Carl Simms MVP Award

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Carl Simms MVP Award

Established in 1991
Presented by The Bull League to the most valuable player in the Lake League (LL) and the Metropolitan League (ML)

First awarded 1991

Last awarded 2023

Current winner Omar Little (CGY), Metropolitan League

Dennis Guppy (CHI), Lake League

Most wins Carl Simms (6)

The Carl Simms Most Valuable Player Award (or MVP) is an annual Bull Baseball League award given to one outstanding position player in the Metropolitan League (ML) and one in the Lake League (LL). It has been awarded annually since 1991, and since 2017 the winners have been selected by voting by the general managers. In that same year, pitchers became ineligible to win. The award is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Simms, who won the award a record six times during his career.

Among infielders, catchers have won the award the most times, with 13 winners at that position, followed by shortstops (7), first basemen (5), second basemen (4), and third basemen. Outfielders have won the award 18 times, and pitchers (when they were previously eligible) a total of 7 times.

The first player to win a second MVP award in their career was Cola Classique of the Seattle Salts, first in the inaugural 1991 (together with Yuri Yagaslov, the only time two players tied for the award), and then again in 1992. The first player to win the MVP at a second position was Chuck Provost of the Minneapolis Ravens, who first won it in 1993 as a first baseman, and then again in 1995 as a second baseman.

The first player to win the award with two different teams, and in two different leagues, was Carl Simms, who first won it in 1992 with the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, and then again in 1998 with the Nevada Speeders. Simms is also the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons (2000, 2001, and 2002).

The Nevada Speeders have received the highest number of MVP awards, with a total of 12 awards to that club (Simms accounted for five of those).

List of Bull League MVP Winners

Year Each year is linked to a page about that season
* Also named Sandy Koufax Award winner
Also won Rookie of the Year
Italics Member of the Hall of Fame

Multiple Winners

Several players have won the MVP Award multiple times, and three have won in both the AEL and the LL. ‡ denotes active players.

Multi Year Winners
Awards Player Years
6 Carl Simms 1992 (LL)

1998, 2000—2002, 2005 (AEL)

5 John Rambo 2020—2022, 2024—2025
4 Mike Lapi 2000, 2003—2004 (LL)
2006 (AEL)
3 Dao-zi Ling 2013—2014, 2016
3 Zenjiro Suga 2008, 2010—2011
3 Ricky Terrazas 2004 (AEL)
2009, 2012 (LL)
2 Cola Classique 1991—1992
2 Francisco Erazo 2011, 2013
2 Narushi Ohata 2005, 2008
2 Chuck Provost 1993, 1995
2 Bill Ross 2007 (AEL)
2014 (LL)
2 Always Rosy 1996—1997
2 Danny Sanchez 2017, 2019

MVP Wins by Teams

The Nevada Speeders have dominated the MVP Awards, with their players winning the award a total of 12 times. Chicago Pit Bulls have had players win the MVP Award while the team has been in both the AEL (1999, 2004) and the LL (2014).

Wins by teams
Wins Team Years
13 Nevada Speeders 1998, 2000—2003, 2005, 2007—2011, 2022, 2025
8 Montreal Metros 1991, 1995, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016—2018
9 Chicago Pit Bulls 1999, 2004 (AEL)
2014, 2020—2025 (LL)
7 Chicoutimi Cinquantes 1992—1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003—2004
4 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
2013—2014, 2016, 2023
4 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens)
1993, 1995, 2006, 2012
3 New York Dragons
(New York Minutemen)
1996, 1998, 2010
3 Norfolk Sharks 2017—2019
2 St. Petersburg Admirals
(San Diego Seagulls, Anchorage Aces)
2 Boston Brawlers 2011, 2013
2 Pittsburgh Iron Pigs
(Hamilton Crusaders, Hamilton Industrials, Rimouski Fighting Moose)
2 Seattle Salts 1991—1992
2 Toronto Nomads
(Toronto Ducks)
2 Miami Storm
(Kingston Battlements, Kingston Cannons)
2015, 2024
2 Washington Freedom
(Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger, Philadelphia Liberty Warriors)
2015, 2021
1 Kansas City Blizzard 2020
1 California Tidals 1991
1 Grand Rapids Hops
(Battle Creek Attack, Louisville Sluggers, Milwaukee Hops)
1 Ohio Oxen 2008

All Star Game MVP

Records for All-Star Game MVPs are incomplete. However, several are known:

Year Player Team Position
1991 Cola Classique Seattle Salts CF
1992 Nick Red Boston Brawlers CF
1993 Rolling Thunder San Diego Seagulls 1B
1996 Steve Brett Ohio Oxen RF
1998 Prennick Argon San Diego Seagulls SS
1999 Mark Fernandes New York Minutemen CF
2002 Edison Stratton Hamilton Crusaders SS
2012 Justin Good Kingston Cannons 3B
2016 Alfonso Salomon Ohio Oxen C
2017 Israel Medina[1] Calgary Inferno 3B
2018 Earl MacPherson Norfolk Sharks C
2019 Lang-quing Siew Minneapolis Ravens 2B
2020 Payton Bint Detroit Motorheads 1B
2021 Johnny Bannink Miami Storm RF
2022 John Rambo Chicago Pit Bulls RF
2023 Pedro Rosario Miami Storm (won as Lake League player) 1B
2024 Joseph Dumoulin Toronto Nomads LF


  1. Young Star Helps Propel American Eagle League to Win in Midseason Classic. Bull Baseball League website. 17 July 2017. Accessed: 11 September 2017.