Braun addresses Brewers teammates
Ryan Braun reported to Maryvale Baseball Park just after 9:30 a.m. MT on Friday, a day after he was cleared of a 50-game suspension. Manager Ron Roenicke and Brewers coaches vacated the clubhouse a few minutes later so Braun could address his teammates.
“With the outcome of it, I don’t really think he needed to explain anything, but he wanted to, and I think the players probably appreciated that he did,” Roencike said. “I thought it was great that he did.”
Asked what the decision means for the team, Roenicke said, “We’re a lot better. That’s what it comes down to. This is not just a great player, but this is a guy we need in our clubhouse and in our locker room.”
Roenicke said he’d already spoken with Braun about the season ahead, which is sure to include some challenges as the Brewers travel around the country. Multiple reports have said Braun won his appeal by challenging the testing procedure itself, prompting a separate debate in the wake of the ruling about the degree of Braun’s innocence.
Braun was scheduled to address reporters at 11 a.m. MT.
“This is a very confident guy … and if you put pressure on him, I think it helps him,” Roenicke said. “Sometimes that added incentive really pumps a guy up, and sometimes it gives him pressure. I don’t think Ryan feels more pressure in those situations, which is huge when you come off the season he had, for one, and then all the controversy this offseason. For him, I think it motivates him.”
Roenicke argued that despite winning his appeal, Braun paid a price this winter.
“Coming off a great season with the team and what we accomplished, being the MVP, this probably should have been his best offseason ever,” Roenicke said. “And it wasn’t.”
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