2025 Season

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2025 Bull League season

April 7 to October 1

Number of games 162

Number of teams 16
Draft
Top draft pick Jorge Garcia

Selected by Houston Oilers
Regular season
League postseason
Bull Cup Champions
Seasons
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The 2025 Bull League season began on April 7 and ended on October 1. It was the 35th season in which the teams contested for the Bull Cup in the playoffs (beginning in 1991 and not including 1994). It was also the 36th anniversary since the Bull League first formed in 1989.

The 33rd Bull League All-Star Game was played at the end of June and was hosted by the New York Dragons of the Lake League.

Schedule

The 2025 season is the seventh season played with a Championship Season schedule length of 162 games. It is the first since the 2025 Expansion and will not include any interleague games. The schedule was entirely made up of 3-game series.

In real life, the season is expected to run from July to November, 2021

Managerial changes

In-season

Team Former GM Reason for Leaving New GM Notes
Washington Freedom Matt B Resigned Paul Sporer Matt was busy during the off season, inking contract extension deals and taking stock of the state of the club he inherited after the 2024 campaign, and made a notable free agent signing, bringing Aaron Miller to the team on a 3-year, $45,750,000 contract in December. A rule 5 gamble was a bust as starter David Blanchard, the team's only pick, got injured during Spring Training and will miss the first half of 2025. But Matt received a competing offer from outside of the baseball world and left the position on April 16, just over a week into the 2025 season. His replacement, FanGraphs writer Paul Sporer, took over not long after.


Major events

Hall of Fame inductions

Jesse Nelson was the only Hall of Fame induction for the 2025 season.

On January 14, 2025, the Hall of Fame inducted one new member, former Seattle Salts second baseman Jesse Nelson. At the time of his election, Nelson was 7th all-time in home runs, with 345, and 15th all-time in hits, with 1,513. The Savannah, Georgia native went to school in Canada at University of British Columbia, and was a 1st overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Toronto Ducks. After signing for just over $3.9 million, the one-time #2 Bull League prospect went on to feature in three all-star games with Toronto. After going free agent following the 2005 campaign, Nelson spent some time in Calgary, California and Chicago before inking a 4-year, $94.4 million contract with the Seattle Salts, his induction team. His name became synonymous with Seattle, achieving an AELCS MVP award in 2013, and making five more All-Star game trips. Nelson still ranks near the top of almost every Seattle all-time batting record, and cemented a reputation for being a clutch player in late innings with numerous walk-off hits and career Grand Slams during his 21 seasons of play.

Anniversaries and special events

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

Team Occasion
Chicago Pit Bulls 2024 Bull Cup Championship banner and ring ceremony (April 13)

Standings

Final regular season standings as of October 1, 2025. Playoff teams are in bold.

Lake League
LL East W L Pct GB
Montreal Metros 102 60 .630
Boston Brawlers 89 73 .549 13
New York Dragons 81 81 .500 21
Toronto Nomads 66 96 .407 36
Metropolitan League
ML East W L Pct GB
Kansas City Blizzard 105 57 .648
Washington Freedom 101 61 .623 4
Miami Storm 94 68 .580 11
Houston Oilers 75 87 .463 30
Atlanta Fire Ants 58 104 .358 47
LL West W L Pct GB
Chicago Pit Bulls 106 56 .654
Grand Rapids Hops 73 89 .451 33
Minneapolis Ravens 72 90 .444 34
Ohio Oxen 59 103 .364 47
ML West W L Pct GB
Nevada Speeders 92 70 .568
California Tidals 80 82 .494 12
Denver Grizzlies 72 90 .444 20
Seattle Salts 71 91 .438 21
Calgary Inferno 62 100 .383 30

Postseason

  Elimination Round League Championship Series
(MLCS), (LLCS)
Bull Cup Championship Series
                           
  1  Kansas City Blizzard 2  
4  Miami Storm 3    
  4  Miami Storm 4  
Metropolitan League
  2  Nevada Speeders 1    
2  Nevada Speeders 3
   
  3  Washington Freedom 2  
    ML  Miami Storm 2
  LL  Montreal Metros 4
  1  Chicago Pit Bulls 1    
4  New York Dragons 3    
  4  New York Dragons 2
Lake League
  2  Montreal Metros 4  
2  Montreal Metros 3
   
