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September 20, 2007

What Cano Means To The Yankees

Here is Robinson Cano's BA/OBA/SLG line this season from Opening Day to June 27th: .268/.307/.404 (287 AB)

Here is Robinson Cano's BA/OBA/SLG line this season from June 28th to today: .337/.391/.569 (288 AB)

We know that the Yankees season took off on June 28th. Seeing this, can a case be made that Robinson Cano is one of the Yankees MVPs this season?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 20, 2007 03:59 PM

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My team MVP vote goes to Pettitte. He's not a player, but my second choice would be Cashman. Hughes, Joba, Kennedy and Edwar all came from his rebuilt farm system. And he made two great second-half moves, bringing in Molina and Betemit. Even though it felt late at the time, he brought up Duncan at the right time, too. Cashman worked hard to rebuild that farm system (and quickly) and I can't imagine what this team would be like right now if he hadn't.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 04:28 PM

~~~Hughes, Joba, Kennedy and Edwar all came from his rebuilt farm system~~~

Should not Damon Oppenheimer get the credit for that?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 04:49 PM

Is it uncreative to suggest that A-Rod is the team MVP?

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 04:50 PM

Nick, that's why I wrote "Cano is one of the Yankees MVPs this season."

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 05:00 PM

I was responding to Baileywalk, but really I was just nitpicking. I do think that Cashman's in-season moves were strong and that he's done a good job of delegating responsibilities and committing to a rebuilding vision.

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 05:17 PM

And who specifically hired Damon Oppenheimer? Cashman recognized his talent-appreciating skills, and tagged him for the draft. Also, last year's draft was the first one Cashman had ever gone to, and look what it produced.

If Cashman deserves the blame for Marty Miller, he most certainly deserves the credit for Damon Oppenheimer (as well as Nardi Contreras, who has done as much or more for this organization's pitching prospects than the draft has).

Posted by: Andrew [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 10:18 PM

Damon Oppenheimer was hired by the Yankees in 1994 as a cross-checker in their player development department.

Stick Michael had him on the Yanks postseason scouting team after that.

Stick was like a mentor to him. And, he rose to power from there. Cashman had nothing to do with his hire and rise in the organization.

Cashman only gets credit for not letting him leave.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 11:20 PM

And Nardi Contreras was hired by Mark Newman, who's been the executive in charge of the minor league system for almost 20 years (for good and bad). As much as I like Cashman, in a manner of speaking, he wouldn't have known Nardi Contreras if he ran into him at the OTB parlor. (of course, I realize that in an earlier incarnation Contreras was a pitching coach for the team in the early '90s...but Cashman at the time was the equivalent of an office boy).

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 21, 2007 09:56 AM