Baseball To Do List
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Baseball To Do List
Clemson will officially name a new head baseball coach this week and the new coach will find some things in place for long term success. He will also find some things are broken. Here a few items I would like to see addressed in the Clemson baseball program:
Make no mistake about it, the number one job here is to win. Clemson baseball should not be on the bubble for NCAA tournament bids. The Tigers should be in the conversation to host regionals and super regionals. A 40 win season is not the goal. Making it into the tournament is not the goal. Clemson baseball has much higher standards.
Level the Playing Field
The facility upgrades will help. The new guy has an easier job than
Jack LeggettJack Leggett
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Clemson has been to Omaha only once in the last nine years. That is below our standards. You get to Omaha by putting yourself in better situations. By that I mean by hosting regionals and super regionals. It is much more difficult to go on the road for regionals and super regionals and make it to Omaha. The new coach can start by winning enough in the regular season so the Tigers host more regionals and super regionals.
Clemson has won one ACC tournament in the last 22 years. That is not good enough. I know the tournament moved from Greenville. I know the format has changed. However, winning the conference should be a big goal and should happen more often than once every 22 years.
The rivalry with South Carolina has gotten out of hand. The Gamecocks have dominated Clemson over the last ten years and enough is enough. The next coach will face a Gamecock program that looks to be going downhill over the past three seasons. Getting the rivalry back in order is a major priority.
Clemson has suffered some embarrassing losses in recent years to inferior programs. I know this happens all across college baseball, but enough is enough here too. I don't think we should win all of the mid-week games, but recent history has been down right embarrassing.
The new coach can put his mark on the program with a new look. First, take Omaha off of the back of the hats. That is a goal that goes without having to put it on your hats. I am not sure what that accomplishes. I would also like to see the Tigers some new looks. Some road gray uniforms would be nice. Some pinstripes would look great too. This is a chance to put his stamp on the program and improve the way we look.
The stadium has been a ghost town in recent years. The new coach can get people excited about baseball again. I say ditch the same old, tired music and create a better home field advantage again.
I don't care if he tips his cap to the fans on third base, but I would like to see the new guy embrace the Clemson family. That has not happened here in recent years. Leggett blamed fans and divided the fan base into positive fans and negative fans. We are all Tigers and I hope the next coach embraces the family better than Leggett did. And for goodness sakes, please don't call out a fan in the stands and go after him during a game and on the radio the next day.
All of these are just suggestions. Some are more important than others. Come to think of it, just win.
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