The Michigan baseball team continues to suffer hits as even more players entered the transfer portal on Wednesday.
Head-coaching changes are always hard to navigate but it’s especially difficult when you are in a situation like Michigan baseball and you lose an elite head coach like Erik Bakich.
The Wolverines were extremely fortunate to have Bakich as their head coach and he showed why once again this season as he led Michigan baseball on a magical run to a Big Ten tournament title and all the way to the regional final before a bad call cost the Wolverines a chance to advance.
Three short years ago, Michigan was playing for the College World Series national championship, which is basically unheard of for Big Ten baseball programs.
With Bakich, it seemed like that kind of success was still possible. But it’s becoming harder and harder by the day for the Wolverines to keep this going or rebuild.
Michigan still hasn’t settled on a head coach and some of the top candidates have pulled their names out of contention. Beyond that, eight players have now transferred including Jimmy Obertop, one of the top returning hitters.
On Wednesday, Kenneth White, Ahmad Harajli, and Jacob Marti entered the portal too according to Clayton Safie of The Wolverine.
It’s depressing because a few weeks ago, Michigan baseball was riding high. Clark Elliott also seems destined for pro baseball after proving he was one of the nation’s best prospects and probably the best in the Big Ten.
The key thing now is getting a head coach and starting the process of rebuilding. But without Bakich and his magic, as well as many of the players he recruited, it’s not going to be easy.