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Lloyd McClendon rips Kevin Long for ripping Robinson Cano

Feb 18, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

Lloyd McClendon AP

Yesterday a story came out in which Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized Robinson Cano for not hustling. Today Cano’s new manager Lloyd McClendon ripped back. From Jerry Crasnick’s report at

“Last time I checked, I didn’t know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon told “That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I’m sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He’s concerned with his team and what they’re doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing. I’m a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees. I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book (“Cage Rat”) proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting.”

McClendon goes on to talk about the politics of running down the line hard and what he really wants to see out of Robinson Cano. I tend to agree with Mr. McClendon on this one.

UPDATE:  McClendon was asked to elaborate:


Alrighty, then.

  1. gatorprof - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Yawn. This is the only reason that the press will pay attention to Seattle. It won’t be because they are a contender. Paraphrasing Pete Rose, “Jay-Z just got Cano a huge raise and a month off”. It is quite possible that Robbie already played his last playoff game.

    Seattle way overpaid for a very good player. Prior to the signing, they were not “one very good player away” from contending.

    They were -130 runs and only scored 624 runs (even the decimated Yankees scored 650). Texas scored 733, LA 730 and Oakland 767. The only competition for Seattle is Houston for the basement of AL West.

  2. tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Why is it assumed that Cano would injure himself if he ran out a ground ball? If he’s going to pull a muscle, it’s not less likely to happen in the next AB when he DOES “need” to run hard. It makes no sense.

    Also, I don’t understand the argument that some seems to make that he’s a good player so it’s okay because another player wouldn’t put up his numbers. If you like WAR as a stat, then isn’t it true that a few extra singles or a few singles turned into doubles would increase his WAR? So he has the potential to be better but refuses to maximize his effort, but it’s okay because someone else trying harder might not be as good? What about the players trying harder who are better? Even if his full effort only made a difference in 1 game, how does he know that the team’s chances at the playoffs won’t come down to that 1 game? And what if every batter took that approach? That’s 9 games that each player thinks is acceptable to cost their team? People knock Jeter’s defense, but can anyone say with a straight face that Cano would have even come close to making a play on the ball like the one Jeter caught when he went flying into the stands against Boston years ago?

  3. yordo - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    He won’t be defending him once he has to deal with the same crap. Cano has no heart.

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