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Yankees first half MVP: Robinson Cano

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Believe it or not, the Yankees RBI leader is Mark Teixeira. Derek Jeter leads the team in hits, Curtis Granderson leads in home runs and Alex Rodriguez has the most stolen bases. But their best player is exactly who we thought it would be.

I suppose you could make a case for Rafael Soriano as the first-half MVP — great numbers while filling a massive void — but Cano just might be on his way to the best season of his career, and that’s saying something. His .963 OPS is higher than it’s ever been at the end of a season, and he’s on pace to easily top his career high in home runs. He’s top 12 in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and at this rate, he’ll once again be in the conversation for AL MVP.

The biggest knock on Cano is that he has just 51 RBI at this point, putting him on pace for fewer than 100 for the first time since 2009. It’s primarily the product of his .193 batting average with runners in scoring position, making Cano one of the worst offenders of one of the Yankees biggest offensive problems.

Even so, he’s clearly the heart of this lineup. It’s surely little coincidence that the Yankees had their best month of the season in June, when Cano hit .340/.416/.730 with more than half of his first-half home runs. He’s the heart of this lineup, and even with biggest names around him, Cano is what makes the Yankees offense tick.

He came into this season with high expectations, and so far, he’s met them.

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63 Responses to “Yankees first half MVP: Robinson Cano”

  1. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    As usual, people focus on offensive stats and overlook a players defensive importance. A lotta players can swing the stick, extremely few play defense like Cano.

  2. Shame Spencer July 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Awesome picture.

  3. yankeefeminista July 11th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Great pic, Chad.

    “Didn’t the Dbacks already have other Montero?”

    You mean the Fake Montero… ;)

  4. Cashmoney July 11th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Aye, Cano has been the most consistent and productive hitter in the first half. top 12, haha.

  5. Cashmoney July 11th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    on the Yanks… that is.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    86,

    My point, without getting into a drawn out digression about Cano in particular, is my uneasiness with the Cashman regime’s consistently cavalier stance on young hit tool players.

    There’s a pattern: Cano, Cabrera, Montero. (The traded two of the three, and the other was offered three times).

    It is disquieting, to say the least.

    I wrote on here a couple of weeks or so ago that they don’t value contact oriented hitters: that they hold in high esteem OBP and long ball. Cashman’s quote in his Q&A with the Post’s confirms my hunch that these weren’t isolated coincidences, but that this is their strategy in finding (and expelling) hitters:

    Q: Wouldn’t he like the home-run-happy Bronx Bombers?

    A: That’s by design. All I’ve done is inherit what (former GM) Gene Michael taught me — high on-base percentage guys not afraid to take a walk but can beat you with the long ball. We’re in scoring position every time we’re at the plate. That’s the type of team we want, and that’s the type of team we’ve built.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z20KImk9sA
    ///

    And what is exasperating in all that is that Cano and Montero have excuse me power; theirs is effortless and a product of great bat speed, strength and contact. Melky, too, has not gone outside of himself and his level swing plane to get to eight HR this year.

  7. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Gene Michael has a track record. You do Not. I go with The Stick.

  8. LGY July 11th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Yankees first half MVP: Robinson Cano

    FTFY

  9. mick July 11th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Why did Melky win the ASG Mvp?

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great pic of Cano, btw.
    ///

    I am on my way out. It is just maddening to watch Melky blossom in another uniform. Watch guys like Trout invigorate the Angels lineup.

    Justin Upton being out there, and the ravenous posts in here to acquire him, speak to his manchild type talent, but also to how hungry we are for a legit young bat to enliven this lineup going forward.

    They traded a bat, and we need a bat.

    They traded for a young pitcher, we already had young pitching, which is performing wonderfully, with no hand from their new acquisition.

    I should add: folks are typing in Phelps’ name as some kind of key piece in a hypothetical trade for Upton. Now, I’m not going to pull the Lohud strawman act, and say the same people doing so are the ones who said our miLb pitching is a mirage that has no trade value and loaded with quadruple A guys. I’ll just say that the latter opinion was widely held here and sounded a shrill note whenever anyone suggested we had pitching depth.

