Of the 100s of players in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, one guy seems to stand out from the pack and that’s New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano seemingly does everything great: offense, defense, anything you can ask a second baseman to do besides pitch a game in the World Series.
In 2012 alone, Cano only missed one game all year and had an excellent offensive season by hitting .313 with 33 home runs and 94 runs batted in, which would likely put him in the top players in this year’s tournament alone. Add in the fact he’s the defending Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winners and finished fourth in American League MVP voting.
Sure, there are players like Miguel Cabrera, who is coming off of an AL Triple Crown win and is about six months younger than Cano. That being said, he has much better base running abilities and also is a better defensive player than Cabrera. Also Ryan Braun for Team USA should not be considered at all due to him being linked to performance enhancing drugs on more than one occasion. Similarly, Joey Votto for Team Canada is likely considered the second best player in this whole tournament.
Cano could be on the team that is likely to win the World Baseball Classic in the Dominican Republic and he could be the star among stars on that stacked team. He is also a free agent after this season, so the WBC could just be the beginning of “The Season of Cano” in 2013.