Tag: Hamilton Crusaders

HOF’s Lapi Turns 47

Mike ‘Dinosaur’ Lapi, who was only inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year, is celebrating his 47th birthday today.

The 11-time All-Star and four-time MVP was inducted into the hall as a member of the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, but also played for Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Richmond, California, Ohio and New York. Continue reading “HOF’s Lapi Turns 47”

Will Narushi Get One More Swing of the Bat?

Few players have amassed such accolades over their career, and there is no question that Narushi ‘Turbo’ Ohata will one day have his iconic #34 retired by some of his former teams – of which there are many – and his visage will grace a bronze plaque in the hallowed Hall of Fame.

But the legendary 39-year-old outfielder, for now, wants to keep playing baseball, and is patiently awaiting the phone call from a team, any team, who will give him just one more chance to swing the lumber in 2018. Continue reading “Will Narushi Get One More Swing of the Bat?”

Big Changes in the Lake League

There will be big changes in the Lake League come opening day, including two teams relocating and swapping divisions, as part of a major realignment.

The Detroit Motorheads will join the Lake League West Division (Proposed logo)

The Chicoutimi Cinquantes will officially fold and re-open in the Lake League West Division under new ownership, though it will retain all of its existing players and contracts. The team will become the Detroit Motorheads. Continue reading “Big Changes in the Lake League”

Ohata Sidelined for 3 Weeks

Veteran LF Narushi Ohata (Boston) will miss almost all of the rest of spring training with a sore back

Boston Brawlers left fielder Narushi Ohata left today’s game with chronic back soreness. The injury looked like it occurred making a defensive play in the game against Hamilton. One fan said, “As soon as it happened, you could tell something was wrong.” The injury will likely leave the Brawlers without Ohata for about 3 weeks.

The immensely popular 2-time MVP, who turned 39 this July, has struggled with injuries lately, missing four games last August with a sore knee, and leaving the 2015 season in August that year with a broken elbow, spending five months recovering. Continue reading “Ohata Sidelined for 3 Weeks”

BNN Stats: Batting Split Stats Leaders

Here is a peek at the top 5 hitters leading the Bull Baseball League in RBI during spring training.

  1. Bill Sarauer, ARI, 10
  2. Zenjiro Suga, HAM, 9
  3. Jose Gonzales, KIN, 8
  4. George Hubbard, CHI, 8
  5. Koji Kondo, ARI, 8
Bill Sarauer, C (Arizona)

Arizona’s Bill Sarauer (C) is having a great Spring Training so far, opening with a hit streak that ran the first seven games, and three multiple-RBI games, including a 3-for-5 performance that included 4-RBI’s against the Tidals last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 3-time MVP Zenjiro Suga (1B), of the Hamilton Crusaders, has also had a very productive first week of spring. The 37-year-old bagged Player of the Game honors against Chicoutimi yesterday in a 4-2 win that saw Suga hit a 3-run homer in the sixth, putting the Crusaders on top.

Dominican-born speedster Jose Gonzales (SS) is on fire for the Kingston Cannons. In addition to his 8 RBI’s so far, he’s batting .429 with two triples, a homer and 3 stolen bases.

Spring action continues for these hot players, with Arizona (5-3) hosted by Dallas (3-5), and the Crusaders (6-2) and Cannons (7-1) playing each other today.


Crusaders Lose Chen


Team doctors for the Hamilton Crusaders have confirmed that veteran starting pitcher Mo-ruo Chen will miss the rest of spring training, and will start the regular season on the disabled list, after straining his hamstring during a game against Montreal yesterday.

Veteran southpaw Mo-ruo Chen strained a hamstring pitching against the Montreal Metros in spring training yesterday

The 7-time All Star, who turned 36 in January, has been relatively healthy for the past few seasons, with his last lengthy injury back in 2011, a partially torn labrum. When he left the game yesterday, he had  pitched 4 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, and striking out 4 batters, and was awarded the win decision as the Metros fell to the Crusaders 3-2. Continue reading “Crusaders Lose Chen”