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“D-Rob” is the former AAA hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros. He coached with the organizations for a total of 14 years. Robinson won the California League Championship in 2012 and 2014.
In 2013, Robinson was named California League’s Coach of the Year, and enshrined into the Jet Hawks Hall of Fame. That same year the Jet Hawks led all of minor league baseball in runs scored, walks, on base percentage and OPS.
In a 2014 interview by Paul White of USA Today, Robinson was asked about leading the league in walks, “We’re not looking for walks, we’re looking to do damage.” He replied, “Walks are the by- product of getting a good pitch to hit. It’s all about being Selectively Aggressive.”
Robinson graduated from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, where he was named 1986 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Illinois. That same year, Robinson’s own professional baseball career started when he was selected in the 2nd round of the major league draft by the Kansas City Royals. He played for the Royals organization from 1986-1993 and split time in the minor league systems with the Boston Red Sox (1995) and the Chicago Cubs (1998).