Hall of Fame Banquet Highlights
The annual Hernando Desoto League Hall of Fame banquet was held at Autozone Park on March 2nd. The evening saw the usually dirty, sweaty HDL crew in another light...CLEANED UP! It is always entertaining to see your fellow HDLers in clothes other than their baseball uniforms with hair neatly coifed(for those that still have it). The menu was good, the company was swell and it was damn cold outside.
The evening saw HDL President Larry Rutledge get things started by uttering the popular phrase, "Dinner is served". He later went on to acknowledge HDL mega-veteran Gene Brady. Brady introduced the evening's guest speaker, Larry Rea, who entertained the gathering with a brief speech. Rutledge then proceeded to the presentation of this year's Hall of Fame inductees: Mike Dunavant and Pat Woods, Inc. The evening proved to be relaxed and enjoyable for all participating.
HDL Main Man
The Weave is 2001 MVP
Jerry Weaver, rightfully, earned the 2001 Hernando Desoto League Most Valuable Player award on March 2nd at Autozone Park. He, also, was the A-Tan Teal team MVP.
Weaver pitched to 459 batters in 111 innings. He struck out 1/4 of the batters he faced for a total of 116 Ks. In that span he only walked 20 of those batters, he started 10 games and finished nine of them on his way to an amazing 2.59 ERA and nine total wins with one save. Out of the total batters he faced, mentioned above; only 96 were capable of hitting off of Weaver.
Still not impressed? Weaver was #6 overall in batting average. He lead the HDL with 38 RBIs, he was #4 in plate appearances and slugging percentage with two home runs. He was a league leader in almost every batting category.
Brigance is Batting Champ
Hunsucker is runner up
Bill Brigance won another trophy this year that he made his wife carry to the car; by coming out on top of the batting race of eligible players. Brigance won the batting championship by hitting a remarkable .477 in 28 games with 35 RBIs. His consistency at the plate helped to lead the Blue "man group" to the best regular season record in the league.
He may be the most overlooked players in the league with his silent assault on pitchers. Larry Hunsucker is without doubt one of the most consistent, durable stars in the HDL. He is completely solid on defense in the field and an absolute menace at the plate. Hunsucker may be the toughest out to get in the entire league. He does everything well and with little fanfare. He hits for average, power and production. Larry was runner-up to the batting title in 2001 with a .472 average adn .542 slugging percentage. Another great year for the quiet veteran.
Aside from the highly touted MVP and Batting Champion trophies awarded on March 2nd; the following awards were presented to these exceptional players:
HDL Team MVPs
Razor's Edge Blue- Bill Brigance
Cupboard Gold - Pedro Arrechea
A-Tan Teal- Jerry Weaver
Peterbilt Reds- Michael New
Charlie Hustle Award
HDL rookie of the year
HDL Comeback Player of the year