Get to know David Robertson
Yankees reliever David Robertson has drawn comparisons to a young Mariano Rivera because of his dominance as the team's setup man. Here are 10 fun facts on No. 30.
Compiled by Bobby Bonett
Robertson was born in Birmingham, Ala. He won three major titles for two different Alabama high schools. His first two — state championships — came at Central-Tuscaloosa High School. After his junior year, the school was split into three separate schools, with Robertson getting sent to Paul W. Bryant High School. He led his new school to an area title in its first season.
The Yankees selected Robertson as a 21-year-old sophomore in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, one year after Robertson led Alabama to an SEC title. He was selected one pick after Boston’s Josh Reddick.
Over three seasons and 152 2/3 innings in the Yankees’ farm system, Robertson allowed 83 hits and struck out 215 batters. His career minor-league ERA is 1.30. In 2008, Robertson was named the International League’s “Best Reliever” in Baseball America’s “Best Tools” survey.
Robertson’s brother, Connor, also pitched in the majors. Four years older than David, Connor pitched in nine games over two seasons for the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondacks. Connor was traded to the Mets during the 2008 offseason but didn’t make the team.
To benefit Tuscaloosa, Ala., after the 2011 tornado strikes, Robertson and his wife, Erin, started “High Socks for Hope.” Robertson donates $100 to the foundation every time he strikes somebody out. Led by “Bald Vinny,” the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium donated more than $1,700 to “High Socks for Hope” in an early fundraising push.
Robertson was named to the 2011 AL All-Star team as an injury replacement for Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. He was the only middle reliever on the roster.
Robertson credits the command of his fastball and his ability to get out of jams for his breakout 2011 season.
According to his Twitter page (@DRob30), Robertson’s favorite player growing up was Cal Ripken, Jr. Robertson has been active on Twitter since May 2011, and often will spend time answering fan questions.