Tag: Al Mota

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”

Mota Out as Speeders Clinch 2020 Berth

(GAME DATE — Sep. 26, 2020) — The Nevada Speeders offered muted celebration as they clinched a wild card playoff berth for the 2020 postseason, as they learned that their #1 ace in the rotation, Al Mota, will miss the rest of the season with a herniated disc.

Motormouth Mota, a 3-time all-star, who twice came close in Sandy Koufax Award voting, suffered the injury in the 8th inning of a gem of a game against division rivals Arizona. Despite the injury, Mota picked up the win, and player of the game honors, after throwing 7.2 innings while allowing just 4 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks, while whiffing 8 batters. Continue reading “Mota Out as Speeders Clinch 2020 Berth”

ML’s Top Pitcher in May Is Mota

(GAME DATE — June 1, 2020) Al Mota of the Speeders bewildered opposing batters in May and was honored as the Metropolitan League Pitcher of the Month earlier today.

The Nevada starter sparkled last month with a 5-1 record and 2.66 ERA. He made 6 starts, tossed 44 innings and had 35 strikeouts. Continue reading “ML’s Top Pitcher in May Is Mota”

Early Look at MVP, Sandy Koufax and Other Awards Candidates

(GAME DATE — May 27, 2020) — As we move towards a third of the way through the 2020 season, we begin to see an early picture forming of who the top players in the LL and ML are, and we can offer predictions about who may be holding that hardware at the end of the year.

Injuries have already taken some pieces off of the chess board, meaning a four-peat for Admirals ace Jose Soto as ML Sandy Koufax Award winner is unlikely, and Montreal’s Jose Ramirez will not likely accumulate the numbers required for a Carl Simms MVP Award this year. Continue reading “Early Look at MVP, Sandy Koufax and Other Awards Candidates”

Soto, Malone Shortlisted for Koufax Awards?

(GAME DATE – Sep. 16, 2019) — Will St. Pete’s Admirals ace Jose Soto snag his 3rd consecutive Sandy Koufax Award? And will the Lake League reward Knuckles Malone with his second? Both pitchers have been exceeding expectations in 2019, but has it been enough?

We look at the pitchers shortlisted for the Koufax Awards and offer our prediction on these best-pitcher season ending awards. Continue reading “Soto, Malone Shortlisted for Koufax Awards?”

Lahey Taps 5 Taters in 2 Days; Player of the Week

(GAME DATE – Sep 9, 2019) — Nevada Speeders first baseman Jim “Mister” Lahey had an incredible week at the plate, batting in 5 homers over the weekend in Miami, and going 12-for-28 through 7 games.

The former California Tidals player, who was a trailer park supervisor before turning to baseball, is now at 59 home runs on the season, which is the current season record, and is on pace to push that up to 66 for a 162-game season. Continue reading “Lahey Taps 5 Taters in 2 Days; Player of the Week”