2023 Season

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2023 Bull League season

April 3 to October 1

Number of games 162

Number of teams 16
Draft
Top draft pick Kin Ryu

Selected by Washington Freedom
Regular season
Season MVP LL: Dennis Guppy (CHI)
ML: Omar Little (CGY)

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

ML Champions Miami Storm
Runner-up Nevada Speeders
Bull Cup Champions
Champions Chicago Pit Bulls
Bull Cup MVP John Rambo (CHI)
Seasons
← 2022

2024 →


The 2023 Bull League season began on April 3, and the regular season ended ended on October 1. The postseason began on October 3. The Bull Cup Championship Series began on October 20 and ended October 27 with the Chicago Pit Bulls winning a record-setting fourth consecutive Bull Cup championship, defeating the Miami Storm in six games.

The 31st All-Star Game was held on July 11 at Pit Bulls Ballpark, hosted by the Chicago Pit Bulls. The Lake League won, 17–8, for the second season in a row.

Schedule

The 2023 season will be the fifth season played with a Championship Season schedule length 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 will be held in June. The all-star game will be held July.

The postseason will begin in October.

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

Major events

Hall of Fame inductions

On January 14, 2023, the Hall of Fame voting results were announced, and four retired players were inducted, the second most of any year. Argentinian pitcher Angelo Rodriguez was inducted with 99.1% of the votes. A 20-season veteran starter, he held Bull League all-time career records for wins (150) and strikeouts (2,163) at the time of his induction. "A-Rod" played the first half of his career with the Ohio Oxen, his induction team, where he won 55 games over 128 starts and 920.0 innings, winning a Bull Cup championship in 2006.

The second player granted admission to the Hall was Puerto Rican outfielder Francisco Erazo, who played 11 of his 20 seasons with the Boston Brawlers, his induction team. He is the first Boston player to be inducted. A two-time MVP winner and 16-time All-Star, he became one of the highest paid players in the league when he earned $40.5 million for 2017 while with the Miami Storm. His career numbers are noteworthy, ranking 12th in all-time RBIs (872), 5th in runs (1,017), and 2nd in WAR (74.57). He holds multiple Boston all-time batting records, including slugging pct. (.544), OPS (.988), WAR (46.3), and HRs (tied - 143).

Another player admitted in an Ohio ballcap was Waterford, Michigan native Bill Henson, a Sandy Koufax winning starter who appears on many all-time pitching leaderboards, notably placing 7th in career shutouts (12). Henson also holds the Ohio club record for starts (tied - 141), and won two of his Bull Cup championships there. His third came with the California Tidals, where he played for three seasons.

Finally, Dutchman Guido Groeneveld became the fourth catcher to join the Hall, and the second in a Chicoutimi Cinquantes ballcap. The two-time Bull Cup champion won both his rings with the Cinquantes, and was named to 11 All-Star teams throughout his career. He holds five all-time Bull League batting records among catchers, including most games played (1,213), most at bats (4,593), most hits (1,401), most total bases (2,400), and most singles (894).

All four players were inducted on their first ballot appearance.

Standings

Final regular season standings as of October 1, 2023. Playoff teams are in bold with their seeding shown in brackets.

Postseason

  Elimination Round
(Best of 5)
League Championship Series
(MLCS), (LLCS)
Bull Cup Championship Series
                           
  1  Nevada Speeders 3  
4  California Tidals 2    
  1  Nevada Speeders 2  
Metropolitan League
  2  Miami Storm 4    
2  Miami Storm 3
   
  3  Calgary Inferno 2  
    ML  Miami Storm 2
   Chicago Pit Bulls 4
  1  Chicago Pit Bulls 3    
4  Toronto Nomads 2    
  1  Chicago Pit Bulls 4
Lake League
  2  Montreal Metros 2  
2  Montreal Metros 3
   
  3  Minneapolis Ravens 1  


Anniversaries and special events

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

Team Occasion
All
Houston Oilers First season played in Houston

Award winners

Regular season

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)
Platinum Glove Awards
Position Lake League Metropolitan League
Pitcher Bob Hawkins OHI) Dennis Conroy CGY)

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

Milestones

Pitchers

No-hitters

Batters

References