Tom Robson

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Thomas James Robson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Robson was drafted in the 50th round of the 1967 amateur draft but managed to get to the majors anyway. In addition to 23 games in the bigs, he had some notable seasons in the minors, and then had a long career as a hitting coach for some major league teams and in Japan.

Tom was born in Rochester, NY but went to high school in Phoenix, AZ. He was at Utah State University at the same time as Dyar Miller. Tom played nine seasons in the minors, hitting 197 home runs. Peaks included 1968, when he hit 35 dingers for the Visalia Mets; 1973, when he hit 38 homers for the Pittsfield Rangers; and 1974, when he hit 41 round-trippers for the Spokane Indians (he was Pacific Coast League MVP that year). In addition to the power, he also frequently hit over .300 in the minors, accumulating an overall batting average of .292 and OBP of .368.

While in the majors, he was a teammate of Fergie Jenkins and Gaylord Perry.

Along with his pro career in the USA, Tom also played briefly in Mexico and Japan. After his playing days, he managed for several years in the minors, and then was hitting coach for the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers, as well as in Japan.

Tom is an uncle of Mike Moustakas. He has written a book about hitting called The Hitting Edge, and is said to have worked with major leaguers such as John Olerud [1].

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1979 Wausau Timbers Midwest League 69-61 4th Co-op Lost in 1st round
1980 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 69-71 5th Texas Rangers
1981 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 74-68 4th Texas Rangers

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