The following is going to be a bit rantish, but I’m okay with it. Over the last few days, we learned that Alex Rodriguez “begged” the Yankees to re-sign outfielder Melky Cabrera. Melky isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire, so I’m glad they didn’t heed A-Rod’s talent evaluation and acquisition advice, despite Brett Gardner‘s performance (or lack thereof) to start the year. In the comment section of that RAB article, and the comment section of my piece about Gardner from yesterday, people brought up the fact that Melky and Robinson Cano were good friends when they were both on the Yankees. This, of course, was in the context of my least favorite Yankee narrative: Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano goofed off together too much and it led to Cano’s bad year in 2008 and Melky’s absence skyrocketed Cano to superstardom in 2010. Shoot me in the face. Gag me with a spoon. Whatever.
Why do I hate this narrative so much? I’m not sure I can accurately put it into words but it’s just…annoying. And non-sensical. It takes all the responsibility off of Cano’s shoulders and makes him look dependent on something outside of his control for both his success and failure. I…just freakng hate it.
Here are two pieces of entertainment that succinctly sum up my point:
But to expand:
If Melky Cabrera was such a damning influence on Cano, then how come Cano was able to have good/great years in 2006, 2007, and 2009 when the two friends were teammates? Maybe, just maybe, Cano had a bad year in 2008 because he was a younger player and sometimes, they have blips in performance. Maybe, just maybe Cano had his best year in 2010 because it was his age 27 season, when many ballplayers peak. Maybe, just maybe, Robinson Cano is an extremely talented baseball player whose success on the field has nothing to do with the people he hangs out with after the game and what he does with them. Please, let’s work hard to kill this narrative. It’s lazy at best and unfounded at worst.
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