Posted by devilnurse on June 12, 21 at 13:32:35:
Both for players and fans! When Smith was hired he did not let the team "rally" before the games (it demeaned our opponents). He also had a problem with Esmay's players in the locker room and had to get rid of some "bad apples". From hearing things from parents and players, the kids had little joy in playing for him. I was expecting a lawsuit or two about the TJ arms.
Baseball is supposed to be fun and college is supposed to be a 'best time of your life" experience.
Sure being on a college baseball team is no cakewalk. But these kids looked to the assistant coaches for relief of the pressure. This last year Smith knew he was gone if he did not produce. He worked the pitching so hard they got injured at the beginning of the season. I'm sure it got worse after that. I will say, pitching wise we got the most of what we had.
I don't like any player trying to dictate (threatening to leave) what our staff should be. However, we probably would have lost more pitchers had we kept Smith on. He and his son in the locker room was not a good idea either. His son worked for a firm that represented professional athletes I understand. Ethics? Pressure on the kids?
We will be a much better team next year and there will be joy in Mudville once again!
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