Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin spoke to the media about the Ryan Braun suspension. He was more diplomatic than some players who expressed their outrage, especially Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“From the ballclub’s standpoint, I know a decision has finally been made in regards to Ryan,” Melvin said. “As the general manager of the ballclub, we’re happy that decision has come to and end and we support the Commissioner’s drug program. The Commissioner’s Office, Ryan, the Union have all got together and finally put an end to this so we as a ballclub can move forward and concentrate on the 25 players on the field and move forward and try to win as many games as we can.
“I don’t have a lot of answers to some of the questions you’re going to have, so I hope you respect that. But as the general manager, I’m somewhat happy that this is over with so we can move forward.”
“Our focus will be on the field starting with tonight’s game,” Melvin said.
He also says that the Biogenesis scandal has made this year particularly hard for the Brewers ball club.
“Every year is challenging, but this has always been a cloud over the ballclub, not knowing what’s going to happen. There was a lot of speculation out there; you read about it, you hear about it. I didn’t have any idea what was going on. I only knew what I read in the paper the next day. So you move forward and you play each day as it comes. I am glad, and I think as an organization we are happy that Ryan, the union and the Commissioners Office have all put their heads together and made a wise decision for baseball and for us, the organization.”