Robinson Cano would give MVP vote to himself

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Robinson Cano is having another excellent season, hitting .305 with 27 homers, an .891 OPS, and strong defense at second base while playing every game for the Yankees, but his name is rarely brought up in most discussions about MVP candidates.

Or at least rarely brought up by anyone but Cano himself.

Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York asked Cano who would get his hypothetical MVP vote this season and Cano chose himself while campaigning for actual votes from the writers with ballots:

MVP is tough right now, you got a lot of guys, but I would give my vote to myself. You can see the numbers. I’m batting fifth in the lineup, I’ve been there the whole year and why not me? My numbers are there and you guys got to decide that. I hope I get your guys vote.

Cano finished third in the MVP voting last season behind Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera, and his performance has been more or less identical this season–he ranks 10th among AL position players in WAR–but there’s very little buzz surrounding his candidacy and Curtis Granderson seems certain to be the Yankees’ top vote-getter.

Sorry, Robinson.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.