Currently the Yankees sit two games behind the Rays and three ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. They can win their 11th straight against the Orioles tonight and life is good in the Bronx.
But what I really want to talk about is Robinson Cano. Cano is batting a ridiculous .376 headed into Thursday night. In his sixth season with New York, he sports a .312 lifetime average, 963 hits and 99 home runs. Does everyone still remember that he’s a second baseman?
Joe Morgan, the self-proclaimed greatest second baseman in the history of the world, and a Hall of Famer, did have an epic 22-year career in the majors. However, his lifetime batting average is .271. He homered 268 times in his career and had a prodigious 2517 hits. Note that Morgan does not lead in any statistical category among second baseman enshrined in Cooperstown.
That list is quite small, actually; there are only 17 names on it, including Rod Carew’s, who came up as a second baseman but spent time at first base, too.
Nellie Fox (60s), Bill Mazeroski (70s) and Ryne Sandberg (80s-90s) round out the most current players on the list.
Of course Cano’s namesake, Jackie Robinson, is on the list as well. After breaking baseball’s color barrier and winning Rookie of the Year (1947) and MVP awards (1949) Robinson went on to bat .311 over 10 seasons, with 1518 hits and 137 home runs. He was selected to the All-Star team six years in a row from 1949-1954.
Cano is currently 14 points ahead of the Twins Justin Morneau in the batting race. It’s June and it’s early, still, but if he stays healthy, he can have a banner year. Let’s also keep in mind that he’s only 27. Theoretically, the best years of his career are ahead of him, but he’s off to a pretty good start already.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits