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Baseball Star Ryan Braun Wins Appeal
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NEW YORK (JTA) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun won his appeal of his earlier positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

The decision, announced on Thursday, means that Braun -- the reigning National League most valuable player and the first Jew to earn that distinction in nearly five decades -- will avoid a 50-game suspension.

Braun's suspension was overturned by an an arbitrator in what is believed to be the first time a baseball player has successfully challenged a drug-related grievance. No reasoning for the ruling was given.

In December, it was reported that Braun, the son of an Israeli-born father and Catholic mother, had tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Braun denied using performance-enhacing drugs.

"I am very pleased and relieved by today's decision," Braun said in a statement reported by news agencies. "It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side."

Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's vice president for labor relations, said his organization "vehemently disagrees with the decision."

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02/27/2012 - 00:04
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First, Braun's voice sounds honest! Second, as you may have heard, Braun's sample was unlawfully kept for 44 hours, and kept for flimsy excuses. The implication is that Braun could have been framed, but, just as he should be allowed to play, to be given the benefit of the doubt, so to that guy who had his sample should probably be given the benefit of the doubt. But let's face, that other guy's career is over.

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