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Brian Baker Gets MVP Trophy
Saturday, October 28th, 2023
The future looks extremely bright for Brian Baker. At the age of 22, many players are still trying to find their way in VBL Rookie League.

Baker has not only found his way, he's already established himself as one of the game's brightest stars, today being named the winner of the Ford Conference Outstanding Hitter Award.

"I didn't expect to hit .358 this year, that's for sure," the right fielder said.

The Kauai Chiefs star also put up a .428 on-base percentage this year, with 153 hits, 23 doubles, 8 triples, 13 home runs, 86 RBIs and 78 runs scored.

He received 23 first place votes out of a possible 28. Stanley Torres of the Kauai Chiefs finished second in voting, while Bob Phillips of the Emerald Wizards finished third.

Player - Team - First Place - Total Points
Brian Baker - Kauai Chiefs - 23 - 367
Stanley Torres - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 232
Bob Phillips - Emerald Wizards - 0 - 206
José Macías - Whistler Avalanche - 5 - 187
Manuel Bolt - Squirrel Hill Pirates - 0 - 120
Joel Rice - Kitscoty Cavaliers - 0 - 112
Pedro Torres - Emerald Wizards - 0 - 101
Ed Cobb - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 47
Javier Chávez - Kitscoty Cavaliers - 0 - 44
Orlando Herrera - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 39
Huibert Meijer - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 34
Eduardo Pacheco - British Columbia Lumberjacks - 0 - 32
Marcos Robles - Squirrel Hill Pirates - 0 - 29
Paul Washington - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 27
Juan Hernández - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 17
Jaime Ruíz - British Columbia Lumberjacks - 0 - 16
Richard Rodríguez - British Columbia Lumberjacks - 0 - 13
Adrie Besemer - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 10
Artie Crosby - British Columbia Lumberjacks - 0 - 6
Jeffrey Hayashi - Kitscoty Cavaliers - 0 - 3
Wook-jin Kim - Fullerton Flyers - 0 - 3
Luis Arredondo - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 2
Pat Conklin - Southern Maryland Blue Claws - 0 - 2
Marcel Leenderts - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 1
Stuart Washington - Wolfville Farmers - 0 - 1
Moritz Wohlgemuth - South Bend Cubs - 0 - 1
2023 ZAP Best Player, Mesa's Suzuki
Saturday, October 28th, 2023
Masaharu Suzuki took VBL Rookie League by storm this year, and he did it all at the age of 18.

For his spectacular campaign, the Mesa Squirrels star has been named the 2023 Zaphod Conference Outstanding Hitter Award recipient.

"To be considered amongst the best in the league is overwhelming," said the third baseman.

On the season he compiled a .326 batting average to go with a .430 on-base percentage. The native of Osaka, Japan also added 33 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 94 runs scored.

He received 28 first place votes, as a unanimous winner. Woody Davis of the Kemmisville Wieners finished second in voting, while Leonard Kramer of the Mukilteo Clams finished third.

Player - Team - First Place - Total Points
Masaharu Suzuki - Mesa Squirrels - 28 - 392
Woody Davis - Kemmisville Wieners - 0 - 229
Leonard Kramer - Mukilteo Clams - 0 - 201
Jesse Patterson - Dutton Tigers - 0 - 176
Arnold Johnston - Eureka Guardians - 0 - 157
Luis Cortéz - Mesa Squirrels - 0 - 142
Tom O'Keefe - Dutton Tigers - 0 - 72
Bob Ryal - Norwalk Narwhals - 0 - 72
José Bradshaw - Norwalk Narwhals - 0 - 60
Ramón Hernández - Moss Beach Mosquitos - 0 - 41
Humberto Atares - Mesa Squirrels - 0 - 24
Eric Brown - Norwalk Narwhals - 0 - 16
Pancho Ramírez - Dutton Tigers - 0 - 13
Héctor Olivares - Eureka Guardians - 0 - 11
Cam Boone - Mesa Squirrels - 0 - 9
Gonzalo Rodríguez - Brevard County Manatees - 0 - 9
Wilbur Nelson - Mesa Squirrels - 0 - 6
Andy West - Dutton Tigers - 0 - 6
Félix Hernández - Churchill Rebels - 0 - 5
Sammy McLaughlin - Juarez Buzzards - 0 - 4
Charlie Page - Tiefengrund Tropics - 0 - 4
Tate McAleer - Dutton Tigers - 0 - 2
John Coxall - Juarez Buzzards - 0 - 1
Macías Scoops up FORD Top Hurler Award
Friday, October 27th, 2023
The 2023 Outstanding Pitcher Award in the Ford Conference has been given to José Macías of the Whistler Avalanche.

