Home Run Derby Champ and Latino All-Star Robinson Canó Tells Latina.Com That Arizona Situation Lacks Player Leadership

Dear Robinson Canó, we would more than gladly nominate you to be the new Latino leader of professional baseball players.

In an exclusive interview with Latina yesterday, Canó, who won Monday’s 2011 Home Run Derby, admitted that even though he thinks baseball players can make progress in educating the country about the anti-immigration image of Arizona — site of this year’s All-Star Game — the reality is that no baseball player is stepping up and becoming a leader.

All-Star Robinson Canó

How about you, Robinson, maybe you can step up to the plate (no pun itended)?

This is what the Yankee second baseman, a native of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, told Latina:

“What can I say?” Cano said. “All of baseball isn’t only about Latinos and this is something that not only one person can do,” he conceded. “For something to happen, we’d have to get together, talk about it and figure out what to do as a group.”

So what would it take for Latino players to get together? Maybe it’s time for a Latino Jackie Robinson, whom Cano is named for, and Robi apparently agrees.

“I would say yes—yes, definitely. Things have to progress and there has to be someone willing to take that on,” Robinson said.

“I think it will happen, for sure,” Cano said of the Latino ball players needing a leader to galvanize them as a group. “But right now, there isn’t anyone who is ready or willing to do it.”

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