(GAME DATE — Sep. 30, 2020) — This year’s Metropolitan League batting champ was Danny Sanchez of the Norfolk Sharks.
His .349 batting average was the best in the league. The Sharks star won the honor with 154 hits in 441 at-bats. He also tallied 4 home runs, 56 RBIs and scored 115 runs. Continue reading “Sanchez Crowned ML Bat King”
(GAME DATE — May 27, 2020) — Milwaukee Hops center fielder Tony Cruz wielded a big stick today against the Norfolk Sharks and his club walked off the field winners by the score of 14-7. Cruz helped tame Norfolk with 5 hits in 6 at-bats. “Dandy” Cruz singled in the 1st, hit an RBI double in the 2nd, hit an RBI single in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, doubled in the 7th and struck out in the 8th.
To date the 33-year-old Cruz has chalked up a .325 average with 3 home runs, driven in 12 runs and scored 13 times. His 5-for-6 effort in the Norfolk series opener earned him player of the game honors. Continue reading “Cruz on Fire: 5-for-6 for Milwaukee”
(GAME DATE – Sep. 26, 2019) — With the expanded, 162-game schedule introduced for the first time this season, an interesting race has developed to see which team can breach the 100-game wins mark first.
Just 2 teams are in a position to do this, with only 4 games left on the schedule, the St. Petersburg Admirals and the Minneapolis Ravens. Continue reading “Ravens, Admirals Could Become First 100 Game Winners”
GAME DATE: May 27, 2019
It’s been a busy 2019 season that began with some strong performances out of the gate for some surprising teams, including the Toronto Nomads, Milwaukee Hops, and Norfolk Sharks.
Week 14 has come to a close in the Bull League, and the Rimouski Fighting Moose are on top of the weekly team power rankings. But, the St. Petersburg Admirals are close behind, as both teams surged ahead to 1st and 2nd and the Nevada Speeders fell to 4th. The Minneapolis Ravens stood pat at 3rd again this week.
The home stretch has arrived and less than 3 weeks remain on the regular season schedule, meaning teams like the Chicago Pit Bulls (25-57), who have been realistically out of the race for some time, will soon become mathematically eliminated, and the field of contenders will narrow.
The Detroit Motorheads, Louisville Sluggers and Norfolk Sharks are among the other teams who have extremely long odds at a wild card.
The Fighting Moose are 50-32, with the third-best record in baseball, but had a stellar week, going 4-1. On Monday, they dropped game 3 of a 4-game set with the Pit Bulls, then won game 4 to split the series 2-2. After a travel day, they swept provincial rivals, the Montreal Metros in the Battle of Quebec, to go 6-4 on the season against them. They play the Metros one last time in their final series of the season.
However, the injuries are beginning to stack up for the Fighting Moose, who have the highest payroll in baseball this year. Big swinging Alan Isimo is hampered by an undisclosed day-to-day injury suffered last week in the Metros series. Three top starting pitchers are all out, including William Febres, Mo-ruo Chen, and Andy Boyles, adding up to nearly $30 million in annual salary out of the rotation and on the DL. Three-time MVP Dao-zi Ling is also out with a fractured ankle and will not return unless the team makes the playoffs. Closer Marc Garland has been out with an elbow ligament tear since April and will not return until 2019.
Catchers Catch POTW NODS
Top BL catchers Earl MacPherson and Les Groves have been named Players of the Week for week #14. Groves, the Louisville top draft pick from 2017 was an impressive .588 at the plate, with 3 homers and 7 RBIs as the Sluggers stacked up runs against the New York Dragons last week.
Meanwhile, Norfolk Sharks catcher MacPherson batted .565 with five homers, 16 RBIs, in just 5 games over the week, including a 3-for-4 performance against the Admirals in which he homered twice and drove in 6 runs.
Sharks Minor League News
Today was Tony Rivera’s turn in the rotation for the Ocala Sharks and he made the most of it, shutting out the Ft. Myers Deputies on 4 hits. The 20-year-old right-hander led the Sharks to an easy 7-0 victory, allowing 1 walk and tallying 7 strikeouts. “I hope we miss him next time,” Ft. Myers […]
Montreal Metros’ AA prospect Jorge Hernandez, who is currently playing winter ball with the Lagos Millionaires, went 5-for-5 at the plate in a 9-2 trouncing of the Cairo Pharaohs today. Hernandez, who normally plays for the Cedar Defenders, is batting .636 after today’s game, in which he doubled and had 3 RBIs.
The injury bug has swept through the Florida Rookie League lately, and for some teams, the news is not good. First, as we reported previously,there was the February 8th Season-Ending Injury for Jamie Amico of the Norfolk Sharks B. Norfolk has struggled since forming in 2012 as part of the last major expansion, and the promising 21-year-old […]
The Ocala Norfolk Sharks B were dealt a blow today when starting pitcher Jamie Amico left the game with an undisclosed injury. The team has now revealed that Amico has suffered a torn rotator cuff and will most likely miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury. This season Amico has […]