Oregon State and athletic director Scott Barnes announced this afternoon that Pat Casey will not return as head coach of the baseball team in 2020.
BREAKING: @BeaverBaseball AD Scott Barnes has announced that legendary Beavers HC Pat Casey will not return the dugout in 2020. #Pac12— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 4, 2019
Many pundits nationally and locally believed that Pat Casey would return to coach the baseball team for the 2020 season, but that ultimately did not come to fruition. Beaver fans themselves were almost universally rooting for Pat Casey’s return, but Oregon State baseball will have to move forward with a new face of the program.
Oregon State athletic director, Scott Barnes, released an interesting statement regarding Pat Casey’s decision to not return to OSU’s dugout. Essentially saying that he left a path for Pat Casey to return to his position and had high hopes that he would return for the 2020 season. Now that that is not the case; Barnes intends to lead a “national search” to find the best coaching candidate. Interim coach Pat Bailey and pitching coach Nate Yeskie are considered frontrunners for the position. Read the full statement below:
A letter from @BeaverAD Scott Barnes regarding the @BeaverBaseball program. #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/Dbe3GBWLuU— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) June 4, 2019
The timing comes just days after Oregon State’s 2019 season ended in postseason play. The MLB draft will continue tomorrow, but so far three players (Adley Rutschman, Beau Philip and Grant Gambrell) have all been selected. All three of those players are expected to sign with their pro-clubs and end their college careers. None of their 13 incoming recruits have been selected through the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft.