Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Suspension puts Robinson Cano's Hall of Fame candidacy into serious jeopardy

Suspension puts Robinson Cano's Hall of Fame candidacy into serious jeopardy

The league announced on Tuesday that Cano tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic, which is in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. According to one report, the timing is merely a coincidence.

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. Also, should Seattle actually make it to the postseason (which would end the longest current playoff drought in baseball) Cano would not be eligible to participate. It's extremely naïve of Cano to not check what he was being given was not on the banned substance list. If a player were to test positive for a diuretic, the league would look into medical records, talk to the physician to see why a diuretic would be prescribed, and talk to people around the player. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the Mariners said in a statement.

Cano's statement said that the substance was given to him "by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment".

Cano's suspension runs until mid-August, but we shouldn't expect Verlander's skepticism to diminish by then. Cano will now miss a large chunk of the 2018 season, which will be a massive loss to a Seattle Mariners team that is currently just 1.5 games out of first place in the American League West. The Mariners will likely turn to Andrew Romine to fill in a second base. In his five years with the Mariners, Cano has been a three-time All-Star with a.294 batting average, 101 home runs and 384 RBI.

However, this suspension immediately impairs Cano's Hall-of-Fame candidacy, regardless of whether he actually used PEDs.

"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in part. It's saying we have proof that that is not why you were taking it.

In an apologetic statement on his near-half-season ban, the star 35-year-old admitted that he used Furosemide, a drug that's used to treat high blood pressure or aid "fluid retention", said he wished "that I had been more careful" and apologized to his "family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization".

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