John Sterling, Yankees announcer, often follows up a Robinson Cano home run with “Robbie Cano, Don’t You Know?”. Robbie has been a huge success this year, and partly because of a change in role, as well as a change in team chemistry.
Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera gave off the impression to fans of being best buds, and sometimes this seemed to make the team dynamic a little less than it could be. It appeared that sometimes Cano and Cabrera weren’t giving 100%.
In the off-season, the Yankees traded Cabrera, and reports indicate that Cano is spending more time with older and more mature players. His role has changed as well; with the departure of 5th place hitter Hideki Matsui, Cano was given the opportunity to fill that spot in the lineup. His batting average is .400 and he has been exceptional in the field.
Often in business, sometimes changing the team dynamic by moving people around and changing there role is all it takes to make a person perform better. In this case, both have helped Robbie Cano reach his full potential.