Brewers Still Back Braun
As They Continue To Wait On An Appeal
It's been 30 long days since January 19, nearly a full month since Ryan Braun made his appeal of a positive drug test.
And while the Brewers admit they're a little frustrated that they still don't know the status of the NL MVP, they haven't wavered in their support of the slugger.
"Absolutely," Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash told me emphatically when asked if the team is still behind Braun. "I mean, Ryan in my experience involved with him, he's been a very hard worker, a very dedicated guy. Wants to do well personally, Wants to see the team do well."
"I think just as importantly, loves the community here, loves playing in Milwaukee and in the state of Wisconsin. Hopefully this turns out well, but at this point, we don't know."
No matter if Braun does or doesn't get a suspension, it's already been a weird year, and things haven't even started. The NL Central champion Brewers will be without Prince Fielder, while the World Series Champion Cardinals said goodbye to Albert Pujols.
"It's strange," Ash admits. "It's different. At the same time, this (the Brewers) is a club that I think is poised for success again. And we have a unique division. The Cardinals are in a little bit of a similar situation that we are in, losing one of their big bats and a preeminent player. Cincinnati's probably improved, Pittsburgh's probably improved a little bit. So it's going to be a competitive race again as it always is in the NL Central."
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