|Number of games||162
|Number of teams||20|
|Top draft pick||Jonathan Davis
|Selected by||Dallas Deputies|
|Season MVP||ML: John Rambo (CHI)|
LL: Tak-keung Yang (ARI)
|Season SKA||ML: Knuckles Malone (TOR)|
LL: Willie Salazar (WAS)
|ML Champions||Nevada Speeders|
|Runner-up||St. Petersburg Admirals
|LL Champions||Chicago Pit Bulls|
|Bull Cup Champions|
|Champions||Chicago Pit Bulls (2nd)|
|Bull Cup MVP||John Rambo (CHI)|
The 2020 season of the Bull Baseball League began on April 1, 2020
Game simulations began on April 9, 2019 and is scheduled to end on September 29, 2020. It is the is the 29th season in which the teams contested for the Bull Cup at the conclusion of the season, in 1991.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 Managerial changes
- 3 Major events
- 4 Standings
- 5 Postseason
- 6 Award winners
- 7 Milestones
- 8 Minor leagues
- 9 College and High School Leagues
- 10 References
The 2020 season is the second since the introduction of the "full" 162 game length of schedule. Each team plays its division rivals a total of 23 times each, and plays opposing division teams six times each. In addition, for the first time ever, each team will play four games against all ten opposing league teams for a total of 40 interleague games. The schedule differs from the previous year, which saw more inter-division games and less interleague games. Prior to 2019, the Bull League used a 100-game schedule for two seasons, and prior to that, a "half length" schedule of either 80 or 82 games.
Other events on the season schedule included the draft, which took place on June 8, 2020.
This season is expected to run from April 2019 to October 2019 in real life.
|Team||Former GM||Reason for Leaving||New GM||Story/Accomplishments|
|Norfolk Sharks||Lawrence Tabachnick||Resigned||Scott Elliott||Tabachnick was the Norfolk GM and manager from 2017 to 2019, compiling a respectable win-loss record of 164-194 (.458), and generally ending each season with his team in the middle of the pack in the Metro League East division. Tabachnick was a dedicated and highly involved manager, but was generally not active in the trade market, instead turning his attention to the amateur draft and developing international talent. He was responsible for drafting reliever Daniel Abbate, a promising right-hander from Grenada, who was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2018 draft and has steadily demonstrated some successes moving up quickly through the Norfolk system. Tabachnick was replaced prior to the 2020 season by assistant GM Scott Elliott.|
|Washington Freedom||Zach Kerr||Demoted||Alex Sanderson||Former New York Dragons GM and manager Sanderson returned to the league and took the reins of the Philadelphia Liberty Warriors (formerly the Denver Danger), as part of the team's relocation to nearby Washington, D.C. as the Washington Freedom. In 2017, Sanderson led New York to a 53-47 3rd place finish. Sanderson took a step back during the 2018 season, and the team's performance showed, sliding to a 49-51 finish, before storming back last season under former Arizona Cowboys GM, Kevin Norris. Zach Kerr, who held the fort down for Philly last season, was bumped down to assistant to make room for Sanderson.|
|Team||Former GM||Reason for Leaving||New GM||Story/Accomplishments|
|Dallas Deputies||Andrew Warren||Resigned||TBA||Warren joined the Dallas organization as GM & manager shortly after the 2019 season began, and led the team over 121 games that year to a 59-103 (.364) finish, with the team going 43-78 (.355) while he was at the helm. The season ended with Dallas maintaining the best minor league system in the Bull League, featuring three prospects in the Top 20, all three of whom are power center fielders (John Heart, Georges Henri, Ricardo Rodriguez). In all, Dallas had 8 players in the Top 100 prospects as the 2020 season began. But due to personal commitments, Warren could no longer continue to manage the team. Despite some successes in drafting talented players, he leaves the team with one of the worst records in the Metro League, and many vacancies at front office positions throughout the entire organization.|
Hall of Fame Inductions
This year, another two players were inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame. On January 15, 2020, word came that Joe Balaski and Niek Rodriguez would be joining their fellow honored colleagues as members of this exclusive club.
Balaski received 84% of the votes in his 3rd year on the ballot. The center fielder first appeared on the ballot in 2018, and garnered a respectable 61.8% of the votes. Throughout 18 seasons, he was a solid offensive player, first for the Chicoutimi Cinquantes (1998-2007), then later for the California Tidals (2008-2011), Calgary Inferno (2012-2014), and then briefly made one start as a Boston Brawler.
