(Game date: Jan. 16, 2019) — Two Bull League legends have been overwhelmingly voted in to the Bull League’s venerable Hall of Fame on their first time appearing on the ballot, it was announced today.
Eric Tessier, a long-time catcher for the Toronto Ducks, who later played brief stints for Montreal, Calgary and Seattle, the current single-season runs and WAR record-holder among all catchers, and who is 4th on the all-time home runs leaderboard for catchers, was inducted with 99.7% of the votes.
He was joined by the legendary Montreal Metros and Chicago Pit Bulls ace, Cuban-born Ricky Terrazas, the 3rd winningest pitcher in Bull League history, a nine-time Sandy Koufax Award winner who still holds career records in career lowest opponents slugging percentage and OPS, and single-season strikeouts.
Tessier, whose number #31 was retired by Toronto in 2016, holds an impressive resume of club records, including career OBP, slugging, OPS and WAR, along with games played, runs scored, hits, total bases, singles, home runs, RBIs, and walks, as well as single-season records in WAR, runs, total bases, home runs, and walks.
He was a Lake League Rookie of the Year in 2000, eventually winning the MVP award in 2006, and six Gold Crown Awards at catcher while with Toronto. He was named to the Lake League All-Star Team nine times.
Tessier was part of Toronto’s brief flirtation with playoff success, leading the club in home runs in 2007 when the Ducks made it into the Lake League Championship Series for the first time since 1993.
The Canadian from Montague, PEI again led in home runs as well as batting average when Toronto made a repeat postseason appearance the following year, when they were swept out by Montreal in the first round. He would see one more postseason with Toronto, but again the team made a first round exit in a 3-0 sweep by Ohio.
Tessier becomes only the second catcher inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Mike Lapi who was inducted in 2017.
Havana-born Terrazas carved his name among the Bull League greats at the end of a fantastic 17 year career in which he debuted as the OSA’s #1 prospect in 2000, and accumulated a record of 122-58 and a career 2.74 ERA with 1,899 strikeouts under his belt by the time he was finished.
His first eight years were spent in Chicago, where he won four consecutive Sandy Koufax Awards beginning in 2004, a year he was also named MVP. Though he finished with just a 6-6 record that season, Terrazas struck out an impressive 151 batters and crafted a 4.4 WAR to lead the American Eagle League.
He signed a 7-year contract with the Montreal Metros that saw him move there in 2008, where he continued to be a dominant power pitcher with a devastating fastball/curveball combination, with an elite changeup to round out a trifecta of pitches that took him to two pitching Triple Crowns, first in 2005, then again in 2012.
In all, he would win the MVP three times in total, take home two Bull Cup championships, be named Bull Cup MVP in 2011, and appear in 10 All-Star games. His nine Sandy Koufax Awards were all won in consecutive seasons.
Montreal fans will especially remember his 20 game undefeated streak, which lasted from June 2009 to June 2010, encompassing his perfect 12-0 year in 2009.
Terrazas is the 12th pitcher to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and only the second Montreal Metros player. He took 99.4% of the votes on his first ballot, cementing his place in history just behind Iron Arm’s 99.7% of first ballot votes when he was inducted in 2014.