TigsTown MLN: Regular Season Wrap Up

The minor league season has just about wrapped up (only Oneonta remains in the regular season), but before we head full steam into the playoffs, let's take a look back at the '05 regular season and some notable performances.

Toledo kicks off their run at the Governor's Cup on Wednesday, when they travel to Norfolk to start the playoff run. Toledo will be in a five game playoff set, with two games in Norfolk, then the final three back at Toledo (with the last two being if necessary).

Should Toledo win that series, they'll play the winner of Indianapolis vs. Buffalo. The winner of that five-game series would be the International League champs, as well as the winner of the Governor's Cup.

It should be noted that Toledo has experienced one of its best season's in its history, setting an attendance record (more than 548,000 made their way to Fifth Third Field in 2005). Toledo who had the best record in the IL has also become the first team in more than 40 years to go from worst to first in consecutive seasons (as a late season stumble left them with the worst record in the league).

As for individual awards, Toledo manager Larry Parrish was named the International League's Manager of the Year. As for the postseason All Star team, outfielder Curtis Granderson was the lone member of the ‘Hens to make the team.

Erie of course is done for the season, with a disappointing end to such a promising season. However, they did have three members of the team named to the Eastern League postseason All Star team; Joel Zumaya, Edwin Almonte (who closed out the year as the league's save leader), and Don Kelly.

The Lakeland Tigers, as mentioned in the recap, had the best record in the Florida State League, tying a franchise record with 85 wins. Those results showed up in the Florida State League postseason awards as well.

Among the big name awards, the L-Tigers swept them all. Mike Rojas was named Manager of the Year, Jordan Tata was named Most Valuable Pitcher, and Brent Clevlen was named Most Valuable Player.

Among the All Stars, Danilo Sanchez was named as a catcher, Clevlen as right fielder, Vincent Blue as the utility player, and Tata and Nate Bumstead made the squad as pitchers. Lakeland kicks off their playoff run on Tuesday in Dunedin, where they'll have a brief best of three game series.

And finally, we end with the West Michigan Whitecaps who start their playoff run on Wednesday as well against Fort Wayne, the first half wild card winner. Unfortunately for the ‘Caps, while they are in the postseason, they weren't able to get a single member of the club on the postseason All Star team.

No awards have been announced yet for the New York-Penn League, but with the league still under way, that's to be expected. Oneonta is also playoff bound, and will find out who they play likely in the next few days.

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