Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Mariners Star Cano Banned 80 Games over Failed Drug Test

Mariners Star Cano Banned 80 Games over Failed Drug Test

Did Robinson Cano just cancel his 2027 trip to Cooperstown? Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension deals a cruel blow to a Mariners team that's exceeded expectations so far this year.

The 80-game suspension is without pay, meaning Cano will miss out on almost half of the $24 million that he was owed for the 2018 season. Cano will not only be ineligible for the 2018 All-Star Game and postseason, but he'll also lose the money that he was set to make in that stretch. The case was scheduled to be heard starting Tuesday in Seattle before arbitrator Mark Irvings, but the union informed Major League Baseball last Friday that Cano wanted to drop the grievance and reach a settlement, the person said.

Even if the injury is on the shorter end of the recovery period, Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August. In the meantime, Dee Gordon took reps at second base Tuesday and could fill in at the keystone while Cano is sidelined.

Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano reacts after being hit on the hand by a Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Blaine Hardy pitch in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit Sunday
Robinson Cano is out six-to-eight weeks after he was hit by a pitch throughout Sunday’s recreation towards the Detroit Tigers

"We were disappointed to learn today that Robinson had violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program".

Entering this year, Cano was putting together a career worthy of first-ballot induction into the Hall of Fame. The eight-time All-Star and four-time top-five MVP finisher joins the likes of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and many others on the list of players to have their Cooperstown credentials discounted by being linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Furthermore, a source told ESPN that Cano's positive test occurred prior to the season at which point the veteran second baseman appealed. That's because on Tuesday, MLB would serve him with an 80-game suspension for violating their PED policy. On the most basic level, flouting the sport's rules to gain an edge on the competition, while hundreds of contemporaries choose to play clean, eats at the moral code held dear by many players, fans, and media members. He denied it was a performance enhancer. Hell, we've elected known cheaters like Gaylord Perry into Cooperstown, because apparently throwing spitballs is charming but having big muscles is deeply offensive.

"In this particular instance we're going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap", Dipoto said. This season he was hitting.287 with four homers before breaking his hand after being hit by a pitch on Sunday.

Speaking of the Mariners, Cano really put them in a bind this year. Cano's accomplishments in Seattle, and in pinstripes, now forever tainted into the minds of many.

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