2001 Season

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2001 Bull League Season

June to September 2001

Number of games 80

Number of teams 16
Top draft pick Chris Johnson

Selected by Toronto Ducks
Regular season
Season MVP AEL: Carl Simms (NEV)
LL: Cody Brauer (HAM)

Season SKA AEL: Dandy Lundgren (NEV)
LL: Iron Arm (CTM)
League postseason
AEL Champions Nevada Speeders
Runner-up California Tidals

LL Champions Chicoutimi Cinquantes
Runner-up New York Minutemen
Bull Cup Champions
Champions Nevada Speeders
Bull Cup MVP Edison Stratton (CTM)
← 2000

2002 →

The 2001 season was the 7th season played since the Bull League began its modern era in 1995.

The Bull Cup Championship Series was won by the Nevada Speeders in their first championship and their second finals appearance. They defeated the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, who were making their second finals appearance, having previously won in 1993, winning the best-of-five finals, 3-2. Unusually, it was a player from the losing finals team that was named series MVP, shortstop Edison Stratton.

Final Standings

American Eagle League
AEL East W L Pct GB
Nevada Speeders 50 30 .625 -
Calgary Chinooks 41 39 .512 9
Denver Highlanders 30 50 .375 20
Chicago Pit Bulls 28 52 .350 22
Lake League
LL East W L Pct GB
Chicoutimi Cinquantes 58 22 .725 -
Boston Brawlers 40 40 .500 18
Kingston Battlements 39 41 .487 19
Montreal Metros 35 45 .438 23
AEL West W L Pct GB
California Tidals 47 33 .588 -
Richmond Ravens 45 35 .562 2
Seattle Salts 42 38 .525 5
Seattle Salts 37 43 .463 10
LL West W L Pct GB
New York Minutemen 50 30 .625 -
Hamilton Industrials 41 39 .512 9
Ohio Oxen 39 41 .487 11
Toronto Ducks 18 62 .225 32


League Championship Series
Bull Cup Championship Series
American Eagle League    
E  Nevada Speeders 3  
W  California Tidals 0  
    AEL  Nevada Speeders 3
  LL  Chicoutimi Cinquantes 2
Lake League
E  Chicoutimi Cinquantes 3
W  New York Minutemen 2  

League Leaders

  American Eagle League Lake League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Carl Simms NEV .389 Ben Day MTL .379
HR Always Rosy SAN 38 Cody Brauer HAM 25
RBI Always Rosy SAN 82 Juan Cruz KIN 80
Wins Dandy Lundgren NEV 10 Iron Arm CTM 10
ERA Ed Gerts SAN 2.29 Kurt Coler BOS 1.84
K Joe Cool CHI 145 Jack Stevens NEW 153
SV Brian Peckham CAL 21 Mike "Cracker" Black MTL 25
SB Dave Norman CGY
Kenny Reagan DEN
15 Sean "Speed" Lewis TOR 31

Notable Events

  • June 4 — Jack Stevens of New York becomes the first pitcher to reach 1,000 strikeouts.
  • June 26 — Brian Peckham, of the California Tidals, becomes just the second reliever to reach 100 saves. Brian Bell of the Kingston Battlements previously did it in 2000.
  • July 3 — Sean "Speed" Lewis becomes the first Toronto Ducks player to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 and gathering 3 RBIs against the Hamilton Industrials.
  • July 17 — Two weeks to the day after Lewis did it, Scotty McLawson of the Ohio Oxen hits for the cycle. This ties the shortest period between batters hitting for the cycle to date, just a 14 day gap, first done by Nick Red of Boston and Gary Wellesley of Nevada in 1996.
  • August 22 — Arjen van Leeuwen becomes the first New York Minutemen player to hit for the cycle, marking only the second time that three batters have done so in the same season. In 2000, three batters also managed the feat.
  • August 27 — Vinícius Traado throws a no-hitter, becoming the second Richmond Ravens to do so, and only the third pitcher in the Bull League to do so. He struck out 7 and walked 3 over 9 innings against the San Diego Seagulls.
  • End of season — The Toronto Ducks finish with the worst win-loss percentage in Bull League history, at .225, after also setting a record for fewest wins, with just 18. The Ducks also set the LL record for worst team ERA, at 6.34, and fewest saves, at just 10. In contrast, the Chicoutimi Cinquantes set the Bull League record for fewest losses, at 22, and what was at that time the most wins, with 58, along with a record-setting .725 win percentage.