MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred released a statement via CBSSports.com that shows their displeasure for Braun's successful appeal. You would think they would be happy that their reigning NL MVP had actually not cheated by taking PEDs because it keeps the integrity of the game intact.
Here is the official statement.
Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our Clubs and all of the players who take the field. It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.
As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute. While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.
Obviously, Major League Baseball is not happy with the third-party arbitrator's—Shyam Das—decision, but they should be. Why? Let's find out.