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ESPN NEWS
« on: July 03, 2018, 09:34:24 PM »


BUSTER OLNEY


JIM BOWDEN


JESSICA MENDOZA


KEITH LAW


JON SCIAMBI


KEITH OLBERMANN


PEDRO GOMEZ


TIM KURKJIAN
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 06:13:42 PM »





IT'S OFFICIAL! FINANCIAL MOGUL, JAY QUIST HAS PURCHASED THE PREMIER BASEBALL LEAGUE!

The rumors of the PBL being sold was swirling during the league's fifth season. Today those rumors become fact as Jay Quist becomes the second commissioner of the upstart league, replacing the former Jackson Hewitt.

Jay comes from a financial background where he runs and operates multiple stock and trade agencies in the Los Angeles area. He spoke to Talon Wilkinson, commissioner of the highly popular HIFL and plans on running a very similar style.

The Premier Baseball League consists of 16 teams featuring 12 in the US and 4 international teams and has a 54 game schedule that spans 18 total weeks. With the purchase, Jay Quist announced each team will hold interviews for potential General Managers to run their franchise. 
   
More to come in the weeks ahead.

SOURCE: JESSICA MENDOZA (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 11:56:47 AM »



SEASON 6 DRAFT ORDER AND DRAFT CLASS RELEASED!

The GM era has begun in the PBL and the first order of business is the upcoming PBL draft, which will be held live in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It will consist of three rounds, sixteen picks in each round for a total of forty-eight players being selected. The general draft order is the reverse order of the previous year's standings. If two teams finish with identical records, the previous year's standings of the two teams is the tiebreaker, with the team having a worse record receiving the higher pick. Players from all over the world, some out of high school, others after a successful college career... each with a different journey. This is an exciting time for baseball fans. Chicago Mafia... you're on the clock! 

1. Chicago Mafia
2. London Griffins
3. New Orleans Brass
4. Omaha Explorers
5. Brooklyn Punishers
6. Thunder Bay Roar
7. Tokyo Samurai Cats
8. Virginia Beach Tide
9. San Diego Devil Dogs
10. Boise Elk
11. Austin Drillers
12. Golden State Bayhawks
13. Jacksonville Hammerheads
14. Indianapolis Aeros
15. Mexico City Toritos
16. Albuquerque Roadrunners     

SOURCE: TIM KURKJIAN (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2018, 04:59:11 PM »



PRESEASON BEGINS!

Baseball-starved fans got some hope today as the Premier Baseball League publicly released the 2018 schedule. The preseason officially kicks off today and spring training games will be taking place in the run-up to Opening Day. General managers will be tweaking their rosters right up until the first pitch of the regular season is thrown.     

SOURCE: BUSTER OLNEY (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018, 12:58:13 PM »




GM ERA'S FIRST OFFICIAL PBL TRADE!

It didn't take long for the new GM era to make a splash with a big time trade involving 3-time All-Star starting pitcher, Johnny Frank. The Tide acquire the veteran righty from the Elk along with George Bailey. Meanwhile, the Elk get the 24th overall pick in the S6 draft in Tyler Braswell and Johnny Witte.

Lifetime, Frank has accumlated 21 wins with 20 losses and a career 3.06 ERA.   

SOURCE: JON SCIAMBI (ESPN)




  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2018, 01:10:02 PM »





STEVENSON AND THE REST OF THE PUNISHER STAFF OUSTED BY GM PHOENIX JR... MEXICO CITY HITTING COACH, BRIAN MEWES NAMED NEW MANAGER FOR BROOKLYN

Brady Stevenson knew that firings are about of the job, but he didn't think it'd happen to him. At least not yet.

"I was stunned. I didn't think my job was in jeopardy." said the ousted Brooklyn Punishers skipper. "I recently sat in a meeting with GM Phoenix Jr and it seemed my job was secure.     

Mexico City Toritos well reputed hitting coach, Brian Mewes was signed immediately after the dismissal in a move to revitalize the struggling franchise.

