Absolutely. It is inexcusable the period between when the sample was taken and when it was shipped. These samples need to be subject to a chain of custody, and in Braun's case the chain of custody was broken. Hopefully MLB fixes this immediately if it has not already.
The level needed to win an appeal is to either prove he did not use something and explain why the test failed, OR to show that the process failed. Having the collector wait 2 days is a failure of process.Braun won this on a technicality and did not prove that he did not use something.
I'm not calling it a conspiracy, and I can't explain why he tested 3 times higher than anyone else ever had. But, I can point to the nearly two day delay without a proper chain of custody and say that the right decision was made by the appeals panel.The "conspiracy" thing though seems crazy. If there was one would they really do it so it was three times what anyone else had tested? I don't know if he did anything or not but the test seems to prove he was doing something. Unfortunately it can't be re-done and now they have stuff that can be used to help but gets out of system quickly.
I'm not a Ryan Braun or Milwaukee Brewers fan, and I hate the players who do test positive and cannot explain why. Baseball messed this one up badly, and they need to own up to it.