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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



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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Larks 2 at Bombers 2
Game 1 Larks 3 Bombers 11
H. Ramirez was a one man show 4-4 4 RBIs and a Homer. The Bombers scored in 5 of the 8 innings. Keuchel K'd 6 in 6 2/3 innings
Game 2 Larks 8 Bombers 6
Trailing 6-3 after 7 the Larks exploded with 5 in the 8th the big blow was Uptons 3 run homer. J ennings got his 7th save closing out the 9th
Game 3 Larks 9 Bombers 17
Leading 6-2 after 3 the Larks scored 5 in the 4th only to have the  Bombers score 9 sending 12 men to the plate with H. Ramirez and Z. Cozart.hitting Homers
Game 4 Larks 10 Bombers 5
9 Homers were hit in this game Moss had 2. The  Larks lead 8-1 after 6 and neither team could shut the other down as the Bombers scored 2 in the 7th and 8th while the Larks scored in the 8th and 9th

Titans 2 at Larks 2
Gm 1 Titans 6,  Larks 2 Pomeranz v Rea. Titans break out the lumber pounding out 4 HRs and the Larks counter with 2, all but one a solo shot.  Pomeranz cruises giving up just 3 hits over 7 innings.
Gm 2 Titans 4, Larks 3  Fernandez v Miley.  Tight pitchers duel before Titans pull ahead in the 6th. Arenado HR and 2 RBIs. Cron ph HR for the Larks.
Gm 3 Larks 9, Titans 6  Larks break out the whooping stick with 4 HRs, 2 by DJ Lemahieu to back Titan cut Bettis is a revenge game.  Finnegan serves up 10 hits and 3 HRs in 5 innings. Rizzo 3 run shot.
Gm 4 Larks 4, Titans 3  Maeda v Dickey.  Maeda masterful scattering 5 hits and Romo gets the 2 inning save.  Ortiz hits 2 HRs w/3 RBIs but it's not enough.  Rizzo with a 2 run 2B.  Winning run scores on WP.

Crabs 1 at Huskers 3
Gm 1: Huskers 1 Crabs 0                wp-Lackey    sv-Cishek     lp-Shoemaker     HRs:  none
Both teams register but 4 hits each ...Conforto drives in Pujols with SF for game’s only run .. Shoemaker tosses cg...
Gm 2: Huskers 13  Crabs 1          wp-GGonzalez   lp-INova  HRs: Cano, KSeager(OH)
Gio scatters 5 hits and 6 BBs over 8.3 innings while the Husker attack unloads on Nova and 2 relievers for 13 runs and 15 hits ...
Andrus (3 doubles) and Molina had 3 hits each  .. Nova allowed 10 hits and 9 runs over 4.3 innings ...
Gm 3:  Crabs 13 Huskers 9 (10 innings)  wp-Kelley    sv-Giles    lp-DLaw    HRs:  Lindor(2), Gennett(MC)   CGonzalez(OH)
In a game where lead went back and forth, SGennett had the GWH in the 10th with a long ball ... Cespedes followed up with a 2-run doble for insurance ....
Taillon was hammered for 11 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings while Husker starter Nolasco didn’t make it out of the first ...
Gm 4:  Huskers 3  Crabs 1    wp-Kluber(cg)   lp-Straily(cg)        HRs: DNorris(MC)    KSeager(OH)
Kluber had 11 Ks in complete game effort ... Kim drove in 2 with a second inning 2-run double .....

