Legends On Deck

Cano Bashes 3-HR’s With 7 RBI’s In Spring Game, Is He Back?


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When Robinson Cano made his Major League debut with the New York Yankees in 2005, he was tabbed as the next big star to wear pinstripes.

For nine straight seasons, he was just that, as he excelled at the highest level becoming one of the top second basemen in the game hitting 204 home runs, while driving in 822 runs for New York.

In the fall of 2013, the Dominican native became a free agent and decided to take his talents to the west coast and join the Seattle Mariners.  Many said that was the worse move he could have done and should have stayed with the Yankees.

In his last season with the Yankees, Cano batted .314, with 27 home runs and 107 RBI’s, but he didn’t put up the same numbers in his first season with Seattle. In just three fewer games played (157), he still batted .314, but managing less than 20 home runs for the first time in five seasons as he hit 14, while driving in 82.

The Mariner’s faithful were hopeful that Cano would help turn the franchise into instant contenders, but even though the team finished above .500 for the first time in four seasons, they still finished in third place and 11 games back in the AL West.

The 2015 season was a step in the right direction for Cano as he hit 21 home runs, but batted below .300 for the first time in seven seasons, and the team finished 12 games out of first and 10 games under .500.

In his third spring training with the Mariners, the six-time all-star second baseman has hit safely in 12 of his 15 spring games, with a huge game on Sunday launching three home runs, while driving in seven runs. Overall, he is batting .370, with six home runs and 15 RBIs.

There is an understanding that one man can not do it all in baseball, and no one expects Robinson Cano to be the savior in Seattle, but his enormous contract ($240 million/10 years) does give the fans reason to expect him to help the team win and with his proven track record with the Yankees, winning is in his blood.

So looking at what he is doing so far in Spring Training, the hope is that he continues with his recent power surge into the regular season and helps to lead Seattle back to the post season and beyond.

Finally the 2016 season may be money worth spent.

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