Robinson Cano has spoken out for the first time since Mariano Rivera's autobiography was released, containing some not so nice things about the second baseman.

The retired pitcher didn't exactly trash his former teammate but he was hardly flattering either. In fact Rivera questioned whether Cano had the mentality to make it to the top.

He said about Cano:  “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.”

Rivera enjoyed 19 seasons with the New York Yankees and this, amazingly, is the first controversy he has come under. His words would have hit Cano hard, especially after Rivera chose Red Sox Dustin Pedroia as his favourite second baseman.

However, Cano has refused to throw fuel on the fire and insists the Yankees legend is entitled to his own thoughts.

“I'm not going to comment too far on this,” Cano said to reporters. “If that's how Mariano feels, I respect that. I'm always going to have respect for him. I spent nine years with him.

“For me, he's always going to be the best closer. That's how I feel.”

“Everybody has a different opinion,” he said. “You've got to respect everyone. If that's his opinion, I have to respect his opinion. I don't have any other comment. I'm not going to go too far with this.

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