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Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:07 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was injured in a fall Friday night, reports Joe Capozzi of Fish Tank blog. Robinson fell backward off a stage at a pre-game dinner for the Joe DiMaggio Legends Game in Florida -- which is being played Saturday -- after he leaned back in his chair expecting to hit a wall. Instead, there was no wall and Robinson fell a reported six to eight feet before hitting the ground, suffering two fractures -- including one to his clavicle (commonly known as the collar bone).

Robinson was supposed to play in the game but now is obviously unable to do so.

“I understand he is doing fine but I really don’t know any more details other than that happened and he won’t be with us today,’’ Kevin Janser, the executive vice president for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, said (Fish Tank).

Let us send our best wishes to the 74-year-old Robinson in his recovery.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:36 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

     Wow, after a fall of that distance I am glad Brooks doesn't have any more serious injuries than his broken clavicle.  Get well soon, Brooksie and all the best to you!  Number 5 will ALWAYS be "the man" to us long-time O's fans.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

The Orioles need players like Brooks. Get well soon.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Brooks is one of my all-time favorite players.  I had the opportunity to meet him once and he was so nice and gracious.  Get well soon!



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:02 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Mike Schmidt was at least as good of a fielder compared to Brooks. Both were great fielders with great range. I thought Schmidt was better than Robinson moving forward. Both had great lateral range. With the bat, there is no comparison. Schmidt was a far better hitter. I'm sorry Brooks got hurt. I wish him a speedy recovery.

I wouldn't say Schmidt was as good, but you are absolutely correct, moving forward, no 3b was near Schmidt.  Not even Robinson.  Robinson was better laterally, but Schmidt was better than anybody else.  Somebody said Cey was a better fielder...did you guys ever watch Cey in the field?  Sure handed, definitely.  One of the best.  But he had the range of a tortoise.  Schmidt averaged about 75 more chances a year because of his range.  Think about that....55 more chances equals about 50+ more outs.  It may not seem like a lot, but over the course of a season, that is almost 2 more games of outs because of Schmidt.  Tell me if Don Sutton would have appreciated that.  Plus, Dodger stadium was a grass infield, and Schmidt played at the Vet, with artificial turf...much faster, and though you get a truer hop, you also get balls squirting by much faster.   Cey was a nice player, but he did not have the range that Schmidt had.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:42 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

biillbcec I agree schmidt was vastlly overated as a third baseman  he was a tremendous bat but his glove was ordinary.  true leathersmiths like robinson are THIRD BASEMEN not the guys who play adequately at third and blast 500+ hrs.  they should be recognized for what they were... sluggers.  Brooks and nettles (slightly different eras) were the best in the last 60 yrs.  the others  like brett (a fantastic player) were more hitting than fielding, those two were more glove than bat although both of them were dam good hitters especially in the clutch. 
Ordinary?  Are you kidding? 2nd most GG in history (at 3b).  His fielding percentage was great.  Robinson was a better fielder, but that doesn't mean Schmidt's wasn't either.  Nettles couldn't carry either of those guys' jocks, period.  To mention him in the same sentence with them shows you don't know spit about baseball.  And I was a HUGE Nettles fan.  But the fact is that Schmidt had 10 GG, Nettles only 2.  Nettles did hit 390 HRs, and had 1314 RBIs but Schmidt's 548 / 1595 in 600 LESS at bats is a little better.  Plus, Nettles is a lifetime 248 hitter, 329 OBP, 421 Slugging Percentage...Schmidt was 267 ave, 380 OBP, 527 slugging (Robinson was 267, 322, 401). The top two 3b ever, and every professional writer I have ever seen write about the subject, were Schmidt and Robinson.  You can argue what the order was, but Schmidt was the best hitting 3b ever, and Robinson wasn't even close.  Robinson was the best fielding 3b ever, but Schmidt was the 2nd best.  I take Schmidt as the best all around 3b ever.  The next in line (after Schmidt and Robinson) might be Eddie Matthews, or George Brett.  Chipper Jones is ahead of Nettles.

I will say this...while both Robinson and Schmidt were 1st ballot hall of famers, Robinson appeared on 91.9% of the ballot, and Schmidt on 96.5%.  That is actually a pretty good difference.  Not saying that the writers get it correct everytime, but I go with the 96.5% here.  Those guys are paid for their opinion.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:32 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Get well Brooks!




Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:13 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

galf- High fivin Cool.
And Brooksy has been struggling medically for the past few years. He's still revered here in Bmore although the current O's ownership could care less.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:37 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Mike Schmidt was a great hitting 3B and a decent fielder, but not even close to Brooks in the field. Not. Even. Close. Brooks did it day in and day out for over 20 years. Nothing got by that side of the infield while he was there. His highlights of the 1970 WS is what we Baltimore fans got to see on a daily basis. Get well soon. Nicest guy you'll ever meet. 
^THIS



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:33 am
 

Hall of Famer Robinson falls, breaks clavicle

Mike Schmidt was a great hitting 3B and a decent fielder, but not even close to Brooks in the field. Not. Even. Close. Brooks did it day in and day out for over 20 years. Nothing got by that side of the infield while he was there. His highlights of the 1970 WS is what we Baltimore fans got to see on a daily basis. Get well soon. Nicest guy you'll ever meet.
well said x2


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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:46 am
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