Tom Robson
Tom Robson Rangers.jpg
First baseman/Coach
Born: (1946-01-15)January 15, 1946
Rochester, New York
Died: April 20, 2021(2021-04-20) (aged 75)
Chandler, Arizona
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1974, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1975, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.208
As player

As coach

Thomas James Robson (January 15, 1946 – April 20, 2021)[1] was an American Major League Baseball player, coach and author. He played first baseman and designated hitter for two seasons for the Texas Rangers. He is author of The Hitting Edge.[2]

Personal life

Robson was born January 15, 1946, in Rochester, New York. He attended Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Phoenix College, a community college, and later Utah State University in Logan. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 50th round of the 1967 amateur draft.

His nephew is Major League third baseman Mike Moustakas.[3]

On April 20, 2021, Robson died of natural causes, aged 75.

Professional baseball career

He played for the Texas Rangers for six games during the 1974 season and 17 games during the 1975 season. He ended his playing career in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Nankai Hawks in 1976.[4] After retiring, he became a coach in the Rangers' organization.[5] He spent seven years on the coaching staff of Rangers' manager Bobby Valentine, followed Valentine back to Japan to coach with the Chiba Lotte Marines 2003 and then followed him again to New York join his staff as the hitting instructor and, later, bench coach for the Mets. He served as the Cincinnati Reds' hitting coach for the first four months of the 2003 campaign under Bob Boone. In 2004, he returned to Japan and reunited with Valentine to coach for the Chiba Lotte Marines.[6]


  1. ^ Watkins, Christine (April 21, 2021). "Former Mets hitting coach Tom Robson dies at 75". Sports Grind Entertainment. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Robson, Tom (2003). The Hitting Edge. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. p. 192. ISBN 9780736033367.
  3. ^ Kaegel, Dick (March 1, 2011). "Big-hitting Moustakas is wise beyond years". via KC Royals official team website. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tom Robson Minor, Winter, Mexican & Japanese Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  5. ^ Murphy, Austin (July 6, 1998). "A Well-Seasoned Rookie Ben Grieve is a first-year player who's been around baseball all his life". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Former big league player, coach Tom Robson dead at age 75". AP News. Associated Press. April 21, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2021.