Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees should be the starting second baseman for the American League All-Star Team. I don’t vote players into the All-Star Game. I feel that the fans should not be able to vote because when the fans vote, the game is more of a popularity contest than an actual baseball game. However, if I were to vote for a second baseman, it would be Cano. Yes, I am biased because I am a Yankees fan, but the only person I see starting at second other than Cano is Dustin Pedroia.
Cano has been the best hitter on the Yankees so far this season. In a season in which every starting infielder on the Yankees has been on the DL at least once, Cano has not been on the DL at all. He has been healthy all season, and with Derek Jeter currently on the DL, Cano has taken Jeter’s role of team leader. Cano’s .272 batting average is disappointing, but his 15 home runs and 40 RBI make up for the low batting average.
I said at the beginning of the season that Robinson Cano will be an MVP candidate, and I still think that he is. It’s his contract year, and a lot of players put up big numbers in their contract years to prove to their team that they are worth re-signing. I do not know if Cano starting in the All Star Game would have any effect on the Yankees re-signing him, but it could play a role in negotiations.
Cano has also shown a lot with his glove this season, as he has made a number of spectacular plays at second base. The only person that I see competing with Cano to start at second base is Pedroia. They are both very good, but Cano should get the nod to start.