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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Player Profile:Robinson Cano

Each Week i will profile one Yankee player, and keep doing it each week untill i get through the whole team.
This week i am going to start with Robinson Cano

Full Name: Robinson Jose Cano
Born: 10/22/1982
Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
College: N/A
MLB Debut: 05/03/2005

Robinson Cano grew up in the Dominican Republic, where he played both baseball and basketball in high school. After graduating, he was signed by the Yankees in 2001 and began playing in their minor league system. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming well-regarded.

Robinson Cano, son of Jose Cano who was also signed by the Yankees in 1980 but made his Major League debut with Houston in 1989 spent his first professional season with Tampa of the Gulf Coast League compiling 3HR and 34RBI in 57 games, he then went on to have a short stint with short Stanton having 8 AB getting 2 Hits.

His secound season in 2002 came with Single-A Greensboro where he Hit .276 (131-for-474) with 20 doubles, nine triples, 14HR and 66 RBI In 113 games and was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Team all be it as a Short Stop, after his impressive start in Greensboro he went on to play in 22 games for Staten Island, hitting .276 (24-for-87) with 1HR and 15RBI.

After an impressive 2002 season, Robinson was hoping to have just an impressive seaosn in 2003 where he Began the season at Single-A Tampa, batting .276 (101-for-366) with 5HR and 50RBI in 90 games where he opened the season with an 11-game hitting streak from 4/3-13. Soon after this he was promoted to Double-A Trenton where he hit .280 (46-for-164) with 1HR and 13RBI in 46 games where at the end of the season he was ranked the #6 prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America.

Cano began the 2004 season with Trenton, batting .301 (88-for-292) with 7HR and 44RBI in 74 games He also reached base in 22 consecutive games from 4/16- 5/9...hit safely in 23 of last 31 games with Trenton was promoted to Columbus on 6/28 went 4-for-4 with 1 double and 3 RBI in his Clippers' debut...in 61 games with the Clippers, hit .259 (56-for-216) with 6HR and 30RBI. He also made an appearence in the 2004 Future all star game. Robbie was certainely rising through the ranks of the Yankees farm system quickly and at the end of the 2204 season was ranked the #2 prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America.

2005 season was the season that the rest of baseball strted to hear and see this Yankee talent, he Began the season with Triple-A Columbus before being recalled on 5/3, Made his Major-League debut that night at Tampa Bay, starting at 2B and going 0-for-3. Recorded his first Major-League hit with a third-inning single on 5/4. ... Established a single-game career high with four hits in 5/15 win at Oakland. ... Hit his first career home run in 5/24 win vs. Detroit. ... Was named the American League's co-Player of the Week for the week ending 9/18 after batting .429 (12-for-28) with a league-leading 13 RBIs and nine runs scored. ... Was named AL Rookie of the Month for September, batting .381 (40-for-105) with 22 runs, nine doubles, two triples, five homers and 16 RBIs. At the End of the 2005 season Robinson Cano had Hit .297 (155-for-522) with 14 HR and 62 RBIs in 132 games with the Yankees in 2005 (130 starts at 2B). ... Ranked first in the American League with a .335 road batting average. ... Was the third-highest road batting average by a rookie since 1969, behind only Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (.356 in 2001) and Toronto's Bob Bailor (.347 in 1977). ... Led American League Rookies with a .297 batting average, 78 runs, 155 hits, 34 doubles, 47 multi-hit games and 239 total bases. Ranked second with 52 extra-base hits and a .534 slugging percentage, fourth with 62 RBIs and fifth with 14 HR.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

