Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio maintains a friendly, professional relationship with Brewers personnel.
While on the field, Braun has the support of his teammates. Equally important to this upcoming season is the great support he received from the Brewers brass.
As the man who drafted Ryan Braun, General Manager Doug Melvin has gone on record to show support for Braun in a way that is both professional and loyal.
While no GM in baseball would further punish Braun if he had truly failed the test, it is possible others wouldn't have stepped up to bat for Braun in the public arena the way Melvin and owner Mark Attanasio did this offseason.
Equally rational would be a GM getting cold feet at the possibility of having a PED-user signed to a career-long contract.
Attanasio credited Melvin with having the plan in place to show poise through adversity as a franchise, stating:
"Doug set the tone where he said we were going to stay the course and plan the same way we always do, and really not regard it. I'm sure Doug had some sleepless nights but given that he set that tone, I just went through planning this off-season the same way as we always did and tried to put as good a team together to compete.
"We didn't have 'what if' conversations. We said we'd address it if it needed to be addressed. Doug and I had conversations and we said we're going to plan for the season as though Ryan is part of the team. That was very, very constructive. It saved us from probably making a bad decision somewhere."
In the end, neither Melvin nor Attanasio buckled under the pressure of the Braun situation or jumped to conclusions before due process was held.
In Braun's recent press conference, he thanked Attanasio for his show of support in a trying time and said Attanasio "truly represents everything that’s good about our game today."
As Attanasio noted the day following Braun's arrival in spring camp, the Brewers owner is caught in a delicate position of supporting the MLB and supporting his player:
"I'm a big Ryan Braun supporter, which extends well beyond being MVP of the league," he said. "At the same time, I'm a supporter of a strong drug-testing program. And, by the way, I believe baseball does have a strong drug-testing program.
"The corollary to everything we've been talking about is the MVP went through an extremely difficult off-season because Major League Baseball has a strong drug testing program, and needs to have. The balance is you support both."
It is this kind of franchise support system that has allowed Braun to thrive, even when he was a struggling fielder as a rookie third baseman.
It now allows him to also thrive in light of a botched drug test and months of speculation about his character, ethics and whether he had cheated the game.
Knowing his teammates and franchise management have his back will surely allow Braun to thrive on the field.