30 Surprising Facts You Probably Never Knew About Robinson Canó


Robinson Canó, currently playing as the second baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB), is an eight-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. Here are a few inspiring things to know about Dominican-American professional baseball player.

  1.  He is of Dominican origin baseball player who is in contract with Seattle Mariners of Major League Basketball. He is a second baseman, who bats left, throws right.
  2.  He was born Robinson Jose Cano Mercedes on October 22, 1982, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, to Claribel Mercedes and Jose Cano.
  3.  Named after baseball legend Jackie Robinson, grew up in the Dominican Republic, though he lived for some time New Jersey. He attended Newark School, Barringer High School, and San Pedro Apostol High School in San Pedro de Macoris.
  4.  In San Pedro, Cano developed into one of the best young player in the Dominican Republic. He was strong, quick, with good instincts and mechanics. It didn’t hurt that his father, an active professional pitcher threw him batting practice,
  5.  After graduating from high school, he signed a contract with Yankees, in January 2001, as an amateur free agent, with a signing bonus of over $100,000.
  6.  Cano played all but two games of his first professional season with Tampa of the Gulf Coast League. He batted .230, while he led the club in RBIs and earned time at second, third, and short.
  7.  He split the 2004 season between Trenton and Class-AAA Columbus. He batted a combined .283 with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 13 homers, and 74 RBIs.
  8.  On May 3, 2005, he made his debut in the Major League, while hitting .330 in 108 at bats with Columbus, and took over second base from Tony Womack.
  9.  He made his career base hit off of Hideo Nomo of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, on May 05. He also belted his first career grand slam in the same season as well.
  10.  Cano finished the 2005 campaign at .297 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 132 games. His average was top among American League rookies, as were his 78 runs scored, 155 hits and 34 doubles.
  11.  Cano was voted second in American Rookie of the Year to Huston Street of the Oakland Athletics. However he finished the year with third worst walk percentage in the league, 3%.
  12.  After returning from injury for a strained hamstring in August, he led the league in batting average, doubles, and runs batted in. His form continued into September and was named AL Player of the Month in September.
  13.  His batting prowess in his second year matched the legends of Yankees. He ended the 2006 season with the third best batting average in the American League with .342. He added 41 doubles, 15 homers and 78 RBIs despite playing in only 122 games.
  14.  At the start of 2007 season, he gave up his jersey number 22 to Roger Clemens and chose to wear the number 24, a reversal of Jackie Robinson’s 42, in tribute to him.
  15.  After a slow start to the 2007 season, Cano found his flair to end the year, batting .353, with 19 home runs, 93 runs, 189 hits, 41 doubles, and 97 RBIs, in 160 games. He finished sixth in the league in games played, ninth in triple, and tenth in hits.
  16.  On January 24, 2008, he signed his contract extension for the next four years, worth $28 million, which also includes franchise option for two years, worth $27 million.
  17.  Cano made historical final walk-off hit with winning run in the Yankees 1-0 win over the Orioles on September 20, 2008 in the old Yankee Stadium history and the final RBI with his sacrifice fly in the 7th inning, scoring Brett Gardner with the Stadium’s final run the next day.
  18.  He ended the 2009 season with hitting .352, with 204 hits, 25 home runs, 85 RBIs, and 48 doubles in 161 games. He ranked top ten among players in the American league in hits, extra base hits, total bases, at bats, doubles, batting average, runs scored and triples.
  19.  His 204 hits are first among all second baseman and ranked third for hits during 2009. Cano also played in 161 games, the most by a player in 2009 and led the second baseman in batting average.
  20.  Cano won the American League ‘Golden Glove Award’ for second baseman in 2010, the first by a Yankee second baseman since 1965. He also won the Silver Slugger Award for second baseman with a batting average of .319, 29 home runs and 109 runs batted in.
  21.  Participating in 2011 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, during the All-Star Game, Cano won the derby, with his father pitching he set a record for home runs in the final round with 12.
  22.  On October 29, 2012, by exercising the club’s option Cano was retained for 2013 season for $15 million and made his first career appearance at shortstop in the new season. In the first half of the season he batted for .302, with 21 home runs, and 65 RBIs.
  23.  With 27 home runs in the 2013 season, he achieved his 200th career home runs. Cano averaged .314 in batting with 81 runs in 190 hits, 41 doubles, 107 RBIs in 160 games played.
  24.  Cano rejected a Yankee’s offer in search of longer deal and signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. He made his debut for the Mariners on March 31, going 2-4 with a double.
  25.  Towards the end of 2014 season and through 2015, he suffered number of injury scare, starting with gastrointestinal symptoms, resulting in intestinal parasite, then a fractured toe, followed by acid-reflux as a result of treatment for parasite and at the end of season he underwent surgery for sports hernia.
  26.  As he was closing in on 2,300 hits, 300 homers, and more than 1,100 RBIs with seven postseason appearances, he won his first All-Star Most Valuable Player honor on July 11, 2017, along with new Corvette.
  27.  After he fractured his right hand, Cano was suspended for 80 games,on May 15, 2018, after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance enhancing drugs. He returned to action on August 14, 2018.
  28.  Representing Dominican Republic, he participated in three World Baseball Classic tournaments, held in 2009, 2013, and 2017. In the 2013 edition, the Dominican Republic won the championship and he was named the Most Valuable Player.
  29.  Cano was in relationship with his girlfriend, Jackelin Castro since 2008, until they split up in 2011. As of 2019, it is safe to assume that he is single.
  30.  He has to his credit eight career appearances in Major League Baseball All-Star Game and fifth Silver Slugger Award apart from winning two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at second base.
  31.  Robinson Canó Net Worth: $70 Million

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