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Outside The Confines: Drew Robinson is alive

A major league player opens up about his suicide attempt. Another harassment scandal in MLB. Negotiations between the owners and players have broken down.

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Today’s lead story is not an easy one to read or write about. You may not want to read it, but you should anyway. I had to take a break several times through it to compose myself. It hits deep. I will give a warning that the story is graphic and disturbing, but it is ultimately a story of hope and recovery.

Before we go on, I’m going to start with this message that was at the end of the article on Drew Robinson.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or at

It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help, nor is it a sign of weakness to help. Mental health is health, period. Thank you for sharing your story, Drew.

  • Jeff Passan has the story of San Francisco Giants utility man Drew Robinson and how Robinson attempted suicide last April. Robinson shot himself in the head. He lost an eye and waited 20 hours to call 911. By a miracle, the bullet missed his brain and he survived. Now he wants to live and to tell people his story so they’ll want to live as well. Also, he wants to play baseball again.
  • If you have an ESPN+ account, you can watch the E:60 documentary of Robinson’s story. (ESPN+ sub. req.) Again, the documentary is very graphic and unlike the article, it has video of the aftermath of the attempt. So watch it knowing that. I do hope this piece ends up on ESPN in the near future. I suspect it will, but it might be too graphic for basic cable.
  • Here’s the good news. The Giants have given Robinson a non-roster invitation to Spring Training this year with a chance to make the team. The Giants front office was aware of what happened shortly after the attempt, but they’ve kept quiet about it until now, giving Robinson a chance to tell his own story. Andrew Baggarly has the story of how the Giants have worked with Robinson over the past year. (Free to all.)
  • New Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons also opened up about his struggles with mental health to Jeff Fletcher. Simmons admitted that he considered suicide as well and that dealing with his mental health was the reason he opted out of the end of the 2020 season.

OK, I’m drawing a line between those stories and this one, because this is a whole different kind of awful story about baseball. These kinds of stories, which have become all too common lately, make me wonder if I really want to even follow this sport anymore.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Drew.

Drew posted this late last night.