Two Latinos May Determine Yankees' Fate


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By Tony Castro
There’s more Yankee fans in America than follow any other team. So what do lovers of the one-time Bronx Bombers do when their beloved nine aren’t in the  playoffs?
They whine at the water cooler, and this fall the hot topic during the playoffs is how two Latino stars are likely to determine the future of the New York Yankees, a team that once disdained signing any Hispanic ballplayers.
All-Stars Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez hold the fate of the Yankees’  future in their hands, and their possible absence — Cano through free-agency,  ARod through suspension — spells doom for the Yankees who could be on a downward spiraling free-fall.
The Yankees face uncertainty over the future of their injured captain Derek Jeter, veteran pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera have retired, infielder Mark Teixeira who was  lost for the season with an injury remains a big question mark, and these are no  longer the Yankees willing to spend freely in pursuit of free agents.

ARod’s situation with the Yankees could hurt Robinson Cano

That’s the holdup in keeping Cano, who reportedly has asked for a 10-year,  $300 million contract – something the Yankees say they will shy away from  precisely because of their overspending experience with the other Hispanic  holding the keys to the team: ARod.
Rodriguez could be facing a suspension that would keep him out all of 2014,  and the all-time leader of grand slam home runs has complicated matters by  recently filing lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the Yankees’ doctors.
The Rodriguez saga has brought forth a Latino organization calling itself  Hispanics Across America whose president, Fernando Mateo, maintains that  baseball’s highest-paid player is the victim of a great injustice.
“We need to make sure that Major League Baseball understands that we’re not  gonna allow for them to suspend A-Rod for 211 games, take his head and put it in  the living room of Bud Selig’s apartment so that he could use that as a trophy  if he’s going out,” Mateo told reporters boomed MLB’s Manhattan offices.
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