“I would say whoever you guys pick,” Cano said yesterday. “That’s not my choice. It’s like if you ask my mom, ‘Who is the prettiest man in the world?’ She’s going to say me.”
On Thursday, Cano said he would vote for himself for MVP. Cano wasn’t misquoted, it’s just that — the way he saw the question — he was being asked to pick from a list of candidates. If his name were on that ballot, he would pick himself.
Who wouldn’t want to be the MVP?
“If you say, ‘You’re a candidate,’ and then say, ‘Who would you vote for?’ what are you going to say?” Cano explained. “It’s like running for president. When they have to vote at the end, they pick themselves. I never said I am or want to be. You guys have a choice of who it is and who it’s going to be. We’re getting close to the playoffs and that’s what we’re here for. I’m focused on the playoffs.”
It’s actually an interesting question. For most of the second half, Curtis Granderson has seemed to be the Yankees obvious MVP candidate. But is it that obvious?
Granderson has only three more RBI than Cano. Granderson has more runs but fewer hits. He has more home runs but fewer extra-base hits. It’s Cano who leads the Yankees in total bases. Both have played strong defense up the middle, and both have helped fill the void for injured and underperforming teammates.
I still think Granderson should be ahead of Cano in the final vote, but Cano’s not far behind.
“I think it’s an MVP-caliber type of year, what he’s done for us this year,” Joe Girardi said. “Him and Grandy. I think he’s had a very good year, and in the absence of Alex, stepping into the four hole and just continuing to be productive. He’s a guy that seems to get stronger as the season goes on. August and September are two of his best months and he’s continued to do that, and we all know how important that is with the races that the Yankees are in every year. To me, he’s had a very, very good year.”
Here’s Cano speaking before yesterday’s rainout.
Associated Press photo