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Booing Ryan Braun?

After an early mini-slump brought on by a thumb injury, Ryan Braun had a day Tuesday. Three home runs. A franchise-record-tying seven RBIs. But this wasn't celebrated -- oh no. It happened in the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener and -- shockingly -- the locals booed Braun. This is hardly the first time; Braun, who served a 65-game suspension last season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, also heard it from Boston Red Sox fans days ago. Will/would you boo Ryan Braun when he comes to your town? Would you do the same if he were on your team?

Will/would you boo Ryan Braun at your home stadium this year?

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  • Will Ryan Braun ever return to MVP form?

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How do the top right fielders in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the Baseball Tonight 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on right fielders? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Top Right Fielders

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Toronto Blue Jays
BBTN Rank: 4

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran

New York Yankees
BBTN Rank: 8

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers
BBTN Rank: 1

Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce

Cincinnati Reds
BBTN Rank: 7

Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward

Atlanta Braves
BBTN Rank: 5

Wil Myers

Wil Myers

Tampa Bay Rays
BBTN Rank: 6

Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence

San Francisco Giants
BBTN Rank: 10

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 3

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Miami Marlins
BBTN Rank: 2

Jayson Werth

Jayson Werth

Washington Nationals
BBTN Rank: 9

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Ryan Braun offers another apology

Ryan Braun has apologized once again for his positive drug test as part of Major League Baseball's Biogenesis doping scandal and his subsequent lies about the urine collector contaminating his sample. He says he is "deeply remorseful" and that he has made amends with the sample collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., but does not want to go into any further details. Asked why he lied, Braun began his statement with "Obviously I've been through a lot" which leads one to wonder whether Braun is sorry about what he did or sorry that he got caught. SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield thinks it is the latter.

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  • Which do you think Ryan Braun is more sorry about?

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  • When will Ryan Braun return to his MVP form?

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  • What was your opinion of Ryan Braun before his positive PED test?

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  • What is your opinion of Ryan Braun now?

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  • Which baseball player would you most like to corner and give a lecture to?

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There are a lot of reasons not to do performance-enhancing drugs -- reasons of health or morality or simply a fear of needles -- but perhaps the best reason is that, if you're caught, you'll have to do a series of mortifying apologies if you ever hope to regain any credibility. Ryan Braun is finding this out firsthand, as he's personally calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for violating the league PED policy and for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The Brewers say most of the responses from fans whom Braun has called has been positive, but is this enough to get Braun back in your good graces?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

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Ryan Braun admits PED use

It might not have been the tearful apology some wanted, but Ryan Braun finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs by issuing a statement Thursday. Braun said he took an unspecified cream and lozenge in 2011 while trying to overcome an injury, calling it a "huge mistake" for which he is "deeply ashamed." Is this admission good enough?

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  • Does Ryan Braun owe it to fans to do an on-camera apology and open himself up to questions from the media?

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  • Who has come off worse in the Biogenesis scandal?

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  • Will Ryan Braun be able to rehabilitate his image?

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  • Do you have a problem with Major League Baseball players using performance-enhancing drugs?

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  • Will the Biogenesis suspensions fix MLB's steroid problem?

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