New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano notched his 1500th hit in Thursday’s finale against the Colorado Rockies, marking the third close game of the series and another strong effort by the bullpen to shut the opposing offense down.
Although the pitching was paramount in these past few games, this game was all about Cano, who not only recorded a milestone but also launched a home run to put the Yankees ahead after returning from an extended rain delay.
Cano’s 1500th hit both in his career and as a Yankee are important; and it is a good as time as any to reiterate the importance that Cano continues to hit as a Yankee in the coming years.
As we all know, Cano’s contract is in its final year, and with the public firing of mega-agent Scott Boras and hiring of native New Yorker Jay-Z, Yankee fans are hoping that it is an indication he will re-sign with the team.
The second baseman is in his ninth year in pinstripes, and has already racked up some extremely impressive, if not Hall of Fame possible numbers. A four-time All Star and Silver Slugger and two-time Gold Glove recipient, Cano has consistently improved with each year in the majors, something that cannot be said of every 30-year-old ballplayer.
Cano is on pace to possibly get 3,000 hits and 1500 RBIs, and with an exciting start to the 2013 season in which he leads his team in virtually every offensive category, it inconceivable to think of the Yankees now without him.
It isn’t just Cano’s offense that is first rate; his defense is also invaluable. He made only six errors at second last season, and his patented play to stop the ball in the hole where he throws the ball while still in motion looks easy now — that is how many times he has done it perfectly.
Cano is one of the best hitting second basemen in the game right now, if not the best. He led all second basemen last year in home runs, doubles, hits, RBIs and batting average, and with the way he is playing right now, there is no reason he can’t repeat his success this year, and the year after that.
The re-signing of Cano is imperative — his 1500th career hit just reminds of this, but it should also remind GM Brian Cashman. We can only hope that whatever Cano and Jay-Z ask for in his new contract is something that the Yankees are willing to give.
Holly Berkowitz is a New York Yankees writer for rantsports.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyberry9118.