With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the Sunshine State, the Florida State League has decided to cancel its upcoming weekend slate of games, as well as the playoffs, meaning that for the second time in three years, the Dunedin Blue Jays will bring home a share of the league title.
Dunedin will go out in search of its 80th win of the season tonight before play is shut down in advance of Dorian. The D-Jays won both halves of the FSL North, and their 79-55 cumulative record is the second best in the league. Two years ago, Hurricane Irma caused the cancellation of the league championship series. The FSL was following suit with the Gulf Coast League, which ended its regular season earlier this week and decided to cancel the post season as well.
It’s been quite a week for Dunedin, a team without a home for the whole season because of the renovations taking place at their former stadium. Manager Cesar Martin was named Manager of the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions yesterday, and today he was named FSL Manager of the Year. Martin did a deft job of handling Dunedin’s pitching staff in the wake of all of the doubleheaders the damp Florida summer caused. He kept the D-Jays on top even though he saw several of his top performers (Nate Pearson, Riley Adams, Joey Murray, Logan Warmoth, and Brad Wilson) promoted to New Hampshire, while Cal Stevenson was traded to the Astros. You would have to think other organizations have taken note of the body of work Martin has compiled over the past several seasons.
Several D-Jays received berths on the FSL post season All Star team, including 1B/OF Ryan Noda, who led the league in RBI and walks. Joining Noda is RHP Maximo Castillo, who finished 4th in the loop in ERA despite being one of the youngest players in the league, Stevenson finished 2nd in batting in the league, and his 19 outfield assists led at the time of his trade. Wilson held opponents to a .164 batting average in 28 appearances for Dunedin.
For everything these guys have been through this year, they deserve some sort of medal.