Tag: Toronto Nomads

Chicago, Toronto Tee Up 5 Player, 3 Draft Pick Deal

(GAME DATE — May 16, 2022) — The Chicago Pit Bulls and the Toronto Nomads have agreed to a blockbuster five-player, 3 draft pick trade, the 14th trade deal struck in 2022 and the 8th involving the busy Chicago team.

The Nomads will send former star closer Nate Kremer, a 2015 Woodchuck Trophy winner, and Dong-kyoon Kim, an effective and disciplined hitting second baseman, along with both a second and third round pick in the upcoming 2022 draft, while receiving 25-year-old slugging first baseman Makanaakua Mano, who was a first round pick for Chicago in 2018 and who won Rookie of the Year just last season, and two AAA-level budding stars, Miguel Perez (LF) and Shannon Stone (1B) along with Chicago’s 3rd round pick this year. Continue reading “Chicago, Toronto Tee Up 5 Player, 3 Draft Pick Deal”

Shock Double Upsets in LL as Toronto and Chicago Advance

(GAME DATE — Oct. 7, 2020) — Two stunning upsets have marked the LL Elimination Round, the first series of the 2020 Bull League postseason. The wildcard Toronto Nomads have pulled off an unlikely sweep of the Minneapolis Ravens, who were the LL West division champs, while the Chicago Pit Bulls have muscled the Boston Brawlers who had held sway over the LL East since the beginning of the year.

The Ravens had been a favorite for a repeat Bull Cup championship appearance going into this year’s playoffs. They were second in the LL in run scoring, hitting the 1000 runs mark, beating their record-setting 2019 number by 51 more runs. Continue reading “Shock Double Upsets in LL as Toronto and Chicago Advance”

Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?

(GAME DATE — Sept. 19, 2020) — Several probable and confirmed pennant race teams this year have lengthy Bull Cup droughts, or have never won at all, meaning this year could see a record set when it’s all over.

Most prominent are the LL East division title winners, the Boston Brawlers, who have never won a Bull Cup in the 29 years since the trophy has been awarded. They came close just once, in the inaugural year, losing to the ten Chicago Knights in 1991, the first year the cup was contested. Continue reading “Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?”

Toronto’s Malone Down with Injury

(GAME DATE — August 6, 2020) — “It was a freak thing,” said a dejected Knuckles Malone after injuring himself in a game against New York. The Toronto manager told reporters that he’s expected to miss up to one week with elbow inflammation. The Nomads are expected to announce a roster move in the next day or two.

To date Malone is 16-5 in 24 starts with a 2.44 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Continue reading “Toronto’s Malone Down with Injury”

LL’s Premier Starter is Medina

(GAME DATE — August 1, 2020) — In July, when the name of Ruben Medina appeared on the Toronto lineup card it was a virtual lock on a victory. He started 5 times and chalked up 4 wins and no losses. With those stats it was also a virtual lock that he would be named the Lake League Pitcher of the Month.

Medina shackled opposing batters on 33 base hits and a .219 batting average. He rang up 20 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of work, surrendered 8 walks and fashioned a sparkling 2.55 ERA. Continue reading “LL’s Premier Starter is Medina”

LL Selects Malone May’s Best Starter

(GAME DATE — June 1, 2020) The Toronto Nomads felt very secure when they sent out Knuckles Malone to the hill last month. The 30-year-old starter went after Lake League hitters with a vengeance and earned May’s Pitcher of the Month award.

He went 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA as he struck out 42 in 53.2 innings over 6 starts, a stark contrast to a shakier April that saw him drop 2 games and pitch a third loss to a no decision. Continue reading “LL Selects Malone May’s Best Starter”