Category: Highlights

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Record “W” for Rodriguez

April 13, 2024

Ricky Rodriguez of the Minneapolis Ravens notched another win, this one breaking the all-time record for pitchers. The previous owner of the record was one-time teammate Angelo Rodriguez. The win puts Rodriguez at 151 for his career.

“I’ve been fortunate,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve played on a lot of good teams and with quality teammates. I could never have done it without them.”

Ricky is a four-time Sandy Koufax Award winner, and 11-time all-star, who with this most recent record being set has solidified his assured place in the hallowed Hall of Fame on retirement.

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Yang Reaches 300 Mark

April 5, 2024

It was a historic day for Nevada’s fine third baseman Tak-keung Yang. He slammed home run #300 in the Speeders 14-10 loss to the Miami Storm at SpeederDome.

He told reporters after the game that he was disappointed in losing the game. “It’s great to get that many homers, but I don’t play for homers — I play to win. That’s the name of the game.”

In his milestone-making game Yang went 2 for 3, hitting home run #301 later that game, and scored 3 runs and collected 4 RBI. That home run put him in a select group of ballplayers.

Yang is batting .291 lifetime with 888 hits, 132 doubles, 9 triples, 301 home runs, 756 RBIs to date. He has also scored 682 runs. He is only the 9th player in the Bull League to reach the 300 HR’s milestone.

 

Pit Bulls Threepeat!

(GAME DATE — Oct. 28, 2022) — The Chicago Pit Bulls (106-56) have won their third consecutive Bull Cup championship, achieving a feat that has not been done since the former New York Minutemen went back-to-back-to-back from 1997 to 1999.

The Pit Bulls, who went into the playoffs as the favorite and predicted to face the equally potent offense of the Nevada Speeders, eventually faced the wild-card entry California Tidals (89-73) in the championship series. The underdog Tidals took the Pit Bulls all the way to Game 7 after coming back from a 3-1 series disadvantage.

California indeed proved a tough opponent for Chicago, taking Game 5 by a lopsided 10-5 score, then downing the Pit Bulls 7-3 in Game 6 to force the deciding 7th game.  The Tidals outscored Chicago 39-35 during the series, and saw solid offense all through their lineup, with five players earning 10 or more hits against Chicago pitchers.

Rambo was named Bull Cup MVP for 2022, for his 2nd time in just 3 years.

But in the end, it was the Chicago power hitting that saw them through at the end, with two-time Triple Crown winner and probable repeat LL MVP John Rambo homering in each of the first 4 games, before adding a 5th in the deciding Game 7. His playoff performance earned him the series MVP nod as well.

The Pit Bulls relied on deft bull pen handling, making use of opener and followers for many games, limiting the batters faced and going to fresh arms whenever things looked shaky for them. It’s a strategy that did not always work, but was flawlessly executed in Game 7, opened by Morgan Marley, who threw 1.1 IP, allowing just a hit and a run before handing over the mound duties to James Andree, a capable lefty who weathered 4 California runs, just 2 of which were earned, and 7 hits, but got sufficient run support to get the W.

California defense was frenetic and solid most of the series, accumulating OF assists in Games 1 and 7, as well as several double plays throughout the set of seven.

GM Scott Davis was pleased with the 3rd championship, but acknowledged California was one of the toughest teams his squad had faced in the postseason, and noting that they were difficult to prepare for as they had played no inter-league games against the Tidals during the regular season, and several trades during the preceding year had put very capable former Chicago players in the Tidals lineup.

Ben Bunker, the Tidals GM, was said to be ecstatic and surprised at his team’s placing in the finals. It became clear that the team would be a playoff contender not long after the All Star Game. Though it would mark the Tidals third consecutive postseason appearance, they were once again going to be going as a wild card entry, overshadowed by the more dominant Nevada Speeders (107-55), who had spent the 2022 season battling with Chicago for the best record.

The Speeders did indeed win a record number of games in 2022, but were shell-shocked at being swept out of the MLCS by California, marking the second season in a row they failed to break through the MLCS.

The Pit Bulls and the Tidals can now focus on 2023, with Chicago of course aiming to become the first team to four-peat, and the Tidals hoping to make Bull Cup finals appearances a lasting trend and perhaps gather a third franchise championship trophy.

 

 

Malone Goes to Minneapolis in Blockbuster Trade

(GAME DATE — May 16, 2022) — Toronto ace Knuckles Malone, the four-time Sandy Koufax Award winner, will join the Minneapolis Ravens as part of a blockbuster five player deal that will execute in the next few days.

The 32-year-old right-handed knuckleballer has spent his entire major league career, now in his 8th season, at the top of the Toronto Nomads rotation where he has cemented himself in the team’s records books in multiple pitching stats, including career bests in ERA (2.49), wins (91), winning percentage (.705), pWAR (55.6), completed games (69), shutouts (21), and WHIP (1.01). Continue reading “Malone Goes to Minneapolis in Blockbuster Trade”

Opening Day 2022 Arrives!

(GAME DATE — April 4, 2022) The grass is freshly mowed. The baselines newly painted and stark white against the soothing green and rich infield dirt. The stadiums are prepped, and refreshments chilled and the food at the vendors stalls is hot and ready. The clubhouses have been scrubbed and readied, the players’ gear is all moved in.

It’s Opening Day for the 2022 baseball season — in the Bull League! Continue reading “Opening Day 2022 Arrives!”

2022 Top Prospects Announced

(GAME DATE — April 1, 2022) The Bull League’s Top Prospects List as ranked by the OSA has been released, and the news is great for California’s Mei-shan Siu, who retains the #1 spot once again.

Siu (California) was named #1 Bull League Prospect for the 2nd year in a row.

The 24-year-old righty from Huainan, China, spent just 35.1 innings on the Tidals major roster last season, after being drafted in 2019 and working his way up from A-level Flagstaff Racers. Continue reading “2022 Top Prospects Announced”