Ryan Braun reportedly on list of players who received PEDs from Biogenesis

Ryan BraunRyan Braun said in a statement that his name appeared in Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis records because his legal team used Bosch as a consultant for its suspension appeal case. ESPN appears to have found evidence suggesting Braun’s name also appeared on a list of players who received performance-enhancing drugs from the company.

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish report that Braun’s name appears on a list written by Bosch that has the figure 1500 next to the name. A source told them that the list is for players who received PEDs from Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic.

Francisco Cervelli’s name appears below Braun’s, while Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez appear above it. Cabrera was suspended 50 games after tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone last season. Rodriguez admitted in 2008 to using PEDs earlier in his career, though he denies involvement with Biogenesis.

Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He avoided suspension because the urine sample collector did not follow proper protocol when sending the sample back to the lab for testing.

Previous Bosch records published by Yahoo! Sports had “RB 20-30k” listed. Braun’s statement said that was because there was a dispute over how much he owed Bosch for his services as a consultant. The new document would put a hole in that explanation.

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Ryan Braun listed in Biogenesis records, claims he used Anthony Bosch as consultant during appeal

Ryan BraunRyan Braun’s name was listed in Biogenesis clinic records, but the former NL MVP says that is only because his team used Anthony Bosch as a consultant during his suspension appeal last year.

Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that Braun’s name was listed three times in Biogenesis records they obtained. They say his name was not listed next to any PEDs, but that numerical notations “RB 20-30K” appeared by his name, which may be the amount of money he owed the clinic.

Biogenesis documents also reportedly mention Chris Lyons, who was one of Braun’s attorneys when he appealed his PED suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011. Braun escaped the suspension because the sample collector did not follow the proper chain of command. Braun never explained why his sample contained elevated levels of testosterone.

Braun released the following statement in response to his reported connection with Biogenesis:

“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.

“There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.

“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.

“I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”

Braun’s explanation is about as solid as it gets, though there is plenty of circumstantial evidence against him.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Braun’s name appears on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Cesar Carrillo, all of whom received PEDs from Bosch, per the Miami New Times. Cabrera failed a drug test last season.

Braun reportedly was road roommates with Carrillo, who is a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, for three years at Miami. Braun’s strength coach for three years at Miami was Jimmy Goins, who was listed as a PED supplier by the New Times.

There is no concrete evidence proving Braun has used PEDs, but he is facing an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence.

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Bromance continues: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun are opening a restaurant together

Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun have a lot in common and have developed a friendship because of it. They’re both star athletes in Wisconsin, from California, and they each won MVP awards last year. Rodgers defended Braun when the failed drug test first came out, and he told MLB to eat crow after Braun won his appeal. Now the two are opening a restaurant in Brookfield, Wisc. together — Braun’s second restaurant.

According to a press release, the restaurant will be called “8*twelve” and it’s expected to open in late June.

“8*twelve will offer American cuisine including many family favorites as well as steaks and seafood. Executive Chef Aaron Patin designed the menu, creating items that will offer an extra zest of flavor by being prepared in the wood fire grill, a center point of the kitchen. Fans of both players will see memorabilia in the bar area, which will also include numerous big-screen televisions to catch sporting events.”

Both players are expected to make scheduled and unscheduled appearances at the restaurant, which they say is another way to connect with the sports fans of Wisconsin. With both of their names attached, I have to imagine it will be pretty successful.

Braun and Rodgers co-owning a restaurant? This is so cute.

Ryan Braun booed in first spring training road game

Ryan Bruan has already dealt with his share of hecklers thus far in spring training, so it probably wasn’t surprising that he was greeted with a heavy chorus of boos against the Angels on Saturday in his first road game of Cactus League play since his much-discussed 50-game drug suspension was overturned last month. From the Los Angeles Times:

There were modest cheers, and there were scattered fans wearing his Milwaukee Brewers jersey, or cheering for the defending National League most valuable player. But the boos carried the day, the first of many days this season when a road game will not be a pleasant experience for Braun.

