Braun talks baseball, not Biogenesis
For the second straight year, Ryan Braun began Spring Training with an opening statement.
“I am excited to be back out here for Spring Training, certainly looking forward to the World Baseball Classic and obviously excited and focused on our upcoming Brewers season. I understand why a lot of you guys are probably here, but I made a statement last week and I stand behind that statement. I’m not going to address that issue any further. As I stated, I’m happy to cooperate fully with any investigation into this matter.
“I respect the fact that all of you guys have a job to do and part of that job involves asking me questions. I’m happy to answer any and all questions about baseball, Spring Training, the World Baseball Classic or anything else. Thanks.”
And with that began a 10-minute discussion of his achievements last season, the Brewers’ chances in 2013 (he agrees they’re underdogs in the NL Central), his excitement about the upcoming Classic and his half-kidding desire to get back to shortstop some day.
But Braun did not field any questions about Biogenesis, the South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball. At one point, when a reporter asked a tangentially-related question about MLB and the Players Association instituting a test for human growth hormone, a Brewers spokesperson redirected the discussion to “baseball questions.”
Braun, though, answered the question.
“Look, I’ve always been supportive of the system,” Braun said. “I’ve always been supportive of additional drug testing or whatever testing they have that’s available.”
He spoke of overcoming distractions, something Braun has become accustomed to over the past 15 months.
“It’s not easy,” he said. “I’ve always said that in baseball you deal with a lot of adversity. In life, you deal with a lot of adversity. And the goal is to try to be the same person. I’ve always been extremely positive and optimistic, and I never allow outside distractions to influence that or affect that.”
More to come…
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