After posting yet another stellar first half, Robinson Canó has been named to the American League All-Star team for the 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. Canó is making his 7th All-Star Game appearance, T5th-most among active players, and his 6th Midsummer Classic appearance in the last seven years. Canó was also selected to the All-Star Game in 2006 and 2010-2014.
Canó is batting .302 (104×344) with 59 runs, 20 doubles, 1 triple, 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 84 games. Canó’s 19 home runs are the 3rd-most in his career before the All-Star break while his 54 RBI are 5th-most in his career before the break.
Canó credited Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez with his success at the plate this season.
“We [Canó and Martinez] worked from the beginning, doing everything in the cage,” Canó said. “I told him earlier, ‘You’re a part of that’…I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Edgar.”
Among American League leaders, Canó ranks T7th with 19 home runs, T10th with 54 RBI, 12th with a .532 slugging percentage, 14th with a .889 OPS, 6th with 183 total bases and T8th with 30 multi-hit games.
“Robbie’s had a great first half for us,” manager Scott Servais said. “He really led our team. He had the home run binge early on in the season, and he’s been out there every day. Nice to see him back healthy again this year and excited for him to get this opportunity. He certainly deserved it.”
Follow along as Canó takes the field in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT. The 87th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and will be broadcast on ESPN Radio.
First Half Highlights
- With a 2-run single on April 26 vs. Houston, Cano recorded his 1,000th career RBI in his 1,707th career game, becoming the 5th-fastest 2nd baseman to reach that milestone. Cano trailed only Tony Lazzeri (1,417 games), Jeff Kent (1,486 games), Bobby Doerr (1,552) and Charlie Gehringer (1,593 games).
- He belted his 10th career grand slam on April 26 vs. Houston. Canó’s 10 career grand slams rank T7th-most among active players.
- Canó was named American League Player of the Week for May 2-8 after batting .516 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI in 7 games.
- From April 30 through June 5, he reached base safely in 34 consecutive games while batting .324.
- Canó recorded 2 or more hits in five straight games from May 1-5, batting .545 with 5 runs, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI during that stretch.
- On May 2 at Oakland, Canó became the 5th second baseman in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBI, joining Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Rogers Hornsby.
- With his 1,000th career run on June 5 at Texas, Canó became one of six players with at least 1,000 runs and 1,000 RBI through their ﬁrst 12 seasons, joining Matt Holiday, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee.
- Canó hit his 247th home run as a 2nd baseman on June 17 at Boston, surpassing Joe Gordon (246) to become the American League leader in homers as a 2nd baseman.
- Canó reached 50 RBI before the All-Star Break for the 6th time in his career (also: 2010-14).