Cano both likely and unlikely star of stars in the 88th All-Star Game

July 12, 2017

MLB

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American League’s Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano (22), second from left, congratulated Cleveland Indians pitcher Andrew Miller, after winning the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Miami. Cano hit a home run in the tenth inning to win the game. The American League defeated the National league 2-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

By Morris Phillips

More than three hours before Robinson Cano clubbed the 10th inning home run that decided the 88th All-Star Game, the veteran slugger had his All-Star moment.  In a pre-game ceremony Cano took the field with Juan Marichal, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda and the late Roberto Clemente’s wife, Vera.  The ceremony celebrated the contributions of Latin America to Major League Baseball, a history as vast as those assembled on the Marlins Park field on Monday.

Cano added his own contribution to the story with his home run off Wade Davis that would catapult the American League, 2-1.  Ironically, Cano was a late replacement, his eight All-Star appearance which had been uneventful until the 10th inning Monday.  Cano had just eight at-bats, one hit in All-Star competition previously.

In the pre-game ceremony Cano was one of eight catchers for the legends that threw out the first pitches.  Cano received his pitch from Marichal as the cameras flashed.

“I can’t wait to get to social media and get that picture and put it in a frame in my home,” Cano said.

The American League won for the fifth straight time, but it won’t secure home field advantage in the World Series for the AL. That rule was abolished by new commissioner Rob Manfred prior to the game, and Cano wasn’t initially aware the rules had changed.

Yadier Molina homered for the National League–their only run–as the two 34-year olds stole the show from the younger All-Stars, 28 in all making their first All-Star appearance.  Molina and Cano were the oldest, and most voluminous All-Stars with eight appearances each.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, the biggest names on the marquee for the Home Run Derby, both went 0 for 3.

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