Rogues 4 at Sluggers 0
Rogues bats come alive - 31 runs,.333 BA, 8 hr
Gm1-Rogues win in 10 7-6.  Sluggers led by 3, helped by 3 key dp going into the 9th.  Broxton ph bb, Dietrich hbp, Seager single load bases.  Rondon comes in and strikes out Trumbo.  Davis walks to score 1.  Harper ground out makes it a 1 run game.  Kipnis walks to fill bases again and Escobar gets one base single to tie it.  In bottom of 9th Blackmon and Rupp put runners on corners with one out when Reed strikes out Shaw and Healy.  In 10th, Dietrich singles, Boyd in to face Seager who double in the game winner.  In bottom of the 10th, long time Rogues Ichiro triples, but Melky lines into a rare 4-5 double play.  Seager 3 hits.  Davis 3 rbi, hr.  Rupp and Blackmon 3h each.  Rupp, Pearce, Melky hr off Lester who was chased in the 5th after allowing 8 hits and 6 runs.
Gm2-Rogues explode for 8 runs in the 9th to win 12-5.  Rogues post 22 hits while Sluggers made 3 costly errors.  Sluggers led by 1 going into the 9th aided by 2 outfield assists at the plate by Charlie Blackmon.  Rondon came in for the save and was blasted again allowing 9 hits, 8 runs, 2 homeruns in 1 inning.  Trumbo 4 hits.  Seager, Escobar 3 hits each.  Davis, Kipnis, Escobar homer.  8 Rogues had 2 hits or more. 
Gm3-Rogues hold on to win 5-4 stopping Sluggers rally of 2 9th inning runs and leaving the tying run 90 ft away and the winning run on 2nd off Melancon.  Kipnis 3run hr.  Trumbo hr, 2b.  Solarte 3 hits in loss.
Gm4-Rogues sweep with 7-6 win highlighted by Seager bases loaded, clearing double, 4rbi.  Kipnis 3 hits.  The strangest thing I have seen in many many years was the Sluggers being inflicted by 4 injuries in the first 3 innings - all to infielders. Hal put Conteras at ss and he avoided an x chances over 6 innings.  Duffy knocked out in the 3rd after allowing 6 runs. 
Rogues scored 31, hit .333, 8 hr, era of 5.11.  Sluggers 21 runs, .297, 7 hr, era of 7.30.  Trumbo .500 with 2 doubles, hr.  Seager .400 3 doubles, 6 rbi.  Davis 2 hr, double, triple 6 rbi.  Kipnis 2 hr 6 rbi.  Pearce .556 2 hr 4 rbi, Rupp .500 3 doubles hr.  Blackmon .500 with hr - but missed one plus game due to injury. 

Comets 1 at Hurricanes 3
1.  Hurricanes, 5-4.  Home runs by Machado and Ozuna gave the Hurricanes a 5-1 lead, but the Comets made it close at the end.  Guyer slammed a 2-run homer in the 9th off Hurricanes’ closer Britton, but Nate Jones came in for the last two outs and the save.  Arrieta got the win.
2.  Hurricanes, 4-2.  Machado, Seth Smith, and Asdrubal Cabrera all homered for the Hurricanes, giving them a 4-2 lead after four innings.  And that was it!  The teams got a total of five baserunners the rest of the way.  Strasburg struck out 10 in 6 innings for the win, and Benoit pitched the last 1-1/3 innings for the save.  Wainwright went the distance and took the loss for the Comets.
3.  Comets, 9-1.  The Comet offense came alive with 8 hits and 4 runs off Hurricane starter Tomlin in 2-2/3 innings, then kept up the attack against 8 Hurricane relievers before McCutchen finally hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th to seal the deal.  Comets’ starter Ray pitched 7 innings for the win.  The lone Hurricane run came on a Joseph home run in the 7th.
4.  Hurricanes, 5-0.  Starting pitchers Perdomo (Comets) and LeBlanc (Hurricane) threw blanks for the first four innings, but with one out in the bottom of the 5th, Hurricane catcher Russell Martin walked.  Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a hit-and-run, but swung and missed…and Martin was safe at second with a stolen base on a 1-5 chance!  Cabrera then hit his second homer of the series to start the Hurricanes’ scoring!!  They added added three runs in the 6th on four singles, a walk, and a sac fly.  LeBlanc and five relievers combined for a 6-hit shutout.

