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Miami’s de Soto Reaches Milestone 1500th Hit

It was a special night for Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto, despite his team suffering a close 7-6 loss to the Norfolk Sharks. The 34-year-old veteran became the latest player to reach 1500 career base hits, only the 8th player in Bull League history to achieve the milestone.

De Soto went 2-for-5, starting the first inning off with a double for hit #1499, just after Antonio Nieves’ solo shot to left cut the Norfolk lead to 2-1. He would later score the tying run. Continue reading “Miami’s de Soto Reaches Milestone 1500th Hit”

De Soto, Russillo Re-Up in Miami, Toronto

Xavier “Pistolero” de Soto will remain in Miami for the next 2 seasons after signing a $32 million extension

As the season runs down its pennant race, two teams are taking an opportunity to lock-in their talent for the 2019 season. Xavier de Soto and Adam Russillo have extended their contracts with the Miami Storm and the Toronto Nomads respectively.

Hot-hitting de Soto, who leads the AEL in batting with a .389 average, and also has 19 bombs and 63 RBIs along with a smattering of stolen bases, will remain in Miami for the next two seasons after inking an extension worth $32 million in total. Continue reading “De Soto, Russillo Re-Up in Miami, Toronto”

Several “Whales” Nearing Free Agency

The end of the 2018 season is looking like it will turn into a big-dollar free agent feeding frenzy, as some of the league’s top players look like they will walk away from their teams after the last playoff pitch is thrown.

The list of players who are eligible for free agency and have yet to sign extensions with their clubs is stacked with talent. While some, like Francisco Erazo of Miami, may hang up their cleats and retire. Others, like Rimouski’s Kyle Cahill, undoubtedly have all-star years and maybe player awards to look forward to in coming years. Continue reading “Several “Whales” Nearing Free Agency”

Week #12: Ravens Take Over From Speeders

The Minneapolis Ravens have displaced the Nevada Speeders from the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings, after a 5-1 run that saw them topple Chicago 2-1 on the road, and take the first three in Toronto against the Nomads. They close out their four-game set with Toronto tonight and will try for the sweep.

The Speeders fell when they dropped their first two of three against Seattle to start the week off. They then went 2-1 against Calgary, with their fourth game going ahead tonight.

Garth Goyle was selected as the LL player of the week. The Ohio Oxen first baseman, who many fans are wondering whether he will still be with the club next year as he is in his walk year of his contract, went 9-for-25 with 6 of those hits going for home runs. He drove in 10 runs and scored 6 times on the week. Goyle leads the team with 25 home runs on the year, and 50 RBIs.

Meanwhile, hot-hitting Xavier de Soto of the Miami Storm was chosen as the AEL’s player of the week.  De Soto, who hit for the cycle back in July, and was also named player of the week at the end of May, earned his 4th player of the week after batting .467 with a pair of homers and 7 RBIs. He was flirting with .400 most of the season, and leads the AEL in batting with a .387 average right now. De Soto has found some surprising power this year, not seen before. He is sitting at 17 home runs on the year, after not having hit double-digit homers since 2010.

 

Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half

At the end of 11 weeks of baseball, the Nevada Speeders find themselves still on the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings as they continue to dominate through the second half of the season. The Speeders have gone 7-2 since the All-Star break, and are 43-22 on the year.

Rimouski, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg are close behind, all with 39 wins. The Denver Danger have made serious gains, however, and are looking to challenge St. Pete’s for the division crown. Continue reading “Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half”

de Soto Hits for the Cycle

Xavier de Soto of Miami (formerly Kingston) hit for the cycle tonight against the Admirals.

Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto has become the 21st player in Bull League history to hit for the cycle, and the first player in club history to do so.

The 34-year-old de Soto accomplished the feat tonight in a game against the St. Petersburg Admirals, hitting an RBI double in the third after a 1st inning ground out, then driving in a run on a triple in the 5th before hitting a single in the 7th then taking Brett Abruzzo yard in the 8th with no one on base. Continue reading “de Soto Hits for the Cycle”