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MWBLAwardsThe 2019 MWBL Awards were posted today. For a list of all the 2019 MWBL Awards Results please check out the Awards Results Page.

Southbend Lynx, Eduardo Escobar home the Most Valuable Player in the American League.   Trevor Story of the Bethesda Bandicoots took home the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

Dallas Cougars Patrick Corbin won the American League Cy Young & Max Scherzer won his second in a row for the Sacramento Capitals in the National League.

Southbend’s Mike Foltynewicz won the American League Rookie of the Year & Ronald Acuna of the Valdosta Snappers won the National League Rookie of the Year.

Southbend Lynx, Roberto Osuna won the American League Rolaids Reliever of the Year & Blake Treinen of the Corktown Cycle won the National League Rolaids Reliever of the Year Award.

Both Managers of the year came from a World Series Franchise as Sergio Ivone of the Detroit Crime took home the Manager of the Year Award in the American League &  Chris Douglass not only won the World Series but also the Manager of the Year in the National League guiding his Temper Tempers.






Elections to the Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame for 2020 will proceed according to rules most recently amended in 2016. As in the past, the active members of the Mid-West Baseball League (MWBL) will vote by Computer Ballots of recently retired players. The results are expected to be announced on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.

The Mid-West Baseball League 2020 Veterans Committee, will nominate 0 or 1 player from a ballot of retired players who made great contributions to the Mid-West Baseball League and is deemed worthy for the MWBL Hall of Fame.  A full list of up to 9 nominated Players will then be voted on, with 1 Player having the possible entry to the Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame.

Results for the Mid-West Baseball League Veterans Committee Hall of Fame for Elections will be posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.

The Mid-West Baseball League formal induction ceremony will be held on July 26, 2020.

The below links are the full lists of candidates eligible for the 2020 Hall of Fame.




2020 MWBL Hall of Fame Election Ballots will go out to all League Members on Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 AM


Detroit Crime vs. Tempe Tempers 2019 World Series Recap was written to you by Jim Craddock.


Two Central Division titans face each other in the 2019 MWBL World Series.
In the AL, The Detroit Crime went 108-54, winning the AL Central by 25 games. Then they provided some postseason drama by finishing their ALDS series against Mesa Solar Sox with a combined no-hitter by Carlos Carrasco and Seranthony Dominguez in the fifth game. In the ALCS, they took down the Southbend Lynx in six games.
In the NL, perennial powerhouse Tempe Tempers racked up an amazing 126-36 record, winning the division by 23 games. They created plenty of drama of their own in the NLDS, taking the back-and-forth series from the Columbus Explorers with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game. In the NLCS, they had to win three one-run games (two of them extra-inning affairs) to take the series in five games from the Sacramento Capitals.


GAME #1 – Carlos Carrasco 19-6 (2.23)  – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20) 

A pitching duel was expected with Kluber going against Carrasco, and the final score would make you think that starters both went deep. On the contrary, neither saw the fifth inning as both managers went all out to get leg up in the series. Carrasco pitched into trouble in the bottom of the first, but Madison_BumgarnerWS19Tempe left the bases loaded (the first of two innings in which they would do so). He couldn’t escape damage in the fourth inning, giving up Maikel Franco’s solo HR to give Tempe a 1-0 lead. Both pitchers left for pinch-hitters when their first at-bat came up. Maikel_Franco19WSFor Tempe, Kluber got through his four innings giving up only two hits. The bullpens took over, with Tempe’s manager having a particularly quick hook, using eight pitchers in the game, including five in the fifth inning, with Detroit mounting a rally that fizzled out. For Detroit, Madison Bumgarner tossed three innings of one-hit relief. Detroit did manage to tie the game on a seventh-inning sac fly by Adam Jones, scoring pinch-runner Daniel Descalso (running for Yasmani Grandal). That was it until the bottom of the ninth when Wilmer Difo led off the inning with a triple off Roenis Elias that went over the head of Cameron Maybin. Seranthony Dominguez came in the face Ozzie Albies. With the infield drawn in, Albies blooped one down the line in right that Bryce Harper couldn’t get to, driving in Difo with the game-winner.

