Front Office biographies

Herk Robinson, Board of Directors

Herk Robinson spent 34 years in the Kansas City Royals organization and retired during the 2004 season after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for four seasons. Robinson served as the Royals General Manager for 10 seasons, from 1990 to 2000. During his tenure as GM, Robinson pushed for the Royals minor league pipeline to pump quality talent to the Major League level.

Under Robinson's leadership, the Royals were named 1994 Organization of the Year by Topps, Baseball America and USA Today. In 1995, Topps tabbed the Royals and New York Mets as co-winners of baseball's Organization of the Year award and the Royals finished second to the Oakland Athletics for the top spot in 1998.

After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, Robinson joined the club just after its inaugural season in December of 1969 as Assistant Scouting Director. He was steadily promoted up the Royals ladder as Director of Operations in 1973, Vice President in 1975 and Executive Vice President for Administration in 1981. Herk was honored at the 2001 Kansas City Baseball Awards Dinner with the "Mister Baseball" Award, which is presented to a person who has contributed greatly to further the cause of professional baseball in Kansas City.

Robinson attended the University of Miami (Fla.) and Washington University in St. Louis. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in suburban Kansas City.


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