• Twitterverse Full Of Rumors That Robinson Cano Tested Positive For PED Use

    Posted by on September 20th, 2012 · Comments (16)

    The latest batch of tweets out there now say that this rumor is totally false.

    But, then again, we’ve seen this before in MLB – where rumors fly, are quickly denied, and then turn out to be true later down the road.

    Me? I would not be shocked if this was true. And, I can understand why there would be some suspicion here.

    Yet, it’s very important to remember here that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

    Comments on Twitterverse Full Of Rumors That Robinson Cano Tested Positive For PED Use

    1. The Sandman
      September 20th, 2012 | 5:13 pm

      Who is tweeting these rumors – I am on Twitter and I have not seen anything. Just wondering what your source is.

    2. Evan3457
      September 20th, 2012 | 6:40 pm

      Everyone allegedly denying it; Cano, team, anonymous league officials.

      So it’s true…unless it’s not.

    3. September 20th, 2012 | 7:49 pm

      What I find amazing, if it’s not true, is that one guy in NC can start this with a silly tweet and then it catches fire to the point where the MSM and the commish’s office gets involved.

      What I find interesting is that Peter Gammons said he heard this rumor three weeks ago…but could not verify it.

      It reminds me of when all the buzz started in comments sections of blogs about Cashman’s affair. And, those who dared post on it were told that they were crossing the line, full of slander, etc. And, all parties mentioned denied that Louise was anything more than a business associate to Cashman. And, then, later, the real truth came out.

      As I said in the post, right now, Cano is not guilty and should be considered nothing less than that. And, if something comes out later, that’s true, then it is what it is…at that time. But, the time, as of now, is not this moment.

    4. September 20th, 2012 | 7:54 pm

      Via Mark Feinsand -

      Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, also told the Daily News that the rumors were baseless. He said his office had traced the allegation to a rumor that originated in the Dominican Republic, a reporter in the U.S. and a rival agent who has been saying that a prominent Latin player has been mired in baseball’s appeals process.

      So, I wonder who the player is?

    5. KPOcala
      September 20th, 2012 | 9:25 pm

      Awful lot of “anomalies” in baseball, even since “testing” started. NOTHING would surprise me anymore. And anyone that thinks that baseball doesn’t watch out for it’s stars is “misremembering”…..

    6. KPOcala
      September 20th, 2012 | 9:30 pm

      …and remember that Keith Law maintains that ‘there is no conclusive evidence that PED’s help player performance’…..I’ll ignore the logic inherent in the non sequitur inherent in his premise…

    7. LMJ229
      September 20th, 2012 | 10:34 pm

      Since we are speaking of Cano, has anyone noticed just how unproductive he has been this season in terms of driving in runs? Here’s a guy who plays every single game, has 30 home runs, is batting .300, and consistently hits in the #3 or #4 spot yet he has only 78 RBIs? You would think he’d get 100 RBIs by accident. It’s just ridiculous.

    8. 77yankees
      September 20th, 2012 | 11:09 pm

      There were rumors Johnny Damon tested positive & was about to be suspended when he was with the Yankees, and that was never proven.

    9. EHawk
      September 20th, 2012 | 11:20 pm

      Ok maybe I’m misinformed on this but if MLB comes out and says there is no truth to this rumor doesn’t that clear Cano? I mean MLB is the one doing the tests and I would think if there was some truth to this or if it was in the appeals process MLB would say no comment and not have the commissioners office make a statement denying this rumor right? I would think MLB wouldn’t deny this and then in a couple weeks have to back track and admit they were lying?

    10. KPOcala
      September 21st, 2012 | 1:30 am

      Did Gretzky ever, seemingly get a scratch? Ditto Michael Jordon. On and on this goes on. And why not? This is how business make money. It took those weasels over a month to wait for the outcry about Melky die down, “before ruling he could still win a batting tittle”. Totally shameless. And since at this point since not criminal charges are filed against anyone let’s not start this “innocent until proven guilty” crap. This is a “sports ‘issue’” at this time, not a formal inquest, so please save the lawyer talk. Damn weird the way that Bartolo, Ortiz, and The Captain suddenly all got “zippier” at about the same time. And that’s only a few examples….And I’m not inclined yet to include The Captain with those other two. But Ortiz, is a Fairy Tale since he got picked-up by the Sox.

