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Minnesota Baseball takes multiple Big Ten Baseball awards for 2016!

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Gophers take home Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and multiple 1st and 2nd Team awards for the 2016 Big Ten season!

2016 was a great year for Minnesota Baseball. After being picked to finish near the bottom of the league at the beginning of the season, the Gophers defied the preseason prognostications to win the Big Ten outright. Today's announcement of the Big Ten's baseball awards reflects that fact. The tally for Minnesota?

Coach of the Year: John Anderson

Player of the Year: Matt Fielder

1st Team All-B1G: Austin Athmann, Matt Fielder, Connor Schaefbauer

2nd Team All-B1G: Micah Coffey, Dan Motl, Dalton Sawyer

Freshman All-B1G: Riley Smith

These are well deserved accolades for a team that has plenty more to play for this season.

Honoring Anderson

Coach John Anderson's unanimous selection as B1G Coach of the year makes this his 6th conference COY award. He previously received the honor in 1982, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Continuing The Tradition

Matt Fielder is the 8th Gopher to be named conference Player of the Year, and this is the 9th total POY award for Minnesota (Luke Appart was POY in both 2002 and 2003). Minnesota is now tied with Illinois for most POY awards in Big Ten history with 9.

Full B1G Award Winners

Here's the full list of award winners for the Big Ten in 2016:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Fiedler, Minnesota

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Cody Sedlock, Illinois

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Chad Luensmann, Nebraska

COACH OF THE YEAR

JOHN ANDERSON, Minnesota

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM

C – AUSTIN ATHMANN, Minnesota

1B – Scott Schreiber, Nebraska

2B – Dan Durkin, Michigan State

2B – Connor Schaefbauer, Minnesota

SS – Nick Roscetti, Iowa

3B – Nick Sergakis, Ohio State

OF – Joel Booker, Iowa

OF – CODY BRUDER, Michigan

OF – Ronnie Dawson, Ohio State

DH – MATT FIEDLER, Minnesota

SP – CODY SEDLOCK, Illinois

SP – Kyle Hart, Indiana

SP – Tanner Tully, Ohio State

RP – Dakota Mekkes, Michigan State

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

C – RJ Devish, Rutgers

1B – Jordan Zimmerman, Michigan State

SS – Steven Reveles, Nebraska

3B – Micah Coffey, Minnesota

OF – Dan Motl, Minnesota

OF – Ryan Boldt, Nebraska

OF – Greg Guers, Penn State

DH – Carmen Benedetti, Michigan

SP – Brett Adcock, Michigan

SP – Cam Vieaux, Michigan State

SP – Dalton Sawyer, Minnesota

RP – Chad Luensmann, Nebraska

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

C – Harrison Wenson, Michigan

C – Jason Goldstein, Illinois

1B – Kyle Wood, Purdue

2B – Nick Dunn, Maryland

SS – Brian Wilhite, Indiana

3B – Jake Bivens, Michigan

OF – Craig Dedelow, Indiana

OF – Brandon Hughes, Michigan State

OF – Jake Meyers, Nebraska

DH – Ben Miller, Nebraska

SP – Taylor Bloom, Maryland

SP – Brian Shaffer, Maryland

SP – Howie Brey, Rutgers

RP – Jack Anderson, Penn State

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM

C – Ryan Fineman, Indiana

1B – WILLIE BURGER, Penn State

2B – Nick Dunn, Maryland

SS – Riley Smith, Minnesota

3B – LUKE MILLER, Indiana

OF – Marty Costes, Maryland

OF – Marty Bechina, Michigan State

OF – Jawuan Harris, Rutgers

DH – Scotty Bradley, Indiana

SP – Cole Bellair, Illinois

SP – MATT WALDRON, Nebraska

SP – Justin Hagenman, Penn State

RP – CHAD LUENSMANN, Nebraska