Although it was a development many have been expecting, the suspension handed to Milwaukee Brewers slugger and former NL MVP Ryan Braun still sent shockwaves through the baseball world.
In early June it was revealed that Braun was at the center of the Biogenesis investigation and was facing a potentially hefty suspension.
That speculation became official on Monday when the suspension was announced by Major League Baseball:
Braun had the following to say, via MLB's Twitter account:
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal have more details regarding the logistics of the suspension:
Braun, of course, won the MVP award in 2011 after hitting .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBI. Last year, he finished second to Buster Posey in voting when he hit .319 along with 41 homers and 112 RBI.
Yet, despite that production, he has been an incredibly polarizing figure ever since failing a drug test in 2011 and subsequently successfully escaping a 50-game suspension.
During that entire ordeal, he continually argued for his innocence and even threw several people under the bus in the process. He had this to say, courtesy of the New York Times' Tyler Kepner, shortly before he won his appeal:
Then, after he won, he made this speech:
Even Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was quick to back up Braun at that time, sending out this tweet in February of 2012:
Rodgers also made a regrettable promise to a fan:
As expected, most were quick to call the maligned star out on his lies and deceit following Monday's news, such as the Tacoma News Tribune's Todd Dybas:
The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham and ESPN's Buster Olney had someone in mind who may be feeling most enthralled about the news:
Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison simply used this as a time to poke fun at his team's own offensive struggles, per the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer:
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, meanwhile, wasn't really all that interested in listening to Braun's apology:
Speaking of the Diamondbacks:
For what it's worth, Braun hit .500 with a home run and four doubles against Arizona in the 2011 National League Division Series, so yeah, it's easy to see why that fanbase doesn't exactly love the guy.
Speaking of non-fans (via Passan):
What's more, this news could very well open the floodgates for other players named on the Biogenesis report, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
ESPN's Jayson Stark and Passan have more details on that:
This is an absolutely massive development in the baseball world, and it will be compelling to see what new details unfold in the coming days, weeks and even months.
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