Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Robinson Cano building his trophy collection

Robinson Cano may not win the Most Valuable Player award this year, but the way he's going he will get one in the not too distant future. He can clear a space for it right next to his well-deserved Gold Glove award.

For the first time in his career, Cano took home the prize for being the top defensive second baseman in the American League. Given his sparkling play in the field for the New York Yankees, it was not at all a surprise that AL managers and coaches chose him for the highest honor for a defender.

Cano made some plays this year that defied belief, mostly because he made them look so easy and they never were easy. But he has a smoothness and grace to his defense that looks so effortless. His defense was beautiful to watch this year and critical in preventing countless runs. For that, Cano definitely deserved recognition.

The Yankees second baseman is probably going to lose the MVP award to the Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton (unless the voters penalize Hamilton for missing the last month of the season compared to Iron Man Cano who kept the Yankees afloat when key players kept succumbing to injuries). But it won't be his last chance to add the MVP award to his trophy collection. Robby has gone from a great talent to a terrific baseball player right before our eyes and I think he'll be in the MVP conversation for many years to come.

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