  3  Boston Brawlers 1  


Award winners

Monthly awards

Players of the week

Week Lake League Metropolitan League
Player Team Highights Player Team Highlights
April 6-13 Javier Aquino (2B) Chicago .586, 1 HR, 8 RBI Ricardo Rodriguez (CF) Houston .444, 2 HR, 7 RBI
April 14-20 Dwayne Norris (LF) Minneapolis .391, 4 HR, 8 RBI Carlos Gutierrez (1B) California .478, 2 HR, 5 RBI
April 21-27 Les Groves (C) Montreal .542, 2 HR, 8 RBI Jorge Velazquez (1B) Kansas City .571, 4 HR, 12 RBI
April 28-May 4 Jon Guillot (3B) Chicago .474, 3 HR, 7 RBI Jeremy Martin (3B) Miami .455, 3 HR, 8 RBI
May 5-11 Cirio de Mares (3B) Boston .600, 1 HR, 12 RBI Georges Henri (CF) Nevada .500, 4 HR, 20 RBI
May 12-18 Payton Bint (1B) Chicago .500, 3 HR, 6 RBI Raul Vasquez (RF) California .556, 2 HR, 6 RBI
May 19-25 Jon Guillot (3B) Chicago .579, 1 HR, 6 RBI Georges Henri (CF) Nevada .500, 4 HR, 6 RBI
May 26-May 30 Cirio de Mares (3B) Boston .435, 3 HR, 7 RBI Brian Chambliss (1B) Seattle .556, 2 HR, 9 RBI
June 1-7 Adrian Beaudin (1B) Minneapolis .414, 4 HR, 10 RBI Alex Martinez (SS) Miami .452, 1 HR, 15 RBI
June 8-15 Dwayne Norris (LF) Minneapolis .435, 4 HR, 9 RBI Quentin O'Connell (SS) Seattle .500, 2 HR, 11 RBI
June 16-22 Jorge Garzes (1B) New York .455, 2 HR, 8 RBI Carlos Chavez (RF) Kansas City .478, 3 HR, 9 RBI
June 23-29 Price Simms (RF) Montreal .636, 1 HR, 7 RBI Ben Fennell (LF) Seattle .538, 4 HR, 6 RBI
June 30-July 6 Price Simms (RF) Montreal .444, 4 HR, 8 RBI Cletus Avery (1B) Nevada .464, 5 HR, 9 RBI
July 7-13 Ray James (2B) Boston .545, 1 HR, 3 RBI Jeremy Martin (3B) California .550, 5 HR, 7 RBI
July 14-20 John Rambo (RF) Chicago .424, 2 HR, 6 RBI Sal Rojas (LF) Houston .367, 2 HR, 17 RBI
July 21-27 Al Abraham (RF) New York .565, 2 HR, 12 RBI Manny Llamas (1B) Houston .391, 4 HR, 8 RBI
July 28-August 3 Kevin Mullins (1B) Ohio .385, 3 HR, 9 RBI Cletus Avery (1B) Nevada .429, 4 HR, 10 RBI
August 4-10 Price Simms (RF) Montreal .481, 2 HR, 8 RBI Ricardo Rodriguez (CF) Houston .600, 3 HR, 6 RBI
August 11-17 Ray James (2B) Boston .577, 3 HR, 6 RBI Shinji Kinoshita (3B) Washington .500, 4 HR, 10 RBI
August 18-24 John Rambo (RF) Chicago .536, 7 HR, 11 RBI Shinji Kinoshita (3B) Washington .522, 3 HR, 8 RBI
August 25-31 Adrian Beaudin (1B) Minneapolis .500, 2 HR, 8 RBI Jeff Burton (RF) California .556, 1 HR, 3 RBI
September 1-7 John Rambo (RF) Chicago .400, 4 HR, 7 RBI Cletus Avery (1B) Nevada .440, 3 HR, 13 RBI
September 8-14 John Rambo (RF) Chicago .467, 3 HR, 8 RBI Jared Ricci (2B) Nevada .385, 7 HR, 11 RBI
September 15-21 Tak-keung Yang (3B) Chicago .480, 3 HR, 6 RBI Cletus Avery (1B) Nevada .480, 4 HR, 9 RBI
September 22-28 Jonathan Gonzalez (LF) New York .440, 3 HR, 11 RBI Al Hallamore (1B) Atlanta .500, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Milestones

Pitchers

  • Chris Church
    • On August 15, won his 17th consecutive decision, setting a Bull League record, in a 4-1 win over Denver.
    • Won his 20th game on September 5, becoming just the sixth Bull League player to do so.

Other pitching achievements

  • On July 18, Toronto Nomads reliever Mat "Soapy" Roper set the new Bull League record for consecutive games without allowing a run scored, making 21 appearances from April 14 to July 5 without allowing a run to score. He would pitch in a further three games before allowing an earned run to score.
  • On September 17, Dan Kimbrough of the New York Dragons struck out 19 Grand Rapids batters, setting the new LL record. The previous record was 17, shared by two other New York pitchers, Hall of Famer Jack Stevens (August 7, 1997) and William Febres (August 29, 2012). Four players are tied for the ML record for strikeouts at 17.

