• And Cano’s Got Mad Hits Like He Was Rod Carew

    Posted by on February 25th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    So today I had a couple of extra hours of free time due to the fact that a car slammed into the power pole outside of my office, snapping it in half, and taking the power out. With that free time I was browsing baseball-reference, and came upon Robinson Cano’s page. While browsing through the same numbers that I’ve already read countless times this offseason, I noticed something I hadn’t before. One of Robinson Cano’s comps happens to be Hall of Famer Rod Carew. Upon deeper inspection, I realized that not only is Carew a good comp for Cano, he’s actually been outperformed by Cano.

    Check it out: [Cano] [Carew]

    Through their age 26 season, Cano bests Carew in most of the major offensive categories including hits (of which Carew would end up with 3053). Cano lacks the speed Carew had, and would definitly not ever be able to steal 41 bags in a season. Carew, however, didn’t have the power that Cano posses and also didn’t have the short porch in right for 81 games. Should we start looking at Cano as a possible future Hall of Famer?

    Comments on And Cano’s Got Mad Hits Like He Was Rod Carew

    1. ayepablo
      February 25th, 2010 | 6:33 pm

      Should we start looking at Cano as a possible future Hall of Famer?

      Well, in the next 11 seasons after Rod Carew’s age 26 season, Rod Carew hit .342/.412/.452. In fact, his age 26 season saw the first of six batting titles in seven years (eight overall). He finished 9th or better in MVP balloting every year from age 27 until he finally won it at 31. And while this is usually a flawed barometer of a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness, I think it’s worth nothing; Rod Carew made the All-Star team his rookie year and every year thereafter through his penultimate season.

      If we’re looking at Robinson Cano as a possible future Hall of Famer, it’s not because of comparisons to Rod Carew.

    2. February 25th, 2010 | 7:31 pm

      Like Carew…or, like Carlos Baerga… ;-)

    3. Corey Italiano
      February 25th, 2010 | 7:48 pm

      @ ayepablo:
      The All Star game means nothing to me as long as fans are voting guys in. Give me a 2B you’d take over Cano.

    4. Corey Italiano
      February 25th, 2010 | 8:01 pm

      Also remember by the time Cano would be eligible, HOF criteria may be entirely different.

    5. 77yankees
      February 25th, 2010 | 9:44 pm

      A little premature based on only five years. I mean, in 1987, everyone thought Mattingly was certainly going to be a Hall of Famer.

      A lot can change, and Steve mentioned Carlos Baerga – he basically had four .300-20-100 seasons in a row, so you figured if he does that for 10 years as a 2B, he’s a HOF for sure. But then, all of a sudden, poof, he turns into a .250 hitter in 1996 and was never the same.

    6. bfriley76
      February 25th, 2010 | 10:54 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      @ ayepablo:
      Give me a 2B you’d take over Cano.

      For how long? Because even with the age difference, I’d take Utley over Cano for the next 3 years.
      But you’ve made your point, because Utley’s the only one.

    7. MJ Recanati
      February 26th, 2010 | 8:50 am

      In my mind, it’s kind of hard to look at offensive players from the 60′s through the early 80′s since offense started exploding right after that.

      Plus, as someone else said, Carew’s career exploded thereafter. Will Cano’s? It’s possible…but who knows? It’s way too premature to use the words “Hall of Fame” when discussing Cano at this point. He’s only two seasons removed from being an utterly worthless piece of garbage so let’s not start kissing his butt just yet.

    8. Evan3457
      February 27th, 2010 | 12:19 am

      I’d take Pedroia over Cano.

    9. ayepablo
      February 27th, 2010 | 12:19 am

      @ Corey Italiano:

      Chase Utley is the 2B we should be looking at as a future Hall of Famer. Not only is he the best 2B in the game today by a considerable margin, he compares favorably to Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame-bound 2Bs like Carew, Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio. Robinson Cano is nowhere near those players.

      Right now, Cano is in that Sub-Utley tier of 2Bs with Dustin Pedroia and Brian Roberts. They stand out now, but they don’t stand out in any historical context. He’s a very good contact hitter and seems to be at least average defensively, but he’s not in the same league as Rod Carew, Chase Utley or any of the aforementioned Hall of Famers.

    10. ayepablo
      February 27th, 2010 | 12:31 am

      @ Evan3457:

      Pedroia 2008: .326/.376/.493/.869, 213 H, 118 R, 17 HR, 83 RBI

      Cano 2009: .320/.352/.520/.872, 204 H, 103 R, 25 HR, 85 RBI

      It’s almost funny that Dustin Pedroia won the MVP with that line. Robinson Cano’s 2009 is so similar but he only finished 5th in the MVP voting… among New York Yankees.

    11. BOHAN
      February 27th, 2010 | 12:52 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I’d take Pedroia over Cano.

      What????? i wouldnt take a single red sox player over any of the yankees. ever. pedrioa is completely over rated. that stadium lets him hit as well as he does. .318 at home and .273 on the road. gee i wonder why?????
      ayepablo wrote:

      @ Evan3457:Pedroia 2008: .326/.376/.493/.869, 213 H, 118 R, 17 HR, 83 RBICano 2009: .320/.352/.520/.872, 204 H, 103 R, 25 HR, 85 RBIIt’s almost funny that Dustin Pedroia won the MVP with that line. Robinson Cano’s 2009 is so similar but he only finished 5th in the MVP voting… among New York Yankees.

      when u have jeter mo sabathia arod on ur team then thats kind of hard to beat… especially the years they had last year

    12. April 30th, 2010 | 8:02 am

      [...] remember hearing some Cano/Carew comparisons when he was called up in 2005. Back in February, Steve Lombardi of Was Watching pointed out that “through their age 26 season, Cano bests Carew in most of the major [...]

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