2020 Season

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2020 Bull League Season

April 1 to September 29, 2020

Number of games 162

Number of teams 20
Draft
Top draft pick Jonathan Davis

Selected by Dallas Deputies
Regular season
League postseason
Bull Cup Champions
Seasons
← 2019

2021 →


The 2020 season of the Bull Baseball League will be the 26th season played since the league began its modern era in 1995. The season regular season started on April 1, 2020.

Game simulations will begin April 9, 2019. This will be the second season since 2015 that is not played in sync with the real-life calendar, and the first season ever which will take place more than a year in the future.

An All-Star Game was played on July 9, 2020, at The Burg home of the ML's St. Petersburg Admirals.


Schedule

This will be the second season the league Championship Season schedule will be at 162 games in length, a "standard" major league schedule. Each team will play its division rivals a total of 23 times each, and against its opposing division rivals six times each. There will be four games against each team in the opposite league for a total of 40 interleague games.

The amateur draft, or first year player draft, will occur on June 8, 2020.

This season is expected to run from April 2019 to October 2019 in real life.

Managerial changes

General managers

Offseason

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.

In-season

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.

Major events

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.

Team Occasion
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

Reorganization

There were several offseason changes following the 2019 and before the beginning of the 2020 campaign.

Award winners

Players of the Month

Award Month Metropolitan League Lake League
Player Team Player Team
Batter of the Month April Tak-keung Yang Arizona Cowboys Angel Payan Boston Brawlers
May Jim Lahey California Tidals Mike Strang Chicago Pit Bulls
June Bill Covey Seattle Salts Evandro Cerigo Minneapolis Ravens
July
August
September
Pitcher of the Month April Al Mota Nevada Speeders Sincere Gilmore Boston Brawlers
May Al Mota Nevada Speeders Knuckles Malone Toronto Nomads
June Robby McWeeney Arizona Cowboys Takahide Higuchi Minneapolis Ravens
July
August
September
Rookie of the Month April Jose Santos Dallas Deputies John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls
May Roberto Gutierrez Washington Freedom John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls
June Bill Mahoney Norfolk Sharks John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls
July
August
September

Milestones

Batters

  • 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.
  • Julio Rangel (STP)
    • On June 25, became just the 23rd player to hit for the cycle, in a game against the Chicago Pit Bulls. It was the second time a player from the organization hit a cycle, the first was Adam Gordon in 1998, when the club was called the San Diego Seagulls.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Pitchers

  • 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.

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.

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.

References


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