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Orioles prospect doesn’t know who Frank Robinson is. Buck Showalter makes him write a report.

Feb 25, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

Frank Robinson was at Orioles camp in Sarasota yesterday to address the team. An Orioles prospect didn’t know who he was. Some people call this sort of thing a teachable moment:

Go Buck.

I mean, sure, Robinson had been retired for 20 years by the time the 19-year-old Hart had even been born, but we’re not talking about some borderline major leaguer with Robinson here. No matter how old you are, you can’t call yourself a professional baseball player without knowing the man who hit 586 homers, was the first black manager in baseball history, is one of your own team’s immortals and former managers and who has spent the past couple of decades as a high-ranking executive in the league where you ply your trade.

If Hart doesn’t know who Curt Blefary is, fine, let that slide. But you do not play in the Orioles organization — or really any organization — and not know who Frank Robinson is. Hell, if anything, that paper should be five pages long, not one. And an oral report should be given to the rest of the team during the morning meeting.

(link via Larry Brown Sports)

  1. gloccamorra - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Actually, when Frank Robinson was the Nationals manager, one of his OWN players didn’t know who he was. The player asked him if he’d ever played in the “Show”. Robinson answered, “I played some.”

    Frank Robinson visiting the Orioles and the players not knowing who he was is like Carl Yastrzemski visiting the Red Sox and a player not knowing who he was. Imagine how that would go down in Boston.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      I was in the car with the family not long ago and someone mentioned Willie Mays. My nephew (14) said: who’s that? I said: Boy, you better not get out of this car because I am gonna smack you. You should not even tell people you don’t know who he is. You should be ashamed. Maybe I should make him write a report for me.

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