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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 ...

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...

Millers Raid Farm System in Search of Gold

Following the latest Millers post-season collapse this past October, it was clear something needed to change in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the team’s best pitcher, Garrett Gooden, would be leaving in free agency in the next few weeks, as would a key veteran slugger, Russell Bell. Making matters worse, the organization was not very excited about the free agency crop in general. “We mostly spent November working on extensions with our own players,” Millers assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz says. “Once it was clear Gooden and Russ weren’t coming back, we felt comfortable being patient.” Kantrovitz wasn’t lying. The Millers would agree to 5-year extensions with Edgardo Cordero, Chris Stranathan and Dieter Kokke, a 4-year extension with Dan Tigue, 3-year ext...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth (Part III)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a IV part series. Read Part I and Part II.] The first thing Kevin Hudzik did when he arrived home for the off-season was begin his research. He had decided a few weeks ago that he would spend as much time and energy as he possibly could to understand the scientific reasons behind his pitches and throwing motions. It was a daunting task, to be sure. Especially with a Fiancee eagerly planning a 2034 fall wedding. Even she understood how important the next two seasons were, delaying the wedding more than a year. Sean Douglas, on the other hand, had a bachelor party to plan. They decided on Columbus, Ohio. Most people were coming from the Boston area or Indianapolis area (Hudzik’s hometown), and Columbus was sort of neutral ground. But Hudzik and...

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 ...

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...

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...

CBL History: Don Sanders was acquired for $1

The date was November 1, 2022. 32-year-old outfielder Anthony Gose, coming off an injury-plagued .227/.311/.318 season while playing in just 20 games, informed the Richardson City Blood Raven he would not exercise his opt out clause, meaning his $10.5M salary was officially guaranteed for the 2023 season. It was widely expected, but it was an issue for Richardson City because they were near their budget already. After scouring the league for a trade partner, only one team was willing to acquire Gose, but even that had a catch. The Minneapolis Millers would want two prospects as their price for taking Gose’s final unproductive year of his contract off of Richardson City’s hands. “We zeroed in on Don Sanders almost immediately,” a Millers source tells me. “He wa...

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...

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