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Brewers' Attanasio Addresses Braun Situation, Says Team Has No Plans To Trade Him
Published July 25, 2013
NO PRECEDENT FOR THIS: Attanasio said there was "no road map" for Braun to follow in repairing his image. He added, "This is a unique circumstance here. I told Ryan that this is going to take time. No matter how open, honest, truthful, sincere he is in the next press conference, that is one step in what is going to be (many). It is going to take time. Everyone will know when, if he gets over that threshold, that he has gotten over it, because the community will be in a position that they can embrace him again" (AP, 7/24).
REWARDING FANS FOR SUPPORT: Attanasio yesterday said that team execs were "working on plans to 'give back' to fans to make up for the suspension of ... Braun and the team’s dismal season." He said that he was working with Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger and Exec VP/Finance & Administration Bob Quinn "on a way to reward fans before the end of the season" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 7/25). Attanasio said, "This community has been terrifically supportive of the organization and the circumstances we find ourselves in. The sponsors have been great and frankly I think the fans have been great, coming out to the park still. We’re going to do some things ... in a way to give back to the fans not only in going through this (Braun suspension) but what otherwise has been a difficult and frustrating season for us. We’re working on some ideas on ways to give back to the fans between now and the end of the year, in a meaningful way, to show our appreciation for their support" (JSONLINE.com, 7/25). Meanwhile, YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan wrote the call for the Brewers to void Braun's contract "is wrong, and it is excessive, and it is oversimplification and extrapolation at its worst." MLB contracts, especially the "long-term ones like Braun's five-year, $105 million extension that doesn't even kick in until 2016, are marriages." There are "good ones and bad ones." Passan: "If the Brewers hadn't given him that extension, would anybody be calling for its invalidation? Of course not" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/24).
SELIG DEFENDS DRUG PROGRAM: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday "defended baseball's fight against performance-enhancing drugs," but declined to discuss the suspension of Braun or "whether other stars will also face penalties." Selig said, "People have been thorough. I said last week the process would be comprehensive, thorough, fair and we have spent thousands of hours doing these things. ... We're doing this in a very disciplined, thorough, fair and sensitive matter." He added, "I'm proud of what we've done, we will continue to enforce the program" (AP, 7/24).