Erik Brady,USA TODAY Sports
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for rest of the season, including the postseason.
The announcement from commissioner Bud Selig said the suspension was for violations of the basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program and is effective immediately.
"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement released by MLB. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization."
Braun, who was the National League MVP in 2011, is the first player suspended in the wake of baseball's Biogenesis investigation. The commissioner's office tried to suspend Braun in 2012 when he submitted a urine sample with elevated levels of testosterone but that went awry for procedural issues with the evidence.
The question now is if New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be next. He has also been linked to the now-defunct clinic in Miami which was an alleged source of PEDs for more than 20 players.
Braun's statement continued: "I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed - all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love."
Braun's salary for 2013 was $8.5 million -- but that was before the suspension.
USA TODAY's national baseball writer Bob Nightengale says: "This will be the most expensive drug suspension in baseball history."
Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement:
"We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions. We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field."