A two-time Bull Cup winner with the Cinquantes, he also took home six Gold Crown Awards and was named to an all-star team seven times. His career .292 batting average ranks 37th on the all-time list. He ended his playing career with a 30.9 WAR, which ranked 30th. In 2001, he set the LL extra-inning game record for runs, scoring 4 times back on August 18, a record that has since been tied by four other players.
Rodriguez had been a fixture for the Ohio Oxen from 2002-2012, where the right-handed starter accumulated a 72-42 win-loss record and a career 2.94 ERA. His wins, win-loss percentage, and ERA remain as franchise records, along with his career WAR of 36.1, career starts of 141 (tied with Bill Henson), his 32 complete games, 8 shutouts, 1,153.0 innings pitched, and 1,374 strikeouts. In 2008, he set the club single-game strikeout record at 16 K's, then tied it two more times. After setting these high bars, the 3-time Bull Cup champion and 9-time all-star signed on as a free agent with the expansion Battle Creek Attack in 2013, where he also set team career records in ERA (3.74), WAR (9.4), complete games (22), shutouts (3), strikeouts (550) and, until the 2019 when it was surpassed, innings pitched (570.1) — all in just five seasons at the end of his career. Rodrigues also holds that team's single-game record for K's at 15.
Though many of his team records with Battle Creek (now Milwaukee) will eventually be surpassed, Rodriguez left an indelible mark on the franchise. Even up to his last few seasons, he was routinely striking out 13, 14 or 15 batters a game, achieving 10 or more K's a game seven times in 2015.
A stellar career by any standard, Rodriguez He was a runner-up for the Sandy Koufax Award five times. He was inducted as an Oxen pitcher with 75.3% of the votes on his first time on the ballot.
Anniversaries and special events
Throughout the season, various events and anniversaries will be recognized.
| Calgary Inferno (Calgary Chinooks)
Miami Storm (Kingston Battlements)
Pittsburgh Iron Pigs (Hamilton Industrials)
Washington Freedom (Denver Danger)
|25th Anniversary of the 1995 Expansion franchises (original names in parentheses)|
|Miami Storm||20th Anniversary of 2000 Bull Cup championship (as Kingston Industrials)|
|Minneapolis Ravens||25th Anniversary of 1995 Bull Cup championship (as Richmond Ravens)|
|St. Petersburg Admirals||2019 Bull Cup championship banner raising and ring ceremony (April 5)|
|2020 Bull League All-Star Game|
There were several offseason changes following the 2019 and before the beginning of the 2020 campaign.
- The Philadelphia Liberty Warriors were moved to Washington, DC and renamed Washington Freedom. Their home stadium is Liberty Field.
- The Short Season A Milk League was reorganized into three smaller regional leagues, the New England League, the SoCal League, and the Rio Grande League.
Immediately following the playoffs, the league will contract by 4 teams. The players on those teams will be offered to the remaining 16 teams in a contraction draft, and the league will be reorganized as necessary in order to equalize the divisions.
The teams that will be folded are:
- Dallas Deputies (ML East)
- Detroit Motorheads (LL West)
- Norfolk Sharks (ML East)
- Pittsburgh Iron Pigs (LL East)
To rebalance the divisions, the Calgary Inferno will move to the ML East, and possibly relocate to a city closer in proximity to the remaining ML East teams (currently Washington, St. Petersburg and Miami). Unless a human GM is found, the likely candidates are Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, New York, or Philadelphia. A major city is preferred as the "Metropolitan" league is now intended for large population centers.
The contraction draft details will be released later, but the intention will not to be to redistribute all of the up to 160 major league rostered players being contracted, but instead to redistribute the best of those players to the worst of the remaining teams in a fair manner, and to release the rest to free agency. There may be a separate contraction draft for minor league players.
Summer College Tournament
See article: 2020 Summer College Tournament
The Summer College Tournament plays each year after the draft, and allows some of the still-developing college and high school players to get more competitive playing time in an extended season, with a fun, international championship format involved. This year, the United States won the championship. They placed first overall after the tournament round-robin, and steamrolled over their opposition in the elimination round afterwards.
