Robinson Cano Dogging It on Grounders Still Annoys Yankees’ Hitting Coach Kevin Long

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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.



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Jay-Z Had Clandestine Dinner with New York Mets Brass, Reportedly Talked About Robinson Cano

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What do you do whenever you’re a baseball staff working on a tight funds, which often cries poverty regardless of taking part in within the biggest city in America? If you’re the New York Mets you could have dinner at an costly Manhattan restuarant with Jay-Z to talk about his consumer Robinson Cano, who’s rumored to desire a contact price over $300 million.

That’s reportedly what Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Sandy Alderson did Monday night time by way of the New York Put up’s Ken Davidoff.

Clearly this makes good sense. All all through last week’s Common Manager’s meetings in Orlando, Alderson claimed the Mets still don’t have some huge cash to spend on free agents, prompting zingers from mega-agent Scott Boras, among others. Boras represents two of the opposite high free brokers available in the market — Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo — every searching for offers within the $150 million vary. Cano reportedly wants double that quantity so in fact, the Mets, who’ve seen their payroll shrink from $149 million in 2008 to $ninety three final season, will discuss the cope with Jay-Z for Cano.


From the Cano camp it actually does make some sense, sarcasm temporarily put aside. Apart from the Yankees there doesn’t appear to be another crew willing to bid for the star second baseman. The Bombers only wish to provide him a seven-year deal worth $a hundred and sixty-170 million. Why not try to sucker the Mets, if only for some leverage? If nothing else, establish a working relationship with the Mets.

Tuesday morning Yankees President Randy Levine reiterated that the staff is not going to pay Cano his $300 million demands. From Newsday:

When asked whether he may envision the Mets prying Cano away from the Yankees, Levine laughed and stated, “For 300 million, yes.”

As for the Mets? It’s nearly not possible to see them signing off on a 10-yr contract for a player who’d be 41 by the point it’s complete. Sure, going after the highest player available on the market, Cano, could be a sign of intent that the associated fee-cutting days are over at Citi Area. It could also be a means for the staff to stay it to the Yankees. More than doubtless the Mets will once more go low-cost, making an attempt to piece together the workforce and possession can point to this assembly with Jay-Z that, hey, we’re making an attempt to sign players however we’re being priced out.

Granted the Mets are the workforce that agreed to pay Bobby Bonilla over $1 million a year till all of the polar ice caps soften (really 2035) to purchase out the final yr of his contract, value $5 million … so something is feasible.

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Jackie Robinson at the March on Washington, D.C. 50 years ago

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To say Jackie Robinson influenced the civil rights movement within the United States doesn’t begin to explain his role in what our society has grow to be. Like Rosa Parks, he is perhaps the last word example of what a peaceful particular person can do, speaking for a complete individuals, in challenging a corrupt system.

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And he was at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago Wednesday for the March on Washington, D.C. with Martin Luther King. Main League Baseball public relations tweeted pictures of Robinson making his strategy to the National Mall that day. And the Pasadena Star-News — a remnant of Robinson’s hometown papers — noted his presence there earlier this week:

Robinson brought his three kids. He can be photographed on the mall talking to a reporter as he hugged his young son David. A few of what he mentioned was taken down by the [Associated Press] reporter.

“I know all of us are going to go away feeling we can not flip back,” he informed the 100,000 who had come to Washington on that summer season day 50 years in the past.

It was not the first time Robinson appeared alongside King as an lively participant in the struggle for civil rights.

Almost a yr earlier, in September 1962, Robinson spoke to the Southern Christian Management Council’s annual Freedom Dinner in Birmingham, Ala. In his 9-page deal with the Dodger nice stated Americans needed to open their eyes and recognize that a “race drawback” existed.

Pretty a lot any picture of Robinson taken after he retired from Main League Baseball tells a story in itself. He was solely 44 years previous in 1963, but his white hair reveals somebody a lot older. He’d have solely 9 years left. He packed a lot into a short life, however it additionally cost him time on Earth. That is certainly one of many sacrifices on his part.

MLB deserves credit for recognizing what Robinson means to the game, and his courage in standing up for what is right should not be misplaced on all People — even if they are not big baseball followers.


Robinson Cano leaves All-Star Game after getting hit on knee by Matt Harvey pitch

NEW YORK — Oh, no. Another New York Yankees star injured? Exactly what they don’t need.

He tried to stay on the field, but slugger Robinson Cano left the All-Star Game in the first inning Tuesday after getting hit with a pitch on the side of the right knee. X-rays showed no break, but an injured right quad was reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, the starting pitcher for the National League in his home ballpark of Citi Field, drilled Cano with a fastball after Mike Trout led off the game with a double to right field. The crowd gasped, groaned and seemed to tense up.

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Cano seemed to be in obvious discomfort as the trainer looked him over, but he decided to take his base as Miguel Cabrera came to the plate. After Harvey struck out Cabrera, Cano came off the field, through the dugout and into the trainer’s room. There’s no free substitution in MLB’s All-Star Game, so Cano was finished for the evening.

Update: Outside of the American League clubhouse, Cano told reporters, “I’ll be good for Friday.”

Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox replaced Cano on the bases, and Harvey continued to settle down, retiring Chris Davis on a short fly to center and striking out Jose Bautista to end the first inning.

Matt Harvey told Erin Andrews of Fox Sports that the pitch was an accident.

“I tried to go in, that sometimes happens. I didn’t mean to, obviously … my apologies go out to him.”

The Yankees appear to have dodged a serious problem. They have been without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis for most of the season. If the Yankees were to lose Cano for an extended period, they probably could count on falling way behind in the AL East. As of Tuesday, they’re 51-44 and six games behind the Red Sox.

Congratulations to Vernon Wells, who is believed to be the only healthy Yankee! An exaggeration, but only slightly.


