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July 31, 2013

Running the Point: America’s pastime tainted?


July 31, 2013 —

Why now “apologize” for taking these drugs? And what kind of apology is that? It seems to me that the only thing he’s “sorry” for is getting caught.

The proof is in the pudding. In 2012, he hit 41 home runs (a career high) and had 112 RBI in his NL MVP season He hit .319. But if he only tested positive in late 2011, how long had been doing this? He has averaged 107 RBI in his first six seasons with the Brewers. Why now was a positive test revealed during that season?

This puts a huge black eye on the game of baseball and there will likely be more suspensions handed out. While I commend MLB officials for “cleaning up the game,” more must be done to ensure America’s pastime can return to having positive role models instead of negative ones.

Some say the suspension was not harsh enough, that he should forfeit the contract extension he signed (five years, $105 million) or ban him from the game itself. I do not want them to go that far. Braun already has become the sacrificial lamb; why not go all the way with this? Put him in left field on opening day in 2014, on the road against a rabid fan base where they can heckle him for the decisions that he made to taint the game of baseball.

It certainly will not teach him a lesson, but it will give fans satisfaction to let him hear their voices on the matter instead of the media.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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