The following two sentences, spoken by Texas Rangers manager Jon Daniels to USA Today, are undeniably true.
"We'd be in better shape if he wasn't suspended. It's a choice Nelson made."
Daniels is talking about the 50-game suspension that Nelson Cruz accepted on Aug. 5 for violating baseball's drug policy. If Cruz had appealed, he could have continued playing for the Rangers, just as Alex Rodriguez has continued playing for the New York Yankees.
Well, it's not as if the Rangers were blind-sided by Cruz's suspension, which was more than six months in the making. And it's not as if the absence of Cruz is the only reason that the Rangers trail the Cleveland Indians by 1½ games for the second AL wild card with seven games to play.
The Miami New Times reported on Jan. 29 that Cruz's name had appeared in Biogenesis documents. The next day, Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPNDallas.com wrote, "The Rangers should expect this to get worse before it gets better. They should already be putting thei...