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Cano: “Anywhere you hit, there’s a lot of responsibility”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter is the Captain, and Alex Rodriguez is A-Rod. There’s a reason those two give individual press conferences at the beginning of spring training. They might not be the best players on the team, but they’re still the biggest names.

As for the best player? That’s probably the guy sitting two lockers from Rodriguez, burried in the middle of a row, still using what has to be the lowest-profile spring locker of any everyday player. When media want to talk to Robinson Cano, the group has to bunch together and try to fit a recorder into the mix somewhere without stepping on the toes of poor Graham Stoneburner, who’s locker is right in the middle of the herd.

It was no press conference, but Cano was one of the first players to talk this morning.

“Here, anywhere you hit, there’s a lot of responsibility,” he said. “Like I always said: Hit third, fifth, sixth, seventh, it’s the same thing for me. Here, you’ve always got to produce. You’ve got such a great lineup, great hitters, snywhere you hit, you’re going to have to produce. You’re always going to have men on base, and you’ve got to get on base for the rest of the guys.”

Joe Girardi still hasn’t committed to using Cano as his No. 3 hitter this year, but it seems clear that Cano has become the team’s best all-around hitter. He’s not the biggest name, but he’s the biggest and best bat for that spot.

“I don’t think you’re going to see — no matter where we put Robbie — that it’s going to change his approach,” Girardi said. “He’s dangerous. And I think he’ll remain dangerous wherever we put him.”

 
 

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73 Responses to “Cano: “Anywhere you hit, there’s a lot of responsibility””

  1. Jerkface February 24th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Absent hitting fourth, I’d like to see Cano rock out in the 3 hole.

  2. Joe from Long Island February 24th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Chad is right, Robbie is the best non-pitcher on the team, with Curtis granderson 2nd best.

    The times they are a-changin’

  3. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    prediction:

    as good as cano is , montero will be better.

    they would have been amazing hitting back to back.

  4. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    just looked at cots

    the yankees are going to roll the dice on cano and let him get close to free agency ?

    risky business.

  5. blake February 24th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    “as good as cano is , montero will be better.”

    I think Montero might have as much or more natural ability….more raw power and a similar nose for the barrel…..but there is a lot more to hitting than just the swing….so we’ll have to see……Cano is pretty darn good and has been for awhile in the big leagues so Montero has to go and prove it……I would have liked to see them hit back to back though.

    At the same time…..I’ve watched a lot of video of Pineda tonight…..as much as I could find……I think he’s got a chance to be an absolute monster.

  6. blake February 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    “the yankees are going to roll the dice on cano and let him get close to free agency ?”

    They need to be talking to him now both to.try and same some money and years…..and also so they can better budget for 2014.

  7. blake February 24th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Manny asked Brett Anderson if he was the video coordinator today at A’s camp….lol….welcome to Mannyball.

  8. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    jnorris427 Josh Norris
    Apparently the #Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Alex Smith today from the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League

  9. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    blake-

    here’s a funny manny story i heard over the holidays from a guy who used to play second base at amherst college. he has stayed friends with dan duquette who was a bench player there at the same time.

    anyway, duquette told my friend that during the first spring training game right after duquette had signed manny for the monster contract that manny walked and stood there waiting for the next pitch. the ump finally told him to go to first and manny did as he was told.

    then he comes up a second time and same thing happens. three times that day the ump had to tell manny to go to first after walking.

    duquette is freaking out because he’s thinking he just signed a guy to a crazy huge contract and he can’t even count.

    duquette goes to manny after the game and asks him what’s going on. manny says” boss, i only count strikes. when i get two , i make sure to hit the ball.”

  10. Tom in N.J. February 24th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Normal Cornbelters?

  11. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Norris has the wrong Alex Smith. The Yanks signed the 27 year old left handed version out of Indy ball.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ith-006ale

  12. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Tom in N.J. February 24th, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    Normal Cornbelters?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Normal, Illinois, near Bloomington, Illinois

  13. Migs February 24th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Randy,

    You are becoming quite the politician, stirring the blog up…

    I find it hard to believe that montero will be better than cano…cano is a very good to great hitter and a gold glove candidate yearly…the defense at second base alone with his bat makes him more valuable than montero.

    Cano is possibly on his way to a HOF career…that would be hard to top.

  14. BD (Boston Dave) February 24th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    ““as good as cano is , montero will be better.”

    ———

    We’ll see if Montero has as many gold gloves or rings when it’s all said and done :)

  15. Best To Ever Do It February 24th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    prediction:

    as good as cano is , montero will be better.

    they would have been amazing hitting back to back

    ————————

    Now Cano has no sidekick

  16. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    “Cano is possibly on his way to a HOF career…that would be hard to top.”

    montero will be a better hitter.

    check their minor league careers at the same age.

    they would have been perfect bookends to each other. one righty , one lefty.

    a pitchers nightmare

  17. Migs February 24th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Randy,

    If minor league numbers always translated ….

    …but they don’t.

    Im not ready to make such a claim about montero. He will probably be a very hold hitter. A baseline of 285-25…with some peak years beyond that…that is a very hood hitter and not a bust.

    It may take a season or 2 for him to start getting to his baseline…don’t expect him to be an allstar this season.

  18. Wave Your Hat February 24th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Mugs-
    Don’t encourage randy. He has an obsession. We are planning an intervention.

  19. Wave Your Hat February 24th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Oops, sorry migs. My autocorrect doesn’t like your name.

  20. Migs February 24th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    No problem…it happens to me as well…hence hold being written instead if good.

  21. stuckey February 24th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    TRollin’, trollin’, trollin’
    Though the thread is slowin
    Keep the baiting goin’
    Randy!
    His arguments are purtrid
    Hell-bent on stupid
    Wishin’ GB7 was by his side.
    All the things he’s missin’,
    Good logic, smarts, and listenin’,
    Aren’t enough to hurt his pride.

    Troll ‘em on, bait ‘em up
    Bait ‘em up, troll ‘em on
    Troll ‘em on, bait ‘em up
    Randy
    bore ‘em more, beat it dead,
    Beat it dead, bore ‘em more,
    Bore ‘em more, beat it dead,
    Randy!

  22. TheStraw February 24th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    To even compare Cano and Montero at this point is beyond ridiculous. One is an established all star and arguably the best all around player in the AL. The other has played for a month in MLB.

  23. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    “Don’t encourage randy. He has an obsession. ”

    that would be golf.

    hit a little 4 iron fade tonight from right around 200 yards bending around a sand trap to about 6 feet.

    you have to get excited about things like that.

    you guys are way too serious about this blog. you have to get out doors sometimes

    ask brett the hitman. he’ll tell you how important vitamin d is :)

  24. Wave Your Hat February 24th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    LOL, stuckey! You the man!

  25. Wave Your Hat February 24th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Randy-

    We need an intervention because we love you.

    The last time I played golf I threw my five iron in the lake. It betrayed me. I’m impulsive that way.

  26. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    “Troll ‘em on, bait ‘em up
    Bait ‘em up, troll ‘em on
    Troll ‘em on, bait ‘em up
    Randy
    bore ‘em more, beat it dead,
    Beat it dead, bore ‘em more,
    Bore ‘em more, beat it dead,
    Randy!”

    well that’s one new years resolution to check off,

    push stuckey over the edge_____done :)

  27. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    “The last time I played golf I threw my five iron in the lake. It betrayed me. I’m impulsive that way.”

    i once threw my driver in a pond, and this old guy i was playing with had one of those telescoping ball retrievers so he went over to get it when it floated to the surface after asking me if i wanted it. i said yeah, thanks, and he went over.

    the ranger came by and told us to get moving. i said we would as soon as that old guy over there with the bad temper gets his driver out of the water .

  28. randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    “To even compare Cano and Montero at this point is beyond ridiculous. One is an established all star and arguably the best all around player in the AL. The other has played for a month in MLB.”

    who had the better month?

