Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz was suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday for 50 games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy and his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Cruz accepted the suspension and quickly released a statement trying to explain and apologize for his behavior.
Cruz addressed his teammates Monday night and the overall response has been supportive from the locker room.
“It was tough,” shortstop Elvis Andrus said, via ESPN Dallas. “As a man, he had the guts to stand up to everybody in here, and it was tough for his heart. You could see how tough it was for him and his family. At that moment, we always have to think not as a player but as a human being. It happened. Nobody is perfect in this world. We don’t have enough power to judge. The only thing I’m going to do is support him.”
“Nobody is perfect. Everybody makes mistakes,” starting pitcher Derek Holland said. “Everybody makes mistakes, and I’m not going to worry about it. I hope he gets back, and we’ll be ready and waiting for him. We just have to take care of what we have to do now — and that’s get the [AL] West.”
“We love Nelson. I like Nelson a lot, he’s been one of my favorite teammates. I’m going to miss him in the clubhouse,” second baseman Ian Kinsler said.
Ron Washington wasn’t surprised by the support the Rangers showed Cruz.
“He never lost our respect,” Washington said. “It’s sad. You obviously don’t expect anything like that to happen, but it happens.”
“You never accept when you do wrong,” Washington said. “He was sorry. It’s a choice to make. He made his choice. I’m not going to judge him. He had a choice to make. It wasn’t an easy choice, and this is what he chose.”
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said it’d be up to his teammates if he plays in the playoffs if they make the postseason.