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Boston Brawlers

Founded in 1989

Boston, Massachusetts
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Team logo
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Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Lake League
Division East
Team Info
Name Boston Brawlers (1991-present)

Other nicknames Bean Town Brawlers, The Big Red Fist

Previous names Boston Britons (1989-1990)

Colors Red, Cambridge blue, white

              

Owner Luke Browne

General manager Scott Ellis
Ballpark
Ballpark The Brawl Pit
Titles
League pennants (1) 1991

Division pennants (1) LL East - 1991



The Boston Brawlers are an American Bull League professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The team plays in the Lake League (LL) East division. Their stadium is The Brawl Pit.

The Brawlers were previously known as the Boston Britons in homage to the city's original British colonial origins. However, the name proved unpopular in the city that first openly defied the British Crown and by 1991 the name was changed to the more defiant and evocative Brawlers as it remains today.

The team all-time win-loss record as of 2017 was 850-1,021 (.454), since 1995.[1] The team has no first-place finishes, but has made 5 playoff appearances on wildcards. Including the pre-modern Bull League seasons, 1991-1993, the team win-loss record is 885-1,062 (.455) with one division title and one LLCS title, both in 1991.

History

The Brawlers were first formed in 1989 as the Boston Britons, playing from historic Fenway Park. In their early years they were seen as a contending team for championships, appearing in the Central League championship against the Ohio Oxen in 1990, and defeating them in the Lake League championship series in the following year. But after the reorganization of the Bull League in 1995, many of its star players were traded or retired, and the team fell into decline, making only two Lake League championship appearances since then (2009, 2011), losing in both series.

General Managers

Boston Brawlers General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
1995–2016 Ernst McAlister 794-977, .448 Long-time Boston GM McAlister was instrumental in building the team up to a winning club for it's last few years
2017–present Scott Ellis 59-48, .551 GM-Manager Scott led the Brawlers to their second playoff in a row in 2017, the first time the club has reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons, and was named LL Manager of the Year in the same year

Rivalries

Ohio Oxen

The Boston Brawlers have a long-standing rivalry with the Ohio Oxen, whom they defeated in the 1991 LLCS on their way to their first and only appearance in the Bull Cup Championship Series. Both teams had also played in the Central League championships the previous year, before the formal formation of the Lake League.

Ohio defeated Boston the next two times they met in the LLCS, in 2009 and then again in 2016. In the former year, Ohio had entered as a wild card team and took the series from Boston 3-2. In the latter, Boston was the wild card team, and had even won the first game of the series against Ohio. But the Oxen fought back to win the next three games, and moved on to win the Bull Cup.

Opening Day Starters

The list below shows the starting players by position for each of the team's seasons.

Year Record C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
1991[2] 15-15 Big Man Martinez Sam Knuckles E.M. Washburn Harold Wolfe Batsy Shoe Ty Cobb Nick Red Anton Red
1992[3] 7-9 Big Man Martinez Sam Knuckles E.M. Washburn Harold Wolfe Batsy Shoe Anton Red Nick Red Studly Fartwell
1993[4] 13-17 Big Man Martinez Sam Knuckles E.M. Washburn Harold Wolfe Batsy Shoe Anton Red Nick Red Studly Fartwell
1994 No season played
1995[5] 32-48 Harvey Smith Cory Armburst Allen Kennedy Joe Underwood Herc Mercenary Preston Jackson Tony Alimo Mike Cunningham
1996[5] 36-44 Josh Coleman Harry Haggle Lou Schanowski Leather Mason Adrian Bowers TJ Cyrus Nick Red Jay Eddy
1997[5] 34-46 Lanny Beals Gino Sicilino Chris Major Leather Mason Ichibod Umpires Gary Reddawn Nick Red Jay Eddy
1998[5] 42-38 Tony Relish Kirby Bursey Matt Mims Leather Mason Kevin Walker TJ Cyrus Nick Red Bradley Farr
1999[5] 30-50 Al Sisson Kirby Bursey Ken Sandlin Leather Mason Brian Halpin TJ Cyrus Kevin Walker Bob Richardson
2000[5] 30-50 Homey Lopez Eric Roberts Francisco Erazo Brian Tacker Brian Halpin Alex Nunez Cola Classique Frank Orr
2001[5] 40-40 Homey Lopez Eric Roberts Standford Wills Gilberto Flores Brian Halpin Francisco Erazo Ryan DiGiovanni Ryan Pettit
2002[5] 35-45 Mike LaBoissonniere Eric Roberts Arthur Crockett Gilberto Flores Brian Halpin Francisco Erazo Ryan DiGiovanni Bobby Ledrew
2003[5] 33-47 Mike LaBoissonniere Eric Roberts Arthur Crockett Gilberto Flores Sin-young Kuk Francisco Erazo Brian Halpin Jon Parker
2004[5] 32-48 Mike LaBoissonniere Eric Roberts Tadahiro Kanno Gilberto Flores Sin-young Kuk Francisco Erazo Brian Halpin Jon Parker
2005[5] 29-51 Mike LaBoissonniere Blue Jeans Tadahiro Kanno Gilberto Flores Francisco Erazo Chris Dickman Wilson Beauman Jon Parker
2006[5] 32-48 Mike LaBoissonniere Joe Frazier Larry Trainor Jarrod Steitz Edgar Ledezma Gilberto Flores Jose Salazar Jon Parker
2007[5] 28-52 Mike LaBoissonniere Gilberto Flores Jim Read Dan Huber Edgar Ledezma Jeff Didkowsky Jose Salazar Jon Parker
2008[5] 27-53 Mike LaBoissonniere Bryan Helstrom Jason Hovis Danny Montes Edgar Ledezma Gilberto Flores Dawson Park Alex Luna
2009[5] 39-41 Miguel Garcia Bryan Helstrom Jason Hovis Alejandro Reyna Edgar Ledezma Gilberto Flores Dawson Park Alex Luna
2010[5] 25-55 Andrew Britt Logans Run Jim Read Alejandro Reyna Antonio Morales RJ Ray Bruce Aberto Angel Payan
2011[5] 48-32 Andrew Britt Roberto Hernandez Francisco Erazo Alejandro Reyna Antonio Morales Matt Belanger Melvin Cordova RJ Ray
2012[5] 38-44 Andrew Britt Roberto Hernandez Francisco Erazo Alejandro Reyna Antonio Morales RJ Ray Bruce Aberto Angel Payan
2013[5] 49-33 Andrew Britt Art Hewatt Francisco Erazo Alejandro Reyna Antonio Morales RJ Ray Bruce Aberto Angel Payan
2014[5] 43-39 Nick Charles Logans Run Jeremy Fleming Zong-ming Gang Antonio Morales Francisco Erazo Bruce Aberto Angel Payan
2015[5] 46-37 Guido Groeneveld Logans Run Jeremy Fleming Zong-ming Gang Cesar Hernandez Tommy Crompton Ted Brereton Angel Payan
2016[5] 46-36 Guido Groeneveld Barry Janmaat Brian Halpin Zong-ming Gang Cesar Hernandez Narushi Ohata Bruce Aberto Angel Payan
2017[5] 56-44 Nick Charles John Docherty Gaetan Accornero Zong-ming Gang Cesar Hernandez Christian Hoskin Bruce Aberto Angel Payan

