American Eagle League Championship Series

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American Eagle League Championship Series

Established in 1991
AEL-trophy.jpg
The American Eagle League Championship Trophy is awarded to the winner of the American Eagle League Championship Series
Presented by The Bull Baseball League

First awarded 1991

Last awarded 2018

Current winner St. Petersburg Admirals (2nd)

Current runner-up Denver Danger

Most wins (tied) Nevada Speeders, Calgary Inferno (6)


The American Eagle League Championship Series (AELCS) is the best-of-five annual championship series that determines the winning team of the American Eagle League(AEL). The winning team advances to play the winner of the Lake League (LL) Championship Series (LLCS) in the Bull Cup Championship Series, the Bull League's playoff championship series.

Each year, the names of the teams and the series results are inscribed on the American Eagle League Championship Trophy.

From 1991 to 2006, the division title winners for the two AEL divisions, the AEL East and the AEL West, competed in the AELCS. Since 2007, there have also been wild card teams in the playoffs. The two AEL division champions, and the top two teams in the AEL after the two division champions advance to the playoffs and play in a best-of-five Elimination Round, from which two teams advance to the AELCS.

History

The first AEL Championship series took place in 1991 between the Chicago Knights, who were victorious, and the Nevada Speeders. Chicago were the AEL East division champions, and they won the series over the AEL West division champion Speeders in 4 games (3-1).

There was no series in 1992, as the league selected the championship team based on the standings at the conclusion of the short season. The Seattle Salts were the AEL team that was the highest ranked in the standings, and went on to represent the AEL at the Bull Cup championships.

Modern era (1995-present)

The league's Modern Era began in 1995 with the expansion to 16 teams and the schedule expanded to 80 games. The Richmond Ravens took the first two modern era AEL championships, in 1995 and 1996. They were the runner-up in the next two years, losing to Calgary in 1997, and Nevada in 1998.

The first series sweep occurred in 1999, when Calgary swept the San Diego Seagulls, who were in their first AEL championship appearance.

However, Nevada was the dominant team in the AEL early on, earning all six of their titles between 1998 and 2009. Their only losing appearance came in 2007, against the Ravens.

Recurring Matchups

Count Matchup Record Years
5 Calgary Inferno‡ vs. Jacksonville Ravens Calgary 4-1 1996, 1997, 20152017
3 California Tidals vs. Calgary Inferno California, 3-0 2000, 20122013
3 California Tidals vs. Nevada Speeders Nevada, 2-1 1999, 2001, 2006
3 Jacksonville Ravens† vs. Nevada Speeders Nevada, 2-1 1998, 2003, 2007

† — Team formerly the Richmond Ravens ‡ — Team formerly the Calgary Chinooks

AELCS Results by Year

Bold indicates team went on to win Bull Cup Championship Series. wc indicates wild card playoff team (since 2007).[1] [2]

Year Winner Record Loser
1991 Chicago Knights 3-1 Nevada Speeders
1992 Seattle Salts acclaimed, no series
1993 California Tidals 3-2 Nevada Speeders
1994 No season played
1995 Richmond Ravens 3-2 Denver Highlanders
1996 Richmond Ravens 3-2 Calgary Chinooks
1997 Calgary Chinooks 3-0 Richmond Ravens
1998 Nevada Speeders 3-2 Richmond Ravens
1999 Calgary Chinooks 3-0 San Diego Seagulls
2000 California Tidals 3-1 Calgary Chinooks
2001 Nevada Speeders 3-0 California Tidals
2002 San Diego Seagulls 3-1 Calgary Chinooks
2003 Nevada Speeders 3-1 Richmond Ravens
2004 Chicago Pit Bulls 3-1 Seattle Salts
2005 Richmond Ravens 3-1 Chicago Pit Bulls
2006 Nevada Speeders 3-0 California Tidals
2007 Richmond Ravens 3-2 Nevada Speeders
2008 Nevada Speederswc 3-1 Chicago Pit Bulls
2009 Nevada Speeders 3-0 San Diego Seagullswc
2010 Calgary Infernowc 3-2 Nevada Speeders
2011 Richmond Ravens 3-0 Seattle Saltswc
2012 California Tidals 3-2 Calgary Infernowc
2013 California Tidals 3-2 Calgary Inferno
2014 Seattle Salts 3-1 California Tidalswc
2015 Calgary Infernowc 3-2 Jacksonville Ravens
2016 Calgary Infernowc 3-2 Jacksonville Ravenswc
2017 Calgary Inferno 3-0 Jacksonville Ravenswc
2018 St. Petersburg Admirals 3-1 Denver Dangerwc

AELCS Appearances by Team

Teams in Italics have folded or left the AEL.

Series
appearances
Team Wins Losses Pct. Most recent
win
Most recent
appearance
11 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
6 5 .545 2017 2017
11 Jacksonville Ravens
(Richmond Ravens)
5 6 .454 2011 2017
10 Nevada Speeders 6 4 .600 2001 2010
7 California Tidals 4 3 .571 2013 2013
4 Chicago Pit Bulls
(Chicago Knights)
2 2 .500 1991 2008
4 Seattle Salts 2 2 .500 2014 2014
4 St. Petersburg Admirals
(San Diego Seagulls, Anchorage Aces)
2 2 .500 2018 2018
2 Denver Danger
(Denver Highlanders)
0 2 .000 2018
0 Arizona Cowboys 0 0 .000
0 Dallas Deputies 0 0 .000
0 Miami Storm 0 0 .000
0 Norfolk Sharks 0 0 .000

References

  1. 1991-1993 Stats. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/archives/. Accessed: 8 April 2017.
  2. Bull Baseball League: History Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/league_100_index.html. Accessed: 8 April 2017.