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More on Ryan Braun

OK, after a few phone calls, some time to think and finding someone to take my ticket to today's Jets game, let's tackle this story in greater detail:

1. This is the first time that such a big name's failed drug test became public well before the matter's resolution. Good job by ESPN. But now we're going to have to wait a while.

My understanding is we probably won't have a final verdict...

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The Ryan Braun story and winter meetings winners and losers

By now, you surely know that Ryan Bruan has failed a test for illegal performance-enhancing drugs and is appealing the ruling. 

Braun's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, gave me the same statement this morning that he gave to ESPN yesterday.

Not much to discuss at the moment, but this surely will be a big story for a while. We'll talk about it more as more information comes in.

--Here...

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And onward to the World Series

So the Cardinals are in, and we've got ourselves the first Cardinals-Rangers World Series in baseball history.

Sure, Major League Baseball and Fox will secretly weep that it isn't Phillies-Yankees. The challenge, as always, is to get the series to a sixth and seventh game to lure the more casual fan. In recent years, that has proven a surprisingly difficult challenge.

Some thoughts:

1....

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The eternal debate over the meaning of 'valuable'

New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson makes

(Credit: AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Since we're experiencing a September slumber in Major League Baseball, there probably will be even more discussion than usual of the Most Valuable Player races.

Which is fine. Any subject that gets people so fired up is good for business.

Many media folks have checked in on this subject, most recently Tyler Kepner with this thoughtful piece, which features the words on the actual ballot...

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