2008 Season

The league dropped back down to 12 teams, as 5 teams left the league and one new team entered. For the league’s 16th season the five teams leaving the league where the Salem Sidewinders (Bob Stutz-15 years in the league, 3 championships, all-time winningest team), Wasatch Wompus (Bryan Thompson – 15 years, 1 championship), Pocatello Panthers (Kyle Gilbert, 1 championship) Rexbug Cats (4 years) and South Hill Retailers (Cameron Garner, 1 year). The new team for the 16th season – North Street Knights (Stewart Thompson). The All-Star game was again a 7 game series where the American League All-stars out lasted the National League 4 games to 3. The 7th game was a dramatic comeback win 8-7, when they scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th on homeruns by Lou Gehrig and Frank Robinson. Ty Cobb (Mississippi) (.400, 12-20, 4 HR’s 11 runs, 9 RBI) and Lou Gehrig (Elk Grove) (12-25, 5 HR’s, 9 runs, 8 RBI) were named the series MVP’s.Dodgeville Tornadoes (Devan Thompson) and the Riverside Rattlers (Mark Jarva) (defending champions) ended up with the best regular season records in each league and each won a division title. Other division titles were garnered by American Fork (Ken Hinkson) and the South Sound Sluggers (Alan Thompson). Wild card teams included the Fern Hill Grizzlies (Craig Quigley), Pullman Air Bombers (Brian MacDonald), Maple Valley Buckeyes (Mike Bowcut) and Mississippi Mudbugs. Mississippi won their last 5 games to edge out Elk Grove by 1 game and get into the playoffs even while finishing 6 games under .500. In the division series South Sound bested Fern Hill 4-1, Pullman knocked out Dodgeville, Maple Valley knocked out American Fork 4-1 and Mississippi become the first team to win a playoff series after being down 3 games to zero when they ousted defending Champion Riverside 4 games to 3. In the LCS South Sound continued to roll by ousting Pullman 4 games to 1 to advance to their 5th LFBL championship finals. Mississippi came back down 3-2 to win the final two games on the road against Maple Valley to advance to the finals in only their second playoff appearance and to become only the second team to get there with an under .500 record (Provo Power, 1996 were 14 games under .500). The finals were then set up as a re-match of the 1999 series (in which Mississippi won 4-3 against South Sound (In 1999 Mississippi was called the Utah MadDogzz and South Sound was the Missouri Mosquitoes).The 2008 LFBL finals provided to be a tight affair with the most extra inning games in a single playoff series (3 straight and 2 won by South Sound) and three extra inning games. South Sound prevented a game 7 when they clinched the Championship at home at Dodger Stadium with a 9-5 game 6 win that saw them score 7 runs in the 1st inning. Eddie Murray was named series MVP when he hit .280 and had a key hit that produced 4 runs and 3 RBI at just the right time. South Sound won their second LFBL championship and become just the third team with more than 1 championship. In the 16 year history of the LFBL other champions include: Elk Grove (Ethan Thompson) – 1994, 2000, 2004, 2005; Salem Sidewinders (Bob Stutz) – 1995, 1998, 2003; South Sound – 2002, 2008; Wasatch (Bryan Thompson) – 1993; Fern Hill (Craig Quigley) – 1996; Pocatello Panthers (Kyle Gilbert) -1997; Mississippi – 1999; Santaquin Polar Bears (Scott Quigley) – 2001; and Riverside Rattlers (Mark Jarva) – 2007. Regular season Awards:

NL Cy Young

Martinez, Pedro

Pullman Air Bombers

22-7, 2.32, 13 CG, 240 K’s
NL MV Relief Pitcher

Gossage, Goose

South Sound Sluggers

40 saves, 7-7, 3.44

Bonds, Barry

Fern Hill Grizzlies

.316, 65 HR, 164 runs, 158 RBI
NL MVP Runner-up

Ruth, Babe

Puyallup Dingos

.319, 50 HR, 102 runs, 135 RBI
AL Cy Young

Brown, Kevin

Riverside Rattlers

18-10, 2.92, 11 CG, 142 k’s
AL MV Relief Pitcher

Wagner, Billy

Maple Valley Buckeyes

29 saves, 6-5, 2.45

Musial, Stan

Riverside Rattlers

.313, 23 HR, 104 runs, 107 RBI
AL MVP Runner-up

Gehrig, Lou

Elk Grove Earthquakes

.303, 44 HR, 104 runs, 126 RBI

South Sound Sluggers Championship team line-up:CA – Joe Torre1B – Eddie Murray2B – Johnny Pesky3B – Frank Baker / Freddie LindstromSS – Maury WillsLF/1B – Ed DelahantyCF – Joe JacksonRF – Roberto ClementeDH – Sam ThompsonLF/DH – Joe Medwick Pitching Starters:Christy MathewsonGrover AlexanderWhitey FordBert BlylevenGaylord PerryJamie Moyer Relievers:Goose GossageRollie FingersMike MarshallRoy FaceKent Tekulve