    As it stands, Phelps could easily be a very functional No. 5 and DJ Mitchell, with his great sinker, figures to be a competent long man (who could be a SP, but they don’t need that from him).

  11. LGY July 11th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    All the times Cano was almost traded

    http://www.captainsblog.info/2.....iled/4567/

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    postscript: I’m not suggesting for a minute that Phelps could be a central piece in luring Upton. He can pitch, but it would take highly ranked guys to even sniff Upton.

    Good one, all.

  13. Ys Guy July 11th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    did we trade a bat? idk if .250 counts as a bat…

  14. mick July 11th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    You can say this for any success story the Yanks let get away.
    Nobody saw this success for Melky but hindsight is 20-20 and makes experts and geniuses of us all.
    As far as Montero, right now he is failing and there is no room for him with us having success with our model and the best record in baseball.
    But wax on…..

  15. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    The Hype got Bryce Harper on the All Star team. His numbers simpy do Not support his being there. Certainly good for a rookie, and especially considering his age and experience. But All Star worthy??? NOPE

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Cashmoney July 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    The other Montero might be better than Jesus as a whole package.
    ///

    Pull out on young players with hitting talent at your own peril. See Melky Cabrera.

    Good afternoon.

  17. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Yea, lotta Nostradamus’s running around here in Reverse. Hilarious.

  18. 86w183 July 11th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    You can’t lump Cano, Cabrera and Montero together.

    Cano was offered in some deals for all Star players but that was 7-8 years ago. Also different decisions makers then.

    The Yanks essentially chose a contact hitter (Gardner) over a contact hitter (Melky) when he was traded. If Melky weighed 200 then (like he does now) instead of 220 (Melky’s # not mine) then I don’t think he would have been traded.

    Montero was dealt for a guy they believe would be a top end starter which is the most expensive commodity in the game.

  19. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    “The Hype got Bryce Harper on the All Star team. His numbers simpy do Not support his being there. Certainly good for a rookie, and especially considering his age and experience. But All Star worthy???”

    The hype is because hes the first teenage position player ever to be in the game and hes a legit star in the making…..

    You could argue he didnt deserve to make the team….but I dont necessarily blame MLB for push and hyping the story…..MLB needs Trout and Harper and they are both fun to watch play.

  20. Jerkface July 11th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    A lotta players can swing the stick, extremely few play defense like Cano.

    Please stop. All glove guys are easy to come by. Those that have a combination of glove and bat are the hard ones to find. And just bats are harder yet than just gloves.

  21. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Melky was so bad he nearly was out of baseball when he was with the Braves

  22. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Cano might have the best 2B arm ever…..but lots of guys can play the position as well otherwise……what Cano does better than most everybody is swing the stick while playing that position.

  23. Cashmoney July 11th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Montero was dealt for a guy they believe would be a top end starter which is the most expensive commodity in the game.

    the game is always evolving, I think it’s arguable as we speak today as to which is the most scarce or expensive commodity to procure in today’s market- a young stud pitcher or a young stud hitter. that said, consider team needs i rather have Montero than Pineda. but I am really over it, we just have to hope Pineda recovers at this point.

  24. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    .900+ OPS bats are the hardest things to find in todays game…….and 1 OPS bats are even harder….there are like less than 5 of them on earth.

  25. Ys Guy July 11th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    one thing that always bugged me about montero was that story where arod told him he needed to take bp every day and he inferred that he didnt know that.

    my thinking was ‘who doesn’t know that.’ it always seemed to me that guys trying to get to the bigs take bp all the time.

    i have to believe that tony franklin and dave miley and their hitting coaches must have told jesus that he needed to be taking bp every day and since he said he hadn’t been doing that, they must have noticed and said somthing to him about it.

    i don’t believe he got all the way to the bigs and to that conversation with arod before anyone told him he wasnt taking enough bp.

