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RIP, Bill Robinson

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Sad news about the former ML player, best known for his time with Phillies and Pirates in the '70s. Later coached, most notably for the Mets.

    A wonderful, classy guy.

  2. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Dang... RIP
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Hitting coach for the '86 Mets juggernaut and one of the very classy people in the game.

    Very sad. RIP
  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Sad news R.I.P. I remember Bill as late bloomer. Came up in mid 60's but really did not hit his stride until mide to late 70's

    He was traded to the Yankees by the Braves for the beloved Clete Boyer in 1966. It was a time when the Yankees were looking for the next Mickey Mantle and Robinson was heralded as such. I think he felt a lot of pressure as a result and failed

    I liked him with Yankees and was glad to that he turned it around.
  5. ballscribe

    ballscribe Active Member

    Was coach with the Expos for a brief time - actually, hired in October, then Jeffrey Loria took over the Marlins, and took the Expos' entire coaching staff with him, leaving the Expos and Omar Minaya to pick guys without jobs on the first day of spring training to fill in. But that's another story.

    When I later ran into him, noticing my Burberry knapsack, he offered to take me to a warehouse right near his New Jersey home that was chock-full of the stuff, and where he knew a guy.

    Seemed a bit fishy, so I didn't go. But nice as hell of him to offer. Always gracious to me in subsequent encounters, even though he had barely made my acquaintance. RIP.
  6. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

    Casty, any thoughts?

    I met Bill when he was managing the Reading Phillies in the mid-90s. Nice guy.

    He'll be forever immortalized in this photo:

  7. wonderful guy

    very sad to hear this

    rest in peace, Robby
  8. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    He was one of the early analysts on Baseball Tonight back in the day, wasn't he?
  9. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    Yes, a wonderful guy to talk to. He always made a point of saying don't call me a hitting coach, I'm a batting instructor.

    I got the call from Marty Noble this morning telling me. Apparently, Bill was a roving minor league batting instructor for the Dodgers and was found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas.

    He'll be missed by a lot of people who knew him as a classy individual.
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