J. Robinson says request for $750,000 reasonable Orioles notes


Jeff Robinson said he does not believe he is being unreasonable in asking for a $750,000 contract to pitch for the Baltimore Orioles next season.

"I don't want to go all the way [to salary arbitration]," the right-hander said yesterday, "but if you look at the figure I submitted and then look at some of the signings around the league, it isn't ridiculous. I think we'll get it done before that. I don't see any reason why we can't."

Robinson, acquired from the Detroit Tigers for catcher Mickey Tettleton last month, is seeking nearly a $350,000 raise after a season in which he was 10-9 with a 5.96 ERA. The Orioles have offered $465,000.

Although general manager Roland Hemond said no specific date for the hearing has been set, Robinson's will be on or about Feb. 20, the last day for arbitration.

Robinson was in Baltimore to meet the media at the World Series film luncheon, but he is already in Sarasota, Fla., where spring training begins in less than two weeks.

"I've been working out in San Diego since December, but I figured I'd get down there early and get settled," he said.

The other Orioles who have hearing dates set are Glenn Davis (Feb. 14) and Bill Ripken (Feb. 20).

* Pitcher Hal "Skinny" Brown has been chosen to the Orioles Hall of Fame by a veterans committee of 16 senior members of the media, Oriole Advocates and front-office staff.

He is the third nominee chosen in this manner, which includes a qualification of a 20-year interval since a player, manager or coach was active in that capacity.

Brown compiled a 62-48 record for the Orioles during their building years (1955-1962) and was second to Milt Pappas in lifetime victories at the time he was sold to the New York Yankees. He had only one losing record (7-8 in 1957) after his first season here.

He still holds the club record for consecutive scoreless innings in one season, 36, and ranks 10th in club history with 1,312 innings pitched.

During 358 games in the majors with the Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Yankees and Houston Colt .45s, Brown averaged 2.08 walks per nine innings.

* Hemond said "interruptions in his workouts" have prevented Jim Palmer from throwing for an Orioles official in Miami this week.

"He has been set back in his plans by other commitments, so he's not ready to show what he can do," Hemond said. "We're ready to go back any time and look at him."

Fred Uhlman Sr., Hemond's special assistant, was to have looked at Palmer this week while he was in Miami for the Caribbean World Series.

* The Orioles have signed outfielder Benny Distefano to a Rochester contract, but he will not go to major-league training camp.

Distefano, 29, played with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League last season, hitting .215. He has a .227 batting average in parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"He led the National League in pinch hits a couple years ago," said Hemond, "and has also played first base and even worked out as a catcher even though he's a left-handed thrower."

* Officials from the Orioles and Maryland Stadium Authority will conduct a tour of the new ballpark for players Monday.

Among those scheduled to attend are Cal Ripken Jr., Randy Milligan, Mike Devereaux, Dave Johnson, Kevin Hickey and Anthony Telford.

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