Last season, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games for use of performance enhancing drugs. Many past and present MLB players, such as Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Nelson Cruz have used PEDs in hopes of bettering their performance on the field. The difference between that group of players and Ryan Braun is that Braun lied about taking the PEDs in the beginning.
Back during the winter of 2011, there was speculation that Ryan Braun, who was named the Silver Slugger for the National League that season, had failed a drug test back in September. Braun swore on his life that the substance never entered his body and gave this long speech on how his urine sample was not handled properly. Therefore, in February 2012, all “charges” on Braun were dropped due to the technicality of the sample.
Fast forward a season with all of the controversy surrounding the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, many players including Ryan Braun were re-accused of taking prohibited substances. In July 2013, Braun reached a deal that caused him to be suspended for the rest of the season (65 games). Because of him denying taking the PEDs back in late 2011, many people at the bio clinic in Miami lost there jobs due to Braun’s testimony. Since then, the majority of them have been rehired by the clinic. But the real question is, Will Braun be able to come back and have a season rivaling his best (2011)?
We’ve seen it time and time again with players, such as Sammy Sosa, that have taken PEDs bounce back and have a decent season. However, there are plenty of players who have taken PEDs that have never been able to come back, such as Alex Rodriguez.
The thing is, Braun has all the potential to have a bounce back season if he gets into the mindset that he had back before he started taking the steroids. Physically he is able to, but the sport of baseball has a lot of mental strength to go with it, so if he comes back with the attitude that he can overcome the stigma of taking the steroids, he can come back. We’ll just have to wait and see.