Braun still has a favorable approval rating in the Brewers’ own state of Wisconsin. (In other news, the sun rises in the east.) But, obviously, the true test of his popularity will be on the road this season. If we learned anything from Barry Bonds’ great achievements in public relations, it’s that once your name is tied to steroids — guilty or not — you become a marked man.

If this was the reaction Braun gets in a small spring training venue from typically laid-back Angels fans, it should be fun to see how he’ll be received ballpark to ballpark this season. But Angels outfielder Torii Hunter thinks any vitriol from fans will eventually dissipate.

“It’s going to go away,” Hunter said. “Eventually, people will forgive you. Braun is a nice guy. They’re going to forgive him.”

Sure, the jeering might fade away down the road, but, as Bonds, Sosa, Clemens and McGwire know, the cloud of suspicion never will.

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Ryan Braun already dealing with hecklers during spring training

Ryan Braun may have won his appeal, but he has lost plenty of fans. He will not be punished in any way for allegedly testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, but the issue was one with the handling of the sample rather than the results themselves. Braun may not have taken anything illegal, but it certainly looks like he’s fortunate somebody failed to do their job properly. Fans know that, which is why Braun has already had to listen to hecklers during spring training.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Braun received a warm welcome from the Brewers fans in attendance in Phoenix on Sunday for his first game action since the controversy. Others were not as kind.

During the N.L. MVP’s first at-bat, one small group of fans chanted, “Urine sample! Urine sample!” Another fan screamed, “You’re a cheater!” when Braun strolled to the plate for the second time. He struck out both times.

“It’s certainly going to be an adjustment, but overall it is not something that really factors into my thought process or preparations, too much,” Braun said when asked about the fans.

Braun will certainly have to get used to it if he wants to continue his All-Star caliber play this season. He may still have a decent approval rating in Wisconsin, but there are many fans across the country who believe he got lucky with his appeal and are going to let him hear about it. Maybe a call to Barry Bonds would help.

Ryan Braun has 59% approval rating in Wisconsin, poll says; 34% still undecided

After the fallout from the overturning of his 50-game drug suspension, Ryan Braun looks like he might end up saving face. Well, in Wisconsin, at least.

According to a recent poll of Wisconsin voters, 59% said they still have a favorable opinion of the Brewers’ reigning NL MVP. But, interestingly, 34% of those polled said they still weren’t sure how they feel about Braun. The poll was conducted between Feb. 23 and 26, which was the time immediately after news broke that Braun won his appeal and boldly declared his innocence in a press conference.

While Braun still has a mostly positive view among Sconnies, undoubtedly he was more popular last fall when he was leading the Brewers to an NLCS and winning the league’s MVP award. These numbers also most likely don’t reflect the rest of the country. Asking people in Wisconsin what they think about Braun is like asking Democrats what they think of Barack Obama.

Uncertainty about Braun’s innocence is still out there, and it should be a lot of fun seeing the reception he receives going ballpark to ballpark this season. Probably wouldn’t hurt to have a “Flying Syringe Alert” in effect.

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Ryan Braun urine collector insists he did not tamper with sample

Ryan Braun had his time to address the arbitration case he won against MLB which overturned the 50 game suspension he was due for a positive drug test. Braun criticized MLB’s testing process that resulted in the overturned suspension. The Brewers MVP reportedly won his case because the urine collector kept the sample at home for two days, believing there wasn’t a FedEx open to ship the sample.

The urine collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., issued a statement Tuesday defending his work and decisions. He says storing the samples at home was not unusual, and it was something he was taught to do. If you believe Laurenzi, then it’s difficult to explain how Braun’s sample had extremely high levels of synthetic testosterone. Braun may have escaped suspension, but the questions about his positive test still have not been answered.

Below is Laurenzi’s entire statement:

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