NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun avoided a 50-game suspension before last season, but he wasn't as fortunate this time. Major League Baseball has suspended the 2011 National League MVP without pay for the remainder of the season. It is the first penalty of baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun will miss the final 65 games for the Brewers, who were 13 ½ games out of a playoff berth when the suspension was announced. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig cited Braun for multiple "violations" of baseball's drug program and labor contract. Braun issued a statement indicating he had made some mistakes in the past and is willing to accept the consequences. Major League Baseball attempted to suspend him for an elevated testosterone level following his MVP season of 2011, but an arbitrator overturned the penalty because Braun's urine sample was not handled as specified by baseball's drug agreement.