Final Score: Tempe 2 – Detroit 1

W – Kyle Crick 1-0 (0.00)

L – Roenis Elias 0-1 (6.75)

HR – Maikel Franco (1)


GAME #2 – Mike Minor 14-6 (4.06) – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21)

Another close, low-scoring affair, as both managers brought the hook with them. Paths were worn from the dugouts to the mound as Tempe used nine pitchers, and Detroit Ryan_BraunWS19-1used six. The scoring started early as Tempe got back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first from Ozzie Albies and Ryan Braun. Miley’s appreciation for the early run support was short-lived, as he left for a pinch-hitter before he could grab a bat. He ended up going two innings without giving up a hit. In fact, Detroit wouldn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning on a Luke Voit single. They would mount a rally in the fourth inning on a walk and an error, but Ozzie_AlbiesWS19three Tempe pitchers snuffed it out.  In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Braun reached on a Mike Minor error, stole second, and then scored on Melky Cabrera’s double to make it 3-0 Tempe. That’s where it would stay as the tempers’ bullpen gave up three hits over seven innings and nailed down the shutout and the Game 2 win.


Final Score: Tempe 3 – Detroit 0

W – Kirby Yates 1-0 (0.00)

L – Mike Minor 0-1 (4.50)

HR – Ozzie Albies (1), Ryan Braun (1)


GAME #3 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)  – Aaron Nola 20-8 (2.25)

Aaron_NolaWS19Bringing the series back to Detroit, the Crime was looking for home cooking to help them solve the Tempers. Well, it worked. Aaron Nola got in some early trouble, as Joey Votto walked, Miguel Cabrera doubled, and Detroit got a sense of déjà vu. But two strikeouts and a lineout to Luke Voit ended the rally and the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Leadoff hitter Bryce Harper didn’t waste any time getting the crowd into it with a soBryce_HarperWS19lo home run. From there, a parade of Tempe pitchers (they used a total of seven relievers in the game) kept things quiet until the bottom of the fifth, when Bryce Harper doubled and Yasmani Grandal gave Detroit a 3-0 lead with a two-run shot to right field. Meanwhile, Aaron Nola was cruising for Detroit until the sixth inning, when Joey Votto walked, and JD Martinez drove him home with a double off the CF wall. Martinez went to third on a ground out, but then, with two outs he tried to steal home and was thrown out. Detroit pushed across an insurance run in the seventh, when Brett Gardner singled, went to second on Michael Brantley’s error, and scored on Martin Maldonado’s RBI two-out double. Tempe made three errors in the game.


Final Score: Detroit 4 – Tempe 1

W – Aaron Nola 1-0 (1.23)

L – Corey Kluber 0-1 (1.42)

HR – Bryce Harper (1), Yasmani Grandal (1)


GAME #4 – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21) – Stephen Strasburg 9-11 (4.69)

Detroit was looking to even the series, but Tempe signaled early that it wouldn’t be easy. Before the home crowd could even get comfortable, Joey Votto ambushed Strasburg wJoey_VottoWS19ith a leadoff home run. In the second inning, Marcell Ozuna singled and scored on Jose Castillo’s base hit. Ozuna rode home on again in the fourth inning, this time on Maikel Franco’s two-run home run to make the score 4-0 and chase Stephen Strasburg from the game. The move didn’t help much, as Ozzie Albies greeted Carlos Carrasco with a solo home run. Things were going all Tempe’s way, as, in the bottom of the inning, Ozuna continued his good day by robbing Kendrys Morales of a home run and keeping Wade Miley’s no-hitter intact. Miley would lose the no-no on a sixth-inning leadoff Brandon Crawford single. Wade_MileyWS19That would be the end of Miley’s day, as Tempe’s manager was itching to make a pitching change. In the top of the sixth, Wilmer Difo tripled but was thrown out trying to steal home with two outs. Undeterred, the Tempers scored two more in the seventh on Joey Votto’s second solo home run of the day, and a Ryan Braun RBI single for a 6-0 lead. Detroit answered the two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the inning on Manny Machado’s two-run home run. That was the last gasp for the Crime, though. Tempe added a couple more demoralizers in the top of the ninth on a pair of doubles by Jeff Mathis and Yeonis Cespedes and a bloop RBI by Xander Bogearts. Tempe’s 9-2 victory gets them to within one win of the championship.


Final Score: Tempe 9 – Detroit 2

W – Wade Miley 1-0 (0.00)

L – Stephen Strasburg 0-1 (9.82)

HR – Joey Votto 2 (2), Ozzie Albies (2), Maikel Franco (2) & Manny Machado (1)

GAME #5 – Clay Buchholz 7-3 (1.85) – Madison Bumgarner 14-8 (3.35)

