Former Tigers pitcher Robinson dies at 52

Former Major League pitcher Jeff Robinson died on Sunday afternoon, according to The Detroit News, which first reported the story.

Robinson's death was confirmed on Monday by both the Tigers and the Kansas-based Natural Baseball Academy, where he served as a pitching director, coach and instructor.

Robinson, 52, spent six seasons in the Majors from 1987-92, the majority of them with Detroit. For his career, Robinson was 47-40 with a 4.79 ERA in 141 career games.

A third-round pick by the Tigers out of Azusa Pacific University in the 1983 First-Year Player Draft, the California-native pitched in 96 games (87 starts) with a 4.83 ERA.

The right-hander's best season came in 1988, his second in the big leagues, when Robinson won 13 games with a 2.98 ERA. Robinson also made one appearance in the postseason, one-third of an inning of relief in Game 5 of the 1987 American League Championship Series against Minnesota.

Robinson finished his career with a year in Baltimore (1991) and then split the 1992 season between Texas and Pittsburgh.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.