|Cano at Baltimore Orioles September 9, 2012|
By Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Yankee captain Robinson Cano: I don't think so. Monday, August 12, 2013
Cano didn't hustle all the time...
Cano persistently does not run hard after hitting the ball. Not all the time but far too often to be acceptable. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez both lead by always hustling. They are the highest paid Yankees and they show their leadership qualities with their hustle. Cano does just the opposite. That undermines Yankee manager Joe Girardi. It negatively impacts a younger player like Eduardo Nunez who has not known the number of outs while playing shortstop beside Cano, then laughed about it in the dugout with Cano.
The quote by Kevin Long prompted Cano's new manager in Seattle to display the lack of control that will get him fired again. But the real point is that the integrity of the game has been undermined by Cano.
Suppose Cano had taken performance enhancing drugs (PED), including steroids? Steroid Sheriff, aka, commissioner Allen Huber "Bud" Selig, would have ridden to the rescue and suspended Cano. Universally overlooked by steroid zealots is that PED can speed up more than a bat. PED can speed up a person. Cano could have not only hit his home runs a longer distance but he could also have run faster to first base. That is considered cheating.
But aren't players expected to give their best? If a player does something to intentionally lose a game, isn't that cheating? Isn't that why the first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, suspended eight players for life, because they did things during the 1919 World Series games in exchange for money to intentionally lose?
If a player is obviously, intentionally, repeatedly not giving his all, despite advice and admonitions from coaches to change his ways, isn't that player cheating? Aren't the fans being cheated?
If not, why not? If so, why hasn't anything been done about it? Does Steroid Sheriff Selig condone some forms of cheating while persecuting some players for others?
We now have documentation to support observations. The player's coach has provided evidence. Will Selig act?