The 10-man rotation, starring Nate Robinson spending another summer waiting by the phone

A very Nate Robinson shot is about to go up. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: SB Nation. A good read from Ricky O’Donnell on Nate Robinson, a folk hero two months ago who now (and almost always) seems to find himself scrounging for free-agency table scraps: “It’s enough to make you wonder if combo guards are the next market inefficiency in the NBA.”

PF: David Aldridge’s always jam-packed Morning Tip staggers again this Monday, led off by a good, long, detailed piece on new Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, the push-and-pull of the much-discussed advanced stats vs. eyeball scouting debate (spoiler alert: it’s not about one or the other, but about both, and always has been and always will be), committing to a bottoming-out plan in a city whose love ain’t so brotherly when the chips are down, and much, much more.

SF: Sham Sports. The great Mark Deeks explains how exactly Keith Bogans — a 33-year-old “3-and-D” guy who shot 34 percent from long range and with whom on the floor the Brooklyn Nets allowed more points per possession last season — is going to make a fully guaranteed $5,058,198 this coming season: “The lesson, as always — no transaction is too trivial.”

SG: Baller Mind Frame. A lengthy, impassioned and, given the general tenor of contemporary NBA analysis, somewhat contrarian argument that for teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats, continuing to push for even a low-tier playoff berth is a better option than tanking. Not sure I agree, but hey, it’s an ethos.

PG: For the Win. Hey, Amar’e Stoudemire: What’s hot right now? “This summer’s more about loafers.”

6th: Grantland. Steve McPherson on “the illusions of existence and illusions of meaning” up for grabs and on display at Las Vegas Summer League.

7th: TrueHoop. Amid the myriad reminders not to pay too much attention to what you see at Summer League, Danny Chau wonders if, when it comes to the Charlotte Bobcats — who are playing four players who’ll see major minutes for them this season and are coached not by an assistant, but by new bench boss Steve Clifford — “what we see […] in Vegas might actually be what we get.”

8th: The Two Man Game. A good, if kind of depressing, read from Connor Huchton on where the Dallas Mavericks find themselves after another high-profile strikeout and a seemingly underwhelming overpay: “Everything this offseason and the last were supposed to be, everything the organization and its proud owner promised a zealous following these years would represent, every expectation — all of that seems well and dead now.” (The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney struck a similar tone over the weekend.)

9th: Salt City Hoops. Dan Clayton marks Al Jefferson’s relocation to North Carolina as the end of an era in Utah Jazz basketball — specifically, what many Jazz fans likely hope is an end to the slow-down, milk-the-clock, pace-averse offense that frequently marked the last several Jazz teams.

10th: Minnesota Star-Tribune. Before tearing the same ACL twice in eight months at Purdue, Robbie Hummel looked like he had a real shot in the NBA; after a year playing in Spain (and another knee surgery), he’s giving it another shot with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League team.


Glenn Robinson has a son named Gelen who committed to Purdue, but not for basketball

Glenn Robinson remains one of Purdue’s most famous past students. The former Boilermaker and Bucks forward who tore apart the Big Ten en route to the top spot in the NBA Draft has long since retired from the NBA, but “Big Dog” is still making an impact at his former school, now via his offspring.

Glenn Robinson's son Gelen has committed to play football at Purdue — Rivals.comGlenn Robinson’s son Gelen has committed to play football at Purdue

First, it was Glenn Robinson III turning down Purdue for a spot at Michigan and an eventual berth in the NCAA national championship game. Now, the elder Robinson’s younger son, Gelen, is trying to right the family’s Boilermaker legacy by committing to the school … for football.

As reported by Nortwest Indiana Times and, Gelen Robinson — yes, Glenn Robinson really named his second son Gelen (remember, Glenn was already taken) — committed to play football at Purdue in part because of his father’s legacy at the school, even though Gelen will attempt to star in a different sport.

“Obviously, I have a good family connection there. My dad went there, so I wanted to go there, too. It was about me being my own self. It was really important they didn’t recruit me because of my dad. They recruited me because of me.”

While it’s far too early to determine if Gelen will be able to replicate his father’s success on a different field of play, he certainly has all of the tools to do so. A 6-foot-1, 231-pound physical dynamo, Gelen is among the nation’s most highly regarded defensive ends, though he could transition to linebacker at Purdue. ranks the younger Robinson as one of the top-5 overall prospects in the state of Indiana, where he starred for St. John (Ind.) Lake Central High with 95 tackles and 13 sacks.

If those stats aren’t gaudy enough for a junior, consider this: According to MaxPreps, Robinson is also the reining state wrestling champion in the 220-pound division and was the state runner in both the discus and shot put event during the Spring track season.

Something tells us the fact that Gelen Robinson is related to Glenn Robinson — or perhaps to both Glenn Robinsons — will get a lot more attention than his shot put and discus work, at least for everyone besides the Purdue track and field coaching staff.


Nate Robinson can jump through glass doors now

Nate Robinson peers into your soul as Joakim Noah, uh, looks on (Getty Images)

Much-traveled NBA guard Nate Robinson won the hearts and minds of many during the 2013 playoffs by keeping his plucky Chicago Bulls in game after game of their unlikely postseason run. The 5-9 guard may disappoint some of those new followers, though, with his recent conversion to the dark arts. That’s right, Nate Robinson is a sorcerer, now. Able to shape-shift his way through glass at any number of fast food burger joints.


(Honestly, how strange would it have been to watch Robinson set up that video in person? Jumping weirdly while within the restaurant, jumping weirdly outside it, maybe needing 14 attempts to get the Vine just right.)

Nate Robinson’s shirt also has a picture of an astronaut on it. Enjoy your day off between NBA Finals games.