Cano happy to pick who he wants for Home Run Derby

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Robinson Cano again will serve as captain for the American League Home Run Derby team. And he’s glad to be in New York this time around. “Now that you’re in New York, you get to pick whoever you want,” Cano said.

By Chad Jennings

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has once again agreed to serve as American League captain for the Home Run Derby, and with the game in a National League park — and in New York — he shouldn’t face the same sort of hometown fury that came when he didn’t pick Royals slugger Billy Butler for last year’s Derby in Kansas City.

“Now that you’re in New York, you get to pick whoever you want,” Cano said. “Now I don’t have to pick David Wright because he’s on the other side. It’s fun. I always say, I’ve done it away twice. Now you do it at home where you have your crowd, and the greatest fans in the world get a chance to see you swinging in the Home Run Derby.”

Did Cano actually enjoy being Home Run Derby captain last year?

“You’re not going to enjoy it,” he said. “You know, everywhere you go, you get booed because fans — they don’t understand. Even the guys I picked, it’s not that I picked anybody because, “Oh, he’s Dominican” or he’s doing this or that. Everybody was swinging good. It was tough, but now this year I’ve got the advantage that it’s in New York.”

Will Cano have his father pitch to him again?

“Oh, yes sir, why not?” he said. “We’re .500. One for two.”

Will he be booed this time?

“Well, hopefully not,” he said.

Will he pick Billy Butler?

“No chance,” he said, with a smile.

Chad Jennings writes for The Westchester (N.Y.) Journal

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