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Robinson José Canó (pronounced kaˈno)) (born October 22, 1982, in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball, who currently plays for the New York Mets.

He was named after baseball legend Jackie Robinson.[1]


Family & Early Life

His father, José Canó, was drafted by the Yankees in 1980, and played in the major leagues in 1989, pitching in 6 games for the Houston Astros.[2]

Robinson Canó, who was named after Jackie Robinson by his father, grew up in the Dominican Republic, where he played both baseball and basketball at San Pedro Apostol High School in San Pedro de Macoris.[2] In the Dominican Winter Baseball League he plays for his hometown team Estrellas Orientales.

After graduating, he was signed by the Yankees in 2001 and began playing in their minor league system.

Playing career


Canó was called up to the Major Leagues on May 3, 2005, while hitting .333 in 108 at bats in AAA, and took over second base from Tony Womack. He hit .297 with 14 home runs, 62 RBI, with 34 doubles, and finished second in American League Rookie of the Year balloting to Huston Street of the Oakland Athletics.[2]

Canó finished the year, however, with the 3rd-worst walk percentage in the league, 3.0%.[3]

During 2005, manager Joe Torre took some heat for comparing Canó to Hall of Famer Rod Carew. When pressed, Torre clarified that he only meant that Canó "reminded" him of Carew, in terms of his build, presence at the plate, and smoothness in his swing. Torre assured the media that he did not necessarily expect Canó to become as great a player as Carew.[4]


In 2006 Canó led the AL All-Star balloting at second base, but could not play after being placed on the disabled list for a strained hamstring. After his return from injury, however, on August 8, 2006, Canó lead the league in batting average, doubles, and runs batted in.[citation needed] During late September 2006 Canó accumulated enough at-bats to once again qualify for the AL batting race. Canó was rewarded the AL Player of the Month award for September.[2]

Canó finished 2006 with the third best batting average in the AL (.342, just 2 points behind teammate shortstop Derek Jeter and five points behind Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer), and 9th in the league in doubles (41). He also led the AL in batting average on the road (.364; 96/264) and after the 6th inning (.353; 55/156). He had the third-worst walk percentage in the league at 3.6%.[5]

Canó finished 22nd in American League MVP voting with 3 votes. His teammate Derek Jeter finished second.[6]


Canó offered to give up his number 22 to Roger Clemens in the event that the Yankees signed him.[7] He has chosen to wear the number 24, which is a reversal of Jackie Robinson's number 42, which has been retired by Major League Baseball, and is currently only worn by teammate Mariano Rivera. After a slow start to the 2007 season which saw him hit a meager .249 through May 29th, Cano found his stroke batting .385 in the month of July with 6 HR and 24 RBI to raise his season average to .300 by the end of the month. He finished 2007 6th in the league in games (160), 9th in triples (7), and 10th in hits (189), doubles (41), and at bats (670). He was the only batter in the top 10 in doubles in the AL in both 2006 and 2007. On January 24, 2008 Robinson Canó signed a contract extension for up to six years and $55 million dollars. In the new deal, Canó will make about $28 million dollars over the next four years in the 2008 through 2011 seasons. The deal also includes options for the Yankees for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, during which Canó could earn an additional $27 million dollars[8].


Canó suffered through a very disappointing season in 2008. He started very slowly, batting only .151 in the month of April, but played much better after the All-Star Break. He batted a career low .271 for the year while also posting career lows in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.


Career statistics

Robinson Canò (Updated as of March 9, 2009) [9]
Career 573 2218 303 671 151 15 62 309 12 .303

Postseason Statistics

Robinson Cano (Updated as of November 21, 2007)
Career 13 49 6 12 4 0 2 8 0 .245



  • Robinson Cano made a cameo appearance in Hector El Father's music video, Pa' La Tumba, with fellow Yankee Melky Cabrera and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.


  1. Onley, Buster (2007-04-14). Cano on fast track to Yankee greatness. ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Robinson Canó profile
  3. FanGraphs 2005
  4. Markusen, Bruce (2005-05-20). Cano and Carew.
  5. FanGraphs 2006
  6. 2006 AL MVP Voting
  7. Cano agrees to switch to No. 24 from No. 22. ESPN (2007-01-23).
  8. Yanks and Canó Agree on Deal - New York Times
  9. Robinson Canò Statistics. (2007-12-29). Retrieved on 2008-05-26.

See also

  • List of second generation MLB players

External links

Preceded by:
Alfonso Soriano
American League Second Baseman Silver Slugger Award
Succeeded by:
Plácido Polanco
Preceded by:
Travis Hafner
American League Player of the Month
September 2006
Succeeded by:
Alex Rodriguez