2016 Sioux Falls Canaries: A Season In Review

Posted: 9/14/2016

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Sioux Falls, SD- The 2016 American Association regular season concluded last week with a 7-5 road loss for the Sioux Falls Canaries, who finished the year with a 40-60 record. The Birds’ finished the season winning six of their final seven games, and had an above .500 record (23-22) over their final 45 games with interim manager Shelby Ford.

The Canaries offense finished the year fifth in the league in home runs (82) and triples (19), while finishing sixth in the league in stolen bases (104). Individually, shortstop Blake Schmit put together an impressive offensive display, wrapping up the season ranking 7th in the league in batting average (.319) and 10th in the league in total hits (118).

The Eden Prairie, MN native appeared in 96 games for the Birds in 2016, finishing the year as the team leader in average, hits, and runs scored (61). Schmit also finishing the year tied for the team lead in triples (5) and stolen bases (20). The sure-handed shortstop hit safely in 14 of his final 15 games, posting a .346 batting average while collecting four extra base hits and eight RBI.

The Pitching staff finished the year ranking fourth in the American Association in strikeouts (712) and was tied for third in the league in complete games (6). Starting pitcher Joe Bircher was one of the league’s top pitchers in 2016, finishing the season second in the league in ERA (2.55) and sixth in strikeouts (108).

The Omaha, NE native made a team high 19 starts this season while also leading the team in strikeouts, ERA, wins (6) and innings pitched (123.2). Bircher has spent three seasons with the Sioux Falls Canaries, holding a 14-18 record to go along with his 3.09 ERA in 53 career appearances.

The Canaries are hoping to build on the success of the 2016 as they prepare for their 25th anniversary season in 2017. For information regarding season ticket options for the 2017 season or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the canaries ticket office at 605-336-6060 or visit the website at sfcanaries.com.