SOURCE: JESSICA MENDOZA (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018, 08:47:49 PM »



DAY 1 OF FREE AGENCY COMES TO A CLOSE WITH MULTIPLE PLAYERS SIGNING...

(2B) Mike Sewell - Virginia Beach

(SP) Chris Cohen - Thunder Bay

(3B) Jared Bonner - Thunder Bay

(SP) Bryan Haggar - San Diego

(RP) Marco Montoya - San Diego

(3B) Jeremy Fedorchak - Boise

(RP) Mike Johnston - Boise

(OF) Jose Arqueta - Chicago

(1B) Lazaro Hernandez - London

(OF) Henry Guzman - Brooklyn

(OF) Felix Gomez - Brooklyn

(SP) Alexis Valle - Brooklyn 


SOURCE: JON SCIMABI (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2018, 11:02:20 AM »



DAY 2 SEE'S THE BIG TIME SIGNINGS OF A FEW TOP FREE AGENT NAMES...

(OF) Sam Cook (Virginia Beach)

(SP) Dave Ely (Virginia Beach)

(C) Tim Payne (Albuquerque)

(RP) Steve Marchiori (Mexico City)

(OF) Jaden Green (Boise)

(1B) Justin Blanton (Austin) 


SOURCE: JON SCIMABI (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 09:27:50 PM »




FAN OUTCRY IN THUNDER BAY!

After two trades by newly hired GM James Metro, it has not impressed the fans one bit. First he dealt away top prospect Ryan Correa and a serviceable pitcher in Andy Warrington to Virginia Beach for rookie Armando Roman and utility infielder George Fasulo. But the trade that really tipped the iceberg was trading talented catcher Manny Diaz and Dan Sisto for Jose Flores, a relief pitcher from Boise. Manny Diaz was a fan favorite and while they expected him to maybe to be traded away because of Fig in the catcher spot, they thought there would be much more payout than an aged relief pitcher.

Tim Kennedy, a Thunder Bay Roar fan from the onset said, "If he thinks he can do whatever he wants because he also has Canadian blood, then might take this aboot and stick it where the sun don't shine.".

Many fines like Tim have voiced their concerns prior to the beginning of the Season 6 preseason. If Roman, Fasulo, and Flores make an immediate impact, then maybe it will quiet the backlash these trades have caused.     


SOURCE: PEDRO GOMEZ (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 01:44:38 PM »



DAY 3 PICKING UP AS 4 MORE PLAYERS SIGN...

(2B) Joe Johnson (Virginia Beach)

(RP) Mike Hillin (Mexico City)

(2B) Jim Rutledge (Omaha)

(2B) Tony Carter (Mexico City)


SOURCE: JON SCIMABI (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 08:54:14 PM »



AD UFA GETS CLOSER TO ENDING, MORE SIGNINGS...

(SP) Malcolm Demby (Chicago)

(1B) Jason Brick (Virginia Beach)

(1B) Kenny Dawson (Brooklyn)

(C) Gabriel Saldi (Austin)

(OF) Brandon Route (Golden State)


SOURCE: JON SCIMABI (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2018, 08:22:55 PM »




FOLLOWING MCCORD RELEASE... FANS THROW BRICKS THROUGH GM PHOENIX JR.'S HOUSE WINDOW

First it was Thunder Bay... and now Brooklyn. Police were called onto the scene early Wednesday morning after reports of bricks being thrown by a small mob of Brooklyn Punisher superfans through the window of Brooklyn GM, Phoenix Jr. Some bricks had notes attached to them wishing he would serve the same fate as his late father, who was gunned down in his own office while he was the GM of the then HIFL's Seattle Rhinos.

A random fan interviewed near the crime scene said, "Sean was the heartbeat of this team! We never had the offense to properly back him and this is no way for a Brooklyn legend to get shown the door. This is a obvious act of ageism and I hope Mr. Castiglione reprimands GM Dumbshit Jr. ASAP!". 

Ownership in Brooklyn did not return any calls.

