BBWAA: No plan to strip Ryan Braun of MVP
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The Baseball Writers Assn. of America has no plans to strip Ryan Braun of his Most Valuable Player award or to hold another vote if Braun is suspended after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, who finished second to Braun in the voting, likely would become the MVP if the BBWAA redid the voting.
‘I got the same question after Ken Caminiti came clean about his steroids usage, and whether we should give the 1996 MVP award instead to Mike Piazza,’ said Jack O’Connell, longtime BBWAA secretary-treasurer and award administrator. ‘The answer is no.
‘We did not strip Alex Rodriguez of the 2003 MVP when it was learned later he used PEDs while in Texas.
‘The voters used the infomation they had at the time of the election. I don’t see how we can change that.’
Braun is appealing, with a statement from his spokesman claiming there are ‘highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence.’
If the appeal is unsuccessful, Braun would be suspended for 50 games.
-- Bill Shaikin