Originally published March 23, 2012
Doug Robertson knew his baseball career wasn't going anywhere.
So, in spring 1995, he became a replacement Angel.
"I've got to take care of myself," Robertson told The Los Angeles Times
that February "Who am I fooling? Like I'm going to go back to the
minor leagues and compete with some 25-year-old? I'm past the
Robertson got to that point after a
seven-season professional career, ending in 1991. It was a career in
which Robertson made AAA. But he never made the majors.
Robertson's career began in 1985, taken by the Giants in the third round of the draft out of Cal State Fullerton.
started at short-season Everett. The right-hander went 4-4 in 13
starts, posting an ERA of 4.43. He picked up one of those wins in July,
going seven innings without giving up a run.
Robertson moved to single-A Clinton in 1986. There, he went just 3-10, with a 4.56 ERA. Back at Clinton for 1987, Robertson went 8-12, with a 5.10 ERA.
1988, Robertson moved to single-A San Jose. He also moved to the
bullpen. In 57 outings, Robertson's ERA plummeted to just 1.26. He also
picked up 23 saves In April, Robertson went 2.1 innings in one game without giving up a hit.
With that, he earned a promotion for 1989 to AA Shreveport. His ERA also stayed good, at 3.00 over 52 outings, getting another 25 saves.
That December, Robertson was taken by the Indians in the Rule 5 draft. With the Indians that spring, Robertson gave up five earned runs in one outing, just getting two outs.
started the season at AAA Colorado Springs, getting 12 saves in 31
outings. But he also had a 5.76 ERA. Robertson moved to the Brewers
mid-year, playing at AAA Denver. He got into 21 more outings there, with a 4.44 ERA.
His final season came in 1991, with the Angels at AA Midland. He got 36 outings, with a 4.82 ERA.
Robertson then returned with the Angels for spring 1995. He played out the spring. By the end of March, he was trying not to look forward to the opening of the season. But the strike, and his career, would so end.
"We kept playing through spring training like the strike wasn't going to end, and it hasn't," Doug Robertson told The Times
in late March. "It would be real disappointing (not starting the
season), but you knew going in that could happen. You have to be
realistic about it."