Austin Bats

Gallo/Miller Rivarly Hits New Heights

Late last week in a game between the Austin Bats and Altoona Curve, Joey Gallo sprinted towards a Shelby Miller occupied mound. If one didn’t know any better they would have thought they were watching a boxing match. These two CBL heavy weights have been brewing this rivalry for a long time and finally it erupted into a brawl that got the two of them suspended for 10 games.   April 26th 2018   This day will forever be looked at as the start of it all… Joey Gallo had been having a great month as well as Shelby Miller. They both had big heads at the time. Gallo hit a 2-2 curveball a long way and just sort of stared at it, the ball hooked foul and Shelby Miller didn’t seem to appreciate the sportsmanship. The next pitch was a 2-2 fastball up in the zone that struck...

The Mysterious Circumstances of Hanley Ramirez

It was mid-June. The Austin Bats were in the thick of another tough divisional race, and general manager Trey needed a break. The team’s owner had offered Trey his summer cabin for a few days to clear his mind. Trey agreed, hoping it would relieve some of the stress. A few hours after arriving with his mistress, Carrie Underwood, Trey met the neighbors for the first time. The old man was a retired pharmacist, and his wife had been a botanist. They seemed nice enough. They were very excited to meet a star like Carrie Underwood. After an enjoyable few days away, Trey was packing up and getting set to leave when the old man came running up to him. Part of the roof had collapsed directly on top of his wife, who was trapped. The old man needed Trey to help. The pair sprinted into the bedr...

2016 Season Review

What a season it was! After the league agreed to a new 120-game season, up from 82, even that proved to be one game too short. Trey and his Austin Bats were on the wrong end of the play-in game, losing in nail-biting, heart-racing, stomach-punch fashion to Syracuse. It also had to hurt watching Montreal clinch the East division title with a 60-60 record, three games worse than Austin. The Orange will play Frisco, while the other playoff series’ can be seen here. Let’s take a look back at the regular season. Inside the Numbers 17-16 Frisco’s record after trading several top prospects for starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmerman. (49-38 prior to trade) 77 Number of wins Calgary had, best in the CBL. Traverse City was the only other team to eclip...

Votto to see “self help” guru

Breaking News – Austin, TX  All early signs predicted that Joey Votto would have a break-out season in the CBL.  He had a disappointing year last year with a pedestrian slash of .259/.384/.396.  Thinking of himself as an “elite” player of the CBL, he was quoted at the end of last season tell the press, “This just isn’t acceptable”. In this year’s spring training, Votto was swinging the bat he expected and ended the spring with a .313/.410/.547 slash….then opening day happened and Joey’s bat has disappeared.  He has been working extensively with the hitting staff, but that just isn’t resulting in hits. Drastic situations require drastic measures…and a call to the “self help” bullpen has been made.  Famous self hel...

2015 Austin Bats Outlook

Austin, TX…..Bats kick off the new year, and expectations are running high. Coming off a year where the team finished last in most statistical categories, management hopes to bounce back and be competitive on the field this year. Here is a quick look at the Bats opening day roster: STARTERS Yu Darvish – Cy Young caliber year last year and he is getting stronger.  Has learned American hitters and strategies and hopes to win 10+ games this year. Jaime Garcia – After signing a big 5-year $30mil deal at the end of last season, the Bats are banking on Jaime to “bring the heat” in 2015. Shelby Miller – Solid starter last year behind Darvish, Shelby has a high work ethic and is a leader in the dugout, the Bats would love to see him enter the realm of “eli...

Bats have landed in Austin!

2:15 pm, Austin, TX…During a press conference today at Austin Community College, the city’s newest sports franchise was unveiled.  New ownership of the former Albuquerque Isotopes has decided to pick up and move the fledging franchise to Austin.  The Bats will officially begin play in 2015. Why Austin?  One man, Michael Dell.  Dell has always been a big fan of baseball and wrote a $100 million check to the Isotopes as well as building the new Bats stadium….affectionately called, “The Batcave”.  Construction began on the new arena two months ago and should be completed before the Bats start spring training for the new year.  The field will be called, “Dell Diamond” and the stadium naming rights haven’t been granted yet. The new stadium will fe...

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