The pressure on Robinson Cano to fulfill his enormous potential is growing every day now that he doesn't have clutch players Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon hitting ahead of him in the New York Yankees lineup.
Cano is being talked about as a possible #5 hitter, but before he gets the important job of protecting Alex Rodriguez, he has to prove that he can hit in the clutch, something he has struggled with.
General Manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Kevin Long and Tex have all been talking about Cano's MVP potential. But you wonder if that kind of talk will make Cano put too much pressure on himself, which could magnify his struggles. Worse, the talk could go to Cano's head and lead to a repeat of his previous behavior of not putting enough work in and just relying on his talent. Cano swears it won't. We'll see.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.