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Robinson Jose Cano Mercedes

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Robinson Canó was signed by scout Carlos Rios for the New York Yankees in January 2001. He made his pro debut that summer.

Canó was the Dominican Republic second baseman in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, going 3 for 13 with a walk and 2 runs. He got only one hit in two games against the Dutch national team which the Dominicans lost. Both of his runs came against Panama on home runs by Miguel Olivo.

Robinson Cano was the American League Player of the Month in April 2010 after leading the circuit with a .400 batting average. He had a 23-game hitting streak in June and July of 2012, during which he hit .400, sandwiched around an appearance in the 2012 All-Star Game. It was the longest for a member of the Yankees since Derek Jeter's 25-game streak in 2006. He had another characteristically-great season, hitting .313/.379/.550 in 161 games, with 48 doubles and 33 homers, scoring 105 and driving in 94 runs, making him the team's best all-around offensive force. Indeed, his 149 OPS+ was the highest of his career. He ran into a deep slump in the postseason, however, going 2 for 22 in the ALDS, and then making outs in his first 13 at-bats in the ALCS; he had an 0 for 25 streak between Game 2 of the ALDS, when he hit a 1st-inning double against Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles to drive in a run, and Game 3 of the ALCS, when he hit a 9th-inning single off Phil Coke of the Detroit Tigers.

Canó was the MVP of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, leading the Dominican team to an undefeated record; he was the first position player to win the award as Daisuke Matsuzaka had won in the first two World Baseball Classics. Canó had hit .469/.514/.781 and led the Classic in doubles (4, tied with Carlos Beltrán and Nelson Cruz), total bases (25, 6 ahead of runners-up José Dariel Abreu and Andrelton Simmons) and hits (15, 3 ahead of #2 Ángel Pagán). He had six runs and six RBI in eight games. He set a new Classic record for hits, breaking Nobuhiko Matsunaka's mark. Highlights included a 3-RBI, 3-hit effort in a win over Venezuela, 3 hits and a homer (versus Jose de la Torre) against Puerto Rico, 3 hits and a homer (off Tiago Da Silva) in a 5-4 close win over Italy. He was MVP of his pool in both rounds 1 and 2. He was then one of the few bright lights for an injury-riddled Yankees team during the 2013 season, hitting .314/.383/.516 in 160 games, belting 27 homers and driving in 107 runs. He made the All-Star team for the fifth time, and was also named recipient of a Silver Slugger Award for the fifth time.

A free agent after the 2013 season, he was lured away from the Yankees by one of the largest contracts in major league history, a ten-year deal worth a whopping $240 million with the Seattle Mariners, as the west coast team was determined to make a big splash by signing one of the most sought-after free agents of the off-season. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was widely criticized for offering such a large and long contract to a player who had already turned 30. For example, former pitcher turned ESPN analyst Curt Schilling commented: "This is not going to be the first 10-year contract that works. Robinson Cano is going to be a good player. I think the next four, five years, he's going to be a very good player. But this will not work. It never fails. It's impossible to stay healthy in this sport. And as you're seeing the sport cleaning up, it's going to even be harder for the players to stay healthy."

He is the son of Jose Cano. His father pitched to him during the Home Run Derby at the 2011 All-Star Game, which Cano won by hitting a record number of long balls.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 6-time AL All-Star (2006 & 2010-2014)
  • 2-time AL Gold Glove Winner (2010 & 2012)
  • 5-time AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2006 & 2010-2013)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (2009-2013)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (2010, 2011 & 2013)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (2009-2012)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (2009 & 2010)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2009

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