The former Yankee, now Seattle Mariners second basemen bolted the Bronx after nine years to sign with Seattle in a 10-year, $240 million deal, a deal that many criticized the 31-year-old because he chose money from a bad team instead of playing for a playoff contender and winning championships in New York.
On Tuesday, Cano's new manager, first year Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon responded to Long's comments and took the opportunity to rip the Yankees hitting coach for what he said about his new second basemen.
"Last time I checked, I didn't know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees," McClendon told ESPN.com. "That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I'm sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He's concerned with his team and what they're doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing. I'm a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees. I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book ["Cage Rat"] proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting."
The Yankees hitting coach responded to McClendon's response of his comments and defended what he said, while also continuing to praise Cano as well for his time he coached him on the Yankees.
"That's too bad," he said. "I don't consider myself the spokesman for the Yankees. If you look at all the good things that were written about Robinson you would understand there was no malicious meaning behind any of it. If he wants to speak publicly like that, that is up to him. That is the way he interpreted it. I'm not going to get in a media war with Lloyd McClendon; he'd probably win that anyway. There were so many good parts, but it basically was, if anyone looks at it they are going to see that Robinson doesn't sprint down to first. I think if anyone puts a clock on him would realize that. That's it. Other than, this guy is a tremendous human being, tremendous character guy."
It'll be interesting to see if McClendon or even Cano himself will have a resonse to Long or the Yankees, or if the two sides will let this die down and just focus on baseball. The Yankees will first meet the Mariners ay Yankee Stadium on April 29.
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