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December 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Robinson Cano reaction: Pete Rose, Derek Jeter, media weigh in

The facial hair Robinson Cano sported at his news conference in Seattle even drew reaction.  Seattle Times staff photo by Dean Rutz

Facial hair Robinson Cano sported at his news conference in Seattle even drew media reaction.
Seattle Times staff photo by Dean Rutz

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Robinson Cano coming to the Mariners – and leaving New York.

And not just national media are weighing in. So are Derek Jeter and Pete Rose.  And they’re talking about everything from playoffs (playoffs?!?) and facial hair to tax breaks.

Here is some of that Cano reaction from media, Jeter and Rose:

Wallace Matthews, ESPN.com

All the new acquisitions will look like mere window dressing if Cano has a great year in Seattle and begins to lead the Mariners to a resurgence.

That is why Yankees fans seemed more outraged over the sights and sounds coming out of Seattle on Thursday than they were excited over what was presented to them in the Bronx on Friday.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are fine ballplayers, but they are just parts in a machine that still needs a lot of maintenance.

Robinson Cano was more like a foundation, a rock upon which to build a team. Now, he has a chance to do it with a new club on the other side of the continent.

Bob Raisman, New York Daily News

If you are buying the theory that Cano couldn’t bring eyeballs to the tube, you might want to think about this: Wouldn’t it have been worth the price to retain a homegrown star, one who is part of a galaxy that together can produce ratings — and ticket sales (which also have been down at the Stadium) — as long as those stars win together?

With the Yankees’ recent free-agent acquisitions, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has made good on his promise to remain flexible while working under a new economic model and an eye toward bringing the payroll in at $189 million. But seriously, if Steinbrenner kept Cano with Jeter, Tex and the new “stars,” the Yankees could not be accused of not spending to put a true marquee team on the field.

Ted  Berg, USA Today

For the last nine seasons, the Yankees subjected Cano to their totalitarian facial hair policy that allows only for neatly manicured mustaches even though a neatly manicured mustache can still be way seedier looking than a full beard (depending on the shape of your face and whether or not you’re Tom Selleck).

So now Cano has grown out his beard without the mustache part, as if to explore all the new things he can do now that he’s out of the storied pinstripes. Presumably the second baseman signed with the Mariners for the boatloads of money and not the opportunity to express himself via facial hair, but being able to experiment with any sort of beard is at least a nice fringe benefit.

David Lennon, Newsday

Derek Jeter says he wasn’t stunned Robinson Cano left the Yankees, according to a report from ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo. Jeter said he congratulated Cano, the Yankees’ longtime second baseman, on his 10-year, $240-million deal with the Mariners, and that he wished him well, the report said.

“Yeah (Cano’s) happy, wouldn’t you be happy? That’s a lot of money,” Jeter said, according to the report. He was speaking at an event for Steiner Memorabilia in downtown Manhattan.

Give the Mariners credit. In a little more than a week, Jack Zduriencik and Co. were able to make themselves feel more like a family to Robinson Cano than the Yankees did in nine years.

That’s what free agency is really about, right? Finding a family-type atmosphere, even if you have to travel to the most remote corner of the Pacific Northwest to get it.

Rex Sinquefield, Forbes

This week that battle played out in real-time, with media around the country reporting All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano’s decision to leave the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners. According to this report by Bloomberg , Cano will earn a staggering $42 million more if he decides to make the great state of Washington is home. Not only will Cano benefit from living in a state with no income tax, but he will now benefit from playing in a division that includes two teams based in the no-state income state of Texas: the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.

Mike Mazzeo, ESPNNewYork.com

Jeter said he congratulated Cano after the All-Star second baseman left the New York Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners, “and I’ll leave it at that”Yeah (Robbie’s) happy, wouldn’t you be happy? That’s a lot of money,” Jeter joked Monday night at a Steiner Memorabilia Event featuring the “Core Four” – Jeter, catcher Jorge Posasa, pitcher Andy Pettite and closer Mariano Rivera – in downtown Manhattan. “I’ve been paying for breakfast, lunch and dinner all these years. He gets paid and he leaves, so I’ll get him in Seattle, I guess.”

Jeter said he wasn’t surprised by Cano’s decision to leave, but will clearly miss his old double-play partner. Jeter thinks extremely highly of Cano.

Charles Curtis, NJ.com

WINNERS

Robinson Cano: The second baseman did his best Rodney Dangerfield and said he got no respect from the Yankees. Here’s what he did get: 240 million reasons to leave (and permission to grow facial hair).

LOSERS

Robinson Cano: OK, so he’s on both lists. But remember: he’s stuck in Seattle for the next ten years.

Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com

Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, went on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Wednesday and took a little shot at Cano.

“He (Jay Z) got him a big raise, but he got him an extra 30-day vacation – and it’s called October,” Rose said.

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