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VIDEO: Nelson Cruz slugs his 19th home run of the year

May 28, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

Watch as Nelson Cruz pushes his MLB-leading home run total to 19 with this two-out blast to center field in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday night at Milwaukee’s Miller Park …

Cruz is now on pace for 60 home runs and 152 RBI. Quite a bargain at one year, $8 million.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM

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  2. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Nice hit; however, Baltimore lost and is now 4.5 games back in the AL East Division..

    • renaado - May 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Pitching has certainly been horrible for the O’s this season havin a combined era of 4.25 and bein 25th overall, over the past 5 games they’ve given up an exact 30 runs over that span. Hitting is certainly good for em bein 4th in batting average with .265 in the MLB based on that category.

      They’ll slowly lose some ground if this keeps up…

  3. kkkershaw22 - May 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    it’s stupid how Baseball, writers and fans make a big deal when someone gets caught but after a little 50 game suspension everything is forgotten like if never happend, cruz is still a cheater, braun is still a cheater and baseball still has cheaters playing games

    • cohnjusack - May 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      but after a little 50 game suspension everything is forgotten like if never happend

      Hmm…it’s almost as if they’ve served their punishment. Why should they get a second chance? What is this, America?

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      100% correct. They should dish out round 2 suspensions- indefinite. Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Double jeopardy and all that jazz. If your name was on the Biogenesis report, whether or not you’ ve ever actually tested positive, forget it. You don’t come back. We don’t care that you’ve already served what major league baseball deemed the appropriate suspension. Take you’re suspected cheating ways today, based solely upon past performance and pure speculation, and get out. GET THE HELL OUT!

    • dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      I’m pretty sure that all of the people who worked up a frenzy of moral outrage against steroid users are still mad. They haven’t gotten over Barry Bonds yet, never mind Nelson Cruz.

    • brianc6234 - May 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Real fans don’t forget. We know this guy is a cheater. And until he proves he isn’t cheating this year we have to assume he’s still cheating. There’s a lot of stuff out there still that can’t be detected. Now he wants to try and earn a huge contract for next year. Nobody should forget about any of the players who were caught cheating.

  4. jacobk621 - May 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    He will get more than 8 mil a year next year ,,,, question is will cheapskate Angelos pony up the dough ??,

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      No. There’s your answer now. And I will say this- he will use the logic of “we need to pay ‘our guys’ first and foremost, referring to Davis and Weiters… then won’t pay them either in 2015.

  5. chris3141084 - May 29, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    I’d love to see him get 61 just to piss off the purists.

    • dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      61? Don’t you know that Roger Maris had extra games to get those homers? The real record-holder is Babe Ruth.

      Wait, actually Ruth was proven to cork his bat. The real single-season home run record is Ned Williamson’s 27 home runs in 1884.

      • Gamera the Brave - May 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Nope, Williamson bathed in Monkey pee. He said it “lubed up” his swing (no citation exists). No home run record actually exists.

  6. kennyadler1 - May 29, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Rangers offered 14 mil per and his agent told him not to take it…:

  7. randygnyc - May 29, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Sorry, but I am skeptical. Because he got caught cheating, and relatively recently, for me I’d have to have science prove to me that these results aren’t caused by residual effects. Sure, everyone isn’t wired like myself, but for me to consider guys like Melky, Nelson, Arod etc to be clean, some dedicated scientists are going to have to quantifiably and indisputably prove to me that steroids don’t have ANY lingering effect.

    • cohnjusack - May 29, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Apparently a linger effect of steroids if far more beneficial than actually being on them…
      …seeing that he is playing WAY better than any “steroid” season he ever had.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Answer me this- when did Cruz get popped for a positive test? Here I’ll help- he didn’t. He was implicated in Biogenesis like Peralta, Cervelli, Montero and so on, which led to his suspension. So while we can say he likely did juice at some point, there’s no definitive way to say exactly WHEN he did, which could make your whole concept of residual effects more or less a witch hunt trying to establish WHY Cruz is raking. Because it surely has nothing to do with plate discipline or seeing the ball well right now.

      • brianc6234 - May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        All of them were 100% guilty. That’s why they went along with the suspensions. If you aren’t guilty you’d never do that.

  8. syphermce - May 29, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    I love the fact that Melky, Braun and Cruz are playing great baseball despite their history of PED use. Shows they can do it clean (assuming they are at the moment). The All-Star Voting is proof that fans have moved on from it as well.

    • cohnjusack - May 29, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Jhonny Peralta’s doing pretty damn well to (110 OPS, 4th in WAR for shortstops) and his numbers would look a lot better if not for an a very low .252 BABIP.

  9. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - May 29, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    He’s everything the Rangers were hoping for in Prince Fielder.

  10. ripwarrior - May 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Doubt he would be foolish enough to be on something again but if he is he should it with the rest of his team. At this point they look like a .500 team.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      The record is not indicative of the bats. They are hitting very well as a team right now. The pitching is the issue with this O’s team. They, for lack of better term, suck.

  11. nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    In other news, Buster Olney’s head just exploded.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Everytime Cruz hits another bomb I assume Olney does one of these numbers… (just replace heroin with PEDs and it’s spot on).

  12. whiteknightblackheart - May 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    In other news, I got Cruz in the 10th round of my fantasy draft! Win!

  13. brianc6234 - May 30, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Can you say PEDs? What’s Nelson Cruz using now?

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