The great thing about baseball is that anyone can play the game. It does not matter what your height, weight, race, social or economic status is; if you love the game and are willing to work at it, you belong in baseball. Carson Robinson belongs in baseball. Playing for the Canes Midwest (formerly known as the Indiana Outlaws), Robinson has proven he is a player to watch. A skilled first baseman, a menace in the batter’s box and a bright future as a pitcher, he can play with the best of the 16u class. It comes as a shock then to see this athlete with Division 1 talent walk on to the field, ready to face down his opponents with only one hand.
Carson Robinson has always been a fan of sports. Looking up to his father and grandfather, both avid baseball fans, Robinson fell in love with America’s pastime at an early age and has been playing the game ever since. However, the road to reach the skill he is at today was an uphill battle that no other kid had to fight. Robinson was born with only his right hand, making it difficult for him to get started in the sport he loves, a sport that relies on the ability to use two hands. “At first it was [tough],” Robinson explained in a post-game interview. “Since I’ve never had another hand I guess I just had to adapt to it and figure it out.”
Despite only ever having his right hand, Robinson does not allow it to hinder him on the field. “I’ve never been one to complain. I just do what I gotta do, you know?” His work ethic spoke for itself as Robinson landed on multiple travel baseball teams near his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. While playing for the Michigan Blue Jays, Robinson found himself at Grand Park where his abilities caught the attention of Jay Hundley, current Head Coach of the Canes Midwest. Hundley only saw the skill and the fire that Robinson possessed, not the lack of a left hand. When asked if he was worried about Robinsons condition hampering his play, Hundley made it clear: “No, I was not worried about him having one hand.”
Hundley spoke glowingly about Robinson via phone interview, citing that his existence on the Canes roster has been mutually beneficial. “His game has improved”, Hundley states “and the guys push him…he’s a great hitter but his future is as a pitcher.” Hundley also corroborated that Robinson is not one to sulk over his lot in life. “You never see him feel sorry for himself and people respect that about him”, Hundley tells. “He’s just one of the guys. He’s got a humor about him; it keeps the group loose.”
Carson Robinson drew a short stick from birth but has turned that stick into a Louisville Slugger that he now uses to prove that he belongs on the field playing the sport he grew up with. When asked if he had any advice for kids with handicaps that wanted to play sports, Robinson responded without missing a beat. “Follow your dreams, there’s always a backup plan. As long as you have the heart you can do anything you want, you know? Stick with it and you’ll get there.”
“He’s inspiring”, raves Jay Hundley. “When you look at a guy who has gone through what he’s gone through his whole life and he can go out there and compete with 10 to 12 D1 guys in one of the best programs in this part of the country, it’s hard to sum him up.”