In the first award announcement of this offseason, the American League Gold Glove winners will be released today and Robinson Cano has to be considered a favorite to win his first.
I fully respect the defensive statistics even if I don’t fully understand them all the time, but with Cano the change in his fielding over the years has been absolutely visible. I remember watching him when he first came up in 2005 and he could make all the plays but just seemed to lack the edge and intensity that the Yankees wanted from him (Larry Bowa used to ride him all the time). Now, he still makes it look easy but the completeness of his game is apparent; he’s a true all-around star.
Is this the day he gets recognized for his fielding prowess? We’ll see. Other Yankees who could be in the mix include Brett Gardner and Chef Curtis Granderson.
* That’s an Associated Press photo of Cano in the field.