Kramer Robertson, St. Louis Cardinals organization

Shortstop Kramer Robertson was doing well.

He began the 2019 season at AA-Springfield and was promoted to Triple-A Memphis in early May, splitting the season between both cities. Then, he earned an invite to major league spring training in early March of this year.

A week and a half later, baseball stopped for COVID-19.

Hall of Fame Mom (officially)

Robertson, who played college baseball at Lousiana State, returned to Waco, Texas, where his mother, Kim Mulkey, coaches the Baylor basketball team. The Lady Bears are the reigning women’s NCAA champions – and, with the spring sports shutdown, remain the champs for another year (at least).

Kramer is glad to be able to spend more time with his mom, sister, brother-in-law, and toddler nephew during the disruption.

“Getting family time is definitely a silver lining,” Robertson said.

The family also got to celebrate last weekend when Coach Mulkey was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She joins Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and others in the 2020 class.

Robertson said his family knew Mulkey would find out either way on Saturday.

“We were all together and super excited for her. I wouldn’t say it was a surprise but you never know what the voters are thinking,” Kramer said.

Keep Calm (and Wash Your Hands)

Robertson credits years of playing different sports for his placid perspective. Even during a pandemic, he says he isn’t rattled.

“I have never been one to panic, so I don’t have too hard of a time keeping calm,” he said.

His advice for the rest of us:

“Control what you can control and do your part to contain what going on,” he said.

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