An Interview with Philadelphia GM Justin Zima

It has been Quite sometime since we’ve come to you with any sort of article or interview; this could be attributed perhaps to lack of news or laziness. Recently we have decided the Philadelphia franchise might actually have more going on than meets they eye. Questions have been asked for the last few years now… What is the direction of the franchise, Why trade/sign for superstar Michael Jordan just to abandon ship a year and a half later? Should GM Justin Zima be held accountable if answers to these questions don’t satisfy? We recently got exclusive access to our tenured GM. Question 1: I Think it is on everyone mind. Philadelphia seemed to be on the rise. The Franchise won a championship as recently as 2030 now we can’t seem to sniff a win. Last week Lucio Gonzalez was fired. Do you...

Arrows 2035 draft review

The first year player draft was held for the Continental Baseball League last night. Your Indianapolis Arrows had the 1st overall pick. The following is a pick by pick break down and the teams thoughts on each selection. Round 1: Pick 1 (1st Overall): RF Jeff Hanson Brown University Age: 21| Bats: R | Throws: R (OSA .5/3.0) (Ki-chun Ahn 1.0/4.0) This may have been a surprise for most of the league. Word around the league is most scouts didn’t have Hanson rated as highly. Hanson was the 2nd best player in the draft according to Ahn. Scouting Report: Report on CF Jeff Hanson from Ki-chun Ahn: Jeff Hanson currently plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for the Brown University Brown Bears. He projects to hit for a high average with his smooth swing. He has plus ...

Here comes the Draft!

The draft is coming and coming soon. No, I am not talking about El Nino or Nina or any other cold front coming to your area. I am speaking of the Amateur Draft. Not just any Amateur Draft. Not a game. I am talking a draft. The 2035 CBL Amateur draft is coming and is an opportunity for all eligible players in high school and college to be able to get a chance of a lifetime. The chance to play in the Continental Baseball League. This years draft pool features 480 high school and 413 college players. 200 players of the over 800 player pool throw left handed and 74 switch hitters. The pool is loaded with great amateur players for the picking. Let’s take a look. OSA rated these players in the 2035 Continental Baseball League Amateur Draft with 4 stars or above of potential. Ratings posted...

Arrows open season 9-13

April wasn’t exactly a great month for the Arrows but it also wasn’t horrible. The Arrows had made numerous changes this offeseason, leading all the wait to and including the first week of the season when they came to terms with vertern catcher Jop Ruttman. Ruttman so far has proved he was worth the wait for Arrow fans, as he started the season batting .209/.289/.448 while being 3rd on the team in HR’s with 3 (he’s behind Daymude – 7 – and other off-season pickup Channon -6-) As mentioned in maybe a surprising twist this early season ,first baseman Jonathan D. Daymude leads the team in home runs. He’s batting .231/.316/.510 so far this season. Daymude had a short stint of 5 games in Indy last season, batting .126 and 0 home runs in his 17 at bats. ...

Fans Flock Back to Sultans

Fans in St Louis are flocking back to see the Sultans thanks to an improvement in results, a new GM and lower ticket prices. “We had to do something to fill the stadium,” said new GM Phil Doyle to the media on Saturday. “When I arrived fan interest in the team was at rock bottom. We knew we had to do something to give fans a reason to come. The easiest way was to lower the ticket price.” The Sultans sold over 10,000 season tickets, a 138% increase on the 4,000 sold last season. Which has increased revenue and so far, the average home attendance is 29,500 compared to 7,800 last time around. Ticket prices dropped from $16.25 to $10. “Obviously having more home fans in the ground gives the team a boost and also helps us financially too. We anticipate that we will...

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 team, I did these over a few days and may have been more focused at certain times. Just let me know if I missed anyone you think was important and I’ll fix it, but I tried not to miss anyone. Also, apologies on the 7,000+ words, read what you feel like reading] Heartland League Spoiler alert: We don’t predict a lot of changes from last season’s HL final standings. The top 6 teams ...

The 2035 Panther winter (Good, bad, and the Ugly).

