Originally Posted by Ron Madden
Bill DeWitt thought Frank Robinson was "an old 30" and that Deron Johnson could pick up the slack if he traded Robinson to Baltimore for Milt Pappas.
It was a bad move.
Exactly. Johnson had a terrific season in 1965, hitting .287 with 32 HRs and a major league leading 130 RBI. He finished 4th in the NL MVP voting that year, when he was only 26 years old. He slumped in 1966. In 1967 the Reds tried moving him from third base to the outfield, without success, and he was traded after the 1967 season. Johnson died in 1992, only age 53.