Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

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

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

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance, it was announced Tuesday.

Hector Gomez was the first to report the possible suspension early this afternoon.

According to ESPN, MLB's drug policy has a rule that states a player won't be automatically suspended for a diuretic unless the league is able to prove he used it as a masking agent.

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.

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The 35-year-old Cano admitted to taking furosemide but claimed that it was given to him by a doctor in the Domincan Republic to "treat a medical ailment".

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

The suspension comes on the heels of Cano suffering the first significant injury of his tenure in Seattle. He was hitting.287 with 4 home runs so far this season.

Cano, a Dominican native, starred with the Yankees at second base from 2005 to 2013, winning the World Series in 2009.

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There is another effect of Cano's suspension that could prove to be crucial for the Seattle Mariners. The team certainly had the makings of a playoff caliber season in the works. Seattle now stands 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, 2.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cano has been one of the most consistent day-to-day players in the majors and has not missed more than 12 games in a season since 2007. Baseball analyst Jay Jaffe invented a metric called JAWS that measures the combination of a player's career performance and his numbers during his peak years, as defined by his seven best seasons.

It was just revealed on MLB Network that the Robinson Cano suspension is effective immediately. On the other hand, baseball's treatment of cheaters has always been weird and hypocritical.

This is where the problem will arise for Cano.

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As per Jon Heyman of FRS Baseball, the suspension is due to PED use.

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