Feature Athlete of the Week: Robinson Canó

Posted: August 16, 2011 by DC Sports Bar in Baseball
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New York Yankees Second Baseman Robinson Canó

Robinson Canó was born Robison José Canó Mercedes October 22nd, 1982 in The Dominican Republic, and was named Robinson by his father after the great baseball player Jackie Robinson.

He is known for currently (2011) playing the position of second baseman for MLB New York Yankees team.

His father, José Canó, signed with the Houston Astros in 1980, and pitched in six games for the Astros in 1989. Robinson was named after baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

While he did reside in the United States for the span of three years (seventh through ninth grade in the Newark school system in New Jersey), Canó grew up in the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic Robinson attended San Pedro Apostol High School in San Pedro de Macoris where he played both basketball and baseball for the school. He also played for his hometown team Estrellas Orientales in the winter league.


While Robinson Canó was recruited right out of high school by the Yankees in 2001, it wasn’t until the season of 2005 when he got called to play in the Major Leagues for the Yankees, Robinson replaced Tony Womack for the position of second basemen .  While considered a top prospect, he came close to being traded a number of times, one of those being to the Texas Rangers as part of an offer made by the Yankees to the Texas Rangers in 2004 to finalize the trade of Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees.

In 2011 Robinson Canó was selected for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a starting second baseman and was chosen to participate in the 2011 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. With his father pitching, Canó won the derby, setting a record for home runs in the final round with 12 home runs despite having an additional four outs remaining. Because of his father being part of the ordeal, Robinson says “that was a great moment” for both of them.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Canó accepts the home run derby winner's trophy with parents Jose and Mercedes Canó at his side at 2011 Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Robinson Canó 2011 Season & Career Stats

Outside of the field, Robinson is also known for giving back to the community, and just like another great Dominican baseball player (Albert Pujols) he takes trips to the Dominican Republic to donate his time and money to help out families in less fortunate situations than he is in. He donates toys and helps out schools that provide education to the poverty stricken families stating that “you don’t know which one of those kids can be the next great somebody from here, so I come here to help them and show them they can be anything they want.”

Canó also practices in Dominican Republic; he has even recruited some of his Yankee teammates, like Francisco Cervelli, to go practice along with him in the off-season. In an interview with the YESNetwork Francisco says “training with Canó and his Father in the Dominican Republic was one of the best choices he has ever made. These guys know what they are doing.”, said Francisco of Robinson Canó and his Father.

  • 2002 – South Atlantic League All-Star SS
  • 2004 – NY Yankees Minor League Player of the Year
  • 2005 – MLB All-Rookie All-Star 2B
  • 2005 – This Year in Baseball Awards: Rookie of the Year
  • 2006 – Selected to the 2006 American League All Star team
  • 2007 – Had his Class A (Staten Island Yankees) uniform number (17) retired.
  • 2010 – American League Player of the Month for April.
  • 2010 – American League All-Star, starting Second Baseman
  • 2010 – American League Gold Glove Award, Second Base
  • 2010 – American League Silver Slugger Award, Second Base
  • 2011 – MLB Home Run Derby Champion


  1. Messin' with Sasquash says:

    He’s a Home run Machine… in the next couple of years we will be hearing him make history by becoming the next member of the 600 HR club… Shalom, Robinson!!!

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