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The Capital Baseball League is a Strat-O-Matic play-by-mail league, with a limited amount of face-to-face play.
The league was founded in 1975 and has managers throughout the country, from California to New York. We currently have 20 members.


 

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17th   1pm Eastern time


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Table of contents for this page:


Up from the Matt

Stepping to the Plate

Capital Ideas

The Lighter Side

The MITT Section

News from the CRIER

Connections --CBL and Others



CBL LINKS

2018 CBL DRAFT 

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CBL  ROSTERS 

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2019 PICKS GRID


  CBL RULEBOOK - March 2019 edition


Rolz.org dice room used for drafts




FINAL 2019 REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS










Suggestions for submitting results:
(1) start off with the team nickname "at" other team's nickname.
Don't use the city in the top line.
(2) Keep it short - one or two sentences per game
 OR one paragraph for the series.

(3) PLEASE USE  " at " rather  " @ " and don't capitalize the A in "at"
(4) Put the series results in THE BODY OF THE EMAIL not just in the subject


A's SWEEP LARKS  4 games to 0


#1 A's 9 Larks 5 - Greinke W Iglesias S and Freeland L
5 run 1st inning  as A's bat around. Haniger 4 hits, Mauer 3 RBI and Semien 2 RBI to lead A's. Mancini and Barnhart HR for Larks

#2 A's 5 Larks 1 - Chacin W and Snell L
Suzuki HR and 2H, Mauer 2H and Voit 2R HR in 9th to lead A's. Palka solo HR in 5th

#3 A's 6 Larks 4 - Dominguez W and Petit L
A's rally with 2 in 7th to tie. Meadows PH walkoff 2R HR off Miley.

#4 A's 3 Larks 2 - Crick W Iglesias S and Maeda L
Nimmo GW RBI in 7th to complete sweep.

A's hit .320 for the series. Morales .571, Polanco .500, Voit .500, Mauer.471 and Haniger .357 to lead hitting attack. Iglesias, Dominguez and Crick lead bullpen with 2 wins and 2 saves in 7 IP 0 Runs and 1 Hit.
Larks hit .189 for the series. Rizzo  0 for 11 and Gregorius 2 for 15 leave major void in Larks attack.  Palka .429 with HR and Mancini .333 with HR are bright spots for Larks. Larks SP give up 20 runs in series.  


MAVS DEFEAT CRABS IN 6 GAMES

Game 1:  Mavs 5  Crabs 4

 

The Crabs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead off of Gerrit Cole, but the Mavs came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game.  The Mavs scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two out double by Corey Dickerson.  The Crabs came back with a run in the 7th, but Kirby Yates came in with a scoreless 8th and 9th for the two inning save and a game one win for the Mavs.

 

Game 2:  Mavs 5  Crabs 4

 

The Mavs jumped out to a 2-0 lead and were cruising behind Noah Syndergaard heading into the 6th inning.  The Crabs came back with three runs in the 6th on four hits including a two run double by Derek Dietrich and a two out RBI single by Francisco Lindor.  The Crabs added another run in the 7th on an RBI single by Scooter Gennett (who had 4 hits in the game) and headed to the 9th inning looking to even the series.  Aroldis Chapman came in to close out the game and retired two of the first three hitters.  Then the wheels came off as Chapman walked Hosmer, gave up a double to Betts, and then proceeded to walk Grossman, Suarez, and Dickerson to give the Mavs the victory.

 

Game 3:  Crabs 4  Mavs 3

 

The series shifted to Maryland where the Mavs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.  Corey Dickerson got the Mavs on the board with a two out two run triple.  The Crabs pitching staff settled down and shut out the Mavs for the final 7 innings of the game.  Derek Dietrich homered for the Crabs and Aroldis Chapman got back on track with the save.

 

Game 4:  Crabs 1  Mavs 0

 

A fantastic pitching duel between Carlos Martinez and Ross Stripling ended with a 1-0 victory for the Crabs.  The Crabs lone run was scored in the 3rd inning on a two out single by Reddick and a double by Hicks.  The series is now even at 2 games apiece and the Mavs scoreless inning streak has now reached 16 innings.

 

Game 5:  Mavs 9  Crabs 2

 

Mookie Betts ended the Mavs scoreless streak with a  lead-off home run in the bottom of the first.  The Crabs tied it in the 3rd on a home run by Chirinos.  The game stayed tied until the Mavs broke it open with four runs in the 5th and two more runs in the 6th.  Shohei Ohtani led the way with a three run homer.  Gerrit Cole went the distance for the Mavs striking out 14 without walking a batter.