Ryan_BraunWS19-2Trying to extend their season, Detroit got off to a good start with a first-inning Luke Voit leadoff home run. They added to the lead with a pair of doubles by Manny Machado and Daniel Descalso. Tempe quickly answered back in the top of the second with a Marcell_OzunaWS19three-run home run by Maikel Franco, scoring Marcell Ozuna and Yeonis Cespedes ahead of him. The Tempers weren’t finished, as Ryan Braun followed up with a solo shot to make it 4-2 Tempe and knock out Crime starter Madison Bumgarner. Tempe added a run in the fourth on an Ozuna single and RBI double by Ryan Braun, and yet another on a JD Martinez RBI single that scored Xander Bogearts, who had doubled. Braun made his case for MVP with his second home run of the day in the top of the sixth inning to make it 7-2 Tempe. After failing to cash in a mini-rally in the seventh, Detroit entered the bottom of the ninth staring down the end of their season. Sparking some hope, Brandon Belt led off with a single and Brandon Crawford doubled to put two on for Bryce Harper. Harper rose to the moment with a three-run home run to bring the Crime to within two runs. Tempe manager brought in Dylan Floro to get a ground ball to shortstop for the second out. Kyle Crick then came in to face Manny Machado, who got him to swing and miss for the strikeout, the Save, and the 2019 MWBL Championship.


Final Score: Tempe 7 – Detroit 5

W – Jose G. Castillo 1-0 (0.00)

L – Madison Bumgarner 0-1 (8.31)

HR – Maikel Franco (3), Ryan Braun 2 (3), Bryce Harper (2) & Luke Voit (1)

Ryan_BraunWS19-2World Series MVP: Ryan Braun, who hit .600 (6-10), with 3 Home Runs, 5 RBI, AND 4 runs scored, and a double.

–Tempe used at least eight pitchers in every game of the series.

–The team that scored first won every game except Game 5.

–Other standout performances for Tempe: Marcell Ozuna (.389, 7 hits, 4 runs); Maikel Franco (.333, 2 HR, 3 runs, 6 RBI); Ozzie Albies (3 HR, 3RBI, 2 runs); JD Martinez (.538, 7 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI); Kyle Crick (Win, Save, no runs or hits, 1.1 IP).

–Standout performances for Detroit: Bryce Harper (.333, 5 hits, 4 RBI, 3 runs, 2 HR, 2 doubles); Daniel Descalso (.444, 5 hits, 2 doubles).

Wade Miley took a no-hitter into the 6th inning of Game 4.


Tempe Tempers vs. Hollywood Werewolves

Presented to you by Jarl Jackson – October 2019

Both teams handled their League Championship Series easily. Detroit makes it to the fall classic for the second time winning their first the title in their first attempt back in 2016. Tempe makes their 15th appearance looking for championship title number 11.

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Sacramento Capitals @ Tempe Tempers

The 2018 World Series champion Sacramento Capitals looked to continue towards a repeat while the Tempe Temper attempted to extend their winning streak during odd numbered years.  Tempe came into the series well rested while the Capital’s bullpen was a little tired having barely survived a seven-game match with Pittsburgh.
GAME #1 – Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35)  – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)

Kluber started for the hometown Tempers and went three scoreless innings before yielding to a pinch hitter. Sale got the start for the Capital’s and racked up nine strike outs over seven scoreless innings. In the 6th, Upton took Crick deep to break the 0-0 tie.  In the 8th,  Upton went deep again to make it 2-0.  Tempe traded Upton mid-season to Sacramento, so he definitely made them regret that trade.  Perez and Strop pitched two scoreless innings to close it out.  Tempe managed only one hit and the Sacramento’s pitchers only faced 28 batters.

Sacramento 2-0,  W – Sale,  L – Crick,  S – Strop

GAME #2 – Zach Greinke 23-5 (2.73) – Clay Buchholz 7-3 (1.85)