Meanwhile, what does this mean for Sean McCord, a 40 year old right handed veteran who many experts feel has life left in his arm, despite his age. His numbers are not nearly as bad as the record might suggest after compiling a PBL career 6-16 record with a 3.62 era. The S1 and S2 all-star is said to be contemplating retirement in the next few days if no teams show him any interest.   


SOURCE: PEDRO GOMEZ (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2019, 09:13:20 PM »




ACCORDING TO SOURCES, GM JUSTIN INEXPLICABLY CANCELS TRAINING CAMP, ANGERING FANS AND PLAYERS

 
News coming out of New Orleans is that GM Justin has canceled training camp. The reason for it as yet to be determined, but as we head into the PBL preseason, many questions will need to be answered to stop the heavy backlash in the rash decision. Stay tuned as we learn more in the coming days. 

SOURCE: JIM BOWDEN (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2019, 03:29:37 PM »



ESPN PRESEASON PREDICTIONS...

Coastal Conference
 
Atlantic Division
London Griffins: 31-23
Virginia Beach Tide: 28-26
Jacksonville Hammerheads: 25-29
Brooklyn Punishers: 22-32

Pacific Division
Boise Elk: 32-22
Golden State Bayhawks: 32-22
Tokyo Samurai Cats: 31-23
San Diego Devil Dogs: 22-32


Heartland Conference

Midland Division
Mexico City Toritos: 34-20
Albuquerque Roadrunners: 27-27
New Orleans Brass: 26-28
Austin Drillers: 24-30

Badland Division
Thunder Bay Roar: 31-23
Omaha Explorers: 26-28
Indianapolis Aeros: 24-30
Chicago Mafia: 21-33

SOURCE: BUSTER OLNEY (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2019, 09:53:03 PM »




INDIANAPOLIS AERO FANS DEFECATE ON THE HOOD AND ROOF OF GM FRANCHISE'S CAR WHILE IT'S PARKED IN THE STADIUM PARKING LOT!

After not one, not two, but THREE financial blunders by new Indianapolis Aeros General Manager, James Franchise, fans flocked to Aero Head Park where fans took turns defecating on the hood and roof of the unpopular General Manager's car. No arrests were made as local police let the fans pile up their stool to avoid any type of riot. No comment was made from Indianapolis Police nor the Indianapolis Aeros. The car is no longer on the premises, but it's unknown whether it was burned and destroyed or if GM Franchise drove it home.           


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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2019, 12:57:40 PM »



SPRING TRAINING COMES TO AN END AS THE AUSTIN DRILLER FINISH WITH THE BEST RECORD, LED BY RICKY CRUZ AND HIS SPRING TRAINING LEADING 7 HRS AND 20 RBIS.

While Spring Training is a period for General Managers and Skippers to evaluate their team and decide who is going to make the main roster squad and who isn't up for the challenge. For Ricky Cruz though, it was just business as usual. The former 7th overall pick is entering his third season with the Drillers and is looking to build off his success last season with a power display we haven't seen from him yet. Asked where the power was coming from Cruz said, "I've been in the gym lifting non-stop this offseason to get bigger and stronger. These pitchers are in over their heads when they see me standing 60 feet in front of them.".

The power surge has produced numerous rumors of potential performance enhancing drugs being in play, but most experts chalk up the spring training outburst to hitting off lesser skilled pitchers. One thing is for sure, after the spring training the Drillers had, all eyes will be on them and the Ricky Cruz sensation as we enter the regular season.       

SOURCE: JESSICA MENDOZA (ESPN)



  

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2019, 12:57:29 AM »





SUCCESSFUL OPENING WEEK OVERSHADOWED BY MISSING GMS

In what turned out to be a resounding success for the first week of the season six season in the PBL, the bigger stories were about two GM's that apparently want nothing to do with their team. After his disappearing act in the offseason, GM Justin was once again absent during all baseball activities which is leading to some higher up people in the organization whether he is the right man for the job. According to reports, GM Justin was all over twitter getting in betting wars about his HIFL team that he also GM's in Oakland.

If we go a little farther south, there is GM Pancho, who was also absent from all baseball activities. He was also rumored to be too pre-occupied with running his Alabama team then his team in Mexico City. Officials in the Mexico City organization don't think it's as serious of a problem as is being reported though.

