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MLB, Union Part Ways With Arbitrator Who Overturned Ryan Braun's 50-Game Suspension
Published May 15, 2012
ABIDING BY PRECEDENT: The AP's Mike Fitzpatrick noted MLB also dropped the 100-game suspension imposed on Rockies C Eliezer Alfonzo "for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case." In both cases, a dispute arose "over the storage and shipment" of the urine sample. A source said that Alfonzo "is eligible to play immediately." Alfonzo became the "first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under the MLB testing program when the commissioner's office announced the 100-game penalty last September" (AP, 5/14).