Upton was back at it again hitting his 3rd solo homerun of the series in the 1st.  In the bottom of the 1st, Tempe scored their first runs of the series.  Votto walked and Ozuna hit a two-run homerun.  Martinez then hit a solo shot to put Tempe up 3-1.  In the 2nd, Stanton walked, Beltre doubled, and then Molina singled.  Stanton scored on the single, but Brantley gunned Beltre at the plate. 3-2 TEM.  Buchholz didn’t have his control, so Tempe did a double switch and brought in Sipp to pitch and Difo to play 3B.  Sacramento countered by bringing in the right handed hitting Reynolds to replace Moreland.  Reynolds grounded out, but Sac went to the bench again and had Grossman pinch hit for Greinke.  Grossman doubled to tie it up after two innings.  3-3.   In the bottom of the 5th, Tempe went back on top on a Brantley rbi double.  4-3.  In the 6th, Lindor reached on a walk, stole second base, moved to 3rd on a fielder’s choice and then stole home with two outs to tie it up. 4-4.  In the top of the 7th, Flores hit a solo homerun as a pinch hitter to give Sac their first lead since the 1st.  TEM 5-4.  In the bottom of the 7th a perfectly executed hit and run by Bogaerts put runners on the corners.  A Brantley sac fly scored JD and put Bogaerts at 2nd when Stanton tried for the play at the plate. 5-5.  Braun struck out but ended up reaching on a passed ball.  Albies then walked to load the bases with one out.  Cespedes pinch hit for Castillo and hit a deep sac fly to put Tempe back in the lead.  6-5.   Braun tried to sneak a steal of home, but was called out for the final out.  In the top of the 9th, Yates walked the lead off hitter Beltre.  DeShields then pinch ran for Beltre and stole 2B.  Molina then followed with a rbi sinlge.  Floro relaced Yates and then Castillo replaced Floro as Tempe played the platoons to get out of the inning.  6-6.  In the 11th, Tempe’s last available pitcher Mikolas came on.  Sac’s last available pitcher Coleman came on in the 12th.  The game remained tied until the 14th, when Castro singled, was moved to second by Yadie, and then scored when Reynolds hit an RBI single.  7-6 SAC.  In the bottom of the 14th, Bogaerts led off with a solo homerun to tie it again. 7-7.  Finally, in the bottom of the 17th, Albies doubled to lead off the inning. The weak hitting Mathis fouled off two bunt attempts, so Tempe let him swing away.  The result was a slow grounder up the middle that scored the winning run.  8-7 TEM.  Mikolas got the win going 6 innings and only giving up one run in relief.

Tempe 8-7 17INN,  W – Mikolas,  L – Coleman

GAME #3 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)  – Max Scherzer 27-5 (1.56)

In the top of the 3rd, Cespedes pinch hit for Mathis and doubled.  Tempe’s longest tenured player at eight years, Melky Cabrea then pinch hit for Kluber and singled to put runners on the corners.  Votto took one to the track that allowed Cespedes to outrun Stanton’s throw.  TEM 1-0.  Scherzer then settled down and didn’t allow a single hit for the next three innings.  Unfortunately for Sacramento, Tempe’s pen pitched seven scoreless innings, including 2.1 innings from Crick for the save.

Tempe 1-0,  W – SIPP, L – Scherzer, S – Crick

GAME #4 – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21) – Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35) 

Due to the fog of war…the script was lost for game four so we’ll start in the bottom of the 9th with two outs.  Tempe was leading 1-0 after scoring an unearned run in the 1st inning.  Sacrament had runners on 3rd and 1st.  They sent Dickerson (who only had 8 SB during the year) on a straight steal of 2B. Mathis the defensive replacement catcher (1 error in 575 TC) tried to gun him to end the game and he air mailed it over 2nd allowing the tying run to score on the error.   1-1.  Buchholz took the blown save, but he managed to get out of the inning and pitch a scoreless 10th.  Grienke (the other game two starter) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for Sacramento.  Fields pitched a scoreless 11th for Sacramento and Mikolas was perfect for Tempe in the bottom of the 11th.  In the 12th, Brantley continued his playoff heroics with a solo shot.  TEM 2-1.  Mikolas pitched another perfect inning in the 12th.

Tempe 2-1 12INN  W – Mikolas  2-0,  L – Fields

GAME #5 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20) – Ryne Stanek 6-4 (2.68)

Unlike some of the prior games, both starters went deep into the game.  In the 2nd, Tempe got on the board with a Brantley double and then a pinch hit double by Miggy. TEM 1-0.  In the 3rd, Ozuna crushed a solo shot. TEM 2-0.  Sacramento finally got to Kluber in the 6th, when Lindor hit a solo shot to right. TEM 2-1.  In the 7th, Albies gave Tempe some insurance with a solo shot.  TEM 3-1.  In the bottom of the 7th, Sac threatened with runners on the 3rd and 2nd, but Hughes bailed out Kluber.   Tempe ended up using six relievers over the final 8 outs to preserve the win and wrap up the series.

TEM 3-1, W – Kluber, L – Stanek, S – Yates.

Every game was extremely tight and things could have easily gone the other way.  Pitching dominated the series with Tempe’s relief pitching being the key to their success.  During the series, Sacramento only hit .141 and their lead-off hitter Cano didn’t even have a single hit.  Tempe wasn’t much better hitting .155 and only had one starter hit above .200.  Tempe’s pen put up a collective ERA of 1.34 over 40.1 innings.

It wasn’t easy to pick an MVP, but I’ll give the nod to the pitcher that only pitched when the games went into extra innings.  Mikolas was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 8 IP.  The series would have been completely different if he hadn’t won those two extra-inning games.  Sale was also deserving in a losing cause.  He was 1-0 with 0.00 ERA, 15 SO, 4 H, and 13 IP.

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