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Cano returns to Yankee Stadium
Robinson Cano is set to return to Yankee Stadium tonight, and though both his current and former teams have been outscored by eight runs this season, their relative positions are quite different. The Yankees find themselves atop the AL East, while the Mariners are struggling in the AL West. Less generous Yankees fans might end up choosing to remind Cano of that fact tonight, but it might not be particularly fair to boo a player that helped your team win a World Series. You never quite know with the Bleacher Creatures.
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?
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.
As fans of the comedy series "Portlandia'' know, the secret to merchandising is to slap a bird on it. And apparently, the same holds true for baseball uniforms.
After four rounds of voting, tigers, fish, elephants, snakes, astronauts, seafarers, gun-toting officers of the law, buccaneers, heavenly bodies, Native Americans, pinstriped Northeners and even two pairs of colored socks are all gone. Our Battle of the Uniforms will finish with the Battle of the Birds.
The No. 1-seeded Cardinals, who have as iconic a St. Louis design as the Gateway Arch or a bottle of Bud, beat their longtime rival, the Chicago Cubs, in the final round of the National League voting, 54 percent to 46 percent.
Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of the American League bracket upset yet another higher-seeded team in the AL championship. By a margin of 3,103 votes, fans declared they prefer the orange and black Baltimore Orioles over the traditional uniform worn by everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. Or perhaps fans just hate the Yankees' pinstripes.
Whatever the reason, it's the Cardinals versus the Orioles for the title of baseball's best uniform. Bird watchers should get their binoculars out for this ornithological fight, though Toronto fans are probably wondering why their colorful Jay was found wanting.
This is serious business, so to make sure that everyone gets a chance to take a long, careful look at these two uniforms and judge the colors, logos, caps and overall style of both home and road uniforms, our polls will be open throughout the weekend. You can cast your vote up until noon ET Monday, when we will declare the winner.
So good luck Cardinals and Orioles. May the better uniform win. And remember voters, this isn't about who actually wears the uniforms but the uniforms themselves.
Note: Championship-round poll closes at noon ET Monday.
Mobile users: To vote, click here.
Battle of the Uniforms: Championship
(1) Cardinals vs. (13) Orioles
Audubon would have loved this championship.
Battle of the Uniforms seedings