June 14, 2005
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 will be in Omaha, NE this weekend as one of four finalists for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy. SEBaseball.com’s ACC Player of the Year, Robinson was named first team All-ACC and was 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 earlier this season 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 regular season ACC Batting Title and has more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. There have only been two games all season long where Robinson did not reach base.
Chambliss is coming off a break through year as FSU’s closer. A candidate for both the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award and Roger Clemens Award, the sophomore was either first or second in the nation in saves for the entire 2005 season. An All-ACC second team selection, Chambliss came within three saves of tying the single season record at FSU. The Live Oak, FL either saved or won 22 of Florida State’s 53 victories in 2005 as he set career highs for victories, saves and appearances. He was named Pro Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week earlier this season.
The Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy presentation will air live Friday at 11:00 a.m. on CSTV, which can be found on Direct TV channel 610. Robinson, his parents and FSU head coach Mike Martin will all be in attendance when the award is presented live on opening day of the 2005 College World Series.