THE STANLEY SIOUX
Year end results, leaders, and player voting
Edited version compliments of the Stanley USA Today.
As the Sioux readied themselves for the playoffs, management and players gathered for a small celebration of the Sioux's 103 victory season. Players were reminded they had not yet achieved their goals of playing in the Brassball World Series, and to that end everyone was in agreement.
Bernie Williams. While Bernie didn't lead in one particular category other than runs scored, his .286 average, 38 HRs, 123 runs scored, 108 RBI's, 10 SB's, perfect defense (0 errors), and clubhouse leadership made this a unanimous selection among players.
Co-winners Randy Johnson and Rick Helling. With two 20+ game winners, it was tough to give the award to just one ace. The Unit and Helling complimented each other all season. Johnson finished 24-8 (.750) with 300 strikeouts. Helling finished 21-6 (.778).
Felix Rodriguez provided solid bullpen innings all season. Felix won 8 games and recorded 97 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings.
Rafael Palmeiro. Palmeiro was signed away from Bloomington to replace Rico Brogna at first base, and turned out to be a natural fit in the Sioux organization. Along with a .303 average, he led the Sioux with 41 HR's and 127 RBI's.
Mark McGwire. A blockbuster trade gave up the perennial whining and last years playoff choker Juan Gonzalez to division rival Bloomington Bees, but brought a fan favorite to Stanley. Big Mac hits 22 HR's in 215 AB's, and is looked at to provide playoff power. McGwire has the odd statistic of scoring more runs (64) than having base hits (63) due to being walked 89 times (leading the Sioux in that category)
Gil Meche provided some nice starts at the major league level with 2 months of call-ups, but little known Paul LoDuca appears primed for the catching position next season.
Following is a synopsis of some various categories for the season....
Regular season leaders:
.343, Dye .322, Palmeiro .303
Runs Williams 123, Palmeiro 112, Dye 101, Alou 100
Homeruns: Palmeiro 41, Williams 38, Dye 31
RBI's: Palmeiro 127, Dye 116, Williams 108
Doubles: Dye 46, Alou 38, Williams 36
Triples: Perez 13, Williams 8, Palmeiro 6
Stolen Bases: McLemore 11, Febles 11, Williams 10, Shumpert 10
Wins: Johnson 24, Helling 21, Eldred 10, Hentgen 10
IP Johnson 261, Helling 222, Hentgen 157
Strikeouts Johnson 300, Helling 130, Hentgen 98
Saves: Alfonseca 39, Rodriguez 5, Crabtree 4
ERA: Johnson 2.93, Helling 4.01