2017 Season

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2017 Bull League Season

May 14 to September 6, 2017

Number of games 100

Number of teams 20
Draft
Top draft pick Ben Price

Selected by Battle Creek Attack
Regular season
Season MVP AEL: Danny Sanchez (NOR)
LL: Jose Ramirez (MTL)

Season SKA AEL: Jose Soto (ANC)
LL: Judson Martel (MTL)
League postseason
AEL Champions Calgary Inferno
Runner-up Jacksonville Ravens

LL Champions Montreal Metros
Runner-up Rimouski Fighting Moose
Bull Cup Champions
Champions Calgary Inferno (2nd)
Seasons
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2018 →


The 2017 season of the Bull Baseball League is the 23rd season played since the league began its modern era in 1995. It is the first season played using a new, longer 100 game schedule, which is weighted to allow teams to play other teams within their own division more often.

Opening Day was on Monday, May 14, 2017, and all 20 teams were in action.[1] The season ended on September 6, one day later due to a postponed game. The postseason was scheduled to start on September 7, but instead began on September 8. The Calgary Inferno won the Bull Cup Championship Series over the Montreal Metros, 3-2.

The 2017 All-Star Game was played on July 17, 2017, at Oxen Ballpark, home of the Ohio Oxen. The Lake League hosted the visiting American Eagle League, who won the exhibition game 8-4.[2]

The first year player draft took place on June 16, 2017.[1][3]


Schedule

For the first time in Bull League history, the league adopted a 100-game playing schedule. Previous seasons were 80 (1995-2011) or 82 (2012-2016) games.

Each team will play every team within their division 14 times each (7 home games, and 7 away games). They will play the opposing division teams 8 times (4 home games, 4 away games). Finally, an interleague series of 2 home and 2 away games has been introduced, where teams will play one other team from the opposing league. In total, teams will play 50 home and 50 away games through course of the regular season.[1][4]

Games are scheduled in either a 3 or 4 game series, with inter-league play scheduled as a home-and-home series of 4 games, two at each city.

The All-Star Game is scheduled approximately mid-way through the season, after the inter-league games are completed.

Standings

Final standings at September 7, 2017

x — Clinched Division Pennant z — Clinched wild card e — Eliminated from postseason

Postseason

All series are best-of-5.

  Elimination Round League Championship Series
(AELCS), (LLCS)
Bull Cup Championship Series
                           
  1  Seattle Salts 2  
4  Jacksonville Ravens 3    
  4  Jacksonville Ravens 0  
American Eagle League
  3  Calgary Inferno 3    
2  Anchorage Aces 1
   
  3  Calgary Inferno 3  
    AEL  Calgary Inferno 3
  LL  Montreal Metros 2
  1  Ohio Oxen 1    
4  Rimouski Fighting Moose 3    
  4  Rimouski Fighting Moose 2
Lake League
  2  Montreal Metros 3  
2  Montreal Metros 3
   
  3  Boston Brawlers 0  


League Leaders

The following players were leading in their respective categories at the end of the season, September 7, 2017.

American Eagle League

Lake League

Award Winners

The following major player awards were announced after the completion of the postseason:

American Eagle League 2017 Player Awards
Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Award Danny Sanchez Norfolk Sharks
Sandy Koufax Award Jose Soto Anchorage Aces
Woodchuck Trophy Adam Fitzpatrick Seattle Salts
Rookie of the Year Award Jose Soto Anchorage Aces
Lake League 2017 Player Awards
Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Award Jose Ramirez Montreal Metros
Sandy Koufax Award Judson Martel Montreal Metros
Woodchuck Trophy Everett Weisensel Battle Creek Attack
Rookie of the Year Award Corny Maise Ohio Oxen

Players of the Month

Award Month American Eagle League Lake League
Player Team Player Team
Batter of the Month May Cody Martin Calgary Inferno Hoshi Mizuguchi Montreal Metros
June Danny "Golden Boy" Sanchez Norfolk Sharks Zenjiro Suga Rimouski Fighting Moose
July Israel Medina Calgary Inferno Joe Street Rimouski Fighting Moose
August Javier Chavarria Denver Danger Victor Jimenez New York Dragons
Pitcher of the Month May Bob Finney Dallas Deputies Judson Martel Montreal Metros
June Jose Soto Anchorage Aces Fred Loveless New York Dragons
July Jose Soto Anchorage Aces Nick Seer Rimouski Fighting Moose
August Adam Fitzpatrick Seattle Salts Lou Bricknell Montreal Metros
Rookie of the Month May Jose Soto Anchorage Aces Dennis Guppy Detroit Motorheads
June Gabel Reyes Jacksonville Ravens Jason Nelson Battle Creek Attack
July Jose Soto Anchorage Aces Nick Seer Rimouski Fighting Moose
August Chris Huber Nevada Speeders Gaetan Accornero Boston Brawlers

