During the “slow” winter months we’re going to take a look back at the 2009 season in the European Leagues. We’ve started with the Dutch Hoofdklasse and the Italian Baseball League. The Spanish Division de Honor is next up.
Tenerife Marlins Puerto Cruz
2009 Record: 34-2
2009 Ranking: 1st Place in Division de Honor. The MARLINS won the Spanish championship for the fifth straight season, losing just two games against the FC BARCELONA all year. They also won the Copa del Rey tournament, defeating CB SANT BOI in the finals. In the European Cup in Nettuno, Italy, the club from Tenerife picked up just one victory in five games and finished in sixth place. They avoided relegation after some of the Qualifier winners didn’t compete in the playoff tournament at the end of the year.
Mister-Baseball European Top 50 Club Ranking: tied for 8th
Runs Scored: 269
Runs Allowed: 66
Best Batter: Luis Perez. He batted .423 (OBP .481/SLG .758) with seven homeruns, one triple, eight doubles, 22 runs scored and 25 RBI in 95 at-bats through 23 games. He was ranked second in the league in batting average and third in homeruns.
Best OPS: Luis Perez 1.239
Most Home Runs: Richard Montiel 9 (led Division de Honor)
Most RBI: Richard Montiel 40 (led Division de Honor)
Most Runs Scored: Daniel Sanchez 37 (3rd in Division de Honor)
Most Stolen Bases: Daniel Sanchez 13 (5th in Division de Honor)
Most Triples: Daniel Sanchez 6 (led Division de Honor)
Most Total Bases: Richard Montiel 91 (led Division de Honor)
Best Pitcher: Leslie Nacar. He had a 16-1 record with an ERA of 1.89 and 141 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings, walking 26. He issued just 87 hits in his 17 starts.
Best ERA: Audie Nunez 0.75 (minimum 20 IP, led Division de Honor)
Most Strikeouts: Leslie Nacar 141
Most Walks: Ivan Granados 37
Most Innings Pitched: Leslie Nacar 131.1