Aug. 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State baseball team and head coach Mike Martin received some great news Monday night before the signing deadline for players chosen in the MLB First Year Player Draft. James Ramsey, FSU’s All-American and team leader in batting average, hits, home runs and RBI from the 2011 season, will return to Florida State for his senior year.
“The Minnesota Twins are a first class organization, and gave me a great opportunity to start my career in professional baseball now,” stated Ramsey. “I feel blessed to have had the chance to be drafted, especially by such a great organization. After weeks of prayer, discussions, and reflections, I came to the conclusion that I would return for my final year at FSU.”
The decision to return to Tallahassee was not an easy one for Ramsey, whose lifelong dream has been and will continue to be to play professional baseball. But the idea to come back to Florida State for his senior season, earn his degree and help lead the Seminoles back to the College World Series for the third time in the last five years was paramount.
“I feel like either decision could have been the right one,” added Ramsey. “I am anxiously awaiting my senior year at FSU, the place my parents both played sports and received their business degrees.
“Obviously, this was an unbelievably tough decision to make between starting my professional career a year early and returning for my senior season at FSU before I pursue my dream of playing in the MLB.”
“We are ecstatic to have James back for his senior year,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I am just so happy I am at a loss for words. James is the epitome of what college baseball is all about. He is a leader both on and off the field and I am so excited that the fans of Tallahassee will get a chance to see James play for one more season.”
Ramsey is on track to graduate in the spring of 2012 with a degree in finance from the prestigious College of Business. He is a two-time recipient of FSU’s Golden Torch Award presented to the student-athlete who has achieved the highest GPA on their respective teams. Ramsey earned the award in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He capped off his junior campaign as being named the ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
“We are pleased that James will be returning to FSU this fall,” said Florida State University President Eric J. Barron. “He has been a standout student in the classroom and his commitment to obtaining his educational degree proves why he is such a role model to his fellow classmates.”
Along with his success on the playing field and in the classroom, the Alpharetta, Ga., native will also serve as president of both the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Red Cross Noles, an organization that he and former Seminole Christian Ponder helped form on campus. Red Cross Noles is an arm of the national Red Cross organization that was formed at Florida State in the hopes of helping make the university one of the most disaster-prepared universities in the nation as well as stressing the importance of CPR certification.
“James Ramsey is a very special young man and we are extremely pleased that he is staying with the program,” stated FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “He comes from a strong Seminole family that believes in the values of education and fulfilling your commitments. It means a lot to the University to have James return for his senior season and we look forward to watching him play on the diamond in 2012.”
Ramsey is also an active participant in the community where he has contributed significant hours of service in his first three years at Florida State.
“I was very excited to hear that James Ramsey was returning to the Florida State baseball program,” stated Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher. “FSU is so lucky to not only have a student-athlete of his caliber but also a great ambassador to Florida State University. His leadership on and off the field is unmatched. He is what is right about college athletics.”
Martin has named Ramsey team captain for the upcoming season and is set to do something he has not seen or done in his 39 years of being affiliated with the university.
“This will be my 39th season at Florida State and it will be the first year we will have a student-athlete wear a `C’ on their jersey,” added Martin. “James’ leadership qualities are unparalleled and we are so glad that he will be back wearing the Garnet and Gold for the 2011-12 season.”
“This was such a tough decision,” said Ramsey. “I am so blessed to have the loving support of my family, church, friends, coaches, teammates, administrators, professors, and all the fans. I look forward to getting back on the field and helping Florida State get back to the College World Series.”