Calgary Sting

3 For 3 Zack Greinke

3 for 3 -Steinke Greinke- For 10 years in CBL baseball there has been only one Steinke. Little over 10 years ago the Continental Baseball League was formed, Greinke at a young age of 31 was looking for a shot to make a team, any team.  Every kids dream is to play professional ball, to smell freshly cut grass, and to hit that game winning home run. Greinke always had that “it” factor, scouts whispering in coaches ears, that this kid was going to be special. In the now dead MLB, Greinke was feared for years, but as the MLB died and CBL form, only a few teams made up the new league. Greinke up in age and down on velocity thought his time might be over, but he had something….. a nickname, given to him by a scout name Walter Johnson who watched him play at a pro day 20 years a...

You’re only as good as…

Change comes to Calgary! Within hours of their loss in the Premier Cup, management in the Calgary Mavericks organization made a huge change. They terminated the contract of GM David Jones. Jones has had success in Calgary since his arrival in both the league and Calgary, reaching the playoffs every single year since 2014 and only failing to win the division once in that time. But, according to the Mavs press release, the success never produced a championship and that was the sole motivation for this drastic move. Jones had guided the team to the Premier Cup in 2017, losing to Vallejo 4-2 in the championship series. The loss to Richardson City, oddly enough by that same series total, was simply too much to take. You’re only as good as your last championship and, failing to win one, yo...

Panda Ban in North Carolina

Following the recent playoff series between the beloved Charlotte Knights and the Calgary Mavericks, a large mass of North Carolinians have signed a petition to ban pandas from the state. This comes from the masterful performance of Pablo ‘Panda’ Sandoval, the 33-year-old third baseman for the Mavericks. Despite a mediocre regular season, Panda was spectacular in the postseason, starting off with a simple 1-2 day, but had a home run, the first run for his team. The next game he again started the scoring, providing another home run in a 2-1 victory, going 1-3 on the day. Game 3 was when he really killed the Knights, in Charlotte no less. In the 8th inning he hit a double, scoring the tying run, then in the 13th he crushed a triple to plate the winning run, putting Calgary up 3-0...

Mavericks ready for 2017

This is partially my “virtual GM” in-game “me” speaking and partially the “real me” speaking. I will not try and sort the two out in this article – too much brain power required! 🙂 The Mavericks are all geared up for the 2017 season. We made only a couple of key moves that will hopefully take us a little bit farther this season. Last year we topped the FL West with 77 wins (a record that will obviously be eclipsed again this season as the league moves to 162 games). But again we bowed out of the post-season early! SP Matt Latos was the biggest name to leave town and test the free agent market. Our scouts liked, but did not LOVE him, so the money he demanded seemed a bit much. Best of luck to him this season elsewhere. We added a left-handed arm in ...

Stunned in the post-season!

The CBL, in it’s first 120-game season, saw records fall left and right and understandably so. One of the records will be held, until topped, by the Calgary Mavericks…77 wins! The fact that did not seem to matter at all in the post-season has the management, staff and players in Calgary absolutely stunned the morning after being eliminated in straight games 3-0 by the Charlotte Knights. The Mavs simply did not have any answers for the Knights and completely fell apart after having such a strong season. Full credit to the Charlotte team however as they pounded both strikes and hits, when needed in either case, and made short work of the best team record in the CBL in 2016. What is even more interesting is that the division champions, as seen below, ALL went out in the first roun...

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...

There’s no place like home

Legitimate baseball story I found today (Friday, March 13th, 2015). You’ve heard of Star Wars night, Ghostbusters night, well a minor league of the Seattle Mariners is taking it to another level entirely. If I remember the CBL rule correctly, teams can relocate their franchise and update their unis every five years? I might just be counting down starting right now! Here’s the link to the full story from MLB.

Mavericks add at the deadline

The Calgary Mavericks, faced with some arm injuries and just wanting to hopefully beef things up at the trade deadline, have made a move. The Mavs have added pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Akron Rubberducks. Cashner 29 was put on the block recently and because he can take the mound as a starter and has spent time in the pen we just could not pass up a chance to add veteran talent capable in both areas. The new 120-game season is much more of a grind than the previous “sprint season”, so we’re more confident that we can weather some further arm injuries (hopefully we will not have to, but we do feel a bit better with the addition of Cashner). You always have to give something in the equation. The Mavericks sent everyday outfielder Oswaldo Arcia 28 as the main piece in the...

A Case for GM Contracts – New Way of Thinking

Is has certainly been a while since I posted anything about my little behind-the-scenes project of trying to develop a way to adopt a contract structure for GM’s in an online league (outside the GM, “house rules” if you will). In my first couple of attempts I tried to keep things relatively simple, with just a few parameters that had to be met to continue as GM of you team in the league otherwise you would be on the outside looking for a new team (but still within the league of course – just effectively switching teams). It turns out that process was a little too simple and there was a fine line between being repeatedly fired (not fun for anyone) or staying on forever (essentially status quo, which is what I was trying to avoid). The latest version of my project has...

The Tax Man Cometh…

A little exercise of my highly limited mathematical skills as we get set to start the 2016 CBL season. I recall asking (might have been in a PM to the Commish) where one finds the “league average payroll” calculation with which to calculate the potential “Luxury Tax” penalty in the game. Turns out, it’s sitting in plain view all along on the Front Office/Advanced tab. So, with that number (assuming it doesn’t drastically change through Opening Day) and using the CBL rules, I will attempt to calculate the tax for my team (I am over) just to see what kind of a dent I’ll have at the end of the season (the “Revenue Sharing” line on the Front Office/Finances page). For the record (and easily seen in the financial pages of the league) my curr...

Sandoval signs with Mavs

Calgary made a big move today in free agency, signing veteran 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 3-year (plus 2 team options) contract reportedly valued at $62-million. It is big money but the team feels they have a more potent lineup with him in it at either 3B or DH. Last season with Akron Sandoval slashed .287/.328/.395 and drove in 42 over 73 games. “We think those numbers will certainly go up here in Calgary when he’s positioned in our lineup.” said GM David Jones. The move probably relegates last year’s 3B Matt Dominguez to more of a bench and defensive role, maybe more if Sandoval is at DH and they can have both in the lineup of course. Dominguez seems fine with that for now and is young enough to continue to grow into more of a starting role and, having hit  at a .297 p...

Calgary Mavericks – Minor League Moves

When the Calgary Mavericks franchise moved north of the border into Canada it was such a major undertaking in such a short space of time that the easiest thing  to do for this past season was to simply leave their minor league organization intact. Now that we are into the CBL off-season underway, that is all about to change. The Mavericks have announced the following organizational changes, effective with the brand new 2016 season. The naming rights to their home in Calgary have be awarded to Canadian Pacific. The first Canadian transcontinental railroad, built in the late 1800’s as a way to bind the nation from coast to coast, is headquartered in Calgary and because the park is situated on land leased by the railroad long term, at the end of which it’s title transferred to the...

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