Marteese Robinson

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Marteese Robinson

  • Bats Right , Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1" , Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Marteese Robinson was a big star at Seton Hall University in the 1980s. He hit .394/.453/.596 with the club in 1985. In 1987, he was the top hitter in NCAA Division I, outshining teammates Mo Vaughn, Craig Biggio and John Valentin. He batted .529/.564/.857 with 16 home runs in 55 games, leading NCAA Division I in batting average; from 1965-1994, it was the second-highest average to lead division I (behind Keith Hagman's .551 mark set in 1980). He also scored 89 runs (9th in Division I), led in hits (126, 10 ahead of Robin Ventura), was 4th in total bases (205), tied Vaughn and another player for 5th in RBI (90) and stole 58 bases in 65 tries to finish 4th in NCAA Division I in swipes, almost double Biggio's 30. He was a consensus All-American at first base. He split the 1987 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year award with Ventura. He also was named Big East Conference Player of the Year.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 1987 amateur draft, between infielders Dave Hollins and Greg Colbrunn. He played in their system until 1990, though never reached above Double A. In 388 games, he hit .266 with 24 homers and 39 steals. He was the first Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year to not reach the big leagues and the last until Lloyd Peever, who earned the honor in 1992.

He played four years in the minors, worked in law enforcement, and later became a major league scout. He worked for the St. Louis Cardinals, then the Washington Nationals, and as of November 2009 was said to be moving over to the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

He is featured in the book The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth: Biggio, Valentin, Vaughn & Robinson: Together Again in the Big Leagues.