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Oct 26th, 2015
Tim Hudson, a likely CBA Hall of Famer, has announced that the 2016 will be his last.  "It's time to hang it up and spend time with my family," Hudson said "I think I have one more season left in me where I can help a team win, whether it's in Cooperstown or elsewhere, but that will be it."
 
Hudson currently sits at 10th all time in CBA in strikeouts, 4th all time in wins, 3rd in innings, 2nd in starts and 9th in shutouts.
 
His 5th start of 2016 will make him the CBA all time leader in that category, passing Andy Pettitte who currently holds that title.
 
If Hudson can earn 14 wins in 2016, he'll leapfrog Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez to become CBA's most winning-est pitcher.  Whether he can manage that feat or not, this season Hudson joined those three pitchers as the only members of the 200 win club, currently sitting at 204. 
 

It remains to be seen if Hudson will be on the Iron Horse roster next season, or if teams who find his veteran presence appealing inquire about a trade.  He won't pitch like the Tim Hudson of old, but you can pencil him in for about 120-125 innings and an ERA around 4.40-4.45.  Tim said he may be willing to pitch out of the bullpen as well if it's what's best for the team.  Regardless of his role, it will be fun watching him pass some CBA legends in some impressive categories as he writes his own story in the history books.

 

 
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Associated Press) 

 

As many CBA teams lick their wounds from a disappointing regular season or early playoff exit, the league's esteemed GMs are beginning to look forward to 2016 as they inspect every piece of the roster for future potential -- and future gaps in talent.  


 
Many fine players across the league are expected to change uniforms during what is sure to shape up as a busy off-season.  According to Philly GM Rob Hite, "I've been around CBA for a long time, and back in the golden age of the league many GMs chose to sit on their talent and build slowly. They would trade for a piece here or there, but they mainly built through the draft".  

 
But the institution of the CBA amateur draft changed everything.  With young talent at a premium, and harder to acquire in the regular draft, it is of utmost importance that a team draft kids who are 18 or 19, and follow them as they develop into CBA contributors.  Hite added, "sometimes we plan a positional need way ahead of time, and use the prospect pick to try to fill that need before it's really a need.  Like back when our all-time franchise greats Derek and Chase [Jeter & Utley] were getting older, we said -  hey we have a great middle infield but let's start addressing that so we'll be great there for the next decade after they hang it up".  

 
At the time, Philly also sported a perennial all-star Evan Longoria at 3rd, making one of the most potent infields in the Association.  But Longoria was packaged up to New Jersey in exchange for Bryce Harper, who Hite hoped would be his franchise slugger for the next 15 years.  That was a controversial move which many Philly phans wanted him run out of town for, as evidenced by the venom spewed on sports talk WIP radio in Philly.  Calls for the GMs head on a platter were plentiful as Philly not only dealt Longoria in the deal for the unproven hot-headed Harper, he also dealt ace Justin Verlander.  But the 22 year old Harper gamble paid immeasurable dividends this season, slugging a gaudy .330/.460/.649 slashline with 42 HR to boot.  So the consensus in Philly now is, Longoria who?  Didn't she used to star on Desperate Housewives?  

 
With an entire infield to rebuild in Philadelphia, Hite went on the offensive - drafting and signing a plethora of young infielders with hopes that a few would pan out and become the anchors that Jeter, Utley, and Longoria were.  

 
And today, the maligned Philly front office can flash a smug Cheshire Cat smile, because their young infielders have finally arrived.  In this 2015 MLB Fall Playoffs alone, there are 5 young players featured who will be competing for time at SS and 2b next year for Philly: 

 
Starlin Castro - the "old-timer" of the group at 25, is a few years removed from his great 207 hit season in 2011.  But Starlin, who hit .265 this year, has possibly found a new home at 2b and will surely deliver many all-star seasons ahead given his age.  
 

 
Wilmer Flores - Flores at 24 is still developing into his game, but his burgeoning power was on display in 2015.  With 16 HR and 22 doubles this year, along with much improved defense at short, Wilmer will be hard to keep out of the starting SS gig for Philly next season.  By the time he reaches his prime, 25-30 HR seasons will be the norm for this infield slugger.  
 

 
"Kike" Enrique Hernandez - Kike is a 22 year old superkid who can literally play 7 positions on the field.  A next generation Ben Zobrist, he can also hit the baseball better than Zobrist as witnessed by his .307 average and .490 SLG% this season.  It's quite a luxury having this kind of bat who can backup at 2b, SS, and 3rd in addition to quality OF starts in LF, RF, or CF.  This kid is a young star in the marking.  
 

 
Javier Baez -  Another great next generation SS/2B/3B, Baez is just 21 and has the greatest power potential of them as indicated by his prolific minor league power - 37 HRs in AA ball.  Baez has cut down on his swing to make contact in the major leagues, to a tune of a .289 average this season.  A Troy Tulowitzki-esque future awaits this stud. 

 
Addison Russell - Russell is the closest thing to Derek Jeter that Philly GM has found in this collection of young infield stars.  A mere Cub at 21 years old, he delivered 29 doubles and 13 homers in his first campaign, along with spectacular shortstop defense.  As his bat develops, his all-star appearances will begin to accumulate. The next great shortstop of this generation?  Time will tell.  He also plays 2b and a little 3rd should the glut of infielders pose a huge dilemma for GM Hite.  

 

 
What is GM Hite going to do with these 5 great young middle infielders? Surely nobody will be moved over to third on Philly, especially in light of two equally young and talented 3rd basemen just to the left of them in the infield of dreams: 
 
23 year old Maikel Franco (.497 SLG) and 23 year old run producer Nick Castellanos (33 doubles, 15 HR, 73 RBI).  

 
We asked Hite what his plans were for all of them, and he shared, 
 "Hey, I am in no rush to trade any of them because having a group of young stars is a unique luxury for us.  If we are bowled over with offers this Fall and Winter, we will listen.  But the good-ol-days of Former Commish Claude Lamarre legislating against positional hoarding in CBA are long gone.  I'm going to hoard away, baby!  Unless the other GMs offer up some of their blue chip outfield talent, then I may listen" 

 
Photo:  Young Philly Phantastics stars Addison Russell and Javier Baez

 
 

 
February 18th, 2014

Japanese Ace Tanaka Bound for CBA


 
Tokyo- At noon today in Japan, a press conference was held at the Tokyo Hilton by much scouted and highly touted righthander Masahiro Tanaka. There he announced his intentions to pitch in the major leagues in 2015. The timing of the announcement is crucial as it comes only short weeks away from the CBA spring draft which is scheduled for Sunday, March 9th beginning at 11AM ET. 
     Tanaka, who turned just 25 this past November, has garnered much attention from CBA scouts since before mid-season in 2013, in no small part due to the success of Ottawa Otters starter and fellow countryman Yu Darvish. Tanaka has followed Darvish since he came to North America, and made allusions to plying his trade here as well. Now that he has made his intentions known publicly, his name should instantly move up in priority on CBA draft lists. Darvish was drafted 11th overall as Ottawa's prospect pick in 2012. The same may happen with Tanaka in 2014, especially given the clarity provided at today's press conference.
     Just like Darvish, he will be drafted while still under contract for 1 more season with his Japanese club. In this case, it's the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. Also like Darvish, he intends to accept the opportunity offered to him by any CBA team.
     "I just want a chance to prove myself at the highest level," said Tanaka, "I am not playing favorites."
     CBA has always had its' share of foreign born players, but in the last few years more looks have been given to the younger talent now emerging from Asia and Cuban players who have defected from their homeland to find careers as professionals. Jose Iglesias, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Fernandez were all drafted as prospects and are establishing themselves in the majors. Yasiel Puig, who had defected from Cuba during the 2012 season, is expected to go very early in the 1st round this spring after excelling in Los Angeles of the independant leagues last season. And, because of the affiliation agreement that CBA has with the independant leagues, Puig is eligible to be drafted as a free agent. The drafting team will retain its' prospect pick, making the future star outfielder even more attractive. So it is the same with another LA star. Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu is also expected to be taken from the slate very early on. It's reasonable to project more of the same in the coming years, if not more this spring, as CBA general managers continue to widen the scope in search of the game's best.
     There may not be a lot of instant impact players in the coming draft, but there is no shortage of talent. And where there's talent, you'll find the CBA.
     
       

Let It Be...Beatles Win!
New York- Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. A Staub team will win the series. Let it be.
     As the New Jersey Beatles were clinching a CBA championship with a 4-0 win over the defending champions Skokie Wolfmen at home in game 6 of the series, they were also ending a seven year streak of CBA championships by Clemente conference teams. Not since the Longue Pointe Loggers in 2005 had a Staub conference team taken the title.
     When New Jersey took game 3 in Skokie by a convincing 9-4 score, the writing seemed to appear on the proverbial wall. But Skokie was valiant in defending the crown and forced the series back to New Jersey via a shutout win in game 4 and a barn burning 13-12 win in game 5. In the end, however, the combination of pitching and power would prove too much to overcome for the incumbents. Indeed, the team that looked the best all season while winning 106 games, was the best. 
     Their stiffest test in the post-season came from division rival San Diego, who took the Beatles to a seventh game before bowing to the new champs in the division series. The Beatles then had to face down the pitching of the Montreal Crows, and did so with some pitching of their own. After dropping game 1 to the Dawson claimants, the Beatles rang up four straight wins on the way to meet Skokie for the big prize. New Jersey's first championship comes in just its' fourth year of existence, making for a story of an unusually quick rise to a difficult summit.
     After the league expanded in 2009 from 20 to 24 teams, that season ended with two teams in difficulty. Westminster, one of the 4 expansion teams, did not fair well at all in losing 126 games. Regardless, it was a baseball experiment in a place that had too little interest to sustain a major league team. The old Skokie franchise, although successful, ran into difficulties from unfortunate circumstances not of its' making that forced the league to act with a respectful marker given to both the owner Josh Shapiro and the Wolfmen's fans, a marker that was redeemed when Southwest moved to Skokie when the Wolfman took control in 2011. Westminster and Skokie were contracted and two new franchises were to be awarded and formed in a redraft from the remnants of the contracted teams before the 2010 season. Chris Brazeau garnered one of them and put a team in Hew Hampshire as the Wildcats. Steve Adler, a die-hard fan of the Fab Four, got his ticket to ride and the New Jersey Beatles came to be.
     The Beatles won just 50 games in its' inaugural season, and only 42 in 2011. But in 2012, the tally rose to 75 showing the team to be up and coming. A few daring trades brought the likes of Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander to the club to mention just a couple. Kyle Lohse, who pitched 6 shutout innings in game 6 of the championship series to earn the clinching win, was drafted in the 8th round in 2011. Perhaps the quick rise to the top can be best reviewed through his eyes.
     It's been a hard day's night, but Steve Adler will be sleeping like a log.

Lake Hopatcong, NJ – The New Jersey Beatles won their first CBA title, 4 games to 2, over the defending champion Skokie Wolfmen. After taking a 3-games-to-none lead in the series, the Beatles were hoping to close things out in Skokie. However, the Wolfmen battled back to win games 4 and 5, sending things back to New Jersey. Perhaps bolstered by the huge throng of fans that greeted them at New York’s JFK Airport, the Beatles refused to let back-to-back losses dishearten them. They closed out the series with a 4-0 game 6 win behind series MVP Kyle Lohse’s 6 shutout innings and 4 hits from Chris Denorfia. After the final out was recorded on Aramis Ramirez’s comebacker to Fernando Rodney, Rodney struck his familiar bow and arrow pose. “Twist and Shout” blared from the speakers as 58,000 screaming Beatles fans went wild.

In the process, the Beatles brought the title back to the Staub Conference for the first time since 2005. With the win, New Jersey completed an improbable run to the championship, having suffered through a 120-loss season just 2 years ago. A series of trades that brought key players to the Beatles helped turn that team around. Young players, such as Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, Jeremy Hellickson, Jason Motte, and Chris Tillman  were traded away, while proven stars Adrian Beltre, Edwin Encarnacion, Evan Longoria, Jimmy Rollins, Felix Hernandez, and Justin Verlander joined the team. It proved to be a winning combination, as the Beatles won 106 games in the regular season, and then topped things off with a CBA Championship.

Series Recap:       

 Game 1 featured a pitchers’ duel, with Justin Verlander pitching a complete game and leading the Beatles to a 1-0 victory over the Wolfmen and hard-luck loser Mike Fiers. The only run of the game scored in the 5th inning. Michael Saunders hit a one-out double and advanced to third when Brian Lahair mishandled Kelly Johnson’s routine ground ball to first. Verlander then laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Saunders.

 Game 2 saw the Beatles defeat the Wolfmen, 7-1. Felix Hernandez earned the win with 5 2/3 strong innings, as Skokie could not muster much offense for the 2nd game in a row.

 The series moved to Skokie for Game 3, as the Wolfmen fans were looking to get back into the series. Unfortunately for them, the Beatles roughed up starter Ryan Vogelsong, scorching him for 8 runs in 5 innings. The Beatles cruised to a 9-4 victory, hitting 5 homeruns in the process. Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 dingers, including a first inning grand slam.

 Skokie’s backs were against the wall in Game 4, down 3-games-to-none and facing likely Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. The gritty Wolfmen were not dead yet, though, as Tim Hudson pitched a complete game 3-hitter, as Skokie won 4-0.

 It was do-or-die for Skokie again in Game 5. Game 2 winner Felix Hernandez faced off against game 1 loser Mike Fiers. Neither of them made it past the 3rd inning, as this game turned into a slugfest. Skokie raced to a 7-2 lead at the end of 2. New Jersey took the lead back with 6 runs in the top of the 3rd highlighted by Ryan Ludwick’s grand slam. Skokie scored 3 more in the bottom of the 3rd, and then scored 1 run in each of the next 3 innings, extending their lead to 13-9. New Jersey closed to 13-12 on a 3-run homerun by Ludwick in the 9th, but their comeback fell short, as Skokie held on for the win.

 The series returned to New Jersey for Game 6, with the Beatles holding a 3-games-to-2 lead. Game 3 winner Kyle Lohse took on Game 2 loser Wade Miley. Just as they had all season, the Beatles’ pitching staff carried the day, as New Jersey closed out the series with a 4-0 win. Lohse (2-0) went 6 innings, allowing just 2 singles and a walk. Fernando Rodney contributed 2 2/3 scoreless innings to finish the game. Meanwhile, Chris Denorfia went 4-4, and had a hand in each of New Jersey’s scoring rallies.

 
For openers, congratulations to all the playoff teams.  Steve Adler, Kevin Gibson, Joe Wallace, Dennis Concepcion, Doug Brunet, Wolfman Shapiro, Marc Wass, Rob Hite, Bruce Bundy, Jack Jung.  Who will win it?  Wolfman vs Bundy in Clemente vs Steve Adler whose Beatles are the current  #1 hit across CBA Land.  
GM's next year is approaching rapidly.  There is a likelyhood of some rules clarifications and modifications.  Among the issues that coulClaude and Gerald should have known. The original CBA teams were all named after movie studios. The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone. The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record. Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard. But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald. Donald was known for his questionable participation. Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmanians it would change their fortunes. They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99. By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67. That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive. The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year. Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs. 

Just for some nostalgia.  Lets look back at a storied franchise that dissolved in favor of expansion after 2003.  The story of the Tennessee Tazmanians run by Stephane Bouchard.  
The franchise story was different from its inception.  
  The original CBA teams if I recall were all named after movie studios.  The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone?? {Claude?}.  The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record.  Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard.  But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald.  Donald was known for his questionable participation.  Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmanians it would change their fortunes.  They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99.  By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67.  That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive.  The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year.  Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs.  


Belfast: .742 X Rating, .251 BA against, .305 IRSC a 3.68 ERA...but .310 OBA .104 ISO, .348 slug meant 3.46 runs support.  22-44 vs Dawson's LP, Montreal, Limoilou....But Belfast walloped Monday 31-17 for season.  What does that tell you about Dawson?

Brooklyn: After losing Parker by 1 game to Carolina, took revenge in '13 sweeping Carolina and winning div title in process.  Braun .331 30 SB 48 HR 128 RBI 116 runs, Miguel Cabrera .352 .428 OBA .630 slg, 43 HR, 136 RBI 113 runs 216 hits, RA Dickey 17-7 2.93 239 K's, David Price 13-6 3.22 203 K's, Jeter 20 HR 96 RBI .322 13 SB 218 hits.  They carried Brooklyn.  Brooklyn led CBA in batting .287.  Lower than usual power totals and average in Coors were made up for with a rare display of speed by the Superbas.  They stole a team record 131 stolen bases led by Jarrod Dyson's 54. 


Bryan:  Another winning season for Cory Light.  The Bryan Bashers hung tough until the final two blocks.  The battle with Towaco was fierce and right to the last month.  Bryan featured excellent pitching.  Perhaps the best Basher staff in recent memory finishing 4th overall.  The pen saved 53.  Though Casey Janssen finished with 31 sv it was a committee of relievers who had save totals.  .242 IRSC (Inherited runners scoring) The offense doesn't jump out at you.  The numbers are below average.  .246, 149 ISO, 166 HR's not bad for Staub however.  Part timer Dwayne Wise 12, led the er speedy Bashers to 51 stolen bases.  Paul Konerko deserves MVP consideration carrying this team on his back virtually himself .296 31 HR 96 RBI.  Nick Swisher chipped in with .227  25 HR's.  
 
Carolina: Fell just short.  In tough Parker, Carolina had a few sluggers who provided offense.  Shoo in for rookie of the year Willin Rosario hit 30 HR's, Votto 11 HR 61 RBI .329 in an  injury laden season.  Zimmerman 23 HR, Dunn 25 HR, Kubel 22 HR 82 RBI, and Marco Scutaro .312 led CBA with 27 sacrifices. Had 18 Hit and run hits using that it's advantage.  The low team OBA/SLG .324/.398 hurt most. The pitchers were tough. Anibal Sanchez finished 14-10 3.41 152 K's, J Johnson 12-10 3.57.  Huston Street saved 26.  Took 3 of 4 to finish the season block 25 in revenge of losing the week before spoiling Newton's Parker run.

Cooperstown: The Iron Horses cashed in early in the season after some early set backs.  They acquired draft picks and players looking ahead. Some very promising rookies like Byrom Buxton, Evan Gattis, Jeff Locke to go along with player returness like Matt Kemp 25 HR 65 RBI .277 and Adrian Gonzo 23 HR 81 RBI .275.   27 traded ballplayers from the team.  The future will tell if Cooperstown will return to prominence.  On paper it looks like it could be.

High Bridge opened the season strong.  They remained only two games back by June 17th.  They hung around into July before fading when roster changes took place and rest given to the over worked players.  The future seemed bright when John Miller grabbed Matt Harvey with his number 1 pick.  When MLB Harvey went down with injury, the Heaters front office felt let down.  Though the injury isn't as serious as could have been, Harvey will have a superior card in 2014.  Dillon Gee has returned from his serious injury to become a front end pitcher as well to go along with Rick Porcello.  Young talent like Denard Span, Didi Gregorius, Starling Marte, and Alex Presley present well for future years.  Tyler Colvin had a very good year 17 HR

Indiana:  returned to the press with a nice little run for the Monday title.  The Redbirds reclaimed a taste of their glory years of last decade with a return to first as late as mid September.  Who could ask for more?  When the pitching and key sluggers like Pujols, and Hamilton suffered injuries the last week.  Hamilton 46 HR 109 RBI .265BA.  Pujols 39 HR 124 RBI .298 BA a typical year for him.  Pujols career totals .323 601 HR's 1,591 RBI's.  Indy won 14 of 17 down the stretch in September to keep the pressure on Skokie.  Indiana socked a whopping 250 Homers in '13.  Catchers (Wieter) threw out 39% of their base stealers best in CBA. 

Joliet: Jack Frost builds, slowly but surely.  Looking for a return to the glory days of 2008, '14 could be the year the Jacks could make some noise.  2013 saw a 68-94 record which was not too awful.  Some moments of good play.  The Jacks had a good July which brought them neqar the cust of the second wildcard range. 9 games under .500, but so were a few teams.  One August and eventual Staub champ New Jersey came to town, Joliet underwent a long losing streak to fade away into CBA's abyss.  Middlebrooks 14 HR 49 RBI .339, Chris Carter 24 HR, and Rizzo 16 HR .319 starred. Some bright youngsters are on hand to make the future a bright one.

Limoilou; Our long time friend Jeff Boutet stepped aside in 2013 departing CBA as it's championship leader with 3. The Wendigo used good pitching from Latos 13-9 2.84, Kimbrel 7-1 26sv, Scherzer 14-8, Kershaw 17-5 3.23.  Melty Cabrera 10 HR 54 RBI .334 was among leaders in batting. Granderson 39, and Fielder 26 HR generated power in their approach to a wildcard.  James Blakely replaced Jeff for the final month steering them just shy of the final wildcard despite inherited usage situations.

Longue Pointe: One of 2013 great mysteries, what happened to Dennis Concepcion? His proxied team took a wildcard spot but lost to San Diego Surf in the playoffs.

Maine:  Up and down roller coaster for the Express. Started off April relatively fast, then dropped a bunch to fade fast from first place after 3 weeks.  From May and June They hovered at .500 then a losing streak took hold dropping them back a ways.
When it all seemed lost, Mike Koepp reeled off an impressive 12 game winning streak to highlight a streaky season. They made a rush to .500 and into contention, but usage became a factor and the fade took them out of the race in the second half.  Perhaps some better hitting vs lefties where a 20-32 record against lefty starters hurt them most. Acloser look shows the power shortage vs L hurt worse than the BA.

Montreal: Second best season, and same results.  Twice to the Staub Showdown and no show, yet. The Crows are now known for their pitching, defense, and '13 was more of the same. The addition of Cory Hart and Garrett Jones no doubt got them to the dance. But the price they paid has yet to be determined. Though Montreal traded quite a bit, Brunet knows how hard it is to get to the dance and join the CBA elite franchises which Montreal has now done twice in a row 5 years after his initial DRAFTING from scratch of a team.  Montreal and Westminster were true expansion teams in that year.  Its possible that there could be another expansion in the future,but Montreal shows, that from having initially no talent a dedicated GM can achieve high status in post season events.  Post season = Best of year. Conference finals equals elite teams for a season. Doing more than one time brings the level higher. Consider that Doug has done it in season 4 and 5 but...what about 2014? The draft will be important for the Crows.

New Hampshire: The assigned history of this franchise is quite fascinating I find.  The history was one of turmoil. Possibly CBA least successful franchise that had been snake bitten from day 1.  Right now Chris Brazeau has stabilized, and rebuilt this franchise gone wild.  Lets look back.  Claude and Gerald should have known.   The original CBA teams were all named after movie studios.  The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone.  The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record.  Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard.  But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald.  Donald was known for his questionable participation.  Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmainians it would change their fortunes.  They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99.  By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67.  That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive.  The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year.  Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs.  

Well New Hampshire is continuing the structure started by Brazeau to get into the upper ranks.  a 59-103 season was a setback of sorts.  Some expected a better record for '13 but '14 could be promising.  Matt Cain fronts the staff. Hanley Ramirez returns to SS at a very high level at least part time. Masterson steps up into the top of the rotatsh.   Profar gets utility work.  D'Aza steps up,  The future looks bright.  Viciedo led hitters with 27 HR, Cain was 10-15 3.50 ERA.  

New Jersey: It was like 1964.  The year the Beatles controlled the charts.  The Jersey boys controlled all of Staub at one pint winning 20 in a row just shy of the CBA record.  They controlled the Staub Playoffs.  Shrewd deals. Killer pen, and some stick to boot.  See how they do in the big show.  

Newton:  Last years near miss in the playoffs, just made him angry.  Laying low in the standings, the Newton Bombs found a way to win and manage usage enroute to the franchises first playoff.  It was at the end that the strategy master put the puzzle pieces together, to enter and take out the veteran Rob Hite in the playoffs, no easy task 3 games to 1.  Next, Bundy had to play Clementes toughest team, Ottawa.  With all on the line the two managers dueled a full 7 games.  In the end, Bundy defeated Jack Jung to advance to meet the Wolfman in the Clem finals.  Newton used all resources to get this far.  .745 X rated fielding. .345 OBA, .452 slug showed Clemente like offense.  A team 4.62 ERA was 3rd worst, but the saving grace was Bruce's use of the bullpen to get wins.  A team .225 IRSC.  Only 8 pb 55 wp from the batteries, Newton's pen shutdown those late runners.

Ohio:  Great offense team .273 BA with 195 Homers.  This team was made for Clemente.  They were able to play against friendly rival Carolina face to face on occassion.  Somehow more was expected of Ohio befor ethe season began.  As the T Cats began to start and look good, they too faded back in the tough Clemente.  The Conference teams are all quite strong and capable of defeating each other.  We saw that with even the second division teams defeating and spoiling for the top standings teams.  Ohio led by Buster Posey's 21 HR 86 RBI .352 season may get some MVP consideration.  Matt Holiday added 30 taters.  Fredrick Freeman added 28.  A team .181 ISO PWR good, So it wasn't that offense.  Than what?  Defense? .745 X rating not bad, 79-83 record was attributed to the pitching staff's failure to get guys out.  4.56 ERA.  Clay Buckholtz 15-8 4.08 ERA was a lone bright spot. A .362 IRSC stunk.  Then pen and rotation failed.

Ottawa:  Best regular season ever for the Otters.   Team .353 OBA, .272 BA, 965 runs, 265 HR's .481 slug team records all.  Best in 17 seasons.  Ottawa took that offense led by MVP candidates Trout 44 HR 125 RBI .325, McCutchen 48 HR 127 RBI .307,  Papi's 30 HR 91 RBI .347 BA in 322 AB.  Leadoff hitters hit 30 HR, 2nd place hitters 42 HR, 3rd place hitters hit 50 , cleanup hitters hit 52.    Perhaps the best top half of the lineup years!  A season for the ages.  The team 3.91 ERA could have meant more wins if lower.  Gallardo 19-6 4.38, Fister 13-6 3.58, and Yu Darvish 14-7 4.26, had solid seasons.  Ottawa was 4 games back on May 2nd, but got hot to take first place and never look back.  They led runner up Philly all season after the first week of May.  

Philly came on strong at the end to snatch wildcard number 2 in the last block.  Is that any news at all that Rob Hite had made the playoffs yet again? Hite has 5 World Series appearances.  The elite?  Perhaps Rob is one of the standards that others will  be measured by.  A true elite franchise.  egular playoff appearances, it isn't just luck.  Hite has won 3 Championships.  This year the big trade came back to hurt some as Justin Verlander 24-4 went on to lead New Jersey to a walk away title.  Rob got back Bruce Harper 22 HR 81 .272 who went on to become a main cog in the powerful Philly Offense.   Philly slugged 230 HR with a team .281 BA.  
Quebec:  Led by Hall of Famer Dino Barnabe is building up.  They have some high draft picks, and some very good young players just waiting to break loose.  Quebec hit 231 HR last year showing alot of power.  Mitch Moreland slugged 23 HR .298, Cespedes had a great year .295 28 HR.  Trumbo slugged 32 HR's, and Josh Reddick added a big 35 HR's.  .183 ISO power is among the leagues best.  The BA was a low .250, with only 649 runs knocked in.  Homers with out men on base.  Cant win those games if the defense drops 142 balls ,and the pens allows 35% of inherited runners to score. Clearly this is a team on the rise.  The pitching defense and speed may have hurt, but the future and the draft could make Barnabe a player once more.

River Meadow:  Claude Lamarre is back.  The Monarchs hung around .500 or just under most of the year.  The team was not strong enough to contend for the title, so Lamarre acquired some draft picks for some aged retired players.  The Monarchs did slighty better on the road.  They did a bit better in one run games as their pen was strong .281 IRSC.  The opponents .287 batting average hurt the pitchers but the teams 3.87 runs of offensive run support was pathetic.  A team .315 on base, and no real slugging threats aside from catcher Ryan Doumit and the stud 1B from Baltimore {whats that} Chris Davis who hit 37 HR.  Next season Chris Davis major league high for Baltimore 53 HR .286 BA should carry this team a long way the way Mark McGwire once did.   There's great talent here with Kipness, Iglesias at SS, Davis who is going to be awesome, Fowler, Teheran, Lowry, Carpenter   around t contend in '14 with a good draft. 

San Diego: The Surf dynasty continues.  The Surf have won yet again getting into another playoffs.  All the classy Joe Wallace does is win baby.  The Surf continue to draft well each year and develop new talent.  Wallace rarely misses with his young prospects.  This year David Wright, Giancarlitolo Stanton 45 HR,obinson Cano led a strong offense.  .327 26 HR 110 RBI's.  SD lost to Staub Chmapion NJ in round 1.  Expect Wallace to be back with his dynastic franchise.

Skokie:  The Wolfman has parlayed his way using the trade market to gain an advantage.  That advantage led to a final week clinch of the Monday title, narrowly defeating Indiana's Bob fidler in some head to head matchups.  Wolfman's mastery of the usage and preparation provided dividends.  Skokie got excellent support down the stretch from Ethier who got hot, Future hall of famer acquired from Joliet Juan Pierre who provided a leadoff hitter, and the spot usage of Troy Tulowitsky.  The Wolfman acquired bullpen supprt and pitching as well.  This combined to add up to another appearance in the Clemente finals.

Stirling: A good offense with a team .277 BA.  Despite 'only' 140 HR's, the Redsox contended into the last 3 blocks in September.  Ultimately, injuries and other issues kept the Sox from a deserved wildcard spot.  Brett Butler 38 HR 107 RBI .304 BA was a team best.  148 stolen bases led by Campana 20,Choo 30, and Andrus 27.  Kenley Jansen led the pitchers with 38 saves.  No starters stood out.  Buehrle went 13-10 4.55, and Ian Kennedy 13-16 was an iron horse.  The pen was otherwise not too good allowing 32% of inheriteds to score.

Towaco:  Kevin Gibson proved a saavy manager guiding a relatively well balanced but not spectacular team all the way to the Rogers title over rival Bryan Bashers.  Towaco use magaer matchups despite an ordinary Staub offense.   They go on base a pretty good .333 OBA, which for Staub is good.  A .420 slug is fairly decent.  Managed  .755 team production.   .159 ISO was weak.   Two players with 20+Homers were Russ Martin 24 HR .179 BA, and P Alvarez 25 HR 80 RBI .256.  174 HR was good for Staub, and a .261 average not bad.  Just balanced.  Ken Medlen pitched absolutely lights out.  He was the difference.  consider for Cy Young  16-1 1.21, I say 1.21 ERA but only 21 starts. but those were big starts.  Towaco had a great year despite bowing to Staub champ NJ.  Gibson is proving to be quite a GM and tactician.







CBA: Where the Action Is                                                                     February 23, 2013


 
New York- CBA. The major leagues. The show. Playing baseball at this level was once considered to be only an American dream. Now it is a dream shared around the globe, from kids in the back yards and sandlots in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela to men dotting the fields of packed stadiums in Japan and Korea. And this is a time in the year when some few will find out if that dream has a chance at reality, when the CBA holds its' annual draft.
     At approximately 11 AM eastern time tomorrow, Scott Kenan, owner and general manager of the Carolina Copperheads, will likely make a dream come true by announcing the first overall selection. Likely, because not all players being considered are without prior experience in the majors. Just ask Skokie pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Likely, because those coveted early round picks are almost always devoted to acquiring the best young rising stars. Whatever happens, players and agents the world over will have all their media attuned to the goings on here in New York.
     Indeed, Ryan Vogelsong's case is a rarity. For someone who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2006 with the Allentown Senators (now the Towaco Wolf Pack), being selected fifth overall last year came as a pleasant surprise to the then 34 year old, who had been playing in Japan.
     "It's not that I'd given up hope. But after so long, you kind of don't expect anybody to be watching anymore. Even knowing that there had been scouts that went over to Japan who had spoken with my agent, I didn't dare think that anything would come of it," said Vogelsong. "I can't tell you how excited I was when my agent called me last year to tell me I had been drafted by Skokie."
     Not only was he drafted, but won a spot in the rotation out of spring training and played a prominent role in the Wolfmen winning its'  first world championship. It's a testament to how far and wide CBA organizations will go to find the right players as they draw from the vast well of talent that is present at many levels.
     "We weren't the only ones over there looking at Ryan," said Josh Shapiro, the wolfman himself. "We knew we wanted him, but we also knew that if we didn't snap him up somebody else would. I admit that picking him that early at his age was done with some reservation. But kudos to our scouting staff for recognizing that Ryan had found his way back to his game. Obviously, there are no regrets. I think, without him, we probably would have come up short of the title yet again."
     Though not so long away from the majors, reliever Fernando Rodney could be getting the same call that Vogelsong did. After seeing his performance and command decline over two seasons, the Montreal Crows released him following the 2011 season. His disappointment at not being selected as a re-entry in last year's draft drove Rodney to elevate his pitching to the level that got him to the majors. He pitched well enough with Los Angeles of the independent leagues last season that led to Skokie acquiring him as a restricted free agent in mid-August, and has had a number of CBA scouts keeping an eye on him this winter in his native Dominican Republic. The word is that his name is on several draft lists of general managers looking to address their bullpen shortages.
     But, as mentioned earlier, these are the rare ones. What teams are really hoping for is Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, or Jordan Zimmermann. This is where the scouting staffs really earn their paychecks. A shining example as to the impact of advanced scouting can be seen in the Philly Phantastics. GM Rob Hite has assembled what he refers to as 'the best birddogs in baseball', a scouting staff that he personally heads and travels with extensively. He believes that it is the key to Philly putting a competitive team on the field year after year.
     "It's not easy when you have to cut down your roster every December to know who to keep, who to move, and who to cut," says Hite. "Certainly there are your core players that remain, but you can't hold on to everybody. The scouting that we do plays a huge part in how we move forward through all phases of the off-season. We look at everything. Sabermetrics, development in the minors and the independents, prospect maturity, even the psychology of certain players we look at. Things have to fit a profile for this organization."
     There is an obvious measure of success for Hite where the draft is concerned. He claims that drafting a player at the right time to suit a need before it occurs prevents the necessity to move value at a later time. Players like Starling Castro, Jonathan Lucroy, and Eric Hosmer are examples of draft picks that have made or will make an impact at the major league level in a relatively short period of time, keeping fresh the mix of veteran leadership and young raw talent.
      And as Shapiro alluded to, Hite adds, "You have to respect what your dealing with in this league. If you don't go out and find your guys,  someone else will. That's the nature of the beast."
     Short turnarounds are not so uncommon. We saw glimpses last season of some youngsters looking to make a splash this season. Salvador Perez in Montreal and Mike Trout with the Ottawa Otters gave us a taste in 2012. Perez was even included on the Crows' post-season roster and looks to be the starting catcher in 2013. With shoe-in hall of famer Vladimir Guerrero's retirement, a whole different player than the one Jack Jung watched last year at AAA has to show up this spring to keep Trout from playing in Ottawa. 
     So many others can be named. Kipnis, Lawrie, Parker, Cespedes, Goldschmidt, the list goes on. Many new names and some old ones, too, will be the talk of baseball as they roll out on the list of players drafted onto CBA rosters, where the action is.

 
 

Recap

The wildcard round saw Longue Pointe and their pitching staff dominate over David Jones Lake County Leopards. Lake County took game 1 behind Johnny Cueto's masterful pitching.  Then it was CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, and CJ Wilson shutting the door to advance the Loggers to the Conference playoffs vs Joe Wallace's powerful San Diego Surf.

The Clemente Wildcard saw Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics sweep Marc Wass' Brooklyn Superbas in 3 straight.  Although Verlander, Hamels, and Brandon Morrow stifled the potent Brooklyn Superbas attack in the House of Pain, It was Eric Hosmer who single handedly and legendarily executed the Brooklyn boys with 5 Homers 2 doubles 9 RBI's and 7-11 batting.  Not to be forgotton anytime soon.

In round 1 of the Staub Playoffs, Doug Brunet's Montreal Crows swept past Cory Light's Bryan Bashers behind superior pitching in tight ball games.  Both first time managers, but someone had to win.  Montreal will play against the LP vs. SD winner.  Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics defeated Malachi Nellum's Stirling RedSox 4 games to 3 in an epic and well played series.  The Skokie wolfmen defeated the Cooperstown Iron Horses 4 games to 1.  Wolfman is looking at yet another Conference final to add to his resume. 

This is where the big boys meet and play.  The dedicated, the lucky, the astute, the confident, the best in CBA ball for 2012.  Last year Saw Brooklyn Defeat San Diego in 5 games for the 2011 Championship as Miguel Cabrera dominated the post season like no other has since.  Cabrera had 10 HR's and led his team.  Who will this years hero be?  We saw magnificent perfomances so far that will be archived for future reference.  Performances Like Johnny Cueto's shutout over Longue Pointe on opening day.  Eric Hosmer single handedly destroying Brooklyn's dream of repeat with 5 HR's in a 3 game wildcard. Montreal terrorizing the Bashers behind masterful pitching by James Shields.  Allen Craig's timely PH.  Nyger Morgan's .469 batting average leading Longue Point over deep into the 2nd round.  Billy Butlers 13 hits and .409 BA for Stirling vs Philly.  Sandoval's 3 HR's for Bryan.  Jared Weaver's gem vs red hot Skokie for Cooperstown.  Perhaps not many bigger highs and lows than we saw in the LP-SD series which turned after an 8th Inning boot by Yunel Escobar in g5.  The hero, Nick Hundley with a long Homer to win the series for San Diego against the speedy small ball artistry of the Loggers. 

Now we have two repeaters looking for their opportunity for gold.  We have GM Doug Brunet who makes his first appearance in the final four.  The Skokie Wolfman.  Veteran GM with a record of success each year.  He has been to the dance, but unable to claim the ring.  There's CBA legend Rob Hite.  All Hite does is win.  We learned in 2012, never count Philly out.  He even threw down the towel so he says.  A towel chuck right into the playoffs ala Indiana.  Seems to work in Clemente.  Hite is a 3 time champion looking for his fourth.  In CBA Jeff Boutet has 3, Bob Fidler 3, Marc Wass 2, Jack Jung 1, Dennis Concepcion 1, among active GM's.  Although some forget the losers, no Finals runner up is a loser.  No shame losing in the Conf Champ.  Only shame if your a former champion who gets blown out in 3 straight in the wild card round.  Staub has last won a World Championship in 2005 when Dennis defeated Rob Hite, the year of Miracle Mirabelli and Ichiro's  series and GW HR.  Clemente has dominated since then.
Rounding out the managers is the long time veteran Joe Wallace.  Joe Wallace has built a long runniing dominant franchise in San Diego.  Holder of the all time best season with 122 wins, San Diego and Wallace have been there and paid some heavy dues, slowly building up from first round and outs, the game 7's in the second round a few years back (Archives has it), and finally a Staub Championship and World Series appearance.  After last years disappointment, Wallace revamped his squad, and brought aboard the powerful Mike Stanton sending King Felix to New Jersey where Hernandez helped improve their record from last year.  Wallace vowed to add power and did.  He seeks yet another series appearance after his hard fought battle vs Longue Pt. 


 
Superbas claim New York!
 (AP) September 29th 2012  CBA©  Offices New York, NY all rights reserved.     "...And they danced, like a wave on the ocean...they romanced and they danced the night..." from Rockaway Beach in Queens to Manhattan's rediculous Upper West Side, all of New Yorks eyes are on the Brooklyn Borough's Superbas.  But the rest of the borooughs have cashed in on "SuperMania".  The Superbas have become New Yorks City's favorite, especially after last years heart stopping and spectacular World Series win.   Playoff and Series MVP Miguel MVP Cabrera yesterday led a team rally in Brooklyn's own Prospect Park near Grand Army Plaza that blocked traffic on Flatbush Avenue all the way down Flatbush avenue extension to the Manhattan Bridge and into Manhattan's Chinatown.  Cabrera hit that famous 1 out 9th inning HR to tie and ultimately win the Division playoffs in 7 games from arch rival Philly Phantastics.  Cabrera the Grand Poobah of today's rally said " We like to thank our fans very much.  Salud!  Brooklyn!"   Disgruntled High Bridge fans protested the rally.   High Bridge is New Yorks other team in the area, but the fans are not amused by the antics of loyal Brooklyn fans.  Said cab driver Shetstaen AlFaisal "These animaux they crazy.  Make celebrate party by punch each other face in happy way.   I'm going home now its too much.  My team the Heaters and this is not good for me..."  Joey Loconsolo of Brooklyn's Bay Ridge section was in the 3rd Ave "Brooklyn Superba" bar when the announcement that Brooklyn won the home wild card seat was made by the bar tender whose identity must remain anonymous.  Said Joey, "Mink-ya...Min...I mean thats my boys.  Got that Jeter going off, with Cabrera, and Braun, Mah-ron thats what I'm talkin bout ya hear?".   Shirley Lumpis of Staten Island was also in the Superba bar in the table across from Mr Loconsolo with her friends Gertie, and Gimble.  " We cam hee-yah to watch the action.  And that game against the Iron Horses was good too, tee-hee".  Bars around New York reported sales increases during the Brooklyn Cooperstown series.  The ratings and crowds may be quite high again for the upcoming Wild card round.  Can Brooklyn pull it off? Manager Marc Wass thinks so.

Worst to First- The Iron Horse Turnaround

Cooperstown - After enduring a heartbreaking game 163 loss to the eventual 2010 CBA champion Indiana Redbirds, Iron Horse fans watched as the entire roster was torn down and rebuilt from scratch. “We knew our team was getting older and our window to win a championship had closed.” Cooperstown GM Jon Stamets stated.  “We needed to bring in some young blood, and with that comes growing pains.”  There were indeed growing pains as Horse fans saw even more of their stars shipped off at the deadline on their way to a 110 loss season. 
 

However one thing was obvious to Stamets, “We had pitching and draft picks coming out of our ears.” In fact, they had 11 capable starting pitchers on their roster and with SP at a premium; this opened the flood gates for one of the most active off-seasons in Cooperstown history.  “We had a solid team of youngsters, but with 7 picks in the first 3 rounds and a lot of depth we knew we could make a big splash.” 
 

It was a Prince Fielder cannon ball type splash.

Over the next few months Iron Horse fans saw 16 trades with 11 different teams empty their stockpile of draft picks and young talent.  However, there was a buzz in Cooperstown as they witnessed press conference after press conference introducing their new superstars.  Cliff Lee and Tim Hudson were added to the rotation and sluggers Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart were added to the lineup.   
 

2012 wouldn’t be a disappointment.  Kemp and Gonzalez went on to mash 89 combined HR’s and the team hit .291 as a whole.  New acquisitions Hudson and Lee anchored the pitching staff that saw Jered Weaver and Madison Bumgarner enjoy breakout seasons combining for 40 wins. Javier Vazquez, in what he has announced will be his final season, cut his 6.43 ERA from 2011 in half to 3.09.  After seeing triple digits in losses just last season, the Iron Horses accomplished that feat in the win column, racking up 101 of them to eke out a division title by one game over the mighty Superbas. 
 

When asked if the 2012 offseason would be as busy as it was in 2011, Stamets replied, “We’ll see, but at this point we’re concentrating on the postseason.  We’ll worry about the offseason in the offseason.” 


Bryan Bashers 2012  1st Playoff appearance!
 
Pitching and Defense was the name of the game in 2012 for the Bryan Bashers.  With the move out of the hitter friendly Clemente to the Pitcher friendly Staub, Bryan was able to deal with the loss of a DH with relative ease.  Continuing their recent trend of improving pitching (this 2012 marks the 4th year in a row that Bryan has lowered their ERA from the previous year, from 5.53 in 2008 to 3.45 this year), Bryan set several team records in pitching, the most significant in many eyes was the record 23.56% IRSC% (only 45 of 191 inherited runners scored on Bryan in 2012.  Bryan also set a team record for fewest errors at 87.  The dominant pitching and Defense was needed, as the anemic offense set many team record lows..Runs scored (643) AB (5477) Triples (16) and OPS (.705)--and just missing the record low in HR (from 2011) by just one HR.  Bryan did manage a very respectable 86.6% Stolen base percentage with only 9 CS vs. 58 SB  
 
Key additions were
Josh Tomlin, who was 2nd in wins (12) and 2nd in era (2.99) for the team. Acquired last offseason in a trade with Cooperstown.
 
Pablo Sandoval, a draft day trade, that anchored what offense Bryan did have (33HR, .996 OPS)
 
Joaquin Benoit, acquired in May, help shore up an already deep pen, with a 1.97 ERA.
 
Amazingly, Jason Isringhausen brought in 25 saves in 27 opportunities after being drafted in the 10th round.
 
Bryan jumped to an early lead in the Rogers division, with over .600 winning percentage by mid season.  Then they managed to ride out the big start to finish 5 games over Maine by the end of the regular Season, earning their first ever Playoff appearance and 2nd best record of all time with 87 wins. (the 2007 Bryan Bashers ended up with a 92-71 record, having tied Philly for the wild card and losing the game 163 tie breaker).
 
Congratulations to all that have made the playoffs this year, and good luck!  It's been a wild season, and the playoffs surely will be more of the same!

 

Getz To Miss Postseason

Montreal- After four seasons, the Montreal Crows will make their first appearance in the postseason after winning the Dawson division crown. After four seasons in the Crows organization, third with the big club, infielder Chris Getz will be relegated to dugout cheerleader due to a pulled hamstring.
     "I am so disappointed, you have no idea," said Getz. "It's ridiculous. You think of how many times you run the bases. Sometimes you go real hard on some plays, especially coming home. But it wasn't even that kind of play. Y'know, just run home."
     In the eighth inning of last Monday's 3-1 loss to the Belfast Brawlers, Getz entered the game as a pinch-hitter for reliever Fautino De Los Santos. After he drew a walk and stole second, Todd Helton slashed a two-out double to the left field gap. It was a play on which Getz would have easily scored, but rounding third he pulled up favoring his right leg. He managed to hobble his way to the plate, then went to the ground and was helped off the field by team trainer Basil Fawlty and J.J. Hardy who was on deck during the play.
     "We've had a great season," added Getz. "It's gonna be tough to have to sit this out. This is what you work for, a chance to do something special. All I can do now is cheer the guys on."
     In a platoon role with Jeff Keppinger, Getz hit .257 and stole 25 bases while providing solid defense at second. No doubt the dimensional aspect that he has brought to the team will be missed. To replace him, however, the Crows have decided to add a third catcher to the postseason roster instead of another infielder. With multi-positional players Todd Frazier and Nick Punto backing up in the infield, manager Robert Brunet has elected to add rookie sensation Salvador Perez.
     "My dad wants Perez, he gets Perez," was GM Doug Brunet's answer as to why. "Besides, I think the kid deserves it after what he's done. He can flat out hit. I don't know if he'll start, he's just 22 years old. But, dad believes he can be a threat off the bench in a late inning situation. So, we're going with him."
     Perez was drafted fourth overall by Montreal in March of this year. After lighting it up in Halifax, he was called up in late July when Lou Marson went on the disabled list. After a bit of a slow start at the major league level, Perez finished the season riding a ten game hitting streak with a .321 average, 1 homer, and 14 RBI.
     Regarding the pitchers, Brunet will shorten the rotation a little to allow staff ace James Shields to take the ball as often as possible. Of course, Shields will start game 1 in the division series against the Bryan Bashers that looks to be shaping up as a battle of pitching staffs. Lefty Derek Holland will get the ball in game 2, and Jordan Zimmermann is slated for game 3. The intention at that point is to have Shields go on 3 days rest in game 4, so he would be able to do the same again if the series goes to a 7th game. Holland will start game 5 or 6 depending on how he bounces back from his game 2 start, with either righty Dillon Gee or lefty Paul Maholm starting the other game. The short rotation gives Brunet the extra pullpen arms of the latter two, particularly Maholm adding to southpaws Rafael Perez and Tom Gorzelanny. 
     The Crows have plenty of time to deliberate strategy. The series with Bryan will begin on Tuesday, October 9th at Oscar Peterson Memorial Stadium. Before that, however, the wild card series between crosstown rival Longue Pointe Loggers and Carter division runner up Lake County Leopards will be decided to see which team faces the conference incumbent San Diego Surf. 
     With two teams going into the postseason, the city is abuzz with talk of baseball and hopes of an inter-city series for the Staub conference championship.

L

"The Legend Of Donnybrook"

Legend has it that the word describes the time back in 2004

when a clueless Irish guy from out of town named Donny 
went into a crowded bar and grill near the Brooklyn Bridge 
known as Da Greasy Spoon Saloon at the height of Happy Hour
AND rush hour had a few mugs of Steeplechase brews. 
 
Watching the CBA World Series playing on the TV above the bar,
Donny loudly (and carelessly) said some disparaging words
about the local CBA franchise that just happened to be at bat
that very moment. 
 
The enraged partisan barflies instantly Twittered and texted
a flash mob summons.  Within seconds the entire populace
of the borough converged on said watering hole and proceeded
to thoroughly and firmly, but violently, explain the incorrect syntax,
grammatical errors, and most especially the poor and inaccurate
word choices of Donny's remarks by using Donny's entire body
as a metaphor to diagram and correct his multiple verbal faux pas.
 
Having purged him of his anti-Superba bias (as well as most of his
consciousness and stomach contents) the crowd deemed it
appropriate that Donny should be "re-born" and, carrying Donny
over their heads and shoulders like a rock star in a mosh pit,
trooped their way to the Brooklyn Bridge where they gleefully
baptized him in the murky waters of the East River below.
 
Following the Superba triumph in the Series that very night,
the current logo was commissioned. 
 
People have often remarked about the Superba logo
and the meaning of the little blemish seen in the
lower right edge. 
 
Historians have postulated that it is a symbolic reference
to the legendary Steve Brody, but in explaining the meaning
of the word DONNYBROOK (as it applies to CBA fans 
in Brooklyn anyway), the origins of that curious mark
have never been revealed....
 
UNTIL NOW...

 
It is early morning here in Renton, WA aka Skokie, IL
I just read the news today (oh boy) of San Diego's victory
of Longue Pointe to be our fourth team to survive to the
conference championship round

It is natural for us to focus on the remaining teams
as we wait to see who will face each other in the
CBA World Series -

at this juncture we have 3 teams who have never won
and one who has won (Philly) what 3 or 4 times, we
recall our WS visit against Philly in I think it was
2007 losing in six games and here we are again
for another chance

but before I speak and share some thoughts (this is
all propaganda of course to get things juicy as we
enter the next round, some postering, the usual
for the Wolf Guys) I want to once again acknowledge
and honor the six friends who were part of our party
who are now on the sidelines

Of course expanding to 10 playoffs teams I believe
was a good thing, it gave more teams a chance to
make the playoffs and we had five of those 50%
who had not had a chance before - it seems to have
worked too in the MLB as St.Louis who might be
in the series (similar to Philly in the CBA) would not
have had a chance without the extra slot

so we miss our friends in Brooklyn, Lake County,
Bryan, Cooperstown, Longue Pointe and Stirling,
while you might feel a bit disappointed you couldn't
go farther this year, you all did a hell of a job and
should be proud, as we all know only one can be
champion - and to do this is no easy task as Skokie
has experienced in our two unsuccessful bids to the show

what I can tell you is usually the team that wins at the
end may not have the best team on paper or with the
best record, its who is hot - and perhaps knows some
strategies to defeat their opponents working with the game

I can tell you when I have played the board game at tournaments,
I didn't have a prayer - all the strategies I remembered from the less
advanced board games or the computer game, didn't even help
me to finish at .500 in the two tournaments I played, although
I occasionally beat a good player

So we now have Montreal and San Diego - history would favor
San Diego but I played Montreal in Exhibition and got beat so
good pitching and defense in a short series can prove victorious,
this was a strategy we tried early in our history and while we
did get to the playoffs we couldn't get far so you have to have
patience for it to work and it seems Mr. Doug has it so it
could be surprising what happens here.

Of course Skokie has something to prove - Philly, thanks to
the new playoff system just makes it in - with the worse record
in the Clemente Conference - that when the Playoffs come,
the record means nothing - everything is reset and since
Philly has already been champion before, its just another
day at the office for GM Rob Hite - you notice Rob is very
humble, I noticed this during the banter between him and
the Boss, the Wass in their playoff series - always letting
others know he isn't sure if he can do it but goes ahead
and does it anyway - there is something of winning which
he understands, kind of like a personal secret, which is
why he is able to win or be there at the end - plus he
has a way to pull off bringing in the best young players,
look at his current roster

Billingsley, Castro, Craig, Cruz, Greinke, Hosmer,
Longoria, Lynn, Morrow, Morse, Verlander, Zobrist

this is why he stays good - its difficult to keep a team
successful from year to year - every year some key players
are injured or have a down year - we know and the only reason
why Skokie keeps showing up in the playoff is we trade -
we try every which way to bring a balanced team to the field
but one year, this method won't work and it could set us back
years

 

In round 1 of the Staub Playoffs, Doug Brunet's Montreal Crows swept past Cory Light's Bryan Bashers behind superior pitching in tight ball games.  Both first time managers, but someone had to win.  Montreal will play against the LP vs. SD winner.  Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics defeated Malachi Nellum's Stirling RedSox 4 games to 3 in an epic and well played series.  The Skokie Wolfmen defeated the Cooperstown Iron Horses 4 games to 1.  Wolfman is looking at yet another Conference final to add to his resume. 

This is where the big boys meet and play.  The dedicated, the lucky, the astute, the confident, the best in CBA ball for 2012.  Last year Saw Brooklyn Defeat San Diego in 5 games for the 2011 Championship as Miguel Cabrera dominated the post season like no other has since.  Cabrera had 10 HR's and led his team.  Who will this years hero be?  We saw magnificent perfomances so far that will be archived for future reference.  Performances Like Johnny Cueto's shutout over Longue Pointe on opening day.  Eric Hosmer single handedly destroying Brooklyn's dream of repeat with 5 HR's in a 3 game wildcard. Montreal terrorizing the Bashers behind masterful pitching by James Shields.  Allen Craig's timely PH.  Nyger Morgan's .469 batting average leading Longue Point over deep into the 2nd round.  Billy Butlers 13 hits and .409 BA for Stirling vs Philly.  Sandoval's 3 HR's for Bryan.  Jared Weaver's gem vs red hot Skokie for Cooperstown.  Perhaps not many bigger highs and lows than we saw in the LP-SD series which turned after an 8th Inning boot by Yunel Escobar in g5.  The hero, Nick Hundley with a long Homer to win the series for San Diego against the speedy small ball artistry of the Loggers. 

Now we have two repeaters looking for their opportunity for gold.  We have GM Doug Brunet who makes his first appearance in the final four.  The Skokie Wolfman.  Veteran GM with a record of success each year.  He has been to the dance, but unable to claim the ring.  There's CBA legend Rob Hite.  All Hite does is win.  We learned in 2012, never count Philly out.  He even threw down the towel so he says.  A towel chuck right into the playoffs ala Indiana.  Seems to work in Clemente.  Hite is a 3 time champion looking for his fourth.  In CBA Jeff Boutet has 3, Bob Fidler 3, Marc Wass 2, Jack Jung 1, Dennis Concepcion 1, among active GM's.  Although some forget the losers, no Finals runner up is a loser.  No shame losing in the Conf Champ.  Only shame if your a former champion who gets blown out in 3 straight in the wild card round.  Staub has last won a World Championship in 2005 when Dennis defeated Rob Hite, the year of Miracle Mirabelli and Ichiro's  series and GW HR.  Clemente has dominated since then.
Rounding out the managers is the long time veteran Joe Wallace.  Joe Wallace has built a long runniing dominant franchise in San Diego.  Holder of the all time best season with 122 wins, San Diego and Wallace have been there and paid some heavy dues, slowly building up from first round and outs, the game 7's in the second round a few years back (Archives has it), and finally a Staub Championship and World Series appearance.  After last years disappointment, Wallace revamped his squad, and brought aboard the powerful Mike Stanton sending King Felix to New Jersey where Hernandez helped improve their record from last year.  Wallace vowed to add power and did.  He seeks yet another series appearance after his hard fought battle vs Longue Pt. 

 
 
Superbas claim New York!
 (AP) September 29th 2012  CBA©  Offices New York, NY all rights reserved.    
"...And they danced, like a wave on the ocean...they romanced and they danced the night..." from Rockaway Beach in Queens to Manhattan's rediculous Upper West Side, all of New Yorks eyes are on the Brooklyn Borough's Superbas.  But the rest of the borooughs have cashed in on "SuperMania".  The Superbas have become New Yorks City's favorite, especially after last years heart stopping and spectacular World Series win.   Playoff and Series MVP Miguel MVP Cabrera yesterday led a team rally in Brooklyn's own Prospect Park near Grand Army Plaza that blocked traffic on Flatbush Avenue all the way down Flatbush avenue extension to the Manhattan Bridge and into Manhattan's Chinatown.  Cabrera hit that famous 1 out 9th inning HR to tie and ultimately win the Division playoffs in 7 games from arch rival Philly Phantastics.  Cabrera the Grand Poobah of today's rally said " We like to thank our fans very much.  Salud!  Brooklyn!"   Disgruntled High Bridge fans protested the rally.   High Bridge is New Yorks other team in the area, but the fans are not amused by the antics of loyal Brooklyn fans.  Said cab driver Shetstaen Alfyasal "These animaux they crazy.  Make celebrate party by punch each other face in happy way.   I'm going home now its too much.  My team the Heaters and this is not good for me..."  Joey Loconsolo of Brooklyn's Bay Ridge section was in the 3rd Ave "Brooklyn Superba" bar when the announcement that Brooklyn won the home wild card seat was made by the bar tender whose identity must remain anonymous.  Said Joey, "Mink-ya...Min...I mean thats my boys.  Got that Jeter going off, with Cabrera, and Braun, Mah-ron thats what I'm talkin bout ya hear?".   Shirley Lumpis of Staten Island was also in the Superba bar in the table across from Mr Loconsolo with her friends Gertie, and Gimble.  " We cam hee-yah to watch the action.  And that game against the Iron Horses was good too, tee-hee".  Bars around New York reported sales increases during the Brooklyn Cooperstown series.  The ratings and crowds may be quite high again for the upcoming Wild card round.  Can Brooklyn pull it off? Manager Marc Wass thinks so.
 

Worst to First- The Iron Horse Turnaround
 


 

Cooperstown - After enduring a heartbreaking game 163 loss to the eventual 2010 CBA champion Indiana Redbirds, Iron Horse fans watched as the entire roster was torn down and rebuilt from scratch. “We knew our team was getting older and our window to win a championship had closed.” Cooperstown GM Jon Stamets stated.  “We needed to bring in some young blood, and with that comes growing pains.”  There were indeed growing pains as Horse fans saw even more of their stars shipped off at the deadline on their way to a 110 loss season. 
 


 

However one thing was obvious to Stamets, “We had pitching and draft picks coming out of our ears.” In fact, they had 11 capable starting pitchers on their roster and with SP at a premium; this opened the flood gates for one of the most active off-seasons in Cooperstown history.  “We had a solid team of youngsters, but with 7 picks in the first 3 rounds and a lot of depth we knew we could make a big splash.” 
 


 

It was a Prince Fielder cannon ball type splash.


 

Over the next few months Iron Horse fans saw 16 trades with 11 different teams empty their stockpile of draft picks and young talent.  However, there was a buzz in Cooperstown as they witnessed press conference after press conference introducing their new superstars.  Cliff Lee and Tim Hudson were added to the rotation and sluggers Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart were added to the lineup.   
 


 

2012 wouldn’t be a disappointment.  Kemp and Gonzalez went on to mash 89 combined HR’s and the team hit .291 as a whole.  New acquisitions Hudson and Lee anchored the pitching staff that saw Jered Weaver and Madison Bumgarner enjoy breakout seasons combining for 40 wins. Javier Vazquez, in what he has announced will be his final season, cut his 6.43 ERA from 2011 in half to 3.09.  After seeing triple digits in losses just last season, the Iron Horses accomplished that feat in the win column, racking up 101 of them to eke out a division title by one game over the mighty Superbas. 
 


 

When asked if the 2012 offseason would be as busy as it was in 2011, Stamets replied, “We’ll see, but at this point we’re concentrating on the postseason.  We’ll worry about the offseason in the offseason.” 

 


Bryan Bashers 2012  1st Playoff appearance!
 
Pitching and Defense was the name of the game in 2012 for the Bryan Bashers.  With the move out of the hitter friendly Clemente to the Pitcher friendly Staub, Bryan was able to deal with the loss of a DH with relative ease.  Continuing their recent trend of improving pitching (this 2012 marks the 4th year in a row that Bryan has lowered their ERA from the previous year, from 5.53 in 2008 to 3.45 this year), Bryan set several team records in pitching, the most significant in many eyes was the record 23.56% IRSC% (only 45 of 191 inherited runners scored on Bryan in 2012.  Bryan also set a team record for fewest errors at 87.  The dominant pitching and Defense was needed, as the anemic offense set many team record lows..Runs scored (643) AB (5477) Triples (16) and OPS (.705)--and just missing the record low in HR (from 2011) by just one HR.  Bryan did manage a very respectable 86.6% Stolen base percentage with only 9 CS vs. 58 SB  
 
Key additions were
Josh Tomlin, who was 2nd in wins (12) and 2nd in era (2.99) for the team. Acquired last offseason in a trade with Cooperstown.
 
Pablo Sandoval, a draft day trade, that anchored what offense Bryan did have (33HR, .996 OPS)
 
Joaquin Benoit, acquired in May, help shore up an already deep pen, with a 1.97 ERA.
 
Amazingly, Jason Isringhausen brought in 25 saves in 27 opportunities after being drafted in the 10th round.
 
Bryan jumped to an early lead in the Rogers division, with over .600 winning percentage by mid season.  Then they managed to ride out the big start to finish 5 games over Maine by the end of the regular Season, earning their first ever Playoff appearance and 2nd best record of all time with 87 wins. (the 2007 Bryan Bashers ended up with a 92-71 record, having tied Philly for the wild card and losing the game 163 tie breaker).
 
Congratulations to all that have made the playoffs this year, and good luck!  It's been a wild season, and the playoffs surely will be more of the same!

 

Getz To Miss Postseason

Montreal- After four seasons, the Montreal Crows will make their first appearance in the postseason after winning the Dawson division crown. After four seasons in the Crows organization, third with the big club, infielder Chris Getz will be relegated to dugout cheerleader due to a pulled hamstring.
     "I am so disappointed, you have no idea," said Getz. "It's ridiculous. You think of how many times you run the bases. Sometimes you go real hard on some plays, especially coming home. But it wasn't even that kind of play. Y'know, just run home."
     In the eighth inning of last Monday's 3-1 loss to the Belfast Brawlers, Getz entered the game as a pinch-hitter for reliever Fautino De Los Santos. After he drew a walk and stole second, Todd Helton slashed a two-out double to the left field gap. It was a play on which Getz would have easily scored, but rounding third he pulled up favoring his right leg. He managed to hobble his way to the plate, then went to the ground and was helped off the field by team trainer Basil Fawlty and J.J. Hardy who was on deck during the play.
     "We've had a great season," added Getz. "It's gonna be tough to have to sit this out. This is what you work for, a chance to do something special. All I can do now is cheer the guys on."
     In a platoon role with Jeff Keppinger, Getz hit .257 and stole 25 bases while providing solid defense at second. No doubt the dimensional aspect that he has brought to the team will be missed. To replace him, however, the Crows have decided to add a third catcher to the postseason roster instead of another infielder. With multi-positional players Todd Frazier and Nick Punto backing up in the infield, manager Robert Brunet has elected to add rookie sensation Salvador Perez.
     "My dad wants Perez, he gets Perez," was GM Doug Brunet's answer as to why. "Besides, I think the kid deserves it after what he's done. He can flat out hit. I don't know if he'll start, he's just 22 years old. But, dad believes he can be a threat off the bench in a late inning situation. So, we're going with him."
     Perez was drafted fourth overall by Montreal in March of this year. After lighting it up in Halifax, he was called up in late July when Lou Marson went on the disabled list. After a bit of a slow start at the major league level, Perez finished the season riding a ten game hitting streak with a .321 average, 1 homer, and 14 RBI.
     Regarding the pitchers, Brunet will shorten the rotation a little to allow staff ace James Shields to take the ball as often as possible. Of course, Shields will start game 1 in the division series against the Bryan Bashers that looks to be shaping up as a battle of pitching staffs. Lefty Derek Holland will get the ball in game 2, and Jordan Zimmermann is slated for game 3. The intention at that point is to have Shields go on 3 days rest in game 4, so he would be able to do the same again if the series goes to a 7th game. Holland will start game 5 or 6 depending on how he bounces back from his game 2 start, with either righty Dillon Gee or lefty Paul Maholm starting the other game. The short rotation gives Brunet the extra pullpen arms of the latter two, particularly Maholm adding to southpaws Rafael Perez and Tom Gorzelanny. 
     The Crows have plenty of time to deliberate strategy. The series with Bryan will begin on Tuesday, October 9th at Oscar Peterson Memorial Stadium. Before that, however, the wild card series between crosstown rival Longue Pointe Loggers and Carter division runner up Lake County Leopards will be decided to see which team faces the conference incumbent San Diego Surf. 
     With two teams going into the postseason, the city is abuzz with talk of baseball and hopes of an inter-city series for the Staub conference championship.

 
Pitchers
James Shields
Derek Holland
Jordan Zimmermann
Paul Maholm (designated starter for relief)
Dillon Gee
Tom Gorzelanny
Michael Stutes
Rafael Perez
Wilton Lopez
David Robertson
Mark Melancon

 
Catchers
Yorvit Torrealba
Lou Marson
Salvador Perez

 
Infielders
Todd Helton
Jeff Keppinger
J.J. Hardy
Alberto Callaspo
Nick Punto
Todd Frazier

 
Outfielders
Will Venable
Caneron Maybin
Jeff Francoeur
Tony Gwynn
Juan Rivera

 

 For openers, congratulations to all the playoff teams.  Steve Adler, Kevin Gibson, Joe Wallace, Dennis Concepcion, Doug Brunet, Wolfman Shapiro, Marc Wass, Rob Hite, Bruce Bundy, Jack Jung.  Who will win it?  Wolfman vs Bundy in Clemente vs Steve Adler whose Beatles are the current  #1 hit across CBA Land. 
GM's next year is approaching rapidly.  There is a likelyhood of some rules clarifications and modifications.  Among the issues that coulClaude and Gerald should have known. The original CBA teams were all named after movie studios. The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone. The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record. Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard. But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald. Donald was known for his questionable participation. Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmanians it would change their fortunes. They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99. By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67. That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive. The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year. Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs.

Just for some nostalgia.  Lets look back at a storied franchise that dissolved in favor of expansion after 2003.  The story of the Tennessee Tazmanians run by Stephane Bouchard. 
The franchise story was different from its inception. 
  The original CBA teams if I recall were all named after movie studios.  The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone?? {Claude?}.  The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record.  Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard.  But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald.  Donald was known for his questionable participation.  Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmanians it would change their fortunes.  They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99.  By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67.  That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive.  The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year.  Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs. 


Belfast: .742 X Rating, .251 BA against, .305 IRSC a 3.68 ERA...but .310 OBA .104 ISO, .348 slug meant 3.46 runs support.  22-44 vs Dawson's LP, Montreal, Limoilou....But Belfast walloped Monday 31-17 for season.  What does that tell you about Dawson?

Brooklyn: After losing Parker by 1 game to Carolina, took revenge in '13 sweeping Carolina and winning div title in process.  Braun .331 30 SB 48 HR 128 RBI 116 runs, Miguel Cabrera .352 .428 OBA .630 slg, 43 HR, 136 RBI 113 runs 216 hits, RA Dickey 17-7 2.93 239 K's, David Price 13-6 3.22 203 K's, Jeter 20 HR 96 RBI .322 13 SB 218 hits.  They carried Brooklyn.  Brooklyn led CBA in batting .287.  Lower than usual power totals and average in Coors were made up for with a rare display of speed by the Superbas.  They stole a team record 131 stolen bases led by Jarrod Dyson's 54.


Bryan:  Another winning season for Cory Light.  The Bryan Bashers hung tough until the final two blocks.  The battle with Towaco was fierce and right to the last month.  Bryan featured excellent pitching.  Perhaps the best Basher staff in recent memory finishing 4th overall.  The pen saved 53.  Though Casey Janssen finished with 31 sv it was a committee of relievers who had save totals.  .242 IRSC (Inherited runners scoring) The offense doesn't jump out at you.  The numbers are below average.  .246, 149 ISO, 166 HR's not bad for Staub however.  Part timer Dwayne Wise 12, led the er speedy Bashers to 51 stolen bases.  Paul Konerko deserves MVP consideration carrying this team on his back virtually himself .296 31 HR 96 RBI.  Nick Swisher chipped in with .227  25 HR's. 
 
Carolina: Fell just short.  In tough Parker, Carolina had a few sluggers who provided offense.  Shoo in for rookie of the year Willin Rosario hit 30 HR's, Votto 11 HR 61 RBI .329 in an  injury laden season.  Zimmerman 23 HR, Dunn 25 HR, Kubel 22 HR 82 RBI, and Marco Scutaro .312 led CBA with 27 sacrifices. Had 18 Hit and run hits using that it's advantage.  The low team OBA/SLG .324/.398 hurt most. The pitchers were tough. Anibal Sanchez finished 14-10 3.41 152 K's, J Johnson 12-10 3.57.  Huston Street saved 26.  Took 3 of 4 to finish the season block 25 in revenge of losing the week before spoiling Newton's Parker run.

Cooperstown: The Iron Horses cashed in early in the season after some early set backs.  They acquired draft picks and players looking ahead. Some very promising rookies like Byrom Buxton, Evan Gattis, Jeff Locke to go along with player returness like Matt Kemp 25 HR 65 RBI .277 and Adrian Gonzo 23 HR 81 RBI .275.   27 traded ballplayers from the team.  The future will tell if Cooperstown will return to prominence.  On paper it looks like it could be.

High Bridge opened the season strong.  They remained only two games back by June 17th.  They hung around into July before fading when roster changes took place and rest given to the over worked players.  The future seemed bright when John Miller grabbed Matt Harvey with his number 1 pick.  When MLB Harvey went down with injury, the Heaters front office felt let down.  Though the injury isn't as serious as could have been, Harvey will have a superior card in 2014.  Dillon Gee has returned from his serious injury to become a front end pitcher as well to go along with Rick Porcello.  Young talent like Denard Span, Didi Gregorius, Starling Marte, and Alex Presley present well for future years.  Tyler Colvin had a very good year 17 HR

Indiana:  returned to the press with a nice little run for the Monday title.  The Redbirds reclaimed a taste of their glory years of last decade with a return to first as late as mid September.  Who could ask for more?  When the pitching and key sluggers like Pujols, and Hamilton suffered injuries the last week.  Hamilton 46 HR 109 RBI .265BA.  Pujols 39 HR 124 RBI .298 BA a typical year for him.  Pujols career totals .323 601 HR's 1,591 RBI's.  Indy won 14 of 17 down the stretch in September to keep the pressure on Skokie.  Indiana socked a whopping 250 Homers in '13.  Catchers (Wieter) threw out 39% of their base stealers best in CBA.

Joliet: Jack Frost builds, slowly but surely.  Looking for a return to the glory days of 2008, '14 could be the year the Jacks could make some noise.  2013 saw a 68-94 record which was not too awful.  Some moments of good play.  The Jacks had a good July which brought them neqar the cust of the second wildcard range. 9 games under .500, but so were a few teams.  One August and eventual Staub champ New Jersey came to town, Joliet underwent a long losing streak to fade away into CBA's abyss.  Middlebrooks 14 HR 49 RBI .339, Chris Carter 24 HR, and Rizzo 16 HR .319 starred. Some bright youngsters are on hand to make the future a bright one.

Limoilou; Our long time friend Jeff Boutet stepped aside in 2013 departing CBA as it's championship leader with 3. The Wendigo used good pitching from Latos 13-9 2.84, Kimbrel 7-1 26sv, Scherzer 14-8, Kershaw 17-5 3.23.  Melty Cabrera 10 HR 54 RBI .334 was among leaders in batting. Granderson 39, and Fielder 26 HR generated power in their approach to a wildcard.  James Blakely replaced Jeff for the final month steering them just shy of the final wildcard despite inherited usage situations.

Longue Pointe: One of 2013 great mysteries, what happened to Dennis Concepcion? His proxied team took a wildcard spot but lost to San Diego Surf in the playoffs.

Maine:  Up and down roller coaster for the Express. Started off April relatively fast, then dropped a bunch to fade fast from first place after 3 weeks.  From May and June They hovered at .500 then a losing streak took hold dropping them back a ways.
When it all seemed lost, Mike Koepp reeled off an impressive 12 game winning streak to highlight a streaky season. They made a rush to .500 and into contention, but usage became a factor and the fade took them out of the race in the second half.  Perhaps some better hitting vs lefties where a 20-32 record against lefty starters hurt them most. Acloser look shows the power shortage vs L hurt worse than the BA.

Montreal: Second best season, and same results.  Twice to the Staub Showdown and no show, yet. The Crows are now known for their pitching, defense, and '13 was more of the same. The addition of Cory Hart and Garrett Jones no doubt got them to the dance. But the price they paid has yet to be determined. Though Montreal traded quite a bit, Brunet knows how hard it is to get to the dance and join the CBA elite franchises which Montreal has now done twice in a row 5 years after his initial DRAFTING from scratch of a team.  Montreal and Westminster were true expansion teams in that year.  Its possible that there could be another expansion in the future,but Montreal shows, that from having initially no talent a dedicated GM can achieve high status in post season events.  Post season = Best of year. Conference finals equals elite teams for a season. Doing more than one time brings the level higher. Consider that Doug has done it in season 4 and 5 but...what about 2014? The draft will be important for the Crows.

New Hampshire: The assigned history of this franchise is quite fascinating I find.  The history was one of turmoil. Possibly CBA least successful franchise that had been snake bitten from day 1.  Right now Chris Brazeau has stabilized, and rebuilt this franchise gone wild.  Lets look back.  Claude and Gerald should have known.   The original CBA teams were all named after movie studios.  The Bodega Bay team was titled Essasnay, Longue Pointe was Pathe, Brooklyn was Vitagraph, and Harlem was Keystone.  The team name was changed to the Harlem Dark Knights when Donald Davis assumed control before the draft commenced.1997 season saw Donald Davis lead the Harlem Knights to a 77-85 record.  Donald Ducked after the season in favor of Claude's friend Stephane Bouchard.  But wait! A little known secret, Shawn Jones was the original owner in the winter of 1996 into the cold of 1997 with the Memphis Mafia. Somehow, he was rubbed out and replaced with Big Donald.  Donald was known for his questionable participation.  Stephane went on to a disappointing and horrid 51-11 record in '98. Figuring that if he changed the teams name to Tazmainians it would change their fortunes.  They improved 22 games to 73-89 in '99.  By 2000 he had them up to a franchise high 95-67.  That same year Jon Calder {Alexandria Assault} became a league official, our first ever roster transaction executive.  The Parker team made it to the playoffs losing in round 1 to Clemente Champion Philly who was 120-42 that year.  Stephane stuck around until 2003 when the Tazmanians went 88-74 missing the playoffs. 

Well New Hampshire is continuing the structure started by Brazeau to get into the upper ranks.  a 59-103 season was a setback of sorts.  Some expected a better record for '13 but '14 could be promising.  Matt Cain fronts the staff. Hanley Ramirez returns to SS at a very high level at least part time. Masterson steps up into the top of the rotatsh.   Profar gets utility work.  D'Aza steps up,  The future looks bright.  Viciedo led hitters with 27 HR, Cain was 10-15 3.50 ERA. 

New Jersey: It was like 1964.  The year the Beatles controlled the charts.  The Jersey boys controlled all of Staub at one pint winning 20 in a row just shy of the CBA record.  They controlled the Staub Playoffs.  Shrewd deals. Killer pen, and some stick to boot.  See how they do in the big show. 

Newton:  Last years near miss in the playoffs, just made him angry.  Laying low in the standings, the Newton Bombs found a way to win and manage usage enroute to the franchises first playoff.  It was at the end that the strategy master put the puzzle pieces together, to enter and take out the veteran Rob Hite in the playoffs, no easy task 3 games to 1.  Next, Bundy had to play Clementes toughest team, Ottawa.  With all on the line the two managers dueled a full 7 games.  In the end, Bundy defeated Jack Jung to advance to meet the Wolfman in the Clem finals.  Newton used all resources to get this far.  .745 X rated fielding. .345 OBA, .452 slug showed Clemente like offense.  A team 4.62 ERA was 3rd worst, but the saving grace was Bruce's use of the bullpen to get wins.  A team .225 IRSC.  Only 8 pb 55 wp from the batteries, Newton's pen shutdown those late runners.

Ohio:  Great offense team .273 BA with 195 Homers.  This team was made for Clemente.  They were able to play against friendly rival Carolina face to face on occassion.  Somehow more was expected of Ohio befor ethe season began.  As the T Cats began to start and look good, they too faded back in the tough Clemente.  The Conference teams are all quite strong and capable of defeating each other.  We saw that with even the second division teams defeating and spoiling for the top standings teams.  Ohio led by Buster Posey's 21 HR 86 RBI .352 season may get some MVP consideration.  Matt Holiday added 30 taters.  Fredrick Freeman added 28.  A team .181 ISO PWR good, So it wasn't that offense.  Than what?  Defense? .745 X rating not bad, 79-83 record was attributed to the pitching staff's failure to get guys out.  4.56 ERA.  Clay Buckholtz 15-8 4.08 ERA was a lone bright spot. A .362 IRSC stunk.  Then pen and rotation failed.

Ottawa:  Best regular season ever for the Otters.   Team .353 OBA, .272 BA, 965 runs, 265 HR's .481 slug team records all.  Best in 17 seasons.  Ottawa took that offense led by MVP candidates Trout 44 HR 125 RBI .325, McCutchen 48 HR 127 RBI .307,  Papi's 30 HR 91 RBI .347 BA in 322 AB.  Leadoff hitters hit 30 HR, 2nd place hitters 42 HR, 3rd place hitters hit 50 , cleanup hitters hit 52.    Perhaps the best top half of the lineup years!  A season for the ages.  The team 3.91 ERA could have meant more wins if lower.  Gallardo 19-6 4.38, Fister 13-6 3.58, and Yu Darvish 14-7 4.26, had solid seasons.  Ottawa was 4 games back on May 2nd, but got hot to take first place and never look back.  They led runner up Philly all season after the first week of May. 

Philly came on strong at the end to snatch wildcard number 2 in the last block.  Is that any news at all that Rob Hite had made the playoffs yet again? Hite has 5 World Series appearances.  The elite?  Perhaps Rob is one of the standards that others will  be measured by.  A true elite franchise.  egular playoff appearances, it isn't just luck.  Hite has won 3 Championships.  This year the big trade came back to hurt some as Justin Verlander 24-4 went on to lead New Jersey to a walk away title.  Rob got back Bruce Harper 22 HR 81 .272 who went on to become a main cog in the powerful Philly Offense.   Philly slugged 230 HR with a team .281 BA. 
Quebec:  Led by Hall of Famer Dino Barnabe is building up.  They have some high draft picks, and some very good young players just waiting to break loose.  Quebec hit 231 HR last year showing alot of power.  Mitch Moreland slugged 23 HR .298, Cespedes had a great year .295 28 HR.  Trumbo slugged 32 HR's, and Josh Reddick added a big 35 HR's.  .183 ISO power is among the leagues best.  The BA was a low .250, with only 649 runs knocked in.  Homers with out men on base.  Cant win those games if the defense drops 142 balls ,and the pens allows 35% of inherited runners to score. Clearly this is a team on the rise.  The pitching defense and speed may have hurt, but the future and the draft could make Barnabe a player once more.

