The Electric Thunder Bay Caribou

It was a wild post-season for the wild card team from the ‘north country’.  The team was ready to follow up their inaugural championship season with a second banner, this time under the direction of GM Rob Larmer.

The Caribou opened the playoffs on the road and promptly lost 4-2 to the Hamilton Mounties (95-49).  The Mounties, nor the league, had no idea that win #96 would be the last one for 2024 as Thunder Bay quickly assumed control of the series and breezed to a 4-1 LCS win.  They would face the Detroit T-Birds and their juggernaut offensive in the Championship Series.

Opening on the road they, again, lost the opener by the score of 6-2.  They held a 3-1 lead in game two before Detroit exploded for 5 runs in the final two at bats to win it, 6-5.

Game 3 was the key to the series for both teams.  The game lasted 6 hours and 4 minutes before a winner surfaced in the 17th inning.  Detroit was efficient against Thunder Bay pitching leaving only 4 men on base.  The Caribou let opportunity after opportunity to win at home slip away, often times with runners on 3rd base and 0 outs.

Finally, Fred Darrach, 0 for 8 with 5 LOB, drilled a single to score Cooper Corrigan and the Caribou had their first win of the series.

 

 

Again, none of us had an inkling that the T-Birds would not win another contest as Thunder Bay won the next 3 games clinching in Detroit, the only road win of the series as the Caribou won all three October affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larmer is not your ordinary GM as he maintains a second career when not tending to the demands of the ball club.  He’s a Canadian dairy farmer who names his cows.  Congrats to Rob on his 2024 season!

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.

Inaugural GLBL 2015 Champs

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No one talked about it.  No one had it on their radar.  No one saw it coming.

The herd of Caribou in the picture are about as overwhelming as the 2015 version of the  Thunder Bay baseball team who stampeded their way to a pair of 4-0 sweeps over the Mounties of Hamilton and then the Architects of Chicago.

Dan Courcelles and the Thunder Bay Caribou, our 2015 GLBL Championship Team.

The League Championship Series

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The Stats:

  • Eagles led the league in Slugging
  • Architects led the league in Homers and Runs
  • Architects steal almost 2x more bases than the Eagles
  • Eagle Catchers are more than 3% more efficient in throwing runners out
  • Eagle pitching yields the least amount of HR’s and total Runs
  • The teams committed an identical amount of errors, 63 to lead their league
  • Team vs Team….Architects hold the  edge 18-10

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  • Mounties led the league in Runs Scored
  • Caribou led the league in Homers
  • Caribou led the league in Walks
  • Mounties led the league in Runs surrendered (fewest)
  • Caribou led the league in ERA
  • Mounties led the league in fewest errors and largest ZR
  • Caribou Catchers throw out 10% more base runners
  • Team vs Team….Mounties have the 16-12 edge