    11. September 21st, 2012 | 7:14 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Since we are speaking of Cano, has anyone noticed just how unproductive he has been this season in terms of driving in runs? Here’s a guy who plays every single game, has 30 home runs, is batting .300, and consistently hits in the #3 or #4 spot yet he has only 78 RBIs? You would think he’d get 100 RBIs by accident. It’s just ridiculous.

      They talked about this on YES last night. His BA with RISP and 2 outs is a crime.

    12. September 21st, 2012 | 7:23 am

      FWIW, on July 28th, the rumor came out on Melky Cabrera and everyone denied it. The player, his agent, et al. And, Melky was then suspended on August 15th.

      If there is any truth to this one, it will be interesting to see how long the appeal, assuming that’s where it is now, will drag out.

    13. September 21st, 2012 | 7:25 am

      77yankees wrote:

      There were rumors Johnny Damon tested positive & was about to be suspended when he was with the Yankees, and that was never proven.

      Yeah. I thought that was when he was with the Red Sox.
      Also, one time, there was a rumor that a “significant player” was about to be suspended. And, the player turned out to be Matt Lawton.

      Yawn.

    14. September 21st, 2012 | 7:27 am

      Has anyone seen any Brian Cashman quotes on the Cano PED rumor? I could not find any. This could be a tell-tale sign. Cashman is usually not shy.

    15. September 21st, 2012 | 12:59 pm

      Via Bob Nightengale -

      A Major League Baseball official with knowledge of the league’s drug testing confirmed that New York Yankees All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano did not test positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

      The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because MLB is not allowed to comment on test results.Cano vehemently denied Thursday night that he was about to be assessed a 50-game suspension, a report that originally surfaced on Twitter.

      “You can’t control what people say,” Cano told the New York Daily News. “There’s a lot of negative stuff out there and I can’t control that. I have to stay above that.”

      Cano’s denial marked the second time an All-Star player on a contending team had to refute rumors he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. On Sept. 7, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski refuted a similar allegation that he was facing a suspension, a rumor that originated on the message board of a Chicago sports-talk radio station.

      Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, told USA TODAY Sports that “false and misleading information regarding Cano” was tweeted earlier Thursday.

      The Cano and Pierzynski rumors came after San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon received 50-game suspensions after they tested positive for testosterone.

      Cabrera’s suspension came five weeks after he denied a similar Twitter rumor that a 50-game suspension was imminent.

    16. October 5th, 2012 | 11:17 am

      This just in:

      A reporter for a North Carolina TV station that falsely accused New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano of failing a performance-enhancing drug test has publicly apologized.

      Charlotte’s WSOC-TV will also donate money to the Robinson Cano Foundation, according to Cano’s agent, Scott Boras.

      The station never reported the Cano accusations on the air, but one of its reporters, Dan Tordjman, tweeted Sept. 20 that he expected Major League Baseball to announce that Cano would be suspended. After Cano denied the charge, many media outlets subsequently reported on the story.

      ESPN investigated the allegations but, after denials from top MLB and Yankees officials, as well as from Cano and Boras, did not find them credible enough to report.

      On Thursday, WSOC apologized during its newscast, saying sorry to “Mr. Cano and any Yankee baseball fan for any embarrassment or inconvenience the tweet may have caused.”

      On Tordjman’s Twitter account, he tweeted an apology, which in part read, “I shouldn’t have posted false info about #Cano and afterward, I should’ve admitted it was false and apologized right away. I am very sorry.”

      Boras pursued the matter on behalf of Cano. The Robinson Cano Foundation benefits children with medical needs in the Dominican Republic.

      “Journalists and media outlets have a standard of due diligence before they attempt to tarnish a great player and great person like Robinson Cano,” Boras said by phone Thursday night. “I’m satisfied we were able to reach a settlement that will benefit a lot of Dominican kids.”

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