Mitts 2 at Bombers 3
gm 1- Jake deGrom outduels Julio Teheran.  The final is Bombers 4, Mitts 2. Lucroy 3 RBI. Familia a 5 out save.
gm 2- Mitts build a 7-2 lead behind HRs by Walker and Gattis.  Bombers storm back with five runs in the 7th inning and another three in the 8th. Prado and Hanley each contribute 3 RBIs as Bombers win this wild one 10-9.
gm 3- Happ gets the better of Hellickson (both finish the game with identical 4.46 ERAs).  Mitts break thru with a 5-2 win.  Joe Johnson gets just his 4th save of the season.
gm 4- Here's a rarity - CGs by both starters. The Mitts win behind Felix Hernandez while the Bombers' starter Stroman really took one for the team allowing 10 runs and 17 hits.  Mitts cruise to 10-3 win.  Carlos Santana homers twice.
gm 5- Bombers retaliate big time scoring 6 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, and 3 more in the 3rd.  Christian Friedrich was lambasted.  This lopsided one ended 13-4.  Bomber HRs: Desmond,  Piscotty, Moss.

Dream 1 at Ungulates 3
Gm 1: Dream SP, Kyle Hendricks, gave up 3 HR's (Encarnacion, Jones, and Kemp) but they were all solo shots, and he was able to "dance through the rain drops", as the Dream held on for a 6-4 win.
Gm 2: Dream held a 4-3 lead heading into the home half of the 9th, but managed to "rip defeat from the jaws of victory".  Tyler Thornburg blew his first SV of the season by giving up a 2 out, 3 run walk-off HR to Encarnacion.  Ungulates won it 6-4.
Gm 3: Dream had this one well under control, leading 6-1 going into the home half of the 7th.  Then "boom went the dynamite".  The Dream pen had a total melt down, as the Ungulates scored 7 times; the big blow was a Victor Martinez grand slam.  Ungulates won it 8-6.
Gm 4: Fearful of seeing another bullpen collapse, Dream stayed with starter Doug Fister too long.  Ungulates came up with a 6-3 come from behind win.  Jones and McCann went deep for the home team making it a total of 9 HR's for the Ungulates in the series compared to just one for the Dream 


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. 





Just browsing the rosters the other days it seemed that every one of them had some interesting (at least to me) players.  Some are/were Mets.  Some have Mitt connections while others are on my SBA team, the Criers.

A's - Chris Owings has been around a while but is still just 25 and has started to make a name for himself. Wonder whether he'll settle in at SS or continue to move all around the diamond.  Aledmys Diaz (Crier) was who I had hoped the Mitts could nab in round 1 last November.  Now he's back at AAA despite the fact that a few current major league shortstops haven't put up even his numbers.

Blackjacks- Matt Harvey played the part of big city stud before he ever got around to being the star he projected.  Andrew Benintendi is putting up very good but not superstar numbers.  But when you can do that at age 22 then the superstar numbers may be just around the corner in a year or two.  A hot prospect that is working out.

Bombers- Mitch and I both are basking in the unexpected greatness of Aaron Judge who he took in round 6 of the CBL draft and I took in round 8 of the SBA draft.  Dallas Keuchel has put up fantastic numbers in his 76 innings but how much will his injury keep him from accomplishing?  Worst trade of the offseason might be the Mitts sending him plus a pick for Matt (still hasn't played) Duffy.

Comets- Did the same mysterious force that re-inflated Andrew McCutchen deflate Kole Calhoun.  It's hard to understand why and how either of them went their current directions.

Crabs-  I never thought Aaron Hicks was capable of being even a good player and now, at least this year, he's incredible.  Scooter Gennett - same exact comment.

Cubs- When the Mitts had Matt Adams all we wanted was for him to be installed at 1B and given a chance.  The trade to Atlanta gave him that and he's proven himself.  Now that Freeman is back the plot thickens.  Jonathan Villar was a big hitter as a shortstop last year.  This year he is neither.

