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Robinson livid over Selig's Torre hire

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08:39 AM ET 01.16 | In retrospect, it may not have been so surprising Hall of Famer Frank Robinson had that sudden heart rate jump that resulted in his being rushed to the hospital at the Tucson meetings on Thursday. According to sources, Robinson is livid over Commissioner Bud Selig's overtures to Joe Torre to fill MLB's VP of Operations post. Robinson, who is currently serving as an overseer of the umpires situation at the behest of Selig, thought, with his experience in MLB's on-field operations, he was a candidate for the VP job but was never even approached about it.

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January 16, 2011  08:58 AM ET

I smell a racial card about to be played....Michael Wilbon will be on the lose

January 16, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Mr. Robinson, you had a great career on and off the field. But your evaluations and opinions are outdated. It is time for some "newer" blood.

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January 16, 2011  11:17 AM ET
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joe torre is newer blood ?

Marginally, but in the same sense that milk that expired last month is "newer" than milk that expired two months ago.

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January 16, 2011  12:02 PM ET
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torre is a media and cash wh oretorre won't take the position cause they won't pay him enoughI really think that BOTH torre and robinson should hang em upenjoy your damn families and retire like a normal person, I mean both are getting up there in years and they should get their proirities in order

zackly, family, right.... They got enough money for pete's sake...let a young guy with the right qulifications get the job. Reminds me of my freakin boss....46 years in that position, I got tired of waiting so I moved on...later I heard he died at his desk poor guy.....Man does not live by bread alone... Ladies and gentlemen money it NOT everything. Believe me.

January 16, 2011  12:24 PM ET
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Mr. Robinson, you had a great career on and off the field. But your evaluations and opinions are outdated. It is time for some "newer" blood.

Like Torre?

January 16, 2011  12:34 PM ET

I like Frank Robinson. The guy was a baseball pioneer, breaking into MLB in the 50's during the Jackie Robinson era..and won the triple crown!! But he has always been a proud man who is quick to perceive slights. I recall how ticked off he was when the Nats didn't renew his contract a few years ago and it isn't like he had just taken the team to the playoffs.

January 16, 2011  02:17 PM ET

and here's to you Mrs. Robinson, je ... oh wait ...

wrong one ... never mind ...

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January 16, 2011  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

torre is a media and cash wh oretorre won't take the position cause they won't pay him enoughI really think that BOTH torre and robinson should hang em upenjoy your damn families and retire like a normal person, I mean both are getting up there in years and they should get their proirities in order

Your calling Torre a "media and cash wh ore"? Have you looked at Robinson. He is the one after all running around talking about how "livid" he is.

January 16, 2011  03:13 PM ET

Frank needs to be the commish, period.

January 16, 2011  03:14 PM ET

Frank needs to be the commish, peiord.

January 16, 2011  03:22 PM ET

Get over it Frankie life is full of disappointments

January 16, 2011  04:01 PM ET
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joe torre is newer blood ?

Good point number ... eh, I lost count. Nevertheless, this seems like another mess involving Torre's name in an 'open/unopen' position. I realize that names of hires and replacements are often considered long before a position is in need, or even warrants, filling, but it should be kept on the down low. However, when it comes to Torre, people feel far too comfortable in sharing their thoughts and Torre himself appears far too eager to welcome them. It happened in Los Angeles, with the Mets and now with a MLB executive post. Unfortunately for Torre, Grady Little was the only one to take it and be quiet.

 
January 16, 2011  04:03 PM ET

Millions of people didn't get the job this week they were hoping for either, Frankie. Sit down and shut up.

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