River Meadow:  Claude Lamarre is back.  The Monarchs hung around .500 or just under most of the year.  The team was not strong enough to contend for the title, so Lamarre acquired some draft picks for some aged retired players.  The Monarchs did slighty better on the road.  They did a bit better in one run games as their pen was strong .281 IRSC.  The opponents .287 batting average hurt the pitchers but the teams 3.87 runs of offensive run support was pathetic.  A team .315 on base, and no real slugging threats aside from catcher Ryan Doumit and the stud 1B from Baltimore {whats that} Chris Davis who hit 37 HR.  Next season Chris Davis major league high for Baltimore 53 HR .286 BA should carry this team a long way the way Mark McGwire once did.   There's great talent here with Kipness, Iglesias at SS, Davis who is going to be awesome, Fowler, Teheran, Lowry, Carpenter   around t contend in '14 with a good draft.

San Diego: The Surf dynasty continues.  The Surf have won yet again getting into another playoffs.  All the classy Joe Wallace does is win baby.  The Surf continue to draft well each year and develop new talent.  Wallace rarely misses with his young prospects.  This year David Wright, Giancarlitolo Stanton 45 HR,obinson Cano led a strong offense.  .327 26 HR 110 RBI's.  SD lost to Staub Chmapion NJ in round 1.  Expect Wallace to be back with his dynastic franchise.

Skokie:  The Wolfman has parlayed his way using the trade market to gain an advantage.  That advantage led to a final week clinch of the Monday title, narrowly defeating Indiana's Bob fidler in some head to head matchups.  Wolfman's mastery of the usage and preparation provided dividends.  Skokie got excellent support down the stretch from Ethier who got hot, Future hall of famer acquired from Joliet Juan Pierre who provided a leadoff hitter, and the spot usage of Troy Tulowitsky.  The Wolfman acquired bullpen supprt and pitching as well.  This combined to add up to another appearance in the Clemente finals.

Stirling: A good offense with a team .277 BA.  Despite 'only' 140 HR's, the Redsox contended into the last 3 blocks in September.  Ultimately, injuries and other issues kept the Sox from a deserved wildcard spot.  Brett Butler 38 HR 107 RBI .304 BA was a team best.  148 stolen bases led by Campana 20,Choo 30, and Andrus 27.  Kenley Jansen led the pitchers with 38 saves.  No starters stood out.  Buehrle went 13-10 4.55, and Ian Kennedy 13-16 was an iron horse.  The pen was otherwise not too good allowing 32% of inheriteds to score.

Towaco:  Kevin Gibson proved a saavy manager guiding a relatively well balanced but not spectacular team all the way to the Rogers title over rival Bryan Bashers.  Towaco use magaer matchups despite an ordinary Staub offense.   They go on base a pretty good .333 OBA, which for Staub is good.  A .420 slug is fairly decent.  Managed  .755 team production.   .159 ISO was weak.   Two players with 20+Homers were Russ Martin 24 HR .179 BA, and P Alvarez 25 HR 80 RBI .256.  174 HR was good for Staub, and a .261 average not bad.  Just balanced.  Ken Medlen pitched absolutely lights out.  He was the difference.  consider for Cy Young  16-1 1.21, I say 1.21 ERA but only 21 starts. but those were big starts.  Towaco had a great year despite bowing to Staub champ NJ.  Gibson is proving to be quite a GM and tactician.






 


Parker Fight Takes Center Stage

New York- As CBA rosters expand with the closing of the minor league season, so too does speculation on the stretch run to the major league postseason. The stretch run, when the last 21 games of the regular season are played within one's own division, when a team's depth is tested, when a contending team's bench spends the bulk of game time with their faces at the rail of the dugout. And as the plot develops, the Parker division has grabbed center stage in the baseball theater.
     The Parker division sports four teams that are well over the .500 mark in wins, three of which are first, and tied for second in the overall standings. Considering that Brooklyn has a shaky one game lead on Cooperstown and Newton with 27 games remaining, one can easily deem it a virtual three-way tie in the division race. As it is the Clemente conference champion that has the home field edge over Staub in this year's World Series, if the season were to end today, the Superbas would have home field advantage throughout their postseason run with both the Iron Horses and the Bombs taking the Clemente wild card spots. But, the season does not end today. Remember those last 21 games. The possibilities created by the CBA schedule can be compared to all the cages at the zoo being opened with all the animals running amok.
     Just looking at the head-to-head records within the Parker division, the Superbas have a losing record against their principal foes while the Iron Horses have done better than well. However, the Carolina Copperheads have proved to be unsympathetic to the Cooperstown cause and will undoubtedly play a factor before all is decided. It's difficult to determine among Brooklyn, Cooperstown, and Newton as to which is the most well rounded team. A case can be made for each of them, whether pitching, defense or hitting is dominant over the others. As we turn our attention away from center stage, however, we can see how the strength of their own division puts them all on a bubble. While the powerhouse laden Parker division clubs are beating up on each other, the Schmidt and Monday division contenders are chomping at the bit for a schedule far less taxing.
     The Skokie Wolfmen have already clinched Monday, and stand to howl their way through three sub .400 teams toward a first overall finish. On the way, Josh Shapiro may have the luxury of resting arms and healing his wounded. The Lycans hold a whopping 35-10 record against Indiana, High Bridge, and Kennesaw Mountain collectively, and can profit from the Parker scenario. Although Skokie is five games back of Brooklyn in the overall standings, they could easily win enough games to pass the Parker survivor for top spot. A close eye must be kept on the Schmidt division as well.
     Stirling holds a slim two game advantage over Philly. The Red Sox have the extra home game in the remaining series against Philly, but have dropped nine of fifteen decisions to the Phantastics, making for more interesting speculation. Both of them will be in tough facing the Parker front runners in the coming week, which puts a crucial aspect to the games remaining with Ottawa and New Hampshire. Go ahead. Try to pick it. Both teams are offensive monsters. It will probably come down to the healthier team who gets better pitching. In any event, what happens in the Schmidt division could put one of those Parker predators right out of the play-offs.
     The Staub conference has everything to do with the wild card race, but no less to do with the structure of the schedule. The division leaders Bryan, Montreal, and San Diego all have healthy leads heading to the end of the regular season. 
     After an auspicious beginning plagued with underachievement and nagging pains early on , the Surf have washed away the writing in the sand of a team on the decline to reassert themselves as the team to beat in the conference and can be expected to take first overall out the Carter division. Montreal has won eight in a row en route to establishing a ten game bulge over Limoilou and Longue Pointe. It's almost unfathomable that the Crow's pitching will allow the kind of run scoring it would take to bring them back. Bryan's lead of seven games over Maine and Ohio looks solid enough given that Towaco has been the division rival to give the Bashers the most trouble. Indeed, it appears that the wild card is the hope for any others close enough to contend. As it may be easy to say, it's not so easy to see which teams will be facing off come wild card time.
     The Wendigo and the Loggers sit tied atop the race, but have to play out the remainder within the Staub conference's toughest division, Dawson. With the Belfast Brawlers having scrapped their way into the hunt and the Crows having home field advantage to play for, one of the two could drop out a wild card position. For the same reason, the Brawlers chances can only be improved by overcoming poor results against division rivals. Maine and Ohio suffer from much the same problem in Rogers.
     Towaco may sit in last place and out of the play-off picture, but have a winning record against every team in Rogers, with particular and equal effect on the Express and Outlawz. The Wolfpack could end up having been the team to keep both clubs from reaching the postseason.
     The Lake county Leopards could be sitting pretty in Carter at this point in the season. If they can fair decently in the week ahead as they face Maine and Ohio and in the remaining games with New Jersey and Joliet, they may stay close enough to overcome being three games behind the contenders from Dawson for a Staub wild card spot.
     Sure that Parker has center stage in the CBA play. But for all of you sitting in the theater, you'd better keep an eye on the rest of the players lest you miss the point of the theme. As for the plot and its conclusion, unfortunately, only a few in the audience will see a happy ending.

 


 
 Has 
the Wolfman lost it? Will this be the Wolfmen's Year?
by reporter: Joe "the Rub" Schmultz of the Skokie News

Wolfmen fans - with the trading deadline happening in about
a week - and the Wolfmen as of late going 3-9 in their
last 12 games against the tough teams in the Parker Division
we knew the Wolfman would try to make some bold moves

I had a chance to visit the Wolfman in Carolina after
they ended their worse losing streak this year of five games
to ask about the two amazing trades done recently
with Maine and Philly

Wolfman: "Well Joe, we have a pretty balance team this
year but LF has been a week area that we haven't gotten
the production we hoped. Besides after our performance
in the playoffs last year where our hitters just died vs.
the champion Superbras - I knew this year we needed
at least one more what I call a "slug-gah".

So we sent out a few appeals to the league this week and
first we heard back from Maine - our old trading partner.
Trader Mike - he offered us Uggla who we tried
to trade for last year - but we couldn't get him -
Maine needed a 2B back and asked us about
Nova. Nova hasn't performed as we hoped and
we won't need him in the playoffs so he was
expendable but the only 2B we could offer
was Daniel Murphy who is a great hitter
but little power plus we have Hudson for
defense - and Daniel has played a great
2B and 3B for us - but since I felt we needed
another "slug-gah" for the playoffs - a player
who could in one swoop bring in 3 or 4 runs
and with our relief pitching and defense, we
had to go for him.

But then within moments of working on a deal
with Maine, Philly contacted us and actually made
us an offer to send us Berkman. Well as you know
and our fans were not happy just before the season started
we traded Holliday - to get Texieria - who has been
our RBI guy this season - so this left a hole in LF
which we hoped with Nix and Lillibridge to fill but
they didn't produce as we hoped.

Now our fans don't know this, but we were one player
away in the pre-season of getting Batista - we needed
a Batista type of hitter because we sent Kemp packing
last year and this was the biggest mistake we have ever made.
But Newton asked for too much in our eyes - just to
get one guy - we would have lost Cain our best starter
this year. So Berkman was our second choice but
Philly, who we felt could have been the team to beat,
at the start of the season - there was just nothing
we could offer him unless we wanted to trade Tulo
or Cain.

Anyway Philly knows us well, having beaten us in the
series in 2007 and Trader Rob knew if he sent us
Berkman, filling our LF hole, another power hitter
this could do it for us to have a good shot at our
1st championship - but he first asked us to
trade alot along with Craig - Peavy and Holland too
but we didn't feel this would work for us for this
season or for us next year.

Craig is going to be a future superstar which is
why we traded for him from Joliet and Mattheus is a great
young relief pitcher so Trade Rob wanted youth.
We know Berkman is a risk - but we think we
can work with this for next year, however ...

The question was, do we go for all the marbles
as we might never get another chance again now? I said
we had to so I convinced our management we have to do this
and it isn't everyday you get offered a guy like Berkman.
Besides Craig was mostly our DH vs lefties and we have
a ton of hitters verse lefties and sometimes DH vs. a reverse
righty of which Uggla will fit now.

The key to building a competitive team is to do it via
good trades or wait years and get good young players.
Trader Rob we admire who seems to have the instinct
who these good young players are and is why he is
successful - we seem to work hard via the trade route.

So to conclude we did give up some good young
players and two good hitters - but I think the power
hitters we received without having to trade the
core nucleus of our team was worth it and will
take us deep into the post-season.

So only time will tell is these two trades will
bring us the championship - we think this extra
power giving us like 7 guys in our lineup at a moment's
notice who knock the ball out of the park will strike
fear into the hearts of our opponents - we could
be like what the old Yankee's called "Murder's
Row" - anyway there are 33 games left, probably
in the next week we will clinch the division so
we have a chance to test our new team - this
should give us an indication of how we will do
in the playoffs - we are not worried about having
the best record or home advantage as I believe
our boys can perform well in any park although
we have done very well in our home park which
is made for our team."

Joe: "Thanks Wolfman, continued success in
the season and of course, speaking on behalf of
all the people in Skokie who have seen our beloved
Wolfmen come close to a championship we are with
you and excited to welcome the new players
which include:

Lance Berkman, our new LF and partime DH
Dan Uggla, our new 2B and partime DH
Jason Hammel - a new starting pitcher
and free agent Fernando Rodney, another RH relief pitcher

This is Joe "the Rub" Schmultz signing off."
of the Skokie News, evening edition

 
 

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

New York- We're not talking about the fantastical literary characters assembled by Mina Harker to counter the evil intentions of Fu Manchu or Professor Moriarty. We're talking about baseball. In particular, we're talking about the league of gentlemen that comprise the brotherhood of general managers in the CBA, and the extraordinary period of the off-season which they are in at present. Though we may liken some of our CBA characters to Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, or perhaps even The Invisible Man, it has much more to do with how they deal with the league rules regarding the transacting of draft picks.
     According to the league's constitution, the rules are very specific about the use of a franchise's future draft picks in transactions. With the 2012 spring draft only three weeks away, understanding how the rules work becomes very important for the league's trade market. Understanding how to work within the limits is equally important. This is where the 'gentlemen's agreement' comes into play around the backroom hot stove.
     In order for the league's rules to be clearly defined and understood, a distinct line between one season's end and the other's beginning had to be drawn. Officially, the 2012 season begins with the first selection in the 2012 draft. The necessity for this distinction is paramount to the integrity of the CBA constitution in that, by rule, teams are not permitted to trade draft picks beyond the following season's draft. Therefore, we are still considered to be in a period associated with the 2011 season. This eliminates any gray area in the interpretation of the rules. It does not, however, prevent GMs from discussing the implication of future consideration beyond the scope of league rules. The idea of the gentlemen's agreement is never more prevalent than at this juncture of the off-season, the trading period after the roster cuts and before the spring draft. 
     Such agreements are entered into on faith and word of honor. There are certain aspects that GMs must be aware of when the virtual handshake is exchanged. Firstly, no trade is official until the CBA trade committee ratifies it, enabling the league's governing body to announce it as official. Therefore, there exists no trade as such. Secondly, there is no guarantee of ratification once an agreement is submitted to the committee. True that it is uncommon for the trade committee to request a reworking of a proposed trade, or to actually declare a trade as void, but it has to be noted that the committee's mandate is to consider the league as a whole before any involved parties. A presumption of ratification could be misleading. Thirdly, and this is the stickler, the trade committee cannot make known it's decisions until the start of the draft, even though all gentlemen's agreements may be submitted on February 23rd immediately following the trade deadline so that the draft doesn't get bogged down at the outset. GMs are wiser under such circumstances to do their best to make these agreements rock solid in principle, lest they find themselves in a difficult situation once the draft begins. This being most crucial if first round 2012 picks are involved. No GM wants to be caught up in reworking a trade as he watches his pick window lapse.
     With all this taken in, we may ponder the viability of the gentleman's agreement, whether or not it should be encouraged or discouraged. What are the risks and what does it mean to league functioning? Should it be considered a circumvention of the rules, or another way to look for an edge in putting together a competitive team. CBA commissioner Marc Wasserman, a character known as just Wass in this picture, had some insightful comments.
     "I would never like to create an atmosphere that GMs in this league are limited where the trade market is concerned. There are 24 GMs, so there are possibly 24 differing philosophies. I think it makes the league richer. The rules are there simply as a safeguard to ensure that all our franchises remain healthy heading into the furture. Gentlemen's agreements are fine as long as the protocols are respected. Last year we were a little lax. It won't happen again under the current structure, and it can't be cited as precedent," said Wass determinedly. He spoke at length about maintaining the league as attractive to new ownership.
     It can happen at any time that current owners, for whatever reason, can no longer fulfill obligations and need to be replaced. The viability of all franchises has to be upheld to attract the interest of prospective investors. Such was the case with the Sunville team. A consortium headed by Bruce Bundy was quickly in on the acquisition of the Sun Jewels this past fall, and just as quickly has moved the team to Newton. Bundy himself is well known from the independent leagues as a keen man for assessing baseball talent, will be directly involved in the team's baseball activities. This is an example of what Wass was alluding to regarding the assurance that quality prospective owners will come forward when the need arises.
     The gentlemen's agreement is an extension of the will of CBA GMs to do what they feel must be done for the good of their respective franchises. Since the flurry of trades before the cuts and the subsequent resumption of trading, the current period leading to the draft has offered much less to report concerning trades. But don't be fooled into thinking that no one is fueling the hot stove, for the CBA is a league of extraordinary gentlemen.
     
 
 

 
No Off-season In CBA
By Skip Duckworth

 
New York- Okay, so the headline is a lie. When the CBA regular season ended, the San Diego Surf had set a new record for wins in a season with 122. When the post-season ended, the Brooklyn Superbas were crowned as champions after defying the baseball axiom that good pitching always beats good hitting. Then began the off-season. The players know it. The fans know it. Even we, the insatiable media, know it. But shhhhhh, don't tell that to the general managers. As far as they're concerned, the 2012 season started on the morning of October 25th, the day after the Superbas 4-3 clinching win over the Surf in game 5 of the World Series.
     While everyone else in the baseball world is sleeping soundly in their beds at night, desk lights stay lit in the offices of CBA GMs as they move and shake before the December 11th roster cuts. As of this day, the 21st of November, since trading reopened after the play-offs, 18 trades have been transacted involving 40 players and 19 draft picks. 2 of those picks were moved twice, as well as outfielders Chris Denorfia, Logan Morrison, and infielder Wilson Betemit. 13 clubs have taken part in the 18 deals thus far. No one more than Cooperstown. The Iron Horses' Jon Stamets has swung into 8 of them. It's a wonder that he's gotten any sleep in the last month. As for the other 11 clubs that have yet to appear on the transactions page, it's not because the desk lights are off. All of them are tuned in and rubbing their hands together around the CBA hot stove, looking for something that fits in with the plan.
     For those who are familiar with the process of the CBA off-season, there's no mystery to it. Those not in-the-know may wonder what all the hub-bub'a about being so far from the 2012 draft and season. It's really quite simple to understand once one grasps the dynamic difference between the trading periods prior to the December cuts and thereafter leading up to the spring draft.
     During this time before all rosters must be pared down to 24, teams are looking to get value for some players that are challenging the decision making process regarding who stays and who goes. In some cases, retaining promising young players and prospects makes necessary the movement of prominent members on a team's roster. General managers are forced to quickly assess the relative competitiveness of their respective clubs in the short term while evaluating what talent the next draft will present. Although much more constrictive than the period after the cuts, trades made prior to that are crucial in shaping a team and can improve the clarity of a GMs view of where his team is headed once trading resumes afterward until the draft in March. 
     For the most part, rosters are fairly full at this time. Although the limit on rosters remains at 34 even during the off-season, the release at season's end of unrestricted free agents that were acquired during the course of the season eases the constriction somewhat in that it facilitates unbalanced trades. Not unbalanced as in not fair, but unbalanced where one team receives more players in return than players dealt away in a given transaction. The aforementioned Mr. Stamets has, through his activity, already brought his roster down to 27 which means he's looking at only 3 releases come December, barring anything else he may have in the works. Only 9 of 24 teams are currently at 34 players and are looking at having to release 10 players.
     Once the cuts are finalized and trading resumes, the market for trades broadens with few restrictions. The 34 player limit is always in force regardless of the time of year. But, other than the 5-15 draft pick rule(no team may have less than 5 or more than 15) there is little else preventing the movement of players and draft assets. This will be the time for GMs to renew the charge for acquiring what they need to improve their ball clubs, be it for the coming season or seasons to come.
     The off-season is definitely on in CBA.

 

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It was perhaps one the single greatest series I've played in all my 34 years of Strat.  The series was marked by dramatic hits, 2 out rallies, Game ending walkoff HR's. Starting ace's crunched, heroes from the pen. Unlikely bench subs coming up huge.  It was the series for the ages.  The war for the right to meet the Skokie Wolfman.

Game 5:  It was sick!.  One of the all time great games in CBA history.  Brooklyn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a Furcal triple, his 2nd of series and a long Cabrera HR.  The pitching was sharp.  R.A. Dickey was throwing a gem all night long keeping Philly off balance.   Nelson Cruz who had a terrific series then hit a solo bomb cutting the lead to 2-1. Brooklyn came right back scoring on another Cabrera HR to make it 3-1.  It went all the way to the 9th. With 2 outs, Utley walked against CBA save king Mariano Rivera.  Mariano was called in for a 4 out save. After Utley walked, Russell Branyan caught the cutter, and sent it deep to Right field pavillion for a game tying  2 RBI blast.  Rivera closed the inning and the game went until the 11th.  Andres Torres ripped a base-hit.  Chase Utley stepped up to the
plate and he reached on an error.  After an out was recorded, Russell Branyan
stepped in and he slapped a single to load the bases.  J.D. Drew followed
next and he laced a one-base hit resulting in a mighty exciting win for
Philly and the 53,416 home town fans in attendance.  Philly had a total of 9
hits for the game.  A dramatic Branyan HR and the Phanstastics led the series 3 games to 2.

Game 6:
Back to the House of Pain where Brooklyn feels at home.  When this game started, it was all Brooklyn.  Not so fast.  After a heartbreaking and nearly devastating loss in Philly game 5, the Superbas gathered up and struck for 8 runs against lefty Francisco Liriano.  Everyone in the lineup hit.  Markakis 4 for 5, Cabrera again 3 for 5, Jeter had a big game 2 for 5, Howard knocked in a pair, Rolen went 3 for 4 and had a big HR to seal the game after Philly mounted a furious comeback to make the game 8-7 by the top of the 4th!  Philly got huge hits from their whole lineup.  Utley had 3 hits knocked in 3.  Starlin Castro knocked in another 3, roughing up David Price and sending the Brooklyn #2 right to the showers.  But as throughout the whole series, (save Dickey's gem) the Brooklyn bullpen closed the door behind Sergio Romo and rev Righty Sergio Mitre. The Phanatstics always kept coming.  Abreu and Drew had some big hits, and some RBI's as well to round out the Philly attack.  These two powerful teams slugged it out. Philly edged back closer. Ivan Rodriguez who had a terrific series, added an RBI on his 3rd hit of the game.  Later Scott Rolen put it away against the lefty Tony Sipp with a 3 run bomb.  Final Brooklyn 13 Philly 8 series tied.

Game 7
 For the ages.  Greatest CBA playoff game ever for Brooklyn. Halladay vs Hamels.  Perhaps one of CBA's biggest ever.  Series tied at 3.  It was a good day for baseball, and Philly looked to make it a great upset victory in the House of Pain.  Brooklyn jumped out early when Nick Markakis doubled. Miguel Cabrera knocked him in for a 1-0 lead.  Philly came back with 1 in the 4th when Nelson Cruz and Russell Branyan hit back to back doubles and a JD Drew single off starter Roy Halladay who had been cruising till then, tied the game at 1.  It then fell apart for Doc in the 5th, he self destructed in games 1 and 4 as well.  Zobrist let the air out of Superbas fans chests after the super sub replacing banished Longoria hit a solo HR to give a 2-1 to Philly.  Two batters later, little Andres Torres hit another solo blast to make it 3 to 1 Philly.  A lead that the excellent Philly bullpen would hold onto until the 7th inning.  With 1 out Casey Blake was summoned from the bench and he doubled to left center :)   Derek Jeter then came up against the lefty starter Cole Hamels and singled. Next key RF Nick Markakis doubled and Blake scored jeter was cut down at the plate by Torres on a 1-15 drawing a 17.  The score was cut to 3 to 2, but the inning ended on a Cabrera K.  The game went 3-2 as Brooklyn's Burnett and Hensley quieted Philly for 2 more innings giving Brooklyn their last opportunity in the bottom of the 9th.  Arthur Rhodes and Tony Sipp had been great this series and held Brooklyn in check and down by 1.  After two walks in the 8th, Arthur Rhodes induced a Double play from Ryan Doumit.  To the 9th.  Hensley mows 'em down, and Brooklyn faces lefty Tony Sipp to pitch to the Brooklyn top of the lineup.  He gets Denorfia PH for Vernon Wells, to pop out.  Omar Infante comes up and hits a gapper double to left center, and with 1 out Brooklyn was in business but would it be enough?  The fans were screaming at the top of their lungs as Brooklyn's Nick Markakis stepped up.  Markakis had been red hot this series and facing lefties was dangerous.  Hite replaces Sipp with Heath Bell to face Derek Jeter.  With no subs on bench Jeter had to hit vs the Righty Bell.  He grounded weakly to SS. Now with 2 outs and the lefty Markakis up, Hite stayed with Bell.  Markakis promplty deposited a game tying single allowing a play at the plate and safe score for Infante!.  Game tied.  Miguel Cabrera red hot at the plate.  The pitch the swing.....LONG LONG BACK BACK BACK GONE!!!!  Walk off HR for Miguel Cabrera.  Brooklyn wins round 1 vs Philly 5 to 3!!  Huge win  for Brooklyn.  The story an absolutely gutty hard fought nearly won series played expertly by Rob Hite.  Hite played this team that was hit by overuse on two best hitters to the max.  A fine gentleman, and fun as heck to play gainst.  My hats off to you Rob for a whale of a fun series win or lose.





BOXSCORE: 2011 Brooklyn Superbas At 2011 Philly Phantastics         10/4/2011

[1]  Superbas           AB  R  H RBI AVG     Phantastics        AB  R  H RBI AVG
  R.Furcal SS         3  1  2  0 .500     A.Torres CF         5  1  1  0 .200  
B-O.Vizquel SS,2B     2  0  0  0 .222     C.Utley 2B          4  1  2  0 .368  
  O.Infante 2B        3  0  0  1 .182     N.Cruz RF           5  1  2  1 .429  
C-D.Jeter SS          2  0  1  0 .455     R.Branyan 1B        5  1  2  2 .500  
  M.Cabrera 1B        3  2  2  2 .471     J.Drew LF           5  0  1  1 .190  
  R.Howard DH         6  0  2  0 .318     V.Martinez C        4  0  1  0 .300  
  R.Braun LF          5  0  1  0 .238     C.Lee DH            3  0  0  0 .375  
  V.Wells CF          3  0  0  0 .125   E-L.Berkman PH        0  0  0  0 .333  
D-C.Denorfia PH,CF    0  0  0  0 .125     B.Zobrist 3B        2  0  0  0 .211  
  S.Rolen 3B          5  0  1  0 .188     S.Castro SS         4  0  0  0 .227  
  R.Doumit C          2  0  0  0 .167                                          
A-I.Rodriguez C       2  0  0  0 .286                                          
  N.Markakis RF       5  0  1  0 .190                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
[1]         Totals      41  3 10  3                 Totals      37  4  9  4

A-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Doumit In 4th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Furcal In 6th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Infante In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Wells In 10th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Lee In 10th Inning

Superbas........ 2 0 0  0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 -  3 10  2
Phantastics..... 0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 2  0 1 -  4  9  1

[1]Superbas (2-3)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
R.Dickey                  7 2/3   5   1   1   0   4   1   1.17  A1 C8
M.Rivera L(0-1) BS(1st)   2 1/3   2   3   3   2   1   1   8.10  C9 E1
C.Hensley                 0 1/3   2   0   0   0   0   0   6.00  E2
[1]Totals                   10 1/3   9   4   4   2   5   2

[1]Phantastics (3-2)        IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
J.Verlander               7       8   3   3   1   3   2   4.91  A1 D3
E.O'Flaherty              1       0   0   0   1   0   0   0.00  D4 D6
A.Rhodes                  0 1/3   0   0   0   1   0   0   0.00  D7 D8
H.Bell                    1       1   0   0   1   3   0   3.86  D9 E4
T.Sipp                    1       1   0   0   2   2   0   0.00  E5 F1
L.Gregerson WIN(1-0)      0 2/3   0   0   0   1   0   0   6.75  F2
[1]Totals                   11      10   3   3   7   8   2

ATTENDANCE- 53,416 DATE- Tuesday, October 4th 2011 TIME- Night WEATHER- Good
T- 3:00
LEFT ON BASE- Superbas:13  Phantastics: 5
DOUBLE PLAYS- Superbas: 2  Phantastics: 1
ERRORS- S.Rolen, C.Hensley, C.Utley
DOUBLES- R.Furcal(1st), D.Jeter(1st), S.Rolen(1st)
TRIPLES- R.Furcal(2nd)
HOME RUNS- M.Cabrera-2(3rd), N.Cruz(1st), R.Branyan(4th)
STOLEN BASES- R.Howard(1st)
CAUGHT STEALING- O.Vizquel, C.Utley, N.Cruz
SACRIFICE HITS- B.Zobrist
SACRIFICE FLIES- O.Infante
WALKS- O.Vizquel, M.Cabrera-3, V.Wells, C.Denorfia, I.Rodriguez, C.Utley,
       L.Berkman
HIT BY PITCH- B.Zobrist
STRIKE OUTS- O.Vizquel, R.Howard-2, R.Braun, V.Wells, S.Rolen, I.Rodriguez,
             N.Markakis, A.Torres-2, J.Drew, C.Lee, S.Castro
GIDP- R.Howard, A.Torres, R.Branyan
WILD PITCHES- J.Verlander, T.Sipp
PASSED BALLS- I.Rodriguez
2-out RBI- N.Cruz, M.Cabrera, R.Branyan-2

The Philly Phantastics and the Brooklyn Superbas locked up in an exciting
one-run game at Ameriquest Field.  The final score was the Philly Phantastics
4, the Brooklyn Superbas 3 in 11 innings.

The score was tied at 3 after nine.  Finally, Philly prevailed in the 11th
inning.  Andres Torres ripped a base-hit.  Chase Utley stepped up to the
plate and he reached on an error.  After an out was recorded, Russell Branyan
stepped in and he slapped a single to load the bases.  J.D. Drew followed
next and he laced a one-base hit resulting in a mighty exciting win for
Philly and the 53,416 home town fans in attendance.  Philly had a total of 9
hits for the game.  

The victory was credited to Luke Gregerson(1-0) who went 2/3 of an inning,
allowing no runs. Mariano Rivera(0-1) ended up with the loss in relief.  He
allowed Philly 3 runs in 2 and 1/3 innings of work.  

BOXSCORE: 2011 Philly Phantastics At 2011 Brooklyn Superbas         10/6/2011

[1]  Phantastics        AB  R  H RBI AVG     Superbas           AB  R  H RBI AVG
  S.Castro SS         4  1  2  3 .389     D.Jeter SS          5  2  2  2 .364  
  B.Zobrist 3B        4  1  1  0 .235     N.Markakis RF       5  1  4  2 .353  
  V.Martinez DH       5  0  1  0 .176     R.Braun LF          5  1  1  1 .250  
  C.Lee 1B            5  0  1  1 .400     M.Cabrera 1B        5  3  3  1 .467  
  C.Utley 2B          3  1  2  2 .500     R.Howard DH         3  2  1  2 .286  
  N.Cruz CF           1  1  0  0 .333     S.Rolen 3B          4  1  3  3 .417  
A-A.Torres PH,CF      3  0  1  0 .200     C.Denorfia CF       4  1  0  1 .000  
  J.Lucroy C          4  0  0  0 .000     I.Rodriguez C       5  1  3  1 .385  
B-R.Branyan PH        1  0  0  0 .500     O.Vizquel 2B        4  1  1  0 .375  
  B.Abreu LF          4  2  2  1 .313                                          
  J.Drew RF           4  2  2  1 .313                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
[1]         Totals      38  8 12  8                 Totals      40 13 18 13

A-Pinch Hit For Cruz In 4th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Lucroy In 9th Inning

Phantastics..... 0 4 0  3 0 0  0 1 0  -  8 12  1
Superbas........ 8 0 0  1 0 1  0 3    - 13 18  0

[1]Phantastics (1-3)        IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
F.Liriano LOSS(0-1)       4 1/3  12   9   4   1   1   0   4.63  A1 C9
L.Gregerson               2 2/3   3   1   1   0   6   1   2.25  D1 E3
T.Sipp                    0 2/3   3   3   3   0   0   1  40.50  E4 E9
A.Rhodes                  0 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00  F1
[1]Totals                    8      18  13   8   1   7   2

[1]Superbas (3-1)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
D.Price                   3 2/3   9   7   7   2   5   0   8.68  A1 C5
S.Romo WIN(1-0)           1 2/3   0   0   0   1   4   0   0.00  C6 D2
S.Mitre SAVE(1st)         3 2/3   3   1   1   1   1   1   1.59  D3
[1]Totals                    9      12   8   8   4  10   1

ATTENDANCE- 49,281 DATE- Thursday, October 6th 2011 TIME- Night WEATHER- Good
T- 3:43
LEFT ON BASE- Phantastics: 8  Superbas: 9
DOUBLE PLAYS- Phantastics: 1  Superbas: 0
ERRORS- B.Zobrist
DOUBLES- S.Castro(3rd), C.Utley(1st), N.Markakis(1st), M.Cabrera-3(7th)
TRIPLES- S.Castro(1st)
HOME RUNS- J.Drew(1st), R.Howard(2nd), S.Rolen(1st)
CAUGHT STEALING- B.Zobrist
SACRIFICE FLIES- R.Howard, C.Denorfia
WALKS- S.Castro, B.Zobrist, C.Utley, N.Cruz, O.Vizquel
HIT BY PITCH- C.Utley, D.Jeter, R.Howard, S.Rolen
STRIKE OUTS- S.Castro, B.Zobrist, V.Martinez, A.Torres-2, J.Lucroy-3, J.Drew-2,
             D.Jeter-2, R.Braun-2, M.Cabrera, R.Howard, C.Denorfia
GIDP- O.Vizquel
WILD PITCHES- F.Liriano
2-out RBI- I.Rodriguez, D.Jeter-2, N.Markakis-2, C.Lee, C.Utley-2

Scott Rolen jacked one out of the ballyard and had 3 RBI as the Brooklyn
Superbas beat the Philly Phantastics by a score of 13 to 8.

Sergio Romo(1-0) did a nice job in relief and was credited with the win.  He
allowed no hits and 1 walk in 1 and 2/3 innings and struckout 4 Philly
batters.  Brooklyn had 18 hits for the night while Philly had 12.  

Sergio Mitre was credited with his 1st save.  Francisco Liriano(0-1) took the
loss.  Brooklyn scored big getting 9 runs off him in 4 and 1/3 innings.  

BOXSCORE: 2011 Philly Phantastics At 2011 Brooklyn Superbas         10/7/2011

[1]  Phantastics        AB  R  H RBI AVG     Superbas           AB  R  H RBI AVG
  A.Torres CF         4  1  1  1 .227     D.Jeter SS          5  0  1  0 .381  
  C.Utley 2B          3  0  0  0 .360     N.Markakis RF       5  2  3  2 .355  
  N.Cruz RF           4  1  1  0 .385     M.Cabrera 1B        5  1  2  3 .481  
  R.Branyan 1B        4  0  1  1 .435     R.Howard DH         3  0  1  0 .321  
  J.Drew LF           4  0  2  0 .276   D-R.Furcal PR,DH      0  0  0  0 .500  
  V.Martinez C        3  0  0  0 .250     R.Braun LF          4  0  2  0 .267  
E-J.Lucroy C          0  0  0  0 .000     S.Rolen 3B          3  0  1  0 .304  
  B.Abreu DH          4  0  0  0 .292     I.Rodriguez C       1  0  0  0 .350  
  B.Zobrist 3B        3  1  1  1 .231   A-R.Doumit PH,C       3  0  1  0 .222  
  S.Castro SS         4  0  1  0 .267     V.Wells CF          3  0  0  0 .091  
                                        F-C.Denorfia PH       1  0  0  0 .077  
                                          O.Vizquel 2B        2  0  1  0 .267  
                                        B-C.Blake PH          1  1  1  0 .250  
                                        C-O.Infante 2B        1  1  1  0 .250  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
[1]         Totals      33  3  7  3                 Totals      37  5 14  5

A-Pinch Hit For Rodriguez In 5th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Vizquel In 7th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Blake In 8th Inning
D-Pinch Ran For Howard In 8th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Martinez In 8th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Wells In 9th Inning

Phantastics..... 0 0 0  1 2 0  0 0 0  -  3  7  0
Superbas........ 1 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 3  -  5 14  0

[1]Phantastics (3-4)        IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
C.Hamels                  6 1/3  10   2   2   0   7   0   2.79  A1 D1
B.Morrow HOLD(1st)        1       1   0   0   2   2   0   1.42  D2 D6
A.Rhodes HOLD(1st)        0 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00  D7 D7
T.Sipp HOLD(1st)          0 1/3   1   1   1   0   0   0   9.82  D8 D9
H.Bell LOSS(0-2) BS(1st)  0 1/3   2   2   2   0   0   1  10.13  E1
[1]Totals                    8 2/3  14   5   5   2   9   1

[1]Superbas (4-3)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
R.Halladay                6 1/3   6   3   3   2   6   2  10.20  A1 C9
S.Burnett                 0 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.15  D1 D1
C.Hensley                 0 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.91  D2 D3
S.Mitre                   1 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   1.29  D4 D8
M.Rivera WIN(1-1)         0 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   7.36  D9
[1]Totals                    9       7   3   3   2   8   2

ATTENDANCE- 47,194 DATE- Friday, October 7th 2011 TIME- Day WEATHER- Bad
T- 3:08
LEFT ON BASE- Phantastics: 6  Superbas: 8
DOUBLE PLAYS- Phantastics: 2  Superbas: 1
DOUBLES- N.Cruz(3rd), R.Branyan(2nd), N.Markakis-2(4th), C.Blake(1st),
         O.Infante(1st)
HOME RUNS- A.Torres(1st), B.Zobrist(2nd), M.Cabrera(4th)
STOLEN BASES- S.Castro(1st)
WALKS- C.Utley, V.Martinez, R.Howard, S.Rolen
HIT BY PITCH- B.Zobrist
STRIKE OUTS- A.Torres-2, N.Cruz-2, R.Branyan, V.Martinez, B.Abreu, S.Castro,
             D.Jeter-2, N.Markakis, M.Cabrera-2, R.Howard, R.Braun, R.Doumit,
             V.Wells
GIDP- R.Braun, R.Doumit
WILD PITCHES- R.Halladay
2-out RBI- N.Markakis, M.Cabrera-2

Miguel Cabrera left the yard and had 3 RBI as the Brooklyn Superbas came back
to win one over Philly Phantastics, 5 to 3.

Brooklyn won the game with a rally in the 9th inning plating 3 runs using 3
hits.  After an out was recorded, Omar Infante kicked off the action when he
doubled.  One out later, Nick Markakis stepped in and he stroked a single.
Cabrera then lifted one out of the park for a two run home run.  For the game
Brooklyn out-hit Philly 14 to 7.  

The win went to Mariano Rivera(1-1) who allowed no runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Heath Bell(0-2) was the losing pitcher in relief.  'Now that is what I call
fun! I just love baseball, especially games like this, of course,' Marc Wass
offered.  'Everyone at the stadium had a great time - did you see the fans go
wild there at the end?!'


2011 Comes to a close. The races went down to the last block.  The games each so important.  The most important of the Staub came right down to the Joliet vs High Bridge series.  It was a classic.  Perhaps one the of the greatest final series of em all.  The series needed a winner and they split.  High Bridge had been defeated 2 game of 3 by San Diego.  Joliet has taken two from Jersey. in the series first.  Towaco was swept away in series 1 by Rogers champion Ohio.  Dropping just that 1 extra to Ohio meant defeat for the surprising Kevin Gibson led Wolfpack who split 2-2 in the final seies vs Koepp's Maine Express.  1 win from at least a tie from Ohio.  With Joliet's speedy small ball team optimized to win, they took the first two from the Heaters.  The Heaters getting that 1 win pushed Belfast out of the way who swept Longue Pointe. Just that one win vs San Diego September 21st by High Bridge.  Faustino Carmona the staff ace came big, and lil ole David Purcey saved him.  It was the combo of HB great pitching, and small ball with Denard Span, Rajai Davis, and Chone Figgins ina 3-1 win perhaps biggest ever for John Millers expansion franchise.  So it is that High Bridge edged out Towaco and Joliet with a huge win vs SD.  If Joliet had taken 1 more from HB, they could have tied for the WC.
In Clemente the final curtain came down in Indiana for the Redbirds.  Their playoff streak is ended and the winner of the crown 3 times will be a spectator as the Skokie Wolfmen went on a decisive roll at the end, and effectively left Indiana in the dust.  Skokie won a phenomenal 108 in destroying the competition in the Monday division.  Skokie won 14 of last 15 games, 24 of 28.  They swept Bryan 4 games ,and 2 of 3 from Indy.  The Redbirds had taken 3 of 4 from Bryan before being stopped by Skokie.  The Indiana losses meant little as both Brooklyn and Carolina destroying their opponents Cooperstown, and Sunville respectively.  But before, they met in the epic battle for Clemente. At first Carolina jumped out with an impressive game 1 win behind Chris Crapenter and Andrew Bailey.  Brooklyn took the next two when Nick Markakis 9th Inn HR won g2 for BSP 7-6, then David Price and Mariano teamed for a 3-2 win for Parker champion Brooklyn.  It marks Brooklyn's 12th playoff appearance and 8th Parker crown.  Brooklyn 102-60, last won the CBA championship in 2004 defeating Kansas City (Towaco), after losing to Limoilou Wendigo in 2003.  Brooklyn finished with a team .304 BA, 264 HR, 981 runs.  Carolina finished with the wildcard and another 100 win season.  Scott Kenan has built a very strong franchise, and together Brooklyn and Carolina have been the story in Parker through the last 5 years.
Philadelphia just blew away from the competition in Schmidt once again and will face Brooklyn in the first round, while Skokie will face the Carolina Copperheads in Clemente action.  Joe Wallace and San Diego will face John Miller and High Bridge. Ohio will face Limoilou in the Staub.  Philly shredded Stirling 3 games to 1, and took 2 of 3 from New Hampshire to finish with 97 wins in another great year.  Philly's Rob Hite has 3 championships under his belt.  Marc Wass would like his 3rd.  Road will be tough through Skokie/Carolina winner. 

 

 

 

The 2011 CBA season has closed.  It was another in a long line of great seasons. the races again were outstanding.  This year again went to the final block.  Although the division winners San Diego, Philly, Limoilou, won their divisions outright, Brooklyn had to defeat Carolina in the last block, and Skokie didn't wrap things up until the end.  Perennial favorites like Brooklyn, San Diego, Philly, Indiana, Skokie, Carolina franchises, continue to win big.  Other franchises have now certainly joined the elite as this year Ohio repeated their division title to join the exclusive club after successful campaigns and playoff appearances the past few years.  A few teams rose to a higher level.  High Bridge was the Staub story winning their first ever playoff appearance out lasting their rivals Towaco, Belfast, and Joliet to advance by 1 game.  Perhaps it was the huge September 21st win at San Diego that put them over, while Towaco was swept in their first series, last block by the Ohio Outlawz, who won their crown in Rogers in that series. Kudos to Joliet on a fantastic season in which shaep management, small ball and speed took them far into the last block.  Towaco formerly Allentown a snake bitten franchise that had struggled along since its days as Kansas City appearing in only 1 playoff in their existence (2004).  This year Kevin Gibson took the reigns and brought them within 1 game of the playoffs.  Belfast returned from their year rebuilding plan, and put together a sensational year in Dawson finishing with 89, just out of playoff reach. Brooklyn took 2 of 3 from Carolina to win Parker with the Copperheads taking the wildcard spot facing Wolfman Shapiro's Skokie Wolfmen who had the best conference record with 108 wins.  Philly plays Brooklyn once again in round 1.

We saw some great games and performances in 2011.  The 25 inning game won by Skokie on Sept 15th, over the tenacious Lake County team.  Lake County had a good second half and played spoiler against Indiana in the final September stretch run.  Septemeber saw 2 other 20+ inning affairs. A Stirling 9-3 win over Ottawa on Sept 10th.  A huge game between High Bridge and San Diego combining 43 hits total in which the Heaters won in 20, 10-9.  It was the Heaters big wins over San Diego that earned them a playoff spot...Brooklyn and Sunville played in the three of the highest scoring games of the year. On July 31st, Brooklyn winning 19-10, and Sunville returning the favor Sept 8th 18-5. BSP won a 16-13 game on Apr 5th as well. ERA killers for both.  Cooperstown and Ottawa played a 10 inning slugfest won by Ottawa 16-14 on August 25th.  That was a wild one....On June 30th, Ut Chasely of Philly had a 6 for 6 day against Cooperstown. Delmon Young had 7 hits in a 14 inning game vs Bryan April 21st...The Heaters Gregor Blanco walked 5 times vs Longue Pointe a team known for great pitching (even in this down year)...On June 5th, Joey Votto slugged 4 HR's vs Stirling a feat only achieved in CBA by Albert Belle of the Bodega Bay Madbirds vs Cooperstown Sept 4th, 2000. Mike Piazza of Skokie Wolfmen also did it vs Cooperstown July 10th, 2007....On June 12th Shin Ha Choo of Stirling had 9 Ribbies vs. Philly in 5 at-bats.  Pedro Alvarez of Towaco and Aubrey Huff both had 8 in games this year...Both Carl Crawford and Juan Pierre stole 5 bases in a single game, twice...Brooklyn's Edwin 'Ronson' Jackson gave up 16 runs in 6 IP vs Sunville during the September 8th 180-5 SSP win...Gio Gonzalez tossed the seasons only no hitter for Sunville vs Stierling July 5th...There were 7 one hitters...Dontrelle Willis of Longue Pointe walked 12 vs Towaco Sept 4th in midst of a pennant race. Not to feel so bad, both Edwin Jax and Philly's Brandon Morrow walked 11.  The CBA record is 14 set by Hartford's Steve Reed in 2003, and Maine's Noah Lowry in 2006...

World champion Brooklyn's offense led the CBA with a final .304 BA, 264 HR, 981 runs. Skokie was second at .288, 248 HR.  Philly had 244 HR, and Ottawa 245...High Bridge led by 4 players with 35+ SB's.  Figgins 64, Rajai 59, Crisp 40, Span 35, Blanco 18. Joliet stole 190 led by league leaders Juan Pierre 86, and Michael Bourne 73...In Clemente, Indiana's Joey Hamilton won the Clemente Batting crown at .344  Omar Infante fell just shy of appearances to qualify, while Staub crown went to Robby Cano of San Diego at .337...Clemente HR champ was Jose Bautista who slugged 64 HR and tied with Pujols whose .305 55 HR helped him to 142 RBI's. Miguel Cabrera led Brooklyn with .336 43 HR 131 RBI 47 Doubles.  In Staub Adrian Gonzalez won the HR crown with a 40 HR effort recording 121 RBI...With no 20 game winners in Clemente, Skokie's Jeremy Guthrie won 19-5  4.11 ERA. Roy Halladay finished second 18-8 3.88 ERA.  The ERA crown went to Carolina's Alex Sanchez at 15-5 158 K's 2.72.  He edged team mate 14-11 Brett Myers who also had 178 K's  In Staub King Felix and Jon Lester both of SD had 21 and Lester won the ERA title  at 2.11 to boot...

The Clemente Conference boasted some of the strongest teams in CBA.  The race was decided early in Schmidt.  Philly took control of first place on June 23rd wresting control to a hot Stirling team.  Ottawa was in the mix, then when bench strength became a necessity, Philly made some adjustments then took over first for the rest of the season finishing 97-65, 17 games over Stirling who fell off in the second half to oblivion along with Ottawa.  The Phantastics won another title in gaining their 8th playoff trip questing for Rob Hite's 4th championship.  This year San Diego broke the Phantastics 2000 season record 120 wins.  Rob Hite knows talent, and this year no exception.  A young team with an expanding roster of blue chip prospects, who generally seem to develop for baseball junkie Rob.  This year with the development of Starlin Castro, long time Phantastic SS, all time CBA hits leader and future HOF Derek Jeter was dealt to the Brooklyn Superbas.  The Superbas already boast future HOF types such as Ivan Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, Miguel Cabrera, Roy Halladay, and Mariano Rivera.  Perhaps a signal Brooklyn is aging but this year the two storied long time franchises will meet in the 1st round Marquis matchup.  Power vs Power.

Philly rode the strength of destroying his own division.  They went 14-8 against all teams Schmidt.  Philly had it's struggles with Monday division teams like Bryan whom they went 4-8, Skokie, and Lake County.  They feasted on Parker destroying Cooperstown 12-0, and had a winning record against Sunville and Carolina but splitting the Brooklyn Superbas. Hard to figure, but would that mean Monday was the strongest of the conferences?  Perhaps Bryan and Lake  should move up the power rankings based upon impact on Schmidt's Philly. A total team effort, Hite's platoon system worked to perfection.  Michael Morse .336 25 HR 68 RBI, in 298 AB's  a name you will hear more of next year. Nelson Cruz .336 20 HR 74 RBI in 411 AB.  Longoria's 30 113 .282 was excellent at 3B.  Drew 29, Branyan 26 , Abreu 21 and Torres 22 added more HR power.  A .282 team BA with 240 HR and 908 runs.  Another year over 900 runs.  Playing in Ameriquest adds to that total, but don't forget inflates the Philly pitching totals as well.  Philly's 4.16 era was quite good for that park. It was helped along with excellent defense, only 73 errors.  Verlander 13-11 3.76 ERA 231 K was good as the ace but had some struggles despite the card.  Brandon Morrow had the best win pct 13-4 3.36 ERA.  Greinke went 15-9  4.83 ERA, and Health Bell saved only 13 ina bullpen by committee approach.  Gregorson, Rhodes, O'Flaherty, contributed with middle and set up support. 

This team promises to get better if not great.  PPS .355 OBA .483  Slug .839 and Production was excellent.  Philly relied heavily on the hit and run advancing the runner 53 times and gaining 23 hits, 2nd to Belfast in CBA.  The Staub division has clearly made use of the "Longue Pointe" small ball style in recent years, utilizing the Hit and Run more and more like LP did in winning their World Series in 2005, and getting back there 2 years ago.  Philly has brought that to Clemente.  Philly did steal 80 bases which was less than rivals Brooklyn and Skokie, but part of a trend towards some speed in the Power conference. A breakdown of the team lineups show that the front of the order got on base and exploded significantly more stats wise than the bottom half.  Jeter, the injury loss of Utley, hurt in that lineup.  Philly will power up against anyone and will be a force as always and years to come.

The Stirling RedSox were a team of promise and hope going into the second half of 2011.  The started out by residing atop Schmidt division before taking a turn.  According to GM Malachi Nellum, the teams collapse in July was centered on Phillip (being counted on as a stopper) Hughes crumble, and the bullpen in that month could not hold on to leads.  99 errors that seemed to come at the wrong time.  Do they ever come at the right time?  That pattern cotinued as the RedSox IRSC was at .346 an unacceptable percentage for a contender with pen so vital.  Stirling had enough juice to contend this year on offense scoring 819 runs with a.345 team OBA.  Perhaps a bit more slugging in their conference could have helped somewhat.  Carlos Pena 31 HR 88 RBI .218 and Chin 30 HR 88 RBI  .284 were the power sources. Pena flashed good leather at 1B, so he was of value beyond his low BA.  But this team won with small ball in Clemente. Stirling stole 150 bases an excellent total in Clemente.  Carl Crawford 13 HR 89 RBI .322 69 SB 12 triples and 4 doubles.  He only hit into 4 double plays all year.  It an was awesome year and CC is an MVP candidate despite the other players gaudy numbers.  A lot of underachieving performances for the Sox while playing at Bank One Park with good singles, and 1-10 HR numbers on average.  So here goes Stirling.  Once again strengthening as they prepare for 2012.

The Ottawa Otters are an original 1996 (yes, December) team.  They own a World Championship secured by the likes of players like Vladimir Guerrero, Omar Vizquel, and the retired HR giant Mark McGwire.  Vladdy 30 HR 94 RBI .289 still plays at a high level to this day, and is high among the all time  league leaders in many categories like batting, HR, RBI, Slug, OBA, and even SB.  His tandem with first big Mac, then Big Papi are CBA legendary.  Still going strong.  Big Papi Ortiz spit his way to a 40 HR 98 RBI .257 season.  Cust 22, Drew 24, McCutcheon 21 and the Moody Justin Haywood played the blues only nailing 20 HR 51 RBI and a .250 BA.  Only 78 Stolen bases, Haywood didnt move much. and only M'Cutch stole 25.  Alot of power off the bench too as the Otters hit 242 HR.  Guys like Baker, Izturis, Varitek, Hinske, McDonald al showed some pop.  The pitching was a near disaster with a 4.52 ERA. Gallardo 13-7  4.16 ERA, Lackey 12-9 4,09 with a nearly 1.50 WHIP.  Randy Wells went 12-11 but a 5.60 ERA. 

Its a similar pattern for many Clemente staffs. The numbers are always inflated , so runner movement or lack thereof is very important when considering pitchers.  The numbers can lie on the surface, but deep down that runner advance and strikeouts which stop runners dead often contribute to CBA wins.  Ottawa pitching only K'd 1080 batters which is low by standard.  Considering how many pitches thrown is another way of showing that runners were on base moving around.  In combination with LOB, team base runner patterns may become clearer.  Only 7 clutch outs by pitchers and alot of pitches thrown show many dangerous situations encountered by Ottawa.  108 errors and a .702 X rating were poor.  Led to many runs.  The defense hurt the pitching. 30% of the runners crossed the plate when relievers were summoned.  By contrast Limoilou had a .205 IRSC.  A division title too.  The importance of relief even in a softball slugfest, is unmistakable.  Ottawa staffs tossed 8 CG's and only 5 shutouts for the team all year.  As long as Ottawa has played, they have always been an offensive minded team.  Their teams lineups were of legend.  The Otters are still however quite a good young team.  The OF may be among the best of CBA, and getting better with the rapid development of Cameron Maybin.  Next year, Fister, Ogando, Gallardo and Serge Santos will be strong.  With a good draft the Otters could be a team that could challenge. 

The New Hampshire WildCats are a team building their way to the future.  Give Chris Brazeau credit.  He is a perfect fit for CBA.  It was said, that he brings an enthusiasm to CBA that is exactly what CBA has wanted.  He began right away to establish a foundation for his new franchise.  He inherited perhaps CBA's worst and already has added some talent throught attention to building relationships and trading.  Some interesting future players include Justin Masterson, Diane Viciedo, Jose Tabata, Gaby Sanchez, Yoder Alonso, JP Arrencibia, Gerardo Parra, Matt Harrison, Danny McCutchen, and good performances from David Pauly and Bruce Chen.  With a record of 42-120, the team can only move up from there.  Highlites included reliever Brandon League's 0.86 ERA and holds.  Dan Wheeler had 12 saves in 14 innings. Ross Ohlendorf gave 5-6  3.81 RA in 100 IP.  It was mostly the relievers not the starters who helped the cause.  The Wildcats played well in September against the contenders going 11-15. Tim Stauffer was solid in the middle with 4-2  3.58 ERA in 45 App.  New Hampshire will lok ahead to better times.  Attendance in the cats lair is sparse game after game.  The Wildcats must play better than the Goldie Hawn led WWildcats to get the respect of other team CM's  in Schmidt division competition.  Perhaps one day people will cae less about resting their regulars when New Hampshire comes to town.

The Parker division hosts two perennial beasts who have long dominated their division, Brooklyn and Carolina.  It was widely thought that this year Sunville could present a challenge, but Keith Jones and his infrequent managerial CM's put a quick end to the notion of a playoff, let alone his continued participation in CBA.  It's a shame he had put together a nucleus of talent there.  Now it's up to upcoming Cooperstown to fufill some promise.   The story wound up being Brooklyn's.  The SUperbas are an original franchise and the 5th one created by Gerald and Claude way back in winter of 1996.  The Alexandria Assault, Ottawa Otters, Philly and the Louisville MobSquad were also among the first teams created.  Brooklyn quickly established Coors field as their "House of Pain" and developed stories, press, and a webpage to comemorate what was Brooklyn's return to pro baseball.  The Superbas started out with a team led by the enigmatic Albert "Joey" Belle as their team hero.  In that first season, Belle slugged 50+ HR, led the league in HR, RBI, and almost won the BA title and the triple crown.  It was then the the Superbas established identity as CBA's leading power and offensive team of all time.  Brooklyn team and players share or hold many CBA records for offense both individually and as a team.  A few players with huge career totals like Todd Helton, Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Halladay, have played a majority of their career there putting up huge numbers.  This year the Brooklyn bad Boys had a team full of huge offensive numbers.  They boasted a CBA leading amount of HR, 264, Runs 980, 376 doubles, and even 94 SB.  The Superbas pitching was less spectacular and accounted for many problems allowing lesser offensive teams to score at will and even win games.  The bullpen fared better than the starters with a .282 IRSC.  The starters had a substandard defense behind them in which they accounted for a .717 X rating 3 /1000 less than league average. A majority of the most dangerous kind, OF errors, and big errors on the INF left side.  The staff threw the most pitches in CBA.  Perhaps if RA Dickey pitched more, or better.  Perhaps if Edwin Jackson's 13-9  and 7.53 ERA didnt hover around 9.00 all season until the end.  Forget his 13 wins, Brooklyn gave him the best run support in CBA. John Lannan 3-8  7.50, and released John Maine also did little.  This team with a 4,5 starter could have done alot more.  Dice-K  12-8  4.53  had a fine season. Haladay 18-8  3.88 209 K's had another fine season, and David Price 16-5  4.34 172 K's is an emerging ace.  Both could have been better and were weaker in the first half before settling down.  The bullpen is among the best led by Mariano 2-2 2.09 27sv.  Clay Hensley 3-2  2.59 5sv, Jon Rauch 4-2  3.14, Mitre 4-0  2.52 ERA, Sergio Romo 7-1 3.25, and Sean Burnett 2-3 1.86 7sv all had strong seasons. Carlos Zambrano 6-2  4.91  4sv won some swingman games and some saves in long relief.  The starting staff was let down by themselves, and the porous defense.  The offense thrived.

The big three are the biggest triple threat in CBA.  Brooklyn always had a fearsome middle order. A team .358 OBA, .519 slug, 6.39 runs created are all excellent.  An .840 totoal avg is outstanding for a team effort.  Years before, It was Helton, Sosa, Bagwell, wells, before that Ventura, Henry Rodriguez, Brian Daubach, Luis Polonia, Jay Payton all had huge seasons in a Brooklyn Black and Gold, vested uniform.  Brooklyn has led the CBA in power categories many times.  Miguel Cabrera 43 HR 131 RBI .336, was sensational this season and will get strong MVP support.  Ryan Howard 47 HR 123 RBI  .283  no doubt will receive many top votes in one of his best years ever.  Ryan Braun 28 HR 106 RBI .296 10sb, nearly matched his MLB numbers and was a key force protecting the other two stars. Vernon Wells had another huge year.  The former Clemente MVP, and 2011 candidate hit .309 with 33 HR 82 RBI's.  Wells made no errors in CF and threw out 9 runners.  Brett Gardner led CBA CF with 21.  The Markakis hit 17 HR 79 RBI .296 BA was great defensively leading CBA in RF assists.  The under rated Omar Infante nearly won the batting crown this season hitting .351 falling just shy on PA's. Derek Jeter certainly didn't add much this year in September, but he's an October player. Furcal 6 HR 40 RBI .329 29 SB was great offensively at ss with Omar Vizquel  ) HR 24 RBI .286 in 315 AB, likely in his last season before retirement and it was a good one for his BA stats.  Brooklyn has to shwo they can get past round 1 and Philly to be a threat in the CBA playoffs.  They didn't make it last year, but if they do this year, watch out.  This team can explode and will.  Especially if their front three starters can get er done.

Carolina 100-62 and a wildcard, rode atop the division for a good amount of time going back n forth.  Their match ups with Brooklyn 6-16, haven't always worked in their favor with Brooklyn having their number. The match ups aren't favorable, but Carolina struggled with Sunville a bit too.  Carolina fattened up their record a lot on Cooperstown going 20-2 done well vs the other teams.  Carolina had identical 50-31 records on the road and at home.  They struggled in 1 run games going below .500 in those 23-24.  Carolina scored an average of 5.08 runs and let up an excellent 3.75 runs.  A good margin for winning ball.  Carolina did finish the season strong winning at a .700 clip the last few weeks.  Opponents scored 10+ runs 10 times, Carolina did 20 times.  Kenan's teams seem to win.  Carolina had a team .343 OBA with a good .444 slug. They used a platoon system at some positions.  The 10th man award will undoubtedly go to Jim Thome in his final days .  He hit 33 HR 73 RBI .325 in only 271 at bats!  Has to be some type of performance record.  14.92 RC/27, Total avg  1.508,  1.244 Productivity, his ISO was .458, OM lord...  The other platooner Adam Dunn 19 HR 53 RBI .286 in 287 at bats, not too shabby ehh? . Thats insane numbers.  Absolutely insane.    Ryan Zimmerman had 33 HR 113 RBI  .303 BA.  Werth 26 HR 117 RBI .290, D Stubbs 23 HR 67 RBI 26 SB 5 CS, although Joey Votto was a 'disappointing' 28 HR 91 RBI .265.  Ian Kinsler will need to step back up after a .258 6 HR 41 RBI campaign.  The team batted .261, but scored 823 runs but only grounded into 130 DP's a good number for baserunner movement.  That big power accounted for 215 HR's  mostly from those hall of fame platooners.  The team made 90 errors which was fair. It could have been better to help the great pitching.

The pitchers limited hitters to a 5th best 3.50 ERA in Clemente!  Thats outstanding in a DH league built for rip.  Those pitchers K'd 1176 batters, and a .233 IRSC.  They had 26 CG's, 8 shutouts, 46 saves led by Valverde's 3-5  2.91 24sv, and Andrew Bailey added 11 more saves.  Chris Carpenter 17-11  3.75 had a good year atop the staff. Annabelle Sanchez 15-5  2.72 led the Clemente in ERA. Brett Myers was excellent doing at a 14-11  2.74 clip.  Excellent back to back staff.  John Johnson 14-9 4.26 ERA. All that without talking about Johann Santana 11-11  4.83 not even on the playoff roster.  Set up middle man Matt.Belisle  had a great season appearing in 70 games going 3.16  7-0.  Len Ondrusek was 2-0 with a brilliant 1.54 ERA and 10 holds in 65 games as a set up man.  Elmo Dessens went 5-1 with 2.38 ERA in 45 IP. Peter Moylan of Joliet had a CBA leading 29 holds.  Looking at the low inning but high number of appearance data of Carolina leads me to believe they employed quick set up men more than most teams did.  Carolina is a good fielding team with a .757 X rating avg  It will carry them into the playoffs where a balanced team is necessary.  They can hit, for power, pitch, field, and run a little.  A formidable team that can beat anyone in CBA on any day.

Sunville management dropped the ball in 2011.  Keith Jones an original manager, disappeared in July and with only 1 communique in 4 months, I wont waste my team reviewing his franchise.  Just know that Jose Bautista 64 HR 142 RBI  .276 BA was electrifying to watch this year.  With Austin Jackson 1 HR 41 HR  .290 37 SB and Carlos Gonzalez 24 HR 88 RBI .321 BA in front of him, it was a run producing machine atop that helped generate their 742 runs. Beyond those guys there was a few performers like Barton 12 HR .276, Gomes .272 12 HR, Barajas 16 HR, and Willingham who hit 14 HR.  Sunville did slam 187 HR.  The staff was led by Gio Gonzalez 13-6 3.61 ERA 171 K's was outstanding for a poor club.  The bullpen let them down.  Guys like Rafael Soriano 1-10 3.69 27 saves, blew plenty of opportunities with no one else stepping up.  No manager to alter the pecking order, no manager, no more.

Cooperstown Iron Horses on the other hand is a quality organization that is re tooling and working very hard to build a contender ground up.  They have alot of future wealth that tell the story more than the season they just closed. C Town went 52-110.  20 of those to Carolina, and 16 to Brooklyn.  Shave half those from those teams and you would have 16 more wins should the Horses decipher those foes. It would have been a little closer if they could have won more from the Monday division.  In fact had they won more anything would have been better.  The Horses spit the bit in a 2011 race they'd rather forget. The offense hit 178 HR's, and had a .250 BA.  Their PH hit only .220.  The team amassed a measly 6,171 PA's.  Not many rallies there. Better focus on the hitting cuz the pitching was well.  The young talent had bright spots.  Neil Walker .301 20 HR 64 RBI was good from 2B. Casey McGehee .290 23 HR 62RBI was a solid producer. Delmon Young added a .284 28 HR 74 RBI season. McCann 21 HR 59 RBI .260 season was adequate but below his usual numbers.  Still not bad for a backstop.  The nucleus is here. Excellent young talent that will develop further. Guys like Weaver, Walker, Young Jr, Storn, Mejia, Bumgarner, Chacin, Nova, Latos, Tomlin, Morton, Pinieda, and Lots of better draft picks to come too.  A few guys will have excellent cards in 2012.  This team could be a force, soon.

The Monday division got it roots back in 1997.  Bryan formerly Kilgore is an original team there. Southwest Lizard Kings now known as the Skokie Wolfmen were an original there too.  Now it is said it could be the toughest division in CBA's Clemente.  Judging by the record of success that the Monday teams had over the other divisions, a case could be made.  This divisions teams beat the best teams of the other divisions.  Bryan had success against the better teams, yet they finished just under .500.   A team that defeated Indy 11-11, Philly 8-4, Stirling 8-4, 7-5 vs the Sunville, 12-10 vs Lake Co, and 5-7 vs Brooklyn.  Why then couldn't Bryan break free?  Skokie went 3-19 vs them.  Carolina 3-9, and Ottawa had their number 4-8.  If they had played better vs Skokie and Ottawa, it may have been a race.  Indy went 25-11 vs Parker a winning record vs all the teams there.  A winning record vs Schmidt too.  Skokie struggled with Parker.  But it was Skokie's domination over Indiana that finally separated this divisional race.  Skokie took that season series in a year when three teams could have made playoffs.  Lake County played well vs the tough teams and were just below despite the record. 

Skokie outlasted Indiana in the end.  Skokie maintained an advantage pretty much all season, but Indiana kept nipping at the Wolfmen's collar, pushing Josh Shapiro to make adjustments often to keep ahead.  Shapiro guided this team to the franchises best season ever with 108 wins.  Shapiro programs two CM's each week tailoring the team to his opponents and it makes all the difference.  The team did perform for him, so luck or Skullduggery may have had some...effect.  The team was remarkably well balanced between the CBA's 2nd rated offense and an excellent pitching staff.  The defense was strong as well with a.779 X Rating.  Skokie was just as good at home or the road, righties or lefties didn't matter winning at .600+, 700+ against righties.  They were 28-16 in 1 run games, but for some reason only 6 and 6 in extras.  Seems like Soria and the pen really let down the excellent starting staff whose ERA's inflated a bit as they allowed .356 IRSC.  Very poor.  Soria 4-3 2.96  saved 19, blew only 3 saves but allowed 44% of runners inherited to score.  Ineffective in the clutch, horrible numbers.  Imagine if he stopped them cold what a few more wins could have done.  A team 3.83 ERA, the starters were led by C.Lee 3.57 16-11  12 QS, J.Guthrie 4.11 19-5 only 12 quality starts whereas league leader Jon Lester had 20, and  M.Cain 4.23 14-11, Clayton .Richard 4.36 14-4  The numbers don't jump out at you.  But they got it down limiting opposition scoring to 1.25 runs better than the opposition.  The team did K 6.9 batters per 9 IP, and let righties hit .232.  Lefties batted .246.  Them pitchers  Stopped the runners dead in their tracks.  The defense chipped in with 24 OF assists and 4 Double plays 10 from CF, 7 from Bupton.  The offense was classy.  .288 BA with 248 HR  894 runs scored.   ,A.Beltre  .312 30 HR 106 RBI and SS Troy Tulowitzki contributed .278  27 HR  75 RBI and with 11 men collecting double digit HR's.  It was a team effort.  Many players contributed.  Platooners thrived.  M.Holliday  .333  21 HR  73. RBI M.Ordonez .372  19 HR  65 RBI in 290 AB was effective in the OF platoon. Backups like Ramon Castro hit .339 9 HR, C Will Rhymes .366  21 RBI in 180 AB all led to a title in Monday.  The team showed good ISO power .198  figure average is around .180-.190.  A .815 total average and .839 Production rating are good numbers and mean wins.  By contrast New Hampshire had a .561 total abg, and .643 production.  New Hampshire was better at keeping runners from scoring though .335 to Skokie's .35  :)

Indiana A team 4.16 ERA, the starters were great R.Oswalt  2.82 15-8 , A.Wainwright  2.98 18-9, J.Garland 3.86 14-7 although H.Kuroda 4.77 14-6 underachieved. Bill3 Wagner was 3-5 and 32 saves.  Team K's 1279 players, with Wainwright having 202 of them.  Oswalt 198 K's.  The bullpen despite the saves was shaky a team .339 IRSC.  The pitchers allowed a .240 BA against.  The offense gave Indiana 5.4 runs per game to work with. Indy couldn't out muscle Skokies CM's, nor edge Carolina and Brooklyn down the stretch.  It was so close.  The offense may not have been enough.  Who knows had Bob been able to tweak the CM's what could have occurred.  The proxy did a great job, and Indiana won too down the stretch but already behind they just ran out of time.  The team batted .271 with 238 HR.  A .333 OBA and a nice .461 slug, but in Clemente where Brooklyn, Skokie reside. Fell short.  Scored 863 runs.  J.Hamilton  hit .344  38 HR 112 RBI.  Alfert.Pujols.309 44 Do 1 TR 55 HR 142 RBI 100 extra base hits not up to others in CBA but a stellar year.  P.Polanco .304 11 HR  52 RBI was under rated and steady.  Great glove .808 X rating at his off position.  A.Rodriguez       .267 18 HR 76 RBI 12 SB had an off year at 3B.  Huntor.Pence.265 24 HR 99  RBI 21 SBwas solid.  Hanley.Ramirez  disappointed at .261 25 HR 68 RBI but had 33 SB.  Starter Rahul Ibanez killed them in LF .235 10 HR 49 RBI with no glove or speed or variables to think of.  The bench players were adequate but Wilson Valdez for 260 AB's at .241 and no power hurt a bit more than his glove helped.  Alfonso Soriano acquired for the stretch didn't help much in nearly 200 Ab only .217 and 6 HR.  Pinch hitters batted .243 with only super card vs Lefty Drew Sutton hitting 1 PH HR.  Had 16 of 20 successful sacrifices.  There was a significant production decline at the end of the batting order, but so much firepower up front that Indiana finished with a great season.  A credit to Bob Fidler that he always is in the game.

The Bryan Bashers were better than the record shows.  In a very tough division they held their own against the best as was chronicled previously.  The Cory Light Led team gave away some distance after contending in the first half but this year was no disappointment.  77-85, but a tough losing record.  A sweep the final week hurt the record more as the Redbirds laid into them with a full arsenal at the end.   A team .327 OBA and .382 slug.  Both need some improvement but the oBA isn't too bad.  4.38 RC and a .662 Production meant the offense slipped this season and didnt get much going.  142 HR and 662 runs were weak in Clemente they only stole 52 bases too, so no runner movement hurt.  Nick Swisher  batted .288 with 24 HR 78  RBI 4 SB and Paul Konerko hit .280  28 HR 95 RBI.  Pat Burrell .241 17 HR 62 RBI, and Marlon Byrd            .258  16 HR  62 RBI were solid.  This team killed any lefties hitting .281.  It was just that righties hurt this righty lineup limiting them to a team .238 BA vs R.  The pitchers were opposite, a .235 BA vs L, and a .282 BA vs R against them.  The team generally went 40 AB between HR's.  Brooklyn comparing had 1 every 22 AB.  A .137 ISO was abysmal. The defense however was excellent posting a .777 X rating helping a strong pitching staff for 2011.  A 4.17 ERA 1,062 K's.  The staff fared better than the offense.  Using that solid defense, Bryan pitchers had good seasons.  The bullpen was weaker but still led by Kevin Gregg's 30 saves 1.54  4-1 5 blown saves and set up man Broope Badenhop 2.14  5-0 led to a few wins.  A .375 IRSC hurt.  Starters Joe Blanton 3.80 12-10, T.Wakefield 4.21 10  7,  Wanda Rodriguez  4.32 10-11, and Randy Wolf a hard luck pitcher who was 3.28  9-9.  The Whips of the starters were pretty good but runners trickled in.  Bryan will need to continue to build the franchise to keep pace with the fading Redbirds and Skokie who will slow a bit barring deals next season.  Injuries in MLB may help Bryan by hurting some rivals.  Cory looks forward to a brighter 2012 season. 

The Lake County Leopards finished with a stronger September and helped eliminate the Indiana team in the end.  The Leopards perhaps could have done more in a different division but it is a team on the rise.  Some good talent and decent MLB season could spell wins for David Jones.  This season a weak offense hurt this team evidenced by a .248 BA.  127 HR and 644 runs won't win in CBA, though the teams 4.54 ERA doesn't hurt as bad when you're scoring runs either.  A .314 OBA with a .376 Slug is bad.  Garrett Jones led the team with a 20 HR season and a .217 BA took the gain away.  The team allowed 198 HR's against.  They were successful bunting 27of 28 times.  Only 86 SB with 47 CS doomed the runner movement despite the bunts.  The # 3  hitter hit .281  23 HR  85 RBI's. The #4, .238 15 HR 69 RBI very Mets like. Dexter Fowler and Cody Ross did throw out 13 runners from RF a plus. A .756 X rating was quite good.  G.Soto            .275 13 HR  47 RBI, and Ryan Spilborghs  .266 12 HR  52 RBI were among team leaders. Jimmy Rollins .249 5 HR 27 RBI 14 SB was a bust.  The pitching records reflected the teams offense a bit in the loss column J.Cueto 4.33  7-13 145 K's is a star waiting to explode. Jamie Garcia 4.86  9-14  133 K's is as well.  Derek Lowe 5.16  9-18 deserved better.  These pitchers and Tyler Clippard, Papelbon (13 sv), Venters, Acosta, forma good nucleus and mean trouble for Monday.  Could be the best pitching staff in the division next season.  The development of Fukudome, Avila, and Fowler should help a bit.  A return by Rollins, some added power you never know.  Jones has recruited some good players here. 

The Staub conference has had it's share of fantastic finishes.   The is no question that year after year the conference will all boil down to the last block of games.  The competition so fierce.  This year the battle was epic.  All season San Diego had ran away with the Carter title.  Joe Wallace's 2011 Staub championship team has made it through a wondrous season finishing at 122 - 40.  The best record ever in CBA.  Joe must be proud of the team that swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs in dominating fashion winning 4-0 both series.  As of this writing will face the powerful Brooklyn Superbas in what promises to be an excellent World Series.  The Surf had unbelievable balance. Robison Canoe 202 hits 35 HR119 RBI .337 13 HB and stellar defense .984 X rating.  David Wright  .308  37 HR 115 RBI had a super season against all types of pitching.  Jay Bruce in CF slammed 27 HR, Victorino hit .289 with 37 steals.  The numbers don't scream at you but if you run down the stats, you can see how it was a team effort.  The platooners like David Murphy, Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis hit .326, and got on base at a .423 clip and a .564 slug in platoon had great seasons.  Wallace strung together great cards.  Look at the numbers.  As a team, they had it all.  3rd in batting .283  .360 OBA, .478 slugging. They were1st by far in pitching 2.66 ERA. That is a CBA record.  Struck out 1378 batters.  An outstanding .228 IRSC 2nd in CBA behind the Wolf Pack of Towaco.  A .753 X Rating, combined with that K and ERA.  The whip was an astounding +173 !  The only blemish perhaps, Nict Hundley and crew 22 PB.  They stole 19 of 86 bases for a .819 clip. San Diego started the season going 12-1, never looked back.  Always seemed to have trouble with rival High Bridge including a memorable inning inning affair that had a direct impact on the Staub wild card races.  It was San Diego's losses to High Bridge that allowed the Heaters to slip past the red hot Towaco Wolfpack.  In essence SD controlled the entire outcome of the Staub.  Thank you Mr Schedule maker.  The staff with King Felix 2.36 21 - 8 +22 Whip, but Jon Lester went nuts. 2.11 21 - 3 +30 whip 200 IP 130 hits 101 BB.  Hong Kuo 1.33 17 saves, Nap Feliz 1.62 12 sv. M.Garza 3.12 17 - 5, Earvin Santana    3.28 16 - 4  Dan Haren 3.60 19 - 5 completed an awesome rotation with Daniel  Hudson 2.18 11- 4.

John Miller took an expansion club.  He was given nothing but the promise of better days should he be patient and build.  John had a plan.  It took 3 years, but in that time he created a contender.  A playoff team.  The Heaters survived a Battle Royal to win the wild card and the right to face the Surf.  The Heaters were clearly among the contenders of CBA for much of the season for the first time in their history. They had a chance to vie for elite status that a conference championship can bring. We rarely remember the contenders, but this year San Diego was in the way of a dream.  The final season games between SD and HB were phenomenal the 20 inning affair won by High Bridge was legendary.  The Heat were .591 against their own division, and they owned Rogers as well .604 29-19.  They were .500 against the Dawson, having loads of trouble with Limoilou and Belfast, two of Staub's better teams.  Struggled at times with Longue Pointe too falling prey to the pitching.  A healthy mix of platoon players drove the limited offense of the Heaters. A team .243 BA, 699 runs, 125 HR the offense was just enough to compete.  You can look at the stats and counter that offense with a superior pitching performance, and you have a good Staub team.  Both Juan Uribe the versatile infielder and Tyler Colvin hit 21 HR to lead the team.  Ike Davis added 18 more.  The platooners Melvin Mora .289 13 SB, Gegor Blanco .302, Wus Helms .27 added some pop to the line up. They were a great speed team 242 SB, with table setters who did damge in the late innings when their turn came around. Denard Span stole 35, Crisp .284 40 SB, .Chone Figgins acquired from Brooklyn for 2B hit 3 HR 72 RBI and stole 63 SB.  Rajai Davis 7 HR 51 RBI .248 acquired from Montreal stole 60 himself.  The team OBA was pretty poor at .316 with a below average .366 slug.  So it was all about the speed game that even managed to create nearly 700 runs.  HB's pitching really kept the Heaters in most of it's games.  The speed stole wins for the pitching.  A .736 X rating, they struggled batting .238 vs righties .258 vs Lefties. But the pitching?  A different story.  they allowed a .225 vs lefties and a .243 vs righties.  The Heaters staff not only kept the games close, but they hit .170 knocked in 24, and had 51 sac bunts.  They were destructive to good offenses all over CBA.  Charlie.Narveson  3.29 11-10 and  Fausto.Carmona 3.40 14 - 11 were strong. Brent Cecil   2.71 15 - 6, and Rick.Porcello  2.80 12 - 8 led the staff. The bullpen by committee approach was effective. a .248 IRSC.   Kenji.Uehara  1.07  2 - 0 24  saves who was a hero with Montreal before getting injured leading them to within a series of the playoffs had a sensational year for the Heaters.  Ace set up person J.Benoit  1.23  2 - 0  12,  S.Marshall  2.00  5 - 3 , D.Hernandez  2.11  8  - 1  ,M.Delcarmen  2.34  1 - 1,  all contributed to a 92 - 70 season. It was September when it matterd most.  The custom lineups produced by Miller effectively set strategies to tear through the final month and keep pace outlasting Joliet, and Towaco.

