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Old 07-24-2018, 04:27 AM   #61
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2016 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (23): .349/ .451/ .622, 203 hits, 30 doubles, 6 triples, 39 triples, 111 RBI, 114 runs, 115 BB, 21 SB, 190 OPS+, 10.4 WAR
Second place- Roger Clemens, RHP, CHI (15): 17-10, 1.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 275 IP, 295 K, 66 BB, 16 CG, 3 shutouts, 195 ERA+, 10.3 WAR
Third place- Ryan Howard, 1B, SEA (3): .334/ .387/ .576, 215 hits, 26 2B, 2 3B, 42 HR, 123 RBI, 105 runs, 60 BB, +10.7 Zone Rating, 163 OPS+, 8.0 WAR
Fourth place- Todd Helton, 1B, TOR (5): .345/ .435/ .590, 207 hits, 23 doubles, 8 triples, 36 triples, 106 RBI, 94 runs, 96 BB, 13 SB, 181 OPS+, 6.7 WAR
Fifth place- Braggo Roth, RF, PHI (1) - .343/ .442/ .536, 198 hits, 36 doubles, 9 triples, 19 HR, 96 RBI, 103 runs, 95 BB, 58 SB, 169 OPS+, 9.5 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Roger Clemens, CHI (37): 17-10, 1.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 275 IP, 295 K, 66 BB, 16 CG, 3 shutouts, 195 ERA+, 10.3 WAR
Second place- Jack Chesbro, CLE (11): 23-7, 2.19 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 283 IP, 222 K, 73 BB, 11 CG, 6 shutouts, 172 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Third place- Billy Pierce, KC: 20-5, 2.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 250 IP, 241 K, 54 BB, 7 CG, 5 shutouts, 159 ERA+, 8.4 WAR
Fourth place- Madison Bumgarner, MIN: 20-12, 2.23 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 270 IP, 246 K, 50 BB, 11 CG, 5 shutouts, 169 ERA+, 9.0 WAR
Fifth place- Felix Hernandez, TOR: 19-8, 2.33 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 240 IP, 216 K, 57 BB, 10 CG, 5 shutouts, 162 ERA+, 8.1 WAR
Fifth place (tie)- Cy Blanton, LON: 17-7, 2.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 263 IP, 243 K, 58 BB, 7 CG, 3 shutouts, 147 ERA+, 10.1 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year: Ryan Howard, 1B, SEA (48): .334/ .387/ .576, 215 hits, 26 2B, 2 3B, 42 HR, 123 RBI, 105 runs, 60 BB, +10.7 Zone Rating, 163 OPS+, 8.0 WAR
Second place- Del Bissonette, 1B, DET: .341/ .418/ .559, 204 hits, 34 doubles, 6 triples, 28 HR, 83 RBI, 85 runs, 79 BB, 3 SB, 168 OPS+, 6.5 WAR
Third place- Don Drysdale, RHP, CIN: 14-12, 2.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 223 IP, 165 K, 59 BB, 3 CG, 151 ERA+, 6.2 WAR

Continental League MVP- Brady Anderson, CF, MIA (31): .333/ .407/ .572, 201 hits, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 33 HR, 117 RBI, 107 runs, 77 BB, 44 SB, +21.4 Zone Rating, 168 OPS+, 10.9 WAR
Second place- J.D. Drew, CF, SA (9): .309/ .411/ .587, 183 hits, 24 doubles, 12 triples, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 114 runs, 104 BB, 47 SB, 188 OPS+, 9.8 WAR
Third place- Joey Votto, 1B, CHA (4): .346/ .482/ .570, 196 hits, 34 doubles, 31 HR, 110 RBI, 126 runs, 150 BB, 3 SB, 183 OPS+, 9.8 WAR
Fourth place- Bill Melton, 3B, VB (3): .314/ .385/ .607, 187 hits, 26 doubles, 2 triples, 48 HR, 122 RBI, 97 runs, 68 BB, 2 SB, 167 OPS+, 9.2 WAR
Fifth place- Dolph Camilli, DH, LV: .338/ .455/ .578, 200 hits, 44 doubles, 7 triples, 28 HR, 97 RBI, 116 runs, 126 BB, 7 SB, 193 OPS+, 8.5 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Brett Anderson, LA (39): 26-6, 2.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 260 IP, 147 K, 40 BB, 13 CG, 5 shutouts, 162 ERA+, 8.0 WAR
Second place- Lefty Williams, SA (9): 23-7, 2.33 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 275 IP, 163 K, 49 BB, 18 CG, 3 shutouts, 170 ERA+, 6.4 WAR
Third place- Bob Feller, ALB: 16-9, 2.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 255 IP, 272 K, 115 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 169 ERA+, 6.8 WAR
Fourth place- Steve Hargan, CHA: 18-6, 2.39 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 253 IP, 140 K, 53 BB, 6 CG, 3 shutouts, 178 ERA+, 6.3 WAR
Fifth place- Matt Harvey, SA: 18-13, 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 294 IP, 191 K, 70 BB, 19 CG, 4 shutouts, 148 ERA+, 7.0 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: Bill Melton, 3B, VB (48): .314/ .385/ .607, 187 hits, 26 doubles, 2 triples, 48 HR, 122 RBI, 97 runs, 68 BB, 2 SB, 167 OPS+, 9.2 WAR
Second place- Trevor Story, SS, LA: .296/ .358/ .532, 178 hits, 35 doubles, 7 triples, 31 HR, 92 RBI, 113 runs, 58 BB, 23 SB, +11.9 Zone Rating, 143 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
Third place- Paul Waner, RF, SD: .352/ .421/ .480, 206 hits, 33 doubles, 6 triples, 10 HR, 84 RBI, 101 runs, 74 BB, 7 SB, 149 OPS+, 5.5 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Waite Hoyt, RHP, MEM
2. Jack Clark, RF, STL
3. Chili Davis, CF, VB
4. Hoyt Wilhelm, RHP, ANA
5. Bill Doak, RHP, NY
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2017 Mid-Year Update

A quick overview on the major stories across the league at the 2017 All-Star Break:

Exceeding expectations: The London Werewolves dominated the Frontier League, going 52-23 behind a league-best pitching staff, surrendering just 200 runs at the All-Star Break. The Cincinnati Spiders, who were coming off of a 74-win season after three straight 100-loss seasons, were a breakout success with a 44-31 record, and survived a monthlong injury to Carl Yastrzemski. In the Continental League, the Houston Pythons took a step forward from their surprise playoff run last season, jumping out to a 47-28 start behind the top offense in the league. The New Orleans Crawfish survived the offseason departure of Rickey Henderson via free agency to open up a 7-game lead in the Southeast Division with a 46-29 record.

Disappointments: The Philadelphia Hawks' streak of five straight winning seasons appeared likely to end, as they sputtered to a 33-42 start, as their pitching collapsed to 21st in the Frontier League. Despite winning 204 games over the prior two seasons, the Chicago Mules got off to a 32-43 start, as their offense took a major step backward, and their bullpen was the worst in the league. The Jacksonville Gulls, who unexpectedly stole a wild card slot and then won their first round series last season, stumbled to a 34-40 start as perennial MVP candidate Bryce Harper hit just .279 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. The El Paso Armadillos were coming off a 90-win season and sported the highest payroll in baseball, yet they could only muster a 34-41 record, as free agent signee Shawn Green got off to an awful start, and the Armadillos brought a league-worst .238 team batting average into the break.

Kangaroos leap ahead: The defending champion Los Angeles Kangaroos continued to dominate -- and they were nearly perfect in May, winning their first 25 games of the month before dropping their final game, 2-1 to San Diego. In a change from past seasons, their offense has been above average but unspectacular, but their pitching has been lights-out. Remarkably, during their 25-game win streak, the Kangaroos never scored more than eight runs in a game, and they allowed just 56 runs in the 25-game streak. Oddly, although roughly 15% of the team's payroll is tied up in Dick Allen, the third-highest paid player in baseball, he contributed virtually nothing to their streak, as he has been buried at the back of the bench, with only 10 at bats on the season.

Major injuries: Hartford ace Sandy Koufax's brilliant career was in jeopardy after suffering his second straight season-ending injury. Last year, after jumping out to a 4-1 start, Koufax's season was derailed due to an arthritic left elbow. This year, after a brilliant 5-1 start with a 0.97 ERA in nine starts, Koufax tore his rotator cuff. Elsewhere around the league, Cleveland rightfielder Aaron Judge was knocked out of commission for two months with a sprained knee.
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2017 Year in Review

Frontier League: Pitching dominated in 2017, as leaguewide offense declined by over a quarter-run per game from the prior year. The Buffalo Fighting Elk unexpectedly coasted to a surprisingly easy division title, winning 93 games and taking the Northeast Division by ten games. The Fighting Elk overcame a subpar offense with an elite pitching staff, ranking second best in the Frontier League with just 512 runs allowed, as Jair Jurrjens went 18-10 with a microscopic 1.83 ERA, and Bill Bevens went 17-8 with a 2.43 ERA. Mark Wohlers was brilliant out of the pen with 44 saves and a 1.88 ERA. Their rival Baltimore Robins were in the playoff hunt until the season's final week, and they missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Left fielder John Hummel led Baltimore, hitting .320 with 26 homers, 100 RBI's, and 33 steals.

The Great Lakes Division was just two years removed from being the laughingstock of baseball, but it quickly rebounded to be the most competitive division in baseball. The London Werewolves won their fourth straight division title with 100 wins, led by a league-best pitching staff anchored by Cy Blanton, who went 24-7 with a stellar 1.38 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Joakim Soria led a deep bullpen with 40 saves and 1.95 ERA. Third baseman Matt Chapman led a balanced offense with 18 homers and 95 RBI's, and center fielder Josh Devore stole 88 bases and scored 97 runs. The Cleveland Rocks tied a franchise high with 93 wins, led by a league-best offense sparked by shortstop Jose Reyes, who hit .317 with 64 extra-base hits, 36 steals, and 101 runs scored. Infielders Nate Colbert and Brian Dozier combined for 47 homers and 193 RBI's. However, staff mainstay Jack Chesbro, who went 15-8 with a 3.06 ERA, was sidelined with bone chips during the final week of the season. The Cincinnati Spiders, three years removed from an embarrassing 119-loss season, were one of the feel-good stories, as they returned to the postseason with 89 wins, despite injuries which sidelined ace Don Drysdale for half the season. Carl Yastrzemski starred offensively, hitting .314 with 19 homers and 60 RBI's, despite missing a quarter of the season, and right fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. combined 21 homers and 83 RBI's with stellar defense. The under-the-radar Ottawa Parliamentarians won 85 games, flirting with the postseason until being eliminated on the final day of the season as righthander Fred Newman went 20-8 with a 2.28 ERA and right fielder Ken Singleton hit .328 with a .446 on base percentage, with 17 homers and 74 RBI's.

The Minneapolis Penguins nearly led the Great Plains division wire-to-wire, winning 93 games. Southpaw Madison Bumgarner was brilliant, going 21-5 with a 1.73 ERA, a stellar 0.84 WHIP, and 251 strikeouts, while Adam Conley went 15-7 with a 3.03 ERA. Andy Van Slyke led a solid if unspectacular offense, hitting .291 with 19 homers, 79 RBI's, and 65 steals. The Kansas City Mad Hatters made the postseason for the fifth straight year with 87 wins. They were led by a deep and balanced pitching staff, as their top four starters sported ERA's of 3.26 or better, led by Billy Pierce's 2.69 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, despite a pedestrian 15-13 record. Second baseman George Grantham hit .341 with a .430 on-base percentage and led baseball with 91 steals. The 87-win Chicago Mules overcame a dreadful start to win the wild card on the final day of the season after winning 12 of their final 14 games. Chicago's twin aces Roger Clemens and Rube Marquard were virtual carbon copies of one another, as Clemens finished 15-9 with a 2.38 ERA and Marquard went 15-10 with a 2.10 ERA, and each finished with 241 strikeouts.

The Seattle Whales made their maiden postseason appearance, winning 95 games and taking the Northwest Division by 11 games. First baseman Ryan Howard avoided the sophomore slump, ripping 33 homers and driving in 93 runs, while left fielder Mike Marshall hit .302 with 27 homers, 80 RBI's, and scored 95 runs. Larry Benton anchored a deep pitching staff, going 20-9 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, while Pat Combs won 16 games and sported a 2.90 ERA. The Vancouver Viceroys, led by 17-game winners Reb Russell and Ivy Andrews, and the Calgary Cattle Rustlers, led by Steve Garvey who hit .333 with 100 RBI's, remained in wild card contention until the final days of the year. The Denver Spikes, led by Triple Crown winner Mickey Mantle, who hit .366 with 40 homers and 118 RBIs, collapsed down the stretch, losing 13 straight games at the end of the year to fade from postseason contention and finished with just 80 wins.

