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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  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

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

Revival 3 at Rogues 1 - Team Viewer
Gm1-Mark Trumbo was a double short of the cycle with 3 hits and 4 rbi in leading the Rogues to a 7-5 win in a game that saw the lead change 5 times.  Revival hit 4 homeruns in the loss.  Dozier 3-4 2 rbi, hr
Gm2-Todd Frazier blasted 2 homeruns with 5 rbi and Jose Abreau added a homerun and 3 rbi as the Revival won 8-1.  Steven Wright's knuckleball was too much for the Rogues as he scattered 5 hits and 1 run over 6 innings.
Gm3-An insurance run scoring on a wild pitch turned out to be the game winner in a 5-4 Revival win.  Kipnis 2 hr and 3 rbi in loss.  Cruz, Dozier homer.
Gm4-Revival post a 9-2 win on a 15 hit attack.  Rajai Davis had 3 hits including a hr.  4 other Revival players had 2 hits each.  Cory Seager posted 3 of the Rogues 5 hits. 
Revival outscored the Rogues 27-14, .297 to .242, 10 homeruns to 6.  Trumbo .462, 2hr, 5rbi.  Frazier .333, 3 hr, 7 rbi.  Dozier .375, 2 hr, 5 rbi.

Dream 2 at Icons 2
A split of four 1 run games; it doesn't get closer than that!
Gm 1: The lead changed hands 5 times.  Dream won it in the top of the 9th with solo shots from Puig and Headley.  Icons came roaring back to load the bases in their final at AB's, but failed to score.  The game ended with Simmons grounding out; and just to "add injury to insult", he was hurt on the play.  Dream won the opener 5-4.
Gm 2: Garcia and Valencia homered for the Icons, as the home team evened the series with a 7-6 win.  Dream's Kyle Hendricks has yet to show the stuff that gave him MLB's lowest ERA last season.  Icons completed 3 DP's to squelch Dream scoring opportunities.
Gm 3: Icons had base runners galore, collecting 10 hits, 7 walks, and 1 Dream error; they had 13 LOB!  But the home team pushed just enough runners along to get a 4-3 win.  Span led the Icons' hit parade going 3 for 4.  Devenski got the win, and Treinen the save.
Gm 4:  Dream managed a series split with a 1-0 win in the finale.  Three consecutive singles from the top of the Dream order in the 6th plated the lone run of the game.  Davies got the win, and Thornburg the save.

Dream 1 at Blackjacks 3
Blackjacks use the long ball to win the series, hitting 8 big flys.
Gm 1: Brad Miller had a 3 run bomb and Doug Fister pitched into the 7th to lead the Dream to a 5-3 win.  Freeman had a pair of hits including a HR for the Jacks.
Gm 2: Dream starter, Chase Anderson, got knocked around, as the 'Jacks waltzed to a 9-1 win.  Once again, Freeman went 2 for 4 with a HR to lead the home team.  Ironically, Dream out-hit the Jacks, but the station to station offense couldn't score.
Gm 3: Dream "ace", Kyle Hendricks, was injured in the first inning (OUCH!), and it was down hill from there.  Brandon Drury had a walk-off solo HR in the 9th to give the 'Jacks a 6-5 win.  Dream had managed to tie the game at 5 in the top of the inning, only to see the game slip away.  Freeman homered for the third consecutive game!
Gm 4: In workman like fashion, Jacks won the game 6-5 for the series win.  No Atlantic City player had more than one hit, but timing is everything.  Vogt had a 2 run bomb for the home team.

Crabs 0 at Dream 4
GM 1.  Dream 5  Crabs 4.  wp-McGowan sv-Thornburg lp-Nova.  Crabs’ castoff, Dream waiver pickup McGowan earns W in opener with 2 scoreless innings of relief after Fiers was shoved around for 7 hits, 4 Rs in 3.7 innings..Realmuto had 3 hits, 3 RBIs to lead Dream attack.  Bour, Donadson hit Crab homers..
GM 2.  Dream 3  Crabs 1.  wp-ZDavies sv-Thornburg lp-Salazar.  ZDavies was the story of the day with 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run.  Storey drove in 2 Dream runs...
GM 3.  Dream 5  Crabs 4.  wp-XCedeno  lp-Strickland.  Crabs jump out to  a 4 – 0 lead but Dream chips away and eventually score singletons in 8th, 9th to earn the win.. JPeralta, in for the injured Storey drove in 2.. A-Gone  also drove in 2 for Dream ... Scooter had 3 Crab hits, 2 RBIs ...
GM 4.  Dream 6  Crabs 2.  wp-CAnderson sv-Hand  lp-Nelson.  CHernandez had 4 hits including 2 doubles and 2 triples and 4 RBIs to lead Dream attack..CAnderson scattered 5 hits to earn the W ..   Crab pitching was was a nightmare as they surrended 12 hits to the relentless Dream attack ...

