Player Profile: Robinson Cano
The best player at his position, Robinson Cano makes plays that no one else in the game makes, and he makes them look easy. Jim Leyland, not the type of guy you see heaping praise on anyone, let alone an opposing player, used words “smooth,” “easy,” and “effortless” to describe Cano in a recent interview. Rather than yap about it, here’s what Leyland is talking about (a lot of defensive plays in this video, but unfortunately you’ll have to sit through that ugly swing of his)…
Cano is the only guy we’ve seen who wears a Spalding glove. The model is a 42-001RC and is available online. Cano won the 2010 Gold Glove Award and if it weren’t for competition with rival Dustin Pedroia, he’d be running away with it for the foreseeable future.
Cano has been seen playing with a custom pair of Nike Show-x2 sunglasses. Cano’s glasses seem to be all white with blue tinted lenses, which isn’t a combination that we could find available online. We did also catch him wearing an all-black pair early in the 2011 season, which are available online.
With Cano, stylish is part of the package. Here’s his off-the-field uniform (at the GQ Gentleman’s Ball).
Unfortunately, Giorgio Armani 2-piece suits are not available on Eastbay.
Here are the links:
Robinson Cano is a Nike guy. For batting gloves, he wore the pewter aways most recently in game 4 of the ALDS vs. the Tigers, and the white homes in the heartbreaking game 5 loss at Yankee Stadium. Cano, despite the loss, was a monster in that series, driving in 9 runs on two home runs (including a grand slam). Both of those pairs of Nike gloves are available online—-and we also found a “player exclusive” retail version for Cano which aren’t actually what he wears, but they do have his number 24 and are outstanding gloves.
On his feet, Cano wore a custom pair of Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly cleats. The all-black with white soles are not available online, but WPW did our absolute best to replicate exactly what we saw on Cano’s feet using NIKEiD (and we looked at a TON of photos to figure this out). Check out our Twitter account for that link, and follow us while you’re at it. It’ll help you get up-to-date information once the season starts.
Robinson Cano’s bat is more of a mystery. He definitely swings Marucci. He was swinging Marucci when he was launching balls into the drink in Arizona for the HR Derby (which MLB so kindly removed all videos of online for no apparent reason). There was a model named after Robby called the RC24 which has been discontinued and is not available online. So we are left without a real answer here. What we know from the photo below is that he swings a 34/31.3, and his latest version was not two-tone like the one below, but all black.
Not that we were able to get you a definitive answer for Robby, but if you’re not convinced that this Marucci company knows how to make a good bat, I don’t know what more we can say besides Pujols, Harper, Utley, Reyes, Tulo, and Cano. That’s all we need to hear.
Here are the links:
Air Max Diamond Elite Fly Custom Cleats (will take you to @whatproswear—-follow us! And then click the link in our NIKEiD tweet)
And just to reiterate, Cano’s Marucci bat is not available as far as we know.