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RIP Frank Robinson

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HanSenSE, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Was Robinson a big SF figure? I know he managed there but he didn’t have great success.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    He was the first black manager in the NL and won 48 percent of his games. Won Manager of the Year.
  3. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Interesting: 16 years as manager for four organizations, no postseasons.
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    He was often hired as a name to attract fans to otherwise terrible teams, like his stint with the Orioles. Also, I remember his first gig with the Indians, where on Opening Day it sure looked like he would be the only power in his own lineup.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    And, was basically a caretaker government when managing the Expos/Nationals under MLB's ownership.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Good point.
  7. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but he's no Gene Mauch.

    EDIT: Actually, Mauch did make the postseason a couple times with the Angels, but he was always known as the guy who managed the longest without making a World Series.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    As noted uptopic, grew up in Oakland. Ray Ratto is already pushing the A's to have a patch.
  9. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    One story I've been trying to find is from, I think, Robinson's last year with the Nationals. He had to put in a catcher who never played that position in professional baseball (or something like that), and he naturally did terrible. After the game, Robinson was on the verge of tears because he knew the player did his best in a bad situation. Anyone remember this?

    RIP to a baseball lifer.
  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Ah, my bad.
  11. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Matt LeCroy
  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, like the Padres did the year Ted Williams died (blue font).
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