March 20, 2014
Winner of the 1986 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Girardi held a career .351 batting average and was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection while at Northwestern. He was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American three times, including first-team selections in 1984 and 1985. He ranks among the Wildcats all-time top 10 in batting average, home runs, hits and RBI. After a 15-year MLB career in which he won three World Series with the New York Yankees, he is now in his seventh season as manager of the club, and led the team to the 2009 World Series.
The 2014 Big Ten season is set to begin this weekend with four series scheduled. Indiana hosts Michigan, Iowa welcomes Nebraska, Michigan State takes on Ohio State and Northwestern challenges Minnesota in St. Charles, Mo.
This week, BTN announced that more than 240 baseball and softball games will air on BTN, BTN2Go and BTDN in 2014. The first Big Ten baseball contest will be televised on Sunday when Indiana hosts Michigan at 1 p.m. ET
Iowa carries a 12-5 mark to lead all conference squads, with Ohio State boasting a 13-6 mark heading into the opening weekend of Big Ten play. Nebraska (12), Minnesota (11) and Indiana (10) each enter the start of conference play with 10 or more victories on the season.