Is Nelson Cruz “selfish” for not appealing is suspension?

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A quick talking point coming out in the wake of Nelson Cruz deciding not to appeal his suspension is that he is being selfish:

Go search for “Cruz selfish” on Twitter to see hundreds of other similar comments.

As I mentioned before, yes, there is self-interest at play here. But are we really going to go down the “Nelson Cruz is selfish” rabbit hole here as a character judgment as opposed to merely a descriptor of motivations? I mean, you can go there if you want — it’s a free country — but I feel like doing so is likely to tie a person in knots.

A-Rod is appealing, as far as we know. He’s been widely described as selfish (among other things). Now Cruz is not appealing and he’s selfish too. Ryan Braun didn’t appeal his discipline and he’s … what, exactly? Before you answer, note that he’s been described as evil incarnate for appealing his positive PED test last year.

It’s almost like people are going to call these guys names no matter what they do. And sure, maybe they deserve some name-calling since they are rule-breakers. But let us not pretend that you weren’t gonna call them names before they chose what they were going to do with their appeal, OK?

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.