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Ryan Braun Suspended for Rest of Season for Violating MLB Drug Policy

Milwaukee slugger the first to fall in wake of Biogenesis scandal

Major League Baseball is done playing games when it comes to players doping, and they sent a stern message on Monday when it was announced the Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season for violating MLB’s anti-doping policy. Braun was unsuccessfully suspended for the 2012 campaign after a urine sample detected elevated levels of testosterone in his system. Braun appealed the suspension and won, which left a particularly bad taste in Commissioner Bud Selig’s mouth. Monday Selig made it clear that he would have the last say in the matter, and Braun is expected to be the first of many players who will face disciplinary actions in the coming days who are linked to the defunct Miami Biogenesis Clinic which was a source of performance-enhancing substances used by as many as 20 current Major-League players.

Braun, who is hitting .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs this season, will apparently not challenge this suspension. Amongst the other players who could see suspensions coming over the next few days are Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Astros’ outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres’ shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s reliever Jordan Norberto, Padres’ reliever Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello. Other high-profile players who have been linked to this scandal include Melky Cabrera and Francisco Cervelli.


By: Robert Gonzalez Staff Writer