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Monday, May 14, 2018

Bad day for Mariners as they lose Robinson Cano, series finale in Detroit

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was struck on the hand by an 88-mph fastball from Tigers starter Blaine Hardy in his second at-bat. The ball rode up and in on Cano, who couldn’t get out of the way. It made a sickening sound as it struck the back of Cano’s hand flush against the bat, fracturing the fifth metacarpal below his pinky finger.

“It was a rough day,” manager Scott Servais said. “It’s a freak accident. I don’t know how long he’s going to be out or where we’re headed, but it certainly hurts.

Cano will see a specialist on Tuesday morning.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:25 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: disabled list, mariners, robinson cano, tigers

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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:31 AM (#5671690)
Was listening to the game when it happened. Heard someone yell and thought it was a fan until the announcers mentioned that Cano got hit.
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:11 AM (#5671695)
Awful news for Cano, who was having another fine season. The Mariners are pretty good so far this year but that’s a lot to try and replace.
   3. McCoy Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:49 AM (#5671708)
I was thinking to myself, I hadn't heard or thought about Cano in awhile so I guess he fell apart. Looked him up on BRef and I was surprised to learn that he has been pretty healthy and consistent throughout his contract for the Mariners. I think I wrote him off after or during his second season with the Mariners. I also thought to myself that he was almost done with the Mariners as maybe he had two or three seasons left with them. Nope. He's got 5 more seasons after this one. Yeesh.
   4. McCoy Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:53 AM (#5671709)
I will also add that it is absolutely annoying that amount of hoops one needs to jump through to see a video of this. MLB either has to pay Google some more or work on their algorithm eye catching because they have the video and they don't pop easily when looking for stuff like this.
   5. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:41 AM (#5671718)
I was thinking to myself, I hadn't heard or thought about Cano in awhile so I guess he fell apart. Looked him up on BRef and I was surprised to learn that he has been pretty healthy and consistent throughout his contract for the Mariners. I think I wrote him off after or during his second season with the Mariners. I also thought to myself that he was almost done with the Mariners as maybe he had two or three seasons left with them. Nope. He's got 5 more seasons after this one. Yeesh.

To be fair, with that solid production up until now, they are already pretty close to breaking even on the deal. The last few years could get ugly of course, but that is always the deal with these kind of contracts. They are the price you pay for the bargain you get on the first few. The key is being willing to cut bait, and eat the final 2 years or so, if it becomes clear he has nothing left. Rather than running a replacement level player out there, just because you are paying him.
   6. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 10:27 AM (#5671745)
Ah, that's a shame. I enjoy watching Cano play. Among other things, his streak of 11 straight 150-game seasons comes to an end. Teammate Kyle Seager has the next-longest such streak (6 seasons) with a chance still to extend it to seven.
   7. spycake Posted: May 14, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5671753)
I will also add that it is absolutely annoying that amount of hoops one needs to jump through to see a video of this.


Check out this site, it has become my go-to for recaps, condensed games, and highlights:
https://baseball.theater

Here's the Cano video:
Cano hit by pitch, exits game
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:06 AM (#5671772)
The missed time probably costs Cano ~ 60 hits off his career total. Should still make 3,000, barring additional injuries or this one having some unexpected lingering effect, but may cost him a few spots on the leaderboard.
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5671814)
I will also add that it is absolutely annoying that amount of hoops one needs to jump through to see a video of this. MLB either has to pay Google some more or work on their algorithm eye catching because they have the video and they don't pop easily when looking for stuff like this.

I was going to link to https://baseball.theater, but spycake beat me to it. mlb.com may be the best site for keeping track of all the scores in real time, but for highlights that are constantly being updated just minutes after they take place, Baseball.Theater is infinitely better. The other feature of that site is that you can instantly access all the highlights of any game going back for the last decade or more. Here's one to remember from August 13, 2016.

Oh, and there are no commercials or pop-up ads. Truly a site for the baseball hardcore.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5671820)
Wow, that site is amazing. Nice work Andy!
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5671823)
It is a great site, I forgot who posted it here first a month or two ago but I have it bookmarked on every browser I own. The only thing I don't like is that when you refresh a box score, it backs you up one level to the video highlights and you have to click "box score" again.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:09 PM (#5671834)
Wow, that site is amazing. Nice work Andy!

Thanks, but spycake was the one who provided the main link.
   13. bunyon Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5671844)
"Couldn't get out of the way" because he, as many/most hitters now do, was striding and bringing his hands around to swing, before he realized it was up and in.

It's a very effective technique but it puts the hands greatly at risk.
   14. PepTech Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:52 PM (#5672170)
Thanks for thanking spycake, Andy! ;)

I laugh only because the Cano news makes me cry.
   15. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:31 PM (#5672275)
The other feature of that site is that you can instantly access all the highlights of any game going back for the last decade or more. Here's one to remember from August 13, 2016.


OK, now I have to know. How often have there been back-to-back home runs by hitters making their first MLB plate appearances?
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:16 PM (#5672294)
OK, now I have to know. How often have there been back-to-back home runs by hitters making their first MLB plate appearances?

IIRC - and that's asking a lot, it was almost 2 years ago - NEVER!
   17. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:07 PM (#5672976)
an 88-mph fastball


Jeez, with the pitch speeds we hear about nowadays that sounds more like a change-up. Or 1988.
   18. PepTech Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:40 PM (#5672990)
an 88-mph fastball
Jamie Moyer never hit 88 in his entire life.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:51 PM (#5672995)
Jeez, with the pitch speeds we hear about nowadays that sounds more like a change-up.

It's measurement issue. The ball decelerates about 7 MPH between release and home plate. Old radar guns measured velocity very close to the plate. The modern techniques measure it very close to release.

Guys who throw 100 MPH today would have thrown 93-95 in the 70's. Guys who throw 95 today would have been around 90.
   20. dlf Posted: May 16, 2018 at 06:38 AM (#5673278)
It's measurement issue.


In part certainly. But there has also continued to be selection for pitch speed to a greater extent than ability to throw secondary pitches for more than a generation. Plus, just like with measurable athletic events like sprinting, we continue to see slight refinements in technique and training to allow gradual improvement.

Also, you are old enough, I think, to remember the difference between the "slow guns" and the "fast guns" back in the 70s - 80s. There was a lot of variance in the speeds at different parks based solely on which manufacturer was chosen by the team. That seems to have been reduced significantly if not all together.

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