Braun withdraws from FanFest

> Yesterday, Ryan Braun, in the midst of the whole drug story, decided to back out of the Brewers On Deck that takes place this weekend. This was sort of expected; I can only imagine the tension he’s feeling right now waiting for the arbitrators to decide his fate.

He claimed he withdrew from the fest to avoid questions about the matter. But, if you’re a true Brewers fan, hopefully you wouldn’t have questioned him about it. I would have expected him to get a standing ovation just for how well he’s dealt with this situation, but I guess we won’t know what would have happened now.

The appeal process appears to be almost finished. Braun appealed in front of three arbitrators on January 19, two days before he accepted his MVP award at a dinner in New York. However, he’d reportedly been trying to get an appeal ever since ESPN first leaked the news (that we shouldn’t know about) back in December.

I’ve already said this multiple times, but, if (when, hopefully) Braun isn’t guilty of taking PEDs, I hope ESPN receives a severe punishment, and I mean severe. ESPN doesn’t give a crap about baseball in the first place, but of course when there’s something that makes the sport look bad, they jump right on it. Skip Bayless better be fired, at the least- and I wouldn’t mind a few of their other irritants leaving either.

If it were up to me, I would have ESPN shut down for this; if Braun is innocent, this will be my last straw for them.

But we all know that isn’t going to happen.

> Two Brewers Minor Leaguers made’s Top 100 Prospect List, created by Jonathan Mayo. Both were starters- Wily Peralta got 49th, and recently drafted Jed Bradley got 97th.

Peralta is just 22, and is showing some signs maturity. He went a combined 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA at Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. In Nashville, he went 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA. Peralta will probably reach the Majors at some point in 2012, whether it’s as a spot starter or long reliever.

My only issue with Peralta is what I saw from him in Spring Training 2011. He seemed fine against Minor League teams. But, when pitching against Major League teams in Spring Training, he seemed to lose all of his command. If I recall correctly, he gave up five runs and five walks in just a third of an inning against the Rockies. I assume that was just him getting his nerves out, but hopefully he’s over that and can pitch in the Majors this year.

Bradley was one of two first round picks the Brewers received in 2011, the other being Taylor Jungmann (but he promptly got injured… the Brewers have the best luck with young pitchers). I saw Bradley pitch in the Rising Stars game (or some game in the AFL that was broadcasted on MLB Network), and he looked great, striking out two in what would have been a perfect inning; I believe whoever was playing shortstop made an error.

Anyway, I think Bradley could soon make the Majors. And, if he doesn’t stay a starter, I could definitely see him being a lefty specialist; although that’s probably not what he’s interested in.

> And that’s about it. I was going to write a post for Reviewing the Brew tonight, but I’ll have to once again procrastinate that- I haven’t thought of a topic yet. But I probably will have by tomorrow night.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

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