showed his World Series ring off to his new Braves teammates, Robinson Cano paid tribute to the pioneer he was named for by belting two homers, helping the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Angels. This was one night Cano will never forget.
Would he have had such a big night if Melky Cabrera were still on the team? I was listening to Richard Neer on WFAN Radio last night. Neer suggested that the reason Cano is off to such a hot start might be because his best friend Cabrera is no longer with the team. He admitted that it is probably too early to come to such a conclusion but felt that it was worth mentioning anyway.
I'm not so sure Cabrera's absence is the reason for Cano's success. He has done a lot of work with hitting coach Kevin Long and has learned to be more selective at the plate, leading to better at-bats. There might be some correlation between Melky leaving and Cano tearing it up, but I think it's mainly a combination of Kevin Long and a lot of hard work.
If Cano continues to do well this season, however, look for the Melky Gone theory to grow legs. Melky Cabrera will look like a bad guy, which may or may not be fair to him.
My best wishes to both of them for continued success this season