Roberts named to Florida State Hall of Fame
TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Friday, September 7 UNC Greensboro assistant baseball coach, Chris Roberts was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame along with eight other former FSU student-athletes. Roberts received the honor due to his accomplishments in baseball.
Roberts joined the Seminole baseball squad in the fall of 1989 and at that time was the highest drafted player ever to play for FSU. In his first year of collegiate baseball, Roberts was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America. As a sophomore, he was Metro Conference Player of the Year, MVP of the South Regional and earned honors from Collegiate Baseball (second team) and Baseball America (third team). In his junior year, Roberts was a named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
In his three seasons with the Seminoles, Roberts held a 23-8 pitching record and tallied a .301 batting average with 32 home runs. In both 1991 and 1992 he helped FSU gain College World Series appearances.
Following his collegiate career, Roberts played on the 1992 USA Olympic squad. In that same year he was drafted by the New York Mets and made is debut with the St. Lucie Mets in 1993. In that season he was fourth in the Florida State League in ERA (2.75), third in wins, and struck out 111 batters in 173 innings. After being released by the Mets in 1998, he had one-year stints with Oakland (1998), Colorado (1999) and Milwaukee (2001). In 2000, Roberts traveled overseas to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines. He played just one year with the Marines before returning to the US.
He played on the Class-AAA level with New York, Oakland and Milwaukee before retiring from his playing career at the end of the 2001 season. Professionally, Roberts holds a 55-63 overall record.
Prior to working with the UNCG baseball team, Roberts worked as a pitching coach at North Carolina State.
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