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Marauders in Playoff Hunt

It’s been a streaky season in Manchester. The team has consistently gone through up and down periods in which they alternated between looking like one of the best teams in the league and looked like a team that should be working on their putting and iron game during October. At just the right time, the Marauders ran off 11 in a row vaulting them into a strong position as the second (or perhaps even first) wild card. Just when fans were starting to look up at #3 ranked Golden State, Manchester was promptly swept by Mahoning Valley, the only team that could deny them a playoff spot. It could be touch and go until the end for the Marauders. Still, Manchester fans seem very excited about their club. All of the veterans will be back for 2034 including newly acquired 1B Don Smith, catcher ...

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, the appropriately named Austin Bats have hit 244 home runs, nearly 2 a game. The Philadelphia Liberty, possessing the league’s second best record, have hit 116 home runs. The Bats have more than doubled the Liberty, although with both teams excelling it’s clear there are plenty of ways to win in this league. Even with superstar third baseman Alonzo “Dude” Bennarivo missing ...

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 dominated at both the AA and AAA levels. After going 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 9 AA starts, striking out 82 batters in 55 innings, Zarzosa was promoted to AAA Columbus, where he has dominated even more. The 6’2, 195 pounder made 10 starts in Columbus, going 9-1 with a microscopic 1.93 ERA. He added 79 strikeouts in 65 innings. Those numbers were enough to convince the Millers brass that Zarzosa could...

Moves in (and possibly from) Manchester

It was a wild draft this year in Manchester as the Marauder front office was working overtime, not preparing for their selections as much as trading them away. After engineering a swap of their first round pick for four later Minnesota picks, Manchester traded a couple of them and a reserve infielder for big Don Smith, the Panthers’ aging first basemen. Smith has so far settled in nicely with the Marauders, batting .351 with a 990 OPS since arriving and signing a contract extension to boot. Meanwhile, Manchester traded a 2nd and 3rd round pick to Charlotte for Bo Allen, who will settle into the rotation as a #4 starter. Allen, who is known for a cranky, outspoken personality had demanded a trade from the Knights. Upon arriving in Manchester, Allen immediately complained to his new manageme...

Meet Triple B

Photo by Levi Saunders on Unsplash Today we meet the voice of the St. Louis Sultans. The color commentator himself, Buffalo Bill Burgermeister (AKA Triple B).  The former clown school graduate and one time wrestling announcer, was hired on by the Sultans to bring some comedy to the franchise. Why you ask? We asked ourselves the same question. So I was sitting at home drinking a Steel Reserve and watching reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000, when i received a call from my old buddy Kayber. He asked me how i felt about Baseball? I told him it was more boring then a white wall in a hippies house and then he hired me. Bill has no background in baseball. Six years as a professional clown and 12 as a commentator in an Orlando wrestling federation. Burgermeister has no business doing baseball ...

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 collegiate award, managed to fall all the way to #8 as a run on starting pitchers surprised mock drafters across the country. Erie‘s selection of Clarence Sugarman at number 10 overall was a bit surprising as he hit just .215 with 3 home runs compared to 50 strikeouts and just 6 walks over 2 seasons, but the Seawolves clearly see potential in the draft’s coolest last name. Outfielder Tyrone Ma...

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 seemed weaker than most, at least at the top. Former #1 overall pick Eric Pogue has become a very good player for the Bullet Club, to be sure, but isn’t quite the can’t miss talent that will help bring a franchise back from the bottom of the league. This draft looks to be similar, where there is no real consensus on who should go #1 overall. First baseman Joe Castle is arguably the be...

So Long to the Kat

New Manchester Marauder GM Matt Bowling has had the checkbook out in recent weeks as the club has been in heated contract talks with a number of players. Manchester began by inking Amancio Montarroio to a three-year deal averaging $18 million per season. Amancio also seemed open to returning to his original position of second base as the Marauders look to potentially acquire a slugging corner infielder next year. “I couldn’t even remember where my second baseman’s glove was,” said the new second sacker, “Then I found it in my locker under that huge pile of cash I’ve been keeping there.” Meanwhile “Kitty Kat” Azuma was sent packing, as the team acquired Deron Ross and a minor leaguer in exchange for the Japanese closer. Pressed for the logic behind the trade, Bowling told the press, “...

New General Manager In St. Louis

The St. Louis Sultans today hired a new General Manager Kayber. His background stems from being a GM in another Indy League (to remain nameless), there he he didn’t have much luck trying to turn around an overpriced team. Picking up a lot of rookies and drafting an in house system is the foundation he likes to build upon. Core fundamentals of my teams are built through the drafting process. I like to sign a few pieces to give leadership on the field and off. However I build my organizations around youth and drafting.” Kayber has already made it known then they are going to trade young Deion Sanders in CF. Who knows what else he has in the works. There are quite a number of players on the Sultans that are on their last years of contract. 1B Jose Garcia, injured 3B Corey Seager and LF ...

Big Changes in Manchester

There have been some big changes in Marauder Nation this week as the team hired new GM, Matt Bowling to take over the team. However, fans throughout New Hampshire were incredulous that a GM with so little experience would be hired to take over this big-market ballclub. One fan standing in line outside Bartlett Field before Friday’s game asked, “Bowling? Who has ever heard of this guy? This is baseball, not candlepin and we need someone with experience.” Nevertheless, Bowling shrugged off such criticism, pointing to a fine career as a high school pitcher and mentioning the day he won $300 on Draft Kings. Bowling was quick to shake up the lineup, prevailing on team Manager Billy Traber to install budding prospect Cal Ripken III at shortstop and to move Sergio Ramirez over to second. Fans did...

Dreamers Rocked by Ramsey Exit

California Dreamers fans and staff were left reeling after news was leaked that star DH Andy Ramsey had turned down his option year and was looking to test Free Agency. Ramsey 32, had given assurances to management when he arrived at M&P Park that he would execute the option that would give Dreamers fans another year to see the talented hitter in orange and white. However Ramsey, who is currently on the DL with a hamstring injury, has reportedly decided to test the market. Ramsey arrived as the marquee signing by GM Doyle in November last year in an exchange for top prospect Juan Ibarra. Ramsey hit 27 homers and 80 RBI’s in his debut season and management have now got to decide if he is worth pursuing in the open market where his value will surely soar past his current $17m contr...

2032 CBL Mock Draft

With the annual June amateur draft scheduled for this Saturday afternoon (11 AM PST), here’s our best guess at how the first two rounds (42 picks) will unfold. Round One 1. Connecticut Colonials: Piotr Rasputin, Starting Pitcher, Yale University The 6’8, 275 pound Russian senior has had quite a collegiate career. “Colossus” as he’s known to friends and teammates, Rasputin posted a 1.35 ERA in 60 innings as a junior, decided to return for his senior season, and posted a 1.88 ERA in just over 62 innings this season. Scouts feel he’s yet to fully tap into his massive potential, as his strikeout numbers are solid but not quite as dominant as one would expect given his natural ability and sheer size. With a fastball that has touched 96 MPH and four pitches th...

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