Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It's Official — No Bulls Baseball This Year

Well, it happened. We knew it would, but it still hurts to know that we will not be going to the DBAP to watch the Bulls this year.

Several players we watched last year are on the Rays' 40-man and the new 60-man "pool", and we'll probably see some baseball. But no Bulls, no baseball in Bull City.

Press release here (with terrific video by Mike Birling); N&O article here; thinkpiece out of St Petersburg here, snippet on the 60 pool here.

Saturday, February 15, 2020


I was not a fan of the new netting when it was first installed, but, having dodged a bat more than once, I thought it was OK. And there was the problem of inattentive adults with small children seating them with their backs to the field on the top of the dugout...

This just makes sense. Must be outrageously expensive though ...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Pitchers and Catchers Report on Wednesday

Time is getting close ...

The hardest part of Spring Training is that it’s a different type of baseball than what we’re used to seeing. It’s a gradual buildup toward opening day, individuals are focused on themselves, not as much on who they’re facing.
With that context, here are some key areas to focus on and also what not to pay attention to over the next six weeks. Here’s the most important thing to ignore:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

An Exciting Wild Card Run

The Bulls' parent club, the Tampa Bay Rays, is having a terrific season. Four games left and things are all tangled up.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Durham Bulls Swept; Season Ends

The game started out well enough. On the field were a bunch of familiar faces:

  • Former Bull Blake Snell, pitching for the Bulls and having a couple of good innings.
  • Former Bull Andrew Velazquez, playing shortstop for the Columbus Clippers who went 1 for 4 and scored a run.
  • Former Bull Dioner Navarro, playing catcher for the Clippers, who went 0 for 2 with a walk.
  • Former Bull Mitch Talbot, who was the Clippers starting pitcher and went 4 2/3 innings and gave up a bunch of walks and one run, but also got out of a bases-loaded mess in the 2nd inning and left the game allowing just one run.

On the Bulls side, not so many familiar faces. In fact, only two starters were in the Bulls opening day lineup, Jake Cronenworth and Nathan Lukes. (Andrew Velazquez was on that lineup as well)

The takeaway was that Columbus was simply a better team. Better pitching—although the Bulls' Aaron Slegers did a fine job for 3 innings, he got hammered for the next two. Better hitting—the Clippers hit a ton of home runs over the three games, 3 last night and a bunch at the two games in Columbus. If not better defense, then pretty darn good.

The Bulls left 14 baserunners on base, but that's been a feature for much of the year.

Now, let's not forget that this is a team that got into the playoffs for us, the fans, and did it under very difficult circumstances.

And they provided us with a ton of fun over the year.

I'll do my usual charts in a couple of days. And I'll miss being at the DBAP. Just wish I were going tonight.

Enjoy the winter!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Getting Ready

The Durham Bulls are probably in Columbus now, getting ready for their 18:35 game tomorrow.

Huntington Park
This appears to be a very nice place to play baseball (see this and this) and they certainly have a solid fan base. They have an even better attendance record than the Bulls and almost twice as many fans at their win over Gwinnett than at the last Bulls home game.

The team has been pulled apart much like the Bulls. They do have a few more on the Cleveland 40-man than the Bulls. The Bulls only have one, the Clippers have 5, including my favorite former Bull Andrew Velazquez.  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Durham Bulls to the Governors' Cup Finals — Again

Durham Bulls 17; Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2

Just a couple of weeks ago it was not likely that Bulls' players would be going anywhere but home at the end of their 139-game season. Now they are headed for the finals.

Last night was in their hands from the very first inning when they scored 4 runs. Rehabbing Blake Snell opened for the Bulls and really didn't look so good, but it's been a long time since he'd pitched. He was pulled after two outs and left the bases loaded. Aaron Slagers come in and did a magnificent job for the next 6⅓ innings. Meanwhile, the RailRiders' pitching never got on track.

Over in Columbus, Ohio, the Clippers got 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th and that was enough for them to take the series from the Gwinnett Stripers. Box

The Bulls will now trek over to Columbus for two games starting on Tuesday and then, for the first time in recent memory, perhaps ever, play in the Governors' Cup championship game(s) at the DBAP.

With whom? Well, there's only one player left on the roster who is on the Tampa Bay 40-man. The only player they can call up without roster razzle-dazzle is RHP José De León. We can hope they will leave the Bulls alone. I'll stand by my assertions regarding playoff baseball made a few days ago.

By the way, Kean Wong got his first hit and scored his first run as a major leaguer yesterday. He was among the 16 different position players the Rays used yesterday. Welcome to September.