Joliet came out of nowhere it seemed and became a big story in the CBA soap opera. Now what happened here?  Did anyone predict that Joliet would be a factor in the Staub.91-71, they went nuts on the base paths. Like the Heat the team tore it up with 190 SB. Somehow they would win. Like HB, they had some pop, but a low .243 BA.  JJC's .685 .315 OBA and 370 Slug and only 2000 total bases.  The Iso .120 didn't scare anyone. They had a league leading 8 clutch hits. The pitching staff was very good with a 3.79 ERA though not the caliber of High Bridge or San Diego.  Then where did they win?  A team approach. solid components K.Jepsen  2.34  4 - 3 , B.Duensing 2.45 11 - 6,  .J.Hanrahan 3.10  8 - 0 8sv, B.Matusz   3.11 11 -11,  A.Burnett 3.26 13 - 7  146K a committee approach.. Where did they win from?  Hit .219 vs lefties. Opponents batted only around .250 but could that be it?  Other teams had better stats.  Huigh Bridge more speed, better pitching, then only 1 game?  A testament to Jack Frost's gamesmanship in what could be one of the best performances by a GM this season. Joliet was able to  A .679 OPS, wheres the beef? Perhaps the speed and a lot of key match ups in the CM's perhaps?  Joliet didn't always send a CM for each opponent, but he managed his usage which gave him a competitive edge.  The bench?  No.  Luke.Scott .285  20  65, and the amazingly under rated clutch season of  Corey Hart another strong MVP candidate.  The numbers don't tell the story there with .273 28 HR 111 RBI considering his seemingly limited offense MVP candidate Juan Pierre .268  1 HR 66 RBI a CBA leading 87 SB he is setting records in CBA with every SB. Michael Bourne's .267 3 HR 43 RBI with 73 SB.   These guys were the key while the bullpen nailed it down .248 IRSC.  Matt Capps  4.31  3 - 7  44 saves held what Hart and the speed kings handed him.  Their record against Dawson was in contrast with HB having won 27 games. The late Joliet rush occurred when the other teams knocked each other around and had to substitute in their lineups.  Joliet then took advantage  through most of August before finally succoming at the end to High Bridges San Diego wins.  Jolient wasn't as lucky in the final week losing to their arch rival in their final series.

The New Jersey Beatles didn't create much music in 2011.  A true expansion team with a building future, the veteran league face to face commisioner/manager Steven Adler came to us from the Tri-State Strat-o-matic League based in Northern New Jersey.  In his 2nd season, the nucleus is there.  Lind hit 16 HR and drove 69 in.  He looks better for 2012. Prospects like Bryuce Harper, Justin Smoak, Jed Lowrie .282 15  34, Jeremy Hellickson, and of course Mike Stanton .242  22 HR 54 RBI .  Meanwhile the team made it through the season managing usage well.  Jeff Niemann 3.98  5 - 13 134 K's led the staff and pitched pretty well.  Donnie Bush  5.03  3 - 20. J.Francis 5.57  7 - 10, Ben Sheets 7.26  3 - 14. Blake Dewitt.289  5 HR  33 RBI had a good rookie season.  The team batted .231 with 111 HR's and scored 547 runs a very low figure.  Much of the concern was to develop the young talent. A 42-100 can only improve as the Beatles will hope their yellow submarine surfaces. A .300 OBA with a .347 slug.  A .116 ISO is horrendous.  The figures really serve to point out the low end of the range, and where teams that are more successful may lie.  Whereas a team has a .190 and reaches the Conference finals, the other end is at .116.   Brooklyn is at .209.  A 3.46 runs created is also the low range. New Jersey did go 6 - 5 in 1 run games. Motte 3.12  4 - 4  and Perry 3.86  1 - 2 did well in the pen for the Beatles.  Jesse Crain saved 9 games in a surprise.

The Rogers division saw a great playoff run by the perennial contender Ohio Outlawz and the emergent Towaco Wolf Pack, (not to be confused with Skokie Wolfmen).  Once home of .500 and below type teams, this division has become a stronger division in the CBA.  With he Clemente dominating recent World Series play, teams like San Diego, Limoilou, and Ohio emerged to try and wrest the Conference bragging rights from the likes of Brooklyn, Indiana, Carolina, Philly, and Skokie. Tall order.  But the guard changes quickly here in CBA as powers emerge and some fade into CBA's abyss.  Now we see new powers emerging. Rogers will be a battle in 2012.  It's expected that Kennesaw Mt will begin to emerge as the young talent has started to pay some dividends.  Ohio may have a set back with Posey's injury, but their talent has moved ahead as well. Maine looks pretty powerful in the middle of the lineup. Towaco will need another good draft as the division emerges. 

Ohio had a great season. They had power and pitching and 97 wins. They won as much on the road as at home.  Even money in one run games as well.  Went 9-7 in extra innings.  To say the least, Ohio is a CBA elite team.  They started 2011 with a quick start from the gate, then faded back a bit in  May and really began to slide through June and into the first week of July.  Who'd have thought that the Outlawz could finish first? Firing their six shooters at the sky, and instead of hitting nothing, they shot down stars. The streak began.  On June 30th, 11 games out, they began a torrid month of July.  By July 28th, they were 1 game behind Towaco.  They were 7 games out on July 19th, by the 28th just 1. They took a share of 1st place on July 29th, and kept pace with Towaco eventually outlasting them taking first place through August. , though Towaco made it really close all season. Looks like they may be up there awhile as the team is stocked with good talent.  The Posey 15 HR 54 RBI .329 affair may be a stunning set back for Glen Kenan, but players like Dan Alex Gordon 3 HR 18 RBI .195, Logan Morrison 29 RBI .254, Melty Cabrera 2 HR 17 RBI .231, Seth Smith 15 HR 48 RBI .264, will join Mark Texeira 19 HR 82 RBI .270, in a solid lineup again.  Those numbers will look better.  This season aside from Posey, Chris Young had a return to stardom with a great 35 HR 98 RBI .253 36 SB .912 X rating, a great all around season.  He will undoubtedly get votes in the MVP voting as well.  MVP candidate, Kelly Johnson porked 27 HR 78 RBI .278 45 doubles, 15 SB with a CBA 8th best 105 runs scored, all at 2B. Miguel Tejada in the twilight of his career managed 16 HR 83 RBI .255 BA.  John Buck  .292 16 HR 64 RBI .818 Total avg at catcher was a blessing in Posey's absence. Best tandem in CBA for 2011. A team .339 OBA and .421 slug in Staub is pretty good.  A 4.92 runs created, and .725 total avg on .761 production works out quite nicely in the non DH 12 team Conference.  The team showed excellent power despite playing in San Francisco's ball park. 91 stolen bases were also pretty good, though not elite.  Mainly a power team.  Imagine if they were in Clemente? Ohio did ground into 150 double plays and will need to reduce that number.  

Ohio's pitching was excellent as well.  Team 3.49 ERA allowing only 129 HR with a +377 Whip is quite good. They K'd 1233, and kept opposing runners honest when in scoring position 26% of the time.  The league average was .298. Erick Aybar's 26 errors didn't help, but Ohio's .683 X rating was abominable.  They may have done a lot more with gloves behind the staff.  10 CG's 14 shut outs.  Cy Young candidate Clay Bucholz led the staff a stellar year  2.58 19 - 4 only 6 HR allowed in 170 IP.  Jesus Sanchez went 2.97 11 - 10, Jake Westbrook 3.72 16 - 7. Ricky Nolasco 3.81 11 - 4.  Chris Perez 3 - 2 1.88 22 saves all had fine seasons.  The middle corps were solid with Breslow, Wright, and Lopez.   Ohio should be in good shape next season as their talent develops further.

Following Ohio in the race for the Steve Rogers division was first year GM Kevin Gibson's Towaco Wolfpack. Towaco held first place throughout much of the seasons first half.  Great pitching and offense led the pack and they were the talk of the Staub conference for that while.  Knowing they would come back to earth, Kevin Gibson still managed to keep the Pack quite motivated and winning right until the final block, despite Ohio's hot streaks and stellar play.  Towaco was in first polace up until August 8th.  It was a great season to stay up there that long.  They and Joliet missed on a wild card by the slimmest of margins when High Bridge defeated San Diego for a big series in September, and won 1 more against the eventual Staub Champions.  That was the difference, 1 game between Towaco a playoff or a long winter in North Jersey.  It took conference rival Maine to split a 4 game series at the end to keep the Pack out.  Just 1 win, could have meant a game 163. Towaco won 49 games on the road 7 more than home. The team offense totals were good for Staub, though not as strong offensively as Ohio, the Wolves hit a collective .257 with 146 HR and a total 745 runs.  Good numbers.  281 doubles could be upgraded a bit and the defense must buckle down.  .710 X rating 128 errors is poor.  The catchers Russell Martin 5 HR 51 RBI  .260, and Matt Treanor 7 HR 40 RBI  .235, threw out 31% of the would be thieves, a nice number. The offense managed a .329OBA and .402 slug, numbers that aren't awful, but approaching mediocrity.  A bit more slug and OBA go a loooong way.  They managed to pilfer 110 bases in contrast to their catchers throwing many runners out.  A good turn around there.  .731  production is .037 pts lower than was Ohio.  The win column reflects this.  Oh and they did hit into 1 triple play somewhere along the line.  Kenduck Morales .335 15 HR 36 RBI in 188 AB's,  and Matt Diaz .330 215 AB 9 HR 45 RBI, were worthy of Johnstone award consideration. Jose Reyes was great 9 HR 81 RBI 35 SB and a solid SS glove.  Martin Prado 12 HR 57 RBI .291 was solid, as was Colby Rasmus' 19 HR 72 RBI's. Carlos Quentin added 21 HR and 50 RBI's despite an anemic .212 BA. 

The pitching staff was the opposite very strong. A team  3.27 ERA, with opponents batting a measley .242 against.  Relievers were lights out allowing only a .221 IRSC.  Joel Piniero led the staff as ace 2.40 17 - 3 , Tim Hudson  was superb and a top 5  ERA leader, 2.30 13 - 10.  Travis Wood added 3.12 with a 10 - 6 record.  The middle pen and closer roles were by committee.  Brian ' The Beard' Wilson 2-3 1.96 saved 15, and Brandon League 2 -4 2.12 ERA 10 saves were efficient in tandem.  The other set up and middle men were outstanding.  Joel Peralta was 2 - 0  0.92 in 49 IP! Doug Slaten 2.11 ERA,  Kyle Farnsworth  in 50 games went 2.22  5 - 1 as righty set up man.  Wuertz, Carrasco, and Mota  2.88  4 - 2 4 saves were solid as well.  With some and new young talent like Taillon Jamison,  the resurgent Jeff Karstens, batting champ Reyes, there is reason to think there is a future nucleus to center upon win or lose in 2012.

The Maine Express rolled off the track in 2011 75-87. Mike Koepp's team fading away as usage woes, and a less than Maine standard team played in Maine's 'Expressway' stadium. The offense was a respectable .263 BA with 167 HR's, and 703 runs scored. The pitchers were 4.01 team ERA with an opposing .267 BA.  and a +628 Whip, could be better if they hadn't let as many men on base. Maine themselves only had a .319 team OBA and a .728 production, with a .408 slug.  In Staub the slug is fairly decent, but in the speed pitching conference Staub that OBA meant everything almost 30 pts less than the contenders, and a full hundredth below league average.  Maine's defense accounted for so many base runners reaching against. 126 errors, not good.  .687 X rating is horrid. The IRSC of .376 was a problem compounding all those problems, scoring many more runners.  It is the lack of OBA, defense,  and bullpen (lack of) that doomed the Express train.  Chase Headley .309 13 HR 73 RBI's and 24 SB had an excellent season with 606 AB's and 187 hits.  MVP/Player of the Year candidate Adrian Gonzalez  .305, hit 40 HR and drove home 121 RBI's to lead Staub in both categories just another great year for the perennial all star. Dan Uggla hit.266 16 HR 60 RBI, and will undounbtedly be a force combined by AGonzo, Matt Kemp .230  26 HR 84 RBI 17 SB next year.  The pitchers were led by Rick Romero 2.52 13 - 9, and Dollars Braden 3.66 10 - 9 .  Brian Fuentes saved 17 for the Express otherwise there was little to cheer about.  The good news  This is a team on the rise, and next years lineup will score a bunch of runs.

The Kennesaw Mountain Boys had many unfufilled expectations in 2011. With Michael Blakeley pushing his team for a wild card berth, the Braves, Mountain men, Woodsmen, whatever they're known as din't respond.  A 48 - 114 record meant one thing for Blake, a high set of draft picks.  A horrifying .235 road pct 19 wins. 29 at home. Won .289 vs Righties. Weak vs righty pitchers in CBA is a recipe for lack of wins.  They did win 6 of 11 extra inning games.  A .237 BA .297 OBA and a .375 slug.  3.65 runs created, .590 total avg, .672 productivity, and .138 ISO.  Meanwhile they did hit 145 HR led by team MVP Hideki Matsui .267 23 HR 63 RBI's who was acquired to play 1B before the season.   Edwin Encarnacion added 20 HR, Jose Guillen hit 17 HR, and SS Yuniesky Betancourt popped 15 taters.  Future superstar Carlos Santana  used Black Magic to ellicit a  .260 12 HR 25 RBI performance in 169 AB's. The team stole a league low embarrasing 23 bases and was caught 19 times, nearly as many.  They hit .216 vs left handers as a team.  The pitching was a bit better than the offense with a team 4.62 ERA and opposition hit .264 BA against Kennesaw. Matt Latos  went 2.73  8 - 8  before he was dealt. John Danks was a terrific 3.35 but let down by the offense 5 - 14, with 159 K's. Andy Pettitte retired this season following a strong 3.55 11 - 9 record.  HOF enshrinement possible.  Wade Davis was a good 4.08  but 3 - 12.  Drew Storen saved 10.
With a few good prospects on the squad, and better luck the team will surely rise in 2012. It may be possible that the Bravewoods could look towards a .500 season.   

The  legendary Dawson division.  The home of some of CBA's most historic moments.  A legacy of gentlemanly play, intense competition, and the small teams.  The Dawson has usually been characterized as the quintessential National league style of baseball. Usually lots of baserunning, good solid pitching, and top shelf defense. Could anyone whose been here long enough forget the earliest competitions between Quebec Capitales, Longue Pointe, and Limoilou? With Chris Boutin's retirement, and the rise of the Belfast Brawlers, it has generally been a 3 way dance year after year with all the teams shuffling year to year in fierce competition that often had resulted in game 163's. Can anyone forget the classic Belfast Limoilou end season struggles?  or Longue Pointe and Limoilou's epic battles in the playoffs?  How many times has Dawson been to the World Series?  Limoilou 5 times has been to the World Series. By comparison, Rob Hite has made the trip 5 times winning 3, Bob Fidler has won Indiana 3 championships in 3 tries, Marc Wass has won 2 of 3 World Series, and Dennis Concepcion has 1 in 2 appearances. It is no easy task getting into the playoff circle of elites.  Maintaining it year to year is very difficult in CBA.  It is a testament to the teams who can compete at a high level.  With great teams in LP, Limmer, Belfast, and last years surprise success of Montreal all should have a shot at some playoff next season. The trading has begun with Limoilou making moves at the end of last season, Belfast and Longue Pointe making moves.  Neither have had the flurry of moves that Cooperstown has recently made, but CBA is changing and the old guard must continually update or get left behind the new stallions. 

Limoilou was never in doubt in 2011.  They were in first place for 160 games.  Is that record? Would anyone doubt Jeff Boutet is a Strat-o-matic force in CBA? Why is it that year after year. The pretty much held a full notch over Belfast despite the scrappy Brawlers cutting it close at times during the long haul.  The story was domination with pitching.  Big time Wendigo pitching.  Enough to lead CBA and the rest of the Dawson was left to Belfast to pound on Longue Pointe and do netplay with Belfast in tough series. It was a sensational year for the Wendigo and Jeff Boutet.  It also saw the return of Jim Edmonds in his last hurrah and impending hall of fame candidacy.  Limoilou had some power, but in a role reversal became more of a speed team using the LP model of Pitching and speed. A few guys who were in double digits, but no real standouts. Curt Granderson's 22 HR  81 led the team  in RBI's, but generally it was just a solid team effort.  Mike Cuddyer hit 16 HR and 68 RBI, Ian Stewart 18 HR 65 RBI.  Prince Fielder hit only 17 HR's curiously. An off year for him. Angel Pagan swiped 47 bases hitting .271 and playing excellent defense.  Chipper Jones had a difficult year at the plate and with the glove, but should return for another round in 2012.  The years are dwindling for Larry.  The team got on base at a .335 clip which is good for Dawson. A 4.48 Runs created, .721 production. .688 Total avg, and .139 Iso Pwr.  The numbers don't jump out.

The pitching staff was marvelous. .230 Opp BA, .205 IRSC was one of CBA's best ever.  The offense was basically irrelevant when the staff allowed 3.35 runs per game despite the shoddy defense .709 X rating pct. The only flaw being a 10-11 record in extra innings which showed some closer problems in late innings in fact.  A void likely left behind when Joe Nathan suffered his injury.  The staff struck out 1406 batters stopping base runners dead in their tracks.  M.Scherzer went 2.61 18 - 7,  C.Kershaw  went 2.28 14 - 5, U.Jimenez went 2.72 18 - 4, Tommy Hanson went 3.40 11 - 10, and Barry.Zito 3.43 12 - 9.  Opponents batted .222 vs L, and .236 vs R. Each had 18 quality starts, sans Zito who had 19! Zito?  yes Zito! Ryan Franklin saved 22 with a 1.74 ERA. What a great staff.  The Wendigo were eliminated in the playoffs by Eventual Staub Champion San Diego, but indeed it was quite a season.

The Belfast Brawlers were contenders to the last block.  They opened quickly despite a hot Limoilou team, and held it close throughout the first three months.  Only 4 back on June 25th, the Brawlers couldn't match that Limmer team pitching.  No one could.  The core impression of this franchise is scrap iron tough, fight back and scratch out wins.  Its given the Brawlers and owner Derek Adams an impressive CBA resume.  It has also struck CBA fear in the hearts of some immortal GM's. The Brawlers whether in a good year or an occasional off season, do evoke pangs of fear in opposing GM's.  Belfast plays tough to the last out.  They played 2011 to the hilt scratching out wins against tough competition.  Generally through the seasons Belfast has been characterized as one of the better hitting franchises in Staub.  The teams usually hit for high team average and 2011 was no exception batting .270.  Power never a forte was better than last season with 116 Hr's which isn't awful in Stab.  A majortiy from the bat of team MVP once gain Aubrey Huff.  Huff 29 HR 116 RBI .313 is a Belfast legend competing in the MVP races many times for the Brawlers.  A BBD hall of famer, will he be back?  728 runs is pretty good in Staub as well. Alexi Ramirez had a break out 10 HR 80 RBI .323 season.   In a season where the bench and the lineup players were all over .270.  Jamie Carroll hit.306, Danny Valencia hit 4 HR 45 RBI .296 in his rookie year.  Freddie Sqanchez so good with the glove had a .295 bat, Rios and Napoli hit 14 and 17 HR respectively.  Joey Jay hit .306 in his rookie year.  Nate McClouth stole 17 bases, Alex Rios 14 HR 80 RBI 35 sb and 27 double plays, and Alexi 20 in 29 attempts, so speed again a specialty.  The Brawlers used old time small ball and employed the hit an run to maximum advantage.  An amazing 25 hits in 69 attempts with 52 runner advances best in CBA.  An amazing success ratio.  It's worthwhile it seems to have a B hit and run guy working behind the table setters.  They attempted and made 11 of 20 squeeze play attempts, second to only 12-21 by the Joliet Jacks. They sacrificed successfully 88 of 119 times for 73.9%.  Those strategies helped propel a healthy offense for the Brawlers.

The pitching was led by staff ace Trevore Cahill 16-7 3.10.  A little thin in the starters, the step down was to 10 wins by Craig Stammen 10-7 4.90.  Juan Contreras had 26 saves out of the pen.  A team 4.10 ERA 9th in Staub will need to come down in a conference where teams don't always score many runs.  A run and a half behind the Conference leader San Diego.  A wide margin.  The bullpen had some good numbers. They notched 44 saves and a .250 IRSC while the starters could only complete 4 games.  The team shut out opponents 8 times.  The defense was better than most with an excellent .786 X rating.  Fewer hits, fewer runners allowed and less base runner movement.  Kyle Davies had a solid season 4.28  9- 10. But the pen did it all. Jerry Lewis went 1.60  3-0, Manny Corpas  went 2.39  3-1,  Shawn Camp 2.58  7-1, Chris Ray  3.29  3-4, Hisanori Takahashi  3.36  5-6, and set up man Tony Pena finished at  3.74  3-2.  It was that pen that kept Belfast in it.  Belfast and Derek Adams will no doubt always find a way to maximize their talent.

It was a disappointing season for Staub finalist Longue Pointe owned by Dennis Concepcion.  Concepcion a lifetime Montreal Expos fan knows what suffering poor season is all about, now.  Prior to this season, the Loggers have compiled an impressive winning percentage over .550, including a 2005 World Championship.  Fans of the Loggers can remember classic playoof and series  performances and walk off HR not unlike this years playoffs and series.  Who can forget 'Miracle Mirabelli's huge playoff and clutch HR's.  Perhaps some remember Ichiro's walk off playoff game 7 winning HR.  Those days seem long ago and far away after a dismal season going 71-91.  Ichiro who once led CBA with a record setting .405 BA in 162 games, (Miguel Cabrera the other CBA player to top .400), fell to 4 HR 39 RBI .285 with only 25 SB. Not Ichiro like but good nonetheless.  Torii Hunter did manage a good offensive season with 26 HR 99 RBI and .305 BA, but alas was nailed 13 times on the paths stealing a pitiful 8 bases.   The Loggers couldn't play well on the road 20 games below .500, but .500 at home. A lot of the offensive woes were due to low on base numbers, and RBI production. The were able to move runners with the Hit and run 16 hits in 62 att with 45 advances. They were 3 for 7 on the squeeze and 69 for 87 sac 79.3%. Brandon Phillips was excellent at 2B with gold glove and bat 23 HR 79 RBI .290 20 SB 3 CS.  Recently traded Aramis Ramirez hit a disappointing .241 but did manage 22 HR and a weak 64 RBI's.  The team OBA was .318 and the slug .380.  They hit 132 HR's most by LP in years, with a .254 BA, stole 125 bases and had just 666 runs a dubious number.  The .380 slug was indeed an upgrade over last season. The offense was better than last years, but the pitching weaker.  Generally as LP always is a platoon style team.  The team concept didn't work too well this time, but is sure to be employed in the future.  The pitching staff faltered, especially the pen.

A team 4.05 ERA was nearly 3/4 of a run worse than 2010 where LP was near the CBA leadership.  LP dropped 9 notches in team ERA. The bullpen was not its usually dominant self with a .323 IRSC.  The fielding was shoddy and contributed to several loses .705 X rating.  The catchers Varitek, Laird, and Thole (1 HR 17 RBI .291), allowed .761 OSB, a poor number.  LP's defense, and pen seemed to be the biggest reason for the collapse.  Perhaps even the OBA could have been lived with, but it's certain LP will have their work cut out for them in 2012. Blaine Boyer 2.09  1-2 51.2 IP  41 Hits, was the only bright spot in the pen. CJ Wilson was awesome with a fantastic 2.43 2.43 14-7 152K's for a 91 loss team.
Old man river, Jaimie Moyer  3.02  6-7 and steady Tum Lincecum 3.35 12-7  209.2 IP 195 hits 212 K's wasn't his dominant self. Ryan Dempster 3.54  9-7 will see a drop off in 2012 as his card turns to crap. With so many poor team performances, it was hard to get excited about this team in 2011.  Dennis C will always find a way.

The Montreal Crows 52-110 had a well documented spectacular year in 2010 winning 90+. Now look. In 2011 it was almost certain not to be follwed up.  That didn't stop the building of the franchise as it looks like the Crows will take a step up in 2012.  This season not many highlites to talk about except for the great face to face battles that both Montreal and Belfast endured while Belfast chased the gold in the pennant drive.  Montreal did have some good performances worth noting, and was never a team to just lay down and let others roll over them.  The GM Doug Brunet would never allow his boys to tank not a single game.  Trades to bring in talent like James Shields, Daniel Hudson, Jordan Zimmerman, Cameron Maybin, and Robert Andino, to go along with improved 2011 MLB performances by Jeff Francoeur (2011 CBA  9 HR 31 RBI .241) , Jeff Keppinger (2011 CBA 4 HR 44 RBI .274 solid) bring youth promise and hope to Montreal. Todd Helton disappointed when he batted .260 this year in CBA with 13 HR  54 RBI, and Will the thrill.Venable batted .247 with 17 HR and  48 RBI's while stealing 36 bases, a great season. Alberto Callaspo hit 6 HR 48 RBI and .269.  Fred Lewis 7 HR 27 RBI and a good .274 BA. The pitching was poor to fair with a team 4.37 ERA.  Armando Galarraga 3.60  8-12, Tom Gorzelanny 3.63  6-11 and Livan Hernandez  went 3.74  6-16, but will he be back?  On a sadder note, Paul Maholm was better known for striking out Billy Crystal cause he sure didn't strikeout too many in CBA.  5.97  5-18 was pathetic. Will he be back? Fernando Rodney saved 22 games! but was 2-7 with a 6.26 ERA, so he was a sweet and sour patch kid.  Doug Brunet is admittedly building.  He is no doubt one of the teams that will take a step up in 2012.  Who else will be there to rise. Can new teams make the playoffs in 2012? Can anyone dethrone Brooklyn's Supebas with all that power.  We will wait till next season to find out.



 

Lake County has come up huge in the second half.  Playing role of Spoiler and knocking around Indiana taking 3 out 4 games, and perhaps stalling Indy's race for their 4th championship.  Look how David Jones Lake County Leopards took Skokie to the absolute limit.

 

BOXSCORE: 2011 Skokie Wolfmen At 2011 Lake County Leopards          9/15/2011
 
  Wolfmen            AB  R  H RBI AVG     Leopards           AB  R  H RBI AVG
  J.Repko CF          8  0  1  0 .222     D.Fowler CF        11  0  2  0 .246  
  O.Hudson 2B        11  1  1  0 .259     C.Guzman 2B        10  0  0  0 .236  
  M.Holliday LF      11  1  2  1 .331     G.Soto C            9  0  2  0 .274  
G-T.Crowe LF          0  0  0  0 .220     J.Michaels LF       5  0  1  0 .248  
  C.McGehee 3B        9  0  0  0 .273   D-A.Avila PH          1  0  0  0 .211  
  A.Ethier 1B         9  0  2  0 .297   E-C.Carter LF         4  0  0  0 .235  
  R.Castro DH         4  0  2  0 .322     G.Jones DH          9  1  1  0 .221  
A-C.Patterson PR,DH   6  0  1  1 .292     C.Ross RF           8  0  2  0 .256  
  M.Ordonez RF        8  0  1  0 .362   F-R.Spilborghs PH,RF  3  0  0  0 .261  
  Y.Molina C          4  0  1  0 .294     J.Rollins SS       10  0  4  1 .251  
B-B.Upton PR          0  0  0  0 .224     J.Loney 1B          9  0  1  0 .269  
C-J.Posada C          5  0  0  0 .189     J.Lopez 3B         11  0  2  0 .231  
  C.Izturis SS       10  0  1  0 .308                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      85  2 12  2                 Totals      90  1 15  1
 
A-Pinch Ran For Castro In 8th Inning
B-Pinch Ran For Molina In 11th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Upton In 11th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Michaels In 13th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Avila In 14th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Ross In 20th Inning
G-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Holliday In 25th Inning
 
Wolfmen......... 0 0 0  0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  1 -  2 12  3
Leopards........ 0 0 0  0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 -  1 15  0
 
Wolfmen (97-53)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
C.Lee                     6       8   1   1   1   3   0   3.65
M.Guerrier                1       0   0   0   0   0   0   7.07
R.Ramirez                 2       0   0   0   1   2   0   4.47
J.Soria                   3       1   0   0   1   2   0   3.24
C.Coleman                 2       0   0   0   0   0   0   2.34
D.Nippert                 0 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   3.86
D.Oliver                  0 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   5.43
J.Lopez                   2 1/3   2   0   0   2   0   0   2.91
M.Adams                   2       1   0   0   2   1   0   3.39
D.Bard                    2       2   0   0   0   1   0   3.53
T.Lilly WIN(13-6)         4       1   0   0   0   3   0   2.89
Totals                   25      15   1   1   7  12   0
 
Leopards (63-87)         IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
C.Silva                  10 1/3   8   1   1   5   8   0   5.55
J.Venters                 4       0   0   0   3   5   0   3.12
T.Clippard                2       1   0   0   1   0   0   3.19
J.Papelbon                3       0   0   0   1   3   0   3.05
B.Sanches LOSS(1-6)       5 2/3   3   1   1   1   7   0   4.41
Totals                   25      12   2   2  11  23   0
 
ATTENDANCE- 9,284 DATE- Tuesday, September 15th 2011 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
T- 7:50
LEFT ON BASE- Wolfmen:20  Leopards:23
DOUBLE PLAYS- Wolfmen: 1  Leopards: 0
ERRORS- O.Hudson, C.McGehee-2
DOUBLES- J.Repko(1st), M.Holliday(32nd), A.Ethier(33rd), G.Soto(11th),
         C.Ross(19th), J.Lopez(24th)
TRIPLES- O.Hudson(4th)
STOLEN BASES- J.Repko-2(2nd), B.Upton(20th), J.Rollins(13th)
CAUGHT STEALING- J.Repko, C.Patterson
SACRIFICE HITS- C.Guzman
WALKS- J.Repko-3, C.McGehee-2, A.Ethier-2, M.Ordonez-3, Y.Molina, G.Soto-2,
       C.Carter, G.Jones-2, J.Rollins, J.Loney
HIT BY PITCH- C.Patterson, J.Loney
STRIKE OUTS- J.Repko-3, O.Hudson-5, M.Holliday-2, C.McGehee, A.Ethier-3,
             R.Castro, C.Patterson-3, M.Ordonez, Y.Molina, J.Posada-2,
             C.Izturis, D.Fowler-4, J.Michaels, G.Jones, C.Ross-2,
             R.Spilborghs-2, J.Loney, J.Lopez
GIDP- J.Michaels
WILD PITCHES- J.Soria
PASSED BALLS- J.Posada
2-out RBI- J.Rollins
WEB GEMS- Bot 5th: Matt Holliday robbed Cristian Guzman of an extra base hit.
          Bot 20th: Jason Repko robbed Ryan Spilborghs of an extra base hit.
 
Ted Lilly came through with a solid 4 innings and left fielder Matt Holliday
had 2 base hits at Jacobs Field as the Skokie Wolfmen beat the Lake County
Leopards in 25 innings 2 to 1.
 
Both teams had scored 1 runs after nine full innings.  Finally, Skokie pulled
the game out in the 25th inning.  Holliday doubled.  After an out was
recorded, Andre Ethier came to the plate and drew a walk.  Corey Patterson
then slapped a one-base hit.  Despite losing, Lake County out-hit Skokie 15
to 12.  
 
Lilly(13-6) got credit for the victory, pitching 4 innings and allowing no
runs. Brian Sanches(1-6) ended up with the loss in relief.  
 

This one ranks right up there with the 28 inning, approximately 9 hour and 25 minute marathon back in 2005 between the visiting Loggers and the Neah Bay Whalers at Safeco Field.  Around the 14th inning stretch, the Whalers announced to the upper deck and loge level fans that they can move down to any field level seats to enjoy the game until the end.  This helped to consolidate fan services and allowed for the cleaning of the uppers.
 
In appreciation of the tireless baseball fans who remained to the very end of the game which had started at 8pm the previous night, the Loggers and Whalers had spontaneously called out to a nearby McDonald's around the 21st inning stretch and treated the hardy survivors to a full McD's breakfast menu with lots of coffee and orange juice which was delivered and ready for serving by the 25th inning.  The game finally ended
after the 28th inning stretch as LP held on to their winning tally against the Whalers final inning.
 
In lieu of any excuse notes for working fans who had to head out to work within a couple of hours (the game had concluded around 5am), the Whalers issued vouchers to be exchanged for a free pair of field or loge seats to any remaining Whalers games that season. Class act.
 
An experience to those that attended, would be a paraphrase of the great Mister Cub Ernie Banks,
"LET"S PLAY 3!!"
 
Dennis
Longue-Pointe 
Date: Sept./Oct. 2009 - extra game playoff
with Belfast -

The Skokie fans have been use to seeing their home team,
the Wolfmen, year in, year out playoff bound ..

however for the first time, in 2009, as their stars ran
out of gas - so to speak - in the extra playoff game
of the season, the Wolfmen didn't make it

plus have had a chance the two years before to
go to the CBA world series and come up empty -
as Skokie returned to the CBA, coming into
the Clemente Conference for the 2011 - the
management of the Wolfmen set some goals

the first goal was to get back to the playoff, which
was not seen as an easy goal - as the Clemente
conference has quite a few power teams - including
Indiana in our own conference - with 3 time champ
and nemesis Bob Fidler who beat Skokie in 7
in the 2008 CBA WS - especially with the way
Bob does his trades and builds his team - definitely
there were no guarantees that Skokie might make
it to the playoffs or win the conference - this would
be one of our most challenging seasons.

As the season started, the Skokie fans were in
shock going 0-6 in Block 1 - it appeared that
this was going to be a very long season but the
players believed and the team started to reverse
directions after the first few weeks.

There were big questions marks for Skokie if
we were to have success --

a) could we win with 3 main left handed starters?
(although we did pick up two righties for spot starts
of which we traded Nova to Cooperstown but this
was a trade we had to make)

b) how would our team do at the end of the season
due to usage? - would we fall as in 2009 when our
key players had to be rested - primarily Beltre and Tulo
(the trade for McGehee helped with Beltre as well as
another RH bat for 1B) - C. Itzuris has done an
amazing job filling in for Tulo - also Hudson too
at 2B - would need rest and Rhymes did an
amazing job - so this year we were prepared -
Crowe also filling in for Patterson in CF was
another key

c) The revolving doors at key positions - 1B was
a big question mark - who would we start - we tried
working with Betemit - Posada - LaRoche - surprisingly
LaRoche came through in the end of the season and
also again McGehee helping out - for catcher - we needed
3 catchers - using different strengths with Molina - Castro -
Posada - and the RF Platoon was amazing between
Ethier and Ordonez - combining for over 40 HRs and 140 RBIs
and then DH by committee too

anyway the key we have tried for every season is to have
enough diverse players to be ready for any type of pitching.
Also our staff too - with five solid starters and pretty good
relief with our defense at the end - this is what brought
Skokie its chance to return

Finally, after this past block, Skokie set a record for victories
in a season passing over 100 and finally sweeping
a block at the right moment -

so we wish to thank everyone for allowing Skokie to return to the
CBA - for those who have helped us with rules and procedures -
and we look forward to another great playoffs - as we have learned
many times in the CBA, the season record is not always a guarantee
who will win - one season we made it to the world series with 87 victories
but we created a team that could play in short series as I believe
we are now -

this email isn't to gloat but only to share our joy and excitement
as Skokie had a miracle week - we send good wishes to all the other
teams who have qualified for the playoffs and to those who are still
in the hunt - who will emerge as the 2011 CBA Champion -
of course this is Skokie's 2nd goal to get back to the WS - but
its not a sure thing with the great managers and teams in
Clemente

a good weekend to one and all and to the end of another
great season next week

The Skokie Wolfman
 

Father Steps Down, Son Takes Over

 
Montreal- Not surprisingly, during the press conference following yesterday afternoon's 5-2 win over the High Bridge Heaters that ended yet another extended losing streak, Robert Brunet announced that he is stepping down as manager of the Montreal Crows. He will, however, remain with the ball club as director of personnel and player development. In the interim, son and general manager Doug will assume both GM and manager roles for the club until, at the very least, the end of the season.
     "We won today, and I'm glad for that," said Robert Brunet, "but this was my last game as manager of the Montreal Crows. I wish Douglas and the players all the best going forward. I see a bright future for this team, but my part in that future now takes on a new personality."
     After a very successful campaign in only its' second season in which he managed the team to within 2 games of the post-season, Robert Brunet has met with only frustration and disappointment in 2011. The turnaround from a 91-71 mark to being 49 games below .500 has brought about many questions and much speculation as to the direction the team is going. Indeed, as it is the father who is stepping down, it is his son and interim successor who has come under criticism by both the fans and the media.
     The comments fired from all sides concerning some of the Crows front office moves have created a somewhat negative image around the club. The trading of fan favorite Rajai Davis to High Bridge remains a bitter pill unswallowed. In light of the fact that Colby Lewis was the key element in the Davis trade, the Lewis-for-Shields deal has met with no less bombardment, especially considering that the latter has yet to win a game in a Crows uniform while being tagged with 12 losses in 14 starts and stands at the prospect of losing his 20th game of the season in Maine when he faces the Express this Friday afternoon.  But yet, when approaching the players, one does not get the impression that the players themselves hold any of the sentiments expressed from the outside. 
     "I'm a little sad that Coach Brunet won't be with us on a daily basis," said veteran Todd Helton, "He's a congenial and soft-spoken man, but commands the respect of all the guys. I can't think of one time where anyone on this team had a bad word about Coach. As for that other stuff, we have no control over it. All I can say is that Doug Brunet is doing and will continue to do what he believes is best for this team. It's not fair to put the blame for our season on his shoulders. We have to go out and play this game, and as players we haven't done that. We haven't executed on the field the way we should. Things just don't seem to be working the way they did last year."
     One only has to examine the statistics to understand what Helton expressed. True, some elements were exchanged, some older players exchanged for younger ones. But it's also true that many of the players that made up a successful team in 2010 are part of a team floundering to one of the worst records in baseball in 2011. The pitching in general is not where it was last year, but is not far off the league average. The offense, however, has not been able to connect as a unit with anything close to consistency. 
     Did Rajai Davis really drive the offense that much in 2010? Can one player make a difference of 69 games in a season? Nobody who knows the game of baseball from the inside would ever say such a thing. Fans and the media, though, will think and say what they will nonetheless. Maybe it was too much too fast, but the fans got used to the excitement that Robert Brunet and the Crows generated in Montreal last year. A 12 game road trip begins tonight in Maine. One can hold out no hope for fanfare and celebration when Doug Brunet and the Crows return to Oscar Peterson Memorial Stadium on the 31st.

 

The battle this season is fierce. Several GM's faced with franchise altering decisions. Do I play for now or later?
Well with many teams in it, we've seen quite a few deals. Towaco was busy bringing bullpen help with lefty Phil Coke and righty closer specialist
Dan Wheeler. Blake and Kennesaw moved someplayers Drew Storen, and Mat Latos, to bring in some strong draft picks and address usage concerns.
Blake may not win it this year, but considering circumstances beyond his control affected his draft, Blake took one for the team and has sacrificed
and dealt to meet requirements. It is GM's like Blake whose passion for CBA drives us. On the otherhand, some teams were assesed penalties for
going over their alloted usage. We have had some incredible races going on in both Conferences. In Clemente things have started to become a little clearer.
Stirling and Ottawa had slipped back a little bit which put them further behind Indiana and Brooklyn in the wild card race. Both teams are within distance,
but time is quickly running out. This block was good for both teams as Ottawa swept Lake Co, and dropped 2 to Indiana. Stirling took 2 of 3
from Carolina, and Cooperstown. Papi, Vladdy, and Rickie Weeks have had huge years for Ottawa, Bryan,and Striling has gotten some good production from Carl Crawford,
Austin Kearns, and carlos Pena. They will both need to win big the next month. Brooklyn dropped 2 of 3 to the skokie Wolfmen who took a 4 game lead over Indiana this week.
Indiana and MVP candiate Josh Hamilton are making a strong push for a playoff spot. The Colby trade has been paying off as the staff ERA contnues to drop.
Brooklyn's pitching has betrayed their a-1 offense. Miguel Cabrera, Ryans Howard and Braun, Doumit, Infante, Wells, Markakis can put a hurtin on any team, and could
be deadly in a playoff series. Pitching will decide Clemente. Carolina has enough and holds the Parker with strong pitching.
Philly has a sizeable lead in the Schmidt. The Bashers made a case with a tough series win over Brooklyn, and is 12 for last 15.
Could it be that resurgent Bryan can disrupt all Clemente?

The Staub races are pretty much decided in Dawson and Carter where Limoilou and San Diego look to wrap it up early. Ohio, Towaco, has been dropped
quite a few games of late and have slipped to 4 games behind Ohio who is winning at a better clip.
This leaves a wild card race for the ages with the on rushing Joliet led by Jack Frost taking a 1 game lead over the Brawlers. Towaco is 4 out of the WC,
along with the not so hot High Bridge Heaters. High Bridge performed poorly against leaders Limoilou and SanDiego, both potential
playoff opponents. HB ace Carmona lost twice for them. So now, it looks like Belfast may have an advantage. The team gets on base at a high clip for Staub.
they will hit and be a pest witha team .275 BA. With Longue Pointe virtually out of the picture, and LP's usage poor, Belfast could fatten up on a weaker division, where as Towaco, Maine, Ohio, will face each other and knock each other
around. Joliet, High Bridge and San Diego will be all tough opponents. The month will be very exciting indeed.
Notes: Limoilou's offense is weak, but the pitching staff is one of the best ever. A 2.84 team ERA, .189 IRSC! San Diego has a .196!
Despite less than gaudy numbers, has anyone been more valuable to a teams offense than Aubrey Huff's 20HR 82 RBI .300 BA.
Miguel Cabrera has been sensation 36 HR 99 RBI, .332 BA looking for an MVP? Jose Batista may have something to say. Sunville's 3B-OF 55 HR 119 RBI,.264 BA. Could he break 70?
Jim Thome in 205 AB's 26 HR, 55 RBI, .307 BA. Could be Johnstone award candidate. Jared Weaver 3.03 10-8 for basement Cooperstown. Bright outlook for the Iron Horses.
Defintiely a spoiler now...Quietly Brett Cecil 12-6 2.95 and Rick Porcello 10-5, 2.58 have led the High Bridge Heaters staff this season.
Koji Uehara's efficient CBA career continues. He is 2-0 1.03 ERA with 19 saves in 2011. Remember his all star appearance last season in first half before injury slowed him?
Cory Harts bat has been carrying the Jackhammers. CBA's hottest team is now leading the wildcard race...The power compliments CBA swiftest team 189 steals. The Jacks Duensing having a good year...
Charles Wilson having a strong year for Longue Pointe. 10-6, 2.61 ERA, 145 IP, 104 hits....

 
 

 
LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2011 C.B.A.
 
Dawson                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny
2011 Limoilou LWD            67  36  .650 ----  This team is a major surprise with no stats leaders. Could wrap up title quickly  
2011 Belfast BBD             57  46  .553 10.0  Very tough, fighting for wildcard spot.  Brawlers get on base .343 Huff and Alexei shine.      
2011 Longue Pointe LLD       46  57  .447 21.0  A disappointing season for Concepcion. Starters pitch well, team doesn't respond.     
2011 Montreal MCD            32  71  .311 35.0  Looking to 2012, the Crows can spoil and become a ravenous nightmare for Staub.      
 
Rogers                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny

2011 Towaco TWR              58  45  .563 ----  Poor July, Swept in Bk16 by Maine, and 2-3 by HB, The Wolfpack have to hold on as Rogers foes move up. 
2011 Ohio OOR                56  47  .544  2.0  Rushing fast! The Outlawz were 11 out on June 30th! now 2 back in less than a month.      
2011 Maine MER               50  53  .485  8.0  Here's comes the MK Express.  .500 the goal, was 14 out June 20, now only 8. A-Gone on a tear.      
2011 Kennesaw Mtn KWR        31  72  .301 27.0  Despite some talent, the Braves are struggling and likely done in '11. The crafty vet Blake will ruin conteders chances        
 
Carter                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny

2011 San Diego SSC           79  24  .767 ----  Solid and in good shape usage wise.  SD could break 120 win CBA record. 
2011 High Bridge HHC         56  47  .544 23.0  Miller must fight off Frosts Jackhammers.  Closer could become an issue as Uehara has done a fine job to now. Usage a concern.      
2011 Joliet JJC              56  47  .544 23.0  This team is moving up into the elite teams with a great July. Pierre and Bourn best SB tandem in CBA?      
2011 New Jersey NBC          30  73  .291 49.0  DeJesus, Stanton, and Lowry star.  Niemann has pitched far better than 3-11 indicates.
 
Schmidt                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny

2011 Philly PPS              64  39  .621 ----  Hite is pulling all the stops and is starting to break away from the pack.  
2011 Ottawa OOS              55  48  .534  9.0  The Otters have slowed down after last months torrid pace.  Still an elite team with future HOFers Ortiz, Vladdy, and the under rated Rick3 Weeks.      
2011 Stirling SRS            52  51  .505 12.0  What has happened to the RedSox? After Choo and Pena, little power has hurt Nellum in Clemente division.      
2011 New Hampshire NWS       26  77  .252 38.0  Great block 16 winning 3 of 4 from contending Otters.  Tabata and Wheeler playing well. Brandon League is lights out!  
 
Monday                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny

2011 Skokie SWM              63  40  .612 ----  A purely excellent all around team. Great power n pitching. Patterson has been a revelation adding needed speed to the arsenal.
2011 Indiana IRM             60  43  .583  3.0  Fidlers magic is starting to pay dividends. Lewis has settled the staff with 9 decent starts. Now if Kuroda pitches well, Clemente will suffer. ,      
2011 Bryan KBM               49  54  .476 14.0  After a promising June, the Bashers have slipped back below .500.  Power needs to resurge.      
2011 Lake County LLM         44  59  .427 19.0  Jones's Leopard's are playing much better ball. Aside from a Carolina sweep, this team had a great July...but so did SWM, BSP, and IRM...      
 
Parker                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  The Skinny

2011 Brooklyn BSP            61  42  .592 ----  Brooklyn is a battling team. Huge offense, not so huge pitching despite a good 4 man rotation. Cabrera, Infante, Braun, Howard, and Doumit are puttin em up in Coors.  
2011 Carolina CCP            60  43  .583  1.0  Copperheads swept Bryan, but then dropped 3 of 4 vs Sunville.  They must find a way to beat Brooklyn and the SunJewels in 2011. Thome amazing numbers!     
2011 Sunville SSP            48  55  .466 13.0  Could we see a resurgent SunJewels in the final third? Bautista is scorching, and Cargo is now on fire.  Parker is in trouble.     
2011 Cooperstown CIP         36  67  .350 25.0  Winning of late, split 4 with Brooklyn, won vs Wildcats and Stirling.  Spoiler!      
 
 
SC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2011 Belfast BBD             57  46  .553 ----    59  
2011 High Bridge HHC         56  47  .544  1.0        
2011 Ohio OOR                56  47  .544  1.0        
2011 Joliet JJC              56  47  .544  1.0        
2011 Maine MER               50  53  .485  7.0        
2011 Longue Pointe LLD       46  57  .447 11.0        
 
CC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2011 Indiana IRM             60  43  .583 ----    60  
2011 Carolina CCP            60  43  .583 ----        
2011 Ottawa OOS              55  48  .534  5.0        
2011 Stirling SRS            52  51  .505  8.0        
2011 Bryan KBM               49  54  .476 11.0        
2011 Sunville SSP            48  55  .466 12.0        


Press releases by JM Blakely                      Block 16

 

Aramis Ramirez is CBA .317 with a card that hit .241.  I say this is pretty good considering our league.  Let’s hope that Aramis keeps this going and the gods of Strato give him a deserving card.  Omar Infante leads the league in hitting.  Wow.  .347.  Adrian Beltre leads the CBA with 129 hits.  Ricki Weeks has pounded 23 homers in only 379 at bats!  Jose Bautista is a beast.  Angel Pagan, the devil, leads the CBA with 20 intentional passes!  Mike Koepp has programmed his team to straddle the plate enabling both Andruw Jones and Aaron Rowand to receive 13 bruises each while the Prince of Fielder leads the CBA with 18!  Prince has some fat to absorb the shock.  Not sure what Andruw Jones and Aaron Rowand are doing.  Big Albert is half way to 200 RBIs!  92!  Man, please. The man drives in runs as long as a team member reaches first base!  Jose Bautista has as many as Phat Albert. How does the Joey Votto card produce fewer homers (13) than Ryan Howard (25)?  Juan Pierre and Carl Crawford have 58 and 54 swipes!  When those guys are walked, they break out in a sprint to 2B!  Next closest is Michael Bourn at 39.  Am I reading this correctly….Miguel Cabrera produces 10 runs every 27 outs? (RUNS CREATED/27 OUTS)  The slugging and on-base percentages are wild and very close to actual totals.  Cabrera, Josh Hamilton and J. Bautista must use boat paddles for bats.

 

Top three ERA leaders are all left-handed pitchers as are seven of the top ten….left handed pitchers can’t be successful in Stratomatic?  Who said that, lol!  Randy Wolf is first with a 2.02 ERA

 

CBA pitchers finish what they start, especially Zack Greinke and J. Weaver with 10 and 11 complete games.  Matt Capps has 25 saves.  As for the younger Weaver, he is at 175 strikeouts.  What is the record for strikeouts recorded by a pitcher in the CBA?

 

Dan Haren is the “Hammer” of CBA pitchers with….1….homerun.

 

That’s all for now.  Making my pitchers take batting practice……….

 
LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2011 C.B.A.
 
Dawson                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Limoilou LWD            47  30  .610 ----  Beating lefties, despite a .228 avg 
2011 Belfast BBD             42  35  .545  5.0  Making a challenge.  Cahill an ace    
2011 Longue Pointe LLD       37  40  .481 10.0  After reaching .500 fell to rising Joliet in series 2.      
2011 Montreal MCD            25  52  .325 22.0  Yes... A Hard luck roller in 2011     
 
Rogers                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Towaco TWR              47  30  .610 ----  Kevin Gibson's magic leads Towaco.  Rasmus and Quentin star.
2011 Ohio OOR                38  39  .494  9.0  Chris Young red hot. Hanging around .500, need to have strong 2nd half.     
2011 Maine MER               35  42  .455 12.0  Could be on the cusp of CBA oblivion. Adriax hacks 22 HR.     
2011 Kennesaw Mtn KWR        26  51  .338 21.0  Wait till next year. Players could be moving.     
 
Carter                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 San Diego SSC           59  18  .766 ----  Perhaps the best balanced team in CBA history? Is SD really that good?  
2011 High Bridge HHC         44  33  .571 15.0  Wild card contender, Millers patience paying dividends.      
2011 Joliet JJC              40  37  .519 19.0  Jack's team is surging.      
2011 New Jersey NBC          22  55  .286 37.0  Stanton and Lowrie stars...      
 
Schmidt                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Stirling SRS            44  33  .571 ----  This team is fighting with all theyve got.  
2011 Philly PPS              44  33  .571 ----  Hite's team is in a dogfight this year.      
2011 Ottawa OOS              43  34  .558  1.0  The Otters are a playoff contender.  Playing strong ball in tough division.     
2011 New Hampshire NWS       19  58  .247 25.0        
 
Monday                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Skokie SWM              49  28  .636 ----  Skokie is red hot.  Wolfman making his move, leaving Indy behind. 
2011 Indiana IRM             44  33  .571  5.0  Will struggle keeping up with Skokie, but trades could make difference in long run.     
2011 Bryan KBM               39  38  .506 10.0  Struggling block 12, needs to rebound to remain in contention.      
2011 Lake County LLM         28  49  .364 21.0  Tough year for Jones, with a team who can beat any team on any given day.     
 
Parker                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Carolina CCP            46  31  .597 ----  Very strong week beating Sunville and C Town to tie. 
2011 Brooklyn BSP            46  31  .597 ----  Struggled a little with pitching, but offense is cookin      
2011 Sunville SSP            36  41  .468 10.0  Dropped off after 2 poor weeks.  Should rebound.     
2011 Cooperstown CIP         24  53  .312 22.0  This team could be a beast in '12     
 
 
SC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2011 High Bridge HHC         44  33  .571 ----    84  
2011 Belfast BBD             42  35  .545  2.0        
2011 Joliet JJC              40  37  .519  4.0        
2011 Ohio OOR                38  39  .494  6.0        
2011 Longue Pointe LLD       37  40  .481  7.0        
2011 Maine MER               35  42  .455  9.0        
 
CC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2011 Carolina CCP            46  31  .597 ----    86  
2011 Brooklyn BSP            46  31  .597 ----        
2011 Stirling SRS            44  33  .571  2.0        
2011 Philly PPS              44  33  .571  2.0        
2011 Indiana IRM             44  33  .571  2.0        
2011 Ottawa OOS              43  34  .558  3.0        

 


(AP News release Brooklyn NY....May 16th 13:10....Svooge)

Roll what? the Brooklyn cab drivers are snickering. The 2011 season has hardly been a great one to start,
but fight? Yeah they have a real fight on their hands with not just the Parker division, but the 
improved ballclubs all over Clemente. Clemente looks like a dominant conference. Brooklyn bats have
responded for the most part with some power and hits in their barely .500 season. Should they think 
for the playoffs? Should they move towards the future. Many Brooklyn fans think the time is now, with
some excellent offensive and defensive players in the midst. The problem has been pitching or lack thereof.
Although it has improved somewhat, BSP starters have struggled allowing approximately a half run more than 
last year a 97 win season. Brooklyn's team ERA is despite and improved defense in the OF, and middle infiled 
with Markakis, Wells, and Brauin improving their ratings, and Uribe and Vizquel as well. Somehow, the staff
isn't shining. Halladay has been disappointing until now +21 Whip, 5-4 4.68 ERA. Edwin Jax a major problem 
with numbers off the charts 3-4 8.89 ERA. Whats that? Dickey has been sickey 2-3 5.63, and it could be soon
that he is used as trade bait in a deal.
The fans have started to get agitated. In a game last week, fans took to hurling jars of Tartar sauce 
at opposing players in a rediculous effort to stir up some team spirit and good play. Said NY cabbie Shetstayne DelPamper 
"It Is important to make other teams feel like fish out of water". Whatever warped reasoning the fans of Brooklyn and
the boroughs have, its clear they won't be having any parades through Prospect Park or down Avenue M if the pitching staff
doesn't settle down.

 
LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2011 C.B.A. Block 8 May 15th 2011
 
Dawson                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Limoilou LWD            35  16  .686 ----  CBA best pitching. The Little offense that could  
2011 Belfast BBD             29  22  .569  6.0  Scrap Iron tough. Huff another MVP type season      
2011 Longue Pointe LLD       21  30  .412 14.0  Pitching keepin em barely alive. Travis Ishikawa red hot despite team offense.     
2011 Montreal MCD            18  33  .353 17.0  Pitching can beat the best, and lose to the worst. No power.     
 
Rogers                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Towaco TWR              33  18  .647 ----  CBA's cinderella team of 2011. Power in Staub conf goes a long way.
2011 Ohio OOR                26  25  .510  7.0  Inconsistant week to week. Better at home, Nolasco and Buchholz solid.      
2011 Maine MER               21  30  .412 12.0  Uggla,Kemp,Headley culprits for poor start. When they heat up will it be too late?     
2011 Kennesaw Mtn KWR        19  32  .373 14.0  Encarnacion with 12 HR highlite dismal start for Blake's building team      
 
Carter                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 San Diego SSC           39  12  .765 ----  Only question is will they set a CBA record 120 wins held by 2002 Philly?   
2011 High Bridge HHC         28  23  .549 11.0  Fading a bit after torrid start. Phenomenal pitching, and Mora.      
2011 Joliet JJC              24  27  .471 15.0  Joliet starting to play good ball. Moving up a bit after slow start. Pierre and Bourn electric    
2011 New Jersey NBC          13  38  .255 26.0  Lowrie and Stanto show power. Built for the decade.    
 
Schmidt
                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2011 Stirling SRS            30  21  .588 ----   110  
2011 Philly PPS              28  23  .549  2.0        
2011 Ottawa OOS              28  23  .549  2.0        
2011 New Hampshire NWS       11  40  .216 19.0        
 
Monday                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Skokie SWM              32  19  .627 ----  Never a doubt in Wolfie's mind. Skokie the class of Clemente. Team built to last  
2011 Indiana IRM             30  21  .588  2.0  Fidler hounding the Wolf in one of CBA's key rivalries. They met in the Finals and in real life.     
2011 Bryan KBM               27  24  .529  5.0  Bryan is the X factor that could change the wildcard race. Playoff caliber, good P with Gregg having all star start.   
2011 Lake County LLM         20  31  .392 12.0  Faded against division in block 7,8 could rebound easily. Team looks like it could be a dominant force in years to come.     
 
Parker                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  Skinny
2011 Carolina CCP            31  20  .608 ----  Struggled with Ottawa, but well balanced. The pitching rules here.  
2011 Sunville SSP            26  25  .510  5.0  The SunJewels maybe a longshot, but look at that team again, they could take a wildcard or more.      
2011 Brooklyn BSP            26  25  .510  5.0  In Coors, P is key.  With a rested starting staff, they should win more games. Usage problems in Mid INF could hurt playoff chances.
2011 Cooperstown CIP         17  34  .333 14.0  McGeehee on fire, Delmon showing big power.  

 

 

Newcomer Lewis to pitch home opener

Montreal(AP)- Crows right-hander Colby Lewis will be Robert Brunet's starting pitcher for the home opener against Longue Pointe on Sunday at Oscar Peterson Memorial Stadium. He's expected to face Canadian born Ryan Dempster for the crosstown rival Loggers, which could shape up as a righty duel if Lewis' first start is an indication of his capabilities. 
     It was supposed to be veteran Livan Hernandez taking the ball to open at home. But, with Feldman on the disabled list to start the season, it moved the rotation up a slot meaning Hernandez will start the third and deciding game in the series against Belfast and Brawlers ace Trevor Cahill. Lewis' slot in the rotation falls 'just right' as far as he is concerned.
     "I consider it an honor," said Lewis, "I'm looking forward to the challenge."
     In his first start in Limoilou, Lewis showed the stuff that prompted general manager Doug Brunet to make the trade that sent fan favorite Rajai Davis to the High Bridge Heaters. He had a nervous beginning allowing a couple of runs on a walk and a hit in the first inning against the Wendigo. After inducing lead-off man Angel Pagan to ground out, he walked Jason Bartlett on four pitches. The always dangerous Prince Fielder then took a 2-0 pitch that headed to the gap in right-center, which might have scored Bartlett if not for a heads up play by Crows right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Lewis uncorked a wild one to Curtis Granderson that catcher Lou Marson had no chance on, scoring Bartlett and moving Fielder to third who would also score on Granderson's sac fly. Ramon Hernandez grounded out to end the inning. He settled down after that, giving up only one hit over his next seven innings before giving way to Fernando Rodney in the ninth. Unfortunately for Lewis, he had to watch from the dugout as Rodney's 3-1 pitch to Ian Stewart left the ballpark for a 3-run walk off homer after the home guys had already tied the score.
     "Hey, that's baseball," Lewis mused. "Sure I would have liked a chance to finish up. But, I'm not gonna play that second guessing game. Fernando's our closer and that's that. I had no hard feelings handing over the ball. It's a team game. I'm sure I'll have my times when the guys come in and get me out of a jam."
     It's unsure yet just what kind of home opener the Crows can expect with all the Loggers fans who will undoubtedly fill many of the seats. The senior team has no shortage of support in the city.
     " Well, there's no way to pick and choose who buys the tickets," says manager Robert Brunet. "Anyway, like we saw last year, we get quite a few of ours at LaMarre Field when they host us. It's great for the city, and great for the guys on both teams. More games at home with the families."
     No matter what happens, Oscar Peterson Memeorial Stadium will be a noisy place come Sunday.

Cooperstown undergoes major overhaul.

 
Cooperstown -- While most GM's were finishing holliday shopping and arranging holiday travel arrangents, Bob Fidler and Jon Stamets were hammering out the details on a blockbuster trade that will reshape the present and future of each of their teams.
 
It has been a whirlwind of an offseason for the Iron Horses, and now that the dust has settled, Cooperstown fans are struggling to find familiar names in the newly revamped roster.  Gone are anchors of the rotation Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester and Kirboki Kuroda.  Onto greener pastures are hitters Justin Morneau, Travis Hafner, Raul Ibanez and Magglio Ordonez along with closer Francisco Cordero. 
 
Without the offensive firepower needed to hang in the tough Parker division, the Iron Horses acknowledged a change was neccesary.  "Considering the age of the veterans on the team, we needed to go for it now, or step back, retool and come back strong in 2012," Jon said, "We've made the team younger and added players who should be cornerstones of the team for years to come."
 
The rebuild began with help from the newly relocated Skokie.  GM Josh "Wolfman" Shapiro wants to kick of the rebirth of his storied CBA franchise with a championship sesaon.  Skoakie added a veteran presense and middle of the order bat to the lineup in Magglio Ordonez.  Cooperstown was able to add young speedster Eric Young Jr. as well as a solid young backstop Nick Hundley. 
 
Next came a deal with Joe Wallace and his San Diego team.  "We needed a big left handed bat and a lefty in the rotation," Joe explained.  They certainly solved that need adding perenial MVP candidate Justin Morneau as well as young ace Jon Lester and catcher Nick Hundley.  Cooperstown added established youngsters Delmon Young and Jhoulys Chacin and also filled their closer need with Francisco "KRod" Rodriguez as well as oft-injured, but ace calibur SP Jake Peavy.  "We were hoping to focus a deal around Harden and Peavy, but we knew that in order to obtain a pitcher like Lester, either Daniel Hudson or Jhoullys would need to be included," Joe said.  In the end it was Chacin heading to Cooperstown.
 
Cooperstown and Stirling came together in a couple small deals sending utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and young OF Lasting Milledge to the Iron Horses.  Stirling added picks to the deal in exchange for picks a round higher.  "When it came time to establish our 24 man roster, we just didn't have the room for those two guys," Stirling GM Malachi Nellum said, "We were just happy to see them go somewhere they could be better used and wish both of them the best."
 
When the Wolfmen of Skoakie needed to add some offense from the left side prior to the cut deadline, he knew where he could find it.  "We contacted Cooperstown since names had been thrown around before and a deal came together quickly," Josh said.  Cooperstown sent lefties Raul Ibanez and Travis Hafner for right hander Alfonso Soriano and a late pick.
 
After dealing Soriano and Hafner, the Cooperstown lineup needed some pop.  Corey Light had a different need for his Bashers.  "Speed was something the Bashers hadn't had in quite some time, and Brett gives us that plus great OBP and defense in the OF," Corey said.  He was referring to Brett Gardner, who Bryan acquired from Cooperstown for 1B/3B Casey McGehee.  With the departure of Morneau, the Iron Horses not only filled the void he left at 1B, but added some extra punch to a lineup that's seen many of its best hitters depart the team.
 
It was clear no player was untouchable on the Cooperstown roster, and rumors were flying as to who could possibly be dealt next.  Could KRod or Delmon Young be sent packing before even suiting up in an Iron Horse uniform just like Hundley?  Could ace pitcher Jered Weaver be moved?  What about the team leader Brian McCann and others?  For now at least, these players will still call Cooperstown home, but the same can't be said for Adam Wainright, Hiroki Kuroda, newly acquired Alfonso Soriano and Jerry Hairston Jr. as well as long time closer Francisco Cordero. 
 
These players were traded to Bob Fidler's Indiana Redbirds.  At first, it didn't appear a trade was possible.  "I knew we didn't have the ammunition to pull off a deal for Wainright," Bob said.  Things changed, however, when the Redbirds acquired a pair of young phemoms, Madison Bumgarner and Bud Norris, in seperate deals with Kennesaw and Joilet.  "After those deals were made, the Cooperstown front office contacted us and let us know a deal might be possible."
 
For two weeks, through nearly daily corrospondance, the two sides negotiated, fine tuned and tweaked the deal, at one point erasing and starting over before coming to an agreement.  "This is the type of deal that I love.  Careful deliberation by both sides, evaluating not only the needs of our own team, but of the other team as well to help create a realistic agreement," Jon said. 
 
It was established that in order to let go of Wainright, Cooperstown was going to have to receive a young trio of starters including Norris and Bumgarner, as well as Tommy Hunter.  "We knew we'd need the 3 of them, but also acknowledged that price was too high for Wainright alone," Jon said.  With a premium on young pitching these days, the Iron Horses were willing to add aging, but still effective starter Hiroki Kuroda to the deal, along with Alfonso Soriano, Hairston Jr. and Francisco Cordero.  Indiana added young shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera as well as their 1st and 3rd round picks in this years draft.  "We have always been high on Cabrera, but with Jose Reyes as our starter, we were able to include him without hurting ourselves too much in the short term." Bob continued, "Wagner will be taking the ball in the 9th inning for us, but Cordero will be a reliable guy to go to in setup situations and spell Billy if needed.  Soriano's power is a welcome addition to the lineup and Hairston Jr.'s ability to play anywhere on the field gives us a lot of flexibility. 

 

 
The 2009 CBA champion Redbirds are certainly built to win.  Their rotation of Wainright, Oswalt, Kuroda and Garland give them one of the best big 4 in CBA.  "Right now Figueroa and Kazmir are penciled in to compete for the 5th starter spot, but we're still looking at options outside the organization."  Wainright now becomes a candidate likely to win 20 games or more, pitching for a team who's lineup contains Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton as well as three other players who should hit 20 or more HRs.  This deal makes the Redbirds a favorite for a playoff spot with the possibility of yet another CBA championship.
 
As for the Iron Horses, their eyes are set on 2012.  With a young quintet of starting pitchers consisting of Jered Weaver, Madison Bumgarner, Bud Norris, Jhoullys Chacin and Tommy Hunter and led by vets Javier Vazquez and Jake Peavy, 2011 will be used to evaluate their best options for a rotation going forward from 2012.  "We'll probably be limiting most guys to 100-150 innings with the exception of Weaver, even Javy and Jake will be given extra time off."
 
When asked if offseason dealings were over for the Iron Horses, Jon smirked and responded, "Never say never."  When asked about his draft plans, he was more specific.  "We plan to bring in a player or 2 to compete with Milledge in RF.  We will also be looking for a left handed bat to help out at 1B/3B and maybe in the OF as well.  There are a couple pen spots that need to be filled and you can never have too much starting pitching.  We're willing to fill these spots through trades though... I much prefer a bird in the hand, but now that we have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds, we should be able to find players who suit our needs."
 
Though most of the Iron Horse veterans have been traded, one thing is clear.  The Iron Horse's front office phone lines will always be open for incoming calls from other GM's for a trade, no matter how big or small.


December2010

  CBA 2010 Season In Review

Can you believe since Newsletter #1 in 2003 (press archive) we have had 290 of these league memo's?   Lots of writing.  Well here's the state of CBA right now.  Where we are at.  First I'd like to commen each and every one of you for a Phantastic (In respect to Philly) year.  It was well run on each end.  You guys were a) Efficient b) Reliable  c) Prompt d) Careful.  It made the league office job so much easier than the year before.  In fact this season for this first in 3 years had no major crashes.  In an attempt for the truest statistics, or CBA  Excutive Consultant Jack Frost managed to eliminate a statistical anomaly.  A game was counted 2 times. Jack Painstakingly rebuilt from all our carefully archived files the season eliminating the problem and even managed to trim the 'memory fat' from the main files so file size were smaller.  This year the player notebook file which we always record highlites, ate much memory. 1 or 2 megs.  This is just 1 reason why Jack Frost is well respected by the commmisioners office.  His scheduling work is another.  I would like to acjnowledge publically his fine and dedicated efforts.  His love for CBA is the motivation.

     This years administration did a fine job working behind the scenes.  It was a team effort without question.  The proper and efficient running of an organziation like CBA requires effort from several.  It starts at the top.  Your league Presidents set the tome for CBA, a league whcih has a VERY positive vibe.  I must say, that is the coolness factor of our GM's and the tone and manner and friendships that have evolved for which I am most proud. Friends, not just acquaintances have been made.  GM's have met, socialized, Netplayed, talked deal, BS with each other, and now become part of each others lives.  Wheres the tissue? Tito? Jermaine?  And this years Academy award goes to...
Cory Light. A trusted and awesome CBA person. We owe MAJOR thanks to Cory, who at his OWN expense provides us with our CBA website.  The domain is his, and server fees are his contribution.  Its more than appreciated on my end and judging by the webstats, by many others internationally who do follow our league...especially at draft time since we generally are the first to draft the new cards, and be on MLB schedule with our statistics.  There are quite a few who track our stats to project for their own league uses.  The draft is a template for many when their drafts begin as well.  Its somewhat of an honor when we do get our occasional emails from web visitors.  Cory Light sets the tone with his personality and diplomacy.  CBA elder statesman on council.  Cory's vote carries alot of respect and weight in council.  Thanks again Cory, you're the best.

Dennis Concepcion is another integral part of the machine. Dennis also is the true spirit of CBA and section 15.  His manner and enthusiasm has transformed CBA directly and indirectly from a league in transition to a positive, fun, and stable league. His voice of reason and innovation is resposible for making CBA not only a basic run of the mill Strat league to a league with a personality.  A league which has taken on a life force through his Press releases and finely detailed and comprehensive photo galleries are known throught the Stratworld.  Yes, CBA is well known after 13 seasons. Dennis is also active in trade council and rules committee discussions. 

JD Adams is our Usage Commisioner and going into his 2nd season on trade committee.  The committee consists of JD, Dennis, Cory, Rob Hite and myself. Derek has done an excellent job for 3 seasons now review usage, and saving the office time while creating a custom easy to use weekly reference that is simply unique to CBA.  Its is so easy, a caveman can use it.  CBA has evolved technically, and is even more user friendly thanks to Derek who has eased the time it takes to set upa weekly CM.  Since inception, I have noticed our weekly CM forwarding rate to have increased from about 11 or 12 per week to about 16-17 on and off list.  Make no mistake, your GM 'friends' are trying to beat you.  They're tailoring CM's to match your teams, and beat you.  It about winning, not the draft.   Thanks Derek.  These are our council members for 2011 season.

Within the CBA core are our consultants. Executive Technical  consultant Jack Frost, and Committee consultants Rob Hite, Jack Jung, and for 2011 Doug Brunet.  Rob  is a CBA elder statesman, and original member who played in another league with founder Claude LaMarre, and is always well known in Strat circles.  He also enters the World Series looking for his 3 crown.  Hite lends his expertise again in 2011 as an executive consultant to committee.  Rob has his input and league rules and issues of importance. 2001 CBA Champion Jack Jung of Ottawa Otters fame is another 13 year original veteran is on hand to assist with some rule committee and council input on an as needed basis.  Doug Brunet Joins us with a wealth (30+ years) of Strat-o-matic experience.  He is thorough and sharp. He will assume duties as a council consultant, and Transaction, Roster Management official.  He joins our council list.  Consultants do no have an official vote on trade council, but their opinions are sometimes asked or presented in the decision making and voting process.  Generally trade committee needs majority to pass, however 1 dissention is enough to trigger a committee action to review a trade then a final vote.  GM’s input are welcome to Committee if presented to a league President for introduction.  This procedure is in effect for trade review and rules committee review.  Suggestions are welcome via proper channels to committee, not on CBA_List.

The season started with the opening draft and a flurry of trade activity preceding and during what was a smooth and exciting 2010 draft.   There was a trendous amount of trade activity leading up to the February draft.  Many trades involved draft picks exchanging hands.  Picks high, and not so surprisingly with the increased vale of the late rounds, due to our CBA formula, many late picks were not only relevant but brought in some good talent in late rounds.  Big names moved.  Long time Basher Michael Young brought back power bat of Nick Swisher.  Bryan, now adds in 2011 Paul Konerko as they look to slug way to playoffs.  Brett Myers went to Carolina, Carmona went for a 5 to High Bridge.  Ian Kinsler also went to the Coppersheads for a 1.  C Town got Jav Vasquez for a 1, Bryan also got Jason Bay.  Brooklyn answered by picking up Ryan Braun, and Nick Markakis. In a win, win trade a busy BSP also swapped 2010 MVP candidate and Staff ace carlos Zambrano.  Joliet acquired Corey Hart for a few late draft picks from C Town.   Jon Buck only cost Ohio a #4, and Southwest got Cy candidate Theodore Lilly.  Cooperstown countered by snatching up MVP contender Brian McCann. Kurt Suzuki catcher, went to Striling.  Malachi Nellum made a lot of off season moves in 2010, including acquiring closer Joe Nathan for the stretch run.    The draft saw a lot of talent move in round 1.  Strasberg went to Keth Jones Sunville as the 1st overall pick.  He was followed by Rick Porcello, and Brian Matusz.  Andy Bailey was the fourth but was just dealt for 2011 to Kennesaw Mt.

Other first rounders included Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Coughlin, Mat Latos, Trevhor Cahil went to Belfast late round 1, Scott Podsednick, and Garrett Jones as well.  Some good talent also spread into the round 10 where Josh Thole, and Ike Davis both were drafted. 

With the races now over and Philly’s Rob Hite and the Phantastics the CBA 2010 champions, here is a team by team analysis by division.   We start this year looking at the Schmidt division home of the world champ Phantastics.  Philly dominated the entire season start to finish.  It was no accident as Rob Hite custom designs his teams and trades for select players to fit his franchise model.  The team was led by MVP candidate Derek Jeter who rebounded to post excellent stats, and more so winning baserunner movement and clutchness.  17Hr  69RBI  .311 27sb.  Although the team only hit .269, a low for Philly over the past several years, the HR bat was there slugging 282 of them.  Homer wise they were among CBA;'s best ever.  The ballpark helps them there.  Philly has always known the long ball. 13 players had double digit RBI’s.  Eight players hit 20+ HR with Berkman in what could be his last huge season hittling 32 and Ut Chasely hitting a big 36 HR.  Philly added speed to their mix in ’10 swiping 84 SB, which is a lot for this 3 run HR team.  The top of the order averaged around a .370 on base.  So natural that runs get plated. The offense numbers .354 OBA overall, .834 total avg, but the .480 slug is down a bit for Philly, but where the offense and defense was balanced, the pitching stepped it up. 

Not known for pitching lately, the Phantastics allowed only a .257 BA.  The relief corps wasn’t too effective allowing 33% of opposing runners to score once brought in.  In fact they blew many saves.  Quite a few Clemente teams blew alot of saves as well showing a pattern for the juiced up Clemente offenses providing alot of late heroics and pop.  They converted only 55 of 83 saves oppoprtunities.  Despite Verlander's CY Young season, he had the least run support from his starting crew 5.17 runs per games while the others got generally a half run more support. The season was a tremendous success for 3 times champion Rob Hite.  Executive consultant and long time CBA friend. Rob is the cream of CBA's GM crop for 2010.  Will he be again in 2011?

The Stirling RedSox have officially been transitioned to Malachi Nellum.  Wayne McGee steps aside, retires and will undoubtedly gain entry into CBA's Hall of Fame when balloting is issued in January 2011.  This team has been built almost ground up into a contender by former Alamo City Flames GM Nellum who as VP and director of player personel, had drafted traded, acquired and revamped the once moribund RedSox into a streamlined talent laden organziation.  Last year, Stirling was edged out of a wildcard spot by the Carolina Copperheads and Brooklyn Superbas in the final week of the season. Carolina took the final series against both Brooklyn and Stirling.   Striling lost out of the playoffs by dropping 3 of 4 to the eventual World Champion Philly Phantastics, while Brooklyn swept away Cooperstown in the final series after losing before to theCarolina Parker champs.  It was Clementes closest race in many years and any one of the final teams dancing, Stirling, Superbas, CTown could have won it.  Stirling was a player all year.  They started out owning Schmidt throughout April.  In May Philly took the eventual Schmidt lead.  Stirling never let 2nd place out of their hands as they consuitantly stayed in the hunt all year long.  Led by Player of the year candidate Bill3 Butler  25 HR 103 RBI .331, and Carlos Pena's 46 HR 98 RBI  .233 the Sox powered 195 HR.  Michael Young added 24 more at 3B.  Pedroia was awesome at 2B 19HR 100 RBI .285 17SB a solid if not spectacular year.  The catching was among the best if not the best. Kurt Suzuki hit an excellent .310 with 16 HR, and Taylor Tea...garden was a .322 hitting backup. Now the paradox, The Sox stole 176 bases! Crwaford had 56 despite lower numbers in '10 than is customary.  15 HR 65 RBI .267 10 triples.  Ellsbury stole 39 with 16CS, and Elvus Andrus stole 31. The team hit 36 triples Andrus 8, Crawford 10, Ellsbury 7.  Just to add some xtra pop.  Overall a .345 OBA and .456 slug add up to improved performance.  A .748 Total average is good enough to win with. The pitching was capable, but the bullpen was shaky.  Bronson Arroyo pitched well allowing a .251 BA, but the team duidnt suport him scoring almost 3/4 run less when he was on the mound.  Likely as he was stacked up against the Aces of the Clemente Conference.  Guys like Halladay, Oswalt, Verlander, Carpenter, Wainwright, Lilly, Greinke, and a slew of top shelf aces.  Jurjenns, Arroyo, Buehrle were solid.  Jurjens emerged as top line guy though will be limited in 2011.  Until Nathan came on board, the Red Sox pen was shaky at best.  A .326 IRSC is crap. Too many comebacks allowed.  Very important stat that CBA recognizes.  Byrdak despite a .200 Opp BA, allowed 40%, Madson 46%, and O'Day 37% of all runners on base inherited, to score.  Cant win games unless you out slug them or out steal them which is what The Sox had to do.  2011 promises to be an a good one as Nellum  let go of Milledge and Hairston for picks, acquired ace Phil Hughes.  Again there should be tough competition as the powerhouses lineup in the slammmin Clemente where all teams can clubber each other.

The light is on and shinig.  Perhaps the envy of the CBA's new decade, Ottawa is living off they're former glory, but not for long.  There are hard times for CBA's original franchise in the Canadian National Capital city.  The beautiful city of Ottawa has come close making the playoffs recently as 3 years ago, but there has been little joy other than that brief shining moment.  They came close in 2009 to making the show, but swooned intheir last month.  Not since the days of the Dynamic Duo Papi and Vlad had they brought the fans to their feet.  But in 2011 with those two re emergence, bright things could be in store in 2011.  In 2010 a perfectly dismal season.  However Jack Jung doesnt quit.  Patiently building through the draft, This team is one to watch out for in 2011.  Super young talents like Justin Heyward, Ricky Weeks, Cameron Maybin, Andrew McCutcheon, Steven Drew, Justin Upton, Y Gallardo.  The team is a goldmine.  Pitching is the deficiency here.  The offense certainly can compete with anyone in the upcoming campaign.  Last year, the light was flickering not shining.  Like a bad Doors song, the team was out of synch and plugging away laying in wait for better times.  The crowd dwindled, but the press was buzzing following their minor leagues.  The coming of Heyward.  A minor league draft pick.  A superstar in 1 year.  CF of the future for all of Ottawa to cheer.  Despite Rickie Wells 13-7 record in an impressive rookie season, There was little pitching to speak of.  Gallardo was 9-16, Volstad 2-13, Lackey 3-15, Era's all ranging from 4.70 - 7.16.  Cook was 8-9 4.40  Best of the rest.  The defense was shoddy with a below average.716 X rating percentage allowing in even more runs. Next year the starters are all grouped around 4.50 ERA's and there is no clear ace, So Ottawa should struggle to keep opponents from scoring.  The staff in 2010 allowed righties to hit .275 against them, .266 overall.  Not particularly effective. Allowing 9.3 hits per 9 IP. A high 3.8 BB per game and alot of hits per IP, adds up to runs for the Opponents.  When you achieve a low .329 OBA on offense, your opportunities are limited.  2011 promises to be so much better. Theyre IRSC matched Stirlings.  Joe Mauer MVP /Player of Year candidate had a sensational year and is undoubtedly the face of the franchise.  Next year should be a bonanza for him if they can get the pitching.  No reason why Ottawa couldnt be a Clemente Champion.  Mauer led CBA with a .366 BA, with 27 HR & 79 RBI. Had an amazing 1.069 Total avg.  Vlad hit .292 with 15 HR, while Papi slugged 39 HR with a low .233 BA.  Expect those three to dominate in 2011 with McCutcheon and Heyward setting the table.

