Canó Crush Home Run Derby

Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó and 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard take part in a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square last Friday.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard take part in a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square last Friday.

Last week, it was a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square for a good cause. Tonight, Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó is hosting the Roc Nation Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game.

Fresh from his appearance in the MLB All-Star Game, Canó took time for a friendly Home Run Derby at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park last Friday.

Club members from the Mercer Island, Kirkland and Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Clubs participated in a home run hitting contest to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

Kids from 8-10 years old got a chance to take some hacks during preliminary rounds, and four finalists got to stand in as Canó pitched to them. Everyone had a great time, except maybe the Mariner Moose, who must have been wearing a Hit It Here sign as he took several direct hits with line drives. Fortunately, the squishy baseballs didn’t do any permanent damage.

At the end of the event, Canó was joined by representatives of HTC, the Seattle-based innovator in smartphone technology, to present a check for $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

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