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kab21 wrote:lastingsgriller wrote:I think Braun may actually pick up additional votes because he was exonerated of his steroid implication and succeeded in the face of skepticism.
He escaped on a technicality and everyone considers him guilty. If anything he loses more votes because of that. If HOF voting is any indication you don't actually have to be found guilty of anything to lose votes.
I think McCutchen will win it unless he goes ice cold for the rest of the season. He's got style and he has the Pirates storyline. Everyone is rooting for an underdog.
Havok1517 wrote:Right now, I think its Braun. Fielder leaving only helps his case imo.
SpecialFNK wrote:not only did Braun fail a test last year for PED, but his appeal was overturned based on a procedure rather than it being proven he didn't test positive. some may feel he still actually did cheat but just got off lucky.
I can't see enough voters voting for Braun based on last year, even if his numbers this year are far and away better. not the year directly after last year. maybe again in the future though.
SpecialFNK wrote:it's unfair to base the vote for either McCutchen or Posey based on how the Pirates or Giants do. the Giants have better players around Posey. it's not fair to punish McCutchen because his teammates are not as good as Posey's teammates.
SpecialFNK wrote:I don't think Braun has actually came out and explained why the testosterone level was high. unless I missed it.
if his numbers are still there at the end of the season worth MVP, he should get some people/his people/whoever to send out word that he was innocent last year with findings and an explanation, so that as many voters as possible can believe him and maybe sway votes his way.
lastingsgriller wrote:He went from impossibly high to completely normal in 1 week.
How are players right now circumventing the testing?:
“It’s very, very easy. It’s like taking candy from a baby. They only test the players when they’re at the ballpark. Therefore, after a game, you can apply a testosterone cream or a gel or a patch, and this will peak at about four hours after you take it and be all the way back down to baseline about eight hours after. … This helps with tissue repair and healing and recovery, so they just wait until after the game and apply it … and they get the benefit of having that testosterone circulate and accelerate healing.”
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