Drew Robinson will end his efforts to return to the major leagues as a player after an attempted suicide. The next step for him is to take an off-field role in the MLB organization.
Robinson Announced on social media on Friday He will retire as a player after this weekend and then join the Giants front desk as a mental health advocate. He is playing for San Francisco’s Triple-A League in Sacramento.
Robinson wrote: “I am very happy to stay in the game that saves my life.”
Robinson, 29, shot himself in the head on April 16, 2020. The wound caused him to lose his right eye. During his recovery, he decided to try to come back and start exercising. In the 2017-19 season, he played 100 games as an outfielder for the Rangers and Cardinals.he Told his story to ESPN’s Jeff Passan last winter.
The Giants signed him a minor league contract in January 2020 and invited him to participate in the 2021 minor league spring training. He made it to Sacramento’s opening day roster.
Robinson released more news He hit a home run early in his return to the game, But that was his last highlight. He hit three home runs of 0.128/.240/.267 for Sacramento and hit 53 times in 100 games.
“For the Giants, it is really humble to believe that I can help other players solve their emotional health problems more easily and gain insights from my experience and lessons,” he wrote.
“I can’t fully describe the past 15 months, but some of the most meaningful moments are persevering in the physical and mental challenges I faced when I tried to come back. More specifically, the way you motivated me to keep going,” he added.