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DiMare steps down

The first member of UM's baseball team to announce he's leaving after the season isn't a player. In a bit of a surprising move, longtime assistant Gino DiMare told coach Jim Morris Friday he's stepping down.

DiMare just completed his 12th year on the Hurricane coaching staff where he served as the assistant head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator and coached the hitters and outfielders.

Gino_dimare“Gino has been a very important part of our Hurricane baseball program going back to his playing days,” Morris said in a statement released by the school. “He’s played a big part in our winning national titles during my time and our advancing to the College World Series. I can’t thank him enough for his tireless work on the recruiting trail in keeping Miami as one of the top programs. I was very saddened to hear that he wanted to step down. Family is important to Gino, and he wanted to spend more time with them. He will always be a Hurricane.”

DiMare said in the statement he's leaving the program to spend more time with his family.

“I have really enjoyed my 12 years on the Miami coaching staff,” DiMare said. “It’s been a tremendous opportunity being able to coach at my alma mater. I have a wonderful wife as well as young daughters, and I wanted to spend more time with them. College baseball is a great sport, but we as coaches have to make some sacrifices when it comes to traveling and being away from our loved ones. I felt like this was the right time to be more accessible to my family. Miami has a great baseball tradition. I have been honored to work with some of the best college baseball players in the country. I wish nothing but the best for the program and can’t wait to follow its success in the future.”

Miami has had some of the best offensive teams under DiMare’s direction. UM's offense has ranked among the top 10 in school history in seven of DiMare's nine seasons as the club's hitting instructor. His 2008 squad hit .320 and finished with the second-most home runs (106) in school history. The 711 hits were 10th all-time while the 2008 squad also ranked ninth in doubles (135), eighth in RBI (517), eighth in total bases (1,202) and fourth in slugging percentage (.541). It also featured first round selections Yonder Alonso, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, and Jemile Weeks, the 12th overall pick to the Oakland A’s. Alonso’s 24 homers fell just one shy of tying the school record. Three other Hurricane hitters went in the first four rounds of the 2008 MLB draft as Dennis Raben (second round to Seattle Mariners), Blake Tekotte (third round to the San Diego Padres) and Mark Sobolewski (fourth round to the Toronto Blue Jays) were selected.

DiMare’s accomplishments on the recruiting scene over the last eight seasons are as impressive as the Hurricanes’ annual postseason results. His 2001 class was rated among the top five nationally and his 2003 class was ranked among the top 15 nationally. DiMare’s 2007 class was ranked second by Collegiate Baseball and fifth by Baseball America. His 2008 class earned a No. 20 ranking by Collegiate Baseball.

His classes featured the 2005 ACC Player of the Year and ACC Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Braun (California) and Cesar Carrillo (Illinois). Braun and Carrillo were also Miami’s two first-round draft picks in 2005. Chris Hernandez was named the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year while a total of eight Hurricanes were named to All-ACC teams in 2008. DiMare has also kept Florida’s top talent home, including 2006 first-round pick Chris Perez (Holmes Beach) and second-round pick, Jon Jay (Miami). He was instrumental in helping Miami to 12 NCAA postseason appearances, two national titles, eight College World Series appearances, 11 NCAA Regional championships and nine Super Regionals.

So how do you feel about the Canes losing DiMare?

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Wow what is that all about??

Could be big, I hope not though

Manny...nice to break the story. This was a surprise. All Canes fans wish Gino happiness and contentment.

Thanks for a great season and Go Canes!!!

Huge loss for the Canes.. I wish Gino, his wife Denise and their two daughters nothing but the best.

Sorry to see him go... I wish him well!

I hope the lack of hitting in the final Run wasn't the reason for his departure as I believe the team "Hit the Wall" and there was no more to give... Sometimes you just burn out from trying to hold on to that first place image, is like burning the candle from both ends while playing the gauntlet to the final game and it catches up to you!

Manny...
brings me to a question... How many teams that were ranked in 1st place going into the Regionals have gone on to become National Champions?... I'll guess 3 and I'll bet there isn't many.

Miami is no place to raise a family.

"tearing up colege football" on those teams ranked outside the Top 110 in the nation.

A 6-6 regular season with a 1 point win over the mighty Wolf Pack of Nevada followed up by a bowl less 5-7 season that included a 10 point win over the 1-11 Blue Devils and a 48-0 blowout loss to the Cavaliers whom were ranked #26 in the AP at seasons end.

Can't imagine what our record would have been if we played in the toughest conference in the nation and actually faced some competition like AP:

#1 LSU
#2 Georgia
#12 Tennessee
#13 Florida
#15 Auburn

I know the truth hurts, but Randy will be fired way before Duhhhhh U has a winning record during the regular season again.

