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Don’t Ya Know?

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Who would have thought that at any point in the 2010 season, Robinson Cano would have as many home runs as Ryan Howard and Matt Holliday combined, as many steals as Hanley Ramirez, a higher on base percentage than Joe Mauer, a higher slugging percentage than Albert Pujols and the best batting average in the majors?

I mean, I thought he’d be pretty good this year, but this is ridiculous.

The sweet swinging second baseman has always been known for having outstanding potential but never quite reaching it. While the production from Cano has been solid throughout his major league career, he’s always found himself considered less valuable at second base than popular players like Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, or even Aaron Hill last season. Cano was always a good hitter and fielder who was just not quite good enough to be considered top tier.

Now, Robby Cano is 27, often considered the prime age for a major league baseball player, and the numbers only back up that well-known theory. Robinson Cano is leading the league in average and OPS+, while putting up other notable numbers like 34 hits, 8 HR and an OPS over 1.000. To add to that, Cano’s been stellar with the glove, committing only one error and showing great range and a great arm to go with that efficiency.

Robby has suddenly entered contention for the MVP award early on, as well as being the favorite to start at 2nd in the 2010 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, California. While it may be a bit early to make statements like that, it would most definitely not be a stretch to think Cano could at least stay very productive for the remainder of the year. Cano typically does not hit very well in April, but he tore it up this month. May has been the most difficult month in Cano’s 5-year major league career, as Cano only hits .269 in the second month of the baseball season with a .296 OBP along with that. Look to see if Cano will hit well this second month; if he cools off significantly, do not be too worried as Cano hits well over .300 in June, July, August and September. If he stays relatively productive, this could be Cano’s year. If he stays as hot as he did in April, Cano is almost certainly the favorite to win AL MVP.

Here are some notable performances that Cano has had in 2010, in order of earliest to latest.

  • April 6, Yankees at Red Sox – Cano goes 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 RBI and a walk, helping the Yankees to their first win of the year against arch-rival Boston.
  • April 10, Yankees at Rays – In a 10-0 rout of Tampa Bay, Cano collects 2 hits in 5 at bats with a home run and 3 runs driven in.
  • April 15, Angels at Yankees – Yankees win a 3-game series against Anaheim as Cano hits 2 home runs in 4 at bats and drives in 3.
  • April 24, Yankees at Angels – Yanks win 7-1 as Robinson Cano goes 4-for-5, scores 3 runs and drives one man in.
  • April 29, Yankees at Orioles – Cano leads the Yankees to a 4-0 victory with a 3-for-4, 2 home run performance as well as a very nice back-hand, off balance throw up the middle defensive play.

Cano, to go with these strong performances, has been consistent in almost every game. With offense like this coming at a premium position like 2nd base, Robby Cano has definitely been highly valuable to the Yankees.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid

Vote Jesus Flores for the All Star Game

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When you cast your vote for the National League All Star Catcher, try not to vote on name alone. Don’t vote for the players who are famous and well known in the baseball world, such as Brian McCann, Russell Martin or Geovany Soto. Rather, it’s you, the baseball fan’s responsibility to select Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores to the All-Star Game.

Now you might be thinking “This kid’s funny. Jesus Flores over Brian McCann?” And I understand that. So let me show you some of Jesus Flores’ numbers for the Nats this year and you’ll see why Jesus is deserving over the other NL backstops.

Flores’ Batting Average: .311

On Base Percentage: .382

On Base Plus Slugging +: 134

Flores is not only a player who has produced offensively, but he’s also shined defensively for a scuffling Nationals team. However, because he plays for the struggling Washington Nationals, he has gotten little to no publicity in the baseball world. You can see it in the numbers. You can see it in the highlights. This player, 24-year old Jesus Flores from Sucre, Venezuela, has truly deserved All Star honors over Brian McCann and over Russell Martin.

If you’re not convinced but you’re still at least somewhat interested, I want you all to take a look at this website I’ve set up in order to get Flores in the All Star Game. Here’s the link:

http://jesusfloreschallenge.weebly.com/

If you have a blog, please, I strongly urge you to get the message out to your readers and let more and more people know about Jesus Flores of the Washington Nationals.

This is important, guys. We need somebody underrated and deserving to make the All Star Game for once.

Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York