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“If somebody told me I was a dog,’’ Long said here Sunday, “I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever reason, Robbie chose not to.’’
Now you may disagree with Long that doing that relatively simple thing would have actually improved Cano's game - for example maybe it would have never wound up helping him even once, and maybe even it would have led to an injury. But "I think this great player could have improved by doing this, but he just wouldn't do it" is a far cry from "He sucked so much".
Certainly no one around the Yankees, Jeter included, could ever figure out why Cano wouldn’t just run hard for 90 feet to first base.
Let's see someone produce a single video-backed example of a routine out that any extra "hustle" on Cano's part could have converted into a hit.
He's no Pedroia, that's for sure.
You're right about that. Since The Muddy Chicken became a full time player in 2007, he's missed 149 games to Cano's 14.
Let's say Cano is making 200 routine outs in a season, and only 2% of the time his hustle is a factor. I don't think anyone, Long included, thinks those 4 occurrences are worthy of discussion
I was waiting for that name to finally show up, which is actually the central point of the argument. Cano wasn't enough like "St. Jeter" and so is not as popular with the media or the fans. If only Robbie could have been more like Derek...you know, a completely shallow a**hole who only cares about his carefully constructed "image". By all means, we need more people like that.
that's clearly not what Long is saying.
It's entirely an image question.
5. When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
Cano was the team's most consistently great player for the past 8 years, it sucks that the Yankees can't just thank him for the memories and wish him well.
His 2010 injury was from fouling a ball off his foot.
"I'd take 9 Robbie Cano's any day and beat everyone in the majors brains out."
Was he wearing loafers?
So ... how many more columns hatchet jobs like these must be printed in the tabloids before Cano receives nothing but jeers in his April 29th homecoming?
Just standard practice for the Boston front office. Wait...
He's a great player in his own right
The most prominent example of a real problem of lack of hustle is when a player stands at home plate and admires the flight of a ball that may or may not make it out of the ball park. That sort of showboating should result in an automatic $100,000 fine, because it can actually cost a team an extra base, a run, or even a game. But what Long's complaining about is pure aesthetics, nothing else.
Pedroia has missed nearly a full season over a period when Cano has missed 14 games.
In terms of real value up to now, they're a virtual wash, as any amount of time on BB-Reference will tell you.
So should every player emulate Pete Rose or Ty Cobb? How many routine ground balls did Babe Ruth likely run out? In the real world of today, as opposed to the world of Red Ruffinsore, how many players run all out down to first on routine ground balls? All of them except Cano?
“If somebody told me I was a dog,’’ Long said here Sunday, “I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever reason, Robbie chose not to.
BBTF: where laziness and lack of hustle are lauded as positive attributes.
I saw Cano play once last year, and frankly, I was sitting so far out in the NYS bleachers that he could have been taking a golf cart to first base for all that I could make out.
Vlad, don't you have something better to do? Like play in traffic?
I'm not sure why it's difficult for people to grasp that while Cano is a great player he does dog it from time to time. I'd take him on my team but I think he's leaving something on the table. Manny Ramirez is one of my all time favorites but he did the same thing.
There are no perfect players, in Cano's case one of his weaknesses is his lack of hustle. Doesn't make him a stiff but it is a drawback in his game.
Except that nobody's cited any actual evidence of how the sort of lack of "hustle" that Long is talking about has ever resulted in any damage to his team. So far it's been all theory and speculation.
And wouldn't common sense tell you that if Cano's lack of "hustle" on routine ground balls had actually cost his team any outs, the energetic group of commentators such as we have here on BTF would have produced such video evidence by now?
I once had a guy like that who worked for me. He didn't last long. The problem was that he'd show up late on the days when he was supposed to open the shop while I was out on buys, which didn't make a great impression on customers who'd showed up with limited time to spend before having to be elsewhere. He also didn't manage the store the way Robbie Cano and David Ortiz attack baseballs.
Anyone else having this problem?
Firefox is awful. Use chrome or safari. Seriously. There are so any hiccups and bugs in Firefox these days.
I've been having the same problem with Firefox. Definitely seems ad-related.
And, yet, he wouldn't. Didn't have a good excuse, just wouldn't.
I left that office before he did, but you see this sort of thing all the time. Did it really make this guy a better or worse employee, overall, because he would get to work at 8:42 instead of 8:30? Not really. But he knew it was probably burning a lot of "human capital" he had with his boss and coworkers, and the "cost" of this bad habit far exceeded whatever small "benefit" he enjoyed from the bad habit.
When you watch somebody make such a poor decision about something seemingly easy and minor, it undermines that person's credibility in other areas, too. Does he make poor decisions about other things...that are more impactful on the bottom line? Does he honestly not care at all what his coworkers and bosses think of him? He is really that stubborn, or that ignorant of how it makes him look, or that unable to improve himself?
But if you've got a guy who does a great job, works as long as he needs to work in a day, and you still feel some NEED to punish him because it just bugs you, maybe you should consider whether YOU'RE the one with the problem. Every second you spend stressing over timeliness for its own sake is time not being spent on actually improving performance.
Some people just hate rules-for-the-sake of rules, and because the concept drives them crazy it's REALLY hard for them to treat them as genuine rules. Even if intellectually they know they can save themselves the hassle by pretending to care, in the moment they just aren't genuinely motivated. It sounds like Cano has that attitude on this subject. He knows it doesn't matter and the fact that people keep bugging him about it probably drives him nuts. But it's really hard to translate that into a change in behavior when deep down you know it isn't important.
When you watch somebody make such a poor decision about something seemingly easy and minor, it undermines that person's credibility in other areas, too.
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