The Schmidt division.  It stands for power.  Philly has dominated like Schmidt did.  Despite being somewhat of a question mark in social skills, Schmidt his bat stood out.  In Clemente especially in Schmidt its the bats which stand out too.  New Hampshire's bats were perhaps a CBA record low with a measly horrifyingly unprofessional .216.  It skewed the stats weighed in by the conferences other teams.  This was solely the fault of former GM Dave Jacobs of the Atlanta Crackers (should have known then) Columbus Wildcats, who was ill prepared, all talk and no action.  He came aboard, and proceeded to make a shambles of deadlines, time positions during the draft, and whined about procedures, to the point he was removed into his initial probation and replaced by the league office before he could do much more damage to the team and our league.  No way to see it coming with Jacobs, but happily we were able to recruit our first choice a valued veteran whom Id hoped would join us for years Chris Brazeau who turned out to be exactly what this franchise needed, and more.  He has fit right in at home with our veteran GM's, and has dedicated time and studied our rules and league.  Seems like he is having fun, and we are gald to have him building this franchise ground up.  A challenge, but he will make all kinds of CBA friends and surely will compete at a high level within the close future.  Chris has several friends here in CBA from other leagues, and all were thrilled to add a familar buddy and true Strat man.  All wasnt horrible with the NWS pitching.  The great bullpen put up some good numbers and kept the team from getting trashed in some games.  Outman, Wheeler, O'Day, Hughes, Coke.  Were very capable in a pen by committee.  Some of the starters performed reasonably well too.  Young Ross Ohlendorff, M Repzcynzki, and R Vandenhurk, kept the ERA in the mid 4's.  Some potential there as well. The staff did well enough to wins some.  But the bats were a ragtag collection of usage filler RFA's whose sole purpose is to add to some career stats on the Batters Register before there careers in CBA fizzle out.  Guys like Ross Gload (Brooklyn's Madison HS) .217 4 HR, 17 RBI,  Chipper Larry Jones .239 11 HR 45 RBI, Julio Lugo .271 4 HR 29 HR, Omir Santos .261  7HR 39 RBI, Ronny Cedeno .214, E Renteria .214, M Maier .213 you get the picture.  Gerardo Parra hit .266 with a few HR.  But they will need eventual offense to compete in CBA.  This draft is key for Hampshire who acquired Pitchers, J Masterson, B League, and JA Happ in the Hughes trade, clearly building for the future up in New England.

The Monday Division

Last year 2009 was the year the Bob Fidler and the Indiana Redbirds set CBA on its side when he took his wildcard team across Clemente defeating Brooklyn and eventually Longue Pointe for his 3rd championship in 4 years.  Fidler is in the Monday division where he pared up with The Offense mided Bryan Bashers who featured Jason Bay, and Southwest who Featured Matt Holiday.  Not to be outdone, Albert Pujols as well as A Rod were in tow.  But 2010 was not to be as Holliday led the enigmatic Eric Lindner Lizard Kings to the Monday title by a substantial margin.  The dominant team of the the late 2000's had fallen victim to age and poor MLB performances, but still managed a respectful 83-79 season under Fidler's attentive guidance.  It could be made a case for that Bob Fidler is no longer a the towel waving GM champion going into the new decade, but rather a grizzled veteran GM whose savvy and determination has carried this franchise into a transition with grace and class. Fidler is already rebuilding and looking to change things necessary to compete.  Even in transition, Fidler can beat you. This team did not quit and kept fighting despite obvious deficiencies.  Slightly better at home in Redbirds park, they were a playoff team at home less than that on road where they were .481   They had to mix up their game even doing some small ball to win games.  Cabrera, and Polanco resorting to the lost Clemente art of bunting successfully 46-56 times.  The pinch hitters came thru witha .378 BA, best in CBA. The offense was good enough to win.  Comparable but more powerful than Stirling's   The power went 1-9 through lineup.  A .345 OBA and .478 Slug which was two percent better. .278 overall BA, 242 HR (2nd in CBA), 830 runs (3rd best). Pujols won the Clemente MVP and player of the year award for his .323, 58 HR 127 RBI season. He edged out Brooklyn's Ryan Howard in HR, but Howard had more RBI's to lead CBA.  5 players over 20 HR, Sizemore 31 in CF, Pence with 26 HR for an amazing power OF.  A Roids numbers were deflated to .262 24 HR 81 5 SB as he detoxed and dried out in 2010 CBA.  Hamilton's numbers were down, but will be way up in 2011.  Carlos Ruiz solidified catching hitting better than expected .277 10 HR 46 RBI.  Posada added 25 HR's .254.  Colby Rasmus was solid with 18 HT 70 RBI .268.  Enough offense to win.  In the clutch in 600 AB's, they slugged 29 HR and drove in 122.  But for only a .231 average.  A microcosm of the season.  No pitching, huge bats, but something missing other than the long ball.  Hit .298 with bases loaded however,  strange.  But pitching? 4.77 ERA  Jeremy Sowers wins 13-5 but 5.21 ?  Oswalt only 9-10 ?   It was a horror show.  41 more hits than IP. 586 BB's, Oswalt and Kazmir got little run support from a good offense (4.50 or so)  Also the pen was shaky with a Stirlingesque .328 IRSC. They saved only 70% of games too 43-61  not good.  The Pitching was actually helped by a good defense which posted a .802 X rating.  80% is very good.  Otherwise the team ERA would have been likely near 5.00.  They even turned a triple play around the horn 3rd to 1st.

Lindners Southwest Lizard Kings 101-61, put it all together in 2010 with another ill fated playoff run.  It was Eric Lindners final hurrah in CBA as he moves on to irrelevant in the Strat-o-sphere.. The Lizard Kings (Skokie Wolfmen) season was verifiable and documented with great performances by Holliday 31 HR  104 RBI  .310 BA. ,Tulowitzsky 33 HR's, 17 SB zero times caught, Matt Kemp's 27 HR 95 .282 with excellent defense.  Adam  LaRoche hit .301 23 HR  91 RBI, Andre Ethier hit 31 HR 78 RBI .269.  9 guys over 133 hits.  6 over 150 hits.  Thats consistent.  A team .341 OBA with a .270 BA.  213 HR 819 runs.  Near the top in all catagories.  Except this year the pitching was the difference. The top 4 in the rotation did very well keeping opponents at bay.  Theodore Lilly acquired in a trade with NJ Beatles for a a draft pick, went 18-2 for the Monday champs.  Matt Cain added 14 wins, and 13 more for Clifford Lee.  Guthrie had 11 more.  Team 3.83 ERA with a great .816 X rating made this a bonified contender and favorite except that Lindner had a meltdown and quit Stratomtic when they wouldnt  assist his Netplay and told him he tampered with protection system. We lost, and so did the company.

Bryan Bashers.  A team looking for respect and coming real close being competitive the past few seasons after struggling throughout most of its CBA tenure as Kilgore.  The team is built on some punch.  They acquired what seemed the last piece in Jason Bay, and has been the case with most of Bryans great acquisitions, the players tune dog the next year and Ole Cory Light has to restart again.  Each year they add a big piece.  This year the huge bat of Paul Konerko. If Bay and Konerko return to form they could be formidable with McGehee, Wigginton, and Swisher also strong bats. In 2010 the Bashers popped 213 HR's  Lots of power but very low .249 BA and low OBA .329.  The slugging was at .429 which belies their 213 dingers.  So if it wasn't a HR, it wasnt anything for Bryan.  Jason Bays' injuries in MLB, may not help this year except that he should get on base in 2011, run and play some D.  He should rebound easily as he adjusts.  Bay hit 36 HR (( RBI .267 for Bryan while Swisher added 33 HR 100 RBI.  Overbay, Hairston, McGe hit all around 15 HR's Marlon Byrd added 21 HR. O'B was their most consistent hitter batting .288 with 16 HR 80.  He does it year in and out and is a steady bat.  This got steady work out of Jason Kendall  .254 4 HR 29 RBI, but the defense doesnt enhance things at catcher, and they will need better overall production at catcher. Mark Ellis 10 54 .266.  was solid at 2B with great defense.  O Cabrera had 11 HR 59 RBI .260 but had 23 big errors to blemish a decent defense.  Ben Francisco hit 10 taters off the bench.  A typical patter that sums it up up Brad Inge hit 23 HRs at 3B, but drove in 48 and hit .204. 

The numbers individually look good, but on the field they could barely reach .500.  Speed, defense, and bullpen as well as The ace starter hurt their chances.  They were better than most in a tough conference.  No reason to think they cant compete again. The pen couldnt hold down what the stares had, and the batters couldnt get on enough to take advantage of the HR's.  Despite Hawkins 30 saves, he did lose 7 games which means something went wrong here. A 68.3% sv mark. 33% IRSC. Shoddy work.  The defense was improved by a few percent over 2009 at 76% X rating.   The staff only allowed 6 more hits than IP. But the starts hits was far higher than the relievers +53, and relievers -45.  So relievers choked in tough situations but were good in long relief allowing the offense to come back in games and maybe win.  A comeback offense.

Lake County Leopards.  David Jones is one of CBA's class gentlemen.  He has experienced playoffs, and the cellar and is always a pleasure to correspond with and play in CBA.  The Leopards have a leagcy of winning and are rebuilding at this time.  The moved along malcontent Adraim Beltre and brought back Scott Rolen who has a great card again in 2011 with defense of legend.  Also coming aboard is super prospect Chris Carter, and Jones' intentions are clear.  The Leopards are looking ahead.  The 2010 team was equally as poor on the road as at home as the fans stayed back some at Leopard stadium. The team struggled at the plate and in the power categories.  They achieved good numbers from CBA's Jay Johnstone award winner Garrett Jones  .343  26 HR 70 RBI.  Dexter Fowler hit .277 and remains a propsect, and Fucudome showed more improvement into elite CF department for 2011. James Ba-Loney was a disappointment and was counted on to do more than .251 10 HR when he was acquired from Indiana.  Garrett Atkins fall off wasnt expected, as was Brad Penny or Derek Lowes drop off. With a reverse of fortunes in MLB this would have been a different club.  The players aged quickly and the numbers showed it.  Jimmy Rollins hit .210, Nady was hurt and tailed off.  he should rebound in MLB with Arizona in 2011.  Gio Soto dropped off, huge. Too many to drop to sustain wins in 2010.  Some plyers will rebound for them in 2011 set so the chances are great we will see improvement in the Lakers for next year.  The staff was woefully deficient an old in 2010.  They couldnt buy wins.  What seemed like a good staff was affected by the lack of offense.  The rotation startsr Beckett, Penny, Lowe won 10 while Cueto won 9.  The pen had a .77% save pct which wasnt too bad. A .294 IRSC was pretty good allowing a 66 win season.  Could have been much worse.  Lake Co showed that Pitching can only win so much.  The defense had a .771 X rating not bad, but without the offense, cant win in Clemente where offenses are powerful enough to overcome pitching. 

The Parker Divison

Carolina Copperheads Scott Kenan was a runner up for GM of the year.  He certainly earned that distinction with his breakout performance in 2010.  Took awhile to get there.  Building and drafting.  Trading and planning Kenan represents CBA's future.  He has taken control of the Parker divison wresting it from Brooklyn who had won 8 division titles with 10 playoff appearances since 97. They went 98-64 with a team ERA of 3.88 in a tough slugging conference.  Pitching stopped their division and Conference opponents down the stretch as well.  Sthey stopped Brooklyn cold in their final week match ups when they needed the most.  -104 hits than IP, allowing only 170 Hrs to their slugging 3rd best 238 HR's.  In a HR laden conference its huge.  86 errors was good, but only 66 SB, meant the team relied on the bat not speed to generate runs.  Offense did pound into alot of DP's 146 rally killers.  They hit 126 HR on the road, 2nd most in CBA.  Typical Clemente contender .346 OBA, .453 slug. The offense didnt have that extra zip, but the pitching gave a good offense the chance to be in all the games.  They were retaliated against, by having 68 of their batters plunked.  Rick Debrule?  45 Sac flies 2nd best in CBA. Defense was good enough.  Catchers couldn't get out stealers throwing out 21% not too good, putting guys into scoring position. Carolina was able to use the hit and run its advantage getting 28 advances in 34 chances an 82% H & R rate. Only 33% in clutch hitting.  The Carolina team came through in the clutch during the regular season.  A 73% X Rating was not too great but league average was .721. 

The team got better performances from several key players.  Looking at the lineup Joey Votto 18 HR 76  .317.  Miguel Tejada was sensational with his glove only 2 errors!  He hit 14 74  .303.  Zimmerman at 3B hit .285 22 86.  Scutaro was capable at .277 with 46 RBI's and glove. Hermida hit .288 in platoon.  Kinsler  .251 30 107.  Thats great offense in the infield middle.  Makes the rest of offense that much more effective.  Despite low batting averages, Jayson Werth and Adam Dunn had 34 and 38 HRs respectively.  The difference being they both were able to get on base helping teams win rather than the low OBA high HR guys on other teams.  Carolina was able to survive Ryan Ludwick's slack from 2009.  The pitching was solid.  Jason Marquis ate up innings and got 14 wins and a .487 ERA.  Johnson was a Cy Young runner up behind Verlander and Greinke with a 21-5 record and an awesome 2.51 ERA  to make it into franchise history books.  Huston Street was spectacular as closer of the year, and a valuable acquisition. Carpenter added 15 wins against 5 defeats and Johan won 14 more.  The bullpen was strong with a 28% IRSC and good middle inn support from Ni, Frasor, and lights out 0.25 ERA from Tyler Walker. Carolina won in a historic 4 game set in the battle of Parker at seasons end defeating the Superbas perhaps setting the stage for their unceremonious first round exit the next week.

Brooklyn Superbas were an enigma. Again a dominant team though not as powerful as in years past.  Brookyn is t rebuilding acquiring several young prospects and players over the past year.  David Price, Ryan Braun, Hank Conger, Nick Moustakis, .Their team BA was down to .283 after last years .307.  HR's went down from 275 to 213, and runs 1069 down to 879.  Still quite good, but not the typical Superba power team. The Superbas reputation is that of CBA legend.  Perhaps the single most potent offensive force in CBA's history, the Superbas have epitomized the Clemente model year after year.  Dominant offenses.  Historicallly led by Player HOFers like Todd Helton, Sammy Sosa CBA HR all time leader till 2009.  Bagwell, Ventura, Albert Belle.  Huge numbers and recently Ryan Howard who was almost an ex Superba this winter, Miguel Cabrera, and now Ryan Braun.  Ivan Rodrguez  7 55 .276, will return again as the Brooklyn Longtime catcher sits very high on many CBA career leader categories like Hits Doubles and RBI's let alone his Hall of Fame defense.  Brooklyn must cut the WP's and PB's. He will split time again with Ryan Doumit 11 Hr's.  In the wings in wunderkind Hank Conger so Brooklyn is also planning ahead. .  This season Ryan Howard 55 HR 145 RBI .277 10 sb 1.002 Total avg, made a a serious pitch for MVP finishing second Indiana's Pujols.  Braun had a great first year with Brooklyn slugging 34  121 .304 22 SB. Miguelito Cabrera finished strong down the stretch 33 115 .320. Those are big Superbas seasonsbut not enough to dthrone the Philly team in Rd 1.  When the bats were stopped cold by Philly pitching.   Former MVP Vermon Wells hit 18 more HR's and is another CBA player who is added to career totals.  Omar Vizquel will return for another season with Brooklyn and is another CBA HOF candidate.  Markakis had a solid 13 HR 76 RBI .307 campaign batting 2nd with 188 hits and 45 doubles to match his defense and arm.  Furcal returned as fulltime SS, but was fair  .267 8 HR 52  only 4 SB and 26 errors too high, led team with 20 sacs however.  Blake hit 14 HR .294 at 3B, but his defense was rough.  The teams defense once a bright spot in 2009, was 10% worse finishing .727 X which is average but didnt help a good pitching staff which faltered at times.  Brooklyn got 49 assists from their OF.  Adding Chone Figgins for defense and speed didn't factor too much in the race, and may be dealt as the spring approaches.  Second base thought to be a sore spot with 3 men filling in Vizquel, Bloomquist, and Infante turned out very productive in a 3 way platoon.  Infante was a runner up in the Johnstone award voting.  Brooklyn just could win in the clutch.  Only getting 2 of 20 clutch hits all year.  PH Randy Ruiz under achieved only 3 for 22 after being counted on heavily in clutch. They did manage to hit with the infield in 17 times.  So the extra speed in '10 did help indirectly at times.  Again Brooklyn matched well winning 49 at home.  They finished 3 games behind Carolina.  They scored about 5.3 runs a game allowing only 4.6 in Clemente. The won in close games 31-15.  Superbas 'struggled' vs Lefties only .276 but .285 vs R.  The team had a typical contender like .343 OBA and .463 slug.  .805 production, They struck out way too much 1113 times, and grounded into 153 double play both numbers came into play in the playoffs, and meant doom for Brooklyn ultimately.  Its the well balanced teams that win most frequently.  There is a stark contrast between the Staub teams offenses and Clemente.  A true comparison could be made between the old MLB NL and AL.  Rick Debruhle? 

The pitching staff did decently but faltered late.  Halladay had a poor year by any standards despite double digit wins. 13-15 4.92 ERA.  Zambrano acquired for Staub MVP nominee Brandon Phillips was Brooklyns best with a 4.00 EAR and an 11-6 record in limited Inn. Edwin Jax was 4.18 11-10 219 K's and a high Whip. Lannan was decent solid at 12-10 4.47.  The team has a 4.21 ERA which is very respectable in Clemente.  Mariano had a decent year by his standards after a  poor 2009.  He saved 24 games 6-3  2.39.  Dice K won 6-0 2.73, and the bullpen was .287 IRSC.  By committee Vargas, Miller, Boyer were decent.  Could have been worse, but it was enough to limit the opposition in close games and win 95. Jon Rauch was awful in his role 2-4 5.03 3 saves hurtin them in the stretch.  Brooklyn continues to build and can be expected to compete again in 2011 with a balanced offense, though in need of some more power, Brooklyn will need a starting pitcher or two to keep get ahead for another parker crown. 

Cooperstown came really close in 2010, succumbing in the final weeks to Brooklyn and Carolina who barely edged them out of a wildcard spot.  It was a close as can be.  Morneau and Reynolds could only carry the decent offense so far.One game does matter.  Cooperstown GM Jon Stamets set about resurrecting the franchise with a series of huge trades.  They brought in Hirshima Kuroda, Brad Hawpe, Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner, Yunel Escobar, lots of draft picks for building.  This became Jon' s team.  They wasted no time winning and this season finished with a 91-71 record. The numbers were good all around. The staff tossed 12 shutouts, 49 saves, a .284 IRSC.  A team 3.83 ERA was excellent in Clemente. Vasquez 14-10 2.99 could have won more if he didnt get just 4.19 runs per start against this offense, Lester 14-7 3.07, Wainwright 16-14 3.43, Jeff Weaver 17-6 4.02 ERA.  Frank Cordero saved 31, 6-7 3.35. The rest of the pitching substitutes and end staff guys struggled or the numbers would have been better.  Howry, Burnett, and Angel Guzman did a solid jn mid relief but really the 4.51 relief ERA meant the numbers could lie.  The startes low 3.43 ERA probably tells more the pitching story for C Town which was heavily reliant on its starters to win as many as 91.  The staff struggled against lefty starters allowing a .267 BA as opposed to a .242 vs R BA. The lack of lefties may have hurt there.  The team had a .250 avg allowed to batters.  The strikeout to walk ratio was only 2.27 not too good, but acceptable.  Hit and run was not a specialty.  Only 8 hits and 38 advances in 49 tries. C Town stole 70 bases in 85 tries for a 81% rate.  Excellent running so runner movement was acceptable between speed and hit n run.  Seven batters slugged double digits in HR with Morneau hitting 38 HR's 98 RBI  .283.  McCann was perhaps the 2nd best catcher in CBA with .311 21 HR 80 RBI.  Yunel was 14  57 .297, only 9 errors.  Franklin Gutierrez hit 15 71 .297.  Mark Reynolds slugged his way to a .251  36 HR  101  15 SB, but made 22 errors at 3B. B Harris made 13 more errors as a utility reserve which hurt some.  Ibanez hit another 29 HR's to add pop. Maglio had  5 HR 37 RBI but did hit .303.  Overall a successful campaign for Cooperstown. 

Sunville SunJewels is a building team and boy there is talent here. Carlos Gonzalez, Steven Strasburg 9despite the hurts), Austin Jackson, Josh Willingham, Jose Bautista, Rod Barajas, J Gomes, D Freese, Ankiel.  This team will be much imprioved in 2011. That is the direction that Keith Jones is going in.  Jones feels the time is now to take Sunville from the rebuild phases to the next level of winning. The staff has Gio Gonzalez, N Blackburn, Strasburg, Hochevar, Joba, Correia, Troncoso, and Pavano.  This team has picks, and could surprise.  Could this be a breakout year for Sunville they way Montreal broke last year?  The team batted only .235 with 177 HR. They scored only 618 runs.  A lot more than they did in '09, but woeful in the Clem.  They will need further development of their players to achieve more.  The best hitter was Nick Jiohnson who hit .306 at 1B. Willingham hit 17 HR, Cargo hit 15, Andruw Jones hit 18 HR,  Thames 14, Barajas 13.  Blackburn won 7 games as staff ace, and few guys posted around 5 or 6. Soriano saved 12, and Troncoso saved 9. The staff ERA was 5.91 terrible.The sedond worst BA, and wrost ERA meany Sunville will draft high again in 2011, and could get richer in talent.

The Staub Conference

The Rogers Division

Rogers division may feature very different situations than any other division.  They are the caught between division.  Caught between low win pct division winners, and contrasting styles of play.  The Dawson gets the headlines, but Rogers races are unpredictable. Reason being that Rogers gets whooped each season by Dawson who boast the wildcard teams in their three way dances. Rogers gets bumped around and while Dawson may fatten up, it leaves a competition for the title. Each year someone emerges as the hero.  No one team in Rogers is dominant perhaps fortunately for the teams of this division.  Carter has to contend with San Diego, and the division title is always up for grabs between Maine, Ohio, Kennesaw, and Allentown.  The title was won with 87 wins by Maine.  Ohio had 83, 4 back and clearly out of the wildcard.  Teams seem to have to win Rogers outright year after year to make the playoffs.  Last year Ohio was the winner only to be taken out in Rd 1 by Staub Champs Longue Pointe.  This year Maine basically staked claim getting hot in the second half.  The funny thing is Maine was 19-29 vs Dawson this year. Says it all.  By May 14th, Maine was 9 games back of  first place Ohio.  Ohio held first place pretty much opening bell through end of July.  They won 9 of their next 10 games vs Joliet, High Bridge and New Jersey, while gaining ground. By June 24th, they were down still by 6 games and again it was a time for the Express to switch tracks and roll.  Within aonly 2 weeks they tore it up and by July 4th were in 1st place.  This time winning 11 of 12 and for the next month battled Ohio for 1st.  At the end of July the Maine Express finally took control of Rogers with another hot streak winning 9 of 10 games including a sweep over Allentown which devastated the Senators season.  Maine took it from there.

Mike Koepp is a classy GM.  He has been reliable loyal, and above all else a great CBA friend to many of us.  Always eager to help out.  His teams have been successful in CBA as well.  Maine has been to the playoffs 2 of past 3 years.  He's had to match wits with division mates like Glen Kenan, Mike Blakeley, Rich Schneider.  He finds a way to manage his usage and win. Not sure he thought he would at the season start, but he never quit.  The team hit .252 but this year they added some power to the team rare for Staub, but 192 HR's was a good year.  769 runs, 311 doubles, 118 SB.  Solid numbers there for Staub.  Remember how LP won with around 600 runs last year.   MVP Adrian Gonzalez 11.94 RC, 1.131 prod, 1.232 TotAvg,  .342 ISOPWR was amazing,  49 HR 119 RBI  120 runs .337, literally carried this team on his back to the playoffs. The numbers were amazing for Staub.  Other players contributed like Phil Cantu 20 HR 94 RBI .294, Adam Jones 23 HR 72 RBI .271 season in CF. Uggla added 42 HR despite a .217 average. Ryan Sweeney hit .297 and both Saltalamacchia and Barmes hit 15 HR.  Team .327 OBA not too good, and a .420 slug is below average. The PH's hit only .145 and that hurts in big moments.  Maine will need to increase their Prod numbers from 748.  By comparison, Kennesaw was 757.  A good team like LP was in the 780's.  On base and  some xtra base hits are needed somewhere. The Pitching staff's 4.01 ERA really carried this team with the occasional long ball.  Aaron Rowand was expected to contribute more than a .217 BA with 6 HR, and Bupton better than .220, but they will rebound and Maine should benefit.

The only trouble with the pitching staff eminated from the middle inning marginal cards that brought up the pitching stat numbers, the garbage hurt the overall, but its hard not to note the quality starts and performances given by Braden 10-6 3.47, Romero 12-11 3.91, Duke 13-12 4.15 and Saunders 11-10 4.21. The bullpen was outstanding otherwise with a total 3.48 ERA as the Starters were 4.26.  Jenks saved 18, but the committee of Fuentes 1-2 6sv 1.78, Coffey 4-1 2.13 5sv 84 IP, Lyon 7-3 2.45 8sv, and others were outstanding as was the team 26% IRSC. Perhaps CBA's best middle relief staff. RFA RA Dickey chipped ina few good games as well. The saves pct left something to be desired, so a proper closer could have helped there for a few more wins. Opponents hit .267, but the run support at 4.75 per game will need to increase.  A low .9 HR per 9 was excellent.  The .766 X rating defense was better than average in 2011.  Catching was a weakness in the field nailing only 28 -126 runners stealing.  With average OF arms, many extra bases could have been avoided. Runners did try their luck against the OF, but high OF assists totals kept them somewhat at bay.  Relievers accounted for nearly half the teams wins. Mike Koepp hopes to compete in the playoffs again in 2011.

Ohio Outlawz formerly the Thundercats held first place through the seasons first 2/3.  They looked like a repeat playoff performer but in the end could not beat opponents in Dawson 22-26, or do better than .500 vs Carter.  They cleaned house in their own division 37-29.  Obviously, Rogers will need to best Dawson to be able to start looking playoff bound.  It will be their litmus test.  Ohio split with Maine, but ate up Kennesaw spelling doom for Blakes team inside Rogers.  It was Ohio that ended Blakes season more or less going 14-8.  Ohio had the offense .273, 177 HR, 813 runs.  Definitely approaching Clemente totals but in Staub.  So what happened? The power was steady and good but no huge HR threat aside from Kubel MVP nominee's 28 HR 105 RBI season.  Texeira tailed off to 25 HR 95RBI .288, and 8 others had 10 or more HR spread around the lineup. 49 triples were very good too. A team .345 OBA is good, and .440 slug was above average.  Definitely better than their divisional rivals. A .762 Total avg and .168 ISO were decent. Mike Diaz was a strong Johnstone candidate with 10 HR 46 RBI .384 BA in 320 AB's.  The team fielded at a 70.6% X rating which is low and didnt help the pitching staff much.  Opponents stole 80% on catchers, but Posey in 2011 should fix that somewhat. Ohio will need better OF production as the highly untalented a nd over rated Melky Cabrera is not any kind of answer in strat baseball. Both Starters and relievers were equally as poor totaling 4.71 ERA.  Relievers 4.75 alone despite a good .256 IRSC.  . 125 SB were good, but was caught stealing home 4 times, and 3rd 6 times.  Some squeeze and bunt plays it seems 70-88 in sac attempts, 39 sac flies, and only got 3 clutch hits from batters.  Cant win big games like that.  12-14 in extra innings, and 22-25 in 1 run games. So the culprits were who?   The Hit and run didnt work too well for Ohio 9 hits in 53 attempts only 38 advances total. PH's hit well, .299.  Ohio scored pitchers about 5.02 runs per game.  The staff allowed 4.75.  Too narrow a margin to win more than 83 wins.  Strong correlation in wins and run margin there. Pitchers tossed 1477 IP, 1177 K's.    Likely the both starters and relievers were the leading cause of Ohio's late collapse.  They blew so many saves. only saved 48 of 80 games, rancid.  Closer Aardsma blew 8 alone. Blowing just isnt good in baseball. Millwood 12-17 6.91  really dragged down the staff .  The middle pen and other spot starters didnt do a great job. Perez, Meek, McClung, Volquez, all spit the bit.  The end of th rotation suffered, and with it Ohio.  It was a down year for the staff anyway with Volquez and Bonderman hurting.  To finish above .500 was a testament to Kenan's GM skill.

Allentown SenatorsThis team cant seem to get a break. Injuries and some poor MLB unexpected seasons hurt them in 2010. The talent is there and this team should be in better shape as the talent returns and blossoms. Kendry Morales hit .295 21 HR 79 RBI, Hanley Ramirez almost took the MVP with a sensational season .336 24 HR 93 RBI 38 SB and improved defense .804 X rating. Schumacher hit 2  45 .290 in his first full time season at 2B.   The bench was strong with Robinson Diaz .365, E Patterson hitting .412, Alex Gonzalez .309 in 275 AB's, and Mike Sweeney .293. Allentown has a future with Martin Prado 13 HR 44 RBI .283, and Russell Martin the Yankee. Pedro Feliz added 9 HR 74 RBI and a .282 BA to go with great defense at 3B. The team batted a nice .274 up much from last year with 113 HRs also improved.  Bats were evenly amtched both sides of the plate slight advantage vs Righties. A nice .340 OBA, but a low .397 slug meant problems against the tougher pitching teams of Staub.  6-16 vs Maine doomed them.  Maine's Pitching stopped ATown. Respectable otherwise in their division. They managed decently vs Dawson, defeating LP 7-5 in the season series. Maine is the Allentown natural nemesis.  A Town did well against Carter going 25-23.  Fattened up on New Jersey and High Bridge.  Good defense .766 X rating helped the Pitching. Terrible throwing from the OF also allowed runners to move along extra bases un necessarily.  Allentown stole 3B 17 times caught 8 of times, and was caught stealing home once.

Joel Piniero had a good year 11-10 3.97 ERA 20 quality starts but just 4.84 run support was the ace likely matched up against other aces. Doug Davis went 13-12 4.20 with 14 Quality starts. While Staub Cy Young 2009 winner James Shields was disappointing at 11-12  4.76 ERA.  The pen seemed better with Mike Wuertz  6-3  2.73 100 K 79 IP 18 holds a stud set up middle man finishing 3rd in reliever award balloting.   Brian Wilson saved 22 with 82 K's in 66 IP and will return as closer.  Wade LeBlanc, Howell, and Farnsworth did well in setup too.  The rest of the staff was well pitiful and non descript..  Allentown will need to draft well to keep pace in Rogers.  They are all bunched together and 1 player could make a diffeence between these teams.  Look out because right behind and building is the young and talented Kennesaw Braves.

Kennesaw Braves are an enigmatic team constantly evolving as the top shelf talent comes in  and some leaves.  The team is being built to specification by JM Blakely himself, and his talent evaluation has GM's drooling and looking to deal.  Kennesaw has been grabbing lots of talented young players in an attempt to become a dominant player in the new decade. Players with high upside potential he brings in, along with lots of high draft picks.  Blake is a patient man.  He wants to win now, but would not hesitate to build for more succes down the road than a quick fix.  Recent acquisitions include , Jesus Montero, Carlos Triunfel,  Jason Frasor, Yonder Alonso, IRM#2(11) PPS#1(11) JJC#1(11),JJC#2(11), JJC#6(11) and Andrew Bailey.

Chris Coghlan had a great 1st year batting .329 13 HR 57 RBI at the top of the order, but his defense crushed the team with 18 errors. and horrid range a .597 X rating  77 safe in 129 total chances.  57 safeties taken off his 168 hits is not a good turn around.  defense is mighty important. Julio Borbon hit .342 in 150+ Ab's, and team MVP Ben Zobrist hit .291 37 HR 96 RBI's in a career year. He was dealt away after the season. Gordie Beckham in a part time role hit 7  28 .294, and Cameron added 20 HRs in CF. Chris Davis hit 17 HR 60 .281, while Thome popped 23 HR, and Luke Scott added 16 more. A .335 team OBA, with 4.97 runs created is not that special, and unless the pitching is like Longue Pointe's, its not enough to compete in Staub.   Iso power .170 and total avg nothing to write home about. Giving up 4.97 runs while gaining 4.75 runs added up to losses.  Kennesaw couldnt defeat their won divison.  They finished 70-92, but were rotten vs Dawson divison too.  Unexpectedly they punded the Carter division going 29-19.  Cant figure the Jeckyl and Hyde performance we saw there. The pitching was all John Danks.  Cy Young candiate and at 16-8  .281, Danks could have won the award with no reply. The rest of the staff was so dismal I cant even talk about it.  Lets say the clsoer Kawakami saved 17 games witha 6.51 ERA.  Better times are a coming for the Braves.

The Carter Division

The Carter division has been dominated the past several seasons by the San Diego Surf.  Joe Wallace has got to be pleased with his teams performance and playoff appearances the past several years.  They have created a winning legacy With quite a few winning seasons after building painstakingly.  Joe Wallace is now a super senior veteran Member of CBA.  The original members with us are as follows:  CBA's  Senior Committee Executive, Clemente President  and website provider, Cory Light owner of the Bryan Bashers, Three time inc.2010 Champion Philly's Phantastics Rob Hite.  3 Time World CBA Champion and one time commisioner (2003) Jeff Boutet,  Executive consultant and 2001 CBA Champion,  Jack Jung owner of the Ottawa Otters,  as well as myself  Commisioner,  2004 World Champion,  2003 Clemente Champion, 8 Time division title Brooklyn Superbas.   After the original owners we have long time CBA Generals.  Amongst them executive consultant and technician Jack Frost.  Frost (as well as Brunet) join the executive consultant list for 2011. The hierarchy is as follows.
Commisioner: Marc Wass
Senior Executive: Cory Light
Executive Council: Marc Wass, Cory Light, Dennis Concepcion
Trade Committee: Marc Wass, Dennis Concepcion, JD Adams, Cory Light, Rob Hite.
CBA Executive Consultants: Jack Jung, Jack Frost, JD Adams, Doug Brunet.

The role of Senior Executive is defined as the co-comissioner by some league standards. By constitutional interpretation
The primary function of the League Presidents is to assist the commissioner on resolving issues within the league.
Issues pertaining to procedure. Results, interpretations, Proposals, Protests, should be directed to council.
Cory is more than that, he is at the heart of organziation of CBA. Theres alot more to it behind the scenes.
Every trade is consented and at times discussed, opinions heard when needed. Cory is CBA reason and integrity.
His opinions very well respected and his influence on the overall operation is a major reason why CBA has achieved its stability and consistency. His league communication clear, and he has my trust. Cory embodies section 15.

League Presidents Cory Light and Dennis Concepcion from Staub. Your league presidents are the liason into Council for inquiries or questions about procedures. We generally all will assist with questions, but Cory or Dennis have the CBA ability
to move the league along procedurally if the are needed to. Either alone may freeze a trade and prompt review. CBA prefers a free market. Free market meaning the league supply and demand mainly dictate the trade market. Trade council commences generally upon each trade. If discussion or member contact is needed to resolve trade terms, or even dispute, the trade council is empowered to advise, or even assist in trade completion. Members please know that there are often communications and procedures that do occur time to time. CBA has an effective routine and procedure for trade manufacture via committee.
Our council are Executive council and JD Adams, Rob Hite. However Senior consultant Jack Jung has the ability to vote or express opinion at any time. Jack Jung is our senior consultant. He has the abilty to vote in council when rules votes are called.
He can and has been asked to weigh in on league matters and trades if needed. When there are sensitive league issues,
Sensitive rules issues are sole discretion of Executive council and ultimately the commisioners office.

Our technical advisors are three. They have committee access and may be consulted on CBA operational issues only.
Jack Frost is Executive Technical advisor. He has been gracious in his time and effort to ensure that CBA has a consistant league file and database for the past 3 seasons now. He has been assisting scheduling longer. Jack has perfected working with the game engine and it is to all our advantage that he has applied his talents to us.

JD Adams is our future. JD has brought CBA into reliabilty and efficiency of the new decade with his careful monitoring and use of spreadsheets in applying our usage to our game play. He has saved us all time, and given us techies some more food for thought. His work is your gain in that the usage sheet has made GM's accountable to our rules and giving us the maximum in gameplay and roster efficiency. When each game counts, we must get to a higher technical standard to be enjoyable. With usage a CBA strategy, and roster management dependent on proper usage we are fortunate for the efforts.

Doug Brunet joins us with his work on maintaining the new CBA Spreadsheet. The Roster management guy is tracking and compiling the trades and roster movements as we move into the new decade. He will generally be able to confirm roster and trade moves.  He may record and log information and events on a players game file personal page or even on their main page.  Doug may note significant performances and present them to the league enhancing the experience.  Doug's organization skills even further technically move us ahead as he will further technically evolve the CBA. Could we dare to say, Skype, Twitter, MySpace, and that CBA may soon have a presence??. Right now WikiPedia links to us as the "International Strat-O-Matic League".

We then have our next in line, San Diego Surf and Joe Wallace. Joe Wallace is entering his 10h season in CBA.  He is a certifield senior CBA member.  A 10 year man.  Congratulations on behalf of the league office Joe.  He has been at the bottom, and slowly built his way to the top.  Wallace is now a perennial  playoff contender.  It was a long road. Starting in 2001 and toiling in the cellar pretty much until 2006 as one of CBA's lowest winning percentage franchise since 1997.  Beginning as the Don Jensen owned Hamilton Harbors a winning franchise, but definitely a quickly aging one, Joe took over with a 75 win season in 2001.  It was a long 4 more years gaining draft picks.  He was patient.  He was confident that he could build a team into not just a 1 season winner, but a force for years to come.  He is one of the favorites to win the Championship every year it seems.  Built through pitching, and key player acquisitions.  Wallace has made many excellent trades over the years, and many great draft picks as well.  This year San Diego was doing it again.  Led by a strong rotation and good hitting and on base in the lineup.  The Surf hit .287 this season.  A little righty heavy, they hit .294 vs L. .283 vs R, but higher slug. They slugged 174 HR's in Staub a good number. MVP Candidate Kevin Youkilis .348 21 79, 1.225 Tot Avg had a marvelous year in the field as well.  Roobinson Cano .310 18 HR 85 RBI at 2B. David Wright 12 HR 67 RBI .309 41 SB had another good year at 3B.  Delmon Young  12HR 42 .335 in 288 AB was a good Johnstone candidate, providing necessary depth down the stretch. Manny being Manny led the team with 22 HR , adding 66 RBI and a .277 in platoon. Catching was a strength at bat as Jesu Montero hit 10HR 61 RBI .313 in fulltime duty. Jack Bruce added 17 HR's in his first fulltime role. Perhaps it was the superior bench strength that did it for SD fending off the Jackhammers?  You can bet on it.  SD didnt miss a beat when they rested they're regulars in Wallace's platoons.  Usage was addressed at a highly eerily reminiscent of their Dawson rival Longue Pointe.  Aubrey .360, German .444, David Murphy .324, Flores .317, R Pena .310 gave great bench.  Jermaine Dye retired from CBA with a distinguished career of service mostly with SD and will become hall of fame eligible.  He hit 19 HR 90 RBI  .258.  A .359 OBA and .458 Slug is more like Clemente division statistics.

The pitching looked dominant in their rotation. The team ERA 3.80 seemed a little higher than usual, then again the .687 X rating fielding was awful, and likely contributed to keeping SD under 100 win plateau for a 2nd concutive season.  They relied on their starters and a bullpen by committee.  The high save total was Matt Thornton 53 games 0-4 1.70 11 saves, Jason Bulger 7, F Rosriguez 5, Ho Chi Kuo 4 saves, Feliz debut with  3-1  1.07 and  rounded a shaky little bullpen, which was suspect allowed 32% of its runners inherited to score.  But its the Surf's starting pitching that is the talk. Peavy part time 10-1 2.01 ERA, Felix 18-11 3.62, Haren 21-9 3.54, Matt Garza 14-9.  Good stuff.  Hitters hit better lefty against them .244 only, a great .233 vs R! as a staff.  With some glove, that ERA coulda been perhaps, closer to 3.30?  Who knows could have been first in pitching not second in CBA behind eventual Staub champion Limoilou.

The rise of Joliet was another big story in 2010.  The team that won 65 lost 97 in 2009, came back and won 89 in 2010. A 24 game swing.  Frost had supporters for the manager of the year in balloting.  Has Joliet developed a trademark style?  Could it be speed? Well the hit much better last year scoring +46 runs over they're opponent and could have been more with that offense. A team .277 BA is strong, 170 HRs much improved, and a whopping 211 steals fantastic.  Hits were doubles and runs aplenty 836 of them Clemente-esque, as many as the DH led Stirling.  Joliet was in it all the way and was peaking as late as September 9th in their epic struggle and great pennant chase of San Diego last season.  It was a hot race. Joliet closed with a furious August rush, tio draw within a game of the perennial leader SSD. As late as Sept 15th, within 2 games after beating who they should have The Beatles and Heaters. That was far as the reserves could take them.  Usage bit them in the.

The defense was a little problematic hurting a decent staff with 111 miscues, .751 X rating.  Pablo Sandoval hit .326 20 HR 82 RBI,  amongst league leaders in BA and doubles with 46.  AJ Pierzcyzszcnszki hit .309 12 HR 64 RBI was excellent behind the plate throwing out a strong 33%.  .Aaron Hill was a player of the year candidate hitting 37 HR 114 RBI .291 at 2B with awesome .932X defense.  Derek Lee was his rock solid self .35 29 HR 98 RBI.  Alfonso Soriano was a major disappointment and was forced to pack his bags twice this off season in search of his potential with a humbling 16 HR 56 RBI .246  11 SBseason.  That drop likely hurt the most in the final run for the div title. Luis Valbuena despite 14 HR, and his measely .218 BA,  and Flyinmg Fred Lewis were also disappointing off the thin bench for the Jackhammers.  Better support may have evened the race and is where the two Carter beasts SD and Joliet were separated from the title. Michael Bourne 4 HR 50 .264, 111 runs, 154 hits, 340OBA, stole a near CBA record 91 bases 3rd best mark of all time.  If the OBA were higher.  A .781 prod, and a .769 Total avg mark for the team was good, and 5.37 Runs created was in the upper end. Pitching was uncharacteristically better for Joliet in 2010.  They allowed a .262 BA, and an average 32% IRSC.  The team 4.38 ERA must come down in the Staub Conference. AJ Burnett went 13-12  3.76 177 K's to lead the staff. Looper blew the pennant on his own with a 9-17 record.  So Frost went out and acquired Brian Matusz who will front the staff in 2011. It may be that team MVP Andrew Bailey since dealt, his rookie 26 save campaign, kept them in what Looper blew.  Again Looper just blew.  The rest of the pen was great.  Duensing 6-0 as a lefty middle guy.  J Gutierrez was excellent saving 6, Spot starters Maine 8-1, and Shairon Martis 5-4 2.63 did well.  Shawn Green 5-1 3.31 4 saves also did a good job in set up. The starters threw a 4.69 ERA, while the pen a 3.99 ERA.  Joliet gave up too many hits and the +429 WHIP was too high for that good offense to fight against. 

High Bridge Heat and Owner John Miller.  High Bridge is kind of like the National League New York equivalent of the the expansion New York Mets.  Named after the old bridge across the Harlem river in NY City's upper Manhattan stretching to the Bronx.  Their logo depicts that area  especially close to the old Polo Grounds national league team for over a century.    Their other New York Team, the Brooklyn Superbas catch many of the headlines with their gaudy offense and consecutive playoff appearances.  Miller's team goes into its 3rd year with most of their draft picks plus a big #1 pick in exchange for the powerful slugger Paul Konerko who has taken his considerable at at 1B to Texas' Bryan Bashers.  High Bridge is hoping to develop some core players to work with. Miller showed in year two that he will be a GM to reckon with, as he kept his Heaters in contention in the first half.  They were in second place first week of May.  6 out June 22nd, then the rest and bench weren't there. It was his CM management that kept HB competitive at times.  Miller custom designs his CM's for each team and was a spoiler for some parties in 2010.  They had a good stretch in the third week of July taking 3 of 4 from contending Joliet, 2/3 from LP and sweeping The Jersey Rockers in 4. 

They finished an improved 70-92 making big strides from their first year.  In fact some guessed 100 losses for the Heaters, oops.  This is John Miller were talking here.  The man who refused to tank his team for higher draft placement. Two big time #1's coming.  The also received the emerging Jason Vargas to move into the future with Fausto Carmona, Rick Porcello, Paul Mahom, Brett Cecil..  Its safe to say that High Bridge has had some poor MLB luck with many of there players not achieving the results John had hoped for but the talent is there on that staff.  Anything can happen when you have pitching.  But it is clear HB is in a build mode. 

Highlites for HB last year included  the 2-1 series win with Ohio which ultimately affected Ohios playoff advance.  High Bridges extra inning walk off win to take the July 4th series from Ohio. Miller gives Kenan sleepless nights in Rogers.  A 17 Inn game vs Joliet June 17th, Coco Crisp's 9 triples in 154 ABs this team hit 41 triples.  Konerko's 24 HR 109 RBI .267 BA 17 HBP.  Team MVP.  Juan Uribe was a strength 17 HR 64 RBI .281.   Luis Castillo in his last hurrah, had a great year stealing 39 .318.  Denard Span a future star 8 HR 60 RBI .260. Lots of reserves and roster fillers to round out the weak offensive numbers.  The pitchers had good  seasons from Paul Maholm who was acquired before the season and went a respectable 12-12 4.26, and First round Pork Ricello who went 11-9  3.70. 39 bullpen by committee saves, and good pitching in setup by Sean Marshall 5-1 2.25 85 IP 64 games. Future remains to be seen how the players here develop as next season comes quickly.

The New Jersey Beatles  made news this past week trading starting pitcher Tim Hudson for Felipe Paulino, Kevin Slowey, 5 tool Michael Taylor and a #2 draft. Steven Adler made a clear message.  He will build from the ground up and construct a team for the future. A team that he will be patient and develop.  In the past we saw an influx of GM's back around the dark ages who made future trades to win. high risk players and such.  teams which aged fast.  Teams like the Green Bay Roches, the Jonquiere Lifesavers, the Texas Desperadoes.  See them in the defunct team pages, the archives, or click the link. A sharp Strat-o-matic mind with years of experience and championships in other leagues, Adler knows how to win, but now may not be the time.  There is some talent here.  Players like Justin Smoak, Jed Lowrie, Mike Stanton, Carlos Quentin 22 HR 52 RBI .275, Player of the year candidate Adam Lind 43 HR 120 RBI .320.  David DeJesus 20 HR 68 RBI .267, Daniel Murphy 10HR 48 RBI .260, Miguel Olivo 19 HR 503 RBI .240.  This team looks good down the road.  It remains to be seen what Adler does after his first successful campaign in which he managed his usage well and had some decent team numbers despite the wretched record.  167 Homers and a .251 BA was pretty decent, good power for Staub. The ragtag pitching staff was led by middle man Aaron Heilman 2-1 3.81 ERA 5 saves. Vincente Padilla led the team with 9 wins 15 losses.  Two 20 game losers in Rich Thrill Hill this years Ronson Award runner up, and the rediculous Chris Tillman at 5-21, who in some circles has been compared to a modern day Herm Wehmeier.  Timn Hudson sucked as well 7-18  5.31 ERA. This team is developing and will win more next season despite perhaps becoming the team high ERA threat to CBA record books.  What if ?  The Beatles could be surprising in the draft, and more surprsing in the number of wins they achieve if they get the pitching.

The Dawson Division.

Arguably CBA's toughest division for a few years, again still may be the class of Staub. The Limoilou Wendigo won the Staub Championship.  They are the best team in that conference.  With the best pitching staff in CBA, the Wendigo lurked just under the radar until Jeff Boutet's boys brought it on home with impressive playoff games.  The Wendigo started by holding first place throughout May and June before Brandon Phillips and his LP Loggers caught fire.  This year they had Montreal who split the 12 games with them.  The cries of "Loo, Loo," weren't the Loonies barking at a full moon or whatever those things do, it was the Limoilou fans, Limoiloooo. They won 93 games in '10 taking the final playoff spot, the wildcard in the final block.  The Wendigo made short work of the rivals Longue Pointe, and Maine. Details can be found on the playoff pages. The battle for a playoff spot went to the very end being determined ina strategic Netplay series with Belfast and Montreal. LP took control of the division's first place on June 24th, and never looked back despite Montreal and Limmer hovering around. Another huge series in the 2nd to last week saw LP square against contending Montreal who needed to beat them to gain ground and maybe a wildcard.  The series game 1 went to Montreal 6-4 in extras won on a big HR by Juan Rivera. LP took the next two then Montreal won the final.  Had LP not split that and their last series vs Limoilou who knows?  The battles were tight.  Each game made a difference.

 They out scored their opposition by more than a full run. while posting the the league lowest ERA 3.60.  They destroyed right handed pitching winning 74 and losing only 41 vs Righties.  Disaster vs Lefty going 19-28.  They struggled in 1 run games 18-28, meaning that somehow they werent getting the big hits enough to make fullest use of that great pitching.  PH only hit .239 but Gary Sheffield closed his CBA career with 6 Pinch HR's in 2010..  The teams Iso Power was a low .169, and 5 runs really needs to be more like 5.50+ to be efficient in Staub.  The team got on base plenty .352, but a low .431 slg was average not awful, but decent. Both Limoilou and Longue Pointe stayed within 3 games for the entire season until August 30th. At that pointe, LP's depth took over and increased the margin between 5-7 games.  Limoilou had a stellar season from Prince Fielder 34 HR 115 RBI  .297.  Mike Cuddyer .266, about league average, 32 HR 101 RBI's had a breakout year after all his CBA service. Beltran 6 HR 46 RBI .349 had injury problems limiting his play time, but he produced some good offense in consideration of his votes for Johnstone award.  Granderson added 21 HR 85 RBI's. Josh Bartlett sparked the contests at leadoff .287 18HR 62 RBI 27SB. Felipe Lopez was excellent 5 HR 64 RBI .313.  The team hit .266 overall with a strong 180 Homers. Middle of the pack batting average. The pitching was as stated strong. A .242 Opp avg, best in CBA. Jared Washburn came out of nowhere to post a super 15-4 season 2.60 in 174 IP. The rotation of Hanson 11-4 2.82, Clayton Kershaw 7-2. Scherzer was a great draft pick up going 12-11 3.66.  But the pen may have saved the staff for the season.  Raffy Betancourt 5-2 2.28, Ryan Franklin 6-5 2.90, Broxton a reliever award contender, 74 IP 47 Hits 30 saves. A .272 IRSC team total. 2-1 strikeout to walks. A .745 X rating was average.

The Longue Pointe Loggers had another excellent season which was based on the 3 LP principals of Pitching with K's, Speed, Depth, and alot of hit and run/bunts.  The formula has worked for a long time in LP.  But it took bold drafting and surviving a few snickers on draft day.  When Dennis drafted Scott Podsednick, no one envisioned the multiple roles and value he had in sparking CBA's 2009 Staub Champs to a Dawson title, no easy feat. He went near the end of round 1.  But he sure played like a 1st rounder 13 HR 73 RBI .297 39 SB 7 triples only 2 errors in the field. He rotated all over the field and the lineup even batting cleanup towards season end.  Brandon Phillips acquired for Carlos the Zambraino had a great season 20 HR 95 RBI .303 35 SB. Hunter added 19 HR 17 SB .287.  Theriot added 25 stolen bases while Nyger Morgan was awesome 3 HR 25 RBI .325 62 SB in 412 AB. The speed was amazing. 213 Stolen bases. Ichiro 5 HR 47 RBI .333  32 SB. Aramis Ramirez 19 HR .315.  Ramirez was intentionally passed 18 times.  It was Longue Pointe's best offensive output since Claude LeMarre when they were the Hitmen. PH were efficient at .281 65 for 251. Had 9 PH HR's which 4 were hit by Hideki Matsui.  They bunted an awful lot successful at a .73% clip, a bit low, 82-112 in advances.  The team struggled against lefties hitting .261, but a good .280 vs righties. The pitchers were well balanced however. The team .339 OBA was fair, and the slugging was poor overall despite the increase in teams HR to 152 from under 100 last year. LP was at or near leading the CBA in batting much of the year before succumbing late to slow bat-itis..  The pitchers actually hit .156 which isnt bad, but no HR's this year.  The team fielded at a .757 X rating, which is low by LP standards, but was hurt by Ryan Theriot's .636 X rating and 17 errors and Geoff Blum's defense in utility .659.  As result the pitching staff had an increase in its ERA. The starters ERA was significantly better 3.71  than the relievers at 4.30. The LP ERA dropped from leaguye best to 5th best in CBA at 3.91.  Losing Zambrano may have hurt that, but increased their wins with more defense and offense which they needed this season to compete with the improved offenses in Joliet, Montreal, Allentown.  The starters led by CC Sabathia 22-6 2.86 190 K's was brilliant.  While Tim Lincecum was dominating 17-3 2.43.  He struck out a CBA high 267 K's in 225 IP. Ryan Dempster was 11-7 3.61, and Brain Tallet was a find going 12-6  4.66. The bullpen wasn't as effective as in years past. A .306 IRSC was high ...for LP  decent elsewhere based on rep.  CJ Wilson did a good job closing 4-2  2.29 16 saves, while Frank Francisco added 21 more.  Both blew a number of saves. 1265 team strikeouts was outstanding 3rd best in CBA. With Belfast building, and Montreal building in 2011, this may be a good time for Longue Pointe to challenge for another Dawson title.

Montreal Crows.  Efficient. This team went 91-71.

First place throuout April?  The Montreal who?  The Royals?  Wolfmen?  no Its the 3rd Montreal franchise, the Crows.  Not even the best pick in the draft being an expansion team.  In tow years  can win?  Dont count on it in 2011.  The stars aligned for Doug Brunet and his Crows originally named the 'Murder'.  How appropriate since they murdered Staub in 2011.  Despite the protests, the name changed and the attitude grew nasty as they took no prisoners, the CBA cinderella. Doug Brunet manager of the year in piloting an expansion team to playoff contender within 1 season. The question is how?  The numbers and stats dont jump at you. But there are some variables that came into play.  Base runner movement.  The team did not strikeout, and pout runners in play. They were also efficient in what they did.  The sacrifice success rate was high .789, PH well adding 6 PH HRs.  Hit and run, was 3rd in CBA with 46 advances, and a team .279 BA.  They got on base .334, and a .414 SLG. But thats not why they won.  They went 30-15 in 1 run games.  A .272 IRSC meant the bullpen was efficient. Brunet used Super Hal running strategies to his advantage and the efficiency paid dividends. The pitching staff was excellent, and efficient as well. Pitchers needed to keep the offense in games though not with the bat hitting .102 despite Scott Feldman's 16 sacs among leaders. The offense struggled past the cleanup position.  A .268 BA with 151 HR 768 runs was pretty good.  Not up to Joliet standard, but it did help the Crows score slightly more than they allowed. The lineup got on the board and the pen held them.  The team was patchwork.  The staff a multitude of characters.  The story of the first half was the legend of Uerhara.  Uehara fever griped Catherine and Piel streets as partiers wore samurai masks and winced about. He went 7-1 2.44 in 12 starts to help get the Crows out to a good lead. Steve Richmond has a great year 9-5 3.23 in 23 starts. Scott Feldman had many quality starts and was effective matching others teams aces went 11-8 3.12.  Bannister ate innings and had support of about 5.17 runs per, went 9-7, Villanueva 10-7 3.63, Andres Galarraga went 11-10. The pen could have done a bit better for the starters. Overall a .264 BA.  Starters had a 4.05 ERA, relievers 4.22. 

The offense was led by all world Rajai Davis who hovered near .400 for a good part of the season before settling to a 1 HR 36 RBI .343 BA with 57 SB setting the table along with the steady Jeff Keppinger who was 9 HR 47 RBI .295 and moved runners along well. Todd Helton returned to Hall of Fame form with a 13 HR 80 RBI .320 season with a .416 OBA.  With the leadoff hitters moving things, and Helton on a scoring Juan Team MVP Rivera had an MVP type season.  He was so clutch. a .361 OBA .568 Slug, 32 HR 108 RBI  .313 season. Seems that Juan Rivera absolutely carried the Crows into the final month of the season where he really caught fire gaining CBA accolades down the stretch in key games.  He made it a season to remember.  Like Aubrey Huff had done last season in winning the MVP, same could be made case for Rivera, though the voters didn't see it that way.  It is good that owner should read the weekly boxes to read the game hilites and comments atop the PRINT files.  The HTML's dont have the comments added after each game. A Callaspo was a good add 14 HR 68 RBI, Chris Getz stole 25, Francoeur 14 79  .270, and Ramon Castro was devastating hitting 18 HR in 157 AB, 13 vs lefties. Montreal hit .284 fattening up and feasting on lefties. The Crows hit 4 grand slam HR's.  Ironically their weakest hitters, 3 infielders, Hannahan, Desmond (start of good career?), Juff Keppinger, and Endy Chavez since released. Todd Helton despite his excellent season saw his X rating decline to .761, off from his customary .900's, he is a question mark next season, and could be a candidate to return to the DH league.  Could Brooklyn be calling again?  Not too many players out of position were played.  The final .701 X rating was better than the overall .687 which isnt too bad a discrepancy.  Montreal definitely worked it out to meet his usage needs, and in the process actually created a working platoon system which was able to put the variables together and win. Miontreal showed how planning and platooning can work, like Dawsons Dennis Concepcion proves again and again, its not the superstarst and stats, but the whole picture.  The Crows jumped out to a good start, held it, while the others knocked each other around. Many teams had to throw lefties to meet usage minimums.  Could it be that beating lefties is so important?  In CBA it just may be.  Worst to constender Doug Brunet had a good season in 2010, and is hoping to build for the long term. It was this season that a rookie, out did the veterans in rare instance.  Then again, Brunet is no mere rookie.  He volunteers his efforst to CBA, and places much time into his Strat CBA.

The Belfast Brawlers are re tooling their team and in a building phase. Could nevber count out the Brawlin Bullies because they still were capable of sneaking up on you and defeating you.  Another team that featured on lefties, but they just didn't have something in 2010. A team .265 BA 148 HR 743 runs. Led by Alexei Ramirez 18 HR 72 RBI .296, 20 SB and Aubrey Huff who again had a good season 22 HR 75 RBI .285 BA. Freddie Sanchez .295 13 HR 67 RBI had a super year at 2B. McClouth added 16 HR .294, and led team with .934 Total avg in platoon duty. While Chone Figgins had 62 SB before being dealt off the Brooklyn late season for draft choice. Alex Rios added 19 more HR. Belfast offense improved but the pitching was fair, allowing3/4 of run more than Limoilou. In Dawson that was a huge difference.  Perhaps in another division the Brawlers could have done better? 26-40 vs their own, but closer to .500 22-26 vs Rogers.  .811 sacrifice and small ball was typical Belfast. PH .241, not good. The .341 OBA was good, but the .400 slug, deficient. 4.76 runs created not nearly enough when Joliet, SD, LP, Montreal score around 5 a game or more. The .712 total team average was not too bad, better than Montreal. The bullpen was excellent .247 IRSC, but little run support for pitchers with 4.59.  Belfast couldn't convert the baserunners.  Needed the pure hitter to bring 'em around. Belfast stole 170 bases overall. This team had to juggle many players around to meet usage.  Quite a few OF roamed the grounds. Carroll, Dickerson, Rios, McClouth, Garko, Moss, Sullivan, Kotsay, Brian Schneider even.  Dickerson 5 HR 34 .318 had a good rookie campaign. Contreras and Trevor Cahill both won 9 games for Belfast.  Odly going into the final week it was Belfast who spoiled Montreal Crwos pennant chase with a split 2-2 in the final Netplayed series. Belfast should improve as Trevor cahill becomes an ace in 2011, something Belfast has been sorely lacking for years. Corpas and Mazzaro have made strides so there is reason for hope as the '11 draft approaches. 


 
 

 


Can you believe since Newsletter #1 in 2003 (press archive) we have had 290 of these league memo's?   Lots of writing.  Well here's the state of CBA right now.  Where we are at.  First I'd like to commen each and every one of you for a Phantastic (In respect to Philly) year.  It was well run on each end.  You guys were a) Efficient b) Reliable  c) Prompt d) Careful.  It made the league office job so much easier than the year before.  In fact this season for this first in 3 years had no major crashes.  In an attempt for the truest statistics, or CBA  Excutive Consultant Jack Frost managed to eliminate a statistical anomaly.  A game was counted 2 times. Jack Painstakingly rebuilt from all our carefully archived files the season eliminating the problem and even managed to trim the 'memory fat' from the main files so file size were smaller.  This year the player notebook file which we always record highlites, ate much memory. 1 or 2 megs.  This is just 1 reason why Jack Frost is well respected by the commmisioners office.  His scheduling work is another.  I would like to acjnowledge publically his fine and dedicated efforts.  His love for CBA is the motivation.

     This years administration did a fine job working behind the scenes.  It was a team effort without question.  The proper and efficient running of an organziation like CBA requires effort from several.  It starts at the top.  Your league Presidents set the tome for CBA, a league whcih has a VERY positive vibe.  I must say, that is the coolness factor of our GM's and the tone and manner and friendships that have evolved for which I am most proud. Friends, not just acquaintances have been made.  GM's have met, socialized, Netplayed, talked deal, BS with each other, and now become part of each others lives.  Wheres the tissue? Tito? Jermaine?  And this years Academy award goes to...
Cory Light. A trusted and awesome CBA person. We owe MAJOR thanks to Cory, who at his OWN expense provides us with our CBA website.  The domain is his, and server fees are his contribution.  Its more than appreciated on my end and judging by the webstats, by many others internationally who do follow our league...especially at draft time since we generally are the first to draft the new cards, and be on MLB schedule with our statistics.  There are quite a few who track our stats to project for their own league uses.  The draft is a template for many when their drafts begin as well.  Its somewhat of an honor when we do get our occasional emails from web visitors.  Cory Light sets the tone with his personality and diplomacy.  CBA elder statesman on council.  Cory's vote carries alot of respect and weight in council.  Thanks again Cory, you're the best.

Dennis Concepcion is another integral part of the machine. Dennis also is the true spirit of CBA and section 15.  His manner and enthusiasm has transformed CBA directly and indirectly from a league in transition to a positive, fun, and stable league. His voice of reason and innovation is resposible for making CBA not only a basic run of the mill Strat league to a league with a personality.  A league which has taken on a life force through his Press releases and finely detailed and comprehensive photo galleries are known throught the Stratworld.  Yes, CBA is well known after 13 seasons. Dennis is also active in trade council and rules committee discussions. 

JD Adams is our Usage Commisioner and going into his 2nd season on trade committee.  The committee consists of JD, Dennis, Cory, Rob Hite and myself. Derek has done an excellent job for 3 seasons now review usage, and saving the office time while creating a custom easy to use weekly reference that is simply unique to CBA.  Its is so easy, a caveman can use it.  CBA has evolved technically, and is even more user friendly thanks to Derek who has eased the time it takes to set upa weekly CM.  Since inception, I have noticed our weekly CM forwarding rate to have increased from about 11 or 12 per week to about 16-17 on and off list.  Make no mistake, your GM 'friends' are trying to beat you.  They're tailoring CM's to match your teams, and beat you.  It about winning, not the draft.   Thanks Derek.  These are our council members for 2011 season.

Within the CBA core are our consultants. Executive Technical  consultant Jack Frost, and Committee consultants Rob Hite, Jack Jung, and for 2011 Doug Brunet.  Rob  is a CBA elder statesman, and original member who played in another league with founder Claude LaMarre, and is always well known in Strat circles.  He also enters the World Series looking for his 3 crown.  Hite lends his expertise again in 2011 as an executive consultant to committee.  Rob has his input and league rules and issues of importance. 2001 CBA Champion Jack Jung of Ottawa Otters fame is another 13 year original veteran is on hand to assist with some rule committee and council input on an as needed basis.  Doug Brunet Joins us with a wealth (30+ years) of Strat-o-matic experience.  He is thorough and sharp. He will assume duties as a council consultant, and Transaction, Roster Management official.  He joins our council list.  Consultants do no have an official vote on trade council, but their opinions are sometimes asked or presented in the decision making and voting process.  Generally trade committee needs majority to pass, however 1 dissention is enough to trigger a committee action to review a trade then a final vote.  GM’s input are welcome to Committee if presented to a league President for introduction.  This procedure is in effect for trade review and rules committee review.  Suggestions are welcome via proper channels to committee, not on CBA_List.

The season started with the opening draft and a flurry of trade activity preceding and during what was a smooth and exciting 2010 draft.   There was a trendous amount of trade activity leading up to the February draft.  Many trades involved draft picks exchanging hands.  Picks high, and not so surprisingly with the increased vale of the late rounds, due to our CBA formula, many late picks were not only relevant but brought in some good talent in late rounds.  Big names moved.  Long time Basher Michael Young brought back power bat of Nick Swisher.  Bryan, now adds in 2011 Paul Konerko as they look to slug way to playoffs.  Brett Myers went to Carolina, Carmona went for a 5 to High Bridge.  Ian Kinsler also went to the Coppersheads for a 1.  C Town got Jav Vasquez for a 1, Bryan also got Jason Bay.  Brooklyn answered by picking up Ryan Braun, and Nick Markakis. In a win, win trade a busy BSP also swapped 2010 MVP candidate and Staff ace carlos Zambrano.  Joliet acquired Corey Hart for a few late draft picks from C Town.   Jon Buck only cost Ohio a #4, and Southwest got Cy candidate Theodore Lilly.  Cooperstown countered by snatching up MVP contender Brian McCann. Kurt Suzuki catcher, went to Striling.  Malachi Nellum made a lot of off season moves in 2010, including acquiring closer Joe Nathan for the stretch run.    The draft saw a lot of talent move in round 1.  Strasberg went to Keth Jones Sunville as the 1st overall pick.  He was followed by Rick Porcello, and Brian Matusz.  Andy Bailey was the fourth but was just dealt for 2011 to Kennesaw Mt.

Other first rounders included Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Coughlin, Mat Latos, Trevhor Cahil went to Belfast late round 1, Scott Podsednick, and Garrett Jones as well.  Some good talent also spread into the round 10 where Josh Thole, and Ike Davis both were drafted.  Part 2 coming soon.


 

November 9th, 2010

 

World Series Tradition the 2010 World Series is traditional CBA in every sense of the word.  CBA offers official congratulations to Staub Champion Limoilou who swept Dawson titlist Longue Pointe in 4 games.  Limmer then was defeated 7-4 in game 1 of the Staub finals.  They then exploded reeling off 4 straight to lead them to this matchup against Clemente.

 

Clemente champ Philly, also lost their 1st game to explosive Brooklyn.  But Philly was able to quiet the Superbas bats with good defense, and power to win 4 to 1.  Carolina played tough winning 2 to 1 after 3 netgames.  The series stretched all the way to 7.  Philly took game 4 and 5.  In game 6 Scott's Copperheads, faced with the brink of elimination stormed back to tie it up.  The Phantastics then won the final game 7, 9-5.

 

A few pre season speculated these were the favorites to meet in the fall classic. Philly is hitting .280 over the playoffs.  They have pounded 17 HRs in 12 games. With a 4.14 team ERA.  Not bad for a DH league staff.  They have only gotten on base .351 OBA, and a .455 slg...  Slightly off their .355 OBA and .480 slg during the season.  Theyve created 6 runs per game and the .791 total average is lower than the seasons .828 total average.  My friends that points either to great dice luck, or superior Stratomatic management. Winning key games going 8-4 in playoffs.  Brooklyn series was not easy, nor was Carolina.  Hite is here.

 

Jeff B of the Mighty Wendigo.  For years been called the mighty Wendigo in press releases and reports, ever wonder why? Well rookies here's why, this F'n guy is good!  All he does is win, and beat you.  He parallels to the old baseball dynasties.  A Staub legend, the Mighty Wendigo led by the classy Jeff Boutet of Quebec.  He's been to the Finals before, and before, and before...You get it.  Why is it that some guys always get there?  Ask Jeff he knows first hand.  Aside from the 3 he's won, he's been in 4, now in his 5th.  This is Rob Hite's 5th World Series winning two and losing two.  Look at the list.  These are your best CBA managers of all time.  Its all about the wins gentlemen.  Wins get the glory and both Jeff and Rob have a date with destiny.  The two original GM's.  Who is CBA's all time greatest? We know about Bob Fidler's 3 of 4 which may never be equaled. We know about Marc Wass record number of division titles 8 and record 10 playoff appearances.  Rob Hite has done that in Schmidt too.  We know about the classic Dawson Quebec, LP, Limoilou 3 way dance and later the Belfast, Limoilou, LP 3 way dance, year after year.  And Jeff is still there at the end 13 full seasons later.   We know about Phillies domination of the Schmidt title.  Rob is no stranger to winning and its thrill, and defeat in losing tough games in the late playoffs and early rounds.  But he knows how to win just as Jeff.  Usually when their backs are against the wall, they rise to the top.  Whose CBA's best ever?...

 

 

here's a look back at Limoilou vs Quebec in Jeff Boutet's first ever CBA playoff series in 1997 against arch rival Quebec Capitales led by Chris Boutin.

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10/ 0 QCD  6  6  0  LWD  2  4  1      B.Radke (1-0)         S.Trachsel (0-1)

10/ 0 QCD  6 10  0  LWD  5 11  1      R.Springer (1-0)      T.Mathews (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD  6 11  0  QCD  4  6  1      M.Brandenbur (1-0)    D.Burba (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD 10 14  2  QCD  7  9  1      A.Sager (1-0)         H.Flener (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD  0  4  1  QCD  9 13  0      B.Radke (2-0)         S.Trachsel (0-2)

10/ 0 QCD  7 11  0  LWD  8 12  0      T.Borland (1-0)       M.James (0-1)

10/ 0 QCD  1  8  2  LWD  9 11  1      J.Lieber (1-0)        D.Burba (0-2)

NAME              BAVG  GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO HB SH DP  SB CS  E

S.Berry          1.000   1   1   0   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

G.Hill            .500   1   2   1   1  0  0  1   1   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

R.Amaral          .462   7  26   5  12  1  0  0   3   6   4  0  0  0   3  2  0

M.Duncan          .400   5   5   0   2  2  0  0   0   0   1  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Segui           .367   7  30   4  11  6  0  0   7   1   1  0  0  0   1  0  0

B.Higginson       .367   7  30   6  11  3  0  1   4   2   4  0  0  0   0  1  2

B.Brown           .333   3   3   0   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0  1   1  0  0

J.Edmonds         .308   7  26   7   8  2  0  3   7   4   6  0  0  0   0  0  0

R.Durham          .261   7  23   1   6  1  1  0   2   1   4  2  0  0   0  0  1

S.Brosius         .207   7  29   6   6  1  0  1   3   2   4  1  0  1   0  0  1

B.Larkin          .200   7  25   7   5  0  0  2   6   7   3  0  0  1   1  0  1

M.Macfarlane      .130   7  23   2   3  1  0  1   3   4   8  0  0  0   0  0  0

J.Levis           .000   1   1   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

B.Mueller         .000   5   2   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

C.Shipley         ----   0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Lewis           ----   3   0   1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Sheaffer        ----   0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

ALL PITCHERS      .000   7  15   0   0  0  0  0   1   0   5  0  2  0   0  0  1

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TEAM TOTALS       .278     241      67     1     37      41     2      6     6

                         7      40     17     9      27      3     3      3

 

 

NAME               ERA  W  L   PCT   G GS CG SH SV    IP   H   R  ER HR  BB  SO

R.Bottalico       0.00  0  0  ----   2  0  0  0  2   2.0   0   0   0  0   1   4

M.Brandenburg     1.80  1  0 1.000   2  0  0  0  0   5.0   2   1   1  1   0   5

T.Borland         1.80  1  0 1.000   3  0  0  0  0   5.0   3   1   1  0   2   0

J.Lieber          4.00  1  0 1.000   2  2  0  0  0   9.0   9   4   4  3   3   7

A.Sager           4.50  1  0 1.000   4  0  0  0  0   4.0   7   2   2  1   0   2

T.Mathews         5.14  0  1  .000   4  0  0  0  1   7.0   4   4   4  1   2   7

T.Belcher         5.25  0  0  ----   2  2  0  0  0  12.0  14   8   7  1   6   9

D.Linton          7.20  0  0  ----   1  1  0  0  0   5.0   6   5   4  1   2   7

S.Trachsel        8.31  0  2  .000   2  2  1  0  0  13.0  17  14  12  7   2   9

J.Schmidt         ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

J.Juden           ----  0  0  ----   1  0  0  0  0   0.0   1   1   1  0   0   0

T.Vanegmond       ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

D.Springer        ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

ALL NON-PITCHERS  ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

Team                                          0                   +0

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TEAM TOTALS       5.23     3         7     1     3        63      36     18

                        4     .571      7     0     62.0      40     15 

 

 

In 1999 Jeff and Limmer made it to the Staub Finals losing to eventual Staub champ Longue Pointe managed then by Claude LaMarre (LaMarre trophy is CBA's championship).  Rob and Philly lost in rd 1 to eventual WS champ St Foy (Dino Barnabe).  In 2000  Hite went to the finals losing to LaMarre, but winning it all in 2002 against who else, Jeff Boutet!  A rematch.  Hite beat Jeff in 5 games with what some consider CBA's all time best team which won 120 games.  In 2003 Brooklyn defeated Philly in the Clemente finals for the right to play Jeff Boutet.  Limoilou defeated Brooklyn 4  to 1 in that series only to see Brooklyn defeat Philly once again in 2004 enroute to Brooklyn's World Title.  In 2005 Philly went to the finals losing to Longue Pointe in 7 on Miracle Mirabelli's performance.  Mirabelli had a great unlikely hero series that year, and hit a game tying HR in extras to lead to victory.  Limoilou lost in the Staub finals.... Then of course The Philly championship year of 2007 Hite defeating the Skokie Wolfmen. 

 

 

Who is perhaps?  Look at the Kings of CBA....

 

CBA World Series Champs

 

1997 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs. Parma Flamingos (Lou Bloss) in 7  

 

1998 St Foy Frenchies (Dino Barnabe) vs. Longue Pointe (Claude LaMarre) in 7

 

1999 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs. Beauport Gamblers (Martin Boulet) in 6

 

2000 Longue Pointe Hitmen (Claude LaMarre) vs. Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) in 7

 

2001 Ottawa Otters (Jack Jung) vs. Quebec Capitales (Chris Boutin) in 7

 

2002 Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) vs Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) in 5

 

2003 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs Brooklyn Superbas (Marc Wass) in 5

 

2004 Brooklyn Superbas (Marc Wass) vs Kansas City A's (Rich Schneider) in 5

 

2005 .Longue Pointe (Dennis Concepcion)  defeats Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) in 7

 

2006 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) vs Neah Bay Whalers (league managed) in 7

 

2007 Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) vs Skokie Wolfmen ("Wolfman" Shapiro)

 

2008 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) 4 games to 3 vs Skokie Wolfmen (Wolfman Shapiro)

 

2009 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) 4 games to 2 vs Longue Pointe (Dennis Concepcion)

 

here's a look back at Limoilou vs Quebec in Jeff Boutet's first ever CBA playoff series in 1997 against arch rival Quebec Capitales led by Chris Boutin.

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10/ 0 QCD  6  6  0  LWD  2  4  1      B.Radke (1-0)         S.Trachsel (0-1)

10/ 0 QCD  6 10  0  LWD  5 11  1      R.Springer (1-0)      T.Mathews (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD  6 11  0  QCD  4  6  1      M.Brandenbur (1-0)    D.Burba (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD 10 14  2  QCD  7  9  1      A.Sager (1-0)         H.Flener (0-1)

10/ 0 LWD  0  4  1  QCD  9 13  0      B.Radke (2-0)         S.Trachsel (0-2)

10/ 0 QCD  7 11  0  LWD  8 12  0      T.Borland (1-0)       M.James (0-1)

10/ 0 QCD  1  8  2  LWD  9 11  1      J.Lieber (1-0)        D.Burba (0-2)

NAME              BAVG  GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO HB SH DP  SB CS  E

S.Berry          1.000   1   1   0   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

G.Hill            .500   1   2   1   1  0  0  1   1   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

R.Amaral          .462   7  26   5  12  1  0  0   3   6   4  0  0  0   3  2  0

M.Duncan          .400   5   5   0   2  2  0  0   0   0   1  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Segui           .367   7  30   4  11  6  0  0   7   1   1  0  0  0   1  0  0

B.Higginson       .367   7  30   6  11  3  0  1   4   2   4  0  0  0   0  1  2

B.Brown           .333   3   3   0   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0  1   1  0  0

J.Edmonds         .308   7  26   7   8  2  0  3   7   4   6  0  0  0   0  0  0

R.Durham          .261   7  23   1   6  1  1  0   2   1   4  2  0  0   0  0  1

S.Brosius         .207   7  29   6   6  1  0  1   3   2   4  1  0  1   0  0  1

B.Larkin          .200   7  25   7   5  0  0  2   6   7   3  0  0  1   1  0  1

M.Macfarlane      .130   7  23   2   3  1  0  1   3   4   8  0  0  0   0  0  0

J.Levis           .000   1   1   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

B.Mueller         .000   5   2   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

C.Shipley         ----   0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Lewis           ----   3   0   1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

D.Sheaffer        ----   0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  0  0

ALL PITCHERS      .000   7  15   0   0  0  0  0   1   0   5  0  2  0   0  0  1

----------------- ---- --- --- --- --- -- -- -- --- --- --- -- -- -- --- -- --

TEAM TOTALS       .278     241      67     1     37      41     2      6     6

                         7      40     17     9      27      3     3      3

 

 

NAME               ERA  W  L   PCT   G GS CG SH SV    IP   H   R  ER HR  BB  SO

R.Bottalico       0.00  0  0  ----   2  0  0  0  2   2.0   0   0   0  0   1   4

M.Brandenburg     1.80  1  0 1.000   2  0  0  0  0   5.0   2   1   1  1   0   5

T.Borland         1.80  1  0 1.000   3  0  0  0  0   5.0   3   1   1  0   2   0

J.Lieber          4.00  1  0 1.000   2  2  0  0  0   9.0   9   4   4  3   3   7

A.Sager           4.50  1  0 1.000   4  0  0  0  0   4.0   7   2   2  1   0   2

T.Mathews         5.14  0  1  .000   4  0  0  0  1   7.0   4   4   4  1   2   7

T.Belcher         5.25  0  0  ----   2  2  0  0  0  12.0  14   8   7  1   6   9

D.Linton          7.20  0  0  ----   1  1  0  0  0   5.0   6   5   4  1   2   7

S.Trachsel        8.31  0  2  .000   2  2  1  0  0  13.0  17  14  12  7   2   9

J.Schmidt         ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

J.Juden           ----  0  0  ----   1  0  0  0  0   0.0   1   1   1  0   0   0

T.Vanegmond       ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

D.Springer        ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

ALL NON-PITCHERS  ----  0  0  ----   0  0  0  0  0   0.0   0   0   0  0   0   0

Team                                          0                   +0

----------------- ---- -- -- ----- --- -- -- -- -- ----- --- --- --- -- --- ---

TEAM TOTALS       5.23     3         7     1     3        63      36     18

                        4     .571      7     0     62.0      40     15 

 

 

In 1999 Jeff and Limmer made it to the Staub Finals losing to eventual Staub champ Longue Pointe managed then by Claude LaMarre (LaMarre trophy is CBA's championship).  Rob and Philly lost in rd 1 to eventual WS champ St Foy (Dino Barnabe).  In 2000  Hite went to the finals losing to LaMarre, but winning it all in 2002 against who else, Jeff Boutet!  A rematch.  Hite beat Jeff in 5 games with what some consider CBA's all time best team which won 120 games.  In 2003 Brooklyn defeated Philly in the Clemente finals for the right to play Jeff Boutet.  Limoilou defeated Brooklyn 4  to 1 in that series only to see Brooklyn defeat Philly once again in 2004 enroute to Brooklyn's World Title.  In 2005 Philly went to the finals losing to Longue Pointe in 7 on Miracle Mirabelli's performance.  Mirabelli had a great unlikely hero series that year, and hit a game tying HR in extras to lead to victory.  Limoilou lost in the Staub finals.... Then of course The Philly championship year of 2007 Hite defeating the Skokie Wolfmen. 