Is there any underlying reason for his departure? Perhaps in-fighting with Morris, or no guarantee about replacing Morris when he quits? This is not just a family decision immediately after the CWS. Perhaps the hitting snafu in the CWS had some influence as well. UM does not look loaded next year except for pitching. They have NO hitting returning. It is a good time to step away.

Interview with Hurricane Legend Lamar Thomas:

http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/

buy space on miamiherald.com ...
FREELOADER

By space at CANESPACE.com

FREELOADER

Ask Manny what he thinks?

Ask the Miami Herald what they think?

What's that? Green, you work for the Miami Herald? In the IT department? Oh my! So it is TRUE! So that's why you will NOT post at Canespace.

Green is a color, not a person. Only the opinions of people, NOT colors, count!

Green is an idiot!

Green is an idiot!

Rumor on the street is that GREEN works for the Miami Herald IT department.

Yeah, this is PINK here, and I agree GREEN is an idiot and ruins this blog!

ask manny navarro what he REALLY thinks of you ...

I have. I met him in person at the UM baseball games and he told me he thinks I am GREAT! He even posted it here on THIS BLOG!

What did you hear? Since you work with him at the Herald, go ahead, post your direct quote from Manny Navarro, go ahead, I DARE U!

Here is what Manny posted LIVE on his OWN blog from Mark Light Stadium:

"Just got a visit from the famous 86Cane and OcalaCane who made their way over to me to say hello. Great guys. Both had a great time at Titanic with a few other Canes fans before tonight's game. Be sure to check out Canespace after tonight's game for more chatting."

What more do you need Pink? I mean Orange? I mean Magenta? I mean Verde?

Post by your real name and then you can be taken seriously; until then your are simply an anonymous color NOT a person.

front

You are a front! Where were you at the Canes baseball games?

We were there at the Titanic with Canespace SIGNS.

We were there in Canespace Corner with BANNERS.

You could have found us, visited us, threatened us, whatever. But you were nowhere to be found? Wonder why?

FRONTING? You are a shadow, a color, NOT a real person. Step into The Light, tell us your real name, so we can see you? What are you afraid of???

Come out, come out wherever you are...stop hiding behind a COLOR.

Here is what Manny posted LIVE on his OWN blog from Mark Light Stadium:

"Just got a visit from the famous 86Cane and OcalaCane who made their way over to me to say hello. Great guys. Both had a great time at Titanic with a few other Canes fans before tonight's game. Be sure to check out Canespace after tonight's game for more chatting."

meaningless

This too?

Manny...check photo, U are hard at work at The Light, lower right corner:

http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2008/06/on-to-omaha.html

Posted by: 86Cane | June 09, 2008 at 08:24 PM

U are meaningless!

FRONTING? You are a shadow, a color, NOT a real person. Step into The Light, tell us your real name, so we can see you? What are you afraid of???

Come out, come out wherever you are...stop hiding behind a COLOR.

Here YELLOW I'll make it easy for you:

http://canespace.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/06/09/srmanny.jpg

Still hiding behind a color? I thought so. TEAL looks very good on you...

ask manny navarro what he REALLY thinks of you ...

Posted by: green | June 21, 2008 at 01:00 AM

By the way Green, I wanted to thank you for FINALLY confirming that you work for the Miami Herald. How else could you claim to know what Manny REALLY thinks about me unless your worked with him?

You are a fool, and now you are caught!

Manny
When are yiu posting the intrview with Julian Gamble

Thanks

LOL. Looks like 86Cane finally snapped. Still not sure why Green has such animosity towards him. Everybody has a right to promote their website, especially when the host of a blog allows it.

Green, if Manny thinks lowly of 86, he could just say it. He hasn't, and everything points to Manny being alright with him and his promotion of his website. This blog is here to us Cane fans as an outlet. Why not also serve as a place of information for other Cane websites? Your hatred just seems trivial. Just my .02....again.

Manny,

New to the board and glad to be here. I do have one comment/question that you may have discussed but that I misses. In that last loss, Coach Morris (who I like, by the way) took the bat out of J. Weeks hands three times while having him bunt. I understand the percentages with having a man on base and moving him into scoring position, but since the only real consistent production we had out of the lineup was from the first and second batter.... and the fact we payed long ball all year long... I feel Coach should have let Weeks hit away.... at least one of those trips (me, I would have let him swing away two of those first three bats). I mean, the kid is a first round choice, came through in the clutch in the regionals (and yes, I know Alsono did, too)and was hitting in the WS. I dunno... just a thought and might not have changed anything.

Everybody has a right to promote their website

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
not at miami herald's expense ... ought to buy space like everybody else ...
CUSTOMARY

Green, if Manny thinks lowly of 86, he could just say it.