Playoff MVPs

Series Winner Team
Elimination Round Alan Isimo 3B Rimouski Fighting Moose
Lou Bricknell P Montreal Metros
Angelo Rodriguez P Jacksonville Ravens
Danny Huertero RF Calgary Inferno
AELCS Israel Medina 3B Calgary Inferno
LLCS Jose Ramirez LF Montreal Metros
Bull Cup Logans Run 1B Calgary Inferno

Major Events

Offseason Changes

During the 2016-2017 off-season, several teams moved or re-branded:

  • In November 2016, the Toronto Ducks became the Toronto Nomads. Ducks had been the team nickname since the team first formed in 1989, but now with the creation of the Dunedin Ducks in the Bull Oceanic League, the team felt a new brand and image would help to differentiate it from the new team.[5]
  • Also in November 2016, the San Diego Seagulls moved from their long time home in San Diego, California, to Anchorage, Alaska, and took the name Anchorage Aces.[6]
  • In February 2017, the Dallas Lawmen were re-named to the Dallas Deputies. The new name keeps the law enforcement connection that the club has had since it first formed as a 2012 expansion team.[7]
  • In March 2017, the Jacksonville Ravens had agreed to move and re-brand to the Olean Oilers[8], but the deal later fell through and the team remained in Jacksonville. In the same month, the Denver Highlanders were re-named to the Denver Danger.[9]

Hall of Fame Inductions

On January 3, 2017, Mike 'Dinosaur' Lapi became the first catcher inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame

Two retired players were inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame at the beginning of the year. On January 3, the league announced that Mike Lapi would become the first catcher to be inducted into the hall. He was joined by renowned pitcher, Ricky Geraldo. Both players were first-time ballot inductees.[10]

Lapi was a four-time MVP winner, and received the second-highest vote percentage of any hall of fame player, at 98.3% of the votes (behind only Iron Arm at 99.7%). He also won the Gold Crown Award at the catcher position a record-setting ten times.

Geraldo was a stalwart pitcher who achieved a winning record of 97-73 over his career, which included time with the California Tidals, Seattle Salts, San Diego Seagulls, and the Battle Creek Attack.

2017 First Year Draft

The 2017 first year player draft took place on June 17, 2017.[3]

The first team to make a selection in the draft order was the Battle Creek Attack, who selected Ben Price of the Dallas Sports Academy Bats first overall. Price had hit a league-leading .444 during the inaugural college season, winning a triple crown by also achieving the titles for both home runs (18) and RBI (58).[3]

Overall, the draft ran for 30 rounds, and included not only first year amateurs from college and high school, but pro players from the independent Bull Oceanic League.

Tournaments

The 2017 season introduced two tournaments. The Summer College Tournament consisted of the very best players selected from the college and high school leagues for their national college tournament teams. This tournament was played from late July to mid-August. The tournament concluded with a final game on August 13, in which the Canadian collegiate team won, defeating the team from the Dominican Republic.

The second tournament, the World Cup of Baseball, is scheduled to run following the conclusion of the regular Bull League season and playoffs, in mid-October. Roster selection occurred on October 13.

St. Andrew's Day Series

    See article: 2017 St. Andrew's Day Classic

The 2017 St. Andrew's Day Classic was played on November 30, 2017. It is a special series of exhibition games played annually on the feast day of St. Andrew, who is the Patron saint of Scotland. The series honors Scottish contributions to sports, and to baseball in particular.

Milestones

Pitching

No-hitter

Single game records

Other accomplishments

  • Rich Ojeda (DEN): Recorded his 1,500th career strikeout on May 29, in a 3-1 loss decision against the Arizona Cowboys.
  • Chris Kimborough (OHI): Recorded his 100th career save on July 3, closing out a 2-1 win over the New York Dragons.
  • Rookie Jose Soto (ANC) and Frasor Clause (OHI) both set new single-season AEL and LL (respectively), as well as Bull League records for wins, ending the year with 15 each. Soto's 15th win came against Arizona in his final start on September 3. Clause earned his the same day against Toronto.
  • Due to the longer, 100-game season, 10 pitchers broke the single-season record for innings pitched, which was 156.0 set by F.Y. Jackass in 1995. The record now belongs to Ricky Rodriguez (JAX) who ended the season with 187.1 IP.

