The Home Run Derby has been known to affect swings, dragging down participants’ numbers following their involvement in the event. Yet, despite a decrease in his production, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is adamant that he has not noticed any effect of the Derby on his swing.
“No (effect). I’ve been hitting good. We all go through slumps,” Cano said at a HOPE Week event in Staten Island Thursday. “I don’t know why people say the home run derby makes your swing go. It’s (batting practice), you hit it out of the park. It’s all about mentally and how you prepare for after that.”
While Cano doesn’t want anything to do with the notion that the home run derby has hurt his swing, Cano hasn't been as productive as usual while serving as the team’s No. 4 hitter in the absence of Alex Rodriguez. He’s 15-for-59 (.254) n the 14 games since the break with just three doubles and one home run and he has walked just twice, with an on-base percentage of .274. Cano was hitting .296 and had an on-base percentage of .342 before he participated in the Home Run Derby.
Cano did say that the team missed Rodriguez, who could return in the middle of August, and that the team can’t wait to get him back. He added that he doesn’t feel any pressure with Rodriguez absent and it’s good to see players stepping up in other spots in the lineup. As his numbers have dipped, though, Cano said he feels he’s been doing a good job in Rodriguez’s place in the lineup.
“It’s not about how good I’m doing. It’s about winning,” Cano said. “I don’t care if I go 0-for-4 or 0-for-5, but if we’re winning, that’s all that matters to me.”