 

 

Who is perhaps?  Look at the Kings of CBA....

 

CBA World Series Champs

 

1997 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs. Parma Flamingos (Lou Bloss) in 7  

 

1998 St Foy Frenchies (Dino Barnabe) vs. Longue Pointe (Claude LaMarre) in 7

 

1999 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs. Beauport Gamblers (Martin Boulet) in 6

 

2000 Longue Pointe Hitmen (Claude LaMarre) vs. Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) in 7

 

2001 Ottawa Otters (Jack Jung) vs. Quebec Capitales (Chris Boutin) in 7

 

2002 Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) vs Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) in 5

 

2003 Limoilou Wendigo (Jeff Boutet) vs Brooklyn Superbas (Marc Wass) in 5

 

2004 Brooklyn Superbas (Marc Wass) vs Kansas City A's (Rich Schneider) in 5

 

2005 .Longue Pointe (Dennis Concepcion)  defeats Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) in 7

 

2006 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) vs Neah Bay Whalers (league managed) in 7

 

2007 Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) vs Skokie Wolfmen ("Wolfman" Shapiro)

 

2008 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) 4 games to 3 vs Skokie Wolfmen (Wolfman Shapiro)

 

2009 Indiana Redbirds (Bob Fidler) 4 games to 2 vs Longue Pointe (Dennis Concepcion)

 


October 4th 2010
 
    Round one saw good action.Staub's Limoilou led by Jeff Boutet swept last years Staub champion Longue Pointe Loggers in 4 games.  It was Felipe Lopez bat combined with good pitching, better yet dominant pitching which stopped the Lumberjacks from reaching base.  Hanson, Ubald, and Kershaw stopped CBA batting champions.
 
 


 It was Maine and SanDiego.  The Express derailed the Surfers aspirations for Series immortality with a 4-2 series win.  The reliable King Felix looked more like a jester in his 2 putrid dperformances effectively costing Joe Wallace a shot at the crown.  Meanwhile bottom feeders A Gonzalez and Barmes were heroes each knockin in 7 runs in a good series. 
 
 


 In Clemente, Philly walked over Brooklyn with dominant starting pitching and a few late rallies in a closer than shows 4-1 rout.  Hite is looking for his cheesesteak in the mail right about now....Now was that Jimmy's or D'Allessandro's Rob?  The Brooklyn Bats went cold despite Brauns stellar series .450 3 HR 4RBI, while Utley, Drew, and Abreu, torched the Superbas pitching for a .316 ERA.
 
 


 The Carolina Copperheads led by none other than Scott Kenan himself, dominated Parker this season.  They did not dominate the JD Adams led Skokie Lizard Kings.  The 4-3 series was a fantastic one for J Johson who won 3 games in an MVP performance for the Copperhead snakes.  Ryan Ludwick went nuts with 4 HR's in the series.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 October 4th 2010

   Round one saw good action. Staub's Limoilou led by Jeff Boutet swept last years Staub champion
 Longue Pointe Loggers in 4 games.  It was Felipe Lopez bat combined with good pitching, 
better yet dominant pitching which stopped the Lumberjacks from reaching base.  Hanson, Ubald, 
and Kershaw stopped CBA batting champions.
It was Maine and San Diego.  The Express derailed the Surfers aspirations for Series immortality
 with a 4-2 series win.  The reliable King Felix looked more like a jester in his 2 putrid 
performances effectively costing Joe Wallace a shot at the crown.  Meanwhile bottom feeders 
Alex Gonzalez and Climt Barmes were heroes each knockin in 7 runs in a good series.  



In Clemente, Philly walked over Brooklyn with dominant starting pitching and a few late rallies
 in a closer than shows 4-1 rout.  Hite is looking for his cheesesteak in the mail right about
 now....Now was that Jimmy's or D'Allessandro's Rob?  The Brooklyn Bats went cold despite 
Brauns stellar series .450 3 HR 4RBI, while Utley, Drew, and Abreu, torched the Superbas 
pitching for a .316 ERA.



The Carolina Copperheads led by none other than Scott Kenan himself, dominated Parker this season. 
They did not dominate the JD Adams led Skokie Lizard Kings.  The 4-3 series was a fantastic one for
 J Johnson who won 3 games in an MVP performance for the Copperhead snakes.  Ryan Ludwick went nuts 
with 4 HR's in the series.
 
The final week is here.  Playoff teams Make sure your netplay has been installed. 
 You will be required to test your system with me this week to prepare. 
 PLease  Email me off list to do a quick sign in and launch.  Dennis C, we can try again ASAP.
Everyone should play to win this week as the races are still on.
Belfast playing spoiler in a FtF series took 2 of 3 to set back Montreals Cinderella playoff dream. 
Montreal is mathematically still in it and have a head to head vs Limoilou Wendigo maybe for the wildcard.
The Crows have an outside shot for the division crown as does Wendigo who can achieve a Dawson tie with a full sweep.
Belfast is stuck entirely in the spoiler role playing Longue POinte maybe Netplay?  
The Crows and Limoilou 1st series play the most important series of the year in Staub.
Longue Pointe and Limoilou play final series.  Anything can happen in this 3 way dance whcih is really 4 way.  Belfast is HUGE.
Maine has set Ohio's playoff return almost off.  They defeated Ohio this week to pretty much wrap up Rogers race unless a sweep and Maine
gets swept. The wildcard picture has Limoilou holding 2 game edge over Montreal.
San Diego has a commanding 3 game lead over Joliet, but Joliet has both New Jersey and High Bridge.
John Miller will never go without a fight in that series.  Joliet must win their games to get playoffs.
It was an improved year for High Bridge.  
 
In Clemente Philly and Southwest cakewalk into the Schmidt and Monday titles.  JD Adams son will pilot the Lizard kings
into the playoffs. Carolina's wins in the final week have pretty much wrapped up the Parker title.
Brooklyn's wildcard lead is only 1 as Stirling has been red hot and looking to Win as many as possible vs Ottawa and Philly,
 not ez to do.  Brooklyn has Carolina in its last series, and plays Cooperstown. Any of these three teams can win it this week.  
brooklyn or Cooperstown team can be eliminated.  Both must win each game as Stirling must.  Its the tightest Clemente wildcard 
race in memory. Managers may send game by game CMs


The games are due by Thursday Nite 7pm for this round.  We look forward to this weekend starting our 13th World Series!

Sept 10th, 2010

The Dawson race between Limoilou, Montreal and LP isnt over because they will have to face each other, and likely head to head.  Belfast plays tough and will likley play face to face with Montreal.  Limoilou has a renewed old rivalry with Longue Pointe.  Looking back over the years these two teams have fought the most classic CBA battles.  We should look back into the archives at what transpired here. First off the GM Jeff Boutet is a CBA great.  Guaranteed 1st ballot HOF and a CBA 3 times champion, .like Rob Hite's Philly.  The manager Jeff Boutet, I can attest in one of the finest I have ever played head to head.  I did back in 2003 when both Brooklyn and Limoilou made the finals and Boutet Wendigo defeated me 4 of 5.  I did come back the folloing year to defeat Rich Schneider's Allentown Senators in '04.  Boutet won because he knew how to play the game and made the best decisions, and managed his team and bench professionally.  Seemed like he was always in the playoffs or later rounds.  he was.  You can see his team history on his webpage by clicking his team logo.  Since we document all seasons, who can forget the great headlines from 2005 when in the Staub Finals Limoilou squared of against Longue Pointe?  It came down to an extra innings Homerun by Miracle Mirabelli, and a game tying 9th inning error considered the biggest flubb in CBA history by Jason Michaels.  The Wendigo were always tough.  Lets look back.

Limoilou was CBA's first ever champion.  The defeated Lou Bloss (Of Stratomatic Book by Glen Guzzo fame) and his Parma Ohio Flamingoes in 7 games.  Lou was a well known writer for the old Strat-o-matic Review magazine. CBA has always had the best GM's  in the StratUniverse.  In 1998 the Dawson had a 4 way dance with Brooklyn Superbas winning after a 4 way battle between
Brooklyn, the Wendigo, Claude LaMarre's Longue Pointe, and Chris Boutet's Quebec Capitales.  

 In 1999, LP managed by Claude LaMarre faced Jeff Boutet in round 2 Staub finals in a game with results witnessed by several in an IRC chat room.  That got Jeff primed for what came next, his 2nd CBA championship defeating Martin Boulet's Beauport Gamblers.  I played in QSBL with Martin.  He was a terrific Strat player and a great guy. Knew the game inside out.  When he came to NY, I had the good fortune to meet Martin and show him around
Brooklyn.  He was especially proud that he survived the "D" train ride through Crown Heights at 11pm.  He didnt survive Jeff Boutet however in CBA.
In 2000 a .500 year and rebuild for Limoilou.  It was Rob Hite's year to win it all.  Rob had been building a dominating franchise at that time and really had put together the strongest teams that CBA had seen, maybe has EVER seen.  LP' under LaMarre hit stride and faced and defeated Rob Hite in the finals.  Longue Pointe had previously lost in 1998 to hall of famer Dino Barnabe's St Foy (
Carolina) team.  Rob, if you can recall anything that you could write about your championships appearances and recollections, we can archive them.  Would love to hear them stories directly from you.
In 2001 Limoilou swept through CBA with 112 wins in
Dawson which had LP winning 98, and Chris Boutin's Quebec Capitales winning 98 as well. It seemed like they would run through the Staub, but nemesis Chris Boutin's Capitales defeated him to go and face our own Ottawa Otters GM Jack Jung and Vlad Guerrero and Mark McGwire.  They carried the .500 Otters, a wild card team to their only championship. 
2002 The powerhouse Hite led Philly Phantastics faced Jeff Boutet's Limoilou Wendigo from the wilds of northern Quebec.  Two of CBA's best in this all time classic matchup of the best teams ever.  Scroll down this link to see the World Series Boxscores!  http://cba-bb.net/2002.htm
2003, Jeff Boutet defeated Brooklyn Superbas, their last championship.  Boutet has appeared in many playoff games since notably as had Rob Hite who won in 2007, after appearing in the 2005 series against Longue Pointe.

In 2005 Carlos Zambrano of Longue Pointe Loggers (Hitmen) tosseda no-no on 6/17/2005, it  was a foreshadow of the success LP would later have. In their playoff face to face LP's Dennis Concepcion used small ball Hit n Run and Bunts to edge over what some said was a superior Limoilou team on paper.Limoilou seems to be an odd year even year team.  The pattern emerged.   And of course LP and Concepcion appeared in last years WS.  Could LP again be somewhat of a dynasty?  They are a Dawson Dynasty. 

So then begins the legend of the towel chuck. After declaring his team out of race in some of the next 4 seasons and tossing the towel, that Indiana Team has gone on to reel off streaks and wins, and championships.  Towle Chucking, in CBA, Its like clockwork, like a Took (L.O.T.R) "nothing unexpected".  The towel has been thrown again this time in 2010.  It worked before,  how can Bob Fidler deny the success of this 'technique'?  The dreaded Usage may have the last word.  Either way, in a down year,
Indiana has been more than competitive, a testament to the NON quit thats really in this championship GM, Fidler.

 

Sept 7th 2010

Last month sees CBA with some separation in the races.  We have seen in the past furious last month rushes when the rosters expand and fringe player cards get used.  Remember the Appearance minimum guys.  When guys are in need of rest the strongest survive.  How many times have we seen the deepest teams enter net-playoffland?  CBA's Southwest Lizard Kings have just about clinched the Monday division with 1 the magic number.  Lindner still is having computer troubles lately else he'd be really enjoying this season.  Longue POinte and that amazing defense , speed , and ace pitching staff of Lincecum, Sabathia, Dumpster. Philly is phlying and Rob Hite has to be the Clemente favorite based on his lead over Schmidt.  Carolina's Scott Kenan owns Parker division and will be a major threat to Philly come playoff time.   Yet to be decided are dawson with LP's lead strong but Limoilou could shake things up despite usage concerns.  Montreal is only 3 back of the Wendigo for the Staub Wild card.  Brooklyn is in control of the Clemente Wildcard just ahead of Cooperstown, and Stirling.  Maine has the Rogers lead, with a few .500 teams like Ohio who is struggling with usage this year, and Allentown are hanging around there and can still strike paydirt.  Joliet is now two back of San Diego who is fighting for their playoff lives after lasting to game 7 in Staub championships in 2009. Joliet could just get Frost back in to the Netplayoffs first time in two years.
This week Brooklyn's Vermon Wells had a 3-5, 3 HR 9 RBI game Sept 6th.,,,,Montreal was last place in 2009, this year bonified contender.  How they do it?  Greatt platooning....Look at the combos of Pagan and Rajai Davis... Ramon Castro (10th man of year?), Torrealba...Callaspo and Getz...Crede, Hannahan, Keppinger...Grteat pitching from Uehara, Richmond, Feldman, and the pen...This team could win 93-95 games....Philly could set the CBA mark for most HR's when they break over 304.  They now have 251...Indiana has 220...Indy barring miracle may be ex champions.  They need a big finsih to overtake Brooklyn
for the wildcard....Cooperstown is hoping to pick up a series sweep, to move even with Brooklyn.  Both teams seem to win at same time....Steolen bases are way up in CBA.  Joliet has 189, LP, 187, SRS, BBD both have 151, and the tough High Bridge Heaters have 145.  High Bridge has been giving their all to be competitive.  Fighting for respectability, they achieved that this year hanging around .500 through mid season. and remaining tough.  A good streak, could bring them closer to .500.

Runner advance successes
2009    Furcal    BSP    32
2009    Figgins    ***    28
2009    Youkilis    SSC    27
2009    Hudson    SLM    25
2009    Ramirez    BBD    25
2009    Bourn    JJC    25
2009    Ramirez    ANR    24
2009    Ellsbury    SRS    23
2009    Theriot    LLD    21
2009    Aybar    OTR    21
2009    Lopez    LWD    21
2009    Roberts    OTR    21
2009    Rollins    LLM    21
2009    Victorino    SSC    21
2009    Rios    BBD    21
2009    Mauer    OOS    20
2009    Braun    BSP    20
2009    Lee    JJC    19
2009    Blake    BSP    19
2009    Cano    SSC    19
2009    Jones    MER    18
2009    McLouth    BBD    18
2009    Rasmus    IRM    18
2009    Andrus    SRS    18

Bases loaded hits
Wells    BSP    7
Gutierrez    CIP    7
Derosa    OTR    7
Granderson    LWD    7
Longoria    PPS    7
Callaspo    MCD    6
Rodriguez    IRM    6
Cabrera    BSP    6
Rivera    MCD    6
Lowell    JJC    6
Jeter    PPS    6
Coste    KWR    6
Span    HHC    6
Holliday    SLM    6
Konerko    HHC    6

Catcher Assists
Martinez    PPS    51
Pierzynski    JJC    50
Varitek    LLD    44
Zaun    HHC    43
McCann    CIP    43
Martin    ANR    42
Montero    SSC    42
Soto    LLM    39
Mauer    OOS    39
Molina    CCP    39
Napoli    BBD    37
Suzuki    SRS    37
Kendall    KBM    37
Torrealba    MCD    37
Baker    MER    36
Olivo    NBC    36
Molina    SLM    36
Iannetta    LWD    35
Rodriguez    BSP    34
Barajas    SSP    34

Caught Stealing home
Hairston Jr    SRS    2
Wilson    NBC    1
Diaz    OTR    1
Morgan    LLD    1
Schierholtz    CIP    1
Cabrera    OTR    1
Young    OTR    1

Extra Base hits
Pujols    IRM    96
Howard    BSP    84
Gonzalez    MER    79
Lind    NBC    72
Cano    SSC    72
Fielder    LWD    69
Butler    SRS    67
Braun    BSP    66
Damon    SLM    66
Holliday    SLM    65
Ramirez    ANR    65
Ortiz    OOS    64
Kemp    SLM    63
Pena    SRS    63
Cuddyer    LWD    62
Hill    JJC    62
Swisher    KBM    62
Lee    JJC    61
Rolen    SLM    61
Tulowitzki    SLM    60
Kubel    OTR    60
Sandoval    JJC    60
Morneau    CIP    60
Zobrist    KWR    60
Drew    OOS    59
Cabrera    BSP    59
Reynolds    CIP    58
Bay    KBM    58
Berkman    PPS    58

Grand Slams
Paulino    LWD    3
Cantu    MER    2
Reynolds    CIP    2
Ortiz    OOS    2
Blake    BSP    2
Martinez    PPS    2
Jones    LLM    2
Howard    BSP    2
Morneau    CIP    2
Shoppach    PPS    2
Uggla    MER    2
Rodriguez    IRM    2
Posada    IRM    2

 

 

MONTREAL(AP) – The Montreal Crows made an unfortunate announcement yesterday at a press conference held at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal. Right-handed starter Koji Uehara will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury. Uehara was among the league leaders in several pitching categories, and leaves a huge hole in the Crows’ rotation. In 12 starts, he compiled a 7-1 record and 2.44 ERA, and was the stingiest hurler for issuing free passes, having allowed a miniscule 6 walks in the 66 innings he pitched. The injury occurred in the 4th inning of the Crows’ last game in San Diego, a 6-2 win over the Surf.

             “Koji will surely be missed,” said manager Robert Brunet. “The way he went about his business has been a very positive influence on the staff and the team as a whole. We had just lost Armando (Galarraga, ankle) for the next few weeks after getting Brian (Bannister, thumb) back. This is a tough one. There’s no denying it.”

            Uehara will be treated in Montreal by team doctors, but intends to return to Japan until a decision is made as to when and where his rehabilitation is to take place. With Galarraga expected to be out for most of June or more, Montreal GM Doug Brunet (Robert’s son) has called up 26 year old right-hander Brandon McCarthy from AAA Saint-Louis-de-Ha! Ha! The injuries are piling up.

            Catcher Wil Nieves will join McCarthy on his trip up after Crows’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to tenderness in his right shoulder.

 

 

 

 Passed Balls
C.Coste    KWR      7
R.Chavez    KWR    6
V.Martinez    PPS    6
J.Mauer    OOS       6
I.Rodriguez  BSP     5
M.Olivo    NBC      5
J.Mathis    HHC      4
O.Santos    CWS    4

Assists by First baseman
D.Lee           2009    JJC     41
K.Morales    2009    ANR   40
N.Johnson    2009    SSP     40
A.Gonzalez   2009   MER    38
T.Helton      2009    MCD    35
D.Ortiz        2009    OOS    34
A.Huff         2009    BBD    34
J.Loney       2009    LLM    32
J.Votto        2009    CCP    29

Catcher Assists
Y.Torrealba  2009    MCD  22
V.Martinez   2009    PPS     18
M.Olivo       2009    NBC    17
A.Pierzynski 2009    JJC      17
Y.Molina     2009    SLM    17
J.Kendall     2009    KBM   16
B.McCann  2009    CIP      16
R.Martin     2009    ANR    16
R.Paulino    2009    LWD    15

Pitcher Errors
J.Jurrjens    2009    SRS   4
T.Miller    2009      LLM   4
K.Davies    2009    BBD  3
M.Owings    2009  JJC    3
J.Burton    2009     JJC    3
A.Cook    2009     OOS  3
E.Jackson  2009    BSP   3
J.Beckett    2009   LLM  3
J.De La Rosa  2009  KWR 3
J.Chamberlain  2009 SSP 3

Longest Hit streaks
Span, Denard    Heaters            27
Wells, Vernon    Superbas         17
Lee, Derrek    Jackhammers      16
Phillips, Brandon    Loggers       16
Holliday, Matt    Lizard Kings    14
Aybar, Erick    Thundercats       14
Ryan, Brendan    Woodsmen     14
Gardner, Brett    ***                 13
Pierre, Juan    Jackhammers      12
Izturis, Maicer    Otters             12
Martinez, Victor    Phantastics   12
Sandoval, Pablo    Jackhammers 12
Pagan, Angel    Wendigo            12

Pinch Hits
Montreal Crows (MCD)    R.Davis  6
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)  A.Ramirez  5   2 PH HR
New Jersey Beatles (NBC) M.Bradley  5
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)    A.Escobar  5
Maine Express (MER)        A.Rowand  4
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)A.Ojeda     4
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)    A.Gordon    4

RF Assists
Montreal Crows (MCD)             J.Francoeur    7    2DPs
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          N.Markakis    6
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)   A.Ethier         4
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)           C.Hart            4     3 DPs
Bryan Bashers (KBM)               N.Swisher      3
Maine Express (MER)               A.Rowand      3
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)             H.Pence         3
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)    I.Suzuki         3
Lake County Leopards (LLM)  K.Fukudome   3
Columbus Wildcats (CWS)  W.Balentien         3
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)    J.Gomes                3
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)      A.Rios                   3
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)    J.Willingham          3

  CF Assists Double Plays  Triple PLays
Stirling Redsox (SRS)            J.Ellsbury             8    0    0
New Jersey Beatles (NBC)    D.Dejesus           8    0    0
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)         N.McLouth          7    2    0
Maine Express (MER)           A.Jones               6    1    0
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)  M.Kemp         6    1    0
Bryan Bashers (KBM)              M.Byrd            5    1    0
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)    J.Werth           5    0    0
Cooperstown Iron Horses (CIP) F.Gutierrez     4    0    0
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        T.Gwynn Jr     4    0    0
Lake County Leopards (LLM)    C.Ross           4    0    0
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                 A.McCutchen  4    0    0
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)     T.Hunter         3    0    0
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          V.Wells           3    0    0
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)            C.Gonzalez      3    0    0
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)           M.Bourn           3    1    0
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)  J.Borbon    3    0    0
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)         A.Pagan                3    0    0
KennesawWoodsmen (KWR)   M.Cameron   3    1    0
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)    N.Morgan    3    0    0

LF Assists
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        D.Span         5
Stirling Redsox (SRS)                 C.Crawford  4
Bryan Bashers (KBM)                J.Bay           3
Cooperstown Iron Horses (CIP) R.Ibanez      3
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                L.Nix            3
Maine Express (MER)               B.Upton        3

Leadoff Hitters  Hits leaders with their OPS
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        D.Span     70    .908
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)     I.Suzuki    51    .764
San Diego Surf (SSC)                D.Wright    48    .857
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)             C.Figgins    48    .699
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)    M.Scutaro  47   .652
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          V.Wells      46    .813
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)           B.Roberts   45    .756
Maine Express (MER)               B.Upton     43    .669
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)          M.Bourn     41    .702
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)         J.Bartlett     41    .929
Montreal Crows (MCD)           R.Davis       40    .973
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)            A.Cabrera   39    .559
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)  J.Damon    38    .810
Ottawa Otters (OOS)               M.Izturis     37    .738
Bryan Bashers (KBM)              L.Overbay  36    .910
Stirling Redsox (SRS)               J.Ellsbury    36    .602
Lake County Leopards (LLM)  K.Fukudome 34    .823
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)          A.Kennedy  34  .699
Philly Phantastics (PPS)             B.Abreu      30  .905
Philly Phantastics (PPS)             D.Jeter        26    .976
Allentown Senators (ANR)        A.Gonzalez 25    .971
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)  J.Borbon  25    .704

#2 Hitters, Hits
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)                       E.Aybar       47
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)                     F.Lopez       45
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)                   L.Castillo     41
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)                      A.Pierzynski  40
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)               R.Theriot      40
San Diego Surf (SSC)                           S.Victorino   39
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)      B.Ryan         38
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)                    N.Markakis   34
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)              J.Hermida      34
Stirling Redsox (SRS)                          D.Pedroia      33
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                          J.Upton         31
Allentown Senators (ANR)                  M.Prado       31
Philly Phantastics (PPS)                       D.Jeter          31
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)            M.Kemp       31

HR's #8 in batting order
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)           I.Kinsler    .844    7
Philly Phantastics (PPS)                    R.Branyan    .671    6
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)                  J.Buck    1.327    6
New Jersey Beatles (NBC)               M.Fontenot    .866    5
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)                    H.Pence    .716    4
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)                   L.Valbuena    .728    4
Montreal Crows (MCD)                    R.Castro    1.257    4
San Diego Surf (SSC)                       C.Pennington    .898    3
Maine Express (MER)                       J.Saltalamacchia    .840    3
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)                 J.Bartlett    1.303    3
Bryan Bashers (KBM)                      M.Ellis    .801    3
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                       S.Drew    .794    3
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)           J.Varitek    .666    3

Quality Starts
C.Carpenter  CCP    R    8
R.Porcello     HHC    R    8
J.Shields        ANR    R    7
T.Lincecum    LLD    R    7
K.Correia      SSP    R    7
J.Beckett       LLM    R    7
C.Sabathia     LLD    L    7
J.Jurrjens        SRS    R    7
J.Lester          CIP     L    6
J.Danks           KWR L    6
J.Vazquez        CIP    R    6
M.Buehrle       SRS    L    6
R.Ohlendorf    CWS   R    6
J.Santana         CCP   L    6
J.Washburn      LWD  L    6
J.Johnson         CCP   R    6
M.Cain            SLM    R   6
J.Blanton         KBM    R   6
T.Lilly             SLM    L    6
B.Arroyo        SRS     R    6
C.Kershaw     LWD    L    6
F.Hernandez    SSC    R    6

 

 

 

 

First month, put it in the books.  Version 15.0-19 or whatever its up to now. Patch 15.02A, and still Netplay , cant get it right.  Mike Koepp and I have a running joke preseason about how many patches they'll need each year.  We're up to 3 now.

You must exit the game completely after playing a full game, else you stay logged into the chat lobby and your 'port' stays open (tech talk) soooo. Shutdown the game, relaunch into the lobby AND change the Room name you use.  Many times the game won't connect
Important, Do not alter the game files in any way for any reason for CM or netplay, else you will get structure errors upon import. 
 
Surprised we havent seen more trades since opening day.  Generally the wires are buzzing as GM's prep[are for the fight, and to arm their team for the season.  Usually its hard to tell in April how a season will go, but GM's start to have a feel for what their teams can do. Patterns emerge, and dont ever forget the hot hand.  It seems in Strat that as much as a probabilty based system it seems, the odd players outform the stars often.  Good CM technique comes into play all the time.  How many times have we seen the Jay Johnstone Award go to those less than stellar performers?  Platooners win games in CBA.   So does bench management which Longue Pt proves again and again in the stretch.
So how do we figure Montreal? 9 over .500?  Uerhara  5-1 0.85 ?  How do we pronounce his name?  Better learn fast that card is a good one.  Scott Feldman is at 2.02, Bannister is pitching well, Galarraga too.  The bullpen aside from Rodney is shaky.  But look at Will Venable.  Nice numbers.  Montreal could slip back as their players usage is a main reason why they are bangin now.  Enjoy while they can, because Limoilou and LP do have the depth.  The Crows will need some offense INF Ab's to come in if they are to stay around.  Dont expect Longue POint to stay down long.  This team is well balanced, and primed to be consistant all year.  They dont have that 1 slugger that year after year can put them over.  Could Matsui be out at 1B in the Quebec
Amusement Park of the Trees?
San Diego is doing some damage.  The quiet Surf may not be as strong as 2009, but they have good offense, and good pitching.  Losing Manny half the year will hurt.  Dye is not what he was, and Young well not bad.  SD should be there in the end, but they may be vunerable as usage takes away the big bat. 
Allentown 16-15.  Playing well. Shileds carrying the staff 5-0 already.  Was Cy Young in 2008.  Wilson, Farnsworth, Mk Lowe and Thurston Howell make an impressive pen.....Great core with H Ramirez, R Martin, Prado, Kendry, C Gomez.  Allentown is on the verge of being a very solid good team....Brooklyn
has seen Markakis on fire andon base.  He's among league leaders and is hitting atop their order.  With Howard, Braun, and Cabrera slugging, Brooklyn will score runs.  So will their opponents...Philly has a team.  Hite again proves his mettle with another winner...Jeter, Utley, Vic Martinez, Abreu, all hitting. Verlander and Greinke both winning 5 games.  Lirianao a hard luck guy 1-1.  Rest of the staff, shaky....Bryan, just when you thought this franchise could turn the corner, bad performances befall the MLB players and bad cards too.  The lovable Bashers seem to be an odd year even year team.  They have yet to break into the first round of playoffs...This team should start to hit.  Too good not to.  Jason Bay at .217?  Wont last long. The pitching should get better too....Light must be ready to fire his field manager....Lake County on hard times block 6.  Those bats havent woke yet.  No doubt they should.  Its a long season.....Cooperstown hitting with power.  49 HR's .  The .466 slug is misleading, should be higher.  Where are the hits, doubles? 51 is  low, and 3 triples.  Could be a pattern...Longue Pt losing, but 2nd in the league in hitting?  Where is it wrong? 8th in pitching after many seasons at #1 or 2.  Missing Zambrano? Probably not as Brandon Phillips is off fast   2 HR 20 RBI 7sb .289.  B Wilson, M Stetter, and R Ortiz have been a total disaster destroying LP's chances of wins.  Rest of staff appears OK......Nellum and McGee team is having a playoff type year.  What a job Nellum has done with McGee's team to get some life injected.  Mike Young is splendid.  Just wanted to say that word.  8 HR 21 RBI.  Lastings Milledge looks like Bake McBride, but his clutch hits have helped.  Butler is looking more like a Middle order hitter. Shin Choo again is very strong.  Could he be the most under rated player in Schmidt?  Pedroia should come on soon....
Despite the garbage offense, the New Hampshire pitching staff is among the best in CBA right now.  Good bullpen...High Bridges Denard Span, last years Rookie of year runner up is leading all CBA in batting.  Witha 24 game hitting streak, Span is the Heaters all star....Could Carolina be the beast in Clemente?  Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?  I guess.  I see balance, power, some OBA, and good pitching.  Brooklyn
, Indy, SWest, Philly, Striling watch out for this sleeper...Limoilou's Prince Fielder 9 HR 31 RBI, an MVP candidate? Or Josh Bartlett   7  20 .366 with speed.. Watch out for him in that lineup...Nick Johnson hitting .333 for Sunville.  Gomes has 7 HR, but is at .217.  Keving Correia has 1-3  3.01 ERA...Derosa and Aybar helping out Ohio another Staub contender.....Kenan wants revenge on Longue Pt after their 1st rd exit.  Go to the archives or 2009 playoff page to see the news photos of their huge first rd series from rd 1.

 

 

The Staub division is known for great pennant races.  Last year’s race for the wildcard between Skokie and Belfast resulted in a game 163 won by the Brawlers leading to their first playoff appearance in a couple of seasons.  For The Wolfman Shapiro it was his final CBA hurrah retiring from CBA in what could be a hall of fame career of winning tradition.   Of course the Brawlers, Longue Pointe, and Limoilou fought toth and nail for the Dawson crown.  The races have been legendary.  Now in 2009, Ohio Thundercats led by Glenn Kenan became players.  They took the Rogers division by 1 game making it to the round 1 playoffs the first time. It was there they face eventual Staub champions Longue Pointe.  San Diego took another big step becoming a dominant team and winning the most in CBA with 109 wins within CBA’s top 5 all time.  Brooklyn won 108 as well.  SD could well be developing the dynasty in Carter. 

 

The Rogers was an intringuind division. They all finished Ohio 86-76  Maine 85-77  Allentown 79-83, Kennesaw Mtn 78-84.  Each team having a good year despite what appears to be decent records.  A few wins within the division either way and the whole scenario would have been upside down.  Ohio turned out the class of the division with good pitching, offensive balance  and some good performances.  Their numbers don’t stand out in comparison to CBA, but remember Staub is a pitching and defense conference.  Ohio hit a very respectable 163 HR’s. 717 RBI.  Stole only 52 bases and defense was shaky with 127 errors.  So how did they win?  Solid pitching.  A team 4.07 ERA despite the .703 X rating for the team which is well below league best.  ERA could have been better so the team WHIP was slightly higher than could have been.  The pen combined for a .285 IRSC which is very good. Limiting the runs scored helped greatly. The batting was average with a ,335 team OBA and .423 slug.  Not up there with the Clemente powerhouses, but it helped. Kubel had a big bat really boosting the offense as teams ‘pitched around’ Texeira who hit only 26 HR 88 RBI’s.  Not a lot of people on in front of him.  Role players like Boggs, and Fernando Tatis had strong years off the bench to supply punch. It all counts.  A great front rotation of Edinson Volquez and Rick3 Nolasco dominated the opposition E.Volquez  3.08 17-7  R.Nolasco 2.51 14-8, both with great numbers to go along. A pen by committee featuring Craig Breslow, Trever Miller, Chris Perez, Steve Shields, Circus Vargas and others were solid.  A great year for Ohio and 2010 could be even better.

 

Maine just barely missed.  They ran into some usage issues and folded at season end. .268   144 HR 722 RBI’s.  That .268 was a pretty good average in the Staub Conference.  Remember you can’t compare the two leagues as they have different goals and personalities.The power was adequate.  Low cost high yield players for Maine.  Adrian Gonzlaez is approaching his prime had a  32HR  101 RBI  .301 year. Uggla paced the way and had a tremendous MVP like .295 34 HR 103 RBI year.  His value was about as much as any team player though the stats less gaudy.  Uggla kept the Express in the race. Just as Aubrey Huff led the Brawlers despite the lesser stats than others.  Its comparative.  Uggla and Huff were absolutely MVP contenders maybe even more.  Jorge Cantu had a good year 19 HR 91 RBI  .279 in a pitchers conference.Barmes stepped into oplatoon to hit 9 HR 44 RBI  .308.  BJ Upton led CBA with 71 SB with only a .258 BA. 

Excellent pitching from K. Lohse 3.13 13-6, and J. Bergmann 3.96 11-6.  Bobby Jenks was outstanding saving 25 with a 2.05 ERA.  Just as bad were Z. Duke  5.24  11-11, J. Saunders   4.06  5-14.  and  I.Snell 6.16  7-12.  Iwamura has 12 PH’s and hit .309 part time.  Perhaps Maine’s success vs R .276, helped them rise above some others.  A team .276 BA vs R and overall .340 OBA helped somewhat.  Though .409 slg was bad.  The defense killed them   .676 X rating was too much for the good pitching and great hitting to overcome in the end.  Errors killed them in big game spots and in big series like Next to last week getting swept by Ohio.  The final 2 or 3 of the season went into extra innings and it may have been the difference in playoffs and pretenders.

 

 

Allentown had another average year showing signs of breaking through then slumping just as they reached playoff contention. As late as August 18th-19th they were just 2 games back of first place only to drop a series to Montreal the spoiler.  Again they came within 3 as late as Sept 2nd after the Joliet series, but along came the LP Loggers who swept them out of the picture.  Perhaps it was usage concerns, but the Dawsons did in the Senators.  For a good stretch early on, they held first place until 1st week in May.

Weak hitting hurt against the tougher pitching.  Little power hurt but they had still some Staubesque good all around play at times.  Chris Gomez had a good year hitting  .258 10 HR  62 RBI, 58 SB, 35/42 sac’s from leadoff.  Jeff Kent upon retirement closed out his CBA HOF career with 13 more HR and 72 RBI.  Will he wear Senators uniform on his page?  Russ Martin was as more than solid a backstop as in CBA  10 HR  73 RBI  34 SB!  He was the teams MVP.   Hanley Ramirez hit .249 with his unbalanced card and 21 HR.  2010 will be different.  Delgado was added midway, and in only 370 AB hit a big 22 HR to bring A Town back to contention, till LP pitching stopped the Senator bats completely.  Martin Prado was CBA’s best PH 19 hits in 54 PH AB.   The offense aside from Delgado failed miserably.  A .321 OBA with .376 slug detracted from a team that had the necessary variables to win CBA games. 118 Iso Power really low.  They stole 204 bases, including 3rd 33 times & they bunted well79% success on bunts. PH hit .291,   71 for 244. 

 

Kennesaw Mountain had a powerful year clobbering 185 round trippers.  They did only hit .239 vs Righties which ultimately doomed them. They only hit .233 in the clutch. Teams loaded righties on them, because lefties hit a more respectable .258.  They didn’t steal too much, just average 75 sb 25 cs.  Mike Cameron was the typical.  He hit 22 HRs, but batted .239.  A microcosm of the offense.  Ian Kinsler did damage 18 HR  65 RBI  .324 He was clearly affected by being pitched around.  He was issued a CBA high 25 Int Walks.  No lineup protection.  Edwin Encarnacion  .254 25 HR, 86 RBI .254 most damage vs Lefty.  Ryan Braun was so 1 sided that he hit only .242 26 HR 65 RBI..  It was this goofus performance that crippled the James Blake who did all he could to build a winner.  How could Braun hit so poorly?  He was dealt away to Brooklyn after season after receiving a 5 in LF.  He was so terrible in the filed in ’09 that his X rating .327  showed that in only 49 chances he got 16 outs.  So he hurt at the glove too. Pitching was better.  The starting staff was solid despite the lack of team defense .688 X rating.  

Card Billingsley, 3.56 10-10and Scott Olsen 3.37 11-8 led the way with respectable numbers keeping them in many games.  John Danks and Hirsohi Kuroda threw well despite their records. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monday division is looking to create it’s own legacy.  The new division started in 1997 but was retired after only 1 CBA season.  The intial teams were.

Monday Division

Cory Light’s Kilgore Bashers upgraded their facilities in Bryan Texas, Southwest is back in So Cal and better than ever under General Lindner.  Though Indiana can trace its roots back to the old Sunville Sunjewels, they are here and made it to the Championship on the wildcard. Lake County, Dave Jones team can be traced back to the Vancouver Storm, who later became HOF’er Dino Barnabe’s powerhouse St Foy Frenchies. Well any talk of Monday starts with the division winner Southwest Lizard kings. A fanatastic regular season punctuated by a bitter playoff loss.  Again the same fate befell almost all our division winners, lone exception the Staub Champion LP Loggers.  The team takes on the personality, and the winning positive attitude of CBA’s true legend Eric Lindner.  No question when he came back to us, CBA took a step apart from others.  His spirit and trading has put the Lizard Kings atop the CBA’s elite.  96-66 record winning Monday for the first time.  Matt Cain was a gain.  He went 20-8  3.74  179 K’s.  The other Matt, Holliday was a pain 32 HR 111 RBI .304 BA.  The team played better .642 on the road than at home which is surprising playing at Morrison Memorial. A .359 OBA and .472 slug is good.  But in Clemente noted for slugging teams, like Indy, Philly, Brooklyn, this team used some good balance and good pitching to win.  Keep in mind a 4.39 ERA in Clemente’s DH league is very good.  Soria proved worth the expense compiling 32 saves.  The rotation was solid.  Cliff Lee 16-7  3.66 ERA, Dave Bush 14-11, Jeremy Arlo Guthrie 12-6.  Perhaps The best of all relievers was the Cory Wade with CBA leading 19 holds and superb job keeping Southwest in the game. Good defense .76% X rating.  Southwest had its share of stars in the lineup.  Adam Laroche hit 35 HR’s 88 RBI, Melving Mora  .304 21 HR, Johnstone candidate Nomar Garciaparra slugged 15 HR 46 RBI’s .299 in  only 157 AB’s, not PH. Team had speed too.  122 SB on the season.  Southwest had a season, a darn good one.

Indiana’s story is well documented.  Bob Fidler’s team had nailed their 3rd crown. They won in an improbable 1 game playoff vs Jon Stamets and Cooperstown.  The lineup the team, it was strong on paper, it was balanced.  It was losing.  What to do.  Some GM knows how to pick its team up and get ‘em going, and Fidler is proven one of them. With a flick of his wrist, he throws in the towel and achieves another milestone.  A toss here and there and with cunning and skill Fidler has taken all CBA to task.  He’s taken on some of the best and beaten them. Not only CM’s but Netplay too.  Often behind in the series he’s played at some point.  He pulls out a Redsox story and sweeps away to another win….After some linen hurling.  The season started slowly and then momentum gained. The Redbirds were in 4th place in April, but still 3rd place in mid May, then the wins started to come in as the lineups changed and threats were made to personnel and employee. Maybe it was Pujols putting the team on his back carrying a final .394 66 Hr 151 RBI season .  He couldn’t so it alone. Josh Hamilton hit 47 HR 137 RBI .315, and A Roid hit 45 HR 117 RBI .312 with 13 SB.  Reyes had 705 At bats .275 21 HR 70 RBI 12 threebagers from leadoff spot, and stole 66 bases CS 9 times.  Sizemore hit 34 HR 104 RBI.  The team batted .284 and hit a whopping 287 HR to go with 945 runs.  A .354 OBA and .498 Slug were excellent and good to win in an impressive 95-68 season.  The only offense negative could be the abnormally high 1013 K’s.  That’s way too high to be completely efficient and produce even more runs. 

The pitching was adequate despite the seemingly high ERA 4.76.  For Clemente that’s decentThey gave up a lot of hits, but Indiana managed to out hit most of ‘em. Oswalt slipped some to 14-6 3.56 off his previous Cy Young CBA season. Lucious Hochevar surprised going 11-4 3.77 and winning a big playoff game vs Brooklyn.  Jon Garland, failed miserably with a 6.04 ERA last year despite 11-10 record.  Indy will need better P than that next season.  A team .303 IRSC is ok, though not top shelf,  Its average. Sheets was a disappointment going 7-11 5+ ERA.  The staff was plagued with blown saves. B Wags saved 23 also more was expected.  2010 will be a dogfight for Fidler and Indiana as the others in Monday have stepped up too.  No reason to expect Indiana to slip too much in 2010.  Fidler will find a way.

Lake County is another elite CBA franchise. Dae has taken this franchise and made them a consistent contender. Always ready to compete.  93-69 a superior record in this expansion year.  They beat up on the putrid Westminster Kernals and the building Sunville SunJewels.  A total of 22-2 against the newbies meant a shot at playoffs.  That’s the game though beating who your supposed to. In Monday, they had a winning record against all the teams including the Lizard kings. Lakers had trouble with everyone else though.  They did beat Cooperstown and Ottawa, but the struggles elsewhere held them back. As though they were designed to play in Monday alone. This team was led by the X man, oft injured Xavier Nady and his pet’s. 31 HR 108 RBI .338 should merit some MVP votes. Catcher Giovanni Soto had a 31 95 .286 year, and Carlos Delgado was sensational in his brief time in Lake County.  A  team not blessed with great power need contributions from everyone.  Mike Jacobs hit 28 Hr’s, and Garrett Atkins added another 21 at 3B.  The other role players like Fucudome, Fontenot, Spillborghs, Church, Blum , L Castillo all contributed in the effective platoon.  A team .346 OBA with a .458 slug isn’t enough to be at the top in Clemente, but the pitching is what made the Leopards run..

5 starters over 11 wins.  Led by ace Junior Vasquez 17-6 3.50 ERA with 199 K’s

the others Derek Lowe was 13-12, Beckett 13-6 3.81, Cueto 11-10, and Parra 11-8.  J Papelbon only saved 15, and was shaky in the little time he was used. Funny how he stunk in other leagues Ive seen him too.  What gives there?  If you can’t count on him then who can you count one?  Perhaps LC would have had a few more wins and a playoff without Pimplebun’s break down. A .794 X rating % was very very good and contributed to the excellent 4.01 ERA.  A .280 IRSC was also pretty good. If you can keep you’re opponents to only 4.46 runs per game in Clemente, you will win more than your share which the Leopards did. Perhaps a key reason Lake did score more was the low BA and OBA of the top 2 linep table setters who hit only in the .260’s for 2009 season.

 

Bryan took a step back in 2009 after a great season in 2008.  The pitching just wasn’t there. The offense wasn’t there.  So what does veteran GM go and do about it?  He goes and gets slugger Jason Bay in a huge off season acquisition with Kennesaw Mountain.  Jason Kendall also comes with his bat and arm to the Bashers.  Burrell’s tail off to .226 26 HR 92 RBI’s cost this team.  Inge dived down to .216 and 5 HR’s after a spectacular 2008.  Although they hit 194 HR’s and spread power throughout the lineup, the on base and hits weren’t there to compete.  The pitching well, a disaster 4.94 ERA.  Good seasons for Ty Wigginton who .278 28 HR 68 RBI.  Not enough runners to take home with homers.  Luke Scott gone in Bay deal, added 25 dingers. The team MVP may have been Lyle Overbays’ .316 17 HR 86 RBI’s.  A lack of speed clogged the basepaths, only 42 SB’s and 20 CS.  Runners couldn’t roll home. 772 runs is average, but 885 allowed is deadly unless you have top gun offense. Bryan is no doubt looking ahead after a very strong draft and good off season. 4 solid starters are among Clemente’s best with Wolf, Blanton, Wanda Rodriguez, and Gaving Floyd.  A decent lineup with some good cards and maybe another puzzle piece in the pen and lineup, and playoffs could be in reach once again.

 

There aces were hot. 

Parkers beast is the 2003-2004 Clemente champions Brooklyn Syuperbas.  Year after year they are the team to beat.  Teams gear up for them when they come to Brooklyn’s Prospect park grounds called The “House Of Pain”.  The hits are more frequent, and the Brooklyn air contributes to power.  The team is built to specification for that field.  The players come and go.  This year Hall of Fame 1B Todd Helton was dispatch starting a myriad of Brooklyn trades as the Superbas began to build for tomorrow.  Players in and out.  Along with Helton, Long time 2B Brandon Phillips, last years RF Magliulo Ordonez, HOF candidates Omar Vizquel, Mike Timlin, RP set up Dan Wheeler, Andy Laroche.  In their place. Nickt Markakis, Ryan Braun, Carlos Zambrano, David Price. The future mortgaged.  Brooklyn had to make moves to compete with the powerful teams in Cooperstown, Indiana, Philly, Carolina, Lake County, and Ottawa. No one can stand idle in Clemente, the competition is that fierce.  Brooklyn is no lock for a division title in 2010.  But in 2009, they were.  In fact they may have been Brooklyn’s best team ever. Year after year of 95+ wins, but 2009 was special 108-54 record their best.  Only SD had 109 wins.  Both are among the CBA’s all time wins per season leaders. 

Start with the slugging.  The new dynamic duo rests the crown from Papi-Vlad. Howard Cabrera.  Destruction and total avg.  For Cabrera 44 HR (5th overall), 136 RBI’s (5th overall), .308 .953 tot.  Howard 8.87 rc/27, 1.021 prod  60 HR (2nd overall), 155 RBI (1st overall), .292 BA.  Maglioulo Ordonez chipped in 21 HR 104RBI, 4th in CBA with a .339 BA.  Vermon Wells 24 HR 68 RBI, .354.  Punto stole 35 .322 BA in 336 AB’s.  B Phillip[s 24 HR 80RBI 24sb.  Blake 27HR, 85 RBI .278.  Doumit hit 24 HR .316 average, Giles 13 HR 77 RBI .316.  The bench was awesome with Furcal playing vs L only, platooned 9 HR 38 RBI 15sb .432ba as a sub.  The offense was legendary in CBA. Finishing with a near record .307 ba with 275 HR 1048 runs.  .369 OBA  .525 slugging for the Superbas. the latter a CBA record. It should be noted that Brooklyn hit 44 triples, and stole 114 bases.  Speed helped.

There wasn’t much other teams could do except hope the bats didn’t hit.  The lineup stacked with no easy outs.The defense wasn’t  good .708 X rating. League average is .712.  League Leader Indiana had .802 league low Ottawa .591.

So did Brooklyn defense help the pitching?  Not at all  The offense couldn’t keep the opposition from scoring runs, likely a defensive glitch, but the pitching did a respectable job with a 4.30 era in a bandbox park. With better defense maybe 112 wins could have been reached.  Came back to haunt them in the playoffs when defense crushed them in late innings...A .302 IRSC the pen was fair. Brooklyn stayed strong all year but couldn’t defeat Indiana in the playoffs. Their dice luck ran out, and they shockingly stopped hitting.  Another disapperntment for the lovable Superba nuts in Americas 4th largest city.

Cooperstown had a great year in 2009.  They won 94 times. 14 ½ behind Brooklyn. They made it to a game 163 playoff vs eventual champion Indiana, another longball team.  First time in many years. This team typical of Parker and Clemente big power. 215 HR. Nine double digit HR guys led by Morneau 35 HR 128 RBI .318  He was so valuable to his team carrying the team to that 163.  Johnny Peralta hit 27 HR 107 RBI .290, Ibanez his standard 28 HR 108 RBI .299 season.  Jose Lopez had a great year hitting .324 18 HR 79 RBI.  Burrrisss stole 19 bases. Jack Kemp hit 24 HR 90 .280 33sb and only 1 CS.  A CBA single season SB % record with .971.  He did however K 141 times.  A team .351 OBA was their best in years along with a great .484 slug. .835 production is also very strong. They threw base stealers ot 75%, Stole 81 bases  So why not more wins?  Pitching…It all went wrong.

Well almost. Cy Young candidate Carlos Marmol was dominant and necessary.  He save 43 games from a poor pitching staff.  That he figured in 45% of his teams wins was no accident.  He was good. No one else was.  The pen allowed 40% of their inherited runners score.  Compared with league leading Carolina’s 22%. Staff ace was 14-8 but a 4.94 ERA.  Lot more losses could be avoided.  Jon Stamets has went to work right away with flurries of trades to get all the pieces together for  a Parker run.  He has traded a lot of picks, players, and gotten different players and picks returned.  Wild off season for this franchise. They should be an Iron Horse in 2010.

In most years Carolina’s 88 wins would compete more closely for a wildcard which they did, until swept away vs Cooperstown and Brooklyn in the last week and a half of the season.  They finished with 5 more wins, but it wasn’t enough,  Carolina and their signature bullpen couldn’t hold out.  In fact Carolina may had taken a WC had Brooklyn not dominated them in September sweeping two series.  A good team home and away, the pen was the story.  The Cardiac Copperheads won 10 games of 13 in extras. The team largely did better than actual performances save Tejada who hit only .265, and Zimmerman who at 3B hit .276.  But you know what that will be in 2010 with Zimm becoming elite.  A good .351 OBA with .478 slug is enough to win, but in Clemente? Parker? Carolina is looking to build some trading Brian Roberts to the powerful Ohio team in Staub.  239 HR,  892 runs, .282 BA, 121 SB.

Both Ludwick and Werth had good seasons.  Ludwick 40 HR 107 RBI, .290 BA 1.018 Tot.  A great season. Several over 20 HR’s including Jason Werth 26 HR 77 RBI .314, 21sb, 1.033 tot.

A Dunn had a low 28 HR .251, Votto 23 HR 75 RBI .299 BA, B Roberts 10 HR 49 RBI 63sb, Benjamin Molina .296 23 HR 90 RBI, DeRosa 22 HR 83 RBI .288,   overall 12 guys double digit HR’s.  Parker = Power.

The Carolina pitching was good 4.39 ERA led by Johann Santana who was 20-9 3.86  222 K’s. Harang won 13 more but a 5.49 ERA.  Ollie Perez was tossed.  11-11, 6.39 ERA.  Marcum acquired the previous winter from Brooklyn went 11-9  3.60 ERA.  The pen was strong.  Great pen management  Ohman was in 92 games only 43 innings.  How’s that for super HAL efficiency?  Ohman, Valverde, Bray, Gregg, Nelson, Street, Scott Kenan knew what he was talking about when he tried to install a world class pen last winter.  It almost won a playoff spot for him.

Woeful expansion team or shining ray of light.  What and where is Sunville?  Keith Jones’ team the SunJewels.  Is it the Jimmy Buffett they play at night games and Margaritas they serve liberally at games to keep ‘em at the park?  Is it the Buffet table spread before gametime? Is it Warren Buffet’s attendance at home weekend games dancing “Bootay Meat” with the SunJewel cheerleaders.  What will bring fans to Sunville?  Is the team playing in Phlorida or New Mexico…The mystery of the SunJewels…They now own the top pick in CBA’s draft.  Anyone they want is theirs.  It took ‘em a loaded trawler of candidates to meet usage and get to the finish line.  Which they absolutely did unlike Harley Bryan (Bryan Harley?) Don Leo Kernal’s  Westminster Albatrosses.  Jones guaranteed, and delivered. In the meantime the offense was futile.  The pitching worse  6.36 team ERA.  Perhaps CBA’s worst team ever? 36-126, close the Harley Davidson Kernal’s finished barely 29-133.  Worse.  1426 Inn pitched 1870 hits allowed.  Only 145 HR’s.  No one more than Marcust Thames 18. No players stood out.  No one particularly good.  Note Rod Barajas 10 HR 36 RBI .273. Jose Bautista 18 HR 40 RBI .218BA.  Nick Blackburn 10-15 4.35 for a team that won 36 games.  Troye Percival saved 8 big games.  Greg Maddux was acquired for usage, and closed out his illustrious CBA HOF career with a 4-13 record unbefitting a diamond king.   A .724 X rating was actually better than some teams in contention, kudos. A first year team, Sunville is looking for sunnier days.  Jones has just started rest assured.  He is ready to land some big fish in the draft pool.  Better times are coming for the SunJewels franchise…Feb 28th could be Sunville’s biggest day ever.

Schmidt Division has more big power teams.  The perennial Philly Phantastics are one.  They won 105 games. Now the league win totals have inflated some because of the expansion.  But Philly was good enough anyway.  Rob Hite just knows Strat-o-matic baseball.  He knows the draft, he knows how to just win.  They mauled the division with a 27 game edge over Ottawa in 2nd.  The offense deadly .294 269 HR scoring a CBA high 1,026 runs. Good defense, some speed 81 sb comparatively Belfast swiped 240.  This year Philly had excellent pitching.  In their HR laden ballpark, the PPS tossed a 4.05 era salad at opponents.  They only sacrificed 20 times.  .704 def X rating is not too good, but it didn’t hurt them too much.  Funny how it goes, but it may have stopped Philly from being THE dominant CBA team.  Philly used the H & R just enough and stay out of double plays.   Extremely clutch, PPS took advantage of opportunities with the infield in. When pitchers were tired a few more hits to win games later innings.  9 20+ HR hitters.  Key hitters Carlos Lee hit .340 29 HR 98 RBI, Evan Longoria 33 105 .335. Abreu 22 110 .275  24SB.  Utley 28 118 .317.  Hard to say who the team MVP was when it was all such a total team effort.  This may have been PPS best chance to win.  Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels was as good as it gets 22-7  3.09 227 K’s.  For a team in a HR hitters paradise, these are awesome numbers.  Verlander and Greinke chipped in with 15 wins each.  Randy Johnson in his Swan song added 14 more wins to his CBA leading total.  He now has 231.  The staff will be very strong again in 2010 as Health Bell will likely close and the Greinke express hits South st for some Jimmy’s Steaks before game time, then down Oregon to Tony Luke’s after the game.  As fate would have it, the biggest CBA teams took the hardest falls.  Hite’s Phantastics will like Skokie, Brooklyn, Southwest, and San Diego be forgotten like Tennessee Tazmanians were back in late 90’s.

The Ottawa Otters season started off promisingly as they were in first place as late as May 21st before dropping back some.  The turning point came when Stirling swept 4 games from them.  Two series later the CBA’s worst ever Westminster Pidgeons took a pair in a3 game. From there it was all inconsistent with win streaks not sustaining, and Phlly getting adjusted and hot.  At that point usage may have contributed to the slide as well.  A disappointing season after a playoff appearance, the Otters got a subpar performance from the injured ace who went 11-13  3.20.  Not Cy Young numbers.  Aaron Cook was better at 15-12  3.84 ERA.  Two more stats on the rosters decline was more hurtful  that of CBA HOF candidates Vlad G and Papi Ortiz.  The CBA’s prolific duo slumped at the plate.  Guerrero slid down to 27 HR 94 RBI .272.  Papi Ortiz 26 HR 57RBI .252.  Not enough to drive the offense who managed only a .253 team BA despite 206 dingers.  Joe Mauer was basically an all star with 15 83 .310.   Jack Cust did what he usually does 33 HR 103 RBI .233 .371 OBA  109 BB’s.  But he struck out 211 times a CBA record.  Ottawa hit .252 vs L .253 vs R. Team had a .770 OPS.  They also did hit 52 triples. But only 26 Sb, likely by accident.  A large number.  A classic Clemente power team.  Make no mistake that Ottawa is on the rise.  A solid young team, with dynamic young players.  Jack Jung the honred veteran championship manager has drafted some valuable players and groomed good talent.  In 2009 the defense let down the pitching an all time low X rating as mentioned before .591.  The OF made flyball a total adventure.  The Otter fans complained of neck injuries from watching the ball being shot back through the alleys.  The bench was a minus PH hit .227 They hit 111 homers at home but  fewer, 95 on the road.  The pitchers allowed a very high .286 batting average, while the relievers allowed the unners to score upon their entering the game at a .366 clip.  36% of which how much was defense?  Had the defense been better the staff likely would have produced more wins.

Stirling is a franchise with an owner and a GM tandem.  There is the franchise owner the semi retired Wayne McGee.  He is an original member and friend of ours. The Stirling franchise is without question a historic one. Dealer Wayne (or is it Trader, or is that Rob H?) One of CBA colorful GM’s.  His press releases, quips, trade bulletins, friendship, sense of humor, sense of whats best for CBA, makes him a surefire CBA hall of famer.

Wayne stays active, but defers to the man who has rebuilt the talent base of this franchise. Malachi Nellum.  Malachi is a CBA veteran who was the original owner of the Alamo City franchise.  He returned to us a GM two seasons ago content to be Stirling’s GM, even turning down opportunities to own a franchise.  He has built up some players of there. Another below 77-85  a .500 record Stirling has only been in 1 playoff in their existence. A team with .274 176 HR 768 Runs struggles in Clemente, unless the pitching is outstanding or they have speed and defense. Stirling had some very playoff worthy offensive stars.  Carlos Pena had a sensational year 39 HR 101 RBI .296.  Pedroia was great again  19HR  89RBI .321 10sb.  Ellsbury stole 65 hittin .290 and should get even better.  Crawford was well Crawford…Of note Jerry Mather hit 14 HR 36 RBI in 134 AB’s. Shin Soo Choo hit 19 86 .348 in 264 AB’s.  Stilring could glove. .786 X rating was very good.  But they will need to improve on the .339 team OBA & .437 slug.  The 4.98 staff ERA could have been a lot worse without the defense.

Westminster? Forget about it. 

 

 

 

The draft will be held in the CBA chat room.  I expect we will do 3 rounds beginning 12 noon eastern 9am Pacific Sunday Feb 28th.   Those unable to attend will be required to submit a list to a responsible GM to proxy.  I will not be able to draft for you, nor is it advisable to let HAL do yer pickin'.  Your list should be comprehensive.
The Chat room requires Java which almost everyone has by now, so upgrade your browsers and test the room.  We will allow up to 2 minutes before league allows next draftee to make selection.  It is important all be prepared ahead of time.  Trades should never stall the draft clock.  Complete them before selecting, no quarter. 
If the draft board is incorrect it must be corrected predraft.  Once the clock starts, that board is official win, lose, or draw. 

Should a player be re selected or ineligible for drafting, it is solely that GM's responsibilty.  They may reselect, when they can.  We will not back up the draft.
Should you be knocked off line, call your pal and have them select, its on you.  We do encourage direct chat between GM's either on the chatroom or by phone with each other.  CBA is a family.


The list of FA's is online, but there could be omissions and errors. Be forewarned.  Some players may or may not be there, its a guideline only not official. 

Check your trades and draft charts.  With the passing of my father, I may have missed an item or two.

Stadium changes are in and no more stadiums can be selected.  Those who are on Committee mail list with stadium choices are official now.  I must have stadium choices from NJ and Atlanta ASAP.
This must be selected immediately before the LaManna comes out Thursday.

Reminders: No 2011 picks can be traded until the first selection of the draft is officially announced by league.  You may announce at that time...certainly you can agree in principal before then. 

Atlanta and NJ may not trade their 1,2,3 picks this year only.  Both are probationary franchises. 

The draft is always a blast.  One of my favorite parts of the season.  The banter is great and as long as we get guys in their and not bitching about each other.  We never had it, and I wont tolerate it publically on chat or list.  You can kiss the league goodbye if you make it a habit.  Just keep it all in fun and good judgement and we'll be lovin every minute of this draft.  It promises to be very interesting this year.  Alot of deals went down. Lots of different players will have increased value this year.  If you look at the economics of it, teams will need to be very usage conscious.  This will have an effect on the drafting habits of many teams to get usage controlled, not relying on 2 RFA's or trades that may never happen to get thru the 100% usage and roster limits.  The draft will therefore be stronger than you may think.  Smaller players will have impact now, and teams with good reserves may fare better than superstar type teams. (LP anyone?)

You may draft a minor league. Un carded players may be retained year to year so plan ahead. 
Remember that first and foremost in CBA is that you make every attempt to win your games.  Its given in our league.  Its encouraged and some feel we owe it to each other to put our best teams out there on the field.  Its been said that respect among GM's is earned when you are a competitive GM who fights and plays to win.  Certainly last year, I commend a few guys who did their best even sacrificing there high pick (highest) to give you their best.  We salute John Miller, We salute Doug Brunet our two expansioneers who sacrificed their future, to put rostered players usage into the games despite dropping their draft positions.  They drafted for usage slowing their building.  CBA couldnt ask for better character.   Keith Jones despite the record also did his best to manage his usage, though had to rely on allotted RFA's heavily.  We commend his efforts.  We unfortunately must mention the legend of the Westminster Pelicans franchise who flew the coop and crashed down to the sea like Icarus in a typhoon.   They were unprepared and had a proxy drafter.  Trades werent made and usage was a mighty issue, with little talent to trade, CBA had to take over the franchise and set extended RFA's in a 1 time league directive.  The termination was swift, and the franchise became a walk over which inflated some teams winning percetages.  It also made for our best pennant chase ever......
 Lets mention a few other GM's who refused to tank and gave us all good competition (name of the game here) There were Jack Frost and Jack Jung.  Frost fought it till the end.  Jack Jung put 'em forward as best he could too.  We salute you Blake-O. You dint quit.  We salute Rich Schneider and Wayne McGee/Malachi Nellum.  You fellas are what its all about.  We saw how you did your best.  Jeff Boutet, came back in the 2nd half to be a factor and never tanked. I cant make out this one though.  We actually had a guy publically throw in the towel only to win his 3rd championship in 4 years.  So quittin never pays right Fid?  Heck Bob knows.  He never really quit and he won.  CBA doesn't quit.  With Fidler's championship belts, its been suggested that we all publically throw in towel each year at mid season in a ritual to bring good luck to those who do...........nah.

Wass

 

 


It's stunning....Staub has not had a winner in the Finals since well, 2005 and Dennis Concepcion's Longue Pointe team won it all.  The reigning champ Fidler is back.  He is CBA's best, back for 3rd time in 4 years.  Concepcion, a playoff perrenial, didn't make it last year to the playoffs, but sure has the year in grand style.  He swept the extraordinary San Diego Surf team.  Both Indiana and LP were underdogs to two of CBA's greatest teams of all time.  Both Conference teams beat the giant teams to help advance.  Now they meet.  Indiana just plain outslugs you, Longue Pointe just keeps you off the bases and runners from moving....Two contrasting Strat philosophies will square off.  The games should be well attended just to see what the next CBA STrategy trend will be....Will it be good pitching with lots of K's and defense.  A team that hit and runs you to death and steals at will? or will it be the ARoid, Pujols, Hamilton, Pence, Sizemore, reyes show?

For LP it was all pitching and unlikely heros.  For Indy Pence, Sizemore and ARod. Lets look and see who they are...

Indiana was originally the expansion Houston Aeros, a last place team that was extremely fortunate to have won the 1st over expansion pick when 4 teams were broken up.  ARod was originally on the Chris Boutin led Quebec Capitales.  He was the first expoansion pick in 2003 by Chris Thomas' Houston club.  He then drafted Albert Pujols with the first regular draft pick that year.  There was the nucleus.  Jose Reyes came over in a trade 3 seasons ago from San Diego, while OSwalt was an orinal draftee.  Last year, Indiana acquired B. Wagner, C. Ruiz, K. Griffey, Jr in a major trade with Southwest for A. Ethier, Indiana's #1(09), #4(09), #5(09), #6(09).   They got Loney from Kennesaw as well at about the same time for a #2 and Mientkiewicz.  They got J Garland from Kennesaw as well in 2008.  Posada came in July of 2007 for D Riske, Kaz Matsui and a 2,6 pick. Polanco came in from Philly for Brad Hawpe.  Many good trades and some not as good.  But always looking to improve. Indy traded picks, acquired, shuffled, drafted and built.  Looking out of the picture in themid season they staged one of CBA's remarkable comebacks winning 41-17 to gain a last day wildcard, and now back in the finals after Fidler threw in the "Towel".

Longue POinte has made a few trades mostly has built through drafting.  The team, unlike 2005 is mostly of Concepcion's design.  He drafts for bench reserve and defense.  He drafts for talent, he drafts for good cards, he drafts to win with balance.  He drafts strikeout artists, he drafts well.  He acquired great draft pieces starting when he took guys like Richie Sexson at the end of rd 1 in 2005. Jason Varitek came in 2006 for Jason Kendall.  05 WS hero Torii Hunter came in 2005 for AJ Burnett and a #1.  Dennis moved guys like Nomar Garciaparra a longue time favorite in Quebec, bringing in players like Aramis Ramirez, drafted some like pen guys CJ Wilson, Balfour, Marte, Seanez, Kiko Calero, Brain Fuentes, and even drafted more guys for the staff and who got outs, K's and stopped runners from moving.  But Concepcion has thrived in the draft.  After raising some eyebrows, whose wondering now? He drafted a minor league pick like Tim Lincecum in rd 1.  He took Hideki Matsui in rd 1 too.  Ryan Dempster another.  He took Ryan Theriot in a later round. LP is well known for super sub scrubs.  Each year he has his overachieving mutant cards. In 2005, it was Brian Jordan hitting .400.  This year its Cliff Floyd, and Lou Montanez, otherwise guys like Gabe Gross, Kotchmann, Iguchi, new heros with small names.  Remember Miracle Mirabelli?

Its gonna be a Jailbreak...Who will attend?

  Parker Divison recap..

 

Parkers beast is the 2003-2004 Clemente champions Brooklyn Superbas.  Year after year they are the team to beat.  Teams gear up for them when they come to Brooklyn's Prospect park grounds called The "House Of Pain".  The hits are more frequent, and the Brooklyn air contributes to power.  The team is built to specification for that field.  The playerscome and go.  This year Hall of Fame 1B Todd Helton was dispatch starting a myriad of Brooklyn trades as the Superbas began to build for tomorrow.  Players in and out. Along with Helton, Long time 2B Brandon Phillips, last years RF Magliulo Ordonez, HOF candidates Omar Vizquel, Mike Timlin, RP set up Dan Wheeler,Andy Laroche.  In their place. Nickt Markakis, Ryan Braun, Carlos Zambrano, David Price. The future mortgaged.  Brooklyn had to make moves to compete with the powerful teams in Cooperstown, Indiana, Philly, Carolina, Lake County, and Ottawa. No one can stand idle in Clemente, the competition is that fierce.  Brooklyn is no lock for a division title in 2010.  But in 2009, they were.  In fact they may have been Brooklyn's best team ever. Year after year of 95+ wins, but 2009 was special 108-54 record their best.  Only SD had 109 wins.  Both are among the CBA's all time wins per season leaders. 

Start with the slugging.  The new dynamic duo rests the crown from Papi-Vlad. Howard Cabrera.  Destruction and total avg.  For Cabrera 44 HR (5th overall), 136 RBI's (5th overall), .308 .953 tot.  Howard 8.87 rc/27, 1.021 prod  60 HR (2nd overall), 155 RBI (1st overall), .292 BA.  Maglioulo Ordonez chipped in 21 HR 104RBI, 4th in CBA with a .339 BA.  Vermon Wells 24 HR 68 RBI, .354.  Punto stole 35 .322 BA in 336 AB's.  B Phillip[s 24 HR 80RBI 24sb.  Blake 27HR, 85 RBI .278.  Doumit hit 24 HR .316 average, Giles 13 HR 77 RBI .316.  The bench was awesome with Furcal playing vs L only, platooned 9 HR 38 RBI 15sb .432ba as a sub.  The offense was legendary in CBA. Finishing with a near record .307 ba with 275 HR 1048 runs.  .369 OBA  .525 slugging for the Superbas. the latter a CBA record. It should be noted that Brooklyn hit 44 triples, and stole 114 bases.  Speed helped.

 

 There wasn't much other teams could do except hope the bats didn't hit.  The lineup stacked with no easy outs.The defense wasn't  good .708 X rating. League average is .712.  League Leader Indiana had .802 league low Ottawa .591.

So did Brooklyn defense help the pitching?  Not at all  The offense couldn't keep the opposition from scoring runs, likely a defensive glitch, but the pitching did a respectable job with a 4.30 era in a bandbox park. With better defense maybe 112 wins could have been reached.  Came back to haunt them in the playoffs when defense crushed them in late innings...A .302 IRSC the pen was fair. Brooklyn stayed strong all year but couldn't defeat Indiana in the playoffs. Their dice luck ran out, and they shockingly stopped hitting.  Another disapperntment for the lovable Superba nuts in Americas 4th largest city.

 

Cooperstown had a great year in 2009.  They won 94 times. 14 ½ behind Brooklyn. They made it to a game 163 playoff vs eventual champion Indiana, another longball team.  First time in many years. This team typical of Parker and Clemente big power. 215 HR. Nine double digit HR guys led by Morneau 35 HR 128 RBI .318  He was so valuable to his team carrying the team to that 163.  Johnny Peralta hit 27 HR 107 RBI .290, Ibanez his standard 28 HR 108 RBI .299 season.  Jose Lopez had a great year hitting .324 18 HR 79 RBI.  Burrrisss stole 19 bases. Jack Kemp hit 24 HR 90 .280 33sb and only 1 CS.  A CBA single season SB % record with .971.  He did however K 141 times.  A team .351 OBA was their best in years along with a great .484 slug. .835 production is also very strong. They threw base stealers ot 75%, Stole 81 bases  So why not more wins?  Pitching…It all went wrong.

 

Well almost. Cy Young candidate Carlos Marmol was dominant and necessary.  He save 43 games from a poor pitching staff.  That he figured in 45% of his teams wins was no accident.  He was good. No one else was.  The pen allowed 40% of their inherited runners score.  Compared with league leading Carolina’s 22%. Staff ace was 14-8 but a 4.94 ERA.  Lot more losses could be avoided.  Jon Stamets has went to work right away with flurries of trades to get all the pieces together for  a Parker run.  He has traded a lot of picks, players, and gotten different players and picks returned.  Wild off season for this franchise. They should be an Iron Horse in 2010.

 

In most years Carolina’s 88 wins would compete more closely for a wildcard which they did, until swept away vs Cooperstown and Brooklyn in the last week and a half of the season.  They finished with 5 more wins, but it wasn’t enough,  Carolina and their signature bullpen couldn’t hold out.  In fact Carolina may had taken a WC had Brooklyn not dominated them in September sweeping two series.  A good team home and away, the pen was the story.  The Cardiac Copperheads won 10 games of 13 in extras. The team largely did better than actual performances save Tejada who hit only .265, and Zimmerman who at 3B hit .276.  But you know what that will be in 2010 with Zimm becoming elite.  A good .351 OBA with .478 slug is enough to win, but in Clemente? Parker? Carolina is looking to build some trading Brian Roberts to the powerful Ohio team in Staub.  239 HR,  892 runs, .282 BA, 121 SB.

Both Ludwick and Werth had good seasons.  Ludwick 40 HR 107 RBI, .290 BA 1.018 Tot.  A great season. Several over 20 HR’s including Jason Werth 26 HR 77 RBI .314, 21sb, 1.033 tot.

A Dunn had a low 28 HR .251, Votto 23 HR 75 RBI .299 BA, B Roberts 10 HR 49 RBI 63sb, Benjamin Molina .296 23 HR 90 RBI, DeRosa 22 HR 83 RBI .288,   overall 12 guys double digit HR’s.  Parker = Power.

The Carolina pitching was good 4.39 ERA led by Johann Santana who was 20-9 3.86  222 K’s. Harang won 13 more but a 5.49 ERA.  Ollie Perez was tossed.  11-11, 6.39 ERA.  Marcum acquired the previous winter from Brooklyn went 11-9  3.60 ERA.  The pen was strong.  Great pen management  Ohman was in 92 games only 43 innings.  How’s that for super HAL efficiency?  Ohman, Valverde, Bray, Gregg, Nelson, Street, Scott Kenan knew what he was talking about when he tried to install a world class pen last winter.  It almost won a playoff spot for him.

 

Woeful expansion team or shining ray of light.  What and where is Sunville?  Keith Jones’ team the SunJewels.  Is it the Jimmy Buffett they play at night games and Margaritas they serve liberally at games to keep ‘em at the park?  Is it the Buffet table spread before gametime? Is it Warren Buffet’s attendance at home weekend games dancing “Bootay Meat” with the SunJewel cheerleaders.  What will bring fans to Sunville?  Is the team playing in Phlorida or New Mexico…The mystery of the SunJewels…They now own the top pick in CBA’s draft.  Anyone they want is theirs.  It took ‘em a loaded trawler of candidiates to meet usage and get to the finish line.  Which they absolutely did unlike Harley Bryan (Bryan Harley?) Don Leo Kernal’s  Westminter Albatrosses.  Jones guaranteed, and delivered. In the meantime the offense was futile.  The pitching worse  6.36 team ERA.  Perhaps CBA’s worst team ever? 36-126, close the Harley Davidson Kernal’s finished barely 29-133.  Worse.  1426 Inn pitched 1870 hits allowed.  Only 145 HR’s.  No one more than Marcust Thames 18. No players stood out.  No one particularly good.  Note Rod Barajas 10 HR 36 RBI .273. Jose Bautista 18 HR 40 RBI .218BA.  Nick Blackburn 10-15 4.35 for a team that won 36 games.  Troye Percival saved 8 big games.  Greg Maddux was acquired for usage, and closed out his illustrious CBA HOF career with a 4-13 record unbefitting a diamond king.   A .724 X rating was actually better than some teams in contention, kudos. A first year team, Sunville is looking for sunnier days.  Jones has just started rest assured.  He is ready to land some big fish in the draft pool.  Better times are coming for the Leisure King franchise…Feb 28th could be Sunville’s biggest day ever.

 


From Southwest Sun Lizard's Home territory came this release

@AP Newswire Date: Oct. 14, 2009 

LOCAL INVESTIGATORS SEEK ANSWERS!   

Arcane wording discovered scrawled upon a napkin in local steak house outside Indiana's Ballpark has raised concerns that a killer may be on the loose.  It reads:

In the mighty halls of the CBA
there are only two things of certainty,
The future's uncertain, and THE END is always near!

Wow, I'm sick of doubt
Live in the light of certain
South side
Cruel bindings.

The Redbirds have the power
Dog-men and their mean women
Pulling poor
blankets

over
Our players

I'm sick of dour faces
Staring at me from the executive
Suites, i want roses in
My
bullpen bower; dig?

Royal doubles, hard hit singles
Must now replace aborted
Strangers in the mud
These mutants, blood-meal
For the pitcher that's plowed.

They are waiting to take us into
The severed garden
Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
Comes death on a strange hour
Unannounced, unplanned for
Like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
Brought to bed

Defeat makes angels of us all
And gives us wings
Where we had shoulders
Smooth as raven's
Claws

No more
money, no more fancy uniforms
This other kingdom seems by far the best
Until it's other jaw reveals incest
And loose obedience to a REDBIRD law.

I will not go
Prefer a feast of
friends
A lie she cried
Spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a marble slab

 

To the giant REDBIRD she spoke

I will not go, I will not go
Have I not wandered your streets of yellow haze?
And pitchers come and go
Speaking of Joe DiMaggio

I have measured out my life
In balls, strikes and cheap hot dogs
Am I not Lazarus raised from the dead?
Come back to tell you
To tell you all

THE END


Local officials and police detectives are puzzled by the cryptic verbiage and its meaning.  Rumors that the much awaited contest between the Lizard Kings and the Rebirds will be tomorrow night at 5pm Pacific/8pm EST may be related to the arcane scriblings.  Rob Fidler is reportedly suffering from massive migranes in anticipation of the bloody series and has been cleared of any ill-doings.  However, maverick owner, Eric Lindner, has been heavily sedated and locked securely in a local sanitarium after being found in a darken alley with steak sauce smeared all over his vomit covered t-shirt.

The end is most certainly near for one of these vaunted warriors of the CBA.

Report filed by Bernard Shakey
Minister of Propaganda and Ticket Sales

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Fantastic week...All we could have asked.  Heading into the final block the races have clarified.  The losers are heading home and the strongest and best survive.  This week, Allentown, Kennesaw, Limoilou, have all been practically eliminated though not mathematically.  In Staub That leaves the Dawson decided in an epic 4 game series that all will be watching between Longue Pointe and Belfast.  It has been them all season long, as Limoilou held on till the end.  Dennis Concepcion and JD Adams will play with LP just a gmae back of the Brawlers.  The LP's have been throwing shutouts with a great staff and 1's all over the field.  Great defense has masked a suspect offense led by 10 man Johnstone award candidate Cliff "pink" Floyd of all cards...

Skokie is in the wildcard basically 4 games over LP.  Glen Kenan's Ohio has never made the lpayoffs.  Not even as Bodega Bay.  Could this year be the franchises first ever?   The Thundercats are only 2 back of Mike Koepp's Maine Express.  Maine's Adrian Gonzalez and The Uggla at 2B, lead the offense.  SanDiego is having the best year in their history.  Wallace will be formidable in the playoffs.  They have last years 7 game playoff loss to avenge.

Clemente has Philly slugging 3,  20 runs games this week.  Brooklyn had the seasons first no hitter.  Its the franchises first as well.  John Lannan Brooklyn's 1st rd draft pick throws one vs Sunville.  Box below.  Howard and Cabrera each have over 40 HR.  Howard 56 of 'em, chasing Sammy Sosa's team record of 63.  He just passed Todd Helton's 55 of 2001.  The race is for wildcard which Dave Jones (got it right) Lake County Leopards is 1 game behind both Cooperstown with GM Jon Stamets, and Indiana and last years champion Bob Fidler.  What a race.....Netplay could be the thing this week!


 

Sept 20th 2009

The season end is at hand.  Its destiny or skill.  Its luck or probability.  Its torturous or strategous.  Usage conservation or damn the torpedoes...  Who will win?  Who are the players?

