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Royals' executive retires after 35 years

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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Herk Robinson, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Kansas City Royals , announced his retirement on Sunday morning. Robinson joined the organization on November 30, 1969 and was the longest tenured associate in the Royals front office. He has been a member of the Royals Board of Directors since 2000 and will remain on the board.

"Herk has made tremendous contributions that have shaped this organization," said David Glass, Royals owner. "He leaves a great legacy and his leadership has been instrumental in the success of the Kansas City Royals ."

Robinson, who has been a integral part of the Royals ' organization for the past 35 years, has worked in virtually every aspect of the club's baseball and administrative operations, including serving as the general manager from 1990-2000.

"I have been so fortunate to have spent the last 35 years in the Royals ' organization," said Robinson. "It has been and continues to be a great franchise, and I am happy that I was able to be a part of the success. It all starts with ownership, and with the Kauffman and Glass families we have had the very best. I will never be able to thank all of the people who have meant so much to me in my baseball life, but they all have added to a wonderful experience."

Robinson's career in baseball began in 1962, when he began working as the assistant scouting director for the Reds . After spending six years with the Reds , he served as a territorial scout for the Baltimore Orioles before joining the Royals .

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