Despite both GM's absence from their teams, New Orleans and Mexico City both posted 2-1 records and are tied for 1st in the Midland Division. This of course has posed the question on whether either GM is really needed and if both franchise's are better off without their GM.

In other news...

WEEK ONE HEADLINES

  • PED accusations reach higher levels after Ricky Cruz hits .700 on opening week.
  • Eric Thomas ties conference record with 0-5, 5K game in 13-1 win. 
  • Mark Potts has #1 webgem of the week after robbing a home run!
  • O'Brien says this year will be his best one yet after 2 homer performance in final game vs. ABQ.
  • Olson angers Mexico City fans after saying he approves of the Trump wall.
  • The very humble Brandon Wolfe may be the best rookie in PBL history.
  • Pitching is showcased in London sweep of Brooklyn!
  • Defending champs in shock after Boise ruins the weekend.
  • The best player nobody is talking about: Andres Pizzolato!
  • GM Franchise returns to Indianapolis to thousands of protesters at Indy International Airport.
  • He's no Tom Brady: At 41 years old, McCord injured after throwing one pitch.
  • Career weekend at the plate for Bryan Stojkovic!
  • Tokujiro Maeda jersey is #1 sold at PBLshop.com!
  • According to poll taken on San Francico Chronicle website, fans think current manager Blake Thorne was the wrong hire.


PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK

FRIDAY

Jake Martin (Thunder Bay): 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R
Bruce Noll (London): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W
Tokujiro Maeda (San Diego): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

SATURDAY

Bryan Stojkovic (New Orleans): 3-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 R
Brandon Wolfe (Omaha): 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, R
Giovanni Merico (Boise): 3-4, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB

SUNDAY

Mike O'Brien (Tokyo): 4-6, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
Bryan Stojkovic (New Orleans): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
Andres Pizzolato (Thunder Bay): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB



SOURCE: PEDRO GOMEZ (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2019, 12:10:23 AM »



S7 DRAFT POOL IS ANNOUNCED...

Some might say it's too early to be thinking about next season, but this week was the deadline for high school and college kids to declare for the PBL draft next season. Some high profile high school players opted for college such as pitcher Jaxon Hunter (LSU) and shortstop Freddie King (Florida State). While Nate Hoppe, Justin Fox and Tristan Rambo are some top prospects to decide to try their luck in the draft. If any high schoolers do go undrafted, they do have the option of entering college and entering the draft after playing 3 years.
 
With the draft quite a ways from now, it'll be interesting to see how soon teams begin sending their scout team to check out these draft prospects and try and get an edge up on next season.     


In other news...

WEEK TWO HEADLINES

  • Samurai Cats pitching cools off PED rumors for Ricky Cruz after a 2-10 series.
  • Injury Bug: Aeros' David Allen out 5-6 weeks, while Mafia's Sergio Moreno is lost for the season. 
  • Thunder Bay's Omar Tirado announces this will be his final season.
  • League is currently engaged in talks with USADA for updated league drug testing policy.
  • London's stellar pitching gives them another weekend sweep, this time against the defending champs.
  • Rich Hess feels time is running out on his career, sources say is he's asking out of Indy.
  • RUMOR: Jacksonville Fire Sale?
  • Giovanni Merico's says you can start planning the parade in Boise right now! after sweep of Brooklyn.
  • Commissioner Quist says big news developing around postseason changes to come soon.
  • Hitting drought in ABQ? Woes continue at the plate for perennial contenders.     
  • Brass fans rejoice in firing of GM Justin, hope for a better turnout from newly appointed GM Rebel.
  • Johnny Baseball fever hitting an all-time high as he becomes first player to hit a home run into the Atlantic!


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


Andres Pizzolato is respected by most Thunder Bay Roar fans for his no-frills style of play. The 22-year-old second baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Heartland Conference Player of the Week honors.

He compiled a .444 average (4-for-9) with 3 home runs, 5 RBIs and 7 runs scored.


Jorge Altamirano's hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Jorge Altamirano was rewarded with the Coastal Conference Player of the Week honors.

The scrappy Boise Elk right fielder hit .500 while collecting 6 hits in 12 at-bats, 3 home runs and 6 RBIs.

SOURCE: PEDRO GOMEZ (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2019, 09:25:54 PM »




Brandon Wolfe showing he is the new face to run this place...

All the talk in the preseason was about Ricky Cruz and the numbers he was putting up, but that has nothing on the numbers Wolfe is putting up out of the gate to start the season... and he is a rookie to boot! Although Omaha is a pedestrian 4-5 mark on the season, it is of no fault of the rookie. Wolfe is slashing .486/.548/.946 to go with 5 homers and 14 RBIs. The catcher out of Oregon was more known for his play behind the plate, then at it, but he's showing he can be the all-around player that makes GMs water from the mouth. Whether he can keep the hot start going will remain to be seen, but there is no doubt about it, Wolfe isn't a future star.... he's a star right now! 


In other news...

WEEK THREE HEADLINES

  • London's Calling: Nick Hudson continues impressive scoreless streak!
The sixth year player, coming off back to back All-Star seasons, has brought his scoreless streak on the season to 16 innings as he improved his record to 3-0 after the rubber match victory against the Devil Dogs. He's been mixing in his fastball, curveball, and circle change to near perfection and is a big part of the early success for the Griffins.

  • Dugouts Clear: Heated match-up between the Tide and Punishers could bring down punishment from the league! 
In a series that included Johnny Baseball hitting a game winning homer in extras followed by his flamboyant bat flip, and a string of hitters being pelted with fastballs, it all came to a head in the 5th inning of their last game in a three game set. After LaMonica took the second ball in as many games off his back in the first inning... the Punishers pegged Eric Thomas in the 4th and Johnny Baseball in the 5th and 7th innings. The latter HBP to Johnny Baseball caused both dugouts to clear and some heated exchanges. No players were thrown out, but both managers were. The league was said they would review the footage and come to a decision after the next weekend of games.       

  • The Rocque Says: BayHawks starting pitcher says they are the team to beat, not Boise!
One week after Merico of Boise said to start planning a parade, it was Chris Roque who had the last laugh after Golden State took the series on the road in Boise. The right hander was brilliant firing 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, and striking out 10. It should be a fun battle throughout the season between these two clubs!

  • League changes to go into effect immediately!
After an emergency meeting was called by Commissioner Quist with the players association and league officials, it was determined that this season will have a new playoff format. Divisional series will continue to be a best of three game series. Championship series will now be a best of five game series. And the Premier Cup will now be a best of seven game series! More things were discussed but tabled until the offseason. 



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Heartland Conference, but last week Brandon Wolfe of the Omaha Explorers reminded everyone just why he's here as he threw up numbers that made him an easy selection for Player of the Week. Wolfe rocked opposing pitching for a .750 average (9-for-12), 2 home runs and 6 RBIs to come away with the award.


There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Chris Westfall, the Tokyo first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick up the Coastal Conference Player of the Week honors. Westfall piled up 7 hits in 12 at-bats, 3 home runs and 5 RBIs while hitting .583.

SOURCE: JIM BOWDEN (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2019, 11:50:58 PM »




Frustration boils in Mexico City as Bill Moore watches another brilliant pitching performance go to waste...

Mexico City might have the leagues two best pitchers after the first month of the season, but there is one glaring difference between the two pitchers. Dale Olson sports a 4-0 record, while Bill Moore only has a 1-0 record to show for his 0.37 ERA. Against Chicago, he left with a 3-1 lead before the bullpen blew it. Against Thunder Bay he left in a 0-0 game, a game the bullpen would blow in the 9th anyway. And this past week against Brooklyn, he left with a 1-0 lead, before the bullpen once again blew the victory. One team official said Bill Moore and Noe Larios had to be separated in the locker room after the loss.     


In other news...

