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Doug Brunet was born in Montreal on September 16th, 1961. I love my city and hope I never have to leave. Iíve been working in the printing industry since I was 23. I have a daughter, 29 who gave me a grandson last year in September, and a son, 27. Both have turned out to be decent human beings, as far as I know, and Iím proud of them. I like sports of all kinds, and have played quite a few such as hockey, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, curling (donít laugh, J.D. played too), and a few others. I never got good at any of them, but loved it nonetheless. Iíve played Strat-o-matic baseball since I was 11. The ad on the back of a comic book caught my attention, and here I am 42 years later. Iím dabbling with writing. Itís something that I should devote more time to.

I joined CBA in 2009 when the league expanded from 20 to 24 teams. This afforded me the chance to build a franchise from its' beginning, which was exactly how I wanted to get back in the game. It didn't take me long to discover how fortunate I was to be invited to play in this league. In only 5 years, I have twice been the winner of my division and made it to the conference final both times. I'm a pitching and defense first kind of manager, and my teams reflect that. It's difficult to sort through all the seasons to find high points, but two no-hitters come to mind readily. As well as managing a team, I am also involved in some of the administrative aspects of league functions and dabble around with some of the graphics on behalf of CBA. Though it can amount to many hours of devoted time, it is for the most part a labour of love.

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Entered CBA: 10-3-08
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RECORD

RUNS

BAT AVG

HOME RUNS

Team

WON

LST

PCT

TEAM

OPP

DIFF

TEAM

OPP

TEAM

OPP

MCD 2009

56

106

.346

633

893

-260

.247

.287

122

178

MCD 2010

91

71

.562

767

722

45

.268

.264

153

146

MCD 2011

63

99

.389

504

688

-184

.226

.257

65

134

MCD 2012

96

66

.593

702

561

141

.261

.233

135

134

MCD 2013

93

69

.574

624

511

113

.246

.229

143

127

MCD 2014

84

71

.542

591

553

38

.234

.233

159

129

MCD 2015

99

63

.611

635

497

138

.248

.230

149

119

MCD 2016

83

79

.512

628

575

53

.237

.236

182

139

Totals

665

624

.516

5084

5000

84

.246

.246

1108

1106

 
      

 

     
View from the Crows' Nest                                                                                                           
Jones, Smolinski Added to Post-Season Roster
Montreal- After missing out on a post-season appearance a year ago by a loss to the Maine Express, now the Pompton Pythons, in a game 163, the Montreal Crows are back in the CBA championship dance. Of course, we all knew this officially a couple of weeks ago when they clinched the Dawson division. But, a top seeding in the Staub conference was unexpected. The door to that opened when San Diego dropped the last three of a four game set against Joliet while the Crows were continuing the torrid pace that began in June. Montreal and San Diego both finished with 99 wins. And, as they split the twelve games they faced each other, it came down to who scored more runs in those twelve games. The Crows edged out the Surf 43-38, and top seeding was capped off last night in Towaco with a 5-3 Crows win over the Wolf Pack.
     And so, with the season over and the view of the post-season in full focus, manager Robert Brunet must announce the 25 men who will undertake a run at a championship. Though there has been some time to consider who will be representing the Crows in this challenge, some last minute considerations have produced a few surprises.
     The pitching staff finished atop the CBA ledger with a stellar 2.78 ERA, but many of the arms that contributed to that mark must content themselves as biased spectators. The Brunets have settled on a 10 man staff to make room for some extra bats in an attempt to produce more runs. Although 635 runs is an all time high for Montreal, they sit far behind the numbers that the other nine play-off teams put up. The Ottawa Otters scored 874 times this season. That's 239 more than the Crows. All the rest scored over 700. So, the Crows will have to bring their league leading pitching and league best defense to each and every game. If they're to have a chance, they'll need a few more runs considering that most of these run scoring mammoths also finished in the top 8 in pitching.
     "You can expect everyone to be shortening up on the pitching," said Crows manager Robert Brunet. "Guys will go on short rest. Bullpen horses will be ridden. We've got to keep pace with that. I'd like to keep more arms, but we need more options on offense, because we'll be going up against the best pitching in the league, make no mistake."
     Brunet went on to name his ten pitchers, led by the starters. Jordan Zimmermann and Dallas Keuchel, the most consistent all season, will likely go 1-2. Veterans James Shields and Jered Weaver got off to horrid starts this season, but have been exceptional since the end of May and will be starting in the post-season. These four, according to the plan, are expected to comprise a 4 man rotation that will require short rest starts if series go long. Tom Koehler, who had a fine season in his own right, is not ruled out entirely, but will be preparing to come out of the bullpen.
     "I'm good with it," said Koehler when asked if he saw this as a kind of demotion. "Coach sat me down and pretty much said he's counting on my versatility to stay sharp for any situation. I'll do whatever he needs me to do."
     Koehler proved very effective in a swing roll a season ago, and that helped in the decision to go in this direction. Another helpful happening was the mid-season addition of Mike Fiers, who has been nothing less than outstanding and is capable of throwing multiple innings when called upon. Zach Putnam and Marc Rzepczynski will remain as specialists that will hopefully lead to the shut down tandem of David Robertson and closer Mark Melancon. Going with ten pitchers means the Crows will have to do without contributions from the likes of Antonio Bastardo, Matt Thornton, Neil Ramirez, Will Smith, and Roman Mendez, after having seasons all worthy of an appearance in the post-season.
     That leaves fifteen spots for position players. The unexpected additions include Garrett Jones and Jake Smolinski. The former spent most of the season on the disabled list, and only joined the team in September. Though he's still not 100 percent, his left-handed bat can figure in the mix and become an option as a designated hitter should Montreal manage to go far enough that one is needed. Smolinski is held over for pinch-hitting duties. He only amassed 76 at bats in short stints this season, but hit .329 with 7 doubles and 5 homeruns. Erik Kratz stays in, giving Brunet 3 capable catchers. That means more options in the late innings to go along with all the movable parts in the Crows defensive posture.
     Robert Brunet and his Crows must now wait to see who comes out of the clash between Joliet and Essex in the Staub wild card series. Up until the final days of the season, the odds makers were sizing up a match up with Towaco. However, the Wolf Pack have hotel reservations booked in San Diego, where they will begin a conference semi-final series against the Surf.
     While the Jackhammers and Escapees have a tilt, the Clemente wild card series will see the Brooklyn Superbas and the Ottawa Otters go at it. This, too, was something unforeseen. For much of the season, the Otters presented themselves in the guise of some elusive thing, a will-o'-the-wisp. But, as the wispy withered, the Phantastics were, well, fantastic. Philly charged to the top of the Clemente overall standings, knocking Ottawa into a wild card and holding up Brooklyn's intentions on the Parker title. Philly will watch for the winner of this series that they have so gracefully arranged. The Newton Bombs have the honour of receiving the defending Champion Ohio Outlawz.
     It promises to be an interesting post-season, with some new faces and some familiar ones. Nothing can be taken for granted.
    

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