Ryan Braun Wins Appeal of Positive PED Test, Avoids 50-Game Suspension

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2012

For the first time in MLB history, a player has had a positive drug test overturned. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, Ryan Braun has won his appeal against the MLB.

As a result, Braun will have his 50-game suspension lifted. This is a huge boost to the Milwaukee Brewers, who could have found themselves in a deep hole if they had to start the year without their superstar outfielder.

The report from Haudricourt indicates that Braun's test results were overturned by a 2-1 verdict from an arbitration panel.

Haudricourt writes, "Someone familiar with the decision said the appeal went Braun's way not so much on contesting the result of the test but the testing process itself, some kind of technicality."

Not only does the recent turn of events help out the Brewers, but it also helps clean up the reigning NL MVP's image. He had a great reputation before, and now that image will no longer be unfairly tarnished.

It also means that Braun's MVP award is legitimate. Braun deserved the award for his outstanding 2011 season, and now there is no need for any more controversy surrounding the award.

As soon as the test results came out Braun maintained his innocence. The ruling proves that Braun was telling the truth the whole time and that he got caught up in an unfortunate situation.

Without this issue hanging over his head, Braun can get to work at spring training and prepare for what he hopes to be another stellar year.

In fact, this may all turn out be a blessing in disguise for Braun and the Brewers, as it could help motivate and push the team's star to even new heights.

Another outstanding season from Braun could propel the Brewers back into the playoffs, despite the loss of Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers this winter. The NL Central will be competitive in 2012, but the Milwaukee certainly has found new life.

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