Nightengale: Cano Won't Make Hall Of Fame

Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension "disgraces him"

Ferrall On The Bench
May 16, 2018 - 8:24 am

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Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension won’t just affect him this season; it will affect his career, his legacy, and ultimately his Cooperstown candidacy.

“He was certainly on the road to the Hall of Fame,” USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale said on Ferrall on the Bench. “(He’s) on the path to 3,000 hits, already had 300 home runs, a .305 batting average. This disgraces him. If history is any indication, he’s out of the Hall of Fame forever. No one ever gets in when you’re suspended for steroid use.”

Cano, who has 2,417 career hits and 305 home runs, denied knowingly taking PEDs, saying that his doctor gave him Furosemide to treat high blood pressure.

“He can say what he wants,” Nightengale said. “MLB and the drug people said no, he’s using a clear masking agent. He was definitely using performance-enhancing drugs.”

Cano, 35, is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240-million contract. He is the face of the franchise in Seattle – or was. 

“It happened with Ryan Braun and the Brewers,” Nightengale said. “You can’t market a guy. You can’t put him on your yearbook covers or your schedules and things like that. You can’t do ads because the guy cheated and used PEDs.”

Cano was already slated to miss time due to a broken hand. Nightengale expects him to keep a low profile until his rehab assignment.

“Hell probably issue another apology,” Nightengale said. “I don’t think he’ll ever come out and say exactly what he did. He made a statement and I’m sure he’ll stick to it.”