Tag:Robinson Cano
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:42 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 3:11 pm

Yankees not happy with Cano's Derby debut

Robinson Cano Teams don't get to choose whether their players participate in the Home Run Derby.

That doesn't mean they have to like it.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will be one of eight players in the hitting contest next Monday, but the team would prefer he weren't involved. There is mounting anecdotal evidence that participating in the Derby -- which involves repeating an unnatural, go-for-the-fences swing dozens of times -- can have lasting effects on a player.

In 2008, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton put on an amazing display at the Derby, hitting a record 28 home runs in the first round. His home run production took a pronounced drop, 21 in the first half of the season and just 11 in the second, and Hamilton has said the Home Run Derby threw off his swing. Bobby Abreu and Albert Pujols have similarly slumped and said the Derby affected them.

More and more players are declining Derby invitations, but Cano couldn't resist the chance to take center stage. He'll be joined by Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays, Corey Hart of the Brewers and Matt Holliday of the Cardinals. The National League has yet to name its two other participants.

"I would prefer he's not involved in it, but that's not my decision," Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said of Cano in the New York Daily News. "History suggests that guys that do the home run hitting contest get fatigued and exhausted from the process. I'm happy for the fact that he's maybe getting the opportunity, but in the same breath we have to be careful in how he goes about this."

Cano has said he's just going to take the normal swings he would take in batting practice, and manager Joe Girardi hopes that's true.

"I think it's a lot of swings for a player; physically, I think it's somewhat of a grind, but it's an honor to be involved," Girardi said. "The biggest thing is that we keep Robinson Cano healthy and strong the whole year. If that in any way would fatigue him, then I would prefer that he didn't get fatigued."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:43 pm

Six confirmed for derby

Corey Hart Six players have confirmed that they don't fear the Home Run Derby curse and will take part in the exhibition on Monday.

It's not like there were going to draft people, but Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, Corey Hart and Matt Holliday are in.

Albert Pujols has already said he's not interested, as has Josh Hamilton, who suffered the curse two years ago.

Unfortunately, Chris Berman hasn't suffered said curse, so we're stuck with his yelling for another year.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 9:07 pm

Padilla: 'I'm not the bad guy'

It's kind of a double-edged sword for a pitcher to use "I have lousy control" as a defense, but it works for Vicente Padilla.

The Dodgers pitcher downplayed an incident Friday night in which Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia might or might not have plunked Padilla on purpose in retaliation for Padilla hitting Robinson Cano with a pitch. For his part, Padilla said he was innocent.

"I'm not the bad guy in this movie," Padilla told MLB.com on Saturday.

The stats support Padilla. He is sixth among active players in hit batters with 103, and in considerably fewer innings than anyone else in the top 10.

Padilla hit Cano in the backside in the fourth inning, and when he came to bat in the fifth Sabathia hit him in the leg with the first pitch. Warnings were issued to both teams by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Padilla and Sabathia, who had never before faced each other, exchanged tough-guy stares as Padilla walked to first base.

"If it makes him happy to hit me," said Padilla, "that's OK."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 11:09 pm

Is Dontrelle done?

Dontrelle Willis Dontrelle Willis lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his latest start for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After Willis walked Alex Rodrgiuez with the bases loaded and one out, A.J. Hinch brought the hook to the mound and took Willis out. The walk tied the score at 2.

Reliever Blaine Boyer saved Willis' line by getting Robinson Cano to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Willis had allowed just one hit -- but had as many walks as outs, seven.

Willis has made four starts for Arizona since coming over from Detroit, winning a game, but has struggled mightily with his control, walking 21 in 17 1/3 innings.

Could Willis be done? It's been a popular question for several years now, but it's still relevant. The fact that Willis is still getting a shot reminds you of just how good he was earlier in his career. He was one of the shining lights of baseball, a guy you could root for and had to watch. Now you still root for him, but you don't want to watch just how far he's fallen since leaving Florida.

Willis will get a no-decision tonight thanks to Boyer, but since his first start for the DIamondbacks he's struggled more and more and it'll be interesting to see if he's back out there in five days. If Hinch can trust him to get through three innings, it seems tough to send him out there again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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