2022 Season

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2022 Bull League season

4 April to 3 October 2022

Number of games 162

Number of teams 16
Draft
Top draft pick Kin Ryu
(Failed to sign)

Selected by Ohio Oxen
Regular season
Season MVP LL: John Rambo (CHI)
ML: Chitoji Yamada (NEV)

Season SKA LL: Knuckles Malone (MIN)
ML: Chris Zerkle (CGY)
League postseason
LL Champions Chicago Pit Bulls
Runner-up Minneapolis Ravens

ML Champions California Tidals
Runner-up Nevada Speeders
Bull Cup Champions
Champions Chicago Pit Bulls
Bull Cup MVP John Rambo (CHI)
Seasons
← 2021

2023 →


The 2022 Bull League season began on April 4 and ended on October 3. It is the 31st season in which the teams contested for the Bull Cup at the conclusion of the season, since 1991.

The All-Star Game will be played on July 12, 2021, and will be hosted by the Metropolitan League.

Schedule

The 2022 season will be the fourth season played with a Championship Season schedule length of 162 games. It will begin on Monday, April 4, and was scheduled to end on Sunday, October 2. A tie-breaking game played on October 3 extended the season by one more day, as the Ohio Oxen and the Milwaukee Hops were both tied for the second wild card at the end of 162 games. The schedule will see each team playing 84 contests within their division (28 times for each opponent), 66 games against opposing division teams, and 12 interleague games.

The first year player draft was held on Wednesday, June 8. The all-star game will be held on Tuesday, July 12.

The postseason will begin on October 4.

In real life, the season is expected to run from April to August, 2020

Major events

Hall of Fame inductions

On January 14, 2022, the Hall of Fame voting results were announced. Bill Ross became the third catcher admitted to the hallowed hall after garnering 95.1% of the votes, joining Eric Tessier (2019) and Mike Lapi (2017). The lefty batting backstop, just 40 at the time of his induction, played for 19 seasons in the Bull League, for five different teams. He was best remembered for his 7 seasons with the Chicago Pit Bulls, however, first joining in 2006 after being traded from the Kingston Battlements after coming back from an injury, then again in 2009 after signing as a free agent.

Ross holds the career records for walks and strikeouts among catchers, with 787 and 1,049 respectively. A power-hitting catcher most of his career, his 237 homers places him 4th on the all-time leaderboard. The Detroit, Michigan native won the Carl Simms MVP Award twice, in 2007 and again in 2014. He was an 11-time all-star, won the Gold Crown Award a total of 9 times, and was Elimination Round MVP twice.

The other player voted in was outfielder Narushi Ohata, who began his career with the Toronto Ducks but was inducted under an Ohio Oxen ballcap. Ohata played 8 seasons with Ohio, where he won three championship rings (2006, 2009, 2010), and one of his two Carl Simms MVP Awards. He was highly successful with Ohio, with 204 career home runs, 535 RBIs, and a .337 career batting average as an Oxen outfielder. His career average remains the Ohio record, and he also holds the team records for career OBP, Slugging percentage, OPS and RBIs.

A Japanese international amateur, Ohata joined the Bull League with the Toronto Ducks in 1995, and three years later rose to become the #4 prospect in the league. He would go on to earn 10 trips to the all-star game, and in 2010, he swept the post-season MVP awards with the Oxen, earning the accolade for the LL Elinination Round, LLCS, and the Bull Cup. He was inducted with 93.3% of the ballots.

International amateur free agents

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Owa Hatora, 18-year-old International amateur free agent signed with Calgary for a possible record bonus of over $20.9 million
A notable signing, possibly a Bull League record, occurred on July 10, when the Calgary Inferno signed international amateur free agent Owa Hatora of American Samoa to their international complex for an astronomical $20,962,500 signing bonus. The 18-year-old left-handed pitcher was among 18 promising international amateurs who became available for free agency on July 2.

The signing cap for international amateurs in 2022 was $5.2 million, meaning the Inferno overspent the cap by nearly 4 times, and will be restricted in 2023 to just $433,333 as a player signing bonus amount. In addition, the Inferno incurred a 100% penalty tax on going over the cap, meaning the Hatora signing actually cost the team more than $41 million (though the player only receives the actual bonus amount).