  29. Duh Innings February 24th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Re: Monteromania

    History going back as far as 1982 shows the Yanks don’t produce star homegrown everyday players who are that with the Yankees with much regularity.

    Star homegrown everyday player Yankees since 1982 (first two played their entire careers as Yankees, third one will most likely play his entire career as a Yankee, fifth might):

    Don Mattingly
    Bernie Williams almost a decade later
    Derek Jeter
    Alfonso Soriano (arguably) who was turned into prime A-Rod
    Robinson Cano

    Jay Buhner was/is the ONLY everyday player Yankee farmhand who was a star elsewhere after he was traded from the Yankees. The guy never won anything save a moral victory over the Yanks in ’95.

  30. Yanks78 February 24th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    “Apparently the #Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Alex Smith today from the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League”

    I’m surprised he gave up on his NFL career after the year he had last year. Yeah, he was never going to be a star NFL QB, but he certainly could have been a starter somewhere. Hopefully he can blossom for us though as a pitcher. One minute he’s in an NFC Championship game, next he is in the independent league playing baseball… shows how quickly things can change.

  31. BD (Boston Dave) February 24th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    some here would tell you that Melky Cabrera is a star elsewhere

  32. REZ12 February 24th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    “To even compare Cano and Montero at this point is beyond ridiculous. One is an established all star and arguably the best all around player in the AL. The other has played for a month in MLB.”

    Cashman told Francesa after the playoffs this year that they see Montero as “Cano with more power”.

    Cano’s value comes from the fact that he does it at a premium position, but it’s not a stretch to say Montero will be better. Cano never hit even 30 HRs in a season yet. I could see Montero doing that this year in Safeco. He almost certainly would have playing his games in the AL East bandboxes.

  33. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    “History going back as far as 1982 shows the Yanks don’t produce star homegrown everyday players who are that with the Yankees with much regularity.”

    That’s an observation, not evidence of anything.

    What that really speaks to is that the Yankees lost many of their first round picks as compensation for signing free agents for much of the ’80s and ’90s, and George never consistently spent huge amounts on scouting or player development.

    Also, they traded Fred McGriff and Willie McGee in the ’80s.

    “Jay Buhner was/is the ONLY everyday player Yankee farmhand who was a star elsewhere after he was traded from the Yankees. The guy never won anything save a moral victory over the Yanks in ’95.”

    They traded for Buhner so he’s not your typical farmhand. Whether or not he won anything is a reflection of the talent he was surrounded with since no baseball player has ever won anything on his own.

    btw, Who’s the last great pitcher the Yankees traded for who wasn’t an established veteran at the time of the trade? IOW, not Cone, not Clemens.

  34. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    And more to the point, whether or not Montero develops into an impact hitter will turn on his talents and how he handled, not on what happened in the ’80s, nor on what Buhner did, nor on any other unrelated, irrelevant issue.

  35. ron February 24th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    “Want the mother of all optimistic reports? How about the one Buster Olney filed on Tuesday about Michael Pineda? Even Brian Cashman admitted that if Pineda never develops a changeup and doesn’t become an ace, he’ll have made a mistake trading Jesus Montero for Pineda. So it warms the hear to see the following paragraph:

    “But after Pineda arrived in the Yankees’ camp, pitching coach Larry Rothschild worked with him to alter the grip on his changeup. Rothschild mentioned to Martin that Pineda’s changeup is a work in progress before the veteran catcher crouched to work with Pineda in a bullpen session Monday, and Martin was taken aback by how good Pineda’s changeup is already. He turned to Rothschild and said, “Larry, what are you guys talking about?”

    “In other words: Pineda already has made strides with the changeup, a sign of his aptitude”.

    http://riveraveblues.com/tag/michael-pineda/

  36. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    If that translates into actual real life pressure games over a prolonged period of time, great. Right now, it’s just ST filler.

