cheated before he won his last MVP, in 2004.)
Yes, it would suck if Braun juiced his way to an MVP, but he wouldn’t be the first guy and he likely won’t be the last.
Also, there is nothing about “character” in the MVP description, unlike the Hall of Fame. Read both here.
Finally, I think maybe the more times that one of the “clean” guys gets busted, maybe we can all just stop the charade of pretending we know who cheated and who didn’t. I just assume they all did.