Orioles minor leaguer learns some history

Orioles minor leaguer learns some history
February 25, 2014, 11:45 pm
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(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

You hear about athletes having to do their homework, but for Orioles minor leaguer Josh Hart, it was quite literal. Manager Buck Showalter assigned him to write a one-page paper on Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

As the story goes, Showalter was walking with Robinson — who had come to Sarasota, Fla., to address the Orioles — at the team’s spring training complex this week when they encountered Hart. Asked by Showalter who was the guy he was walking with, the 19-year-old couldn’t identify Robinson.

To rectify the situation, Showalter told Hart to write a paper on the former Orioles great and deliver it to the manager’s desk within a day.

"I wasn't nervous at all, but I knew he was serious," Hart said, as reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko. "He's a serious man. He takes his job as strictly business, and I respect that. Whatever he says, it's done, and that's a big plus. You've got to show him respect all the way.

"I took it as, I figured it was a compliment that he wanted me to do research. [Robinson] played for the Orioles and played in four World Series. That's just history down the line."

Hart said he completed the assignment, using Google and Wikipedia. 

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"He's all over the place. His name is worldwide," Hart said of Robinson.

Hart learned a few things about Robinson, among them his MVP awards in each league and his being a player-manager.

"I knew he was a Hall of Famer, but specifically, I didn't know anything about him, but I did my research and he's accomplished a lot," Hart said.

And if Hart is lucky, he’ll get a gold star on his paper.