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January 20, 2013

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Nine Frank Robinsons

by Sam Miller

Some managers might have attempted it, but not Weaver. Weaver would have thought the thing through and figured out that, even if you try to have a lineup with nine Frank Robinsons, you're just shooting yourself in the foot. 

1. Frank Robinson, RF. Career .294/.389/.537 hitter, 12-time All-Star.

2. Brian Frank Robinson, SS. Career .227/.325/.306 hitter in five minor-league seasons, 1983-1987.

3. Franklin Tyler Robinson, C. Career .290 hitter in three Class-D seasons with Danville Dans and other teams, 1950-1952

4. Frank Robertson, 1B. Statistics unknown, Atlanta Crackers, 1917.

5. Frank Robison, CF. Unknown. 

6. Francis Robbins, LF. Career .104 hitter for Class-D Marion Presidents and Sandusky Sailors. 

7. Frank Roberson, 3B. Slugged .333 for Class-D Middlesboro Athletics, 1953. 

8. Francis Robertson, 2B. Statistics unknown, 1924 Oakland Oaks, 1926 Quincy Red Birds.

9. Franklin Robinson, P. 2.87 ERA, South Atlantic League, 1950.

Manager: Frank Robinson, 58-50, Class-D Marion Marauders, 1952. 

That lineup would be terrible. Weaver was right. Weaver was usually right. 

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John Geer
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Definitely not as good as a lineup of nine Bugs Bunnys...

Jan 20, 2013 10:47 AM
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tannerg

I'd rather take my chances with nine Frank Robinsons than nine Mordecai Browns.

Jan 20, 2013 11:49 AM
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smallflowers

I would think you could just allow the real Frank Robinson to player-manage this bunch, no? That would solve a huge oh nevermind.

Jan 21, 2013 06:59 AM
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jfranco77

Could have at least let him have Brooks. People always got them confused anyway :)

Jan 21, 2013 08:14 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

Nine Jose Oquendos wouldn't be that bad, at least from a positional flexibility standpoint

Jan 21, 2013 10:33 AM
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Blackmax

I'll bet that the Robinson 9 would not fare so well against a team made up of people named Bill James. You'd have a lot of Bill Jameses who struggled playing catcher or outfield in B thru D ball, but the staff would be led by 2 big league pitchers from the dead ball era (one from the 1914 Braves!). And they would get a ton of strategic help from their head statistician.

Jan 23, 2013 13:35 PM
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