Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for PED Violation (UPDATE)

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Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for PED Violation (UPDATE)

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Aw, man. This bums me out more than anything else when you consider that he is a star player of a certain age who was still having success on a huge contract.

Cano, 35, signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners before the 2014 season and had produced at an above-average clip – usually well-above-average – since then. Now, not only is all of that going to be subjected to deep suspicion, but his legacy going forward will similarly be tainted. Fair or unfair, that’s how it is when this happens to a guy who has performed very well. Cano was already a borderline Hall-of-Fame-caliber talent and it looked like he would continue to be successful for years to come. Maybe he still will be, but in the current climate, he has no chance of getting into the Hall with a PED suspension on his record.

Cano recently broke his hand, so he was going to be out for a while anyway, and he will now additionally be ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners make it.

Although I’m one of those guys who has sympathy for players who used PED during the wild west days of the 90s and early 2000s – the league borderline encouraged it – I have much less sympathy for players who do so in the current era. This doesn’t mean Cano is a bad guy or that everything he did was PED-inflated, but it does mean that he has apparently being doing something that is clearly against the rules. And he’ll be punished pursuant to those rules.

I imagine we’ll get an explanation of sorts in due time.

(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

And the suspension is official:

Also, I don’t believe this kind of explanation is going to fly:

He was taking a medication for a medical issue, but didn’t simply get league clearance when there was $12 million in salary at stake in a suspension. And we are to believe that was just an oopsie? I have trouble with that.

Also, this doesn’t look good:

Author: Brett Taylor

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