Maryland Fall League
After the end of the five-year Hawaiian Winter League, Major League Baseball tried to set up a new winter league to supplement the MLB-run Arizona Fall League. The Maryland Fall League was thus created in 1998. Intended for A and AA prospects, the MFL was a four-team league that drew good crowds and had a competitive race. Deciding that they needed a locale with warmer weather, MLB ended the experiment after one season and set up the California Fall League instead in 1999; the CFL would be a failure.
League leaders were:
- Milton Bradley - .330 batting average
- Rod Smith - 28 runs and 17 steals (only 21 hits)
- Tike Redman and Brady Clark - 39 hits
- Brady Clark - 11 doubles
- Cleatus Davidson - 4 triples
- Dustan Mohr - 8 home runs
- Mike Lamb - 26 RBI
- Matt Blank - 5 wins
- Matt Kinney - 1.22 ERA
- Joe Winkelsas - 6 saves
- Brian Cooper - 48 strikeouts
The player of the year was Mo Bruce (.307, .500 slugging, 23 R, 25 RBI, 13 SB). Cooper was the pitcher of the year.
The league began on September 22 and ended on November 1, with a 42-game schedule. The Frederick Regiment won the league's only title. The team won despite dropping their final doubleheader as the second place Delmarva Rockfish, who entered the day one game back, were also swept.
- Bowie, MD: Bowie Nationals
- Frederick, MD: Frederick Regiment
- Salisbury, MD: Delmarva Rockfish
- Wilmington, DE: Delaware Stars
Source: 2000 Baseball Almanac