 

The 2009 CBA elite are....

Marc Wass.  Yours truly is having a renaissance season with 104 wins so far.  The 2003 WS finalist and 2004 champion Superbas have been in the playoffs each year since 2003.  They were in a few more before that.  Big games elude Superbas who are driving to become two time champs ala Rob Hite, Jeff Boutet, Bob Fidler.  Been playing Strat since 1977, Superbas are always a team known for offense and power.  Brooklyn signature is perrenial leadership in major offensive categories. Lots of stealing and Power, teams are tailored for Coors field dimensions. 

 

Joe Wallace:  Plays hard in playoffs.  Knows the game and numbers well.  Is out to beat the Staub Division and nothing less than a World Series Appearance will due for the CBA's 7 year veteran.  Wallace has built his team from the ground up and is contending the past 3 seasons.  Could this be the year he breaks through?

 

JD Adams: The usage czar knows his role, and his team.  With the luck of the Irish, and the use of excellent strategies in lineup making, the Belfast Brawlers again play to maximum potential.  They dont have Limoilou's star power, Longue Tongue's pitching and defense, nor the power of  Clemente's brooklyn or Philly, but they do all the little things, like steal, pitch, clutch.  Huff has been a blessing and though others have better numbers he may be the true MVP based on his value to a team thats contending.  52 doubles 23 HR  113 RBI on a non slugging team that steals tons.  Adams has suffered CBA heart break a few times in the past.  1 game playoff losses. Early rd 1 exits, just barely not making the cut.  JD is hungry and ferocious.  Every swing counts for this competititor.

 

"Wolfman" Shapiro.   The Skokie, Holland, Atlanta, crystal master.  Moved right in and rebuilt the Wolfmen into powerhouse.  This team is becoming a CBA legend having been there in the thick of the playoffs each season since 2006 I believe.  The Wolfman is known around the world for his skill.  Its on display here in CBA and again he's primed for another shot at the coveted CBA World Series title.  The Strat community watches our website and posts and our playoffs are watched by the veteran league watchers online.  SOM players always look for the advantages, sometimes from other leagues that they can apply to their own methods.  Wolfman's web pages get quite a few hits.  He wants them to read about a Wolfmen World Championship.  Thats his goal solely.  He nows the rules and how to work within them.  he is reliable and efficient.  Most of all, he knows the game and the cards.  To beat him in the Netplayoffs is to beat a legend.  Bob Fidler did so.  Wolfman may not be done with him...

Dennis Concepcion: The man behind the CBA graphics.  Staub President, and creator of the Loggers team.  DC is one GM that can't be ruled out because he finds a way to beat you.  He has a knack for finding variables other than slugging.  He relies heavily on platoon system and defense.  He has sported teams with 4+ ones on offense.  He is known for his small ball game like the one he used to ride such cards as "Miracle Mirabelli", Brian Jordan, and Todd Jones into big moments.  He also studies his opponents and plays for the long run.  The LP signature is their strong bench, and fantastic pitching staff.  He prefers strikeout pitchers, and good hit and run men. Concepcion is unconventional but effective year in and year out.  He is also an avid baseball uniform and stadium historical enthusiast. 

Rob Hite:  CBA legend. Multi year champion.  Just like Brooklyn in leading CBA in offense and power categories.  Owns several CBA records.  Hite is on executive committee, and is an original member.  Perhaps one of CBA most prolific traders, Hite is one of the sharpest draft and Stratball minds you'll ever meet.  Has keen sense of talent and is ever tough in head to head competition.  Rob Hite is a future CBA Hall of famer.  He has the championships to back it.

Glenn Kenan:  First year for playoffs? A CBA 4 year man.  The Ohio team has improved each year.  Kenan has traded and drafted himself into a winning team.  In a tough conference where teams knock each other around, Ohio is on the cusp of team history should they overcome Maine.  Kenan has forged a team that could be the underdog surprise of the CBA season.  The little engine who could?

Mike Koepp: Mr Mike to you.  Maine is in the 2nd year of playoff hunt.  His last playoff was marred by some questionable circumstances, but experience was gained.  Koepp is fighting hard.  The competitor in Koepp has worked very hard to get this franchise atop Rogers division.  He wont relent now, & is ready to beat you.

Dave Jones:  Jones has been around the block in CBA. The Leopards are his team.  He built them and is likely to make noise this year if they get into the playoffs.  Dave always has his team playing tough.  Never an easy win, The Leopards gives all Clemente fits.  They play well against Philly, SW, and Brooklyn.   Jones seems to make trades that keep him in the thick of things.

Eric Lindner:  1 game shy of Southwest's 1998 best franchise win total.  Lindner also knows the cards and the game.  Loves to compete.  Loves to win.  Plays well and plays fair.  Lindner is fun to play against...Its all fun and sht until you realize he's beating you.  Knows how to shoot down his oponents with Strat skill.  He is the Lizard King and wants to do anything.  Plays in Morrison Stadium.  Doors fan obviously, and true artist painter.

Jon Stamets: Has made a seamless transition into CBA to take over Cooperstown.  His GM skills will be on display as he takes a good team and has been making them play with efficiency.  This weeks series vs Carolina was classic.  Knows how to manage, and could be this years X factor as Allentown's Rich Schneider was back in 2004.

 


 

Usage Post:

Batters may only start games during a block if they have 12 or more PA left for the season, but they can be on your roster (available as bench players) as long as they have at least 1 PA left for the season.  If the batter meets these requirements, then you are not access a penalty if the player get overused during that block, but you must deactivate him for the next block to avoid penalties.

 

Starting Pitchers can start one game during a block if they have at least 4IP left for the season.  It has been noted that we need to specify how many IP a pitcher must have to start two games during a block, but that is unclear at this time.  If the starting pitcher meets this requirement before the block, no penalty will be accessed for over usage obtained during that block. However, if overused, you must deactivate the pitcher before the next block

 

Relief pitchers must have at least 3IP left before the block.  If they meet this requirement and get overused during the block, no penalty will be accessed, but the pitcher must be deactivated before the next block if they have less than 3ip left for the season (or are overused) to avoid penalties.

 

Starters/Relievers are evaluated as if the are a starter (may only start if 4ip or more) and a reliever (may only be activated if they have 3ip or more).

 

So, as long as you check out the Usage Display (from Statistics->Team Statistics), after every block, you should be able to quickly determine who can must be deactivated now, who is getting close and who must be bench players only.  If you do this and still go over a few PA/IP, then you are not penalized at all.

 

For example, Mark Ellis from my team has been used 1 PA more than his card allows.  However, once he got under 12PA, I took him off all of my starting lineups, and then once he went over, I deactivated him for the rest of the season, so no infraction/warning was issued.  I can also tell that Burrell can't be in a starting line up, since he only has 2PA left, so he's on the bench now.

 

for my pitchers, I can see that Randy Wolf has 4IP left, so can start one game this last block, while Gavin Floyd has only 3ip left and can only relieve (he can't start, and has a 0 relief rating, but I kept him on the roster just in case he was the last option left in a long game...)

 

(there are others on my roster that either must be bench players


August 21st 2009

The races come alive.  Theres separation at the top.  Philly is having a season for the ages 24 games up in Schmidt.  Amazing! Phantastic.  It's time to recognize Rob Hite for his accomplishments in CBA.  We could also celebrate Jeff Boutet who has brough Limoilou back into the Dawson race once again, a 3 way dance.  Limoilou has won 3 titles and was perhaps CBA's most dominant team from Staub....  Rob Hite is among the top elite in CBA history with his championships and dominance of his division nearly every season.  This year may be his best since winning a CBA record 120 in 2000.  Your teams career stats are now in the team notebooks in your game itself.  Each year's won lost is recorded.... Marc Wasserman, yours truly has asserted control in the Parker division with perhaps more title wins than any other franchise in CBA history.  BSP has been to the finals in 2003 losing to Limoilou and Boutet, winning it all in 2004, and nearly three peating being stopped short in 2005. Bob Fidler joins, Boutet and Hite as multiple World Champions.....  The Skokie Wolfman has been dominant since emerging in 2005 with Montreal as a contender, and eventual World Championship contender.  Could he finally win the elusive big one?  He will have to fend off perhaps CBA best team in San Diego....  Veteran Joe Wallaces team is perhaps less known, but feared. This team is the favorite to win. Wallace has bowed in very tough playoff series in 07, 08, but 09 could be his year.  The Wolfman is arming against his rival by acquiring Ben Sheets for the playoffs.....  The other race is intriguing in Staub.....  Its the battle for the Rogers.  Not yet a high profile league like Dawson whose races are legendary, but this is the year Rogers look like the black and blue great south & midwest division.  Maine is now battling Glen Kenan's Ohio Thundercats.  We don't hear much about them, but they're making news in 2009. At or near the top, they have a great shot at securing a division title, which would be their first.  Their team legacy, Minnesota, then  AJ Cusimano's Wantagh Woods started the ball rolling for the Ohio franchise. And now Glen's Strat building plan has them in contention.  Mike Koepp's Maine has slowed somewhat but remain dangerous.  Kennesaw is just lurking 2 games out.  Blake will no doubt pull out all the stops to steal a title.  His prediction for his teams rise in 2009, may yet come true.  Westminster now has Tom Stephens taking over its economy with new measures and new hope.  He will see this franchise on to batter days.  With talent being cut away to maintain usage and statisticakl integrity, Tom will be allowed to trim to 20 this year.  He may add the extra 5 in the Supplemental.  He will be allowed 2 minor league picks this season.  If you recall, Kernal missed the draft so this year his top picks concerned with usage more than prospect development. His RFA allotment is fufilled so Tom will do his best to manage the lineup usage , and hopefully some competition for perhaps CBA's sorriest ever franchise.  Westminster (WPS) will no doubt finish with the least amount of wins of all time. Lets see if Stephens toughest ever Strat challenge could take him from the beginning to a championship.....  Eric Lindner has been too quiet. Seems when he loses, then the creative and intriguing world of the Lizard kings come out.  The resident CBA poet, personality, and original CBA member has led this years Morrison's to a shing lead in the renewed Monday division.  He may have to fend off an on rushing Bod Fidler who has Indy on the rise or David Dean whose Lake County is steadily a playoff contender.  Will Dean & Fidler knock the Lindner off his Sun rock in Moreno Valley California? The stats dont tell the story here.  The best management does. As we all know, anything could happen in the playoffs, just look at the WC 2005 Longue Pointe team who beat the mighty Wendigo and then Philly who were dominant teams.  Davey slew Goliath so to speak...Belfast and LP are dogfighting in Dawson with Boutet's Limoilou team.  The Quebec dominated division is being made complicated by good performances from the better than expected crows. Just as High Bridge is spoiling the party, Montreal has been too. They took a series from contenders Allentown last week, and Ohio this week....Allentown is only 3 back.  Rich Schneider's club is hovering at .500 and thus the Rogers lead. Whoever gets hot now, could take that spot because Skokie looks like they will take the one wild card.  Its winner take all in Dawson and Rogers...Indy's Pujols is challenging for a triple crown.  His BA up to .391, he leads Ryan Howard of Brooklyn in HR's by 54 to 50, but trails Howard in RBI's 127 to 121. The Prince of Fielder is sandwiched between them, er, statistically. By the way what country designated Fielder a Prince?  And please someone tell me what is a Boof?....Magglio Ordonez, Howard, Casey Blake and Miguel Cabrera lighting up Parker for Brooklyn.  They lead CBA with a .310 BA in Coors with 230 HR's...Brooklyn's bats are legendary in CBA.

Look at the CBA' s all time franchise leaders by winning pct


Team                      Wins Loss    Runs Runs against
Brooklyn         1203 876 13053 11378
Limoilou          1168 912 10817 9603
Longue Pointe 1156 924 10075 9093
Philly              1144 938 12408 11048


August 10th 2009

Out of Montreal:

Jay Payton announces his retirement: “It was a great ride. As I was already considering retirement after the season, I let the folks here in Montreal have the opportunity to have a look at another player before the end of the season. It’s unfortunate that the injury will prevent me from helping this new franchise for the remainder of the season. On a positive note, I’ve been offered the chance to stay on in a coaching capacity. I’m really going to consider it. My best years were spent in Brooklyn and I have very fond memories playing there, but I was glad to have the chance to help a young franchise. I think things here in Montreal are pretty solid.”

August 19th 2009
Skokie acquires RFA(1) B Duckworth release Saroman Torres
SD acquires M Redmond RFA(1)
High Bridge Releases G Jenkins, Acquires RFA(3) E Bonifacio

August 16th 2009
Acquired Travis Metcalf as RFA(1), released Bill Bray.

Aug 12th 2009
Released- Chacon, Gonzalez, Isringhausen, W. Wright, Mendoza
Acquired RFAs- Bartolo Colon, TJ Beam, Scott Eyre, Matt Tolbert, Alex


 

 

Belfast has trimmed LP's lead to 2 in Dawson as LP bench couldn't hold off their opposition this time. Looks like they must win their division with SD and Skokie with better records in Staub. Westminster finally won a game, but Joliet now has a CBA record 21 game losing streak as the Jacks prepare for 2010. Limoilou is red hot and only 4 out now in Dawson.  Could it be another 3 way dance?  Boutet's team could be a player.  Maine and Ohio are dogfighting in Rogers.  That division is all bunched up.  It could be anyones to win. Could Ohio be worst to first?  Montreal has a good lineup this year.  The addition of Todd Helton CBA future HOFer, Joe Crede, Jody Gerut, Keppinger are quite a tough opponent not to be taken for the Montreal Uehara's.  SD 's lead has been trimmed all the way down by the Skokie Skunk'ems who are redhot.    Again the Wolfman proves to bequite a CBA manager.  Could the future hold HOF enshrinement?  A championship or two may help the cause.

In Clem, Brooklyn is having a terrific season loaded with offense.  Ryan Howard is on an MVP tear and  is now 2nd (by 1) in HR and RBI.  HIS BA is up over .285.  Both Brian Giles, Ryan Doumit, and Miguel Cabrera have been on fire.  Cabrera zipping right up into the leaders categories.  Both Carolina and Cooperstown are neck and neck in the wildcard.  Its been a great year for both teams.  Cooperstown could finish with their best season ever.  Both are tough as nails.  Speaking of nails, It looks like Super GM Rob Hite's Philly team is all but ran away with the Schmidt.  18 games, that division is nearly wrapped up.  Another classic powerhouse team loaded with offense.  As their pitching improved so did their winning pct.

High Bridge is just so tough for an expansion team. They are a spoiler.  Miller is a good GM who can squeeze blood from rocks.  What has happened to Ottawa and Stirling?  IS it too late for them?  Lake County making a run along with Carolina.  They too are right in the wild card playoff hunt...

 Passed Balls
C.Coste    KWR      7
R.Chavez    KWR    6
V.Martinez    PPS    6
J.Mauer    OOS       6
I.Rodriguez  BSP     5
M.Olivo    NBC      5
J.Mathis    HHC      4
O.Santos    CWS    4

Assists by First baseman
D.Lee           2009    JJC     41
K.Morales    2009    ANR   40
N.Johnson    2009    SSP     40
A.Gonzalez   2009   MER    38
T.Helton      2009    MCD    35
D.Ortiz        2009    OOS    34
A.Huff         2009    BBD    34
J.Loney       2009    LLM    32
J.Votto        2009    CCP    29

Catcher Assists
Y.Torrealba  2009    MCD  22
V.Martinez   2009    PPS     18
M.Olivo       2009    NBC    17
A.Pierzynski 2009    JJC      17
Y.Molina     2009    SLM    17
J.Kendall     2009    KBM   16
B.McCann  2009    CIP      16
R.Martin     2009    ANR    16
R.Paulino    2009    LWD    15

Pitcher Errors
J.Jurrjens    2009    SRS   4
T.Miller    2009      LLM   4
K.Davies    2009    BBD  3
M.Owings    2009  JJC    3
J.Burton    2009     JJC    3
A.Cook    2009     OOS  3
E.Jackson  2009    BSP   3
J.Beckett    2009   LLM  3
J.De La Rosa  2009  KWR 3
J.Chamberlain  2009 SSP 3

Longest Hit streaks
Span, Denard    Heaters            27
Wells, Vernon    Superbas         17
Lee, Derrek    Jackhammers      16
Phillips, Brandon    Loggers       16
Holliday, Matt    Lizard Kings    14
Aybar, Erick    Thundercats       14
Ryan, Brendan    Woodsmen     14
Gardner, Brett    ***                 13
Pierre, Juan    Jackhammers      12
Izturis, Maicer    Otters             12
Martinez, Victor    Phantastics   12
Sandoval, Pablo    Jackhammers 12
Pagan, Angel    Wendigo            12

Pinch Hits
Montreal Crows (MCD)    R.Davis  6
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)  A.Ramirez  5   2 PH HR
New Jersey Beatles (NBC) M.Bradley  5
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)    A.Escobar  5
Maine Express (MER)        A.Rowand  4
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)A.Ojeda     4
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)    A.Gordon    4

RF Assists
Montreal Crows (MCD)             J.Francoeur    7    2DPs
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          N.Markakis    6
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)   A.Ethier         4
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)           C.Hart            4     3 DPs
Bryan Bashers (KBM)               N.Swisher      3
Maine Express (MER)               A.Rowand      3
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)             H.Pence         3
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)    I.Suzuki         3
Lake County Leopards (LLM)  K.Fukudome   3
Columbus Wildcats (CWS)  W.Balentien         3
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)    J.Gomes                3
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)      A.Rios                   3
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)    J.Willingham          3

  CF Assists Double Plays  Triple PLays
Stirling Redsox (SRS)            J.Ellsbury             8    0    0
New Jersey Beatles (NBC)    D.Dejesus           8    0    0
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)         N.McLouth          7    2    0
Maine Express (MER)           A.Jones               6    1    0
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)  M.Kemp         6    1    0
Bryan Bashers (KBM)              M.Byrd            5    1    0
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)    J.Werth           5    0    0
Cooperstown Iron Horses (CIP) F.Gutierrez     4    0    0
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        T.Gwynn Jr     4    0    0
Lake County Leopards (LLM)    C.Ross           4    0    0
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                 A.McCutchen  4    0    0
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)     T.Hunter         3    0    0
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          V.Wells           3    0    0
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)            C.Gonzalez      3    0    0
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)           M.Bourn           3    1    0
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)  J.Borbon    3    0    0
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)         A.Pagan                3    0    0
KennesawWoodsmen (KWR)   M.Cameron   3    1    0
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)    N.Morgan    3    0    0

LF Assists
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        D.Span         5
Stirling Redsox (SRS)                 C.Crawford  4
Bryan Bashers (KBM)                J.Bay           3
Cooperstown Iron Horses (CIP) R.Ibanez      3
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                L.Nix            3
Maine Express (MER)               B.Upton        3

Leadoff Hitters  Hits leaders with their OPS
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)        D.Span     70    .908
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)     I.Suzuki    51    .764
San Diego Surf (SSC)                D.Wright    48    .857
Belfast Brawlers (BBD)             C.Figgins    48    .699
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)    M.Scutaro  47   .652
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)          V.Wells      46    .813
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)           B.Roberts   45    .756
Maine Express (MER)               B.Upton     43    .669
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)          M.Bourn     41    .702
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)         J.Bartlett     41    .929
Montreal Crows (MCD)           R.Davis       40    .973
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)            A.Cabrera   39    .559
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)  J.Damon    38    .810
Ottawa Otters (OOS)               M.Izturis     37    .738
Bryan Bashers (KBM)              L.Overbay  36    .910
Stirling Redsox (SRS)               J.Ellsbury    36    .602
Lake County Leopards (LLM)  K.Fukudome 34    .823
Sunville Sunjewels (SSP)          A.Kennedy  34  .699
Philly Phantastics (PPS)             B.Abreu      30  .905
Philly Phantastics (PPS)             D.Jeter        26    .976
Allentown Senators (ANR)        A.Gonzalez 25    .971
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)  J.Borbon  25    .704

#2 Hitters, Hits
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)                       E.Aybar       47
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)                     F.Lopez       45
High Bridge Heaters (HHC)                   L.Castillo     41
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)                      A.Pierzynski  40
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)               R.Theriot      40
San Diego Surf (SSC)                           S.Victorino   39
Kennesaw Mtn Woodsmen (KWR)      B.Ryan         38
Brooklyn Superbas (BSP)                    N.Markakis   34
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)              J.Hermida      34
Stirling Redsox (SRS)                          D.Pedroia      33
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                          J.Upton         31
Allentown Senators (ANR)                  M.Prado       31
Philly Phantastics (PPS)                       D.Jeter          31
Southwest Lizard Kings (SLM)            M.Kemp       31

HR's #8 in batting order
Carolina Copperheads (CCP)           I.Kinsler    .844    7
Philly Phantastics (PPS)                    R.Branyan    .671    6
Ohio Thundercats (OTR)                  J.Buck    1.327    6
New Jersey Beatles (NBC)               M.Fontenot    .866    5
Indiana Redbirds (IRM)                    H.Pence    .716    4
Joliet Jackhammers (JJC)                   L.Valbuena    .728    4
Montreal Crows (MCD)                    R.Castro    1.257    4
San Diego Surf (SSC)                       C.Pennington    .898    3
Maine Express (MER)                       J.Saltalamacchia    .840    3
Limoilou Wendigo (LWD)                 J.Bartlett    1.303    3
Bryan Bashers (KBM)                      M.Ellis    .801    3
Ottawa Otters (OOS)                       S.Drew    .794    3
Longue Pointe Loggers (LLD)           J.Varitek    .666    3

Quality Starts
C.Carpenter  CCP    R    8
R.Porcello     HHC    R    8
J.Shields        ANR    R    7
T.Lincecum    LLD    R    7
K.Correia      SSP    R    7
J.Beckett       LLM    R    7
C.Sabathia     LLD    L    7
J.Jurrjens        SRS    R    7
J.Lester          CIP     L    6
J.Danks           KWR L    6
J.Vazquez        CIP    R    6
M.Buehrle       SRS    L    6
R.Ohlendorf    CWS   R    6
J.Santana         CCP   L    6
J.Washburn      LWD  L    6
J.Johnson         CCP   R    6
M.Cain            SLM    R   6
J.Blanton         KBM    R   6
T.Lilly             SLM    L    6
B.Arroyo        SRS     R    6
C.Kershaw     LWD    L    6
F.Hernandez    SSC    R    6

 

 

 

 

First month, put it in the books.  Version 15.0-19 or whatever its up to now. Patch 15.02A, and still Netplay , cant get it right.  Mike Koepp and I have a running joke preseason about how many patches they'll need each year.  We're up to 3 now.

You must exit the game completely after playing a full game, else you stay logged into the chat lobby and your 'port' stays open (tech talk) soooo. Shutdown the game, relaunch into the lobby AND change the Room name you use.  Many times the game won't connect
Important, Do not alter the game files in any way for any reason for CM or netplay, else you will get structure errors upon import. 
 
Surprised we havent seen more trades since opening day.  Generally the wires are buzzing as GM's prep[are for the fight, and to arm their team for the season.  Usually its hard to tell in April how a season will go, but GM's start to have a feel for what their teams can do. Patterns emerge, and dont ever forget the hot hand.  It seems in Strat that as much as a probabilty based system it seems, the odd players outform the stars often.  Good CM technique comes into play all the time.  How many times have we seen the Jay Johnstone Award go to those less than stellar performers?  Platooners win games in CBA.   So does bench management which Longue Pt proves again and again in the stretch.
So how do we figure Montreal? 9 over .500?  Uerhara  5-1 0.85 ?  How do we pronounce his name?  Better learn fast that card is a good one.  Scott Feldman is at 2.02, Bannister is pitching well, Galarraga too.  The bullpen aside from Rodney is shaky.  But look at Will Venable.  Nice numbers.  Montreal could slip back as their players usage is a main reason why they are bangin now.  Enjoy while they can, because Limoilou and LP do have the depth.  The Crows will need some offense INF Ab's to come in if they are to stay around.  Dont expect Longue POint to stay down long.  This team is well balanced, and primed to be consistant all year.  They dont have that 1 slugger that year after year can put them over.  Could Matsui be out at 1B in the Quebec
Amusement Park of the Trees?
San Diego is doing some damage.  The quiet Surf may not be as strong as 2009, but they have good offense, and good pitching.  Losing Manny half the year will hurt.  Dye is not what he was, and Young well not bad.  SD should be there in the end, but they may be vunerable as usage takes away the big bat. 
Allentown 16-15.  Playing well. Shileds carrying the staff 5-0 already.  Was Cy Young in 2008.  Wilson, Farnsworth, Mk Lowe and Thurston Howell make an impressive pen.....Great core with H Ramirez, R Martin, Prado, Kendry, C Gomez.  Allentown is on the verge of being a very solid good team....Brooklyn
has seen Markakis on fire andon base.  He's among league leaders and is hitting atop their order.  With Howard, Braun, and Cabrera slugging, Brooklyn will score runs.  So will their opponents...Philly has a team.  Hite again proves his mettle with another winner...Jeter, Utley, Vic Martinez, Abreu, all hitting. Verlander and Greinke both winning 5 games.  Lirianao a hard luck guy 1-1.  Rest of the staff, shaky....Bryan, just when you thought this franchise could turn the corner, bad performances befall the MLB players and bad cards too.  The lovable Bashers seem to be an odd year even year team.  They have yet to break into the first round of playoffs...This team should start to hit.  Too good not to.  Jason Bay at .217?  Wont last long. The pitching should get better too....Light must be ready to fire his field manager....Lake County on hard times block 6.  Those bats havent woke yet.  No doubt they should.  Its a long season.....Cooperstown hitting with power.  49 HR's .  The .466 slug is misleading, should be higher.  Where are the hits, doubles? 51 is  low, and 3 triples.  Could be a pattern...Longue Pt losing, but 2nd in the league in hitting?  Where is it wrong? 8th in pitching after many seasons at #1 or 2.  Missing Zambrano? Probably not as Brandon Phillips is off fast   2 HR 20 RBI 7sb .289.  B Wilson, M Stetter, and R Ortiz have been a total disaster destroying LP's chances of wins.  Rest of staff appears OK......Nellum and McGee team is having a playoff type year.  What a job Nellum has done with McGee's team to get some life injected.  Mike Young is splendid.  Just wanted to say that word.  8 HR 21 RBI.  Lastings Milledge looks like Bake McBride, but his clutch hits have helped.  Butler is looking more like a Middle order hitter. Shin Choo again is very strong.  Could he be the most under rated player in Schmidt?  Pedroia should come on soon....
Despite the garbage offense, the New Hampshire pitching staff is among the best in CBA right now.  Good bullpen...High Bridges Denard Span, last years Rookie of year runner up is leading all CBA in batting.  Witha 24 game hitting streak, Span is the Heaters all star....Could Carolina be the beast in Clemente?  Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?  I guess.  I see balance, power, some OBA, and good pitching.  Brooklyn
, Indy, SWest, Philly, Striling watch out for this sleeper...Limoilou's Prince Fielder 9 HR 31 RBI, an MVP candidate? Or Josh Bartlett   7  20 .366 with speed.. Watch out for him in that lineup...Nick Johnson hitting .333 for Sunville.  Gomes has 7 HR, but is at .217.  Keving Correia has 1-3  3.01 ERA...Derosa and Aybar helping out Ohio another Staub contender.....Kenan wants revenge on Longue Pt after their 1st rd exit.  Go to the archives or 2009 playoff page to see the news photos of their huge first rd series from rd 1.

 

 

The Staub division is known for great pennant races.  Last year’s race for the wildcard between Skokie and Belfast resulted in a game 163 won by the Brawlers leading to their first playoff appearance in a couple of seasons.  For The Wolfman Shapiro it was his final CBA hurrah retiring from CBA in what could be a hall of fame career of winning tradition.   Of course the Brawlers, Longue Pointe, and Limoilou fought toth and nail for the Dawson crown.  The races have been legendary.  Now in 2009, Ohio Thundercats led by Glenn Kenan became players.  They took the Rogers division by 1 game making it to the round 1 playoffs the first time. It was there they face eventual Staub champions Longue Pointe.  San Diego took another big step becoming a dominant team and winning the most in CBA with 109 wins within CBA’s top 5 all time.  Brooklyn won 108 as well.  SD could well be developing the dynasty in Carter. 

 

The Rogers was an intringuind division. They all finished Ohio 86-76  Maine 85-77  Allentown 79-83, Kennesaw Mtn 78-84.  Each team having a good year despite what appears to be decent records.  A few wins within the division either way and the whole scenario would have been upside down.  Ohio turned out the class of the division with good pitching, offensive balance  and some good performances.  Their numbers don’t stand out in comparison to CBA, but remember Staub is a pitching and defense conference.  Ohio hit a very respectable 163 HR’s. 717 RBI.  Stole only 52 bases and defense was shaky with 127 errors.  So how did they win?  Solid pitching.  A team 4.07 ERA despite the .703 X rating for the team which is well below league best.  ERA could have been better so the team WHIP was slightly higher than could have been.  The pen combined for a .285 IRSC which is very good. Limiting the runs scored helped greatly. The batting was average with a ,335 team OBA and .423 slug.  Not up there with the Clemente powerhouses, but it helped. Kubel had a big bat really boosting the offense as teams ‘pitched around’ Texeira who hit only 26 HR 88 RBI’s.  Not a lot of people on in front of him.  Role players like Boggs, and Fernando Tatis had strong years off the bench to supply punch. It all counts.  A great front rotation of Edinson Volquez and Rick3 Nolasco dominated the opposition E.Volquez  3.08 17-7  R.Nolasco 2.51 14-8, both with great numbers to go along. A pen by committee featuring Craig Breslow, Trever Miller, Chris Perez, Steve Shields, Circus Vargas and others were solid.  A great year for Ohio and 2010 could be even better.

 

Maine just barely missed.  They ran into some usage issues and folded at season end. .268   144 HR 722 RBI’s.  That .268 was a pretty good average in the Staub Conference.  Remember you can’t compare the two leagues as they have different goals and personalities.The power was adequate.  Low cost high yield players for Maine.  Adrian Gonzlaez is approaching his prime had a  32HR  101 RBI  .301 year. Uggla paced the way and had a tremendous MVP like .295 34 HR 103 RBI year.  His value was about as much as any team player though the stats less gaudy.  Uggla kept the Express in the race. Just as Aubrey Huff led the Brawlers despite the lesser stats than others.  Its comparative.  Uggla and Huff were absolutely MVP contenders maybe even more.  Jorge Cantu had a good year 19 HR 91 RBI  .279 in a pitchers conference.Barmes stepped into oplatoon to hit 9 HR 44 RBI  .308.  BJ Upton led CBA with 71 SB with only a .258 BA. 

Excellent pitching from K. Lohse 3.13 13-6, and J. Bergmann 3.96 11-6.  Bobby Jenks was outstanding saving 25 with a 2.05 ERA.  Just as bad were Z. Duke  5.24  11-11, J. Saunders   4.06  5-14.  and  I.Snell 6.16  7-12.  Iwamura has 12 PH’s and hit .309 part time.  Perhaps Maine’s success vs R .276, helped them rise above some others.  A team .276 BA vs R and overall .340 OBA helped somewhat.  Though .409 slg was bad.  The defense killed them   .676 X rating was too much for the good pitching and great hitting to overcome in the end.  Errors killed them in big game spots and in big series like Next to last week getting swept by Ohio.  The final 2 or 3 of the season went into extra innings and it may have been the difference in playoffs and pretenders.

 

 

Allentown had another average year showing signs of breaking through then slumping just as they reached playoff contention. As late as August 18th-19th they were just 2 games back of first place only to drop a series to Montreal the spoiler.  Again they came within 3 as late as Sept 2nd after the Joliet series, but along came the LP Loggers who swept them out of the picture.  Perhaps it was usage concerns, but the Dawsons did in the Senators.  For a good stretch early on, they held first place until 1st week in May.

Weak hitting hurt against the tougher pitching.  Little power hurt but they had still some Staubesque good all around play at times.  Chris Gomez had a good year hitting  .258 10 HR  62 RBI, 58 SB, 35/42 sac’s from leadoff.  Jeff Kent upon retirement closed out his CBA HOF career with 13 more HR and 72 RBI.  Will he wear Senators uniform on his page?  Russ Martin was as more than solid a backstop as in CBA  10 HR  73 RBI  34 SB!  He was the teams MVP.   Hanley Ramirez hit .249 with his unbalanced card and 21 HR.  2010 will be different.  Delgado was added midway, and in only 370 AB hit a big 22 HR to bring A Town back to contention, till LP pitching stopped the Senator bats completely.  Martin Prado was CBA’s best PH 19 hits in 54 PH AB.   The offense aside from Delgado failed miserably.  A .321 OBA with .376 slug detracted from a team that had the necessary variables to win CBA games. 118 Iso Power really low.  They stole 204 bases, including 3rd 33 times & they bunted well79% success on bunts. PH hit .291,   71 for 244. 

 

Kennesaw Mountain had a powerful year clobbering 185 round trippers.  They did only hit .239 vs Righties which ultimately doomed them. They only hit .233 in the clutch. Teams loaded righties on them, because lefties hit a more respectable .258.  They didn’t steal too much, just average 75 sb 25 cs.  Mike Cameron was the typical.  He hit 22 HRs, but batted .239.  A microcosm of the offense.  Ian Kinsler did damage 18 HR  65 RBI  .324 He was clearly affected by being pitched around.  He was issued a CBA high 25 Int Walks.  No lineup protection.  Edwin Encarnacion  .254 25 HR, 86 RBI .254 most damage vs Lefty.  Ryan Braun was so 1 sided that he hit only .242 26 HR 65 RBI..  It was this goofus performance that crippled the James Blake who did all he could to build a winner.  How could Braun hit so poorly?  He was dealt away to Brooklyn after season after receiving a 5 in LF.  He was so terrible in the filed in ’09 that his X rating .327  showed that in only 49 chances he got 16 outs.  So he hurt at the glove too. Pitching was better.  The starting staff was solid despite the lack of team defense .688 X rating.  

Card Billingsley, 3.56 10-10and Scott Olsen 3.37 11-8 led the way with respectable numbers keeping them in many games.  John Danks and Hirsohi Kuroda threw well despite their records. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monday division is looking to create it’s own legacy.  The new division started in 1997 but was retired after only 1 CBA season.  The intial teams were.

Monday Division

Cory Light’s Kilgore Bashers upgraded their facilities in Bryan Texas, Southwest is back in So Cal and better than ever under General Lindner.  Though Indiana can trace its roots back to the old Sunville Sunjewels, they are here and made it to the Championship on the wildcard. Lake County, Dave Jones team can be traced back to the Vancouver Storm, who later became HOF’er Dino Barnabe’s powerhouse St Foy Frenchies. Well any talk of Monday starts with the division winner Southwest Lizard kings. A fanatastic regular season punctuated by a bitter playoff loss.  Again the same fate befell almost all our division winners, lone exception the Staub Champion LP Loggers.  The team takes on the personality, and the winning positive attitude of CBA’s true legend Eric Lindner.  No question when he came back to us, CBA took a step apart from others.  His spirit and trading has put the Lizard Kings atop the CBA’s elite.  96-66 record winning Monday for the first time.  Matt Cain was a gain.  He went 20-8  3.74  179 K’s.  The other Matt, Holliday was a pain 32 HR 111 RBI .304 BA.  The team played better .642 on the road than at home which is surprising playing at Morrison Memorial. A .359 OBA and .472 slug is good.  But in Clemente noted for slugging teams, like Indy, Philly, Brooklyn, this team used some good balance and good pitching to win.  Keep in mind a 4.39 ERA in Clemente’s DH league is very good.  Soria proved worth the expense compiling 32 saves.  The rotation was solid.  Cliff Lee 16-7  3.66 ERA, Dave Bush 14-11, Jeremy Arlo Guthrie 12-6.  Perhaps The best of all relievers was the Cory Wade with CBA leading 19 holds and superb job keeping Southwest in the game. Good defense .76% X rating.  Southwest had its share of stars in the lineup.  Adam Laroche hit 35 HR’s 88 RBI, Melving Mora  .304 21 HR, Johnstone candidate Nomar Garciaparra slugged 15 HR 46 RBI’s .299 in  only 157 AB’s, not PH. Team had speed too.  122 SB on the season.  Southwest had a season, a darn good one.

Indiana’s story is well documented.  Bob Fidler’s team had nailed their 3rd crown. They won in an improbable 1 game playoff vs Jon Stamets and Cooperstown.  The lineup the team, it was strong on paper, it was balanced.  It was losing.  What to do.  Some GM knows how to pick its team up and get ‘em going, and Fidler is proven one of them. With a flick of his wrist, he throws in the towel and achieves another milestone.  A toss here and there and with cunning and skill Fidler has taken all CBA to task.  He’s taken on some of the best and beaten them. Not only CM’s but Netplay too.  Often behind in the series he’s played at some point.  He pulls out a Redsox story and sweeps away to another win….After some linen hurling.  The season started slowly and then momentum gained. The Redbirds were in 4th place in April, but still 3rd place in mid May, then the wins started to come in as the lineups changed and threats were made to personnel and employee. Maybe it was Pujols putting the team on his back carrying a final .394 66 Hr 151 RBI season .  He couldn’t so it alone. Josh Hamilton hit 47 HR 137 RBI .315, and A Roid hit 45 HR 117 RBI .312 with 13 SB.  Reyes had 705 At bats .275 21 HR 70 RBI 12 threebagers from leadoff spot, and stole 66 bases CS 9 times.  Sizemore hit 34 HR 104 RBI.  The team batted .284 and hit a whopping 287 HR to go with 945 runs.  A .354 OBA and .498 Slug were excellent and good to win in an impressive 95-68 season.  The only offense negative could be the abnormally high 1013 K’s.  That’s way too high to be completely efficient and produce even more runs. 

The pitching was adequate despite the seemingly high ERA 4.76.  For Clemente that’s decentThey gave up a lot of hits, but Indiana managed to out hit most of ‘em. Oswalt slipped some to 14-6 3.56 off his previous Cy Young CBA season. Lucious Hochevar surprised going 11-4 3.77 and winning a big playoff game vs Brooklyn.  Jon Garland, failed miserably with a 6.04 ERA last year despite 11-10 record.  Indy will need better P than that next season.  A team .303 IRSC is ok, though not top shelf,  Its average. Sheets was a disappointment going 7-11 5+ ERA.  The staff was plagued with blown saves. B Wags saved 23 also more was expected.  2010 will be a dogfight for Fidler and Indiana as the others in Monday have stepped up too.  No reason to expect Indiana to slip too much in 2010.  Fidler will find a way.

Lake County is another elite CBA franchise. Dae has taken this franchise and made them a consistent contender. Always ready to compete.  93-69 a superior record in this expansion year.  They beat up on the putrid Westminster Kernals and the building Sunville SunJewels.  A total of 22-2 against the newbies meant a shot at playoffs.  That’s the game though beating who your supposed to. In Monday, they had a winning record against all the teams including the Lizard kings. Lakers had trouble with everyone else though.  They did beat Cooperstown and Ottawa, but the struggles elsewhere held them back. As though they were designed to play in Monday alone. This team was led by the X man, oft injured Xavier Nady and his pet’s. 31 HR 108 RBI .338 should merit some MVP votes. Catcher Giovanni Soto had a 31 95 .286 year, and Carlos Delgado was sensational in his brief time in Lake County.  A  team not blessed with great power need contributions from everyone.  Mike Jacobs hit 28 Hr’s, and Garrett Atkins added another 21 at 3B.  The other role players like Fucudome, Fontenot, Spillborghs, Church, Blum , L Castillo all contributed in the effective platoon.  A team .346 OBA with a .458 slug isn’t enough to be at the top in Clemente, but the pitching is what made the Leopards run..

5 starters over 11 wins.  Led by ace Junior Vasquez 17-6 3.50 ERA with 199 K’s

the others Derek Lowe was 13-12, Beckett 13-6 3.81, Cueto 11-10, and Parra 11-8.  J Papelbon only saved 15, and was shaky in the little time he was used. Funny how he stunk in other leagues Ive seen him too.  What gives there?  If you can’t count on him then who can you count one?  Perhaps LC would have had a few more wins and a playoff without Pimplebun’s break down. A .794 X rating % was very very good and contributed to the excellent 4.01 ERA.  A .280 IRSC was also pretty good. If you can keep you’re opponents to only 4.46 runs per game in Clemente, you will win more than your share which the Leopards did. Perhaps a key reason Lake did score more was the low BA and OBA of the top 2 linep table setters who hit only in the .260’s for 2009 season.

 

Bryan took a step back in 2009 after a great season in 2008.  The pitching just wasn’t there. The offense wasn’t there.  So what does veteran GM go and do about it?  He goes and gets slugger Jason Bay in a huge off season acquisition with Kennesaw Mountain.  Jason Kendall also comes with his bat and arm to the Bashers.  Burrell’s tail off to .226 26 HR 92 RBI’s cost this team.  Inge dived down to .216 and 5 HR’s after a spectacular 2008.  Although they hit 194 HR’s and spread power throughout the lineup, the on base and hits weren’t there to compete.  The pitching well, a disaster 4.94 ERA.  Good seasons for Ty Wigginton who .278 28 HR 68 RBI.  Not enough runners to take home with homers.  Luke Scott gone in Bay deal, added 25 dingers. The team MVP may have been Lyle Overbays’ .316 17 HR 86 RBI’s.  A lack of speed clogged the basepaths, only 42 SB’s and 20 CS.  Runners couldn’t roll home. 772 runs is average, but 885 allowed is deadly unless you have top gun offense. Bryan is no doubt looking ahead after a very strong draft and good off season. 4 solid starters are among Clemente’s best with Wolf, Blanton, Wanda Rodriguez, and Gaving Floyd.  A decent lineup with some good cards and maybe another puzzle piece in the pen and lineup, and playoffs could be in reach once again.

 

There aces were hot. 

Parkers beast is the 2003-2004 Clemente champions Brooklyn Syuperbas.  Year after year they are the team to beat.  Teams gear up for them when they come to Brooklyn’s Prospect park grounds called The “House Of Pain”.  The hits are more frequent, and the Brooklyn air contributes to power.  The team is built to specification for that field.  The players come and go.  This year Hall of Fame 1B Todd Helton was dispatch starting a myriad of Brooklyn trades as the Superbas began to build for tomorrow.  Players in and out.  Along with Helton, Long time 2B Brandon Phillips, last years RF Magliulo Ordonez, HOF candidates Omar Vizquel, Mike Timlin, RP set up Dan Wheeler, Andy Laroche.  In their place. Nickt Markakis, Ryan Braun, Carlos Zambrano, David Price. The future mortgaged.  Brooklyn had to make moves to compete with the powerful teams in Cooperstown, Indiana, Philly, Carolina, Lake County, and Ottawa. No one can stand idle in Clemente, the competition is that fierce.  Brooklyn is no lock for a division title in 2010.  But in 2009, they were.  In fact they may have been Brooklyn’s best team ever. Year after year of 95+ wins, but 2009 was special 108-54 record their best.  Only SD had 109 wins.  Both are among the CBA’s all time wins per season leaders. 

Start with the slugging.  The new dynamic duo rests the crown from Papi-Vlad. Howard Cabrera.  Destruction and total avg.  For Cabrera 44 HR (5th overall), 136 RBI’s (5th overall), .308 .953 tot.  Howard 8.87 rc/27, 1.021 prod  60 HR (2nd overall), 155 RBI (1st overall), .292 BA.  Maglioulo Ordonez chipped in 21 HR 104RBI, 4th in CBA with a .339 BA.  Vermon Wells 24 HR 68 RBI, .354.  Punto stole 35 .322 BA in 336 AB’s.  B Phillip[s 24 HR 80RBI 24sb.  Blake 27HR, 85 RBI .278.  Doumit hit 24 HR .316 average, Giles 13 HR 77 RBI .316.  The bench was awesome with Furcal playing vs L only, platooned 9 HR 38 RBI 15sb .432ba as a sub.  The offense was legendary in CBA. Finishing with a near record .307 ba with 275 HR 1048 runs.  .369 OBA  .525 slugging for the Superbas. the latter a CBA record. It should be noted that Brooklyn hit 44 triples, and stole 114 bases.  Speed helped.

There wasn’t much other teams could do except hope the bats didn’t hit.  The lineup stacked with no easy outs.The defense wasn’t  good .708 X rating. League average is .712.  League Leader Indiana had .802 league low Ottawa .591.

So did Brooklyn defense help the pitching?  Not at all  The offense couldn’t keep the opposition from scoring runs, likely a defensive glitch, but the pitching did a respectable job with a 4.30 era in a bandbox park. With better defense maybe 112 wins could have been reached.  Came back to haunt them in the playoffs when defense crushed them in late innings...A .302 IRSC the pen was fair. Brooklyn stayed strong all year but couldn’t defeat Indiana in the playoffs. Their dice luck ran out, and they shockingly stopped hitting.  Another disapperntment for the lovable Superba nuts in Americas 4th largest city.

Cooperstown had a great year in 2009.  They won 94 times. 14 ½ behind Brooklyn. They made it to a game 163 playoff vs eventual champion Indiana, another longball team.  First time in many years. This team typical of Parker and Clemente big power. 215 HR. Nine double digit HR guys led by Morneau 35 HR 128 RBI .318  He was so valuable to his team carrying the team to that 163.  Johnny Peralta hit 27 HR 107 RBI .290, Ibanez his standard 28 HR 108 RBI .299 season.  Jose Lopez had a great year hitting .324 18 HR 79 RBI.  Burrrisss stole 19 bases. Jack Kemp hit 24 HR 90 .280 33sb and only 1 CS.  A CBA single season SB % record with .971.  He did however K 141 times.  A team .351 OBA was their best in years along with a great .484 slug. .835 production is also very strong. They threw base stealers ot 75%, Stole 81 bases  So why not more wins?  Pitching…It all went wrong.

Well almost. Cy Young candidate Carlos Marmol was dominant and necessary.  He save 43 games from a poor pitching staff.  That he figured in 45% of his teams wins was no accident.  He was good. No one else was.  The pen allowed 40% of their inherited runners score.  Compared with league leading Carolina’s 22%. Staff ace was 14-8 but a 4.94 ERA.  Lot more losses could be avoided.  Jon Stamets has went to work right away with flurries of trades to get all the pieces together for  a Parker run.  He has traded a lot of picks, players, and gotten different players and picks returned.  Wild off season for this franchise. They should be an Iron Horse in 2010.

In most years Carolina’s 88 wins would compete more closely for a wildcard which they did, until swept away vs Cooperstown and Brooklyn in the last week and a half of the season.  They finished with 5 more wins, but it wasn’t enough,  Carolina and their signature bullpen couldn’t hold out.  In fact Carolina may had taken a WC had Brooklyn not dominated them in September sweeping two series.  A good team home and away, the pen was the story.  The Cardiac Copperheads won 10 games of 13 in extras. The team largely did better than actual performances save Tejada who hit only .265, and Zimmerman who at 3B hit .276.  But you know what that will be in 2010 with Zimm becoming elite.  A good .351 OBA with .478 slug is enough to win, but in Clemente? Parker? Carolina is looking to build some trading Brian Roberts to the powerful Ohio team in Staub.  239 HR,  892 runs, .282 BA, 121 SB.

Both Ludwick and Werth had good seasons.  Ludwick 40 HR 107 RBI, .290 BA 1.018 Tot.  A great season. Several over 20 HR’s including Jason Werth 26 HR 77 RBI .314, 21sb, 1.033 tot.

A Dunn had a low 28 HR .251, Votto 23 HR 75 RBI .299 BA, B Roberts 10 HR 49 RBI 63sb, Benjamin Molina .296 23 HR 90 RBI, DeRosa 22 HR 83 RBI .288,   overall 12 guys double digit HR’s.  Parker = Power.

The Carolina pitching was good 4.39 ERA led by Johann Santana who was 20-9 3.86  222 K’s. Harang won 13 more but a 5.49 ERA.  Ollie Perez was tossed.  11-11, 6.39 ERA.  Marcum acquired the previous winter from Brooklyn went 11-9  3.60 ERA.  The pen was strong.  Great pen management  Ohman was in 92 games only 43 innings.  How’s that for super HAL efficiency?  Ohman, Valverde, Bray, Gregg, Nelson, Street, Scott Kenan knew what he was talking about when he tried to install a world class pen last winter.  It almost won a playoff spot for him.

Woeful expansion team or shining ray of light.  What and where is Sunville?  Keith Jones’ team the SunJewels.  Is it the Jimmy Buffett they play at night games and Margaritas they serve liberally at games to keep ‘em at the park?  Is it the Buffet table spread before gametime? Is it Warren Buffet’s attendance at home weekend games dancing “Bootay Meat” with the SunJewel cheerleaders.  What will bring fans to Sunville?  Is the team playing in Phlorida or New Mexico…The mystery of the SunJewels…They now own the top pick in CBA’s draft.  Anyone they want is theirs.  It took ‘em a loaded trawler of candidates to meet usage and get to the finish line.  Which they absolutely did unlike Harley Bryan (Bryan Harley?) Don Leo Kernal’s  Westminster Albatrosses.  Jones guaranteed, and delivered. In the meantime the offense was futile.  The pitching worse  6.36 team ERA.  Perhaps CBA’s worst team ever? 36-126, close the Harley Davidson Kernal’s finished barely 29-133.  Worse.  1426 Inn pitched 1870 hits allowed.  Only 145 HR’s.  No one more than Marcust Thames 18. No players stood out.  No one particularly good.  Note Rod Barajas 10 HR 36 RBI .273. Jose Bautista 18 HR 40 RBI .218BA.  Nick Blackburn 10-15 4.35 for a team that won 36 games.  Troye Percival saved 8 big games.  Greg Maddux was acquired for usage, and closed out his illustrious CBA HOF career with a 4-13 record unbefitting a diamond king.   A .724 X rating was actually better than some teams in contention, kudos. A first year team, Sunville is looking for sunnier days.  Jones has just started rest assured.  He is ready to land some big fish in the draft pool.  Better times are coming for the SunJewels franchise…Feb 28th could be Sunville’s biggest day ever.

Schmidt Division has more big power teams.  The perennial Philly Phantastics are one.  They won 105 games. Now the league win totals have inflated some because of the expansion.  But Philly was good enough anyway.  Rob Hite just knows Strat-o-matic baseball.  He knows the draft, he knows how to just win.  They mauled the division with a 27 game edge over Ottawa in 2nd.  The offense deadly .294 269 HR scoring a CBA high 1,026 runs. Good defense, some speed 81 sb comparatively Belfast swiped 240.  This year Philly had excellent pitching.  In their HR laden ballpark, the PPS tossed a 4.05 era salad at opponents.  They only sacrificed 20 times.  .704 def X rating is not too good, but it didn’t hurt them too much.  Funny how it goes, but it may have stopped Philly from being THE dominant CBA team.  Philly used the H & R just enough and stay out of double plays.   Extremely clutch, PPS took advantage of opportunities with the infield in. When pitchers were tired a few more hits to win games later innings.  9 20+ HR hitters.  Key hitters Carlos Lee hit .340 29 HR 98 RBI, Evan Longoria 33 105 .335. Abreu 22 110 .275  24SB.  Utley 28 118 .317.  Hard to say who the team MVP was when it was all such a total team effort.  This may have been PPS best chance to win.  Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels was as good as it gets 22-7  3.09 227 K’s.  For a team in a HR hitters paradise, these are awesome numbers.  Verlander and Greinke chipped in with 15 wins each.  Randy Johnson in his Swan song added 14 more wins to his CBA leading total.  He now has 231.  The staff will be very strong again in 2010 as Health Bell will likely close and the Greinke express hits South st for some Jimmy’s Steaks before game time, then down Oregon to Tony Luke’s after the game.  As fate would have it, the biggest CBA teams took the hardest falls.  Hite’s Phantastics will like Skokie, Brooklyn, Southwest, and San Diego be forgotten like Tennessee Tazmanians were back in late 90’s.

The Ottawa Otters season started off promisingly as they were in first place as late as May 21st before dropping back some.  The turning point came when Stirling swept 4 games from them.  Two series later the CBA’s worst ever Westminster Pidgeons took a pair in a3 game. From there it was all inconsistent with win streaks not sustaining, and Phlly getting adjusted and hot.  At that point usage may have contributed to the slide as well.  A disappointing season after a playoff appearance, the Otters got a subpar performance from the injured ace who went 11-13  3.20.  Not Cy Young numbers.  Aaron Cook was better at 15-12  3.84 ERA.  Two more stats on the rosters decline was more hurtful  that of CBA HOF candidates Vlad G and Papi Ortiz.  The CBA’s prolific duo slumped at the plate.  Guerrero slid down to 27 HR 94 RBI .272.  Papi Ortiz 26 HR 57RBI .252.  Not enough to drive the offense who managed only a .253 team BA despite 206 dingers.  Joe Mauer was basically an all star with 15 83 .310.   Jack Cust did what he usually does 33 HR 103 RBI .233 .371 OBA  109 BB’s.  But he struck out 211 times a CBA record.  Ottawa hit .252 vs L .253 vs R. Team had a .770 OPS.  They also did hit 52 triples. But only 26 Sb, likely by accident.  A large number.  A classic Clemente power team.  Make no mistake that Ottawa is on the rise.  A solid young team, with dynamic young players.  Jack Jung the honred veteran championship manager has drafted some valuable players and groomed good talent.  In 2009 the defense let down the pitching an all time low X rating as mentioned before .591.  The OF made flyball a total adventure.  The Otter fans complained of neck injuries from watching the ball being shot back through the alleys.  The bench was a minus PH hit .227 They hit 111 homers at home but  fewer, 95 on the road.  The pitchers allowed a very high .286 batting average, while the relievers allowed the unners to score upon their entering the game at a .366 clip.  36% of which how much was defense?  Had the defense been better the staff likely would have produced more wins.

Stirling is a franchise with an owner and a GM tandem.  There is the franchise owner the semi retired Wayne McGee.  He is an original member and friend of ours. The Stirling franchise is without question a historic one. Dealer Wayne (or is it Trader, or is that Rob H?) One of CBA colorful GM’s.  His press releases, quips, trade bulletins, friendship, sense of humor, sense of whats best for CBA, makes him a surefire CBA hall of famer.

Wayne stays active, but defers to the man who has rebuilt the talent base of this franchise. Malachi Nellum.  Malachi is a CBA veteran who was the original owner of the Alamo City franchise.  He returned to us a GM two seasons ago content to be Stirling’s GM, even turning down opportunities to own a franchise.  He has built up some players of there. Another below 77-85  a .500 record Stirling has only been in 1 playoff in their existence. A team with .274 176 HR 768 Runs struggles in Clemente, unless the pitching is outstanding or they have speed and defense. Stirling had some very playoff worthy offensive stars.  Carlos Pena had a sensational year 39 HR 101 RBI .296.  Pedroia was great again  19HR  89RBI .321 10sb.  Ellsbury stole 65 hittin .290 and should get even better.  Crawford was well Crawford…Of note Jerry Mather hit 14 HR 36 RBI in 134 AB’s. Shin Soo Choo hit 19 86 .348 in 264 AB’s.  Stilring could glove. .786 X rating was very good.  But they will need to improve on the .339 team OBA & .437 slug.  The 4.98 staff ERA could have been a lot worse without the defense.

Westminster? Forget about it. 

 

 

 

The draft will be held in the CBA chat room.  I expect we will do 3 rounds beginning 12 noon eastern 9am Pacific Sunday Feb 28th.   Those unable to attend will be required to submit a list to a responsible GM to proxy.  I will not be able to draft for you, nor is it advisable to let HAL do yer pickin'.  Your list should be comprehensive.
The Chat room requires Java which almost everyone has by now, so upgrade your browsers and test the room.  We will allow up to 2 minutes before league allows next draftee to make selection.  It is important all be prepared ahead of time.  Trades should never stall the draft clock.  Complete them before selecting, no quarter. 
If the draft board is incorrect it must be corrected predraft.  Once the clock starts, that board is official win, lose, or draw. 

Should a player be re selected or ineligible for drafting, it is solely that GM's responsibilty.  They may reselect, when they can.  We will not back up the draft.
Should you be knocked off line, call your pal and have them select, its on you.  We do encourage direct chat between GM's either on the chatroom or by phone with each other.  CBA is a family.


The list of FA's is online, but there could be omissions and errors. Be forewarned.  Some players may or may not be there, its a guideline only not official. 

Check your trades and draft charts.  With the passing of my father, I may have missed an item or two.

Stadium changes are in and no more stadiums can be selected.  Those who are on Committee mail list with stadium choices are official now.  I must have stadium choices from NJ and Atlanta ASAP.
This must be selected immediately before the LaManna comes out Thursday.

Reminders: No 2011 picks can be traded until the first selection of the draft is officially announced by league.  You may announce at that time...certainly you can agree in principal before then. 

Atlanta and NJ may not trade their 1,2,3 picks this year only.  Both are probationary franchises. 

The draft is always a blast.  One of my favorite parts of the season.  The banter is great and as long as we get guys in their and not bitching about each other.  We never had it, and I wont tolerate it publically on chat or list.  You can kiss the league goodbye if you make it a habit.  Just keep it all in fun and good judgement and we'll be lovin every minute of this draft.  It promises to be very interesting this year.  Alot of deals went down. Lots of different players will have increased value this year.  If you look at the economics of it, teams will need to be very usage conscious.  This will have an effect on the drafting habits of many teams to get usage controlled, not relying on 2 RFA's or trades that may never happen to get thru the 100% usage and roster limits.  The draft will therefore be stronger than you may think.  Smaller players will have impact now, and teams with good reserves may fare better than superstar type teams. (LP anyone?)

You may draft a minor league. Un carded players may be retained year to year so plan ahead. 
Remember that first and foremost in CBA is that you make every attempt to win your games.  Its given in our league.  Its encouraged and some feel we owe it to each other to put our best teams out there on the field.  Its been said that respect among GM's is earned when you are a competitive GM who fights and plays to win.  Certainly last year, I commend a few guys who did their best even sacrificing there high pick (highest) to give you their best.  We salute John Miller, We salute Doug Brunet our two expansioneers who sacrificed their future, to put rostered players usage into the games despite dropping their draft positions.  They drafted for usage slowing their building.  CBA couldnt ask for better character.   Keith Jones despite the record also did his best to manage his usage, though had to rely on allotted RFA's heavily.  We commend his efforts.  We unfortunately must mention the legend of the Westminster Pelicans franchise who flew the coop and crashed down to the sea like Icarus in a typhoon.   They were unprepared and had a proxy drafter.  Trades werent made and usage was a mighty issue, with little talent to trade, CBA had to take over the franchise and set extended RFA's in a 1 time league directive.  The termination was swift, and the franchise became a walk over which inflated some teams winning percetages.  It also made for our best pennant chase ever......
 Lets mention a few other GM's who refused to tank and gave us all good competition (name of the game here) There were Jack Frost and Jack Jung.  Frost fought it till the end.  Jack Jung put 'em forward as best he could too.  We salute you Blake-O. You dint quit.  We salute Rich Schneider and Wayne McGee/Malachi Nellum.  You fellas are what its all about.  We saw how you did your best.  Jeff Boutet, came back in the 2nd half to be a factor and never tanked. I cant make out this one though.  We actually had a guy publically throw in the towel only to win his 3rd championship in 4 years.  So quittin never pays right Fid?  Heck Bob knows.  He never really quit and he won.  CBA doesn't quit.  With Fidler's championship belts, its been suggested that we all publically throw in towel each year at mid season in a ritual to bring good luck to those who do...........nah.

Wass

 

 


It's stunning....Staub has not had a winner in the Finals since well, 2005 and Dennis Concepcion's Longue Pointe team won it all.  The reigning champ Fidler is back.  He is CBA's best, back for 3rd time in 4 years.  Concepcion, a playoff perrenial, didn't make it last year to the playoffs, but sure has the year in grand style.  He swept the extraordinary San Diego Surf team.  Both Indiana and LP were underdogs to two of CBA's greatest teams of all time.  Both Conference teams beat the giant teams to help advance.  Now they meet.  Indiana just plain outslugs you, Longue Pointe just keeps you off the bases and runners from moving....Two contrasting Strat philosophies will square off.  The games should be well attended just to see what the next CBA STrategy trend will be....Will it be good pitching with lots of K's and defense.  A team that hit and runs you to death and steals at will? or will it be the ARoid, Pujols, Hamilton, Pence, Sizemore, reyes show?

For LP it was all pitching and unlikely heros.  For Indy Pence, Sizemore and ARod. Lets look and see who they are...

Indiana was originally the expansion Houston Aeros, a last place team that was extremely fortunate to have won the 1st over expansion pick when 4 teams were broken up.  ARod was originally on the Chris Boutin led Quebec Capitales.  He was the first expoansion pick in 2003 by Chris Thomas' Houston club.  He then drafted Albert Pujols with the first regular draft pick that year.  There was the nucleus.  Jose Reyes came over in a trade 3 seasons ago from San Diego, while OSwalt was an orinal draftee.  Last year, Indiana acquired B. Wagner, C. Ruiz, K. Griffey, Jr in a major trade with Southwest for A. Ethier, Indiana's #1(09), #4(09), #5(09), #6(09).   They got Loney from Kennesaw as well at about the same time for a #2 and Mientkiewicz.  They got J Garland from Kennesaw as well in 2008.  Posada came in July of 2007 for D Riske, Kaz Matsui and a 2,6 pick. Polanco came in from Philly for Brad Hawpe.  Many good trades and some not as good.  But always looking to improve. Indy traded picks, acquired, shuffled, drafted and built.  Looking out of the picture in themid season they staged one of CBA's remarkable comebacks winning 41-17 to gain a last day wildcard, and now back in the finals after Fidler threw in the "Towel".

Longue POinte has made a few trades mostly has built through drafting.  The team, unlike 2005 is mostly of Concepcion's design.  He drafts for bench reserve and defense.  He drafts for talent, he drafts for good cards, he drafts to win with balance.  He drafts strikeout artists, he drafts well.  He acquired great draft pieces starting when he took guys like Richie Sexson at the end of rd 1 in 2005. Jason Varitek came in 2006 for Jason Kendall.  05 WS hero Torii Hunter came in 2005 for AJ Burnett and a #1.  Dennis moved guys like Nomar Garciaparra a longue time favorite in Quebec, bringing in players like Aramis Ramirez, drafted some like pen guys CJ Wilson, Balfour, Marte, Seanez, Kiko Calero, Brain Fuentes, and even drafted more guys for the staff and who got outs, K's and stopped runners from moving.  But Concepcion has thrived in the draft.  After raising some eyebrows, whose wondering now? He drafted a minor league pick like Tim Lincecum in rd 1.  He took Hideki Matsui in rd 1 too.  Ryan Dempster another.  He took Ryan Theriot in a later round. LP is well known for super sub scrubs.  Each year he has his overachieving mutant cards. In 2005, it was Brian Jordan hitting .400.  This year its Cliff Floyd, and Lou Montanez, otherwise guys like Gabe Gross, Kotchmann, Iguchi, new heros with small names.  Remember Miracle Mirabelli?

Its gonna be a Jailbreak...Who will attend?

  Parker Divison recap..

 

Parkers beast is the 2003-2004 Clemente champions Brooklyn Superbas.  Year after year they are the team to beat.  Teams gear up for them when they come to Brooklyn's Prospect park grounds called The "House Of Pain".  The hits are more frequent, and the Brooklyn air contributes to power.  The team is built to specification for that field.  The playerscome and go.  This year Hall of Fame 1B Todd Helton was dispatch starting a myriad of Brooklyn trades as the Superbas began to build for tomorrow.  Players in and out. Along with Helton, Long time 2B Brandon Phillips, last years RF Magliulo Ordonez, HOF candidates Omar Vizquel, Mike Timlin, RP set up Dan Wheeler,Andy Laroche.  In their place. Nickt Markakis, Ryan Braun, Carlos Zambrano, David Price. The future mortgaged.  Brooklyn had to make moves to compete with the powerful teams in Cooperstown, Indiana, Philly, Carolina, Lake County, and Ottawa. No one can stand idle in Clemente, the competition is that fierce.  Brooklyn is no lock for a division title in 2010.  But in 2009, they were.  In fact they may have been Brooklyn's best team ever. Year after year of 95+ wins, but 2009 was special 108-54 record their best.  Only SD had 109 wins.  Both are among the CBA's all time wins per season leaders. 

Start with the slugging.  The new dynamic duo rests the crown from Papi-Vlad. Howard Cabrera.  Destruction and total avg.  For Cabrera 44 HR (5th overall), 136 RBI's (5th overall), .308 .953 tot.  Howard 8.87 rc/27, 1.021 prod  60 HR (2nd overall), 155 RBI (1st overall), .292 BA.  Maglioulo Ordonez chipped in 21 HR 104RBI, 4th in CBA with a .339 BA.  Vermon Wells 24 HR 68 RBI, .354.  Punto stole 35 .322 BA in 336 AB's.  B Phillip[s 24 HR 80RBI 24sb.  Blake 27HR, 85 RBI .278.  Doumit hit 24 HR .316 average, Giles 13 HR 77 RBI .316.  The bench was awesome with Furcal playing vs L only, platooned 9 HR 38 RBI 15sb .432ba as a sub.  The offense was legendary in CBA. Finishing with a near record .307 ba with 275 HR 1048 runs.  .369 OBA  .525 slugging for the Superbas. the latter a CBA record. It should be noted that Brooklyn hit 44 triples, and stole 114 bases.  Speed helped.

 

 There wasn't much other teams could do except hope the bats didn't hit.  The lineup stacked with no easy outs.The defense wasn't  good .708 X rating. League average is .712.  League Leader Indiana had .802 league low Ottawa .591.

So did Brooklyn defense help the pitching?  Not at all  The offense couldn't keep the opposition from scoring runs, likely a defensive glitch, but the pitching did a respectable job with a 4.30 era in a bandbox park. With better defense maybe 112 wins could have been reached.  Came back to haunt them in the playoffs when defense crushed them in late innings...A .302 IRSC the pen was fair. Brooklyn stayed strong all year but couldn't defeat Indiana in the playoffs. Their dice luck ran out, and they shockingly stopped hitting.  Another disapperntment for the lovable Superba nuts in Americas 4th largest city.

 

Cooperstown had a great year in 2009.  They won 94 times. 14 ½ behind Brooklyn. They made it to a game 163 playoff vs eventual champion Indiana, another longball team.  First time in many years. This team typical of Parker and Clemente big power. 215 HR. Nine double digit HR guys led by Morneau 35 HR 128 RBI .318  He was so valuable to his team carrying the team to that 163.  Johnny Peralta hit 27 HR 107 RBI .290, Ibanez his standard 28 HR 108 RBI .299 season.  Jose Lopez had a great year hitting .324 18 HR 79 RBI.  Burrrisss stole 19 bases. Jack Kemp hit 24 HR 90 .280 33sb and only 1 CS.  A CBA single season SB % record with .971.  He did however K 141 times.  A team .351 OBA was their best in years along with a great .484 slug. .835 production is also very strong. They threw base stealers ot 75%, Stole 81 bases  So why not more wins?  Pitching…It all went wrong.

 

Well almost. Cy Young candidate Carlos Marmol was dominant and necessary.  He save 43 games from a poor pitching staff.  That he figured in 45% of his teams wins was no accident.  He was good. No one else was.  The pen allowed 40% of their inherited runners score.  Compared with league leading Carolina’s 22%. Staff ace was 14-8 but a 4.94 ERA.  Lot more losses could be avoided.  Jon Stamets has went to work right away with flurries of trades to get all the pieces together for  a Parker run.  He has traded a lot of picks, players, and gotten different players and picks returned.  Wild off season for this franchise. They should be an Iron Horse in 2010.

 

In most years Carolina’s 88 wins would compete more closely for a wildcard which they did, until swept away vs Cooperstown and Brooklyn in the last week and a half of the season.  They finished with 5 more wins, but it wasn’t enough,  Carolina and their signature bullpen couldn’t hold out.  In fact Carolina may had taken a WC had Brooklyn not dominated them in September sweeping two series.  A good team home and away, the pen was the story.  The Cardiac Copperheads won 10 games of 13 in extras. The team largely did better than actual performances save Tejada who hit only .265, and Zimmerman who at 3B hit .276.  But you know what that will be in 2010 with Zimm becoming elite.  A good .351 OBA with .478 slug is enough to win, but in Clemente? Parker? Carolina is looking to build some trading Brian Roberts to the powerful Ohio team in Staub.  239 HR,  892 runs, .282 BA, 121 SB.

Both Ludwick and Werth had good seasons.  Ludwick 40 HR 107 RBI, .290 BA 1.018 Tot.  A great season. Several over 20 HR’s including Jason Werth 26 HR 77 RBI .314, 21sb, 1.033 tot.

A Dunn had a low 28 HR .251, Votto 23 HR 75 RBI .299 BA, B Roberts 10 HR 49 RBI 63sb, Benjamin Molina .296 23 HR 90 RBI, DeRosa 22 HR 83 RBI .288,   overall 12 guys double digit HR’s.  Parker = Power.

The Carolina pitching was good 4.39 ERA led by Johann Santana who was 20-9 3.86  222 K’s. Harang won 13 more but a 5.49 ERA.  Ollie Perez was tossed.  11-11, 6.39 ERA.  Marcum acquired the previous winter from Brooklyn went 11-9  3.60 ERA.  The pen was strong.  Great pen management  Ohman was in 92 games only 43 innings.  How’s that for super HAL efficiency?  Ohman, Valverde, Bray, Gregg, Nelson, Street, Scott Kenan knew what he was talking about when he tried to install a world class pen last winter.  It almost won a playoff spot for him.

 

Woeful expansion team or shining ray of light.  What and where is Sunville?  Keith Jones’ team the SunJewels.  Is it the Jimmy Buffett they play at night games and Margaritas they serve liberally at games to keep ‘em at the park?  Is it the Buffet table spread before gametime? Is it Warren Buffet’s attendance at home weekend games dancing “Bootay Meat” with the SunJewel cheerleaders.  What will bring fans to Sunville?  Is the team playing in Phlorida or New Mexico…The mystery of the SunJewels…They now own the top pick in CBA’s draft.  Anyone they want is theirs.  It took ‘em a loaded trawler of candidiates to meet usage and get to the finish line.  Which they absolutely did unlike Harley Bryan (Bryan Harley?) Don Leo Kernal’s  Westminter Albatrosses.  Jones guaranteed, and delivered. In the meantime the offense was futile.  The pitching worse  6.36 team ERA.  Perhaps CBA’s worst team ever? 36-126, close the Harley Davidson Kernal’s finished barely 29-133.  Worse.  1426 Inn pitched 1870 hits allowed.  Only 145 HR’s.  No one more than Marcust Thames 18. No players stood out.  No one particularly good.  Note Rod Barajas 10 HR 36 RBI .273. Jose Bautista 18 HR 40 RBI .218BA.  Nick Blackburn 10-15 4.35 for a team that won 36 games.  Troye Percival saved 8 big games.  Greg Maddux was acquired for usage, and closed out his illustrious CBA HOF career with a 4-13 record unbefitting a diamond king.   A .724 X rating was actually better than some teams in contention, kudos. A first year team, Sunville is looking for sunnier days.  Jones has just started rest assured.  He is ready to land some big fish in the draft pool.  Better times are coming for the Leisure King franchise…Feb 28th could be Sunville’s biggest day ever.

 


From Southwest Sun Lizard's Home territory came this release

@AP Newswire Date: Oct. 14, 2009 

LOCAL INVESTIGATORS SEEK ANSWERS!   

Arcane wording discovered scrawled upon a napkin in local steak house outside Indiana's Ballpark has raised concerns that a killer may be on the loose.  It reads:

In the mighty halls of the CBA
there are only two things of certainty,
The future's uncertain, and THE END is always near!

Wow, I'm sick of doubt
Live in the light of certain
South side
Cruel bindings.

The Redbirds have the power
Dog-men and their mean women
Pulling poor
blankets

over
Our players

I'm sick of dour faces
Staring at me from the executive
Suites, i want roses in
My
bullpen bower; dig?

Royal doubles, hard hit singles
Must now replace aborted
Strangers in the mud
These mutants, blood-meal
For the pitcher that's plowed.

They are waiting to take us into
The severed garden
Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
Comes death on a strange hour
Unannounced, unplanned for
Like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
Brought to bed

Defeat makes angels of us all
And gives us wings
Where we had shoulders
Smooth as raven's
Claws

No more
money, no more fancy uniforms
This other kingdom seems by far the best
Until it's other jaw reveals incest
And loose obedience to a REDBIRD law.

I will not go
Prefer a feast of
friends
A lie she cried
Spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a marble slab

 

To the giant REDBIRD she spoke

I will not go, I will not go
Have I not wandered your streets of yellow haze?
And pitchers come and go
Speaking of Joe DiMaggio

I have measured out my life
In balls, strikes and cheap hot dogs
Am I not Lazarus raised from the dead?
Come back to tell you
To tell you all

THE END


Local officials and police detectives are puzzled by the cryptic verbiage and its meaning.  Rumors that the much awaited contest between the Lizard Kings and the Rebirds will be tomorrow night at 5pm Pacific/8pm EST may be related to the arcane scriblings.  Rob Fidler is reportedly suffering from massive migranes in anticipation of the bloody series and has been cleared of any ill-doings.  However, maverick owner, Eric Lindner, has been heavily sedated and locked securely in a local sanitarium after being found in a darken alley with steak sauce smeared all over his vomit covered t-shirt.

The end is most certainly near for one of these vaunted warriors of the CBA.

Report filed by Bernard Shakey
Minister of Propaganda and Ticket Sales

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Fantastic week...All we could have asked.  Heading into the final block the races have clarified.  The losers are heading home and the strongest and best survive.  This week, Allentown, Kennesaw, Limoilou, have all been practically eliminated though not mathematically.  In Staub That leaves the Dawson decided in an epic 4 game series that all will be watching between Longue Pointe and Belfast.  It has been them all season long, as Limoilou held on till the end.  Dennis Concepcion and JD Adams will play with LP just a gmae back of the Brawlers.  The LP's have been throwing shutouts with a great staff and 1's all over the field.  Great defense has masked a suspect offense led by 10 man Johnstone award candidate Cliff "pink" Floyd of all cards...

Skokie is in the wildcard basically 4 games over LP.  Glen Kenan's Ohio has never made the lpayoffs.  Not even as Bodega Bay.  Could this year be the franchises first ever?   The Thundercats are only 2 back of Mike Koepp's Maine Express.  Maine's Adrian Gonzalez and The Uggla at 2B, lead the offense.  SanDiego is having the best year in their history.  Wallace will be formidable in the playoffs.  They have last years 7 game playoff loss to avenge.

Clemente has Philly slugging 3,  20 runs games this week.  Brooklyn had the seasons first no hitter.  Its the franchises first as well.  John Lannan Brooklyn's 1st rd draft pick throws one vs Sunville.  Box below.  Howard and Cabrera each have over 40 HR.  Howard 56 of 'em, chasing Sammy Sosa's team record of 63.  He just passed Todd Helton's 55 of 2001.  The race is for wildcard which Dave Jones (got it right) Lake County Leopards is 1 game behind both Cooperstown with GM Jon Stamets, and Indiana and last years champion Bob Fidler.  What a race.....Netplay could be the thing this week!


 

Sept 20th 2009

The season end is at hand.  Its destiny or skill.  Its luck or probability.  Its torturous or strategous.  Usage conservation or damn the torpedoes...  Who will win?  Who are the players?

 

The 2009 CBA elite are....

Marc Wass.  Yours truly is having a renaissance season with 104 wins so far.  The 2003 WS finalist and 2004 champion Superbas have been in the playoffs each year since 2003.  They were in a few more before that.  Big games elude Superbas who are driving to become two time champs ala Rob Hite, Jeff Boutet, Bob Fidler.  Been playing Strat since 1977, Superbas are always a team known for offense and power.  Brooklyn signature is perrenial leadership in major offensive categories. Lots of stealing and Power, teams are tailored for Coors field dimensions. 

 

Joe Wallace:  Plays hard in playoffs.  Knows the game and numbers well.  Is out to beat the Staub Division and nothing less than a World Series Appearance will due for the CBA's 7 year veteran.  Wallace has built his team from the ground up and is contending the past 3 seasons.  Could this be the year he breaks through?

 

JD Adams: The usage czar knows his role, and his team.  With the luck of the Irish, and the use of excellent strategies in lineup making, the Belfast Brawlers again play to maximum potential.  They dont have Limoilou's star power, Longue Tongue's pitching and defense, nor the power of  Clemente's brooklyn or Philly, but they do all the little things, like steal, pitch, clutch.  Huff has been a blessing and though others have better numbers he may be the true MVP based on his value to a team thats contending.  52 doubles 23 HR  113 RBI on a non slugging team that steals tons.  Adams has suffered CBA heart break a few times in the past.  1 game playoff losses. Early rd 1 exits, just barely not making the cut.  JD is hungry and ferocious.  Every swing counts for this competititor.

 

"Wolfman" Shapiro.   The Skokie, Holland, Atlanta, crystal master.  Moved right in and rebuilt the Wolfmen into powerhouse.  This team is becoming a CBA legend having been there in the thick of the playoffs each season since 2006 I believe.  The Wolfman is known around the world for his skill.  Its on display here in CBA and again he's primed for another shot at the coveted CBA World Series title.  The Strat community watches our website and posts and our playoffs are watched by the veteran league watchers online.  SOM players always look for the advantages, sometimes from other leagues that they can apply to their own methods.  Wolfman's web pages get quite a few hits.  He wants them to read about a Wolfmen World Championship.  Thats his goal solely.  He nows the rules and how to work within them.  he is reliable and efficient.  Most of all, he knows the game and the cards.  To beat him in the Netplayoffs is to beat a legend.  Bob Fidler did so.  Wolfman may not be done with him...

Dennis Concepcion: The man behind the CBA graphics.  Staub President, and creator of the Loggers team.  DC is one GM that can't be ruled out because he finds a way to beat you.  He has a knack for finding variables other than slugging.  He relies heavily on platoon system and defense.  He has sported teams with 4+ ones on offense.  He is known for his small ball game like the one he used to ride such cards as "Miracle Mirabelli", Brian Jordan, and Todd Jones into big moments.  He also studies his opponents and plays for the long run.  The LP signature is their strong bench, and fantastic pitching staff.  He prefers strikeout pitchers, and good hit and run men. Concepcion is unconventional but effective year in and year out.  He is also an avid baseball uniform and stadium historical enthusiast. 

Rob Hite:  CBA legend. Multi year champion.  Just like Brooklyn in leading CBA in offense and power categories.  Owns several CBA records.  Hite is on executive committee, and is an original member.  Perhaps one of CBA most prolific traders, Hite is one of the sharpest draft and Stratball minds you'll ever meet.  Has keen sense of talent and is ever tough in head to head competition.  Rob Hite is a future CBA Hall of famer.  He has the championships to back it.

Glenn Kenan:  First year for playoffs? A CBA 4 year man.  The Ohio team has improved each year.  Kenan has traded and drafted himself into a winning team.  In a tough conference where teams knock each other around, Ohio is on the cusp of team history should they overcome Maine.  Kenan has forged a team that could be the underdog surprise of the CBA season.  The little engine who could?

Mike Koepp: Mr Mike to you.  Maine is in the 2nd year of playoff hunt.  His last playoff was marred by some questionable circumstances, but experience was gained.  Koepp is fighting hard.  The competitor in Koepp has worked very hard to get this franchise atop Rogers division.  He wont relent now, & is ready to beat you.

