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Fallout from Ryan Braun's PED test

Updated: December 11, 2011, 10:59 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Ryan Braun, who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faces a 50-day suspension if the finding is upheld, sent a text to Tom Haudricourt, asserting his innocence. A positive test would be a severe blow, writes Michael Hunt. His positive test is tough to take, writes Troy Renck, and I'll echo some of what Renck has here: Braun is a really good guy and a player who has embraced his role as a leader in the sport.

Three thoughts:

1. Braun is the 2011 NL MVP and there is no precedent for that to be altered, even if he's suspended. The Baseball Writers Association of America has never stripped a winner of an award, including Alex Rodriguez, who has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, when he won the AL MVP.

But that's a stance completely at odds with the writers' collective stance in the Hall of Fame balloting, in which voters have treated the history of Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, et al, as if it doesn't exist; they've stripped those players of the accomplishments of their entire careers -- and sometimes based on mere suspicion, as in the case of Jeff Bagwell.

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