Drew, Thomas inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame

| July 6, 2016

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LUBBOCK, Texas (WCTV Eyewitness News) – Former Florida State slugger and Lowndes native J.D. Drew and Valdosta State Coach Tommy Thomas were inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame over the weekend in Texas.

The 2016 class, the 11th in the history of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, also included Augie Garrido (Texas), Bob Braddy (Jackson State), Matt DeSalvo (Marietta College), Rick Monday (Arizona State), Tom Paciorek (Houston) and Tommy Thomas (Valdosta State).

Drew, who was elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 2003, joined former Seminoles head coach and shortstop Dick Howser as the second inductee in National College Baseball Hall of Fame in the storied history of the Florida State program.

Among the many accolades in his career, Drew became the only player in NCAA Division I history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases as he posted a .455 batting average as a junior in 1997. He was the third player in NCAA history to record a triple-triple (100 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI) after closing his Seminole career with 267 hits, 254 runs and 257 RBI.

“It’s an awesome honor,” said Drew. “It’s not your intention when you come here as an 18-year-old. You don’t comprehend or reflect on anything like that. I learned a lot about how to play the game here and it translated a lot over into my junior season. Really, my whole time here. It carried over into those organizations I played with in the big leagues for sure.”

After being named player of the year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News and the ACC, Drew was drafted fifth overall in 1998 by the Cardinals and completed a 14-year major league career in 2011. In 1999, he was listed eighth in Baseball America’s collegiate “Player of the Century” poll.

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