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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Mickey Callaway defends Robinson Cano for failing to run to first again

For the second time in three days, New York Mets star Robinson Cano is taking heat for failing to run out a ground ball.

On Friday, Cano blamed the scoreboard for misleading him on the number of outs, resulting in him not running out a double play ball. On Sunday, Cano gave up on a ball that looked like it was going foul. The ball came back fair, but Cano didn’t bother running to first, making him easy fodder for a double play.

Despite not running out a double play grounder for the second time in three days, manager Mickey Callaway did not remove Cano from the game. The manager defended him, saying that he couldn’t blame him for thinking the ball was foul.

There was speculation that Callaway was protecting Cano as the second baseman is a former client of Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. Whatever the case, it will do little to alleviate the criticism of a Mets team that has lost five in a row. In Callaway’s case, things are so bad that there are already rumored replacements out there if he gets fired in the coming days.

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