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Picture of the Day: Robinson Cano (and his beard) in a Mariners uniform

Dec 12, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

Robinson Cano‘s official introductory press conference in Seattle is today and the Mariners just put out this picture of him wearing No. 22 … and sporting a beard, which was of course banned by the Yankees.

As a locally recognized beard-haver myself, I obviously approve.

  1. nyyankeefanforever - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Nice Papi burns, Robbie, but what happened to that trademark grin? Hmmm….must be thinking about that HOF ballot with his name on it he just burned to a cinder.

    • larrymahnken - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Cano needs to average 135 hits a season over the length of his contract to reach 3,000 hits. He’s going to the Hall of Fame. On the first ballot.

      • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        And wearing the Mariner #22.

      • larrymahnken - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Hall of Fame plaques don’t display a number, and the Hall of Fame chooses what cap the player wears.

        If Cano doesn’t have any exceptional seasons with Seattle, and especially if he gets traded somewhere in the final couple of season of that contract, the Hall of Fame will likely choose a Yankees cap for him.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Maybe it really was all about the cap…JayZ didn’t want his client contradicting his own lyrics…”off to Seattle with you!”

      • cohnjusack - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Players who had more hits than Cano’s 1649 by age 30 who did not get to 3000.

        Rogers Hornsby
        Vada Pinson
        Jimmie Foxx
        Joe Medwick
        Edgar Renteria
        Ken Griffey Jr
        Richie Ashburn
        Frankie Frisch
        Sam Crawford
        Arky Vaughan
        Roberto Alomar
        Mickey Mantle
        Goose Goslin
        Sherry Magee
        Al Simmons
        Stuffy McInnis
        Harry Heilmann
        Joe Jackson
        Lou Gehrig
        Orlando Cepeda
        Freddie Lindstrom
        Ron Santo
        Ivan Rodriguez
        Heinie Manush
        Nellie Fox
        Ted Simmons
        Billy Herman
        Joe Sewell
        Ben Chapman
        Joe Torre
        Bill Mazeroski
        Eddie Mathews
        Andruw Jones
        Curt Flood
        Dick Bartell
        Rusty Staub
        Ruben Sierra
        Joe Vosmik
        Cesar Cedeno
        Alan Trammell

        Let’s not add him to the 3000 hit club just yet.

      • cohnjusack - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Actually, a better illustration.

        Players who had LESS hits than Cano at age 30 who made it to the 3000 hit club

        Paul Waner
        Rickey Henderson
        Paul Molitor
        Dave Winfield
        Lou Brock
        Rafael Palmeiro

        So, if you’re keeping score at home

        Players with > hits than Cano through age 30 who failed to reach 3000 hits: 40
        Players with < hits than Cano through age 30 who did reach the 3000 hits: 6

      • Professor Longnose - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Nice work, cohnjusack. Cano could turn out to have the kind of career that Lou Brock had, or Molitor, or Winfield, or he could even be one of the all-tie greats. But the odds are probably not too far from 40:6 that his production falls off, or he gets injured, or fizzles.

      • larrymahnken - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        How many of those players had a guaranteed $24 million a year contract through age 40? A lot of those guys stopped getting PAs when they stopped being good — someone will give Cano PAs when he stops being good, if they’re paying him $24 million.

      • yournuts - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        He will NEVER have a plaque in center field of Monument Park in Yankee Stadium. That is for sure!!!

      • yournuts - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        We’ll lets see how his first year in Seattle will play out. There is nobody here that would have turned down 240 million over 10 years. So what if Seattle overpaid for Robbie, it is not his fault.

  2. vivabear - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I thought the headline meant his beard, as in girlfriend.

    • mikhelb - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      hahahaha i had a gross GF who during winter would allow her “lady beard” to grow Papa-Smurf-like to battle the cold… i disgust myself for telling that.

