Dec. 31, 2005
Tucson, AZ – After taking home Collegiate Baseball’s top honor in 2005, FSU center fielder Shane Robinson is the magazine’s preseason pick for National Player of the Year honors in 2006. Robinson will look to become the first Seminole player in school history to win baseball’s top award in back-to-back seasons.
Robinson was selected to Louisville Slugger’s pre-season All-America list as well as a projected first team All-American for the second straight year. Junior Tyler Chambliss was also named a pre-season All-American as he was pegged for third team honors.
Robinson is coming off a dream season that saw him establish the ninth-longest hitting streak in NCAA history at 40 games. He was named just the fifth consensus first team All-America in school history and he was either a semi-finalist or finalist for every national collegiate baseball player of the year award. As a sophomore, Robinson led the nation in hits (122) and runs scored (96). He finished the season ranked in the top five nationally for hits (122), runs (96), on base percentage (.532), doubles (25), steals (49), steal attempts (56), games played (73) and games started (73). He was the only player in America to finish in the top five in hits, runs, doubles and stolen bases. The centerfielder also ranked in the top 10 nationally for walks (57), total bases (173), and batting average (.427). No player in America finished 2005 ranked in the top five of more offensive categories than Robinson.
Robinson won the ACC batting title in 2005 and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. The junior had a total of 40 multi-hit games in 2005 including 18 three hit games and 22 two hit games giving him multiple hits in almost 55% of FSU’s games last season. Robinson recorded a hit in more than 90% of the Seminoles’ 73 games last year and there were only two games all season where he failed to reach base.
Chambliss is coming off the best season of his career as FSU’s closer where he was named an NCBWA third team All-American. In 2005, the sophomore was a member of the watch lists for the Roger Clemens and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Awards and was an All-ACC second team selection. He led the conference and was fourth in the nation with 15 saves. He finished the year just three saves shy of the single season record at FSU. Chambliss appeared in more than 40% of FSU’s 53 wins last season and his 39 appearances were the sixth-most in the nation.
The Seminoles also picked up their second pre-season Top 10 ranking. In the Rosenblatt Report’s pre-season Top 35, Florida State checks in at No. 10. FSU is one of four ACC teams in the inaugural poll. ACC rivals Clemson, Georgia Tech and North Carolina were placed fourth, sixth and seventh respectively. Other ACC schools ranked in the poll are the University of Miami at 18 and NC State at 26.