TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - For the first time in four decades, a new coach led the first day of spring practice for the Florida State baseball team. Mike Martin Sr., Eleven, retired at the end of last season. His son, Mike Martin Jr., took over. Friday was day one under the new regime.
So far, so good. The team talked about how much faster practices are in the fall, and they said that trend continues. Martin wants his guys to be conditioned, and he said the plan is to scrimmage more. There have been some changes to the way things have been done for decades, but everyone's transitioned just fine.
"Obviously we all miss 11 a lot. He's a great guy," said junior outfielder Reese Albert. "It feels like there's more energy at practice because Meat is obviously his son and he's a little younger. There's a lot more action outside here at practice."
"We're close. It's my third year with him. I like what he's doing," added CJ Van Eyk, a junior pitcher. "I like the vibe around here, I think everyone else does too. I think he';s doing a great job. Nothing short of what I expected. He's doing an excellent job and I can't wait to see him grow."
Opening day for the Seminoles is Friday February 14th when they host Niagara in game one of a three game series.