Robinson Cano Named 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP After Game-Winning HR

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2017

American League's Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano (22), rounds the bases after hitting a homerun in the tenth inning, during the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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A 10th-inning home run won the American League the All-Star Game and helped Robinson Cano earn the Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Miami.

After striking out in his only other at-bat, the Seattle Mariners star knocked a solo shot off Wade Davis over the wall to break a 1-1 tie and help secure the win.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, he was the first player to hit a go-ahead home run in extra innings of the All-Star Game since Tony Perez in 1967.

As Ryan Fagan of Sporting News noted, that doesn't happen often against Davis:

Cano earned his eighth All-Star selection this year by hitting .275 with 17 home runs in the first half. It's his third appearance since he joined the Mariners before the 2014 season. He'd spent his first nine seasons with the New York Yankees.

While he has proved himself as one of the top hitters in baseball over the past decade, Cano hadn't performed well at the Midsummer Classic. He was just 1-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts in his career entering Tuesday.

The 34-year-old, however, added another award to his trophy case by bringing home the MVP hardware.

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