Michigan Wolverines: Michigan baseball

Michigan is looking for a new baseball coach.

After 10 seasons in charge, Rich Maloney and Michigan "mutually agreed" Tuesday that it was time for the program to go in a different direction.

"Rich had several significant accomplishments during his Michigan career, but we agreed a coaching change at this time was in the best interest of the program,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. “We appreciate Rich’s contributions and wish him well as he transitions to his next career endeavor.”

Maloney led Michigan to eight winning seasons and a 341-244 record over his time at the school. However, the Wolverines finished their second straight losing season last weekend, finishing with a 22-34 record.

Maloney took Michigan to four NCAA tournaments and was named the 2007 and 2008 Big Ten coach of the year. He also helped with getting the school's baseball stadium, Ray Fisher Stadium, renovated.

"I would like to thank all of the baseball alumni and donors that played an integral role in the stadium project,” Maloney said in a statement “This is one of the top highlights on my list of Michigan memories and I appreciate their commitment to Michigan baseball.”
Jim Abbott sees a future for Michigan baseball. While the college game has been changing and roster fluidity continues to rise, Abbott holds out hope the Wolverines will return to what they were when he pitched for them -- a team capable of winning the Big Ten and making a run to the College World Series.

“I think they’ve been hit hard by injuries the past couple years,” Abbott said. “When they had their roster a couple years ago, they won the Big Ten championship, went down and won a big game against Vanderbilt and David Price.

“Baseball is a tough sport to recruit for and to compete nationally. I know the northern climate makes it more difficult. The challenges are great but I believe the opportunity is great, too, at Michigan. The facilities are second-to-none and I think they’ll be back. I think there’s a demand to be back.”

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Barry Larkin is going to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 47-year-old Larkin is the third former Michigan player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining George Sisler (1939) and the former owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey (1967).

Larkin, who wore No. 16 during his time at Michigan and almost played football for the Wolverines, had his number retired in Ann Arbor on May 1, 2010.

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