Thursday, October 30, 2008
#96T Frank Robinson
IMPACT FACTOR 3/10: Robinson took over the 1988 Orioles from Cal Ripken Sr. but wasn't able to do much with the team. Mind you, they had a terrible roster when he was there, and he helped oversee the development of some young players such as Chris Hoiles, Mike Mussina, Ben McDonald, and Mike Devereaux who ended up being key parts of some playoff teams for Robinson's successor, the late Johnny Oates. I'd like to think that Robinson had some impact on his Orioles teams beyond just wins and losses.
Hall of Fame count: 47
It's been a while since we've had a HOF card, but Robinson surely fits the bill.