On Tuesday, MLB announced the suspension of All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners and former New York Yankee for using a banned substance. Cano tested positive for Diuretic Furosemide, which violates the drug prevention and treatment program for Major League Baseball. The violation is an 80 games suspension without pay by Major League Baseball. Under MLB’s drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended unless the league can prove it was intended to be used as a masking agent. Did you know Robinson Cano tested positive before the season started and appealed? Eventually, Cano dropped his appeal after MLB was able to determine his intent. I guess this qualifies as his 2nd strike.
To add more bad news, Cano suffered a fracture in his right hand on Sunday landing the 35 year old on the disabled list. As for the good news, Cano’s time on the disabled list will count toward his 80-game suspension, but will lose $11.85 million of his $24 million deal for 2018. Also, if the Seattle Mariners make the playoffs, Cano is ineligible for the postseason. In the end, Cano was caught pure and simple so “Goodbye” on his reputation and “Good Luck” on making the Hall of Fame in which he has built a nice career with 2,417 hits with a .304 career batting average and 305 homers as an 8-time All-Star.
In 72 hours, sympathy has turned to disappointment for the Seattle Mariners beloved Robinson Cano.
Cano commented that he would accept the suspension, which begins immediately.