Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Not that Braun's positive test influenced his MVP numbers (you'll remember the test was from the Brewers NLDS series over the Diamondbacks), but it sounds to me like Braun had been using prior to that. Not to mention the All-Star starts he likely stole from people. And who's to say that had Braun not been using that the D'backs wouldn't have won that series, possibly over-taken the Cardinals in the NLCS and won the World Series.
This is why PED use is such a huge issue. Not only does it change record books with inflated home run numbers, but it changes the course of history. Personally, 65 games and $3.25 million in forfeited salary is not enough for a guy who's still got a ton of money on his contract. I guess I expect the fans, critics, analysts and Hall of Fame voters to make up for the rest of his punishment.
I agree with Trevor Hoffman's assertion for handling PED users. He said that they should forfeit their numbers. I'd say they should also forfeit their awards. Granted, Barry Bonds is sitting on more MVP trophies than Michael Jordan and never tested positive, so what would you do about those? I guess those would have to stay, but as for Braun and the other players in this scandal. Their numbers should be wiped clean, just like a college that forfeits wins in football the games happened, but they don't count. Writers, voters and fans already write a guy off anyway, so why do we have to look at graphics on in-game broadcasts that say so-and-so is the first guy to do such-and-such since Giambi, Rodrigues, Bonds, Sosa, McGwire or Braun?
As a fan this will be tough. Braun will return in 2014 and probably still be the Brewers best player. I want my team to do well and no doubt I'll be cheering every time he hits a bomb. At least the Brewers have some other young guys to root for like; Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura. Suffice it to say this may be the worst year in the history of the franchise given the losing record and huge scandal. Although it doesn't appear to be any of the Brewers management's fault.
I guess I'll have to change my header now. Well crap...