Tag: Ohio Oxen

Oxen Go the Distance to Take Down Dragons

(GAME DATE – Oct. 6, 2019) — The Ohio Oxen have made a triumphant return to the playoffs, after missing out in 2018, with a series win over the New York Dragons in the Lake League Elimination Round of the 2019 Bull League playoffs.

In their last playoff appearance, in 2017, they had an ignominious early exit in the first round after the Rimouski Fighting Moose downed them in 4 games, despite Ohio having had the best record in the LL that year at 60-40, and coming off a Bull Cup championship year in 2016.

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Dragons to Face Oxen in LL Elimination Round

(GAME DATE – Sep. 30, 2019) — The New York Dragons, who have the most Bull Cup Championships in Bull League history, at five, and are the only team to “threepeat” (winning in 1997, 1998 and 1999), have made a triumphant return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season, after a 94-68 finish.

They will face the Ohio Oxen, who were the Bull Cup champions that year, winning their 4th Bull Cup in history. The Oxen missed the playoffs last year, and are back in as a wild card, having tied the Toronto Nomads in win-loss record at 88-74, but edging them in run differential by +3.

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Race to Rookie of the Year Decided?

(GAME DATE – Sep. 23, 2019) — It is safe to say this year’s Rookie of the Year races for both leagues will focus once again on premier talent at the plate. And, not necessarily even young talent.

California’s powerful Hiroki Omiya is the front runner for the Metro League ROTY after clobbering 45 home runs in his debut season. The 33-year-old rookie was an international free agent signing from Japan last November, and inked a 7-year, $161 million deal with the Tidals on the strength of extremely positive scouting reports. Continue reading “Race to Rookie of the Year Decided?”

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”

April – May Recap

GAME DATE: May 27, 2019

It’s been a busy 2019 season that began with some strong performances out of the gate for some surprising teams, including the Toronto NomadsMilwaukee Hops, and Norfolk Sharks.

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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”