Mike Martin Jr. was sacked after 3 seasons with Seminoles baseball
For the first time in 42 years, a member of the Martin family has been coaching Florida State Seminoles baseball.
Mike Martin Jr., who scored 77-54 with the Seminoles, failed to get the team out of the league in two games. His first season with FSU was shortened due to COVID-19, but it showed interest in closing Florida Gators’ Alfred McKethan Stadium and winning in Florida State.
Here is the story of FSU Athletics:
Vice President of Florida State University and Director of Athletics Michael Alford announced Friday that Mike Martin, Jr. will not replace a FSU baseball coach and have the national search start immediately to find a replacement.
“Making changes with our baseball coach was not an easy decision, but it is our responsibility to put our athletes and teams in a good position to achieve what they can,” said Alford. “In the end, the idea came that our baseball program was going to go beyond what we had set out to do because of our historical success and I can’t believe we were.”
“We are very grateful for all that Mike has done for the program as a head coach, assistant coach and student of Seminole. His passion for university and baseball program is not the same.
Tomahawk Land will continue to follow up on this issue, including analysis and a hot training board, in the coming days.
The full story of Martin Jr., via FSU Sports Info:
Mike Martin, Jr. entered 2022 in his third season as Florida State head coach and his 25th season in the Seminole coaching staff. Despite struggling with the COVID crisis that plagued his first two years, Martin is 43-29, winning 60 percent of his career and playing an 8-2 record against rivals Miami, Florida and Clemson. Arriving at Oxford Regional in 2021, 43 consecutive FSU trips to the NCAA Tournament are one of the most recognizable and long-distance trips in the country.
In 2021, Florida State finished 31-24 while boasting an Atlantic Coast Conference Conference Player and Pitcher of the Year for Matthew Nelson and Parker Messick, respectively.
Nelson led the country with 23 home runs and was 10 on top of slugging percent, RBI and all bases. He was named Perfect Game / Rawlings National Hitter of the Year and was the winner of the Buster Posey & Johnny Bench Award for best performer in the world. The first All-American team, Nelson was awarded the 35th general pick in the 202 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He was the second Seminole, and the first since Jeff Ledbetter in 1982, to lead the country in home games.
In the semifinals, Messick finished 8-2 with 3.10 receiving a run average with 126 hits in 90.0 innings. Also ACC Freshman of the Year, Messick led the ranks in the Top 10 nationwide with nine innings (4th, 11.4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, 3.19) and ERA (7th, 3.45). Messick was named the third All-American team while teammate Bryce Hubbart, the third All-ACC team selected by 94 shows in 71.0 innings in 2021, returns as the two lead the FSU round of 2022.
Florida State swept the series against Miami, winning all three games at Coral Gables and a fourth in the ACC tournament in Charlotte.
Although the MLB Draft was reduced to 20 times (out of 40), the Seminoles had seven selected players, most in the first 20 FSU teams since 1995. Along with Nelson, Robby Martin, Hunter Perdue, Jack Anderson, Elijah Cabell, Conor Grady and Tyler Ahearn were enrolled and started their artistic careers. After his first season, thrower CJ Van Eyk was selected in the second round and Shane Drohan in the fifth round while preparations for 2020 were reduced to just five lines.
In his opening campaign, Martin and Seminoles finished 12-5 and finished the year with a 2-0 win at No. 1 Florida. The win saw Florida win 11 games in the series and was the only Gators loss of the year.
Florida State has released 11 consecutive enrollment classes in the Top 10, including all three with Martin Jr. as head teacher – No. 3 in 2019, no. 6 in 2020 and No. 7 and D1Baseball in 2021.
Martin helped control the growth of minority players, including Cabell, who finished in the Top 10 in the country in home games (eighth) and RBI (fourth) while leading the NCAA with 15 defeats in 2020.
Martin was promoted to head coach on June 21, 2019, after 22 years as Seminole’s assistant assistant at his alma mater. In terms of beatings and kidnappings, his offenses had an average of .300 beatings during his reign.
As an assistant coach, Martin and Florida State competed in the tournament and won at least 40 games each year, with eight College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA top divisions and six Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
Martin has coached five players selected to be National Player of the Year – Nelson, James Ramsey, Buster Posey, Tony Thomas and Shane Robinson. Since Martin joined the Seminole team before the 1998 season, Florida State has 23 All-Americans first team, 93 all American and 34 players have reached the Major Le League. In all, the Seminoles received 119 All-ACC honors and Martin oversaw 67 recruits between 1998 and 2019, and nine other Seminoles recruited since he became head coach.
Prior to joining Florida State, Martin was the founder of FSU from 1993-95, leading FSU to the College World Series in 1994 and 1995. He was drafted out of college by San Diego in the ninth division in 1995. Before coming to Florida State, Martin played high school football at Maclay School in Tallahassee and at Manatee Community College in 1992.
Martin has two sons, Tyler, a Seminoles heir, and TJ