Not even the guy who actually pays money to sponsor Kevin Roberson’s Baseball Reference page can say anything good about him. On his page, it says, “This guy seemed really good when I was nine. Ah, the follies of youth.” Seriously, go look. And while you’re over there, check out how putrid Roberson’s numbers are. When you’re done dry-heaving, come on back. I’ll wait.
Roberson sprints off the field after warming up the right fielder.
From the Rob Deer school of hitting, Roberson certainly didn’t get cheated out of his swings. Many bleacher fans on many hot days were pleasantly cooled by Roberson’s wild flailings at the plate. Roberson must have skipped the part of Deer’s course that taught prodigious power, though. Oh, and the part where you actually have to play defense, too.
But, Roberson was good enough to make the Cubs’ roster from 1993-1995, roaming the outfield, swinging like an wild man, and raising the ire of Cubs fans everywhere.
Low Point: One tenet of the Rob Deer school of hitting is that one must actually be willing to take a walk. Roberson wouldn’t, at one point going a month and a half (27 games and 37 at-bats) between walks.
Did You Know? Roberson is from Decatur, Illinois, not far from the home base of Fire Lou Piniella! If I suddenly disappear, you know who did it, and I expect you to avenge me.