Alex Rodriguez speaks about the Robinson Cano suspension
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Alex Rodriguez finally gave his thoughts on the 80 game ban Robinson Cano received last week from Major League Baseball for testing positive for PED use. 

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez was asked about PED use again, but this time it was regarding his former teammate and friend, Robinson Cano.

Cano was banned for 80 games after he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic used as a masking agent.

Talking about the Cano suspension, Rodriguez made sure not to bash Cano. He talked about what he believes Cano may be going through right now, and what lies ahead for the Seattle Mariners’ second baseman.

“It will be a long road back, a tough road back, but I’m confident that Robinson Cano is going to come back and continue his spectacular career and I hope at the same time he can learn a great lesson and make his life even better,” said Rodriguez reported by Joseph Staszewki of the New York Post, as the Indians faced the Astros on Sunday on ESPN.

Rodriguez, as it is well known, was suspended by the MLB for the entire 2014 season due to PED use. The Yankee slugger went on to play two more seasons with New York then retired.

Robinson Cano now lies in the same spot as Rodriguez did back in 2014. He has the numbers to make it into Cooperstown, but he is now held in the “PED’ era of Major League Baseball, where he will be looked at as a cheater in the sport today. A tough thing to break away as many players can attest to.

Though a selection to the Baseball Hall of fame is outside the realm of possibility, for now, Rodriguez has regenerated his identity and career.

He currently is a baseball broadcaster for both ESPN and Fox Sports. His new career has set aside his baseball PED use, as he now is able to talk to fans with his great knowledge and descriptive skill of the game of baseball.

Fans will see if Cano has the ability to bounce back much later on this season.

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