Inspiring Drew Robinson to retire, will remain with Giants org

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Inspiring Drew Robinson to retire, will remain with Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

One chapter of Drew Robinson's baseball story is coming to an end, while another is just beginning.

The 29-year-old Giants minor leaguer, who has been playing for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, announced Friday that he will retire at the conclusion of the current six-game series with the Round Round Express.

In a lengthy Twitter post, Robinson said that he will remain with the Giants organization and transition to a mental health advocate.

"This is one of the things in a player's career and life that no one can prepare you for," Robinson wrote. "How could they? Everyone's circumstances are so different. Mine included. I'm writing to announce my retirement. This series in Sacramento will be the last games I play. Over the last year I've promoted self-love and self-care, and the @sfgiants are offering me the opportunity to transition to a role as a mental-health advocate. I couldn't be more excited to remain in the game that saved my life."

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Giants manager Gabe Kapler and the River Cats acknowledged Robinson's announcement.

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Robinson's path to the River Cats was a harrowing one. In a story published by ESPN in February, he detailed how he battled depression and attempted suicide last year, putting a gun to his head, pulling the trigger, but miraculously, surviving. He managed to call 911 after 20 hours and was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital. He would lose his right eye, but made a full recovery.

Robinson went to Giants big league camp in the spring of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown hit, wiping out the entire minor league season. He remained a visible and vocal member of the Giants organization despite having no games to play, speaking to players ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day last September.

Robinson got another shot with the Giants this spring, and he made the most of it, making the Opening Day roster for the River Cats, who just happened to open the season in his hometown of Las Vegas.

The story got even better on May 11 when Robinson hit his first homer of the season in the series finale in Las Vegas.

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In 35 games for the River Cats this season, Robinson had 11 hits in 86 at-bats (.128 batting average) with three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and 53 strikeouts.

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Robinson appeared in the major leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2017 and 2018, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019, slashing .202/.296/.359 with nine homers and 22 RBI in 100 career MLB games.

The book is closing on Robinson's playing career, but he has a chance to make a huge impact on the lives of players in the future in his next step.

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