I always enjoy Steve Politi’s columns, but I totally disagree with his remarks in the April 30 Star-Ledger (“From Yankees and their fans, Cano deserved better”). Politi says he was disappointed that former Yankees star Robinson Cano received such a rough reception when his new team, the Seattle Mariners, came to Yankee Stadium. Had I been at the game, I would have booed Cano, too.
The Yankees offered him a king’s ransom to remain with the team, but had the good sense not to extend his contract for another 10 years because he is 31 years old. Baseball players are on the downside of their careers when they reach 35, so the Yankees would have been paying millions to a player who would probably be nonproductive or on the injured list for about half of that contract.
I can’t feel sorry for the Mariners if they are still foundering near the bottom of the American League in 10 years, as they are now.