Continental League: Despite losing stalwart catcher Bill Freehan to San Francisco in free agency, the 97-win Charlotte Aviators coasted to their fifth straight division title, winning the division by 19 games. Left fielder Bill Howerton hit .285 and slugged .518, with 75 extra base hits, including 28 homers and a league-high 119 RBI's. Right fielder Nomar Mazara hit 24 homers and drove in 98 runs, and first baseman Joey Votto hit 16 homers, drove in 83 runs, and sported a .439 on-base percentage.

Like the Aviators, the New Orleans Crawfish lost a franchise icon to free agency in the offseason, as Rickey Henderson decamped to Vancouver, but they didn't miss a beat, winning the Southeast Division with 94 wins. Catcher Joe Mauer hit .299 with 11 homers and 74 RBIs, and first baseman Craig Kusick blasted 21 homers, drove in 86 runs, and scored 94, while ace Gary Nolan went 20-9 with a 3.15 ERA, while closer Chris Devenski had 39 saves and a 1.75 ERA. The Miami Flamingos flirted with the postseason, but ultimately fell one game shy with 85 wins. Center fielder and defending MVP Brady Anderson hit 19 homers, drove in 92 runs, scored 90 runs, and stole 32 bases, while DH/ third baseman Bobby Thomson hit .284 with 18 homers and 98 RBI's.

The Houston Pythons repeated as Texas Division champions with 100 wins, led by a league-best offense. Second baseman Paul Molitor hit .318 with a .407 on-base percentage, including 12 homers, 77 RBI's, 105 runs scored, and 35 steals. Left fielder Eric Thames hit .285 and ripped 29 homers and 110 RBI's. Center fielder Kirby Puckett hit .299 with 60 extra-base hits, including 15 homers, 89 RBI's, 98 runs scored, and provided brilliant defense once again. The San Antonio Marksmen won 96 games, as perennial MVP candidate J.D. Drew hit .334 and slugged .514, with 20 homers, 110 RBI's, and 52 steals. The Marksmen featured an elite pitching staff, with four starters with sub-3.00 ERA's, including Lefty Williams, who went 19-10 with a 2.79 ERA and Matt Harvey, who went 18-11 with a 2.61 ERA. The El Paso Armadillos appeared dead in the water in June, scuffling their way to a 25-32 start, but they rallied to clinch the final wild card spot with 86 wins. The Armadillos were led by first baseman Frank Chance, who hit .293 with a .407 on-base percentage, and scored 102 runs, and by right fielder Pete Rose, who hit .293 with 36 doubles and 90 RBIs. Hank Wyse led a deep pitching staff, going 18-12 with a 2.52 ERA.

The Los Angeles Kangaroos continued to dominate, taking the Southwest Division easily with 111 wins -- highlighted by a near-perfect month of May, when they won their first 25 games, losing only on the final day of the month by a single run. Surrendering just 484 runs on the season, their pitching and defense dominated. Jimmy Anderson went 23-7 with a league-best 1.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Mike Krukow finished 21-9 with a 2.75 ERA, while Brett Anderson went 18-9 with a sparkling 2.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Closer Dick Radatz continued to dominate out of the bullpen with his usual 39-save, 1.93 ERA season. The Kangaroos were led offensively by first baseman Glenn Davis, who hit .301 with 32 homers and 117 RBIs. Right fielder Gary Sheffield hit .297 with 22 homers, 90 RBIs, scored 99 runs, and stole 38 bases, and shortstop Trevor Story hit .284 with 25 homers, 25 steals, and 84 RBIs. The high-scoring Las Vegas Aces won 90 games, led by slugging DH Dolph Camilli, who hit .327 with 31 homers and 108 RBI's, while lefty Chris Van Cuyk had a brilliant season, going 20-7 with a 2.29 ERA and league-best 0.88 WHIP. The 87-win San Diego Zookeepers returned to the postseason for the first time since the league's inaugural 2011 season, led by southpaw Dave Righetti, who went 21-5 with a sparkling 1.86 ERA. Right fielder Paul Waner led the Zookeepers offensively, hitting .341 and slugging .517, including 13 homers and 87 RBI's.
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Frontier League: After a dominant, 100-win regular season, the London Werewolves easily disposed of the Chicago Mules, allowing only five runs to the Mules in a four-game sweep. The Werewolves won three straight one-run games -- including a 12-inning 1-0 shutout where George Earnshaw and two relievers combined to allow just three hits -- before winning the clinching game in a romp. Catcher Blake Swihart was named MVP of the series after hitting .400 with a pair of RBI's. In a back-and-forth series, the Cleveland Rocks prevailed in seven games over the Minneapolis Penguins. After winning the first two games, the Rocks dropped the next three to the Penguins -- only to win extra-innings nail-biters in both Games 6 and 7. Penguin rightfielder Roy Foster hit .323 with two homers and 6 RBI's to take home the MVP trophy in defeat, while teammate Chad Kreuter ripped two homers and drove in 10 runs -- including a dramatic two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 to force extra innings. The Buffalo Fighting Elk needed seven games to knock off the upstart Cincinnati Spiders, surrendering just one run in their four victories. Catcher Dave Nilsson led the way by hitting .462 with a homer, 4 RBI's, and 3 steals, while Bill Bevens went 2-0 in 15 shutout innings, including the decisive Game 7. Although the Kansas City Mad Hatters' pitching staff wasn't as dominant as in past seasons, they locked down the powerful offense of the Seattle Whales, holding Seattle to just 16 runs in six games. Kansas City left fielder Rabbit Nill hit .364 with a homer and 3 RBI's, star second baseman George Grantham had six steals, and the Mad Hatters' bullpen, led by Joe Hesketh, threw 11 shutout innings.

In the Divisional Round, the Werewolves coasted to an easy victory over the Rocks, winning their first three games (bringing their postseason winning streak to seven games) before prevailing in five games. London ace pitcher Cy Blanton won both of his starts, throwing 15 innings without allowing an earned run, while center fielder Josh Devore and third baseman Matt Chapman ripped two homers apiece. Buffalo dominated Kansas City, outscoring the Mad Hatters 26-7 in a four-game sweep. Buffalo left fielder Dan Gladden hit .562 with two triples and two RBI's, while Mark Wohlers had three saves, allowing just one hit in 4.2 shutout innings. The Fighting Elk dismantled the Werewolves in five games in a League Championship Series matchup of the top two pitching staffs in the Frontier League, with Buffalo allowing just five runs in its four victories. Catcher Dave Nilsson took home the hardware again after hitting .444 with 2 homers, 8 RBI's, and 2 steals, while Jair Jurrjens won both of his starts, allowing just one earned run in 17 innings, including a four-hit shutout in the series clincher.

Continental League: After dropping the first game to the El Paso Armadillos, the defending champion Los Angeles Kangaroos swept the next four games, allowing just eight runs in the five-game series. Kangaroo right fielder Gary Sheffield hit .364 with 2 homers and 4 RBI's, while second baseman Glenn Hubbard hit .471 with a homer of his own. Jhoulys Chacin threw a complete game two-hitter in Game 4. In the tightest series of the Wild Card Round, the San Antonio Marksmen outlasted the New Orleans Crawfish in seven games- five of which were decided by a single run. After New Orleans forced a seventh game with a dramatic comeback in Game 6, scoring two games in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings and then winning on a solo homer by Colby Rasmus, the Marksmen prevailed 3-1 in Game 7, as backup infielder Logan Watkins -- who didn't have an extra-base hit all season -- hit an RBI double in the 8th inning and drove in two more runs with a tiebreaking double in the 9th inning. Marksmen second baseman Bill Doran hit .355 with a homer and 6 RBI's. The Las Vegas Aces blew a three-games-to-one lead, dropping the final three games to the explosive Charlotte Aviators. Aces shortstop Eugenio Suarez took the MVP in defeat, leading all hitters with 14 hits, a .560 average, 2 homers, 9 runs scored, and 4 RBI's. Charlotte shortstop Pumpsie Green hit .400 with a pair of homers and 3 RBI's, and slugging left fielder Bill Howerton hit 2 homers and drove in a series-high 10 runs despite a .214 average. In the final wild card series, the Houston Pythons outlasted the San Diego Zookeepers in six games, as Pythons second baseman Paul Molitor hit .440 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's, including a walk-off single in the decisive Game Six, and first baseman Jake Daubert hit .400 with three homers of his own and 5 RBI's.

In the Divisional Series, the Kangaroos overcame a superhuman performance by star Marksman centerfielder J.D. Drew, who hit .500 with four homers and 7 RBI's in a five-game Los Angeles victory. The Kangaroos were led by veteran third baseman Simon Nicholls, who hit .450 with three RBI's, as well as by left fielder Mike Davis, first baseman Glenn Davis, and second baseman Glenn Hubbard, who smashed two homers apiece. Houston ripped Charlotte in six games, with Paul Molitor enjoying another brilliant series, hitting .407 with two homers and 7 RBI's. Junkballer Jeff Sellers went 2-0 with an 0.67 ERA. The Kangaroos earned a return trip to the World Series, knocking off the Pythons in six games, as Hubbard hit .300 with a homer and 4 RBI's, while southpaw Brett Anderson went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

World Series: The 111-win Los Angeles Kangaroos were heavily favored over the Buffalo Fighting Elk, who had outscored their opponents by just 31 runs all season. But that's why they play the games... Buffalo righhander Jair Jurrjens continued his brilliant postseason, scattering six hits in locking down the Kangaroos 6-1. The Fighting Elk eked out a tense 2-1 win in 11 innings in Game 2, in a tight pitching duel between Buffalo's Bill Bevens and Los Angeles's Mike Krukow. Buffalo took a commanding 3-0 series lead as crafty southpaw Frank Viola outdueled Jimmy Anderson 4-1, and Fighting Elk first baseman Jose Abreu drove in 2 runs with a homer and a double. The Kangaroos did not roll over, however, as they erased an early 2-0 deficit in Game 4 by scoring four runs in the last four innings to win 4-2, with catcher J.T. Realmuto hitting a two-run eighth-inning single to take the lead, and Jhoulys Chacin held on for the win. Los Angeles took Game 5 5-2, as Jimmy Anderson outdueled Jair Jurrjens and Kangaroo second baseman Joe Panik homered. But Buffalo slammed the door on the Kangaroos' dreams of a miraculous comeback, prevailing 4-0 in Game Six as Bill Bevens hurled a six-hit shutout. The Fighting Elk broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning on a Dan Gladden double and an Abreu single, and they tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth, including a homer by DH Rick Renick. Bevens was named World Series MVP after yielding just one earned run and nine hits in 16 innings. Abreu led the Fighting Elk offense by hitting .292 with a homer and 5 RBI's, while Glenn Davis led the Kangaroos by hitting .364 with a homer and 2 RBI's.
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2017 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Cy Blanton, RHP, LON (29): 24-7, 1.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 280 IP, 248 K, 54 BB, 14 CG, 6 shutouts, 260 ERA+, 11.4 WAR
Second place- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (19): .366/ .472/ .648, 207 hits, 27 doubles, 6 triples, 40 HR, 118 RBI, 124 runs, 121 BB, 23 SB, 212 OPS+, 11.6 WAR
Third place- Madison Bumgarner, LHP, MIN: 21-5, 1.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 281 IP, 251 K, 51 BB, 7 CG, 5 shutouts, 204 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
Fourth place- Jose Reyes, SS, CLE: .317/ .360/ .487, 202 hits, 29 doubles, 25 triples, 10 HR, 80 RBI, 101 runs, 48 BB, 36 SB, +9.0 Zone Rating, 140 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
Fifth place- Rube Marquard, LHP, CHI: 15-10, 2.16 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 287 IP, 241 K, 66 BB, 16 CG, 8 shutouts, 164 ERA+, 9.2 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award: Cy Blanton, LON (46): 24-7, 1.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 280 IP, 248 K, 54 BB, 14 CG, 6 shutouts, 260 ERA+, 11.4 WAR
Second place- Madison Bumgarner, MIN (2): 21-5, 1.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 281 IP, 251 K, 51 BB, 7 CG, 5 shutouts, 204 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
Third place- Rube Marquard, CHI: 15-10, 2.16 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 287 IP, 241 K, 66 BB, 16 CG, 8 shutouts, 164 ERA+, 9.2 WAR
Fourth place- Lefty Gomez, TOR: 18-14, 2.51 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 272 IP, 294 K, 91 BB, 15 CG, 4 shutouts, 141 ERA+, 9.8 WAR
Fifth place- Roger Clemens, CHI: 15-9, 2.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 257 IP, 241 K, 67 BB, 6 CG, 2 shutouts, 148 ERA+, 8.7 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year: Jim Landis, CF, MIN (28): .269/ .360/ .418, 163 hits, 21 doubles, 6 triples, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 94 runs, 28 SB, +16.9 Zone Rating, 121 ERA+, 6.7 WAR
Second place- Bruce Berenyi, RHP, DEN: 18-10, 2.48 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 240 IP, 203 K, 135 WHIP, 144 ERA+, 5.2 WAR
Third place- Gary Gaetti, 3B, BOS (3): .254/ .306/ .463, 153 hits, 21 doubles, 3 triples, 33 HR, 93 RBI, 62 runs, 46 BB, 1 SB, 117 OPS+, 5.0 WAR