Rogues 3 at Ponies 1
Gm1- Rogues post 13 hits 8 runs backing Aaron Nola strong start (6 2/3 innings 0 runs) Broxton 3 hits, Escobar, Seager, Trumbo 2 each Seager hr. 
Gm2-Trevor Bauer was masterful vs. his old team allowing only 1 hit over 7 2/3 innings in a Ponies 3-0 win.  Seager single in 4th was the only hit.  Biagini posted a 4 out save.  Starlin Castro 3 run hr accounted for all scoring.  Bumgarner hit with loss despite allowing only 5 hits in 7 innings.
Gm3-Rogues win 3-2 on bases loaded walk in 8th.  With 2 on and 2 out Bruce Rondon came in to walk Pederson and Harper to give the advantage to the Rogues.  Fulmer 7 2/3, 6h, 2r, 6k for the win with perfect relief by Reed and Melancon. 
Gm4-Rogues scored 4 early on Harper 3 run hr and held on as Turner hit a 2 run 2 out shot in the bottom of the 9th to cut the lead to 6-5.  Kipnis 3h, 2 2b.  Turner and Cuthbert 3 hits in loss. 
Rogues out scored Ponies 17-11, but Ponies hit 4 hr to Rogues 3.  Rogues hit .250, Ponies .220.  Hitting star of the series was Broxton with 7 hits in 11 tries and 3 sb.  Bauer was the pitching star.  Chisenhall hit .429 with 2 doubles and a homer for the Ponies. 

Mitts 3 at Sluggers 1
gm 1 – Daniel Murphy goes 4 for 5 while Felix Hernandez had a solid outing.  Mitts win opener 7-2.  Graveman took the loss.  Neil Walker had a 4 RBI day.
gm 2- Mitts have an 11 run 2nd inning to chase Gray.  Semien 4 hits,  Duvall 4 RBI as Mitts cruise to a 16-5 rout.  The Sluggers did have 15 hits but Kazmir escaped most of the scarier jams.
gm 3- Sluggers have 2-0 lead until the 6th when the Mitts tied it up.  They went to the 9th that way.  Rookie Alex Bregman had an RBI double in the 9th to make it 3-2 Mitts.  Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 9th for the save.  T.Shaw had the game's only HR for Summerwood.
gm 4- It was all Jeff Samardzija this time. The hard righty baffled a lineup of 7 LHBs that the Mitts threw at him.  Sluggers win 3-0 with both teams collecting just 5 hits.  Rondon had a perfect four out save.

Cubs 2 at Crabs 2
Gm1  Crabs 6   Cubs 2.   wp-Salazar lp-BShaw(rel)  Salazar tossed a complete game 3-hitter as Crabs take series opener .. After CLewis surrendered only 1 unearned run in 6 innings, Shaw was immediately clobbered for 4 ERs in .7 innings..  Cespedes (mc) and Braun (lm) hit dingers...
Gm 2  Cubs 4 Crabs 3 (10 innings) p-Siegriest(rel)   lp-Cessa(rel).  Starters Archer (3 runs, 0 earned) and Straily (3 Rs) battled for 9 innings before Wieters doubled in Braun in the 10th to win it for Cubs .. Reddick hit the game’s only HR.
Gm 3  Crabs 13  Cubs 8  wp-Nelson  lp-Kennedy.  Crabs clobbered Cub starter Kennedy for 5 ERs in 1.7 innings ..Crabs had continued success against the ensuing 6 Cub relievers... Lindor, Cespedes(2), and Reddick hit Crab dingers while Villar and Drew hit Cub HRs .. Nelson struggle giving up 8 ERs in 8 innings but picked up the W..
Gm 3  Cubs 3  Crabs 2 (10 innings)   wp-Allen(rel) lp-Stripling(rel).. Cubs tied up the game in the bottom of the 9th and won series finale in the 10th... Roark and Shoemaker were both effective ... Grichuk drove in MAdams in the 10th to earn Cubs split in series ... Donaldson hit the game’s only HR...

