Wisconsin baseball not an option under Alvarez

Hired prior to the 1982 season, with 1,151 wins in 1,926 games, it’s an understatement to say Minnesota head coach John Anderson has seen a lot of baseball.

While not as voluminousness, the dean of Big Ten baseball coaches has witnessed quite the change within the landscape of Big Ten baseball. In his time while leading the Golden Gophers, the Big Ten’s footprint has seen it’s eastern boundary expand from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border to the Atlantic Ocean, it’s western edge colliding with the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. A ten-team league has jumped to 11, to 13 in the 2015 season, with four universities joining the conference.

Unless the Big Ten takes on another round of expansion, it appears the 14-team conference will continue to field 13 baseball teams during Anderson’s career, holdout Wisconsin having no interest to reviving its baseball program.

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Early December recruiting wrap


Bakich (L) looks to add more Freshman All-Americans as Travis Maezes (M) and Evan Hill (R) were.


Rounding up the latest commitments to Big Ten programs, Michigan and Ohio State opened December with two commitments while Penn State received a flip from a top in-state pitcher.

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November news roundup

Ohio State’s Zach Farmer was honored by CBI.

Before we head into Thanksgiving and take time away from baseball, all of the latest and missed news regarding Big Ten baseball provides quite the feast. In the latest roundup we have a menu of:

Ohio State’s Zach Farmer receives inspirational award.

The Buckeyes name their 2015 captains.

Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue release 2015 slates.

Nebraska’s Darin Erstad is on the Hall of Fame ballot.

Northwestern outfielder Jack Mitchell shines on the gridiron.

Rutgers’ AD reaffirms commitment to new baseball facility.

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Top 15 series in ’15 III


Michigan’s Ray Fisher Stadium will host Oklahoma State to close out the 2015 regular season

As snow has blanketed much of the Midwest this week, it’s vital we have something to look forward to in order to maintain our sanity. Thankfully, a review of each Big Ten Conference team’s schedule indicates that there are many bright spots on the horizon. We’ve highlighted those bright spots here in our look the top 15 series of 2015. In narrowing down 15 series of focus, we considered the success of the program, both recent and historical, as well as any noteworthy prospects on either team.

Our series concludes with a look at five series over the final two months of the season where teams mighty teams from the west take to the Midwest.

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Marquee midweek matchups


The Buckeyes will look to grab bragging rights in a showdown against in-state power Kent State.


As the top 15 series in 2015 rundown is shows, there is quite a collection of quality series on tap for Big Ten programs in the upcoming season. The quantity of quality series is so vast the list doesn’t include trips to UNLV for Nebraska and Northwestern, series at Kansas for Iowa and Michigan, Rutgers taking on Tennessee or Purdue matching up against Oklahoma.

Just as there is depth in from top to bottom in weekend series, a look at conference schedules shows there will also be a few interesting midweek contests.

Here’s a look at the ten most intriguing.

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