Posted December 07, 2013

David Ortiz: Yankees lost “the face” of team in Robinson Cano

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David Ortiz (left) and Robinson Cano have been known to get chummy on the field. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

David Ortiz (left) and Robinson Cano have been known to get chummy on the field. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

There was another winner in the Robinson Cano signing besides the Seattle Mariners, according to David Ortiz — his Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz told WEEI in Boston on Friday that the defending World Series champs can only benefit from the Yankees losing their best player and “the face” of their team, calling it “great news for us.”

“This guy hurt us,” Ortiz said. “He is the guy that, you’re never going to forget about him because he puts up some monster numbers. He puts up some monster numbers. Now let’s see how everything goes with him on the West Coast.”

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Ortiz and Cano are both natives of the Dominican Republic and are known to have a strong friendship.

Ortiz said he wasn’t surprised by the length or amount of Cano’s deal, but rather that the Yankees didn’t re-sign him.

“That’s what the players are getting,” Ortiz said of Cano’s $240-million deal, which is tied for the third largest in baseball history. “Young, talented players with the skills that he has, that’s what they’re getting. I couldn’t believe the Yankees let that walk away. He’s the face, as long as he played for the Yankees, he was the face of that ballclub. He was backing up everybody.

“He makes the game look so easy. … Now, we’re not going to be able to see him that much, thank God. He’s going to the West Coast. Wishing him the best. He’s a good friend of mine, and like I said, well deserved.”

Cano is a career .308 hitter against Boston with 21 home runs and 104 RBIs in 156 games, which pretty closely match his 162-game averages of .309, 24 and 97.

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102 comments
JeremyJ.Zaslaw
JeremyJ.Zaslaw

Cano was too young to fit in with the rest of the team it was better for both that they parted. Don't worry NYY fans pitching is highly over rated.

JimAntonicello
JimAntonicello

Derek Jeter is the face of the Yankees! End of Story!  You don't see the Red Sox handing out 10 year contracts! Ortiz is buds with Cano!

William27
William27

Ortiz is a fool

Ortiz  may be a nice guy but

Cano is not the face of the yankees, he doesn't hustle to first base

and he is a super greedy you know what

ErinMarieG
ErinMarieG

Shutup Roidtiz. The face of the Yankees is Derek Jeter. Moron.

joeymatta
joeymatta

It would seem that David Ortiz would consider Dustin Pedroia an idiot for giving hometown consideration to the Red Sox and putting value on remaining with Boston for his entire career. He should have held out for the "standard $240 million". It is so standard that only 5 players have contracts exceeding $200, and those have not worked out too well.. Bottom line here....David Ortiz should keep his mouth, stop showing off his stupidity, and stick to hitting a baseball. Oh, he cheated in accomplishing that? Big Papi is a knucklehead.

j7apple
j7apple

Mariners way overpaid for a "face"  No way Cano puts these numbers up in Seattle  with the bigger park and less talent around him.  Pitchers can now pitch around him as they were not so easily able to in NY.

effeweall
effeweall

orteez is just upset cause he knows the soxs are finishing last again this year

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Maybe this drug using beaner should shut up and worry about his OWN players leaving

effeweall
effeweall

Orteez is correct.  They let him go cause 0-32, not running down the line and lollygagging wrist throws are not high on your list when you charge $2,500 for front row seats.


Proof of this they went over the top with thier offer to Ellsbury.


Orteez should be happy, with all his new money Cano can get the next gen PED created to beat tests for another 2 years of mediocre numbers

ChrisPilon
ChrisPilon

On the 'face of the Yankees list' Cano is lower than Mariano's bowel movements 

SaHuNetjer
SaHuNetjer

Since Ortiz is so concerned about Cano, maybe he should pay him 240 million over the next 10 years.

jim.dunn1225
jim.dunn1225

Blah blah blah, steroid guy talking about a non steroid guy, Cano was a pure hitter, he will be missed.  Ortiz was 20-30 pounds lighter and a 15 home run guy as a Twin, It makes me sad that he Arod and others have corrupted the game  just go away please

slickwilly
slickwilly

The Cardinals lost "the face" of their team when they let Pujols walk to the Angels. How did that turn out for them?

