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Nelson Cruz accepts suspension, chooses from nothing but bad options

Aug 5, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

Bob Nightengale of USA Today confirms Jon Heyman’s report that Nelson Cruz will accept a 50-game suspension rather than appeal:

I think “devastating” is a bit strong. He’s not the only guy on that team and the Rangers are a mere half game out of the wild card, but yes, it does have a negative impact on Cruz’s team.

The calculus for Cruz is understandable: if he takes his 50 games now he gets it all behind him. Which is kinda important for him personally, as he is a free agent after the season is over and having looming discipline would hurt his market. Of course, being a PED guy may hurt his market too — ask Melky Cabrera — but the lost time out of the gate is obviously a big hurdle for any team who might want to sign Cruz.

Of course, as Nightengale notes, this may hurt him with the Rangers too. They likely view this as a blow to the team and view him as acting in self-serving way by appealing. Bringing him back may not sit well with a decent chunk of the fan base. For Cruz there really weren’t any good choices here. If he appeals he’s a drug cheat denying reality and is hurting his value going forward. If he doesn’t he is seen as a bad teammate.

Gotta pick one, and Cruz picked one that I imagine most of us — and most players — in his situation would have picked.

  1. jdv22 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Bastardo is done too, which explains why he HAS a big a$$, and Valdespin will get a 50 gamer, possibly explaining why he IS a big a$$

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Do you mean, “ass?”

      • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Well, you wouldn’t want to be rude.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Looks like it’s ‘Manny time’ in Arlington!

  2. anotheryx - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I think he would be eligible for playoff if he accept ban now, which would mitigate the “hurt team” aspect somewhat.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      *Insert Lazy Joke About That Missed Catch from 2011 Here*

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Perhaps he opted not to delay because he became aware that it would not buy him any goodwill in getting picked up by the team for next year.

  4. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Using the word “kinda” in a credible article read by thousands is a “devastating” blow to journalism.

  5. themohel - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Craig, I am sure you meant (cough, cough) to add that Cruz is the one solely responsible for finding himself in this situation. There was an additional choice – not to use in the first place.

    • bravojawja - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Except that choice was already made. Until someone invents a real WABAC Machine and/or TARDIS, let’s talk about the choices Cruz (and the others) have in front of them.

      • themohel - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        You’re right about the current choice, but I didn’t want the earlier choice lost in the discussion.

      • bravojawja - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Alas, we’ve done nothing *but* discuss the earlier choice for the last several months/years now. It’s almost pleasant to move on to the chastisement. I’m told some people pay good money for that sort of thing. So I’m told.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    It is also possible he has no grounds for appeal.

  7. unclearnie - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    To hell with suspensions. Their teams should FORFEIT all games in which the users played. The teams will just continue to look the other way unless something is done. You won’t get a handle on this until the teams start policing their own players. They won’t police their players unless there is a significant cost to the teams.

  8. granadafan - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Baseball should immediately void all contracts of cheaters. Players know that a little suspension and loss of reputation is minor compared to the bigger payoff: huge guaranteed contracts. Ryan Braun gets 120 million but takes a minor hit ~3 million. Worth it to lying scumbag cheaters like Braun? Heck yeah.

  9. jfk69 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    What is done is done. These players made a conscious decision when they took the drugs. Trying to figure out the best angle now would be even more disingenuous. I find it hard to believe a team would ask a player to appeal regardless of their guilt or innocence. That would make them no better than the cheat. If you feel your penalty was unfair or just plain wrong. You have an appeal process.
    Remember…It is a long time till next season. I am sure somebody will screw up and push your sins father out of mind. Time is the great equalizer.

  10. jfk69 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Why the shock. In our society these deals are done every day. It is called Plea Bargaining.
    Charged with a crime. Take the plea or risk serious jail time. Of course these criminals don’t make millions each year. I like comparing them to WALL STREET cheaters. They still have their millions and we have forgot about them already. The price we pay to live in a free capitalist society.

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