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Mets star Cano suspended for entire MLB season after second PED violation

By Sports Desk November 18, 2020

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has received a 162-game suspension from MLB for violating the league's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program, ruling him out of the entire 2021 season.

MLB said in a statement on Wednesday that Cano, 38, tested positive for Stanozolol, a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The eight-time All-Star's suspension will begin at the start of the 2021 campaign and prohibits the World Series champion from participating in any postseason games as well. Cano will also forfeit his $24million salary for the upcoming season.

Cano, who batted .316 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games during the abbreviated 2019 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, was previously suspended 80 games in 2018 for testing positive for furosemide, a potential masking agent also on MLB's list of banned substances.

"I understand that everything that goes into my body," Cano said in a statement. "I'm responsible for that."

"We were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinson's suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organisation, our fans, and the sport.

"The Mets fully support MLB's efforts toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the game."

Cano has three seasons remaining on a 10-year, $240m contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013 following a distinguished nine-year tenure with the Mets' crosstown rivals the New York Yankees.

The Mets acquired the five-time Silver Slugger and two-time Gold Glove winner from Seattle prior to the 2019 season.

A .303 career hitter, Cano bounced back from a disappointing first season with the Mets in which he batted a career-low .256 in 107 games.

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