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.
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 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.
The Big Ten announced Tuesday its 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Big Ten champion Indiana was well represented, as it took home Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Slegers) and Coach of the Year (Tracy Smith). Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors. See the teams in this post.
The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Wednesday, with Rounds 16-40, and a total of 30 Big Ten products were selected during the three-day event. You can relive the entire draft with MLB.com’s Draft Tracker. On Monday, Purdue catcher and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki was taken with the 35th pick by the New York Mets. See all the Big Ten selections in this post, along with tweets and video. Also, visit MLB.com’s Draft Central for all your draft needs.