To be perfectly honest, I’ve more or less stopped asking questions about Robinson Cano. I still write about him all the time, but there’s not much for anyone to say. He’s clearly one of the top players in the league, a legitimate MVP candidate and the Yankees only consistent offensive weapon this postseason.
He’s the Yankees best hitter, but no one needs to say it to make it true.
“He had a few more home runs this year, but it’s really nothing new,” Derek Jeter said. “He’s just getting more attention now.”
Cano’s power numbers didn’t take a huge turn this season. He actually has fewer hits and a lower batting average than last year. His walks are up, but so are his strikeouts.
Truth is, Cano’s been very good since he got to the big leagues, but his real breakout year was last year. That’s when his production climbed significantly and that’s the year that prompted Joe Girardi to move him into the No. 5 hole. Cano’s production in fifth spot is what’s made the rest of the world pay attention.
Cano is better this year, there’s no doubt, but Jeter is right. He’s been good for a long time. This is simply the first year that everything has spoken for itself, and he’s been impossible to ignore in the ALCS.
“He’s hitting everything,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He’s hitting breaking balls. Balls down and away. Hitting balls up. He’s just a tremendous hitter.”
He’s the kind of hitter who speaks for himself.
Speaking of Cano speaking for himself, here’s a short clip from yesterday’s workout, with Cano talking about his old friend Melky Cabrera. “I wish we could have him here next year,” he said.
Associated Press photo