It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium. We saw the first visual proof of the branding presence during the Yankees’ home exhibition game vs. Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Check it out: Check out the ad on the backstop at @Yankees spring training facility.
For the first time the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature eight teams starting this season when the tourney is in Nebraska. The games will be played at May 21 to 25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the same field that hosts the College World Series. The tournament’s double-elimination format ends with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in
The rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game were announced Saturday night, and a pair of Big Ten products made the cut. Former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins, now with the Minnesota Twins, and ex-Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon, now with the Kansas City Royals, both first-time representatives, were named to the Midsummer Classic at 8 p.m. ET July 16 at Citi Field. [ FoxSports.com: View the 2013 AL Team | And the NL Team ] To EVERYONE who has written me tonite, thank you. I am beyond humbled. But mostly this is for you, Minnesota. I am #OneOfYou — Glen Perkins
Minnesota lost to Nebraska 7-4 on Friday in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, ending its run there. But during the game, the Gophers had some more fun after doing the same earlier in the day. Watch closely in the video in this post. One of the Gopher players gets a shave while Minnesota coach John Anderson talks to our BTN announcers. Can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.
During Friday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament elimination game between Illinois and Minnesota, players from both teams looked like they were rather loose. During the game, Minnesota’s players had some fun behind the back of Minnesota coach John Anderson. For Illinois, several players acted out a little pantomime before the game, with one player playing the role of a dog. Just watch the videos in this post to see what we’re talking about. Also during this game, many of the Illini players stood together at the top of the dugout steps in rows of two when their teammates bat, almost as
When it comes to Big Ten pitchers, it doesn’t get much better than Minnesota’s Tom Windle. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, the southpaw led the Big Ten in strikeouts and twirled the conference’s lone solo no-hitter. What makes Windle so tough to hit? “I’m confident that I can get every batter out,” he told BTN. [ RELATED: Track all the action on our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The guys who know Windle best feel the same way. Minnesota catcher Kurt Schlangen said, “There’s no fear in him. He doesn’t care who’s hitting, he thinks he’s better than him.” And
The 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament got underway Wednesday at Target Field. No. 4 Minnesota carded a 3-2 walk-off victory over No. 5 Illinois, and No. 3 Nebraska routed No. 6 Michigan, 11-2. The action continues at 1:05 p.m. ET Thursday live on BTN/BTN2Go. See all the day’s matchups and catch up on Wednesday’s scores, stats and videos on our tourney homepage. NO. 4 MINNESOTA 3, NO. 5 ILLINOIS 2: Andy Henkemeyer had three hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Ben Meyer improved to 5-4 after pitching four scoreless innings as the Gophers
Baseball players don’t forget when an opponent robs them of a potential base hit. And nothing makes them happier than returning the favor. The opportunity doesn’t always present itself, but it did in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Three innings after Illinois’ Thomas Lindauer made a diving grab to retire Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer (video above), the latter got revenge in the eighth inning. Both catches were nice, but which was better? [ RELATED: Track all the action on our Big Ten tourney homepage ] Before you vote, here’s Schaefbauer’s entry: What do you think? Tell us
Nebraska product and longtime Minnesota baseball assistant Todd Oakes was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia nearly a year ago. But that won’t keep him from doing what he loves most: coaching baseball. Oakes, in his 15th season with the Gophers, continues to serve as Minnesota’s pitching coach. The uninformed fan wouldn’t even know about Oakes’ illness – if it weren’t for the surgical mask around his face. [ MNDaily.com: Pitching coach Todd Oakes diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia ] The mask is a preventive measure, to reduce Oakes’ risk of infection from those around him who might be sick. Cancer.gov
CHICAGO – For the fifth straight year, BTN will televise live every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Coverage begins Wednesday and continues until Saturday, with a game on Sunday if necessary. The entire tournament will take place at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Purdue won the tournament title last year, earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship. A nightly episode of the Big Ten Diamond Report will air following the last game of each day throughout the tournament. Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will host the shows, along with analyst