Top 10 MLB falls from grace
With Robinson Cano’s positive drug test the talk of baseball, we look back at some of the most memorable moments that saw respected players disgraced.
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What a difference a day makes.
On Monday, the prevailing attitude of the baseball world toward Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano was one of sympathy after he was placed on the disabled list after fracturing his pinky on a hit-by-pitch in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Less than 24 hours later, no one knew what to think after Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a banned diuretic. The positive test, Cano’s first, incurred an 80-game suspension and renders Cano ineligible for any postseason games in which the Mariners may earn a place.
Furosemide can be used as a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs, but also to treat legitimate medical conditions, including heart failure, liver and kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Cano asserted in a statement that he was prescribed the medication by a doctor in his native Dominican Republic and took it without knowing it was on the banned substance list. While that could indeed be the case, it’s also important to note, as ESPN’s TJ Quinn did on Twitter, for a player to be suspended for taking a diuretic means MLB must have some kind of evidence he used it as a masking agent.
Considered one of the best pure hitters in the game, Cano is still a good bet to join the 3,000 hit club, which has almost always ensured entry into the Hall of Fame. The only eligible players who got to that mark and aren’t in the Hall are Pete Rose, who was banned for his gambling exploits, and Rafael Palmeiro, tainted by accusations of PED use.
We can debate the merits of Cano’s case for Cooperstown later, but it’s clear that Cano’s reputation has taken a major hit.
That has us at RealSport thinking about other major league players whose reputation fell apart. Today, we’re going to look back and look at the 10 biggest falls from grace in baseball history.