Alex Turko (@aturko_23)
Florida State’s baseball team pulled the all too familiar “two and barbecue” this weekend after falling to Georgia Southern and Alabama. Florida State failed to score a run against Georgia Southern losing 7-0 before falling to the Crimson Tide. The Noles attempted to rally back from a 6-0 deficit in the 9th inning against the Tide. The rally seemed promising, scoring 5 runs to bring the game within 1, before Gage West popped up with the bases loaded.
Mike Martin’s squad does this every season and after hosting numerous Regionals and Super Regionals in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have failed to win a College World Series. Martin is a great regular season coach and every year he fields a highly ranked baseball team, but eventually a coach needs to get his ring.
How long is Martin’s leash going to extend before these early postseason exits become mundane and unacceptable? I’m starting to worry that the only way to unseat Martin is to remove him with force. That gruesome visual reminds me way too much of the ugly breakup that FSU had with coaching great, Bobby Bowden.
It would be sad to watch such a prestigious coach step down, but sometimes change is a good thing. Look at how the football team faired with a new coach; winning the National Title game in Jimbo Fisher’s 4th season. Getting rid of a legend would be difficult, but hey, we’ve done it before.
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