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Ryan Braun put up MVP numbers again in 2012, but came in second to Buster Posey.
In the eyes of baseball fans, it's an unfortunate connection between Ryan Braun and Biogenesis of America, a now-defunct clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. known for selling PEDs to professional athletes.
Before the allegations concerning a positive drug test last year, which Braun successfully appealed, he was the picture-perfect MLB role model: a Rookie of the Year, an All-Star, an NL MVP and a team leader responsible for turning a struggling franchise in the right direction.
In recent weeks, however, Braun has twice been linked to Anthony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis.
First, Yahoo! Sports uncovered a document from Biogenesis with Braun's name on it, but the Brewers outfielder dismissed the evidence, stating that he used Bosch as a consultant during his appeal last year.
Now, ESPN's Outside the Lines has discovered another document featuring Braun's name and the amount "$1,500" written next to it, supposedly an amount of money owed to Bosch.
The names of other MLB players linked to PEDs, such as Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Francisco Cervelli, are also on the list.
Whether Braun used or received PEDs is unknown, but both are suspendable offenses.
For now, the fifth overall pick in 2005 is focusing on spring training and the 2013 season and hoping for the best.