“Aztecs Baseball-a New Era Needed”
San Diego State baseball has a history of achievement.
The legendary Jim Dietz built it and put alot of players in the major leagues, with very little resources.
Tony Gwyne arrived, and the Hall of Famer, gave it direction, scheduled big time, then sadly passed away.
Mark Martinez came on board, some success, but then it faltered, and did not recover.
San Diego State baseball is in a non-descript baseball conference, that plays in some of the strangest environments in the nation, in a hodge-podge Mountain West Conference.
They are in the shadows of some pretty good college programs, USC-UCLA-Fullerton and even Cal-Irvine.
But those schools have been where San Diego State has never been. Deep into the regional playoffs. To the College World Series in Omaha.
It’s mind-boggling that the Aztecs, with a nice tradition, a decent stadium, fine weather, and in the heartland of baseball recruiting territory in the Southland, never became a big time player in college baseball.
There are so many players to recruit from; so many transfers you’d think could come here, mold their careers and make a difference. But aside from Stephen Strasburg, Gwynn himself, and long ago names like Bud Black, not much has ever been accomplished.
Enter a new leader, with impressive credentials, and a real different cross section of experience, Shaun Cole, elevated to the job having worked for the Padres at an the Uniersity of Arizona.
He won his lst press conference. Now we see if he can win games, and make this program ‘Omaha-worthy’.