Author: Erik Voldness

2035 Season Preview

Can the Austin Bats repeat as champions, locking up a third title in just four seasons? Will the Mahoning Valley curse be lifted? Can Minneapolis finally climb the mountain? The 2035 season should be filled with stories from opening day until the Premier Cup, so let’s take our first look at this coming season. [Author’s Note: Apologies if I missed a key addition or key loss from your t...

Rebuilt: Former Bust Dom Sackett Wins Manager of the Year

Minneapolis, MN – Just weeks after the Minneapolis Millers season had ended in three straight losses to their rival Vancouver Canadians, the local press was having a field day. After winning a league record 128 games, the team failed to win a championship despite making the playoffs for 11 straight seasons. One famous late night host even got in on the fun, saying simply, “0 for 11? Wh...

Inside the Numbers: Millers 128 Win Edition

As we head into the much anticipated CBL playoffs, it seemed worthwhile to take a look back at the best regular season team in CBL history, the Minneapolis Millers. By posting it here, nobody has to read it, but I still get to brag! The Millers beat the previous wins record, 113, by 15 games, finishing 128-34. The team started 12-9 before finishing 116-25. The Frontier League record for losses is ...

Millers Raid Farm System in Search of Gold

Following the latest Millers post-season collapse this past October, it was clear something needed to change in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the team’s best pitcher, Garrett Gooden, would be leaving in free agency in the next few weeks, as would a key veteran slugger, Russell Bell. Making matters worse, the organization was not very excited about the free agency crop in general. “We mos...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search For Truth (Part IV)

[Editor’s Note: This is the final part (IV) of a IV part series. Read Part I, Part II and Part III.] The two players were as motivated as they’d ever been heading into the off-season. The improvements they’d made in just two short seasons gave them a real shot at one day making a major league roster. And Hudzik was genuinely curious about changing the way pitching was developed, ...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth (Part III)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a IV part series. Read Part I and Part II.] The first thing Kevin Hudzik did when he arrived home for the off-season was begin his research. He had decided a few weeks ago that he would spend as much time and energy as he possibly could to understand the scientific reasons behind his pitches and throwing motions. It was a daunting task, to be sure. Especia...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth (Part II)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a IV part series. Part I can be found here.] It had been an eventful first month of professional baseball for Kevin Hudzik. After the whirlwind month of June saw him graduate from Harvard and sign his first professional contract, July became even crazier. Hudzik had been used out of the bullpen for the Lake County Captains exclusively, with the organzation ...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth

How two former Harvard baseball players have started a pitching revolution [Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a IV part series. Part II, Part III and Part IV will be linked here when finished.] Fort Myers, FL – As spring training nears for the CBL’s 21st season, the Minneapolis Millers training complex is basically silent. Staff members will arrive over the next week or two to beg...

CBL’s Austin Bats Living Up To Nickname

In a recent study by Amazon Sports Network, it was revealed that the average CBL team goes through an astounding 34,000 baseballs per season, counting both game balls and practice balls. The Austin Bats, however, go through about 47,000 baseballs per season. Playing in a hitter friendly park with arguably the most powerful lineup in baseball history leads to a lot of souvenirs. Through 123 games, ...

Sources: Millers promoting top prospect Juan Zarzosa

Following last night’s 3-0 win over the Las Vegas Aces, the Minneapolis Millers announced that they have purchased the contract of starting pitching Juan Zarzosa from AAA Columbus. The team designated veteran reliever Eli Clark to make room on the 25-man roster. Zarzosa has emerged as one of the game’s most intriguing pitching prospects this season, as the 23-year-old has simply domina...

Around the League

Just a quick look around the league over the last week or so in-game time. Draft Surprises A generally computer-run Traverse City team selected high school second baseman Jack Roslovic with the first overall pick, gifting the new Colorado Gold Sox front office the draft’s top prospect in first baseman Joe Castle. Danny Chapman, who hit .426 this past season while winning every major collegia...

The 2033 CBL Draft Primer

With the league’s annual crapshoot rookie draft taking place in less than 48 hours, it seemed wise to take a slightly deeper look into the incoming draft class and some possible storylines surrounding the 2033 CBL Amateur Draft. Let’s dig in. Draft Order (Top 50): What will happen at the top? Traverse City continues to be relatively unlucky, securing the top pick now in two drafts that...

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