Metropolitan League East

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Metropolitan League East Division
Teams
No. of teams 5
Championships
Most recent ML East champion Kansas City Blizzard (1st title)
Most ML East titles Calgary Inferno (10)
Bull Cup Championships 4 (1 as wild card)

The Metropolitan League East is one of four divisions within the Bull League (the Metropolitan League and the Lake League each have an East and a West division). The division was formally established in 1991 with the establishment of the Metropolitan League, along with the ML West division. Before that time, the league was known as the Southern League.

At the end of the regular Bull League season, the ML East team with the best win-loss record is named the division title winner, and earns one of the four playoff spots in the ML Elimination Round.

Division membership

Current members

  • Atlanta Fireants — Joined prior to 2025 as an expansion team
  • Houston Oilers — Founded 1989 in AEL West as San Diego Seagulls — Currently managed by Brandon Popper
  • Kansas City Blizzard — Moved from the ML West (formerly Arizona Cowboys) for 2025
  • Miami Storm — Was 1995 expansion team in LL East (as Kingston Cannons), moved to AEL East to Miami for 2018 —
  • Washington Freedom — Formerly, Denver Danger and Philadelphia Liberty Warriors; Joined in 1995 as an expansion team (as Denver Highlanders)

Former members

Southern League

The American Eagle League was formally established in 1991. Prior to this, the league had been known as the Southern League. Nine of the original ten Southern League teams were disbanded prior to the formation of the American Eagle League in 1991. Only the Richmond Raiders remained active. They were moved from Richmond, Virginia, to Richmond, California and renamed the Ravens, and placed in the AEL West division, until rejoining the AEL East in 2012 as the Jacksonville Ravens during a league expansion and reorganization.

Division member timeline

Years
ML East Division
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
5
Calgary Chinooks Calgary Inferno 3
California Tidals
Chicago Knights Chicago Pit Bulls
Dallas Lawmen Dallas Deputies
Jacksonville Ravens
6
Miami Storm
Nevada Speeders
Norfolk Sharks
San Diego Seagulls St. Petersburg Admirals 4
Denver Highlanders 1 2 Washington Freedom
     Division won Bull Cup Championship Series      Division won Metropolitan League Championship Series      No season played

1 – Team was renamed to Denver Danger

2 – Team was known as the Philadelphia Liberty Warriors for the 2019 season

3 – Team returned from ML West division for 2021 season

4 – Team renamed Houston Oilers after 2022 season

5 – Atlanta Fireants joined as an expansion club

6 – Kansas City Blizzard moved from West division and renamed (formerly Arizona Cowboys)

Division Champions by Year

Year Winner Record Pct. Playoff result
1991 Chicago Knights 18-12 .600 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Boston Brawlers, 3-1
1992 Chicago Knights 9-7 .562 No series, Seattle Salts acclaimed as AELCS champions
1993 California Tidals 14-16 .466 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2
1994 No season played
1995 Denver Highlanders 40-40 .500 Lost AELCS to Richmond Ravens, 3-2
1996 Calgary Chinooks 45-35 .563 Lost AELCS to Richmond Ravens, 3-2
1997 Calgary Chinooks 49-31 .613 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to New York Minutemen, 3-2
1998 Nevada Speeders 47-33 .588 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to New York Minutemen, 3-0
1999 Calgary Chinooks 54-26 .675 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to New York Minutemen, 3-2
2000 Calgary Chinooks 48-32 .600 Lost AELCS to California Tidals, 3-1
2001 Nevada Speeders 50-30 .625 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2
2002 Calgary Chinooks 52-28 .650 Lost AELCS to San Diego Seagulls, 3-1
2003 Nevada Speeders 59-21 .738 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to New York Minutemen, 3-1
2004 Chicago Pit Bulls 45-35 .563 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2
2005 Chicago Pit Bulls 45-35 .563 Lost AELCS to Richmond Ravens, 3-1
2006 Nevada Speeders 44-36 .550 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Ohio Oxen, 3-1
2007 Nevada Speeders 53-27 .62 Lost AELCS to Richmond Ravens, 3-2
2008 Chicago Pit Bulls 54-26 .675 Lost AELCS to Nevada Speeders (wild card), 3-1
2009 Nevada Speeders 55-25 .688 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Ohio Oxen, 3-0
2010 Nevada Speeders 48-32 .600 Lost AELCS to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-2
2011 Chicago Pit Bulls 52-38 .650 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Seattle Salts (wild card), 3-2
2012 Jacksonville Ravens 62-20 .756 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-2
2013 Calgary Inferno 57-25 .695 Lost AELCS to California Tidals, 3-2
2014 Calgary Inferno 50-32 .610 Lost AEL Elimination Round to California Tidals (wild card), 3-1
2015 Jacksonville Ravens 59-23 .720 Lost AELCS to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-2 (Won Bull Cup as wildcard)
2016 Denver Highlanders 48-34 .585 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-0
2017 Calgary Inferno 59-41 .590 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Montreal Metros, 3-2
2018 St. Petersburg Admirals 59-41 .590 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Montreal Metros, 3-1
2019 St. Petersburg Admirals 99-63 .611 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Minneapolis Ravens, 4-1
2020 St. Petersburg Admirals 96-66 .593 Lost Metropolitan League Championship Series to Nevada Speeders
2021 Calgary Inferno 94-68 .580 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicago Pit Bulls, 4-0
2022 Calgary Inferno 87-75 .537 Lost ML Elimination Round to California Tidals (wild card), 3-1
2023 Miami Storm 91-71 .562 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicago Pit Bulls, 4-1
2024 Washington Freedom 83-79 .512 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicago Pit Bulls, 4-1
2025 Kansas City Blizzard 105-57 .648 Lost ML Elimination Round to Miami Storm (wild card), 3-2

Division Titles by Team

The following is a list of winners of the Metropolitan League East Division Pennant titles won by each team, including former teams, of the division.

Italics indicates team has moved to another division or folded.

Titles Team Years
10 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
1996—1997, 1999—2000, 2002, 2013—2014, 2017, 2021—2022
7 Nevada Speeders 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006—2007, 2009—2010
6 Chicago Pit Bulls
(Chicago Knights)
1991—1992, 2004—2005, 2008, 2011
5 Seattle Salts 1992, 2004, 2009, 2014—2015
3 Houston Oilers
(St. Petersburg Admirals)
2018—2020
3 Washington Freedom
(Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger, Philadelphia Liberty Warriors)
1995, 2016, 2024
2 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens)
2012, 2015
1 California Tidals 1993
1 Kansas City Blizzard 2025
1 Miami Storm 2023
0 Atlanta Fire Ants

References