Perhaps the reason why he wasn’t lies in his past. Braun vehemently denied any allegations of steroid use. In 2011, he was the NL MVP.
He hit .332 with 34 home runs, 111 RBI and a 1.004 OPS. At the time, he was one of the game’s true superstars.
After the PED scandal, though, Braun quickly became one of the villains of the sport. It was a rapid fall from grace for the lifetime Brewer.
He had brought shame to a franchise that had lacked a bona fide face since the days of Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.
Jump forward to 2017 again. Braun has done what many steroid users haven’t. He’s turned his name around. While the steroid use will always put a blemish on his career and MVP season, it’s clear to see the changes he has made since.
The only time we hear of Braun in the news is in potential trade rumors or injury notes. We don’t hear anything about how he has damaged the game, or how he has spoken out against the franchise.
He’s done exactly what he has had to do: respect the game and play. He’s done this and more, as he is still putting up excellent numbers.
He’s not the star he used to be in terms of popularity or coverage. What he is, though, is a star player for a team that usually finds itself at the bottom of the league.