As with anything that contains layers of facts dispersed at different times, patience is required. Making rash judgments is a simple answer to a complex issue, willingly ignoring details that aren’t known or may not apply to a particular mindset. With that, let’s look at the facts of the Ryan Braun-Biogenesis relationship as of this moment.
-Braun’s name appears on financial records for Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, as first reported by Yahoo!
-Bosch and his clinic have recently had portions of their records released by the Miami New Times.
-These records linked MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz as possible clients of Bosch, and asserts that these players received performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic.
-Bosch has previous experience with baseball players and PEDs, having supplied Manny Ramirez with the PEDs that led to his 50 game suspension in 2009.
-Braun faced a 50 game suspension last offseason after failing a drug test during the 2011 postseason. He appealed the ruling and won, citing a chain-of-custody issue with the sample.
-Braun’s name is not mentioned in relation to PEDs on the Biogenesis records.
Those who were convinced that Braun got off on a technicality last February have made up their minds with this revelation. And, to be honest, I would not be shocked at all if Braun has used something during the course of his career. But making that connection based on what we know now is putting the cart before the horse.
Braun cited using Bosch as a consultant during his appeal hearing last year. That reasoning has not sat well over the last 24 hours, with folks like TJ Quinn and Buster Olney laughing at such logic. But how is that illogical?
In the information gathering stage for the appeal hearing, Braun’s legal team looked at two different aspects of the testing process. First, showing a breach in testing protocol, which they succeeded in. Second, explaining how the mishandling of the urine sample can affect its composition. That’s where Bosch came in.
One of Braun’s attorneys, Chris Lyons, had known Bosch previously through his work with tennis player Wayne Odesnik. By this point, Major League Baseball was well aware of Anthony Bosch’s work from the Manny Ramirez saga in 2009. So, the legal team approached one of the few men who has intricate knowledge of the MLB testing system and how certain PEDs affect a sample. Wendy Thurm, a lawyer of 20 years, lays this out on Fangraphs in greater detail.
This is using what we know to connect some of the dots, not assuming we know the connections. There are still questions that need to be answered, and I will still have my doubts until they are. The first is the date of the records. If Ryan Braun’s name shows up anywhere between October 2011 and February 2012, it lends credence to his argument. Anytime before or after that is trouble.
The second is how he was aware of Anthony Bosch. While we know Chris Lyons knew of him, we also know that Braun’s roommate at the University of Miami, Cesar Carillo, appears on the records as well. It is difficult to wrap your head around the idea that Braun did not have some inkling of who Anthony Bosch was at his time at The U.
Those are questions that need to be answered, and can easily from legal documentation from Braun’s legal team. As we sit right now, we only have a segment of the facts. And as much as the naysayers would rather ignore it, the facts do line up.
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