  37. Best To Ever Do It February 24th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Cashman told Francesa after the playoffs this year that they see Montero as “Cano with more power”.

    ——————–

    Did he believe that or was that him just pumping up Montero?

  38. blake February 24th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    “Cashman told Francesa after the playoffs this year that they see Montero as “Cano with more power”.

    he may have that ceiling (they do have offensive similarities) but he still has to go and do it….Cano already has.

    Hitting in the big leagues is as much between the ears and about making adjustments as it is the swing and talent alone….so that’s the part we’ll have to see on.

  39. blake February 24th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    duquette goes to manny after the game and asks him what’s going on. manny says” boss, i only count strikes. when i get two , i make sure to hit the ball.”

    This is very believable with Manny

  40. Best To Ever Do It February 24th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    where is everyone

  41. djsunyc February 25th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    without an ignore feature, it’s tough to miss peg bundy’s posts…so most folks have taken a walk…

  42. Out Pitch February 25th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    “Like I always said: Hit third, fifth, sixth, seventh, it’s the same thing for me.”

    Baseball has been bery, bery good to I’m.

  43. m February 25th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Josh is a prince of a guy.

    From extra bases, some rookie catcher laced a single off of Beckett. So Beckett knocks him down his next turn. But the kid got the last laugh, knocking one over the fence the next go-around. :lol:

  44. Jerkface February 25th, 2012 at 2:18 am

    http://www.chadmoriyama.com/20.....important/

    Good article on Braun.

  45. Jerkface February 25th, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Diane Modahl tested positive for testosterone. She was an olympic runner.

    Modahl engaged lawyers to show that the laboratory in Lisbon had stored her urine sample on a table in a room heated at 35 degrees for three days, which caused bacterial degradation. She has always professed her innocence and was later cleared. She said: “I have declared my innocence, I have never taken any banned substance”

  46. backbench February 25th, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Presume 35 C, correct?

  47. backbench February 25th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees and Russell Martin have decided to table extension talks until after the season.
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the two sides “mutually agreed to wait” after Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran, called on Friday. Colleran said Thursday that talks had hit an impasse and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com later reported that the Yankees were prepared to offer a three-year deal worth $20 million. Martin will make $7.5 million this season before hitting free agency and would likely ask for $8-10 million per season as part of a multi-year pact.

  48. backbench February 25th, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Projected Mariner’s lineup (Per Mariner’s Musings blog)

    Chone Figgins 3B
    Dustin Ackley 2B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Mike Carp LF
    Justin Smoak 1B
    Jesus Montero DH
    Franklin Gutierrez CF
    Miguel Olivo C
    Brendan Ryan SS

  49. Jerkface February 25th, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Interesting Smoak and Montero not hitting in some combination 4-5.

  50. yanks61 February 25th, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I’ve been following the debate here about the Braun case and frankly, I have to agree with Chad, GB7, M, Pat and others, that this decision was flawed. The decision by the review panel overturned the results of the lab tests on a technicality that is something of a travesty of justice. Mr Braun has never, for the moment anyway, questioned the science in the case. Instead, Braun has basically, without coming out and actually saying it, claimed that he was framed.

    “There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened,” Braun said.

    So Braun is laying this at the doorstep of the collector – and that’s a large part of the travesty.

    Dino Laurenzi, the collector, “who recently told the Kenosha News that ‘for me, No. 1 is my family, religion, the work that I do,’ is believed to have been provided a security detail by baseball.”

    “Following Braun’s press conference in Arizona, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for labor relations and a member of the three-man panel that heard Braun’s appeal, defended the collector, saying, ‘The extremely experienced collector in Mr. Braun’s case acted in a professional and appropriate manner.’

    He said the collector handled Braun’s sample “consistent with instructions issued by our jointly retained collection agency.”

    Laurenzi, a veteran collector for baseball during the season “is a
    a 52-year-old health care professional who has a B.A. in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in medicine/athletic training from North Carolina and an MBA from Loyola-Chicago.”

