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The Yankees gave Robinson Cano’s old number to Scott Sizemore

Feb 15, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

The Yankees didn’t wait long to turn the page on Robinson Cano. As Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News points out, his old No. 24 has a new owner:

Sizemore, a non-roster invitee after missing most of the past two seasons with ACL injuries, has a legitimate chance to make the Opening Day roster given the questions in New York’s infield. He previously wore No. 29 with the Athletics, but Francisco Cervelli has that number with the Yankees.

If Sizemore makes the team, he’ll be the first player since Cano to wear No. 24 for the Yankees since Sidney Ponson in 2006. I know what you’re thinking: how was it not retired in the first place? For shame, Yankees. For shame.

  1. cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Most Yankee fans will see Cano for what he is: A guy that cared only about the money, so this won’t bother them. However, there is that clueless bunch of dummies that will in some small, asinine way equate this with Sizemore “replacing” Cano and abuse the guy. Admittedly, giving Latroy Hawkins O’neill’s old number was a bit different. I personally have no problem with reusing that number ASAP.

    • phantomspaceman - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      21 and 51 are essentially unofficial retired numbers at this point. Hawkins was more or less forced to change his number and Ichiro used to wear 51 in Seattle but switched to 31 when he got to New York.

    • bendover09 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      So Jeter taking that contract extension a year or two ago when he was hurt… Was that not about the money? Quit kidding yourself… If someone offered you that type of contract you would be a dumbass for not taking it. At the end of the day, this is just a game.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        If I had the chance to be a career member of one of the elite teams in all of sport…absafreakinlutely I don’t go and play for Seattle. Jeters last extension came when he was healthy and he actually put up near career high numbers that season until freakishly breaking his ankle in the post season. You know about the post season, right? Its that thing that Robinson Cano will be lucky to sniff again in his money grubbing career. Jeter has shown time and again over 19 seasons he knows the right way to play and win, and now, when to quit. What has Cano shown? He knows how to saunter down to 1B, and make a big money grab. Comparing those two just shows you do not understand the game.

      • stevem7 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        @bendover09 ……. Perhaps you could do some research and tell us when this supposed contract extension when Jeter was ‘hurt’ took place. Apparently it was only published in the newspaper delivered only to your house as the rest of the world has no clue what you are talking about. You really should try research before you boldly go where no one knows what your saying.

      • bendover09 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        @Steven maybe you should take your own advice …

        Jeter signed 2014 1year/12m. Did not even play

        2011-2013 3year/51m

        This is not even including all the incentives in his contract

    • Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Other than Carlos Beltran (and possibly Hiroki Kuroda), how many other Yankees left money on the table to be Yankees? Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Alex Rodriguez and Jacoby Ellsbury are all Yankees because the Yankees came in with the highest offer, not the offer topped by $65 million.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Beltran just took less to be a Yankee, Cliff Lee took less to be a Phillie. Those are just two I don’t need to look up. There are individuals that play for something beside the money. It is just unsettling for some to realize that there are still people like that.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        So all you have is someone I gave you and someone who took the highest AAV deal (basically betting on himself to be able to still earn at a high level in years 6-7) and that’s supposed to change the fact that the vast majority of ballplayers do the *exact same thing* Robinson Cano just did?

        Oh, and while the Yankees didn’t come remotely close enough for this to be tested, Robinson Cano was supposedly willing to leave more money on the table than Carlos Beltran actually did. But hey, let’s criticize a guy for taking the extra $65 million (plus tax differences).

      • cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        What I am criticizing is that he is a self centered slacker and has no expectation of any gesture of respect from the Yankees. He said the Yankees disrespected him by offering him a measly 25 million dollars a year. He is an arrogant ass wipe. He did not do what most others do. There is taking the most money, and then there is acting like a jerk when you refused an offer of that much money.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        If you think one can reach Cano’s level by being a self-centered slacker… just log off. There’s nothing more to be done with you. Also, lose the selective memory. Everybody always talks about how wonderful the place they’re going is (because they spent the most money). There’s often talk about how they weren’t respected by their previous employer (because they did not offer the most money). The Yankees lowballed him, and it blew up in their faces when somebody swooped in with a much higher offer. Get over it.

