Photo: Jon Wells
Robinson José Canó Mercedes
Height: 6'0" Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Born: 10/22/1982 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Offseason home: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Family: Son Robinson, daughter Celia
Acquired: Signed as a free agent (12/12/2013)
MLB Debut: 05/03/2005
Free Agent after: 2023 season
Twitter handle: @RobinsonCano
Robbie passed some big career milestones last season: On August 4 he ripped his 500th double and on September 21 his 300th homer. The numbers keep piling up, don’t they? Will they equal HOF? He’s currently fifth among active players in the following stats: Games, At-Bats, Hits, and Total Bases, with the same four future HOFers ahead of him: Pujols, Beltre, Miggy, and Ichiro. He’s fourth among active players in RBIs and Doubles (same guys, sans Ichiro), and only 624 hits shy of 3,000. Can he do it? He’s averaged 182 in his four seasons with Seattle, so it seems more than possible. And where will he wind up on the career Doubles chart? At 512 two-baggers, he’s 54th with a bullet. Three more and he passes his batting coach, Señor Double. Thirteen more and he passes Junior. Last season, rapping out his usual 33, Canó joined Stan Musial as the only players in baseball history who have hit 30+ doubles in 13 seasons.
That said, 2017 was a bit of an off year for him, and it was mostly in how he fared against lefties. For his career, he’s hit southpaws well: .282 (against .316 vs. righties). His first three seasons in Seattle against lefties were similar: .294, .270, .275. But last season he dropped to .208 with a .298 slugging percentage. It could be no big thing; his previous low against lefties was .239 in 2012 and he bounced back from that. But he’s 35 now, and this is only the fifth year of that mammoth 10-year, $240 million deal. Forgive M’s fans for holding their breath.