ROBINSON CANO

ROBINSON CANO

TEAM: SEATTLE MARINERS, #22
POSITION: 2ND BASE
BATS/THROWS: L, R
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0”, 212 LBS.
DATE OF BIRTH: OCTOBER 22, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH: SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Robinson Cano is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners. A six-time All Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Cano is best known for his handy glove work and hitting prowess—he has a career batting average of .307. Cano is one of four players to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.

Born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, Cano attended San Pedro Apostol High School, excelling in both baseball and basketball. Following high school graduation, Cano was signed by the New York Yankees in 2001 as an amateur free agent. Cano earned high praise as he worked his way through the minor league ranks, being named one of the game’s top prospects in addition to participating in the 2003 MLB All-Star Futures Game. Cano made his major league debut in 2005, finishing second in American League Rookie of the Year balloting. Since his rookie season, Cano has become one of the premier players in the game, being named a six-time All Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time Gold Glove award winner, and earning American League Player of the Month twice. Cano was a member of the New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team, and a member of the Dominican Republic’s 2013 World Baseball Classic championship team, where he was subsequently named tournament MVP.

In April 2013, Cano became the first athlete to sign with Roc Nation Sports in April of 2013. In December of that year, he signed a 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners and made his debut with the team the following spring. His offensive contribution was immediately felt in the Pacific Northwest, as Cano tallied .314 batting average with 14 home runs and 82 RBI during his inaugural season. On September 23, 2015, Cano became the first second baseman and 14th player in MLB history to reach 2,000 career hits in 11 seasons. In addition, Cano is the only player in MLB history to record at least 30 doubles in each of his first 11 seasons. Most recently, on April 26, 2016 Cano reached the 1,000 RBI milestone against the Houston Astros, making him the fifth-fastest second baseman to achieve this feat in his 1,708th game. In his next at bat, Cano improved to 1,004 RBIs after belting his 10th career grand slam.

Robinson Cano is also known for his philanthropic endeavors as the founder of the RC22 Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally. Since its inception as a 501c3 charitable organization in October 2011, the RC22 Foundation has established and engaged in various initiatives that expand opportunities for improved outcomes in the areas of youth development and community healthcare. In November 2015, the RC22 Foundation and Cano unveiled the first of 22 planned RC22 DREAM Schools in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. This signature project of the RC22 Foundation provides 100 impoverished youth with a free Montessori-based education in partnership with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project. Since Cano’s signing with the Mariners, the RC22 Foundation has expanded its philanthropic footprint in Seattle with a variety of local programs that amplify its focus and impact in the areas of education, health, fitness and wellness through partnerships with the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, City Year Seattle, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

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Over the last week our ‪#‎RocFam‬ hosted TMNT Movie screenings across the country for kids from local organizations. In Orlando, Yandel attended the screening and spent time with the kids from Boys and Girls Club of Central FloridaB&GClubOMS_6303In Seattle, Robinson Cano & Cj Prosise saw the movie with friends from City Year, Urban Impact Seattle, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and Seattle Children's HospitalSeattleTMNT
In Ft. Lauderdale, Ndamukong Suh hung out with kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, Children's Home Society, Somerset Academy Village, 4KIDS of South Florida, Handy Inc at local screening#TMNT2 PRIVATE ADVANCE SCREENING-36In NYC, Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria and Roc Nation boxer Junior Younan were joined by kids from Madison Square Boys & Girls Club) and Man Up! Inc. at a screening in Brooklyn
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In LA, Todd Gurley got to see the movie with friends from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo ValleyTGTMNT
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It’s the season of giving. Here’s what our Roc Family has done to give back:

