Ty Wright was a standout for Oklahoma State who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He is now an outfielder for the Iowa Cubs, who opened a four-game Pacific Coast League series Saturday night against Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Q: What was your reaction when OSU fired Frank Anderson as coach?
A: “I was shocked when I initially heard from a buddy of mine. But at the same time, it's the nature of the beast. You got to put a winner on the field. I felt like they had a good, young team this year. They kind of faltered a little bit late; otherwise they are probably playing right now.”
What is your opinion of the firing?
“It is tough to see Frank go out like that. He did a lot of good things at Oklahoma State. There are a lot of things, obviously, that we all wish we could have done better. Hopefully, this next coach comes in and continues right where Frank left off.”
Who do you think OSU should hire as its next baseball coach?
“I definitely would like to see them hire an Oklahoma State alum. I know Rob Walton has done some good things at Oral Roberts. I had some experience with Robbie Wine, who is at Penn State. I really like Robbie Wine just because of his connection with Oklahoma State's past. He basically helped build that field at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, so he knows all about the tradition.”
What has kept OSU from reaching the College World Series in recent years?
“College baseball is a little bit tougher these days than back in the '80s. There are a lot more steps you have got to go through to get to the College World Series. When we were there, we were one game away. We never could get over the hump. We were lacking one thing after another. One time it was pitching, and the next time it was hitting. Scholarship reductions that Frank had to deal with while he was there was not helpful.
And then they take away the transfer rule and you are really double handcuffing yourself doing that kind of thing. They had to build really from freshmen up. When you have young teams like they have had the past couple of years, you are going to be inconsistent.”
Is Allie P. Reynolds Stadium a drawback?
“Do we need better facilities? Probably, but with the history we do have at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, instead of going off and building a whole new stadium I'm all for keeping Allie P. Reynolds and doing some renovations, getting some new seats in there. Simple things. Put history back into that place. We've got the player of the century and the longest hitting streak in the history of the NCAA and you would never know it walking into the stadium besides for two monuments that look like burial grounds. Just bring back the history of that stadium.”