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Throughout his career Cano has been criticized for his playing style and even called lazy.
A quick Google reveals it was Colin Cowherd.
He has also transitioned from being a supporting player on a team of stars, to being the best player on an old team last year, and on a team of castoffs this year.
I disagree with #11. I said it in another thread; other teams game-plan for the best player on your team. If given the choice, it's better to hit in a lineup with other stars. The "protection" canard is definitely overblown, but there's something to it as well.
Chipper/Andruw: that might also have something to do with one getting fat and finished as a regular at 30, with the other one keeping himself in good enough shape to be a good player at his primary position to age 40.
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees : The only consistent presence in the Yankees’ lineup for six months.
Month Jeter CanoApril/March 1.012 .712May .692 .970June .608 1.146July .814 .843August .941 .862Sept/Oct .717 .999
Andruw (who played centerfield like Superman, streaking and diving everywhere while never missing a game) was labeled 'lazy' or the more PC-friendly 'unfocued'. Chipper also performing at a high level but with a more Atlanta friendly complexion and good-ole-boy schtick is a hero.
His eye-hand coordination is insane. The guy has some of the best contact rates in baseball through out his career and it's not like he's a choke and poke kind of hitter. The guy takes rips and still only swings and misses ~6% of the time the ball is in the zone (17% of out of the zone). That should have been something the scouting community picked up on.
His other tool is his range which, while I'm not convinced it is as good as the metrics say, is SS caliber, at least.
How may players in all of major league baseball are shorter than Pedroia? Jose Altuve and maybe Tim Collins. Anyone else?
As far as comparing their athleticism, Pedroia has not always been in great shape and was actually not very fast at all when he got to the Majors. Cano is much larger and stronger. Between those two, I think calling Cano more athletic makes sense.
Kent Hrbek was a lot larger and stronger than Ozzie Smith. But I'm not gonna call him more athletic.
Pedroia is faster and more agile than Cano and has superhuman hand-eye coordination, even by MLB standards.
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