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    First I want to mention that I like the kids bat. I really love his 'potential' but there are a few things that have started to bother me about Cano.

    1) His demeanor. You can never really tell whats on the guy's mind. He has this non-chalantness about him.

    2) His fielding. I do not believe that his fielding will improve. No matter how much he's tutored or mentored. Maybe it's a lack of concentration, maybe some Adderal could be prescribed.

    3) Cano is not fast or even close to it. People should stop saying he's fast. He's a terrible base-runner and he has no speed what so ever.

    4) I can see it now. He's like a younger Soriano and I see it from here.


    Any thoughts?
    "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

  • #2
    Originally posted by TonyStarks
    First I want to mention that I like the kids bat. I really love his 'potential' but there are a few things that have started to bother me about Cano.

    1) His demeanor. You can never really tell whats on the guy's mind. He has this non-chalantness about him.

    2) His fielding. I do not believe that his fielding will improve. No matter how much he's tutored or mentored. Maybe it's a lack of concentration, maybe some Adderal could be prescribed.

    3) Cano is not fast or even close to it. People should stop saying he's fast. He's a terrible base-runner and he has no speed what so ever.

    4) I can see it now. He's like a younger Soriano and I see it from here.


    Any thoughts?
    Well I have to admit you're right on some points but Cano is better in Fielding that Soriano and is slower than Soriano so you can't really use Soriano as an example , you could use Jose Vidro as an example .

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TonyStarks
      First I want to mention that I like the kids bat. I really love his 'potential' but there are a few things that have started to bother me about Cano.

      1) His demeanor. You can never really tell whats on the guy's mind. He has this non-chalantness about him.

      2) His fielding. I do not believe that his fielding will improve. No matter how much he's tutored or mentored. Maybe it's a lack of concentration, maybe some Adderal could be prescribed.

      3) Cano is not fast or even close to it. People should stop saying he's fast. He's a terrible base-runner and he has no speed what so ever.

      4) I can see it now. He's like a younger Soriano and I see it from here.


      Any thoughts?
      Here are my thoughts in response to each of your points.

      1) I agree about the non-chalantness (reminiscent of Soriano) and it is worrisome. Then again, that display of confidence might have a big part in why he was able to stick with the team at all. Given Yankees management of the past 5 years, the odds were tremendously stacked againt a 22 year old rookie 2Bman sticking with the big league club (or even not being traded before getting the chance).

      2) I share this same fear. For right now, I'm going to rest on the argument that he's only 23 and just needs more experience. It is possible for players to improve and improve greatly over the course of their careers. Many "experts" think he has good potential in the field, I haven't really seen it yet.

      3) I think Cano has pretty good speed, he's just not good on the bases. Remember, in his prime, Bernie was probably the fastest player on the team, he just was a terrible base runner. There are just some instincts and running styles that some players never really acquire. I think Cano will swipe some bases over the course of a season (no more than 5-10 though).

      4) If there is one thing Cano can do well at this point it is make contact and put the ball in play. Even when he struck out last night, he fouled off like 4 straight pitches with two strikes. Soriano went up there hacking. Again, Cano is only 23, so he should develop some better patience, and with some more experience, some of those outs he makes should start turning into hits. I really think he's a legitimate perennial .300 threat.

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      • #4
        I like how Cano hits the ball. He could hit the ball the other way and even his outs are hit hard. He could pull and has a very easy motion. He has a quick bat and a sweet swing. I predict that he could get 220+ hits once he hits his prime. His defense could always improve. He's still a young player. He may not be fast but hes not slow either.
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        • #5
          I used to love him last year (he has my favorite number too), but my opinion of him as dropped. His demeanor is as pathetic as his fielding.
          "It ain't over 'til it's over" - Yogi

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          • #6
            True Yankees

            Originally posted by TonyStarks
            First I want to mention that I like the kids bat. I really love his 'potential' but there are a few things that have started to bother me about Cano.

            1) His demeanor. You can never really tell whats on the guy's mind. He has this non-chalantness about him.

            2) His fielding. I do not believe that his fielding will improve. No matter how much he's tutored or mentored. Maybe it's a lack of concentration, maybe some Adderal could be prescribed.

            3) Cano is not fast or even close to it. People should stop saying he's fast. He's a terrible base-runner and he has no speed what so ever.

            4) I can see it now. He's like a younger Soriano and I see it from here.


            Any thoughts?
            I completely agree with this assessment of Cano. When he boots the ball around the infield, it makes me crazy. And then his demeanor afterwards, telling the press "he's only human". Try apologizing for letting your team down and promising to take more infield practice. To me, that attitude on a young player is a huge RED FLAG of trouble to come. Being a Yankee is something special, and it takes a special kind of player to be a true Yankee. My boy, Gehrig, was the first. A real class act. And that work ethic and class was passed down to DiMaggio, whom passed it on to future Yankees. And all true Yankees have it...especially, champions. Look at Paul O'Neil or Bernie Williams and Jeter, the captian of the team. Those are the kind of guys you want playing for us here in New York. Guys with attitude kill team chemistry. Jeter needs to sit this kid and get his head straight, or it's time to trade him before he poisons the team. Reading a newspaper and disrespecting sports reporters when you're a rookie is disgusting behavior and needs to be corrected. The team and winning championships is all that matters. Your ego takes a backseat to working hard.

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            • #7
              From watching him before, he's got a quick pivot. He just turned a ball nicely and quickly to help Moose get out of an inning.

              I've spoken to a few others, and even long-time Yankee fans have mentioned that it's mostly his attention deficit. Could be a medical condition or the kid's just bored. Too much or too little Play Station or XBox? Who knows?

              I just hope that he can keep his mind in the game in the 8th or 9th inning when we need him the most.
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              • #8
                Cano is at an age (23) when anything can happen. He could blossom into a star or regress to replacement level. For a 2B he is not a bad hitter, but his defense is suspect. Surrounded by the offensive weapons the Yankees possess he looks better than he is. You really have to worry about his awful walk rate.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KCGHOST
                  Surrounded by the offensive weapons the Yankees possess he looks better than he is. You really have to worry about his awful walk rate.
                  Well, you can only hope with all this hitting talent around him that he would be able to pick out the best of the best of the best, but that doesn't always appear to be the case. I think he has the potential to be a more powerful, better version of Jeff Kent, in all honesty. The question is, will he capitalize on that potential A.S.A.P. and become a Bronx Bomber legend, or will he just ride around his whole career as "a guy with a lot of potential."

                  He definately has a good bat and I've seen some improvement, but I know he can do better and so does he.
                  "It ain't over 'til it's over" - Yogi

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                  • #10
                    On Cano:

                    Pro:
                    I like that he just turned 23.
                    I love those line-drives he hits into the Gaps.
                    I love him in a DP, his Pivot is awesome. He's got a great arm! He's also fearless when seeing on-coming traffic.
                    I see Cano being a 15HR/30+ Doubles guy for a pretty good stretch.

                    Con:
                    I hate how he hacks away at 1st Pitch!
                    The fact that he's a 9th hole hitter and doesn't take pitches.
                    He's a TERRIBLE base-runner...ala Bernie Williams!
                    I also feel like his Glove will never be any better than it is now.
                    He seems to have lapses in his Defense and I cannot tell if it's that he's got stonehands or mental lapses. But I just don't see it improving.
                    I hate that stupid look on his face when he boots a groundball. OMG, does that burn me! He has this, "Oh Well" look.

                    With Cano, what you see is pretty much what you'll get. And I'm pretty much Okay with it but he seriously needs to improve his defense and his base running skills.
                    "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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