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Zahn, MacPherson Take Home August Top Batter Awards

(GAME DATE — Sept. 1, 2020) — The ML East’s Norfolk Sharks may be D.O.A. this year, but that hasn’t slowed down veteran Sharks backstop Earl MacPherson from lighting the league on fire through the month of August. “Blur” MacPherson was electric, hitting .407 and knocking in 13 home runs and 29 RBIs, scoring a total of 22 times.

It was a second Batter of the Month nod for the MVP-winning catcher. He last one was in May of 2018, the year he also won his Carl Simms MVP Award and Gold Crown Award for the position. Continue reading “Zahn, MacPherson Take Home August Top Batter Awards”

Contraction 2021 Teams Set

(GAME DATE — Aug. 26, 2020) — The four teams set to be dissolved and removed from the Bull League have tentatively been set, allowing the remaining GMs to start scouting players in those organizations for the offseason contraction draft that will follow the playoffs.

The Norfolk Sharks, Dallas Deputies, Pittsburgh Iron Pigs, and Detroit Motorheads will be folded after the 2020 season, and their players made available to the remaining 16 teams in a modified draft that will aim to maintain the competitive balance between selected franchises. Continue reading “Contraction 2021 Teams Set”

Cruz on Fire: 5-for-6 for Milwaukee

(GAME DATE — May 27, 2020) — Milwaukee Hops center fielder Tony Cruz  wielded a big stick today against the Norfolk Sharks and his club walked off the field winners by the score of 14-7. Cruz helped tame Norfolk with 5 hits in 6 at-bats. “Dandy” Cruz singled in the 1st, hit an RBI double in the 2nd, hit an RBI single in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, doubled in the 7th and struck out in the 8th.

To date the 33-year-old Cruz has chalked up a .325 average with 3 home runs, driven in 12 runs and scored 13 times. His 5-for-6 effort in the Norfolk series opener earned him player of the game honors. Continue reading “Cruz on Fire: 5-for-6 for Milwaukee”

Rivera Spins Shutout Against Ft. Myers

Today was Tony Rivera’s turn in the rotation for the Ocala Sharks and he made the most of it, shutting out the Ft. Myers Deputies on 4 hits.

The 20-year-old right-hander led the Sharks to an easy 7-0 victory, allowing 1 walk and tallying 7 strikeouts.

“I hope we miss him next time,” Ft. Myers manager Johnny McNeely said. “Rivera certainly pitched a strong game against us today. He was in a groove, throwing everything for strikes. Throwing hard. Changing speeds.”

In 7 starts this year Rivera has fashioned a 2-4 record and a 3.08 ERA.

2020 Preview: Metro League East

ADMIRALS REMAIN IN COMMAND

The Admirals are expected to dominate the ML East again

(GAME DATE — April 1, 2020) — It is expected to be another dominant year for the St. Petersburg Admirals in the Metro League East division, with an anticipated 92 wins and projected 244 home runs and 1212 pitcher strikeouts putting them favorably ahead of almost all of their competition.

The Norfolk Sharks could slide into second place with 82 wins, barely above .500, according to the same predictions. Despite making serious inroads to improve during the offseason the Dallas Deputies, along with the Miami Storm and the Washington Freedom (formerly Philly Liberty Warriors) are not expected to break 80 wins.

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Ravens, Admirals Could Become First 100 Game Winners

(GAME DATE – Sep. 26, 2019) — With the expanded, 162-game schedule introduced for the first time this season, an interesting race has developed to see which team can breach the 100-game wins mark first.

Just 2 teams are in a position to do this, with only 4 games left on the schedule, the St. Petersburg Admirals and the Minneapolis RavensContinue reading “Ravens, Admirals Could Become First 100 Game Winners”