Final regular season standings as of September 29, 2020. Playoff teams are in bold.
| Lake League
| Metropolitan League
|Elimination Round||League Championship Series
|Bull Cup Championship Series|
|1||St. Petersburg Admirals||3|
|1||St. Petersburg Admirals||3|
|LL||Chicago Pit Bulls||4|
|4||Chicago Pit Bulls||3|
|4||Chicago Pit Bulls||4|
The following annual awards were announced after the completion of the postseason:
|Award||Lake League||Metropolitan League|
|Carl Simms MVP Award||John Rambo (CHI)||Tak-keung Yang (ARI)|
|Sandy Koufax Award||Knuckles Malone (TOR)||Willie Salazar (WAS)|
|Woodchuck Trophy||Oscar Gonzalez (BOS)||Cain Morris (NEV)|
|Rookie of the Year Award||John Rambo (CHI)||Roberto Gutierrez (WAS)|
|Manager of the Year||Scott Davis (CHI)||Nap Farrell (NEV)|
|GM of the Year Award||Scott Davis (CHI)|
Players of the Month
- Justin Good (NEW)
- Hit his 200th home run on June 23, in the third inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Iron Pigs. He becomes just the 28th player to join the 200 home run club.
- Jim Lahey (NEV)
- Recorded his 200th home run on July 18, a 3rd inning 2-run shot against the Ohio Oxen. Lahey becomes the 29th player to join the 200 home run club, and the third to reach the milestone in 2020.
- Roberto Lozano (CAL)
- Hit his 200th home run on May 29, in the top of the 6th inning against the New York Dragons. Lozano is the 27th player to achieve this milestone.
- Carlos Mendoza (NEW)
- Miguel Ortega (CAL)
- John Rambo (CHI)
- Oct. 1. Became the first rookie in history to be named Rookie of the Month each month of a 162-game season, after being named for all six months of the year.
- Julio Rangel (STP)
- Gabel Reyes (MIN)
- Became the 22nd player, and the second Ravens player ever, to hit for the cycle in a game against the Milwaukee Hops.
- Danny Sanchez (NOR)
- Achieved his 1,500th hit.
- Mike Strang (CHI)
- On May 16, tied the LL single-game record for runs scored, crossing the plate six times in a high-scoring 21-12 win over the Nevada Speeders. He reached base and scored in every plate appearance, going 4-for-4 at the plate, and walking twice.
- Alex Viramontes (STP)
- Achieved his 1,500th hit.
- Rich Ojeda (CHI)
- Struck out his 2,000th batter in a game against the Milwaukee Hops on June 9, becoming just the second player to ever surpass that mark.
- Willie Salazar (WAS)
- Struck out his 1,000th batter in a game against the Norfolk Sharks on June 28.
- Pitcher of the Year
College and High School Leagues
Pacific Rim College League
The Pacific Rim College League (PRCL) season ran for 54 games from January to March. The season was followed by a two round playoff. The Manila U Aztecs won the PRCL World Series, defeating the Osaka U Masons in a 3-game sweep. It was the first championship for Manila U.
NCAA Division I
The NCAA Division I season began on February 11 and ended on April 14, lasting 56 games. The Arkansas Razorbacks won the 2020 College World Series title, after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in a two-game sweep in the best-of-three final round. Michigan had been undefeated through the first two rounds, eliminating Miami in one game in the Elite Eight, then sweeping Rutgers in the Final Four's best-of-three, 2-0.
CANAM College League
The Can-Am College League season began on February 28 and ended on April 24, lasting 50 games. The Maine Oceanographic School Seahawks will take on the Everglades University Swampmen for the Can-Am championships.
Canadian Interuniversity Sports
The Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) season runs in the fall, from early September until mid-October.
The Ontario University Athletics conference won the 2020 CIS All Star game by a score of 9-1. The game was played on September 8th at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park. Ed Richard, third baseman for the Queens Gaels, was named MVP.
Nor-Am High School
The Nor-Am High School League season ran from March 1 to April 1, lasting 30 games. The Independent Conference's Great Lakes HS Warlords, based in Rochester, New York, won the High School World Series after defeating the Louisiana College Red Wolves in a best-of-three series, 2-1. It was Great Lakes High's first season playing in the playoff-eligible Division 1 level, and they ended the season in a 3-way tie for the division pennant with a 17-13 record.
|Early era||Weaver Cup era||1989 • 1990|
|Bull Cup era begins||1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994|
|Modern era||First expansion||1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001|
|DH-rule begins||2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006|
|Wildcard play begins||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011|
|Second expansion||2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016|
|100-game seasons||2017 • 2018|
|162-game seasons||2019 • 2020 • 2021 • 2022|
|See also||Bull Baseball League|