Players turn their backs on
Although none of Braun's teammates have criticized Braun publicly, several reporters who have been around the Brewers clubhouse say privately players have expressed satisfaction with the suspension. And the rest of the league is equally angry with the former
"I'm glad he got caught," said
In the past, players have generally closed ranks — at least outwardly — behind those who tested positive for PEDs. For example Oakland pitcher
The reaction to Braun has been different. He reportedly accepted his penalty after being presented with overwhelming evidence of PED use uncovered during baseball's investigation of
But two years ago, when Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after winning the
Now those same teammates — and others throughout the game — feel duped.
"I think it's absolutely despicable how he handled it," said Scherzer, who is one of the Tigers' representatives to the players union. "He went out of his way to try to bring people down and cover up his lies, and now he looks like Lance Armstrong.
"There's so much player outrage toward him because of how brash he was."
Players are also upset that Braun, who will forfeit about $3.85 million during his suspension, is still guaranteed $113 million over the rest of his contract. A growing number of players have called for drug cheats to have their contracts voided or limited to prevent them from cashing in on PED use.
Speaking of players generally loathed by their peers, Alex Rodriguez is likely to stay on the disabled list if the Yankees get their way. The team apparently expects that he'll be handed a lengthy suspension as a result of the Biogenesis probe.
Yankees third basemen are hitting a major league-worst .220/.280/.293, and the team hasn't gotten a home run from a right-handed hitter since June 25. Still, they pushed Rodriguez's return from the DL back at least 10 days, telling him he has a quadriceps strain even though A-Rod says he has no pain.
If Rodriguez is suspended without pay, the Yankees can deduct whatever portion of his salary A-Rod forfeits from their payroll. And if the suspension lasts into next season — baseball is reportedly mulling a lifetime ban — those savings could drop the team's bloated salary closer to the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million.