Despite the swirl of life changes, Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario keeping it serene

Detroit – It was supposed to be a happy, congratulatory Zoom conference, and for the most part it was.

In a span of two days last week, Tigers infielder Jeimer Candelario became for the first time a father (his wife Andreina gave birth to a baby girl) and Tiger of the Year. There was a lot to celebrate, even virtually.

But there was one dark cloud that had to at least be acknowledged. New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, Candelario’s life-long friend and workout partner, was suspended for 2021 by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.

“I just saw the news,” said Candelario, who spent the shutdown in March working out with Cano in the Dominican Republic. “He’s a human being and I am here for him. He’s my friend. But I can’t tell him much more than that.

“I will give him a couple of days, then I will try to reach him. But there’s not much that I can say.”

Candelario was asked if he was aware that Cano, who had been suspended for 80 games earlier in his career, was using steroids.

“No, I don’t know about that,” he said. “I didn’t know that.”

Certainly, with Candelario not failing any drug tests in his career, there was no need to grill him further on that topic. Things got quickly back on a more festive track.

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