Chicoutimi Cinquantes

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Chicoutimi Cinquantes

Founded in 1989 (Folded 2017)

Saguenay, Quebec
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Team logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Lake League
Division East
Team Info
Name Chicoutimi Cinquantes (1992-2017)

Other nicknames The Fifty's, Les Cinquantes

Previous names Brooklyn Tigers (1991)

Previous locations Brooklyn, NY (1991)

Colors Labatt green, red, white

              

Ballpark
Ballpark Stade de Molson (1995-2016)
Titles
Bull Cup titles 1993, 2004, 2005
League pennants 1993, 2001, 2004, 2005

Division pennants LL East - 1992—1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003—2005



The Chicoutimi Cinquantes were a Canadian Bull League baseball team based in Chicoutimi, Quebec. The team was located in the Lake League (LL) East division. The team had used the Stade de Molson ballpark.

In April, 2017, the league folded the team. All of its players and managers were then transferred to a newly formed franchise, with new ownership, during a relocation and realignment, joining the Detroit Motorheads.

The Cinquantes, a French term for "fifty", were named for a brand of beer that is popular in much of the province.

During its history, the team had four appearances in the Bull Cup Championship Series, and are 3-1, winning the championship in 1993, 2004 and 2005.

History

The Cinquantes were a Founding Team, first formed in 1989 under the name Brooklyn Tigers, in the Central League's East division. In 1992, the team moved from Brooklyn, NY to Chicoutimi, Quebec, and took its most recent name. They had remained in the same league and division throughout their entire history, since 1989.

The team had one of the best single-season win-loss records, and one of the worst. In 2001, they were 58-22 (.725), and held the team record for wins until the Montreal Metros won 61 in 2016. In 2015, the Cinquantes went 25-57 (.305), with only five less losses than the 2001 Toronto Ducks and the 2013 Battle Creek Attack.

The team also holds several team batting records, including the BA record of .306 set in 2004, and the runs record of 539 and the hits record of 873 set in the same year. They also hold the all-time team record for stolen bases in a season, stealing 104 bases in 1999.

When it was active, the Cinquantes had a strong focus on hitting, but have produced both some of the best hitters and pitchers in the Bull League. Dave 'The Dominator' Norman only spent a total of four seasons with the team, but in one of them, 1999, he set the Bull League record for stolen bases with 44. Hall of Fame third baseman Chris Felix set the single season record in on base percentage with .556 in 1997. Felix also hold career records for batting average (.368) and on base percentage (.518).

Although the team has not consistently been among the top performing pitching clubs, they have the distinction of having had one of the greatest pitchers ever to play in the Bull League, Hall of Fame inductee Iron Arm, who holds numerous season and career pitching records, including the ERA season record of 0.28 set in 1993, and the career ERA record of 2.23. Arm pitched for 14 years with Chicoutimi (1992-2006), and consistently allowed opposing batters few hits, setting the H/9 IP season record of 1.87 in 1993. Arm also holds the career shut outs record of 22. Arm was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 with the highest percentage vote ever, 99.7%, in his first year of eligibility.

Aside from Arm, the club has two more Hall of Fame inductees who joined the Hall of Fame as Cinquantes, Fred Fasterpitch and Chris Felix (who was the first person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame). Only the New York Minutemen have more players inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Opening Day Rosters

