There’s only one player with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title in either league who has not walked at least once this season. That’s Vladimir Guerrero of the Baltimore Orioles.
Why is that relevant?
Because I was surprised to learn Thursday that the Yankees’ Robinson Cano has walked only once this season. Yes, just once - in 94 plate appearances.
Of course, it’s hard to complain about Cano’s production. After going 2-for-4 with a RBI in the Yankees’ victory over the Chicago White Sox last night, the Yankees second baseman increased his average to .308 and his RBI total to a team-leading 19.
And thanks to seven doubles and six home runs in the first 22 games, Cano’s slugging percentage currently sits at an impressive .582, which is well above his career-high of .534 set last season.
Last year, Cano walked 57 times, almost double his total (30) from 2009. On the heels of that upswing, surely the Yankees don’t want to see his patience at the plate regress.
But considering the impressive clip that Cano has been producing at thus far this season, no one in the Yankees clubhouse is about to quibble about walks.