You are not the only one who has seen Robinson Cano jog to first base exerting a tepid effort that harms his reputation and perhaps his earning power? Joe Girardi and his coaches reveal scores of appeals to Cano about how bad the visual looks — both to the fans and to impressionable younger Yankees — and that it is quite frankly not the way any major leaguer should play. Yet the same folks disappointed in this aspect of Cano’s game nevertheless vouch for his work ethic commitment to winning and belief that a lucrative long-term contract would not diminish either of those elements. It is the Cano disconnect — the player not trying hard except he is. The guy giving off a terrible impression in public doing the opposite behind closed doors for his teammates. The loafer with impeccable work habits. “When he hits a groundball to the second baseman or shortstop I know what it looks like” Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said. “I get it. I know it is part of the perception. He’s been talked to a million times about it. But I am telling you that is not a true picture of how hard he works or cares and so if that is his only downfall it is not the worst thing in the world.” Cano for his part offers little publicly on this part of his game. I have asked him multiple times over multiple years about the jogging and seeming nonchalance and he always says he is playing hard.
Yankees: Cano works hard despite appearance
New York Post | Oct 6