The Batting Crown Race

 Godzilla Garcia  is not only threatening to hit .400 but he is actually raising his average as this past week saw his batting line go from .420 to .423.  In last evenings contest he went 3 for 4 against the Neptune’s with a double.  Toledo managed to win 6-1 as their challenger for the batting title, Carl MacNiven went 2 for 4 with his own double to ease his average back up to .389, yet at the same time quieting conversation about whether he might hit .400.

Sourface MacNiven is hitting .107 points above his average for last season and still has a shot at .400.



If this were a horse race you might hear the announcer using the classic vernacular of the sport  something akin to ‘they are around the far turn’ and you would know that these two batting giants are about to head to the stretch.  But, if you were not paying attention you might miss some activity, say, ‘coming up from the rear’.

Not to be out done,  the face of the GLBL is making his own bid for another batting crown as the two time Lake Superior Award winner and two time Lake Erie Award winner, and seven time all star (aka every year) is preparing for the stretch run with a vengeance.

Shotgun Time!  He was hitting .256 near the end of April but he’s been classic Silas since then and is now batting .375.  So the question is as we head to the stretch, ‘who can go the distance’?

New Kid on the Block

thunder_bay_caribou shrunk            The World Champion Thunder Bay Caribou that won 80 games in 2015 and finished in second place in the Canadian League are looking for a GM as of 5/5/16.

duluth_sea_gulls shrunk            Andrew Sather is now the GM of the Duluth Sea Gulls.   Largely based on  a flurry of moves over the course of a few days some prognosticators are picking them to win the USA League.  Coming off a 65-75 season it would be quite an accomplishment.

39 & 39

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This RBI Leader has earned his wings…

    His team won’t make the post-season.  They will finish 2015 with a losing record.  It’s not an exaggeration to say they are buried in the standings and the news.  Anonymity?  The franchise has it, like or not.

But, for those who follow Duluth, and the GLBL in detail, Jean Carlier is not an obscure baseball player.  Lacking the flash of younger players and the press that often accompanies the hot prospects, this classy vet is waging war on USA pitching.  At 39 years, and 39 days, Jean Carlier is leading the USA league in RBI’s with 81.  Actually, he is leading all of the GLBL in RBI’s.  He’s known as the Team Leader by everyone but himself and because of that old school humility, he garners the admiration of fans and teammates alike and is without question the face of the franchise.

Jean Carlier has won the hearts of the entire city and organization in Duluth.  How many games remain in the career of the pride of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario is subject to speculation.   Yet, barring injury or unforeseen circumstances the Sea Gulls faithful expect Jean to return to Sea Gull Stadium again next season fulfilling at least the final year on his contract.   Keep those RBI’s coming Jean!