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On May 3rd, 2005 fans of the New York Yankees were treated to something rare and unexpected from their front office. A minor league 2nd baseman by the name of Robinson Cano was called up to add youth and energy to a struggling ball club. After years of trading away top rated prospects for players who were obviously passed their prime, the Yankee’s front office finally seemed willing to solve team problems by looking into its’ depleted farm system rather than giving up youth for established veterans. Robinson Cano had an immediate impact on the team, ending the season with a .297 batting average, 14 home runs and 62 runs batted in. The Yankees were also able to overcome their horrible start and clinch the AL East. Cano quickly became a star in New York by hitting .342 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI in 2006.

A .342 batting average is hard to come by in this day and age; however, this is when the deceptiveness begins. During the 2006 season, Robinson Cano suffered an injury which forced him to miss a significant amount of playing time. Cano had only 482 at bats, compared to the 600 at bats a starting Major Leaguer usually hovers around. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that it is much more of a task to keep a .342 batting average in 600 at bats then in 482. Although he lacked the at bats to be a substantial holder of a .342 average Cano was given “rock star” treatment from New York fans and became a staple player of the Yankee’s offense. He was nominated to the 2006 All Star Game and rewarded a Silver Slugger.

Robinson Cano also put up fantastic offensive statistics in 2007. He batted .306 with 19 home runs and 97 runs batted in. What Cano’s numbers didn’t show was the dominance of the Yankee’s offense. Alex Rodriguez had the greatest offensive season of any right handed batter in New York Yankee history, Jorge Posada had possibly the best offensive season of his career and even the Yankee’s young center fielder Melky Cabrera was getting the job done offensively. Cano had protection up and down his loaded Yankee line up and was given more opportunities to hit good pitches and drive in runs. The pressure was never put on Robinson Cano to greatly produce and he put up good numbers because of this.

Even though Cano’s offensive success was completely lackluster, the New York Yankees rewarded him with a new Major League contract. On January 28th, 2008 Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees finalized terms on a 4 year, 30 million dollar contract which contained 2 options which could extend the contract to 6 years at 57 million dollars. The deal established economic stability for Cano and was thought to have guaranteed the Yankees a high profile 2nd basemen for at least four more seasons. The Yankees had no clue that their beloved young infielder was about to show his true amount (or lack of) talent in the upcoming season.

The 2008 season was filled with shortcomings and road blocks for the New York Yankees. Injuries plagued the Yankees’ most talented players and rookies who were expected to have breakout seasons did everything but produce for the team. Robinson Cano played in 159 games in 2008 and compiled 597 at bats. Due to the injuries of Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, and Jorge Posada, the weight of the Yankee organization was finally placed on the shoulders of young Robinson Cano. His time to shine as a dependable hitter came and Cano did not grasp the opportunity. Cano ended the season hitting a career worst .271 with 14 home runs and 72 runs batted in. The recently declared “future of the Yankee organization” had become the butt of jokes around the league and his stock had gone down as a Major League 2nd basemen. His failure to succeed in the clutch and to cut the slack for a team which depends on him caused him to be seen as one of the least reliable and in my opinion most overrated players in the Major Leagues. Who at one point was the key piece to push the envelope on what would have been the deal which would send Johan Santana to the Yankees was now a player who not even the San Diego Padres want. Cano folded under pressure and proved to baseball fans across the world that talent is not something which should be judged in convenient circumstances; but in fact something which should be judged when the going gets tough and the success of your organization depends on you.

-Giovanni Alvarado

1 comment:

  1. Is there proof the San Deigo Padres wouldn't even want him?