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Ron Washington Takes Simple, But Effective Approach to Unleashing Robinson Cano

Adam Taylor McKillop
Atlanta Braves coach Ron Washington is taking a simple, but effective approach to unleash the potential of newly-acquired Robinson Cano.
Atlanta Braves coach Ron Washington is taking a simple, but effective approach to unleash the potential of newly-acquired Robinson Cano. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two separate PED-related suspensions seemingly derailed the twilight years of Robinson Cano's career. This included an 80-game suspension in 2018 and missing the entire 2021 campaign. The 39-year-old second baseman has already jumped around three teams this year and is hitting a measly .169 at the dish.

The Braves recently acquired Cano for cash considerations ($1) in order to fill a massive hole left by Ozzie Albies, who suffered a broken foot and will be on the shelf until August or September. It's simply a flier, a shot in the dark, but one with unreal upside.

Braves third base coach Ron Washington recently spoke about working with his newest infielder, and is taking a simple but effective approach to unleash the eight-time All-Star abilities of his veteran.

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The message was not complicated, as Washington indicated he plans to get Cano to "work." He delivered this message with a pretty epic and very on-brand Ron Washington style.

“I’d seen some things that I wanted to try to talk to him about, on the defensive side. He was open. He went out there early and he was open to it, and he worked on it... I can give you some things that can make you better, even though you’re 38, 39 years old, you’re Robinson Canó — I respect that. But I can give you some things that can help you, and he said, ‘I’m in.’ And he came out today at 3 o’clock and went on that goddamn field and worked.

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Cano happily obliged to the message, get out on that "goddamn field" and "work."

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Although it's very early, the results were felt immediately. Cano came out in his first-ever start for the Braves and went 2-for-3 while playing sound defense.

Neither the New York Mets nor San Diego Padres could unlock any of Cano's All-Star talents this year, but the Braves have another opportunity to do so. We're talking about an eight-time All-Star, Home Run Derby champ, five-time Silver Slugger winner, and a hitter who touts a career .301/.351/.489 slash line with 335 home runs.

Atlanta has already closed the Mets' division lead to just 1.5 games, and getting any reliable production from Cano during Albies' absense should have New York fans shaking in fear.

For now, the Braves hold +850 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook, just behind the Mets at +700.

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