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October B1G Baseball roundup

The final day of October saw Penn State announce its 2017 schedule. (GOPSUSports.com)

The final day of October saw Penn State announce its 2017 schedule. (GOPSUSports.com)

October has come and gone. While Major League Baseball will see at least one game played in November, for all intents and purposes, the baseball season ends once the book is closed on October.

This holds true for Big Ten baseball programs.

The college baseball season has been over since the end of June and does not begin until mid-February. But October is a very important month, one of welcoming newcomers and team practice, usually capped by intra-squad series, as teams begin to turn their focus on the upcoming season.

As the Autumn season has concluded around the Midwest, here’s a look back on the major news of the month.

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The week that was B1G Baseball, July 19

It was a whirlwind week for Big Ten baseball programs.

At baseball’s highest level of, former Rutgers standout Todd Frazier won the MLB Home Run Derby, a day after once Indiana All-American catcher Kyle Schwarber earned MVP honors in the All-Star Future Games, before ex-Gopher Glen Perkins closed the door on the American League’s victory in the Midsummer Classic. With MLB’s second-hald beginning,¬†Schwarber was promptly recalled to the bigs for the second time this season.

Those who will not perfect their craft with a professional organization, the week ended with players and recruits forgoing professional opportunities, opting for Big Ten.

In between, Illinois made sure head coach Dan Hartleb will stay in Champaign, extending the contract of the Big Ten Coach of the Year for five years.

Here’s a lightning-round roundup of the week that was,140 characters at a time.

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Programs see past stars shine on MLB stage

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In his native Ohio, former Indiana All-American Kyle Schwarber received Futures Game MVP honors

Three Big Ten programs saw former standouts shine on baseball’s biggest stage. From start to finish, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities was little more than a global spotlight for the trio of players.

Beginning with former Indiana slugger Kyle Schwarber earning MVP honors of Sunday’s Futures Game, continuing Monday with once Rutgers Scarlet Knight Todd Frazier winning the Home Run Derby, capped Tuesday night with Minnesota Twin and former Gopher Glen Perkins closing out the American League’s 5-3 win in the Midsummer Classic, former Big Ten players were shining bookends to three-day gala in Cincinnati.

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