One year ago today everything changed for Ryan Braun.
I think it's possible the most shocking Brewer news of my lifetime broke one year ago today. ESPN's Outside The Lines reported that Ryan Braun, who had just been named the National League's Most Valuable Player, had tested positive for a banned substance and faced a 50 game suspension to open the 2012 season.
At the time we really didn't know much about what was going on and, truth be told, we shouldn't even have known what we did know. The appeal process was supposed to be confidential, and whoever leaked it to the media remains guilty for forever tarnishing Braun's career.
This day's news opened a stretch of months of speculation with scraps of information buried among mountains of misinformation and conjecture disguised as news. Braun went on to successfully win his appeal and was not suspended, but irreparable damage was done to his reputation.
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Today is also the 21st anniversary of a 1991 trade that sent reliever Chuck Crim to the Angels and brought longtime Brewer closer Mike Fetters to Milwaukee for the first time. We covered that event in this space last year.