So Ryan Braun will be at the NY Baseball Writers Awards dinner on Saturday where he will accept his NL MVP award as he still awaits his “day in court” to appeal his 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug rules.
In today’s NY Times, David Waldstein writes
Braun will face a three-member panel to hear his appeal, most likely this month, and the usual process provides for an announcement if the initial ruling is upheld and he is suspended. Any suspension would probably begin opening day, meaning Braun could attend spring training.
There is no provision in the process for an announcement if he is exonerated. But because the case has become public, Major League Baseball and the players union could agree to reveal the decision if Braun is cleared. [My emphases.]
Now I don’t know all the ins and outs of the legalities here, but I find this particularly interesting: if he’s found “guilty,” MLB will announce it, but there’s some question as to whether they would do the same if he’s cleared? Does that seem fair? Why should there be any hesitation? Perhaps MLB is afraid of setting a precedent and future cases will try to take advantage and find loopholes. It’s the classic situation of accusing someone of a heinous crime on the front page, but when it turns out the accused was innocent, the story is buried in the paper.