San Francisco dealt this promising fastball/forkball reliever for veteran Rick Reuschel during the 1987 stretch drive. Robinson combined with stopper Jim Gott to give the Pirates an outstanding bullpen in 1988, but when Gott was injured on Opening Day 1989, Robinson failed to hold the stopper job by himself and was switched to starting before the end of the season. Pittsburgh later traded him to the Yankees for Don Slaught, but he left the Bronx as a free agent after George Steinbrenner criticized his performance on the mound following hernia surgery. (ME/JT)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 20, 1986: San Francisco's Vida Blue wins his 200th career game, combining with Jeff Robinson to shut out the Padres 4–0.
»September 7, 1987: That's spells relief. In for Brian Fisher, Pirate closer Jeff Robinson strikes out three Cubs on nine pitches, in the 8th inning. The Pirates win, 3–2. Both Cubs runs come on homers, by Leon Durham and Keith Moreland.
»August 25, 1992:
Chicago P Mike Harkey makes it into the boxscore of the Cubs’ game against the Padres, but doesn’t throw a pitch. While warming up, he strains a groin muscle and has to be replaced by Jeff Robinson. The Padres defeat the Cubs, 7-4.