Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cano Removed For Lack of Hustle

A lot has been made this season of Robinson Cano's apparent laziness this season, but it wasn't until today that Cano was disciplined. He was taken out of the game in the fifth inning for not going after a ball that was booted by Jason Giambi. Some people have said that Cano has been playing poorly this year because of Larry Bowa's departure to Los Angeles. I don't buy that. Cano has had one of the unluckiest seasons in history. He currently has a Babip of .274 compared to his career line of .321, while his line drive rate is right in line with his career rate, 18.8 compared to 18.9. I think this is the reason for his apparent laziness, as well as his decline in fielding. While he probably doesn't feel that he's been playing poorly, the production has not been there to say the least. This has to be incredibly frustrating for him, and may have taken that frustration with him into the field. Now this is just my completely unfounded theory, so tell me what you think in the comments.


Anonymous said...

I have theory about "laziness." I think a lot of times when a player is not playing well they attribute it to laziness because they`re frustrated. Thats it. Though i do miss Bowa. Meacham is awful

J-Boogie said...

That theory makes sense. Girardi's job though is to figure out how to keep him motivated and playing at 100%. I think girardi failed miserably there. He should have ripped the pages from the Torre/Bowa playbook on how to manage Cano and follow it to the letter. Hopefully, they both learn from it and 2009 goes a little better.