July 1, 2005
Durham, NC – The fourth of July is a special weekend for everyone in America but this year’s Independence Day is a little more special for Seminole All-American Shane Robinson. The sophomore outfielder will spend his fourth celebrating his selection to the US National team as he was picked to represent his country this summer with Team USA. Robinson is the 13th Seminole to wear the Red, White and Blue and the first since Doug Mientkiewicz in 2000. He is also one of six ACC players to make the squad.
“I don’t even know what to say right now,” said Robinson. “There were so many good players at National Team trials and the coaches couldn’t have made a wrong choice picking anyone out here this week. I just feel honored I was one of the players picked. I am looking forward to the summer and representing my country in Japan, Taiwan and here in the US.”
“What a tremendous year it has been for Shane, Florida State and his family,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “We are very excited for him. It is always an honor to have one of our players representing America and it is just going to be a great experience for Shane.”
Robinson, who was named a first team All-American by five organizations, will spend the entire month of July and the beginning of August traveling to Japan, Taiwan, New York, Rhode Island South Carolina and North Carolina as a member of the US National Team. The squad will participate in the 34th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and a Friendship Series vs. Chinese Taipei in Taiwan. The team will then return to the US to play exhibition games versus Italy and Nicaragua.
“I am especially excited that Shane will get the chance to see parts of the world he would never have had a chance to see if not for this opportunity,” said Martin. “He will not only represent his country well but Florida State also.”
Robinson joins J.D. Drew, Mientkiewicz, Paul Wilson, Chris Roberts, Mike Martin, Jr. and seven other Seminole greats as FSU players who have made Team USA. Mientkiewicz was the last Seminole to play for Team USA and was a key contributor to the squad’s gold medal performance in the Sydney Olympics.
“When you are younger you never really think about traveling around the world representing your country but I always watched Team USA play whenever I got the opportunity,” said Robinson. “I never thought I would get to experience playing for my country. I am just really excited.”
The Tampa, FL native finished the season ranked in the top 10 of eight major offensive categories. He led the nation in runs scored and hits. He also recorded the fourth-highest on base percentage, the sixth-best batting average, the third-most steals and the seventh-most total bases. He was the only player in America to be ranked in the top 10 in average, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, total bases, walks and steals. He was also one of only two players to lead the NCAA in two separate offensive categories.
Robinson is Collegiate Baseball’s reigning National Player of the Year and has been a candidate for all four of the national player of the year honors this season. He was named SEBaseball.com’s ACC Player of the Year, a first team All-ACC selection and a candidate for ACC Player of the Year honors. The sophomore outfielder enjoyed a school record 40-game hitting streak that garnered him national attention and he was the first player in FSU history to record 100 hits and steal 40 bases in the same season. He was also the first player in the nation to reach the 100-hit plateau.
The Tampa, FL native won the ACC Batting Title and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. He finished the year leading the ACC in on base percentage as well. There were only two games all season long where Robinson did not reach base and he recorded a hit in 64 of FSU’s 73 games in 2005.
Team USA begins play Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Torrington Twisters at Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Conn. After two more games against teams from the NECBL, Team USA will leave for Japan. The Americans will be looking to capture the series overseas for the first time since 1979.