Sandy Koufax Award

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Sandy Koufax Award

Established in 1991
Presented by The Bull Baseball League to the best regular season pitchers

First awarded 1991

Last awarded 2025

Current winner Chris Church (KC), Metropolitan League
Steve Rollins (MTL), Lake League

Most wins Ricky Terrazas (9)


The Sandy Koufax Award (or SKA) is given annually to the best pitchers in the Bull League, one each for the Lake League (LL) and the Metropolitan League (ML). The award is named after Sandy Koufax, who was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in multiple years and the first to win by unanimous vote. Koufax is considered by many to be one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to play professional baseball.

The winners of the Sandy Koufax Award are announced following the Bull Cup Championship Series, and are selected by a vote by the general managers.

Ricky Terrazas is the only pitcher to have won the award nine times, all consecutively, playing first for the Chicago Pit Bulls in the former American Eagle League (AEL), then for the Montreal Metros in the LL.

List of Sandy Koufax Award Winners

Key
Year Each year is linked to a page about that season
ERA Earned run average
IP Innings Pitched
K Strikeouts
* Also named MVP
Italics Member of the Hall of Fame

Metropolitan League

Formerly the American Eagle League

Year Pitcher Team Record (W-L) ERA IP K
1991 South Paw Nevada Speeders 8-0 0.39 67.2 70
1992 South Paw (2) Nevada Speeders 3-0 0.00 27.0 32
1993 Flamer Flaherty Richmond Ravens 7-0 0.60 59.1 97
1994 No season played
1995 Flamer Flaherty (2) Richmond Ravens 11-4 3.35 134.1 103
1996 Fred Fasterpitch Seattle Salts 8-4 2.82 118.0 117
1997 Kurt Coler Calgary Chinooks 11-3 2.26 123.2 116
1998 Ricky Geraldo California Tidals 10-3 1.90 123.0 104
1999 Owen Clemons Calgary Chinooks 7-3 2.64 116.0 86
2000 Eddie Clunker California Tidals 10-3 3.36 118.0 121
2001 Dandy Lundgren (2) Nevada Speeders 10-3 2.50 133.1 101
2002 Malik Saddler Seattle Salts 8-6 2.39 132.0 139
2003 Malik Saddler (2) Seattle Salts 10-3 2.46 128.0 124
2004 Ricky Terrazas Chicago Pit Bulls 6-6 2.73 105.1 151
2005 Ricky Terrazas (2) Chicago Pit Bulls 9-4 2.18 103.1 129
2006 Ricky Terrazas (3) Chicago Pit Bulls 9-5 2.18 103.0 138
2007 Ricky Terrazas (4) Chicago Pit Bulls 9-5 3.05 100.1 125
2008 Iron Arm (6) California Tidals 9-4 2.75 127.2 70
2009 William Febres Denver Highlanders 7-6 2.31 101.1 122
2010 Bill Henson California Tidals 11-2 3.14 123.1 115
2011 Ricky Rodriguez Richmond Ravens 11-5 2.50 137.0 94
2012 Lien-ying Li California Tidals 14-3 2.28 153.2 142
2013 Ricky Rodriguez (2) Jacksonville Ravens 7-4 1.85 121.1 117
2014 Kyle Cahill California Tidals 13-5 2.19 139.2 134
2015 Ricky Rodriguez (3) Jacksonville Ravens 11-2 1.84 137.0 131
2016 Ricky Rodriguez (4) Jacksonville Ravens 10-4 2.58 143.0 137
2017 Jose Soto Anchorage Aces 15-0 2.00 162.1 174
2018 Jose Soto (2) St. Petersburg Admirals 11-4 3.63 141.1 190
2019 Jose Soto (3) St. Petersburg Admirals 18-7 2.81 230.0 266
2020 Willie Salazar Washington Freedom 18-13 3.86 263.1 227
2021 Chris Zerkle Calgary Inferno 16-9 3.27 253.1 207
2022 Chris Zerkle (2) Calgary Inferno 18-8 4.49 228.1 241
2023 Chris Zerkle (3) Calgary Inferno 15-10 4.54 237.2 214
2024 Al Mota Nevada Speeders 13-8 3.32 206.0 231
2025 Chris Church Kansas City Blizzard 21-1 1.53 177.0 169

