Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation
16 May, 2018, 12:43 | Author: Rachael Silva
So Cano will now most likely sit with his old Yankees teammate and mentor, Alex Rodriguez, on the Hall of Fame sidelines someday, barring a shift in attitude of voters, who have so far denied entry to Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others tied to performance-enhancing drugs.
"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in part.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cano's 1,783 games played since the start of the 2007 season are the most in Major League Baseball in that span. In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games.
"While I did not realise at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful", Cano said in the statement.
"This was the most hard decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance", Cano said in his statement, in reference to accepting the suspension. There have been 36 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program and six in addition to Cano under the big league program: Houston pitcher Dean Deetz, Washington catcher Raudy Read, Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley, Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.
Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury. That injury was expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks if surgery was required.
Add Robinson Cano to a long list of Yankees who have steroid and drug pasts. However, he will lose salary - $11.85 million of his $24 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell - and is ineligible for the postseason and the All-Star Game.
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.
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.
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