The 2016 season Champs are no more, that's right! The Bucks County Bulldogs have folded but still leave their mark on the 2017 season with some of their big guns floating around and finding new homes on other teams. With that being said, the league has added three new teams that will look to make a run at the title.
Manager Pat Dunn is still chasing that first title, and has come up short in the Championship the past 4 years. This team is a very dangerous team. They've got pitching that is anchored by Matty Raws and Ryan "Lockdaddy" Loughran. Not to mention their offense is second to none with Dan Gavlick, Dennis Higgins and Stanton Tentanowski. Mayhem Dove is back in the mix as well, who will add another veteran bat to the team and be a utility guy for them.
With some talented new additions to this team, they will be a force and also will be considered Sigmund Freud’s dream team with some of the personalities on their roster. The Skippers will be coached differently this season, as Kris Sharp has passed the reigns over to the team itself. With that being said the skippers have won multiple titles and this writer thinks they will endure some growing pains with some of the personalities on that team. Ryan Donahue and Dillon Tagle (2016 MVP) will absolutely lead the charge for this team. The defunct Bulldogs heavy hitters Ray Schmoltze, John Quigley and big arm Mike Caron know how to win, and severely help the middle of that order. Will the skippers have multiple selfie Sundays or drown their sorrows on snapchat?
This team got hot last year and were absolute nightmares for the Bulldogs. Barnes boys acquired some big arms last year combined with All-star outfielder Richie Masciarelli and first Baseman Andrew Boykin, they can make a run. I really like this team as they'll scrap it out with anyone on the Diamond. They're just one arm away and a big bat away to compete for the cup. They can definitely spoil someone's year.
Dan Cymerman is rebuilding these boys. They were inches from coming to an agreement with the leftovers from the Bulldogs, but the deal couldn't be done. Which would’ve made them a top 3 or 4 team for sure? I really hope Colin Dew and Tony White come back and make these boys relevant on Sundays. Good group of young men, but need some help. If you have some talent and you're reliable, reach out to the league.
A newly formed team that participated in the Philadelphia Fall Baseball League and was a fun team to play against. They have pitching and some sluggers. Will compete and be in almost every game. However, very few teams can do what the Dirt Dawgs did, which was make a team and make a run at the title all 4 years in existence or could they. Only time will tell, but I'm hyped to see what this team can do.
Nor Gwyn Wookies
Another team from the Philadelphia Fall baseball league that has thrown their hats into the ring. I myself was very impressed with this team even though their record didn't show it. They barely let up any runs but also can't score any runs. Throughout the fall, they held several high power offenses off the board. Several players who play in the fall and in LBMBL were hesitant to play this team because you just couldn't generate offense because they field the ball as well. Do they have a breakout player on the offensive side to make things complicated for the big boys in the league?
Kris Sharp has once again started his own team after managing the Bucks County Reds/ Liberty Bell Mudskippers in which he's won a title with both. I'm intrigued in seeing what Sharp can do and bring in to make this team relevant. He's won with two teams, can he make it three? I've known him for several years, and in a few years he’ll be relevant, but not this year.. I'm sorry it's not the year of the OX/Bull.
Another new team has thrown their gloves into this fight. I'm constantly watching their roster additions because right out the gate I see Ryan Levito and Christian Rahman. Rahman pitched at Rowan and in the RVL and had success. He can shut teams down, but which Rahman will show up after a year off? I'm curious to see what this team brings to the table and future roster additions. Til that day, they're as relevant as Bill Mason being a career .300 hitter. A lot of erasers died due to Bill Mason’s stat padding.
2016 in Review 2016 was a great season for the LBMBL. The league played a 21 game season. With three rounds of playoff baseball, all best of 3! The Bulldogs not only took home the best record during the regular season, they took home the Championship Trophy also.
Congratulations to the MVP and Cy Young award winners. Dillan Tagle and
The All Star team played against the Pendel league in a 9 inning contest. It was a fun day with some great hitting and pitching from both leagues. We will look forward to playing them again in 2017!
Retro Jersey day was another big hit. Many teams players were able to wear uniforms from their past during the games. It made for some great conversation and some great laughs when some players didn't exactly fit in them any more.
2017 Preseason Rankings