Posted by DevilQuad on June 10, 14 at 13:29:34:
In Reply to: Re: Good Luck Tim posted by Baseball Devil on June 10, 14 at 09:50:37:
I honestly can't remember seeing any posts here attacking Tim Esmay's character or commitment to ASU. There seems to be agreement that Esmay is a super human being and gave his all for ASU baseball. If anyone attacked Tim Esmay personally they are idiots and not true Sun Devils.
Having said that, saying that "Esmay needs to go", "ASU needs a better coach," and things like that are perfectly legitimate opinions, whether we agree or not. For heaven's sake, any coach making $200,000+/yr in a high profile job understands they'll take some heat/criticism at times and certainly better be able to handle it. Again, personal attacks are one thing, but passionate and unhappy fans ought to have the right to speak their mind about their displeasure.
I happen to agree with what Scott Bordow said: "...Esmay, who I'll always think of as the baseball equivalent of Larry Marmie. A nice guy who was loyal to the program but probably was better suited to be second-in-charge."
Esmay deserves a TON of kudos for getting us through the post-Murphy debacle and running a clean program. I expected him to play out his final year but I'm not heartbroken to see the change.
If you're still upset that Esmay is leaving consider the view of the program from the outside, namely Aaron Fitt of Baseball America:
"Arizona State’s talent level has dipped markedly since the Murphy years, although the lingering NCAA investigation, postseason ban and scholarship penalties certainly did not help recruiting"
"ASU never cracked the Baseball America Top 25 in 2014, for the first year ever."
"Arizona State is a premier program—albeit one that hasn’t won a national championship since 1981—and the job will attract plenty of interest from accomplished coaches. But to land a marquee coach, Arizona State must show more willingness to pay its head coach and assistants salaries commensurate with what other top programs are paying."
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