Fall Report: Florida StateFall Report
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No matter how it ends, this is going to be a memorable year for Florida State baseball. It will be a season-long celebration of the career and legacy of Mike Martin, who will retire after his 40th year as as FSU’s coach in 2019. In each of his first 39 years, the Seminoles have won at least 40 games and been to a regional, and only a fool would bet against them to hit those benchmarks again this spring.
For Martin, some of the adulation due to come his way will surely be unwelcome — this is a man who has always directed the spotlight away from himself and onto his players, and that isn’t changing now, as Martin reflects upon the end of his final fall as FSU’s head coach.
“I can’t say that I haven’t looked at it without any nostalgia at all. Let’s just say that I’m not going to let any of the the great times that I’ve had as the coach at Florida State — I’m going to continue to try to do what we’ve tried to do for the last 40 years, and that’s of course get to Omaha,” Martin said. “But I think the main thing that I’m keeping first and foremost in my mind is it’s not about me. It’s about the young men that we recruited and that we’re giving them every opportunity to get better, and we’re not focusing on the fact that this is my 40th year, we’re focusing on the fact that the young men, we want to give them an opportunity to compete in Omaha, Nebraska, and give them an experience they’ll never forget. Who am I to say this is so important for me? It ain’t important for me. It’s important for a Seminole baseball player.
“There’s no doubt, I’m gonna miss it, I’m gonna miss it a whole lot. I’m looking forward to competing, I’m looking forward to watching all of these freshmen go out and work hard and play in front of big crowds, both home and on the road. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do this year. I’m excited for them.”
Martin is clearly excited about FSU’s sixth-ranked 2018 recruiting class, which will be relied upon to fill a number of big holes from a year ago.