On Monday, Major League Baseball suspended Ryan Braun without pay for the remainder of the 2013 regular season and postseason for violating its drug policy, effective immediately.
Braun became the eighth player on a team’s 25-man roster in the past two seasons to receive a suspension related to violating the drug policy and is the highest-level performer of those suspended.
Ryan Braun OPS Ranks Since 2010
Braun was the 2007 National League Rookie of the Year and 2011 NL MVP. He’s a five-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
Since the start of the 2007 season (the year in which he debuted), Braun ranks sixth in home runs (211), sixth in runs batted in (681) and fifth in batting average (.312).
Braun ranks fourth in the majors and first among outfielders with 33.3 wins above replacement since the start of the 2008 season, trailing only Albert Pujols (38.0), Miguel Cabrera (34.8) and Evan Longoria (33.9).
Braun is the Brewers' all-time leader in batting average and OPS (.938), and he ranks fourth in home runs, sixth in RBIs and fifth in stolen bases (130).
Braun hit 202 home runs in his first six seasons, the sixth-most of any player in major league history. His numbers dipped slightly in 2010, a season in which he ranked 25th in OPS and 44th in isolated power (which measures extra bases per at-bat).
Most HR in First 6 Seasons
In each of the next two seasons, he ranked in the top three in OPS and the top six in isolated power.
The Brewers were 27-32 when Braun started this season, which equates to a 74-win pace. In the first 38 games in which he didn’t start (either to rest or because of injury), they were 14-24, which translates to a 60-win pace.