Metropolitan League East

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Metropolitan League East Division
Teams
No. of teams 5
Championships
Most recent ML East champion St. Petersburg Admirals (1st title)
Most ML East titles Calgary Inferno (8)
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.

Calgary is the ML East division's only Canadian team. The remaining four teams are located in the central and eastern United States.

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

  • Dallas Deputies — Joined in 2012 as an expansion team (as Dallas Lawmen)
  • Denver Danger — Joined in 1995 as an expansion team (as Denver Highlanders)
  • Miami Storm — Was 1995 expansion team in LL East (as Kingston Cannons), moved to AEL East to Miami for 2018
  • Norfolk Sharks — Joined in 2012 as an expansion team
  • St. Petersburg Admirals — Founded 1989 in AEL West as San Diego Seagulls, then moved to Anchorage in 2017, joined AEL East for 2018

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 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

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
8 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
1996—1997, 1999—2000, 2002, 2013—2014, 2017
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
2 Philadelphia Liberty Warriors
(Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger)
1995, 2016
2 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens)
2012, 2015
1 California Tidals 1993
1 St. Petersburg Admirals 2018
0 Dallas Deputies
(Dallas Lawmen)
0 Miami Storm
0 Norfolk Sharks

References