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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Marteese Robinson played 4 seasons, then became scout, coach

Marteese Robinson 1990 Huntsville Stars card

Seton Hall's Marteese Robinson had a 21-game hitting streak his junior year and powered his club to an 18-4 record by early April, The Morristown Daily Record wrote.

In addition to helping his team, he also looked ahead to the possibility of turning pro, The Daily Record wrote.

"It all depends on how the scouts see my individual skills," Robinson told The Daily Record. "I'm trying to play as hard as I can defensively, too, because I feel that is an underrated part of my game."

Robinson did go on to turn pro that year in the draft. His pro career ended up lasting four seasons. He topped out at AA. But he ended up staying in the game, as a scout himself.

Robinson's career began in 1987, taken by the Athletics in the sixth round of the draft out of Seton Hall University.

Robinson started with the Athletics between short-season Medford and single-A Modesto. He hit .231 in 54 games. He then moved to single-A Madison for 1988. He hit .251 in 125 games.

He started 1989 struggling at Modesto, He then moved back down to Madison. He also started questioning himself, he told The Capital Times that May. But, once he got on the field, he picked it up, took the pressure off himself and helped his new squad to six wins in nine games, The Times wrote.

"People would say 'you're not the same as you were in college,'" Robinson told The Times. "I started thinking what I did in college that was so different and I realized that in college I didn't put any pressure on myself - I just went out and had fun."

Robinson saw 16 games that year at AA Huntsville. He then returned to Huntsville for 1990. He saw 104 games there and hit .265. That season proved his last.

Robinson soon turned scout. In 2001, he was headed the Cardinals new pro scouting division, including scouting minor league talent from other teams, The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote.

"We want to know as much about a player as you can, seeing them every year and talking to people, watching them develop," Robinson told The Commercial Appeal that June.

In 2024, Robinson is serving as an assistant coach with Morristown Beard School in New Jersey.

Marteese Robinson 1990 Huntsville Stars card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,315
Made the Majors:1,396-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,919-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:350

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