Andre Ward visited Your House Boxing & Community Club – an organization that aims to motivate and support at-risk youth to better themselves, serve their communities, and reject gang violence through boxing, education, and community engagement. Andre participated in their bag and mitt workout, had snack and pizza with the children and spoke with them about staying motivated. Big Sean joined forces with Sean Anderson Foundation for an All-Star Thanksgiving Giveaway. Together with other celebrities and athletes, 3,000 turkeys and food baskets were given to Metro-Detroit residents on a first come, first served basis, in total providing more than 12,000 meals. Roc Nation hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with young adults from The Door – a center for alternatives for NYC youth. The teens enjoyed a warm meal and friendly conversations with Roc Nation employees and special guests CC Sabathia and Dustin Fleischer. DJ Mustard partnered with Crenshaw UMC to host a Thanksgiving dinner and games for CUMC food bank members and their families. Fabolous visited the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, located just 5 minutes away from Breevort Projects where he grew up. Their SuperPantry program is a free mock supermarket for the under-priviledged community. Fabolous stocked food, bagged carts and assisted elderly visitors, helping nearly 200 families.Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Jaelen Strong recruited a strong group of volunteers including family members, friends, former Mt. Airy Bantam coaches and current young Bantams. Strong’s group of volunteers distributed over 120 turkeys to families and individuals in need. Many of the families served were referenced by Face to Face Germantown and Kitchen of Love, community-based organizations serving low-income families meals and human service resources.  Junior Younan partnered with Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger at Mobile Food Pantry in Coney Island. Along with his father and some friends, they serviced over 200 families. Meek Mill donated over 150 turkeys to the Bibleway Baptist Church and We Feed the Homeless Philly’s Annual Turkey Drive. Robinson Cano opened the RC22 DREAM School in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The Montessori school will serve 100 boys and girls and offer holistic community and employment training programs to residents.
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Robinson Cano and his RC22 Foundation held the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the RC22 DREAM School in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic today. See more from the school opening here. And if you’d like to team up with Cano and his foundation, please visit bit.ly/RC22KitsforKidz and help donate school supplies for the children.
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Robinson Cano​ and CC Sabathia​ have been nominated for the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award because of their continuous leadership efforts and inspiration through their respective foundations, RC22 Foundation​ and PitCCh In Foundation Inc.​.Vote now through Sunday to support their great causes![caption id="attachment_17442" align="alignnone" width="1024"]NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21:  Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia attend the 2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on August 21, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robinson Cano; CC Sabathia NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia attend the 2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on August 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robinson Cano; CC Sabathia[/caption]
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Robinson Cano set a new Major League Baseball record in last night’s game. He is now the first player in MLB history to have 30 doubles in 11 consecutive seasons to start a career. Watch his milestone double and the fan reaction here.

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Robinson Cano spent a Thursday afternoon in Downtown Seattle with Mayor Ed Murray and 20 8-12 year olds from the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club of Seattle. In honor of August being PLAY BALL month, declared by the Mayor and co-sponsored by Major League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Robinson Cano and Mayor Murray played a friendly game of WIFFLE BALL with the children from the Boys & Girls Club.

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Robinson Cano adds 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run including a solo home run and walk off single in last night’s game. Watch Cano’s solo home run here.

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MLB All-Star Voting is happening now! Vote for Roc Nation athletes, Erick Aybar, Robinson Cano & Yoenis Cespedes through July 2nd. Vote here.

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Proud to be a part of Robinson Cano’s Canoche Fundraiser! Congrats on raising $1.1MM. Didn’t get to make it to Canoche? It’s not too late to make a donation and contribute to RC22 DREAM School. 

Learn more about the Canoche and the RC22 Foundation mission here.

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Robinson Cano is the Seattle Mariners Nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the Top Offensive Player in each league. Cano had an impressive season averaging .314 batting average with 187 hits and a team-high 37 doubles. #VoteCano today here.042714_329 BVH.JPG
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New additions to CC Sabathia & Robinson Cano’s Summer Classic Charity Basketball game at Barclays Center include fellow Roc Nation family Rihanna and Skylar Diggins!

Team CC is heating up, with honorary team captain Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, JR Smith, Rudy Gay, Ne-Yo, Tiki Barber, DJ Clue, Damaris Lewis, Vinny Guadagnino, Dellin Betances, & Lance Fresh. They’ll face off against Team Cano, featuring honorary team captain Kevin Durant, Felix Hernandez, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, Charlie Villanueva, DJ Envy, Robert Christopher Riley, Endy Chavez, Kendrys Morales, Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina, Jesus Sucre, & Roenis Elias.

Other celebrity guests and participants include Rihanna, Slam Dunk judges Skylar Diggins & Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Master of Ceremonies Angie Martinez and many more.  Tickets, special packages, and more info at www.rnsummerclassic.com.

