Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for drug policy violation

Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for drug policy violation

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

"After undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one", Cano continued.

Cano was off to a terrific start for the Mariners this season, his 5th with the team, before the injury put him on the shelf. Under the terms of the JDA, Cano will serve his suspension during his recovery.

"Robinson made a mistake", the Mariners wrote in a statement following news of the suspension.

Sure enough, Cano obliged with a personal statement in which he expressed regret at not being "more careful" with a drug he did not know Major League Baseball considered as part of a scheme to hide the use of PEDs, which Cano denied ingesting directly. He'll be suspended without pay and it is effective immediately. Given that much time and his history of health, Cano could've endured even a fairly ungraceful decline and reached 3,000 hits and 400 home runs and shoo-in Hall of Fame status by his age-40 season when his deal runs up. Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player. Before breaking his hand, Cano hadn't missed a game this season, and he hasn't played in fewer than 150 games in any of the past 11 seasons.

An eight-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger award victor, two-time Gold Glove award victor and one-time World Series champion, Cano is among the best second basemen of his era.

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Another Yankees legend, another steroids suspension.

This is where the problem will arise for Cano. ESPN has reported that Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic.

Canó is in the fifth season of a 10-year, $240m contract with Seattle.

His injury and now suspension comes at a time when the Mariners are sitting in 3rd place in the American League West, and are 23-17, only 1.5 games back of the Astros and Angels, who are tied for first.

Given everything we've seen from voters in recent years however, it's not looking good for Cano.

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