Continental League MVP- Dolph Camilli, DH, LV (39): .327/ .433/ .536, 204 hits, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 115 runs, 117 walks, 184 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
Second place- JD Drew, CF, SA: .334/ .428/ .514, 197 hits, 20 doubles, 13 triples, 20 HR, 110 RBI, 98 BB, 52 SB, 183 OPS+, 9.9 WAR
Third place- Richie Hebner, 3B, BIR: .328/ .415/ .589, 189 hits, 28 doubles, 1 triple, 40 HR, 99 RBI, 102 runs, 83 BB, 4 SB, 179 OPS+. 8.8 WAR
Fourth place- Dave Righetti, LHP, SD (6): 21-5, 1.86 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 252 IP, 191 K, 79 BB, 5 CG, 2 shutouts, 209 ERA+, 6.9 WAR
Fifth place- George Altman, CF, WAS: .340/ .393/ .556, 199 hits, 34 doubles, 10 triples, 24 HR, 104 RBI, 90 runs, 51 BB, 4 SB, 168 OPS+, 9.0 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Dave Righetti, SD (42): 21-5, 1.86 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 252 IP, 191 K, 79 BB, 5 CG, 2 shutouts, 209 ERA+, 6.9 WAR
Second place- Jimmy Anderson, LA (6): 23-7, 1.69 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 266 IP, 64 K, 56 BB, 13 CG, 4 shutouts, 230 ERA+, 4.2 WAR
Third place- Chris Van Cuyk, LV: 20-7, 2.29 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 244 IP, 214 K, 46 BB, 3 CG, 1 shutout, 165 ERA+, 6.2 WAR
Fourth place- Brett Anderson, LA: 18-9, 2.29 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 267 IP, 163 K, 52 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 170 ERA+, 7.1 WAR
Fifth place- Mike Krukow, LA: 21-9, 2.75 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 281 IP, 171 K, 84 BB, 12 CG, 3 shutouts, 141 ERA+, 6.4 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year- Chili Davis, CF, VB (21): .293/ .346/ .438, 183 hits, 28 doubles, 4 triples, 18 HR, 76 RBI, 74 runs, 53 BB, 27 SB, +17.5 Zone Rating, 120 OPS+, 5.9 WAR
Second place- Jake Daubert, DH/ 1B, HOU (19): .300/ .357/ .481, 171 hits, 28 doubles, 9 triples, 19 HR, 73 RBI, 101 runs, 55 BB, 21 SB, 141 OPS+, 3.7 WAR
Third place- Heinie Berger, RHP, NO (8): 14-17, 3.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 276 IP, 188 K, 112 BB, 12 CG, 3 shutouts, 121 ERA+, 5.9 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. John Montefusco, RHP, STL
2. Larry Doby, CF, MEM
3. Reggie Smith, RF, BIR
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2018 Mid-Year Update

A quick overview on the major storylines across the league at the 2018 All Star break:

Exceeding expectations: The Baltimore Robins, after suffering from the offseason departure of 20-game winner Wes Ferrell and slugging right fielder Leon Durham, were expected to begin a long-term rebuild, but they led the Northeast Division for nearly the entire first half, jumping out to a 34-19 start at the end of May with a seven-game lead; after stumbling through June, the Robins remained firmly in the postseason hunt with a 39-35 record, just 3 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Hawks. The Toronto Predators survived a double-whammy to their pitching staff, losing Felix Hernandez in free agency and Lefty Gomez to a labrum injury, but they jumped out to a 46-28 start, and an 8 1/2 game divisional lead. The Denver Spikes rallied from their catastrophic collapse last season to jump out to a 24-6 start, even though Mickey Mantle missed half of April, on their way to a 51-22 first half. In the Continental League, the Atlanta Ducks, after hovering around .500 the past two seasons, jumped out to a 49-26 start, leading the Southeast Division by two games. The Oklahoma City Otters, despite a league-worst 23 homers (as many as Cleveland's Aaron Judge), took a narrow lead in the Texas Division into the All Star Break with a 42-32 record, although it remained to be seen whether they would survive the loss of Esteban Loaiza.

Disappointments: The Cincinnati Spiders appeared primed to build on last year's surprise 89-win playoff run, but they stumbled to a 32-42 start, 14 games behind Toronto, as young first baseman Lou Gehrig, who finally assumed a role in the starting lineup, hit just .223 with a meager .265 slugging percentage. The Chicago Mules' streak of three straight postseason appearances was in jeopardy, as they started just 34-40, 14 1/2 games behind the Kansas City Mad Hatters, as their 18th-ranked offense threatened to squander another brilliant season by their strong starting rotation. In the Continental League, the El Paso Armadillos sputtered to a dreadful 28-47 start, putting them 14 1/2 games out of first place, as their offense ranked dead last in the league in runs, batting average, and on-base percentage, and free agent signees Kerry Wood and Allie Reynolds combined for a 6-15 record. Although the San Diego Zookeepers won 89 and 87 games during the past two seasons, they stumbled into the all-star break with a 34-40 record, 18 1/2 games out of first, as their offense and bullpen ranked among the worst in the league.

Kangaroos continue to dominate: The Los Angeles Kangaroos, with four straight seasons of at least 110 wins, showed no signs of slowing down, taking a league-best 53-22 record into the break. Glenn Davis led the league-best offense by hitting .297 with 20 homers and 75 RBI's - far and away the most in baseball. Meanwhile, the Kangaroos added star pitchers Felix Hernandez and Wes Ferrell to what was already the best pitching staff in the league, as Brett Anderson started 12-0 with a 2.30 ERA.

Major injuries: Toronto ace Lefty Gomez, who finished in fourth place in the 2017 Cy Young Award voting for the Frontier League, suffered a career-ending labrum injury. Although Gomez's career record was a hard-luck 46-47, his sported a stellar career ERA of 2.70 and led the league in strikeouts twice in his three full seasons. Denver rookie first baseman Phil Clark appeared to be the prohibitive favorite for the Rookie of the Year award before rupturing his achilles tendon at the end of May; at the time of his injury, he was second in baseball both in homers (17) and RBI's (44).
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Frontier League: In a dramatic pennant race, the Philadelphia Hawks came from behind to edge out the defending champion Buffalo Fighting Elk in Game 163 after both teams won 91 games. MVP candidate Cody Bellinger led the Frontier League with 42 homers and 130 RBI's, while right fielder Braggo Roth hit .338 with 64 extra-base hits, 105 RBI's, and 35 steals Rookie righthander Bob Tewksbury went 20-7 with a strong 3.17 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Star catcher Dave Nilsson led Buffalo, hitting .302 with 25 homers, 81 RBI's, and 21 steals, while Bill Bevens led their league-best pitching staff with a 17-13 record, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, while Marcus Stroman went 13-9 with a stellar 2.19 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The Hawks forced a one-game playoff after winning 8 straight games in mid-September, and Mark Hendrickson threw a five-hit shutout in the one-game playoff.

The overachieving Toronto Predators overcame the offseason loss of ace Felix Hernandez in free agency and a devastating career-ending labrum injury to Lefty Gomez to win the Great Lakes Division comfortably with 92 wins. Todd Helton flirted with the batting title, hitting .345 with 37 homers, 127 RBI's and led the league with 365 total bases, while right fielder George "High Pockets" Kelly hit .335 with 30 homers and 92 RBI's. They held off the Cleveland Rocks in the final week of the season, as Cleveland missed the playoffs with 87 wins, despite 41 homers from Aaron Judge and a 15-win, 2.54 ERA season from ace Jack Chesbro.

The Kansas City Mad Hatters made their sixth straight playoff appearance, winning 103 games. Second baseman George Grantham hit .323 with a .424 on-base percentage and stole 83 bases. Kansas City's traditionally-deep pitching staff was led by Jose Rosado, who went 18-9 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, and by Billy Pierce, who went 16-10 with a 2.79 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and 246 strikeouts. The 101-win Minneapolis Penguins matched the Mad Hatters every step of the way, as Andy Van Slyke led a balanced offense, hitting .296 with 26 homers, 102 RBI's, and 58 steals, and right fielder Roy Foster hit .280 with 25 homers and 95 RBI's. The Penguins featured the best starting pitching in the league, as Madison Bumgarner went 13-7 with a stellar 2.31 ERA, 0.92 ERA, and 234 strikeouts -- his fourth straight season with a sub-2.50 ERA and a WHIP below 1 -- and Larry Jaster went 20-13 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

The Northwest Division was top-to-bottom the strongest division in baseball. The Denver Spikes got off to a red-hot start, starting 46-16 on their way to a 106-win season. Denver dominated the league offensively, scoring more than 100 runs more than the second-best offense. Despite a quiet start, Mickey Mantle posted MVP-caliber statistics, leading the league's most prolific offense by hitting .358 with 35 homers and 110 RBI's. Third baseman Tommy Glaviano bounced back from two off seasons by ripping 29 homers and driving in 89 runs. Rookie first baseman Phil Clark got off to an explosive start, flirting with the league lead in homers and RBI's until he tore his achilles tendon at the end of May; Clark returned at the end of the year, hitting .310 and slugging .601, with 21 homers and 63 RBI's in just 68 games. Righthander Bruce Berenyi led an underrated pitching staff, going 14-6 with a 2.68 ERA and 202 strikeouts, while Rube Bressler had a team-best 17-5 record, a 3.33 ERA , and a 1.17 WHIP. The Seattle Whales earned their second straight postseason bid after winning 95 games, as first baseman Ryan Howard paced the squad by hitting .317 with 36 homers and 102 RBI's, while slugging left fielder Mike Marshall hit .306 with 31 homers and drove in 97 runs. Righthander Jake Arrieta had a league-high 22 wins with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. The San Francisco Longshoremen continued their trend of making the playoffs in even-numbered years, winning 92 games behind the balanced play of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hit .297 with 29 homers and 104 RBI's, while catcher Bill Freehan hit .290 and bopped 25 homers. Righthander Yu Darvish led a deep pitching staff wit a 19-9 record, a 2.80 ERA, and a league-best 297 strikeouts. The Vancouver Viceroys remained in postseason contention until the final week of the season, led by a terrific all-around season by left fielder Jim Edmonds, who hit .319 with 41 homers and drove in 119 runs, while southpaw Reb Russell went 17-12 with a strong 2.41 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Continental League: The Charlotte Aviators proved to be the model of consistency, winning their 6th straight division title with 94 wins, although they stumbled into the postseason with a dreadful September, as first baseman Joey Votto missed nearly the entire second half. Right fielder Cliff Heathcote blossomed into a star, hitting .308 with 81 extra base hits, including 32 homers, drove in 120 runs, stole 43 bases, and led the league with a .568 slugging percentage. Left fielder Bill Howerton hit .300, slugged .511, and drove in 102 runs. Crafty southpaw Ray Fontenot went 19-10 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. The Aviators needed to take two of three from the explosive Jacksonville Gulls, including a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in the final game of the year, to clinch the division. Right fielder Bryce Harper hit .336 with a league-best .450 on-base percentage, ripping 34 homers and driving in 112 runs. Kent Hrbek slammed 35 homers and drove in 120 runs, while Keith Hernandez hit .295 with 26 homers and 117 RBI's. Free agent acquisition Wade Boggs flirted with the batting title, hitting .340 and scoring 105 runs. The New York Emperors made their maiden postseason appearance, winning 90 games. Right fielder Stephen Piscotty led a balanced offense, hitting .323 with 23 homers and 119 RBI's, while three more Emperors topped 80 RBI's, as the Emperors overcame a subpar pitching staff.

