Tag: Earl MacPherson

Rimouski, St. Pete’s Surge to Top

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.

MacPherson Named MVP in High Scoring All-Star Match

St. Pete’s ace Jose Soto was the AEL’s starting pitcher for the All-Star Game

Norfolk Sharks catcher Earl MacPherson was named the game MVP, and first-time selection Nick Rangel of the California Tidals got the win, in a high-scoring All-Star contest between the visiting Lake League and the hosting American Eagle League tonight in Calgary.

The AEL side, which were the hosts this year, won the game 12-10, as some of the top pitchers in both leagues were rung up for plenty of hits, and fans were treated to some incredible baseball. Continue reading “MacPherson Named MVP in High Scoring All-Star Match”

Norfolk Sharks GM Recaps First Half

The Norfolk Sharks are hanging in the playoff race at 30-26. The club being led by All-Star Game MVP Earl MacPherson (no relation to Elle) and his 19 home runs to go with a .339 average. MacPherson, flanked by 10 time all star Danny Sanchez, who is hitting an AEL-leading .412 at the break. Second baseman Miguel Ortega is having a solid season as well batting .355. Bronson Jameson has 12 homeruns in the first half. The offense is strong, but run production is not where it needs to be. Continue reading “Norfolk Sharks GM Recaps First Half”

Bull League’s 2018 All-Stars Announced

There are several familiar faces, along with a few new ones, in this year’s lineups for the 2018 Bull League All-Star Game, which will take place on July 19 in Calgary, Alberta.

Norfolk’s Charles Ling will make his first All-Star Game appearance this season.

Making the cut for the AEL are 19 first-time all-stars, including 7-season veteran Norfolk Sharks arm Charles Ling, who earned his 500th strikeout this season. Continue reading “Bull League’s 2018 All-Stars Announced”

Admirals Take Command in Power Rankings for Week 8

The St. Petersburg Admirals have taken command of the Weekly Team Power Rankings, following a 5-1 stretch since July 2, with their only loss coming on July 4 against the Norfolk Sharks. The Admirals are now 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Their hot run actually began last week, in Week 7, when they swept Miami, then opened went into the weekend 1-1 against the Dallas Deputies. Continue reading “Admirals Take Command in Power Rankings for Week 8”

May Awards Announced; Hot Nomads Pick Up Two

The Lake League’s Toronto Nomads remain hot at the close of the opening month of baseball as they pick up two player of the month awards for May 2018.

Jorge “Chachi” Chavarria was named Lake League Rookie of the Month after the 26-year-old third baseman showed he’s got some skill at the plate, going .323 with a pair of homers and 13 RBIs through the month. Chachi came to the Nomads in a trade with Arizona last season, and was sent to AAA Brampton, where he provided solid numbers on the way to a Longhorns Cow League championship. Continue reading “May Awards Announced; Hot Nomads Pick Up Two”