Little support for Braun in wake of season suspension
Baseball players showed little sympathy for Ryan Braun, who accepted a suspension for the rest of the year after evidence showed that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these days with doping.
Now they are demanding even stiffer suspensions for those caught cheating.
When Ryan Braun accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension Monday rather than fight Major League Baseball over evidence he used performance-enhancing drugs, fellow players appeared tired of those who cast shadows on the sport.
“They’re lying to the fans,” Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. “They’re lying to their teammates. They’re lying to their GMs, their owners, and they’re going to get caught.”
Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers said Braun, the 2011 NL MVP for the Milwaukee Brewers, let him down.
“Watching him talk right now makes me sick,” Schumaker said. “I have an autographed Braun jersey in my baseball room that I’ll be taking down. I don’t want my son identifying what I’ve worked so hard to get to and work so hard to have — I don’t want him comparing Braun to me.”
Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished second to Braun in the 2011 MVP vote, said the Milwaukee slugger should be stripped of the honor.
“We had conversations, and I considered him a friend,” Kemp said. “I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to, and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed.”
• Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with Boston for the rest of his career. A person with knowledge of the talks said Pedroia is close to agreeing to a deal adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021.
• Baltimore acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee for minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico.
• San Diego pitcher Jason Marquis, 34, will undergo Tommy John surgery.