The Miami Flamingos took the Southeast Division with 94 wins behind a deep offense, as six players drove in between 73 and 87 runs. Brady Anderson hit 25 homers, stole 24 bases, and drove in 87 runs, while leadoff hitter Rick Peters set the table with a .336 average, a .431 on-base percentage, and stole 34 bases in addition to providing his customary Gold Glove defense in left field. Brett Tomko went 22-8 with a 2.47 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, while Bill Steen posted nearly identical stats while winning "just" 17 games. The overachieving Atlanta Ducks won 90 games, but nearly fell out of the playoffs after losing five straight games near the end of the season. Atlanta was led by catcher John Wockenfuss, who hit 25 homers, slugged .477, and drove in 78 runs, while Brandon Belt blasted 22 homers with 91 RBIs. Atlanta held off the Nashville Blues by a single game for the final playoff spot; Nashville was led by left fielder Gary Matthews, who hit .314 with 31 homers and 94 RBI's, while right fielder Brian Jordan hit 33 homers and drove in 106 runs.

The San Antonio Marksmen made the playoffs for the fifth straight year, although they showed some signs of slippage, dropping to just 89 wins. Star centerfielder J.D. Drew hit .292 with 21 homers, 38 steals, and drove in 102 runs. Starters Ray Collins, Matt Harvey, and Russ Van Atta won 15 games apiece, while closer Freddy Schmidt had 29 saves with a 1.75 ERA, as the Marksmen sported the league's third-best pitching staff.

The incredible run of the Los Angeles Kangaroos passed into the realm of the ridiculous: After signing All-Star pitchers Wes Ferrell and Felix Hernandez to bolster their pitching staff, the Kangaroos won an incredible 125 games. They finished first in the league in nearly every offensive stat except for walks, and first in every significant team pitching stat except for strikeouts (where they finished second). After July 1, they went 69-15. Shortstop Trevor Story had a brilliant all-around season, hitting .329 and slugging .561, blasting 34 homers with 128 RBI's -- with 36 steals to boot. First baseman Glenn Davis led the league with 40 homers and 130 RBI's. Left fielder Mike Davis hit .308 with 31 homers, 97 RBI's, and 80 steals. On the mound, Brett Anderson went 23-3 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, while Ferrell went 20-2 with a league-best 2.04 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. As a result of the Kangaroos' dominance, the Las Vegas Aces managed to be completely under the radar while winning 103 games. DH Dolph Camilli pounded 25 homers and drove in 103 runs. Las Vegas featured the Continental League's second-best pitching staff, as Lefty Williams went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, and Clay Buchholz went 17-3 with a sparkling 2.30 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Closer Joey Jay had 29 saves with a 1.44 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
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Frontier League: Once again, the HRDL's elite teams struggled to make it out of the Wild Card Round. The defending champion Buffalo Fighting Elk upended the 106-win Denver Spikes in six games, as catcher Dave Nilsson hit .385 and slugged .923, blasting 4 homers and driving in 10 runs, including a 2-homer, 6-RBI performance in the clinching Game Six (which also saw teammate Dan Gladden steal five bases). The Buffalo pitching staff held Denver star Mickey Mantle in check, as he hit a punchless 3-for-21 with a single RBI. The 101-win Minneapolis Penguins shut down the powerful offense of the Philadelphia Hawks in six games; after splitting the first four games, the Penguins' Madison Bumgarner and Larry Jaster held the Hawks to one run in the final two games. Minneapolis's Andy Van Slyke took home the MVP award after hitting .450 with a homer, 3 RBI's, and 7 steals. The Seattle Whales narrowly avoided disaster, nearly blowing a three-games-to-zero lead over the Toronto Predators before prevailing in a 10-8 slugfest in Game Seven. Seattle left fielder Mike Marshall set a record with seven homers in the series, and also had 13 RBI's on 14 hits in the series. Toronto's Hernan Perez had 17 hits in the 7-game series. The San Francisco Longshoremen blasted the Kansas City Mad Hatters, outscoring them 30-10 in a five-game romp. San Francisco second baseman Tony Bernazard took home the hardware after hitting .421 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's, while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ripped 3 homers and drove in 6 runs.

In the divisional round, the Penguins dispatched the Fighting Elk in six games, as catcher Chad Kreuter led the way with a .391 average, a homer, and a series-high 8 RBI's, and righthander John Koronka went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. Erasing a three-games-to-one deficit, the Seattle Whales edged out the San Francisco Longshoremen in a low-scoring series, allowing just 17 runs in a 7-game series which featured just one game where a team scored over four runs. Seattle's Ryan Howard won the MVP after hitting two homers and driving in 6 runs, while San Francisco's Yu Darvish threw a four-hit shutout and yielded a 1.50 ERA with 18 strikeouts. Minneapolis returned the favor in a similarly low-scoring League Championship Series, winning Games 6 and 7 to harpoon the Whales in seven games, allowing just 15 runs to the Frontier League's second-ranked offense. Minneapolis's Larry Jaster went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and a stellar 16:0 strikeout to walk ratio, and threw a three-hit shutout in the vital Game 6.

Continental League: In an upset for the ages, the overachieving Atlanta Ducks -- the winners of 90 games with a meager +47 run differential -- upended the 125-win Los Angeles Kangaroos (and their incredible +401 run differential) in six games. Atlanta catcher John Wockenfuss took home MVP honors after hitting .381 with two homers and 9 RBI's, and righthander Ken Hill went 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA. Kangaroo first baseman Glenn Davis pounded 4 homers and drove in 8 runs in a losing effort. The Las Vegas Aces held on to eliminate the San Antonio Marksmen in seven games, as Clay Buchholz yielded just six hits in 16 innings and sported a tiny 0.56 ERA, including a three-hit shutout in Game Seven. In a controversial selection, Las Vegas second baseman Brett Lawrie was named MVP over Buchholz after ripping 13 hits in the series. Miami catcher Jody Davis dominated the Flamingos' seven-game series victory over the Jacksonville Gulls, as Davis hit an incredible .444 with 6 homers and 17 RBI's -- including a 2-homer, 5-RBI showing in Game 1 and a follow-up 2-homer, 6-RBI performance in Game 2. Miami won a dramatic Game 7 1-0 behind a five-hitter from Jim Roland and Howie Camnitz. The Charlotte Aviators, a postseason fixture, deposed the New York Emperors in six games, with right fielder Cliff Heathcote winning the MVP after hitting .375 with 4 steals, and southpaw Ray Fontenot won the decisive Game 6 and sported a 0.71 ERA.

The upset-minded Atlanta Ducks knocked off another 100-win squad in the second round, upending the Las Vegas Aces in seven games. Center fielder Torii Hunter won the MVP after hitting .440 with a homer and 5 RBI's; catcher John Wockenfuss ripped 3 more homers and drove in 11 runs with just 5 hits - including a tie-breaking 3-run homer in the 7th inning of Game 7. Closer Chris Nabholz threw six shutout innings to save all four Atlanta wins. In Miami, Jody Davis continued his dominant postseason, winning MVP once again after hitting 4 more homers and driving in 7 runs in the Flamingos' 7-game win over the Aviators -- including a tie-breaking homer in the tenth inning of Game 1 and a walk-off homer in Game 5. Remarkably, by Game 5 of the Divisional Round, Davis had already set a postseason record with 10 homers and 24 RBI's.
Davis's heroics overshadowed Brett Tomko, who merely threw 17 shutout innings, including a one-hit shutout in Game 7. The Flamingos then shot down the Ducks in 5 games to advance to their first World Series, as third baseman Rube Oldring hit .522 with 2 homers, 5 RBI's, 7 runs scored, and 3 steals, while Davis added two more homers and a series-high 7 RBI's.

World Series: The World Series presented a classic matchup between the deep pitching staff of the Minneapolis Penguins, who had allowed just 510 runs on the season (second-fewest in baseball), and the red-hot offense of the Miami Flamingos. But the Penguins' pitching proved to be too much for the Flamingos. The Penguins jumped out to an early lead, winning Game 1 4-0, as Madison Bumgarner yielded just one hit in seven innings. The Penguins took a commanding lead in the series, winning Game 2 4-3, as Andy Van Slyke homered and right fielder Roy Foster drove in the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning. The Flamingos took Game 3, 6-3, as second baseman Phil Garner homered and drove in three runs, and Jim Roland yielded just two unearned runs in six innings. But the Penguins seized control in Game 4, winning 7-4, as left fielder Jason Kubel popped a three-run homer in the first inning; the win, however, was bittersweet as 5-time All-Star closer Rafael Betancourt blew out his flexor tendon, likely knocking him out of commission for next season. The Penguins clinched the series, winning Game 5 3-2 in ten innings, as Bumgarner pitched into the tenth inning, and first baseman Babe Young plated pinch runner Ced Landrum with what proved to be the series-clinching run in the top of the tenth. In a controversial decision, the commissioner overrode the writers' bizarre decision to award the World Series MVP to Garner, who hit .412 with a homer and 6 RBI's in a losing effort -- instead, Bumgarner was declared the MVP after going 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA and just 9 hits allowed in 16.1 innings.
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2018 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (31): .358/ .454/ .629, 191 hits, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 122 runs, 102 BB, 26 SB, 197 OPS+, 10.3 WAR
Second place- Todd Helton, 1B, TOR (5): .345/ .417/ .593, 212 hits, 34 doubles, 4 triples, 37 HR, 127 RBI, 100 runs, 78 BB, 6 SB, 180 OPS+, 7.3 WAR
Third place- Jim Edmonds, LF, VAN (3): .319/ .407/ .590, 189 hits, 29 doubles, 4 triples, 41 HR, 116 RBI, 106 runs, 93 BB, 7 SB, +13.9 Zone Rating, 176 OPS+, 9.6 WAR
Fourth place- Cody Bellinger, 1B, PHI (1): .302/ .376/ .570, 192 hits, 26 doubles, 9 triples, 42 HR, 131 RBI, 92 runs, 77 BB, 9 SB, 162 OPS+, 7.0 WAR
Fifth place- Cy Blanton, RHP, LON (8): 21-8, 2.11 ERA, 0.89 WAR, 273 IP, 274 K, 35 BB, 9 CG, 2 shutouts, 180 ERA+, 11.5 WAR

Frontier Leage Cy Young Award- Cy Blanton, LON (46): 21-8, 2.11 ERA, 0.89 WAR, 273 IP, 274 K, 35 BB, 9 CG, 2 shutouts, 180 ERA+, 11.5 WAR
Second place- Madison Bumgarner, MIN (2): 13-7, 2.31 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 261 IP, 234 K, 63 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 162 ERA+, 6.9 WAR
Third place- Dwight Gooden, DET: 12-10, 2.27 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 242 IP, 268 K, 88 BB, 2 CG, 165 ERA+, 8.6 WAR
Fourth place- Yu Darvish, SF: 19-9, 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 264 IP, 297 K, 102 BB, 6 CG, 2 shutouts, 134 ERA+, 7.0 WAR
Fifth place- Don Drysdale, CIN: 21-7, 2.37 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 213 IP, 198 K, 36 BB, 158 ERA+, 7.3 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year: Hideo Nomo, RHP, BOS (26): 11-16, 2.89 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 271 IP, 272 K, 85 BB, 8 CG, 1 shutout, 129 ERA+, 7.8 WAR
Second place- John Montefusco, RHP, STL (14), 12-14, 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 260 IP, 214 K, 81 BB, 5 CG, 132 ERA+, 7.9 WAR
Third place- Mike Moustakas, 3B, MIL (5): .290/ .331/ .444, 167 hits, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 19 HR, 82 RBI, 69 runs, 34 BB, 4 SB, 116 OPS+, 4.4 WAR

