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Marty’s musings: for very different reasons Robinson Canó and Theo Epstein won’t be around in 2021

Robinson Canó is going on a very lengthy ‘vacation’. 

New York Mets v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.

The big news last week was Kim Ng’s press conference announcing her new position as General Manager of the Marlins (something we discussed in last week’s Musings) and Robinson Canó’s second positive PED test, which will lead to a year-long suspension.

News & Notes

162 - Game suspension for the Mets’ Robinson Canó. This is the second positive PED test for the All Star second baseman, who will miss all of 2021. While this is unwanted news for the Mets and Canó, it does give New York the opportunity to allocate his $24 million salary elsewhere.

9 - Seasons at the helm of the Chicago Cubs for Theo Epstein, who will be taking some time off from the game. Epstein has been involved in baseball for his entire adult life, and after delivering long-awaited World Series Championships to first Boston, then Chicago has earned some time to refresh.

129 - Days until Opening Day 2021. What the country looks like at that point is anyone’s guess...

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Steven Martano is an Editor at Beyond the Box Score, a Contributing Prospect Writer for the Colorado Rockies at Purple Row, and a contributing writer for The Hardball Times. You can follow him on Twitter at @SMartano