2017 Could Prove Big Year for Milestones

Many players in the Bull League are expected to hit benchmark milestones in career statistics this season, in what will be an especially interesting and likely record-breaking year with the expanded 100-game schedule making its debut.

Hits

New York’s Setsuo Kimura is 81 hits away from the important 1,500 career hits mark

Several hitting milestones in particular are expected to be breached, including two current players who could reach the rare 1,500 career hits mark:

  • Francisco Erazo, 2B – Kingston Cannons – 1,450 hits
  • Setsuo Kimura, 1B – New York Dragons – 1,419 hits

Erazo is a hitting machine and averages well over 80 a season. He should breach 1,500 by August if he stays healthy. Meanwhile, Kimura hits at a similar pace and could close the year at 1,500.

The all-time hit record is held by Hall of Famer Carl Simms, at 1,655. Erazo and Kimura are #5 and #6 on the all-time list, behind Barry Janmaat (#2 at 1,622), Dave Norman and Narushi Ohata (both tied #3 at 1,615), and Luis Silva (#5 at 1,604).

Record-setting watch: Barry Janmaat, currently with the Jacksonville Ravens, could set the all-time record for hits this season if he stays healthy, as he needs just 34 hits to surpass Carl Simms.

Home Runs

Narushi Ohata leads in career homers among active players, and needs just 8 homers to hit the 350 mark

Narushi Ohata, LF – Boston Brawlers – Needs just 8 home runs to hit the 350 mark. He is currently #2 on the all-time list, behind (you guessed it) Carl Simms, who has 441.

Takeo Otomo will likely hit the 300 home run mark. He needs 37 home runs to tie Hall of Famer Always Rosy, who is #3 on the all-time list with 332.

Runs

Francisco Erazo is 50 runs away from the 1,000 mark. He would remain #2 on the all-time list and would still need another 125 to tie Carl Simms. Meanwhile, several players could break the very respectable 500-runs mark this season.

Stolen Bases

Two players could breach the 200 stolen bases threshold this season:

  • Xavier de Soto, 3B – Kingston Cannons – needs just 1
  • Miguel Ortega, 2B – Norfolk Sharks – needs 5

These speedsters are #5 and #6 on the all-time list, as the highest currently active players. A large handful of players are nearing the century mark.

The pitchers could also get in on the record-setting action this season.

Wins

Montreal Metros’ Bill Henson is just two wins away from a tie with Ricky Terrazas, who retired after last season with 122, and is #2 on the all-time list. #1 Angelo Rodriguez continues to set the pace, however, and at 138 wins he could hit the 150 mark just after the All-Star break.  Niek Rodriguez is just 9 wins away from 100.

Strikeouts

Denver Danger’s Rich Ojeda will almost certainly surpass 1,500 K’s this season. He needs just 35 to do so, and regularly nets over 100, having one of the top K/9 in the league over the past few seasons. This would move him to #7 on the all-time list, and 4 active players remain ahead of him, including #1 strikeout king Angelo Rodriguez, who will start the year appropriately with 2,017.

Saves

Two pitchers will almost certainly crack 150 career saves this month:

  • Jesus Carrillo, Boston Brawlers – needs 2
  • Noah Peters, Boston Brawlers – needs 4

Though a respectable career milestone, there are still 11 pitchers ahead of them, including Denver’s Nick MacLellan, who is the current all-time #1 at 234 saves (9 more than Hall of Fame reliever Brian Peckham).

We look forward to watching players smash some of these milestones this year, setting new goals for future generations to come, and carving out their own piece of Bull League history along the way.

 

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