||Bulls Rank as Post-Season Team of the Decade in International League
The International League recently released it’s figures of team and individual leaders of the decade leaving little doubt which team would have to be considered the league’s best when it comes to post-season success.
Along with three Governors’ Cup Championships and the only National Title in league history, the Bulls posted a 31-16 post-season record with a winning percentage of .660. Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) finished a distant second with 19 post-season wins while Richmond and Rochester tied for second with a winning percentage of .556.
“We were very fortunate to have some outstanding teams in Durham over the last 10 years,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “Managers Bill Evers and Charlie Montoyo were two of the best in the league in my mind, and the talent the Tampa Bay Rays funneled through here was very impressive.”
The Bulls finished fourth in regular-season wins/winning percentage with 751 wins and a .524 percentage. They won the South Division title six times and the wild card once. They played in five championship finals, winning the title in 2002, 2003 and 2009.
Other individual accolades for the Bulls over the last decade include…
- Darnell McDonald (Dur. 2005,2006) led the league in hits (921) and doubles (208) for the decade while finishing second in games played (877), runs scored (445) and stolen bases (138). He was tied for third in triples with 30.
- Lee Gardner (2000-03, 2005) led the league with 107 saves.
- Jason Childers (2006, 2009) led the league with 326 appearances.
- The three best single-seasons for hitting doubles belong to Durham Bulls. Matt Diaz was first with 47 in 2004, Jon Weber second with 46 in 2009 and Ryan Jackson third with 45 in 2003.
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Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.