In January 2015, the children’s playroom at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare was named the Mike Martin Family Playroom in honor of Martin and wife Carol’s donation to benefit the Children’s Center COPE Program – Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment. At the time, Martin said, “Life is not all about baseball. Life is about being involved in the community and trying to give back. People have given back to me all their lives. This is just a small return of what I’ve given back.”
On May 9, 1999, Marshall McDougall set a number of FSU, ACC and national records, most notably hitting six home runs in FSU’s 26-2 rout of Maryland. Unlikely to be broken any time soon, McDougall also had 16 RBI on the afternoon to set an NCAA record and his 7-for-7 day at the plate set an ACC record. “It was a great feeling because everyone was rooting for me,” McDougall said. “Seeing my teammates react and the fans react, it was great.” McDougall hit for the “home run cycle”, with a solo home run, a two-run home run, three three-run home runs and a grand slam.
Catcher Buster Posey won every major Player of the Year award in 2008, as well as the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top catcher. Posey was remarkable in 2008, in which he led FSU to the College World Series for the first time in eight years, the longest CWS drought under Martin. Posey led the country in six categories, including batting average (.463, an FSU record), hits (119), RBI (93), total bases (226), OBP (.566) and slugging percentage (.879). The ACC’s triple crown winner, Posey also led the conference with 26 home runs.
Posey was named to the All-ACC Academic Team all three seasons and was the national scholar-athlete of the year in 2008. He was the fourth player that Martin has coached to win the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top player.
For the past 10 seasons, Posey has been the catcher for the San Francisco Giants, winning the 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL MVP honors. He is a five-time all-star and won the World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Martin has coached 18 first round draft picks over the past 39 seasons, including J.D. & Stephen Drew, Buster Posey and Eduardo Perez. But none have been taken higher than Paul Wilson, the No. 1 pick in the 1994 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. Wilson was a first team All-American that year, leading FSU with a 13-5 record and an appearance in the College World Series. A finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Wilson struck out 161 hitters and walked just 32 in his final year in Tallahassee and was the ace of the 1993 Team USA pitching staff.
Wilson remained the highest-drafted Seminole in any sport until 2015, when Jameis Winston was the top pick in the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston also played baseball for Martin, a two-year pitcher and outfielder who led FSU with seven saves and a 1.08 ERA as the team’s closer in 2014 after winning the Heisman Trophy and leading FSU Football to a national title in 2013.
Mike Loynd, from Short Hills, N.J., was a first team All-American in 1986 after a 20-3 record in 1986, one of just two players in NCAA Division I history with 20 wins in a season. Martin’s 1986 team set the school record with 61 wins, going 61-13 and reaching the College World Series championship game for the first time under Martin and the second time in school history. In Omaha, the Seminoles eliminated rival Miami before falling to Arizona in the title game. Loynd was the 1986 Golden Spikes winner as the nation’s top player, the second Seminole of four to win the honor, all under Martin. Just six weeks after being drafted by the Texas Rangers, Loynd was called up and beat Phil Neikro and the Cleveland Indians in his first appearance. Thanks to a donation from Loynd and his family, the FSU Tradition Room bears Loynd’s name.
Loynd still holds FSU’s single season records for innings pitched (164.2), strikeouts (223) and wins, four more than Doug Little’s 16 in 1985.
Two years before his famous 30 home run, 30 stolen base season, still the only player in NCAA history with those numbers in a single year, freshman J.D. Drew etched his named in FSU lore with a walk-off two-run home run against defending national champion Oklahoma in the 1995 College World Series. Drew tallied all three of FSU’s RBI in the 3-2 win, going 3-for-3 with a walk in four plate appearances. Both starting pitchers threw complete games, with FSU’s Jonathan Johnson allowing just six hits and two solo home runs. Drew’s No. 39 jersey was retired in a ceremony on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in 2017 and Drew was named a CWS legend in 2011 after leading FSU to the tournament in 1995 and 1996.
Mike Martin was named head coach prior to the 1980 season. Martin’s first game as skipper was on February 22, 1980, the same day as the famed ‘Miracle on Ice’ USA Hockey win over the USSR in the Olympics. FSU scored seven runs in the final three innings, capped by freshman Mike Yastrzemski’s three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning at Mark Light Stadium. John Gagnon earned the honor of winning pitcher in Martin’s first win and catcher Craig Ramsey, a team captain, is the father of James Ramsey, the 2012 National Player of the Year under Martin. FSU ended the season in the College World Series, the first of 16 appearances for Martin in Omaha.
On April 9, 1995, senior Mike Martin Jr, FSU’s catcher, it a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning to lead Florida State to a 3-2 win over Miami. A proud moment for both Martin’s, the home run was Martin’s sixth of the season and won the weekend series over the Hurricanes after the teams split the first two games. In 1998, Martin would join the Florida State coaching staff and the two have coached together for the past 21 seasons.
On April 2, 2005, in Martin’s 26th season as head coach, the field at Dick Howser Stadium was named after Mike Martin and the official name became Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU beat the Clemson Tigers 3-1 that day, pushing its season record to 28-6. Shane Robinson picked up a base hit for the 39th consecutive game, a streak that reached 40 the next day before ending in Sunday’s finale, still the 11th longest in Division I history. “It was a great night for me and my family,” Martin said after the game, which featured a 10 minute pregame ceremony. “I will never be able to adequately express my appreciation to FSU President T.K. Wetherell and everyone who made this happen. And there are a lot of people.”
On June 18, 1999, centerfielder Karl Jernigan hit a walk-off three-run home run against Stanford in the College World Series, sending Florida State to the national championship game for just the third time in school history. Jernigan, hitting 1-for-6 in the CWS before his 13th-inning home run, clubbed FSU’s sixth home run of the game into the left field bleachers at Rosenblatt Stadium. Current Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash tied the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run home run and Marshall McDougal and Sam Scott hit solo home runs in the bottom of the 10th to again tie the game. Nick Stocks, 13-2 on the season, pitched the final two scoreless innings to set up Jernigan’s heroics.
On June 11, 2010, Mike McGee hit a walk-off home run that broke a tie with No. 17 Vanderbilt and gave FSU a 9-8 win over the Commodores in the first game of the Tallahassee Super Regional. McGee was named the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year in 2010, working a 2.96 ERA on the mound and a .328 average at the plate and had two walk-off home runs that season (the first was against Miami). Two days after McGee’s home run, the Seminoles would beat Vanderbilt for the second time and advance to the College World Series for the 20th time in school history and 14th time under Martin.