Tag: Knuckles Malone

Rambo Confirmed as MVP, ROTY; 2020 Awards Announced

(GAME DATE – Nov 10, 2020) — In the least surprising news in Bull League history, hotshot rookie sensation John Rambo was announced as the winner of the LL Carl Simms MVP Award and Rookie of the Year Award winner for the 2020 baseball season.

It was nearly a sweep for 1st place votes in both awards, with Chicago’s Rambo earning 7 or 8 first place votes cast, for a total of 36 points for the MVP nod. The outfielder, who was 2 home runs away from the Bull League’s first batting Triple Crown, more than doubled the points collected by teammate Jon Guillot, who garnered 15 points for second place. Continue reading “Rambo Confirmed as MVP, ROTY; 2020 Awards Announced”

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”

Toronto’s Malone Down with Injury

(GAME DATE — August 6, 2020) — “It was a freak thing,” said a dejected Knuckles Malone after injuring himself in a game against New York. The Toronto manager told reporters that he’s expected to miss up to one week with elbow inflammation. The Nomads are expected to announce a roster move in the next day or two.

To date Malone is 16-5 in 24 starts with a 2.44 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Continue reading “Toronto’s Malone Down with Injury”

LL Selects Malone May’s Best Starter

(GAME DATE — June 1, 2020) The Toronto Nomads felt very secure when they sent out Knuckles Malone to the hill last month. The 30-year-old starter went after Lake League hitters with a vengeance and earned May’s Pitcher of the Month award.

He went 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA as he struck out 42 in 53.2 innings over 6 starts, a stark contrast to a shakier April that saw him drop 2 games and pitch a third loss to a no decision. Continue reading “LL Selects Malone May’s Best Starter”

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?”