Twice as a prospect in the minor leagues, Robinson Cano was offered by the New York Yankees as trade bait to acquire veteran players. Each time the other team rejected Cano and picked another player from the Yankee organization. Bad move.
Cano, who was named for Jackie Robinson, emerged as one of the best second basemen in baseball after being called to the majors in the middle of the 2005 season. He impressed immediately – finishing second in American League Rookie of the Year voting to Huston Street.
He has a sweet left-handed swing that some have compared to the stroke of Hall of Famer Rod Carew. Cano hit .342 in his second season with the Yankees and has hit over .300 in five of his first seven big league seasons.
Controversy at the 2012 All-Star Game
As the reigning champion of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby in 2012, Cano had the responsibility of choosing participants for the American League. When he did not choose Billy Butler of the host Kansas City Royals, Cano was booed mercilessly during the competition. The Royals fans were delighted that Cano also managed to hit zero home runs.