Lake League

Year Pitcher Team Record (W-L) ERA IP K
1991 Mike Sherlock Ohio Oxen 7-0 1.34 67.0 56
1992 Dandy Lundgren Chicoutimi Cinquantes 4-0 0.00 36.0 33
1993 Beckers, Bo-Bo Toronto Ducks 6-1 0.22 80.0 53
1994 No season played
1995 Marty McSouthpaw Montreal Metros 11-3 2.40 139.0 103
1996 Jack Stevens New York Minutemen 10-2 2.22 121.2 162
1997 Jack Stevens (2) New York Minutemen 9-5 2.31 116.2 171
1998 Jack Stevens* (3) New York Minutemen 13-3 2.04 127.2 193
1999 Iron Arm* Chicoutimi Cinquantes 12-2 2.31 140.0 97
2000 Jimmy McDonalds Kingston Cannons 8-4 2.78 123.0 94
2001 Iron Arm (2) Chicoutimi Cinquantes 10-1 1.93 116.1 79
2002 Iron Arm (3) Chicoutimi Cinquantes 8-3 2.23 129.0 91
2003 Iron Arm (4) Chicoutimi Cinquantes 9-2 1.85 102.0 74
2004 Iron Arm (5) Chicoutimi Cinquantes 10-2 1.63 105.0 79
2005 Malik Saddler (3) Kingston Cannons 8-6 2.36 133.3 140
2006 Angelo Rodriguez Ohio Oxen 10-3 2.85 126.1 124
2007 Mu-ruo Chen Toronto Ducks 10-3 2.66 121.2 98
2008 Ricky Terrazas (5) Montreal Metros 10-2 1.78 116.1 153
2009 Ricky Terrazas* (6) Montreal Metros 12-0 2.46 109.2 162
2010 Ricky Terrazas (7) Montreal Metros 8-3 2.28 118.1 154
2011 Ricky Terrazas (8) Montreal Metros 10-4 2.76 127.0 195
2012 Ricky Terrazas* (9) Montreal Metros 13-2 1.54 134.1 184
2013 Judson Martel Boston Brawlers 9-3 2.67 134.2 138
2014 Rod Matos Montreal Metros 10-2 1.83 123.0 136
2015 Alex Medina* Kingston Cannons 9-1 2.02 120.1 166
2016 Yoshiaki Fujimara* Montreal Metros 13-2 2.30 125.1 112
2017 Judson Martel (2) Montreal Metros 11-1 1.36 126.0 159
2018 Knuckles Malone Toronto Nomads 8-4 2.31 144 158
2019 Knuckles Malone (2) Toronto Nomads 22-10 2.58 281.2 264
2020 Knuckles Malone (3) Toronto Nomads 20-6 2.33 258.1 193
2021 Knuckles Malone (4) Toronto Nomads 18-9 3.43 236.0 201
2022 Knuckles Malone (5) Toronto Nomads/Minneapolis Ravens 17-6 3.59 190.2 184
2023 Knuckles Malone (6) Minneapolis Ravens 18-7 2.87 210.0 144
2024 Dan Kimbrough Minneapolis Ravens/New York Dragons 13-8 3.55 228.0 275
2025 Steve Rollins Montreal Metros 18-8 3.77 224.1 187

Multiple Winners

Several players have won the Sandy Koufax Award in multiple years, and some have even won in both leagues.

Multi Year Winners
Awards Pitcher Years
9 Ricky Terrazas 2004—2007 (AEL)

2008—2012 (LL)

6 Iron Arm 1999, 2001—2004 (LL)

2008 (AEL)

6 Knuckles Malone 2018—2023
4 Ricky Rodriguez 2011, 2013, 2015—2016
3 Malik Saddler 2002—2003 (AEL)

2005 (LL)

3 Jose Soto 2017—2019
3 Jack Stevens 1996—1998
3 Chris Zerkle 2021—2023
2 Flamer Flaherty 1991—1992
2 Judson Martel 2013, 2017
2 South Paw 1991—1992

Wins by teams

The Montreal Metros pitchers have won the Sandy Koufax Award more than any other team.

Wins by teams
Wins Team Years
9 Montreal Metros 1995, 2008—2012, 2014, 2016—2017
8 Minneapolis Ravens
Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens
1995, 2011, 2013, 2015—2016, 2022—2023, 2024†
7 Toronto Nomads
Toronto Ducks
1993, 2007, 2018—2022†
6 California Tidals 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
6 Chicoutimi Cinquantes 1992, 1999, 2001—2004
5 Calgary Inferno
Calgary Chinooks
1997, 1999, 2021—2023
4 Chicago Pit Bulls 2004—2007
4 Nevada Speeders 1991—1992, 2001, 2024
4 New York Dragons
New York Minutemen
1996—1998, 2024†
3 Miami Storm
Kingston Battlements, Kingston Cannons
2000, 2005, 2015
3 St. Petersburg Admirals
San Diego Seagulls, Anchorage Aces
2017—2019
3 Seattle Salts 1996, 2002—2003
2 Ohio Oxen 1991, 2006
2 Washington Freedom
Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger, Philadelphia Liberty Warriors
2009, 2020
1 Boston Brawlers 2013
1 Kansas City Blizzard 2025
1 Montreal Metros 2025

† - Knuckles Malone was traded by Toronto to Minneapolis during the 2022 season, and both teams are credited with a Sandy Koufax Award for that season. Dan Kimbrough was traded by Minneapolis to New York during the 2024 season and both teams are credited with a Sandy Koufax Award for that season.

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