Dream- The Criers dumped Fiers figuring his days of putting up ERA's under 4 were over.  Wrong.  He looks good this year.  Christian Vazquez started the season hot making it look like he could add offense to his defensive brilliance.  But I see that the law of averages/regression is kicking in.  Had he started slow rather than fast it could have affected Blake Swihart's career arc.

Hurricanes- Marcell Ozuna has apparently morphed from a good major league player to a great one.  Asdrubal Cabrera could well be SS-4, 2B-3 in the next card set.  There is speculation that Mets won't call up Amed Rosario until they've resolved the Asdrubal situation.  Clubhouse may be growing toxic.

Huskers- I'm thinking Jose Reyes is SS-3, 3B-4.  He's one of the guys I was thinking of in my Aledmys Diaz comment.  I hate it when Mets put players in defensive positions they can't handle.  Michael Conforto is a fine hitter who can adequately handle LF and isn't too much of a duck out of water in right.  But CF?  Oy vay.

Icons- Bob will think I'm picking on him but the guys who stand out are the ones who've most disappointed:  Robert Gsellman and Kyle Schwarber.

Larks- Bill will face the same question that I will have in the SBA -  what to do about Jung Ho Kang?  Likely the Criers will release him.  Guy can hit, can't field, and can't behave.  DJ Lemahieu still has the defense and batting average but seems to have  misplaced  his modest power.

Mavs- Mark has hot propects from column A and column B.  Column A  is the one that pans out like Jackie Bradley Jr.  While column B is the one where one just keeps waiting and waiting - Jurickson Profar.

Mitts - First round pick Alex Bregman isn't a stud (yet) and isn't a dud.  He'll be a nice defensive 3Bman who can clock lefties.  Trouble is he doesn't figure to steal ABs from Justin Turner.  Matt Duffy's unhealable heel has been the biggest disappointment in a season replete with them.

Ponies- The Criers sold low on Aaron Altherr.  Now he's become one of the few real players on the Phillies.  In the alternate universe where the first pick of the dispersal draft (remember that one years ago?) was Felix Hernandez the Mitts would have been enjoying the fruits of Buster Posey's labors.  Not that we regret taking King Felix.

Revival- Every once in a while a backup catcher slips out of the backup catcher orbit.  Tyler Flowers is the guy who has done that.  The 2017 version of Jean Segura has proven that the 2016 version was not a fluke.

Rogues- Jay Bruce has easily been the Mets' best hitter this year.  I wonder if teams looking at him in trade will be scared off by how much he slumped last year when he was first traded to the Mets.  After six straight years of 200+ innings it will be quite a comedown for Madison Bumgarner. 

Sluggers-  Most of the time when teams pull a guy out of the pen and make him a starter it doesn't work.  Trevor Cahill appears to be the exception.  He'll likely have just 120 or so IP comes season's end but they look to be good innings.  Corey Dickerson has re-emerged this season. I expected him to hit just did not expect him to HIT.

Titans - When the Mitts passed on drafting Nolan Arenado in favor of Jedd Gyorko it was because I thought Arenado was the next coming of Buddy Bell.  Instead he has been the next coming of Adrian Beltre.  D'oh!  How old and useless though has Troy Tulowitzki gotten?

Ungulates- Mets fans carp that Lucas Duda is having a bad year.  He really is not.  The BA is feeble but the power and walks more than make up for that.  Matt Kemp is a very fine hitter but his defense remains scary bad.

Whiz Kids- Ervin Santana, usually a passable pitcher, is getting it done this year with a WHIP of 1.11.  Jedd Gyorko pounded righties last year but was real bad against lefties.  In CBL 2018 Jordan can play him (probably at 1B) comfortably against all comers.

