Rambo a Lock for MVP, Rookie Nods, Rest of Awards Wide Open

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The indomitable Chicago rookie sensation John Rambo is a virtual guarantee to take home the Lake League’s Carl Simms MVP Award and the Rookie of the Year Awards for the 2020 season, along with the Gold Crown for the RF position.

This has been nearly certain since the all-star break, when the 23-year-old drafted last year out of Arizona State was among LL HR leaders by then, and hit a 2-run shot in his only all-star game at bat. But the rest of the player awards are less certain, and early returns on voting have shown few locks as solid as Rambo. Continue reading “Rambo a Lock for MVP, Rookie Nods, Rest of Awards Wide Open”

Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The offseason is upon us and before the arbitration hearings and free agency filings occur, the league’s four teams on the contraction chopping block will be folded and their players sent to free agency.

But, not before the remaining 16 teams have had an opportunity to pick through their rosters and select a number of players to take over their contracts or minor league rights. Continue reading “Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed”

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”