  26. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Name me 3 Players that play 2B defensively as well as Cano. And that includes the turn on the DP.

  27. LGY July 11th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Who should have made the team over Harper?

  28. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Phillips, Pedroia, Danny Espenosa.

    Now name me three 2B that can hit like Cano…..name 1.

  29. Jerkface July 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    one thing that always bugged me about montero was that story where arod told him he needed to take bp every day and he inferred that he didnt know that.

    my thinking was ‘who doesn’t know that.’ it always seemed to me that guys trying to get to the bigs take bp all the time.

    i have to believe that tony franklin and dave miley and their hitting coaches must have told jesus that he needed to be taking bp every day and since he said he hadn’t been doing that, they must have noticed and said somthing to him about it.

    He was told to work on his defense. A-rod told him to take EXTRA BP. He took mandatory BP.

  30. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    You forgot Uggla on that list. Pedroia can Not hold a candle to Cano, and Espinosa??? HAHAHAHAHA. Cano is the best 2B since Robbie Alomar hung-’em-up.

  31. 86w183 July 11th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    A healthy Chase Utley is the only 2B close to Robby as an all around player.

  32. blake July 11th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN 3h @AZ_SportsReport I think there’s no chance the Rangers trade Profar, who is regarded as baseball’s best prospect.

    I saw this kid play in Hickory last year and immediately started trying to figure out how the Yankees could get him….now hes the best prospect in baseball and its really no fair that the Rangers already have Andrus and have this kid too…..hes going to be very very good.

  33. 86w183 July 11th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I play 2B better than Uggla

  34. Ys Guy July 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    i think the rangers have replaced the yankees as the team mentioned in every trade rumor.

  35. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    “. Cano is the best 2B since Robbie Alomar hung-’em-up.”

    Yes….because of the total package and mostly his bat…..

  36. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    We are talkin’ defense. But throwing Pedroia out there is ridiculous.

  37. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Lots of 2B are good defenders…….Uggla is terrible…..not a lot of them can hit and play good defense and none of them combine the 2 like Cano does.

  38. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    “We are talkin’ defense. But throwing Pedroia out there is ridiculous.

    News flash……Pedroia is a good defender.

  39. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    If the Angels get Greinke and the Rangers get Hamels then that will suck.

  40. DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Remember, we are comparing these guys defense to Cano’s, and that includes the turn on the DP. I watch on avg. 3 R\Sox games a week, and have NEVER seen Pedroia on the other side of the 2B bag fielding or attempting to field a grounder. I’m Not saying Pedroia is Not “good” defensivley, but he is not even close to Cano. Not even in the discussion.

  41. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The Diamondbacks are willing to listen to offers for Justin Upton, but they’re not looking for prospects. “We’re still in win mode,” GM Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. We’ll track the latest rumors on Upton here with the most recent updates up top.

    The Diamondbacks believe they could obtain a package of perhaps three players for Upton, Piecoro writes. Towers said he’s not shopping the right fielder, but will listen in case an enticing offer emerges. “Clubs have asked; I’ve said, ‘Hey, tell me what you would do.’ We could either say yes or say no,” the GM told Piecoro.

    Upton has no-trade protection that allows him to block deals to some big-market teams, including the Yankees, according to Olney.

    Who do you believe Olney or Cots???? Yankees not on list

    Justin Upton rf
    6 years/$51.25M (2010-15)

    6 years/$51.25M (2010-15)
    signed extension with Arizona 3/3/10
    $1.25M signing bonus
    10:$0.5M, 11:$4.25M, 12:$6.75M, 13:$9.75M, 14:$14.25M, 15:$14.5M
    limited no-trade protection (may block deals to four clubs: Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland)

  42. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    . I’m Not saying Pedroia is Not “good” defensivley, but he is not even close to Cano. Not even in the discussion.”

