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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Robinson Cano, I still say no.

We New Yorkers tend to think we know more than fans in other places but we don't.  Case in point: there remain a few demented Yankee fans who continue to lament the fact that the Yankees had the uncommon common sense to NOT sign Robinson Cano to a fat 10 year contract.

The Seattle Mariners swooped in at the last minute and signed Cano: $24 million for each season through 2023 when Cano will be 40.  In 2014 Cano delivered his Hall of Fame quality batting: OPS+ 143.  In 2015:

Played 75% of games at 2B, (requiring Qualified for league batting title), sorted by greatest Adjusted OPS+
Rk Player OPS+ Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jason Kipnis 160 2015 28 CLE AL 50 238 206 37 70 16 4 5 25 21 2 30 6 2 3 1 5 4 .340 .411 .529 .940 *4
2 Joe Panik 135 2015 24 SFG NL 50 210 184 25 56 11 2 4 21 20 0 26 2 2 2 2 2 1 .304 .375 .451 .826 *4/H
3 Brian Dozier 132 2015 28 MIN AL 48 216 190 41 49 16 3 9 25 20 1 46 3 0 3 3 3 1 .258 .333 .516 .849 *4
4 Dee Gordon 131 2015 27 MIA NL 49 225 211 29 78 10 2 0 14 10 2 31 1 1 2 2 20 7 .370 .397 .436 .833 *4
5 Kolten Wong 128 2015 24 STL NL 51 208 189 31 59 10 1 6 23 16 2 30 1 0 2 3 4 4 .312 .365 .471 .836 *4/H
6 Howie Kendrick 120 2015 31 LAD NL 49 209 192 27 56 12 1 5 23 16 1 36 1 0 0 7 2 2 .292 .349 .443 .792 *4/H
7 Dustin Pedroia 119 2015 31 BOS AL 50 227 201 19 58 8 0 7 21 21 0 27 1 1 3 5 1 1 .289 .354 .433 .787 *4
8 DJ LeMahieu 115 2015 26 COL NL 47 179 164 19 55 4 2 3 25 14 2 29 0 1 0 5 4 3 .335 .388 .439 .827 *4
9 Jose Altuve 112 2015 25 HOU AL 51 229 209 24 62 10 0 5 26 15 6 20 1 1 3 6 15 5 .297 .342 .416 .758 *4
10 Daniel Murphy 111 2015 30 NYM NL 52 205 189 16 54 13 0 4 29 14 4 15 1 0 1 7 1 2 .286 .337 .418 .755 *45/H
11 Ian Kinsler 100 2015 33 DET AL 51 226 199 29 54 12 2 1 22 25 0 29 0 0 2 6 6 0 .271 .350 .367 .716 *4
12 Johnny Giavotella 99 2015 27 LAA AL 51 178 158 19 44 8 1 1 17 13 0 24 1 4 2 4 1 0 .278 .333 .361 .694 *4/H
13 Neil Walker 97 2015 29 PIT NL 49 204 186 23 49 15 0 3 19 12 1 38 5 0 1 3 2 0 .263 .324 .392 .716 *4/H
14 Brandon Phillips 92 2015 34 CIN NL 44 175 165 20 48 3 0 3 21 8 1 20 1 0 1 3 6 0 .291 .326 .364 .689 *4/H
15 Jace Peterson 90 2015 25 ATL NL 48 185 164 19 44 4 3 1 22 18 1 30 0 1 2 1 6 4 .268 .337 .348 .685 *4/H
16 Robinson Cano 81 2015 32 SEA AL 50 214 199 22 49 12 0 2 16 12 1 35 1 0 2 9 1 3 .246 .290 .337 .626 *4/HD
17 Eric Sogard 66 2015 29 OAK AL 47 167 159 13 41 5 1 0 11 6 0 25 0 2 0 4 2 0 .258 .285 .302 .587 *4/H6D
18 Chris Owings 62 2015 23 ARI NL 43 178 170 21 41 7 2 2 11 4 1 44 0 4 0 5 6 0 .241 .259 .341 .600 *4/6H
19 Chase Utley 59 2015 36 PHI NL 47 181 160 15 31 6 1 3 21 15 4 26 3 0 3 5 1 0 .194 .271 .300 .571 *4/H3
20 Omar Infante 56 2015 33 KCR AL 43 162 156 10 36 11 2 0 17 3 0 22 0 0 3 3 0 0 .231 .241 .327 .568 *4
21 Stephen Drew 49 2015 32 NYY AL 47 174 156 12 25 7 0 5 15 15 0 34 0 1 2 4 0 1 .160 .231 .301 .532 *46/H5
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Generated 6/2/2015.

Yankee 2B Stephen Drew is dead last among 21 players.  Maybe this is part of what influences those few dopey Yankee fans.  But Cano is only number 16.  Drew, who hustles, is being paid $5 million this season but he may not last and will almost certainly be gone in 2016.  But even the perpetually inept Steinbrenner Kids resisted their natural impulse to do something dumb and did not sign Cano.  They offered Cano much more than they should have but lucked out when Seattle came along to save them from themselves.

Had the Steinbrenner Kids signed Cano they would now be regretting it as they do the current contract that they signed with Alex Rodriguez in 2007.  The Steinbrenner Kids started hacking at A-Rod at least as far back as 2012, well before the PED scandal broke that resulted in his suspension for the 2014 season.

Just yesterday Cano was being discussed on the MLB Network and Bobby Valentine mentioned that Cano was not running out ground balls, which is Cano's trademark attribute.

Rivera and Jeter on Cano. Wednesday, May 7, 2014

By now you've probably read that Mariano Rivera wrote that Robinson Cano lacks the red hot passion to excel.

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What would Jackie Robinson do about Robinson Cano? Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jackie Robinson would be appalled at any athlete dogging it, especially a black athlete, especially a black athlete as talented as Robinson Cano, who, to make matters worse, was named after Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color line in 1947 and became the first black major league player in modern times.

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Robinson Cano: should he be suspended for not hustling? Isn't that cheating? Saturday, February 22, 2014

A few days ago Yankee hitting coach Kevin Long was quoted as stating that his prize pupil, Robinson Cano, did not hustle enough with the Yankees.  This was obvious to anyone who watched the games.

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Yankee captain Robinson Cano: I don't think so. Monday, August 12, 2013

He blew it.  Robinson Cano had the leadership of the New York Yankees sitting there for the taking and Cano was not up to the task.  Cano blew it on two fundamental levels.

1. Cano didn't play well enough when the team needed him most.
2. Cano didn't hustle all the time...


Derek Jeter was precipitously named captain several years ago by owner George Steinbrenner...

Cano persistently does not run hard after hitting the ball.  Not all the time but far too often to be acceptable.  Jeter and 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.

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