Batters

  • On April 10, Jorge Garzes of New York hit his 1,500th careerhit, when he singled on a 3-1 pitch off Josh Moore of the Montreal Metros.
  • On May 10, Montreal Metros catcher Les "The General" Groves hit his 200th career home run, a grand-slam in the top of the 7th off of Rafael Hernandez of Ohio in a 17-9 rout. Groves went 4-for-6 on the day, collecting 5 RBIs in total and scoring twice.
  • May 20, Montreal outfielder Evandro Cerigo banged his 200th career homer, a three-run bomb to right field, off Boston right-hander Bill Leroux.
  • May 29, Houston Oilers catcher Earl "Blur" MacPherson batted in his 1000th career run, singling to right field off Justin Zeiber of the Denver Grizzlies with two runners on base.
  • July 4, Geoffrey Bogart becomes the second Ohio player to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 against Toronto.
  • On July 18, Seattle Salts 1B Brian Chambliss hit his 200th career home run, a two-run shot off Luis Gonzales of Miami, in his only hit of that game, a 9-0 shutout win.
  • On July 26, Chicago's John Rambo became the youngest player to hit 300 home runs, at age 27, blasting a 407-foot solo bomb to right-center off New York's Dan Kimbrough.
  • August 1, Katai Kitigawa of Calgary knocked his 1,500th base hit, a double to left against Scott Fitzpatrick of Miami.
  • August 18, Alex Martinez goes 6-for-6, with a home run and an RBI, in a game against California while playing for Miami.
  • August 24, Chicago Pit Bulls outfielder Mei-shan Le hits for the cycle, going 5-for-5, against Montreal.
  • On August 26, Lowell Woodford of the Washington Freedom got his 200th career home run in an 18-10 rout of the Houston Oilers.
  • September 3, Denver Grizzlies 1B Chris Pratt hit his 200th career home run off Calgary's Dennis Conroy, in a lopsided 13-5 loss.
  • September 20, New York Dragons 1B Jorge Garzes became just the 11th player in Bull League history to hit 300 home runs, a second inning shot off Montreal's Nelson Silvrio, in his only hit in the game, a 10-3 loss.
  • On October 1, Corny Maise hit his 200th home run while with the Denver Grizzlies.
  • October 2, rookie 3B Chris Reed, Nevada Speeders, wins the ML batting title with a .366 AVG.
  • October 2, John Rambo of the Chicago Pit Bulls wins his fifth batting title, hitting .355. He now has just one fewer than Danny Sanchez.


Retirements

The following players retired after the 2025 season:

  • Peyton May 2B Ohio
  • Cain Morris RHP Seattle
  • Jose Ayala RHP Washington
  • Alex Fonseca RHP Nevada
  • Greg Whittington RHP Washington
  • Jonathan Garcia LHP Houston
  • Knuckles Malone RHP Minneapolis
  • Sincere Gilmore LHP Minneapolis
  • Ricky Naugler LHP Boston
  • Alfonso Gutierrez RHP Seattle
  • Nate Kremer LHP Minneapolis
  • Dave Keeping LF (free agent)
  • Blair Caldwell CF Nevada
  • Marshall Bennett RHP Houston
  • Danny Hooten LHP Denver
  • Bill Brewer 2B (free agent)
  • Victor Jimenez RF Washington
  • Mickey Pepin 2B New York
  • Ricky Jalapeno CF Miami
  • David Jones C (free agent)
  • Clay Hultquist RHP (free agent)
  • Chris Dow RHP Denver
  • Raul "Wool" Merino C (free agent)
  • Brett Slade RHP (free agent)
  • Justin Gilcrest RHP (free agent)
  • Pierre Richard 3B (free agent)
  • Jon Chasko 2B (free agent)
  • Daniel Hiller C (free agent)
  • Scott Boyer RHP Grand Rapids
  • Chris Zahn LF (free agent)
  • Jon Swoverland RHP (free agent)
  • King Moody RHP Grand Rapids
  • Juan Salinas RHP (free agent)
  • David "Slider" Walls RHP (free agent)
  • Josh Ostrom LF (free agent)
  • Ron "Flounder" Osborn C (free agent)
  • Bill Oakes LF Montreal
  • John Thompson C Kansas City
  • Masakimi Yasutake LF Nevada
  • Jordan O'Neil RHP New York
  • Kulani "Cool Kid" Haulani 3B New York
  • Danny Minor LF (free agent)
  • Raul Abarca RF Houston
  • Shigeki Yamada, scouting director Calgary
  • Josh Williams, pitching coach Toronto
  • Cortez Garber, hitting coach California
  • Clayton Pease, scouting director Chicago
  • Harry Chest, pitching coach Calgary
  • Antonio Aquino, scouting director Grand Rapids
  • Chris Jude, scouting director Washington
  • F.Y. Jackasss, bench coach New York

Retired numbers

  • Knuckles Malone had his #98 retired by the Toronto Nomads. It is the fourth number retired by the franchise. At the time of retirement, Malone held multiple season and career team pitching records, including lowest season ERA (2.33 set in 2020), career ERA (2.49), single season wins (22 set in 2019), career wins (91), single season win percentage (.769 in 2020), career win percentage (.705), games started (33 in 2019, since tied by two others), single season complete games (22 in 2019), career complete games (69), single season shutouts (4 in 2015 and tied it again in 2020), career shutouts (21), single season innings pitched (281.2 in 2019), single season strikeouts (264 in 2019), single season WHIP (1.05 in 2019), career WHIP (1.01), and others, along with several Bull League records.
  • Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in Major League Baseball, had his #42 retired across the entire league in honor of his breaking the baseball color barrier in 1947.

Broadcasts

    See article: List of 2025 season Twitch broadcasts

Selected regular season and playoff games are broadcast live on the Bull Baseball Network Twitch channel.[1]

College and minor leagues

References

  1. https://twitch.tv/bullleague