Huskers 3 at Mitts 1
Huskers 5 Mitts 0- Cano 3 for 4 HR. 4 RBI. Nolasco complete game shut out in Huskers debut.
Huskers 7 Mitts 3- Kluber complete game Cano 2 more hits, and Cargo and Pujols HR.
Huskers 7 Mitts 1- Cano 3rd multi hit game. Cano and Molina HR. Gurrrea picks up win.
Mitts 7 Huskers 4- Huskers cruising to sweep with 3 spot in 1st. Mitts rally with 3 in 5th and 3 more in 6th.  Santana and Gattis 3 hits Happ picks up win.

Huskers 3 Titans 1
Huskers 4 Titans 2 12inn.- Lackey and Fernandez combine to strike out 29. 38 K's total between teams before it was over. Stanton pinch hit 2 run HR the difference in the 12th.
Titans 4 Huskers 1- Finnegan 7 inn  only 2 hits allowed for the victory. Titans used balanced attack to pick up win.
Huskers 9 Titans 0- Andrus and Cargo combine for 5 hits and 5 RBI. Nolasco complete game shutout.
Huskers 6 Titans 3- Titans take early lead, but Huskers storm back in middle innings to take game and series. Pujols, and Cargo HR.

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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Josh Harrison Got Hit Four Times in a Row



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from One For Five.com

Eddie Vedder and Johnny Ramone playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball

from ESPN

Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but baseball is changing


Ranking the playing careers of all 30 MLB managers

from ESPN

What is the new .300? How to read a 21st century baseball card


MLB Umpires Reportedly May Explain Replay Decisions on Microphones



Mariners Designate Leonys Martin For Assignment

The Mariners have designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter links).  First baseman Dan Vogelbach and right-hander Chris Heston have been called up from Triple-A Tacoma in corresponding moves, while righty Chase De Jong has been sent down to Triple-A.

[Updated Mariners depth chart at Roster Resource]

Martin is off to a very rough start this season, hitting just .111/.172/.130 through his first 58 plate appearances.  This continues Martin’s slump from the last two months of the 2016 season, which put a damper on an overall productive first season in Seattle.  Martin generated 2.2 fWAR on the heels of a .247/.306/.378 campaign in 576 PA, even if his base-running and defense contributed more to his value than his hitting.

Even Martin’s vaunted center field glove took a hit in 2016, however — he managed just a +4.2 UZR/150 and -2 Defensive Runs Saved, very middling numbers for a player who posted 45 DRS from 2013-15.  Between this step backwards on defense, continued issues at the plate and a desire to give more playing time to Jarrod Dyson in center, it makes sense why Seattle would seek to move on from Martin.

The Mariners avoided arbitration with Martin by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85MM deal with him for the 2017 season, a sizeable enough salary that it seems unlikely another team would claim Martin on waivers.  A trade could be a possibility; this is just my speculation, but the Tigers, Giants, and Pirates stand out as teams that could potentially use a left-handed hitting outfielder capable of playing center.

Vogelbach was originally ticketed for a timeshare at first base this season before a somewhat surprising demotion to Triple-A during Spring Training.  With Danny Valencia struggling, however, it opens the door for Vogelbach to get some at-bats against right-handed pitching.  The Mariners are also likely looking for ways to keep the hot-hitting Taylor Motter in the lineup with Jean Segura returning shortly from the DL, so Motter could factor into the mix at first or in left field (if Guillermo Heredia gets some time in center field).

Michael Brantley's been sneaky good.
Just launched his 3rd homer to go with a .316/.391/.526 line.
 Even has 3 SB. Shoulder looks healthy


Tyler Clippard is Criminally Underrated in a Dominant Bullpen

from Rotoworld

Mitt Trades

from NJ.com

Jay Bruce making Mets fans forget late-season struggles with hot start


As of Sunday morning here are the top and bottom hitters for the Criers during this early major league season.

Chirinos is not to be excited over due to the sample size.  Gyorko is a real surprise especially in the OBP number.
Judge just might be a hidden monster.  His strikeout total is high but look at his percentage of extra base hits.
Duda is hurt as usual.
Tulo is also on the shelf.
Arrieta is listed there because the filter allows in everyone with 10 or more ABs.

Aaron Judge entered today with 4 Defensive Runs Saved,
 tied with Mitch Haniger for the most among RF this season.


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