Robin Yount is a Class Act!
Robin Yount is a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Usually when you are a member of the Hall of Fame for any sport, you are generally considered to be among the elite players who took the field during your playing days. Robin was always overshadowed in any type of recognition category due to the fact that he played for the small market Brewers. For example, Robin put up over 3000 hits in his MLB career in 20 seasons, but only appeared in 3 All Star Games in those 20 years.
Even though he seemed to get overlooked for being in small market Milwaukee, it seemed that Robin made sure he found himself back in Milwaukee every time he could. After the 1978 season, he had considered retiring and becoming a golf player. Ultimately, he returned to the Brewers. In 1985, he had a shoulder injury which forced the former 1982 MVP shortstop to move to the outfield. By the end of his career, he had amassed a .990 fielding percentage in the outfield, all for the Brewers. In 1987, the man who had started playing the outfield just two years earlier made a sensational catch to finish off the only no hitter in Brewers history. After the 1989 season, he returned to the Brewers as a free agent, and he also did the same thing after the 1992 season.
In 1999, Robin was the very first player to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame with a Brewer cap on. There had been guys who had played for the crew who eventually made the hall, but they are not wearing Brewer caps on their Hall of Fame plaques today. At the time this Hall of Fame induction happened, it was a big thing for small market Milwaukee and a proud moment in Brewer history. I attended the Hall of Fame Induction speech in 1999 in person in Cooperstown with some relatives. You know what struck me the most on that day more than anything? It was the comment Robin Yount made in his speech about a tragedy that had happened. Here was a guy who was having his own day and his own time to shine, and he said “You know, as great a day as this is for us up here, we have to remember there are people out there who are hurting. We’re often reminded how quickly things could be taken from us. My heart goes out to the families of the men who lost their lives in the construction of the new stadium in Milwaukee. The game of life can sometimes be too short, so play it with everything you’ve got. Thank you very much.”
Continuing with the theme of how much of a class act he was, Robin demonstrated it again in 2004. After serving for parts of two seasons as first base coach and bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, he resigned out of loyalty when Manager Bob Brenly was fired. Robin served as bench coach with the Milwaukee Brewers as well during the 2006 and 2007 seasons and came back for a few games in 2008 when Ned Yost was fired as manager.
Even before his time as a Diamondbacks and Brewers coach, Robin was often seen in Brewers spring training as an “unofficial outfield coach” after his playing career ended. He regularly stops by the camp to this day. He also has been active in Brewers Fantasy Camp as well. In 2008, he created Robinade, an old school lemonade and limeade which donates a portion of its proceeds to Midwest Children’s Charities.
In 2012, Robin became minority owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks, a summer league that is made up of mostly college players. The field is in Mequon Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.
As you can see, Robin has been a class act in many ways. If you ever get to meet him, you will probably be energized by his presence. Truthfully, he has a great attitude and he is thankful for his time as a major leaguer and the opportunity the city of Milwaukee has given him. I hope he continues to do good things in the community and continues to be involved. He looks like he could still be playing today!