Awards and other achievements

Player awards

Most Valuable Player Award

Sandy Koufax Award

Rookie of the Year Award

Woodchuck Trophy

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 1,783 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 500 innings pitched are required.[6][7]

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Francisco Erazo .362 2011 Francisco Erazo .316
On base percentage Francisco Erazo .537 2011 Francisco Erazo .444
Slugging percentage Francisco Erazo .724 2011 Francisco Erazo .544
At bats Bruce Aberto 435 2017 Francisco Erazo 2,906
Runs Francisco Erazo 84 2011 Francisco Erazo 559
Hits Bruce Aberto 121 2017 Francisco Erazo 917
Doubles Francisco Erazo 38 2017 Francisco Erazo 210
Triples Nick Red 10 1996 Angel Payan 22
Home runs Francisco Erazo 26 2012 Francisco Erazo 143
Runs batted in Francisco Erazo 71 2011 Francisco Erazo 479
Stolen bases Matt Belanger
Jay Eddy
19 2011
1996
Edgar Ledezma 60
Earned runs average Kurt Coler 1.84 2001 Dandy Lundgren 3.53
Wins Judson Martel
Alfonso Gutierrez
12 2014
2017
Judson Martel 73
Losses Lozaro Lozano 13 2010 Justin Carter
Eduardo Rodriguez
43
Saves Jesus Carillo 25 2016 Jesus Carrillo 48
Games pitched Henry Burrell 45 2000 Mike Traynor 172
Games started Kris Thomas 21 1995 Judson Martel 142
Complete games Pete Sharpe 6 2017 Judson Martel 25
Shutouts 6 players tied 2 Judson Martel 9
Innings pitched Pete Sharpe 159.2 2017 Judson Martel 1,050.0
Strikeouts Judson Martel 160 2014 Judson Martel 997

Championships

The Boston Brawlers appeared in the inaugural Bull Cup Championship in 1991, losing to the Chicago Knights. They have not appeared in the Championship since then, though they have made four other playoff appearances as a wild card team.

Lake League Champions
New championship 1991[8] Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Lake League East Division Titles
New title 1991[8] Succeeded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Halifax Gunboats Cow League Halifax, Nova Scotia
AA Madison Cyclones Heifer League Madison, Wisconsin
A Lexington Moonshiners Calf League Lexington, Kentucky
Short Season A Corpus Christie Razors Milk League Corpus Christie, Texas

References

  1. Boston Brawlers, History Team Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_5_index.html. Accessed: 7 May 2018.
  2. 1991 statistics. Bull League. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1991stats.pdf. Accessed: 17 October 2016.
  3. 1992 statistics. Bull League. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1992stats.pdf. Accessed: 17 October 2016.
  4. 1993 statistics. Bull League. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1993stats.pdf. Accessed: 17 October 2016.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 Boston Brawlers positional chart. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_5_starters_positional.html. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  6. Boston Brawlers batting leaders. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_5_batting_leaders.html. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  7. Boston Brawlers pitching leaders. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_5_pitching_leaders.html. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Big Book of Teams. 1992 Ed. Bull League. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1992bigbook.pdf. Pg. 11. Accessed: 17 October 2016.