Hitting

Hit for cycle

  • On May 29, Dennis Guppy (DET) hit for the cycle against Battle Creek, going 4-for-5 with 1 RBI.[11]

Other accomplishments

  • Takeo Otomo (ANC): Recorded his 300th home run on May 22, in a game against the Denver Danger, becoming only the 4th player to do so.
  • Francisco Erazo (KIN): Recorded his 1,500th hit on July 31, in a game against the Toronto Nomads, becoming the 6th player to do so.
  • Setsuo Kimura (NEW): Recorded his 1,500th hit on August 20, also in a game against the Toronto Nomads, becoming the 7th player to do so.
  • Ryan Vallis (SEA): Hit three home runs in a game on June 27, against the Anchorage Aces. He was the first Seattle player to do so since Yuri Yagaslov in 2004 against Denver.
  • Katai Kitigawa (ANC): Set a new single-season record for hits with 150, breaking Chuck Provost's previous record of 147 set in 1995 on September 5, against Arizona.
  • Jose Ramirez (MTL), Bruce Aberto (BOS) and Zong-ming Gang (BOS) all broke the single-season record for doubles, of 34, set by Chuck Provost in 1998. Ramirez broke it on August 25, against New York, and finished the season with 38. Aberto broke it on August 30, against Kingston, and also finished the season with 38. Gang broke it on September 4, against Montreal, and ended the season with 35.

Minor Leagues

Cow League (AAA)

The Cow League All-Star Game took place on July 4, 2017. The Atlantic Coast League All-Stars defeated the Frontier League All-Stars 9-3. The game took place at Frogs Ballpark in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Brampton Longhorns (TOR) were named the Cow League champions winners after they defeated the Oakland Dukes (NEV) in the final round of the playoffs, taking the series 3-1.

  Quarter Finals
Best-of-3
League Championship Series
(ACLCS), (FLCS)
Best-of-5
Cow League Championship Series
Best-of-5
                           
  1  Baltimore Bruins (JAX) 2  
4  Miami Marauders (DET) 1    
  1  Baltimore Bruins 0  
Atlantic Coast League
  2  Brampton Longhorns 3    
2  Brampton Longhorns (TOR) 2
   
  3  Hillsborough Dinos (CAL) 1  
    ACL  Brampton Longhorns 3
  FL  Oakland Dukes 1
  1  Portland Timberwolves (MTL) 1    
4  Anaheim Pharaohs (NEW) 2    
  4  Anaheim Pharoahs 2
Frontier League
  3  Oakland Dukes 3  
2  Toledo Tornadoes (OHI) 0
   
  3  Oakland Dukes (NEV) 2  


Cow League Player Awards
Atlantic Coast League Frontier League
MVP Pitcher MVP Pitcher
Toyozo Kondo (MIA) Ning Meng (MOB) Bob Ketcheson (TOL) Ronald Baldwin (TB)

Heifer League (AA)

    See article: Heifer League

The Heifer League season began on May 21 and ended on August 8, after completing a 72-game schedule. The All-Star Game was held on June 26, near the mid-way point, with the Pasture League defeating the Barn League 3-2.

The Heifer League playoffs began on August 10th, and ended on August 20th.

League Championships
Best of 5
Heifer Cup
Best of 5
                 
Pasture League    
E  Nashville Misfits 3  
W  Anchorage Sky Chiefs 1  
 
    PL  Nashville Misfits 1
  BARN  Savannah Buccaneers 3
Barn League
E  Savannah Buccaneers 3
W  Spokane North Stars 0  
Heifer League Player Awards
Barn League Pasture League
MVP Pitcher Reliever Rookie MVP Pitcher Reliever Rookie
Joshua Browne (SPO) Carlos Vargas (SAV) Ben Dorey (SPO) Tony Fraijo (SAG) Jason McGeehan (ANC) Brendon Starratt (NAS) Mike Rogers (ANC) Jason McGeehan (ANC)

Calf League (A)

    See article: Calf League

The Calf League season began on May 21, and ended on August 5. The Calf League playoffs began on August 7, and finished on August 14.

