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Robin Yount
Robin Yount
Milwaukee
Bats Position Throws
Right SS / CF Right
General information
Height 6 ft. 0 in.
Weight 170 lbs.
Born September 16, 1955 (age 54)
Hometown Flag of the United States Danville, Illinois
Jerseys
Brewers Cap2 Brewers7 Yount19
Statistics
AVG R H HR RBI SB
.285 298 3,142 251 1,406 271

Robin R. Yount (born September 16, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers 1974-1993. In 1999, Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Yount holds the Brewers' career records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and strikeouts. He was the last active major leaguer who was a teammate of Hank Aaron (1975–1976).

Baseball careerEdit

Yount was the third pick overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the June 1973 Major League Baseball Draft, one slot ahead of fellow Hall of Famer and 3,000 Hit Club member Dave Winfield. Yount made his major league debut the following April, at 18 years old. After going hitless in his first four games, Yount hit a game-winning home run in his sixth. On September 14, 1975, he broke Mel Ott's 47-year-old record for most games played in the major leagues as a teenager. Yount courted controversy in the winter of 1978. He threatened to retire from the game and take up professional golf rather than be underpaid by the Brewers. His demands were met during spring training in 1978, and he played the full season; ultimately, Yount remained a Brewer for the rest of his 20-year career.

Yount developed into a better-than-average hitter, eventually posting a career .285 batting average). He was an early proponent of weight training – then uncommon in baseball – and by 1980 Yount's power hitting had improved, particularly for a shortstop. Yount was an All-Star in 1980, 1982, and 1983, and no other Brewer was voted a starter in consecutive years until Ryan Braun in 2008-09. His three All-Star appearances are tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the fewest of any Hall of Famer from the post-All-Star Game era.

Yount collected more hits in the decade of the 1980s than any other player (1731), leading the American League with 210 hits in 1982. The 1982 AL East race was tied on the final day of the season, with the race coming down to a winner-take-all game between the Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. With the title on the line, Yount hit home runs in each of his first two at-bats against Orioles starter Jim Palmer. Yount finished with a 4-hit game, as the Brewers won 10-2. In addition to his only 200-hit season, he registered career highs with 29 home runs, 114 RBI, and a .331 batting average (.001 behind the league leader, Willie Wilson). That year, Yount also won his only Gold Glove Award. 1982 was his finest statistical season, and earned Yount his first Most Valuable Player Award by a unanimous vote. The year ended with the Brewers making their only World Series appearance. Although Yount became the only player to collect four hits in two World Series games, Milwaukee lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

In 1985, a shoulder problem forced Yount to move to the outfield. After splitting time between center field and left field, Yount became the Brewers' regular center fielder in 1986. He played more than 1,200 games in the outfield in his career, with a .990 fielding percentage. Yount's most memorable defensive moment was surely a game-ending, diving catch to preserve a no-hitter by Juan Nieves early in the 1987 season.

Yount the outfielder narrowly won a second MVP Award in 1989, making him only the third player to win MVPs at two positions, joining Hank Greenberg and Stan Musial (Alex Rodriguez would later join this group). Yount was the first AL player to win multiple MVP's in over a quarter century, since the Yankees' Roger Maris (1960 and 1961) and Mickey Mantle (1956, 1957, and 1962).

On September 9, 1992, Yount collected his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 17th player to reach the mark. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility. That same year, he was included in the balloting for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, finishing fifth among shortstops.

Yount holds the Brewers' career records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and strikeouts. He was the last active major leaguer who was a teammate of Hank Aaron (1975–1976).

Post-playing careerEdit

Yount served as first base coach and bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2002 to 2004. He resigned after the dismissal of Arizona manager Bob Brenly. He, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Bob Uecker threw out the ceremonial first pitches at the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Miller Park.

In 2005, Brewers manager Ned Yost convinced Dale Sveum, a teammate of Yount's, to become Milwaukee's new third base coach. Yount followed suit a few weeks later, accepting a post as the Brewers' bench coach. In November 2006, Yount announced he would not return to the team as bench coach for the 2007 season. However, on September 15, 2008, Dale Sveum, by now the team's manager, chose Yount as his bench coach.

In June 2008, Yount announced the creation of a new lemonade drink, Robinade. A portion of the proceeds of the sales goes to charity.

