Robinson Cano’s dad Jose threw to his son in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York. And he spoke to reporters about his son’s impending free agency before Tuesday’s All-Star Game:
“I am confident that the Yankees are going to come up with something good in the end,” Jose Cano said. “I hope that he can stay here. He can be the leader, like a captain. Robinson’s very smart, but quiet. He’s not going to talk too much. He talks when he needs to talk. That’s a good thing for being on a kind of team like the Yankees. He’s doing everything straight.”
“[Robinson] is the one who’s going to make a decision in the end,” added Jose. “We can say yes, we can say no, we can say we don’t know, but he’s the one who’s going to make the decision in the end.”
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported a couple weeks ago that “there’s a very good chance” Cano will hit the free agent market in November. The 30-year-old is batting .302/.386/.531 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI through 95 games this season for the fourth-place Bombers while earning a salary of $15 million.
Cano has made $58M in his nine years with New York. He recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
If you are old enough and lame enough as I am, you may have lurked around on sabermetic message boards in the 1990s. If you did, you may have heard of Sherri Nichols, who back in the day, was a significant contributor to the advancement of statistical analysis, particularly defensive analysis.
While it’s probably better that not everyone is as old and nerdy as me, the downside of it is that most people haven’t heard of Nichols and know nothing about her contributions. That changes today with Ben Lindbergh’s excellent analysis of Nichols and her work over at The Ringer, which I recommend that you all read.
The short version: Nichols is the one who planted the seed about on-base percentage being valuable in the mind of Baseball Prospectus Founder Gary Huckabay, back in the late 80s. She’s also the one most responsible for the rise of zone-based defensive metrics in the 1990s, such as Defensive Average, which she created and which served as the basis for other such metrics going forward. She also played a critical role in the development of RetroSheet, which collected almost all extant box score and play-by-play information going back to the turn of the 20th century, thereby making so much of the information available at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs possible. A key contribution there: making the information free and available to everyone, rather than closing the underlying data off as proprietary and either charging for access or keeping it in-house like some recent data collectors have chosen to do. Ahem.
A larger takeaway than all of Nichols’ contributions is just how loathe the baseball community was to listen to a woman back then. I mean, yeah, they’re still loathe to listen to women now, as indicated by the small number of women who hold jobs in baseball operations departments, but back then it was even worse, as evidenced by Lindbergh’s stories and Nichols’ anecdotes.
A great read and a great history lesson.