Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó spent part of his rare off-day on Thursday with some 200 Boys & Girls Club members and patients and families from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Cano’s RC22 Foundation treated the lucky guests to a sneak preview of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle—popcorn and soft drinks included.
Seahawks 2016 draft pick C.J. Prosise was also there, taking time out after OTA practice at the VMAC.
Canó and Prosise posed for photos with everyone and introduced the movie. Prosise told the kids that he was excited to see the show since he grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on TV. Leonardo was his favorite character.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, premieres on June 3.
On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Robinson Canó shows his old teammates he’s moved on, and leads a big comeback in Boston.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó was slumping when he met his former team, the New York Yankees, on July 18. His first half had been decidedly “Un-Canó-like,” and Yankees fans greeted him with a shower of boos. But he quieted the critics with a pair of two-run home runs that helped the Mariners end a seven-game skid against the Yankees. It was Canó’s 14th multi-homer game, and the first not in pinstripes, and it helped Hisashi Iwakuma post a 4-3 win over New York.
Canó came up big again a month later, this time in Boston, where he contributed five hits and three RBI in a wild 10-8 win over the Red Sox. Up 7-1 in the top of the 4th, the Mariners let Boston chip away until the Red Sox tied the score 8-8 with two out in the bottom of the 9th on Carson Smith’s blown save. Nelson Cruz and Franklin Gutierrez also contributed to the win with homers (two for Guti).
Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó today presided over the ribbon cutting for the RC22 DREAM School in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.
The school was built by Canó and his RC22 Foundation. The Montessori school will serve 100 children, ages 3-8, and will offer holistic community and employment training programs for the people who live in San Pedro de Macoris.
The RC22 Foundation was created in 2010 to positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities through education and health care initiatives.
Now that the school is open, the focus has turned to providing supplies for students and administrators. Kits for Kidz has a link if you’d like to donate. For $20, you can purchase a kit with 30 essential items needed for an entire school year, along with a backpack. A donation of $1,000 will provide supplies for students and teachers in one classroom for the school year, and $2,500 will supply uniforms for all the students during the RC22 DREAM School’s inaugural year.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following medical update on second baseman Robinson Canó:
Robinson Canó underwent surgery today to repair both a right side and a left side core muscle injury. The surgery was performed in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute.
Recovery is expected to take six weeks, and Canó should be completely recovered for the start of Spring Training in February.
Canó, 32, was originally diagnosed with a core muscle injury on his right side in late September. During his pre-surgery examinations with Dr. Meyers, an additional MRI was performed that revealed a second core muscle injury on his left side.
Canó hit .287 (179×624) with 82 runs, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs and 79 RBI in 156 games (155 starts) this season. He hit .330 (109×330) with 52 runs, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 17 home runs, 55 RBI in his final 82 games.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó reached a historic milestone tonight in Kansas City recording his 2,000th career hit. Among many of his career achievements, Canó’s 2,000th career hit ranks at the very top of that list. Here are some facts and figures about the historic achievement:
Canó is just the 14th player in baseball history to record at least 2,000 hits in the first 11 seasons of a career. He joins Ichiro Suzuki – 2,428 (2001-11), Paul Waner – 2,254 (1926-36), Al Simmons – 2,188 (1924-34), Pete Rose – 2,152 (1963-73), Kirby Puckett – 2,135 (1984-94), Wade Boggs – 2,098 (1982-92), George Sisler – 2,094 (1915-26), Hank Aaron – 2,085 (1954-64), Albert Pujols – 2,073 (2001-11), Richie Ashburn – 2,067 (1948-58), Stan Musial – 2,023 (1941-52), Joe Medwick – 2,004 (1932-42) and Jesse Burkett – 2,001 (1890-1900). Canó is the only full-time second baseman to appear on this list.
Before Turning 33:
Canó is the 5thactive player to reach 2,000 hits prior to turning 33, joining Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Albert Pujols.
In a Mariners Uniform:
Canó becomes the 5th player to record a 2,000th career hit in a Mariners uniform (not all hits as a Mariner). He joins Gary Matthews Sr. (8/4/87 at OAK), Edgar Martinez (5/2/03 at CWS), John Olerud (6/16/03 vs. ANA) and Ichiro Suzuki (9/6/09 at OAK).
1 – May 4, 2005 at Tampa Bay (1B off Hideo Nomo)
500 – September 25, 2007 at Tampa Bay (1B off Jason Hammel)
1,000 – July 25, 2010 vs. Kansas City (2B off Victor Marte)
1,500 – May 9, 2013 at Colorado (1B off Jeff Francis)
2,000 – September 23, 2015 at Kansas City (1B off Kelvin Herrera)
Inside the Numbers:
Becomes the 15th native of the Dominican Republic to reach 2,000 hits.
Different ballparks to record a hit in.
Hits vs. the Orioles, the most vs. any opponent.
Different pitchers to record a hit off (most off James Shields – 37).
Robinson Canó, the Mayor of Seattle and a group of kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club had a friendly game of Wiffle® Ball in downtown Seattle. It was part of the Major League Baseball-U.S. Conference of Mayors PLAY BALL initiative.
Mayor Ed Murray issued an official proclamation declaring August “PLAY BALL Month” in Seattle in recognition of “the importance and influence of the sport of baseball in the City of Seattle.”
Robinson Canó took a turn pitching to the kids, and Mariners team President and COO Kevin Mather stepped up to the rubber when Canó moved behind the plate to give the kids some tips on hitting.
With the “outfield wall” only 60-feet away from home plate there were a few homeruns, including a couple by Canó. The Moose van took a couple of direct hits, but no windows were broken.
PLAY BALL is an MLB campaign to engage youth and families in baseball. The initiative encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth.
A group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got a rare treat on Tuesday – the chance to play on the grass at Safeco Field with Robinson Canó.
The kids from Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Reviving Baseball in Innercities (RBI) program were invited to take part in the annual PLAY campaign designed to help kids establish healthy exercise and eating habits early in life.
PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities.
Canó was joined by teammates Charlie Furbush, Mark Lowe, James Paxton and Chris Taylor as well as members of the Mariners training staff to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as making good decisions about things such as performance enhancing drugs.
Mark Lowe, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in his early 20s, told the kids that he didn’t let his medical condition prevent him from achieving his dream of becoming a Major League pitcher. Lowe, who has been managing his condition for the past 10-years, told the kids that they too can overcome obstacles if they stay positive.
The kids also got some good advice about steroids and performance enhancing drugs from Brian Parker of the Taylor Hooten Foundation. Hooton was a high school baseball player in Texas who took steroids to get bigger and stronger. Parker explained to the kids that although steroids can be therapeutic if you are sick, they can also have harmful effects on young, healthy bodies. He said steroids make all your muscles grow bigger, including the heart, which is dangerous. In addition, he said, performance enhancing drugs are illegal and they’re cheating.
After the presentations, the players were joined on field by three members of the Mariners training staff, Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Thoth, who led the kids through a series of exercises – stretches and warmups, sprints and agility drills.