Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB's drug policy

Florence Fletcher
May 16, 2018

Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano has been banned for 80 games after failing a drugs test, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

Cano was hit by a pitch in Sunday's game by Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy. Since then, the second baseman has earned three more All-Star appearances and hit a career-high 39 home runs in 2016. The 31-year-old Beckham hit.300 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 25 games at Tacoma.

In addition to Cano's statement above, his team also put out a statement of their own, in which they said: "Robinson made a mistake". Cano wouldn't be eligible to participate in the postseason if the Mariners were to make it. May. Our organization fully supports the Program. Furthermore, a source told ESPN that Cano's positive test occurred prior to the season at which point the veteran second baseman appealed.

Cano left the Yankees in dramatic fashion in late 2013, signing a $240 million deal with the Mariners that NY refused to match.

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Cano's suspension is for the use of Furosemide, a diuretic, which is seen as a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs. Based exclusively on his credentials (including those eight All-Star Game appearances, five Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, six top ten MVP finishes, and a World Championship in 2009), a Hall of Fame selection would be a lay-up with just another year and a half of average production.

I love Cano as a player, and I don't personally care that much if Robinson Cano took steroids because I've long since lost the capacity to be surprised or disheartened by such things. "He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.

Now, he becomes the most decorated player to be suspended for steroids since Major League Baseball nailed Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and others in the 2013 Biogenesis investigation - which did not involve a failed drug test, as in Cano's case. Cano had not missed a game this season and had played in at least 150 games in 11 consecutive seasons.

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