Robert José Watson (born April 10, 1946) is an American sports executive. He was a first baseman and left fielder who played for the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1984. In his playing career, Watson batted .295 with 184 home runs and 989 runs batted in and he was selected to two All-Star teams. He batted .371 in 17 post-season games while striking out just twice. Watson was thought to have scored the millionth run in baseball history, though this was later found to be incorrect.
Watson coached baseball after retiring as a player. After a return to the Yankees serving as general manager (GM), they won the World Series in 1996. He served as Major League Baseball's (MLB) vice president in charge of discipline and vice president of rules and on-field operations until 2010.
By Dean Hanley
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