A new temporada of baseball has arrived – even if the weather makes it still feel like football season. It’s known that Latinos dominate America’s past time, but as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. So as the 2014 MLB season gets underway there are expectations, question marks and we’re sure a few surprises in store. Will Robinson Cano deliver in Seattle? Can Albert Pujols regain his form? Has Puigmania reached its peak? Will Johan Santana ever don a major league uniform again? Read on through to find out.
Will Robinson Cano be Sleepless in Seattle?
Repped by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, it’s no secret that the dominicano was a big winner in the off-season. He left the Yankees for the Mariners to the tune of a 10-year, $240 million contract. While he may have won on the financial end, and even scored a front row seat to the Grammies (thanks Hova), the big question is whether there will be any hardware – World Series rings – to accompany that cash. Cano won’t be surrounded by big name bats like he was in New York. He’ll also be responsible for shouldering the offensive load, so it could make for a few early departures in the early going seasons. Yet, one can’t help but think that Cano along with Felix Hernandez on the pitching end sets the stage for a nice foundation Seattle can build upon. Now what about Cano’s production? He’s been a pretty consistent player the past few seasons and is still in his prime. A drastic decline shouldn’t occur, but he won’t have protection in the lineup and SafeCo. Field isn’t as hitter friendly as the short right porch in Yankee Stadium. A decrease in home runs won’t be a surprise.