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Result is positively bad for baseball

One of the game's best, Ryan Braun now one of most prominent to test positive

Updated: December 10, 2011, 10:56 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The past three months have felt like a renaissance for baseball, with a regular-season finish nobody will forget, a World Series arguably among the best ever, and an offseason percolating with big names and big moves. Lots of momentum.

A Major League Baseball official spoke happily about all this the other day, and I said to him -- completely in jest, without any foresight -- "Hopefully for your sake, you don't have a big steroids bust before spring training."

So much ...

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