New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is off to another stellar year, one that has already achieved an All-Star birth.

Though the Yankees have struggled this year and been decimated by injuries to their line-up, with last-season’s regulars Mark Texiera, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriquez and Curtis Granderson each missing extended time this year, the greatest bright spot has been Cano.

Despite the adversity the Yankees have faced, Cano has evolved into a leader and has been without a doubt the best player on the Bronx Bombers in 2013. Though acting with a relatively weak supporting cast, Robbie Cano has powered the Yankees to an above .500 record, and while their playoff hopes may be continually dimming, his play has kept them in contention thus far.

We all know of Cano’s looming contract issues that will come into play at the conclusion of this season, but let’s take a look at the lessons we’ve learned from his great first half.

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