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To Move or Not Move to OOTP 20 is THE question. Fargo’s perspective

Around this time of the year the next version of OOTP is never far away. For some it is not a question IF to buy the latest version but WHEN to buy it. Some argue that 35 USD is worth it while others have other expenses. Firstly, from an online community perspective it might be worth it for me to pay the 35 schmeckles, but when i look what OOTP did to FHM 5 and Perfect team i had to think twice. My first question is why do i need to support the latest edition of a game if* it is basically the same version but with the latest MLB rosters? For some this is enough but within a season each team will look different anyway. Then there is the noble philanthropist argument which states “to support the project”. Well my dear friends, i am in a position that 35 USD can buy me a week of f...

Trading draft picks

The current situation around trading draft picks is a compromise between drafting and not trading draft picks. In my opinion it’s an ok compromise, but like any other compromise that involves important decisions which could significantly impact our league – trading too many draft picks can make a franchise collapse – it is not ideal. Maybe we should not aim for an ‘ideal’ situation as this term is ambiguous in our CBL league because every member has his own preference. Nonetheless, the current rule seems unnatural, or rather frustrating to me because it’s making trades which include draft picks stagnate. Sure, one can argue that this is why the rule works and should be implemented ( to prevent too many draft picks being traded). However, in such a situat...

Fargo Nordiques a new organization.

    It was a cold winter evening when Natan Shapkovic received a call from a franchise that just lost its GM. No one knows what happened to the former GM, but rumors have it that he disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Allegedly the anonymous caller told Shapkovic that money was to be made in the U.S and that he would receive a great salary if he took the position of GM. When Shapkovic asked where the team was located the caller only told him ”you will love it”. For some unclear reason Shapkovic needed desperately the money and had no choice but to accept the generous offer from the stranger on the phone. Once half of his salary arrived on his bank account in Poland he left to the airport, there at the airport he would receive a call with the final destination,...

Revisiting – 25 And Under CBL Dream Team (2026)

  Back in 2026 we wrote about the 25 and under Dream Team, 4 years we will revisit the “Dream Team” Stats of end of 2029, this is a mix of highly successful players and guys who burned out before making a last impact. Soon we will release a new list for 2030 shortly. Position Player Orig. Team Cur. Team Seasons Avg OBP SLG OPS WAR C Jop Ruttman CHR COL 6 .266 .359 .478 .837 22.7 C Steve Spence RC MIN(AA) 7 .254 .355 .438 .792 13.6 1B Alfredo Solis TUC CAD 5 .251 .321 .473 .795 14.3 2B Cisco Martinez TC TC 9 .268 .328 .444 .773 34.2 SS Jorge Gamboa TUC ERI 5 .265 .304 .345 .649 11.2 3B Gilberto Lopez RC RC 6 .298 .416 .499 .915 27.8 Infield Luis Gabriel AUS CAD 6 .277 .320 .373 .693 11.6 Infield Jose Vallejo CHR VAN 6 .231 .303 .413 .716 10.5 Infield Leonardo Caneque VAL MV...

Trouble in Bat City

With nicknames of Bat City, Waterloo, City Of The Violet Crown to name a few, Austin might have a new nickname soon. Bad blood already boiling over for the Austin Bats and their new manager John Urick. Jose Nieto and Robinson Castaneda got into it over the past week as the Bats went 0 – 3 against the rebranded Liberty. Nieto was quoted as saying, “It’s his fault we’re losing ballgames. I was just trying to let him know that he (Castaneda) needs to play better, and he took offense to it.” Some other members of the Bats had to step in and calm down the situation but many of those in the clubhouse were puzzled as to what Nieto was talking about. Castaneda only pitched 0.1 of an inning giving up no runs while Nieto pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 4 runs only 1 bei...

