11/13/2012 06:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Robinson Cano Citizenship: New York Yankees Player Becomes U.S. Citizen (PHOTO)

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson "Robbie" Canó is now officially a U.S. citizen.

The 30-year-old Dominican-American posted a photo to Twitter of himself holding an American flag after being sworn in, along with the tweet:

Born in the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macorís, Canó spent some time in Newark during his middle school years, then returned to the island. His father José pitched for the Houston Astros, according to USA Today. The paper reports that José named his son Robinson out of respect for baseball great Jackie Robinson, who played a key role in ending the segregation of the sport in the United States.

Cano may have more good news coming this week -- he's a finalist fort the AL’s Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced shortly.

A deluge of congratulatory tweets followed after Canó posted his picture. Check them out in the slideshow below.

Twitter Reactions To Robinson Canó's Citizenship