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Christopher James Robinson

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[edit] Biographical Information

Catcher Chris Robinson played many in the minors and was the starter for Team Canada before making his major league debut in September of 2013, at age 29. Having reached his lifetime goal, he retired after that season

[edit] Amateur Career

Robinson was the Ontario Player of the Year in 2001, hitting .428 and slugging .697, while throwing out an amazing 51 of 57 attempted base-stealers. He was a high school All-Star in golf, hockey, basketball, baseball and volleyball and was in the Canadian golf championship. He was with the Canadian team in the 2002 Junior World Championship, hitting .267/.361/.400 with 11 runs and 8 RBI in 8 games for the 4th-place entry. He played third base in that competition. The New York Mets picked him in the 30th round of the 2002 amateur draft.

In college, he hit .306/.375/.400 as a freshman at Illinois. He was the school's first Canadian player in over 20 years. He hit into a double play in his only at-bat for Canada in the 2003 Baseball World Cup. In 2004, the sophomore batted .359/.414/.541 and led the Illini in several key areas. He was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Conference team at catcher.

As a junior, Robinson hit .353/.435/.576, led the Conference with 7 pick-offs and threw out 40.4% of attempted base-stealers. He was named as the All-Conference catcher once more and also won the Big Ten Sportmanship award. The Detroit Tigers selected him in the 3rd round of the 2005 amateur draft; as they lost their second pick due to free agent compensation, he was their second overall selection after Cameron Maybin. The 90th overall pick, he was signed by scout Marty Miller for a $422,000 bonus.

[edit] Professional Career

Robinson hit .154/.200/.154 in 4 games for the 2005 Oneonta Tigers and .257/.329/.365 in 41 for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Baseball America rated him as the best defensive catcher in the Detroit organization.

Chris was with Canada for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In his only game, he pinch-hit for Adam Stern against Ricardo Rincon in the 9th inning of their loss to Mexico and grounded out.

In the 2006 campaign, Chris hit .286/.335/.363 in 95 games for the Lakeland Tigers. Late in the year, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Neifi Perez. With the Daytona Cubs, he batted .356/.383/.533 in 12 contests.

Robinson made it to AA in 2007 and batted .263/.313/.336 in 89 games for the Tennessee Smokies. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Chris only hit .190/.227/.286 for Canada but all three of his hits drove in runs, including his double against the Cuban national team's Adiel Palma.

Robinson was back with Canada for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, helping them finish first and earn a spot in Beijing. He was 4 for 11 with a double and homer while splitting catching duties with David Corrente. All of his offense came against the last-place South African national team; he was 0 for 7 in other action.

Robinson started for Canada in the 2008 Olympics and hit .313/.353/.313. He got Canada's final out in a 6-5, 12-inning loss to Taiwan in the game that decided 5th and 6th place. As a pinch-hitter for Emmanuel Garcia, he struck out against Chih-Chia Chang. In 2010, he was one of the final cuts made by the Cubs as they rounded out their opening day roster.

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