League Championships
Best of 3
Calf Cup
Best of 3
                 
Desert Conference    
E  Albuquerque Crystals 0  
W  Tucscon Rattlers 2  
 
    DC  Tucson Rattlers 0
  MWC  Peoria Mosquitos 2
Mid-West Conference
E  Sarnia Shock 1
W  Peoria Mosquitos 2  
Calf League Player Awards
Desert Conference Mid-West Conference
MVP Pitcher Reliever Rookie MVP Pitcher Reliever Rookie
Brian Perron (ALB) Jackson Bartlett (ALB) Jackson Bartlett (ALB) Jackson Bartlett (ALB) Jon Guillot (PEO) Philip Lont (PEO) Luis Arenas (LEX) Philip Lont (PEO)

Florida Rookie League (FRL)

    See article: Florida Rookie League

Making its debut in 2017 was the Florida Rookie League, a winter baseball league. The FRL started playing on January 16, and ran until March 22, 2017. The FRL has 20 teams, one for each of the parent Bull League affiliated teams, and each is based in a different Florida city. The 62-game season gives an opportunity for teams to begin to develop younger players acquired over the off-season, or who require additional playing time before moving up the progression of an organization's minor league system.[12]

Another advantage to the FRL is that clubs can bring promising players straight onto their Spring Training rosters in March/April to give them a try out for the top level, or for placement in another level of their minor leagues.

The Chicoutimi Cinquantes' rookie team, the Miami-based Chicoutimi Cinquantes B, were crowned the first champions of the Florida Rookie League in April, 2017. They won the playoff finals 2-0 over the Fort Myers-based Dallas Lawmen B, which are an affiliate of the Dallas Deputies.

Two player awards are handed out in the FRL, a Most Valuable Player and a Pitcher of the Year. For the inaugural season, both awards went to New York Minutemen rookies:

College and High School Leagues

The 2017 season is the debut season for the two collegiate leagues, Can-Am College League and the Pacific Rim College League (PRCL), as well as the Nor-Am High School League. These leagues are "feeder" leagues from which players will be admitted into the First Year Player Draft for the Bull League.

The Can-Am College season began on February 20, and ended on April 27. The Freeport University Rum Runners won the first Can-Am World Series championship best-of-three series 2-1 over the Assiniboine University Rivermen, on May 10.

In the PRCL, Tokyo College Veterans defeated the Fiji College Red Wolves in a best-of-five championship series, 3-1, to claim the first PRCL World Series title.

The Canadian Intercollegiate (CIS) leagues play a short season from September until October. Their season began on September 3, and ended October 9. The postseason began the following day. York Lions defeated the Dalhousie Tigers in a best-of-three final with a 2-0 sweep, becoming the first CIS champions.

The Nor-Am High School (NAHS) season started on March 1, and ended on April 12, completing a 40-game season. In the playoffs that followed, the Guadalupe HS Slashers won the first NAHS World Series, defeating the Dallas Sports Academy Bats in a best-of-three final round, 2-1.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Schedule Released for 2017. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/schedule-released-for-2017/. 26 December 2016. Accessed: 28 December 2016.
  2. Young Star Helps Propel American Eagle League to Win in Midseason Classic. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/young-star-helps-propel-american-eagle-league-to-win-in-midseason-classic/. 17 July 2017. Accessed: 20 July 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Draft Day: 2017 First Year Draft Well-Stocked. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/draft-day-2017-first-year-draft-well-stocked/. June 17 2017. Accessed: June 26, 2017
  4. 2017 Schedule Highlights. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/2017-schedule-highlights/. 3 January 2017. Accessed: 5 April 2017.
  5. Toronto Ducks Sold, Get New Name. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/toronto-ducks-sold-get-new-name/. 22 November 2016. Accessed: 15 February 2017.
  6. So Long San Diego, Hello Anchorage! Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/so-long-san-diego-hello-anchorage/. 30 November 2016. Accessed: 15 February 2017.
  7. Dallas Re-Brands to Deputies. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/dallas-re-brands-to-deputies/. 13 February 2017. Accessed: 15 February 2017.
  8. Jacksonville Finalizes Move to Western New York, Become Olean Oilers. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/jacksonville-finalizes-move-to-upstate-new-york/. 27 March 2017. Accessed: 5 April 2017.
  9. Denver Renamed to Danger. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/denver-renamed-to-danger/. 28 March 2017. Accessed: 5 April 2017.
  10. Dinosaur, Geraldo Inducted to Hall of Fame. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/dinosaur-geraldo-inducted-to-hall-of-fame/. 3 January 2017. Accessed: 6 January 2017.
  11. Rookie Guppy Hits for Cycle. Bull League news. [1]. 29 May, 2017. Accessed: 25 November, 2017.
  12. Florida Rookie League Opens Jan. 16 Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/minor-leagues/florida-rookie-league-opens-jan-16/. 6 January 2017. Accessed: 6 January 2017.
  13. 1B Justin Cusimano #14. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_2158.html. Accessed: 5 April 2017.
  14. P Herb Steward #42. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_4776.html. Accessed: 5 April 2017