It’s starting to become routine to see Robinson Cano at second base for the American League All-Star team.
The fans voted the 30-year-old into his fourth consecutive All-Star Game and his fifth overall — which he’ll participate in on July 16 at Citi Field (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
Over the past several seasons, Cano has set the standard for second baseman.
Since 2010, the New York Yankees’ Cano captured two Gold Gloves and three consecutive Silver Slugger Awards as the AL’s most productive at the position. So it’s no surprise, he’ll be starting at second base a fourth game in a row for the AL All-Stars.
The Dominican Republic native is in his ninth year in the legendary Pinstripes. He debuted in 2005 and finished second to Oakland A’s closer Huston Street in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
In Cano’s sophomore year in the majors, he batted a career-best .342, made his first All-Star appearance and won the first of his four Silver Sluggers.
Cano is as reliable as they come. Since 2007, he has played in at least 159 regular-season games each year, hitting below .300 just once (.271 in ’08). He’s coming off a career-best campaign of 33 homers and his fourth consecutive season of batting at least .302 and scoring 100-plus runs.
For his career (through July 8), Cano features a .307 batting average, 197 homers, 773 RBI, 768 runs and 1,557 hits. He also won the 2011 Home Run Derby contest when it was held at Phoenix’s Chase Field, and will be participating as the AL captain during the 2013 Derby on Monday night in New York.
On the all-time Yankees list, he ranks seventh in intentional walks (62), eighth in doubles (351) and is tied with Don Mattingly for ninth in batting average.
As for the postseason, Cano has played in 51 games, but only made it to the World Series once — when the Yankees beat the Phillies in six games in 2009. In those 51 games (11 series), he batted .222 with eight homers and 33 RBI.
Sure, his statistics aren’t Hall of Fame-worthy yet, but as long as he stays healthy, the sky is the limit.