Minnesota Twins pitcher Yennier Cano briefly makes MLB history

FORT MYERS, FL- APRIL 01: Yennier Cano #96 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves on April 1, 2022 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL- APRIL 01: Yennier Cano #96 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves on April 1, 2022 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Larry Yount is remembered for two things. First, he is the brother of Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount. Second, he is the only pitcher in MLB history to be listed as an official player without having actually thrown a major league pitch.

Now he has company, even if it is temporary. Minnesota Twins pitcher Yennier Cano technically made his major league debut on Wednesday; however, he also never threw an official major league pitch.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Yennier Cano briefly joins odd group

The circumstances could not be any more different. Yount injured his arm while warming up, never getting his chance to officially make his debut. However, as he had been announced as being in the game, he technically has that one outing, even if he never faced a batter.

It is also fair to wonder if the injury ruined Yount’s career. He had been a solid minor league pitcher prior to then, working his way through the Astros’ system. However, he had been in military training for a week prior to that appearance, leaving one to wonder if he was even in shape to be on the mound. He was never able to return to the majors and his minor league numbers got progressively worse, leaving him out of the game at 25 years old.

That fate is not likely to befall Cano. The only reason that he did not throw a pitch is that the game was postponed due to rain before he had the chance. Interestingly, he was able to throw all of his warm up pitches and was looking in for the sign when the umpires finally decided that enough was enough with the rain.

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Yennier Cano will get his chance. It may come on Thursday, or another day later on. However, until that happens, the Minnesota Twins pitcher will have a place in MLB history.