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2008 ULB All Stars Voting Winners Announced

The 2008 ULB All Star Game Voting Period has ended, and here are the winners for the  14th edition of the ULB Classic.


Players League

C Alfonso Delgado PHO
1B Alex Crooks OKC
2B Gerard King LV
3B John McCurdy SJJ
SS Stephen Drew CHA
OF Josh Hamilton MIL
OF Mark Folsom CHA
OF Ichiro Suzuki LV
DH Kenneth Payne PHO

Federal League

C Andy Burress WAS
1B Eron Morrow POR
2B C.J. Henry NO
3B Mark Schramek JC
SS Mike Peeples SJS
OF Jason Kubel LAS
OF Jason Harrison SL
OF Albert Pujols HOU
DH Jody Gerut JC

Big Ox: I’m Better than Punisher, Way Back Kid

Jason Harrison is the most confident player in the league.

Jason Harrison has exploded for 10 HR in the early part of the season, leading him to declare that he is the best hitter in the ULB. “Yeah, of course I’m better than Payne and Edwards. Those guys can’t hold my jock.”

Harrison says that he has been overlooked because of the fact that he plays in Columbus and not a market like New York, or in the case of Payne, formerly Los Angeles.

“People overlooked me because I’m not MJ. Well, this year, MJ, he’s gone. Couldn’t play anymore anyway. I’m the next big thing here in Columbus. When I’m done here, people won’t even remember Jordan.”

When Asked about Harrison’s comments, last season’s HR champ Ken Payne reportedly responded. “Wait, isn’t he hitting like .199?”

Gold Sox Win Nail Biter, Now 1 Game From Victory

 Union Cup Game 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbus Crickets 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
New Orleans Gold Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 3 6 0

The New Orleanns Gold Sox won Game 4 of the Union Cup, and are now just one win away from their second Union Cup Championship. Gen Sueyoshi kept the Gold Sox in the game, pitching 6 and 2/3rds innings and allowing just 1 run, an RBI single by Jun Yamada in the 6th inning. He would leave in the next inning and be replaced by Sun-Woo Kim, who picks up the win after Crickets Starter Kerry Wood allowed three runs in the 7th inning.

Joe Hamilton gave the Gold Sox the Lead with a 2 RBI Single.
Joe Hamilton gave the Gold Sox the Lead with a 2 RBI Single.

Nomar Garciaparra started off the 7th with a single and would advance to second on a walk to Bill Mueller. Ricardo Dias then grounded into a fielders choice to put Garciapara on 3rd with 1 out. Arturo McDowell then drove in Garciaparra with a single to tie the game. Joe Hamilton then lined a softly hit single to drive in Dias and McDowell to give the Gold Sox a 3-1 lead.

The Gold Sox then held the Crickets down as Troy Percival allowed no hits in the 8th, though he did hit Alejandro Ahumada with a pitch. Hal Garrett walked Jason Harrison to start the 9th, but got Manny Ramirez to ground into a double play before striking out Jeff Baker to end the game and send the Gold Sox to Columbus holding all the cards going into Game 5.

Crickets Take Game 2 of Union Cup on Walk Off

 Union Cup Gm 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Gold Sox 0 7 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 13 16 1
Columbus Crickets 2 0 0 0 0 7 3 0 4 16 19 4

The Columbus Crickets took game 2 in epic fashion as Jason Harrison sent a 3 run Home Run over the fences to give the Crickets a 16-13 Victory over the New Orleans Gold Sox. Things didn’t look good in the opening as Geoff Goetz lasted just an inning and 2/3rds and allowed 5 runs including homers to Tom Brady and Warren Morris.

Yfrain Linares held together better for the Gold Sox, last over over 5 innings and allowing 4 runs. He left after giving up back to back homers to J.D. Drew and Manny Ramirez. Doug Webb came in to relief him, and failed to retire a batter, allowing 5 runs, including a bases loaded double by Jun Yamada.

The Crickets would have the lead 12-10 to enter the 9th inning. Scott Ryder allowed a single to Nomar Garciaparra and a double to Bill Mueller to score Garciaparra on a bang bang play. Replays show that Garciaparra may have been out at the plate. With two outs, Ryder walked Arturo McDowell and Evert-Jean ‘t Hoen to load the bases. Jeff Baker then booted a groundball, allowing bith Mueller and McDowell to score, giving the Gold Sox the lead at 13-12. Luis Hernandez replaced Ryder, and struck out  Tom Brady to end the inning.

The Gold Sox sent Hal Garrett to the mound to start the bottom of the 9th. He walked Felix Maldonado to start the game, then struck out Alejandro Ahumada. Jun Yamada missed a bunt attempt on a 0-1 count, then down to his last strike lined single. A throwing error allowed both to advance on the play. A.J. Pierzynski lined a single to score Maldonado, but Yamada was gunned down at the plate to keep the game tied. Pierzynski advanced to 2nd on the throw, and the Gold Sox proceeded to give J.D. Drew an intentional walk. Jason Harrison came to the plate. Garrett missed the plate with his first two pitches, then Harrison connected on a golf ball shot to deep left field. The ball cleared the fences, and all the Gold Sox could do was watch as the Crickets took Game 2 of the Union Cup to even things up at 1 game a piece.

