The Pittsburgh Pirates have added former State College Spikes manager Gary Robinson to their professional scouting department.
Robinson managed the Spikes from 2009-10 before spending last season with full-season West Virginia. The Spikes finished 71-80 during Robinson’s tenure. He might be best remembered in State College for stealing a base, signing it and giving it to a young man after an argument with an umpire in 2010.
The Pirates hired in Robinson in 2008. He has held a variety of baseball positions ranging from Triple-A umpire supervisor to head coach at Division I UNC-Charlotte. Robinson worked as a school administrator before joining the Pirates.
Scouting isn’t new territory for Robinson. He served as a scout for San Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia from 1991-98.