The cloud in this case was the outcome of a standard drug test taken by then-unnamed but now-reigning National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun. A test result, without getting into all of the specifics and details and rumors involved, which normally carries with it a 50-game suspension.
Braun immediately appealed the findings of the test and the longest waiting game of the offseason took flight. If Braun loses his appeal, he would serve a 50-game suspension beginning on Opening Day of the 2012 season. Braun’s first game back in that scenario would be May 31st against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
I was told this morning that a decision was finally reached and it would be announced hopefully tonight, but maybe tomorrow. The only delay was to get Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig’s sign-off.
- Well, if the league is preparing an announcement, he must be getting suspended.
- But if the commissioner needs to sign off on it, it must not be 50 games because otherwise why would he need to sign off?
Therefore, it is with relief that I announce that:
RYAN BRAUN WILL SERVE NO SUSPENSION!
UPDATE: I heard that the reason that there was an announcement from the league is because, in light of the media circus surrounding this entire process because of the initial leak, the sides agreed to a joint press release about the results.