Joe Nathan applauds MLB for cleaning up game

Jul 7, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan is amongst those players who have spoken out about Ryan Braun’s suspension for PED use. And Joe Nathan is applauding Major League Baseball for acting and working to clean up the game.

“We have to weed out the guys that are doing stuff that shouldn’t be in this game,” Nathan said. “We want this game clean. We want this game played on a level playing field and the process is working. This definitely lets guys know that if you’re going to do something you’re going to get caught. The program is working.”

Bruan was suspended for the rest of the season without pay. That translates to 65 games and $3.25 million.

“It’s unfortunate for the players,” Nathan said. “But if you’re going to take a risk like that, you’re going to get caught.”

“It’s never good when this happens,” Nathan said. “That’s why it’s so frustrating for the many of us, the majority of us that are doing it the right way. It’s frustrating to have players that take a risk like this. It does put a scar on this game. We just hope the fans are patient and realize we’re doing this for the right reason, and they’re many, many more of us who are doing it the right way than the few who aren’t.”

Interesting words considering his teammate, Nelson Cruz, is implicated in the same Biogenesis scandal as Ryan Braun and could be facing a suspension as well. Cruz hasn’t commented on Braun’s suspension. But Nathan doesn’t want to talk about Cruz’s situation as well.

“I’m not going to sit here and act like I know anything about it,” Nathan said. “I’m not going to talk about anything I don’t know anything about.”

Topics: Joe Nathan, Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

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