Continental League MVP- Trevor Story, SS, LA (47): .329/ .369/ .561, 209 hits, 35 doubles, 5 triples, 34 HR, 128 RBI, 40 BB, 36 SB, +13.0 Zone Rating, 157 OPS+, 10.4 WAR
Second place- Bryce Harper, RF, JAX: .336/ .450/ .567, 193 hits, 23 doubles, 4 triples, 34 HR, 112 RBI, 124 runs, 120 BB, 15 SB, 177 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
Third place- Gary Matthews Sr., LF, NAS: .314/ .395/ .542, 185 hits, 33 doubles, 4 triples, 31 HR, 94 RBI, 94 runs, 81 BB, 20 SB, 181 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
Fourth place- Mike Davis, LF, LA: .308/ .352/ .535, 197 hits, 34 doubles, 9 triples, 31 HR, 97 RBI, 134 runs, 45 BB, 80 SB, +10.4 Zone Rating, 146 OPS+, 8.0 WAR
Fifth place- Cliff Heathcote, RF, CHA: .308/ .370/ .568, 182 hits, 41 doubles, 8 triples, 32 HR, 120 RBI, 106 runs, 61 BB, 43 SB, 153 OPS+, 7.1 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Brett Anderson, LA (23): 23-3, 2.37 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 270 IP, 148 K, 53 BB, 11 CG, 1 shutout, 174 ERA+, 6.0 WAR
Second place- Wes Ferrell, LA (23): 20-2, 2.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 203 IP, 154 K, 57 BB, 15 CG, 6 shutouts, 202 ERA+, 5.4 WAR
Third place- Brett Tomko, MIA (2): 22-8, 2.47 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 259 IP, 159 K, 66 BB, 4 CG, 2 shutouts, 167 ERA+, 6.9 WAR
Fourth place- Clay Buchholz, LV: 17-3, 2.30 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 259 IP, 162 K, 61 BB, 4 CG, 2 shutouts, 174 ERA+, 6.5 WAR
Fifth place- Rheal Cormier, WAS: 19-10, 2.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 268 IP, 136 K, 38 BB, 9 CG, 4 shutouts, 192 ERA+, 6.2 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year- Benito Santiago, C, AUS (20): .327/ .353/ .519, 163 hits, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 20 HR, 101 RBI, 76 runs, 20 BB, 19 SB, 140 OPS+, 5.9 WAR
Second place: Rheal Cormier, LHP, WAS (28): 19-10, 2.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 268 IP, 136 K, 38 BB, 9 CG, 4 shutouts, 192 ERA+, 6.2 WAR
Third place: Reggie Smith, RF, BIR: .309/ .369/ .456, 196 hits, 30 doubles, 6 triples, 17 HR, 87 RBI, 88 runs, 64 BB, 16 SB, 126 OPS+, 5.5 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Sam McDowell, LHP, PIT
2. Ed Walsh, RHP, OMA
3. Bobby Bonds, RF, MEM
4. Ron Santo, 3B, ANA
5. Joe Gibbon, LHP, VB
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A quick overview on the major storylines across the league at the 2019 All-Star Break:

Exceeding expectations: Despite losing star leftfielder Carl Yastrzemski with a torn knee ligament during the final week of the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Spiders had a terrific first half, flirting with .600 led by a dominant pitching staff led by Don Drysdale and Jim Palmer. The Omaha Falcons rebounded from a disastrous 52-win season to enter the All-Star break with a solid 39-35 record, firmly in the mix for the Wild Card, thanks to slugging centerfielder Bobby Thomson and rookie righthander Ed Walsh. In the Continental League, the Virginia Beach Admirals entered the break with a strong 44-31 record, and they were on pace to make their first postseason appearance, as third baseman Bill Melton ripped 16 homers and drove in 57 runs, and rookie southpaw Joe Gibbon jumped out to a 10-2 start with a 2.97 ERA. Although the Albuquerque Conquistadors were not going to topple the dominant Los Angeles Kangaroos, they were firmly in the running for a wild card spot with a 42-33 first-half record, led by a deep pitching staff anchored by Bob Feller, Jered Weaver, and Mark Gubicza.

Disappointments: After winning the Great Lakes Division with 92 wins the year before, the Toronto Predators entered the All-Star break in the basement with a 34-41 record, as their pitching staff was ravaged by injuries. The 35-40 Kansas City Mad Hatters were in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012, as their traditionally strong pitching staff struggled, ending the half 18th in the league in runs allowed, with Brad Radke and Rube Foster struggling the most. In the Continental League, the New York Emperors, a surprise playoff team in 2018, crashed back to earth with a 34-41 record as their pitching staff devolved into one of the worst in the league, as none of their starters maintained an ERA below 4.00 and closer Bud Daley blew out his elbow. The Houston Pythons, who also finished the half with a 34-41 record, were in danger of suffering their first-ever sub-.500 finish, as their top-heavy lineup received virtually no help from spots 5-9 in the order, and other than Gerrit Cole, the starting pitching struggled.

Buffalo thunders ahead: The Buffalo Fighting Elk overcame the loss of Bill Bevens to free agency and closer Mark Wohlers to an elbow injury, ending the first half with a league-best 50-25 record. After losing the first four games of the season, the Fighting Elk ripped off a 19-game winning streak to seize control of the Northeast Division by the end of April. Buffalo's hot streak was all the more surprising in light of the struggles of perennial all-star catcher Dave Nilsson. Led by free agent signee Ray Collins, who went 9-4 with a 2.01 ERA, Buffalo's pitching staff led the Frontier League in nearly every significant pitching category other than strikeouts, allowing just 211 runs in 75 games.

Major injuries: Shortly before the All-Star break, the defending champion Minneapolis Penguins lost ace Madison Bumgarner for the season with shoulder inflammation. Although the hard-luck Bumgarner was just 5-6 when he was injured in mid-June, he sported a stellar 1.94 ERA and microscopic 0.82 WHIP. The Seattle Whales were decimated by a series of substantial injuries, knocking second baseman Rod Carew and pitchers Carlos Zambrano and Pat Combs out of commission, likely for the entire season.
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Frontier League: The Buffalo Fighting Elk cruised to their third straight postseason appearance, leading all of baseball with 105 wins behind a dominant pitching staff which surrendered just 491 runs on the season. Buffalo took command of the Northeast Division early on, with a 19-game winning streak in April, and ultimately won the division by 15 games. Jair Jurrjens went 18-9 with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, and free agent signee Ray Collins matched Jurrjens with an 18-9 record, a 2.34 ERA, and a 1.02 WHIP. Brad Lidge led a league-best bullpen with 38 saves and a 1.77 ERA. The Baltimore Robins, left for dead at the All-Star Break after a middling first half, returned to the postseason after a two-year absence by winning 90 games. Left fielder John Hummel hit .299 with 27 homers, 97 RBI's, and 36 steals, while slugging first baseman Hank Thompson hit 29 homers in 110 games after being acquired from Kansas City in late May. Paul Dean anchored a solid pitching staff with a 16-8 record, a 2.69 ERA, and a stellar 0.97 WHIP. The under-the-radar Montreal Knights won 15 of their final 22 games, including their final four games of the season, to claim the final postseason spot by a single game with 87 wins. Although Montreal was second in the Frontier League in homers, led by free agent signee Dave Parker's 32 round-trippers and 83 RBI's, they were just 16th in runs due to an abysmal team batting average (.245). The Knights rode into the postseason on the strength of their pitching staff, as Joe Boehling went 16-13 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Erv Kantlehner split his season between the rotation and the bullpen, going 12-4 with 13 saves and a strong 2.52 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. The Philadelphia Hawks, despite being in the playoff running for most of the season after a strong first half, faded down the stretch, losing 10 of their final 17 games to finish out of the playoff running with 85 wins. The Hawks were lead by star rightfielder Braggo Roth, who hit .326 with 17 homers, 76 RBI's, and 36 steals (despite missing 40 games with injuries), and crafty southpaw Tom Underwood, who went 19-7 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

The always-solid London Werewolves won their fifth Great Lakes Division title in six years with a 95-win season. Second baseman Geronimo Pena had a brilliant all-around season, hitting .309 with 81 extra-base hits, including 31 homers, 115 RBI's, and 32 steals. Centerfielder Josh Devore hit .299 with a .391 on-base percentage, stole 84 bases, and scored 108 runs. Ace Cy Blanton anchored a solid pitching staff with an 18-8 record, a 2.44 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 234 strikeouts. The Cincinnati Spiders, after flirting with .600 in the first half, stumbled into the postseason with 87 wins. The Spiders were led by a strong pitching staff, as Don Drysdale went 18-8 with a 2.47 ERA and a league-best 0.91 WHIP, and Jim Palmer went 17-14 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Young first baseman Lou Gehrig showed signs of blossoming into a star, hitting .304 with a .510 slugging percentage, ripping 25 homers and driving in 84 runs, while veteran right fielder Leon Durham pounded 31 homers and drove in 99 runs of his own.

The defending champion Minneapolis Penguins overcame the midseason losses of ace Madison Bumgarner and starting pitcher Joel Piniero to return to the postseason by winning the Great Plains Division with 99 wins. Andy Van Slyke led a balanced offensive attack by hiting .327 with 19 homers, 74 RBI's, 103 runs scored, and 64 steals. Larry Jaster went 20-7 with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP, and Bob Friend chipped in by going 18-12 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Their division rivals, the Kansas City Mad Hatters, missed the postseason for the first time in seven years by a single game, winning 86 games, as second baseman George Grantham hit .333 with 16 homers, 101 runs scored, and 79 steals, and ace Billy Pierce went 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and 234 strikeouts.

The Vancouver Viceroys won a strong Northwest Division with 97 wins, despite losing star outfielder Jim Edmonds for the season in August. Third baseman Alfonso Soriano hit .290 with 27 homers and 108 RBIs. Cy Young Award favorite Reb Russell anchored the league's second-best pitching staff with a 23-7 record, a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Mel Stottlemyre sported a 15-11 record to go along with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Once again, MVP candidate Mickey Mantle carried a 92-win Denver Spikes squad into the postseason, hitting .346 with a league-high 50 homers and 125 RBIs. Denver led the Frontier League with 800 runs scored, as third baseman Tommy Glaviano hit .284 with 26 homers and 98 RBI's, while first baseman Phil Clark had a strong sophomore campaign, hitting .306 with 22 homers and 95 RBIs.

Continental League: The Jacksonville Gulls used a dominant offense to win their first Atlantic Division title with 101 wins, as Bryce Harper hit .350 with 35 homers, a .593 slugging percentage, 126 runs scored, and 117 RBI's. Third baseman Wade Boggs led baseball with a .363 average and scored 121 runs of his own, while first baseman Keith Hernandez had a brilliant all-around season, hitting .355 and slugging .566, with 23 homers and 143 RBI's. Dizzy Trout anchored a better-than-expected pitching staff with a 20-6 record, a 2.02 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP. The Charlotte Aviators won 95 games, but failed to win the division for the first time in 7 years. Right fielder Cliff Heathcote led a balanced offense by hitting .302 with a .506 slugging percentage, ripping 27 homers, scoring 103 runs, driving in 100 runs, and stealing 50 bases. Left fielder Henry Rodriguez hit 33 homers and drove in 103 runs. Steady Steve Hargan paced a deep pitching staff, going 18-10 with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, while Elmer Stricklett went 15-3 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The Washington Ambassadors, led by an elite outfield and one of the most potent offenses in the league, won 93 games. Left fielder Curt Walker hit .316 and slugged .515, including 22 homers and 103 RBI's. Center fielder George Altman hit a blistering .335 with an incredible 54 doubles, 33 homers, and 109 RBI's. Right fielder Jackie Jensen hit .290 with 30 homers, 99 RBI's, and 25 steals. Southpaw Rheal Cormier paced the pitching staff with a solid sophomore campaign, going 15-12 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Although the Virginia Beach Admirals appeared poised to make their maiden postseason voyage after a strong first half, they faded in the second half, finishing with just 83 wins despite a stellar season from third baseman Bill Melton, who hit .335 with 42 homers and 113 RBI's, and a 20-9 season with a 2.67 ERA from rookie lefthander Joe Gibbon.

The Miami Flamingos won the Southeast Division with 93 wins, led by free agent signee Paul Molitor, who hit .337 with 42 doubles, 12 homers, 102 RBI's, and 42 steals. Third baseman Rube Oldring matched Molitor, hitting .327 with 43 doubles, 13 homers, and 92 steals while scoring a team-high 112 runs. Right fielder Craig Wilson hit .289 with 26 homers and 94 RBI's. Reliever Tim Conroy won 14 games, saved 38 more, and sported a 2.00 ERA despite a heavy workload (94 innings).

Perhaps the best story of the 2019 season was the rise of the overachieving Oklahoma City Otters, who won the Texas Division in a one-game playoff over the San Antonio Marksmen to earn the franchise's inaugural playoff bid. Oklahoma City was led by rookie slugger and MVP candidate Khris Davis who hit .314 and slugged .591 and led the Continental League with 43 homers -- nearly three times as many as his next-highest teammate -- and 148 RBI's -- including four in the decisive playoff game. Davis hit .430 in September with a league-high 10 homers and 30 RBI's. Second baseman Bernie Friberg hit .306 with 14 homers, 74 RBI's, and 115 runs scored. Righthander Esteban Loiaiza went 16-11 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. San Antonio's traditionally dominant pitching struggled, as their 89-win squad was led by their offense. Rookie third baseman Jack Howell hit 27 homers and drove in 118 runs, while star centerfielder J.D. Drew hit .281 with 24 homers, 82 RBI's, and scored 110 runs. First baseman Ed Morgan, hit .316 with 35 doubles, 16 homers and 98 RBI's. Southpaw Russ Van Atta led the Marksmen's pitching staff with a 20-12 record, a 3.70 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and 256 strikeouts.