YD On Bonds

Barry Bonds- The Man Behind The Hate Be a hater or Lover of Barry Bonds he is one of the most feared hitters to have ever played the game of Baseball, there is nothing better than seeing barry step to the plate, the stadium inhale and not exhale untill the ball makes the familiar journey to McCovey Cove How did this one athlete create such a media Hate campaign that you would be hard pushed to find a article which was to say anything good about Barry the person, not Barry the athlete his numbers are undeniable, Steroids or not, steroids dont help with hand eye co-ordination, it is believed to be able to quicken the bat, proof? theory! builds up strength yes but Barry has always worked hard on his conditioning, hittign the wait rooms many times after training. Bonds career has been nothing but awards all through his life, mayby best known for his 7 NL MVP awards or his 8 Gold Gloves for his defensive work in Left Field, Bonds is also the first 500-500 player, with over 500 home runs aswell as 500 stolen bases, and the single season Home run record with 73. And more in the highlights right now his chase of the home run record.he set single-season marks for walks (177) and slugging percentage (.863) (topping Ruth's records of 170 and .847, set in 1923 and 1920, respectively). No player right now is highlighted in the Balco scandal as much as Barry Bonds, the warm reception in all ball parks has seemed to have an effect on Bonds without him hitting a home run this season( Although that could change tonight in arizona) Bonds is highlighted in this due to his Long term trainer being implimented in supplying Performance enhancing drugs to athletes including ball players, although Bonds has always demanded that the change in his physique is due to a strict work-out regime and controlled dieting. Bonds has always had problems throughout his life, his career, if it not being having to watch his Dad die in front of his eyes, to being named 2nd most hated player in sports to his constant arguments with his team mates and media, even to his injury problems which seem to plague him, especially as of late. Bonds personality is a very cocky one, which can be traced back to his early days, thanks to his father Bobby Bonds being a good Ball Player with the giants hitting a Grand Slam in his first major league AB with the Giants, there was always a lot expected of Bonds, more pressure was put on him through his days with Arizona State, the Pirates and also with the Giants. I am not trying to defend him in any way but pressure, disaster does different things to different people. Bonds cant come to the ball park to do what he loved, he has said he is in it for the money, but is he? i think not, u can see in his eyes in the way he plays the game that he loves the game, he has always been challeneged by people to be better, if it is not the Media trying to chalenge Bonds it was his Dad and his God Father Willie Mays even his team mates San Francisco Giant Shawon Dunston said of his teammate Bonds, "He's not going to hit 70 homers, but he believes he can. That's frightening." The next year, Bonds set the single-season home run record, hitting 73 to break Mark McGwire's 70-homer mark set in 1998. But laterly thanks to the new Show Bonds on Bonds ahs given me an in sight into the person Barry and how he is not the ass that he sometimes becomes, many peoplecan say it is a publicity stunt, and i was one fo them that would not give him the time of day, but thanks to some pepleon here, i gave it a chance, and my opinion on Bonds, leave him be!! He is being broken down, i thought to myself put yourself in his situation, i coudlnt take it, and i dont think anyone but him could, he broke down in tears (Im talking real tears) Why will he not just hang up and say goodbye to the sport he has adored for years, he has pride, he wont give in to the pressure, he wont let down his father his Mother, and all the people that support bonds, not because he wants the record, not because he wants the money, he doesnt need that money. When i look at Bonds i see a broken man, a man who has heard it all, the hate is over whelming, 100's of hate emails, people see the man the media portray, not the man who is behind all the Hate! I was perhaps one of the people who was the most agaisnt Bonds, who wanted to see him go, who never wanted to see him play again, but that was before i took the time to read a lot of stuff on him, learn about him, everything he does to get through the day. I can sympathise with people who think that he cheated on the game and he deserves to be punished, there is hardly anything that i love more than the game of baseball, but if he did and all indications point to the he did use steroids, he made a mistake , he is paying for it now, but how much can you make this guy pay, i want to uphold the integrity of the game but this is a human like us, he will hurt like we would if as much hate was pointed at us, he has had pressure on him to succed since such a early age, mayby this can result in his steroid taking, who knows, but enough ie enough. I will be one hoping for a Home Run tonight!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Season/Drama has Begun!!

Been a while since i have updated this blog, through lack of time mainly because of the season and the exitment of not sleeping for the next 6 months.

Yankess again this year have started slow, 5-6 on the season, last place in the East and already a Blown save for the Sandman, time to worry? i dont think so, cast your minds back to last season a start of 4-7 and an ending of the AL East crown once again the crown nicerly fitted on the Bronx's head.

The trouble has always been identified as Pitching, and so far those troubles have come to the forefront of everyones minds, but there is a new problem that is playing on my mind, the offense! now looking at our offense and the explosion of runs they put up agaisnt 2 former CY award winners you must think i am out my mine, but hear me out. The difference between the run support we give our pitchers when we win and when we lose is incredible, near 2 when we lose and near 11 when we win, concern?? mayby but im sure it will even out.

One thing is almost clear in my mind and that is the need to remove Wright from the rotation as soon as possible, i have been patient with him over the last season and the start of this one, and he has done nothing to show me that he will get any better, I would feel a lot more confident having Proctor start or mayby even Small.

Another thing to note is the signing of Carlos Pena and Jesus colome to minor league deals, not great signings but i think they could turn out to be very good signings, Pena is a ace Defensive 1st Baseman and Colome although having trouble is a fast throwing young pitcher, give him some time and teach him some control and he could be handy.

As for me im off to get ready to watch out loved Yankees try and avoid a Sweep at the Metrodome (one of the worst stadiums i have ever seen) so for now i will say Adios

Lets Go Yankees