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Roque Vela: Meet CBL’s Best Trainer

Roque Vela was the youngest student in his medical school graduating class, at just 21 years old. A childhood genius from Mexico, Vela was always destined to one day be educated in the United States, and was accepted into the University of Michigan as a 15-year-old college freshman. He graduated in just 3 years, and was accepted into the school’s medical program. On May 10, 2004, one month before he would turn 21 years old, Roque Vela had a medical degree from one of the best colleges in the United States. One of Michigan’s most prominent alumni was Dr. Joe Smith, a former orthopedic surgeon who had developed several prominent medical devices over his 20-year-career that allowed him to retire in 2010 at 52 years of age. Joe Smith would turn his massive fortune into the Traverse City franch...

Captain of a Sinking Ship: An Exclusive Interview With Embattled Admirals GM Matt Garber

Simply put, the 2027 season was a disaster for our beloved, two time World Champion “Golden State” Admirals. 99 losses and a near upheaval in the front office. That’s all you need to know to get the picture of what a dysfunctional mess this team was in the face of high expectations. Luckily for us, the architect of that dumpster fire, GM Matt Garber, agreed to do an interview with the Admirals Club, the only place to get your up-to-date Admirals News and Reports. Below is the transcript of that interview: Q: First thing’s first. What happened with Quit-Gate? Garber: I’m not here to, uh, talk about the past. So let’s leave the past in the past. Because that’s where it belongs. What I do know is that we’re here and ready to finish what we started. Q: As I’m sure you know, season ticket holde...

CBL Playoffs: Wrestlemania Version Opening Match

[Author’s Note: The following is the CBL playoffs, but if the CBL was the WWE. Some of it’s baseball, some of it’s wrestling. Pretend it makes sense.] Welcome from wherever you are watching in the world! The day has finally arrived folks! The CBL Playoffs are here! I’m Michael Cole along with Pete Rose and Joe Buck. Let’s get right to it. Ring Announcer: The following match is scheduled for one-fall and will determine the HL Wild-Card Champion of the World. First, the challenger. Coming in with an 82-80 record, a team that dealt with more injuries than Nicole and Jess combined, the Altoona Curve! *Altoona comes out of the tunnel to a heavy roar of cheers* Joe Buck: You know, Altoona has had some health problems, but they’re all healthy now. They’re...

25 And Under CBL Dream Team

Today we build a team of players that are 25 and under and who are currently in CBL.   Catcher #18 Jop Ruttman – CHR #24 Steve Spence – RC First Base #25 Alfredo Solis – TUC Second Base #42 Cisco Martinez – TC Shortstop #70 Jorge Gamboa – TUC Third Base #35 Gilberto Lopez – RC Infield Backups #92 Luis Gabriel – AUS #1 Jose Vallejo – CHR #61 Leonardo Caneque – VAL Left Field #25 Jesus Rodriguez – ERI Center Field #13 Jose Ramierz – AUS Right Field #17 Gregory Nash Jr. – STL Outfield Backups #35 Valter Adro – COL #26 Dan Brooks – POR Starters #2 Juan Jose Acosta – SD #48 Greg Boyle – AUS #31 Jose Arevalo – ALT #14 Thad Baldwin – STL #57 Alfredo Hogan – MAN   Bullpen #52...

GMgate: The Unauthorized Vetting of a Cheat

[Author’s Note: The following is my own opinion, based on hundreds of interactions with multiple General Managers throughout the league and common sense.] It is my belief that former Mahoning Valley GM Kyle [last name redacted, we’ll go with cheater] and former Calgary GM Todd [last name redacted] were not who they said they were. I believe both GMs were fake accounts created by Charlotte Knights GM Matt [last name redacted], to help him make great trades to rebuild two franchises. I think all 3 teams were run by one boy-cheat, and if I had to guess I would say Kyle Cheater is the real cheaters name, while “Matt” and “Todd” were chosen to be the fake teams. Once Kyle was fired, he just decided to stay on as Matt. To be clear, Matthew [last name redacted]...

2024, By The Numbers

The season we just had will probably be known in CBL history books as The Year of the Underdog. I decided to look back at the 2024 season through the lens of some significant numbers: 225:  Going into last game of the regular season against Traverse City, Mustache Sellers needed one hit to break the all time hit record for a season in CBL, set last year by his teammate Griffin Keller. He did it on the second pitch of the game. How did Keller react you ask? He came to the plate minutes later, grounded into a double play and dragged Sellers down with him (I’m not joking, Check the game log!). Sellers got two more hits in the game to set the new record at 225. 7:  Number of HL pitchers who had a better WAR for the season than Carlos Rodon (4.9) who led FL in the category. Among them wer...

