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Brooks Robinson Joins Orioles As Special Advisor

July 15, 2018
BALTIMORE -- At the end of the fifth inning, the newly designated special advisor to the Orioles was pictured on the scoreboard and got a huge ovation from the 38,328 in attendance.

Brooks Robinson, who is a hale and hearty 81, is rejoining the only team he played for.

"I'll be trying to get out in the community and doing some things to try and promote this club and get people to the stadium," Robinson said. "It's a beautiful ballpark. The Orioles have always been trying to get people in and been in the community and doing some things. I don't know really what my job is going to be."

Robinson spoke to Orioles executive vice president John Angelos a few weeks ago and the two came to an agreement.

"I said, I'll do anything. I don't want to make any decisions about baseball," Robinson said. "That's passed me by if you know the truth…when you talk about analytics and all these other things."

Robinson played 2,896 games for the Orioles from 1955-1977 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. He won 16 Gold Gloves at third base and is an admirer of Manny Machado who won two Gold Gloves at third but may be in his final days as the team's shortstop.

"I think he's done a terrific job with the circumstances like that, knowing that he's probably going to be going," Robinson said.

"I speak to him quite a bit when I come down to the ballpark. It's got to be tough on everyone. I think what's tougher is waiting to see what happens with all the guys. It looks like we just have to have a rebuild and looking at the couple of teams that did that over the last couple of years, they did better."

Manager Buck Showalter, who is a fan of Robinson's, was in a good mood following his team's 1-0 win against the Texas Rangers July 14, and in a better mood talking about the Hall of Famer. 

"Getting a chance to see Brooks, that's a highlight of any day or any season, really," Showalter said. "You sit there and you see him and you think about…everything about him comes back and why people loved him so much. The smile, the engagement, the people around him. He's a great lesson to a lot of players about the way you're supposed to carry that mantle of notoriety."

Robinson played in four World Series and was part of two championship teams in 1966 and 1970. After he retired, he spent many years as a team broadcaster, and for him, this year's team brings back memories of the 1988 team that began the season with 21 straight losses.

"It was a crazy situation," Robinson said. "… I can't figure this all out. I guess the big thing in this ballpark, you've got to score runs. We just don't hit, especially with men on base."

Robinson has had health scares in the past but says now he's feeling strong. He keeps a busy schedule as co-owner of the York Revolution in the Atlantic League and as president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. However, this was too tempting for him to pass on. 

"I don't have any set schedule," Robinson said. "If the Orioles want me to do something, I'll come down and do it."

Robinson has lived in the Baltimore area since he got married in 1960.

"I'm not going anywhere," Robinson said. "It's good. It's fun. I look forward to getting out in the community and doing some things. ... I won't be here every night, but if they need me, they'll call me and I'll try and help them." 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles