Arizona State University lost both games in the NCAA Regional in San Luis Obispo, which has tongues wagging among the Sun Devil faithful.
Is this end for Coach Tim Esmay?
ASU has a new athletic director, Ray Anderson. And unlike the other AD’s the school hired over the past two or three decades, he has a background in college baseball (he played at Stanford in the 1970s).
So the thinking goes like this: Esmay isn’t Anderson’s hire. Anderson will be less impressed than other ADs who knew little about the sport with a baseball team merely making the NCAA tournament. Anderson will understand that ASU is a traditional baseball powerhouse and that a 33-24 season and getting bounced after two games in the regional is not going to cut it. What’s more is the program is moving its home games to a new venue. Time for a fresh start.
Esmay was originally hired as interim coach when Pat Murphy was fired over NCAA rule violations after the 2009 season. He got the full gig after the 2010 season.
|2010||52–10||20–7||1st||College World Series|
|2011||43–18||17–10||T–2nd||NCAA super regional|
|2012||36–20||18–12||T–4th||NCAA postseason ban|
There has been a steady decline in overall record.
And the talent level has declined as well. I don’t consider myself a scout, but I think there are only a couple of players on the current team with any chance to make the majors.