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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


 2017 CBL DRAFT (Nov 12, 2017)




CBL RULEBOOK - January 2017 edition

Standings as of April 21st

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

Icons 2 at Larks 2
#1 Icons 7 Larks 4: Yolmer Sanchez and Mike Trout each had 3 hits and a HR to pace the Icons' 14 hit attack backing James Paxton's 6 2/3 solid IP for the win over Kenta Maeda;
#2 Larks 4 Icons 3: Back and forth battle decided in the 8th when Salvador Perez and Kevin Pillar touched loser Dylan Bundy for solo dingers. Dan Jennings took the win retiring all 4 batters he faced while Yusmeiro Petit hung on for the save after giving up a run and having runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 9th by inducing a flyout throw 'em out at home DP and striking out Dustin Pedroia;
#3 Larks 6 Icons 4: Brilliant 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 12 K performance made a winner of starter Dinelson Lamet. Larks notched 13 hits including 4 by Didi Gregorius and 2 each by Jonathan Schoop, David Freese, and Perez. Petit got another save with a perfect 9th;
#4 Icons 9 Larks 6: Icons exploded for 5 runs off 5 pitchers in the 9th to earn the series split. Big blows in the 9th were an RBI 2B from Trout, a 2 RBI PH 1B by Danny Valencia, and a GW 2 RBI HR off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. Max Scherzer got the CG win despite giving up 10 hits and 2 HR's.

Titans 0 at Mavs 4 
Clutch hitting was the story of the day for the Mavericks as the pitching was just good enough and the team held on for 3 1-run victories.
Titans 1, Mavs 6 Dickey vs Martinez - Top of the lineup delivered 4 runs and 4 RBIs. Suarez 3-4. Bradley HR
Titans 5, Mavs 6 Miranda vs Tanaka - Mavs break on top in 2nd and hold on. Hundley HR. 3 Titans HR.
Titans 5, Mavs 6 Kuhl vs Cole - a 4 spot in the 4th stake a lead and they hold on. 4 Titan solo HRs.
Titans 4, Mavs 5 Castillo vs Berrios - This time the Titans break out with 4 in the 3rd but that's all she wrote. Mavs battle back behind Betts, Odor and Grossman HRs to pull ahead and hold on for the sweep

Dream 3 at Icons 1
Gm 1: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 4 for 5, and SP Chase Anderson tossed 7 strong innings to pace the Dream to a 6-1 win in the opener.  Jason Castro's solo HR accounted for the Icons lone tally.
Gm 2: Icons' starter James Paxton (11 K's in 6 IP) and the pen combined for 4-0 shutout of the Dream.  Pham had a 3 run HR in the Icons' 4 run 8th for all the offense the Icons needed.
Gm 3: Dream SP Kyle Hendricks pitched into the 9th, but an Avisall Garcia 9th inning HR chased him to prevent the CG.  Dream hung on for a 7-4 win.  Icons gave up 3 unearned runs, the difference in the score.
Gm 4: Blach gave the Dream 7 strong innings, and Odubel Herrera had 3 RBI to lead the Dream to a 6-3 win in the finale.    

Whiz Kids 1 at A's 3
Gm 1: Peacock and two relievers combine on 5-hit shutout, A's win 3-0
Gm 2: Beltre, G. Sanchez each knock in two runs as Kids win 6-3
Gm 3: A. Frazier (power W on both sides) jacks a 3-run HR in the 8th breaks the tie and A's win 5-2
Gm 4: Kids bullpen implosion gives away 4-1 lead, the big blow for A's a 2-run HR by Cervelli that crated the final 6-4 margin.

Larks 2 at Black Jacks 2
Game 1 Larks 2 Black Jacks 0 Tied after 6 at 0-0 Freese Homers in the 7th , Larks turn 3 DPs to preserve the shutout and Jacks load the bases in the 9th to make it exciting
Game 2 Larks 3 Black Jacks 6 The Jacks took an early lead 3-2 scoring 1 in the 1st, 3rd and 4th before breaking away with 3 in the 6th. The Larks never recovered. Homers by Schoop and K. Davis
Game 3 Larks 1 Black Jacks 4 Jacks pitchers Marquez 6 1/3IPS and Betances K 12 batters each getting 6 as the Larks didn’t score till the 7th on Moreland’s Homer
Game 4 Larks 10 Black Jacks 7 After 6 innings with the score 8-7 the Larks scored insurance runs after Moreland doubled and Escobar made an error allowing Moreland to score in the 8th.

