Thursday, February 23, 2012


Suspend your disbelief. Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned today by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das. This is the first time a baseball player has successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.

The decision was announced one day before Braun was due to report to Spring Training. Talk about coming down to the wire! If you'll recall, Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October, and ESPN broke the story in December.

MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred and union head Michael Weiner were part of the arbitration panel, and they split their vote 1-1. Das, an independent panel member, was the deciding vote.

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