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

Go gobble some steroids, Big Papi. Don't confuse your brain by trying to think and talk at the same time.

dchamber29
dchamber29

but i do agree with bostmm55….cano was probably the most talented, but def not the face of the yankees……i admit that i am a red sox fan, but i have nothing but respect for Jeter…he is the face of the yanks….nothing but class.

dchamber29
dchamber29

psych i think you're missing what Ortiz was saying…..he's GLAD Cano is gone, he's no longer in Pin Stripes

psychsports
psychsports

That is Ortiz's problem good thing he is not running the Yankees--What was Robinson Cano thinking?  On first blush he was not. Without knowing the Yankees offer which I am sure we are going to find out Cano followed the money.

Clearly Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract altered the Yankees and Cano’s landscape and perhaps his thinking and feelings. Players have feelings you know!

And as for the Yankees why did they let Cano go?

It makes little sense for Cano to go to Seattle he will not get the exposure he would of gotten in New York nor the endorsements. Neither will Cano benefit from the status and all that goes with being a Yankee for a lifetime, and you cannot put a dollar amount on that.

You have to wonder what part Jay-Z played in this. Jay-Z is a fledgling sports agent who needed to get a stunning contract for his client Cano.


http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/12/06/robinson-cano-thinking-for-himself/  ??

Bostmm55
Bostmm55

Calling Cano the face of the Yankees is a stretch . .  I just don't see that.   So far he has gotten away with relatively little attention paid to him in NY.  Over hios past 8-9 years look at the other players he has has around him that got all the press. . . .    Gonna be interesting if he is in a bit of a slump in Seattle next year and decides to walk out a ground ball.   Fans even there will not expect a $24M player to take off  plays.  It  will really be interesting to see what being the center of attention will do to him,     He's  probably the best 2nd baseman in baseball but  even Papi's guy Pedroia  means  more to his team than Cano  did to  the Yankees. 

O
O

As an aside, I will not take any swipes at the Sox.  They won by playing gutty baseball, one has to admire it, in spite of drug bag Ortiz.

O
O

It still amazes that Papi can be seen as a hero, while is is every bit the villain that is Alex Rodriguez.  Perhaps more so, at least ARod started his career as a superb player, while David Ortiz was cut by Minnesota.  

It is well known that Manny, Papi, Melky and Cano were chums, so the comments by Ortiz come as no real surprise.  As it is right now, few teams have been happy offering long term contracts to players on the other side of their careers.  Think of what Miguel Cabrera could get is Robbie Cano can fetch 240M.


Sadly for Cano, he will not have the numbers as he did in Yankee Stadium.  He might miss the attention and the ad prospects of NYC.  He could thank his new agent for that misstep.  No worries, he will be on the other side of the US, counting the money and not really missing his friend Cano.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Cano is a slightly above average second baseman. I would rank him around the 25th to 30th best player in baseball. How in the heck he warrants a $240 million deal is utterly inexplicable. He has an extensive record of futility in the playoffs when facing team's best pitchers. When not surrounded by A-Roid, Jeter and the other superior players he has had the chance to play with on the Yankees I suspect his batting average will suffer greatly as pitchers will have no fear of walking him. Even if he posts numbers with Seattle matching his career averages there is no metric that makes him worth $24 million per season, especially for a franchise with limited resources.

BuzzFrankacott
BuzzFrankacott

Manny has just had a press conference saying that the Red Sox are going to miss Ellsbury as he was the face of the Red Sox

Kapmak
Kapmak

Lotta respect for David Ortiz and his outstanding World Series; but the best thing the Red Sox could do for the Yankees is allow Big Papi to be the Red Sox GM.

JPG
JPG

As I posted in a another blog the Yankees/Yankee fans will miss Robinson Cano more than they think.  

Spinning this loss is one thing but reality is another.  Mr. Cano was a workhorse (159 games a year, Gold Gloves, .310/25/100 averages for the last six years) will take affect for a team that missed the playoffs last year.

