Just when the Robinson Cano saga against the Yankees couldn’t get any worse: it did.
According to the New York Post, it wasn’t just the money that had Robinson Cano running to the Seattle Mariners. It might have something to do with the fact he didn’t like to play for manager Joe Girardi either.
“He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],” a friend of Cano’s said.
Throughout the 2013 season, Girardi had Cano bat either 2nd or 3rd in the lineup after Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were MIA for most of the season due to injuries; Jeter with the ankle injury and Rodriguez with his hip recovery.
“Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,” one person close to Cano said. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].”
Now, the NY Post article clearly states that it was mostly the money that had Cano going to the Mariners, but Joe Girardi was inadvertently part of the reason Cano also left. For baseball being a team sport, it seemed the only person Cano cared about throughout this entire ordeal was himself. Well, Cano doesn’t have to worry about Girardi being his manager for the next 10 years. Have fun in Seattle, Robbie.