TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Major League Baseball postseason begins Wednesday and the University of Alabama baseball program will be well represented as three former Crimson Tide standouts will be a part of the hunt for a World Series Championship.
Representing Alabama in the playoffs will be pitchers Lance Cormier (Tampa Bay Rays), Tommy Hunter (Texas Rangers) and David Robertson (New York Yankees) as they look to wrap up outstanding seasons while helping their respective clubs push towards a title. Five total former UA players have played in the World Series while two – Joe Sewell and Robertson – have won three total rings.
Cormier spent this season with the Rays as a middle reliever where he racked up a 4-3 record and logged 62.0 innings while sporting a 3.92 ERA. During his time at Alabama, Cormier was a first team Freshman All-American for Baseball Weekly and Collegiate Baseball, a two time academic All-District, a two-time second team All-SEC selection, a 1999 honorable mention NCBWA All-American and a third team NCBWA All-American in 2002. He is tied for the third most wins in a single season with 11 and is the Tide leader for career wins with 31. Cormier will face fellow UA product Hunter's Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their series today at 1:37 p.m. ET.
Hunter, a first-round draft pick of the Rangers in 2007, has excelled in his third season with the Texas Rangers. He started 22 games during the regular season and went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He began the season white hot, going 8-0 with a 2.31 ERA, never allowing more than three earned runs in a single outing during that span. While a member of the Tide squad, Hunter played for the USA National Team that won gold in 2006. Also in 2006 Hunter was a freshman All-SEC selection and a freshmen All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Hunter figures to be the (if necessary) Game 4 starter on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:07 p.m. ET.
Robertson, who won a World Series title last year, has worked primarily out of the bullpen for the Yankees, compiling a 4-5 record on the season and sporting a 3.82 ERA while striking out 71 and walking just 33. Opponents are hitting a lowly .217 against Robertson at home in Yankee Stadium. Robertson was a freshman All-SEC selection and a freshman All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2005. He is fourth all-time at Alabama in saves with 18 for his career. Robertson and the Yankees begin their series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis tonight at 8:37 p.m. ET.