Category: League News

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”

Pit Bulls Win the Bull Cup, Overcoming 2-0 Deficit

(GAME DATE — Oct. 26, 2020) — The Chicago Pit Bulls have proven they can run with the big dogs, after an exciting come from behind series win to take their first Bull Cup in 28 seasons.

The Chicago squad had dropped the first two games of the Bull Cup Championship Series to the Metro League’s Nevada Speeders, and looked to be facing serious trouble with a possible sweep. But they battled back to a 14-7 win in game 3 after the series moved to their home stadium, giving them their first W and avoiding a sweep. Continue reading “Pit Bulls Win the Bull Cup, Overcoming 2-0 Deficit”

Koch Probable Starter for Speeders Against Pit Bulls

(GAME DATE — Oct. 17, 2020) — The Bull Cup Championship Series is about to start, and it looks like the Nevada Speeders will kick off the best-of-seven final round with Jim Koch, their Number 2 starter who has been solid through these playoffs.

Koch was named player of the game in a no-decision 6.0 inning effort against the Arizona Cowboys in the ML Elimination Round, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while his team notched a win back on October 3, that series’ opener. Continue reading “Koch Probable Starter for Speeders Against Pit Bulls”

Admirals Sweep, Speeders Advance

(GAME DATE — Oct. 7, 2020) — The defending Bull Cup champion St. Petersburg Admirals swept the California Tidals away in the ML Elimination Round for the 2020 Bull League playoffs, setting the stage for a possible repeat as Bull Cup champions if they can take the MLCS.

Their challengers will be the wild card Nevada Speeders, who bullied past the Arizona Cowboys 3-1 in their best-of-five series, removing the 2012 expansion team from the bracket after the Cowboys made a second franchise playoff appearance in as many seasons. Continue reading “Admirals Sweep, Speeders Advance”

Shock Double Upsets in LL as Toronto and Chicago Advance

(GAME DATE — Oct. 7, 2020) — Two stunning upsets have marked the LL Elimination Round, the first series of the 2020 Bull League postseason. The wildcard Toronto Nomads have pulled off an unlikely sweep of the Minneapolis Ravens, who were the LL West division champs, while the Chicago Pit Bulls have muscled the Boston Brawlers who had held sway over the LL East since the beginning of the year.

The Ravens had been a favorite for a repeat Bull Cup championship appearance going into this year’s playoffs. They were second in the LL in run scoring, hitting the 1000 runs mark, beating their record-setting 2019 number by 51 more runs. Continue reading “Shock Double Upsets in LL as Toronto and Chicago Advance”