Signing Mr. Ellsbury at seven years for 153 million, whom has 1/3 to 1/2 the production Mr. Cano had is not the answer.



RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

Um, no you fat f****g roidinfested piece of sh*t, we didn't. We lost a player who chokes his guts out when it counts. How about taking another test for us ROIDTIZ. You loudmouthed cheating piece of garbage. 

thissitesucks02
thissitesucks02

@ErinMarieG The face of the Yankees is a 40 year old wash-up who won't retire? Actually, that sums up the Yankees quite well. Yanks would certainly take Ortiz over the Kind of PEDs named A-Roid. 

therednorth1
therednorth1

@slickwilly The Cardinals had ready-made replacements down on the farm for Pujols.  The Yankees have...???

slickwilly
slickwilly

Who's to say he would have kept up that production once he got paid? There's a long list of players who dogged it or who's production dipped dramatically once they got theirs.

PSWE2013
PSWE2013

Look at it this way... maybe Cano will start paying child support? Let's hope so!

Charles58
Charles58

@RaymondSmith Sounds like you're having a hard time dealing with the World Champion Boston Red Sox while the Yankees finished in the eastern division cellar. Boo frickety hoo. Ortiz is a class act and a great player. Yankees grossly overpaid for Ellsbury, got another choker in Beltran, and still have a horrible pitching staff. News flash buddy - you don't win championships without pitching. And adding Ellsbury and subtracting Cano is a net loss. Get used to looking at the Red Sox's $$ because that's where the Yankees are going to be spending their time.

drmuon
drmuon

@thissitesucks02 @ErinMarieG Wait how old is Ortiz? 38 that's what I thought..   Who is the face of the Red Sox?  I think the 38 year old roider.  So STFU.

effeweall
effeweall

@j7apple @effeweall sports are entertainment, just as they let them win in  2004 cause henry was weeping that he had too much paper debt and was going to bail on MLB, they rigged it again so he can sell.  all the owners are in collusion and are in it for $$$..no longer a game.


The Pastime of baseball ended after 1994.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@slickwilly There's also a long list of players who played well after receiving big contracts.  It's pretty easy to hide behind the belief that Cano would've dogged it had the Yankees offered him the same high paying contract as the Mariners.

wacky macky
wacky macky

Get it straight, the Yankees didn't finish last. But the Blowsox did the year before.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@Charles58 @RaymondSmith Sir, I am not a Red Sox fan, but by reading your posts and your trash-talking to others here, you're a certifiable G. A true veteran of the sportsman in-you-face banter. I hope to have an epic exchange with you on one of these forums one of these days. Until then, keep giving other posters hell my dude.

usurper
usurper

@Charles58 @RaymondSmith Beltran a choker? Have u looked at his postseason stats?  And the Yanks pitching was fine last year, they couldn't hit at all.  Boston may be strong but u sure ain't too bright.

slickwilly
slickwilly

The point is that a 10 year, 240 million dollar contract is too risky. If the Mariners want to be stupid and pay him that kind of money, then that's their problem.

Charles58
Charles58

@wacky macky Didn't say they finished last. Said they finished in the cellar. They had some company there but are you seriously going to split hairs and say it wasn't that bad a season because they weren't the actual last place team. Please say that's not what you mean by Yankee pride.

Charles58
Charles58

@WestcoastMD @Charles58 @RaymondSmith I spent 3 decades taking $h!t about the Red Sox when they were perennial losers. I have a lot to make up for. We can have a throw down one of these days. Til then, peace out.

Charles58
Charles58

@usurper @Charles58 @RaymondSmith Was being kind in calling it mediocre. I will stand by horrible. Beltran choked big time in the WS. The little league right field fence in Yank-me stadium will help his numbers, but he is not a game changer. How about acknowledging your stupidity in thinking that swapping Beltran and Ellsbury for Cano is going to make the team materially better.

usurper
usurper

@Charles58 @usurper @RaymondSmith u said the Yankes pitching was horrible last year, now you've up'd it to mediocre. that's a start. now how bout you acknowledge your idiocy in calling Beltran a choker