#17, Robinson Cano – In 2002, Cano was a middle infielder with the Staten Island Yankees Championship team. In 2005 he burst onto the Major League scene when the struggling Yankees were looking to shake things up and get back on track. Cano provided the remedy the Yanks needed while still learning more about the game. The 23-year-old showed excellent plate presence, hitting .297 with 34 doubles and 14 homers in his rookie campaign. Cano has become a formidable player for the Yankees and became the first former Staten Island Yankee to make the MLB All-Star roster in 2006. He is a second generation Major Leaguer; his father, Jose, appeared in 6 games with the Astros in 1989. On August 4, 2007, Robinson Cano returned to Staten Island as his #17, which he wore with the Baby Bombers, was retired.
#41, Chien-Ming Wang – Staten Island Yankees fans will remember Wang for his smooth delivery and sound demeanor, which helped lead the 2000 and 2002 Staten Island Yankee teams to the New York-Penn League Championship. New York Yankees fans will certainly remember Wang for his part in saving the 2005 pitching staff that was ravaged with injuries. Wang has played a major role for the New York Yankees in the past few seasons as one of the team’s most consistent starting pitchers. On July 27, 2006, he returned to Staten Island as he was honored for his great service with the team by the retirement of his #41 that he wore throughout the 2000 season with the Baby Bombers.
#19, Jason Anderson – The first former Staten Island Yankees player to make it all the way to the New York Yankees roster, Anderson debuted in 2003 with the Bronx Bombers and has had brief stints in the Majors since then. Anderson was the centerpiece in the trade with the Mets that brought Armando Benitez to the Yankees. He has also played for the Mets and Indians. His #19 was retired by the Staten Island Yankees on July 15, 2003, the first jersey to have been officially retired by the team.
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