Major League Baseball community pays tribute to Frank Robinson

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Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson who made history as a player, manager and league executive, has died at 83 in his home in California.

Robinson and Gibson both had the ability to hold a friendly conversation with opponents and ask how they were doing, Horton says.

"Frank Robinson's résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said.

One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson's bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore's greatest legends was born.

Robinson won his first MVP in 1961 when he helped lead the Cincinnati Reds to their first pennant in 21 years.


He made the All-Star team 12 times won and is the only player to win the MVP award in each league. He then homered in the first inning of the 1966 World Series opener at Dodger Stadium and capped off the four-game sweep of Los Angeles with another homer off Don Drysdale in a 1-0 win in Game 4. At the end of his playing career Robinson finished with 586 home runs (10th all-time), 1,812 RBI, 2,943 total base hits and a career batting average of.294. "You've got to learn to live it on and off the field, and he did". I told the guys, 'Look, don't be misled by what you read.

-Hunter Pence, a three-time All-Star who won the World Series twice with the San Francisco Giants, signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, the team announced.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. Robinson was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. At the time of his retirement, Robinson trailed only Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

Robinson came to Cleveland at age 38. He also managed the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester for most of the 1978 season. Robinson later led the Expos/Nationals franchise through its move from Montreal to Washington. "It wasn't that they didn't try". He served two years as player-manager with the Indians (1975-76) and was exclusively manager in 1977.

Though he retired from playing following the 1976 season, he continued to be a part of the game as a manager for many years.


He ended his managerial career with the Washington Nationals in 2006.

Baseball players will now head to the "injured list", a name MLB felt was more appropriate considering that disabilities and injuries are not exactly the same.

In February 2014, Robinson visited the Orioles' spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla.

"I knew there was going to be an terrible lot of pressure, a lot of expectation and a lot of unhappy people because when things went right, fine, but when things went wrong, it was going to be doubly bad because of me being the first black manager", Robinson said. Hart complied with the assignment.

"The baselines belong to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard", Robinson declared.


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