FG on Fox: Cano vs Pedroia

No one in baseball history has ever been better at closing out games than Mariano Rivera. Armed with an unhittable cut fastball and incredible command, Rivera cemented himself as a legend in New York, spending his entire career as a Yankee and becoming the first active player ever enshrined in Monument Park. His farewell ceremony last September was one of the most memorable moments in recent baseball history, but retirement hasn’t taken Rivera out of the spotlight just yet.

In an excerpt from his new book, appropriately entitled “The Closer,” Rivera comments on the active crop of second basemen; most notably, his long-time teammate Robinson Cano and his counterpoint Dustin Pedroia, star of the hated rivals up in Boston. While one might expect Rivera to side with his teammate, or simply to side with any player wearing the vaunted pinstripes, Rivera instead espouses affection for his rival.

“If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman,” Rivera noted.

Rivera is certainly familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of both players, but on-field greatness doesn’t always equate to a tremendous ability to build a roster; just ask anyone who has ever cheered for a basketball team built by Michael Jordan. So, with all due respect for Rivera’s experience, let’s see what the numbers have to say about Cano and Pedroia.

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Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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Spit Ball
8 years ago

Congratulations on your expanded columns with Fox. You have most certainly earned it. Keep spreading the word.

Powder Blues
8 years ago
Reply to  Spit Ball

While I recognize that it’s a positive for Fangraphs the blog, it’s a negative for the readers. It takes me to a network I do not support, and it kills the fangraphs comment sections.

Kevin Towers
8 years ago
Reply to  Powder Blues

Whiny baby.

I hate dissenting opinions
8 years ago
Reply to  Powder Blues

I’ll visit it twice just to offset your silly political bias …

Fangraphs could post on Mother Jones or the Huffington Post and I’d still visit despite their obvious and extreme political leanings.

Remus
8 years ago
Reply to  Powder Blues

I’m guessing you root for a small market team and complain about the lack of a salary cap every day.

Brandon Gray
8 years ago
Reply to  Spit Ball

Funny, I visit Fangraphs 10x a day and Fox 0x.

Boris Chinchilla
8 years ago
Reply to  Brandon Gray

agreed. there will be no “after the jump” for me, sorry Dave. Love your writing

Kevin Towers
8 years ago

Queefing crybaby.

Westside guymember
8 years ago

As a counterpoint, while I’ve started each story here… I have read the entirety of every “FanGraphs on Fox” story.

But it’s pretty funny that anyone would actually think the target audience for these particular stories is FanGraphs readers.