2012 World Series MVP Honors To Guy Zuccarello

Photo of Guy Zuccarello with blinder onGuy Zuccarello accomplished something no other Renegade has done in team history.  He was named the Defensive MVP of the 2012 World Series.  This was the 5th time in team history a Renegade had made a World Series all-star team, but the first time a Renegade had won the honor of MVP.  Before the tournament started, Guy was handed a new blindfold saying “lights out” and his defense shut down opponents all week long.  Guy finished the week with 36 stops in 7 games. His best game was making 7 stops against the Colorado Storm. His 36 stops in this series topped his previous high for any previous season as he had 35 stops in the entire 2007 season. Guy was not just big on the field as #9 put up a Ted Williams like .406 batting average on the field with an improved swing this season.  He is on pace to have his best season on offense and defense in his 8 year career. Below is the defensive All star team:

Final MVP Rankings

Rank Player Team Stops Avg per game
1 Guy Zuccarello Boston 36 5.14
2 Stanley Griffin Cleveland 45 5.00
3 Matt Puvogel LI 39 4.86
4 Jason Ackiss Indy 36 4.50
t-5 Danny Foppiano Austin 31 3.88
t-5 Steve Rutch NJ 31 3.88

Renegades Finish 9th in 2012 World Series

The 2012 World Series was in Ames Iowa  and the Renegades entered as the 6 seed, the best seed in team history.   In its six games, the Gades were 5-1 but brought the least amount of players in team history to a World Series.  Ames would see record high temperatures during the week as teams were forced to play in temperatures exceeding 103 degrees on fields that cried for water.  Combine these conditions with a day of high winds and the scores of many games would be very high.  Boston started off slow as they blew a big lead to New Jersey and the Lightning came back in the bottom of the 6th to walk off.  The eventual champion Taiwan Home Run would mercy rule the Renegades in 3 innings of play sending Boston to the double elimination round as a three seed.  Boston would play its highest scoring game in team history losing to Chicago 31-21 but would beat Cleveland to stay alive in the double elimination bracket till Thursday. Thursday morning, the Colorado Storm would knock the Renegades into the placement round with hopes of a 9 seed being the best the Renegades could do.  With two games remaining, Boston defeated the Lone Star Road runners and Minnesota Millers to finish strong and capture a nine seed.   For box scores and game recaps for the whole year, please visit this page.


Player Avg AB PO Player Avg AB PO
Mccormick .643 28 5 Sajjad .364 33 6
Haile .600 35 9 Thayer .077 13 0
Zuccarello .406 32 36 Silver .000 3 5
Ward .406 32 11 O’Neill .000 4 0
Quintanilla .379 29 2

Avg= Batting Average, AB= At-Bats, PO= Put-outs on Defense


2012 World Series Final Results

Finish Team Record Team Batting Avg Defensive Stop %
1 Taiwan 8-1 .521 59%
2 Austin 6-2 .580 56%
3 Bayou City 6-2 .579 54%
4 Chicago 5-3 .459 40%
5 Colorado 7-2 .552 52%
6 RHI Extreme 5-3 .534 53%
7 Indianapolis 5-3 .408 40%
8 Southwest 3-4 .330 44%
9 Boston 3-4 .426 42%
10 Minnesota 2-5 .255 42%
11 Lone Star 4-5 .350 51%
12 Long Island 3-5 .345 47%
13 Cleveland 5-4 .392 51%
14 New Jersey 3-5 .311 42%
15 Wichita 1-6 .188 45%
16 Tyler 2-7 .271 35%
17 Iowa 0-7 .192 29%

Renegades Seeded 6th in 2012 World Series

Team photo of the 2012 World Series team


The 2012 Renegade team attending the World Series in Ames, Iowa was:
Front Row: Joe O’Neill
2nd Row: Aqil Sajjad
3rd Row L to R: Evan Silver, Justin Manjourides, Joe Quintanilla, Bryan Grillo
Standing L to R:  Rob Weissman, Joe McCormick, Larry Haile, John Crawford, JJ Ward, Ron Cochran, Rob Thayer, Guy Zuccarello