Ryan Braun Has 50-Game Suspension Lifted; Brewers Star to Play in 2012

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Ryan Braun Has 50-Game Suspension Lifted; Brewers Star to Play in 2012
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Ryan Braun will start on Opening Day for the Brewers after his 50-game suspension was lifted on Thursday.

Well, say it isn't so.

National League MVP Ryan Braun is the first player to successfully appeal a decision made by Major League Baseball's drug program. 

Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone levels.

When news first broke that Ryan Braun received a 50-game suspension on suspicion of using performance-enhancing drugs, I wasn't surprised one bit.

Isn't it sad that I no longer react when players are found guilty on suspicion of using PEDs? 

Are there any honest players left in this game? After all this is a game of honest men isn't it? Men who at one time played with heart and made baseball America's greatest pastime. 

Every year I wonder who will be next to cheat America's great game. I am at the point where I expect the disappointment. Who knows who it will be this upcoming season.

Frankly, I am surprised Albert Pujols has been in the clear as long as he has.

The Braun decision was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das earlier today and sources say MLB officials did not agree with the decision. It was announced just one day before the Brewers' outfielder was expected to report to spring training.

"...I am innocent and the truth is on our side," said Braun.

I always thought Braun was just a little too good. He has a considerable amount of power for someone his size. No, that does not necessarily mean he is guilty.

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I just find it all interesting. It makes you wonder. It's not like his numbers have drastically changed in all areas so it's probably just wishful thinking on my part. 

Braun may not be out of the woods just yet arguing that protocol had not been followed after the sample was taken from him rather than arguing the science or results of the test.

The collector did not the ship sample out immediately, thinking FedEx offices were closed. Policy says that samples should be shipped as soon as possible.

Ryan Braun, 28, hit .312 with 33 HR and 111 RBI last season and led the Brewers to the NL Championship Series. 

Even if Braun's reputation in baseball is tainted, he has plenty of time to restore it. He is signed with Milwaukee through 2015 and is expected to earn a total of $145.5 million running through 2020.

Information from ESPN, investigative reporters with ESPN, and the Associated Press were used in this article. 

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