This seemed simple enough. The league would go on to think about it for a little and then suspend the Milwaukee Brewer for 50 games.
Not so fast.
Like all players tested and condemned for having an illegal something in their body, Ryan Braun appealed the decision. This is a pretty routine thing, and no one ever really gets out of a decision like this.
Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was nullified as the court found some technicalities in the procedure of his testing to be awry. Something about the way his urine was collected didn't exactly match the proper procedure, which somehow lets him off of the cheating hook.
So what is the next move for the MLB? They have to be furious that a player can test positive and still somehow get to play in the games.
What's more is that the problem wasn't even in the testing. It wasn't some false positive or some accidental result that got overturned. It was a true positive result that got overturned for a little line in the rulebook.
What will the MLB do? Go back through their rulebook to make sure this never happens again, I'm sure. Or bring in a whole new crew of testers who will make the players actually do the tests the right way.
But the point isn't what the MLB will do next.
It's how this affects them right now.
This whole debacle has to make them feel like they have lost all the control they just felt like they had gained in the last few years. Things were going well for the MLB as far as testing and I, along with many others, felt like the game could possibly be cleaning up (or at least as much as it can).
But this news cuts deep. Ryan Braun might actually be innocent, which has to have the MLB reeling. I don't know all the details about urine samples and drug tests, but it seems that something fishy is going on with the MLB in trying to nab its big hitters.
What's strange about this case is that, while you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, Braun seemed to be pretty clearly proven guilty.
How much do you trust an MLB player defending himself anymore? How much can you trust his NFL quarterback friend Aaron Rodgers? I don't know the answers to these questions, but with how vehemently Braun has denied rumors, I feel like you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Now the MLB is in over their heads with testing issues and problems with their protocol and with their public reputation.
I don't know what they'll do about it, but it sure will be interesting to follow in the coming months.
All I do know is that Fantasy Baseball Players that have Ryan Braun on their keeper-league team are pretty happy right now.