It feels like ages ago that we learned that 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for a prohibited substance. We never should have learned that in the first place, at least not at the time, but somebody leaked the information to the media, and we all got to participate in the subsequent circus.
Braun, however, has always had a clean image, and he steadfastly denied doing anything wrong. He appealed the positive result and corresponding 50-game suspension. He appealed several weeks ago. Now, finally, we're going to hear whether or not his appeal was successful:
Braun decision coming soon— karl ravech (@karlravechespn) February 23, 2012
Ravech later clarified that as "today". As in, we'll hear the decision today, with today being Thursday. The expectation is that Braun's suspension will be upheld, since a successful appeal is extraordinarily difficult, but Braun's confident, sooooooooo we'll see soon.
Braun is reporting to Brewers camp Friday. Even if he is suspended, he can still participate in spring training. He'd just have to miss the first 50 meaningful games. Not that the Brewers want the MVP out of action for a month and a half, but on the bright side they'd at least have a better opportunity to evaluate Norichika Aoki.