Lake League

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Lake League

Founded 1991

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Level Bull League (Major)

Countries Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png, United States Usa.png

No. of teams 8

Divisions 2 (East, West)

Most recent champions Montreal Metros (8th)

Most titles Montreal Metros (8)

The Lake League (abbreviated as LL) is one of two subleagues that make up the major-level Bull League. It was formed in 1991, developing out of the former Central League, which had existed from June of 1989. Several of the original Central League teams were moved in 1991 to the American Eagle League, which has since been renamed to the Metropolitan League (ML).

The league consists of ten teams from Canada and the United States, divided into East and West divisions.

At the end of each regular season a playoff series is held to determine a league champion. The winner of the LL Championship Series goes on to contest the Bull Cup Championship Series against the championship team from the AEL.

The league has used the designated hitter rule since forming in 1991.

Teams

Charter teams

The Lake League was formed in 1991 constituting six teams, all of which had originally been in the prior Central League in one form or another.

  • Boston Brawlers (name and locale unchanged since 1991, had been the Boston Britons from 1989-1990)
  • Brooklyn Tigers (moved to Chicoutimi, Quebec and renamed Chicoutimi Cinquantes in 1992, then folded with all players and coaching staff forming the Detroit Motorheads in April 2017 — folded after 2020)
  • Montreal Metros (had been the Vancouver Metros prior to 1991, name and locale unchanged since then)
  • New York Fastballs (several name and locale changes since 1991, and now called the New York Dragons)
  • Ohio Oxen (name and locale unchanged since prior to 1991)

Expansion, renaming and relocation summary

Current teams

Lake League current teams
East Division West Division
Team City Founded Team City Founded
Boston Brawlers Boston, MA Usa.png 1989 Chicago Pit Bulls Chicago, IL Usa.png 1989
Montreal Metros Montreal, QC Flag of Canada.svg.png 1989 Grand Rapids Hops Grand Rapids, MI Usa.png 2012
New York Dragons New York, NY Usa.png 1989 Minneapolis Ravens Minneapolis, MN Usa.png 1991
Toronto Nomads Toronto, ON Flag of Canada.svg.png 1989 Ohio Oxen Cincinnati, OH Usa.png 1989

Lake League East Division

    See article: Lake League East

  • Boston Brawlers (founded in 1989 as the Boston Britons)
  • Detroit expansion team (2026)
  • Montreal Metros (founded in 1989 as the Vancouver Metros, relocated and renamed to Montreal Metros in 1991)
  • New York Dragons (founded in 1989 as the New York Fastballs)
  • Toronto Nomads (founded in 1989 as the Toronto Ducks, renamed in 2017)

Lake League West Division

    See article: Lake League West

Vision: 2030

As part of the future planning, the Lake League is looking at potential sites for future expansion teams within the next few seasons.

By 2030 it is anticipated that the league could expand back to 2 divisions of 5 teams each, or possibly 2 divisions of 6 teams each, adding 2-4 new franchises.

Possible locations include:

  • Detroit (a former team location)
  • Green Bay
  • Cleveland
  • Buffalo (a former team location)
  • Kingston, ON (a former team location)
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Quebec City, QC
  • Pittsburgh (a former team location)
  • Indianapolis

History

Former Central League

The Lake League was created in 1991 to replace the former Central League. The new league would include teams from the Great Lakes states and provinces, along with other New England area states. The original Central League included teams from a wide geographic area, including the west coast. Of these ten original teams, four would move to the American Eagle League when it formed in 1991, although later in 2012, one (Chicago) would move back to what was by now the Lake League. The remaining three teams stayed in the American Eagle League: California, Nevada and Seattle.

The original Central League contained ten teams, also organized into an East and a West division, each with five teams. These teams were:

Central League
East West
Boston Britons California Tidals
Brooklyn Tigers Nevada Speeders
Chicago Knights Ohio Oxen
New York Fastballs Seattle Salts
Toronto Ducks Vancouver Metros

Early LL logo untl 2017
The Lake League adopted a new logo for the 2018 season. The former logo was retired at that time.

The logo evokes the sense of the Great Lakes and water, around which the teams are based.

References

[1] [2]

  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.