Lake League Championship Series
The Lake League Champonship Series (LLCS) is the best-of-seven annual championship series that determines the winning team of the Lake League(LL). The winning team advances to play the winner of the Metropolitan League (ML) Championship Series (MLCS) 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 Lake League Championship Trophy.
From 1991 to 2006, the division title winners for the two LL divisions, the LL East and the LL West, competed in the LLCS. Since 2007, there have also been wild card teams in the playoffs. The two LL division champions, and the top two teams in the LL 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 LLCS.
The first LL Championship Series took place in 1991 between the Boston Brawlers, who were victorious, and the Ohio Oxen. The first series went to the fifth game. Boston went on to contest the Bull Cup Championship, losing to the Chicago Knights (now called the Pit Bulls).
Ohio was selected as the LL Championship team in 1992, when the season was cut short, and the league championship team for both the LL and the AEL were selected by top ranked team in the standings.
Modern era (1995-present)
The league's Modern era began in 1995 after the Bull League reorganized and expanded to an 80-game schedule, with 16 teams in the league. The first LL Championship team in the modern era were the Montreal Metros, who defeated the Ohio Oxen in four games. Both teams would then be shut out of the LL Championships for several years; seven in the case of the Metros, and eight in the case of the Oxen.
The New York Minutemen then established themselves as the dominant LL team, winning the championship four times in eight years, for a 4-2 record, between 1996-2003. They went on to win the Bull Cup championship each time they won the LL championship. New York added another LL championship title in 2008, and also went on to win the Bull Cup again that year.
More recently, the Montreal Metros have replaced New York as the dominant Lake League team. From 2006 to 2014, they have had six championship appearances, and have gone 4-2 during that period, including back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. Both teams are tied for the most LL championship appearances (8) and wins (5).
LLCS results (1991–present)
† – Player had a postseason MVP sweep, claiming the Elimination Round MVP, League Championship MVP, and Bull Cup MVP in same postseason, or both the League Championship MVP and Bull Cup MVP (prior to 2007).
LLCS appearances by team
Team in Italics has folded and is no longer active, or have left the Lake League.
|10||New York Dragons
New York Minutemen
|9||Chicago Pit Bulls
|4||Pittsburgh Iron Pigs
Rimouski Fighting Moose
(Battle Creek Attack, Louisville Sluggers)
|3||Boston Brawlers vs. Ohio Oxen||Ohio, 2-1||1991, 2009, 2016|
|3||Chicago Pit Bulls vs. Montreal Metros||Montreal, 2-1||2007, 2011, 2023|
|2||Chicago Pit Bulls vs. Minneapolis Ravens||Chicago, 2-0||2021—2022|
|2||Montreal Metros vs. Ohio Oxen||Tie, 1-1||1995, 2006|
|2||Montreal Metros vs. New York Dragons||Tie, 1-1||2008, 2025|
- 1991-1993 Stats. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/archives/. Accessed: 8 April 2017.
- Bull Baseball League: History Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/league_100_index.html. Accessed: 8 April 2017.