5 Reasons Robinson Cano Wasn’t A True New York Yankee
5 Reasons Why Robinson Cano Wasn't A True Yankee
New York Yankees players are held to a different standard than any other in MLB. When a player dons the pinstripes it isn't just an opportunity but a privilege. Countless players, former and current, have raved about the class and superior character the Yankee organization emanates. The players aren't even allowed to have facial hair.
Now after the departure of once-thought future Yankee legend Robinson Cano, the fans are easily reminded that Robbie never quite had it in him to fully embrace what it took to be a true Yankee.
Not every player can be Derek Jeter by avoiding controversy for 19 seasons in the Big Apple while being a picture-perfect advocate for the Yankee organization. But you’d think playing for such a storied franchise like the Yankees would help progress oneself. Cano never seemed to captivate the fans in the Bronx quite like long-time players such as Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera or Jeter had.
Aspersions are being cast on Cano for taking more money because the Yankees didn't make him “feel wanted enough.” This is probably because Cano was, in fact, expendable to the Yankee front office. They clearly didn't believe he was vital to the organization’s goals and principles. If he was, he’d be on the roster right now.
Pitcher CC Sabathia came out and expressed his amazement that Cano didn't decide to return to the team who gave him his first chance to play in the big leagues. As reported by Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, wearing pinstripes for a whole career is a big deal to Sabathia, but not Cano. “It didn't mean that much to him,” Sabathia said. Sabathia did, however, call Cano and congratulate his former teammate of five years on his new contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Looking at the long list of Yankee legends that played their entire career in pinstripes, Cano doesn't seem to fit in with the consistent character of that vaunted group, and here are 5 reasons why.
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5. Not Vocal
Cano was never seen as a leader on the Yankees. Of course it is Derek Jeter's team, but Cano didn't exactly lead by example either. While the Yankees struggled through an injury-ridden 2013 season, Cano never seemed to step up and showcase leadership he could provide for a post-Jeter team. This could be a factor contributing to the front office’s peace-of-mind in letting the five-time All-Star go.
If you've ever watched Cano play, you know how smooth of a player he is. However, Yankee fans consistently berated him for lack of effort on the base paths and in the field.
3. Playoff Woes
Cano has a career .222 batting average in the postseason. Great Yankees are heavily measured by what they do in the fall, not just during the summer.
Coupled with his lackadaisical play, Cano seemed to be playing only for himself after reports surfaced claiming he had reservations about playing for manager Joe Girardi, alluding to the batting order as a key problem. Cano frequently batted close to the top of the lineup, which Girardi felt gave them the best chance to win. Robinson wished to bat in the middle of the lineup which would give him more RBI opportunities to pad his stats during a contract season and set him up to demand a larger salary.
Robinson hit the free-agent market with representative Jay-Z asking for $300 million, knowing well that the Yankees didn't want an Alex Rodriguez repeat. He even publicly stated that he wouldn't give a hometown discount. However, Carlos Beltran took a discount in coming to New York, and it was his second time offering the Yankees such a proposition as he did so a decade ago but was turned down. Cano has now left the organization that helped him for so many years to go to an irrelevant team while a man in Beltran, who was rejected once before, has been given a second chance and is in the position to play for a contender.