Here's the updated  free agent hitters and pitchers lists
(last update JULY 14th)

Free agent hitters

Free agent pitchers



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Players who should be traded but won't move at the deadline

Yankees and Red Sox scouts in Chicago — Robertson and Frazier on display

Weighing the cost and benefits of Yankees trade targets


Can't somebody speed up the game of baseball?

from MLB.com

Seven things to look forward to in second half


from Sports Illustrated

The Colorado Rockies and Coors Field: A tale of struggles, homers and acceptance

from Buster Olney at ESPN

What would switching to robot umps look -- or sound -- like?


Ken Rosenthal Now Writing On Facebook Because Fox Sports Sucks Ass

from PinStripe Alley

Yankees potential trade partner: New York Mets


Bryce Harper has an idea to spice up the MLB All-Star Game

The All-Time Leaders In Undeserved All-Star Appearances





from Fan Graphs

Astros Lose Carlos Correa For Two Months

This injury will open the door for Mitt Alex Bregman to get some more playing time at shortstop, his natural college position.  It's doubtful he'll get better than a SS-3 rating but he's already put up very good numbers against lefties.  Our total hole becomes just a partial one should Bregs get a SS-3 and his offense remain good against at least the southpaws.


A couple of times each week I head over to Fan Graphs to view my Custom Teams reports on how the Mitts and Criers are doing. When I checked on Tuesday morning I noticed that Eddie Rosario has pulled up to a tie with Michael Brantley in the OPS department.

They get to the 789 mark in a slightly different fashion as Rosario is showing more HR power but Brantley is logging higher walks.  Their equal batting averages on balls in play indicate that both are hitting in normal luck.

Rosario played a game the other day in CF.  If he can get somewhat regular play there and gets a CF-3 then we'll keep both players (probably).  But if it looks like these two lefties and righty Adam Duvall  (current OPS 867) all are confined to LF then one or two of them will just have to be traded.

Mitt Trades

from the NY DAILY NEWS

Jay Bruce says Mets 'crazy' not to trade him, but they may not find a deadline deal

from ESPN

Aaron Judge has a secret plan to break his slump


If we assume that the second half of the major league season will go something like the first half did then this is how the next offseason will lay out and what the Criers will be looking for in next February's draft.

1B- Between Lucas Duda and Joe Mauer the position is fine against righties.  If Duda logs enough at-bats and especially if Daniel Murphy would play some games at 1B we'd be able to trade Mauer.  Neither the Dude nor Joe has hit lefties so a platoon partner will have to be brought in.

2B- DJ Lemahieu looks like he'll be fine as the regular.  He can bat leadoff or drop down to a low spot in the order.

SS- This will need work.  Aledmys Diaz is toiling in the minors while Troy Tulowitzki is Tulo in name only.  We'll be drafting and/or trading for help here.

3B- Jedd Gyorko will be the fulltimer there with all his solid power.

LF- This will also need to be addressed.  Ian Desmond has a good BA but is not hitting with any authority.  We will be looking for help.

CF- Between Adam Jones and Kevin Keirmaier the position looks fine against RHP.  Another platooner might be needed.

RF- AARON JUDGE -  enough said.

C- Chrinos has a low BA but good OPS both against lefties and righties.  He likely will end with 200 to 250 ABs.  d'Arnaud crushes lefties and will have lots of ABs.  Vogt could go either way.  We likely would be looking for a Vogt upgrade.

DH-  This will be mostly Daniel Murphy

SP- We have 7 starters who range from good to serviceable: GOOD- C. Martinez, deGrom, Kluber  SERVICEABLE: Arrieta, Pomeranz, Wheeler, Trevor Cahill (actually good but IP's light)

RP- Madson, Will Harris, and Hand are the best relievers.  Ironically our "closer", AJ Ramos, has the highest ERA of the relievers.  Bedrosian could be good but has only 17 IPs at this writing.

So top priority is fixing SS and punching up LF.  We'll be on the lookout for some catching help and might be able to move a starting pitcher for help elsewhere.


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