The Montreal Metros has been named a Blue Rose Award winning club for the second time in the team’s history, it has been announced.
The exceptional award is only given to the team that completes the regular season with the highest team batting average (BA) and lowest team earned runs average (ERA) in its league. It has only been awarded eleven times previously.
The Metros, who also set a record for most wins in a season, had a team BA of .279 and a team ERA of 2.66 at the end of the 2016 regular season. The Lake League average for team BA was .253, and the average ERA was 4.08.
This is the second time the Montreal team has been awarded the Blue Rose Award, they previously won in 1995. In that year, they led the Lake League with a .294 BA and a 3.84 ERA.
The Blue Rose Award was last awarded in 2012 to the Kingston Cannons.
For more on the Blue Rose Award read the Bull League wiki article here.