Major League Baseball suspended Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season on Monday for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” according to a press release the league issued. The release also included a statement from Braun in which he admitted that he had “made some mistakes” and was “willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” The suspension for the remainder of the season amounts to a 65-game punishment.
A press release with statements from both MLB executives and Braun strongly suggests the suspension was the result of negotiations between the two sides. We also have this from Bill Shakin of the Los Angeles Times:
Hearing Braun approached MLB proactively, rather than being presented with a proposed suspension and starting to deal from there.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 22, 2013
But before any such discussions took place, MLB and Braun likely had tentative game plans. MLB may have been planning to suspend Braun for much longer than 65 games. Braun undoubtedly was planning to appeal any such suspension. Braun gave up his appeal and agreed to serve the suspension immediately, likely in return for shorter suspension period.
That’s what we know or can reasonably infer from the information the league provided. But there are many questions we don’t have answers to; questions that will shape the remainder of the league’s Biogenesis investigation.