July 23, 2013

What they're saying about Braun

The Associated Press

Former National League MVP Ryan Brawn was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Some of the reaction from around baseball:

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"In my opinion, he should be suspended, lifetime ban. One strike you're out. It's enough. It's ridiculous. You're still doing this? This guy is one of the main guys that are the face of the franchise and the face of baseball. For him to do this and maybe get caught twice already is ridiculous. A guy loses his job because of it. Hopefully, he gets that back. He lied. He lied to a lot of people. I was convinced, after that MVP, that he didn't do it. I think he should hand over that MVP to (Dodgers OF) Matt Kemp." — Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker.

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"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.

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"As much as you want to try and clean up the game and this and that, I've said it before the last time something like this happened, it's just another black eye for baseball. We'll get through it, but still, you play baseball, it still hurts." — Seattle Mariners outfielder Jason Bay.

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"They played his apology from spring training that year when he did the whole thing and it was very heartfelt, and basically it just kills all the credibility of anybody." — Bay.

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"It hurts baseball for sure. Then again, there's going to be somebody who's going to take his spot for the remainder of the year and hopefully get the attention off of him. There's still more on that list, there's still more guys that have a case they have to try to go after. You never know, some guys might get off, some guys might get stiffer than that." — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake, the team's union representative.

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"For these guys still to be involved with this stuff just baffles me. The education's there and everybody knows what you can and can't take. It baffles me that this continues to be a black cloud over the game. I know Major League Baseball's done a great job of cleaning up the game and the testing policy and all that. And it's working. But at the same time, too, it seems like we'll go through a lull and then, bam, here comes another guy that gets suspended. It's got to stop." — Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

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"I'm pretty sure Braunie won't be the last. It's going to be for the next 100 years, somebody's going to try to beat the system and as long as they keep catching guys, the system works. The program works, and it proved that." — Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter.

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"I talked to a lot of the guys and we think the penalties aren't harsh enough, really. They should step up the penalties even more. That will really set the tell-tale sign that if you cheat and do get caught, you're going to lose a lot of money. Braun's deal that he made or whatever, it's going to last 65 games. To me, it's not enough. Next year he's making even more money. I think it should have been a year's suspension, at least. Just my take on it. I don't get why guys have to do that stuff." — Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders.

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