Anniversaries and special events

Throughout the season, various events and anniversaries will be recognized.

Team Occasion
Arizona Cowboys 10th Anniversary of the team's founding as 2012 Expansion team
Bull League 15th season since Elimination Round playoff round introduced
California Tidals 10th Anniversary of first Bull Cup championship win in 2012
Chicago Pit Bulls 2021 Bull Cup Championship banner and ring ceremony (Opening Day)
10th year in Lake League
Milwaukee Hops 10th Anniversary of the team's founding as 2012 Expansion team (as the Battle Creek Attack)
Montreal Metros 15th Anniversary of first Bull Cup championship win in 2007
New York Dragons 25th Anniversary of first Bull Cup championship win in 1997 (as New York Minutemen)
Seattle Salts 30th Anniversary of first Bull Cup championship win in 1992

Retired numbers

  • Prennick Argon had his #24 retired by the Houston Oilers. It was the second number retired by the franchise. Argon had played 7 seasons with the San Deigo Seagulls (as the team was previously known) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame the previous year, 2021.

Standings

Final regular season standings as of October 3, 2022. Playoff teams are in bold.

Lake League
LL East W L Pct GB
Montreal Metros 80 82 .494
Boston Brawlers 78 84 .481 2
New York Dragons 72 90 .444 8
Toronto Nomads 71 91 .438 9
Metropolitan League
ML East W L Pct GB
Calgary Inferno 87 75 .537
Miami Storm 82 80 .506 5
St. Petersburg Admirals 75 87 .463 12
Washington Freedom 61 101 .377 26
LL West W L Pct GB
Chicago Pit Bulls 106 56 .654
Minneapolis Ravens 87 75 .537 19
Ohio Oxen 80 83 .491 26½
Milwaukee Hops 79 84 .485 27½
LL West W L Pct GB
Nevada Speeders 107 55 .660
California Tidals 89 73 .549 18
Seattle Salts 75 87 .463 32
Arizona Cowboys 68 94 .420 39

Postseason

  Elimination Round League Championship Series
(MLCS), (LLCS)
Bull Cup Championship Series
                           
  1  Nevada Speeders 3  
4  Miami Storm 2    
  1  Nevada Speeders 0  
Metropolitan League
  3  California Tidals 4    
2  Calgary Inferno 2
   
  3  California Tidals 3  
    ML  California Tidals 3
   Chicago Pit Bulls 4
  1  Chicago Pit Bulls 3    
4  Ohio Oxen 0    
  1  Chicago Pit Bulls 4
Lake League
  3  Minneapolis Ravens 2  
2  Montreal Metros 2
   
  3  Minneapolis Ravens 3  


Award winners

Players of the Month

Award Month Lake League Metropolitan League
Player Team Player Team
Batter of the Month April Dennis Guppy Chicago Pit Bulls Peyton May California Tidals
May John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls Justin Reich Seattle Salts
June Dennis Guppy Chicago Pit Bulls Bill Covey Seattle Salts
July John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls Brian Bonner St. Petersburg Admirals
August Les Groves Chicago Pit Bulls Fernando Mendolla Seattle Salts
September John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls Omar Little Seattle Salts
Pitcher of the Month April Shawn Askew Milwaukee Hops Al Mota Nevada Speeders
May Alejandro Dominguez Minneapolis Ravens Jose Soto St. Petersburg Admirals
June Howell Hepburn Milwaukee Hops Chris Zerkle Calgary Inferno
July Robby McWeeney Chicago Pit Bulls Daniel Abbate California Tidals
August Shawn Askew Milwaukee Hops Jim Koch Nevada Speeders
September Lenny Brisco Boston Brawlers Ale Orellana Miami Storm
Rookie of the Month April Sinfronio Kayabya Ohio Oxen Tex Rudman Arizona Cowboys
May Tom DiMenna New York Dragons Tex Rudman Arizona Cowboys
June Viritao Quintal Minneapolis Ravens Jeremy Martin Seattle Salts
July Jesus Cardenas Boston Brawlers Clyde Jameson St. Petersburg Admirals
August Tom DiMenna New York Dragons Ted Miron Washington Freedom
September Tom DiMenna New York Dragons Ted Miron Washington Freedom

References