Don “The Caveman” Robinson was the workhorse of the Giants pitching staff from 1987-1991. In his five years with the Giants, Robinson’s ERA numbers were as follows: 2.74, 2.45, 3.43, 4.57 and 4.38. A control pitcher with a substantial amount of girth (6-4, 231), Robinson led the league in walks per nine innings in 1989, with a rate of 1.69:1. And he sported those cool 80s stirrups and baggy sleeves.
But the thing Robinson was probably best known for? Well, other than his nickname, he was a really, really good hitting pitcher. He was a regular pinch-hitter and even hit a homerun as a pinch-hitting-pitcher. That’s gotta be some record. He was a three-time Silver Slugger winner, honoring the best hitting pitcher in the league.
We have no idea what happened to Don Robinson since he retired in 1992. Sorry.
Don Robinson [Baseball Almanac]