First things first: Let's not make this about a lack of hustle on the part of Robinson Cano. He was wrong, to be sure, not to dive for that ground ball in the eighth inning on Monday that turned into a game-winning single for the Rays. But it wasn't a lack of effort from Cano that cost the Yankees a huge ballgame, as their lead in the AL East continues to shrink by the day. It was a bad decision. Cano's history of nonchalance, most of which he has overcome, still gets him unfairly labeled as lazy on days like these. The real issue is that he's the best defensive second baseman in the majors, and as a result, he thinks he can make any play at any time.
Robinson Cano's defensive lapse costs Yankees dearly in series opener against Tampa Bay Rays
New York Daily News | Sep 4