Re: cano? caYES! chachinggggggggg.
posted at 2/19/2014 11:37 AM EST
In response to slasher9's comment:
Yankees continue to be clowns....
New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Kevin Long should keep his opinions to himself, two days after the New York Yankees hitting coach criticized second baseman Robinson Cano for his unwillingness to run out routine ground balls while in the Bronx.
McClendon said Long overstepped his bounds with his critique of Cano's effort with New York and defended the Mariners' prized offseason free-agent acquisition.
"Last time I checked, I didn't know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees," McClendon told ESPN.com. "That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I'm sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He's concerned with his team and what they're doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing.
"I'm a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees. I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book ["Cage Rat"] proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting."
Long responded to the criticism later Tuesday.
"That's too bad," he said. "I don't consider myself the spokesman for the Yankees. If you look at all the good things that were written about Robinson you would understand there was no malicious meaning behind any of it. If he wants to speak publicly like that, that is up to him. That is the way he interpreted it. I'm not going to get in a media war with Lloyd McClendon; he'd probably win that anyway.
Long said Cano resisted attempts by him and others in the New York organization to consistently run harder to first base. He said Cano would tell him that his legs didn't feel good or that he needed to conserve his energy to play every day.
"If somebody told me I was a dog, I'd have to fix that," Long told the Daily News. "When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, and that's your fault. For whatever reason, Robbie chose not to.
Slash, not looking to refute your post..just for balance sake...this issue wasn't out of the blue.....Mark Teixeira: Yankees teammates would plead with Robinson Cano to hustle
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on February 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM, updated February 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM
First baseman Mark Teixeira says Robinson Cano's chronic lack of hustle was an ongoing topic in the Yankees dugout and clubhouse before the superstar second baseman left the team to sign with the Seattle Mariners.
On Tuesday, in an interview on ESPN's The Michael Kay Show, Teixeira sided with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, who touched off a war of words with the Mariners by pointing out that their $240 million slugger didn't always give 100 percent with the Yankees.
Teixeira said teammates noticed the loafing.
"We did. It was … no one’s perfect. There’s not a perfect player out there," Teixeira said. "We definitely noticed it, and we were noticing the fans noticing it. Robbie did a lot of amazing things, and that was one thing that a lot of people talked about. I think Kevin’s point was – and we all love Kevin; Kevin stands up for us as much as anybody -- but Kevin’s point was, don’t let them talk about that. That's easy (to fix)."
Teixeira said teammates tried to talk to Cano, but didn't seem to get through to him. He said players would tell Cano that "running hard down the line doesn't cost anything. ... I don't want to say it bothered me. We would just say, 'Robbie, it doesn't cost anything.'
"Kevin's point was, why are you letting people criticize you when you can just hustle?"
Teixeira -- who softened his remarks by saying, "We all love Robbie" -- said he didn't understand why Cano let the issue nag at his reputation.
"My dad, the only things he got mad at me for were poor sportsmanship and not hustling," said Teixeira, who said he often wondered, "Why aren't you hustling down there? It's not a hard thing to do."