Jeff Robinson (starting pitcher)

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Jeff Robinson
Pitcher
Born: (1961-12-14) December 14, 1961 (age 52)
Ventura, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1987 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 20, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win-Loss Record 47-40
Strikeouts 425
ERA 4.79
Teams

Jeffrey Mark Robinson (born December 14, 1961 in Ventura, California), is a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1987 to 1992. Robinson pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers.

Robinson was originally drafted out of Christian High School, in El Cajon, California by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979, and then again by the San Diego Padres in 1980. Instead of signing a professional baseball contract out of high school, Robinson chose college and played both basketball and baseball at Azusa Pacific Christian College (now Azusa Pacific University). He did not sign a pro contract 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 training in 1987.

In his first season in the majors, Robinson appeared in the 1987 ALCS as 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 Puckett to 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 1990, Robinson's ERA had fallen to 5.96. On January 11, 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 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 AAA farm 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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Preceded by
Jimmy Key
AL hits per nine innings
1988
Succeeded by
Nolan Ryan