Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

USMLB Single Season Record Holders

With another season upon us, let's take a look at some of the records that your favorite players may be chasing down...

Single season home run leader
Luis Nunez
The New York Highlanders' Luis Nunez currently holds the record with 73 homers. Nunez took the record in season 2, breaking the previous mark (held by the Madison Lasers' Ed Houston). Nunez is one of the premier power threats in USMLB, as he also clubbed 71 homers the previous season. At 30 years old, he figures to have several more strong campaigns.

Single season batting average leader
Darren Higginson
Darren Higginson of the Madison Lasers has set the bar high with his lofty .384 average in season 2. Higginson combines an outstanding batting eye with solid power and is dynamite against both righties and lefties. Higginson's lethal bat figures to be around for a long time, as he is just 25 years old.

Single season RBI leader
Ed Houston
Houston set the RBI record in season one with an eye-popping 207. Houston's big bat came back to "mortal" status in season 2, but his 122 RBIs last season is still a total most players would kill for. Though at 34, he may be starting to slow down slightly, he's still a very dangerous hitter in the Madison lineup.

Single season stolen base leader
Michael Long
The Tucson Xpress' Michael Long holds the stolen base crown. Long won a base-stealing duel in season 2 with Marty Bloomquist of the Iowa City Raiders (then the Jacksonville Dolphins). Long swiped 77, Bloomquist 71. With several fleet baserunners in the league, this record may be hotly contested again.

Single season wins leader
Louis Kolb
One of the most hotly-constested single season records in the league is the pitching wins category, held by Louis Kolb of the Texas Talley Whackers, with 21 wins. How hotly-contested? The leader board lists four pitchers right on his heels with 20 wins apiece. That's not to take anything away from Kolb, who is equally effective against lefties and righties and has a nice assortment of pitches in his arsenal.

Single season ERA leader
Bey Dillon
Crafty veteran Bey Dillon of the Jackson Blazers is the ERA record holder with a sparkling 1.91 mark from season 2. What makes that number even more impressive is Dillon pitched 254.2 innings that season on his way to a 20-9 mark and the Cy Young award. Though he doesn't throw exceptionally hard, Dillon's big curveball is very tough on righties and he mystifies batters with pinpoint control.

Single season strikeout leader
Wilson Fisher
Young lefty Wilson Fisher of the Richmond Pettifoggers set the single season strikeout mark at 224 in season 2 while the team was known as the Tampa Bay Storm. The hard-throwing Fisher has a very bright future in the league at 25 years old as both lefties and righties struggle against the youngster.