According to multiple reports by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today, among others, the arbitration panel in charge of the appeal has sided with the All-Star Ryan Braun, 28, who has been under a microscope of scrutiny the last few months.
After a positive test for elevated testosterone levels during the playoffs, Braun was informed of his failed test and still opted to receive the 2011 National League MVP award. He did so with what we can now call a clean conscience and in the midst of the best season of his career (.332 BA, 33 HR, 111 RBI).
Many pundits on and off television were calling for Braun to be stripped of the award in light of the failed test. They also questioned his lack of speaking out about the test and how he hadn't professed his innocence. It seems Braun would rather have a winning appeal clear his name than fight an uphill media battle.
As details leaked about Braun's case, everything from him using performance-enhancing drugs to herpes medication came out as the cause of his failed test. While it is unclear as of the time of this article as to what really did cause his elevated testosterone, the arbitrators in charge of his appeal found the cause to not be suspension worthy.
I'd venture to guess it's not steroids or anything that gave him a boost on the field.
As for the Brewers, losing Prince Fielder this offseason and faced with the prospect of losing Braun for 50 games as well, things did not look too great around New Year's.
Brewer fans can now rejoice in knowing their beloved slugger and face of their franchise is a clean, innocent man.