TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — New York Yankees star Robinson Cano faced his father again in batting practice, reviving the partnership that helped the son win the Home Run Derby at this year’s All-Star game.
Robinson Cano was a bit less dominant this time, hitting a few of father Jose’s pitches over the wall at the Xinzhuang baseball stadium near Taipei, but lining several others short of the fence.
Monday’s workout in Xinzhuang came less than 24 hours after the Canos and a squad of Major Leaguers stepped off a trans-Pacific flight in Taipei. The team will play a local squad in five exhibition games around the island later this week.
Jose pitched for two Taiwanese professional teams in the 1990s, as well as six games for the Houston Astros in 1989. He recalled his years in Taiwan with fondness.
“I remember a lot of places,” Jose Cano said. “A lot of people were very nice to me.”
Robinson Cano was delighted to accompany his father on his return to a place that meant so much to him.
“It’s really good to see the fans, the way they support the whole team,” he said. “I mean, even my dad … I see the way they cheer for him. It’s really good and (a) great experience.”
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