Samson To Cano: Just Be A Man And Own It

The only thing worse than cheaters? Cheaters who deny cheating

Reiter Than You
May 16, 2018 - 7:52 am

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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games, this after testing positive for a banned substance. 

News of the suspension hit David Samson hard.

“It hurts,” the former Marlins president said on Reiter Than You. “It brought me back to two years ago when I got the call about Dee Gordon and thinking about what that meant to our team and our organization and what it meant to baseball. It’s just enough already.”

In April 2016, Gordon, then a Marlin, tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol. Gordon said he did not knowingly take PEDs but that he would accept the suspension. Cano tweeted as much Tuesday, saying his doctor gave him Furosemide to treat high blood pressure.

“What’s bothering me most are excuses and denials,” Samson said. “The testing is so good these days that if you’re caught, you did it. That’s the bottom line. It’s time for players to just stand up. Just be a man. Just say you got caught and you did it. Don’t say it was a diuretic. Don’t say, ‘I have no idea how it could be.’ Don’t do those things. It’s bad for the game. It’s been a tough day for me. I didn’t think I would feel this way being out of the game for a few months, but it brought me right back to where I was as team president.”

Cano, 35, is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240-million contract. Bill Reiter wonders if teams should have the ability to void contracts if players test positive for banned substances.

Samson’s take: Absolutely.

“It’s the first call that I made after the news about Dee,” he said. “I called baseball and wanted to void the entire contract. He had just signed a long-term deal during that offseason.”

Gordon signed a five-year, $50-million deal in January 2016, just months before his positive test.

“Obviously there was no rule (about voiding contracts),” Samson said. “There was no way to do it. We could have gone into court or before the commissioner and talked about taking a lawsuit against Dee for fraudulent inducement into a contract. We thought about all sorts of things because you’re hurt and you just can’t believe that someone would do that when you believed in them and given them a contract like that. It’s something that at this last collective bargaining agreement, we would have loved to be able to void contracts.”

The union, however, wanted nothing to do with that.

“The union’s view is if you have a player who sucks, he’ll start putting steroids in his Gatorade, and that’s just absolutely preposterous,” Samson said. “So I hope that it can be worked out over the next collective bargaining agreement because Justin Verlander is right: It makes everybody look bad.”