In yet another example that the Seattle Mariners can’t have anything nice, star second baseman Robinson Cano has reportedly been popped for steroid use. The Mariners were already expected to be without him for two months because of a fractured hand, and now it’s looking like he’ll miss the majority of the season.
A capital J out of the DR named Hector Gomez was one of the first to tweet the news:
BREAKING NEWS: According to off the record sources and non-official reports, dominican All-Star Robinson Cano will be suspended for Steroid Use, could be announced today.#ZDeportes @z101digital @ZDeportes
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) May 15, 2018
Mariners fans lost all hope of this being shoddy reporting shortly after as Ken Rosenthal confirmed Cano will miss 80 games:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 15, 2018
Not only does this news hurt the Mariners’ Wild Card hopes, it tarnishes Cano’s legacy and potential Hall of Fame candidacy. With 305 career home runs, 2,417 hits, eight All-Star game appearances, and two Gold Gloves he probably would have been an choice for Cooperstown by the end of his career… who knows after this.
There’s also bad news on the financial front as Cano will lose out on more than $11 million:
Cano will lose his salary for the 80 games. which is $11-plus million.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 15, 2018
$11,851,852: What Robinson Cano would lose in salary from an 80-game suspension.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 15, 2018
Update: Cano says in a statement he tested positive for Furosemide, a substance he claims is not a PED.