Dave Jones:  Jones has been around the block in CBA. The Leopards are his team.  He built them and is likely to make noise this year if they get into the playoffs.  Dave always has his team playing tough.  Never an easy win, The Leopards gives all Clemente fits.  They play well against Philly, SW, and Brooklyn.   Jones seems to make trades that keep him in the thick of things.

Eric Lindner:  1 game shy of Southwest's 1998 best franchise win total.  Lindner also knows the cards and the game.  Loves to compete.  Loves to win.  Plays well and plays fair.  Lindner is fun to play against...Its all fun and sht until you realize he's beating you.  Knows how to shoot down his oponents with Strat skill.  He is the Lizard King and wants to do anything.  Plays in Morrison Stadium.  Doors fan obviously, and true artist painter.

Jon Stamets: Has made a seamless transition into CBA to take over Cooperstown.  His GM skills will be on display as he takes a good team and has been making them play with efficiency.  This weeks series vs Carolina was classic.  Knows how to manage, and could be this years X factor as Allentown's Rich Schneider was back in 2004.

 


 

Usage Post:

Batters may only start games during a block if they have 12 or more PA left for the season, but they can be on your roster (available as bench players) as long as they have at least 1 PA left for the season.  If the batter meets these requirements, then you are not access a penalty if the player get overused during that block, but you must deactivate him for the next block to avoid penalties.

 

Starting Pitchers can start one game during a block if they have at least 4IP left for the season.  It has been noted that we need to specify how many IP a pitcher must have to start two games during a block, but that is unclear at this time.  If the starting pitcher meets this requirement before the block, no penalty will be accessed for over usage obtained during that block. However, if overused, you must deactivate the pitcher before the next block

 

Relief pitchers must have at least 3IP left before the block.  If they meet this requirement and get overused during the block, no penalty will be accessed, but the pitcher must be deactivated before the next block if they have less than 3ip left for the season (or are overused) to avoid penalties.

 

Starters/Relievers are evaluated as if the are a starter (may only start if 4ip or more) and a reliever (may only be activated if they have 3ip or more).

 

So, as long as you check out the Usage Display (from Statistics->Team Statistics), after every block, you should be able to quickly determine who can must be deactivated now, who is getting close and who must be bench players only.  If you do this and still go over a few PA/IP, then you are not penalized at all.

 

For example, Mark Ellis from my team has been used 1 PA more than his card allows.  However, once he got under 12PA, I took him off all of my starting lineups, and then once he went over, I deactivated him for the rest of the season, so no infraction/warning was issued.  I can also tell that Burrell can't be in a starting line up, since he only has 2PA left, so he's on the bench now.

 

for my pitchers, I can see that Randy Wolf has 4IP left, so can start one game this last block, while Gavin Floyd has only 3ip left and can only relieve (he can't start, and has a 0 relief rating, but I kept him on the roster just in case he was the last option left in a long game...)

 

(there are others on my roster that either must be bench players


August 21st 2009

The races come alive.  Theres separation at the top.  Philly is having a season for the ages 24 games up in Schmidt.  Amazing! Phantastic.  It's time to recognize Rob Hite for his accomplishments in CBA.  We could also celebrate Jeff Boutet who has brough Limoilou back into the Dawson race once again, a 3 way dance.  Limoilou has won 3 titles and was perhaps CBA's most dominant team from Staub....  Rob Hite is among the top elite in CBA history with his championships and dominance of his division nearly every season.  This year may be his best since winning a CBA record 120 in 2000.  Your teams career stats are now in the team notebooks in your game itself.  Each year's won lost is recorded.... Marc Wasserman, yours truly has asserted control in the Parker division with perhaps more title wins than any other franchise in CBA history.  BSP has been to the finals in 2003 losing to Limoilou and Boutet, winning it all in 2004, and nearly three peating being stopped short in 2005. Bob Fidler joins, Boutet and Hite as multiple World Champions.....  The Skokie Wolfman has been dominant since emerging in 2005 with Montreal as a contender, and eventual World Championship contender.  Could he finally win the elusive big one?  He will have to fend off perhaps CBA best team in San Diego....  Veteran Joe Wallaces team is perhaps less known, but feared. This team is the favorite to win. Wallace has bowed in very tough playoff series in 07, 08, but 09 could be his year.  The Wolfman is arming against his rival by acquiring Ben Sheets for the playoffs.....  The other race is intriguing in Staub.....  Its the battle for the Rogers.  Not yet a high profile league like Dawson whose races are legendary, but this is the year Rogers look like the black and blue great south & midwest division.  Maine is now battling Glen Kenan's Ohio Thundercats.  We don't hear much about them, but they're making news in 2009. At or near the top, they have a great shot at securing a division title, which would be their first.  Their team legacy, Minnesota, then  AJ Cusimano's Wantagh Woods started the ball rolling for the Ohio franchise. And now Glen's Strat building plan has them in contention.  Mike Koepp's Maine has slowed somewhat but remain dangerous.  Kennesaw is just lurking 2 games out.  Blake will no doubt pull out all the stops to steal a title.  His prediction for his teams rise in 2009, may yet come true.  Westminster now has Tom Stephens taking over its economy with new measures and new hope.  He will see this franchise on to batter days.  With talent being cut away to maintain usage and statisticakl integrity, Tom will be allowed to trim to 20 this year.  He may add the extra 5 in the Supplemental.  He will be allowed 2 minor league picks this season.  If you recall, Kernal missed the draft so this year his top picks concerned with usage more than prospect development. His RFA allotment is fufilled so Tom will do his best to manage the lineup usage , and hopefully some competition for perhaps CBA's sorriest ever franchise.  Westminster (WPS) will no doubt finish with the least amount of wins of all time. Lets see if Stephens toughest ever Strat challenge could take him from the beginning to a championship.....  Eric Lindner has been too quiet. Seems when he loses, then the creative and intriguing world of the Lizard kings come out.  The resident CBA poet, personality, and original CBA member has led this years Morrison's to a shing lead in the renewed Monday division.  He may have to fend off an on rushing Bod Fidler who has Indy on the rise or David Dean whose Lake County is steadily a playoff contender.  Will Dean & Fidler knock the Lindner off his Sun rock in Moreno Valley California? The stats dont tell the story here.  The best management does. As we all know, anything could happen in the playoffs, just look at the WC 2005 Longue Pointe team who beat the mighty Wendigo and then Philly who were dominant teams.  Davey slew Goliath so to speak...Belfast and LP are dogfighting in Dawson with Boutet's Limoilou team.  The Quebec dominated division is being made complicated by good performances from the better than expected crows. Just as High Bridge is spoiling the party, Montreal has been too. They took a series from contenders Allentown last week, and Ohio this week....Allentown is only 3 back.  Rich Schneider's club is hovering at .500 and thus the Rogers lead. Whoever gets hot now, could take that spot because Skokie looks like they will take the one wild card.  Its winner take all in Dawson and Rogers...Indy's Pujols is challenging for a triple crown.  His BA up to .391, he leads Ryan Howard of Brooklyn in HR's by 54 to 50, but trails Howard in RBI's 127 to 121. The Prince of Fielder is sandwiched between them, er, statistically. By the way what country designated Fielder a Prince?  And please someone tell me what is a Boof?....Magglio Ordonez, Howard, Casey Blake and Miguel Cabrera lighting up Parker for Brooklyn.  They lead CBA with a .310 BA in Coors with 230 HR's...Brooklyn's bats are legendary in CBA.

Look at the CBA' s all time franchise leaders by winning pct


Team                      Wins Loss    Runs Runs against
Brooklyn         1203 876 13053 11378
Limoilou          1168 912 10817 9603
Longue Pointe 1156 924 10075 9093
Philly              1144 938 12408 11048


August 10th 2009

Out of Montreal:

Jay Payton announces his retirement: “It was a great ride. As I was already considering retirement after the season, I let the folks here in Montreal have the opportunity to have a look at another player before the end of the season. It’s unfortunate that the injury will prevent me from helping this new franchise for the remainder of the season. On a positive note, I’ve been offered the chance to stay on in a coaching capacity. I’m really going to consider it. My best years were spent in Brooklyn and I have very fond memories playing there, but I was glad to have the chance to help a young franchise. I think things here in Montreal are pretty solid.”

August 19th 2009
Skokie acquires RFA(1) B Duckworth release Saroman Torres
SD acquires M Redmond RFA(1)
High Bridge Releases G Jenkins, Acquires RFA(3) E Bonifacio

August 16th 2009
Acquired Travis Metcalf as RFA(1), released Bill Bray.

Aug 12th 2009
Released- Chacon, Gonzalez, Isringhausen, W. Wright, Mendoza
Acquired RFAs- Bartolo Colon, TJ Beam, Scott Eyre, Matt Tolbert, Alex


 

 

Belfast has trimmed LP's lead to 2 in Dawson as LP bench couldn't hold off their opposition this time. Looks like they must win their division with SD and Skokie with better records in Staub. Westminster finally won a game, but Joliet now has a CBA record 21 game losing streak as the Jacks prepare for 2010. Limoilou is red hot and only 4 out now in Dawson.  Could it be another 3 way dance?  Boutet's team could be a player.  Maine and Ohio are dogfighting in Rogers.  That division is all bunched up.  It could be anyones to win. Could Ohio be worst to first?  Montreal has a good lineup this year.  The addition of Todd Helton CBA future HOFer, Joe Crede, Jody Gerut, Keppinger are quite a tough opponent not to be taken for the Montreal Uehara's.  SD 's lead has been trimmed all the way down by the Skokie Skunk'ems who are redhot.    Again the Wolfman proves to bequite a CBA manager.  Could the future hold HOF enshrinement?  A championship or two may help the cause.

In Clem, Brooklyn is having a terrific season loaded with offense.  Ryan Howard is on an MVP tear and  is now 2nd (by 1) in HR and RBI.  HIS BA is up over .285.  Both Brian Giles, Ryan Doumit, and Miguel Cabrera have been on fire.  Cabrera zipping right up into the leaders categories.  Both Carolina and Cooperstown are neck and neck in the wildcard.  Its been a great year for both teams.  Cooperstown could finish with their best season ever.  Both are tough as nails.  Speaking of nails, It looks like Super GM Rob Hite's Philly team is all but ran away with the Schmidt.  18 games, that division is nearly wrapped up.  Another classic powerhouse team loaded with offense.  As their pitching improved so did their winning pct.

High Bridge is just so tough for an expansion team. They are a spoiler.  Miller is a good GM who can squeeze blood from rocks.  What has happened to Ottawa and Stirling?  IS it too late for them?  Lake County making a run along with Carolina.  They too are right in the wild card playoff hunt...

 


Indiana Redbirds LP 4 games to 2

in 13th Annual CBA Classic.

The Indiana Red Birds cap off a remarkable comeback season to defeat the
Longue-Pointe Loggers in the CBA 2009 World Series 4 games to 2.  Their
unprecedented second consecutive Championship crown came as the result of
an 8-5 victory highlighted by an 8th inning home run by Alex Rodriguez.

 

 
Albert Pujols after hitting his second home run in
Game 1 of the 2009 World Series between the Red Birds
and the Loggers at Molson Yards.  Indiana Redbirds win 5 to 3.
 
2009 World Series Boxscores

Indiana went 40-14 to finish in a tie for the Wild Card, then a 1game playoff to get into the playoffs. Then we are are Road team in each series and win both games on the road to start out and then win 2 of 3 at home to get to the World Series. Then we come up against Longue Pointe team that has a great Starting Pitching Staff and we win both games again on the road and won the first game at home to take a demanding 3-0 lead in the series. But Longue Pointe wasn't going down without a fight and win game 4 6-5 with Indiana having the tying run on and Albert at the plate with 2 outs in the 9th. Then CC just shuts the Red Birds down for a 5-0 victory to force game 6. Ichrio leads off the bottom of the 1st with a HR and Longue Pointe was on the way again but the game got tied when Linceumn threw back to back wild pitches to let Ruiz to score and then again it was tied at 2-2 and Indiana took a 6-2 lead, but Kazmir got tired once again in the 5th with 2 outs but Darren Oliver came in to shut door and went on to pitch a couple more innings then gave up 3 runs to make it 6-5. It was a nail biter for sure as the Loggers kept threatening and a key spot in the game was when Varitek came into PH for his fellow catcher mate Laird against Oliver. D J Carrasco was called in from the pen and got him out. With 1 out in the bottom of the 8th Billy Wagner came in for 1 2/3 inning save try and he got the 2 guys out in the 8th. Then in the top of the 9th with a runner on A-Rod gives some insurance with a 2 run HR and Wagner shuts it down in the bottom of the inning.
 


2009 CBA Opening World Series Ceremonies in Longue Pointe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
From The Montreal Gazette Online:
 
October 20, 2009
 
Attached image of the Opening Night Ceremony for the CBA's 13th World Series between the 2006 & 2008 Champion Indiana Red Birds and the 2005 Champion Longue-Pointe Loggers at Molson Yards which is marking its final season. 
 
Those festivities are the only thing Canadians had to celebrate so far as Longue-Pointe has been defeated twice by the defending champions by identical scores of 5 to 3.
 
The Series will now move to Indiana where it is hoped that CBA strikeout king Tim Lincecum can shut down the powerful Red Bird bats.
 

 


Other Playoff moments....

Round 1 Boxes

   

Ohio's Mark Texeira swings in the T-Cats first ever playoff series

Game 3: San Diego's David Wright tagged out by LP's Varitek    

Southwest's Johnny Damon destroys Philly

Cliff Lee Stars for Eric Lindner'sSouthwest Lizard King's

Belfast Brawlers star Nate McLouth connects in the first Belfast playoff series in 3 years.

Round 2 Boxes


also: "The Wolfman" retires from CBA

Wolfman Shapiro: A Tribute


2009 Playoffs
 

It's stunning....Staub has not had a winner in the Finals since well, 2005 and Dennis Concepcion's Longue Pointe team won it all.  The reigning champ Fidler is back.  He is CBA's best, back for 3rd time in 4 years.  Concepcion, a playoff perennial, didn't make it last year to the playoffs, but sure has the year in grand style.  He swept the extraordinary San Diego Surf team.  Both Indiana and LP were underdogs to two of CBA's greatest teams of all time.  Both Conference teams beat the giant teams to help advance.  Now they meet.  Indiana just plain outslugs you, Longue Pointe just keeps you off the bases and runners from moving....Two contrasting Strat philosophies will square off.  The games should be well attended just to see what the next CBA STrategy trend will be....Will it be good pitching with lots of K's and defense.  A team that hit and runs you to death and steals at will? or will it be the ARoid, Pujols, Hamilton, Pence, Sizemore, reyes show?

For LP it was all pitching and unlikely heros.  For Indy Pence, Sizemore and ARod. Lets look and see who they are...

Indiana was originally the expansion Houston Aeros, a last place team that was extremely fortunate to have won the 1st over expansion pick when 4 teams were broken up.  ARod was originally on the Chris Boutin led Quebec Capitales.  He was the first expoansion pick in 2003 by Chris Thomas' Houston club.  He then drafted Albert Pujols with the first regular draft pick that year.  There was the nucleus.  Jose Reyes came over in a trade 3 seasons ago from San Diego, while OSwalt was an orinal draftee.  Last year, Indiana acquired B. Wagner, C. Ruiz, K. Griffey, Jr in a major trade with Southwest for A. Ethier, Indiana's #1(09), #4(09), #5(09), #6(09).   They got Loney from Kennesaw as well at about the same time for a #2 and Mientkiewicz.  They got J Garland from Kennesaw as well in 2008.  Posada came in July of 2007 for D Riske, Kaz Matsui and a 2,6 pick. Polanco came in from Philly for Brad Hawpe.  Many good trades and some not as good.  But always looking to improve. Indy traded picks, acquired, shuffled, drafted and built.  Looking out of the picture in themid season they staged one of CBA's remarkable comebacks winning 41-17 to gain a last day wildcard, and now back in the finals after Fidler threw in the "Towel".

Longue Pointe has made a few trades mostly has built through drafting.  The team, unlike 2005 is mostly of Concepcion's design.  He drafts for bench reserve and defense.  He drafts for talent, he drafts for good cards, he drafts to win with balance.  He drafts strikeout artists, he drafts well.  He acquired great draft pieces starting when he took guys like Richie Sexson at the end of rd 1 in 2005. Jason Varitek came in 2006 for Jason Kendall.  05 WS hero Torii Hunter came in 2005 for AJ Burnett and a #1.  Dennis moved guys like Nomar Garciaparra a longue time favorite in Quebec, bringing in players like Aramis Ramirez, drafted some like pen guys CJ Wilson, Balfour, Marte, Seanez, Kiko Calero, Brain Fuentes, and even drafted more guys for the staff and who got outs, K's and stopped runners from moving.  But Concepcion has thrived in the draft.  After raising some eyebrows, whose wondering now? He drafted a minor league pick like Tim Lincecum in rd 1.  He took Hideki Matsui in rd 1 too.  Ryan Dempster another.  He took Ryan Theriot in a later round. LP is well known for super sub scrubs.  Each year he has his overachieving mutant cards. In 2005, it was Brian Jordan hitting .400.  This year its Cliff Floyd, and Lou Montanez, otherwise guys like Gabe Gross, Kotchmann, Iguchi, new heros with small names.  Remember Miracle Mirabelli?

Its gonna be a Jailbreak...Who will attend?

The Longue-Pointe Loggers swept the San Diego Surf four straight to win their second Staub Conference Pennant. 
 
Like their series against Glenn Kenan's wildcard Ohio Thundercats, the Loggers faced a formidable foe
with Joe Wallace's Carter Division champions. This series was highlighted by many dramatic moments,
especially about a half dozen plays at the plate.  Two of those occurred improbably as the Surf's final 2 outs 
in an excruciating Game 3 finish as Torii Hunter and then Ichiro Suzuki nailed consecutive potential tying runs David Wright and Howie Kendrick respectively to end the game.  
 
Here is that boxscore with the corrected PBP.
The clincher will be in a separate mailing.
 
BOXSCORE: 2009 San Diego Surf At 2009 Longue Pointe Loggers       10/15/2009
Staub Championship Series Game 3
 
  Surf               AB  R  H RBI AVG     Loggers            AB  R  H RBI AVG
  S.Victorino CF      4  0  0  0 .256     I.Suzuki RF         5  1  4  0 .478 
  C.Guzman SS         3  1  1  0 .333     R.Theriot SS        5  0  2  0 .244 
A-T.Teagarden PH      1  0  0  0 .000     A.Ramirez 3B        4  2  1  0 .205 
B-E.Renteria SS       0  0  0  0 .333     C.Floyd 1B          4  0  2  2 .452 
  M.Ramirez LF        4  0  0  0 .433   C-C.Kotchman 1B       0  0  0  0 .182 
  B.McCann C          4  0  1  1 .303     G.Gross LF          3  0  0  0 .219 
  K.Youkilis 1B       3  0  1  0 .306   G-N.Morgan LF         0  0  0  01.000 
  J.Dye RF            4  1  1  1 .231     T.Hunter CF         3  0  0  0 .357 
  D.Wright 3B         3  0  1  0 .147     G.Laird C           4  0  2  0 .219 
  H.Kendrick 2B       4  0  2  0 .394   D-J.Varitek C         0  0  0  0 .000 
  J.Peavy P           2  0  1  0 .250     T.Iguchi 2B         3  0  0  0 .118 
E-R.Cano PH           0  0  0  0 .333     T.Lincecum P        4  0  0  0 .125 
F-J.Bruce PH          1  0  1  0 .250     D.Marte P           0  0  0  0 .000 
                                          G.Balfour P         0  0  0  0 ---- 
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---     
         Totals      33  2  9  2                 Totals      35  3 11  2

A-Pinch Hit For Guzman In 7th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Teagarden In 7th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (1B) For Floyd In 9th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Laird In 9th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Peavy In 9th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Cano In 9th Inning
G-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Gross In 9th Inning

Surf............ 1 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 0  -  2  9  1
Loggers......... 2 0 0  0 1 0  0 0    -  3 11  0

Surf (4-5)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
J.Peavy LOSS(1-1)         8      11   3   2   4   7   0   1.93  A1
Totals                    8      11   3   2   4   7   0

Loggers (9-2)            IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  SCORESHEET
T.Lincecum WIN(2-0)       8 1/3   7   2   2   2  13   1   1.90  A1 D7
D.Marte HOLD(2nd)         0 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0.00  D8 D8
G.Balfour SAVE(1st)       0 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0.00  D9
Totals                    9       9   2   2   2  13   1

ATTENDANCE- 55,152 DATE- Thursday, October 15th 2009 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
UMPIRES- Ed Rapuano, Tim Welke, Larry Poncino, Dan Noonan
T- 3:15
LEFT ON BASE- Surf: 7  Loggers:12
DOUBLE PLAYS- Surf: 0  Loggers: 0
ERRORS- C.Guzman
DOUBLES- C.Guzman(2nd), B.McCann(3rd), C.Floyd(2nd)
HOME RUNS- J.Dye(2nd)
STOLEN BASES- D.Wright(2nd)
SACRIFICE HITS- J.Peavy
WALKS- K.Youkilis, D.Wright, A.Ramirez, G.Gross, T.Hunter, T.Iguchi
STRIKE OUTS- S.Victorino, C.Guzman-2, T.Teagarden, M.Ramirez-2, K.Youkilis,
             J.Dye-2, D.Wright-2, H.Kendrick, J.Peavy, A.Ramirez, C.Floyd-2,
             G.Gross, G.Laird, T.Lincecum-2
WILD PITCHES- T.Lincecum

Tim Lincecum racked up an impressive total of 13 strikeouts and Cliff Floyd
had 2 base hits and 2 RBI as the Longue Pointe Loggers outscored the San
Diego Surf 3 to 2.

Lincecum(2-0) looked very much in control throughout the night.  He allowed
just 7 hits and 2 walks in 8 and 1/3 innings.  San Diego made it exciting in
the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across. 

Lincecum got help from Grant Balfour who earned his 1st save.  Jake Peavy(1-1)
was given the loss.  He was hit hard and gave up 11 hits and 4 walks in 8
innings. 

When asked about his strikeout total for the game, Lincecum offered, 'The
fan's really got into it.  It is fun to see them tally up the strikeout
totals up there in the stands.  Fortunately, I kept them busy tonight - of
course, it would be all for naught without the 'W'.'
 

Indiana defeats Southwest Lizard Kings for their 3rd Clemente title in 4 years.....Took 4 games to 1.

Well first of all I want to thank Eric for playing a good series and congratulate him on his great season. The Red Birds won games 1 and 2 again on the road and came home where they would lose game 3 once again this time 6-4. Then in Game 4 their bats came alive and built a 9-0 lead for Roy Oswalt who then got tired in the 7th inning and the final ended up 9-2. Game 5 was one for the classics as it ended up 2-1 as Indiana took the lead 1-0 in the 3rd inning when Polanco scored on a base hit by Reyes. Southwest managed to tie it up at 1-1 on a wild pitch with Either on 3rd he came in to score. Southwest got a runner on in the top of the 9th and Billy Wagner came in to try and stop the rally and he did as he struck out all 3 batters he faced. So the game was tied up at 1-1 in the both of the 9th with not the real A-Rod leading off but Indiana's A-Rod and he hit a 2-4 no doubter HR to send the Red Birds to the series for the 3rd time in 4 yrs. We want to once again thank Marc and Eric for playing great series. The only other thing I want to add which I got a chuckle out of when Eric IM me on it as he said I thought the road to the World Series was going through Brooklyn didn't think it would be Indiana. And at the start of the playoffs I would agree with him and I still do agree as my road to the World Series started in Brooklyn and now it has went through the Southwest part of California now we are just waiting on to see who our opponent as will we stay in California or will we have to go back to Brooklyn once again.
 

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@AP Newswire Date: Oct. 14, 2009 

LOCAL INVESTIGATORS SEEK ANSWERS!   

Arcane wording discovered scrawled upon a napkin in local steak house outside Indiana's Ballpark has raised concerns that a killer may be on the loose.  It reads:



In the mighty halls of the CBA
there are only two things of certainty,
The future's uncertain, and THE END is always near!

Wow, I'm sick of doubt
Live in the light of certain
South side
Cruel bindings.

The Redbirds have the power
Dog-men and their mean women
Pulling poor
blankets over
Our players

I'm sick of dour faces
Staring at me from the executive
Suites, i want roses in
My
bullpen bower; dig?

Royal doubles, hard hit singles
Must now replace aborted
Strangers in the mud
These mutants, blood-meal
For the pitcher that's plowed.

They are waiting to take us into
The severed garden
Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
Comes death on a strange hour
Unannounced, unplanned for
Like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
Brought to bed

Defeat makes angels of us all
And gives us wings
Where we had shoulders
Smooth as raven's
Claws

No more
money, no more fancy uniforms
This other kingdom seems by far the best
Until it's other jaw reveals incest
And loose obedience to a REDBIRD law.

I will not go
Prefer a feast of
friends
A lie she cried
Spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a marble slab

To the giant REDBIRD she spoke

I will not go, I will not go
Have I not wandered your streets of yellow haze?
And pitchers come and go
Speaking of Joe DiMaggio

I have measured out my life
In balls, strikes and cheap hot dogs
Am I not Lazarus raised from the dead?
Come back to tell you
To tell you all

THE END


Local officials and police detectives are puzzled by the cryptic verbiage and its meaning.  Rumors that the much awaited contest between the Lizard Kings and the Rebirds will be tomorrow night at 5pm Pacific/8pm EST may be related to the arcane scriblings.  Rob Fidler is reportedly suffering from massive migranes in anticipation of the bloody series and has been cleared of any ill-doings.  However, maverick owner, Eric Lindner, has been heavily sedated and locked securely in a local sanitarium after being found in a darken alley with steak sauce smeared all over his vomit covered t-shirt.

The end is most certainly near for one of these vaunted warriors of the CBA.

Report filed by Bernard Shakey
Minister of Propaganda and Ticket Sales

 

 

The first round is complete.  Stunning upsets, and glorious wins.  The first series pit the Longue Pointe Loggers, Dawson champs against the Ohio Thundercats in their first ever playoff.  It was a hard fought series which was accented by some outstanding pitching perfomances by both teams. Dempster heading the rotation based on his Cy Young type season, was shaky as LP uncharacteristically scored 8 to outlast the T Cats.  Total effort against Volquez who surrendered 7 er.  The game was tied going into the 7th inning.  Theriot's double was the difference. Game 2 was all Rick3 Nolasco in a 6 hitter.  It was a fine performance, stopping LP cold. Game 3 was an extra innings game won by Ohio.  Tied at 2 in the 7th, another tight one. A dramatic ending.  Chris Young walked, Johjima bunted him over, But Balfour came in and promptly walked Guillen, and LP killer Kelly Johnson drew a bases loaded walk.  Texeira  who also had homered, finally walked with the bases loaded off LP closer Grant Balfour. Lincecum K's 8 and Torii Hunter had a big offensive game.  Dempster won game 4 with with some timely hitting and great pitching.  He K'd 9 in the win.  Game 5 saw Carlos Zambrano(1-0) and Ricky Nolasco(1-1) locked horns in a pitcher's duel with Zambrano and the Longue Pointe Loggers coming out on top of the Ohio Thundercats 2 to 1. Zambrano was in control of the game from the outset. He surrendered only 5  hits and 2 walks in 8 and 2/3 innings. Ohio had a chance in the 9th but they came up short against Wilson who earned a save...Game 6 was Lincecum's best.  He K's 13 in a 2 to 1 victory.  Lp will go on to SD for a showdown


 

San Diego Surf's GM Joe Wallace.  Is out for blood.  Years of losing has made him hungry and a total CBA force to be dealt with.  He dispatched Belfast and JD Adams in 6 games. SD took g 1,2,3 the SD talent just took over.  In game 1 it was the small guys, Kendrick and C Guzman who had the big hits for SD.  In game 2 it was Manny, McCann, Dye.  Game 3 it was the whole lineup just slappin 'em down and scoring runs.  In game 4 Belfast won the game with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning on an Aubrey Huff walk. An Alexei Ramirez single, and a Brandon Moss base-hit. Game 5 Nate McLouth blasted 2 homeruns, and Brawlers won in 10 innings by the score of 8 to 7. That game was deadlocked at 7 after nine full innings. SD took their 4th and the right to play Dennis Concepcion and LP winning game 6.  Dan Haren racked up an impressive total of 10 strikeouts as the San Diego Surf outscored the Belfast Brawlers 7 to 2. Haren(2-0) was in control of the game from the outset. He gave up just 7 hits and 1 walk in 9 innings. San Diego finished with 13 hits, and David Wright had a Homer and 3 RBI's and Wallace is looking like gold. LP and SD will meet to decide Staub.

Indiana Brooklyn was tougher than it looked.  The Redbirds took that series 4 to 1. Game 1 was a pitchers duel with Halladay and Oswalt going on into extras. In the end Brooklyn didn't hit, but Reyes did launching a HR for the Indy win.  Indy won game 2 by a large margin 14-5.  The big boys, Pujols, ARod, Josht Hamilton  (5 RBI) did major damage, but in Game 3 Brooklyn's Dice K went the distance.  Doumit and Howard Homered. Game 4 a key game went into the 12th inning .  Brooklyn rode a Howard HR into the 9th with a 1 run lead.  Maglio Ordonez forever the Brooklyn Buckner, dropped a flyball for 2 bases (Why was Denorfia not out there?) to allow Indy to tie and eventually win in the 12thSizemore smashed a solo-shot out of the park (his 2nd of the season) resulting in a mighty exciting win for Indiana and the 50,370 home town fans in attendance. For that matter it was all Indiana needed as the Superbas spit the bit once again in 2009. Wait till next year 

 

On Left: It's an off day for the Red Birds following their victory over the Brooklyn Superbas.  Here, slugger Albert Pujols discusses strategy with Red Birds skipper Bob Fidler for their upcoming Clemente pennant showdown with Eric Lindner's Southwest Lizard Kings.

On right: shows Brooklyn's Ryan Doumit blocking Sizemore from Scoring a key run.

 

Not To Touch The Earth....Lizard King Eric Lindner is setting on his hot rock after a Philly playoff win. Controversial Center fielder David Dejesus had 2 base hits and 2 RBI as the Southwest Lizard Kings defeated the Philly Phantastics by the score of 5 to 3 in game 1 at Philly's Stadium.  Philly was unable to claim the lead after Southwest went ahead in the top of the 3rd inning scoring a single run using 2 hits. Southwest out-hit Philly for the game, Cliff Lee(1-0) who went 8 innings, allowing 3 runs. Joakim
Soria gained credit for his 1st save. Cole Hamels(0-1) lost.  In Game 2 Second baseman Orlando Hudson had 4 hits and 2 RBI as the Southwest Lizard Kings beat the Philly Phantastics by a score of 8 to 6. Southwest had the winning rally in the 8th inning when they scored 4 runs on 4 hits. Another controversial OF, Matt Holliday  rifled a three-run blast
Southwest had 17 hits for the game and Philly had 13. Right back came Rob Hite and the high scoring Philly Phantastics.  Center fielder Rick Ankiel HR'd and had 5 RBI as the Phantastics won 13 to 5 at Jim Morrison Memorial.
The Southwest fans didn't appreciate the big day Ankiel had. He doubled which scored a run in the 2nd inning, doubled plating three runs in the 7th inning and cracked a solo homerun in the 9th inning. Philly had 12 hits overall, while Southwest had 6. 

 

Phantastic Rob Hite  The Lizard King

In game 4, The Philly Phantastics came roaring back in the top of the ninth to spoil the anticipated celebration of the hometown fans. The final score, was 6 to Philly scored the decisive runs in a big 9th inning with 2 runs using 3 hits.
Carlos Lee led off and keyed the rally when he lined a one-base hit. Evan Longoria came next and he doubled. Lance Berkman struck out, unable to help the rally. Kelly Shoppach stepped in and he doubled. Philly won despite being out-hit by Southwest 10 hits to 7. Kerry Wood(1-0) picked up the victory,  The loss was charged to Cliff Lee(1-1).   Game 5 David Dejesus touched them all and had 2 RBI at Morrison Memorial where the Southwest Lizard Kings beat the Philly Phantastics by the score of 2 to 1. Southwest brought 2 runs across the plate in the 2nd inning when they had 3 base hits. That scoring would be all that was needed. Philly threatened in the 9th but Southwest was able to put down the rally.

In Game 6 The Philly Phantastics nipped the Southwest Lizard Kings 5 to 4 back in Philly Field in a hard fought contest.Southwest fell behind quickly as the Philly offense came through in the first inning with 3 runs utilizing 3 base hits. After an out was recorded, Derek Jeter began the Philly spurt when he drew a walk. Chase Utley next to the plate and he banged out a single. After another out, Rick Ankiel hit his 3rd CBA playoff HR of the series.  Former first round pick Evan Longoria followed and he delivered a one-base hit. Lance Berkman stepped into the box and drew a walk. Southwest had a chance to come back in the 9th but they came up short. Series tied and in Philly.  Stage was set...For Sw to win, would be seen as an upset.  Philly had one of CBA's alltime best seasons in 2009 as had Brooklyn.  Who would it be?  Run with me....Run with me....and only one run was the difference as the Southwest Lizard Kingsdefeated the Philly Phantastics in 10 innings 4 to 3. The score was knotted at 3 after nine innings. It went into extras. Southwest was victorious in the 10th inning. when SW hero, Johnny Damon singled. A controversial balk was called. People pelted the umpire with crap. The Philly Phaithful chanted "you still S**k!" then game continued.  After an out was recorded, Jerry Hairston Jr stepped in and he delivered a single. Hairston Jr took second on the throw. Despite losing, Philly out-hit Southwest 12 to 8.
Cory Wade(1-0) went 1 and 1/3 innings allowing no runs for the win. Joakim Soria gained credit for his 4th save. The loss was charged to Kerry Wood(1-1) in relief.  It was Lindners biggest ever CBA win....


 

 

 

LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2009 C.B.A. Playoff
 
                            WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Indiana IRM              4   1  .800 ----   157  
2009 San Diego SSC            4   2  .667   .5        
2009 Longue Pointe LLD        4   2  .667   .5        
2009 Southwest SLM            4   3  .571  1.0        
2009 Philly PPS               3   4  .429  2.0        
2009 Ohio OTR                 2   4  .333  2.5        
2009 Belfast BBD              2   4  .333  2.5        
2009 Brooklyn BSP             1   4  .200  3.0        
 
 
 

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LOCAL INVESTIGATORS SEEK ANSWERS!   

Arcane wording discovered scrawled upon a napkin in local steak house outside Indiana's Ballpark has raised concerns that a killer may be on the loose.  It reads:



In the mighty halls of the CBA
there are only two things of certainty,
The future's uncertain, and THE END is always near!

Wow, I'm sick of doubt
Live in the light of certain
South side
Cruel bindings.

The Redbirds have the power
Dog-men and their mean women
Pulling poor
blankets over
Our players

I'm sick of dour faces
Staring at me from the executive
Suites, i want roses in
My
bullpen bower; dig?

Royal doubles, hard hit singles
Must now replace aborted
Strangers in the mud
These mutants, blood-meal
For the pitcher that's plowed.

They are waiting to take us into
The severed garden
Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
Comes death on a strange hour
Unannounced, unplanned for
Like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
Brought to bed

Defeat makes angels of us all
And gives us wings
Where we had shoulders
Smooth as raven's
Claws

No more
money, no more fancy uniforms
This other kingdom seems by far the best
Until it's other jaw reveals incest
And loose obedience to a REDBIRD law.

I will not go
Prefer a feast of
friends
A lie she cried
Spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a marble slab

To the giant REDBIRD she spoke

I will not go, I will not go
Have I not wandered your streets of yellow haze?
And pitchers come and go
Speaking of Joe DiMaggio

I have measured out my life
In balls, strikes and cheap hot dogs
Am I not Lazarus raised from the dead?
Come back to tell you
To tell you all

THE END


Local officials and police detectives are puzzled by the cryptic verbiage and its meaning.  Rumors that the much awaited contest between the Lizard Kings and the Rebirds will be tomorrow night at 5pm Pacific/8pm EST may be related to the arcane scriblings.  Rob Fidler is reportedly suffering from massive migranes in anticipation of the bloody series and has been cleared of any ill-doings.  However, maverick owner, Eric Lindner, has been heavily sedated and locked securely in a local sanitarium after being found in a darken alley with steak sauce smeared all over his vomit covered t-shirt.

The end is most certainly near for one of these vaunted warriors of the CBA.

Report filed by Bernard Shakey
Minister of Propaganda and Ticket Sales



Running Dry (Requiem For The Lizard Kings)

Oh, please help me,
oh please help me,
I'm losin' by myself.
I need someone to comfort me,
I need someone to tell.

I'm sorry for
the things I've done,
I've shamed myself with lies,
But soon these things
are overcome
And can't be recognized.

I left my team
with broken bats
And water in their eyes.
I took from them
the respect I'd won
And turned it to the sky.

I'm sorry for
the things I've done,
I've shamed myself with lies,
My CRUELTY has punctured me
And now I'm running dry.

Glory, I went into Indy to see you
yesterday
but you were not there.
So I talked to some old players
for a while
before I wandered off, alone.

It's so hard for me now
But I'll make it some how
Though I know I'll never be the same
Won't you ever change your ways,
It's so hard to make baseball pay
When you're on the losing end

And I feel that way again!

Glory, I miss you more than ever
since you've gone
I can hardly maintain.
Things are different round here
every night,
my tears fall down like rain.

And so it goes . . .
Hanta yo (It is a good day to die)!

@Copyright 2009, Eric Lindner, Poems to inhale ether by . . .

 


Forbes: Lizard Kings greatest sports-biz turnaround

By Craven Moorhead, Forbes Magazine, October 16, 7:38 pm EDT


 

The Southwest Lizard Kings are currently facing off against the Indiana Redbirds in the Clemente Conference finals. The Lizard Kings led the league in attendance this season, and the four millionth fan recently passed through the turnstiles at Morrison Memorial. On TV, Lizard King Baseball is scoring its best ratings ever. These are stunning developments given that just one year ago, the Lizard Kings were one of the saddest franchises in professional sports, having languished in the CBA’s basement for years.


 

“I am not familiar with this kind of massive turnaround that occurred in a blink of an eye,” says Willie Makeit, president of Sportscorp, a sports-business consultancy. “It’s arguably the most remarkable turnaround in the history of sports in the United States.”


 

It almost seems bizarre, but baseball fever has taken over Los Angeles. A Lizard Kings jersey recently adorned the Field Museum’s Dissemination of Knowledge statue; divers at the John G. Shedd Aquarium are donning Lizard King Jerseys during underwater presentations and the Picasso sculpture outside the Ronald Reagan Center has displayed a Lizard Kings batting helmet. The atmosphere in Los Angeles is electric, as the Lizard Kings, a team that had made the playoffs once in the previous 14 seasons, has advanced one step away from the CBA’s World Series, which the team last never won.


 

LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2009 C.B.A.
 
Dawson                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Longue Pointe LLD       92  70  .568 ----  *WON* 
2009 Belfast BBD             91  71  .562  1.0        
2009 Limoilou LWD            86  76  .531  6.0        
2009 Montreal MCD            56 106  .346 36.0        
 
Rogers                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Ohio OTR                86  76  .531 ----  *WON* 
2009 Maine MER               85  77  .525  1.0        
2009 Allentown ANR           79  83  .488  7.0        
2009 Kennesaw Mtn KWR        78  84  .481  8.0        
 
Carter                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 San Diego SSC          109  53  .673 ----  *WON* 
2009 Skokie SWC              91  71  .562 18.0        
2009 Joliet JJC              65  97  .401 44.0        
2009 High Bridge HHC         54 108  .333 55.0        
 
Schmidt                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Philly PPS             105  57  .648 ----  *WON* 
2009 Ottawa OOS              78  84  .481 27.0        
2009 Stirling SRS            77  85  .475 28.0        
2009 Westminster WPS         29 133  .179 76.0        
 
Monday                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Southwest SLM           96  66  .593 ----  *WON* 
2009 Indiana IRM             94  68  .580  2.0        
2009 Lake County LLM         93  69  .574  3.0        
2009 Bryan KBM               74  88  .457 22.0        
 
Parker                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Brooklyn BSP           108  54  .667 ----  *WON* 
2009 Cooperstown CIP         94  68  .580 14.0        
2009 Carolina CCP            88  74  .543 20.0        
2009 Sunville SSP            36 126  .222 72.0        
 
 
SC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Skokie SWC              91  71  .562 ----     1  
2009 Belfast BBD             91  71  .562 ----        
2009 Limoilou LWD            86  76  .531  5.0        
2009 Maine MER               85  77  .525  6.0        
2009 Allentown ANR           79  83  .488 12.0        
2009 Kennesaw Mtn KWR        78  84  .481 13.0        
 
CC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2009 Indiana IRM             94  68  .580 ----     1  
2009 Cooperstown CIP         94  68  .580 ----        
2009 Lake County LLM         93  69  .574  1.0        
2009 Carolina CCP            88  74  .543  6.0        
2009 Ottawa OOS              78  84  .481 16.0        
2009 Stirling SRS            77  85  .475 17.0        
 
 
       OVERALL RECORD
Team   WON LOST   PCT  HOME  ROAD  LEFT RIGHT EXTRA 1-RUN   LAST 10   STREAK
ANR     79   83  .488 40-41 39-42 30-25 49-58 12- 9 20-26     5-5     Won 1
BBD     91   71  .562 45-36 46-35 33-26 58-45  5- 4 37-22     7-3     Won 4
BSP    108   54  .667 59-22 49-32 36-21 72-33  8- 7 25-22     5-5     Won 1
CCP     88   74  .543 44-37 44-37 29-22 59-52 10- 3 20-19     6-4     Won 4
CIP     94   68  .580 45-36 49-32 21-22 73-46  7- 7 33-17     8-2     Lost 1
HHC     54  108  .333 28-53 26-55 21-25 33-83  9-11 21-26     1-9     Lost 1
IRM     94   68  .580 45-36 49-32 22-20 72-48  9- 9 28-24     8-2     Won 2
JJC     65   97  .401 37-44 28-53 23-24 42-73  5- 7 24-30     6-4     Won 1
KBM     74   88  .457 35-46 39-42 22-26 52-62  6-10 25-18     3-7     Lost 2
KWR     78   84  .481 38-43 40-41 25-23 53-61 13- 8 24-30     4-6     Lost 3
LLD     92   70  .568 42-39 50-31 27-24 65-46  9-12 30-27     7-3     Won 3
LLM     93   69  .574 45-36 48-33 30-25 63-44 10- 9 22-20     7-3     Won 5
LWD     86   76  .531 43-38 43-38 28-14 58-62  7-10 20-32     5-5     Lost 2
MCD     56  106  .346 28-53 28-53 18-29 38-77  7- 6 25-22     1-9     Lost 6
MER     85   77  .525 43-38 42-39 33-16 52-61 13- 9 34-22     7-3     Lost 1
OOS     78   84  .481 39-42 39-42 15-32 63-52 12- 5 21-20     5-5     Lost 1
OTR     86   76  .531 39-42 47-34 31-23 55-53  7- 9 38-22     5-5     Won 3
PPS    105   57  .648 50-31 55-26 29-12 76-45  5- 1 16-19     8-2     Won 1
SLM     96   66  .593 44-37 52-29 31-20 65-46  3- 9 20-18     2-8     Lost 7
SRS     77   85  .475 42-39 35-46 17-31 60-54  3- 7 18-26     6-4     Lost 1
SSC    109   53  .673 54-27 55-26 38-16 71-37 10- 6 18-22     9-1     Won 5
SSP     36  126  .222 21-60 15-66  6-42 30-84  7-12 16-31     1-9     Lost 7
SWC     91   71  .562 43-38 48-33 31-18 60-53  4-10 13-23     4-6     Lost 4
WPS     29  133  .179 20-61  9-72  7-41 22-92  6- 7  8-18     2-8     Won 1
TOTAL 1944 1944  .500

 

The season end is at hand.  Its destiny or skill.  Its luck or probability.  Its torturous or strategous.  Usage conservation or damn the torpedoes...  Who will win?  Who are the players?
 
The 2009 CBA elite are....
Marc Wass.  Yours truly is having a renaissance season with 104 wins so far.  The 2003 WS finalist and 2004 champion Superbas have been in the playoffs each year since 2003.  They were in a few more before that.  Big games elude Superbas who are driving to become two time champs ala Rob Hite, Jeff Boutet, Bob Fidler.  Been playing Strat since 1977, Superbas are always a team known for offense and power.  Brooklyn signature is perrenial leadership in major offensive categories. Lots of stealing and Power, teams are tailored for Coors field dimensions. 
 
Joe Wallace:  Plays hard in playoffs.  Knows the game and numbers well.  Is out to beat the Staub Division and nothing less than a World Series Appearance will due for the CBA's 7 year veteran.  Wallace has built his team from the ground up and is contending the past 3 seasons.  Could this be the year he breaks through?
 
JD Adams: The usage czar knows his role, and his team.  With the luck of the Irish, and the use of excellent strategies in lineup making, the Belfast Brawlers again play to maximum potential.  They dont have Limoilou's star power, Longue Tongue's pitching and defense, nor the power of  Clemente's brooklyn or Philly, but they do all the little things, like steal, pitch, clutch.  Huff has been a blessing and though others have better numbers he may be the true MVP based on his value to a team thats contending.  52 doubles 23 HR  113 RBI on a non slugging team that steals tons.  Adams has suffered CBA heart break a few times in the past.  1 game playoff losses. Early rd 1 exits, just barely not making the cut.  JD is hungry and ferocious.  Every swing counts for this competititor.
 
"Wolfman" Shapiro.   The Skokie, Holland, Atlanta, crystal master.  Moved right in and rebuilt the Wolfmen into powerhouse.  This team is becoming a CBA legend having been there in the thick of the playoffs each season since 2006 I believe.  The Wolfman is known around the world for his skill.  Its on display here in CBA and again he's primed for another shot at the coveted CBA World Series title.  The Strat community watches our website and posts and our playoffs are watched by the veteran league watchers online.  SOM players always look for the advantages, sometimes from other leagues that they can apply to their own methods.  Wolfman's web pages get quite a few hits.  He wants them to read about a Wolfmen World Championship.  Thats his goal solely.  He nows the rules and how to work within them.  he is reliable and efficient.  Most of all, he knows the game and the cards.  To beat him in the Netplayoffs is to beat a legend.  Bob Fidler did so.  Wolfman may not be done with him...

Dennis Concepcion: The man behind the CBA graphics.  Staub President, and creator of the Loggers team.  DC is one GM that can't be ruled out because he finds a way to beat you.  He has a knack for finding variables other than slugging.  He relies heavily on platoon system and defense.  He has sported teams with 4+ ones on offense.  He is known for his small ball game like the one he used to ride such cards as "Miracle Mirabelli", Brian Jordan, and Todd Jones into big moments.  He also studies his opponents and plays for the long run.  The LP signature is their strong bench, and fantastic pitching staff.  He prefers strikeout pitchers, and good hit and run men. Concepcion is unconventional but effective year in and year out.  He is also an avid baseball uniform and stadium historical enthusiast. 

Rob Hite:  CBA legend. Multi year champion.  Just like Brooklyn in leading CBA in offense and power categories.  Owns several CBA records.  Hite is on executive committee, and is an original member.  Perhaps one of CBA most prolific traders, Hite is one of the sharpest draft and Stratball minds you'll ever meet.  Has keen sense of talent and is ever tough in head to head competition.  Rob Hite is a future CBA Hall of famer.  He has the championships to back it.

Glenn Kenan:  First year for playoffs? A CBA 4 year man.  The Ohio team has improved each year.  Kenan has traded and drafted himself into a winning team.  In a tough conference where teams knock each other around, Ohio is on the cusp of team history should they overcome Maine.  Kenan has forged a team that could be the underdog surprise of the CBA season.  The little engine who could?

Mike Koepp: Mr Mike to you.  Maine is in the 2nd year of playoff hunt.  His last playoff was marred by some questionable circumstances, but experience was gained.  Koepp is fighting hard.  The competitor in Koepp has worked very hard to get this franchise atop Rogers division.  He wont relent now, & is ready to beat you.

Dave Jones:  Jones has been around the block in CBA. The Leopards are his team.  He built them and is likely to make noise this year if they get into the playoffs.  Dave always has his team playing tough.  Never an easy win, The Leopards gives all Clemente fits.  They play well against Philly, SW, and Brooklyn.   Jones seems to make trades that keep him in the thick of things.

Eric Lindner:  1 game shy of Southwest's 1998 best franchise win total.  Lindner also knows the cards and the game.  Loves to compete.  Loves to win.  Plays well and plays fair.  Lindner is fun to play against...Its all fun and sht until you realize he's beating you.  Knows how to shoot down his oponents with Strat skill.  He is the Lizard King and wants to do anything.  Plays in Morrison Stadium.  Doors fan obviously, and true artist painter.

Jon Stamets: Has made a seamless transition into CBA to take over Cooperstown.  His GM skills will be on display as he takes a good team and has been making them play with efficiency.  This weeks series vs Carolina was classic.  Knows how to manage, and could be this years X factor as Allentown's Rich Schneider was back in 2004.


Aug 3rd 2009

Belfast has trimmed LP's lead to 2 in Dawson as LP bench couldn't hold off their opposition this time. Looks like they must win their division with SD and Skokie with better records in Staub. Westminster finally won a game, but Joliet now has a CBA record 21 game losing streak as the Jacks prepare for 2010. Limoilou is red hot and only 4 out now in Dawson.  Could it be another 3 way dance?  Boutet's team could be a player.  Maine and Ohio are dogfighting in Rogers.  That division is all bunched up.  It could be anyones to win. Could Ohio be worst to first?  Montreal has a good lineup this year.  The addition of Todd Helton CBA future HOFer, Joe Crede, Jody Gerut, Keppinger are quite a tough opponent not to be taken for the Montreal Uehara's.  SD 's lead has been trimmed all the way down by the Skokie Skunk'ems who are redhot.    Again the Wolfman proves to bequite a CBA manager.  Could the future hold HOF enshrinement?  A championship or two may help the cause.

In Clem, Brooklyn is having a terrific season loaded with offense.  Ryan Howard is on an MVP tear and  is now 2nd (by 1) in HR and RBI.  HIS BA is up over .285.  Both Brian Giles, Ryan Doumit, and Miguel Cabrera have been on fire.  Cabrera zipping right up into the leaders categories.  Both Carolina and Cooperstown are neck and neck in the wildcard.  Its been a great year for both teams.  Cooperstown could finish with their best season ever.  Both are tough as nails.  Speaking of nails, It looks like Super GM Rob Hite's Philly team is all but ran away with the Schmidt.  18 games, that division is nearly wrapped up.  Another classic powerhouse team loaded with offense.  As their pitching improved so did their winning pct.

High Bridge is just so tough for an expansion team. They are a spoiler.  Miller is a good GM who can squeeze blood from rocks.  What has happened to Ottawa and Stirling?  IS it too late for them?  Lake County making a run along with Carolina.  They too are right in the wild card playoff hunt...

 


 

This season is unique. Before the season started, I sat down with the new version game after going out to Glen Head, and picking the set up. I thought after running some sims, that there would be a rise in the strength of some new teams. Changing of the guard maybe, but parity? New powers, old ones fading? Its an entirely new CBA competition with some teams moving divsions and also adding good balance and talent. Could we predict that .500 could win Dawson? LP and Belfast are sub .500 and both tied for first. LP has had a good start from Aramis and Torii. Belfast is riding Aubrey Huff's hot start. Figgins is prancing on the Paths. The Montreal Uehara's have Gerut, and some decent pitching. Limmer and even Montreal are not far behind. Who will get hot? Could one deal make the final difference? Too early to tell, though patterns are starting to emerge for some.

Skokie. This is a potential Hall of Fame team. They have risin like the Phoenix from the ashes of the old Montreal Royals+Bodega Bay Madbirds (Gerald Benoit). This team just wins, and contends. The Wolfman will not rest until a championship. He has the helm this year after John Miller helped guide them last year. The 15-6 leagues best record. Some thought Skokie wouldn't be as strong, but a great GM always keeps his team at the top like Shapiro....and John Miller. The expansion High Bridge Heaters are competitive. 9-12 behind the San Diego Surf and Skokie. Respectable so far. Jenkins, Konerko, and E Gonzalez are hitting well as any. A tight bullpen managed to perfection by Miller. Miller is a good GM. So is Joe Wallace with SD. Could this be the year of High Surf? Wallace has been close stretching the playoff semi to 7 games. Wallace needs to beat Skokie and win the title. Anything less is risky with both Allentown and Kennesaw much improved. Dye and Dmitri have been solid if not spetacular. Manny is off to a .375 start. The pitching is well, San Diego. Best in CBA again.

Allentown and Kennesaw are battling. Maine and Ohio are right on their tails. This division is maybe CBA's toughest in 2009. All 4 are solid teams and in contention. Both Kennesaw Mountain and Allentown have taken control of the Rogers this week tied for first. Is Rogers stronger than Dawson? It appears so, for now. Rich Schneider of the Allentown Senators is looking toward the playoffs after an ambitious rebuild plan, tearing down the 2004 Staub Champs, to build stronger. He is well on his way. Hanley is an all star, Schumacher, Hart, and feliz are making an impact. Shileds is a Cy Young candidate again. Schneider knows exactly what to do to get back to the show.
It appears James Blake does too. He vowed to be a beast by 2009, and by gum he might be right. The Mountaineers are tied for first. The first time in Blakes CBA career he is. This team is now loaded, and mark it down the beginning has come. Georgia fans are delighted as their game attendance figures have jumped by 10,000 per game.

In Clemente, Brooklyn and Indiana have started slowly and are belwo .500.  BSP defeated Indy 2 g to 1, but that doesnt mean they'll stay down.  For now Ryan Wyke's Cooperstown and Scott Kenan's Carolina Copperheads own the Parker at 11-10.  Brooklyn 9-12 and Sunville who is 8-13 aren't too far back.  Sunville's Aybar, Barajas, and Wilingham lead a pretty good offense.  Brooklyn has hit tons, but the bullpen has been awful as well as shaky starting pitchers.  Mariano is back up to bad tricks blowing most games hes in.  Whats with his card?  The Bashers are the story of Monday winning and playing very well.  Cory Light looks to get to the playoffs missing by a hair last year.  Lots of power, Wigginton has 9 HR already. Burrell is hitting, and Overbay is on fire at .373.  The Bashers have pitching too.  Hawkins is getting used up fast but is doing great.  This could be the year for Bryan.  Phill has settled this week after a torrid start.  Theyre tied with the Redsox in second 3 out, as the Jack Jung Ottawa Otters chew up their competition at 14-7.  Jack Jung last won his championship in 2001.  Could this be the year he returns?


 

This season is unique. Before the season started, I sat down with the new version game after going out to Glen Head, and picking the set up. I thought after running some sims, that there would be a rise in the strength of some new teams. Changing of the guard maybe, but parity? New powers, old ones fading? Its an entirely new CBA competition with some teams moving divsions and also adding good balance and talent. Could we predict that .500 could win Dawson? LP and Belfast are sub .500 and both tied for first. LP has had a good start from Aramis and Torii. Belfast is riding Aubrey Huff's hot start. Figgins is prancing on the Paths. The Montreal Uehara's have Gerut, and some decent pitching. Limmer and even Montreal are not far behind. Who will get hot? Could one deal make the final difference? Too early to tell, though patterns are starting to emerge for some.

Skokie. This is a potential Hall of Fame team. They have risin like the Phoenix from the ashes of the old Montreal Royals+Bodega Bay Madbirds (Gerald Benoit). This team just wins, and contends. The Wolfman will not rest until a championship. He has the helm this year after John Miller helped guide them last year. The 15-6 leagues best record. Some thought Skokie wouldn't be as strong, but a great GM always keeps his team at the top like Shapiro....and John Miller. The expansion High Bridge Heaters are competitive. 9-12 behind the San Diego Surf and Skokie. Respectable so far. Jenkins, Konerko, and E Gonzalez are hitting well as any. A tight bullpen managed to perfection by Miller. Miller is a good GM. So is Joe Wallace with SD. Could this be the year of High Surf? Wallace has been close stretching the playoff semi to 7 games. Wallace needs to beat Skokie and win the title. Anything less is risky with both Allentown and Kennesaw much improved. Dye and Dmitri have been solid if not spetacular. Manny is off to a .375 start. The pitching is well, San Diego. Best in CBA again.

Allentown and Kennesaw are battling. Maine and Ohio are right on their tails. This division is maybe CBA's toughest in 2009. All 4 are solid teams and in contention. Both Kennesaw Mountain and Allentown have taken control of the Rogers this week tied for first. Is Rogers stronger than Dawson? It appears so, for now. Rich Schneider of the Allentown Senators is looking toward the playoffs after an ambitious rebuild plan, tearing down the 2004 Staub Champs, to build stronger. He is well on his way. Hanley is an all star, Schumacher, Hart, and feliz are making an impact. Shileds is a Cy Young candidate again. Schneider knows exactly what to do to get back to the show.
It appears James Blake does too. He vowed to be a beast by 2009, and by gum he might be right. The Mountaineers are tied for first. The first time in Blakes CBA career he is. This team is now loaded, and mark it down the beginning has come. Georgia fans are delighted as their game attendance figures have jumped by 10,000 per game.

In Clemente, Brooklyn and Indiana have started slowly and are belwo .500.  BSP defeated Indy 2 g to 1, but that doesnt mean they'll stay down.  For now Ryan Wyke's Cooperstown and Scott Kenan's Carolina Copperheads own the Parker at 11-10.  Brooklyn 9-12 and Sunville who is 8-13 aren't too far back.  Sunville's Aybar, Barajas, and Wilingham lead a pretty good offense.  Brooklyn has hit tons, but the bullpen has been awful as well as shaky starting pitchers.  Mariano is back up to bad tricks blowing most games hes in.  Whats with his card?  The Bashers are the story of Monday winning and playing very well.  Cory Light looks to get to the playoffs missing by a hair last year.  Lots of power, Wigginton has 9 HR already. Burrell is hitting, and Overbay is on fire at .373.  The Bashers have pitching too.  Hawkins is getting used up fast but is doing great.  This could be the year for Bryan.  Phill has settled this week after a torrid start.  Theyre tied with the Redsox in second 3 out, as the Jack Jung Ottawa Otters chew up their competition at 14-7.  Jack Jung last won his championship in 2001.  Could this be the year he returns?

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
G.Sheffield   LWD HHC  4  1  3  4  0  0  1  0
M.Tejada      CCP WPS  4  3  3  2  0  0  1  0
A.Huff        BBD ANR  5  2  3  3  0  0  1  0
S.Choo        SRS KBM  4  2  3  2  0  1  1  0
L.Overbay     KBM SRS  3  1  2  3  0  0  1  0
 
PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
D.Matsuzaka   BSP LLM 10.0  3  2  2  2  9  0 W 
A.Burnett     JJC MER  7.0  3  2  0  0  6  1 W 
T.Lilly       SWC LLD  8.0  4  2  2  0  8  1 W 
A.Sonnanstine BBD ANR  6.0  3  0  0  2  5  0 W 
J.Rauch       SSC OTR  2.2  0  0  0  1  2  0 W 
 
WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
A.Gonzalez    MER .471 34 16 13  6  5  O.Dotel       SRS  5  2  0  1  8  0 100
A.Pujols      IRM .387 31 12 11  5  5  C.Young       CIP  8  3  0  2 10  0 100
M.Ordonez     BSP .400 35 14 16  3  4  A.Rhodes      SSC  7  3  0  0  6  0 001
W.Aybar       SSP .462 26 12  6  2  4  T.Lilly       SWC 27 12  4  2 24  2 300
C.Pena        SRS .286 35 10 11  5  5  R.Corcoran    KWR  6  2  0  1  6  0 102
 
WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
G.Zaun        HHC .115 26  3  0  1  0  G.Olson       HHC  7 14  9  4  7  1 020
J.Reed        SSP .179 28  5  1  0  0  H.Kuroda      KWR  8 14 13  2  5  4 110
M.Bourn       JJC .160 25  4  0  2  0  K.Kendrick    MCD 10 10 13 10  7  4 010
A.Ramirez     LLD .139 36  5  1  3  0  G.Maddux      SSP 11 18 12  0  3  1 020
J.Hannahan    MCD .143 28  4  1  2  0  C.Baek        BBD 11 19 14  0  5  4 010




LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2009 C.B.A.

Dawson WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Longue Pointe LLD 10 11 .476 ---- 142
2009 Belfast BBD 10 11 .476 ----
2009 Limoilou LWD 9 12 .429 1.0
2009 Montreal MCD 6 15 .286 4.0

Rogers WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Kennesaw Mtn KWR 12 9 .571 ---- 142
2009 Allentown ANR 12 9 .571 ----
2009 Maine MER 11 10 .524 1.0
2009 Ohio OTR 10 11 .476 2.0

Carter WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Skokie SWC 15 6 .714 ---- 141
2009 San Diego SSC 14 7 .667 1.0
2009 High Bridge HHC 9 12 .429 6.0
2009 Joliet JJC 8 13 .381 7.0

Schmidt WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Ottawa OOS 14 7 .667 ---- 139
2009 Stirling SRS 11 10 .524 3.0
2009 Philly PPS 11 10 .524 3.0
2009 Westminster WPS 7 14 .333 7.0

Monday WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Bryan KBM 12 9 .571 ---- 141
2009 Southwest SLM 11 10 .524 1.0
2009 Lake County LLM 11 10 .524 1.0
2009 Indiana IRM 9 12 .429 3.0

Parker WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Cooperstown CIP 11 10 .524 ---- 142
2009 Carolina CCP 11 10 .524 ----
2009 Brooklyn BSP 10 11 .476 1.0
2009 Sunville SSP 8 13 .381 3.0


SC Wild Card Standings WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 San Diego SSC 14 7 .667 ---- 140
2009 Kennesaw Mtn KWR 12 9 .571 2.0
2009 Allentown ANR 12 9 .571 2.0
2009 Maine MER 11 10 .524 3.0
2009 Ohio OTR 10 11 .476 4.0
2009 Longue Pointe LLD 10 11 .476 4.0
2009 Belfast BBD 10 11 .476 4.0

CC Wild Card Standings WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2009 Stirling SRS 11 10 .524 ---- 142
2009 Southwest SLM 11 10 .524 ----
2009 Philly PPS 11 10 .524 ----
2009 Lake County LLM 11 10 .524 ----
2009 Cooperstown CIP 11 10 .524 ----
2009 Carolina CCP 11 10 .524 ----




 

One of CBA last of two remaining original players still on original teams was officially released.  Omar Vizquel has been on Ottawa's opening roster since being a 4th round pick in 1997. His 12 years of service to Ottawa is a CBA record.  Vlad Guerrero is also an original Otter and going on strong after 12 years.

Mike Timlin of the Brooklyn Superbas was released after 11 years service to Brooklyn.  Acquired by trade in 1998, Timlin has appeared in more games than any CBA pitcher, 724.  Had 82 saves and was used primarily as a 7th inn-8th inn set up man. 

Jay Payton was released after 10 years of service to Brooklyn:  Payton career batting avg is .312.  He was 2nd in batting by thousandths of a percentage to Manny Ramirez in the CBA 2003 batting race when both hit .384
 

 


 

Opening days at CBA.  Glory days for some, worries for others.  A sense of knowing about performance.  Seeing the strategies pay off, some left scratching their head.  Week 1 showed the promise of new teams and GM's.  The continued imrovement of others, and the demise of the mighty.  Is the first week a microcosm or meaningless?  Look at the results.  Notice the batters the results.  The CM moves.  The first week is always fun.  The analysis is the best part. 
 
Great weeks for Philly, Belfast, Coopertown, Bryan, Skokie and SD.  Belfast put it to arch rival Longue Pointe with a season opening sweep.  Could Belfast come full circle?  This team dominated the pennant chases just a few short seasons ago.  It was always the 3 way dance with Dawson.  Belfast, Longue Pongue, and Limoilou.  In the days was also Chris Boutin's Quebec Capitales team.  Now Montreal is in the mix to represent that great city.  Rivalries born.  Montreal and Belfast.  Both GMs Brunet and Adams played a Netplay but no results exported.  They agreed to let the HAL decide.  Belfast's speed and batting took the advantage.  McClouth and Carroll are going to produce as they did this series.  Huff is hot and he could be the piece that eluded JD, the power guy.  Figgins, Rios and the familiar faces are back and the ride is long.  Longue POinte is waiting with pitching.  The two met, and Belfast swept 'em.  Montreal took 1 game from BBD.  Montreal opened their inaugural game with a 12-4 drubbing of Jeff Boutet's Limoilou Wendigo.  Limoilou is one of CBA's most revered franchises.  The history is about winning. Championships, and titles, They always are tough, always...Limoilou suffered a disappointing 2-4 week sitting just off LP's 3-3. 
LP has the pitching.  2.95 ERA so far, but the offense hit only .219 this week.  Same situation as last year.  Of course the trademark LP defense is there too with only Aramis Ramirez making 2 rare errors.  In Carter the Skokie Wolfmen took 2 in a tough series with SD.  SD and Skokie could be rivals.  It's no secret that both teams are going to be in race this year.  Who will the better team and GM be? Will it go to the wire?  Will usage be a factor?  Remains to be seen.   Dye Renteria and Ramirez are off to a good start.  SD could have a lot of runs in that lineup.  Wright, Dye, Ramirez, Victorino, Youkilis.  Very talented.  4-2 week for Joe Wallace's SD Surf team.  Will Wallace finally get to CBA's World Series?  He may be able to if he can get past Skokie.  Skokie took from SD.  The Wolfman finds yet other ways to just beat ya.  Jiambi and Edmonds, some older talent sparked some offense as Chipper sputtered in week 1.  Assuredly, that won't last long.  The Wolfies pitching took charge.  Lilly, Hudson, Wang pitched well.  
Of the expansion teams, High Bridge had the most successful team.  With Admiral John Miller at the helm, he may navigate the High Bridge Heaters higher in the Carter.  Could be a pain in the a** for the Wolfman and Wallace.
The Rogers is a new division with new rivals. Resurrected was the three divison Clemente, and Staub.  Clem added Monday, and Staub re-added the Rogers.  Now Kennesaw Mt has fired its gun quickly with a 4-2 block.  Blake has promised that he would take no more beatings from CBA teams and would rise in '09.  Off to a good start.  Braun and Kinsler are slinging hash, and Mike Cameron went off with a 2 HR 5 RBI performance for another win.  Blake is alive and well in the South.  His Kennesaw Mountain rebels are on the rise.   As are the Clemente's Philly Phantastics.  This time is primed for the big season.  5-1 watch out. Tons of offense. Stacked lineup.  If the pitchers hold out.  Berkman player of the week with 7 HR in 6 games.  Jeter 2 HR 8 RBI .455, Longoria, Hawpe.  This team will be tough.  They will be opushed by Ottawa.  The Jack Jung Ottawa Otters won 4.  Papi and Vlad.  One of CBA's most prolific tandems that past few years.  Ottawa got the pitching this week with their improved pitching staff.  Guys like Volsted, Webb, Cook, and closer Brad Zielgler will have them in many games.
Westminster, Want the good news or bad news? Westmister hit .270 as team.  Not bad with a HR a game.  But the pitching could be among CBA's worst. Surely they will be looking to add some help, always tough in week 1.  Its safe bet that Kernal will be patiently building and drafting in season 1 as will the Sunville Sunjewels.  Keith Jones Jewels made a predraft trade to bring some talent on board. Blackburn tossed the expansion teams first shutout in teams history.  Sean Marshall pitched the other for High Bridge.
 
Brooklyn  have Cabrera and Howard.  There will be power.  There is Ordonez, and there were RBI's.  Let their be more doubles and there was the rest of Brooklyn's lineup.  The lineup is as good as any top to bottom.  The bench depth and pinch hitting is there. Todd Helton will be platooning this year as he winds down his illustrious CBA career.  Brooklyn could be challenging for a title again but this year with Cooperstown it will be extremely tough.  The Iron Horses are due.  This team managed by Ryan Wyke is set to turn heads.  Young and talented, the big superstars are on their way.  Acombination of good cards like Morneau, Markakis, Dukes, Maniac Aviles , Ibanez.  This team can score some runs.  The pitching is improved from last years model when they actually were involved in the wildcard race.  Lester and Wainwright fron that staff with Galarraga, Francis and C young bringing up the back of the rotash.  Could be enough to get them into serious contention with Brooklyn.  They whooped Brooklyn this week 2 orf 3, and Sunville 2 of 3 as well.  Wyke and his new family member could be celebrating more than ever.  The old Sunville Sunjewels won a pair this week.  Its been 12 years since their last win : )
 
The Monday division could be a wild ride.  As the Indaiana Redbirds are now long past last seasons glory, they will have a tough time repeating in '09.  They will have increased competition from David Dean's Lake County Leopards, the Texas based Bryan Bashers, and yes the Lizard Kings from Moreno County So.California.  This week it is the Bashers getting their props. They took 2 each from the Leo-pards, and the Redbirds.  Overbay went off, and this guy Wigginton acquired 3 seasons ago, had 5 HR for the Clemente player of the week.  Gavin Floyd has come to stabilize the stff with 2 well pitched games.  Brian Moehler is a bonus with 6 IP of shutout ball.   Lake County should have some good offensive numbers with Carlos Delgado, Xavier Nady, Giovane Soto, and Fukuedome.  Can't rule anyone out here. 

 


 

Dear Commissioner:

As the "unofficial" legal representative of the CBA, I feel it my
duty to inform you that the League Managers' photos may be in
violation of what the FCC has termed "tasteful" or "offensive" to
some viewers.

To circumvent their Fascist tendencies with regard to censorship may
I suggest a "View Warning" headline prior to accessing the LINK?

This could possibly save the LEAGUE millions of dollars in time
consuming legal battles.

The family photo of Jack Frost is perhaps the most distrubing, not to
mention "redneck" Blakie, and what is up with Hite's photo?

This is a family league and he is just way too sexy for this section.

If anyone is offended by these remarks, please consider the source.

Btw, Adams looks higher than me and I won't stand for it! Perhaps we
should just call him "Blunt" Adams for now on. No, I am not
referring to his emails either.

More CBA, less real word crap.

Oh, and Happy Dr. King Day to one and all! Not going to work today
was really sweet! Now, if I only had some disposal income to blow.

Commish, if you need me I will be at the Tidal Basin Gala Event for
All Debauched Represenatives of the State Department. Btw, who won
the election? I had my money on Chester Arthur . . .

Peace,

Eric
SLS
Dowie, Screwem, and Howe LTD

 

 


 

Sweet Caroline!   At Shea?....A RedSox Boston song???...Blasphemous...Never mind that Neil Diamond is a Brooklyn Native.  He'd never have written that song if he knew the RedSox were gonna use it!    Again I say Blasphemy...Bodacious my goodness.  Of course Doug you know this means STratWar!  : )    NY Mets fans will not stand for such foolishness.   On your behalf Shea has played some crummy tunes over the years as you will see.

To set the record straight and that Mr Brunet and Mr Diamond, Mr Kramden and all the world should know that "Sweet 'blankn' Caroline" will never be a part of Met lore.  Can I get a harumphhh for that? 


Here is a list of the most popular songs played at Shea Stadium.  Year By Year.  Many of the years Organ player (still alive at 93) Jane Jarvis played little ballpark numbers and cute little songs to stage the batters and their identities.  Some times music was mixed in over the PA's.  Here is my own list based on my experiences as a frequent patron, and others, and some friends Ive called  : )  Think I did an OK job, feel free to add in actual songs that you may recall.

MWass

1962 "Meet The Mets"                              The Greenwich Fertin Club Quartet
1963 "Duke Of Earl"                                  Gene Chandler


1964 "I Want To Hold Your Hand"            The Beatles,  "The Mets is a Good Thing"   Billy Loes
1965 "Meet The Mets"                               Jane Jarvis
1966 "Everybody Clap Your Hands"          Jane Jarvis
1967 "If I Had a Hammer"                          Trini Lopez
1968 "Ballad of the Green Berets"               Sgt Barry Sadler
1969 "You've Come A Long Way Baby"     Virginia Slims Theme
1970 "Meet The Mets"                                Jane Jarvis
1971 "Goodnight SweetHeart"                     Tribute for Gil
1972 "Felix The Cat"                                   Jane Jarvis
1973 "Do You Believe In Magic?"               Lovin Spoonful
1974 "Shine On"                                         Grand Funk
1975 "Dreamin A Dream Pt 2"                    The Crown Heights Affair
1976 "Scrapple from the Apple."                 Jane Jarvis
1977 "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"         Jane Jarvis
1978 "Stayin Alive"                                 Bee-Gees by Jane of course
1979 "Theme From Rocky"                        Bill Conti
1980 "It's Magic"                              Pilot
1981 "Talkin Baseball" Terry cashman   "Have To Believe we Are Magic Olivia Newton John

                    
1982 "Let It Whip"                           The Dazz Band
1983-4 "Talkin Met Baseball"                   Terry Cashman
1985 "Curley Shuffle"                      Los Tres Chiflados
1986 "Lets go Mets"                        Shelly Palmer & Assoc
1987 "We Built This City""                 Jefferson Starship
1988 "We Will Rock You"                    Queen
1989 "Rock You Like a Hurricane"           Scorpions
1990 "Heart Of Rock And Roll"              Huey Lewis  {Sweet Music for Viola}
1991 "Welcome To The Jungle"               G N R
1992 "Born To Run"                         Bruce Springsteen
1993 "Cocaine"                             Eric Clapton
1994 "Rico Soave"                          Gerardo Mejia
1995 "Meet The Mets"                       Original Theme
1996 "Meet The Mets"                       Updated Theme Female Singer
1997 "I've Got The Power"                        
1998 "Day-Oh"                              Harry Belafonte  {Rey-O}
1999 "We Like To Party"                    Venga Boys
2000 "Who Let The Dogs Out"                Baja Men
2001 "Survivor"                            Destiny's Child
2002 "I'm A Loser"                         Beck
2003 "Turning Japanese"                    The Vapors
2004 "New York City"                       Jay-Z
2005 "Lazy Mary"                          

 


 

Gentlemen of the CBA:

Rumors continue to flutter about the league that a major trade
agreement may be announced shortly by the league office.

Before it becomes a reality, I want to offer my apologies and explain
myself before the rope gets much tigther and the pitchforks get much
sharper.

It is the YEAR OF THE WOLF! There is no stopping the Wolfman this
year! My spirit guides inform me that he will weep at the end of the
World Series, for there will be no more worlds for him to conquer.
We all may just as well call it a season, even before we begin. All
resistance is futile.

The full moon we are having right now is even called the "Wolf
Moon!" You can look it up.

In northern Venezuela, a glowing wolfman was seen skipping across
Vascaco Laguna three days ago. Three witnesses have confirmed this
siting.

In Hollywood, it will be the year of the Wolfman! There will be a
slew of movies featuring the WOLFMAN! Even Bennie Del Toro is signed
to star as the snarling beast and some other hot movie chick has
signed for another feature.

This maddening trend will continue in literature as well. We have
just seen the crest level off with the Vampire genre, so you know the
Wolfman is to follow. Weird how that works!

Anyway, when you see the rumor become reality--speak softly of me.
It was completely out of my hands. I did what I was compelled to
do. If the CBA offered a "Boob of the Year" Award, I already won it.

The cycle of the Wolfman has begun and he will take no prisoners!

This is a good time to get religious and invest in silver bullets.

Again, please accept my apologies, as the wolf bane went straight to
my head.

Respectfully submitted,

Eric C. Lindner
Boob of the Year


 

Hi all this Skip Duckworth with our final part of interviews.
Our final interview is with the manager of the Indiana Red Birds

First of all I want thank you for taking time to set down and be interview by myself.

Well first of all I wan to congratulate you on an exciting win to win your 2nd World Series in 3 yrs
Our first question to you is can you tell us a little about your self and your SOM accomplishments?
Well Skip I started playing SOM in 1977 when a friend of mine introduce the game to me. I then was able to join a board league in my home town and was a member until it went defunct in 1994. I also was able to get into another board league in town a few yrs earlier and I am the only manager to win championships in both leagues the same yr. Then in 2000 I got introduce to the computer game and then I joined some different leagues especially the NABL net-play on league in which I made it to the World Series but came up short. This is the league in which I met and became friends with John Miller who help co-manage the Skokie squad and will be building his own team this yr. The Championship that I won in 2006 was my first computer league and then won the 2008 Snow Bowl in the GMBL winter league. As much as I like all the other leagues I really enjoy this one the most as we have a great group of managers, great web site and I have made alot of friends that I hope will keep for the rest of my life. I am also in a league named GUSSOMO that is enjoyable but we havent had much sucess as my team is the INDY CLOWNS and that is what they are. We also have a annual get together each yr which is real fun and we usually play around 54 games FTF and we give away an In your face trophy for the best team at the get together.

Well it sounds like you have had a few great accomplishments in your yr of SOM. So what did this yr mean to you?
Well this yr started out where I wasn't sure about the team and also we had recommend John Miller to the league and he went in to co-manage with Josh Shapiro. We then were able to pull off some trades where it help me out now and should help the other teams for the future but as you know you never know about trades and then I mortagaged the farm by trading away a lof my draft picks away to try and hold of the Brooklyn club. To win it all made it worth it but it wasn't easy.

Can you tell us a little somethings about this yrs team?
Well this yrs team was a great group of players with Albert and A-Rod at the corners. Grady was a anchor in the OF with Mosies Alou being big against lefties along with Hunter Pence. Then the acquisiton of Ken Griffey Jr was a key in RF and also Jim Thome was big bat in the middle of the lineup against RHP which we didn't really have from the left side as we lost out on the Barry Bonds sweepstakes. Jorge Posada behind the play was also a key especially since he was switch hitter. Reyes and Polanco became great friends and great duo up the middle. Placido also had a good bat for the season and he really stepped up in the WS by batting .406 with 5 doubles, 1 HR and scored 9 runs and drove in 7. Roy Oswalt was the anchor to the Starting Staff going 18-3 and winning the Cy Young and in the WS he lost the 1st game by only giving up 2 runs as the team offense wasn't up to playing. Then with the Red Birds down 2-1 in games and on the road he stepped up his game just giving up 3 runs 2 earned and cruised to the win. Then in the final game he just gave up 2 earned runs again and pitched a complete game to win it. John Smoltz was a key to us for this yr as his expierenced leadership was a great thing to have even though he just had a little above 500 season but his leadership was important and he showed he could pitch in the big show by going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA.

So tell our readers what your feeling was about the World Series?
Well it was different as I was going against 2 good friends but was nervious. To take a step backwards for a moment we face a tough Brooklyn team in the Clemente Championship series and we were plesant surprise that we were able to win 3 straight at the House of Pain and that also gave us the rest we needed to go against a well rested Skokie squad. Facing John in the first 2 games was a great thing and I enjoyed it and I think the team was still thinking about that great win against Brooklyn as the team didn't really show up for game 1, but game 2 they came alive to win 10-0 then we went to home of Skokie and had to face the LEGENDARY Wolfman Shapiro and it was another great game but we fell behind early and couldn't claw back enough to lose 10-6. Game 4 we came our of the shoot quick with 6 runs and Oswalt gave us 8 strong innings allowing  9hits, 3 runs, 2 earned and Izzy came in to shut the door for a 6-3 win. Game 5 which I thought was the pivotal game was really pretty tight game but Indiana ended up scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th to put the game qway 13-2. So we were able to go home with a 3-2 in games and had Kazmir on the mind and we took an early lead but couldn't hold it and then Casey Janssen who was a great acquistion during the yr brought in the gas can to the fire and let Skokie tie it back up at 3 games a piece. We were still at home and had Oswalt the reigning Cy Young award winner on the mound. The Red Birds came out swinging and took the early lead and Oswalt gave up 2 runs in 9 innings and Indiana won 12-2. I am totall excited to win another CBA Championship and hope to be a member of this GREAT LEAGUE of CBA for many yrs.

