Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and former University of Miami star Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball on Monday after acknowledging he broke baseballs rules regarding its drug prevention program.
Braun, 29, who won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2011, is the first player linked to Biogenesis Tony Boschs Coral Gables-based anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied PEDs to high-profile baseball players under investigation to be suspended by baseball.
Three-time American League MVP and Miami native Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, whose name is on the baseball field at the University of Miami, is also among the list of 20 or so players also linked to Biogenesis.
As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect, Braun said in a statement released by MLB. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.
I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed all of the baseball fans, especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.
UM baseball coach Jim Morris, reached by phone after learning of the news, declined comment.
Last week at the All-Star Game in New York, union Executive Director Michael Weiner said he expected MLB which has built its case on phone records, receipts and other information provided by Bosch to present its findings to the players association within the next month and for disciplinary action and appeals to likely remain unresolved until the winter.
But Braun, who successfully appealed a 50-game suspension from baseball last season after a positive test for testosterone, apparently sped the process up after he met with MLB investigators recently and decided to admit he broke rules. He will miss the Brewers final 65 games this season without pay. Braun, who was scheduled to make $8.5 million this season, will lose $3.4 million. The Brewers are struggling this season with the second-worst record in the National League only better than the Marlins.
We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions, said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics and League Affairs for Major League Baseball. We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.
When news of Brauns suspension broke on the TV inside the Marlins clubhouse Monday afternoon in Colorado, players jumped to their feet, the stereo was turned off and everyone watched, silent but riveted.
A few minutes later, reporters were ushered out of the clubhouse for a players-only meeting.
You know were clean. We havent scored a run in 37 innings, Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison joked afterward. I think there will be a domino effect for sure. Youve got all those guys on that list, right?