The Toronto Maples seemingly own the Hamilton Mounties by virtue of their 14-8 edge over the season. The last time the Maples visited Hamilton they dropped the first two games of the series but somehow pulled out a 3-2 win in the finale managing but 2 hits as the Mounties wasted a fine performance by Tate Crosby (8 IP/2 hits/1 BB/8 K’s….but 2 HR’s). Prior to that contest Hamilton had a 5 game lead over the 37-39 Toronto club. But, things have flipped since that June afternoon.
Hamilton will have to do without their big bat and 4 time All Star Dave Teague for this series. Meanwhile, the Maples will do without a bevy of players and not the least their big first baseman Stephen Gilbert (22 HR’s in 116 games).
How close are these teams? Toronto has a season run differential of +17 while Hamilton one of +19. The Maples are 28-20 post all star while the Mounties have struggled with a 22-25 record. The teams are separated by 2.5 games so clearly Hamilton must win at least 2 of 3.
The Mounties have been averaging +37,000 crowds during their 30-24 home season and tickets will be scarce for this set. The Maples actually play better on the road at 35-29. Should be a good one!
Kevin Boivin, Hamilton Mounties…could it be???
Some of you may remember our discussion in 2017 that revolved around the defense, or lack thereof, of the Milwaukee Eagles. Kevin Boivin, acquired early in the season from the Traverse City Bears was playing 1B for the Eagles. Or, trying to play might be a better description. Boivin committed a whopping 23 errors in 123 games at first for Milwaukee and even added a single error in 3 innings of play in RF.
Well, Milwaukee sought another direction in the off-season and on Oct. 16 Kevin found himself a free agent and he stayed that way until March 9 when the Hamilton Mounties inked him to a one year deal ($8M).
Boivin has given the Mounties the offense they were seeking when they signed him (.264/.384/.488), pretty much his career average from the dish.
What is a bit surprising is that while playing three positions (mostly 1B) he has not committed a single error all year long. Twenty six games at first and a total of nine games in the OF and Kevin is flawless.
Maybe it was the change of scenery, or could it be he is happier in Canada???; it’s hard to say but he clearly is a player worthy of the ‘past results do not guarantee future performance’. Could this man actually win a gold glove in what can only be termed a defensive renaissance year for him? A long way to go but you can’t count him out.
The Milwaukee Eagles, all time Wins leader in the GLBL, have won the 2016 Championship in a closely fought series with the Hamilton Mounties. Game 7 Box Score:
Henri Francois was the Series MVP as his 1.26 ERA in handcuffing Mountie bats in most situations. As a matter of fact July 23, 2016, is the date that he last took an L in a game he pitched notching 9 Wins in a row.
Congrats to Mike T. for his championship season. Also, to Alex W., who got about as close as you can get to winning it all.