Robinson Cano made an appearance in Westchester last night and Josh Thomson has the story.
Cano has worked on his conditioning, improved his stance and is ready for a bounce-back season. He’s also looking forward to playing in the WBC.
The book Joe Torre wrote with Tom Verducci is about to come out and early reviews are that he had some revelations about the Yankees.
The book reportedly says Brian Cashman did not back Torre after the 2007 season, and that teammates referred to Alex Rodriguez as “A-Fraud.”
If you’re somehow surprised by either of those, you haven’t been paying attention. Cashman went to bat for Torre after the 2006 season and the disastrous Detroit playoff series. In 2007, it was obvious that the Steinbrenners, Randy Levine and others were going to get their way and hire a new manager. Cashman hasn’t been the GM for so long without knowing the terrain. Joe Girardi was available and that was going to be that.
As for Alex, it has been that way all of his career. Teammates in Seattle, Texas and now New York have said that and worse about him.
Read our story today about Robinson Cano. “I’ll trust that when I see it,” he said when asked about Alex actually playing for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.
And Cano is his friend. Alex is a great, great player who’s not especially popular. That’s not really news, is it?
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Verducci said on SI.com that the book is a third-person narrative and is not the rip job some are making it out to be.