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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.







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

2019 CBL DRAFT

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CBL  ROSTERS 

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2020 PICKS GRID


  CBL RULEBOOK - March 2019 edition


Rolz.org dice room used for drafts









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













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. 

draft day trades

Ponies trade Justin Verlander, Josh Hader and Pick #3 to Ungulates for  Steven Matz, Robbie Ray, and Picks #5, #14, #15, #35, and #51

Blackjacks trade Kolten Wong to the Titans for Adam Eaton + Titans 2020 #4

Kids trade pick #81 to Comets for Alex Wood + pick #107 + pick #127

Mitts trade pick 50 to Bombers for pick 54 + Bombers #5 in 2020

Mitts trade Mitts #4 2020  + Yandy Diaz to Whiz Kids for Mark Canha

A's trade pick 124 to Sluggers for Sluggers #6 in 2020

Ungulates send Ungulates 2020 #6 to Huskers for #133 and #153

predraft trades

Puckered Penguins trade Christian Vazquez + Penguins #1 to Mitts for Mitts #1, Mitts #2  + Manny Pina

 Ponies trade Jason Heyward and Canes #6 to the  A's for Adam Frazier,  Canes #7, and Icons #7







The Cubs have 2 Shortstops that are available for trade offers Nick Ahmed and Brandon Crawford. We are looking for Centerfield help.


With recent draft pick JD Davis filling DH role, Luke Voit is now available in trade market. Will trade for SP or Closer.



The Sluggers have the following players available: Melky Cabrera, Clint Fraizer, Ryon Healy and Geraldo Parra.
We are looking for young players, draft picks and starting pitching.


Rogues are looking for middle relievers.  Available for trade are:
Inf/of - Tony Kemp, of - Willie Calhoun, Jay Bruce, Matt Joyce, Inf - Jason Kipnis,  Maikel Franco
Pitchers - Martin Perez, Brian Johnson, Erick Fedde, Touki Toussaint




The recent trade of Luis Urias to Milwaukee makes him more of a shortstop long term, it seems.  We have Bogaerts and JP Crawford (nice vs RHP)  there, so Urias, who crushed LHP, is now available along with Crawford.We are also looking to trade Brian Dozier, Jake Bauers, Franklin Barreto, Gregory Polanco, Austin Hays, Bradley Zimmer, Lewis Brinson for DH and 3B who hit rhp, good reliever, or draft picks.



Post-draft, the Whiz Kids still have some nice pieces that would better fit a contender.  Eric Thames is a good option vs RHP at 1b/DH, Cameron Maybin very good OF vs RHP.   Looking for picks, relief pitching, maybe a backup catcher or prospect/bounceback candidate to hold in the minors.



The Mitts came out of the draft with probably more bullpen innings than would be needed.  We can definitely trade one bullpen arm, possibly two. The reliever we probably can't trade is the criminal Felipe Vazquez since he's the team's closer.
Also our pre-draft plan was to use Yandy Diaz or Daniel Murphy (.321 BA, 881 OPS vs LHP) as the DH against lefties.  We've since traded Yandy and find that our backup utility guy Berti is good enough to do the DH chore against lefties.  So Murph is on the block too.








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Marvin Miller Adds a Missing Piece of Baseball’s Story to the Hall of Fame





Dave Parker's larger-than-life legacy is one MLB fans should never forget



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Mickey Mantle and His Journey to Become One of The Greatest in Major League Baseball History



                                                                                         


































EARLY REVEAL CONTAINS VERY GOOD NEWS FOR THE MITTS

In an email exchange with Eric I wrote that while the early range reveals are fun and interesting they rarely carry much in the way of good news for the Mitts.
Naturally I was proven wrong with one of the game company's first reveals on Tuesday morning.   It looked like this.



Certainly Bregs getting a 3B-1 was preordained.  This was academic however to the Mitts since for the most part Justin Turner will be the Mitts' 3Bman this coming season.   But that 2 at short is a beauty.  John Lamanna had him as a 3B-3e8 which I agreed with and would have been fine using. Now as a ss-2 with presumably a low e number he's even better.

While the Bregman reveal was a lovely start to the day the only other Mitt revealed on Tuesday was that of Bryan Reynolds.  Things did not go as well there.  Where Lamanna thought Reynolds was good for 2's in the outfield corners and a 3 in CF, the game company sees it one notch worse everywhere.  He'll be a 3 in LF and RF and a 4 in center.  Darn it.












Julio Teheran is an option to replace Zack Wheeler






Dodgers, White Sox Have Had “Preliminary” Trade Talks On Joc Pederson








The Family Business




Mitt Trades







from ELITE SPORTS NEW YORK

Clint Frazier isn’t your stereotypical New York Yankees professional and it’s OK



FIRST MUSINGS ON THE 2020 SBA DRAFT

By now you probably know that of all the Strat-O-Matic league stuff there is involved in running a franchise preparing for and participating in the annual free agent draft is my favorite.  That doesn't mean I'm best at it or particularly good at it but just that it's an interesting, time consuming chore which I mostly enjoy.

The Criers hold the 8th pick of the first round in the draft and it's the first time the team holds a top 10 selection.   One of the techniques I use to get a gauge on the quality of player available is to look back at recent drafts to see what players were taken in an analogous spot.  So this year I am looking at the 7th-8th-and-9th selections of the past five drafts.   Here's how it looks.  That bottom row is whom the Criers selected and where.



While there are no notable superstars to be found in any of those guys who went 7 to 9 there are some very nice players.  In fact the best player in the graphic (blush blush) is the guy we took at pick 15 in our first draft,  Jake deGrom.  Two Cy Young awards later he still shines.

The four Crier selections consist of two starting pitchers and two shortstops.  And while we're quite satisfied with the SS combo we have (Adames sharing time with Nick Ahmed) it is totally possible that when the Criers are on the clock with pick 8 we'll take another starting pitcher or another shortstop.






Nationals To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick



HOW THE POSITION PLAYERS ARE SHAKING OUT









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


 Strat Fan Forum - the SOM Online Community


Programming the computer mgr in SOM

SOMWORLD

MLB Trade Rumors

Baseball Reference.com





where to get Team Viewer software

glossary of baseball stats


Online Ballparks Museum

Lamanna's Baseball Bulletin

Strat-o-Sphere

John Skilton's Baseball Links Page



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Larry's email address


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