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NYC: Stop by The 40/40 Club this Thursday August 14th for the Pre-Summer Classic Open Bar event, buy tickets to Robinson Cano + CC Sabathia’s Summer Classic charity basketball game, and enjoy complimentary D’usse Cognac cocktails and 1/2 price drinks! More info on the Summer Classic here.2014-08-09 - RNS Pre-Summer Classic Open Bar_4.jpg
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Robinson Cano leads MLB All-Star Game voting for 2B with over 1 million votes! Vote here now to be entered for a chance to win a signed t-shirt – keep voting for a chance to win the grand prize to see the Mariners and get an on–field pic with Cano!Cano-Mariners-Field
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Roc Nation Sports celebrated its one year anniversary with a luncheon attended by clients Robinson Cano, Victor Cruz, CC Sabathia, and Hakeem Nicks. The Roc Nation Sports logo was featured in Times Square in NYC to honor the occasion. Roc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO DowntownRoc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO DowntownRoc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO DowntownRoc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO Downtownphoto
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Watch Robinson Cano on last night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In this first clip, he surprises Yankees fans in Bryant Park in New York and then watch his interview with Jimmy Fallon. Plus, tune in to Off The Bat from the MLB Fan Cave when Robinson appears on his executive-produced episode tonight at 11/10c on MTV2.
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GQ Magazine heads to Robinson Cano’s hometown to talk about growing up in the Dominican Republic and joining the Seattle Mariners. Pick up the April issue on stands now.GQ_Final
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At the Mariners Fan Fest last Saturday, a record-breaking number of fans came out to meet Robinson Cano and the Mariners team in Seattle. Check out Cano with some of his fans below._Q9U8314-001_VH_7417-001_Q9U8167-001_Q9U7592-001
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Three Kings Day in Robinson Cano’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris turned into a week-long celebration for the city’s children. Cano and his foundation hosted his annual toy drive for children in need, featuring an event for over 1,000 kids and a direct toy distribution of over 5000 toys, which included girls and boys bikes and helmets, dolls, toy trucks and Nike products.Check out pictures from the event and the toy distribution below. _MG_2506_BC_8703_MG_2452_1_MG_2186_MG_2432_BC_9330-1_BC_8945
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Go behind the scenes with MLB during Robinson Cano’s first day in Seattle with the Mariners Then, watch Robinson Cano's discuss his childhood, being named after Jackie Robinson, and joining the Mariners in this MLB interview
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Congratulations to Roc Nation Sports’ Robinson Cano on signing a 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners! Cano ended the 2013 season as a 5x All-Star, with 5 straight seasons with a .300+ batting average, 40+ doubles, and 25+ home runs.

Says Cano, "I want to thank all my fans in New York for an amazing nine years. It was truly an honor to play for you."mariners
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Robinson Cano shares his favorite spots in New York's Washington Heights, the neighborhood close to Yankee Stadium that also features some of his top Dominican dishes that remind him of home. Watch the video below.

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Head over to the MLB's site to learn how to vote for your favorite Home Run Derby Captain and you'll be entered to win a prize! Of course we're voting for Robinson Cano.

Check here for details.
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Congratulations to Roc Nation Sports' Robinson Cano for being named the American League starter at second base for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game - and thanks to all the fans who voted for Cano! The game will take place on July 16 at Citi Field, the day after Robinson Cano captains the American League's Home Run Derby team.20100413_CANO_OPENING_DAY_AG_1467
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Get the VIP package to Robinson Cano's RC24 Foundation Charity event.
This incredible package includes:
• 4 Tickets to the Robinson Cano's Super Heroes Fundraiser and Dominos Tournament on Monday June 24 in New York City
• Photo opportunity with Robinson Cano at the event
• Bottle of champagne and access to VIP area at the 40/40 Club in NYC
• 4 Signed baseballs from Robinson Cano for your group
Bid now for a night with Robinson Cano you will never forget!

The mission of the RC24 Foundation is to positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities from New York to the Dominican Republic, both locally and globally. The Foundation has established and engaged in various initiatives that expand opportunities for improved outcomes in the areas of youth development and community healthcare.

Tickets are available here.
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Get tickets now to the RC24 Foundation Super Heroes fundraiser and domino tournament on Monday, June 24th at 7pm in New York.

The 40/40 Club is proud to host the lively super hero-themed event at its upscale sports lounge in Chelsea. The evening will include flavorful cuisine, an interactive photo booth, a chance to meet your favorite childhood super hero, a celebrity-filled domino tournament, live music and a top DJ, and a live and silent auction.

Three finalists from the domino tournament will play against Robinson Cano in the exclusive VIP suite.

CharityBuzz is offering a special 4-ticket package featuring a VIP hangout with Robinson Cano at the event – get more info here.
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As he assumes the mantle of team leader, Robinson Cano stands at the crossroads of two of baseball's richest traditions -- the sporting culture of the Dominican Republic and the storied lineage of the New York Yankees. Here, JAY Z's Life+Times presents a glimpse of his journey from the DR to NYC:

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CanoFanCave On Friday morning, Nick D'Annibale, a 13 year old New York Yankees fan with leukemia, didn't know that he was on his way to the MLB Fan Cave for a tour of the space and a ball game in the streets of New York. He also didn't know that his favorite player, Robinson Cano, was going to be there to surprise him.

Check it out here.
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Robinson Cano collected his 1500th hit last night helping the Yankees beat the Rockies 3-1. Cano is one of the youngest Yankees ever to make 1500 hits. Check out the hit here.

Check out Cano's interview after the game below:
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