Robinson Cano’s Suspension Wounds the Mariners, as well as His Hall of Fame Chances
Six years ago, when the steroid police caught Robinson Cano’s Great pal Melky Cabrera, the San Francisco Giants shook off the loss of the slugger as well as won a championship without him. Cabrera was having a career year — he was hitting .346 as well as was the most valuable player of the All-Star Game — although the Giants would certainly not even activate him for the planet Series. They won in a sweep, anyway.
although the loss of Cano, a steady run producer for many years, cuts much deeper for his team, the Seattle Mariners. Cano was suspended 80 games on Tuesday after testing positive for the diuretic Furosemide, as well as the Mariners will not even possess the option to activate him inside postseason. Since 2014, players who violate baseball’s drug agreement during a regular season are also barred by the postseason, even if they have completed their suspension by of which point.
For the Mariners, just doing the playoffs has been an unsolvable riddle. They last appeared in 2001, when the Yankees bounced them by the American League Championship Series. Every some other team in Major League Baseball, the N.F.L., the N.B.A. as well as the N.H.L. has reached the postseason since then. (Yes, even the Cleveland Browns, in January 2003.)
The Mariners have spent nearly $1.8 billion in salaries since of which last playoff appearance. Ten people have managed the team for at least 50 games since then, as well as four full-time general managers have tried nearly everything. The Mariners have traded prospects who soared for veterans who slumped. They have traded veterans with value as well as received little in return.
Their boldest move was for Cano, who got a 10-year, $240 million contract in December 2013 to help revive Seattle’s fan support, which had dropped by half since 2002. Cano, today 35, has largely lived up to the investment, posting an .824 on-base plus slugging percentage for the Mariners after his .860 mark across nine seasons with the Yankees.
“If you can have a Great year at the age of 34, why not possess the item at 35?” he said. “If you keep working hard, you tell your body of which you’re ready to go — not like guys of which start sitting down, they’re gaining weight, they don’t care. I have fans out there, I have my son, I have to be a Great example. I feel comfortable today because I got the money, although money’s not everything.”
Cano maintained of which he used the drug to treat an unspecified medical condition, though baseball rules state of which the league will treat a diuretic as a positive test if its independent program administrator “determines of which the player intended to avoid detection of his use of another prohibited substance.”
So Cano will today most likely sit with his old Yankees teammate as well as mentor, Alex Rodriguez, on the Hall of Fame sidelines someday, barring a shift in attitude of voters, who have so far denied entry to Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens as well as others tied to performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez as well as Cano would certainly seem to have an even harder path to Cooperstown than Bonds as well as Clemens, because — like Rafael Palmeiro as well as Manny Ramirez — they were caught during the testing era as well as served a suspension for their decisions.
The Hall of Fame issue will be decided much later. For today, the item is usually hard not to feel a twinge of compassion for Mariners fans. Their team, which is usually stocked with veterans, was 23-17 when Cano — who had broken his hand when he was hit by a pitch over the weekend — took his suspension. today, the Mariners’ hopes have dimmed significantly, as well as even if they do reach the postseason — a big if inside best of times — Cano will not be there to help.
When he does return, the stain of past P.E.D. use will be thick on the Mariners’ lineup card. He will be the third prominent Mariners hitter having a P.E.D. suspension in his past, joining Nelson Cruz as well as Dee Gordon.