The Journey

It was the great poet Ralph Waldo Emerson that once said, “Life is a Journey, Not a Destination”. Definition of journey is,”an act of traveling from one place to another” and for 20 teams for over 130 games the journey is coming to an end.  Its often said the journey is more enjoyable than the destination, the ups and downs is what makes the journey special and this year is no different.  For the first time in franchise history, Colorado and Altoona could finish with a winning record, while Calgary and Regina could finish below 500. Erie and Minneapolis could for the first time in a very long time finish above 500. You have the stables of the league in Richardson City,Vancouver,Mahoning Vallye,Manchester and Charlotte still strong, still looking at winning records. ...

2024 Free Agent Predictions: Follow-Up

SP Stephen Strasburg | Age 35 | 14 – 6 | 2.71 ERA | 152.2 IP | 176 K | I predict him to sign a 5-year deal to go to play in Connecticut, which seems crazy. My reasoning behind it is simple. Only a handful of teams will be able to afford him: Colorado, Connecticut, Dayton, Erie, Minneapolis, Nashville, Portland, St. Louis, Tucson and Vallejo. Colorado is a hitters park, and in the end, likely can’t cough up the money Stras will ask for. Dayton is headed in the other direction, and will be hard pressed to make any other moves if they sign him; Aiken and Stras on one team is scary. Erie has the pitching coming up, but lacks offense, so they should focus there. Minneapolis is trending the other way, and all their top prospects are 20 or younger; overpaying for Stras isn’t smart. Na...

2024 Free Agent Predictions

We have never really seen a top free agent. This class has not just one, but four, and a plethora of free agents after that who can all be key additions to teams. SP Stephen Strasburg | Age 35 | 14 – 6 | 2.71 ERA | 152.2 IP | 176 K | The 5-time pitcher of the year just hit the open market for the first time in CBL history. While he’s only made 25 and 24 starts in the past two seasons, respectively, he was still a top contender for the Bob Feller Best Pitcher Award, and some team looking to add a top-flight starting pitcher will sign him to a massive deal. In the past, the best starting pitcher to hit the open market was Tijuan Walker, who signed with Nashville for 5 years and $112.5 million total. Strasburg could sign for 3 years and get that much money. With very few pitchers ...

2023 Most Improved Player

Vancouver Canadians – P Mitch Hart 2022 stats – 1 W – 3 L | 4.60 ERA | 3 GS | 8.4 K/9 2023 stats – 17 W – 4 L | 2.49 ERA | 0.97 WHIP | .229 BABIP   St. Louis Sultans – P Henderson Alvarez 2022 stats – 35 IP | 3.09 ERA | 0.91  WHIP | .232 BABIP 2023 stats – 15 W – 6 L | 3.19 ERA | 2.7 WAR   Colorado Gold Sox – 1B Don Mack Mack had a 4.8 swing in WAR from last season to this season. .254 average to over .300 and over .150 points difference in OPS.   Calgary Mavericks – P Kevin Hudson Hudson has made 2 career starts coming into this year, and started out this year as a RP and put up good numbers.  Since moving to the rotation, he has made 9 starts going 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.1 WHIP.  For the year he is 11-4 w...

The First Annual CBL GM Meetings

Dan Patrick: Welcome to the first annual LIVE CBL GM Meetings! Every team is represented tonight, and thanks to our state of the art surveillance equipment, we have direct knowledge of everything each GM will do all night. We will be sharing that with you as things come in. Please enjoy! Let’s take you live to Scott Hanson who’s running the StrikeZone channel for us. Scott Hanson: Thanks Dan. We’re just going to jump right into things here, with our first live conversation between Altoona GM Justin Zima and his brother, Colorado GM Brandon Zima. JZ : Yo, Brandon, who’s going to pretend to be Dallis today? BZ: You can do it. Scott Hanson: Wow! What a start! Who saw that coming? Thanks for watching the StrikeZone channel, where we have no commercials all day! But don&...

Why Each Playoff Team Will (And Won’t) Win The Premiere Cup

HL  Austin Bats Why They Will: They’re the most appropriately named team in the league right now (unless the Sting are an actual sting operation, which would explain a lot). The Bats lead the league in all batting categories except walks (2nd). They’ve shattered home run records with 263 on the year. four players have batted in 90+ runs. No safe zone in their line up for opponents Why They Won’t: For a 100 win team, their records in one run games (26-25), and extra inning games (8-12) are worrisome. This can be traced back to their biggest weakness, which is the bullpen (4.58 ERA). For Bats to win it all, their starters will need to pitch deep into games.   Mahoning Valley Scrappers Why They Will: As flawless a team as you can find in this league. The Scrappers are h...

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