In this inaugural podcast episode we recap the 2016 season, talk about the hottest Free Agents, and snapshot what’s going on downunder in the off-season Bull Oceanic League.
The 2016 Regular Season of the Bull League was unexpected extended, and has finally come to an end today.
The season had been scheduled to end on September 4, but one earlier scheduled game had to be made up between Boston Brawlers and Montreal Metros, which went ahead the following day. The Lake League playoff seeds had already been decided, but both teams still required their 82nd game to be played.
However, over in the American Eagle League, the final wildcard was still in question, with three teams tied with a record of 42-40: Calgary Inferno, Nevada Speeders and the Seattle Salts. The two teams with the highest run differential, Calgary and Seattle, faced off yesterday for the fourth spot while Nevada was let out of the running.
The Inferno defeated the Salts in a nail-biting 4-3 extra-innings effort, which finally ended in the bottom of the 13th when catcher Dao-zi Ling hit a walk-off game-winning double scoring Danny Huertero from second base.
The 2016 Playoffs get underway tomorrow with two AEL games, Calgary squaring off against Denver Highlanders and Jacksonville Ravens facing off against San Diego Seagulls.
League game simulations will resume today, according to the Bull League Commissioner. The simulation schedule had been on hold during the commissioner’s annual leave, which concluded yesterday.
As of this date, there are three days left to play in the 2016 Regular Season schedule: September 2, 3 and 4. There will also be a make-up game scheduled on Sept. 5 for Boston vs. Montreal, which had been postponed from an earlier rain out. All of the simulations for these games will be completed by tomorrow.
The 2016 Bull League playoffs begin Sept. 6. Simulations for these games will begin on Saturday, September 10.
The following Lake League teams have clinched playoff positions: Montreal Metros, New York Minutemen (wildcard), and the Boston Brawlers (wildcard), all of the LL East. The final position is the LL West division leader, with the Ohio Oxen leading two teams tied for second place by three games, and are heavily favored to clinch.
The Eagle League is wide open still, with only the Denver Highlanders in the AEL East having clinched a playoff position. The Jacksonville Ravens are close behind and could challenge them for the division title. San Diego Seagulls are favored to win the AEL West title, but are being challenged by the Seattle Salts.