The absence of one Hall-of-Famer was apparent this week during the press conference to introduce the rosters for the 30th annual Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game.
In his opening remarks Wednesday at the Warehouse at Camden Yards, local sportscaster Keith Mills touched on why legendary Oriole Brooks Robinson was not present.
"And the reason Brooks is not here today is because, as many of you know, he is battling a very, very serious illness and [is] a little under the weather once again," Mills said. "I know I speak for all of you in wishing the best for Brooks as he continues this incredible fight that he has partaken the last couple of years."
In late March before he was supposed to undergo routine surgery, Robinson developed a fever and infection and was taken to GBMC, according to a statement he released shortly after being admitted. He stayed about two weeks. On April 23, a little more than a week after he left the hospital, he appeared at a memorabilia show at the Hilton in Pikesville.
Robinson was also treated for prostate cancer in 2009, and has announced that he remains cancer-free.
Following Wednesday's all-star announcement, Mount St. Joseph coach David Norton, who has served as chairman of the game since 1987, said it was only the second time he could remember Robinson not appearing at the announcement of the rosters.
The Brooks Robinson All-Star Game, which features the best players from each region of the state, will be played Sunday at Camden Yards after the Orioles' 1:35 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays.