02/24/12 7:14 PM EST
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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Reds react to Brewers' Braun winning appeal
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brewers star Ryan Braun's victory in his appeal of a 50-game drug suspension on Thursday certainly had ramifications for his National League Central rivals, the Reds.With the Reds making some aggressive moves and Milwaukee already absorbing the loss of Prince Fielder to free agency, a Braun suspension might have been a boost. "There was no guarantee because he was possibly going to miss some games," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You certainly can't be a rotten-hearted person and be glad about that either. There's going to be a tremendous amount of discussion and dialogue. That's created a big story inside of baseball for tweeters and bloggers, TV and radio stations. You've got an instant story."
The 2010 NL Most Valuable Player, Reds first baseman Joey Votto, did not worry about the outcome for Braun, the 2011 NL MVP."I don't care about that. I think we have enough here. All I care about is here," Votto said. "I don't have enough information. Nobody knows why he got off, why it was public or why he even got popped in the first place. That he got off is good for him and good for his reputation and good for the city of Milwaukee and certainly for the team." Baker was still digesting the news and wondering what the long-term ramifications could be for the league's performance-enhancing-drug testing policy going forward. "It doesn't matter what I think. I'll say it's interesting," Baker said. "I like Ryan Braun. I'm glad things worked out for him. But I imagine there could be some guys that did go down that are wondering why his was reversed and theirs wasn't. It definitely opens future doors and it might open some past doors. What good it does, I don't know."
All 58 players in Reds camp had reported on time for Friday's first full-squad workout. In honor of Black History Month at the Reds Hall of Fame, all full-price paying visitors through Sunday will receive a free Frank Robinson bobblehead. From 12-2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Chuck Harmon, the club's first African-American player, will sign autographs and meet fans.