The National League Most Valuable Player has tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone.
According to the Associated Press, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers is facing a suspension of 50 games at the beginning of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. The World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal was able to confirm the positive test.
Braun, who is claiming his innocence, plans to appeal the ruling. He will not be eligible to play for the Brewers until May 31 and will lose $1.87 million of his $6 million salary.
Last season Braun had 33 home runs and 111 runs batted in, with 109 runs, 38 doubles, 33 stolen bases and a batting average of .332. He increased his batting average to .405 for the postseason.
I think with Braun testing positive for an illegal substance, Major League Baseball should strip him of his NL MVP award if he loses his appeal and award it to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who actually put up better regular season numbers than Braun (39 home runs, 126 runs batted in, 40 stolen bases), but failed to take his team to the postseason. What do you think?