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SBD/December 14, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
MLB's New CBA Includes Changes To Rules Governing Video Replay, Player Conduct
Published December 14, 2011
PROOF POSITIVE: ESPN.com's Mark Kreidler wrote fans would "have to say, even grudgingly, that Major League Baseball has entered some wholly new realm in its drug-testing program when the system takes down one of its own" MVPs in Brewers LF Ryan Braun. It "suggests a test that is working." But the league had to watch one of its stars "take a massive header, with word leaked nationally of that fact." Kreidler: "Not typically your best day at the office." The Braun case "suggests very loudly that the sport may be no closer than it ever was to being drug-free" (ESPN.com, 12/13). In Milwaukee, Michael Hunt writes under the header, "Braun Saga Has No Positives." Hunt: "Braun and baseball have been embarrassed by the way the news got out before either side was prepared to deal with the bombshell. There is nothing to do now except wait on more definitive results" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/14). ESPN's Jim Rome said, "Braun’s a great talent, he’s a great guy. I hope he didn't do it, but I would not be surprised if he did. Nothing would surprise me at this point" ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN2, 12/13).