Chris Roberts (baseball)
June 25, 1971 |
Green Cove Springs, Florida
|Earned run average||5.64|
Christopher Eric Roberts (born June 25, 1971) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball and for the United States national baseball team.
Roberts attended Middleburg High School in Middleburg, Florida. He competed for the United States national baseball team in the 1989 World Junior Baseball Championships, winning gold. He also appeared in the 1991 Pan American Games, winning the bronze medal with the game-winning hit in the bronze medal game against the Dominican Republic national baseball team. In the tournament, he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Roberts in the second round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft, but he did not sign, opting to attend Florida State University, where he played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. A two-way player at Florida State, Roberts was named a College Baseball All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 1992. That summer, he competed for the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The New York Mets drafted Roberts in the first round, with the 18th overall selection, of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. He played for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball in 2000. He retired after the 2001 season.
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