Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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Mariners' star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating joint drug agreement

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

A two-time Gold Glove victor, Cano began his Major League Baseball career with the Yankees in 2005 and signed as a free agent with Seattle in 2013. Cano was tested before and after the positive test and results came back clean.

In a statement released by the players' union, Cano said a doctor in his native Dominican Republic prescribed the medication to treat an unspecified medical ailment.

And while I hope and believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should get plaques in Cooperstown and don't really care to ever discuss that subject again, I also recognize that Cano's actions are fundamentally different and - in a baseball sense - far more damning for coming at a time when getting caught means costing your team.

Cano, 35, had his hand fractured when Tigers righty Blaine Hardy hit him with an 88-mph fastball Monday. Cano was reportedly offered a seven-year, $175 million contract to return to the Yankees, but turned it down in favor of the longer and more profitable contract in Seattle. 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. But I do care why Robinson Cano took steroids because I think it speaks to our complete and wholesale ignorance of the types of things that can drive people. "I apologize to my household, pals, followers, teammates and the Mariners group".

The Mariners issued a statement saying they were disappointed.

"Robinson made a mistake".

"He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologised to the fans, the organisation and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.

"It's surprising, because I know Robbie". He was batting.287 with a.385 on-base proportion, 4 residence runs and 23 runs batted in 39 video games this season. The eight-time All-Star is closing in on many Hall of Fame standards, including 3,000 hits (currently at 2,417) and the all-time home run mark for second baseman (Cano is at 305, and the record is 377 by Jeff Kent). The Mariners have a legitimate shot at securing the second Wild Card spot and playing in the win-or-go-home game at the end of the season - a game for which Cano would be ineligible.

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.

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