Over the weekend, news broke that NL MVP Ryan Braun had a positive drug test during the post-season. Braun disputes the results of this test and is appealing. If he loses that appeal, the Brewers leftfielder will serve a 50-game suspension at the beginning of the 2012 season.
Naturally, there are those who are already convicting Braun specifically Dodgers fans like Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times who are mad because Braun beat out Matt Kemp for the NL MVP and wants Braun to return the award.
Jonah Keri presents a far more sensible take on this whole matter with the succinct conclusion, “Right now, we know nothing.”
As for the Brewers, they have sprung into action and are on the verge of signing longtime Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a three-year contract for a yet to be disclosed sum. The Brewers are not expected to re-sign Prince Fielder and if the Brew Crew lose Braun for the first third of the season then Ramirez, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks will be counted on to pick up the slack.