Arbitrator who ruled in Braun’s favor fired by MLB. Coincidence?

May 15, 2012

Shyam Das, the arbitrator who voted to overturn MLB’s suspension of Ryan Braun for allegedly violating its drug policy, has been fired.

This was the only instance in which the MLB’s ruling was overturned. They were “outraged” at the time, when Das ruled that there were questions about the “chain of custody” of Braun’s urine sample that left enough doubt for his decision.

Das has been an arbitrator since 1999. Does it strike anyone else odd that he has been dismissed? Of course, we don’t know the whole story, but it seems a bit petulant, like things didn’t go the way MLB wanted and it brought light into the process which made them look bad, so this is their “revenge.”

According to the story by Ken Belson in today’s New York Times

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association declined to comment, but a person with knowledge of the decision said that the Braun decision was only one of several factors that led to Das’s dismissal.

Several factors? Did these factors all suddenly appear after the ruling? How convenient.

Just wonderin’.

Das, left, with Commissioner Bud Selig and Michael Weiner, chair of the Major League Baseball Players Association
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