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
oh, who's being naive now, kay?
-- michael corleone

This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. ... We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement, as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again
-- british PM neville chamberlain (sep 1938)

everything points to Manny being alright with him and his promotion of his website.

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
let me remind you ... it's miami herald Eye on the U ...
PROPRIETOR


This blog is here to us Cane fans as an outlet.

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
not this predator's playtoy ...
EXACTLY

Why not also serve as a place of information for other Cane websites?

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
grassy & canesport FORBID advertising of competing websites ...
does macy's tell gimble's?

there's no need to advertise canespace
-- sunsentinel's shandel richardson (5/30)

Your hatred just seems trivial. Just my .02....again.

Posted by: Casual Observer | June 21, 2008 at 09:20 AM
it's business NOT personal ...
COWARD

Green, that is all well and good except:

1. Unless I'm completely mistaken about you, you really are not the voice of the Miami Herald. Unless you are some high ranking individual in the business which I haven't seen you admit.

2. If Canespace is a competing website, then why does Manny do interviews and do Q&A's over there and yet has not been reprimanded?

3. If Manny / Miami Herald had a problem, why have they not acted on it by IP banning 86Cane. Or at the very least deleting his posts whenever they mention Canespace?

4. And lastly, if in fact Manny does have a problem with 86, but refuses to say anything (my only guess is so he doesn't alienate a large part of his audience), then I've lost a lot of respect for Manny. If he really is this 2-face person who goes out of his way to play nice with a thorn in Miami Herald's side, all the while holding a secret grudge against him as you are insinuating, I'm not sure if I could read another word this poser writes.

But since I don't think any of that's true, my only guess is that you have some vested interest in no allowing Canespace to grow and advertise.

This is a FREE place to talk about the Canes and PROMOTE all things Cane related.

BTW, calling me a coward at this point seems awfully childish. Cut it out.

Casual Observer...good observations. Here are my responses (in CAPS):

Everybody has a right to promote their website, especially when the host of a blog allows it.

MANNY AND I HAVE AN INFORMAL MUTUAL AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE EACH OTHERS' SITES. WE ADVERTISE EYE ON THE U ON CANESPACE ALL THE TIME AND MANNY POSTS THERE WHENEVER HE HAS A NEW BLOG UP HERE. EVERYBODY WHO GOES TO BOTH SITES KNOWS THIS.

Green, if Manny thinks lowly of 86, he could just say it. He hasn't, and everything points to Manny being alright with him and his promotion of his website.

CORRECT!

This blog is here to us Cane fans as an outlet. Why not also serve as a place of information for other Cane websites?

CORRECT AGAIN!!!

Your hatred just seems trivial.

HIS WHOLE EXISTENCE IS TRIVIAL. HE IS A COLOR FOR GOD SAKES. NOT EVEN A REAL PERSON, JUST A COLOR! HE REFUSES TO REVEAL HIS IDENTITY WHICH TO EVERYBODY ELSE HERE MAKES HIM THE REAL COWARD.

FOOTBALL I know it seems improbable, but Va. was a trap game for us, the Hokies have no offense. Da U will take the next two to close the regular season.

BASKETBALL Canes win, baby, now we are on to Texas, who should have been a number 1 seed. A rematch of Frankie’s former team and Da U. I know we are up against it, but we are well on our way to one shining moment.

BASEBALL We are the kings of Omaha and the college baseball world. We are on top of the college sports world right now.

When it comes to letting your ignorance get the best of you and proving yourself to be a natural imbecile in sports knowledge….. It is truly all about Duhhhhhhhhh U!!!!!!

Green
Unless I'm completely mistaken about you, you really are not the voice of the Miami Herald.

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
on an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure
-- oscar wilde

If Canespace is a competing website

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
Our goal is for Canespace will be the #1 blog in the entire Hurricane sports world
-- 86Cane

then why does Manny do interviews and do Q&A's over there

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
past tense ...
CRUTCH

Here's an example of Manny posting a new blog entry at Canespace from just yesterday:

Big Canes news. Gino DiMare steps down... http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2008/06/dimare-steps-do.html

Posted by: Manny Navarro | June 20, 2008 at 08:16 PM

If Manny / Miami Herald had a problem, why have they not acted on it by IP banning 86Cane. Or at the very least deleting his posts

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
AWARENESS

And lastly, if in fact Manny does have a problem with 86, but refuses to say anything (my only guess is so he doesn't alienate a large part of his audience)

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
50 bloggers comprise cantspace ...
SMALL POTATOES

then I've lost a lot of respect for Manny. If he really is this 2-face person who goes out of his way to play nice with a thorn in Miami Herald's side

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
FREE WILL

But since I don't think any of that's true, my only guess is that you have some vested interest

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
matter of principle ... what's your motivation?
DO TELL

when the nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

when they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

when they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

when they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out
-- reverend martin niemoeller

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