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Ohio Oxen

Founded in 1989

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Team logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Lake League
Division West
Team Info
Name Ohio Oxen (1989-present)

Other nicknames The O's

Previous locations Toledo, OH (1991-2017)

Colors Lake blue, pale blue, black

              

Owner Jim Wood, Jr.

General manager Dylan Maccarone
Ballpark
Ballpark The Ox Ranch at Cinci
Former Oxen Ballpark (1995-2017)

Toledo Stadium (1991-1993)

Titles
Bull Cup titles (4) 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016
League pennants (5) 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016

Division pennants (11) LL West - 1991—1992, 1995, 2004—2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016—2017



The Ohio Oxen are an American Bull League baseball team based in Toledo, Ohio. The team is currently located in the Lake League (LL) West division.

The Oxen are a Founding Team, formed in 1989, and have remained in the same city, maintained the same team nick name, and stayed in the same league and division since their foundation.

The Oxen have won the Bull Cup championships four times, and are undefeated since 2006 in championship appearances.

History[edit]

The Oxen were first formed in 1989 in the former Central League's west division. In 1990, the Oxen won the Weaver Cup Championship, the predecessor to the present Bull Cup Championship Series. But, like the Toronto Ducks 1989 win, the results are not considered official.

The Oxen's first appearance in the Bull Cup championship came in 1992 when they fell to the Seattle Salts. They would not see another Bull Cup championship until 2006, when they beat the Nevada Speeders 3 games to 1. They then won back-to-back Bull Cups in 2009 and 2010, both times sweeping their opponents.

The team had a Dynasty period from 2004 to 2012, during which they only missed the playoffs once (2011), and set a team record for wins with 54 (in 2006).

In 2016 the Oxen once again reclaimed championship glory by winning the Bull Cup in a five-game series that went the distance, triumphing over the Calgary Inferno in an extra inning walk-off thriller to take the deciding fifth game at home. Ohio was led by star slugging catcher Tyrone O'Saurus who was named series MVP, with notable offensive contributions also made by outfielder Ollie Oxenfree, who would later be named the Lake League's 2016 Rookie of the Year with his BBL-leading 27 home runs on the year. Key post-season pitching performances were turned in by Oxen starter A.C. Deucey, who despite posting only above average stats during the regular season went a remarkable 4-0 in the playoffs to boost his team to victory, and earn LLCS MVP honors in the Oxen's victory over the Boston Brawlers.

The 2016 championship season is considered a stellar achievement for the historic franchise, despite the final BLCS game being briefly marred by controversy involving questionable impartiality of the umpiring crew.

The Ohio Oxen Historical Players Gallery features some of the original players from the Oxen during the classic era, in colourful baseball card form.

General Managers[edit]

Ohio Oxen General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
1991–1993 Dylan Maccarone 41-35, .539 Dylan brought the Oxen to two division pennants and a Lake League championship in the formative early years of the Bull League.
1995–1996 Ben Burt 74-87, .460 The Canadian from Thorold, Ontario was Ohio's first GM and led the team to a 1995 playoff run, but after a disappointing following year he was fired and not hired again until 2003 by New York.
1997–2015 Kendrick Gauthier 800-729, .523 Vancouver's Gauthier took Ohio to three Bull Cup championships but then struggled to keep the club above .500 in his final three years as GM. He is now an Assistant GM.
2016–present Dylan Maccarone 79-54, .593 In his first year back as GM since 1993, Dylan brought the team to a 2016 Bull Cup, and was named GM of the Year in 2017.

Rivalries[edit]

Boston Brawlers[edit]

The Ohio Oxen have a long-standing rivalry with the Boston Brawlers, following an upset defeat by the Boston team which went on to win their first and only Bull Cup Championship. Ohio and Boston met in the LLCS two more times since then, with Ohio taking both series, in 2009, and 2016. In both series, one team had been a wildcard team, Ohio in '09 and Boston in '16. Boston had won Game 1 in the '16 series, but the Oxen fought back with three straight wins to advance to the Bull Cup finals and win the championship.

Championships[edit]

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The Ohio Oxen have won the Bull Cup Championships a total of four times in their history, beginning with their 2006 win over the Nevada Speeders. They have also won five Lake League Championships, dating back to 1992.

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
2006 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
20092010 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros
Preceded by:
Calgary Inferno
2016 Calgary Inferno
Lake League Champions
Preceded by:
Boston Brawlers
1992 Succeeded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
Preceded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
2006 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
20092010 Succeeded by:
Montreal Metros
Preceded by:
Hamilton Crusaders
2016 Montreal Metros
Lake League West Division Titles
New title 19911992 Succeeded by:
Toronto Ducks
Preceded by:
Toronto Ducks (1993)
1995 Succeeded by:
New York Minutemen
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
20042006 Succeeded by:
Toronto Ducks
Preceded by:
Toronto Ducks
2008 Succeeded by:
New York Minutemen
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
2010 Succeeded by:
New York Minutemen
Preceded by:
New York Minutemen
2012 Succeeded by:
Chicago Pit Bulls
Preceded by:
Hamilton Crusaders
20162017 Succeeded by:
Current winner

Minor League Affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Toledo Tornadoes Cow League Toledo, Ohio
AA Dos Palos As Heifer League Dos Palos, California
A Fort Wayne Lightning Calf League Fort Wayne, Indiana
Short Season A Milton Meteors Milk League Milton, Ontario
Rookie Key Largo Oxen Florida Rookie League Key Largo, FL