These days, the least likely place to find Brooks Robinson may be at an Orioles game. After 16 years, Robinson didn't return to his duties as color analyst on Orioles TV games. Now, Brooks works for Crown Central Petroleum and is a spokesman for Major League Baseball. He and his wife, Connie, split their time between homes in Baltimore and Southern California. Robinson spoke recently to The Sun's Mark Hyman.
Q: Why aren't you back on the TV games?
A: The Orioles called me some time before the season began. They said, 'We'd like you to do the games.' I said I'd be happy to talk about it, and I did speak with HTS. But the talks dragged on and on, and there were things that couldn't be worked out. Finally, I just told my wife, 'Let's quit.'
Q: Do you miss the game?
A: I don't miss it at all. When I left [as a player] back in '77, I had played so much, I totally lost interest. I couldn't wait until the season was over and I got out. Then, the television came up. I started doing that. Now, it's almost like I am saying I'm glad that's over, too. It's just another phase in my life.
Q: Would you return to TV?
A: I don't have any desire to do it again. Sixteen years, that's a long run for anyone.
Q: With TV in the past, how are you spending your time?
A: I've been working with Major League Baseball. It's the 125th year, and they're promoting that. I've had some duties. I threw out the first ball on Opening Day in Seattle. I was at Dodger Stadium recently. We're trying to tell everyone how great the game is right now, with it drawing 70 million fans last year. But it's awfully tough to be upbeat. Everyone wants to know if there's going to be a strike.