Ryan Braun Tests Positive for PEDs: Why He Must Forfeit 2011 NL MVP Award

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Ryan Braun Tests Positive for PEDs:  Why He Must Forfeit 2011 NL MVP Award
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In a shocking report from ESPN on Saturday, it was revealed that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, winner of the 2011 NL MVP award, had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Personally, I could not believe what I was reading upon seeing the report.  I have always thought of Ryan Braun as one of the classiest guys in all of baseball, never someone who would sink so low as to use PEDs.  

ESPN also quoted a spokesman of Braun's as saying "There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program." 

While I think this is most likely a futile attempt to stall and try to come up with an excuse by Braun and his people, it could be true, so everything right now is speculation until this matter is actually confirmed by MLB.  I hope for Braun's sake that this is just some mix-up and that his name is cleared, but if not, it will be a sad day for baseball, as one of its brightest young stars will have had his name defamed at the high point of his career.

That's right, this was the best season of his career, a season that the BBWAA deemed worthy of the NL MVP award.  So now the question is, if all of these reports are true, should Braun be forced to surrender his MVP award?  I personally think he should, so let's go a little more in-depth as to why an MVP-revoking would be a good idea.

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