Nov. 22, 2005
Lubbock, TX – With Florida State’s baseball season just over two months away, the preseason honors are starting to be released. Two Seminoles have already been singled out as candidates for the 2006 Brook Wallace Award. Outfielder and reigning Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Shane Robinson along with pitcher Tyler Chambliss are two of 120 players named to the initial watch list.
Robinson is one of seven returning members of the College Baseball Foundation’s National Honors Team to be a member of the watch list to start the 2006 season. Last season, Robinson was not only named national player of the year by Collegiate Baseball but he was SEBaseball.com’s ACC Player of the Year and a candidate for all four National Player of the Year honors. The junior was named just the fifth consensus first team All-American in FSU history, NCBWA District III co-player of the year, first team All-ACC and was a candidate for ACC Player of the Year honors. He enjoyed a school record 40-game hitting streak that garnered him national attention and it was the ninth longest streak ever in Division I baseball. The Tampa native was the first player in FSU history to record 100 hits and steal 40 bases in the same season in 2005 and he was also the first player in the nation to reach the 100-hit plateau. Robinson won the regular season ACC Batting Title and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. Robinson’s .427 batting average led the team and the ACC, and placed him at ninth in the nation. Following his record-setting 2005 campaign, Robinson was named to the US National Team, becoming the first Seminole since Doug Mientkiewicz to play for the United States.
This is the first national player of the year recognition for Chambliss who was a member of the watch lists for the Roger Clemens Award and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award last season as FSU’s closer. In 2005, the Live Oak, FL native was named an NCBWA third team All-American and an All-ACC second team selection. Chambliss was first in the ACC and fourth nationally with 15 saves in 2005 and tied for the ACC lead in saves recorded in conference games. He finished the season only three saves shy of tying the all-time Florida State record. Florida State was 29-7 in 2005 when Chambliss was the Seminoles’ final pitcher of a given game and he posted career-highs in victories with seven, saves with 15 and appearances with 39.
The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network.
Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.