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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

  CBL  ROSTERS (as of 3/21/17)


November 2016 CBL DRAFT

March 20, 2017 Waiver Draft


  2017 Picks grid


CBL RULEBOOK - January 2017 edition

Article: The Unwritten Rules of the CBL


  2013 Ballpark info - graphic












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(1) start off with the team nickname "at" other team's nickname.
Don't use the city in the top line.
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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. 







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CRIERS CRUSH MITTS IN FIVE SEASON REPLAYS

On Saturday I completed the computer manager for my SBA team, the Smithtown Criers.  On Friday I had completed work on the Mitts' manager.  So I decided to create a two-team league and let them play five 160-game seasons.

The Mitts figure to be about a .500 CBL team and the Criers figure to win in the mid-90s in the 18 team SBA.  So I expected the Criers to spank the MidHudsonites and they did.  The Criers won 92 games in the first run through and then hit their stride winning 106 games in the second run, and then 97, 99, and again 99.

One key player common to both teams is Daniel Murphy.  I was interested to see how he would fare against the Mitts' and Criers' pitching staff.  This graphic shows his 10 seasons.



I have highlited interesting top and bottom figures in yellow.  That third Mitt season is notable as he had his high in doubles but his low in HRs.  Meanwhile it was the only season where he was a pesky base stealer.

Considering what a strong card he has (and it even goes up in the clutch) it is surprising how few RBIs he averaged and only exceeded 70 once!






A FEW POLLS

Carl, a self-described "baseball purist" has been wondering about how our group feels about the efforts to speed up the game of baseball.  As you may know the recently completed WBC had a special way to keep extra innings to a minimum.  Our first poll asks about this.



What do you think of the idea of starting the 11th and later extra innings with runners at 1st and 2nd?
 
pollcode.com free polls

This next one asks about the no-throw intentional pass.

What's your opinion of the intentional walk w/o having to throw the four balls?
 
pollcode.com free polls

How about whether there should be a pitch clock
counting off the number of seconds a pitcher has to
throw his next pitch.

Should there be a pitch clock?
 
pollcode.com free polls

What about limiting trips to the mound by the manager,
pitching coach, and catcher

Should there be fewer mound visits?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Some think making a reliever face more than one
batter could cut down on pitching changes
Should relievers be required to face 2 or more batters (unless the first batter has ended the innng)?
 
pollcode.com free polls


And this has been suggested to really cut down on the
number of pitches thrown and the time it takes
to play a game
Should every batter start his at bat with a 1-1 count?
 
pollcode.com free polls














                                                                                                                   




from SCOUT.com

MLB Trade Ideas, Week 9: Alex Cobb, Nick Ahmed



seen at ESPN





from FAN GRAPHS

Justin Vibber’s 10 Bold (Fantasy) Predictions for 2017





from THE JOURNAL SENTINEL

With no retirement plans, Bob Uecker primed for another season




from Fox Sports

The World Baseball Classic is like free education for Team USA














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from THE DETROIT NEWS

Tigers will try to convert OF Anthony Gose to pitcher



from Fan Rag Sports

30 potential breakout players for 2017



This is a long article but
really mixes inside baseball
info with a real life health drama

from MLB RUMORS

Straight From The Heart: The Signing Of Ted Lilly



                                                                                         



























from THE MIAMI HERALD

Chen looking for healthier, more productive second season with Marlins



from NESN

Sandy Leon Will Be Red Sox’s Opening Day Catcher, Rick Porcello’s Batterymate




MITTS' 2nd ROUND WAIVER PICK DOING WELL
IN GAMES THAT DON'T COUNT






from CLIMBING TAL'S HILL

Where is the playing time for Alex Bregman?




Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles
and one RBI in his first official Cactus League game




    Finding at bats for Bregman  

While we were thrilled to tab Alex Bregman with the 12th pick of November's draft it was mostly for his future potential.  His current card has its ups and downs.  It is a nice hitting card against righties with a substantial uptick in the clutch.

He's a 2 at 3B but with a high error number.  His offense and defense at the position are both a bit poorer than Justin Turner's so for this year there is no room at 3B against righties unless Turner is sitting out an injury.

His 3 at SS matches Semien's but that e38 makes him tough to play there.  His outfield range is a 4 with a plus arm so it's no go there either. 

Basically there is almost nowhere for him to play this season.  In creating lineups I did put together one against the most backwards of righties where Bregs will DH while Carlos Santana sits but we're talking about RHPs with a BAL reading of 5L to 9L and there aren't many starters like this.

It looks like Bregman will get some at bats as a pinch-hitter in the clutch.  My guess is that it will be hard for him to get much more than 100 at bats during CBL 2017.  It's almost like the WBC all over again for the young prospect.





Mitt Trades





from THE NY POST

Gsellman doesn’t give an inch as Mets’ starter battle gets tight











from THE RISING APPLE

Mets fans should give Travis d’Arnaud one last chance








from MLB TRADE RUMORS

Latest On Jung Ho Kang






Here's a link to the first 8 rounds of

the 2017 SBA DRAFT



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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



CBL Team Tracker (contact Ted or Larry for user/password info)

CBL CHAT ROOM  (as of 2014 we discontinued using this for drafts and chats)


 Strat Fan Forum - the SOM Online Community

Strat-o-Sphere

John Skilton's Baseball Links Page

Programming the computer mgr in SOM

SOMWORLD

MLB Trade Rumors

Baseball Reference.com



where to get Team Viewer software

glossary of baseball stats

Adding buddies to your AIM Buddy List

  AIM (internet messenger service)

Online Ballparks Museum

Lamanna's Baseball Bulletin

USA Today Baseball

Sporting News Baseball

Fox It Reader (reads pdf files)

Adobe Acrobat Reader (reads pdf files)

CBL WEBMASTER CAN BE REACHED AT

Larry's email address


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