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.”