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Yeah, Cano was ordered out of the home run derby

Jul 8, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

I suspected as much yesterday, but it’s being widely reported now that Robbie Cano was ordered out of the Home Run Derby by Yankees brass. Which is fine.  If I was Brian Cashman I don’t think I’d want Cano risking injury and risking some mechanical disruption as a result of swinging for the fences all for the greater glory of ESPN.

The only hiccup appears to be how it was all communicated. According to Jack Curry of YES, the Yankees had told Cano’s agent Bobby Barad that they were keeping Cano out.  The Yankees told Barad that they’d gladly speak with Cano personally about it, but Barad said not to worry about, presumably because he would.  Except Barad apparently didn’t tell Cano fast enough, because when reporters got to Cano before last night’s game, he was saying it was all news to him and that no one had spoken to him.

Not the greatest moment in the usually well-oiled Yankees machine, but it’s not like Cano is the type who’s going to go complaining about this sort of thing.

In other news, if Major League Baseball really wants a Home Run Derby, why don’t they just pick the top five guys on the home run leader board, whether they’re All-Stars or not?

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    If there was any way for the Universe to gracefully do it, they would have no one participate in the All Star Game at all. Rest? Potential injuries? Wonder which I’d pick.

  2. Rays fan1 - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    why don’t they just pick the top five guys on the home run leader board, whether they’re All-Stars or not?
    There you go being logical again.

  3. The Rabbit - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Other than tradition (which never struck me as a good reason to do anything), I don’t know why the All-Star Game is in the middle of the season.
    It might be more interesting to hold it after the season when a player who has had a good year (as opposed to a good six weeks) gets selected. Plenty of time to recover if there is an injury with no effect on the season. Best pitchers get to play.
    It’s also a fix for those of us who hibernate between the last out of the season and spring training.
    The only drawback is that it would have to be held in an indoor stadium or a warm climate which means some northern city will miss out on some of the revenue.

  4. EG - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    There is precedence for non-All Stars participating in the HR Derby.
    In 2007, Ryan Howard participated in the HR Derby while not being selected to the NL All-Star team. He was picked because he was the 2006 Champion. I’m not certain why he was a special case, but that hasn’t happened since.
    Also, in 2005 when they decided to have players represent their native countries in the HR Derby, the great Korean slugger Hee-Seop Choi participated in the event despite not being selected to the All-Star game.
    I’ve never understood why the player had to be an All-Star. Why not just choose the best HR hitters in baseball? I think that would be more entertaining.

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