Let's be frank here for a second; Clemson is not yet an elite baseball team. No, that's not an overreaction to recent events. It's just the truth. Very good? Absolutely. Elite? Not yet.
I said when Lee was hired, with all of the excitement around it, that expectations should be tempered. Just look for improvement year one, maybe a host spot year two or three, and then going forward you can expect to consistently be in Omaha. These were still Jack Leggett players and a Jack Leggett program, and Lee would need time to build the program in his image much like Dabo has done with football.
The problem is Lee has exceeded expectations in years one and two, and with that, a lot of y'all believe that we should never lose a series and that we're a top 3 team. We aren't there yet. We have some glaring flaws. Lee is working hard on the recruiting trail to get there, but that takes time. We WILL get to that level eventually, I truly believe that.
For now, just enjoy the fact that this team is far exceeding what they should be under Monte Lee, and take solace in knowing that a couple of years down the line we are going to be a dominating program.
We went 32-29 in the last year of Leggett, getting sent home from the tournament very quickly.
We went from that to 44-20 last year with an ACC Title, and 37-13 so far this year with a 40 win regular season likely happening. We are very good with Lee now, but we still have work to do in a couple of areas. But instead of just enjoying that we're crushing expectations while building to something way better, you guys want to freak out because we dropped a series to a top 5 team and lost a game today to a team that has 6 losses this year.
Dabo didn't do it over night. We had multiple years with the Tajh teams where we were very good, beat who were were supposed to beat, but were not quite there yet to knock off some of the elites like FSU. That was the foundation to what was a national championship.
Monte Lee basically turned a very mediocre baseball team into a very good, not great team over night. I'm not seeing what's mediocre here. I'm just seeing us lay a foundation for the future.