Tag: Les Groves

5-for-5 Day for Groves

(GAME DATE — May 26 2020) — It’s not something you read about in the sports pages every day — a 5-for-5 day. For many, it might come around only once in a career — and for Les “The General” Groves, it came around today.

The 29-year-old catcher scattered hits all over GTAGunSafety.com Stadium to pace the Milwaukee Hops to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Nomads. Continue reading “5-for-5 Day for Groves”

Groves to Stay in Milwaukee at Least 2 More Years

(GAME DATE — Jan 1, 2020) — Last month, the Lake League MVP and 2018 Rookie of the Year, Les Groves, inked a 2-year extension that will see the 29-year-old Aussie catcher stay in a Milwaukee Hops uniform for at least two more seasons after 2020.

Les Groves, 2019’s Lake League MVP, signed a 2-year extension with Milwaukee

Hops GM Josh Clough is said to be excited to keep the Lake League’s most talented catcher in his lineup for the near future.

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MVP Shortlist is Here!

There will be a tight race in both leagues for the Carl Simms MVP Awards at the conclusion of this season, we predict. We will take an early look at the contenders for the award here.

Last year’s winners, Orlando Garza (Montreal), and Earl MacPherson (Norfolk) don’t look like they will repeat, and in fact, it looks like in both leagues we will have a first-time winner. Continue reading “MVP Shortlist is Here!”

Hops Hope for First Playoff in Long Shot Wildcard Race

(GAME DATE — Sep. 9, 2019) — The Milwaukee Hops are hoping to land their first ever playoff spot in a frantic “down to the wire” wild card race as the season enters the final weeks of play.

Like the Arizona Cowboys, who also came into being in the 2012 expansion, the Hops are on track to have their first finish above .500 this season, and are currently 74-70 (.514). Their previous best finish was in 2017, when they ended up 45-55 (.450). Continue reading “Hops Hope for First Playoff in Long Shot Wildcard Race”

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.

Who Are the Top Players Around the World?

Baseball is an international sport, aside from being an American pastime. But, who are the world’s elite players and top prospects?

From the bright lights of the Bull League to the sandlots of franchise international complexes, we look at each of the 20 clubs and find the current top international players and the top international prospects, aside from Canadian and American talent. Continue reading “Who Are the Top Players Around the World?”