In Memory of Jeriome Robertson

Ex-Astro Robertson dies in motorcycle accident
Houston Chronicle
May 31, 2010

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Jeriome Robertson, who won 15 games as a rookie with the Astros in 2003, died late Saturday night after crashing his motorcycle in his hometown of Exeter, Calif.

Robertson, 33, went 15-9 to help the Astros to second place in the National League Central in 2003. He finished seventh in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.

Robertson's success and his Astros career were abbreviated. At the end of spring training the following year, he was traded to Cleveland for outfielder Luke Scott.

Robertson appeared in eight games for the Indians, going 1-1 before being traded to Montreal. He had minor league stints in the Cincinnati and New York Mets' organizations but never made another major league appearance.

He was released by the Mets in 2006 and played in the Atlantic and Mexican leagues before leaving baseball in 2007.

Exeter High standout Jeriome Robertson killed in motorcycle crash

Visalia Times-Delta
by Damian Marquez
May 31, 2010

Jeriome Robertson, a former Exeter High School baseball standout and Major League Baseball player, died late Saturday night after crashing his motorcycle in Exeter.

Robertson, 33, lost control of his 2007 Yamaha Warrior while making a turn at 70 mph, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

The CHP report did not include Robertson's name, but his former high school baseball coach Steve Garver confirmed his death.

Smith Family Chapel in Exeter is taking care of the body. A date for the viewing has not been set.

"It is an unfortunate thing, anytime a young person dies," Garver said. "He always had a fire for baseball as long as I knew him. Even when he'd come back, he would always stop by and come out to practice. He was great with the kids. He always wanted to help out and do whatever he could for the high school kids."

Robertson, who helped lead Exeter to a Central Section championship and was named the Times-Delta co-player of the year in 1995, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 24th round of the 1995 amateur draft.

He made his major league debut on Sept. 2, 2002.

During his first full season with the Astros in 2003, Robertson compiled a 15-9 record and was seventh in rookie of the year award voting.

In 2004, Robertson was traded to the Cleveland Indians after the Astros signed Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte in the offseason.

He made his final major league appearance July 21, 2004.

Robertson finished his major league career with a 16-12 record in 51 appearances.

He was released by the New York Mets on July 31, 2006. He also spent time playing pro baseball in Taiwan, Mexico and in the Atlantic League - an independent baseball league.

"He was such a competitor," Garver said. "That was one of the lasting impressions he left. He always said 'you have to compete, compete, compete.'"