More on Braun.
For those who think it untoward that he got off on a technicality, I offer this argument by Jeff Fletcher from the Bay Bridge Baseball blog:
Let’s say [Braun's] innocent. Say he never took a single drug in his life. Not even aspirin.
MLB: “We have a test of your urine that shows Chemical X.”
Braun: “But I never took anything.”
MLB: “OK, but we have a test of your urine that shows Chemical X.”
Where do you go from there?
Braun’s only defense is to challenge the accuracy of the test, whether he is totally innocent or whether he’s guilty and looking for an out. Doesn’t matter. His only defense is to challenge the accuracy of the test.
• This piece by Ray Ratto at CSNBayArea.com, Baseball Nation chides MLB for complaining “vehemently” about the arbiters’ decision:
[I]t is inconceivably bad form for baseball to scream about the result just because they wanted it to be something else. The process is supposed to be about finding the truth, not getting the desired result. The desired result IS the truth, and baseball’s system says Braun didn’t do what he was accused of doing. MLB’s reaction, though, shows that for it, testing isn’t about determining a player’s guilt or innocence, it’s about nailing guys.
• Jason Brannon at Baseball Nation looks at the situation from the “leak” perspective, perhaps not the only time you’ll see this case compared with Watergate.
I’m guessing that MLB cannot appeal the appeal. Now that the affair is over, Braun can pretty much say whatever he wants without fear of repercussion. I just hope that a few months down the line, something doesn’t come out to bite him in the butt. If it does, he’ll be the victim of his own hubris which would turn out even worse that Raphael Palmiero.