Did Robinson Cano just cancel his 2027 trip to Cooperstown?
Entering this year, Cano was putting together a career worthy of first-ballot induction into the Hall of Fame.
Gordon was suspended 80 games during the 2016 season. Cano has played a key role in that early-season success. He's also played better than average defense, and retained his status as one of the most durable players in the game, having steered clear of the disabled list for almost 12 years.
So where do the Mariners (and Cano) go from here?
If no games are postponed, Cano would be eligible to return August 14 at Oakland. Fellow Mariner Dee Gordon has spent most of his major league career at second, but he's now Seattle's everyday center fielder, and the M's don't have any great options to replace Gordon in center if he were to move to second.
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Duly reprieved, he went to fifty in just 52 balls, including seven fours, with Shadab following him to the landmark in 89 balls. By the time stumps were drawn early due to bad light after 76 overs, Pakistan had reached 286-6 in their first-innings.
Cano tested positive for the diuretic furosemide, which violates the MLB's drug prevention and treatment program. We'll see how long that lasts. Despite being on the DL, his suspension will start immediately and he will not be eligible for postseason play or the All-Star Game this season. That's to say nothing of demigods like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who've been repeatedly denied entry into baseball's shrine of eternals on the mere suspicion of PED use.
BC-BBA-Mariners-Cano Suspended, 6h Ld-Writethru, 1106Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violationAP Photo NY161, NY160, NY158, NY159Eds: Edits 21st paragraph to update with details on exam in Philadelphia. Furthermore, a source told ESPN that Cano's positive test occurred prior to the season at which point the veteran second baseman appealed. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout.
"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. Everyone from Major League Baseball owners to Commissioner Bud Selig to the players' union chose to condone PED use by not implementing any kind of coherent system of penalties until years after a series of all-time records had been broken.
In 39 games this year, the 35-year-old Cano had a slash line of.287/.385/.441, with four home runs and 23 RBIs. Not to mention, Cano has a full no-trade clause, meaning he won't be easy to get rid of even if other teams are interested.
But the longer-term outlook suddenly looks much more muddled. There have been 36 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program and six in addition to Cano under the big league program: Houston pitcher Dean Deetz, Washington catcher Raudy Read, Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley, Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.