May 1, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) at bat during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mariano Rivera thinks Robinson Cano lacks desire, would pick Pedroia instead

Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has a new book coming out called ‘The Closer.’ In some excerpts posted by the New York Daily News

Rivera writes, as excerpted in the New York Daily News: “This guy has so much talent I don’t know where to start… There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best… You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.”

If Rivera wanted a second-baseman he made a choice that is almost sacrilege for someone in pinstripes, Boston Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia.

“Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for 27 outs. It’s a special thing to see,” Rivera said.

He added: “If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman.”

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