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Nolan Ryan hears that the Biogenesis investigation will be a “long, drawn-out affair”

Jun 25, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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Nolan Ryan has a Rangers player in the Biogenesis scandal: Nelson Cruz. But he’s no to worried about losing Cruz for the stretch run. Why? ESPN Dallas reports:

Ryan said, based on his talks with MLB, the investigation is going to be a “long, drawn-out affair … I don’t know that there’s a time frame that they’re dealing with,” Ryan said. “I know that they’re in a fact-finding mode right now, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out. But do I worry about losing Nellie here shortly? No, I don’t. I really think he’ll be with us and we’ll just have to see where that goes.”

If Major League Baseball really is planning on a mass suspension, I wonder if they won’t wait until the offseason. Maybe to announce it, but more likely to time things in such a way so as to ensure that suspensions begin at the start of next season rather than the middle of this one.

I mean, yes, on one level you could argue that there is unfairness either way (i.e. it’s unfair to let players who cheated continue to play now and/or it’s unfair to yank a bunch of players off rosters in the middle of a pennant race) but Major League Baseball is an organization which usually tries to take the least radical means possible. I feel like they wouldn’t want to indelibly stamp a season as The Suspension Season in midstream.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    It seems like if MLB is trying to punish the players, not the teams, then having the suspensions start at the beginning of 2014 does make some sense.

    Replacing some of these guys during the season, especially after July 31 quasi-trading deadline and August 31 playoff roster deadline passes, would be difficult for the various teams.

  2. mc1439 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Bu Bye Elvis. Glad to see the Rangers suffer.

    • spytdi - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Not sure Elvis has anything to do with the investigation.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Isn’t Cruz scheduled to be a free agent in the off season. If so, I am wondering if Ryan does not expect him to be a Ranger next year and is consequently hoping that any suspension occurs when Cruz is not on the roster.

    • beefytrout - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      In my opinion, the Rangers have been planning on letting Cruz walk for some time (before the Biogenesis stuff became public). 2013 was supposed to be sort of a transition year anyway. Multiple contracts end this year and between this summer and the upcoming offseason, the 2014 Rangers are probably going to look a lot different.

      They’ve clearly shown that locking up key pieces is a priority, and with the RF position, I think they want to try someone a little better defensively. Great arm but below-average range. The Rangers are trying to build a pitching & defense-first team, so they could absorb the decrease in offense if they stick a comparable bat out there who has better range.

  4. bringbackkosar - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Did you also mean that MLB doesn’t want to do anything that would hinder the Yankees-Dodgers World Series that FOX paid for

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      The baseball version of black helicopters and the Mossad coming together to ruin your life. And just for that, I hope it happens.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Well the Dodgers have pretty much been in last place all season, they are currently in last place and they are 9 games under .500, which is where they’ve been basically all year.

      It’s going to be tough to play in the World Series this way…

    • mazblast - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      What do you think this is, David Stern’s NBA, where we know the winner beforet bothering to play any games?

  5. bigharold - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    ” the investigation is going to be a “long, drawn-out affair …”

    Going to be, .. it already is.

    • Panda Claus - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      “Long, drawn-out affair.” As if MLB could do anything quick and decisively.

      That’s also a pretty good summary to describe Bud Selig’s reign as commissioner.

  6. throughthewickets - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    People….. There’s an error in the transcript. It’s Nolan. He said “drawl”.

  7. badintent - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Nice sombero Nolan.

  8. largebill - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Craig, You mentioned a couple ways in which timing of the imposition of punishment can be unfair. Another is by waiting to impose until the off season you could be effectively ending the career of suspended free agents.

  9. banpeds - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    On the internet there are 50 million opinions of what Ryan said. People should listen to the interview. Rest assured the Rangeers do not want to come across as “worried” before the trade deadline. If you believe there is nothing to this story, then you will hang your hat on anything. Suspend them all if they are inloved with Biogen and do it as soon as the have the proof. Last i saw over 25 witness’s have provided testimony under oath as to what they know about the players inlvolved. I highly doubt they are all sauing these players are not involved.

  10. pdowdy83 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Yes because it is much better to start the “Suspension Season” from the get go instead. MLB is really playing with fire on this one. I really hope they don’t botch it completely and suspend players just to prove a point.

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