Category: League News

2022 Season Awards Predictions

(GAME DATE — Oct. 30, 2022) — The results are not yet finalized, but GM voting for the end of season awards for 2022 is nearly completed, and we have predictions on some of the potential winners.

Most notably is the GM of the Year Award, which is widely predicted to go to Ohio Oxen GM Dylan M. The Oxen showed a massive improvement through 2022, going from last place in 2021 with a 53-109 (.327) win-loss record, to a near .500 finish at 80-83 (.491), forcing a tie-breaking game 163 against the Milwaukee Hops for the 2nd wild card slot, winning it 6-4.

Dylan’s post season was short as the Oxen exited in the Elimination Round after falling 3-0 to the Chicago Pit Bulls, and getting outscored 20-11 in the three games of the best-of-five series. But the team performed fairly well overall against some of the toughest teams in the LL, save for Chicago. The Oxen held winning records against the New York Dragons, Montreal Metros, Toronto Nomads, and every ML team they played against in inter-league play, including 3 game sweeps of the St. Petersburg Admirals, Washington Freedom, and 2021 MLCS champions, Calgary Inferno.

Milwaukee Hops GM, Jason P, will likely be a noted runner up for the GMOTY, as despite suffering the most injuries in terms of IL days, his squad managed to finish with winning records over two division rivals, and force the Oxen-Hops tie-breaker by keeping pace with Ohio at the end of the pennant race.

It is almost a certainty that Chicago’s RF John Rambo will repeat as LL Carl Simms MVP Award winner, and voting could be unanimous. Knuckles Malone, who was traded from Toronto to Minneapolis early in the season, then injured just before the postseason, will likely pick up his 5th consecutive LL Sandy Koufax Award after his 17-6 season, with a 3.59 season ERA to lead the LL.

Tex “Red” Rudman is looking like a solid ML Rookie of the Year after slashing .309/.385/.573 and bashing 28 homers in his BBL debut with the Arizona Cowboys, all while impressing fans and foes alike with his defensive prowess in CF.

End of season awards will be announced shortly.

 

Chicago, Toronto Tee Up 5 Player, 3 Draft Pick Deal

(GAME DATE — May 16, 2022) — The Chicago Pit Bulls and the Toronto Nomads have agreed to a blockbuster five-player, 3 draft pick trade, the 14th trade deal struck in 2022 and the 8th involving the busy Chicago team.

The Nomads will send former star closer Nate Kremer, a 2015 Woodchuck Trophy winner, and Dong-kyoon Kim, an effective and disciplined hitting second baseman, along with both a second and third round pick in the upcoming 2022 draft, while receiving 25-year-old slugging first baseman Makanaakua Mano, who was a first round pick for Chicago in 2018 and who won Rookie of the Year just last season, and two AAA-level budding stars, Miguel Perez (LF) and Shannon Stone (1B) along with Chicago’s 3rd round pick this year. Continue reading “Chicago, Toronto Tee Up 5 Player, 3 Draft Pick Deal”

The Ox Ranch in Cinci Finishes Offseason Renos

(GAME DATE – April 4, 2022) — Just in time for Opening Day, the Ohio Oxen have completed much needed renovations to their relatively new stadium, The Ox Ranch in Cinci.

The stadium had its right field fences rebuilt closer to home plate, and a shockingly large, 70-foot tall, wall installed in left field, where the outfield is much shorter. Continue reading “The Ox Ranch in Cinci Finishes Offseason Renos”

Chicago Takes Back-to-Back Bull Cups

(GAME DATE – Oct. 26, 2021) — The Chicago Pit Bulls defeated the Calgary Inferno in a dramatic 4-game sweep, securing back-to-back championship seasons and taking the title for the third time in club history.

Continue reading “Chicago Takes Back-to-Back Bull Cups”

FA Class of 2021: Peaks and Valleys of Talent

(GAME DATE — Nov. 30, 2020) — The free agent class of 2021 — those FA’s who when signed will be available to play in the 2021 season — represents some interesting opportunities, but teams must be willing to spend big to get the best players.

One notable name is future Hall of Famer Danny Sanchez, a five-time batting champ and two-time MVP, who at age 33 is back on the free agent market following a seven year stint with Norfolk, which was recently folded. Continue reading “FA Class of 2021: Peaks and Valleys of Talent”

Rambo Confirmed as MVP, ROTY; 2020 Awards Announced

(GAME DATE – Nov 10, 2020) — In the least surprising news in Bull League history, hotshot rookie sensation John Rambo was announced as the winner of the LL Carl Simms MVP Award and Rookie of the Year Award winner for the 2020 baseball season.

It was nearly a sweep for 1st place votes in both awards, with Chicago’s Rambo earning 7 or 8 first place votes cast, for a total of 36 points for the MVP nod. The outfielder, who was 2 home runs away from the Bull League’s first batting Triple Crown, more than doubled the points collected by teammate Jon Guillot, who garnered 15 points for second place. Continue reading “Rambo Confirmed as MVP, ROTY; 2020 Awards Announced”