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Robinson Cano reportedly fires Scott Boras, signs with Jay-Z’s company

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Jay-Z is reportedly set to extend his reach even further across the world of professional sports, and it looks like the first superstar player to help him do that will be New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

According to ESPNNewYork.com, Cano fired agent Scott Boras on Tuesday to join Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company that is breaking into the sports representation business through a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field,” Cano said in a statement. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.”

The Yankees made Cano a contract offer earlier this winter, but the two sides have not appeared to gain any ground. We all know Boras loves making sure his superstar clients test free agency no matter what offer they receive from their current team, so it will be interesting to see if Cano’s representation switch changes any of that.

Sources also told ESPNNewYork.com that Jay-Z himself plans to become a certified agent. He is reportedly planning to start with baseball and eventually take on clients from basketball and football. However, representing basketball players would require Jay-Z to give up his share of the Brooklyn Nets. Roc Nation, which represents artists like Rihanna, Shakira and Timbaland, is expected to eventually branch away from CAA and start its own sports agency division called Roc Nation Sports.

This will obviously give people like Scott Boras and other smaller agents some major competition if Jay-Z has success with Cano. Star power makes a signifcant difference, and Roc Nation already has plenty of that. It would also mean Jay-Z will have to be even more careful about doing stuff like this.

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Robinson Cano booed by Yankees fans amid postseason slump

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was booed by his home fans on Sunday amid his postseason slump.

The four-time All-Star ended the regular season as one of the hottest hitters in baseball, but he has been the exact opposite in the playoffs.

Over the final nine games of the regular season, Cano was a scorching 24-for-39 (.615) with 11 runs, 7 doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBIs to help the Yankees win the AL East. He went 2-for-8 with two doubles in the first two games of the ALDS against the Orioles, but he’s been on a record-worst streak since then.

Cano double in the first in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Orioles and has gone hitless since then. He’s a postseason record worst 0-for-26. He did have an RBI ground out in Game 4 to give the Yankees their only run that game, but that’s been it.

The slump has been so bad that Yankees fans booed Cano after he grounded out against the Tigers in the eighth during a 3-0 loss in Game 2 of the ALCS.

And here we thought Kansas City was the only time Cano was going to be booed all season. Guess we were wrong.

Reporter Dan Tordjman apologizes for tweeting Robinson Cano PED rumor

Robinson Cano is one of the best players in baseball, and he should be for years to come. When one of the best young players in the game is accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, it’s a major story. Whether the source who reports it is credible or not, any steroid accusation in this day and age is going to get people talking. That’s why Dan Tordjman of WSOC-TV in Charlotte tweeted out an overdue apology on Thursday.

According to the NY Daily News, Tordjman tweeted from his personal Twitter account on Sept. 20 that Major League Baseball was scheduled to announce Cano had tested positive for PED use. The MLB and the Yankees quickly refuted the information, and two weeks later Tordjman admitted he posted falso information.

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Robinson Cano says Royals fans crossed the line by yelling at his family

Royals fans made their point at the Home Run Derby Monday night with the way they treated Robinson Cano. They were upset with Cano, the American League team captain, for not picking Kansas City DH Billy Butler to join the AL squad. They booed the Yankees second baseman mercilessly in a move that many thought was classless during what is supposed to be a fun event. Cano says the harassment didn’t stop there and the fans got his family involved at the All-Star Game Tuesday night.

“The only thing I didn’t like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom,” Cano said after he came out of the game according to FOXSports.com. “Hopefully it stops here and (doesn’t) go forward. They were yelling stuff to my family, which I don’t see (as) the right thing. This is a game. We’re All-Stars. If I get booed, I don’t really care. But stuff with your family, that’s crossing the line.”

If that is true, I agree with Cano that Royals fans crossed the line. He added that there are “no hard feelings” toward the fans because players get booed everywhere they go, but it should have stopped Monday night. Butler has 16 home runs on the season and Cano would have only been picking him to please the fans in Kansas City. The same thing happened last year with Justin Upton being left out in Arizona.

Cano made the mistake of publicly saying that picking a Royals representative would be the right thing to do and then not following through, but there’s no need to harass his family over it during what is intended to be a laid back event.

Robinson Cano shut out in Home Run Derby while getting booed by Royals fans

Robinson Cano was shut out in the Home Run Derby a year after winning the competition, much to the delight of Royals fans. The fans booed Cano throughout the day and during the competition because he didn’t pick Royals DH Billy Butler to participate after saying he was going to choose a Royals player to be on the AL team.

A year after clubbing 32 home runs to win the derby in Arizona, Cano went 0-for-10 and was eliminated after the first round. He says the boos (which turned to cheers after he struggled) didn’t affect him.

“Well it doesn’t affect me; I’m used to that,” Cano told Buster Olney. “Everywhere the Yankees play we get booed all the time, so I get used to it.

“Well I knew [the Royals fans were upset] as soon as I picked my team. But it’s alright. Whatever they decide to do, I really don’t care about the fans. They boo, we get that a lot.”

Cano even sent the following response on Twitter:

It’s hard to say which was more embarrassing: Cano getting shut out, or the behavior of spiteful Royals fans. I think KC fans took that honor for the night.

Royals fans upset with Robinson Cano for not picking Billy Butler for HR Derby

Royals fans are unhappy with Robinson Cano for not choosing Billy Butler to participate in the Home Run Derby, and they expressed their displeasure by constantly booing the Yankees All-Star.

Cano was named captain of the American League Home Run Derby team and the defending champ selected Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, and Prince Fielder as his teammates. The fans in Kansas City booed him when he took batting practice and when he was introduced for the derby.

Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City even bought an airplane banner to complain about Cano’s selection:

Of course the funny part about the whole situation is how out of touch Royals fans are. While we love the support they’re showing Butler, Cano’s sanity would have been questioned had he selected the Kansas City DH.

Butler is a very good hitter — one that any team would want — but he’s not a slugger. His career high for home runs in a season is 21. We appreciate the homerism by Royals fans, but let’s be real — nobody except them wanted to see Butler in the Home Run Derby.

At least Royals fans got their way when Cano was shut out in the derby. The only time they cheered him was when he failed to hit balls out.

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Robinson Cano Wins Home Run Derby with Father Jose Pitching to Him

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Arizona, crushing 32 home runs. The three-time All-Star was an unlikely winner; he entered the competition with the second-fewest dingers on the season (14), and he had the second-longest odds to win according to most handicappers.

But there he was, hitting a record 12 home runs in the final round despite making just six outs. And he did it all hitting off his father.

Jose Cano, a former pitcher, was Robinson’s Home Run Derby pitcher. Jose pitches to Robinson during the winter and pitched batting practice to him at Yankee Stadium Friday. The elder Cano tossed 23 innings in his Major League career, going 1-1 for the Houston Astros with a 5.09 ERA in 1989.

Cano said of his father he’s “The one that knows me really well, the one I practice with the whole season.” Robinson also acknowledged he was a little worried his dad would be nervous, but that was not an issue.

Looking back at it, perhaps it’s no surprise Cano won it. He has a simple, smooth swing — the kind that generally leads to success in the derby. While other batters may be able to hit balls farther than him, he can do it on a more regular basis.

This also gave us the coolest father-son sports moment since the U.S. Open.