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

Mariners All Star Robinson Cano will reportedly be suspended 80 games

He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances.

So where do the Mariners (and Cano) go from here? "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

"For more than fifteen years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said.

Cano's acceptance of the suspension is surely tied to his injury, which may keep him out for a big chunk of that 80-game ban. Bonds, the game's all-time leader in home runs, has topped out at 56.4 percent of the 75 percent needed for induction in six years on the ballot.

In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player.




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. 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. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Gordon, a former second baseman, will likely see some time at that position to fill in for the suspended Cano.

"It's surprising, because I know Robby".

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. "But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia said. So if you're going to make arguments or consider Hall votes based on legacies, it might make more sense to come down harder on those players actually busted for breaking the rules than those who happened to hit long home runs or throw blazing fastballs 15 or 20 years ago. While Cano will lose more than $11 million in salary during his suspension, the team is still on the hook for $120 million owed his way over the next five seasons.

"In this particular instance we're going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap", Dipoto said.

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