Feb 23, 2012

News Alert: National League M.V.P. Wins Appeal on Positive Drug Test

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The New York Times
Thursday, February 23, 2012 -- 5:29 PM EST

National League M.V.P. Wins Appeal on Positive Drug Test

Ryan Braun, the reigning most valuable player in the National League, has successfully appealed his positive drug test and will not be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2012 season.

A three-person panel that heard Braun's appeal upheld his argument by a vote of 2-1. Until now, no player is known to have successfully appealed a positive test result.

The test that has now been overturned was taken during the 2011 postseason, in which Braun played left field and batted cleanup for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round and then lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

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