Listen, I have a lot of hate in my heart for Robinson Cano ever since Jay Z and the Roc Nation boys swooped him up, almost botched his deal completely with the Mariners because they had no clue what they were doing, before finalizing way under the anticipated amount by like 40-50 million bones.
Now make no mistake I love Hova, and from time to time bump him loud and aggressively in my stereotypical white suburb neighborhood from my Toyota Tacoma (TRD Off Road obviously), but since Cano left the Yanks I have had a lot of anger that has just been boiling over and ready to explode.
He was supposed to be the future of the Yankees. Born in the system and was primed to be the next star, but in his last year you could see the beta in him spilling over. The talent is there, and the stroke is beautiful. He plays effortless defense which is often mistaken for lazy but it is anything but. However I always questioned if New York was for him and if winning was really what he was all about as did most Yankee fans.
When he chose Seattle I knew that he was content with the money over success. Cano is so talented I really don't think he has to work that aggressively in the off season and can just do the minimum to get by. His career numbers are awesome and 14 years in even with this hiccup, I could see him being a hall of famer because of his consistency. The dude is a monster second half performer but it has never really translated to winning in Seattle.
When I think of Cano I think of many things. Talented? Of course. Beta traitor? Duh. Winner?. No. Seattle hasn't been to the playoffs since 2001 which is insane because it always seems like they field good teams. I don't think Cano is the type of guy who laces into the boys after a tough game. I think instead he packs his bags and heads home or back to the hotel emotionless.
So whats this mean for the Mariners in 2018? Well they dished out the dough and brought in some studs like Dee Gordon so you know they were all in on this year. Cano is now suspended 80 games and for the playoffs after testing positive for the diuretic furosemide, which violates the MLB's drug prevention and treatment program according to ESPN.
So just as the Mariners were sitting a game and a half out of first, Cano once again let them down. The big money super star just doesn't know how to be a franchise player after all these years and nor does he want to. He will take his suspension then return and get after it. He'll make the Hall of Fame most likely. However he will never be a clubhouse leader or a true leader. Maybe Jeter and the core four cast a shadow too large for him, but anyway you look at it this is just another head shaking moment in the career of Robinson Cano.