Alex Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Friday night.
Most teams have played around 81 games by now, so the baseball season is half over. It’s a good time to assess which players on your team are likely to decline—and thus give you a chance to trade them to a desperate owner that doesn’t know any better. Likewise, you can scour league rosters for those players who have underachieved and smile all the way to October when they have superb second halves.
Despite their almost historic impotence at second base, and no matter how longingly you look at the Mariners’ second baseman, the Yankees did the right thing by letting Robinson Cano go west.
Robinson Cano is off to one of the worst starts of his career. He is also batting nearly 90 points higher than Stephen Drew.
“I don’t have any regrets about what I did,” the superstar second baseman told reporters at a Roc Nation charity basketball game at Barclays Center on Thursday night. “I made my decision.”
The Yankees missed an opportunity to stock their farm system at last season’s trade deadline. One year later, the decision not to trade Robinson Cano is biting the Bombers hard.
Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning, and the New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday.
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Before Wednesday night, Robinson Cano’s only opinion of Masahiro Tanaka came from what he saw on television. After seeing him up close, Cano could make a full assessment.
Kyle Seager homered, tripled twice and doubled, leading Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-2 Monday night.
Despite the criticisms from Mariano Rivera and New York hitting coach Kevin Long, Granderson says his former Yankees teammate has good reason to not go all-out on every play.
“It doesn’t hold noise, or home-team fervor, anywhere near the way the old place did,” he said. “The old Stadium was our 10th man — a loud and frenzied cauldron of pinstriped passion, with a lot of lifers in the stands.”
Mo admires Dustin Pedroia for his determination, all-out hustle and will to win. You know, all the things lacking at times in former Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Cano said it wasn’t a big deal or much of a distraction. But on Twitter, a debate raged over whether Seattle’s slugger deserved that sort of treatment in his return to the Bronx.
It was quite a night in the world of sports to say the least…