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Robert Wesley Knepper (born May 24 1954 in Akron, Ohiomarker) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15-year career from 1976 to 1990. He played for the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros, both of the National League.

He was voted to the National League All-Star team twice (1981 and 1988).

He led the National League in shutouts in 1978, with six, and in 1986, with five. He also led the league in hit batsmen in 1980, with eight, and losses in 1987, with 17.

Knepper is often remembered for his negative side. His comments concerning Pam Postema, a female AAA umpire officiating a Major League spring training game, were considered to be particularly offensive to some:

"I just don’t think a woman should be an umpire. There are certain things a woman shouldn’t be and an umpire is one of them. It’s a physical thing. God created women to be feminine. I don’t think they should be competing with men. It has nothing to do with her ability. I don’t think women should be in any position of leadership. I don’t think they should be presidents or politicians. I think women were created not in an inferior position, but in a role of submission to men. You can be a woman umpire if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. You can be a homosexual if you want, but that doesn’t mean that’s right either."


As were his comments concerning the National Organization for Women:

"They are a bunch of lesbians. Their focus has nothing to do with women's rights. It has everything to do with women wanting to be men."


He was not fined nor suspended for his remarks. At the time, players were not punished for voicing controversial opinions. It was not until Bud Selig assumed the acting commissioners role in 1993 that he started sanctioning players for making controversial remarks.

Knepper followed up his controversial comments in 1988 by having one of the best seasons in his career, and was selected to the National League All-Star Team. During player introductions at the game in Cincinnati, he was loudly booed by the fans.

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