The always-brilliant Los Angeles Kangaroos won "just" 102 games -- their sixth-straight hundred-win season, although their offense showed signs of rust, as they dipped to eighth in the league in runs scored. Right fielder Gary Sheffield hit 41 homers with a .524 slugging percentage, stole 32 bases, and drove in 119 runs. Defending MVP Trevor Story took a (small) step back, hitting .293 and slugging .499, while blasting 28 homers and driving in 114 runs. Southpaw Brett Anderson flirted with yet another Cy Young Award, going 23-6 with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Felix Hernandez went 19-13 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and 255 strikeouts. The Las Vegas Aces once again remained in the Kangaroos' shadow, winning 95 games yet never genuinely contending for the division title. Jason Thompson and Dolph Camilli each popped 23 homers, while Chris Van Cuyk led the league's second-best pitching staff with a 15-8 record, a 2.50 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP. Jonny Venters led the Continental League's deepest bullpen with 35 saves and a 1.94 ERA.

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Frontier League: The league-best pitching staff of the Buffalo Fighting Elk did not disappoint in their opening round victory over the scrappy Cincinnati Spiders, allowing just ten runs in six games -- and just one run in their four victories. Buffalo southpaw Ray Collins went 2-0, pitching 16 scoreless innings, while teammate Bob Grim went 2-0 as well, allowing just a single earned run and five hits in 11 innings. Center fielder Darin Erstad was named the series MVP in a controversial decision, however, after hitting .440 with five extra-base hits, including a homer and 4 RBI's. The London Werewolves held the league-best offense of the Denver Spikes in check, surrendering just 13 runs in six games, and holding MVP favorite Mickey Mantle to a single RBI. London centerfielder Josh Devore led the way, hitting .333 with a homer, 5 RBI's, and 3 steals. The Baltimore Robins dispatched the favored Vancouver Viceroys in five games, as Paul Dean went 2-0, including a 13-strikeout shutout in the series finale, and first baseman Hank Thompson hit .444 with a homer and 4 RBI's. In the most dramatic wild-card series in the Frontier League, the Minneapolis Penguins knocked off the Montreal Knights in seven games, despite nearly blowing a three-games-to-one advantage. Second baseman Neifi Perez took home MVP honors after hitting .409 with 2 triples and 4 RBI's, including a triple that broke open Game 7 in the seventh inning. Montreal was led by second sacker Ted Lepcio, who hit .379 with a series-high 3 homers and 7 RBI's, and righthander Joe Boehling, who threw a two-hit shutout in Game Three.

In the Divisional Round, the London Werewolves upset the 105-win Buffalo Fighting Elk in a dramatic six-game series, winning Game 5 on a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning by Jose Herrera, and the Werewolves needed 15 innings to take Game Six. First baseman Billy Herman took home MVP honors after hitting .320 with 2 homers and 4 RBI's, while ace righthander Cy Blanton went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings. In a seesaw series, the Baltimore Robins upended the Minneapolis Penguins in seven games, with Games 5 and 6 being come-from-behind walk-off victories, and with the Robins scoring the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning of Game 7. Baltimore catcher Willson Contreras was named MVP after hitting .346 with 2 homers and 4 RBI's, while Minneapolis first baseman Wally Pipp hit .370 with a series-best 3 homers and 9 RBI's. Baltimore's magic ran out in the League Championship Series, however, as the Werewolves jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before winning in five games, scoring at least five runs in each game. London was led by catcher Blake Swihart, who hit .400 with 6 RBI's, and Blanton, who went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. Baltimore left fielder John Hummel took home MVP honors, however, after hitting .533 with five extra-base hits, including 2 homers and 6 RBI's.

Continental League: The Los Angeles Kangaroos flirted with disaster, dropping three of the first five games to the San Antonio Marksmen, but prevailed in Games 6 and 7 to advance. Brett Anderson went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings, including a 9-strikeout, 1-run performance in Game 7. Gary Sheffield broke open Game 7 with a 3-run homer in the sixth inning, his third of the series. But first baseman Glenn Davis was named MVP in a controversial decision, after hitting .370 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's. In a low-scoring series, the Oklahoma City Otters upset the Las Vegas Aces in seven games, with second baseman Bernie Friberg leading the way by hitting .400 with a homer and 6 RBI's. The Miami Flamingos blasted the Charlotte Aviators, scoring 34 runs in a five-game romp, as right fielder Craig Wilson hit .455 with a homer and 6 RBI's, and second baseman Paul Molitor hit .364 with 2 homers and 5 RBI's. The Jacksonville Gulls and Washington Ambassadors alternated victories in a seven-game series, with the Gulls prevailing, as DH Kent Hrbek hit .321 with 3 homers and 10 RBI's, while lefty Dizzy Trout went 2-0 with a microscopic 0.54 ERA. Left fielder Curt Walker led Washington with a .448 average, a homer, and 8 RBI's.

The magical run of the Oklahoma City Otters came to a sudden end in the Division Series, as they were swept by the Los Angeles Kangaroos. Left fielder Mike Davis took home MVP honors after hitting .533 with 2 homers and 5 RBI's, while center fielder Don Young hit .300 with 3 homers and 11 RBI's, setting a postseason record with 7 RBI's in an 18-7 romp in Game 4. The Miami Flamingos outlasted their in-state rivals from Jacksonville in seven games, as DH Greg Vaughn hit .370 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's, including a ninth-inning homer in Game 5 and two round-trippers in the decisive Game 7. The Kangaroos dominated the Flamingos in the League Championship Series, with their second straight series sweep, outscoring Miami 32-13. First baseman Glenn Davis took home the hardware after hitting .533 with 2 homers and 9 RBI's, while Wes Ferrell and Brett Anderson threw complete-game shutouts.

World Series: The London Werewolves became the first Frontier League team to make a second World Series appearance, and they wasted no time in asserting control over the Los Angeles Kangaroos, who were making their fifth World Series appearance in nine years. The Werewolves scored four runs in the top of the first inning of Game 1, led by a 2-run Brandon Nimmo triple, as rookie Bert Blyleven outdueled Wes Ferrell, 5-3. The Werewolves took control in Game 2, holding on for a 5-4 win behind homers from Nimmo and second baseman Geronimo Pena. London dominated Game 3 10-0, behind a 21-hit attack and a 3-hit shutout by ace Cy Blanton. But Los Angeles did not roll over. Kangaroo righthander Ken Gabler upped his postseason record to 14-3, holding the Werewolves in check in a 5-2 victory, as Glenn Davis broke the game open with a 7th-inning double. The Kangaroos blasted the Werewolves 10-4 in Game 5, as Gary Sheffield and Don Young homered and Glenn Davis ripped four hits. The Werewolves, however, put the final stake in the Kangaroos' heart, stopping them 3-2 in Game 6, as Nimmo homered off Felix Hernandez, and Bruce Hurst threw 6 2/3 shutout innings for his second victory of the series. Nimmo was named the MVP of the series after hitting .353 and slugging .941, including 2 homers and 6 RBI's. Davis hit .423 with 2 homers and 8 RBI's for the Kangaroos.
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2019 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (47): .346/ .426/ .639, 213 hits, 24 doubles, 3 triples, 50 HR, 125 RBI, 120 runs, 90 BB, 24 SB, 187 OPS+, 10.3 WAR
Second place- Ken Singleton, LF, OTT: .348/ .447/ .595, 201 hits, 33 doubles, 1 triple, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 111 runs, 110 BB, 1 SB, 183 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
Third place- Reb Russell, LHP, VAN (1): 23-7, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 276 IP, 177 K, 36 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 159 ERA+, 9.2 WAR
Fourth place- Geronimo Pena, 2B, LON: .304/ .385/ .559, 182 hits, 40 doubles, 10 triples, 31 HR, 115 RBI, 120 runs, 74 BB, 32 SB, 155 OPS+, 7.0 WAR
Fifth place- Cy Blanton, RHP, LON: 18-8, 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 277 IP, 234K, 67 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 159 ERA+, 8.8 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award: Reb Russell, VAN (48): 23-7, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 276 IP, 177 K, 36 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 159 ERA+, 9.2 WAR
Second place- Cy Blanton, LON: 18-8, 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 277 IP, 234K, 67 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 159 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Third place- Hideo Nomo, BOS: 16-14, 2.15 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 276 IP, 283 K, 98 BB, 9 CG, 3 shutouts, 178 ERA+, 8.1 WAR
Fourth place- Paul Dean, BAL: 16-8, 2.69 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 264 IP, 267 K, 38 BB, 4 CG, 1 shutout, 142 ERA+, 7.8 WAR
Fifth place- Ray Collins, BUF: 18-9, 2.34 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 238 IP, 91 K, 31 BB, 10 CG, 5 shutouts, 160 ERA+, 6.3 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- DJ LeMahieu, 2B, STL (46): .334/ .360/ .436, 222 hits, 38 doubles, 6 triples, 6 HR, 81 RBI, 84 runs, 29 BB, 27 SB, +13.8 Zone Rating, 120 OPS+, 6.2 WAR
Second place- AJ Pollock, CF, BOS: .301/ .348/ .453, 184 hits, 39 doubles, 9 triples, 12 HR, 73 RBI, 77 runs, 50 BB, 26 SB, +12.4 Zone Rating, 120 OPS+, 6.0 WAR
Third place- Eric Karros, 1B, CHI (2): .300/ .355/ .465, 189 hits, 26 doubles, 26 HR, 102 RBI, 71 runs, 54 BB, 126 OPS+, 3.7 WAR

Continental League MVP- Harry Lumley, RF/ DH, BIR (38): .357/ .433/ .660, 228 hits, 42 doubles, 14 triples, 41 HR, 138 RBI, 133 runs, 88 BB, 20 SB, 194 OPS+, 9.4 WAR
Second place- Bill Melton, 3B, VB: .335/ .410/ .624, 197 hits, 42 doubles, 1 triple, 42 HR, 133 RBI, 104 runs, 79 BB, 4 SB, 180 OPS+, 10.4 WAR
Third place- Reggie Smith, CF/RF, BIR: .350/ .430/ .629, 220 hits, 46 doubles, 6 triples, 39 HR, 105 RBI, 140 runs, 90 BB, 17 SB, 185 OPS+, 9.0 WAR
Fourth place- George Altman, CF, WAS (5): .335/ .403/ .583, 209 hits, 54 doubles, 1 triple, 33 HR, 109 RBI, 100 runs, 72 BB, 170 OPS+, 8.9 WAR
Fifth place- Bryce Harper, RF, JAX (1): .350/ .442/ .593, 207 hits, 27 doubles, 6 triples, 35 HR, 117 RBI, 126 runs, 101 BB, 12 SB, 178 OPS+, 7.5 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award: Brett Anderson, LA (46): 23-6, 2.28 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 276 IP, 181 K, 59 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts, 185 ERA+, 9.1 WAR
Second place- Dizzy Trout, JAX (2): 20-6, 2.02 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 249 IP, 171 K, 61 BB, 6 CG, 4 shutouts, 213 ERA+, 8.6 WAR
Third place- Felix Hernandez, LA: 19-13, 2.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 281 IP, 255 K, 91 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 166 ERA+, 7.2 WAR
Fourth place- Chris Van Cuyk, LV: 15-8, 2.50 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 241 IP, 209 K, 49 BB, 5 CG, 1 shutout, 163 ERA+, 5.8 WAR
Fifth place- Wes Ferrell, LA: 16-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 259 IP, 199 K, 77 BB, 13 CG, 4 shutouts, 160 ERA+, 6.3 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: Harry Lumley, RF/ DH, BIR (48): .357/ .433/ .660, 228 hits, 42 doubles, 14 triples, 41 HR, 138 RBI, 133 runs, 88 BB, 20 SB, 194 OPS+, 9.4 WAR
Second place: Khris Davis, LF, OKC: .314/ .383/ .591, 198 hits, 38 doubles, 4 triples, 43 HR, 148 RBI, 103 runs, 68 BB, 4 SB, 160 OPS+, 6.2 WAR
Third place: Bobby Bonds, RF, MEM: .307/ .400/ .545, 176 hits, 28 doubles, 5 triples, 33 HR, 99 RBI, 97 runs, 87 BB, 57 SB, +10.4 Zone Rating, 160 OPS+, 8.0 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Ken Williams, LF, SD
2. Joe Lake, RHP, PIT
3. Jeff Bagwell, 1B, POR
4. Gabby Hartnett, C, STL
5. Pete Donohue, RHP, AUS

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Forgot to post a copy of the standings from the most recent season, but rest assured, there are several East Coast teams. Just not as many quality teams...