  2. jfk69 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    It is not like the Yankee # 24 was being worn by Willie Mays. Maybe Cano can buy it back and retire it in Seattle’s monument park.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Personally, I think that the Giants might feel insulted that the Yankees gave the number made famous by Willie Mays to Scott Sizemore.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Personally that might be the most retarded comment you ever wrote and that’s saying a lot too. Why would the giants give a hoot what numbers the yanks retire? Here’s your sign

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Cano could not carry the Say Hey Kid’s jock strap, but he was a tad better than Sizemore.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        I agree Cano could not carry Mays jock and Sizemore is a roll player so comparing him to Cano is comparing apples and oranges.

  3. mybrunoblog - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I’m a little surprised. The Yankees have an unwritten tradition of keeping a key players number out of circulation for one year after that player leaves the team. I think here it’s a case of “hey, we’re running out of numbers” and also the idea that Cano left as a free agent and did not retire a Yankee.

    • RickyB - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      That unwritten tradition depends on how the player left the team. One that leaves via free agency at the peak of his abilities is not going to warrant that kind of treatment. I am glad the Yankees didn’t sign Cano (at the price he got), but I will miss him in that lineup without a doubt.

    • jeffbbf - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      I’m not surprised. He left the Yankees, then claimed they disrepected him by only offering him a $175 million contract. I’d give #24 to the ball boy.

      • gibbyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Jeff. Well said and absolutely right on !!

  4. bigharold - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    They gave him24, so what? Had the given him Cervelli’s number that would have been news.

    Nothing to see here,.. Move along.

  5. cur'68 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Interesting comments section. Some Canó hate. Some love. Plenty of Jeter love, though. Always with the “yeah, Jetes!”.

    Its going to be an interesting season. There will be much in the way of opportunity for all sides of this argument to have it out. But for me, the aspect that I’m looking forward to is the significant degradation of the NY infield.

    Leading up to this season Jeter has always had a very good defender to his left and right in Robinson Canó and Alex Rodriguez respectively. Those guys kept Jeter from being a disaster.
    But THIS season? Brian Roberts & Kelly Johnson. That’s the meat of the NY infield, right there.

    Roberts, Jeter, Johnson. If that were my team, I’d be a little concerned.

    And on 1st? Well who the heck knows.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Personally you should be really really really concerned about the bluejays starting rotation cause if you thought they sucked a@@ last year you just wait until 2014 cause its gonna be a even bigger train wreck and I cant wait baby! 1993 1993 1993 1993!!!

      • cur'68 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        /poo FLUNG!
        Heya Chimpy Boy. How’s a boy? Peanut? There ya go!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        I didn’t write anything different then what you wrote there junior

      • cur'68 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        GWAD! Don’t you ever bathe?


      • abaird2012 - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        The onset of amentia makes bathing tricky.

    • bigharold - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      “… I’m looking forward to is the significant degradation of the NY infield.”

      One can only hope.

      Personally, I think if I were a Jays fan I’d be hoping for the success of the Jays players, .. not the degradation of my opponents. When the Yankees go head to head with the RS I prefer the RS are at full strength. Wins are more satisfying and the competition is more exciting. But, that’s just me.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Normal fans would feel that way but when you are like cur or pc and its been since 1993 since your team even mattered you have to resort to writing stuff like cur did. The reality of it is the Yanks will not be hurting for runs this year and will be solid defensively in the infield which is all they need from their infield.

      • cur'68 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Funny. I didn’t see any of The Empire Fans on BeaverWrestler posts lamenting the crappy pitching last season. Mourning the lack of quality competition. But you know what you do see on posts about My Boys? Me. Doing the nearly the same thing I’m doing here: trying to get as accurate a picture as possible about some key portion of the team in question.

        But there’s a tone about my comment that I think rankles you, right? I seem like I’m gloating a bit, right?

        I am.

        Know why?

        Because rather than seeing Yankee fans mourning the lack of competition from My Boys last season, I saw just the opposite. And I don’t mean from you, Big H. By and large, I kind of like most Yankee fans. They’re largely inoffensive (if over-the-top fanboys). Its the one or two who used (and still use) any asinine, ridiculous excuse to bash my team. I don’t care for that.

