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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...

Doyle leaves Dreamers

Dreamers GM has been fired by owner David Geffen. Details are scarce at the moment but we believe that Doyle has left with immediate effect. The Dreamers are coming of th eback of a poor season where they were eliminated in the wildcard round by the San Diego Surf Dawgs. Expectations were high for the season and struggling to an 85 -77 record may not have been good enough for the top brass at M and M Park. It was also rumored that Doyle and Geffen had clashed over the financial targets set for the team at the start of the season. More details to follow as we develop this story.

GM Change in Indianapolis

Everroad will take over a team that lost 112 games last season.

Inside the Numbers: Millers 128 Win Edition

As we head into the much anticipated CBL playoffs, it seemed worthwhile to take a look back at the best regular season team in CBL history, the Minneapolis Millers. By posting it here, nobody has to read it, but I still get to brag! The Millers beat the previous wins record, 113, by 15 games, finishing 128-34. The team started 12-9 before finishing 116-25. The Frontier League record for losses is 33, one below the Millers total of 34. However, that record was set back in 2015, when the league played just 82 games. The Millers lost 1 more game while playing 80 more. The team’s +446 run differential is the best in baseball history, 35 runs better than the 1939 New York Yankees. The pitching staff finished with 1,779 strikeouts, surpassing the previous CBL record of 1,717 set by the Mah...

Prospect Watch: #13 Dave Land

It’s that time of week again, where we look at the top prospects for the Colorado Gold Sox. Today we take at a look at LF Dave Land ranked 12th overall and 8th ranked batter. Current Team: AAA Kanab MinersAcquired Via: Trade with Fargo Nordiques (06/08/2034)2034 Stats: AA (JAX) 24G 67AB .284/.402/.612 6HR 21RBI / AAA (KAN) 66G 227AB .238/.380/.463 12HR 51RBI Rating: OSA 1.5/2.5 Scout: 1.5/3.0Player Above On Depth Chart:  Gyoo-jae Guem  (CBL Colorado Gold Sox)Player Above On Depth Chart:  Bob Piccolo (AAA  Kanab Miners) Player Below On Depth Chart:   Jesús Gabriel (AA Donora Ducks) Career Highlights:Land played his college ball at the University of Connecticut Huskies from 2029-2031. Land was signed as a undrafted free agent to a minor league co...

CBL Trade Deadline

The proceeding are my opinions and they are known sometimes (not often) to be wrong. lol Yesterday marks the trade deadline for the CBL, today we take a look at all the moves. (This is my first time trying to do something like this, so hopefully I don’t offend anyone) Wednesday, July 19th, 2034 The week started with the Minneapolis Milers (who have already made a ton of moves) trading 35-year-old catcher Don Sanders, 20-year-old first baseman Jonathon Fetherston, 19-year-old closer Alan Bekins, 23-year-old starting pitcher Billy Moore and 19-year-old starting pitcher Mitch Haubrich to the Cambridge Pilgrims, getting 28-year-old second baseman Amancio Montarroio and 29-year-old minor league starting pitcher Víctor García in r...

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