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Robinson not to manage NBL Nationals
2006-09-30 18:09:51 Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Frank Robinson will not manage the Washington Nationals next season, the US National Baseball League team confirmed on Saturday.

The 71-year-old Robinson, a member of the baseball Hall of Famer, was notified earlier in the week that his services would no longer be required but team officials only announced the decision before Saturday's game against the New York Mets.

Robinson, who had an outstanding career as a player, managed the franchise for five seasons. He joined the club when it was still based in Montreal as the Expos and when it was purchased by Major League Baseball in 2002.

The team went 83-79 in each of his first two seasons but has finished last in the division the past three seasons.

Robinson has managed four teams for a total of 16 seasons, including a stint as player/manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, when he became the first black manager in major league history.

He won 1989 Manager of the Year honors while with the Baltimore Orioles and has an overall record of 1,065-1,086 and never took a team to the post-season. Enditem

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