Brewers recordsEdit

Milwaukee Records
Statistic Brewers Single Season Leader Career Brewers Total Career Brewers Ranking
Home Runs (HR) 1984 (16) 251 1st
Runs Batted In (RBI) 1984 (80) • 1987 (103) • 1988 (91) • 1989 (103) 1,406 1st
Stolen Bases (SB) 1975 (12) • 1976 (16) • 1984 (14) 271 2nd

StatisticsEdit

Regular season battingEdit

YearAgeTeamPosGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDPHBPSHSFIBBAwards
197418MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 107 364 344 48 86 14 5 3 26 7 7 12 46 .250 .276 .346 .622 79 119 4 1 5 2 0
197519MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 147 607 558 67 149 28 2 8 52 12 4 33 69 .267 .307 .367 .674 90 205 8 1 10 5 3
197620MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 161 690 638 59 161 19 3 2 54 16 11 38 69 .252 .292 .301 .593 76 192 13 0 8 6 3
197721MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 154 663 605 66 174 34 4 4 49 16 7 41 80 .288 .333 .377 .710 94 228 11 2 11 4 1
197822MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 127 545 502 66 147 23 9 9 71 16 5 24 43 .293 .323 .428 .752 110 215 5 1 13 5 1
197923MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 149 626 577 72 154 26 5 8 51 11 8 35 52 .267 .308 .371 .679 83 214 15 1 10 3 3
198024MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 143 647 611 121 179 49 10 23 87 20 5 26 67 .293 .321 .519 .840 130 317 8 1 6 3 1 AS SS
198125MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 96 411 377 50 103 15 5 10 49 4 1 22 37 .273 .312 .419 .731 114 158 4 2 4 6 1
198226MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 156 704 635 129 210 46 12 29 114 14 3 54 63 .331 .379 .578 .957 166 367 19 1 4 10 2 AS MVP SS
198327MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 149 662 578 102 178 42 10 17 80 12 5 72 58 .308 .383 .503 .886 150 291 11 3 1 8 6
198428MB Milwaukee BrewersSS 160 702 624 105 186 27 7 16 80 14 4 67 67 .298 .362 .441 .803 126 275 22 1 1 9 7
198529MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 122 527 466 76 129 26 3 15 68 10 4 49 56 .277 .342 .442 .784 114 206 8 2 1 9 3
198630MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 140 595 522 82 163 31 7 9 46 14 5 62 73 .312 .388 .450 .838 125 235 9 4 5 2 7
198731MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 158 723 635 99 198 25 9 21 103 19 9 76 94 .312 .384 .479 .862 125 304 9 1 6 5 10
198832MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 162 696 621 92 190 38 11 13 91 22 4 63 63 .306 .369 .465 .834 132 289 21 3 2 7 10
198933MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 160 690 614 101 195 38 9 21 103 19 3 63 71 .318 .384 .511 .896 152 314 9 6 3 4 9 MVP SS
199034MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 158 683 587 98 145 17 5 17 77 15 8 78 89 .247 .337 .380 .717 102 223 7 6 4 8 6
199135MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 130 571 503 66 131 20 4 10 77 6 4 54 79 .260 .332 .376 .707 98 189 13 4 1 9 8
199236MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 150 629 557 71 147 40 3 8 77 15 6 53 81 .264 .325 .390 .714 101 217 9 3 4 12 9
199337MB Milwaukee BrewersCF 127 514 454 62 117 25 3 8 51 9 2 44 93 .258 .326 .379 .705 90 172 12 5 5 6 5
Totals: 2,856 12,249 11,008 1,632 3,142 583 126 251 1,406 271 105 966 1,350 .285 .342 .430 .772 115 4,730 217 48 104 123 95

Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions.

Career highlightsEdit

AwardsEdit

Milwaukee Awards
Trophy Award Wins Years
HOF National Baseball Hall of Fame N/A 1999
Gold Glove Gold Glove 1 1982
Silver Slugger Silver Slugger 3 1980 • 1982 • 1989

Brewers recordsEdit

Milwaukee Records
Brewers Record Single Season Record Cumulative Total Brewers Ranking
Home runs 1984 (16) 251 1st
Gold Glove Gold Glove 1,406 1st

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