Jeremy Guthrie Responds To Ryan Braun Suspension


Jul 21, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder

Ryan Braun

reacts after striking out in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Add Jeremy Guthrie to the list of people pleased by MLB’s actions yesterday.

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball yesterday because of his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. There was no positive test to prove he took steroids, however Braun was linked through documents to the clinic and was not cooperative with MLB’s investigation.

The 65-game suspension will cost Braun millions of dollars but he will still be able to play next season in addition to being allowed to earn the remaining $129 million left on his contract.

There has been a great deal of discussion around the league about the suspension, and on Tuesday afternoon Jeremy Guthrie went to Twitter to voice his opinion.

It should be noted Guthrie is the Royals MBLPA representative so his words carry a little more weight than most. At the very least they give some insight into the players perspective of what MLB is doing, which appears to be, according to Guthrie, a the right thing thing.

MLB is on shaky ground about how they went about acquiring information in this scandal as they have zero positive drug tests. The eye witness testimony and many of the documents used in this case were paid for in cash by MLB. But these statements from Guthrie give the impression that MLBPA (MLB Players Association) is not too concerned about those methods being used in order to find information to suspend a player.

It is clear MLB is going to do everything they can to rid the sport of PEDs, but there is the possibility they are going too far in their quest to achieve their goal. Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement included aggressive testing policies that go beyond any of the other major professional sports in America. At some point the testing practices need to be trusted, and baseball could afford to forge a new identity that isn’t clouded by constant PED talk and investigations.

Until that day, at least we have Twitter to inform us that steroids are the most evil thing to have ever happened.