WEEK FOUR HEADLINES

  • Aero-matic!: Justin Stover K's 13 Hammerheads.
It hasn't been the best season in Indianapolis thus far, from their detested GM to trade demands from players, but Justin Stover gave Aero fans a night to remember. Scattering eight hits over seven innings, Stover tied a Heartland Conference record with 13 strikeouts! After the game, Stover gave credit to his teammates and said he is just getting started.     

  • The Big Blant: Veteran has the game of his life!  
The 34 year old slugger entered Game 3 against the Roadrunner batting a dismal .074 in the midst of the worst slump of his career. In a game that Austin would win to sweep the Runners in extra innings, Blanton exploded with a 4 for 6, 1 HR, 2 Doubles, 1 Walk, 7 RBIs, 1 Run scored as he was mobbed by his teammates as he recorded the games final out at first base. The sweep by Austin has brought the Drillers back from the dead and if Blanton can keep hitting like that, oh boy.     

  • Homecoming Ruined: A great start turns into a tough series loss for Maeda and the Devil Dogs.
Greeted by hundreds to the thousands of fans wearing Maeda jersey's during an pre-series autograph session, Tokujiro Maeda gave fans a show in Game 1, he went 2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, and 4 Runs scored (a San Diego single game record). In Games 2 and 3, he only managd 2 hits though as the Tokyo Samurai Cats took the series, the last one in an exciting offensive slugfest.   

  • Monthly Awards issued by the media!
Coastal Conference Batter of the Month: David Alcala Selected May's Best Batter: David Alcala mauled enemy pitching all month long as he cruised to the Coastal Conference Batter of the Month title. Alcala batted .439 with 5 home runs, 15 RBIs and 9 runs scored in a May performance that has London fans eagerly awaiting what he can do in June.

Coastal Conference Pitcher of the Month: COAST Selects Roque May's #1 Pitcher: Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Chris Roque still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 30-year-old starter for Golden State was named Coastal Conference Pitcher of the Month earlier today. He collected 4 wins and no losses with 22 strikeouts in his 4 starts, putting up a fine 1.04 ERA in 26 innings of work.

Coastal Conference Rookie of the Month: Rookie Honored by Coastal Conference: 20-year-old Josh DeVoe is deceptively poised for such a young man. In 4 starts he bagged 4 wins in May and took home the Coastal Conference Rookie of the Month Award. The Tokyo hurler logged a 4-0 record, 21 strikeouts in 26 innings, held opponents to a .185 average and compiled an ERA of 2.42.

Heartland Conference Batter of the Month: Wolfe Snares HEART Top Batter Award in May: Brandon Wolfe may be much younger than other hitters in the Heartland Conference, but he performed like a seasoned veteran in May to win the Batter of the Month award. The 23-year-old Omaha catcher hit .449 with 6 home runs, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Month: HEART Pitcher of the Month Goes to Olson: Dale Olson's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in May, the 29-year-old Mexico City hurler has been named Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 32 in 28.1 innings, logged an ERA of 0.95 and allowed opponents to hit .141 against him.

Heartland Conference Rookie of the Month: Youngster Brandon Wolfe emerged as the latest Heartland Conference Rookie of the Month today. The young man from Omaha deserved the honor, batting .449 with 6 home runs and 16 RBI. Is the month of May a harbinger of things to come or just a fluke? We'll find out someday, but for now, we'll just let Wolfe enjoy the limelight.




PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


This week he took his hitting to another level. That's why Luis Figueroa of the Thunder Bay Roar was named the Heartland Conference Player of the Week. For the week the 26-year-old catcher batted .357 (5-for-14) with 3 home runs, 5 runs and 6 RBIs.


At the age of 29, Salvador Patino might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Jacksonville third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .615 batting average. For his efforts Patino collected the Coastal Conference Player of the Week Award. He racked up 8 hits in 13 at-bats, 2 home runs and 6 RBIs last week in 3 games.

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2019, 09:37:20 PM »




SURPRISING TRADE SHOCKS THE BASEBALL WORLD!! ANOTHER SAD STORY FOR SAN DIEGO SPORTS!

