After seven seasons as a New York Yankee, the free agent right-hander agreed to terms on a four-year $46-million contract in December 2014. Currently, the 2011 American League All-Star has 24 saves in 30 opportunities with a 2.87 ERA sporting a 5-3 win-loss record. David Robertson, nicknamed “Houdin”", has struck out 589 batters in his career since 2008, the most among active MLB relievers during that span. Groomed as the apparent heir to New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, the former University of Alabama ace spent six seasons learning the craft as a set-up man before replacing the legendary closer in 2014.
BamaMag.com visited with Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper to discuss the contributions and effectiveness of the most coveted closer available on the open market prior to the start of the season. Although the paths were dramatically different, Cooper (1978) and Robertson (2006) share the distinction of being drafted in the 17th round by the New York Yankees. The American League Central team (55-63) was in Anaheim to face the Los Angeles Angels (63-57) on a four-game road trip.
Hitless in two plate appearances against Robertson, ten-time All-Star, three-time National League MVP, and future Hall of Fame slugger Albert Pujols chimed in to voice an opinion on the 30-year old Alabama native.
Robertson and wife, Erin, founded the non-profit charitable High Socks for Hope, Inc. organization to fund numerous projects. He explains the recent endeavors to aid natural disaster victims and veterans. Those seeking to contribute to the efforts can click on: http://www.highsocksforhope.org/