Boston still has not finished above .500 , and New York only has a lone playoff appearance (and they got bounced in the wild-card round). Hartford has been floundering in mediocrity since Sandy Koufax suffered a career-ending injury. But Buffalo has been one of the strongest overall franchises, and Charlotte, Baltimore, and Washington have been perennial playoff teams, while Philadelphia has made it about half the time. Jacksonville is a team on the rise, and Miami made the League Championship Series last year after making the World Series the year before. Virginia Beach has been mediocre, but could easily be in the wild card hunt next year.

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Exceeding expectations: The Detroit Purple Gang appeared poised to visit the postseason for the first time since 2012, ending the first half with a 42-33 record and the top record of all wild-card teams. Blossoming star Justin Verlander led a strong rotation with a 8-1 record and a 2.31 ERA, while second-year left fielder Bobby Higginson hit .299, ripping 16 homers with 41 RBI's. After two years of missing the playoffs, the Chicago Mules were squarely in the thick of things, recasting themselves as a pitching-challenged offensive juggernaut. Led by left fielder Del Ennis, who hit .347 with 13 homers and 60 RBI's and free agent signee third baseman Ed Lennox, who hit .323 with 11 homers and 47 RBI's, the Mules took the league's second-ranked offense into the all-star break with a 39-35 record. In the Continental League, the Virginia Beach Admirals entered the break in first place with a 46-29 record with a balanced attack, as six players took double-digit homers into the break. Shortstop Eddie Bressoud hit .331 with 11 homers and a team-high 43 RBI's. The Nashville Blues sported the best record in baseball, going 50-25, led by a power-hitting offense and a league-best pitching staff. Star leftfielder Gary Matthews hit .322 with 15 homers and 55 RBI's, while lefty Bob Shirley paced the staff with an 11-2 record and a 2.22 ERA.

Disappointments: The Minneapolis Penguins' streaks of three straight playoff appearances and seven straight years of 85+ wins were both in jeopardy, as Minneapolis sputtered to a 33-41 start. The team severely underperformed its expected performance based on run differential, and franchise icons Andy Van Slyke and Madison Bumgarner each had relatively ordinary performances. Bumgarner's ERA and WHIP spiked to career-worst figures of 3.79 and 1.30, respectively, while Van Slyke hit a career-worst .269 with a modest .429 slugging percentage. The Denver Rams unexpectedly ended the first half in last place, with a disappointing 36-39 record, as their pitching staff was in the bottom third of the league. After winning 90 and 88 games the last two years, the Atlanta Ducks tumbled to a 33-42 record, with 39-year-old shortstop Michael Young hitting the proverbial wall, hitting just .247 with a punchless .309 slugging percentage, and none of the team's starters sported an ERA below 4.00. The Las Vegas Aces appeared likely to miss the playoffs for the first time in four years, going just 36-39, as the squad's offense busted, with star DH Dolph Camilli hitting a mediocre .275 with 9 homers and a career-worst .430 slugging percentage.

Buffalo's bullpen bulks up: Last year's 105-win Buffalo Fighting Elk squad rode the league's best bullpen, led by closer Brad Lidge and setup man Steve Hamilton -- each of whom finished in the top-four in the league in the Reliever of the Year voting. During free agency, they added two-time Reliever of the Year Tom Henke. Then they added three-time Reliever of the Year Dick Radatz. Then they added Gary Lavelle and Dave Smith during spring training. As of midseason, Lidge was the all-time league leader in saves, Radatz was third, Henke fourth, Smith thirteenth, and Hamilton -- who couldn't even crack the opening day roster after yielding a microscopic 1.12 ERA and 0.77 WHIP the year before - was 29th. The experiment in extreme bullpenning appeared to work: after a slow 6-10 start, the Fighting Elk had a strong May and June to enter the break with a league-best 47-28 record and a nine-game lead over second place Baltimore, The bullpen had a league-best 2.22 ERA coming into the break, as Henke had 15 saves, and Radatz yielded a 0.76 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 35 brilliant innings.

Birmingham bungles: The hapless Birmingham Steelers once again squandered a strong offense on a hapless pitching staff. Despite featuring All-Star outfielders Harry Lumley and Reggie Smith, each of whom finished in the top 3 of the MVP balloting on last year's 65-win squad -- the Steelers made no apparent attempt to upgrade their league-worst pitching staff, drafting a series of outfielders and refusing to sign pitchers in free agency. As a result, the team took a league-worst 6.68 ERA into the break -- two runs per game worst than the 23rd-ranked staff-- and they finished just 18-57 despite an above-average offense. Birmingham actually had fewer wins than Buffalo's bullpen, and only two pitchers had positive WAR.

Major injuries: Jacksonville southpaw Ray Sadecki, after a terrific 9-2 start with a 2.78 ERA, tore his UCL, requiring him to miss the year. Las Vegas righthander Clay Buchholz, after going 37-11 over the prior two seasons, missed the entire first half with a torn flexor tendon, but he hoped to return by Labor Day. Hard-luck Cincinnati left fielder Carl Yastrzemski missed most of the first half with a torn hamstring.

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2020 Year in Review

Frontier League: The Buffalo Fighting Elk rebounded from a slow start (6-10) to take the Northeast Division with 95 wins, including a 16-game winning streak in late August and early September. Despite a subpar offense, which finished just 23rd in the league in runs scored, Buffalo's pitching staff dominated, allowing just 460 runs, and leading the league in nearly every pitching category. Crafty southpaw Ray Collins went 18-12 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, while Tom Henke anchored the deepest bullpen in league history, earning 37 saves with a 1.09 ERA. Buffalo held off the upstart Boston Minutemen, who started hot and finished hotter, winning 94 games on their way to making their first playoff appearance. Boston was led offensively by center fielder AJ Pollock, who hit .308 with 20 homers, 99 RBI's, and 32 steals, and third baseman Gary Gaetti, who hit .285 with 28 homers and 88 RBI's, while Hideo Nomo anchored the pitching staff, going 16-11 with a 2.97 ERA and 231 strikeouts. In the Great Lakes Division, MVP candidate Lou Gehrig carried a balanced Cincinnati Spiders squad to the division title with 92 wins, as he hit .344 with 39 homers, 110 RBI's, and 22 steals. Don Drysdale went 13-7 while sporting a 2.47 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, while hard-luck Jim Palmer went just 15-12 despite a stellar 2.31 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. The Spiders edged out the London Werewolves, who were eliminated from playoff consideration in the final week of the season with 88 wins, as ace Cy Blanton went 17-11 with a 2.77 ERA and 243 strikeouts, while southpaw Bruce Hurst went 14-8 with a brilliant 2.23 ERA and a league-best 0.86 WHIP.

The Kansas City Mad Hatters dominated the Great Plains Division, winning a league-best 102 games, as their league-best offense was led by left fielder Kevin Bass, who hit .321 with 18 homers and 86 RBI's, while first baseman Gregory Bird pounded 28 homers and drove in 98 runs. Star second baseman George Grantham, despite a career-low batting average, nonetheless led the league with 126 runs scored and 76 steals. The Minneapolis Penguins rebounded from a dreadful 11-22 start to win 91 games, to claim their fourth straight postseason berth. Andy Van Slyke hit .296 with 68 extra-base hits, including 27 homers, drove in 98 runs, and stole 60 bases, while left fielder Cy Williams popped 27 homers and drove in 91 runs. Ace Madison Bumgarner rebounded from his injury-riddled 2019 after going 19-8 with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. In the Northwest Division, the Vancouver Viceroys closed strong, ending the season on an 18-5 run (which included a 12-game winning streak) to win the division with 93 wins. Left fielder Jim Edmonds led the way with 22 homers and 83 RBI's, while first baseman Gil Hodges had a breakout season, hitting .296 with 18 homers and 80 RBI's. Reb Russell followed up his Cy Young-award winning season by going 17-10 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. The Seattle Whales returned to the postseason, despite losing Jake Arrieta for the season in spring training, as free agent signee Dontrelle Willis went 16-10 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. First baseman Ryan Howard led the way offensively, hitting .277 with 35 homers and 106 RBI's, while left fielder Heinie Manush hit .309, while ripping 21 homers, driving in 83 runs, and stealing 33 bases. The San Francisco Longshoremen took the final wild card spot with 91 wins of their own, as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit .273 with 25 homers and 80 RBI's, and center fielder Manuel Margot had a breakout season, hitting .311 with 18 homers, 92 RBI's, 102 runs scored, and 31 steals. Yu Darvish led the pitching staff with a 19-9 record, a 3.36 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 244 strikeouts.

Continental League: The hard-hitting Virginia Beach Admirals made their maiden postseason appearance, leading baseball with 185 homers, as seven players ripped at least 20 homers. Star third baseman Bill Melton hit .303 with 34 homers and 95 RBI's, while catcher John Peters hit .300 with 25 homers and 79 RBI's. Despite stumbling down the stretch, the Charlotte Aviators earned their eighth straight postseason bid the hard way, eliminating the Jacksonville Gulls in a one-game playoff to earn their 89th win of the season. Aviators outfielders Tommie Agee and Cliff Heathcote each topped 50 steals on the season, as Agee hit .274 with 21 homers and 85 RBI's, and Heathcote hit .304, slugged .480 , pounding 20 homers and 92 RBI's. Left fielder Henry Rodriguez blasted a team-high 34 homers and drove in 98 runs. Jacksonville, after losing three starting pitchers to season-ending injuries, stumbled down the stretch, surrendering 21 runs in two one-game playoff losses to Dallas and Charlotte. Their league-best offense was led by Keith Hernandez, who led baseball with a .373 average, along with 23 homers and 109 RBI's, Bryce Harper, who hit .300 with 26 homers and 119 RBI's, and Wade Boggs, who hit .364 with a .453 on-base percentage, including 45 doubles, 11 homers, and 97 RBI's. The Nashville Blues dominated the Southeast Division, leading baseball with 106 wins on their way to their first postseason appearance. Right fielder Brian Jordan, first baseman Greg Luzinski, and third baseman Harmon Killebrew each topped 30 homers, with Jordan also driving in 116 runs. Dave Ferris and Bob Shirley led a league-best pitching staff, each winning 20 games with an ERA below 3.00, and closer Don Bessent had 41 saves with a 1.33 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. The Miami Flamingos returned to the postseason with 93 wins. Infielders Rube Oldring and Paul Molitor led a balanced offense, with Oldring hitting .289 with 22 homers, 83 RBI's, and 47 steals, while Molitor hit .317 with 38 doubles, 14 homers, 90 RBI's, and 26 steals.

The Oklahoma City Otters proved they were no one-season fluke, winning 91 games on their way to winning the Texas Division. Slugging left fielder Khris Davis led all of baseball in hitting 43 homers and driving in 130 runs, while hitting .316. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez ripped 28 homers and drove in 115 runs, while closer Dave Giusti had 36 saves and a 2.01 ERA. The Dallas Wildcatters returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, as third baseman Carney Lansford led a balanced offense, hitting .314 with 18 homers and 114 RBI's. Left fielder Rondell White and first baseman Cody Bellinger combined for 56 homers, with each topping 90 RBI's. In the Southwest Division, the Los Angeles Kangaroos finally showed signs of slowing down, winning "just" 99 games, ending a streak of 6 straight years over 100 wins. Trevor Story led a potent offense, hitting .319 with 27 homers and 108 RBI's. DH Glenn Davis continued to rake, hitting .299 with 28 homers and 105 RBI's, while right fielder Gary Sheffield hit .290 with 29 homers and 94 RBI's. Perrenial Cy Young Award candidate Brett Anderson had another strong season, with 21 wins, a 2.34 ERA, and a 1.01 WHIP -- each of which led the Frontier League. The Las Vegas Aces came from 10 games below .500 at the end of June to win 89 games, as third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit .290 with 27 homers and 118 RBI's, DH Dolph Camilli hit .290 as well, with 22 homers and 93 RBI's, and southpaw Chris Van Cuyk went 16-11 with a solid 3.04 ERA and 206 strikeouts.