Year Record C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
1991 0-0 Bob Melvin Carl Simms Larry Gregg Orville Patts Fred Tiger Theo Swordman Iowa Brown Roger Winston
1992 0-0
1993 0-0
1995 34-46 Herb Ellsworth John Gibbon Lee Howatt Jack Stinson Jeremy Anderson TJ Cyrus Dwayne Henshaw Carl Simms
1996 42-38 Herb Ellsworth Errol Corfield Lee Howatt Chris Felix Cory Armburst Franklin Hernandez Dwayne Henshaw Carl Simms
1997 48-32 Jacobo Corella Errol Corfield Lee Howatt Chris Felix Matt Mims Shane Brewer Mitch Corrigan Carl Simms
1998 41-39 Jacobo Corella Errol Corfield Lee Howatt Chris Felix Doug Molitoris Jeff Groulx Jonathan Embry Frank Orr
1999 44-36 Jacobo Corella Errol Corfield Lee Howatt Chris Felix Sean Marble Jeff Groulx Dave Norman Luke Wyatt
2000 48-32 Mike Lapi Kirby Bursey Corey Walker Mike Ogdahl Joel Evers Joao Hitter Joe Balaski Luke Wyatt
2001 58-22 Jacobo Corella Errol Corfield Corey Walker Rick Wider Edison Stratton Jeff Groulx Joe Balaski Danny Lucas
2002 41-39 Jacobo Corella Errol Corfield Anglo Phone Ichibod Umpires Joel Evers Jeff Groulx Joe Balaski Danny Lucas
2003 53-27 Mike Lapi Errol Corfield Dan Huber Rick Wider Joel Evers Joe Balaski Shane Powers Danny Lucas
2004 50-30 Mike Lapi Errol Corfield Dan Huber Rick Wider Jack Leduc Noah Miron Joe Balaski Danny Lucas
2005 47-33 Guido Groeneveld Joe Frazier Dan Huber Rick Wider Jack Leduc Danny Lucas Joe Balaski Shane Powers
2006 39-41 Guido Groeneveld Errol Corfield Ben Day Dan Huber Jack Leduc Danny Lucas Joe Balaski Shane Powers
2007 41-39 Guido Groeneveld Silas Clark Nick Ferguson Mike Ogdahl Jack Leduc Andrew White Joe Balaski Danny Lucas
2008 41-39 Guido Groeneveld Errol Corfield Nick Ferguson Nam-shik Kym Rafael Diaz Andrew White Freddy Hernandez Jonathan French
2009 34-46 Guido Groeneveld Errol Corfield Nick Ferguson Nam-shik Kym Rafael Diaz Andrew White Freddy Hernandez Danny Lucas
2010 34-46 Guido Groeneveld Bryan Helstrom Edwin Ugalde Nam-shik Kym Sacha Scholtus Andrew White Freddy Hernandez Jonathan French
2011 27-53 Shigem Ukari John Webster Sacha Scholtus Nam-shik Kym Juan Paredes Andrew White Freddy Hernandez Dave Norman
2012 42-40 Shigem Ukari Shigeharu Tomiyama Edwin Ugalde Nam-shik Kym Juan Paredes Rick Reefknot Freddy Hernandez Matthew Cross
2013 29-53 Jose Garza Shigeharu Tomiyama Edwin Ugalde Nam-shik Kym Jon Fulcher Luis Marroquin Joey Ireland Jesus Felix
2014 26-56 Ricky Ortiz Ed Langston Justin Good Victor Torrez Jon Fulcher Luis Marroquin Freddy Hernandez John Webster
2015 25-57 Luis Ventura Ed Langston Justin Good Albert Manning Jon Fulcher Daryl Erickson Freddy Hernandez John Webster
2016 32-50 Raul Merino Ed Langston Sacha Scholtus Paul Byrd Ricky Sandoval Matt Moore Dave Keeping John Webster

Retired Numbers

The Chicoutimi Cinquantes have retired two uniform numbers, including Hall of Fame pitcher Iron Arm.

Chicoutimi Cinquantes Retired Uniform Numbers
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Iron Arm
Pitcher
Retired 2016
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Joe Balaski
Center Field
Retired 2015

Hall of Fame Players

The first player to be inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame was Chris Felix, who spent four years with the Cinquantes as a third baseman.

In total, three Hall of Fame players were admitted as Cinquantes.

Chicoutimi Cinquantes Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Iron Arm Pitcher 2014
Fred Fasterpitch Pitcher 2009
Chris Felix 3B 2006

Notable Players

The Cinquantes hold the second-most LL MVP awards, and numerous other player awards.

Most Valuable Player Award Winners

Sandy Koufax Award Winners

Although only two Cinquantes have won the Sandy Koufax Award pitching award, one of them has done so five times, and is only the second Lake League player to have five Sandy Koufax Awards.

Championships

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The Chicoutimi Cinquantes have won three the Bull Cup championship three times in four appearances, with their first win coming in 1993 during the last season played before the "modern era" began in 1995.

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
1993 Succeeded by:
Richmond Ravens (1995)
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
20042005 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Lake League Champions
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
1993 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros (1995)
Preceded by:
Kingston Battlements
2001 Succeeded by:
Hamilton Industrials
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
20042005 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Lake League East Division Titles
Preceded by:
Unknown
1993 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros (1995)
Preceded by:
Kingston Battlements
1997 Succeeded by:
Kingston Battlements
Preceded by:
Kingston Battlements
1999 Succeeded by:
Kingston Battlements
Preceded by:
Kingston Battlements
2001 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros
Preceded by:
Montreal Metros
20032005 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros