Vistas and vacuums


Larry from York, Pa., asks on my MLBlog comments if York can build a stadium and survive financially. I don’t think that there is any doubt the York area can support a team. Look at what has happened in Lancaster. It’s been amazing over there — 6,700 on Opening Day on May 11. They have been drawing great crowds. You have to look at it this way — it is a great way to bring a community together. The ballpark will be the largest gathering place for the community in the York area. That’s what it’s all about — family outings and kids. The biggest thing is that they found a location on Arch Street and I think it is going to be great. I’ve seen how the stadium is going to look if it gets built and I think it is going to come to fruition.

If it happens to be independent league baseball — that’s fine, too. Fans are going to see good baseball. I’d say that 95 percent of the people who come to the ballpark come for the entertainment. With Minor Leagues, the price is right. I think it is an outing for the whole family.



Kevin asks about a photo he has called The Human Vacuum Cleaner. That is a unique way to sign something. Lee May of the Cincinnati Reds said after the 1970 World Series, "Man, that guy is like a human vacuum cleaner down there." I get many requests to sign "Human Vacuum Cleaner." It took me a while to learn how to spell vacuum. I do sign a lot of photos like that. If you have one, I believe it is authentic. You can find various signed memorabilia through my official site at


Becky says that Raffy has been maybe the most consistent player in the league during his tenure. Becky, I think he may have had a little help, too.



    Nowadays if a third baseman successfully makes the barehanded throw to first play on a swinging bunt, it is shown on SportsCenter because it is so rarely completed. When you were playing, I don’t think I ever saw you not successfully make this play. What were the keys to making this type of play?


    Mr. Brooks Robinson. Just wanted to say thanks for the childhood memories. Watching you and Frank, Paul Blair, Boog, Belanger, Cuellar, Palmer, McNalley, et al, play baseball was great for a young little leaguer in St.Leonards, MD. I caught a few games…one a playoff against the A’s when Vida Blue was pitching against the O’s. I was a CF so Blair was my man. You were the best ever. JSJ


    Mr. Robinson,
    Do you think Raffy has been doing steroids for 20 years? He has never exhibited any signs of a mood disorder or aggressive behavior as Conseco did with his reckless driving, etc. When Dale Berra was on trial, it was said that Willie Stargill was the man to see for amphetamines. Just how acceptable are drugs in professional sports? Thank you.


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