Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/4/11

The Ohio State University baseball program Thursday afternoon unveiled the newly-renovated Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes recognized the New York Yankees star Nick Swisher for his philanthropy. He gave the program $500,000 to help install a new field.

“The word honor comes to mind,” Swisher said. “I never would have thought I would have been at Ohio State. When I came here, I experienced that passion, pride and tradition that Ohio State has. I think everyone on the team experiences that every single day. It’s been an amazing thing.”As an outfielder/first baseman for the Scarlet and Gray (2000-02), Swisher was named 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and twice received first team All-Big Ten accolades in his career.

Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 16th overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, Swisher had one ginormous bust of a season with the White Sox before heading back to the New York Yankees where he won a 2009 World Championship ring was and named an American League All-Star the following season. In his professional career, the Columbus native has seen action in 1,061 games and has amassed 185 home runs.

Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium opens March 16th 2012, when the Buckeyes first home game takes place versus Austin Peay.

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