Category: Highlights

Will 2021 Be Dave Norman’s Year for the HOF?

(GAME DATE — Oct. 31, 2020) — Very shortly the ballots will be sent out to the league’s GM’s for their votes on their selections for the most eligible players to be inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame. For the fourth year in a row, Dave “The Dominator” Norman’s name will appear on that ballot — will 2021 finally be the year he is admitted to the hallowed Hall?

The fleet-footed right fielder is known for his all-time stolen bases record, 303 after his 21 seasons of service, accumulated in 1,297 games. But few know that Norman was also a two-time league batting champ, one of the few to be named such in both leagues. Continue reading “Will 2021 Be Dave Norman’s Year for the HOF?”

Rambo a Lock for MVP, Rookie Nods, Rest of Awards Wide Open

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The indomitable Chicago rookie sensation John Rambo is a virtual guarantee to take home the Lake League’s Carl Simms MVP Award and the Rookie of the Year Awards for the 2020 season, along with the Gold Crown for the RF position.

This has been nearly certain since the all-star break, when the 23-year-old drafted last year out of Arizona State was among LL HR leaders by then, and hit a 2-run shot in his only all-star game at bat. But the rest of the player awards are less certain, and early returns on voting have shown few locks as solid as Rambo. Continue reading “Rambo a Lock for MVP, Rookie Nods, Rest of Awards Wide Open”

Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The offseason is upon us and before the arbitration hearings and free agency filings occur, the league’s four teams on the contraction chopping block will be folded and their players sent to free agency.

But, not before the remaining 16 teams have had an opportunity to pick through their rosters and select a number of players to take over their contracts or minor league rights. Continue reading “Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed”

Mota Out as Speeders Clinch 2020 Berth

(GAME DATE — Sep. 26, 2020) — The Nevada Speeders offered muted celebration as they clinched a wild card playoff berth for the 2020 postseason, as they learned that their #1 ace in the rotation, Al Mota, will miss the rest of the season with a herniated disc.

Motormouth Mota, a 3-time all-star, who twice came close in Sandy Koufax Award voting, suffered the injury in the 8th inning of a gem of a game against division rivals Arizona. Despite the injury, Mota picked up the win, and player of the game honors, after throwing 7.2 innings while allowing just 4 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks, while whiffing 8 batters. Continue reading “Mota Out as Speeders Clinch 2020 Berth”

Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?

(GAME DATE — Sept. 19, 2020) — Several probable and confirmed pennant race teams this year have lengthy Bull Cup droughts, or have never won at all, meaning this year could see a record set when it’s all over.

Most prominent are the LL East division title winners, the Boston Brawlers, who have never won a Bull Cup in the 29 years since the trophy has been awarded. They came close just once, in the inaugural year, losing to the ten Chicago Knights in 1991, the first year the cup was contested. Continue reading “Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?”

Money Talks: How Much Will Land the 2020 Free Agent Whales?

(GAME DATE — Sep. 12, 2020) — The season rapidly approaches its final games, and for some GMs that may mean keeping at least one eye on the pending free agency list. There are 64 players eligible for free agency at the moment, and at least a dozen could sign for high-dollar amounts either as extensions, or with news teams this fall.

Currently, Danny Sanchez and Adam Price are the two highest paid players in their final contract year. Sanchez, the Norfolk Sharks shortstop, will earn $21 million this year, and the “Golden Boy” is having another fantastic year which will be sure to keep his next contract in that territory. Continue reading “Money Talks: How Much Will Land the 2020 Free Agent Whales?”