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.