    Robbie had a better of course……probably turns the DP better because he has more arm strength ….but Pedroia has more lateral range especially to his left and is a really good defender as well….Cano might be better but ita close. Cano’s biggest advantage over other 2B is his bat by far.

  43. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Should say…Cano has a better arm.of course

  44. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    If the Angels get Greinke and the Rangers get Hamels then that will suck.
    —————————————
    Maybe it’ll suck less if you look at Hamels performance since May 28th.

    Game logs month by month:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ole-hamels

  45. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Trader,

    Those on cots could be last years teams? Who knows…..Buster isnt really the most reliable source on stuff…..

  46. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    There’s no comparison between Cano and Pedroia. Pedroia’s comparable would be Houston Astro Jose Altuve! :)

  47. Shame Spencer July 11th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    CC Sabathia ?@CC_Sabathia

    The Future! http://pic.twitter.com/Mo3n0Q12

  48. Shame Spencer July 11th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Adorable.

  49. 86w183 July 11th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Wasn’t Altuve’ in the Wizard of Oz? Coulda sworn he was part of the lollipop guild.

    I side with Blake on Pedroia… he’s very good, probably top 5 in MLB defensively AND all around, but not as good as Robby either way.

  50. m July 11th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I would trust Cots. Their job isn’t to create buzz. No wonder Arizona wants to get rid of Upton. They’re still a small-market after all.

  51. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Usually Blake, Cots reports limited blocked teams if on a yearly basis like this one-AJ Burnett:

    limited no-trade clause (Burnett may block deals to 10 clubs each year)

  52. Shame Spencer July 11th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I side with Blake on Pedroia… he’s very good, probably top 5 in MLB defensively AND all around, but not as good as Robby either way.

    ——————-

    Or nearly as attractive.

    /Woman’d

  53. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I hope Cots is right cause if he can block the Yanks then its to get a new contract in exchange for being traded……which would complicate things even more

  54. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Shame-

    Maybe the future little CC and little Prince in that picture will be Yankee teammates one day!

  55. m July 11th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Good point, YT. Also if that was last year’s info, I would think they would have removed it. Their info seems to be up-to-the minute.

  56. tomingeorgia July 11th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    YT, 600 pounds of future Yankees!

  57. Against All Odds July 11th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    DONNYBROOK July 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    As usual, people focus on offensive stats and overlook a players defensive importance. A lotta players can swing the stick, extremely few play defense like Cano.

    ————————

    Interesting since I have seen Yankee fans on other boards call Cano overrated defensively.

  58. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Blake-

    I had to leave but how did our trade for Upton go down here? We still need a handshake?

    Trade:

    Cashman obtains Francisco Liriano for a minor prospect, then trades Hughes, Chamberlain, Nunez and Zoilo Almonte to Arizona for Justin Upton plus Cashman takes JJ Putz plus cash to cover the remainder of his salary.

  59. bruceb July 11th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I always liked Melky and thought he would add power to his bat as he grew older. But never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined he would be the MVP of the All-Star Game. Heck, I never even thought he would APPEAR in an All-Star Game.

  60. austinmac July 11th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    To answer a bloggers question from earlier, I have not seen a single report which indicates any Yankee interest in Upton. I believe our discussion simply started by the fact Upton might be available and we would love him. Their is no sign Cashman is in the lovefest.

    Their is further no sign that Cashman is pursuing anyone or anything. Of course that statement will get someone to recall “Stealth Cashman”. That guy left with “Moneybags Cashman”.

  61. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Trader,

    If you can make that deal happen I will lead a mutiny to overthrown Cashman and name you the new GM.

  62. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Tom-

    600 pounds of future stardom. Reminded me of the song by Tennesse Ernie Ford-Sixteen Tons. :)

    New Post——————>

  63. blake July 11th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    2/3 of the Yankees current outfield is made of of guys that Cashman bought low on via trade…..Upton is a talent I could see Cashman pursue but the price wont likely be “buy low level”…..so we’ll see.

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