Robinson Cano is a good sufficient baseball participant that the Seattle Mariners decided to pay the star second baseman $240 million over 10 years in December. Despite a lifetime309/.355/.504 line over nine seasons, some of us are still hung up on Cano’s indifference operating out grounders.
Right here’s Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long moaning to the New York Each day Information about Cano’s lack of hustle:
“If anyone advised me I was a canine,’’ Lengthy stated right here Sunday, “I’d have to repair that. While you select not to, you permit yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever purpose, Robbie selected to not.’’
Lengthy says he considered Cano like a “son” and praised his work ethic within the batting cage, but that lack of operating out grounders stays one other one among baseball’s cardinal sins some people within the recreation can’t overlook:
“All of us talked to him,’’ Long stated. “I’m pretty certain Jeter talked to him quite a few occasions. Even should you run at eighty%, nobody’s going to say something. However while you jog down the road, even if it doesn’t come into play ninety eight% of the time, it creates a perception. “It’s too unhealthy because Robbie cared quite a bit. By his final year here he was turning into a frontrunner within the clubhouse. He went out of his way to speak to a few of the younger guys, and he helped them. “However he simply wouldn’t make that option to run arduous all the time. The reasons aren’t going to make sense. He would possibly say his legs didn’t really feel good, or he was enjoying day-after-day and wanted to save lots of his energy. To me there was no acceptable answer.’’
Why Lengthy decided to backhandedly rip Cano once he left the workforce is open to interpretation. For those who read my countless Mike Francesa posts, you’ll realize I listen to a variety of WFAN radio. Callers typically dialed up the station to kvetch about Cano’s working on grounders, so Long isn’t breaking any new ground right here.
Once more, why fans get hung up on little stuff like this boggles the mind. This isn’t Little League, is it?
Only a hunch: 99.9 p.c of baseball fans would favor to have Cano jogging up the first base line on a routine grounder to second compared to anyone like Nick Punto sliding head-first into first base. I’ll take the500 slugging share from a second baseman over some “grit,” “intangibles” and running out each grounder over 162 games, but perhaps that’s just me.