Tony Pena hopes his next look at Robinson Cano is a lot different than the last time Cano was in uniform.

Pena, the Yankees' bench coach, will manage the Dominican Republic squad in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, and Cano announced yesterday he will play for the team.

Cano batted a paltry .075 (3-for-40) in nine postseason games for the Yankees.

Cano's double-play partner in the event, which starts March 2, will be former Met and current Blue Jay shortstop Jose Reyes.

Other players participating in the tournament with New York ties are Chien-Ming Wang (Chinese Taipei), Andruw Jones (Netherlands), Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico) and David Wright (USA).

Joe Torre will manage the American club.

* Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.