July 23, 2013

Ryan Braun reaction: Fed-up players feel 'sick'

By Mike Fitzpatrick / The Associated Press

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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out after pinch hitting during the 11th inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on Sunday in Milwaukee. Braun, who has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, admits he "made mistakes" in violating Major League Baseball's drug policies.

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Bay thinks Braun could have handled his situation differently.

"If you look at the guys who have done stuff and just come out and admit it, a lot of guys don't remember who those guys were," Bay said. "But the guys who run up and down and say, 'No, no,' and then it gets drug through the mud 10 times worse, it makes it tougher on themselves and the rest of us."

It appears more penalties are coming, too.

Braun was one of more than a dozen players targeted by MLB, including injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, following a report by Miami New Times in January that they had been connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

"The guys that are cheating or whatever are taking something away from the other players. They're lying to the fans, they're lying to their teammates, they're lying to their GMs, their owners, and they're going to get caught," Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said.

Braun addressed his stunned Brewers teammates Monday afternoon. Second baseman Rickie Weeks described the slugger as "somber" and "embarrassed."

"I've said all along he doesn't need that stuff to perform," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "I don't know why he ever took it."

Lucroy acknowledged he initially felt deceived. But he said Brewers players were supportive, and he forgives Braun.

"I don't think anybody here is going to hold a grudge," Lucroy said. "He was depressed, but at the same time he felt a lot of weight come off his shoulder, come off his chest. That's a tough burden to bear, withholding the truth for so long."

 

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