Hall of Famer and former Giants manager Frank Robinson passes away at 83

Hall of Famer and former Giants manager Frank Robinson passes away at 83

SAN FRANCISCO — Frank Robinson, a Hall of Fame slugger who briefly managed the Giants during a groundbreaking career, passed away Thursday. Robinson was 83. 

Robinson went to McClymonds High School in Oakland and went on to hit 586 big league homers, play in 14 All-Star Games, and become the only player to win the MVP Award in both leagues. He became the first African American manager in MLB history with the Indians and managed the Giants from 1981-84. 

Robinson died in Los Angeles after a battle with bone cancer, according to the Daily News.  

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career. Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles’ teams.

“With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson’s hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history."

Robinson made his big league debut in 1956 and won the Rookie of the Year Award as a 20-year-old after hitting 38 homers and leading the league with 122 runs. That was just the beginning of one of the most prolific careers in the sport’s history. Robinson hit double-digit homers in every full season of his career and led the league in OPS four times and runs three times. He was known as a fearless hitter, and he led the league in getting hit by pitches on seven different occasions. 

When he retired after 21 seasons, Robinson had a stunning .294/.389/.537 slash line as a big leaguer and ranked fourth all-time in homers. He still ranks 10th all-time, and he is 16th in MLB history in runs scored. 

Robinson was elected into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1982, and by then he was already deep into his post-playing career. He made history in 1975 when he became a player-manager with the Indians. He joined the Giants in 1981, going 264-277 in four seasons. The 1982 Giants — featuring Joe Morgan, Chili Davis and Jack Clark — were Robinson’s best team, going 87-75 and finishing third in the NL West. 

Robinson was honored at AT&T Park in a 2017 ceremony attended by Willie Mays, the late Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds. Before the ceremony that day, current Giants manager Bruce Bochy remembered Robinson as one of his favorite players growing up. 

“I really admired everything he meant and what he accomplished in baseball, and he was instrumental, after Jackie Robinson, to opening doors in baseball to African Americans and making this such a better game, getting the best athletes out here and making this a better product,” Bochy said. 

For National Puppy Day, here are some dogs embracing America's Pastime


For National Puppy Day, here are some dogs embracing America's Pastime

There are calendars out there dedicated to "fake holidays." And by fake holidays I mean there are some weird days dedicated to those most random things you can think of. 

Did you know there's an "Old Stuff Day?" Or even an "If Pets Had Thumbs Day?" That last one actually sounds pretty great. 

But today is #NationalPuppyDay, and it's a very important day because we discovered a bunch of GIFs (soft "G") of dogs embracing baseball.

You're welcome ahead of time.

This is Buster Posey's No. 1 fan and permanent (let's hope only semi-permanent) wearer of his jersey:

The A's hosted Bark in the Park night with ... surfboard-riding dogs:

Yes, this was an actual thing and I bet you're feeling pretty upset you missed out on it. 

Here is a dog on a kayak in McCovey Cove that also possesses a small BBQ:

Here is another very good dog getting a stick in the cove:

Sensing a theme here ... 

This is Reba and she's amazing and makes the infield at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum look extra perfect:

Here's a Giants' dog that chose to forego the water and instead skateboard around the park. As one does:

Here's an A's dog -- with green hair.

What that as fun for you as it was for us? We thought so. 

Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost reflect on touching moment after 2014 World Series

Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost reflect on touching moment after 2014 World Series

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few minutes after his team lost the 2014 World Series in a heartbreaking way, Royals manager Ned Yost walked over to the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium and quietly slipped into Bruce Bochy’s office. With champagne still flying through the air and players getting deep into their celebrations, Yost and Bochy shook hands and had a brief conversation.  

The show of class and sportsmanship meant a lot to the winning side. That moment meant even more to Yost. 

“I’ve still got that picture hanging in my office,” he said recently. “I don’t have many pictures that I put up, but there’s that one of me and him shaking hands afterward. That one is special to me. It was a hard time because he was trying to celebrate, but I just wanted to tell him congratulations.”

Yost’s Royals will face Bochy’s Giants today in Cactus League action, and it will almost certainly be the final matchup between their teams. Bochy has announced his intention to retire, and neither team is favored to reach the postseason.

That 2014 matchup was a memorable one, though, and it still leaves Yost shaking his head. A day after Bochy announced that 2019 would be his last season, Yost, at an MLB event, recalled thinking he had gotten the better of Bochy. 

“I just remember him sending Bumgarner out in Game 7 and I just thought, ‘Okay, we’re going to kill him.’ And it just didn’t turn out that way,” Yost said. “Even to send Bumgarner out there in the ninth, it was like, ‘whoa,’ but it worked out perfectly.”

Yost and the Royals would win the next year, getting their own moment in the sun. But on that cold October night in Kansas City, Yost watched Bumgarner get out of a jam in the ninth. He watched Bochy celebrate, and then he went over to congratulate a manager he says is a surefire Hall of Famer. 

[RELATED: Bochy announces he will retire after 2019 season]

“I just have the ultimate respect for him. I’ve always admired him, his longevity, and what he has been able to do,” Yost said. “The one solace I can find, as tough as it was to lose a World Series, especially when you’re 90 feet away, is just that I lost it to my boyhood team and to a manager who I probably have more respect for than any other present manager in the game. 

“He’s right behind Bobby Cox for me. He’s accomplished everything that every manager looks to accomplish.”