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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...

2032 Sim Week 1 Review

2032 Sim Week 1 Review [Author’s Note: I will try to do one of these every Saturday night or Sunday morning for the regular season. It won’t be quite a month every time, so it’s not exactly a monthly review, but close enough.] With the weather finally warming up a bit as we head into May, let’s take a look at some of the interesting parts of April. Kings of the Castle The Philadelphia Liberty and Vancouver Canadians have dominated their respective leagues to this point, with the Liberty posting a ridiculous 20-5 record thus far and the Canadians an even better 21-4. The Liberty have scored 151 runs in those 25 games, an average of more than 6 runs per game. Long-time standout Don Smith continues to rake year after year, and is off to a .329/.468/.740 start with 9 ho...

The Crystal Ball: 2032 CBL Predictions

[Editor’s Note: Not all teams were done using the same template for the write-ups, that’s why some teams look different than other teams write-ups. You’ll survive.] It is warming outside, the grass is beginning to turn green and Spring 2032 is in full effect.  What a year we had last year with the Dreamers winning their first Cup in a resounding sweep of the number one HL seed, Mahoning Valley.  Now all teams set their sights on the new season and of ultimate victory. Let’s take a look at the FL first. FL Predicted Finish: Erie Seawolves Last season: 86-76 Experts would say that the 2031 Seawolves campaign won the CBL just by looking at the stats.  They saw that with a +78 run differential, 3 guys with over 30 dingers, having a starting pitcher who was 12-3 and anot...

The Cuban Missile

Just before dawn, Lucio “Cranky” Aguilar awakens to the all-too-common obnoxious screeching of his alarm clock. While awaking before dawn is nothing new to Aguilar, he’s not getting up for an early morning workout today. The date is November 15, 2031, and Cranky has an early morning flight to the United States, to meet with his agent for a few days prior to the the beginning of the CBL free agency period on November 18. Years ago, Aguilar would’ve been forced to try and defect from the island, forced to gain citizenship in a more US friendly country. The risks involved and the time necessary to clear a Cuban refugee for professional baseball in the United States, however, led to an agreement years ago that allowed Cuban players to become free agents at a certain poi...

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...

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