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When the Lerners bought the team in 2006, whatever existed at that point was due in part to Robinson.

And when he was fired at the end of the 2006 season, Robinson left them with words that should be etched in stone at Nationals Park:

“I’ve been very lucky, very fortunate and very appreciative of the opportunities that I’ve had to do the things that I enjoy doing. This is why I have always respected the game and tried to get others to appreciate and respect this game. This is the reason that I have wanted to stay in this game, because a lot of people helped me to get to where I am today and I’ve always tried to give back to this game. That’s what it is all about.

“Have I been hard on players? Yes, and I’ve been hard on them for a reason, and that was to try to get them to be the best they could possibly be. Set goals that are difficult to achieve, and when you achieve them you’ll know you really had an outstanding year.

“Don’t accept being OK or good in this game. Always strive to be the best that you possibly could be and take no less. If I didn’t feel like they were doing that, I was a little tough on them, yes, but for only that reason. Only that reason. I don’t think that is out of line. That’s just the way I am. Call me old school if you want to or whatever. I don’t think that is old school. I think that is the way it should be.

“The game is a great game, and if we respect it and do the right things for the game, that is what should be done. That is the way I have approached the game, and that is the way I always will. Old school. I have to laugh every time I hear that.”

That wasn’t just old school — that was old testament.

Put that in your book report, Ted Lerner — or just finally do the right thing and honor Frank Robinson at Nationals Park.

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com