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Josman Robles got thrown at in 1990 game, then hit home run; Saw three seasons, made high-A

Josman Robles 1990 Durham Bulls card, Robles seen up close with bat

Josman Robles got a little angry in this May 1990 game, then he hit a home run, according to The Durham Sun.

After having a pitch thrown at his head, which lead to the benches clearing, Robles came back later in the contest with his third home run on the year, The Sun wrote.

"I've been hitting better lately because I'm not trying so hard to hit home runs, but tonight was different," Robles told The Sun afterward. "I was looking to hit one every time I went up there. I don't like it when a guy throws a fastball at my head."

That season marked Robles' third in the minors. It also marked his last. He topped out at high-A. He later played in his native Venezuela and turned coach in the Tigers system.

Robles' career began in 1988, signed by the Braves as a free agent out of Venezuela. Robles was also credited as Josman Roble.

Robles started with the Braves in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .273 in 48 games. He then returned there for 1989. He hit .282 in 56 games that year.

For 1990, he started at high-A Durham. He saw 32 games there and hit .236. He hit three singles in a late May game. 

By June, he'd moved to single-A Sumter. He hit a home run in a late-June contest for Sumter. Robles saw 71 games that year at Sumter. He hit .246 to end his minors career.

Robles then played in Venezuela. He got a sticker there for 1991-1992 with Tigres. 

In 2016, the Detroit Tigers named Robles hitting coach of the organization's GCL team. The next year, he served as Tigers Latin American performance coach.

Josman Robles 1990 Durham Bulls card, Robles seen up close with bat

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,157
Made the Majors:1,372-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,785-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:557
10+ Seasons in the Minors:339

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