Per fangraphs, Cano has a 3.3 WAR, which is good for 8th in the MLB and fourth in the AL, just .3 behind the current leader Mike Trout. Whether you like WAR as a statistic or not, this gives you a sense of everything Cano brings to the team and how durable he is. Replacing superb defense and a .916 OPS is hard enough as it is, but when you're a second basemen, it makes you one of the very most valuable players in baseball.
As Yankee fans, we should simply enjoy Cano's day to day brilliance while he's still in the prime of his career. He's not quite in the class of a young Derek Jeter, but his durability and consistency from year to year should make him in my mind, one of the most appreciated Yankees in recent memory. I feel very similarly about watching Cano today as I did watching guys like Jeter and Bernie when they were still in the primes of their careers. When you think a guy is great, and then he goes out and proves it every day, it's special to watch.
Why do you just show WAR as a reason you think he is in the Thick of the MVP race? Wouldn't that make the 7 players ahead of him also in the thick of the MVP race??
As you can probably tell.......*I* don't like Stats like WAR. Can you name the 7 guys who are ahead of Cano in WAR? I'd bet some of the Names have NO CHANCE of being MVP (some might) For ibstance...Trout...He has a great chance for ROY, but almost NO chance for MVP.
Would be interesting to see how Trout plays out the season. His presence has really helped sparked the team, and he now has enough ABs to qualify for the batting title. Second in BA. #12 in Runs, but should get to Top 10 quickly. (A couple of the guys right ahead of him have about 50 ABs more, the leader has about 100 ABs more, but only 11 Runs ahead) He also leads the AL in SBs. I am not sure who I would pick ahead of him for ROY.
As to MVP, he certainly has sparked the Angels.
All I know it is a lot of fun as a baseball fan to see young guys like him, Harper etc. come around. It is good for the game.
"Trout is in the MVP race in my opinion, the team is a lot better since he arrived and isn't that a huge part of what an MVP should be about??"
He's a legit ROY, GG,SS and MVP candidate. His defense in center is metrically the best and it certainly passes the eye test plus he's producing a like an elite corner OF'er or 1B. That's value!!!!
Votto is running away with the NL MVP.
"Cano as much chance as you? which team do you play for jo-jo? "
Yep gettin all kinds of historical on yerasses