Crabs 2 at Dream 2
Game 1 Dream 4 – 5 – 0  Crabs 3 – 12 – 0  wp-Hendricks  sv-Hand  lp-Salazar HRs(CD)OHerrera  Dream hit Crabs, Salazar with 3 in 1st to take opener .. Hendricks scattered 9 hits, 1 BB in 6.3 innings, allowing only 2 ERs .. Crabs 2 for 12 in RISP ....
Game 2 Dream 5 – 5 – 0   Crabs 2 – 7 - 0  wp-TBlach  sv-Hand  lp-Nova(cg)  HRs(MC)Chirinos (CD)Headley, Puig..   Same script as Game 1 as Dream score 4 in 1st and never look back behind a solid performance by TBlach  .. Maryland’s Nova allowed only 5 hits, 0 BBs but 5 earned in complete game effort ..
Game 3 Crabs 3 – 6 – 0  Dream 2 – 8 – 0 wp-Nelson  sv-Giles lp-Goody  HRs(CD) CHernandez, Headley.. Crabs finally break thru for win behind Nelson who struck out 11, 2 ERs in 7 innings ..ZDavies was even better allowing only 3 hits, 1 ER in 6 innings ... Crabs score 2 in 8th to clinch win...
Game 4  Crabs 5 – 12 – 0  Dream 3 – 7 – 0  wp-McGee  sv-Giles  lp-Swarzak   HRs-(MC)Gennett, Smoak  Crabs score 1 in 8th and 2 in 9th to edge out Dream and earn series split...  McGee tossed 2.7 scoreless for the ‘W’ ..  Gennett clubbed 2-run jack in 9th for Maryland...

Whiz Kids 2 at Mavs 2
Gm 1:  Chatwood and Edwards pitch 8 shutout innings, late 3-run rally makes it look close, but speedy Mavs hit 3 triples and cruise to 5-3 win.
Gm 2: E. Suarez 2-run HR is the big blow, Osuna nails down his second save of the series for Mavs in a 4-2 victory
Gm 3: E. Santana CG win for Kids, as Odor's HR is only run for Mavs.  G. Sanchez HR, 5 RBIs. Kids win 6-1
Gm 4: G. Cole walks 7 and Kids eventually make him pay, as E. Thames 2-run HR sparks 5-2 win and a series split. Bradley HR supplies offense for the Mavs.

Icons 2 at Revival 2
#1 Revival 5 Icons 3: Luke Weaver went a strong 6 innings for the win. Revival scored 4 in the 5th on a 2 run HR by Michael Conforto and a 2 run 2B by Nelson Cruz that knocked out losing starter Robert Gsellman;
#2 Icons 6 Revival 4: Max Scherzer struck out 14 in the CG win despite 2 HR's by Brian Dozier. Icons cuffed loser Chris Sale with a 3 run Danny Valencia 4-bagger in the 1st and another 3 run shower-inducing round tripper from Mike Trout in the 6th;
#3 Revival 6 Icons 5 (13): Marco Estrada only lasted 2/3 of an inning yielding 4 hits and 3 runs before being replaced by Juan Nicasio. Eduardo Nunez hit a solo HR in the 2nd off Zack Godley and the Revival took the lead in the 4th on a Nelson Cruz blast and a 2 run Jean Segura 2B. A.J. Pollock clubbed a 2 run homer off Buddy Boshers in the 8th to put the Icons up by 1, a lead erased in the 9th off Andrew Miller on 2 walks and a Domingo Santana 1B. Miller sent the game into extra innings by getting Joey Votto to hit into an inning ending DP with men on 1st and 3rd. Justin Wilson, Arodys Vizcaino and winner Pat Neshek shut out the Icons over 5 1/3 IP of 1 hit, 1 BB, and 7 K relief. a walk, sacrifice and a 2 our GW 1B by Conforto pinned the loss on Alex Colome. Santana and Nunez each had 3 hits for the home team;
#4 Icons 6 Revival 3: Yolmer Sanchez hit 3 hits, 2 HR's and 4 RBI to make a winner of James Paxton and pin the loss on Lance Lynn who struck out 12 over 8 innings. Santana had another 3 hit game for the Revival.

