#Brawn 2.0

It’s kind of strange that I’m spending so much time on Ryan Braun…this is my second post about his positive PED test. But inasmuch as this is a Tigers blog, it is a blog about baseball, and furthermore, it is a blog where we learn and PED’s are as relevant as anything in the game.

What happens if a Tiger is ever caught? How will we react to that knowledge?

Thanks to Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospectus and Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated, I know much more about the current PED testing in the new CBA than I did last week.

Yesterday in my first #Brawn post I covered 7 topics. They are:

  1. Braun was initially found to have an elevated testosterone level. Hence, “Brawn”.
  2. A subsequent test revealed that the testosterone was an unidentified synthetic.
  3. A 2nd test was administered as soon as Braun tested positive, and the 2nd came back negative.
  4. There was confusion at first, but the second test administered was a DIFFERENT sample.
  5. No positive test has ever been overturned by MLB but that is due to the fact that all announcements have been made AFTER the appeals process has been exercised.
  6. We do not know if there have been tests overturned because of the appeals process.
  7. Therefore, we are in a unique position in that we know of Braun’s positive test before the appeals process has been completed

Since last night we have learned a few things about Braun’s test that was administered during the 2011 playoffs.

8. According to a source from Braun’s Camp (not MLB) Braun tested positive for a “banned substance” not a steroid or even a PED.

9. There has never been a result like this in the history of testing. The results were “insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken”

10. The never-before-seen ratio, according to the source, is one of several “highly unusual circumstances

A spokesman for Braun confirmed the positive test Saturday and issued a statement: “There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”

So, what we know so far is that whatever the case, the results of the positive test were too high to be taken seriously. As in, they were at a dangerous level.

This “evidence” or whatever you want to call it is pointless until the Appeal is heard, which can be at some point in January or February.

The Appeal is the next interesting part of this ongoing story.

Major League Baseball has never overturned a PED test appeal. Players are 0-for-13 during this process. The fact that Braun hopes that a “False Positive” will be ruled and he will be cleared of this is slim to none. Consider also that Jeff Passan has had scientists tell him that a “False Positive” in these tests are “next to impossible”.

That’s where we are at this point. If you are looking for medical terms and such, go check out Will Carroll’s article over at SI. The guy’s awesome.

And so, before we leave, knowing that we need to wait before we enshrine the Hebrew Hammer into The Hall of Shame, I give you a bit of fun courtesy of Jimmy Rollins:

Thanks Jimmy. Way to start a controversy.

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