• Cano’s Dislike Of Girardi A Factor In His Exit?

    Posted by on December 7th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Via George King -

    According to three people who know Cano, he didn’t enjoy playing for manager Joe Girardi and that may have factored into the decision, though the Mariners giving him $60 million more than the Yankees offered ($175 million) likely had more to do with him leaving.

    “Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,’’ one person said. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].’’

    Through the middle of June, Cano shuttled between second and third in a lineup that didn’t have Derek Jeter to hit second or Rodriguez in the cleanup spot.

    For the season, Cano batted third in 110 games, hitting .319 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs and an OPS of .886. As the No. 2 hitter in 42 games, he hit .308 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and a .955 OPS.

    “He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],’’ a friend of Cano’s said.

    Amazing.

    Comments on Cano’s Dislike Of Girardi A Factor In His Exit?

    1. Sweet Lou
      December 7th, 2013 | 8:33 pm

      According to the N.Y. Times, Cano supposedly did not like the way the organization treated both Williams and Posada in the latter years of their careers, the way the organization treated Jeter in 2010 contract negotiations, the “feud” with Rodriguez, and Rodriguez is also believed by some to have whispered in Cano’s ear from Aug., 2013-Sep., 2013 without a lot of encouragement to re-sign with the team.

    2. #15
      December 7th, 2013 | 8:56 pm

      Blah, blah, blah… $70 million dollars.

      If it’s true he didn’t like batting second even if it’s what the team needed… even more reason to not mourn his departure.

    3. McMillan
      December 7th, 2013 | 9:45 pm

      Cano also told a friend that he has always wanted to bat against the pitching of Team Cashman, and is looking forward to doing so for the next ten years. It should be fun to watch Cano take batting practice against Pineda in 2014, at least…

    4. redbug
      December 8th, 2013 | 10:32 am

      @ #15:Blah, blah, blah… $70 million dollars.

      I agree the money was the biggest factor. But, I can imagine him caring about getting fewer RBI’s batting 2nd during his walk year when he’s trying to build his #’s. Team 1st for Cano? I didn’t think so w/ him.

      If true about Bernie, Jorge and Jeter, I can’t blame him there. Esp the public disrespect afforded Jeter during his last contract negotiations.

    5. Scout
      December 8th, 2013 | 1:06 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Cano also told a friend that he has always wanted to bat against the pitching of Team Cashman, and is looking forward to doing so for the next ten years. It should be fun to watch Cano take batting practice against Pineda in 2014, at least

      With little protection in the Seattle line-up, the Yankees will pitch around Cano. And, because he doesn’t have great plate discipline, he’ll flail away.

    6. Evan3457
      December 8th, 2013 | 2:12 pm

      …and Cano was 0-4 with 1 K vs. Pineda in his one appearance against him in 2011. Of course, Pineda will be pitching with diminished stuff, if they can get him on the field this year.

    7. McMillan
      December 8th, 2013 | 8:48 pm

      Scout wrote:

      With little protection in the Seattle line-up, the Yankees will pitch around Cano. And, because he doesn’t have great plate discipline, he’ll flail away.

      I have little doubt the 2014 New York Yankees willl win their share of games against the worst teams in M.L.B., and against the nos. 3-5 starting pitchers of all teams. Winning a postseason game with C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, or Mike Pelfrey might be a different story, however, as it was from 2005-07, and has been since 2010.

      Evan3457 wrote:

      …and Cano was 0-4 with 1 K vs. Pineda in his one appearance against him in 2011.

      Great sample.

    8. Evan3457
      December 9th, 2013 | 12:40 am

      McMillan wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      …and Cano was 0-4 with 1 K vs. Pineda in his one appearance against him in 2011.
      Great sample.

      Well, gee, you (or one of your 5 other personalities) is so big on small sample post-season sizes, I didn’t think you’d mind, Sybil…

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