 

Game 6:  Mavs 5  Crabs 4

 

Mookie Betts doubled and homered to lead the Mavs to a 5-1 lead heading into the 7th inning.  Just as the Mavs looked to be putting the series away, the Crabs answered back with two runs in the 7th on doubles by Martinez and Smoak.  The Mavs headed into the 9th with a 5-3 lead and handed the game over to Osuna who promptly gave up a single, threw a wild pitch, and then gave up a double to Smoak to cut the lead to 5-4.  With the tying run on second and nobody out, Osuna settled down to get groundouts from Cespedes, Dietrich, and Wolters to end the game and the series.

 

 

All in all, it was a great series with 5 of the 6 games being decided by one run.  The Mavs won three times by the score of 5-4, with the Crabs scoring 4 runs in four of the six games.  MVPs for the Mavs go to Gerrit Cole who earned two wins and struck out 23 batters while only walking 1 and Mookie Betts who hit .450 for the series with four doubles and two home runs. 

 










Managers may trade draft picks for the next free agent draft only.  As soon as the free agent draft begins, picks for the subsequent draft may be traded.  A manager may trade as many of his draft picks as he wishes, but must have at least six draft picks at all times, two of which must be in the fourth round or earlier. 






The Comets could use an ace starting pitcher and a good long-term catcher.  Do not have much to trade other than draft choices.



Available  Yandy Diaz  (1b/3b  307 AB  ops 976 vs L/735 vs R)  and/or  Daniel Murphy  (1b and a few gms at 2b  438 AB  ops 881/741)
Looking for help in CF or at catcher.










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Mike McC, Rich, and Bob attended while this happened






WHO DRAFTS WHEN?

There were four ties to break when it came to the question of the draft order.  Conveniently in all four cases one team won the season series over the other team and thus we could use the first criterion to break all four ties.  Good going  :)

Ungulates vs Sluggers -   Sluggers won 5 of 8,  they draft earlier.

Comets vs Revival -  Comets won 6 of 8

Larks vs Huskers -  Larks won 6 of 8

Bombers vs Crabs -  Bombers won 5 of 8

This put the draft order like this.


The upcoming lottery will determine how the first five picks will go

The current picks grid now looks like this

















                                                                                                                   
















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from PUCKETTS POND

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webmaster comment:  Sorry Hernan.
Even with that move your Mitts' career is likely over.








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JUDGE WAS EXCELLENT BUT TEAM MVP HAS TO GO TO JAKE

Every year I award a team MVP award to the player I feel had the best season.   As you'll see below Aaron Judge had a very fine season and likely would have copped the trophy had it not been for one Jacob deGrom.



The Criers finished 84-78,  six games over .500.   DeGrom was 13 over himself.

I don't see it as a close call.  DeGrom was the 2019 Criers MVP.





IT'S WAR --- WHICH OF THE THREE CRIER SHORTSTOPS WILL BE TRADED?

The regular season has ended in major league baseball so all the offensive and defensive stats are locked.  Now we all get to truly assess what our hitters and pitchers did.   Where there are holes - and usually we all have those - one can fill them via the draft route or in the trade mart.  

All season I've touted the fact that the Criers seemed to have three shortstops all having good seasons.  The best case scenario where at least one of them was hitting well against both righties and lefties AND was defending at an elite level did not pan out.

In recent years I have started to feel that the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) rating can give one a sense of how good a season a player has had overall since it theoretically combines offense and defense prowess.  The problem is that Baseball Reference and FanGraphs calculate it differently.  Usually I rely more on the number I get from Baseball Ref.

A few years ago I found this which helps one determine what each level of WAR means.


So if a player comes in with a WAR of 4 or just better than that then he's at the top of the good player mark and at the bottom of ALL STAR level.

Here are the final stats in Baseball Reference for the Criers' three regular shortstops.





Unfortunately none of them are above average offensively against both righties and lefties.

Willy Adames is the one who only hits righties.



Nick Ahmed is the lefty killer of the group.



Paul Dejong is more balanced but also more of a threat to RHP.



I believe that Ahmed will retain his ss-1 defensive grade and I am pretty sure that Dejong is headed for at least a ss-2 depending on how he does in the Gold Glove and Fielding Bible races.  Adames could stay a 3 but also had enough sparkling moments to merit a promotion to a 2.

My current lean is to keep Adames since he's youngest, likely has the highest ceiling, and is best against RHPing.  Ahmed would make such a perfect platoon for Willy that I'll likely retain him too.

By process of elimination that would put Dejong and his 30 HRs on the trade block.




CBL's BEST INTEREST OF THE LEAGUE COMMITTEE

Matt-  commissioner
Mitch-  league statistician
Jordan- rules coordinator
Mark -  representing West division
Wayne- representing Chicago division
Bob- representing South division








The members of the CBL will never forget our friend and charter member Mac McConchie

SOME HELPFUL LINKS


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Programming the computer mgr in SOM

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MLB Trade Rumors

Baseball Reference.com





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glossary of baseball stats


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Lamanna's Baseball Bulletin

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