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New York Dragons

Founded in 1989

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Team logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Lake League
Division East (From 2012)
Team Info
Name New York Dragons (2017 (spring training) -present)

Previous names New York Minutemen (1995-2017)

North York Might (1993) North York Yankees (1992) New York State Fastballs (1991) New York Fastballs (1989)

Previous locations Buffalo, NY (1995-2016)

North York, ON (1992-1993) Buffalo, NY (1991) New York, NY (1989-1990)

Colors Green, black, brown, white

                   

Owner Doug Persson, Jr.

General manager Alex Sanderson (Since January 2017)
Ballpark
Ballpark The Redoubt
Titles
Bull Cup titles (5) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008
League pennants (5) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008

Division pennants (8) LL West - 1996—1999, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011



The New York Dragons are an American Bull League baseball team based in New York, New York. The team is in the Lake League (LL) East division.

The team was founded in 1989 as the New York Fastballs and have gone through some name changes over the years. New York State Fastballs in 1991, North York Yankees in 1992, North York Might in 1993, and most recently the New York Minutemen. Current GM Alex Sanderson was able to convince the league and its owner Doug Persson Jr. that it was time to make a change to make the team his own, hence the Dragons name and logo came to be.

They are the team in the Bull League with the most championships, having won the Bull Cup Championship Series a total of five times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008), and remain undefeated when reaching that championship series.

History

The New York Dragons are another Founding Team, first formed in 1989 as the New York Fastballs, and were based at that time in New York City, New York. The following year, the team moved to Buffalo, New York, to become the New York State Fastballs. Of all the teams founded in 1989, they have undergone the most name-changes and relocations throughout their long history.

In 1992, they moved to North York, Ontario, and became the North York Yankees. In 1993, the commissioner disallowed the team name "Yankees" and the team was simply referred to by it's city, North York. During the 1993 season, the team owner chose a new name, the North York Might, which was approved by the commissioner.

Former New York Minutemen logo (1995-2016)

The 1994 season was abandoned due to a work stoppage, and when the league reformed in 1995, the team no longer had an owner. The league renamed the team to the Minutemen, evoking the by-gone revolutionary militiamen that were called to action during the War of Independence. The team was moved back to Buffalo, NY, where it remained until after the 2016 season.

Then, during Spring Training of the 2017 season, with no prior rumor or announcement, the Minutemen came out dawning new jerseys and a complete rebrand to the new Dragons nickname currently used.

Since 1995, they have had 12 playoff appearances, and have won the Lake League Championship Series a total of five times, tying the all-time record. Those wins earned the team five entries into the Bull Cup Championship Series and won each won, making them the only team that is undefeated in the Bull Cup finals, and also the record holding team for the most Bull Cup championships won.[1] [2]

Retired Numbers

The New York Dragons have retired two uniform numbers, though both players numbers were retired while the team was called Minutemen.

New York Dragons Retired Uniform Numbers
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Jim Sure
Second base
Retired 2005
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Jack Stevens
Pitcher
Retired 2007

Awards and other achievements

Player awards

Most Valuable Player Award

Sandy Koufax Award

  • 1996 — Jack Stevens
  • 1997 — Jack Stevens
  • 1998 — Jack Stevens

Rookie of the Year Award

Woodchuck Trophy

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 1,460 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 471 innings pitched are required.

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Chris Felix .373 2000 Mark Fernandes .315
On base percentage Chris Felix .511 2000 Mark Fernandes .418
Slugging percentage Jim Sure .720 1996 Mark Fernandes .644
At bats Tony Cruz 348 2015 Setsuo Kimura 4,527
Runs Chris Felix 81 2000 Setsuo Kimura 769
Hits Setsuo Kimura 110 2008 Setsuo Kimura 1,364
Doubles Corrosive Joseph 26 2013 Setsuo Kimura 248
Triples Mark Fernandes
Nick Runner
7 1996
1998
Tony Cruz 24
Home runs Jim Sure 30 1996 Setsuo Kimura 250
Runs batted in Mark Fernandes 88 1997 Setsuo Kimura 831
Stolen bases Chris Felix 38 2000 Tony Cruz 93
Earned runs average Ezra Doolittle
Jack Stevens
2.04 2011
1998
Ezra Doolittle 2.83
Wins Jack Stevens 13 1998 Jack Stevens 83
Losses Eduardo Rodriguez 10 2010 Carlos Beltran 66
Saves Mike Black 25 2001 Steve Tyler 88
Games pitched Eye Suck 51 2003 Carlos Beltran 190
Games started Jack Stevens 21 1995 Carlos Beltran 184
Complete games Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
6 2010
2012
Carlos Beltran 17
Shutouts Zachary Spurr 2 2002 Carlos Beltran
Ezra Doolittle
3
Innings pitched F.Y. Jackass 156.0 1995 Carlos Beltran 1,184.2
Strikeouts Jack Stevens 193 1998 Jack Stevens 1,479

Hall of Fame Players

New York is the team with the most Hall of Fame members inducted, with a total of four. All of them were inducted as New York Minutemen.

New York Dragons Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Mark Fernandes Center fielder 2009
Flamer Flaherty Pitcher 2010
Jack Stevens Pitcher 2013
Jim Sure Second baseman 2012

Championships

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The New York Dragons are the winningest team in Bull League history, having won five Bull Cups, having never been defeated in any of their Bull Cup finals appearances. They are the only team in the Bull League to have won three Bull Cups in consecutive years (1997—1999). Each of the championship titles were won while the team was called Minutemen.

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Richmond Ravens
19971999 Succeeded by:
Kingston Battlements
Preceded by:
Hamilton Industrials
2003 Succeeded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
Preceded by:
Montreal Metros
2008 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Lake League Champions
Preceded by:
Kingston Battlements
19971999 Succeeded by:
Kingston Battlements
Preceded by:
Hamilton Industrials
2003 Succeeded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
Preceded by:
Montreal Metros
2008 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Lake League West Division Titles
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
19961999 Succeeded by:
Kingston Battlements
Preceded by:
Hamilton Industrials
2001 Succeeded by:
Hamilton Industrials
Preceded by:
Hamilton Industrials
2003 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
2009 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
2011 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Anaheim Pharaohs Cow League Anaheim, California
AA Sacramento Marauders Heifer League Sacramento, California
A Duluth Trout Calf League Duluth, Minnesota
Short Season A Long Beach Saxons Milk League Long Beach, California
  1. 1991-1993 Stats. Bull League website. http://bullleague.org/archives/. Accessed: 8 April 2017.
  2. Bull Baseball League: History Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/league_100_index.html. Accessed: 8 April 2017.