Evaluations moving forward in Portland monitoring development seem to be still on the uptick as the off season comes to a close. We lost 5 players but gained 6 over the winter and as the graphic showed amongst teams sorted by WAR gained we were #8 at 0.8. Here is a quick glance at our comings and goings. Gone from last years squad is: SP Jose Nieto (9-7 W-L, 4.76 ERA), SS Sergio Ramirez (.187 BA, 8 HRs, 57 RBI’s), 3B Steve Handlin (.298 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI’s), RP Manny Rodriguez (3-2 W-L, 7.36 ERA), and SP/RP Sandy Anderson (1-0 W-L, 4.50 ERA) New additions are: C Andre Galvan (.238 BA, 39 HRs, 110 RBI’s), RF Brad Stanley (.267 BA, 13 HRs, 52 RBI’s), SP Victor Zuniga (5-6 W-L, 4.63), RP Austin Hoffman (7-3 W-L, 2.67 ERA), and Rule 5 Draft picks RF Jose Lopez from Minnea...

Ready to take BIG step Forward

If one looks at Mahoning Valley’s record over the last 15 years, you would not think the Scrappers would be in rebuilding mode. Unbeknownst to many in the league, when Jacob Wallace stepped in to manage MV, the team was actually in disarray. At first glance, the Scrappers looked ready to win it all. However, the budget was in crisis and several of its top players were declining. The veterans held a huge part of the budget which restricted any moves Jacob could take. In his first season, MV won only 89 games and barely made the playoffs. Many around the league knew there was more to what was going on behind the lines when the General Manager left abruptly in 2031 after making an appearance in the CBL Premier Cup Series. Jacob Wallace was brought in and told, this team is ready to win ...

Making Moves

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — It’s been a busy month for the Indianapolis Arrows. First was the announcement of the GM change. And at a press conference today at Mosaic Stadium of a few more newsworthy items and one big player announcement. Up first it was announced that the Arrows have signed two of the fan favorites, both LF Kevin ‘International Assasin’ Garvey and SS Khalil Greene to contract extensions. Garvey was a 2 year contract extension worth a total of $29,080,000. Garvey said today “I look forward to working with Indy to win a championship. I don’t buy into the notion that guys can play only in one city or another, that you need an “atmosphere” surrounding you, or that the fans get you up for a game. I mean, at 26 years of age you ought to be...

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? Who do they think they are? Dom Sackett?” You’ve likely heard the Sackett story by now, but just in case, let’s recap. Sackett was the league’s first high school phenom, starring at Rockford high school where he hit .421/.539/.729 with 11 home runs, 35 walks and just 13 strikeouts in 37 games as a 17-year-old. Akron would select Sackett #1 overall that June, but almost instan...

Developing the Panther Way

Now that I have taken the time to learn a bit more about Word Press more articles may be in order in the future. I assure all that it won’t be something that comes from a journalistic expert with any frequency nor will it come with lots of audio or video what what. I will attempt to post content about the Panthers and maybe some league content every once in a while. Upon completion of our third campaign we are a positive 227-259 record with a .467 winning percentage after the team previously had endured a 63-99 record the year previous to ownership. Honestly, I have no way of knowing how well the organization has been from 2015-2031 other previous records and monies allocated being this being only my fourth season. In these three seasons there have been no preconceptions of the futur...

Questions in Portland

Before the 2034 season even began the Panthers clubhouse had no idea what the upcoming season would hold. The feeling was it would be a slow progression from being a bottom feeder from the Heartland to any sort of prominence. The off season was fruitful as GM Moore pieced and part his way to completing a roster; meanwhile, still attempting to build the farm for the future. Let’s fast forward to the completion of the year where they found their selves in playoffs after a 89-73 record as a wild card team. 89-73? Just unreal. This was not to occur till much later at least in our estimations. Pleased nonetheless with the outcome, but not too enthused with our 7-2 loss to Golden State in the one game playoff. The sting of the early exit much like that of a swarm of hornets to the groin. M...

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