Carl Simms MVP Award
The Carl Simms Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is an annual Bull Baseball League award given to one outstanding position player in each of the constituent leagues of the Bull League (the American Eagle League, or AEL, and the Lake League, or LL). Pitchers are ineligible as of the 2017 season.
The award is named after Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Simms who won the MVP Award a record five times, all with the Nevada Speeders. Simms is also the only player in the Bull League to have won an MVP Award in three consecutive years (2000—2002). The award was renamed in 2017, and was previously simply known as the "Most Valuable Player Award".
A total of three players have won the MVP Award in both the AEL and the LL. Mike Lapi has won four times, once as an AEL player (2006, Nevada Speeders), and three times as an LL player (2000, 2003, 2005, Chicoutimi Cinquantes). Bill Ross won the MVP twice, first in 2007 with the AEL's Nevada Speeders, then in 2014 with the LL's Chicago Pit Bulls. Finally, Ricky Terrazas won it in 2004 with the Pit Bulls when they were in the AEL, then in 2009 and 2012 with the LL's Montreal Metros.
Players from the Nevada Speeders have won the MVP Award a total of 12 times, making the team the Bull League leader in producing MVP Award winning players. Next on the league leading team list is Chicoutimi, whose players have won the MVP Award five times.
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|
Several players have won the MVP Award multiple times, and three have won in both the AEL and the LL.
|6||Carl Simms||1992 (LL)
1998, 2000—2002, 2005 (AEL)
|4||Mike Lapi||2000, 2003—2004 (LL)|
|3||Dao-zi Ling||2013—2014, 2016|
|3||Zenjiro Suga||2008, 2010—2011|
|3||Ricky Terrazas||2004 (AEL)|
2009, 2012 (LL)
|2||Francisco Erazo||2011, 2013|
|2||Narushi Ohata||2005, 2008|
|2||Chuck Provost||1993, 1995|
|2||Bill Ross||2007 (AEL)|
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).
|12||Nevada Speeders||1998, 2000—2003, 2005—2011|
|7||Chicoutimi Cinquantes||1992—1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003—2004|
|7||Montreal Metros||1991, 1995, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016—2017|
|3||Chicago Pit Bulls||1999, 2004 (AEL)|
|3||New York Dragons
(New York Minutemen)
|1996, 1998, 2010|
(San Diego Seagulls)
|2||Boston Brawlers||2011, 2013|
|2||Rimouski Fighting Moose
(Hamilton Crusaders, Hamilton Industrials)
All Star Game MVP
Records for All-Star Game MVPs are incomplete. However, several are known:
|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|
|2016||Alfonso Salomon||Ohio Oxen||C|
|2017||Israel Medina||Calgary Inferno||3B|
- Bull Baseball League. American Eagle League Award Winners. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/reports/html/2016/history/sl_award_winners_100_1.html. Accessed 12 August 2016.
- Bull Baseball League. Lake League Award Winners. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/reports/html/2016/history/sl_award_winners_100_0.html. Accessed 12 August 2016.
- Young Star Helps Propel American Eagle League to Win in Midseason Classic. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/young-star-helps-propel-american-eagle-league-to-win-in-midseason-classic/. 17 July 2017. Accessed: 11 September 2017.