Robinson Cano doesn’t like it when you call him lazy


Robinson Cano‘s resurgence is one of many reasons the Yankees are on their way to the best record in baseball. His hot bat (except with RISP) and slick fielding have made him one of the more valuable second basemen in the league. This wasn’t the case last year, when Cano struggled with the bat in the first half, and had troubles on defense most of the year. It led to a reputation among opposing players that he was lazy. Cano worked to buck that perception over the off-season — he was not motivated only by improving himself, but also by sticking it to the nonbelievers. Jim Baumbach of Newsday writes about Cano in his latest column. It’s a nice, short read on a rainy Sunday.

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  1. Zack says:

    Great to see Cano bounce back in a huge way.
    The whole ‘lazy’ label is just reputation that gets going and everyone just jumps on, Merloni called Cano a dog in his last ‘blog post’ so whatever.
    Hope he kills the ball in the playoffs on the national stage.

  2. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Nice article. I wonder if Newsday online is written for older people. That is some large ass font. I read the article from the other side of the room.

  3. Bob Stone says:

    Half the problem is that he is so graceful defensively, like Willie Mays, as has been mentioned on this site countless times. When you combine that with mental lapses and regular comparison to the gritty, hustling Pedroia (who HAS to scramble and hustle because he doesn’t have as much natural talent as other great players), it’s easy to see how he gets that reputation.

    He has responded well to his benching late last year and I like how he has channeled his displeasure about other’s comments into sharper focus this season and very meaningful improvement. Hopefully the “lazy” moniker will start to fade away with a continued high level of play.

  4. Bob Stone says:

    I hope we get to see Cano play today. The forecast says 100% chance of rain, but the radar maps look less dire than that (hope this isn’t too far off topic).

  5. gxpanos says:

    Why is Pedroia’s UZR/150 10.9 and Robbie’s -5.8?

    Until someone explain this, Robbie should not be in the discussion for GG.

    Love what he’s doing with the bat this year, though. If he can develop a better eye little by little, he’ll be a monster in a couple of years.

  6. Elmgrovegnome says:

    I wonder if Cano will bat second next year……if Damon is not back that is.

    • Nels says:

      Too many GIDPs I would think. Wasn’t that why Joe moved Jeter out of the two hole?

    • steve (different one) says:

      could depend on Gardner’s development. if Gardner can get on base > .360, it will be too much of a temptation for Girardi to not bat him leadoff.

      i’m not sure any manager could resist.

    • JMK says:

      I’d expect Damon to be back. He’s a better fit for the 2 hole. Also, as Nels said, it’s better to eliminate the DP and Cano is more likely than Damon. The fact that we’re even mulling this over says the Yankee lineup is STACKED. One of the best hitters in the league is batting 7th!

  7. steve s says:

    For what it’s worth I had a chance to meet many of the Yanks the last week in Feb. at spring training right before they split up for the world games (one of them being Cano) and Cano was in unbelievable rock solid shape (looked more like a linebacker than a 2nd baseman). I think the guy had some sort of an epiphany in the off-season and helped by Kevin Long going down to DR to work with him he came into the season in such great physical shape that it enabled him to maximize his natural abilities and increase his power output (all this AFTER signing a big contract which bodes well for him staying motivated to continue on this path).

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