Cano's father Jose played for the Houston Astros and named his son for Jackie Robinson.
In his 15-year career (all with the Rockies), Helton has been elected to five All-Star teams and won three Gold Gloves and four Sliver Slugger awards. He has over 2,400 hits and more than 350 home runs.
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton tips his hat to the crowd during his 2,000 career game at Coors Field on June 30, 2011.
First baseman Joey Votto debuted with the Reds in 2007. He's a three-time All-Star and was NL MVP in 2010. when he hit .324 with 37 home runs and 113 RBI. He won a Gold Glove in 2011.
Reds 1B Joey Votto receives the 2010 National League's Most Valuable Player award before the 2011 Opening Day game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on March 31, 2011.
First baseman Albert Pujols has been nothing short of remarkable since coming up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and was NL Rookie of the Year. He's appeared in nine All-Star Games, won six Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves and is a three-time NL MVP. He won the World Series with the Cards in 2006 and 2011 and was the NLCS MVP in 2004.
New Mr. October
Albert Pujols had a historic night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, socking three homers (tying the World Series record set by Babe Ruth and matched by Reggie Jackson) and going 5-for-6 with six RBI (tying a World Series record). The St. Louis slugger also had 14 total bases (a World Series record) to lead the Cards to a 16-7 rout of the Rangers.
Atlanta Braves' switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, who turns 40 later this month, has announced he will retire after the 2012 season. He's an eight-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger award winner, won a World Series in 1995 and was the NL MVP in 1999. He has played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves.
Classic once more
Chipper Jones acknowledges the crowd before he comes up to bat during the sixth inning of the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on July 10. All the great ones should go out this way, taking one last victory lap at the Midsummer Classic, giving a pregame speech to their teammates, receiving a standing ovation from fans and players alike.
Felix Hernandez is already pitching royalty at a tender age, thus his nickname, King Felix. He's a three-time All-Star and won the 2010 AL Cy Young award. Earlier this season, he achieved his dream of throwing a perfect game, when he blanked the Rays.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez waves to the appreciative Seattle crowd after a postgame interview about his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15.
Troy Tulowitzki made his debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2006 and quickly became in impact player. The dueces are wild for Tulo — he's a two-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards. He's been out with an injury for a large portion of this season and his team has suffered for it.
At 6-3 and 215 pounds, Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki is large for a shortstop, but he's known for his dazzling defense, such as this play. On April 29, 2007, vs. the Braves, Tulo made an unassisted triple play. Chipper Jones hit a line drive at the SS, who snared the ball in flight, stepped on second to double up Kelly Johnson, and tagged Edgar Renteria between first and second. He's no slouch at the plate either; he hit for the cycle on Aug. 10, 2009.
Jim Thome was with the Minnesota Twins when he hit a three-run shot for his 600th career home run vs. the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Aug. 15, 2011.
Jim Thome's 21-year MLB career includes five All-Star Games, a Silver Slugger award, the 2006 Comeback Player of the Year award and the Roberto Clemente award. Popular among his peers for his kind demeanor, he's twice received the MLB Players Choice Man of the Year award. He's collected more than 2,300 hits and over 600 home runs.
CarGo made his major league debut in 2008 and has already been on an All-Star team and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.
Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Coors Field. Gonzalez set a Rockies record and tied the major league record on May 31, 2012, by hitting four home runs in four straight at bats, going back to his three-homer game the night before vs. the Astros. It was the 22nd time the feat had been reached in major-league history.
One of the best young pitchers in baseball, Clayton Kershaw is the reigning NL Cy Young winner. He's also a two-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw accepts the 2011 NL Cy Young award at Dodger Stadium on April 11, 2012.
Ryan Howard found MLB success early. He was the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year. He followed up his outstanding rookie campaign by being selected as the 2006 NL MVP. He's a three-time All-Star, has won a Silver Slugger award and won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He was the NLCS MVP in 2009.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard achieved both the 100-homer and 200-homer milestones quicker than anyone in history. His 100th HR came at age 27, on June 27, 2007, in his 325th game, topping Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner by 60 games. At age 29, Howard reached the 200-homer plateau vs. the Marlins, on July 16, 2009. It came in his 658th career game, beating Kiner, again, by 48 games. Although sidelined with injury most of 2012, Howard is flirting with the 300-homer milestone.
The Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had a career-year in 2011, finishing second in NL MVP voting to Brewers CF Ryan Braun. Had the Dodgers been in contention that year, he probably would have won the award. He's a two-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards. He's the first player to win three consecutive Player of the Week awards. He started off 2012 strongly, but his season has been marred by injury.
Matt Kemp receieved the 2011 National Lague Hank Aaron Award given to the league's most outstanding offensive player. Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista was the AL recipient.
Angels ace Jered Weaver is a three-time All-Star and is having a Cy Young-caliber season. In 2011 he finished second in the AL in both ERA (2.41) and WHIP (1.01). This season, so far, he's pitched three complete games, including two shutouts.
Jered Weaver can hardly believe it, but it's true — the Angels ace beams on May 2 after no-hitting the Twins in Anaheim in a 9-0 win.
The Yankees second baseman is a three-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger award and has a Gold Glove. He won the Home Run Derby in 2011. He's also has a World Series ring with the Yankees (2009).