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By: Ross Sutton
News broke yesterday that the MLB has suspended Mariners all-star second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games after he tested positive for a banned substance. The substance he tested positive for is called furosemide, which is a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent to cover other banned drugs in a player’s system. The MLB must be able to prove that the diuretic was used to cover other banned drugs before they can suspend a player for the positive test, so I guess it is fair to assume Cano was using performance enhancers. Cano apparently failed the test in the offseason and was going through the appeal process while he was playing this season.
This is obviously a crushing blow for the Mariners as they will now lose their star player for 80 games. One of my biggest takeaways from this situation is that it makes zero sense that Cano is allowed to recover from his hand surgery and the time he misses on the disabled list counts as time served for his suspension. It seems like common sense that a player must have to wait and serve their suspension until they are healthy and actually able to play. This suspension also greatly hurts Cano’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame, for which he previously had a great chance of being elected into.
The Mariners have played well this season, and are currently in the playoff hunt, but it will be difficult for them to stay relevant without their star second baseman. I know most Mariners fans just want to see their team get to the playoffs, but because of this suspension, Cano is now not allowed to play in the postseason, making it unlikely the Mariners will make much noise in the playoffs should they get there. It is always upsetting to see a player tarnish their career after testing positive for banned substances, but the players need to be more careful about what they are putting into their bodies so they do not test positive for banned substances even if they "did not know they were taking a banned substance”.
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