Robinson Cano: Why Risk It?

Photo Credit: Sporting News

Out of all the players in Major League Baseball, you wouldn’t think that Robinson Cano would be caught taking a banned substance. He did.

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by MLB yesterday after testing positive for a banned substance. The league says Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, which is banned under baseball’s drug treatment plan.

Cano, who signed a 10-year $240 million contract with the Mariners in December 2013, will not be appealing the suspension. Cano was already put on the disabled list with a broken hand he suffered on Sunday. He is expected to be reinstated in August but will not allowed to play in the postseason should the Mariners make it.

By most objective measures, Cano has a résumé with enough illustrious comparisons and gaudy numbers to coast into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Let’s take a look at his numbers:

  • He’s one of only 16 players with a career .300 batting average, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 500 doubles, 300 homers and 1,000 RBIs. The others: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial.
  • He is an eight time All-Star and has the second most home runs by a second baseman in MLB history (behind Jeff Kent)

Like water evaporating in the sun, gone is his Hall of Fame chances.

Why take the risk Cano? You did everything right when you was in New York and you were the man in Seattle. With a lineup consisting of Nelson Cruz, Dee Gordon and Kyle Seager, the Mariners were determined to make it to the postseason for the first time since 2001. Now it seems like their playoff chances are up in smoke and its only May.

It has gotten so bad that even Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman stated that he had his suspicions that Cano was juicing. It was probably why he let Cano go in 2013. Now, the Yankees have the best record in the league and is playing well without him.

Furosemide is a pill that is used to create more urine and helps get rid of excess water and salt. It is also used to treat heart failure, kidney diseases and treating high blood pressure. Maybe Cano used it because he wanted to shed a little bit of weight?

The problem with that is the pill has been known to cover up other drugs in the system. That’s why it has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

We may not know why he took it but one thing is for sure: Cano will join the likes of Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire as the only players who admitted to taking PEDs and not make the Hall of Fame.

Such a shame really. Cano was on his way towards a Hall of Fame caliber career.

All it takes is one mistake.



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