Seattle Mariners veteran Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a home run during Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. In doing so, he became just the third second baseman in MLB history to have recorded 300 or more homers, per Sportsnet Stats.
Not normally a position of power, Cano's unique strength as a second baseman has been on display for most of his 13-year career. As a rookie with the New York Yankees, he went yard 14 times and took second in Rookie of the Year voting.
His real breakout as a slugger occurred in 2009, when he cranked out 25 round-trippers. He also finished a solid 17th in American League Most Valuable Player voting that season, slashing .320/.352/.520 and driving in 85 runs.
His prime years were between 2010 and 2014, however. Over that stretch, Cano slashed .312/.375/.518 while averaging 26 homers and 102 runs batted in per season. He also collected four Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves and never finished worse than sixth in MVP voting.
Cano, at 34, is putting together another quality campaign with the Mariners—the organization he's been a part of for the past four seasons. Over his 141 games played, the eight-time All-Star has hit 22 home runs, recorded 93 RBI and ranks fourth on a loaded Seattle offense in on-base plus slugging percentage (.805).
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