Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The New York Yankees signed a player named— get this— Burt Reynolds.

No, not the mustachioed actor from such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and the Smokey and the Bandit series.

According to the YES Network, this Burt Reynolds might not have any relation to the movie star, but has a strong bloodline— he is reportedly the cousin of Yankees star second baseman Robinson Cano.



Last season, the 23-year-old Reynolds batted .232 with 13 homeruns, 36 RBI's and 11 stolen bases for the Newark Bears of the Can-Am Baseball Association.

The third baseman/outfielder was originally a 30th round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2006 and is a native of San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic.  He spent three years in the Tampa Bay minor-league system before going to the independent Can-Am.

The 2011 Bears were managed by former-Yankee outfielder Tim Raines and had a couple of familiar names from the Yankees past in the lineup including Tim Raines Jr. and Todd Gossage, the youngest son of Hall of Fame closer Rich "Goose" Gossage.

It might have been nice to have the actor Reynolds— the world's biggest box office draw for most of the '70's— hanging around Yankees spring training.

The Yankees haven't had a good mustache on the team since the days of Don Mattingly.
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