May 27, 2022

Robinson Cano battled depression during PED suspension


New York Mets second baseman and designated hitter Robinson Cano says that apologizing to his teammates following a yearlong suspension from the league was even harder than playing the game at its highest levels.

In November 2020, Cano tested positive for a banned substance for the second time in his career and was suspended for the entirety of the 2021 season. The suspension not only cost him a year of playing time as he closes in on 40, but also cost him $24 million in salary.

In a rare interview with the New York Post on Monday, the 16-year veteran spoke in depth about his time away from baseball, explaining how he was “disappointed” in himself and having a feeling he “failed” his legion of fans with his positive drug test. It was a tough time for the 39-year-old, and the man known for his positive demeanor and smile tasted a very real bout of depression for the first time in his life during his year away.