The Avalanche ace worked 174 innings this season, crafting a 14-2 record and a 1.71 ERA in 24 starts. Macías collected 180 strikeouts while walking 36 and limiting opponents to a .189 batting average.

He received 28 first place votes, as a unanimous winner. Ed Cobb of the Whistler Avalanche finished second in voting, while Huibert Meijer of the Kauai Chiefs finished third.

Player - Team - First Place - Total Points
José Macías - Whistler Avalanche - 28 - 196
Ed Cobb - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 93
Huibert Meijer - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 83
Eduardo Pacheco - British Columbia Lumberjacks - 0 - 31
Chang-hyun So - Squirrel Hill Pirates - 0 - 21
Orlando Herrera - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 19
Adrie Besemer - Kauai Chiefs - 0 - 15
Paul Allen - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 12
Marcel Leenderts - Whistler Avalanche - 0 - 6
LEAGUE LEADERS AVG
Brian Baker - KAU
.358
2 Arnold Johnston EUR .350
3 Wook-jin Kim FULL .332
4 Stanley Torres KAU .330
5 2 tied with   .326
LEAGUE LEADERS HR
Jesse Patterson - DUTT
25
2 Marcos Robles SAG 24
3 Jim O'Kelly TOF 23
3 Bob Phillips EME 23
5 Leonard Kramer MUK 22
LEAGUE LEADERS RBI
Eric Brown - NOR
98
2 Leonard Kramer MUK 96
3 Bob Phillips EME 93
4 Jesse Patterson DUTT 89
5 2 tied with   86
LEAGUE LEADERS W
Huibert Meijer - KAU
17
2 Oliver Berg SOMD 16
3 Paul Allen WHI 15
3 Humberto Atares MESA 15
3 Artie McCray EME 15
LEAGUE LEADERS ERA
José Macías - WHI
1.71
2 Adrie Besemer KAU 2.27
3 John Coxall BOI 2.28
4 Casey Mize WICH 2.50
5 Pancho Ramírez DUTT 2.53
LEAGUE LEADERS K
Huibert Meijer - KAU
227
2 Ed Cobb WHI 198
3 Héctor Olivares EUR 192
4 Frank Maxwell BREV 187
4 Wilbur Nelson MESA 187
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ZAPHOD CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Dent Division W L PCT GB
Dutton Tigers 88 52 .629 -
Moss Beach Mosquitos 84 56 .600 4.0
Mesa Squirrels 82 58 .586 6.0
Eureka Guardians 67 73 .479 21.0
Johnstown Jets 64 76 .457 24.0
Churchill Rebels 64 76 .457 24.0
Norwalk Narwhals 62 78 .443 26.0
Beeblebrox Division W L PCT GB
Tiefengrund Tropics 80 60 .571 -
Charlotte Webs 76 64 .543 4.0
Kemmisville Wieners 68 72 .486 12.0
Juarez Buzzards 66 74 .471 14.0
Mukilteo Clams 65 75 .464 15.0
Brevard County Manatees 61 79 .436 19.0
Tofield Braves 53 87 .379 27.0
FORD CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Prefect Division W L PCT GB
Whistler Avalanche 96 44 .686 -
Emerald Wizards 90 50 .643 6.0
Kitscoty Cavaliers 89 51 .636 7.0
South Bend Cubs 74 66 .529 22.0
Dutchess County Channel Cats 64 76 .457 32.0
Fullerton Flyers 60 80 .429 36.0
Wolfville Farmers 43 97 .307 53.0
Arthur Division W L PCT GB
Kauai Chiefs 89 51 .636 -
British Columbia Lumberjacks 84 56 .600 5.0
Squirrel Hill Pirates 73 67 .521 16.0
Southern Maryland Blue Claws 67 73 .479 22.0
Inverness Highlanders 56 84 .400 33.0
Cranbrook Wild 55 85 .393 34.0
Terry Swallows 40 100 .286 49.0
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