  3. dcfan4life - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Hello Cano, goodbye $240 Million…

  4. yankeesgameday - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    looking kinda heavy there too… those ground balls are gonna feel soooooo far away if the belly doesn’t go soon….

    • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      It is just those pinstripes make one look thinner.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Honest question, does anyone look in shape in a baseball uniform?

      • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Yeah, the old polyester 80′s style made the Vince Colemans, and Willie McGees of the world look pretty trim.

      • cur68 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Bo Jackson?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Church: CC Sabathia, Prince Fielder both always look neat and svelte.

      • ptfu - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Brad Ausmus!

      • mikhelb - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        “Honest question, does anyone look in shape in a baseball uniform?”

        Jennie Finch.

  5. larrymahnken - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    My fellow Yankees fans aren’t exactly bringing the classy today.

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      What we forgot to throw in a classy farewell? How about “just let the door hit you good and hard on the way out”? Consider it done.
      If he was going to get anything beyond 6yrs./$160 million, I glad to sing, “No Robbie, no cry.”

      • rollinghighwayblues - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Hehehe…you said “hard on”.

  6. yankeesrule26jtc - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Yankees could benefit from some clean cut beards like Cano is rocking. Not those straggly 2.5 year old beards the Sux run out there.

    • nbjays - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      That’s the 2013 World Series Champion Sux, to you… :-)

  7. hoopmatch - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Does anyone else have the personal nickname “Can Opener” for him? Or did I invent it?

    • ptfu - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      It’s a double duty name: when he signs autographs he’s the Cano Penner.

  8. dptbs77 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Haha too funny. Next one up sporting a beard, Joba Chamberlain…

    • Kevin S. - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Anything would be better than the pedostache he had going last year.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I wish him all the success in the world, save for 6 or 9 games per year against the Yankees. I will be curious to see what kind of reception he gets in Yankee Stadium.

    • rbj1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I’ll cheer for him. But I am a capitalist and have no problem with any player going for the most dollars.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Unless I have missed it Cano has not yet taken a full page ad in any of the NY papers thanking the NY fans, etc.,etc. If I am remembering correctly, several big $ stars like Pujols have done that recently when “jumping ship”. I guess Robbie realizes money will not buy him much love when he visits the Bronx in the near future.

  10. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Obviously, if he grew the beard, it was an indication that he did not expect to return to the Yankees.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Canuck: He’s not exactly tripping over his foliage in the pic. He could well have grown that this week.

  11. dondada10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Cano’s actually switching back to 22. He gave it up because of Clemens.

  12. phillysports1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Yankees fans don’t appreciate what the guy did for them . Don’t forget when jeter , tex , etc went down he carried you guys all the way .. Yankees fans so fake for that .. Smh

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Most “Yankee fans” don’t even know Cano signed with the Mariners hahahaa.. My uncle doesn’t.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Shouldn’t you two be out puking on batteries and throwing them at Santa Claus like the rest of the Philly Phans?

      • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Santa Claus isn’t real. Batteries, really? it’s 2013 man!!!

  13. aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    He looks better in a Mariners uniform. I’m so glad he’s not a Yankee, now I can root for him.

  14. wogggs - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I guess when Cano is not even seriously considered for the HOF he can take comfort in the size of his bank account…

    • cackalackyank - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      And this great pic with a beard.

      • wogggs - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Well, yes, that too. He will always have that picture. Perhaps he can use it as the model for his plaque in his own personal Hall of Fame.

  15. deathmonkey41 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Welcome to baseball obscurity, Robbie.

  16. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Looks like a terrorist

  17. bunkerhillbob - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Wow, it doesn’t even look like the smirky, bubble-blowing punk that I used to despise; maybe the change will do him good.

    • sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Despise someone you don’t know? lol. Jealousy in da house

  18. Carl Hancock - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Why are people even insinuating Cano may be an all time best type of player? He’s a great player. But all time best? I guess we act stupid over the best player in a (weak) free agent class who got so overpaid even the Yankees wanted nothing to do with it. I’m a Cardinals fan so I know exactly how this goes and in our case Pujols was a far better player than Cano. Now? He’s an after thought. Cano wasn’t near Pujols level. I don’t expect his career to drop as quickly, but he’s still no Pujols. But his decline will come. And Seattle will be paying a lot of money for it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Last four years:
      .312/.373/.533 – 141 OPS+
      45.2 rWAR so far, and he’s only 30 years old (8.2, 5.4, 8.5 and 7.6 rWAR last 4 years)

      But yeah, because Pujols isn’t as good know means Cano won’t be. Also Pujols was clearly in decline the last few years, even before he left STL. The same can’t be said for Cano.

    • frightwig - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      There are very few players who had as much value in their first 10-11 seasons as Pujols did. Still, Cano is on track for a Hall of Fame career, barring some catastrophic crash in performance.

      By Similarity Scores, the five players most similar to Cano through age 30: David Wright, Joe Torre, George Brett, Bobby Doerr, and Ryne Sandberg.

      Wright probably will be in the Hall someday (currently at 46.6 rWAR, through age 30). Torre as a player is just outside the borderline, and many think his career was worthy (57.4 rWAR). And of course the next three are Hall of Famers.

      Also consider that Derek Jeter, the face of the Yankees and sure to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, had 44.5 rWAR through age 30. Cano at the same age, now: 45.2 rWAR.

      • Bob Loblaw - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        It is hilarious to me how, whenever there’s an article on this blog about WAR, I argue that the thing that annoys me most about it is how people use it as a be-all end-all and am disagreed with by just about every commentor. There are a couple articles in the last day…Brandon Phillips vs Gardner…this one…where people continue to use WAR as the be-all end-all comparison.

        Weird.

      • frightwig - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        Bob, it’s just a tidy measure of total performance value, convenient to use because it’s quick and generally accepted in online communities. Here, I’m pointing to it, and also Similarity Scores, just to show that Cano compares favorably to some all-time great players. I don’t know why that’s hilarious. But, if you’d rather talk about batting average, home runs, and RBI, you’re welcome to do so. Cano’s .309/.355/.504, 204 HR, 822 RBI is pretty impressive for a 2nd baseman at age 30, too.

  19. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Is that a beard or a wolf hair chin brace?

    • sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      aren’t you 65?

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Nope. Wrong as usual – though this time, wrong on a simple point. We already knew you couldn’t handle complexity.

  20. ctony1216 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Now, at least, the Mariners will be an interesting team to watch again — even on days that King Felix isn’t pitching.

    And I think that’s the whole point of the Mariners spending $240 million. Cano is a lot more valuable to Seattle than he was to the Yankees, seeing that he can spark renewed interest in a losing franchise.

    Cano does look good in that M’s uniform, too, beard and all. I wish him luck. Would be cool if the M’s and Cano faced the Yankees in the playoffs sometime soon. Not likely, given both teams’ current issues, but it would be cool.

  21. tfbuckfutter - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Fact: Every time a present or former Yankee grows a beard a Steinbrenner gets erectile dysfunction.

    Hence the obsessive facial hair rule.

  22. yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    He’s clearly trying to distance himself the Yankees as much as possible. The great actor James Gandolfini was so tired of the Tony Soprano character, the first thing he did after filming his last episode was grow a beard. Same thing here. The only sensible thing for Yankees fans to do is burn their Cano jersey’s, preferably while wearing them.

    • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Great. I put an extraneous apostrophe in “jerseys.” Every time I see someone do that, I assume they dropped out of middle school.

      • fredverd - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

        I’m thinking you also skipped that preposition — unless it’s a ghost left on the keyboard…

  23. maritime85 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Looks good

  24. ningenito78 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Of any Mariners fan thinks this is a good day they haven’t paid much attention to baseball. And the ‘in it to win now’ argument? You’re the Mariners. And your roster is freely available to peruse online.

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