TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Friday 19. In February, Florida State Baseball will honor former head coach Mike Martin by securing the No. 11 jersey in the left field at Dick Howser Stadium on opening day. Martin, who led FSU to 17 College World Series appearances and is the winning coach in college baseball history, will be the third Seminole to receive the number retired or honored, joining Howsers 34 and JD Drews 39.
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We will recognize coach Martin on the opening day by honoring his jersey at Dick Howser Stadium.@ Chase_Haney_33 will have No. 11 in 2021 to continue the 11-legacy on the field.
– FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) February 15, 2021
Head coach Mike Martin Jr. also announced on Monday that sixth-year senior right-handed pitcher and team captain Chase Haney will be wearing jersey No. 11 for the 2021 season.
“I’m convinced that ’11 ‘would allow me to use this number, and that Mike Martin Jr. would think of me to start this great tradition,” Haney said. “Coach Martin created such a legacy in Florida State and in college baseball, so wearing No. 11 is something I will do with great pride.”
“Although we honor the jersey and recognize his performance as head coach, I wanted to keep jersey # 11 on the field, and Chase is the perfect person to start this tradition,” said Martin Jr. “Chase embodies what” 11 “stood for – hard work, treating people with respect and doing the right thing on and off the field while showing a true love for Florida State University.”
Martin, who retired after the 2019 season, has the most wins from any coach in college baseball history, with 2,029. In his 40 years as FSU’s head coach, Martin Seminoles led the NCAA tournament and won at least 40 games each season. Martin booked his career with trips to the College World Series, and led his first team in 1980 and his last team in 2019 to Omaha. In addition, 15 other Seminole teams have made the College World Series under Martin, and his 17 appearances in the CWS are the most for any coach in the sport’s history.
“I was surprised but very honored that Florida State would allow this unique opportunity,” Martin said. “I have been impressed with a number of athletes during my 45 years with Seminole baseball and have never found a player with more leadership qualities than Chase Haney. Many times a pitcher is more concerned with his own success, but Chase’s influence and authority from the clubhouse always puts the team first, and he deserves all the awards he has received in his outstanding career. ”
Haney, from Winter Garden, Florida, has put together a 2.89 earned running average over 107 career appearances. He enters his final season ranked eighth in FSU history in the total number of appearances and is only 29 shy of tying the school post. Haney is the team captain of Florida State for the second season in a row.
Off the field, Haney has earned a few degrees from Florida State – an undergraduate degree in commercial entrepreneurship and a master’s degree in sports management. He is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in social sciences. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick in 2020, has been named the ACC Academic Honor Roll all five seasons, twice done the All-ACC Academic Team (2016 and 2019) and has taken the FSU Dean’s List three times.
Since Haney joined FSU out of Windermere Prep in 2016, Noles has won two ACC championships (2017 and 2018); played in a third ACC title game (2016); made the record season four times (2016-19) and reached the College World Series twice (2017 and 2019).
“Chase is uniquely qualified to honor Coach Martin by using his number,” said Martin Jr. “Jersey number 11 will be reserved for special boys who have given their heart and soul to Florida State University and this baseball program, and there may be years when no one wears the jersey.”
A brief acknowledgment of Martin and his time in Florida State will take place on February 19, when the Seminoles open the 2021 season against North Florida at 6 p.m.
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