Two days ago, Kevin Long made comments about ex-Yankee Robinson Cano and his lack of hustle to first base. The comments didn’t sit well with new Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon as he basically told Long to keep his comments to himself.
“Last time I checked, I didn’t know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon told ESPN.com. “That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I’m sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He’s concerned with his team and what they’re doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing.
“I’m a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees. I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book [“Cage Rat”] proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting.”
Shortly after McClendon criticized Long, Long responded to McClendon’s comments.
“That’s too bad,” he said. “I don’t consider myself the spokesman for the Yankees. If you look at all the good things that were written about Robinson you would understand there was no malicious meaning behind any of it. If he wants to speak publicly like that, that is up to him. That is the way he interpreted it. I’m not going to get in a media war with Lloyd McClendon; he’d probably win that anyway.
“There were so many good parts, but it basically was, if anyone looks at it they are going to see that Robinson doesn’t sprint down to first. I think if anyone puts a clock on him would realize that. That’s it. Other than, this guy is a tremendous human being, tremendous character guy.”
Robinson Cano said he wouldn’t comment on the situation, as he doesn’t want to get involved.
Now it’s time for the main question: what does Brian Cashman think of the word war between McClendon and Long? Well, after hearing McClendon’s criticism, he laughed. Just goes to show you how silly this word war is.