October 8, 2007 - Southern League (SL) - Montgomery Biscuits
MONTGOMERY -- The Montgomery Biscuits, who three weeks ago won their second straight Southern League Championship, earned another back-to-back title today; that of AA Team of the Year.
The award is named annually by MiLB.Com, the official website of Minor League Baseball. It is not limited to the Southern League alone but includes all teams of the AA classification, including the eight teams of the Texas League and the 12 teams of the Eastern League. The 2006 Biscuits also won the award, after defeating the Huntsville Stars three games to one to win the Southern League title.
The 2007 Biscuits became the first Southern League team in 30 years to successfully defend a Southern League title. The feat was last accomplished by the Montgomery Rebels, who won three in a row, 1975-77.
The Biscuits won a stunning ninth-inning victory over the Stars in the decisive fifth game of the Southern League Championship Series.
After a stunning late-season run that saw them win 12 in a row, the Biscuits clinched the Southern League South Division second-half title on August 31. On the season's final day, at the end of a 15-1 run, the Biscuits defeated the Jacksonville Suns to finish with the league's best overall record, at 81-59.
The Biscuits also reaped in several individual awards, notably the league's MVP (Evan Longoria) and Most Outstanding Pitcher (Chris Mason). The Biscuits also had five players on the league's postseason all-star team, with C John Jaso, OF Fernando Perez and RP Dale Thayer joining Longoria and Mason. The Southern League named five Biscuits Hitters of the Week and named three Pitchers of the Week.
First-year manager Billy Gardner, Jr. directed the league's top-scoring team. The team also finished fourth in the league in team ERA.