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Minnesota Baseball: Gophers retire John Anderson’s #14

Minnesota Baseball: Gophers retire John Anderson’s #14

The Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team announced Wednesday during a ceremony before Saturday’s game that they will retire Minnesota manager John Anderson’s No. 14. Anderson, who announced in December that he would retire at the end of the season, will play his final three games at Siebert Field this weekend when the Gophers host Michigan State. This season marks his 43rd leading the Gophers and his 49th overall in Minnesota, including time spent as a player, student assistant coach, graduate assistant and assistant coach.

A special ceremony will be held in Anderson’s honor prior to the second game of the series between the Gophers and Spartans on Saturday. A mural of Anderson will be unveiled on the left field wall at Siebert Field. Anderson’s mural will be the seventh to be added to the wall in left field. He joins former Gophers Paul Giel (No. 34), Dick Siebert (No. 24), Dave Winfield (No. 31), Paul Molitor (No. 11), David Chelesnik (No. 26) and Herb “Ike” Isakson (No. 5) because his number was retired. Siebert Field opens at 12:30 PM and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 1:15 PM. The game against Michigan State starts at 2 p.m. after the on-field ceremony.

Anderson has had a long and illustrious career as manager of the Gophers. Through 43 seasons, he is the winningest baseball coach in Big Ten history. During his tenure, the Gophers have won 11 Big Ten titles, 10 Big Ten Tournament championships and made 18 NCAA tournament appearances.

Anderson has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year eight times, most recently in 2018, after leading Minnesota to a Big Ten Championship and the Super Regionals for the first time in program history.

Under his watch, 115 Gophers have been drafted into the MLB. With two selections in the 2023 draft, the Gophers extended their draft streak to 36 consecutive years. The streak is the longest in the Big Ten, with Ohio State (12 years) and Michigan (10 years) as the next Big Ten teams. Anderson has coached 28 All-America selections, nine Big Ten Players of the Year, three Big Ten Pitchers of the Year and four Big Ten Freshman of the Year during his tenure. He has a winning record in 36 seasons.

It’s a crucial series for the Gophers as they fight to get into the top 8 of the Big Ten standings to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota is currently tied for 11th at 7-11 in Big Ten play, while Michigan State is tied for 7th at 9-9. Minnesota closes the regular season next weekend at last-place Northwestern. The Gophers will most likely have to take two from MSU this weekend.

Minnesota will have Anderson-themed giveaways both Friday and Saturday. Friday night the first 250 people will receive a free #14 jersey koozie, and on Saturday the first 500 people will receive a free John Anderson advertising pennant. Sunday will be all about the students as the Gophers honor Anderson’s final Senior Day.

Congratulations to Coach Anderson and good luck to the Gophers!