The Texas Rangers lost slugger Nelson Cruz to a 50-game suspension earlier this season for his PED use and connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami. Cruz was one of many players who willingly accepted their sentences without appealing.
The Rangers meanwhile have been on a downward slop including going 5-15 this month and fallen out of playoff contention. Currently they sit one game out of a Wild Card berth.
From the USA TODAY:
“My first thought was to appeal, and right up to the last day I told (the Rangers) my decision was to appeal,” Cruz says. “That was my plan. It’s hard to explain it, but at the end it wasn’t my decision. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. It came out of my hands.”
“It was so hard, because I knew something worse could happen to me,” Cruz says. “If I wasn’t a free agent, it would have been different. It’s a totally different situation. I didn’t want to take 100 games next year. It’s part of the business.”
Cruz also said he felt responsible for the Rangers collapse.
“We’d be in better shape if he wasn’t suspended,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in agreement.
Daniels also said “it’s a choice Nelson made.”