Author: Erik Voldness

An Underrated Career: Trace Loehr

Few CBL players are as polarizing on the field as Minneapolis Millers long-time shortstop Trace Loehr. A career .233 hitter with a .720 OPS is, some argue, worthy of being a first ballot Hall-of-Famer when he retires, and that drives some fans crazy. Offense is what seems to drive popularity, but Loehr’s body of work is impressive for it’s overall value and even more so for it’s ...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on the Rest

For part three of our Down on the Farm series, we will be reviewing some of the elite seasons from rookie league to the A level, the Midwest League, the Arizona Summer League and the Florida State League. Part one covered the AAA level and can be read here, while part two covered the AA level and can be read here. Anibal Cardenas, Shortstop, San Diego Surf Dawgs Organization Originally signed out ...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on AA

Today we continue our deeper look into this past minor league season by checking in on the AA level, the Southern League. Our first piece covered the AAA level, the Pacific Coast League, and can be read here. Art Wee-Bey, Catcher, Austin Bats Organization Originally signed as undrafted free agent out of the University of Louisville by Erie, Art Wee-Bey was traded as basically a throw-in along with...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on AAA

As we enter the final weeks of this long season, it might be a good idea to take a deeper look into the minor leagues of this wonderful CBL. Today, I’ll take a look at some of the top prospects at the AAA level, and over the next week or two I’ll work my way through each minor league level. Anyone who’s been promoted to the big leagues, even just recently, wasn’t eligible f...

CBL America’s Top 5 Draft Prospects

CBL America, the finest amateur baseball publication in this universe, has released their top 5 draft prospects as the CBL Amateur Draft gets underway. Notes: The odds on favorite to win the Golden Arm award this season, Gleyvin Sternisha went a remarkable 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA for Louisiana State, leading them to the College World Series final. He struck out 62 batters in 65 innings, while walking ...

Roque Vela: Meet CBL’s Best Trainer

Roque Vela was the youngest student in his medical school graduating class, at just 21 years old. A childhood genius from Mexico, Vela was always destined to one day be educated in the United States, and was accepted into the University of Michigan as a 15-year-old college freshman. He graduated in just 3 years, and was accepted into the school’s medical program. On May 10, 2004, one month before ...

Nearly Down and Out, Millers Go Down Under

Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis Millers have clinched a playoff spot tonight, despite being three games under .500 at 78-81. A mostly rebuilding FL is to thank, to be sure, but a month ago the playoffs seemed like an impossibility for this team. *One Month Earlier* The date is August 31, and the Minneapolis Millers playoff hopes are fading fast. The team has just lost 9-2 to their division...

Draft Day in Pasadena

Pasadena, CA – A glance down the dimly lit high school hallway shows the light bouncing off plaques hanging near the baseball trophy case. The Pasadena Revolution logo painted on the adjacent wall is fading. Upon closer examination, it’s easy to understand why these stood out. SP Alfredo Hogan, Class of 2018. SS Ken Hill, Class of 2022. 1B Duane Kowing, Class of 2024. Hogan was one of ...

CBL Playoffs: Wrestlemania Version Opening Match

[Author’s Note: The following is the CBL playoffs, but if the CBL was the WWE. Some of it’s baseball, some of it’s wrestling. Pretend it makes sense.] Welcome from wherever you are watching in the world! The day has finally arrived folks! The CBL Playoffs are here! I’m Michael Cole along with Pete Rose and Joe Buck. Let’s get right to it. Ring Announcer: The following...

GMgate: The Unauthorized Vetting of a Cheat

[Author’s Note: The following is my own opinion, based on hundreds of interactions with multiple General Managers throughout the league and common sense.] It is my belief that former Mahoning Valley GM Kyle [last name redacted, we’ll go with cheater] and former Calgary GM Todd [last name redacted] were not who they said they were. I believe both GMs were fake accounts created by Charlo...

Luis “The Iceman” Gabriel

Higüey, Dominican Republic – Located on the far east coast of the Dominican Republic, Higüey is the capital city of the La Altagracia Province and survives almost entirely on tourism, with most residents employed at the hotel complexes in nearby Punta Cana. Paloma Gabriel is no different. The 47-year-old widow has worked in Punta Cana for nearly 20 years, forced to find a job after her husba...

Norberto Roman Continues Improvement

Aiea, HI – CBL Winter League baseball is a big draw in the small town. The Aiea Angels, who are affiliated with the CBL’s Minneapolis Millers, draw an average of just over 5,000 fans a game. That of course is nothing compared to the large CBL crowds back in the continental US, but once you realize that the population of Aiea is just under 10,000, it’s much more impressive. The CB...

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