So I wanted to wait until we had all..or nearly all of the information on this case before I went ahead and did a blog post.
Braun will not be serving a fifty game suspension. Apparently, the person who was supposed to deliver the sample kept it in his fridge, and may or may not have tampered with it.
I'm not really sure what to make of this. Some guy keeps a sample for a while and we assume he tampered with it? That's what we're doing by letting Braun off scot-free. Why was it assumed that it was tampered with? Is the man that had this sample not a trusted professional? Shouldn't he be fired for tampering with a sample? What would his motives be for risking his career to derail Braun's?
Who knows. Braun will no doubt have to live with these allegations for the rest of his career, whether they are actually legitimate or not. If Braun is innocent, I feel bad that he has had to deal with this. If not...boy did he luck out.
The decision affects the NL Central in a big way; Milwaukee is back among the favorites in the division. The Pirates have a slight advantage however: they wouldn't have even played the Brewers before Braun's suspension ended anyway.
The Pirates first spring training game is less than a week away. The Pirates first televised spring training matchup will be on March 10th on Root Sports.