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2020 Playoff Report

Frontier League: The Wild-Card Round saw several upsets. Most notably, the San Francisco Longshoremen upended the 102-win Kansas City Mad Hatters in six games in a low-scoring series, holding the Mad Hatters league-leading offense to just 16 runs. San Francisco's Ted Abernathy went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA, and Joe Schaffenroth saved all four Longshoremen victories, pitching seven shutout innings and surrendering just three hits. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was named MVP after hitting .417 with ten hits, including two homers and 5 RBI's. Kansas City third baseman George Kell hit .500, with 11 hits, including 4 doubles. The overachieving Boston Minutemen knocked off the Cincinnati Spiders in six games, led by slugging third baseman Gary Gaetti, who hit .364 with 3 homers and 6 RBI's. In a matchup of division rivals, the Seattle Whales upended the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Viceroys in seven games, as Ryan Howard hit .321 with 2 homers and 7 RBI's, and center fielder Wally Judnich hit .333 with a homer and 8 RBI's. Vancouver's Jim Edmonds hit 3 homers and drove in 6 runs in defeat. The Minneapolis Penguins battered the league-best pitching staff of the Buffalo Fighting Elk, winning the first three games on their way to winning the series in six games. Minneapolis left fielder Cy Williams took home the hardware after hitting .391 with 5 extra-base hits, including 2 homers and 6 RBI's, and righthander Bob Friend went 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA and 0.80 WHIP, including eight shutout innings in the decisive Game 6.

In the Divisional Round, the Boston Minutemen dropped the first two games to the San Francisco Longshoremen before rattling off four straight wins. Boston left fielder Randy Winn hit .375 with 2 triples, 2 steals, and 4 runs scored, while center fielder AJ Pollock hit 2 homers and drove in 9 runs. San Francisco's Manuel Margot was named series MVP in defeat, after hitting .464 with 13 hits, including 3 doubles, a homer, and 4 RBI's. The Seattle Whales outlasted the Minneapolis Penguins in a back-and-forth series that lasted the full seven games. Seattle third baseman Eduardo Escobar took home MVP honors after hitting .333 with a pair of homers, while second baseman Pumpsie Green hit a team-high .357 with 6 walks and 5 runs scored. Larry Benton won both of his starts for Seattle, including Game 7, while the Penguins' Don Nottebart went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in defeat. In a classic League Championship Series, the Seattle Whales erased multiple deficits, falling behind 2-0 and 3-2 before prevailing in seven games over the Boston Minutemen. Five of the seven games were decided by either one or two runs, and Game 7 was a one-run game in the ninth inning before the Whales broke it open with four runs. Seattle left fielder Heinie Manush was named MVP after hitting .444, stealing 3 bases, and scoring 5 runs, while Benton went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Boston's Gary Gaetti hit .345 with a series-best 3 homers and 8 RBI's.

Continental League: Three of the four series in the Continental League went down to the wire, extending to a full seven games. The Dallas Wildcatters, who needed to win their final six games just to make the playoffs, extended their stay by upsetting the Nashville Blues, owners of the best record in baseball. Oddly, the road team won all seven games of the series. The Wildcatters' pitching dominated the series, as Ray Culp went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, while Lance Lynn sported a 0.60 ERA and threw a four-hit shutout in Game 1. The Oklahoma City Otters proved that last year's playoff run was no fluke, as they battered the Miami Flamingos in five games. Right fielder Trevor Plouffe was an easy MVP selection after hitting a sizzling .600 with 3 homers and 8 RBI's, while Esteban Loaiza led the pitching staff with 8 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory in Game 2. In perhaps the most dramatic series of the 2020 postseason, the Virginia Beach Admirals erased a 3-1 deficit to the Las Vegas Aces, prevailing on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 by catcher John Peters. Virginia Beach Eddie Bressoud led all batters by hitting .500 with 13 hits, including a HRDL-record 9 doubles, along with a homer and 4 RBI's. Admiral center fielder Wally Berger hit .348 with 2 homers and 5 RBI's, while southpaw Adam Conley sported a 1.93 ERA, including 7 innings of one-run ball in a must-win Game 6. The Los Angeles Kangaroos nearly squandered a 2-0 edge to the Charlotte Aviators, falling behind 3 games to 2 before winning Games 6 and 7 by matching 7-3 scores. The Kangaroos broke open a tied Game 7 by blasting three homers off beleaguered Charlotte reliever Mike Schooler in the 8th inning of Game 6. Kangaroo right fielder Gary Sheffield was named MVP after leading all hitters with a .407 average and 4 runs scored, while DH Glenn Davis pounded 3 homers and drove in 6 runs.

The Oklahoma City Otters nearly squandered a 3-games-to-0 lead to their division rival Dallas Wildcatters, and even trailed Game 7 by four runs in the seventh inning before pulling out a dramatic seven-game victory. Between the two teams, nine players blasted multiple homers. Otter center fielder Milt Cuyler was an unlikely MVP selection after hitting .375 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's, while first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit .393 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's of his own. Slugging leftfielder Khris Davis hit 3 homers and 7 RBI's, while Dallas shortstop Shawon Dunston punched three homers of his own. The Virginia Beach Admirals upset the Los Angeles Kangaroos, eliminating a 3-1 deficit to prevail in seven games, as left fielder Jacob Brumfield homered twice in Game 7. Admiral shortstop Eddie Bressoud took home his second MVP trophy of the postseason after hitting .308 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's. The Admirals' magic ran out in the League Championship Series, however, as the Otters prevailed in a tight six-game series which featured four one-run games. Otter left fielder Khris Davis took home MVP honors after hitting .375 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's, while second baseman Bernie Friberg hit .400 with a homer and 9 RBI's. Otter catcher John Peters hit .320 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's.

World Series: The Seattle Whales were narrowly favored over the Oklahoma City Otters, in a matchup of two teams making their World Series debuts. The Whales ultimately prevailed in six games, in a surprisingly low-scoring series, as neither team topped 5 runs until the final game. The Otters jumped out to an early lead, taking Game 1 by a 4-2 tally, as Johnny Hetki threw 7.1 shutout innings, and second baseman Bernie Friberg ripped a two-run homer off Seattle southpaw Dontrelle Willis. The Whales pulled even in Game 2, as Derek Holland outdueled Esteban Loiaizia 1-0, throwing a five-hit shutout, as Ryan Howard homered for the game's only run. Oklahoma City reseized the lead in Game 3, winning 3-2, as Adrian Gonzalez hit a tie-breaking double off Joakim Soria in the eighth inning. The Whales tied the Series with a 5-4 win in Game 4, with Howie Camnitz pitching seven strong innings, and Ryan Howard, Heinie Manush, and Eduardo Escobar homered for Seattle. Seattle won another 1-0 showdown in Game 5, with Dontrelle Willis throwing a six-hit shutout, and Manush had a pair of hits, drove in the only run of the game, and stole three bases. The Whales clinched the title in an 8-2 romp in Game 6, as Escobar had three hits and three RBI's, including a homer, and Holland struck out 11 hitters while allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. Manush was named the Series MVP after hitting .476 with a .560 on-base percentage, including 2 doubles, a homer, 4 RBI's, and 3 steals. Holland garnered substantial consideration for the award after going 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.
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2020 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Lou Gehrig, 1B, CIN (37): .344/ .448/ .608, 200 hits, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 39 HR, 110 RBI, 109 runs, 111 BB, 22 SB, 193 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
Second place- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN: .324/ .422/ .603, 191 hits, 30 doubles, 7 triples, 40 HR, 114 RBI, 123 runs, 102 BB, 16 SB, 179 OPS+, 8.9 WAR
Third place- Justin Verlander, RHP, DET (11): 16-6, 1.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 272 IP, 222 K, 62 BB, 7 CG, 5 shutouts, 195 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Fourth place- AJ Pollock, CF, BOS: .308/ .366/ .489, 193 hits, 33 doubles, 10 triples, 20 HR, 99 RBI, 89 runs, 60 BB, 32 SB, +16.2 Zone Rating, 137 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
Fifth place- Manuel Margot, CF, SF: .311/ .349, .473, 209 hits, 27 doubles, 14 triples, 18 HR, 92 RBI, 102 runs, 39 BB, 31 SB, +25.7 Zone Rating, 128 OPS+, 8.4 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Justin Verlander, DET (42): 16-6, 1.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 272 IP, 222 K, 62 BB, 7 CG, 5 shutouts, 195 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Second place- Ray Collins, BUF (3): 18-12, 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 256 IP, 120 K, 34 BB, 5 CG, 3 shutouts, 177 ERA+, 7.9 WAR
Third place- Dontrelle Willis, SEA (3): 16-10, 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 265 IP, 180 K, 49 BB, 10 CG, 4 shutouts, 156 ERA+, 9.0 WAR
Fourth place- Cy Blanton, LON: 17-11, 2.77 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 269 IP, 243 K, 51 BB, 8 CG, 4 shutouts, 139 ERA+, 10.2 WAR
Fifth place- Billy Pierce, KC: 17-5, 2.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 238 IP, 221 K, 56 BB, 5 CG, 3 shutouts, 148 ERA+, 7.2 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Heinie Manush, LF, SEA (42): .309/ .373/ .494, 182 hits, 32 doubles, 7 triples, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 84 runs, 47 BB, 33 SB, 141 OPS+, 5.8 WAR
Second place- Jeff Bagwell, 1B, POR: .284/ .361/ .468, 160 hits, 30 doubles, 4 triples, 22 HR, 76 RBI, 89 runs, 60 BB, 8 SB, 130 OPS+, 5.0 WAR
Third place- Larry Cheney, RHP, BOS (5): 16-7, 3.03 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 229 IP, 157 K, 82 BB, 7 CG, 3 shutouts,126 ERA+, 4.9 WAR
Third place (tie)- Del Howard, CF/RF, CLE (1): .332/ .388/ .437, 201 hits, 29 doubles, 7 triples, 7 HR, 67 RBI, 91 runs, 56 BB, 43 SB, 131 OPS+, 3.1 WAR

Continental League MVP- Keith Hernandez, 1B, JAX (37): .373/ .449/ .603, 242 hits, 54 doubles, 13 triples, 23 HR, 109 RBI, 123 runs, 92 BB, +10.1 Zone Rating, 185 OPS+, 11.0 WAR
Second place- Khris Davis, LF, OKC (5): .316/ .380/ .573, 196 hits, 29 doubles, 1 triple, 43 HR, 130 RBI, 66 BB, 2 SB, 157 OPS+, 6.9 WAR
Third place- Gary Matthews, LF, NAS (2): .323/ .395/ .520, 191 hits, 18 doubles, 12 triples, 25 HR, 96 RBI, 109 runs, 74 BB, 24 SB, +16.5 Zone Rating, 175 OPS+, 9.4 WAR
Fourth place- Trevor Story, SS, LA: .319/ .362/ .489, 209 hits, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 27 HR, 108 RBI, 102 runs, 48 BB, 6 SB, 136 OPS+, 7.8 WAR
Fifth place- Bill Melton, 3B, VB: .303/ .396/ .525, 179 hits, 23 doubles, 3 triples, 34 HR, 95 RBI, 101 runs, 86 BB, 5 SB, 153 OPS+, 8.0 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Brett Anderson, LA (48): 21-7, 2.34 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 262 IP, 170 K, 41 BB, 12 CG, 7 shutouts, 179 ERA+, 7.3 WAR
Second place- Dave Ferriss, NAS: 20-7, 2.38 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 268 IP, 129 K, 58 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 164 ERA+, 5.0 WAR
Third place- Heinie Berger, NO: 16-12, 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 279 K, 218 K, 87 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 134 ERA+, 8.8 WAR
Fourth place- Chris Van Cuyk, LV: 16-11, 3.04 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 228 IP, 206 K, 52 BB, 2 CG, 134 ERA+, 6.6 WAR
Fifth place- Felix Hernandez, LA: 13-6, 2.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 193 IP, 183 K, 62 BB, 6 CG, 2 shutouts, 150 ERA+, 6.4 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year: Jean Segura, SS, NO (47): .331/ .369/ .451, 223 hits, 21 doubles, 18 triples, 8 HR, 86 RBI, 98 runs, 43 BB, 31 SB, 126 OPS+, 6.1 WAR
Second place- Rhys Hopkins, 1B/ LF, LA (1): .252/ .361/ .447, 145 hits, 23 doubles, 1 triple, 29 HR, 94 RBI, 94 runs, 95 BB, 125 OPS+, 4.4 WAR
Third place- Al Hollingsworth, LHP, MEM: 15-15, 2.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 263 IP, 165 K, 102 BB, 6 CG, 4 shutouts, 144 ERA+, 5.4 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, BIR
2. Sherry Magee, LF, PIT
3. Francisco Lindor, SS, STL
4. Moises Alou, LF, POR
5. Michael Conforto, LF, MEM
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