With the Yankees’ victory last night over Tampa (and losses by the Dodgers and the Red Sox), the Yankees are now tied for the best record in baseball (with LA), and sit 3.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East. While the additions of CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and AJ Burnett have made a tremendous difference to the Yankees this season (Moshe already discussed the impact of Derek Jeter), another important reason for the Yankees possessing the best record in baseball is the resurgence of Robinson Canó.
At age 23 in 2006, Canó just missed out on winning the batting title, hitting .342/.365/.525 with 15 homers and 62 RBI’s in an injury-shortened 122-game season. He looked like he could be a perennial all-star and regular contender for the batting title, and he was compared to a young Rod Carew. In a full, healthy 2007, Canó was not quite as impressive, but still had a great season, going .306/.353/.488 with 19 homers and 97 RBI. … Click here to read the rest