Shane Robinson (baseball)

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Shane Robinson
Robinson with the St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees – No. 38
Born: (1984-10-30) October 30, 1984 (age 33)
Tampa, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 2009, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through August 8, 2018)
Batting average .225
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 66
Career highlights and awards

Shane Michael Robinson (born October 30, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels.

College career[edit]

After graduating from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, Robinson enrolled at Florida State University.[1] Robinson started all 68 games for the Florida State Seminoles in center field as a freshman, while batting .280. As a sophomore, he led the team with a .427 batting average, 96 runs, 122 hits, 25 doubles, .605 slugging %, .532 on base % and 49 stolen bases. He also set a school record by having a 40-game hitting streak. His breakout effort earned him the 2005 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, the first Seminole to win the award since J. D. Drew in 1997. He was also named's ACC Player of the Year and was a candidate for every National Player of the Year honor. His numbers declined as a junior but he still put together a solid season by leading the Seminoles with a .361 average, 97 hits, 79 runs and 32 stolen bases.

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Robinson was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Florida State University. He collected his first hit during his first game on June 22 against the Peoria Chiefs while hitting safely in his first six games, going 12-for-28 (.429) with two doubles and two RBIs. He compiled a 21-game hitting streak from July 2–26, batting .372 (32-for-86) with a triple, three doubles, nine RBIs and 17 runs scored. He hit .286 and scored 36 runs in 48 games out of the leadoff spot.

In 2007, he began the season with Class A Advanced Palm Beach County in the Florida State League and stole a career-high 14 bases and hit .364 (8-for-22) with a home run and six runs scored during a six-game hitting streak from April 10–15. He batted .294 (15-for-51) with a .379 on-base percentage in 14 games in May before heading to the disabled list with a broken foot. On August 20 he began a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and collected two hits against the GCL Mets on Aug. 21. He hit safely in all four games with Palm Beach County upon his return from the GCL. In 2008, he hit .352 with four homers, 46 runs scored, 32 RBIs and 13 steals in 63 games with Double-A Springfield of the Texas League. On June 22 he was promoted to triple-A Memphis and finished the season hitting .220 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 42 games. On May 7, 2009, he had his contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis after Rick Ankiel was placed on the disabled list. He made his major league debut that day.[2]

Robinson was released by the Cardinals on November 19, 2014.[3]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Robinson signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins on December 5, 2014. He made the Twins roster as an outfielder,[4] but on August 8, 2015 made his major league pitching debut in a 17-4 rout by Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Robinson in 2018

After electing free agency following the 2015 season, Robinson signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on November 19, 2015. His contract included an invitation to the Indians' 2016 spring training.[5] He was released on March 29, 2016.

Los Angeles Angels[edit]

Robinson was signed by the Los Angeles Angels to a minor-league contract on March 31, 2016.[6] He opened the season with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees but was recalled to the Angels on May 1, 2016. He spent the remainder of the season with the Angels but was designated for assignment when Andrew Bailey was signed to the major league roster following the season. After clearing waivers, he was reassigned to Salt Lake.[7] Robinson refused the assignment and became a free agent on November 16, 2016.[8] He returned to the Angels on a minor-league contract one week later.[9]

Robinson attended 2017 major league spring training with the Angels but was reassigned to their minor-league camp on March 27, 2017.[10] He had his contract purchased on July 19, 2017. Robinson was limited to just 20 games and elected free agency after the season.

New York Yankees[edit]

On February 7, 2018, Robinson signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees with an invite to spring training.[11] He was called up to the Yankees on April 10 and played in two games, going 1-for-3 with two walks, before being designated for assignment when Aaron Hicks was activated from the disabled list. On April 16 he was sent outright to the minors.[12] He had his contract purchased again on July 26, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Robinson and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Tinley and Harper.[13][14]


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  2. ^ Ankiel placed on DL in wake of collision: Outfielder out with shoulder contusion; Robinson called up
  3. ^ "Cardinals add Cody Stanley to 40-man roster". Associated Press. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Spring training: Shane Robinson earned spot on Twins' Opening Day roster". March 31, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kruth, Cash. "Tribe inks OF Robinson to Minor League deal". Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Alden. "Angels sign Robinson to Minor League deal". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 14, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/14/16". Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Adams, Steve (November 16, 2016). "Shane Robinson, Cory Rasmus Elect Free Agency". Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 23, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/23/16". Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ Staff, RotoWire. "Angels' Shane Robinson: Reassigned to minor-league camp". CBS Sports Fantasy. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Yankees sign outfielder Shane Robinson to minor league deal - River Avenue Blues". River Avenue Blues. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Matt. "Robinson, Cessa sent down; Peterson returns". Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  13. ^ Jenifer Langosch, "Cards' new dads praise hard work of mothers",, May 11, 2012
  14. ^ B.J. Rains, "Robinson is back, but without his bags", Fox Sports Midwest, May 15, 2012

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