Mariners' star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating joint drug agreement

Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

It's the first major strike in a career that has Hall of Fame potential. Now, his chances might as well be out the window. 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.

"Players are NOT automatically suspended for using diuretics", Quinn wrote.

What did Robinson Cano get caught using? No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat. "Our organization fully supports the program", the Mariners said in a statement. Still, we've already seen the first round of players suspended under the new policy become eligible for Cooperstown, only to run up against a wall of opposition. The GM went on to say that he "didn't feel comfortable" talking about the Cano situation because he's a member of the Mariners. Since making his Major League Baseball debut on May 3, 2005, he has appeared in 2,037 games, most of any player during that span. The 80-game suspension will cost Cano $11.85 million from his $24 million salary. The Mariners are now 3rd in the American League West, just 1.5 games behind Houston and the Angels.

Cano suffered a broken fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Tigers' reliever Blaine Hardy on Sunday, and he was placed on the disabled list Monday.

Cano, who has hit at least 20 home runs in eight of the past nine seasons, was hitting.287 with four home runs before breaking his hand. "But just like a family member makes a bad decision or a bad choice, you still love them", Servais said. He'll be suspended without pay and it is effective immediately.

Though he admitted to using Furosemide, Cano adamantly denied taking PEDs in the statement. How will he respond to a new target on his back? The Seattle Mariners will lose their second baseman even longer than before.

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