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February 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Robinson Cano meets with the media following his first spring training workout

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Robinson Cano had a press conference following his first full workout as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Cano took ground balls, worked on bunt coverages, took batting practice and then conditioned.

As I said before, it’s amazing how much his swing looks like mine during my younger days. He was spraying balls over the park. A few quick things, Cano said he will be keeping the beard for this season. The Yankees had a no facial hair rule. Obviously after seeing Dustin Ackley, you know the Mariners do not. So he said he will keep the stubble.

Cano did watch the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in the Dominican Republic.

Here’s a few comments from the presser.

On his first day …

“It feels good. It was exciting. I got spend time with teammates and coaches. It’s a new team with all new faces.”

On a new team and new complex and new life … 

“I’m going to get used to it quick. Now I’m here and this is what I’m focused on.”

On the Mariners being close to a playoff team  …. 

“I don’t want to say we are close. But I know we have a team that’s we can go outt here and compete. We have some good young talent, good pitching. That’s what why I won’t say we’ll be in first place, second place on last place. We just got to play together and stick together and we can do a lot of good things.

On being a leader … 

“Of course, I want to share with the young guys all the things I learned back in New York and all those good experiences I had and what it takes to make it to the playoffs and what it takes to make it the championship.”

On any linger disappointment with the Yankees … 

“All I can tell you is that I’m happy to be here and excited. It’s even more fun than what I thought. The way I’ve been embraced by teammates, the coaching staff, the manager, the front office, I feel like I’ve been part of this team right away. It won’t take me long to get used to this uniform or this team.”

On Derek Jeter’s retirement … 

We are all going to have to get to the situation where you say I’m done and I  want to retire. We all know what kind of player he was. He’s competitive. The guy that goes out there and plays hard every single game. A guy that’s likes to help young kids like myself. He made the decisions because he feels like he wants to retire. I learned a lot from him.

He was always there for me. He was a guy that if he saw something, he would tell me right away. And those are the type of guys you want to be around.

On the Mariners signing Nelson Cruz …

“I wish we had Nelson here. But at the same time we have a front office and they know what we have to do and what they have to decide. It’s out of my hands. I know Nelson. He’s a great guy and we all know what he can do with his bat and in the outfield.”

On the comments from his former hitting coach Kevin Long … 

“I don’t really pay attention to that. I just want to talk about Seattle. I’m here now. Whatever they said, I’m not going to pay attention to that.”



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