It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side. We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances.Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers • On the reversal of his 50-game suspension. Braun, the most recent NL MVP, challenged a recent drug-related penalty and was successful in overturning it. Because his urine sample was not sent to the testing facility on the same day it was collected, the MLB Players Association announced the decision’s reversal. Not everyone agrees with this decision; Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, claimed this reversal to be ”a real gut-kick to clean athletes.” source (via • follow)
notnadia asks: I heard this morning on the radio that Major League Baseball's new labor deal includes the addition of another wild card game. Is that true? How would that work exactly?
» SFB says: Here’s how it’d work: Each league will get a new wild-card team, and at the end of the season, each league would play a one-game playoff to decide which team would go to the postseason. Here’s why baseball purists may not like this: The end of this year’s regular season was made interesting by the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals (who won it all) coming from behind to overtake the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, respectively, for the wild-card slots. Under the new scenario, the Braves and Red Sox would have one last shot to redeem themselves, effectively taking a couple of weeks of excitement and putting it into a single game — kinda like sudden death at the end of a hockey game. What do you think? Like? Dislike? — Ernie @ SFB (It’s our Office Hours! Shoot us a question over here.)
I was super scared, and even though they did not hurt me physically, it was something that was very painful. I didn’t think I was ever going to see my family again, and that hurt me so much. But now, I am with them again and it feels tremendous to be back.Washington Nationals player Wilson Ramos • Discussing his kidnapping ordeal, which ended last night amidst a storm of gunfire. Ramos claims that, despite his kidnapping, his kidnappers treated him well. “They wanted money and they said they were not going to hurt me if they got their money,” he said. “They actually treated me well. They never hurt me. They fed me. They knew who I was and said it was not about hurting me. It was about money.” Ramos, who is from Venezuela, is the first known MLB player to be captured in this way, though it’s happened before with players’ relatives. source (via • follow)
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