Robinson Cancel’s Mets career can be summed up in one word – perseverance. Robinson Cancel, a catcher, made his Major League debut in 1999 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he than would spend the next eight seasons toiling in the minors with four different organizations before the Mets brought him back to the show in 2008. Nine years after last appearing in major league game Cancel made his Met debut on June 6th as a pinch hitter for Johan Santana against the San Diego Padres and grounded out to second base.
It appeared he was going to receive a ticker back to the minors when Met manager Willie Randolph put him in as a pinch hitter on June 15th against the Texas Rangers. Cancel hit a two-run pinch hit single to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. It was Cancel’s first hit in the majors since 1999. The hit more than likely saved his job as the Mets backup catcher, though it didn’t save Randolph’s as he was fired as manager the next day.
On August 11th against the Pittsburgh Pirates he hit his first and only Major League home run. Cancel would appear in 27 games for the Mets in 2008 hitting .245 with a homer and five RBI’s. Cancel did appear in one game for the Mets in 2009 but was quickly optioned back to the minors. In 28 games over two season with the Mets Robinson Cancel hit .240 with a home and five runs batted in.
While with the Mets Cancel wore number’s 4 and 40 in 2008 and number 29 in 2009.
Robinson Cancel also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1999
Houston Astros – 2011