        So, you’ll have to pardon me while I fail to feel sorry for what is sure to be an error prone, immobile infield. You’ll have to pardon me while I take the same dispassionate eye I turn on my team and apply it your team. And, finally, you’ll have to just take it as a given that I’m going to have a certain tone when I’m pointing out what is sure to be a significant shortcoming for The Empire.

        I’ll try no to gloat too much or directly attack anyone that isn’t attacking me, but don’t think for one second that I’m NOT looking forward to hard hit ground balls toward that trio of defenders.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        I do exactly what PC has been doing for years, you are just not man enough to admit it

        Its the one or two who used (and still use) any asinine, ridiculous excuse to bash my team. I don’t care for that.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        Oh really? Tex one of the best fielding 1st basemen in the league. I never heard anyone say Brian Roberts is a bad fielding 2nd base, actually he is considered good in the field. Brendan Ryan is considered a defensive whiz from everything I ever read about him. I know you and pc like to bash Jeter for some reason but he has gold gloves for a reason and I expect to see him DH more this year anyway. And Kelly Johnson I do not know a lot about and with that said we really don’t even know for certain who is starting in the infield except for Tex and nobody said the Yanks are done so once again you are proven wrong which you should be used to that by now

        So, you’ll have to pardon me while I fail to feel sorry for what is sure to be an error prone, immobile infield.

  6. pisano - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The Yankees owed him nothing, and he owed the Yankees nothing. He got all he could get on the open market, and if he wanted to go for the $ no one should begrudge him that. As far as the #, he won’t need it, and the Yankees have no reason to not issue it asap. The special ones, like # 51, and # 21 should probably have already been retired. The two guys ( Bernie Williams, and Paul Oneill ) that wore those numbers are really special, and will probably always be respected as Yankees, Cano probably not.

  7. 18thstreet - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    It’s always felt to me like the Yankees always move on quickly. Maybe it’s because they’ve retired so many that it limits the choices. But it’s definitely something I’ve noticed.

  8. oldschoolnflman - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The only equation that matters to HBTers:

    Craig Biggio*20+years=>anyMLBplayerever*any amount of years

    • oldschoolnflman - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Other math issues I have found preached on this site:

      Jack Morris= Paul Maholm on a good team
      Jeters defense in his old age<the fact Paul monitor rarely played defense in his career, but thats not counted against him.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Nobody in their right mind would call Jack Morris Paul Maholm on a good team. What they would do is point at that Jack Morris falls in the wide range between “Paul Maholm on a good team” and Hall of Famer.

    • sandwiches4ever - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      This comment!=relevant to this post

  9. beachnbaseball - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    “The Yankees gave Robinson Cano’s old number to Scott Sizemore”

    Robinson who?

  10. jolem00 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Cano didn’t deserve to have his number retired with the NYY. Money was more important to him than being a great Yankee. In the 9 years he was a Yankee, I can’t think of one great memorable moment. He wasn’t even that great in the playoffs, and he definitely can’t carry a team, he proved that last year. As far as I’m concerned, #24 still belongs to Tino.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I don’t know how else to say this… but you’re a flying dingbat if you think Tino somehow was better or meant more to the Yankees than Robinson Cano. No baseball player can carry a team, because an individual player can’t have the total, constant impact that a dominant player in, say, basketball can. Tino wasn’t such a hot hitter in the playoffs either, and you remember the moments from him because he just so happened to have them in series wins. You don’t remember Cano going mano-a-mano with Josh Hamilton in the 2010 ALCS? Oh, that’s right, you’re a moron who can’t even comprehend being in a situation where somebody’s offering you $65 million more to move.

  11. gibbskins9 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Good, have fun in Seattle

  12. Carl Hancock - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Why is this news? Cano has never been viewed as a Yankee great and just left via Free Agency. The idea of keeping his number out of retirement because it could be retired is absurd. He’s going to be in Seattle a long time. If he ever makes the HOF then maybe the Yankees could consider retiring his number. But that’s a long time from now and involves an “if” so why are we having this conversation at all?

  13. arthoke - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I am a 50 year Yankee fan! The reason Robinson Cano went to Seattle he has dollar signs in his eyes. He can’t see reality and realize he should stayed with the Yankees

  14. pisano - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Hell, I’d have given it to the bat boy, and they (the Yankees) don’t give #’s to the bat boy.

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