Jun 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Skip Schumaker (3) at the batting cage before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Skip Schumaker, a former Cardinal, reacts to Ryan Braun suspension

Skip Schumaker, who was traded away by the St. Louis Cardinals during the offseason, had some strong words to say in reaction to last night’s news that Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of the 2013 baseball season.

The comments came by way of the Sulia account of Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Here is what Plunkett wrote with regards to what the former Cardinal said–note that of all those on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Skip was one of the few willing to talk about it. A brief excerpt and a link would not do this justice so I am pasting it in full:

“I can’t stand it. It (PED use) needs to be eliminated from the game. I have an autographed Ryan Braun jersey hanging in my baseball room at home that I’ll be taking down now because I don’t want my son connecting this with what I had to do to get to to where I am and to have what I have.”

Braun’s 65-game negotiated suspension is not enough for Schumaker.

“In my opinion, it should be an automatic lifetime ban,” he said. “One strike — you’re out. … It’s ridiculous. They’re still doing it?”


“He lied. He lied to a lot of people. I was actually convinced after that MVP year that he didn’t do anything. I think he should give that MVP trophy to Matt Kemp (runner-up in 2011).”

As for the rest of the names linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida:

“Suspend them all. It needs to get out of baseball.”

A video of Braun came on the TVs in the locker room as Schumaker was talking.

“Watching him talk now — it makes me sick,” Schumaker said.

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  • steve keutzer

    So Skip, who has been in bed with Big Mac for the last 10 years, has a problem with Braun? #confused #hypocrite

    • bluenotebacker

      Yeah, I’m not sure Skip is in a position to be feeling so strongly about Braun’s PED use considering that circumstance. I’m not sure he’s thought that out very much.

      • Garret

        McGwires career ended 4 years before Skip came up, and he has been his hitting coach for all of . . . what three seasons? He can’t help that LaRussa managed to get McGwire hired in St. Louis anymore than he can help that the Dodgers hired him to LA when Schumaker happened to be traded. Skip’s a hard nosed, scrappy player who’s done everything and anything a team has asked him just to make a big league roster year in and year out. Those are the guys that suffer, who can’t find a spot in the big leagues when they’re being overtaken by dirty players, or who can’t make a big league payroll because money is being sucked up by a fat contract to a cheater. He’s precisely the kind of guy who should be complaining, because he’s the type of guy that gets harmed the most by it. These two comments are just dumb #idiots #hashtagsareawesome #lovemesomehashtags

        • wileyvet

          Good for you Garret. Way to straighten those morons out. Skip could have cheated and got himself a 10 million a year contract, but the man has integrity. Steroids, by the way, weren’t banned in baseball when McGwire used them. After PEDs were barred from the game, guys like Bonds and Clemens brought there use to a whole new level. They are the ones who should be banned for life and their records and awards expunged. Ryan Braun has now gone into the history books as one of the biggest liars the game has ever seen. I know what Judge Keenesaw Mountain Landis would have done with his @ss. The same thing Bart Giamatti would have done.