Frank Robinson back at meetings
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Frank Robinson, the Hall of Fame outfielder who lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., and now works as a senior vice president for Major League Baseball, was released from a Scottsdale hospital a few hours after being transported via ambulance because of dizziness and an irregular heartbeat.
Robinson returned to baseball's quarterly owners meetings in time to attend a late-afternoon session with commissioner Bud Selig's competition committee, of which Robinson is a member.
"I feel fine,'' Robinson said. "They said I was a little bit dry. Not dehydrated, but just a little bit dry.''
Otherwise, he said, doctors could find no reason why his heart rate jumped to 190. The typical rate for a healthy man is 60 to 80.
Robinson was attending a morning session with owners and general managers when he began to feel his heart racing. After waiting about half an hour for it to calm down, which it never did, he made the decision to seek treatment.
"I was concerned, because I didn't know what it was,'' Robinson said. "I sat down in there, and my heart starting beating faster, but I thought it was just something temporary. I tried to wait it out, but it kept going, so I decided I better get it checked out.
"I'm glad I did.''
After Robinson underwent a battery of tests at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital that failed to determine the cause of the symptoms, which Robinson said also included shortness of breath, he was released. However, he said that upon returning home to Los Angeles on Thursday evening, he plans to see his regular doctor for a follow-up as soon as possible.
"They wouldn't have let me out unless I had a clean bill of health,'' Robinson said. "But I'm going to get a backup [exam] myself, just for my own satisfaction. The main thing [Thursday] was to try to find out what the problem was and to make sure there were no blood clots or anything like that.''
Robinson, 75, spent 21 seasons in the majors, and was named an MVP in both leagues (1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles, when he won the Triple Crown). He also was the 1956 NL Rookie of the Year with the Reds and finished his career as a player/manager with the Cleveland Indians. He has 586 career home runs.
He also was named AL Manager of the Year in 1989 with the Orioles. He has a 1,065-1,176 record in 16 seasons as a manager, his last year being 2006 with the Washington Nationals.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.
Said Selig: "It really shook me up badly."
"Frank and I have worked very closely together the last couple of years and I have enormous respect for him as a person and friend," he said.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.