- Jeff Robinson (starting pitcher)
Infobox MLB retired
name=Jeff M. Robinson
birthdate=birth date and age|1961|12|14|mf=y
*Texas Rangers (1992)
Jeffrey Mark Robinson (born
December 14, 1961in Ventura, California), is a former professional baseball player who played pitcherin the Major Leagues from 1987-1992. Robinson pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers.
Robinson was originally drafted out of high school by the
Toronto Blue Jaysin by|1979, and then again by the San Diego Padresin by|1980. However, did not sign until being drafted by the Tigers in the third round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent the next three seasons in the Tigers' minor league system before making the major league club out of spring trainingin by|1987.
In his first season in the majors, Robinson appeared in the
1987 ALCSas a member of the Tigers against the Minnesota Twins. He pitched to two batters in Game 5, giving up a run-scoring double to Greg Gagne before getting Kirby Puckettto ground out to end the top of the 9th inning.
Robinson spent three more seasons in Detroit, compiling a record of 36-26, but by by|1990, Robinson's ERA had fallen to 5.96. On January 11, by|1991, Robinson was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Baltimore Orioles for
Mickey Tettleton. He pitched one season for the Orioles, then was released.
Robinson split the first part of by|1992 between the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. For the first time in his career, Robinson was used more often in relief (13 times) than as a starter (11 times). In July, he was released by the Pirates, only to be brought back to the Tigers' organization, as he pitched the rest of the season for their
Class AAAfarm club, the Toledo Mud Hens. He never again pitched in the majors.
During his career, Robinson was often referred to as "Jeff M. Robinson" to differentiate him from Jeff D. Robinson, whose career overlapped his.
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