So what are your thoughts on the up and coming season?

Skip as I stated I mortgaged the farm to win it all this yr and we don't pick until the 7th rd and cutting down to 22 players this yr because of expansion is going to make it tough and we had some players that was hurt or had down yrs. So we had to cut a couple players that were keys to this paast season winnner. We also going to have to make some moves of players that we like to keep. But we will do whatever we have to put a competitive team on the field.


We want to congratulate on anothe great season and also winning the 2008 CBA Championship!

Thanks Skip and I want to say thank you to all the great GMs in this league that make it so fun. And also don't forget about the Red Birds as they are always willing to make a deal!
Bob/Indiana Red Birds
2008 CBA Championships

Well this is Skip Duckworth signing off as we completed this 4 part interview and we are looking forward to interview a different CM each week or two.


 


 


 

 

This is Skip Duckworth of The Red Bird Gazette and we are setting down with Marc Wasserman CBA commissioner, Wolrman Shapario and John Miller who together GM the Skokie Wolfmen to the World Series and Bob Fidler the GM of the 2008 CBA Champions Indiana Red Birds. Listed below of our interview and the next parts will come shortly:

 I want to thank you first for taking time to be interview and I  just have a few questions for you.

We know that you have done a lot in SOM world but was wondering if could share some of your accomplishments over the yrs.


I am proud of quite a few things in life and in Strat-o-matic. Been playing since 1976.  Was introduced to the game by a science teacher in middle school.  Cut out, and went to Manhattan to buy the game at Brentano's book store.  Only place that carried it. 

    I am pleased to run and organize a free Strat-o-matic web and game service for a group of North American based friends.  I am most proud of the dedicated base of GM's that have mutually agreed to become part of an elite corps of Strat-o-matic fanatics.  I and others have made friends and acquaintances through my efforts.  It keeps me going to know that I have had a hand in creating some good friendships and bringing fun into peoples homes.  

One accomplishment of them was assisting or organizing and founding the CBA with friends Gerald Benoit and Claude LeMarre.  I thought it was a great idea.  The original concept was to unite the web and old film/TV radio media with Strat-o-matic Baseball if you could believe.  With it the great website complex was born and under Gerald's care.  I took over that job as editor and content and Cory Light provides the hosting at his own expense.  Can't thank him enough.  As a league President since inception, I became commissioner and took this league over from Gerald who was commissioner after LeMarre resigned from that post to become a full time GM.  The league fell into apathy and erratic scheduling.  The was a wide discrepancy between top and bottom teams.   I was able to set a three year plan for CBA to reestablish new consistency and structure. As result people are enjoying themselves.

I founded and ran the first web magazine in the Strat-o-matic history before SOMWorld when I debuted the StratAlliance.  The Goal was to provide a FREE information resource for the hard core Strat fanatic or StratoFanatico's as we called them.  We enlisted over 150 leagues around the world in Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Football.  I offered the latest news, staff writers, chat room, bulletin board, Help wanted, For Trade, Leagues wanted, Tips and references charts.  Rating previews, Card making with Bundy and a nice little contest that our winner would be able to contribute a sound file for the computer game.  Still there you know.  Great magazine and chart resource.  At some points we had 700+ hits in a day.  I took it down when I realized all my work wasn';t appreciated by the community the way I had hoped.  A Pair of Guys started up another webmag and yet we had worked together briefly on moderating a new web forum but went our separate ways for various reasons.  They continue to perform a service for the community whose best interests is my concern.

Our next question is that you and the Red Birds have battle for the top spot in the Parker division for the last 3 yrs do have anything to say about what that means to you?


The Redbirds... 2 championships, Brooklyn 1.  Says it all.  Better team than Brooklyn in 2008.  Bob Fidler is a top shelf GM and a good person as well.  I respect Bob's game strategies.  I also think he is a good man.  As a strat only thing,  he is Brooklyn's rival of late in CBA.  It was Hamilton, Tennessee, and Longue Pointe Lim and Quebec before 99.  But Indiana and Brooklyn are so close that every game and error counts.  There is a rivalry in the field. The games are slug fests. The lead changes hands in the title race a few times.  Brooklyn has looked for ways to gain the edge and even the score.  Because there is a score to be settled.  John Stearns, Hugh Jennings and the boys from the House Of Pain never forgot the Redbirds rubbing in 30+ runs and a bunch of records in a playoff game two years ago...



As CBA commissioner also what do you think that the World Series meant to the league and SOM world as it was a legend versus a GM that is writing his own legend in just 3 yrs?

The CBA World Series of 2008 was an event.  But I am going to be candid here.  It pitted the two best teams against each other.  It put three of our best GM's  in 2008 against each other.  John Miller played no small role here winning in the reg and playoffs.  We hoped for a classic and got a good one.  It ended on a peaceful note.  The key word was perseverance. I will pull no punches, the playoffs were marred by poor schedule and file management, personality differences and connection issues.  We had the pitch count issue which impacted files.  It was discovered after games were played.   CBA Worked very hard to keep GM's together which disturbed me most.  The tech issues are just part of the ride but guys had issues that halted our schedule.  It was not in the best spirit of CBA.  I expect differently next season.  I expect GMs to be accountable to each other by keeping timely schedules.  Netplay issues should have been rectified well in advance and there will be a league wide team Netplay check before we start the season.  CBA would like to see a few more netplay games, but it will never be required except in playoffs.  The World Series lustre will be restored in the stats but not in my commissioners experience. 


 Wolfman has proven to be a winner in CBA but the big game eludes him.  Fidler and Hite bit him.  I believe he will wheel and deal again and take another run.  He has figured out how to stay ahead of the competition.  Fidler has had some good runs and good luck along the way.  He was lucky enough to inherit a core from the old Houston Aeros who grabbed A Rod, Oswalt, and Pujols in the expansion and free agent draft.  Those guys are key. But that's all the Aeros really had.  Fidler then made great deal after deal and having excellent drafts and built what could be labeled a CBA dynasty.  With 3 good years he would need a few more to put himself into the ranks of Limoilou 3 WS wins, or Philly with 3.  Those teams have by longevity, been in more playoffs. Longue Pointe 2 WS,  Brooklyn 1 WS, have been in many playoff series.  Both teams hold division titles, though Brooklyn has won the most perhaps of any team in CBA.  Indiana now is within the ranks.  Another win would tie him with Jeff Boutet's Limoilou Wendigo.  It takes a great manager to win a Conference title.  Especially in Parker this year with Carolina, Ottawa, Philly, Cooperstown, Stirling, and Lake making noise.

I want to thank you for your time and if you have anything to add as you put together another great team this yr and had a great season that you should be proud of.

Listen to the voice of the Brooklyn fan:

Marvis Redfalgot:
"Brooklyn fans love the Superbas they real mad crazy 'bout them. They throw the best parties. Ooh  Pardon me. ohh.  Hey,  you know,  our boys is great. They chrew a parade wit that ole Superba darlin Albert Belle."  "You know the CBA Hall of Famer who slapped 3 woman in the face as a symbol of joy and good will".

Lydia Lumpkin: "Oh  I remember right through Prospict Paaahrk.  Yeeeah  I 'memba.  Yo these Brooklyns got heart let me tell ya."

Bevo DelChiara:  Ahh manajjjja.  In the playoffs ahhh they not a makit me proud.  But wacha gundoo  eh? ah   woh.  "Whata you ballparka makit clams like it dat/  eh?  Only Brooklyn   I like it POibas "

Cabbie Shetstayn Al-Faisal:  ":i i i i you the hit the good.  Yes.  Baseball good.  Brooklyn   you want me take you?"

Richard Johnson:  "The Brooklyn team is consistanly dangerous.  Always in every game.  The pitching improved last year but the offense was down.  Could be down more in 09 unless that Marc Wass signs or trades for some."

Dave Accetta:  Brooklyn made some dumb trades.  They traded Manny for that guy Byrnes who had alike a hemorrhoid or something all year and wont be playing in 09?  What did they get for him /  Huh?  Scootch Meow?

Umpire Svooge Nybroutiv:  "  They know the strike zone and never argue calls.  Their manager is a fine sportsman"  They deserve to win.

Linda Wallace:  That Ruben Gotay is so cute, I hope he stays with them.  He reminds me of my favorite hunk Don Mossi"

Bill Hanrahan:  They Superbas suck.  They cant win the big games in the playoffs.  Oh they got Casey Blake today?  Oh,  They'll finish ahead of the Redbuzzards.  This year the Fiddler is gonna be on the roof...Jumping off.   bahahahaaaaa.  Oh Sorry I didnt mean that, I dont wish him harm, no wait  we'll beat his a** in Parker again like we did before..."

Rufus Smiff:  "Your think Superbas are wacky, you crazy Gee.  Perbas gonna own Parker, yeeeah,  nah seriously" "They Pitching staff and X rating fielding ratings will keep them in a mess of games.  With some good OBA in the lineup.  Cabrera, Howard, Doumit, Phillips, Blake, they will score a few with decent OPS."  Indy has to watch out.

Slappy Pimpernle: Brooklyn needs to get picks and draft well to be a success.

Skip Duckworth

Head Sports Writer

The Red Bird Gazette

 

Interview with Skokie Co GM John Miller

 

Hi John,

  Skip Duckworth here from the Red Bird Gazette We like ask you a few questions:

 What did you to you as SOM player to co-manage at team and help them to the World Series with a Legend like Wolf man Shapiro?

 

Hi Skip,
 
The Wolfman is the brains behind the operation. He taught me the ropes and how to prepare our roster to get the best out of our players against each opponent. I just didn't mess up too often.

 

Q) We understand that you are friends with the Red Bird Skipper Bob Fidler and he recommends you to the league what did this mean to you to be recommending to such a great league as the CBA?

 

A) As far as being recommended by Bob Fidler-he and I have been friends for about 10 years now and have competed in the NABL in the same division. We have met before in the playoffs and played many regular season games as well. We laugh about how close the games usually are. I appreciate the recommendation and like the different way the CBA competes compared to most leagues.

  

Q) Also what did feel when you had to manage the first two games; how did you feel knowing that you were facing a friend and that both of your teams were the top of your leagues?

 

 

A) I felt confident that I could beat Bob and was happy to send Skokie home with a split in games 1,2.

 

 

Q) We like to enlighten our readers on some you accomplishments in SOM.

 

A)  I have played SOM for about 30 years and gave enjoyed baseball more than the other sports. I have won several championships in a face to face league that is now defunct. I've made the playoffs several times in the NABL, but never made it to the World Series.

 

 

Q) Now next yr you are going out on your own and building your team what is your feelings about that?

 

A) Building a team, trading, and drafting are as fun as playing so I'm looking forward to creating a new team.

  

I want to thank you for taking time for this interview and we want wish you good luck next season, do you have anymore to add.

 

Thanks Skip; good luck to you too.

 

Thanks again and this is Skip Duckworth for the Red Bird Gazette


 


Hi Wolfman this is Skip Duckworth of the Red Bird Gazette and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about yourself and the World Series.

I want to say this is large step for the Red Bird Gazette to interview a fellow manager in the CBA as we have never done this before and right off we want Thank You for taking your time to do this. We know it was a great World Series and it lived up to the hype it was given. And going 7 games made even better.

We know you are a legend in the Strat-O-Matic world of Baseball and I and our readers would like to know if you could share some of your accomplishments over the yrs in Strat-O-Matic.

Hi Skip, it is a pleasure to talk with you and thanks for asking your questions.  Well primarily I became known as Wolfman Shapiro for my early day exploits back in the 1970's and 1980's.First there was what was known as the Strat-o-matic Review which reported a mail series (as back in these days you either had face to face leagues or you would create an instruction sheet that would be sent by mail to your opposing manager when you were the away team, as there were no computers then) I had done against one of the few female players of this time Donna Chevrette.  It was called the Battle of the Sexes and we used all star teams to play against each other, actually there were two series we played like the best of 17 games and I believe I won each of them.  It was reported in the SOM Review.

The name of Wolfman came, when I sent a photo to the Commissioner of my first mail league, I can't recall his name right now, and since I have had a beard since I was about 16, he called me Wolfman, so I became Wolfman Shapiro.

I believe at the 2nd annual convention, held in combination by the game  company and the SOM Review -- in Brooklyn, NY at a large Department Store, I believe I finished in the advance baseball tournament in the semi-finals.  So again viathe Review people heard about the exploits of the Wolfman.

In 1974, while attending the University of Illinois and with the SOM Review not offering a convention, we (a group of friends and I) decided to continue the conventions and did so till 1980, with the first six being held at the Univ. of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and the last year in 1980 being held at Northwestern University in Evaniston, IL.

During these tournaments I believe I came in second once in Baseball and second in a football tournament as well.  All the conventions were reported in the SOM Review.

In 2004, I came back to SOM, as my Dutch wife, bought me for christmas the computer game and cards and I have participated in seven computer leagues so far, making the playoffs in six season, and in three of these seasons we entered the championship rounds or world series but we have not won yet (although in one league when I did play via Netplay the same team, I did win head to head, 4 games to 3 but this was not publicly reported).

Our Next Question to you what did this great season and team that you put together this yr mean to you as a GM?

Well each year as we prepare for the CBA, I always have to do a made scramble to get our team ready as a playoff contender as from year to year we have wholes to fill.  Thanks to the early trades we were able to make (as this was a very usual year for us, we did not make one trade during the season, we tried to get another power hitter in the infield but we could swing any deals) we did fill all our holes and I believe this season we had one of the most balanced teams we have come up with in our four seasons as a GM in the CBA.  We were able to create a good hitting team or our park plus have good starting and relief pitching with a capable defense at the end of the game to support our pitching.

We did take a chance on Bonds again, a poor fielder in LF and also we drafted D. Young to help us out at 1B and both of them provided tremendous offense at their positions and we were not hurt too much by their defense.  Chipper Jones did a
great job setting our single season record for average and homers and we are very proud of his winning the MVP of our conference, so without these three players we would not have been so successful. We had a good defense up the middle with Grudzielanek at 2B and Wilson at SS plus Matthews in CF who did great in the playoffs.  Sheffield also came through late in the year as we did a lot of platooning in our OF and hit 35 homers plus Ross -Winn - Bradley also all had great years to support this staff.  Again we cobbled together three catchers as we lost the Pizza man who was our MVP last year that did well offensively.

Pitching wise Hudson had a great year and was our ace supported by Wang, Lilly, Redding and Clemens and our relief staff with Heilman, Sherrill, Soria and Nathan gave us a great back end.

So I was very pleased with the overall performance of our boys and that we could put on the field a versatile team to handle any pitcher or stadium we played in. This is a key to being competitive that every player on your team has a role and that you can handle any situation you come into.

As we know you have put a great team together and you came to face with another great team in the World Series that was manage by a fellow manager that you have came friends with in the last few yrs and I and our readers want to know what it was like.

Well to face Bob in the series was a dream come true.  I don't know how he does it but there must be a magic with him because through his trades he puts together a team that is surely unbeatable.  We feel honored we could battle this great team
to 7 games.  Our teams were very similar but we can honestly say we didn't have the hitting and on base power that Indiana had.  And if you study the score of the games, in six of the seven games, he scored 6 runs or more -- only in game 1 did we hold him to 1 run and in games 2 and six our bats came alive but essentially three of the four losses, he blew us out of the water scoring six runs or more.  We knew game four was the key, where we lost 6-3 ... Lilly gave up too many homers early and we couldn't catch up plus we had a lot of trouble with Oswalt.  So it came down to game 7, who could score runs and Indiana showed the world why they were the champs again.  We put out all the stops, used all the strategies we knew to try to stop the hitting machine of Indy but we just didn't have enough steam to combat them in game 7.  They truly were the champions of this season and we expect they will be back next year.

One word of warning we would give to the other managers of the CBA is please pay attention to the trades you make with Indy - we believe Indy won this year because it was able to field an unbelievable team via trades of key players they received for a small cost back -- if the other teams in the CBA wish to compete for the crown, really look at the value for value - sometimes a team only sees what they are receiving and not what they are giving to empower another team to become invincible.

We know that will probably go down as one of the Greatest World Series in the yrs of the CBA History was there one pivotal play or player that swung this World Series in one way or another? 

I think it was Oswalt for Indy who held Skokie to 7 runs over 3 games if Skokie didn't compete with Indy in scoring then it didn't have a chance to take the series.  For Skokie, Hudson came through with 2 victories and let the Skokie bats compete and Bonds, did quiet well as a hitter.

I want thank you again for your time and I want to congratulate you and your Skokie Wolfmen along with your Asst GM John Miller who will be step out on his own and build his own team next season. We also hear that you have already hired a replacement in Dennis Glade. Is there anything else that you would want to add?


We showed in the 2008 CBA season that a team can have success with two GMs.  Between John and I, we never really had any disagreements although at times John made some rookie mistakes due to not understanding the rules, but these should serve him well as the skipper of one of the new franchises.  It is always exciting to try to create a team that will be competitive and we were happy with the team we could field this season to get us back to the series.  I am not sure for 2009
if we can perform such a miracle again, it is hard work to be competitive, to look at the current talent and future talent.  I was honored to receive the GM award, this award must be shared with John, who took the reigns too -- the CBA has some of the best SOM managers in the world, and it is an honor to be part of this group.

Sometimes we won't always agree and the competition can be fierce which brings out strong emotions - but we must keep in mind that for a league to be strong, it is not just the work of one or two members but of all the members.  As long as we honor each other and listen to the ideas, suggestions and comments with respect and play in fairness, this will continue to be a great league.  I know since I have become a GM, I have driven our league Commissioner crazy at times and we don't always agree but at least we keep that mutual respect and find a way to stay friends and create win-win situations for everyone.

To the new franchises coming in - even though you are now building, try to read all the rules and thoroughly understand them, ask the other members questions - make tons of suggestions for trades and lastly work hard to create a team that will be fun to play with. It is time for those teams which always make the playoffs to be replaced - we congratulate this season Joliet and Maine for finally getting into the playoffs and hope you will be back.  So to all CBA managers, dream big and you also can make the playoffs.

Thanks Skip for taking time to speak to me, I am an old strat player and a bit outspoken but I love this game and have met some of the most wondrous people in all these years.

A happy holiday season to everyone and may 2009 be a great and happy year even though here in the world, our finances and economy is getting a bit challenging.

This is the Skokie Wolfman, over and out, returning to his work as the wandering jew and a cs explorer.

Thanks for your time and good luck in 2009
Skip Duckworth/Red Bird Gazette


 


 

The Skokie News

your report John Rawlings

One of the most difficult things a manager
can do is to try to create a very competitive
team, year in and year out. The original
Montreal Royals, now known as the
Skokie Wolfmen, for the four years that
the Wolfman has held the reigns he
has created a competitive team. In
his four two years it took, two 7 games
series to eliminate him in the first round
and the last two years he finally found
his way to the series, last year he
had the worst record of any playoff team.

In the past, how the Wolfman has achieved
this success is through a combination of
filling holes during the draft and schrewd
trades. He and Trader Wayne, for the
last two years have been doing trades
before the draft where the Wolfman
has given his high draft picks for the
future to get players for the current season.

So lets look at some of the key players
for the Wolfmen that helped with their
success this season.

Last year during the draft, Bonds was
offered for a draft pick and led the team
in 2007 in HRs and RBIs and this year
was not bad for limited play with 35
homers (72 in 2 seaons) - of course for
next year Skokie loses the homerun
King but for two years he helped a lot
to help the team make the series.

Chipper Jones has been coveted for
the first two years of the Wolfman,
but in a trade last year Chipper was
brought to Skokie and the team
didn't need to give up any star players.
Last year Chipper did well but this
season he excelled and could be
the MVP of the league leading in
average and was second in homers.
Chipper had 4 homers in the first
two series in the playoffs. So via
trade Skokie was able to bring
in its top two sluggers.

Another player picked up that
was a castoff last year due to
limited play was Gary Sheffield
who hit 34 homers for Skokie this
season and brought back another
power hitting outfielder to go
with Bonds.

Tim Hudson was picked up last
year because Skokie needed badly
a starter with innings. Although
Wang and Clemens were the
aces last year, Hudson led the
team with victories with 13. This
year he became the Skokie ace
winning 18 games so again a lucky
move.

Speaking of Clemens - many people
were surprised when Skokie traded
for him in 2005, assuming that would
be his last season but he gave Skokie
four good years, winning 9 games in 2008
with limited innings and has been doing
a great job as the middle reliever (due
to an infraction that prevented Heilman
from being there)

Again last year, Skokie needed another
good starter with innings and picked up
Wang who helped Skokie greatly in
the playoffs last year - with Wang and
Hudson able to pitch at full strength
in the World series, Skokie has 5 games
where Indy hitters will only be able to
get home runs off their own cards. This
could be a key.

Another key player Skokie traded for
but was limited use but effectively
was Bradley - again picking up
Bradley last year for a player and
draft pick -- he helped Skokie verse
lefthanded pitching and a defensive
outfielder.

Now lets look at the draft - Skokie's first
pick was Soria, who normally is used
as a master closer but became the
setup man for Nathan. Skokie just
went for the best pitcher -- tried to
trade Soria to get some improvement
in their hitting but now we are sure
glad we kept him, he has excelled
in the playoffs.

Another weakness that Skokie had
was at 1B -- they used an effective
platoon system of Giambi/Aurilla/Speizio
last year but all three players had down
seasons. So they chose D. Young,
a switch hitter but poor fielder to fill
the whole. Young hit an unbelievable
.338 in the season with 20 homers
and gave 1B some stability.

The biggest lost to Skokie was
Piazza, the Pizza man, their most
valuable player in 2007. Fortunately
they were able to draft 2 catchers
in Molina (who hit .380) and Estrada,
along with Castro picked last year
as a backup, combined for 21 Homers
and 88 RBIs in the season, not what
Piazza did but good enough

The combination of Itzuris and Wilson
held at SS with Wilson hitting 18 homers
and Counsell, a RFA pickup early in
the season allowed only 6 erros at 2B
between him and Grudzielanek

Pitching wise, draft picks Redding as
a 5th starter along with Schroeder and
Shouse in the pullpen helped to give
Skokie a strong pen which saved 42
games - Sherill a key reliever picked
in the draft last year helped to anchor
the pullpen.

So through luck, good trades in the beginning
of the year and good draft picks, Skokie
was able to build a balanced team, perhaps
the best team they have had in the four years.
But is this team good enough to beat the
mighty Indiana Redbirds who are loaded?

The strange thing about Skokie this year is
they could not make any trades during the
season. Whereas the mighty Redbirds
picked up some amazing players. This
single factor could determine the 2008
World Series.

Anyway John Miller, a well known opponent
to Bob Fidler -- will be matched with the
Wolfman, off on another trip helping from
behind the scenes.

Earlier Mr. Filder made a mistake saying
the Skokie and Indiana had played in the
series before, he must have been psychic.
If you go to the Indiana webpage on the
CBA site, you can see a photo of Fidler
and Wolfman - that was taken at the
beginning of the season - little did these
two managers know as they were
ready to punch each other that they
would be squaring up for the 2008
CBA Championship.

May the best team win -- will it be
Skokie's first championship or will
Indiana take its second championship in 3 years

who are you routing for??

This is John Rawling, Skokie reporter
anxiously awaiting the 2008 CBA Championship

 


__._,_.___

Rd 2 Skokie-Joliet showdown in Staub...Indiana Clemente champs
Results due Tuesday Nov 25th, 2008.



 

 

Look at our history...The Contenders: The year 2000 was the CBA revolution January the month that made history.
 

2000 was a year of controversy.  Rules changes skewed our precious stats with rediculous usage rules and overusage aboaund. Records could be asterisked from that year.  However 8 years later our playoff teams remind of us of our CBA roots.  Some of our teams in the playoffs are fighting to exorcise the ghosts of the past.  Doom and failure that gripped some long forgotten franchises have gone away, or have they?  Perhaps some of our playoff contenders have the answer.  As most of us know of the playoff teams, Brooklyn Superbas (Marc Wass), Philly Phantastics (Rob Hite) are the lone original owners in the dance.  Lets look around.
 

The month that shook history, January 2000 perhaps put CBA into it's dark years of 2001 and 2002.  The CBA archives have been cracked open and the in the historic vaults we saw a transition from the old founding members to a new set of GM's who mostly hailed from the home region of Quebec.  We see on our time line that original Louisville Mob Squad, a team who was quite popular moved to the north as the Jonquiere Lifesavers. Perhaps CBA's worst team of all time.  But that franchise is a laughing sack no more in 2008.
 

Louisville Mob Squad:
 

BallPark: (Minnesota Twins)
 Owned By: Dan Noonan (Member since foundation (97))
 Residence: Louisville, Kentucky
 Strat-o-Matic Experience: 6 years. 

 

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A GM was taken without checking credentials or reference.
 

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The woeful Lifesavers made a series of deals at the onset, moving away players and getting some poor return.  A case could be made for bad luck, they needed a lifesaver.  The original GM was Dom Tremblay.  He started a mess of epic proportions and quickly left behind his mess to Pierre "Pete" Janneau.  Janneau was a knowledgeable strat player, and set out to correct the roster issues left by Tremblay. The effects were devastating for the franchise as they posted two of the worst seasons in CBA history. They were followed by a succession of forgettable teams.  They became the Green bay Roches in 2002, then the Portland Sea Dogs. This team became the Carolina Copperheads in 2006
 

 

On the other hand there was the Wilmington Blue Rocks.. Their profile looks like this...
 

March 1997: Franchise foundation under the name Flamingos Parma owned by Lou Bloss
 October 1997: The Parmas finis second with a 91-71 season.
 March 1998: Serge Robitaille acquire the franchise and renamed it Darknight after a move to Kirkland.
 October 1998: Kirkland Dark Knights finish with a second place finish had a 92-70 season.
 January 1999: Acquired by John MacDonald the franchise is renamed Bluerocks and moved to Wilmington.  'Mack' had to give up his team after 1 season due to some personal issues, but when Sebastien Roberge took over, he lost interest very quickly and was replaced after the council pushed for his immediate removal due to non participation.
 

Of note a little known GM whose role in CBA remains a mystery is one GM Dany LaPointe.  Rumor had it that he was an office worker friend of someone.  It is the LaPointe mystery as to who the heck he was that spurred a more discriminating selection process when the new regime change came in late 2002 season.   Just a side note: In 2002  Marc Wass, Gerald Benoit took the reigns from Claude LaMarre whose spirit was broken by Jeff Loria and his beloved Expos MLB catastrophe.  It was a sad time for CBA as baseballs greed affected our league to the core.  When baseball was left for dead in Quebec and our Quebec colleagues followed suit, CBA went through it's transition.  In 2002 Chris "Bouts" Boutin ran the games and brought in some more Strat friends. As the original teams switched ownership so did the loyalty to their home town fans.
 

Wilmington started as as the Parma Flamingoes by famed Strat review columnist Lou Bloss. Lou left CBA and Strat after 1997 and that team became the Kirkland Dark knights for a year in 98.  John MacDonald took em in 99, and his replacement Dany LaPointe proved unable to assume duties after a very brief stay. Mac returned and moved his stadium, but Mac would not put the same heart into his team he had before. In 2002, Mac left and Clyde Elkins came in with the City Heights Clydesdales.  One of the wackiest logos I ever saw.  You must check it out. That franchise folded and is now going to be assigned to a new franchise.
 

Manager of the Beauport Gamblers Martin Boulet brought on assistant GM in Sebastien Roberge who in 2001 took over and renamed The once Grambling Gamblers (1998 Jay Shapiro), the Westmount Gamblers.  Sebas left as baseball left Quebec, and Doug Vandermark changed the name to the Farnham Chiefs. In 2003 Chris Thomas took over and named them the Houston Aeros.  Thomas had a turbulent history in CBA, and the Aeros franchises was awarded to current GM Bob Fidler.  Fidler rebuilt much of the team and developed the Aeros in the Indiana Redbirds, already a Parker division legend.  They won the 2006 WS championship and want it back in the worst way. They are proud Indiana Redbirds. 
 

Washington was a new franchise in 2000 as Jon Calder's Alexandria Assault, stepped aside for Strat Vet Dan DiVirgilio. He lasted 3 years finishing the 2000 season 55-107 and finishing worse in 2001 at 45-117. Nick Yurchuk came aboard in 2002 and brought home a 17 game improvement to 62-100 .  He was quite overwhelmed by the dizzying possibilties of rebuilding, and left after the season. In 2003 That franchise later became the present Dawson champion Joliet Jackhammers under the initials JJS in the Schmidt division. In 2004 they moved to Dawson. It's now 4 years later and Jack Frost is in the hunt.  He joins the big boys and the possibilities of making CBA history in his tenure are in his control.

 

SD has been in CBA since 2002, and 2007 was their first ever playoff appearance as Wallace built this team from scratch out of the lowest winning team in CBA. Originally owned by Don Jensen and known as the Hamilton Harbors. Hamilton was best known for their dogfight in 1998 with then Dawson title winner Brooklyn Superbas (Moved to Parker in 99) Hamilton fought with Longue Pointe, Quebec, and Limoilou in 1999 and 2000, but were just shy. They'd not return anywhere closew again until 2007's Wallace led San Diego team. A team on the decline when Jensen retired. Wallace began to build with key trades and mostly draft picks and swaps. A true worst to first case, Wallace's plan was to take years to develop a bit at a time until he built what should be a strong contender for years to come. His attitude and dedication to CBA were evident in his very strong playoff effort and management in 2007. Joe Wallace is a class act, and quality GM whose time has arrived in the CBA. SD is an elite CBA team. Here is Hamilton/ San Diego's overall record 1997-2001 as Hamilton 2002-2007 as San Diego. Wallace's team has shown a win increase in 4 consecutive years.  Although their regular season record is not as strong in 2008, they too are in the dance.  Who knows where they'll go in 2008.

WON

LOST

 

1997

74

88

1998

98

64

1999

88

74

2000

89

73

2001

75

87

2002*

61

101

2003

62

100

2004

52

110

2005

65

97

2006

82

80

2007

92

70


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skokie was the Montreal Royals before Wolfman took them over.  They were original founder Gerlad Benoit's team. Looking how Shapiro improved his team to that of a perrenial winner was quite accomplishment.  Here is with CBA's runaway Carter div champions again.  93 wins in 2008 was quite a job, but he wants the World Series after going to the finals last year to lose to Rob Hite and Philly.
 

1997   Bodega Bay - Gerald Benoit 75 87
1998   Bodega Bay - Gerald Benoit 75 87
1999   Bodega Bay - Gerald Benoit 77 85
2000   Bodega Bay - Gerald Benoit 85 77
2001   Bodega Bay - Gerald Benoit 65 97
2002  Vermont Expos - Mario Fleming 85 77
2003  Montreal Royals - Gerald Benoit 80 82
2004  Montreal Royals - Gerald Benoit 78 84
2005  Montreal Royals - Wolfman Shapiro  Wild card 95 67
2006  Skokie Wolfmen - Wolfman Shapiro  Wildcard 97 65
2007  Skokie Wolfmen - Wolfman Shapiro Staub Champion 87 75


 

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Click http://www.cba-bb.net/logos_page.htm
To see the old logos, a real treat.
 


The triple play is the rarest of baseball's defensive plays:
an exciting rapid-fire chain of events that instantly transforms 
a potential scoring threat into the side being retired.
 
Teams and even entire leagues can go several seasons without
ever experiencing one.  This season, however, CBA has seen an
explosion of 7 triple plays. 
 
The records and data are still being  analyzed, but a
preliminary examination yields some very interesting facts:
 
    - (4) Staub Conference teams (Joliet, Maine, Skokie and Ohio) and
    - (3) Clemente Conference teams (Brooklyn, Philly, and Stirling) hit into
      one TP each.
 
    - (5) Staub teams (Maine, Longue-Pointe, Joliet, San Diego and Ohio) and
    - (1) Clemente team (Ottawa) fielded triple plays.  
 
    - Maine and Ohio have both fielded AND hit into triple plays this year.
 
    - The most unique stat of all:  Maine has fielded 2 triple plays, which added to
      the one they hit into, totals 3 triple play participations in a single season!!!
 
 
The following is a team and player / position breakdown of CBA's 7 triple plays. 
The standout stat here is Maine Express first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is
the lone player involved in both his team's TP's.
 
 
      Team Player     Pos: 12s3
2007 OTC    Erick Aybar           0 1 0 0
2007 OTC    Alex Gordon          0 0 0 1

2007 OOP    Kevin Frandsen     0 1 0 0
2007 OOP    David Ortiz            1 0 0 0

2007 SSD    Chris Duncan         1 0 0 0
2007 SSD    Robinson Cano       0 1 0 0
2007 SSD    David Wright          0 0 0 1
 
2007 MEC    Adrian Gonzalez   2 0 0 0
2007 MEC    Akinori Iwamura  0 0 0 1
2007 MEC    Khalil Greene       0 0 1 0
2007 MEC    Dan Uggla             0 1 0 0

2007 LLD    Jose Vidro             0 1 0 0
2007 LLD    Richie Sexson       1 0 0 0
2007 LLD    John McDonald    0 0 1 0

2007 JJD     Aaron Hill              0 1 0 0
2007 JJD     Derrek Lee           1 0 0 0
 

 

Bob Fidler on right, and Skokie GM Josh "Wolfman" Shapiro show muscle not only in the photo, but on the Strat diamond as well.  Both GM's lead two of the more successful franchises in CBA both are perennial playoff GM's.

Bryan LF Brad Wilkerson makes history with two Grand Slams in same game. 
Never been done before in CBA's previous 19744 games.  Amazing

Mike Koepp forwarded the achievement to Keith Wilkerson, Brad's brother.
He runs a league Mike's involved with. Here is what he had to say;
 " Well, at least he got to the Mendoza line with that game, LOL
Thanks.  Very cool.
 
 
LP's second triple play.  Last one was Counsell, Sexson....This one against Ohio features Vidro
, McDonald, and Sexson.


2008 Longue Pointe Loggers At 2008 Ohio Thundercats       7/29/2008
 
  Loggers            AB  R  H RBI AVG     Thundercats        AB  R  H RBI AVG
  I.Suzuki RF         5  0  2  0 .335     C.Guillen SS        3  0  1  0 .273  
  J.Vidro 2B          3  0  0  0 .301   C-E.Aybar SS          2  1  1  0 .161  
F-J.Cirillo 2B        1  0  0  0 .212     K.Johnson 2B        4  1  2  1 .291  
  A.Ramirez 3B        4  1  2  0 .283     M.Teixeira 1B       3  0  0  0 .267  
  R.Sexson 1B         4  0  0  0 .207     M.Diaz LF           3  2  3  0 .332  
  T.Hunter CF         3  1  1  2 .264     W.Pena RF           3  0  1  0 .259  
  H.Matsui LF         4  0  1  0 .239   D-M.Cabrera RF        1  0  0  0 .269  
  J.McDonald SS       4  0  1  0 .234     M.Ensberg 3B        3  0  0  0 .194  
  J.Varitek C         2  0  0  0 .248   E-A.Gordon 3B         1  1  1  1 .209  
  T.Lincecum P        2  0  0  0 .038     C.Young CF          3  0  1  1 .238  
A-C.Kotchman PH       1  0  0  0 .248     D.Ross C            3  0  0  1 .148  
  R.Dempster P        0  0  0  0 .000     K.Millwood P        2  0  0  0 .147  
  T.Byrdak P          0  0  0  0 ----   B-J.Kubel PH          1  0  0  0 .321  
  K.Calero P          0  0  0  0 .000     M.Delcarmen P       1  0  1  11.000  
  D.Marte P           0  0  0  0 .000                                          
G-N.Morgan PH         1  0  0  0 .220                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      34  2  7  2                 Totals      33  5 11  5
 
A-Pinch Hit For Lincecum In 7th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Millwood In 7th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Guillen In 8th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (RF) For Pena In 8th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (3B) For Ensberg In 8th Inning
F-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Vidro In 8th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Marte In 9th Inning
 
Loggers......... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 2 0  -  2  7  0
Thundercats..... 0 1 0  0 0 0  0 4    -  5 11  0
 
Loggers (60-56)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
T.Lincecum                6       6   1   1   2   6   0   2.97
R.Dempster LOSS(2-3)      1 1/3   3   3   3   0   3   0   3.35
T.Byrdak                  0 1/3   1   1   1   1   1   0   6.51
K.Calero                  0       0   0   0   1   0   0   4.40
D.Marte                   0 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   4.56
Totals                    8      11   5   5   4  10   0
 
Thundercats (45-68)      IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
K.Millwood                7       5   0   0   3   5   0   4.99
M.Delcarmen W(4-0)B(1st)  2       2   2   2   1   3   1   2.61
Totals                    9       7   2   2   4   8   1
 
ATTENDANCE- 39,288 DATE- Sunday, July 29th 2008 TIME- Day WEATHER- Good
UMPIRES- Paul Schreiber, Larry Young, Mike Winters, Ron Kulpa
T- 3:15
LEFT ON BASE- Loggers: 9  Thundercats: 8
DOUBLE PLAYS- Loggers: 0  Thundercats: 0
TRIPLE PLAYS- Loggers: 1  Thundercats: 0
DOUBLES- C.Guillen(30th), M.Diaz(15th), A.Gordon(19th), C.Young(15th)
HOME RUNS- T.Hunter(18th)
STOLEN BASES- E.Aybar(5th)
WALKS- J.Vidro, T.Hunter, J.Varitek-2, M.Teixeira, M.Diaz, C.Young, D.Ross
STRIKE OUTS- I.Suzuki, J.Vidro, R.Sexson, H.Matsui, J.Varitek-2, T.Lincecum-2,
             K.Johnson-2, M.Teixeira, W.Pena-2, M.Cabrera, D.Ross-2, K.Millwood,
             J.Kubel
WILD PITCHES- R.Dempster, M.Delcarmen
WEB GEMS- Bot 4th: Longue Pointe turns a triple play!



 

Maine throws a No hitter.


BOXSCORE: 2008 Joliet Jackhammers At 2008 Belfast Brawlers           8/7/2008
Joliet's John Maine throws a no hitter!
 
  Jackhammers        AB  R  H RBI AVG     Brawlers           AB  R  H RBI AVG
  D.Eckstein SS       5  1  1  1 .347     R.Davis LF          4  0  0  0 .277  
  A.Hill 2B           5  1  1  0 .289     A.Miles 2B          3  0  0  0 .306  
  M.Ordonez RF        5  3  3  2 .359     S.Hatteberg 1B      3  0  0  0 .320  
  A.Soriano LF        5  1  2  0 .251     A.Rios RF           3  0  0  0 .276  
  M.Lowell 3B         5  2  3  2 .318     N.McLouth CF        2  0  0  0 .266  
  A.Pierzynski C      5  3  3  4 .256     M.Napoli C          3  0  0  0 .235  
  R.Gload 1B          5  1  2  3 .317     A.Amezaga SS        3  0  0  0 .332  
  J.Pierre CF         4  0  0  0 .268     C.Figgins 3B        3  0  0  0 .328  
  J.Maine P           4  0  1  0 .208     C.Sampson P         0  0  0  0 .280  
                                          C.Baek P            0  0  0  0 .222  
                                          B.Tomko P           0  0  0  0 .269  
                                          T.Pena P            1  0  0  0 .667  
                                          R.Perez P           0  0  0  0 .000  
                                        A-A.Huff PH           1  0  0  0 .260  
                                          V.Chulk P           0  0  0  0 .500  
                                          M.Corpas P          0  0  0  0 .000  
                                        B-F.Sanchez PH        1  0  0  0 .255  
                                          A.Sonnanstine P     0  0  0  0 .179  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      43 12 16 12                 Totals      27  0  0  0
 
A-Pinch Hit For Perez In 6th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Corpas In 8th Inning
 
Jackhammers..... 5 2 1  0 0 0  1 0 3  - 12 16  0
Brawlers........ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  0  2
 
Jackhammers (66-53)      IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
J.Maine WIN(12-5)         9       0   0   0   3   6   0   3.65
Totals                    9       0   0   0   3   6   0
 
Brawlers (54-65)         IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
C.Sampson LOSS(4-9)       0 2/3   5   5   5   0   0   1   6.34
C.Baek                    1       2   2   2   0   2   2   4.11
B.Tomko                   0 2/3   2   1   1   0   1   0   5.63
T.Pena                    1 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   3.82
R.Perez                   2       1   0   0   0   1   0   2.96
V.Chulk                   0 1/3   3   1   1   0   0   0   4.12
M.Corpas                  1 2/3   0   0   0   0   3   0   3.21
A.Sonnanstin              1       3   3   3   0   1   2   3.94
Totals                    9      16  12  12   0   8   5
 
ATTENDANCE- 51,523 DATE- Tuesday, August 7th 2008 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
UMPIRES- Tim Timmons, Mike Dimuro, Hunter Wendlestadt, Dale Scott
T- 2:48
LEFT ON BASE- Jackhammers: 4  Brawlers: 3
DOUBLE PLAYS- Jackhammers: 0  Brawlers: 1
ERRORS- C.Figgins, R.Perez
DOUBLES- A.Pierzynski(12th)
HOME RUNS- D.Eckstein(3rd), M.Ordonez-2(18th), A.Pierzynski(5th), R.Gload(1st)
WALKS- A.Miles, S.Hatteberg, N.McLouth
STRIKE OUTS- D.Eckstein, A.Hill, A.Soriano, M.Lowell-2, A.Pierzynski, J.Maine-2,
             R.Davis, S.Hatteberg, A.Rios, N.McLouth, M.Napoli, F.Sanchez
GIDP- J.Pierre
 
John Maine(12-5) thrilled the fans at PNC Park as he crafted a no-hit
masterpiece against the Belfast Brawlers.  The Joliet Jackhammers won by a
final score of 12 to 0.
 
Maine was spectacular.  He walked 3 Belfast batters.  The tension was mounting
with every inning after the 6th.  Maine appeared oblivious himself to the
mounting history until two were out in the 9th.  Only then, did he allow
himself one deep sigh and a slow trip around the mound.  Joliet rapped out 16
hits for the night.  
 
Chris Sampson(4-9) took the loss.  He pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing 5 hits
and no walks. After the game, Maine was heard to say, 'This is something I
have dreamt about since I was a little boy - to have it come true is just
amazing!'


Block 22 Highlights.

BOXSCORE: 2008 Joliet Jackhammers At 2008 Belfast Brawlers           8/7/2008
Joliet's John Maine throws a no hitter!
 
  Jackhammers        AB  R  H RBI AVG     Brawlers           AB  R  H RBI AVG
  D.Eckstein SS       5  1  1  1 .347     R.Davis LF          4  0  0  0 .277  
  A.Hill 2B           5  1  1  0 .289     A.Miles 2B          3  0  0  0 .306  
  M.Ordonez RF        5  3  3  2 .359     S.Hatteberg 1B      3  0  0  0 .320  
  A.Soriano LF        5  1  2  0 .251     A.Rios RF           3  0  0  0 .276  
  M.Lowell 3B         5  2  3  2 .318     N.McLouth CF        2  0  0  0 .266  
  A.Pierzynski C      5  3  3  4 .256     M.Napoli C          3  0  0  0 .235  
  R.Gload 1B          5  1  2  3 .317     A.Amezaga SS        3  0  0  0 .332  
  J.Pierre CF         4  0  0  0 .268     C.Figgins 3B        3  0  0  0 .328  
  J.Maine P           4  0  1  0 .208     C.Sampson P         0  0  0  0 .280  
                                          C.Baek P            0  0  0  0 .222  
                                          B.Tomko P           0  0  0  0 .269  
                                          T.Pena P            1  0  0  0 .667  
                                          R.Perez P           0  0  0  0 .000  
                                        A-A.Huff PH           1  0  0  0 .260  
                                          V.Chulk P           0  0  0  0 .500  
                                          M.Corpas P          0  0  0  0 .000  
                                        B-F.Sanchez PH        1  0  0  0 .255  
                                          A.Sonnanstine P     0  0  0  0 .179  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      43 12 16 12                 Totals      27  0  0  0
 
A-Pinch Hit For Perez In 6th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Corpas In 8th Inning
 
Jackhammers..... 5 2 1  0 0 0  1 0 3  - 12 16  0
Brawlers........ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  0  2
 
Jackhammers (66-53)      IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
J.Maine WIN(12-5)         9       0   0   0   3   6   0   3.65
Totals                    9       0   0   0   3   6   0
 
Brawlers (54-65)         IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
C.Sampson LOSS(4-9)       0 2/3   5   5   5   0   0   1   6.34
C.Baek                    1       2   2   2   0   2   2   4.11
B.Tomko                   0 2/3   2   1   1   0   1   0   5.63
T.Pena                    1 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   3.82
R.Perez                   2       1   0   0   0   1   0   2.96
V.Chulk                   0 1/3   3   1   1   0   0   0   4.12
M.Corpas                  1 2/3   0   0   0   0   3   0   3.21
A.Sonnanstin              1       3   3   3   0   1   2   3.94
Totals                    9      16  12  12   0   8   5
 
ATTENDANCE- 51,523 DATE- Tuesday, August 7th 2008 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
UMPIRES- Tim Timmons, Mike Dimuro, Hunter Wendlestadt, Dale Scott
T- 2:48
LEFT ON BASE- Jackhammers: 4  Brawlers: 3
DOUBLE PLAYS- Jackhammers: 0  Brawlers: 1
ERRORS- C.Figgins, R.Perez
DOUBLES- A.Pierzynski(12th)
HOME RUNS- D.Eckstein(3rd), M.Ordonez-2(18th), A.Pierzynski(5th), R.Gload(1st)
WALKS- A.Miles, S.Hatteberg, N.McLouth
STRIKE OUTS- D.Eckstein, A.Hill, A.Soriano, M.Lowell-2, A.Pierzynski, J.Maine-2,
             R.Davis, S.Hatteberg, A.Rios, N.McLouth, M.Napoli, F.Sanchez
GIDP- J.Pierre
 
John Maine(12-5) thrilled the fans at PNC Park as he crafted a no-hit
masterpiece against the Belfast Brawlers.  The Joliet Jackhammers won by a
final score of 12 to 0.
 
Maine was spectacular.  He walked 3 Belfast batters.  The tension was mounting
with every inning after the 6th.  Maine appeared oblivious himself to the
mounting history until two were out in the 9th.  Only then, did he allow
himself one deep sigh and a slow trip around the mound.  Joliet rapped out 16
hits for the night.  
 
Chris Sampson(4-9) took the loss.  He pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing 5 hits
and no walks. After the game, Maine was heard to say, 'This is something I
have dreamt about since I was a little boy - to have it come true is just
amazing!'
LP's second triple play.  Last one was Counsell, Sexson....This one against Ohio features Vidro
, McDonald, and Sexson.


2008 Longue Pointe Loggers At 2008 Ohio Thundercats       7/29/2008
 
  Loggers            AB  R  H RBI AVG     Thundercats        AB  R  H RBI AVG
  I.Suzuki RF         5  0  2  0 .335     C.Guillen SS        3  0  1  0 .273  
  J.Vidro 2B          3  0  0  0 .301   C-E.Aybar SS          2  1  1  0 .161  
F-J.Cirillo 2B        1  0  0  0 .212     K.Johnson 2B        4  1  2  1 .291  
  A.Ramirez 3B        4  1  2  0 .283     M.Teixeira 1B       3  0  0  0 .267  
  R.Sexson 1B         4  0  0  0 .207     M.Diaz LF           3  2  3  0 .332  
  T.Hunter CF         3  1  1  2 .264     W.Pena RF           3  0  1  0 .259  
  H.Matsui LF         4  0  1  0 .239   D-M.Cabrera RF        1  0  0  0 .269  
  J.McDonald SS       4  0  1  0 .234     M.Ensberg 3B        3  0  0  0 .194  
  J.Varitek C         2  0  0  0 .248   E-A.Gordon 3B         1  1  1  1 .209  
  T.Lincecum P        2  0  0  0 .038     C.Young CF          3  0  1  1 .238  
A-C.Kotchman PH       1  0  0  0 .248     D.Ross C            3  0  0  1 .148  
  R.Dempster P        0  0  0  0 .000     K.Millwood P        2  0  0  0 .147  
  T.Byrdak P          0  0  0  0 ----   B-J.Kubel PH          1  0  0  0 .321  
  K.Calero P          0  0  0  0 .000     M.Delcarmen P       1  0  1  11.000  
  D.Marte P           0  0  0  0 .000                                          
G-N.Morgan PH         1  0  0  0 .220                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      34  2  7  2                 Totals      33  5 11  5
 
A-Pinch Hit For Lincecum In 7th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Millwood In 7th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Guillen In 8th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (RF) For Pena In 8th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (3B) For Ensberg In 8th Inning
F-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Vidro In 8th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Marte In 9th Inning
 
Loggers......... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 2 0  -  2  7  0
Thundercats..... 0 1 0  0 0 0  0 4    -  5 11  0
 
Loggers (60-56)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
T.Lincecum                6       6   1   1   2   6   0   2.97
R.Dempster LOSS(2-3)      1 1/3   3   3   3   0   3   0   3.35
T.Byrdak                  0 1/3   1   1   1   1   1   0   6.51
K.Calero                  0       0   0   0   1   0   0   4.40
D.Marte                   0 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   4.56
Totals                    8      11   5   5   4  10   0
 
Thundercats (45-68)      IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
K.Millwood                7       5   0   0   3   5   0   4.99
M.Delcarmen W(4-0)B(1st)  2       2   2   2   1   3   1   2.61
Totals                    9       7   2   2   4   8   1
 
ATTENDANCE- 39,288 DATE- Sunday, July 29th 2008 TIME- Day WEATHER- Good
UMPIRES- Paul Schreiber, Larry Young, Mike Winters, Ron Kulpa
T- 3:15
LEFT ON BASE- Loggers: 9  Thundercats: 8
DOUBLE PLAYS- Loggers: 0  Thundercats: 0
TRIPLE PLAYS- Loggers: 1  Thundercats: 0
DOUBLES- C.Guillen(30th), M.Diaz(15th), A.Gordon(19th), C.Young(15th)
HOME RUNS- T.Hunter(18th)
STOLEN BASES- E.Aybar(5th)
WALKS- J.Vidro, T.Hunter, J.Varitek-2, M.Teixeira, M.Diaz, C.Young, D.Ross
STRIKE OUTS- I.Suzuki, J.Vidro, R.Sexson, H.Matsui, J.Varitek-2, T.Lincecum-2,
             K.Johnson-2, M.Teixeira, W.Pena-2, M.Cabrera, D.Ross-2, K.Millwood,
             J.Kubel
WILD PITCHES- R.Dempster, M.Delcarmen
WEB GEMS- Bot 4th: Longue Pointe turns a triple play!




            

Carlos Pena over 3 days
July 28th, 2008       July 29th 2008         July 30th
1-4. HR RBI          2-4 2 HR 4RBI     3-5, 3 HR 5 RBI

Casey Blake July 30th, 2008     5-6, 2b, 4 RBI vs Stirling

Aug 1st 2008 David Wright goes 2-4, 5 RBI, 2 HR vs IRP

August 2nd, 2008 Sosa hits 2 HR, 4 RBI, in 2-4Aug 2nd 2008

Zimmerman went 4-6, HR 4 RBI performance vs Lake County

Eric Chavez 3-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs, Aug 2nd Stirling vs Carolina

Matt Kemp went 6 for 8 and SB Aug 3rd in a C Town 14 inn win.

Tulowitsky stops Cooperstown streak with 2-4 , 2 HR, 3 RBI, Aug 5th

August 25th, 2008

Skokie's Gar3 Sheffield went 4 for 6 with 3 HR and 7 RBI vs SW in a13-11 win July 29th 2008

Nick Markakis of Cooperstown vs. Carolina in 4 at-bat, 3 HR

July 23rd Shawn Hill of Limoilou vs. Maine struck out 13 in 7 innings (10 inning game)

Vlad Guerrero goes bananas.  Ottawa whips both Brooklyn and Indiana.  He Hit game winning 9th inning 3 run HR in a tie game vs Brooklyn July 29th 2008 9-6.

August 8th, 2008

 Batting Key Performers
Carter Division
NAME       TM BA  GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB SO HB SH DP SB CS E The Skinny
J.Gathrt  MEC.356  78 188 47  67 5  0  0   14  27 24 2  7  3 18 11 2 platooner who performs
A.GonzalezMEC.281 110 441 68 124 34 1  23  77  39108 3  0  5  0  0 1 SD cleanup hitter
H.Ramirez MEC.331 108 444 76 147 35  4 15  67  40 63 3  0  9 61 16 13offense yes!defense no!
J.Kent    MEC.320  97 341 55 109 27  1 17  72  45 55 2  0  9  3  4 9 Been terrific at 2nd
B.Upton   MEC.317  95 328 69 104 19  2 21  58  45 95 6  0  6  6  3 1 One of CBA's best CF
E.Encncn  KWC.325  68 203 25  66  5  0  9  37  10 32 6  0  4  0  0 1 Lots of production platoon
J.Loney   KWC.308  64 221 32  68  9  1 13  36  19 32 2  0  6  0  0 6 Part time pop
J.Kubel   OTC.330  65 212 30  70 23  2  8  41  20 29 0  0  7  5  0 3 Lots of RBIs as platoon
M.Diaz    OTC.326  82 215 35  70 14  0 10  32   9 44 5  0  7  2  0 2 platoon force
J.Jones   OTC.321  68 218 23  70 16  0  2  25  23 30 0  1  8  4  0 2 platoon big time
M.TeixeiraOTC.268 103 340 55  91 18  1 22  65  45 87 6  0  4  0  0 3 Ohio's cleanup man
C.Jones   SWC.355 105 397 82 141 35  2 35  90  56 54 0  0 13  4  2 8 Jones having career year
M.Bradley SWC.339  70 183 37  62  7  0 14  32  26 37 3  0  5  1  3 1 Awesome 10th man
D.Young   SWC.325  99 357 58 116 29  0 17  60  35 60 0  0 12  0  0 3 Skokie's consistent offense
B.Bonds   SWC.278  94 284 63  79 16  0 26  70  57 44 4  0 13  0  0 2 Big bat and OBA
M.Hollday SLS.329 111 441 82 145 38  2 29  87  46 89 9  0 18  6  0 5 Awesome numbers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dawson Division
NAME       TM BA  GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO HB SH DP SB CS E The Skinny
A.Amezaga BBD.353  66 167  28  59 11  8  1  21  13 23 4  3  3  11  3 3 Belfast surprise
C.Figgins BBD.340  99 321  57 109 24  6  1  33  49 63 0  0  2  39 14 9 Figgins is whole offense
BBD PITCHERS .247 105 178  18  44  3  1  0  18   5 66 0 23  3   0  0 15The pitchers can hit!
S.HattbergBBD.332  96 310  45 103 25  3  5  45  38 44 1  0  8   0  0 9 Hatteberg is on base
M.Ordonez JJD.357 101 353  63 126 35  0 15  60  49 60 2  0 15   1  0 1 MVP candidate, #'s lie
D.EcksteinJJD.351  72 242  35  85 13  1  2  34   8 22 8  0  4   3  1 8 Eckstein career year
M.Lowell  JJD.310 103 339  51 105 12  2 12  50  31 39 6  0 18   1  2 12More valuable than #'s
JJD PTCHERS  .186 108 188  22  35  7  0  2  17   8 73  0 26 0   0  0 5 More hitting hurlers
C.Grndrsn LWD.319  88 348  63 111 23 17 12  67  33 68  4  0 7   9  1 3 Grand isn't he?
P.Fielder LWD.245 105 424  68 104 21  0 45  93  42 87 10  0 10  0  2 18Tons of HR,needs guys on
T.Perez   LLD.419  47  74   8  31  7  1  0   8   5  8  0  0  0  1  0 1 Super PH
I.Suzuki  LLD.331 111 478  65 158 15  3  4  49  29  48 2  8  4 33 14 0 Creates runs for LP
J.Vidro   LLD.310 101 377  48 117 18  0  6  40  35  36 0  5 11  0  0 16 Key cog in LP offense
D.Wright  SSD.357  94 311  62 111 35  1 14  64  52  55 4  0  9 18  2 7 Wright stuff
E.Rentria SSD.332  87 334  72 111 29  0  8  32  46  45 0  3  9  3  1 7 Having career year
 
 
 
Parker Division
NAME       TM BA   GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB SO HB SH DP SB CS E The Skinny
M.Young   KBP.311  93 396  59 123 18  1  3  29  35 64  3 1 15  6  0 11 Key Bryan all around guy
J.Gomes   KBP.291  87 354  57 103 23  2 31  82  30 133 4 0  3  9  2  2 unbelievable season
R.Ibanez  CIP.328 109 418  61 137 31  3 25  64  35 68  1 0 12  0  0  7 Big time for Raul
B.Harris  CIP.313  94 336  46 105 26  4  9  53  30 70  3 6  4  2  1 11 Harris with solid #s
J.Morneau CIP.311 110 425  68 132 28  3 28  82  36 55  0 0 14  0  4  7 Morneau having big yr
J.Posada  IRP.366 101 369  69 135 39  0 21  82  59 67  4 0 13  2  0  2 Career year, Gaudy stats
A.Pujols  IRP.310 105 422  86 131 28  0 33  85  63 57  7 0 18  1  3  4 Pujols power
J.Reyes   IRP.302 105 427  60 129 23  8  6  62  31 59 0 11 4  31 13  9 Reyes runs Redbirds
A.RodrguezIRP.302 103 414  94 125 21  1 31  72  55 95 19 0 14  6  1 10 No problems in clutch here
J.Thome   IRP.297  78 306  54  91 20  0 28  68  39 93  7 0 5   0  0  0 Thome thumps HRs
H.Pence   IRP.312  61 221  44  69 12  5  6  41  21 52  0 0 9   3  1  2 Pence platoon RBI
P.Polanco IRP.330 104 437  75 144 35  1 11  60  31 49 12 6 11  7  1  0 Career year
M.Cabrera BSP.367 101 390  91 143 25  1 32  93  49 85  5 0 12  5  0 14 MVP candidate carries BSP
E.Byrnes  BSP.288 101 410  78 118 18  5 14  58  41 78 10 0 10 44 18  5 Lots of steals leading off
R.Howard  BSP.265  97 351  70  93 27  0 27  79  40 140 2 0  2  2  0  0 Homers
M.Stairs  BSP.314  61 191  33  60 16  0 10  42  36 43  0 0  8  2  1  1 Stairs platoon power
T.Helton  BSP.326 101 380  76 124 24  3 14  55  59 71  1 0  5  0  0  1 Helton still produces
V.GuerreroOOP.351 108 442  86 155 33  0 39 120  41 42  5 0  14 0  1  7 MVP candidate career year
D.Ortiz   OOP.281 108 420  89 118 20  2 26  59  83 105 2 0  26 4  2 16 Papi pops
J.Mauer   OOP.317  92 344  51 109 22  3  6  45  48 40  4 0  8  0  0  4 Mauer under rated receiver
 
 
 
 
 
Schmidt Division
NAME       TM BA   GM  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO HB SH DP SB CS E
J.Werth   CCS.347  61 150  39  52  8  0  9  28  25 29  0  0  1  4  0  3 Carolina super sub
M.Tejada  CCS.326 108 426  68 139 18  2 23  63  27 43  7  3 15  2  0 14 Having great year
B.Roberts CCS.301 108 462  88 139 37  3  5  37  56 75  0  1  2 34 13  5 Premiere leadoff man
W.Taveras LLS.328  80 296  51  97 15  5  0  12  17 41  7  7  5 32 10  5 Taveras great leadoff guy
J.Rollins LLS.278 111 479  70 133 28 12 17  83  21  52 7  0 16 19  4 12 Rollins does it all
R.Raburn  LLS.330  31 100  17  33  6  0  5  20  11  23 0  0  2  2  0  2 Super sub
R.Ankiel  PPS.352  39 122  25  43 14  0 14  45   9  24 0  0  4  0  1  0 Ankiel unbelievable power
J.Keppngr PPS.335  53 185  36  62 14  1  4  19  14  19 4  6  6  3  1  4 Kep keeps producing
B.Hawpe   PPS.326  85 316  61 103 28  2 16  59  40  84 0  0  8  0  0  3 Hawpe is hot
C.Utley   PPS.316  87 335  70 106 26  4 12  42  32  49 12 0 11  4  0  9 Utley hits
C.Lee     PPS.275  98 375  54 103 19  0 23  69  29  40  1 0 24  5  1  0 Lee a key performer
R.BelliardSRS.359  72 273  33  98 27  2  3  22  16  41  0 2  4  1  0  3 How is this happening?
D.Pedroia SRS.350  84 371  58 130 25  1  6  33  25  34  3 3  9  5  0  9 Rookie of the year?
C.CrawfordSRS.350 108 452  72 158 29  5 19  63  24  73  9 2  8  34 6  4 Sensational MVP candidate
M.Ramirez SRS.324 108 423  53 137 33  0 19  73  45  95  7 0  9  0  0  0 Manny mauls
C.Pena    SRS.259 108 397  76 103 20  0 34  97  78 130  5 0  6  1  0  7 Pena HRs
 
 

Interesting season so far.  A few surprises and some improvements for some franchises.  Lets take a look around in our mid season after 110 games or so...

Giving credit where it's due.  Skokie remains the class of CBA.  Each year the Wolfmen seem to get better.  Could this be their year?  After getting a close as can be make no mistake the Wolves are going all out.  67 wins leads CBA with Indy and Brooklyn at 65 and 64wins.  Chipper Jones has carried this team on his back. He is a triple crown contender as is Ottawa's Vlad Guerrero.  In Staub, 2nd in HR with 35, 10 behind Fielder, 2nd in RBI's 3 behind the top with 93.  3rd in BA with .355 just .002 behind the leader Maglio of Joliet, and Wright of SD.  Skokie leads the Staub in BA .279, HR 167, Runs 572.  The P staff has a 3.77 ERA best in Staub.  This team does it all. Even a .735 X rating is pretty good. 
Maine is 8 games behind but what a story of rags to riches.  Reminds me of this years MLB Devil Rays.  Maine has a .331 OBA, and .477 Slg.  The slug is good, the OBA not as good as could be.  A .74 X rating helps the pitching who has a 4.41 ERA.  The Maine TEAM gets some production from everyone.  The mid infield of Uggla and Greene account for 33 HR's Adrian Gonzalez solid and clutch with 23 HR 77 RBI.  BJ Upton redhot after his arrival has 6 HR 20 RBI in 71 AB's since the trade.  Gathright again is a supersub stealing 18 bases after stealing 44 last year.  He is batting .356 in 78 games.  Hill, Snell, and Bergman have pitching well as starters.  Though the bullpen ERA looks good, they have allowed .41 inherited runners to score.  Pretty awful.  Imagine with some more pop and some bullpen work what Maine could do/  A wildcard is within the possibilities.  They are battling against San Diego, Longue Pointe, Limoilou and Joliet for now.  With one Dawson winning the top spot (Take your pick who) the others will compete.  Belfast isnt out yet and if they put together a hot streak could sneak in there.  Alllentown has been on fire of late and is making a strong push towards a wildcard and .500.  With a majority of the contenders just a bit over .500, A Town could be a player here.They may have what it takes.  8-2 in their last 10, Allentown may not have the power but they have bats. Hanley Ramirez has been awesome a combo of all offense.  His defense hurts though. .596 X at SS is pathetic.  With literally hundreds of opportunities not getting the play done out there, He gives away what he takes.  He is better suited at DH.  Kent has given them a lift and is hitting a high .324 with some pop at 2B.  The defense up the middle isnt too good, but the bats are real. Russ Martin has 27 SB and could set a CBA record as a catcher.  10 HR 51 RBI .283,  Corey Hart has another 17 HR's.  The story is James Shields. 14-3 a CBA leading 2.45 ERA 147 K's and leads CBA with quality starts. 
Longue POinte has won some series and lost some just hovering around .500 as the Bruise brothers of Quebec Jeff Boutet's Limoilou Wendigo and the Belfast Brawlers k'bash heads with Joliet and San Diego.  No one teams has a distinct advantage however Joliet has been a cut above the rest staying in first place the longest.  Nothing to be taken for granted in Dawson where usage really matters and depth is a huge factor.  The Wendigo have been playing better and slipped back in to the picture.  They are now 5 games above .500 and are perhaps CBA's most improved next to A Town.  Jeff always manages to bring his team into contention.  He is perhaps CBA's most consistent winner over the past 11 years.  Great bullpen work spells their success. The starters have really struggled. Dutin McGowan expected to be a winner is 5-11 4.89 ERA.  The pen has accumulated most of the wins.  The offense is Carlos Beltran 19 HR 67 RBI, and Prince 45 HR Fielder.  Granderson .319 12HR 67 RBI has helped quite a bit too.  

Longue Pointe again is relying on an impressive defense .811 X rating, and a pitching staff witha 3.98 ERA.  Zanbrano is 10-9 4.58 not really the numbers he's used to.  Tim Lincecum 10-2 3.06 is the ace.  Maddux 8-7 3.44 ERA, Sabathia 9-11, 3.94 ERA.  Todd Jones has 17 saves and a 1.56 ERA.  How does he do it year after year for LP?  Again with LP its the bench players with key contributions, Timo Perez .419 as PH, Augie Ojeda .331.  A few guys with between 12-19 HR's. Sexson has provided a power lift hitting 19, while Ramirez' numbers aredown, Torri Hunter has picked it up some. Suzuki is back to form hitting.339 with 33 SB, McDonald has played great defense at SS and stole 11 bases, Varitek's 16 Hr's all help keep LP in the game. 

San Diego has had ups and downs after last years great season.  The horses are there for Joe Wallace.  The offense has been mediocre with a .266 BA and only 95 HR.  David Wright 14 HR 64 RBI 18 SB .357 BA has carried them along with Edgar Renteria 8 32 .332 BA.  Chris Duncan has added 19 HR's.  The pitching is great with 3.84 ERA although the starters and pen are victimized by lack of offense.  With some added power, SD could move up quick.  Peavy 10-10 3.25 has been hard luck, King Felix, and Meche have great mid 3's ERA's. Dan Haren has 9 wins too and a 4.25 ERA.  Should be good enough to win. 

Belfast started to win some and then slumped.  Expect them to make more noise as the August days roll around.  Only 61 HR's is nowhere near enough.  Only Alex Rios has 15 HR 58 RBI .270.  They steal alot. 120 SB's. Figgins agian having a great year .339 BA and 39 SB.  Hatteberg is hitting a great .332.  The pitching is decent too with a 4.63 ERA and some good ERA's for the pen too.  Its only power that would keep the Brawlers from being in it.  The .394 slug won't help.

Joliet is the class here.  The offense is carried by a few key performers. Pierre has gotten on base and stolen 63 bases. Ordonez 15 60 .357 is a batting average leader, but he gets walked alot intentionally.  Lowell 12 HR 50 RBI .310 BA is pretty efficient.  Soriano has gotten untracked yet.  When he does, Joliet will make their lead grow. 
Great pitching 3.98.  The pen is awesome .307 IRSC, Putz 27 saves and great set up men.  Wolfe, Capps, Lewis, Burton, Pinto, Vizcaino.  All are key contributors. Perhaps if Looper and Chukt James did better Joliet would be the winningest team in Staub.

In Clemente it been Indiana holding a 2 1/2 game lead over Brooklyn.  The rivalry so intense that Indiana acquired Loney, Griffey, Billy Wagner and Chico Ruiz for the pennant drive leaving nothing to chance, and nothing in draft pick tank for 2009.  Fidler is looking to be a repeat champion as he was in 2006's storybook season and playoff.  Indiana is loaded and will be devastingly potent in a playoff series.  All the pieces are in place.  The bench as much fire power as the starters.  Then theres Pujols and ARod.  If everyone else wherent enough.  Fidler was blessed when the dispersal draft gave a prior owner him his first pick of A Rod.  The acquistion of Wagner should shore up the pen.  The bench depth will help Indy erase their 13-18 1 run game record and below .500 record in extra innings. Brooklyn better watch out. 

Brooklyn has struggled the past few blocks as rest and non productive pitching have hurt.  The odds were in Coors the team pitching couldn't stay at a low level too long and its has risen.  It has gone up about .34 the past 4 blocks to 4.32.   A brght spot is the undefeated Eric Bedard who is 14-0 3.07 ERA.  He has 140 K's in 111 innings.  His usage is good too. In fact Brooklyn's usage may become and advantage as the season winds down.  Miguel Cabrera 32 HR 93 RBI .367 BA last years MVP having another MVP  type year.  Howard has 27 HR's 79 RBI, Todd Helton 15HR 55 RBI .326 among the CBA's alltime leaders in most catagories is having another great season. He and another of CBA's old time career leaders Sammy Sosa 16HR 48 RBI ,272 are locks for the CBA HOF. Sosa adds to his all time HR and RBI lead. Brandon Phillips 20 HR 61 RBI and 27 SB has played great defense at 2B to compensate for Furcals 19 errors, 2nd in CBA. Byrnes 14 58 .288 with 44 SB has been an ideal leadoff hitter.  A .798 X rating for the D is outstanding. It accounts for much of the pitching success of 2008.

Ottawa is capable of beating anyone.  They have swept teams like Brooklyn, Indiana, & San Diego, and are 25-17 in the ever tough Parker division. At 55-53 they are fighting for the second wild card along with the teams of Schmidt.  They hit righties fine, but struggle vs the lefties.  The HOF dudo of Vlad and Papi are devastating again.  Vlad is on a triple crown type tear.  He is well up in RBI's 120. 39 HR just 6 off of Fileder, and .351 BA. Awesome Vlad. Papi adds 26 taters.  Mauer is at .317, Patterson at .312, and theres a drop in productivity after that.  Its safe to say Vlad and Papi are carrying this team.  The pitching is poor with a 4.93 ERA.  Only Webb stands out at 12-6 4.19 ERA.  The pen is adequate Bororwski closing 21 saves and Bradford, Tavares, and Downs holding games in late innings.  They are just behind Carolina and a game up on Lake County for the second WC spot. 
Cooperstown been playing much better in the second half. At one point in June 20 games under .500 they are now only 14 games under, and looking for respectabilty.  In a tough division, C Town could be  a spoiler.  Lead by Raul Ibanez 25 HR 64 RBI .325 BA.  Morneau is hitting .311 with 28 HR 81 RBI. Markakis has had 14 more HR.  C Town Iron horses could be moving up some in the next few weeks.  The goal for now is .500.  The addition of Reynolds could prove huge in the next few weeks.
Caroliner is finer than at season beginning.  Loads of power 161 HR's but low .266 BA.  7 guys with double digit HR's.  M Tejada is having a great year .326 23 HR 63 RBI.  Hafner with a ,221 BA is a disappointment. Carolina needs him to stay in the WC chase.  They are only 3 behind front running Philly.  A 58-50 record and good pitching.  Marquis is a surprising 13-4 4.30.  Must be steroids for the Staten Island horses ass.  Valverde has been sensational 1.89 ERA 16 saves.  Johann, and Harang could be a factor down the stretch since they are under achieving right now.  Look out for the Copperheads.
Philly is hitting .285 with 148 HR's and stars at all positions.  So why are they not way out ahead/  Pitching 4.71 is starting to get better.  Heath Bell in 33 games is lights out 5-2 1.76 ERA 76 K's 8 saves in 66 Inn.  The pen is by committee. A .321 IRSC. Percival, R Soriano, all good.  The rest of the pitchers, not so good. Dontrelle started tough and has faded some is 12-5 but a high 5.36 ERA.
escobar is only 5-7 but has a 3.96 ERA I guess hard luck.  Philly will need pitching or more offense from guys like Jeter 4 HR 32 RBI .286 to stay in 1st place and maybe repeat as CBA World Champions.  Rob ite always finds a way.
Wayne McGee was unsure he would be able to stya in CBA at season beginning, but he caught draft fever and was glad he stayed on. He has a good team and of late they are CBA's hottest team. They're climbing back to the Wild card race slowly but surely. As the pitching numbers come down the wins go up.  The team is batting .289 so offense isn;t the problem. Carl Crawford 19 HR 63 RBI .350 34 Sb is an MVP candidate.  Manny having abnother fine year has 19 HR 73 RBI .324 BA.  Carlos Pena has 34 HR.  Pedroia is hitting .350 in a full time role.  With some pitching, the Redsox could be trouble.  '
Southwest is building their squad for the future and is looking forward to the next draft.  They only have Matt Holliday who is 29 HR 87 RBI .327 BA who is starring.  Griffey just traded to Indy had 17 HR's.  Only place to go from here is down toward a high draft pick.

 
 

May 20th 2008

Belfast: Took a bad week 1-5, dropping them 4 off the pace set by Joliet. Armando Rios and Nate McClouth have led the way with 6 and 7 HR respectively. Figgins has 14 SB, McClouth and Davis both have 9 SB. Belfast is at .500 21-21. The pitching ERA is 4.42, with DiNardo the ace at 4-2 3.09 era. Corpas 8 saves and R Perez 2 saves both big time in relief.

Longue Pointe: has had its ups and downs but with an improved offense and defense, the Loggers should stay in the mix. They can boast 5 ones in the lineup on any given day with that kind of defense, the pitching will have less toiling to do. The 4.06 ERA is low considering the Loggers once thought weakness in the bullpen. Pettitte 1-3 7.71, Sabathia 4-5 despite a 3.32 era, Zambrano last years Cy Young is mired at 5-4 4.02 era, Moyer a 6+ era. Not too good and will need to do better. Linsecum is now the staff ace at 5-2 3.99 era. The pen is by Committee. Richie Sexson bats been hot of late 6 HR 22 RBI .269, Varitek 7 HR 17 RBI, Torii Hunter has slowed some in the cleanup role is hitting 6 HR 24 RBI .286 with 10 SB. Ichiro off to a slower start is hitting .318 with only 12 SB.

Limoilou: Slowly rising again after a terrible stretch, LWD has had a red hot Prince Fielder with 18 HR, 32 RBI. Granderson is hitting 7 HR, 28 RBI .320ba. Beltran had better start hitting. Despite 9 HR 30 RBi, is hitting .205. No one stands out on the pitching staff.

San Diego is hanging tough with LP, Belfast, and Joliet. The Surf have a league best pitching staff with a 3.45 era. Frank Rodriguez has been lights out with 8 saves, Peavy and Haren both have won 5. The starters ERA's are all below Haren's 3.67 except for Santana. 341 K's in 423 innings. Wright is on fire hitting 7HR 33 RBI, .347. Delmon Young is hitting .375 in 144 AB's. McCann is at .321.

 

Joliet is a contender in 2008. Magglio is hitting .367 with 6 HR 23 RBI's. If the Jacks need anything its another power bat to protect the lineup. a .281 BA but only 29 HR in 42 games may catch up to the Jack. Usage may be of concern for the pitching staff unless some deals come along. Lowell's .329 bat has been a major plus for JJD, however no one is scared of the lineup. Only 7 intentional passes for the .328 OBA, .406 slug team. .292 IRSC and .745X % is adequate though not outstanding. It will be a dogfight in Dawson.

The Carter is all Skokie. Miller and Wolfman have put together perhaps a team for the ages. They could challenge for the Philly Phantastics 120 win record of 2000. 62 HR's, lots of power. Chipper is an MVP candidiate with 12 HR 32 RBI .342 BA. Bradley and Bonds the killer B's have 8 HR's and are at .324 for Bonds and Brads.314 the team has an .816 OB/SLG. A 3.43 Team ERA keeps 'em in any game. Hudson is at 6-2 and Clemens 6-1. Bullpen is by situational committee.

Allentown: Hanley Ramirez is looking quite like an MVP candidate 5 HR, 24 RBI, 28 SB, .366 BA carrying the team along with Corey Hart 7 HR 24 RBI, and Russell Martins 6 HR 28 RBI and 11 SB. When all is said and done Martin could break CBA's catchers SB record whatever that is. A .271 team BA is an improvement over last season, and 19-23 puts them squarely in the wildcard race in Staub. A Town needs James Shields is the staff ace with a 6-1 record and a miniscule 1.86 ERA. He has 72K's in 87 inn. A .407 IRSC and .709 X rating will not win games for A Town.

Kennesaw Mt has been inconsistant. When you think they can make a break, they regress. Billingsley 3-3 2.77 and Kendrick 4-2 3.14 have pitching well enough to win, but little else has gone well. The offense is ok to win with Loney hitting 8 HR 22 RBI .370, and R Braun 7 HR 18 RBI .352. They have no one to drive home or be driven home by. The end of the order is awful so far.

The Maine Express: You'll be hearing from this team in 2008. They must get bullpen help to win. A .398 IRSC is bad Aside from Jenks, Beimel, Tallet, Lyon,Yuser Petit, Morrow have been rediculous. Cost them big games already. Meanwhile the offense has shined. A .271, lots of runs and solid cards. Iwamura has hit well at .333. Adrian Gonzalez 8 HR 29 RBI, .316 is dangerous.Uggla, Rowand, and Francouer have been consistant producers. This team could win with the starters and offense keep on rollin...

Ohio: Struggling along, the Thundercats are in rebuild and have little highlites to mention at this time. Stay tuned. The offense has a few wins in 'em, but a 5.99 ERA staff has nothing to do with the art of winning.

The Schmidt division of Clemente promises an interesting race this year, 2008. Last years champion team Philly comes right out of Schmidt. They again lead the division although the stakes have been raised as there has been improvement all along.

Philly: At 26-19 looks solid. They've scored 10+ runs 13 times only allowing 10 runs 2 times. They're 13-5 in their own division faring better as a road team. They need to improve their middle defense. Turning Dp's is not a strength and could only help out a suspect pitching staff which has a high 4.89 era. Willis is 6-1 but has an above 6 ERA. Verlander is 5-3 with an acceptable era but is hardly an ace in 2008. Its the offense that makes 'em go. Both Carlos Lee and Lants Berkman have 13 HR, and 5 others have hit 5 + HR.

Carolina: Has played better after a slow start. They too have power, hitting 71 HR. Adim Dunn has 14 HR, while Tejada has 9, and Benj3 Molina has 8. As a whole they are only hitting .257. At 21-27 they will need to string together alot of wins to get back into contention. Its a longshot but can be done.

Stirling also has a good offense averaging .294 near CBA's best. Only 51 HR, isn't bad but will be hard pressed to outslug some of the beefier teams in Clemente a DH league. Pedroia has been a revelation hitting .360 at 2B, displacing long time 2B Belliard. Carl Crawford is having an MVP year hitting .395 with 11 HR, 29 RBI, and 10 SB. Manny Ramirez is on fire lately hitting 3 HR in 1 game and 8 for the year to go along with an impressive .328 BA. Ollie Cabrera is hitting .335 with 10 SB as well.

The Lakers of Lake County are on a roll coming up with 11 wins in 15 games to pull closer to Philly in the Schmidt. Solid offense led by Jenkins 9 HR, and All world Jimm3 Rollins have carried the offense. Willy Taveras is hitting .350 with 15 SB as a leadoff man. Not bad. The record is at 23-25, and climbing. The 4.59 team ERA could be better. Once the pen starts to propser, the Lakers could be in the wildcard or division hunt.

The Southwest Lizard Kings had been cold of late as Eric Lindner contemplated diving from the Golden Gate bridge. Right now their story is Matt "doc" Holliday who is front running for MVP. Orlando