Former major league pitcher Dave Stewart said he was preparing to watch the Heisman Trophy presentation on television Saturday when he learned Ryan Braun reportedly had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” Stewart said.
Stewart is the agent for Matt Kemp, who finished second to Braun in balloting for the National League’s most valuable player award. Kemp was a triple-crown contender and finished a home run short of becoming the fifth player in major league history to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season.
“If this thing turns out to be true and it turns out to be a fact that there were performance-enhancing substances in Ryan Braun, we’re going to be disappointed,” Stewart said. “But let me be very, very clear: we’re disappointed finishing second in the first place.
“My thoughts were that Matt should have won to begin with.”
Braun is disputing the charges through arbitration, according to ESPN, which first reported the positive test.
“It’s B.S.,” Braun said to USA TODAY of the test result.
Stewart said he hopes Braun is right.
“From what I understand, this is a quality kid,” Stewart said. “You don’t wish anything bad on good people.”
Stewart said if the test result is upheld, it could be damaging to baseball.
“I think it was not long ago that the commissioner made a statement that the sport is clean,” he said. “Once again, it takes you a step back.”
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun follows through on a home run against the Dodgers this summer in Milwaukee. Credit: Jeffrey Phelps / Associated Press