With the addition of Skip Schumaker to the Reds 40-man roster, a corresponding move had to be made. Due to Schumaker’s ability to play not only second base, but the outfield as well, it made substitute extraordinaire from last season, Derrick Robinson, flexible.
Robinson, 26, was a Spring Training invitee last season for the Reds and made quite the impression with his blazing speed. He had been in the Royals organization for his entire career prior to joining the Reds organization last year. A former Florida Gator football recruit chose to pursue his dream of becoming a Major Leaguer and got to fulfill his wish after Ryan Ludwick went down on Opening Day with a dislocated shoulder.
His shining moment on the year may have been on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15th; Robinson scored his first Major League run, which also happened to be a game winner against the Phillies. Derrick is known to be a huge proponent of Jackie, as many of today’s African-American baseball players are.
On the season, Robinson batted .255 with four stolen bases but where he really stood out was on defense where he was frequently subbed in to play left field at the conclusion of most games over the summer.
Not only did Robinson contribute on the field; off the field, he seemed to be more than a model citizen. He is a man of devout faith and was a pleasure to have around for the entirety of the season. If a trade is not worked out, it’s a near certainty that an organization would scoop him up off the waiver wire. Unfortunately, it seems Derrick Robinson has played his last game as a Cincinnati Red.