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Quotes: Ryan Braun suspended by MLB

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Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Some of the reaction from around baseball:

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''In my opinion, he should be suspended, lifetime ban. One strike you're out. It's enough. It's ridiculous. You're still doing this? This guy is one of the main guys that are the face of the franchise and the face of baseball. For him to do this and maybe get caught twice already is ridiculous. A guy loses his job because of it. Hopefully, he gets that back. He lied. He lied to a lot of people. I was convinced, after that MVP, that he didn't do it. I think he should hand over that MVP to (Dodgers OF) Matt Kemp.'' - Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker.

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''The guys that are cheating or whatever are taking something away from the other players. They're lying to the fans, they're lying to their teammates, they're lying to their GMs, their owners, and they're going to get caught.'' - Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson.

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''I'm pretty sure Braunie won't be the last. It's going to be for the next 100 years, somebody's going to try to beat the system and as long as they keep catching guys, the system works. The program works, and it proved that.'' - Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter.

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''I talked to a lot of the guys and we think the penalties aren't harsh enough, really. They should step up the penalties even more. That will really set the tell-tale sign that if you cheat and do get caught, you're going to lose a lot of money. Braun's deal that he made or whatever, it's going to last 65 games. To me, it's not enough. Next year he's making even more money. I think it should have been a year's suspension, at least. Just my take on it. I don't get why guys have to do that stuff.'' - Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders.

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''It sounds like another unfortunate incident that Major League Baseball has to deal with, and it's a sad day. We went through some dark times in baseball when PEDs became very, very prevalent, and obviously they're still being used - hopefully to a lesser degree. But there's no place for them. It's a black eye when something like this happens.'' - Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

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''As much as you want to try and clean up the game and this and that, I've said it before the last time something like this happened, it's just another black eye for baseball. We'll get through it, but still, you play baseball, it still hurts.'' - Seattle Mariners outfielder Jason Bay.

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''They played his apology from spring training that year when he did the whole thing and it was very heartfelt, and basically it just kills all the credibility of anybody.'' - Bay.

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''For these guys still to be involved with this stuff just baffles me. The education's there and everybody knows what you can and can't take. It baffles me that this continues to be a black cloud over the game. I know Major League Baseball's done a great job of cleaning up the game and the testing policy and all that. And it's working. But at the same time, too, it seems like we'll go through a lull and then, bam, here comes another guy that gets suspended. It's got to stop.'' - Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

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''I guess this gives an example to the kids what not to do. Last time it kind of made it sound like it was something to do to gain an advantage. Now I think it's come to fruition that it's giving you a big disadvantage. Because some of the guys were making a lot of money by doing it and some of the good guys were sort of feeling maybe (they had) to do the bad things to keep up. Evidently, it didn't stop.'' - Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker.

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''It hurts baseball for sure. Then again, there's going to be somebody who's going to take his spot for the remainder of the year and hopefully get the attention off of him. There's still more on that list, there's still more guys that have a case they have to try to go after. You never know, some guys might get off, some guys might get stiffer than that.'' - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake, the team's union representative.

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''I think it's important for the integrity of the game. With the kids who are coming up to play baseball, it's an important message to them, the fans, and also the players that do it right.'' - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

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''If you look at the guys who have done stuff and just come out and admit it, a lot of guys don't remember who those guys were. But the guys who run up and down and say, `No, no,' and then it gets drug through the mud 10 times worse, it makes it tougher on themselves and the rest of us.'' - Bay.

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''I'm somewhat happy this is over with so we can move forward. ... He's a Milwaukee Brewer. He's wearing the uniform next year. His focus will be to get ready for next year.'' - Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

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''This has always been a cloud over the ballclub, not knowing what's going to happen. A lot of speculation out there. You read about it. You hear about it. I didn't have any idea what's going on at any time. 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 commissioner's office has all put their heads together and made a wise decision for baseball and for us, the organization.'' - Melvin.

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''Nobody's happy when someone else is suspended. But guys I think are glad to know that the process we have in place and the policy we have in place is working.'' - Miami Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey.

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''There are so many good people in this game, but our game is no different than life. Athletes aren't exempt from mistakes. But I hope for our game's sake we figure this out because I care about the game a lot and I know a lot of people do.'' - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

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''The PEDs in this game - they're working hard obviously to make it clean. The policies they have in place have been effective, so at some point, it'll be behind us.'' - Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss.

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