First Pitch: Cano is one of a kind
May, 5, 2013
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesWould you re-sign Robinson Cano at any price?Are we all taking Robinson Cano for granted?
Perhaps lost amid all the chatter about the many Yankees on the disabled list is the fabulous start by Cano -- the one Yankee slugger who's actually healthy. He's currently batting .319, with eight home runs and 18 RBIs, and on pace for a career-high 45 long balls.
It's hard to believe, but Cano made his major league debut eight years ago this week, on May 3, 2005, at the age of 22. He went 0-for-3 against Tampa Bay, but he's gotten plenty of hits since. In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, Cano had more hits for the Yankees (1,495) than any other player in franchise history through his first eight calendar years in the majors.
That's pretty heady stuff.
And don't forget Cano's play in the field. He's won two Gold Gloves in the past three years, has yet to make an error in 2013, and continues to make difficult plays look routine, even effortless, at second base.
The Yankees have managed to survive, even thrive, through the first month of the season, without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Guys like Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay have picked up the slack.
But Cano might be the one player the Yankees can't replace.
Yet, that's exactly what the Yankees might have to do next season, if they aren't able to re-sign him. Odds are he'll remain in the Bronx, but hey, you never know.
So make sure you enjoy watching Cano every day the rest of this spring and summer. Because he's certainly worth watching. And this may be your last chance.
UP NOW: The Yankees defeated the A's on Saturday, 4-2 -- Phil Hughes got his first win of the season, thanks to a brilliant performance.
ON DECK: The series finale, and the final game of this 10-game homestand in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86) will pitch for the Yankees, opposed by Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Would you re-sign Cano at any cost?
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