Robinson Cano slapped with 80-game suspension for drug violation
Robinson Cano slapped with 80-game suspension for drug violation
You won't believe how much money Robinson Cano is losing on suspension
16 May, 2018, 12:45
The All-Star second baseman was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday for violating baseball's drug agreement, becoming among the most prominent players disciplined under the sport's anti-doping rules.
Cano said he was given furosemide by a licensed doctor in his native Dominican Republic and that the substance is used to treat "various medical conditions" there and in the United States.
"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which is not a performance-enhancing substance", Cano said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association. "I feel comfortable now because I got the money, but money's not everything". Cano's suspension means Major League Baseball was able to prove he was using it to mask a drug, which led to the 35-year-old dropping the appeal and accepting his suspension.
Rodriguez and Cano would seem to have an even harder path to Cooperstown than Bonds and Clemens, because - like Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez - they were caught during the testing era and served a suspension for their decisions.
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The suspension begins immediately, though Cano, 35, an eight-time all-star, is now on the disabled list with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday. The 80-game suspension is mandatory for a first offence for performance-enhancing drug (PED) usage.
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"It's surprising, because I know Robby". In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games. No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat.
The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano's tenure in Seattle.
The 35-year-old Dominican, who was placed on the Mariners' disabled list this week with a hand fracture, was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in (RBIs) this season.
Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018.
If you're going to draw a line, though, there's some logical consistency to treating players like Cano, A-Rod, and Ramirez differently than you would Bonds or Clemens.
Cano is under contract through the 2023 season, when he'll be nearly 41 years old, at $24 million each year, and if Seattle makes the playoffs this year he won't be eligible.
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