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Robinson Cano is a U.S. citizen

Nov 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Congratulations to Robinson Cano, who apparently did not go 1-for-18 on his citizenship test:



  1. indaburg - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Day to be proud indeed. Welcome to the club, Robbie.

  2. APBA Guy - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Good for him!

    • MotorCitySteel - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      no does he have to pay taxes like us?

  3. roverkarlthecannedham - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I am Karl Christian Rover and I approve this guy for American Citizen, too. There. Now stop hating on me, America

  4. deepstblu - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Congratulations, citizen! Now here’s your summons for jury duty.

  5. stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Congratulations, Robinson. Glad to have you.

  6. natslady - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Congratulations, Mr. Cano. Thanks for going through the work it takes to be a US citizen.

  7. number42is1 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I cannot find the clip but all i can picture is Apu saying “I am an American citizen. Now which way to the welfare office?”

  8. randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I think this says a lot about Robinson’s true love for America. Most foreign baseball players are extremely nationalistic. They play here and at seasons end, split to go home. Most never consider US citizenship. Heck, some never consider learning to speak English.

    Bravo, Robbie.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Really? Foreign players are nationalistic? Because they don’t want to give up their citizenship or live here permanently? How many players from the US do you think give up their citizenship to play elsewhere?

      • lmoneyfresh - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Don’t you know?? America is the bestest and everybody strives to be here and/or like us and if they don’t they’re just ignorant!

      • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        I would kinda think the very definition of “nationalistic” is that they want to keep on being from where they’re from. I don’t see any disparagement in what Randy just wrote.

        Welcome to the US, Robinson. You can pick up your secession petition over at City Hall in Nacogdoches….

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        OG, he said “extremely nationalistic” and I don’t think anyone sees that as a compliment. Also, he seems to presume that speaking English is necessary for living here, which seems hostile to players from certain countries. True love for America — whatever that is — is not a requirement for playing baseball. It kills me when Staters have the nerve to accuse anyone else of nationalism.

      • lovistemiami - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Absolutely spot on histor.. Gator there is clearly a critical tone (if not a banal one) to Randy’s comment. What on earth does speaking English have to do with playing baseball or even being in the US?
        But kudos to Robbie nevertheless, we are better country for having you counted among us. Though those players who remain citizens of their home countries should absolutely not be criticized..

  9. gibbskins9 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    My question for Cano would be after this last election, WHY?

    • alexo0 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Because, in spite of its flaws, America is arguably the greatest country in the world and there has been no better time for equality between all people, especially after this election.

      So I take it then, assuming you currently live in the U.S., that you have finalized your plans to leave the country and move to your tax-free, government-less paradise?

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        What’s your performance metric for “greatest country in the world?”? Fabulousness by accident of birth?

  10. Detroit Michael - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Cano might be taking a pretty significant tax hit too with this decision.

    • chuckleberry1974 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      I don’t think so. If anything, he’ll get to stop paying any Dominican taxes. His status before was as a resident alien, and they are subject to the same taxes.

  11. raysfan1 - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Congrats! Proud to have you among us!

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    USA in the WBC?

  13. stlouis1baseball - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Congratulations Robinson. MLB’s best 2nd Baseman is now an American Citizen. Good work Cano!

  14. jssgriffi - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Does being a citizen matter anymore?

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