Originally posted on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 8/3/12

Robinson Cano made history Wednesday afternoon with one swing of the bat

Amidst the Yankees seven-run outburst Wednesday in the third inning against the Oriole’s, Robinson Cano marked the history books and took another step to becoming one of the greatest second-basemen to ever play the game. Before the rain started to fall in the Bronx, with the bases loaded, Cano started the storm by cracking a thunderous bomb into the second level-seats. After dropping their first two games against Baltimore, Cano helped boost his club to a 12-2 victory and put the Yankees back to a 6.5 game lead in the AL East.

Wednesday afternoon’s grand slam was his second this season and the ninth of Cano’s career, which ties with Rogers Hornsby for second all-time amongst second-basemen, behind only Jeff Kent with 13. After getting off to a rather pedestrian start in 2012, Cano has slowly pieced it together as the year progressed and looks to be back on MVP track.

With about two months left in the season, Cano has already recorded 24 home runs in 2012 giving him plenty of room to attempt breaking his career-high of 29 total homers in a season. At this point, his 24 bombs are good for second-most on the Yankees and 10th in the MLB. However his RBI production has been down this season, attributed to his struggles at the plate with runners in scoring position. This seems to be the only spot where Cano has shown any signs of inconsistency though, otherwise, with his .312 batting average, the Yankees couldn’t ask for much more from their Gold-Glove second basemen.

The four-time All-Star is racking up another superb season in 2012 and will most likely be adding more to his list of accomplishments. He’s a clear front-runner to win his third straight Silver Slugger award and even more notable, his fourth consecutive MVP award.

He’s made his name ring bells like the long balls he so commonly sends out of the park and has continued to get better since coming to the league in 2006. Cano’s swing has been revered as one of the sweetest ever for a second-basemen and possibly of any position player to dig into the box. As his career continues he will undoubtedly continue to break more records on his way to becoming maybe the greatest second-basemen of all time. Cano has a $15 million option on his contract after the season ends, and with the production he’s provided for New York, there should be no question that it will be picked up and a hefty extension will occur for him in the near future.

 

 

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