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Robinson Cano's return to Yankee Stadium after leaving for the Mariners might be a bit contentious, considering the passionate nature of your average Bleacher Creature. Jimmy Fallon decided to give Yankees fans a way to let out their frustrations on Cano by having them boo a cardboard cutout of their former second baseman. Little did they know that Cano was hidden inside:

Judging from their delighted reactions when Cano emerges, it seems like he shouldn't take any booing that ends up occurring tonight too personally.

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How do the top second basemen in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the first installment of the Baseball Tonight 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings on March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on second basemen? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Top Second Basemen

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

Seattle Mariners
BBTN Rank: 1

Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill

Arizona Diamondbacks
BBTN Rank: 10

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick

Los Angeles Angels
BBTN Rank: 9

Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler

Detroit Tigers
BBTN Rank: 4

Jason Kipnis

Jason Kipnis

Cleveland Indians
BBTN Rank: 3

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

Boston Red Sox
BBTN Rank: 2

Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips

Cincinnati Reds
BBTN Rank: 7

Chase Utley

Chase Utley

Philadelphia Phillies
BBTN Rank: 6

Neil Walker

Neil Walker

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 8

Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist

Tampa Bay Rays
BBTN Rank: 5

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Robinson Cano lacks hustle?

Robinson Cano is across the country now, a New York Yankee-turned-Seattle Mariner. But that hasn't kept memories of the star second baseman out of New York hitting coach Kevin Long's mind -- and they're not all good. Long still recalls calling Cano out for his lack of hustle to first base on grounders, saying he "chose not to" fix that part of his game. That's not to say Cano was lazy all around; Long credits the 31-year-old for improving his swing, his body and much more. It's also hard to argue with Cano's production while in the Bronx. Does that make all this hustle talk just talk?

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  • How do you feel about players jogging to first base on grounders?

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  • How much does a lack of hustle to first base affect the way you assess Robinson Cano and other players?

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  • How much will the Yankees miss Robinson Cano this season?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • The Mariners went 71-91 in 2013. How many games will they win in 2014?

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Mariners sign Robinson Cano

For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have been outspent on a player. Robinson Cano, perhaps New York's best player over the past five years, has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. It's one of the largest contracts in baseball history and is a huge statement by the Mariners, who may be looking to establish themselves as a nationally relevant team again. Cano's skills are undeniable, but 10-year contracts have a way of backfiring on the teams that make them -- just ask Angels fans how Albert Pujols' contract is looking after his second year with the team.

What do you make of the Mariners signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract?

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  • Will the Mariners ever contend for a World Series during Robinson Cano's 10-year contract?

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  • Will the Yankees regret losing Robinson Cano?

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  • Which team will fare better next season?

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  • Where does Robinson Cano rank among the best players in MLB?

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  • Would you ever want your favorite baseball team to sign a player to a 10-year contract?

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  • How surprised are you that Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners?

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