Today I will blog about my most favorite player on the Yankees, Robinson Cano. I love Cano not only because he is an awesome player, but he is always smiling. He is described to be one of the gentlest, most friendly people you could meet and always has a huge smile on his face.
RobinsonCano is the second baseman for the Yanks, and was born onOctober 22, 1982 in the Dominican Republic.
Cano is named after baseball legend, Jackie Robinson-
sporting a reverse 42 (24) as his number in his honor. He also comes from a baseball-oriented family, in fact his father, Jose Cano, signed with the Houston Astros in 1980 and pitched 6 games for them in 1989. Jose Cano always knew his son had great talent and pushed him to succeed in baseball.
On May 3, 2005, Cano was called up to the Major Leagues after playing 4 years in the minors. He hit his first career grand slam that year, and was hitting .330 with 108 at-bats. He finished second in the American League Rookie of The Year Ballot as well.
In the year 2006, Cano led the league in batting averages, doubles, and runs batted in. He was awarded American League Player of the month in September. He finished the year with the third best batting average in the American League, and 9th in the American league with doubles-and received 3 votes for American League MVP.
In the year 2007, Cano finished with a batting average of .300, 6th in the league inthe number of games played with 160 and 9th in the league for tipples with 7. Also, he finished 10th in hits, doubles, an
d at bats that season as well, making him the only batter in the top 10 for doubles in both 2006&2007.
In 2008, Cano did well, but one of my favorite moments of that season was him hitting the last walk-off hit in Yankee Stadium history in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Yanks the win. The following day, he got the last RBI in Yankee Stadium history.
In 2009, Cano had a batting average of .320 with 204 hits (third in the league and first for all second baseman), 85 RBIs and 25 homeruns. He also ranked in the top 10 for total bases, batting average, doubles, runs scored, triples, extra base hits, and at bats. He played in 161 games making him the player who played in the most games that season.
In 2010 Cano was elected the starting second baseman in th
e All Star Game, and became 5th in the batting order for the Yanks. He finished the season with a .996 fielding percentage which was the best in Major League Baseball. He won the American league Gold Glove Award for second baseman. He also won the American League Silver Slugger Award for a second baseman.
In 2011, Cano won the Home Run Derby, with his father Jose Cano pitching for him and set the record for homeruns in the final round with 12 and 4 outs remaining.
In 2012 reached his career high hitting streak with 23 games and finished the 2012 season with a batting average of .313, 48 doubles, 94 RBI and 33 home-runs.
This 2013 season he was elected as captain for the American League Home Run Derby and received his 200th career homerun.