A's 2 at Mitts 2
#1 A's 5 Mitts 2 - Polanco HR in 3R 5th; A's bullpen 2.1IP 5K
#2 A's 4 Mitts 0 - Morales and Suzuki back to back HR in 6th; Manaea and 3RP 2H shutout
#3 Mitts 5 A's 4 - Mitts 2R rally in 8th; Rosario GW RBI
#4 Mitts 2 A's 1 - Turner walkoff HR in 11th

Ponies 1 at Icons 3

Game 1-Ponies 8 Icons 2 -Posey 4 hits -Jones HR 2 RBI

Game 2-Icons 3 Ponies 1 - Trout HR 2 RBI - Scherzer CG 6 hitter

Game 3-Icons 4 Ponies 3 -Lind 3 hits RBI

Game 4-Icons 9 Ponies 3 - Belt HR 3 RBI - Sanchez HR 2 RBI

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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With the exception of DJ Lemahieu none of the Mitts batters have hit well in the majors this April.  Some,  like Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy, haven't gotten out of the gate due to injury.  Others like Neil Walker,  Carlos Santana,  Eddie Rosario, and Evan Gattis just haven't hit. Period.

The only player carrying even a 750 OPS along with DJ is this guy.

The key number in that line is the 3.2 under the Def column.  Were Semien to play the full season and come home with an OPS in the 750s the whole key to whether he is usable will be his defensive rating.  I've always had the feeling that there's an inertia to the Strat defensive ratings.  This is to say that the game company does not take one year at face value but rather considers you whatever you were in the current card set UNLESS you show them that you're a good bit better or worse than that.

Since Semien is sitting in the Mitts' minors as a SS-4 then that's his rating unless he dazzles on the field in which case the company may deign to promote him to a 3.   As a 3 we could use this guy.  As a 4 it will be time to part company.

J.A. Happ, Strikeout King

Looks like my outdoor Sunday tennis group will get to play tomw.  Surely this is the latest into the spring we've ever had to wait to have acceptable playing conditions....The Mets think Plawecki will be back in 3 to 4 weeks.  I doubt it.  Mets injuries (Conforto excepted) always take longer than predicted and even then there's no proof that Plawecki is all that good.  I think the team should be looking for a catching upgrade but it sounds like they're not....Dom Smith is doing fine in Vegas.  Maybe it's time to bring him up and show A-Gonz the door....I've been hoping the football Giants would trade out of the 2-spot in this coming Thursday's draft but now it appears they won't and they'll take a wonderful running back, Saquon Barkley....My guess is that the Jets take QB Baker Mayfield but some quirky stuff could even get them Sam Darnold....Rare spring without Rangers playoff hockey.....For a guy I rated highly in the CBL and SBA drafts (and drafted for the Mitts and Criers) Jose Urena's card is a bit of a disappointment.  He's getting knocked around pretty good in both leagues....Where have you gone Daniel Murphy?  My strat teams turn their lonely eyes to you. Oooh, oooh, oooh.....I miss the Kilg tracker.  Good times....Felipe Rivero has done well for the Mitts so far:  10ip  3 hits....But Aaron Judge is having trouble in the early going as a Crier.  56 AB,  .196 BA,  3 HRs,  20 K's.....Kluber has a 1.17 era in his first three starts for Smithtown but is only 1-2 on the season. That's the way things have been going.


DJ LeMahieu Is Up to Something


Let's see how the players the Mitts drafted last November are faring in the bigs this year.  As it turns out a number of the draftees were traded during the offseason.

All that's left of the position players who were drafted are these two Brewers.  Brett Phillips was recalled for a few days but has since been sent down to AAA again.

Austin Jackson (round 3) in deal for Carlos Gomez
Jed Lowrie (round 7) as part payment for DJ Lemahieu
TJ Rivera (round 8) for Matt Belisle

Cashner, the 2nd round pick, is off to a very encouraging start.  Urena is taking the ball  (that's good) but doing little with it (that's bad).  Fields has been solid as a set up RP for LAD.


Mets should create a new ‘relief rotation’

Mitt Trades

In the first inning of today's game between the Giants and Angels,
Jaime Barria of the
needed 21 pitches to retire Brandon Belt of the ,
the most pitches in a single plate appearance in the last 30 years.

If you want to see what a 21 pitch plate appearance looks like



from Saturday's boxscore

those were homeruns #5 and #6


Jesús Aguilar is making the most of his opportunities


Thought I would take a look at how the players the Criers drafted in February are faring.

With the ever injured Tulowitzki on the club our biggest concern was that Paul DeJong not be a one year wonder.  Early signs are that he is not.
Pirela is proving himself no twinkle-toes in the field but the fellow can hit and with Daniel Murphy not yet out of the gate there could be part of a DH slot available.

Clint Frazier's recovery from his concussion has been very slow.  I think he'll be ready for minor league rehab games soon but have been saying that for weeks.


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