Tag: Toronto Nomads

Terrazas, Tessier Inducted into Hall

(Game date: Jan. 16, 2019) — Two Bull League legends have been overwhelmingly voted in to the Bull League’s venerable Hall of Fame on their first time appearing on the ballot, it was announced today.

Eric Tessier is the second catcher inducted into the Hall of Fame, and holds multiple batting records among Bull League catchers

Eric Tessier, a long-time catcher for the Toronto Ducks, who later played brief stints for Montreal, Calgary and Seattle, the current single-season runs and WAR record-holder among all catchers, and who is 4th on the all-time home runs leaderboard for catchers, was inducted with 99.7% of the votes. 

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Nomads Deal Sarmiento to California

(Game date: Oct. 23, 2018) — The Toronto Nomads have offloaded right fielder/DH Victor Sarmiento to the California Tidals, picking up 25-year-old third baseman Dusty Vega in return.

The cannon-armed Sarmiento was a key player in the Toronto re-tooling after a sizzling 2016 season, when he hit .311 and had an OPS of .898, raking 12 home runs in 59 games.

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Nomads See Departures from Front Office

(Game date: Sep. 30, 2018) — The Toronto Nomads have seen the departure of several front office staff as the 2018 season closed, leaving questions about how the team will move forward under GM Ray Morrell and field manager Hector Salazar.

Earlier this week, Assistant GM Fernando Banda, only hired midway through the year, announced his retirement from baseball management. Long-time scout Shayne Southcott also announced his departure, with 2 years left on his contract.

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Service Time Clock Ticks Down for 2018

It is now late in the season – just ten games are left on the schedule, and many fresh faces brought up from the minors into “The Show” are quickly seeing their service time clock tick closer to the magic 100 days, giving them a complete year towards free agency.

Not only are some players approaching the 100-day mark, but several have hit it this year already. Chicago third baseman Jon Guillot, for example, just hit the 100-day mark and is now one year closer to free agency. Guillot, 22, is batting a soft .236 so far this season, but has shone in other areas, such as his 12 home runs (2nd on the team), 41 RBIs (to lead the team), and one of his best talents, hitting first pitches: he is batting .304 (including 2 home runs) on first pitches. Continue reading “Service Time Clock Ticks Down for 2018”

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”

Trade Winds Blow at Deadline

After a flurry of trades in the beginning of July, the remainder of the month was looking quiet.  But as injuries stacked up and wild card races heated up, several trades were triggered in the last week of July just before the deadline.

The action started on July 26, when the Toronto Nomads confirmed a deal with the Detroit Motorheads that sent promising prospect infielder Ronnie van der Wal – the “Flying Dutchman” – right-handed reliever Glen Talbert, and 21-year-old prospect Matt Hagopian to the Motorheads in return for slugger Brian Chambliss and infielding prospect Jose Rodriguez. Continue reading “Trade Winds Blow at Deadline”