Metropolitan League West

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Metropolitan League West Division
Teams
No. of teams 5
Championships
Most recent ML West champion Nevada Speeders (8th title)
Most ML West titles Richmond Ravens (9)

Among teams currently in division:
Nevada Speeders (8)

Bull Cup Championships 5

The Metropolitan League West (formerly the American Eagle League West) 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 East division. Before that time, the league was known as the Southern League.

At the end of the regular Bull League season, the ML West 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

Former members

  • Anchorage Aces — Formerly the San Diego Seagulls (1991-2016), Joined in 1995 from the AEL East, then moved back to AEL East as St. Petersburg Admirals for 2018
  • Calgary Inferno — Joined in 2018 from AEL East, returned there for 2021
  • Richmond Ravens — Founding team, relocated to Jacksonville, Florida and and renamed Jacksonville Ravens during 2012 expansion and reorganization

Southern League

The American Eagle League for 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. They became one of three AEL West founding teams, but were later moved to the AEL East in 2012.

Division member timeline

Years
ML West 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 26
Arizona Cowboys
Calgary Inferno
California Tidals
2
Nevada Speeders Nevada Speeders/Las Vegas Lightning
Richmond Ravens
San Diego Seagulls 1
Seattle Salts
     Division won Bull Cup Championship Series      Division won Metropolitan League Championship Series      No season played

1 – Team was relocated and renamed to Anchorage Aces
2 – Denver Grizzlies reintroduced as an expansion club for 2025

Division Champions by Year

Year Winner Record Pct. Playoff result
1991 Nevada Speeders 24-6 .800 Lost AELCS to Chicago Knights, 3-1
1992 Seattle Salts* 13-3 .812 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Ohio Oxen
1993 Nevada Speeders 19-11 .633 Lost AELCS to California Tidals, 3-2
1994 No season played
1995 Richmond Ravens 54-26 .675 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Montreal Metros, 3-0
1996 Richmond Ravens 48-32 .600 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Kingston Battlements, 3-0
1997 Richmond Ravens 50-30 .625 Lost AELCS to Calgary Chinooks, 3-0
1998 Richmond Ravens 49-31 .613 Lost AELCS to Nevada Speeders, 3-2
1999 San Diego Seagulls 48-32 .600 Lost AELCS to Calgary Chinooks, 3-0
2000 California Tidals 45-35 .563 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Kingston Battlements, 3-2
2001 California Tidals 47-33 .588 Lost AELCS to Nevada Speeders, 3-0
2002 San Diego Seagulls 41-39 .512 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Hamilton Industrials, 3-0
2003 Richmond Ravens 43-37 .537 Lost AELCS to Nevada Speeders, 3-1
2004 Seattle Salts 44-36 .550 Lost AELCS to Chicago Pit Bulls, 3-1
2005 Richmond Ravens 50-30 .625 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2
2006 California Tidals 49-31 .613 Lost AELCS to Nevada Speeders, 3-0
2007 Richmond Ravens 41-39 .512 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Montreal Metros, 3-1
2008 Richmond Ravens 41-39 .512 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Nevada Speeders (wild card), 3-1
2009 Seattle Salts 50-30 .625 Lost AEL Elimination Round to San Diego Seagulls (wild card), 3-2
2010 California Tidals 47-33 .588 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-1
2011 Richmond Ravens 43-37 .537 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Montreal Metros, 3-0
2012 California Tidals 63-19 .768 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Kingston Cannons, 3-0
2013 California Tidals 53-29 .646 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Montreal Metros, 3-1
2014 Seattle Salts 51-32 .614 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Montreal Metros, 3-0
2015 Seattle Salts 51-31 .622 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Calgary Inferno (wild card), 3-1
2016 San Diego Seagulls 46-36 .561 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Jacksonville Ravens (wild card), 3-2
2017 Seattle Salts 63-37 .630 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Jacksonville Ravens (wild card), 3-2
2018 Nevada Speeders 63-37 .630 Lost AEL Elimination Round to Denver Danger (wild card), 3-1
2019 Seattle Salts 93-69 .574 Lost ML Elimination Round to Arizona Cowboys (wild card), 3-2
2020 Arizona Cowboys 91-71 .562 Lost ML Elimination Round to Nevada Speeders (wild card), 3-1
2021 Nevada Speeders 90-72 .556 Lost MLCS to Calgary Inferno, 4-3
2022 Nevada Speeders 107-55 .660 Lost MLCS to California Tidals, 4-0
2023 Nevada Speeders 101-61 .623 Lost MLCS to Miami Storm, 4-2
2024 Nevada Speeders 91-71 .562 Lost ML Elimination Round to California Tidals (wild card), 3-1
2025 Nevada Speeders 92-70 .568 Lost MLCS to Miami Storm (wild card), 4-1

Division Titles by Team

The following teams have won a Metropolitan League West Division Pennant signifying having the best record at the end of the regular season. The pennant winner always advances to the playoffs.

The Richmond Ravens (then Jacksonville Ravens) moved out of the AEL West in 2012, but remain the team with the most West Division titles (9). Expansion team Arizona has yet to win a Division Title. Teams in Italics are no longer in the division.

Titles Team Years
9 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens)
1995—1998, 2003, 2005, 2007—2008, 2011
8 Nevada Speeders 1991, 1993, 2018, 2021—2025
7 Seattle Salts 1992, 2004, 2009, 2014—2015, 2017, 2019
6 California Tidals 2000—2001, 2006, 2010, 2012—2013
3 St. Petersburg Admirals
(San Diego Seagulls, Anchorage Aces)
1999, 2002, 2016
1 Arizona Cowboys 2020

References