"A good manager has to accept a ballplayer's incapabilities, because you can't have 9 Frank Robinsons" -Earl Weaver bit.ly/10HdfZD
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) January 19, 2013
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.
Manager: Frank Robinson, 58-50, Class-D Marion Marauders, 1952.
That lineup would be terrible. Weaver was right. Weaver was usually right.