Ryan Braun wins appeal case, will not be suspended

Ryan Braun has won his appeal on his positive drug test and will not be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2012 MLB season. The reigning National League MVP became the first player to appeal his suspension successfully. The questions will still surround Braun but this has ever-lasting effects on Major League Baseball.

According to the NY Times, the panel voted 2 to 1 in favor of Braun. The urine sample was mishandled and sat in the test collector’s fridge for 48 hours until it was sent off to FedEx. The MLB could not prove that the test was tampered with. The waiting time was the deciding factor that led to Braun winning the appeal. This news will excite Brewers fans who thought their season was doomed by losing Prince Fielder and Braun for possibly 50 games.

SI.com reports Braun hit .332 last season with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs. His bat is vital to the Brewers lineup as Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers. Braun hired a high profile sports lawyer and had a public relations team that handled the case for him. Braun could see a decrease in production this year and the performance enhancing drug questions will surround him for quite some time, despite winning the appeal.

Braun is expected to report to the Brewers spring training facility on Friday.