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Former FSU Star to be Inducted Into College Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Florida State outfielder J.D. Drew will enter the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The announcement came Thursday morning.

Drew was an All-American with the Seminoles in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 — his final season in Tallahassee — Drew became the third FSU player to win the Golden Spikes Award and was named National Player of the Year.

In 67 games that season, Drew hit .455 with 31 home runs and 100 RBIs. For his career, Drew hit .391 with 67 homers and 257 RBIs. Drew is FSU’s all-time leader in career slugging and on-base percentage and helped the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances.

Drew was selected second overall in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, but refused to sign for less than $10 million. He was selected fifth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals the following year.

Drew spent 14 years in the big leagues, hitting .278 for his career with 242 home runs. Drew helped the Boston Red Sox to a world championship in 2007 and made his only career All-Star apperance the following season.

Drew was named the MVP of the midsummer classic, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs in the American League’s 4-3 15-inning victory. Drew is the older brother of former Seminole infielder and current Washington National, Stephen Drew. Drew will be inducted in Lubbock, Texas in early July.

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