Portland Panther Fans Will Need Programs

                          Portland Panthers Open Season with Lots of Changes April 4, 2030 by Samantha Guerin (Sports Editor) Portland’s new management team, which took over in mid-2029, has made drastic changes to the Panther roster for the start of the new season that kicks off tomorrow night.  With a looming financial crisis and a team that couldn’t reach .500 even with a plethora of highly paid veterans, Portland will take the field in St Louis with a bunch of those expensive veterans suiting up elsewhere.  Gone are: CF Dave Gill – he hit .296 and stole a league-leading 55 bases but still turned in a negative WAR (-0.8) due to his atrocious defensive play in CF (ZR = -39.6).  Coming off a two-year $21 million contract, he was not offered an extension and signed a free agent contract wi...

Spring Training Interview with CBL GMs

Editors Note: I apologize for any bad grammar or spelling. Edited this after a long day of school and work. Hope you all enjoy it! Interview with John from the Portland Panthers Dan Canadians: Welcome John. Glad to have you in the CBL. Welcome and congrats on taking over Portland. They’ve had a great reputation for being an up and coming team. Any opening remarks you’d like to make? John Portland: Yeah, glad to be here. But I don’t think Portland is up and coming. Lots of expensive players and couldn’t even make .500 last year. No pitching prospects at all. And big financial concerns. Budget was reduced $10 million this year and will drop another $20 million next year (by game projections). I dumped two expensive players to try to get this year under control $ wise....

Two Trades Stun Panther Fans

          Two Trades Shock Panther Fans December 14, 2029 by Samantha Guerin (Sports Editor) Portland Panther fans woke up this morning to hear a shocking story as they got their morning news fix via the Oregonian’s website or on their favorite radio or television news program.  Fan favorites Russell Bell and Sandy Anderson were no longer members of the Panthers after two unanticipated trades. Bell was dealt to Altoona in a straight-up deal for Curve third baseman Cristóbal Yan. Anderson and young 20-year 1B prospect Eric Williams join the Eire Seawolves organization in exchange for AAA players IF/OF Freddy Ayala, SP Jorge Ortega, and RP Bob Sweigart. Portland General Manager John Gagan was quoted as follows: “Portland faced a serious financial situation approaching the new season .  We wo...

Knights Make Change at the Top

  With just 117 wins over the last two seasons, the Charlotte Knights have decided to take a new direction with the storied franchise. Entering as general manager is Barrett Gilham who takes over a squad that went 65-97 a year ago and posted the second-worst ERA in team history. After missing the playoffs in the first two seasons of franchise history, the Knights went to the playoffs in 11 of the next 12 seasons including seven-straight seasons from 2016 to 2022. After missing the playoffs in 2023 they would return the next season and win back-to-back championships in 2025 and 2026. The Knights hit a high watermark with 110 wins in 2027 but missed a three-peat after dropping game seven to the Austin Bats in the Premier Cup Series. “The Knights had an outstanding run for over a d...

New Management for Panthers

    New Management for Baseball’s Panthers October 22, 2029 by Samantha Guerin (Sports Editor) At a surprise press conference at the end of the regular season, Portland Panthers owner Geoff Brown announced to the assembled media that General Manager Don Dinsmore was retiring effective immediately.  Dinsmore had hinted during the season that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but the resignation still came as a shock to almost everyone associated with the team.  Dinsmore was also reportedly disappointed with the first sub .500 season for the Panthers since 2021. Brown stated, “Don Dinsmore has been nothing but an exemplary general manager since he took over the club.  He would have been welcomed back for the opportunity to right the ship after this disappointing seaso...

CBL America’s Top 5 Draft Prospects

CBL America, the finest amateur baseball publication in this universe, has released their top 5 draft prospects as the CBL Amateur Draft gets underway. Notes: The odds on favorite to win the Golden Arm award this season, Gleyvin Sternisha went a remarkable 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA for Louisiana State, leading them to the College World Series final. He struck out 62 batters in 65 innings, while walking 11. He’s improved each season since arriving on campus in Baton Rouge. A 3.17 ERA as a freshman was impressive but led to just a 2-4 record. He went 7-1 last season as well, although his ERA was 2.08. He finished his collegiate career with 163 strikeouts in 176 innings, while walking just 40.   Scout’s Take: He’s a bit undersized for most scouts ideal ace, and his strikeout ...

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...

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