Wherever you land with your mouse to read about Ryan Braun, you unmistakably find a bunch of “what if’s” about whether he took PEDs or not. Now you are ready to draft and a bunch of “what if’s” start swirling in your head. What if Braun gets suspended, what should I do? What if he does not? How many rounds should I wait before I draft him, if at all and on and on. Anyone who is drafting before the MLB announcement wants to know the verdict now. If Braun does not get suspended, the coast is clear. But what if he gets suspended?
Some of you may decide to take him anyway, I mean, even if he gets suspended. You may rationalize that 50 games with a replacement player in your active lineup plus the remainder of the season with Braun may add up to pretty good stats for your team. It may. But, what if…..
What if, here comes my “what if”, Braun really took PEDs and he gets suspended for 50 games? You know what P in PEDs stands for, right? Performance! And E stands for enhancing. What if, without taking PEDS, Braun’s future unenhanced performance during the remainder of the season equals that of a very average outfielder, ranked, let’s say, 40th or even 50th or whatever down the rankings? I am not saying that Braun took PEDs or that he did not take them. I do not know if his performance was ever enhanced. I do not know any of that. I am only saying: what if Braun’s performance will never equal that of a first rounder he was ‘till this year. There is no guarantee.
Certainly, we will only know for sure at the end of the season. Not before. Not today, not while we draft before the season starts.
I know that I am not helping. But, see, with all the “what if’s” being thrown around I wanted to add my own.
Does it matter if Braun tested positive for PEDs? For us who play fantasy baseball, you bet it does. Let me also remind you that players who took PEDs are prone to injuries.