Hall of Famer Frank Robin­son in fail­ing health

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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.

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