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Robinson Cano Suspended from 80 Games for Drug Policy Violation

16 May, 2018, 08:25 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball (MLB) after testing positive for a banned substance, the league announced on Tuesday. Gordon spent the first seven years of his Major League Baseball career as a middle infielder before shifting to center field for the 2018 campaign following an offseason trade from Miami to Seattle.

Gomez's report was then confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Robinson Cano is out six-to-eight weeks after he was hit by a pitch throughout Sunday's recreation towards the Detroit Tigers. Cano said in a statement the drug "was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". "People use masking agents to reduce the amount of other drugs that may be present in their system".

If we assume that Cano is being completely forthcoming, the suspension is devastating not just for his 2018 season but for his entire career.

Cano has played at least 150 games each season since 2007.

Losing a player of Cano's caliber will be damaging to the Mariners, especially given how heavy the competition in the American League West is this year.

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He won the 2009 World Series with the New York Yankees. In parts of five seasons with the Mariners, Canó is slashing.294/.353/.471 with 147 doubles and 101 home runs. By JAWS, Cano rates as the seventh-best second baseman of all time, sandwiched in between Hall of Famer Rod Carew and the criminally underrated and extremely Hall-worthy Bobby Grich. Seattle now stands 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, 2.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cano's acceptance of the suspension is surely tied to his injury, which may keep him out for a big chunk of that 80-game ban. He also can not play in the All-Star Game. In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games. "That's something they're apparently still looking into".

For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor of my life. Even without this he was never going to get every voters vote.

This is where the problem will arise for Cano. It is worth reinforcing that Cano has not tested positive for a PED itself.

The 35-year-old, who is halfway through a 10-year $240 million contract, said he took the drug on a visit to his native Dominican Republic.

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