The Cup now moves to New Orleans for Game 3. te Gold Sox will start Tommy Marx and the Crickets will send Ramiro Mendoza to the mound in that game.

Gold Sox Take Game 1 of Union Cup

Union Cup Game 1  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Gold Sox 0 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 9 1
Columbus Crickets 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 9 1

The New Orleans Gold Sox picked up right where they left off in Game 1 of the 2002 Union Cup. Last year, the Gold Sox made a habit of scoring a lot of runs early against the Crickets, and the start of the 2002 Union Cup had a feeling of deja vu to start things off.  Both starters were chased out of the game early, as neither Gen Sueyoshi or Kerry Wood lasted past the 3rd inning. In the 2nd inning, the Gold Sox racked up 5 runs on three singles, an error, and a sac fly to put themselves up five to two. The Crickets didn’t go quite so quietly this time, as J.D. Drew hit a 2 run Home Run in the 2nd, and cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a pair of singles, and an error that scored two runs. New Orleans Warren Morris hit a solo Home Run in the top of the 4th to put the Gold Sox put 7-5, and Nomar Garciaparra added to the lead with a solo Home Run of his own in the 7th.

With the Gold Sox leading 8-5, the Crickets mounted a late inning comeback. J.D. Drew hit a 2 out, 2 run single to cut the lead to 8-7, but  the Gold Sox brought in Troy Percival, who got Jason Harrison looking. Percival loaded the bases in the 8th inning with 2 outs, but got Jun Yamada to strike out looking to end the inning. Hal Garrett came in to close out the 9th inning for the Gold Sox, and allowed an A.J. Pierzynski single before getting a fielders choice on a J.D. Drew bunt attempt for the 1st out. He then got Jason Harrison to hit into a game ending double play to secure the victory and the save for the Gold Sox.

Game 2 will feature Yfrain Linares (1-1, 2.35 ERA) for the Gold Sox, and Geoff Goetz (1-0, 3.68 ERA) gets the nod for the Crickets.

Players League Cup Recap, Games 1 & 2

The Phoenix Fire and Columbus Crickets are all tied up at 2 games each heading into Game 3. Here’s how they got there:

Game 1 was decided in the 10th inning when Tagg Bozied hit a solo HR in the top of the inning. Before that, the Fire mounted a 9th inning comeback while they were down 3-0.  Jesus Arredondo hit a 2 run Home Run off Crickets closer Scott Ryder. That came after Bozied singled, then advanced on a wild pitch. Colin Hinds reached on an error by Jun Yamada, while Bozied scored from second without a throw.  Brian Constandas was injured in the game and Carlos Carrasco took his place in LF. Ramiro Mendoza went 8 innings and allowed no runs for the Crickets.

Game 2 saw the Crickets getting to Andy Yount early and never looking back. The returning Yount, who was sidelined for most of the second half of the season with elbow inflammation, went 7.1 innings and allowed 3 runs. It was enough for the Crickets. Kerry Wood went 5.1 innings and allowed 1 run and 3 walks. Alejandro Ahumada hit a 2 run HR in the 5th inning to put the Crickets up 3-0. The Fire chipped after at the lead, and got the score to 3-2, but a Manny Ramirez double in the 8th inning that scored Jason Harrison put the nail in the coffin of Yount, and the Fire lose the game 4-2. Scott Ryder pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his first save of the 2002 postseason.

1999 ULB All Star Voting Update


All Star Voting is in full swing in the ULB, and there are a few surprises thus far. While voting is still in the early stages, Fans from Vancouver and Jersey City have stuffed the voting box thus far. Vancouver has 4 leaders, while Jersey City has five. Pedro Astacio is riding a fan campaign to get him to start the game, and he currently has a narrow lead over Salt Lake City’s Roger Clemens. In the PL, BJ Wallace maintains a slight edge over Phoenix’s undefeated Pedro Luis Lazo. Ray Rice is looking to dethrone 3 time All Star Jamie Taylor. 1996 ASG MVP Michael Jordan finds himself in an odd place, not leading in voting, perhaps due to a switch to the DH spot in the Crickets lineup.

Players League

  • C Ivan Rodriguez, VAN
  • 1B Frank Thomas, BOS
  • 2B Lonnie Goldberg, BRO
  • 3B Dave Konigsmark, PHO
  • SS Ed Renteria, VAN
  • OF Ichiro Suzuki, VAN
  • OF Wayne Edwards, BRO
  • OF James Harrison, COL
  • DH David Justice, VAN
  • SP B.J. Wallace, SJ
  • RP Pedro Borbon Jr., BRO

Federal League

  • C Mike Piazza, HOL
  • 1B Darren Doucette, JC
  • 2B Mike Peeples, SA
  • 3B Ray Rice, JC
  • SS Nomar Garciaparra, NO
  • OF Felix Vega, JC
  • OF Mark Merchant, JC
  • OF Orestes Kindelan, HOL
  • DH Ryan Keith, POR
  • SP Pedro Astacio, POR
  • RP Jim Brantley, JC