Frank RobinsonWaPo columnist Thomas Boswell has a story in today’s paper about how the Nationals have decided there is no room in their organization for former manager Frank Robinson.

The common wisdom when the Nationals declined to renew Robinson’s contract was that they would offer him a front office consulting job. Something, anything, to keep him in the organization that he had been so loyal to. After all, it was Robinson who consented to manage the lame duck Expos, even when the team had no fans, no future and no hope.

But instead, the Nationals seem to have decided to move as far away from Robinson as possible, as quickly as possible.

And Robinson is pissed:

“I’m done with them,” Robinson told The Post on Wednesday. “I have nothing against the organization per se. It’s two people that I’m concerned with: Jim and Stan.”

Jim and Stan are, of course, Nationals GM Jim “I only had one beer” Bowden and Stan Kasten, the team’s new president. Kasten says he debated whether or not to offer Robinson a role with the team.

 “I was really torn,” Kasten said yesterday. “That’s why the decision took so long.”

The decision was to offer Robinson nothing. Nothing, but a plane ticket to spring training so that he could serve as a special assistant to the guy who is replacing him. Ouch.

But Boswell says he knows Robinson and that the baseball legend isn’t always easy to work with.

Last spring, I listened as Robinson went into a 10-minute fuming monologue about how the Nationals had insulted him — by not giving him the right cellphone plan. Others in the front office had a different plan. What did it mean? Was he out of the loop? Was it a hint he wasn’t wanted? Why, it was an injustice. To him, anyway.

“That’s a glimpse. He’s not a guy who endears himself,” a team source said. “He has a long history of a short shelf life.”

Maybe the Nationals decided that rebuilding the franchise would be easier without Robinson around. And maybe they’re right. But he still deserved better. He’s Frank Robinson, after all.

3 Responses to “No room for frank in D.C.”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Nick, what could be more un-American than mathematically calculating the economic tipping point of the all-you-can-eat buffet? The point is not to save money (another un-American activity for which I will have to report you) but to eat ALL YOU CAN EEEEAAAAAT! COOOOK-IEEEE! Me want cookie!

  2. Chalkdust says:

    I remember clearly when the Cincinnati Redlegs had all they could stand of Robinson and traded him to the Orioles for a fungo bat and a rubber arm. Frank Robinson was in the prime of his career, but the Reds management and their fans had seen enough. The experience humbled Frank, so he became a good team mate in Baltimore during the remainder of his time with the team until the very end.

    MLB did Frank a favor when they hired him to manage the Expos, a team in disarray. Now Robinson has burned his last bridge in baseball. Goodby Frank and good luck.

  3. Frank Robinson was a great player in Cincinnati !! He and Vada Pinson were branded as a clique and Robby was traded to Baltimore for Milt the wilt Pappas, what a joke trade !!!

    Frank was a great leader in Cincinnati , he had a GM WHO WANTED HIM GONE ; BILL CHEAP DEWITT 11

Leave a Reply

    Recent Comments

    • planet hobbywood: This is very interesting.
    • Bren: He is a awesome player and a good man.. sweet.. polite.. friendly.. down to earth.. he never acted as though he...
    • HADAJUN( Japanese): Okajima a Japanese hero?
    • Rickt: I am the biggest Cal Jr fan around but one of my good friends played minor league baseball in the Orioles...
    • HADAJUN: I wish for play in Japan. The death is regrettable.


    Subscribe via email

    Enter your email address:


Featured posts

December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

January 5, 2011

Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

In what has become an annual tradition, we here at UmpBump cast our ballots for the Hall of Fame on the eve of the announcements of the voting for the real Hall of Fame. Voters can vote for anyone ever who has been retired from baseball for at least five years and is not already […]

October 19, 2010

Crowdsourcing the Greats: The Top 10 Managers of All Time

Now that we’ve looked at every position on the diamond, as well as relief pitchers, we are nearing the end of our “Crowdsourcing the Greats” series. But before we finish, let’s turn one more time to the internet hoi polloi for answers on who the greatest baseball manager of all time was. As usual, we […]