Archive for the ‘Robinson Cano’ Category

New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

There are not many good ten year contracts. In baseball or any other sport, ten years of a player’s career is an eternity. Long-term contracts aren’t exactly the most efficient way for a baseball team to spend their money.

But, if you want to add a superstar to your team, you have to pay the price. For a player like Robinson Cano, the price is very steep. Ten years, $240 million steep. The third richest contact of in baseball history steep.

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MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees

Life is tough for a second baseman. Making the double play turn as second base while some enormous base runners bear down on you, attempting to blast you into left field takes its toll on the body. Second base occupies a strange strata in the baseball universe – is it a defensive position? Sure helps. Is it an offensive position? You can hide someone who might not be quite good enough for shortstop there, sure.

For whatever reason, the number of great offensive second basemen throughout history is shorter than one would assume. Joe Morgan stands alone as possibly the greatest second baseman of all time. Roberto Alomar was recently inducted into Cooperstown for his legendary defense and oustanding offensive game.

If you look at the top second baseman since the mound was lowered in 1969, you see many familiar name. Dustin Pedroia, Alomar, Ryne Sandberg, even Alfonso Soriano.

All of whom trail Robinson Cano as offensive players. Through their age-30 seasons, only five second basemen can claim a higher OPS+ than Robinson Cano in the Live Ball era (1920 and up). Only one, Soriano, hit more home runs though Cano might pass him before the season ends. The man named after Jackie Robinson ranks 9th in WAR among similarly-aged 2B during the Live Ball era.

Quite simply, Robinson Cano is one of the best second basemen of the last half century. Despite playing for the storied New York Yankees, this feat seems somehow overshadowed. A free agent at the end of the season, Cano is sure to receive a pay check consistent with his exceptional skills and accomplishments.

I spoke to Robinson Cano about how he approaches his work between games, playing with legends, and staying consistent in the latest edition of My Approach.

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

In spite of the best efforts of some individuals to bury it, the Biogenesis mess is still out there, lurking around baseball like rank bodily gas. It won’t go away because it is the gift that keeps on giving – it fuels a fire that ignites very easily and burns long and hot.

Robinson Cano‘s name did not appear in the original Biogenesis reports but, as ESPN New York points out, the names of both his best friend (Melky Cabrera) and mentor (Alex Rodriguez) do show up in the notebooks and MASH notes of the South Florida quacks. But that is not all, as the head of Robinson Cano’s charitable foundation apparently appears in some Biogenesis reports.

Sonia Cruz, the spokesperson for Cano’s foundation, suddenly appeared in some Biogenesis documents, according to T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN. Cruz denied receiving anything more than treatment from the South Beach clinic:

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

In what could be considered a bit of a shocking move, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, has fired his agent Scott Boras, and reportedly decided to hire CAA to represent him going forward, according to Mark Feinsand. Feinsand also reports Jay-Z will handle his marketing.

The CAA group also consists of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Giants catcher Buster Posey and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.

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