Hall of Famer Frank Robinson in failing health
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who as a player led Baltimore to its first World Series title in 1966, is in the late stages of a long illness, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told the Baltimore Sun.
Robinson, 83, was the first African-American manager in both the American and National Leagues. He also managed the Orioles for parts of four seasons (1988-91) and worked as an executive in MLB’s central office.
His 586 career home runs ranked fourth all time, though he has been overtaken by six players. Alderson back with A’s: Sandy Alderson, 71, is returning to Oakland as a senior adviser to baseball operations after previously working 17 seasons with the club in various capacities.
Alderson, who said he’s been cancer-free for four months, took a leave of absence as Mets GM in late June after his had cancer returned. He said he did not deserve to return because of the team’s poor record. Hall nod ‘still hasn’t sunk in’ for Baines: Though clearly struck by the moment, Harold Baines kept his emotions in check just as he always has – even on a day he’ll never forget.
“I hold it inside. It’ll come out,” Baines said Tuesday during his Hall of Fame tour, sitting a few feet from where his bronze plaque will hang come late July. “It’s very special, but it still hasn’t really sunk in.”
Baines and reliever Lee Smith were selected for enshrinement in December by a 16-member veterans committee. Despite some criticism of his qualifications for Cooperstown, none of that mattered.
“I don’t worry about things I can’t control,” said Baines, accompanied by his wife, Marla, on the tour to prepare for induction day.