    Like most us, I rarely read and almost always disagree with Lupica when I do read him. But he makes plenty of sense in his article, updated this morning:

    “Braun says that even though when he had to defend himself in front of an arbitration panel, he didn’t question the science that had his testosterone level ring the bell the way it did, he questioned language in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement about the chain of custody and baseball’s collection procedures for drug testing.

    In the end, it just means that Braun, MVP of the National League and darling of Brewers fans, one of the big young talents in the game, just beat the game here.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1027851

    Meanwhile, a lot of Met players who were questioned about the “Braun Affair” were said to be openly skeptical. One said:

    “Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent,” one Met said. “Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?”

    A NYDN poll currently shows 62% of readers think he just got lucky with his appeal (only 27% felt he was exonerated.)

    The simple fact is unless Braun can eventually show, indisputably, that either the science was somehow flawed (which has not been questioned) or that Laurenzi framed him for some reason, this will follow Braun to the end of career and beyond. And please don’t tell us that he’s innocent until proven guilty. He was proven to be guilty in a lab test that was triple sealed by a veteran professional collector. It would take either a “miraculous” chemical reaction or willful tampering by the collector (something extremely difficult, if not impossible) for that lab test to have been changed from a negative to a positive.

    Braun’s defenders, at this point in time, are essentially arguing his innocence by way of a “it depends on what the meaning of is, is.” kind of defense. In fact, it’s rather more like an ‘acquittal by semantics.’ He failed the test and got off because a single person (this obviously wasn’t a jury trial) believed that the chain of custody wasn’t followed to the letter.’ (which is also something that MLB disputes.)

    I’m fairly sure that a majority of both MLB players and the general public doesn’t buy Braun’s “innocence.” Nor should we.

  51. PacoDooley February 25th, 2012 at 4:59 am

    randy l. February 24th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    “To even compare Cano and Montero at this point is beyond ridiculous. One is an established all star and arguably the best all around player in the AL. The other has played for a month in MLB.”

    who had the better month?

    “”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

    Do you remember Kevin Maas? A good month late on the season.doesn’t guarantee a successful career. You can also look at Shane Spencer…

  52. Jerkface February 25th, 2012 at 5:04 am

    I don’t think there is anything controversial about saying Montero could be better than Cano. As an overall player its not likely, but hitting? Sure. Cano’s peak OPS has been .918, and got there once. If you think Montero is going to OPS .900 regularly then he will be a better hitter.

    Doesn’t mean Cano won’t be the better all around player, as I don’t think that would be in dispute (just like other prospects will be better all around prospects than Montero despite not hitting as well).

    Maybe I’m just giving Randy the benefit of the doubt in assuming he meant hitting only.

  53. RadioKev February 25th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Good morning folks.

    I think it’s fine to say Montero could be better than Cano, but that’s all it is. He “could” be. He’s a prospect, you can still dream about what he is. It’s just talk.

    But if given the chance to trade Cano or Montero, I’d like to think no one on the planet would trade Cano. You’d be a fool.

  54. RadioKev February 25th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    So maybe I missed this, but has it been said if Rivera will announce he’s retiring/not retiring before the season starts? Or is this something that’s going to hang over the whole season?

  55. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Morning Kev.

    I believe Rivera will not say what his final decision is until the season is finished.

    He did say he knows what it is.

    From the comments he did make it seemed as though he was leaning towards retirement.

    That’s just a guess though and things can change.

  56. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    By the way, Kev.

    My advice.

    Savor every moment. You can’t lose that way.

    ;)

  57. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Today is the 1st day of full squad workouts.

    1st ST game very soon.

    :)

  58. blake February 25th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Montero and Cano have some similarities ……Montero may have trouble getting his OPS closer to 1 (just like Cano) unless he improves his walk rates. I think Montero may hit for more power….but its tough to be a 1 OPS hitter without getting your OBP over .400 consistently.

