New York Yankees

The Rise, Fall, and Potential Rise of Robinson Cano

BALTIMORE - APRIL 09:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on April 9, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Allen LoppCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

Robinson Cano was born in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.

His father Jose Cano was signed by the Yankees in 1980, and played in six games for the Astros in 1989.

Robinson Cano started his major league career in 2005, taking over Second Base from Tony Womack.He was phenomenal batting .297 with 14 home runs, 62 RBI, along with 34 doubles. He also never one to take walks. So that year he finished third in lowest walk percentage with 3 percent.

Robinson Cano showed that he had presence at the plate and smoothness in his swing.

He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year Balloting to Huston Street. Joe Torre once compared him to Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

His Second Year in the league was a Giant Success. His batting average was .342, with 15 home runs, and 75 runs batted in.

His average was good enough to finish third behind Derek Jeter and Joe Mauer. He finished 22nd in the MVP race that year while teammate Derek Jeter finished second. Again his walk percentage was one of the worst in the league at 3.6 percent.

He was also the leading vote getter at second base for the American League, but was unable to play because of an injury.

In 2007 he gave up his number 22 so that Roger Clemens could wear it when he joined the team. He changed his number to 24 the reversal of Jackie Robinson's number who he was named after.

He started off slow batting a weak .249 through May 29th, but in July he batted .385. By the end of the season he bought his average back up to .306 to finish out the season. His rest of his offensive numbers saw a rise in whacking in 19 home runs and 97 RBIs.

Like the whole team in 2008 Cano's offensive numbers declined.

His batting average fall to .271 and the RBI fell to 72, along with the homers to 14.

Cano recorded the final walk off game winning hit in Yankee Stadium history by singling in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning in the Yankees 1–0 victory over the Orioles on September 20, 2008.

In the final game at Yankee Stadium the next night, Cano recorded the final RBI in Stadium history with his sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, scoring Brett Gardner with the Stadium's final run.

This year he has started off strong hitting .571 with one homer, three RBI, and one stolen base.

Hopefully he can continue on this path and help the Yankees grab another World Series Title.

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