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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I got this game for my birthday and was real etexicd about it. I played a game of Franchise then the My Player Mode and was very impressed with it . Coming from The Show to 2K11 the interface was very different but I got used to it. The controls were different too mainly the hitting and fielding but I also got used to and enjoy it now. Some things are kind of frustrating though such as all the injuries. Playing with the Braves I’ve had 6 starters injuried at the same time and currently have 3 of my starting pitchers and 2 starting position players. I understand the occasional injury but it’s getting riduclous so I chenged the injury frequency from 50 to 35 yet my players are still getting hurt a lot in Franchise mode. The stealing is also very difficult for me to and you have to be perfect when trying to otherwise you’ll get picked off or in a pickle. I’m also having problems with the game freezing too but only in one specific scenario and that is when I save and quit from Franchise mode and go directly back to the main menu it will freeze on m. This probably has to do with the game being scratche or the console but I’ve never dropped the game and the console is only about a year old plus it doens’t do it to any other game. I also had another random glitch and this was after I walked a left handed batter and a right handed batter had come to the plate yet the last batter was still at the plate and he didn’t leave until the atbat was over. The next half innng I was hitting and someone was sitting in the middle of the infield and it didn’t interefere with the game though. Minus some of these irratating problems though it can still be a fun game to play.

I have been playing this game for a few months now and have come up with these issues: The hitting is really really hard for someone who is not an excellent gamer. I have changed the gameplay difficulty sliders all around and they have done absolutely nothing. How realistic is someone hitting 15 foul balls in a row? I am constantly hitting fly outs behind home plate to the catcher. I have only been able to to put the ball in play 3 times while using the power swing. Every time I use it( I try a lot), I hit a foul ball. I have tried soo many different timings on the swing and the results are almost always the same. I know they are trying to be realistic, but from my experience, this is the WORST hitting for a baseball game EVER. Maybe it is me, but I have read a lot of people having the same problems. 95% of the articles I find, are of people trying to figure out how to hit on this game. I tried messing around for about 20 games with having the fielding errors and throwing errors of the cpu really high. The result in my 20 games of having it at 100%, 95%, and 90% are the same, the cpu has yet to make an error. Now that doesn’t seem right and I’ve slid it the other way and the same thing happens, no errors. What is the point of difficulty sliders if they do not work. I will say that the baserunning and field running sliders do work ok and the same with throwing strength. That is pretty much it. The only good thing on this game is the pitching. The way you pitch in this game is pretty good. For that reason this game gets 2 stars. I would give this game negative stars for the hitting and slider difficulty option. Overall, if you want a baseball game for xbox, your stuck with 2k sports. If you also have a ps3, buy the show. It is way better and alot more fun.

I have been playing this game for a few months now and have come up with these issues: The hitting is really really hard for someone who is not an excellent gamer. I have changed the gameplay difficulty sliders all around and they have done absolutely nothing. How realistic is someone hitting 15 foul balls in a row? I am constantly hitting fly outs behind home plate to the catcher. I have only been able to to put the ball in play 3 times while using the power swing. Every time I use it( I try a lot), I hit a foul ball. I have tried soo many different timings on the swing and the results are almost always the same. I know they are trying to be realistic, but from my experience, this is the WORST hitting for a baseball game EVER. Maybe it is me, but I have read a lot of people having the same problems. 95% of the articles I find, are of people trying to figure out how to hit on this game. I tried messing around for about 20 games with having the fielding errors and throwing errors of the cpu really high. The result in my 20 games of having it at 100%, 95%, and 90% are the same, the cpu has yet to make an error. Now that doesn’t seem right and I’ve slid it the other way and the same thing happens, no errors. What is the point of difficulty sliders if they do not work. I will say that the baserunning and field running sliders do work ok and the same with throwing strength. That is pretty much it. The only good thing on this game is the pitching. The way you pitch in this game is pretty good. For that reason this game gets 2 stars. I would give this game negative stars for the hitting and slider difficulty option. Overall, if you want a baseball game for xbox, your stuck with 2k sports. If you also have a ps3, buy the show. It is way better and alot more fun.

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