    I think Cano with more power is possible just with the bat (and that’s very good) ….but again he has to go out and do it now

  59. RadioKev February 25th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    MTU,

    Savor every minute is right. I’m STILL savoring his post season performance last year. And we lost! It was something like 9 pitches, all strikes, four outs.

    All I know is that this is the year I buy the #42 shirt.

  60. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Mornin’ Blake.

    I hope Jesus reaches his cieling.

    What I already know is what a special ballplayer Robbie is.

    I do not believe he’s had his career year yet.

    He hasn’t peaked as a player. Still on the rise.

    :)

  61. blake February 25th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Morning MTU….hope you’re fellin better.

    Robbie hasn’t put it all together yet …..we still haven’t seen his best ….he’s got a .330, 35, 120 + RBI season or two in him.

  62. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Blake-

    Yes, better thanks. About 90%. Well enough to go out to take on a a world-class spot within 30 minutes of home.

    Should be 65 with full sun. Perfect day for it. really looking forward to it.

    You should come along.

    :)

  63. RadioKev February 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    We’ll likely see those RBI numbers jump this year. Maybe the HRs too, hitting in front of A-Rod/Tex.

  64. blake February 25th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    MTU,

    Well I don’t think I can make it out there in time ;) its 35 here…….was 70 yesterday …..spring is close to springing.

  65. blake February 25th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Teams started pitching around Robbie last year a bit …..especially righties with Swisher hitting behind him a lot. I think getting him in the 3 hole will hopefully get him a few more good pitches to drive.

    Id consider hitting Alex 2nd and Granderson 4th vs RHP……with Tex in the 5 hole. Alex gets on base a lot when he’s healthy……..

  66. blake February 25th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Jeter
    Arod
    Cano
    Granderson
    Tex
    Swisher
    Ibanez/Jones
    Martin
    Gardner

  67. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Cano was a naturally-gifted hitter but kevin Long has helped make him even better IMO.

    For example, he taught him ways to increase his power.

    I hope Cano becomes a little bit more selective at the plate again. Like to see him take a few more walks again. Get that OPS up.

    He’s so good that he wants to swing at just about anything.

    Cano is anything but lazy as some have acused him of. He is a very hard worker and is always seeking ways to improve his already considerable game.

    If he keeps going the way he has he’s a 1st ballot HOF’er.

    :)

  68. yankee21 February 25th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    The toughest part about handling Cano is where to pitch him and where to stack up the defense. He seems to hit most anything, anywhere.

    My approach would be hard stuff down and in the zone toward the knees, then punch him out with smoke up in the zone. Hopefully, Cano wouldn’t make me pay.

  69. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Cano is a predator with only one known weakness.

    The tendency to ocassionally chase stuff.

    If he would improve his plate discipline you’d never get him out.

    :)

  70. MTU February 25th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    new thread ——>

  71. Tar February 25th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    “My approach would be hard stuff down and in the zone toward the knees, then punch him out with smoke up in the zone. ”

    Yeah mine would be similar. Basically my approach would be to never throw him a strike. Not being patient is his only weakness. If he masters laying off bad pitches….. well in the words of the Scooter “holy cow”!

  72. blake February 25th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Joel Sherman ? @Joelsherman1

    go from negative to postive by just sitting around 48 hours? If not, then u have a positive sample and Braun got off on technicality
    5h Joel Sherman

    Joel Sherman ? @Joelsherman1
    MLB said neither Braun nor union claimed tampering with sample. So my question is if there is any science to suggest a specimen could (cont)

  73. rm February 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    MLB needs to fix their confidentiality problem. The claim that nobody in MLB’s camp and nobody in Braun’s camp leaked the information is particularly disturbing if true because there is absolutely no reason for anybody else to know the names of any players that failed or even if any particular sample was actually a test of a player rather than a simulated sample that was a test of the lab.

    I think they need to put some teeth in this confidentiality requirement. Say $1Million fine for the first offense escalating to 10 Million for subsequent offenses and doubling of the fine if you fail to identify and prosecute the source of the leak. That should be enough to stop the leaks.


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