Martin Thrives on Competition

By Thomas, Bob | The Florida Times Union, April 10, 1996 | Go to article overview

Martin Thrives on Competition


Thomas, Bob, The Florida Times Union


TALLAHASSEE -- Whether he's pitching pennies for popcorn while

waiting outside a Hattiesburg, Miss., movie house, or spotting a

buddy five games in tennis and playing without a racket, Florida

State baseball coach Mike Martin is fiercely competitive.

And he's rapidly turning that competitiveness into one of the

most impressive marks in college baseball history.

Just past the midway point in his 17th season in the dugout for

the top-ranked Seminoles, Martin, with a victory over

Jacksonville University tonight at Brest Field, can become the

23rd coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games.

For someone who preaches pitching, defense hand baserunning,

win No. 899 was very un-Martinlike. No-hit through five innings

by JU's John Byrd, the Seminoles committed five errors and

needed a three-run homer from J.D. Drew to wipe out a 6-0

deficit.

Brooks Badeaux's sacrifice fly scored Steve Nedeau with

go-ahead run in the eighth inning of last night's 8-6 victory at

Dick Howser Stadium.

JU coach Terry Alexander, who played at FSU when Martin was an

assistant coach, has seen it all before.

"Florida State is a team of destiny," Alexander said. "They are

a team that believes if you give them a hole, they're going

through it."

To understand Martin, you must understand the fire that burns

inside.

Tallahassee Community College coach Mike McLeod, who spent nine

seasons on Martin's FSU staff, knows that side best of all. He

was Martin's penny-pitching opponent that night in Hattiesburg.

"We nearly got into it," McLeod said. "It absolutely became a

war because neither of us liked to lose."

Martin remembers the night vividly.

"He [McLeod] was so mad because I wouldn't show him how to

pitch them," said Martin, who refused to show mercy on his

agitated assistant.

"And this one's for the butter!"

Martin got his fill of popcorn -- with butter -- that night at

McLeod's expense.

The years go by, but Martin's passion hasn't wavered.

"If you're going to talk about Mike Martin, you've got to talk

about his love for his job . . . the excitement that I feel when

I walk through the door that leads to the playing field," Martin

said. "Even though the hair is a little grayer and the steps are

a little slower, the heart still races with excitement as the

competition is about to begin. I really get into that; I love to

compete."

And that love for competition has only grown since 1984, when

Martin put his Christianity above all else.

"It used to be me against the world," said Martin, who now

calls on a higher authority to maintain his once-volatile

temper. "Now it's just work as hard as you can, do the very best

you can possibly do in teaching and turn it all over to the

Lord. …

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