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Former Yankee Hero Canó Returns To The Bronx

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Bronx, NY – The second home stand of the New York Yankees will begin on April 15. The date of April 15, 1947 was the first day Jackie Robinson played and integrated the major leagues.

On the 50th anniversary of that important date, Robinson’s uniform #42 was retired by MLB and every uniformed person on every team wore Robinson’s uniform number to pay honor to his great accomplishment.

Tribute will be given to Robinson at every major league game including the contest between the Yankees and the visiting Seattle Mariners. It is most appropriate that Canó be part of this and every previous season’s salute to Robinson as he was named for the important athlete.

The Mariner who will be given the greatest attention is Robinson Canó. The native of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic made his debut with the Yanks on May 3, 2005, and was one of the greatest stars on the club through the conclusion of the 2013 season.

During his nine seasons with the Yankees, the second sacker compiled an outstanding record of accomplishments and was a major contributor to the Yankees reaching the postseason in seven of those nine seasons.

The 33 year old, as a Yankee, was a two time winner of the Gold Glove and a five time recipient of the Silver Slugger. He was a member of the American League all-Star team for five years.

He batted above .300 for his last five years as a Yankee. Canó also exhibited his slugging prowess by capturing the 2012 Home run Derby. He twice represented his homeland in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) after the 2013 Classic.

After signing a lucrative long term contract with Seattle in December of 2013, Canó was viewed as a villain by many Yankee rooters. His return should not be as controversial this year as the Yankees now have again have another hero from the Dominican Republic at second base, Starlin Castro. The 26 year old is batting. 346, slugging .654 and has knocked in nine runs in seven games in pinstripes.

Prior to the first game, the veteran spoke with understanding of why Yankee fans don’t welcome him with happiness, “I understand. I agree with them. I’m not there anymore. It’s not like you’re going to cheer for one of your guys. I have fun with it. I don’t have any complaints about Yankee fans. They remember me and supported me. It’s something I’m always going to appreciate.”

He also expressed the uniqueness of the two Yankee stadiums he played in, “The old one gave you the feeling of playing in the same place as all those superstars and Hall of famers that played in that stadium. Now it’s a bit different, it’s more modern.”

If Canó avoids injury and plays several more seasons as he did previously, he may be one of the greats fans and players in the future will look up to.

Now in his 12th major league season, Canó has a lifetime batting average of .307, a slugging percentage of .495, 2,022 hits, needs nine runs batted in and 37 runs scored to reach 1,000 in both categories. He hasn’t slowed down this season as he has blasted five home runs and driven in eight runs in nine games played.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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