UNITED STATES – On the evening before the start of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten Conference announced the season’s All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, recognizing Indiana’s Alex Dickerson as the Player of the Year, Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers as Pitcher of the Year, Michigan State’s Ryan Jones as Freshman of the Year and Minnesota’s John Anderson as Coach of the Year.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year a season ago, Dickerson becomes the third Hoosier to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and the first since 2002. The sophomore is just the sixth player to earn Freshman and Player of the Year honors in the same career and the first to do it in successive seasons.
The 2009 Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Year, Wimmers (pictured) becomes the first pitcher in Big Ten history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. The junior led the Big Ten with a 1.60 ERA, .218 opponents’ batting average and tied for the lead in wins.
Jones is the second Spartan in history and first since 2005 to be named Freshman of the Year. The second baseman finished sixth in the Big Ten with a .380 average in all games.
Selected by his peers as Big Ten Coach of the Year, John Anderson led Minnesota to its 22nd overall Big Ten title and first since 2004. The honor is the fifth of Anderson’s career, as he also received top accolades in 2000 and in three straight years from 20002 to 2004.
Dickerson, Wimmers and Purdue starter Matt Bischoff were unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team, joined on the first team by Indiana’s Josh Lyon, Michigan’s Ryan LaMarre, Michigan State’s Jonathan Roof, Minnesota’s Nick O’Shea, Northwestern’s Eric Jokisch, Chris Lashmet, Zach Morton and Paul Snieder, Ohio State’s Zach Hurley and Penn State’s Ben Heath.
The complete All-Big Ten teams, All-Freshman team and individual award winners can be found below.
2010 ALL-BIG TEN BASEBALL TEAM
1B – Nick O’Shea, Minnesota
2B – Zach Morton, Northwestern
SS – Jonathan Roof, Michigan State
3B – Chris Lashmet, Northwestern
OF – Alex Dickerson, Indiana State*
OF – Ryan LaMarre, Michigan
OF – Zach Hurley, Ohio State
C – Ben Heath, Penn State
DH – Josh Lyon, Indiana
SP – Eric Jokisch, Northwestern
SP – Alex Wimmers, Ohio State*
SP – Matt Bischoff, Purdue*
RP – Paul Snieder, Northwestern
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Alex Dickerson, Indiana*
PITCHER OF THE YEAR:
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Ryan Jones, Michigan State
COACH OF THE YEAR:
John Anderson, Minnesota
* – Unanimous Selection
Photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics
Source: Big Ten Conference