Tag: Norfolk Sharks

Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The offseason is upon us and before the arbitration hearings and free agency filings occur, the league’s four teams on the contraction chopping block will be folded and their players sent to free agency.

But, not before the remaining 16 teams have had an opportunity to pick through their rosters and select a number of players to take over their contracts or minor league rights. Continue reading “Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed”

Metropolitan League Names Rookie of Month

(GAME DATE — Oct. 1, 2020) — Nate Cavanaugh is still a bit shy, but then, who could blame the newest Metropolitan League Rookie of the Month honoree? He hasn’t been around the league long enough to fully know the ropes yet, despite the fact that he’s putting up veteran-like numbers.

In September the Norfolk hitter tagged opposing pitching for a .311 average with 33 hits, 2 home runs and 17 RBIs. Continue reading “Metropolitan League Names Rookie of Month”

Sanchez Crowned ML Bat King

(GAME DATE — Sep. 30, 2020) — This year’s Metropolitan League batting champ was Danny Sanchez of the Norfolk Sharks.

His .349 batting average was the best in the league. The Sharks star won the honor with 154 hits in 441 at-bats. He also tallied 4 home runs, 56 RBIs and scored 115 runs. Continue reading “Sanchez Crowned ML Bat King”

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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”