It would be easier to list where the Storm were NOT first in their league statistical categories but for the sake of impact let’s create the list. First in:
Batting Average, OBP, SLG, OBP+SLG (big surprise), Runs, Hits, X-tra base hits, HR’s. That’s just the offense. On the mound they were first in ERA, Bullpen ERA, and Runs allowed.
Derek ‘Bam Bam’ Baker .287/.371/.554 (scored 102 batting in 118)
Carl Sawyer .323/.380/.485 (scored 100 runs)
Andruw Jones .304/.354/.460 (6 OF assists)
Riley Robinson 17-7/.341/1.03 WHIP
Chris Russ 5-5/37 saves/2.99 ERA
With all this firepower still the Storm could not escape the first round of the playoffs. On their home field with the series tied at 3 games apiece the league championship seemed theirs for the taking. But Game 7 dealt a fatal blow in the first frame as New Orleans scored 6 runs and the Storm would never recover as the final score was 13-2.
Maybe the only area of dominance that San Juan was lacking in may have been defense. To that end minor league free agent 26 year old Vernon Maxwell who will leave the home run hitting to Bam Bam but the speedster will own CF and anything close to it as he brings gold glove talent to the Storm outfield. He covers ground like an antelope, makes very few errors, and is armed with a cannon. At the plate he runs, he steals, he bunts, and other teams will come to know him as a pest.
So, the UBL is likely to get another dose of the immense talents of the San Juan Storm again in 2003. The Storm fans are geeked as attendance increased last year and will likely push the capacity of 36,750 each and every home game.