Brooks Robinson happy to see 'wonderful' state of the Orioles

As the calendar is about to turn to June, the Orioles are 29-24 and find themselves in the midst of the American League playoff race.

Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has taken notice, albeit from afar.


Making an appearance Thursday morning at the Warehouse to honor Maryland high school players selected to play in Sunday's Brooks Robinson All-Star Game at Camden Yards, Robinson briefly addressed the state of the franchise he played his entire career for.

"It's a long season, I think we'll have to wait and see [just how good the team can be] but they're off to a great start," Robinson said.

Robinson doesn't come to Camden Yards for many games, but he regularly watches on TV and has been particularly impressed by Chris Davis and Manny Machado.

Robinson raved about Machado's defensive play at the hot corner and the improvements he's been making at the plate.

The 76-year-old missed the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game banquet in recent years due to various health issues, but he said Thursday that he is doing great health-wise.

These Orioles have him feeling pretty good, too.

"This is a great park to play in, a great park to hit in and they're starting to draw crowds again like they did many years ago," Robinson said. "It's wonderful."