*Chris Robinson is celebrating his first birthday at home with his family since 2003. He retired at the end of last season and is now coaching the Great Lake Canadians in London Ontario, and writing for the Canadian Baseball Network By Kevin Glew
On this day in Canadian baseball history:
May 12, 1984: Future big leaguer Chris Robinson is born in London, Ont.
Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2005 MLB amateur draft, Robinson toiled in the minors for parts of nine seasons before making his major league debut with the San Diego Padres on September 4, 2013. The Canadian catcher's first big league hit was a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning off of Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Eury De La Rosa in the Padres' 12-2 win on September 25, 2013.
Robinson is, however, best known for his efforts on the international stage. He suited up for Canada's Senior National Team in several competitions, including the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, 2008 Olympics and 2013 World Baseball Classic.