It just seems like this city just cannot get things right. After Maeda slipped to them in the draft, it seemed like San Diego finally had a player they could build their franchise around. Not only was he a local fan favorite, but he was an international fan favorite and gave San Diego the leg up to grab potential International prospects down the line. Then along game GM Gooch, who Devil Dogs fans have began referring him as GM Grinch, who without no rhyme or reason, trades away one of the games best players and doesn't even get a first round pick back. Meanwhile GM Talon hits a homerun in this deal without having to give up much. This will no doubt be looked upon as one of the stranger trades in history and by far one of the most lopsided. 


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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2019, 10:16:40 PM »




After a few weeks of review by the league office, suspensions issued to Brooklyn and Virginia Beach...

In a Week 3 game between the Punishers and the Tide, a dugout clearing shoving match ensued that left the league to review the matter. Both managers will be lost for two games and fined $20K each as well as Brooklyn's Mike Winstead will be lost for one game along with a $15K fine. Javy Coronado was fined $15K, but escaped without any suspension. This is the first time in the new era of PBL that fines or suspensions were issued and is a black mark on this early season. Both teams have the week to file an appeal.           


In other news...

WEEK FIVE HEADLINES

  • Unorthodox approach nets series win!
This week under the decision making of GM Mike Powers, the Chicago Mafia decided to do something that's never been tried before in the PBL. Instead of ace pitcher John Powers pitching the opening game of the series, he opted to start him in the third game of the series. Malcolm Demby made his first career start in Game 1 to not so great results, but the Mafia rebounded in Game 2 with a great pitching performance by Nakayama. Then in Game 3, John Powers did what he does best and shutdown the opposing offense. Whether or not we see this type of strategy continue in Chicago or if other teams start to adopt it will be something to watch.       

  • Pitching vs. Hitting... bats remain the king of the diamond!  
In a much anticipated match-up between the shutdown pitching of the London Griffins and the explosive bats of the Tokyo Samurai Cats, it was not a let down. In Game 1, Bruce Noll showed the PBL world that when he's on the mound, all he needs is one run of support in a 4-0 shutout victory. In the next two games it was a different story as Tokyo cracked 7 homeruns in the final two games, 8-2 and 13-6 wins. For the time being it looks like Tokyo is ready to get back into championship form, while London has been brought back down to Earth a bit.       

  • Fire Sell?: Rumors are Albuquerque is ready to fold on this season an prepare for the future. 
After another disappointing series loss, this time to the Aeros, rumors are beginning to surface that the Runners are looking at making some moves to better the future of the franchise and sacrificing the present season. GM Bone has some quality players that would be huge assets to teams looking to make a championship push, so it'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks as we march towards the trade deadline.         



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


This week's outstanding performer in the Heartland Conference was third baseman Kevin Mack of the Chicago Mafia. He racked up a .769 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week, Mack plastered 10 hits in 13 at-bats and 2 home runs, drove in 5 runs and scored 6 times. To date this year Mack is batting .414 with 3 home runs.


At the age of 29, Guan-xiu Dung might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Tokyo second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .462 batting average. For his efforts Dung collected the Coastal Conference Player of the Week Award. He racked up 6 hits in 13 at-bats, 2 home runs and 6 RBIs last week in 3 games. In 15 games this year Dung has posted a .438 average and put up these numbers: 6 home runs, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2019, 01:29:06 PM »



SUPER REGIONALS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY AS BEST 8 ADVANCE TO OMAHA!

 
NASHVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
(1) Vanderbilt vs. Clemson

CORVALLIS SUPER REGIONAL
(8) Oregon State vs. (9) Cal State Fullerton

CHAPEL HILL SUPER REGIONAL
(2) North Carolina vs. East Carolina

STARKVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
(10) Mississippi State vs. Arizona State

LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL
(3) UCLA vs. Nebraska

LUBBOCK SUPER REGIONAL
(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) LSU

CORAL GABLES SUPER REGIONAL
(13) Miami Fl. vs. Indiana

ATHENS SUPER REGIONAL
(5) Georgia vs. (12) Fresno State


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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2019, 06:02:02 PM »




6 weeks in... vast differences between the two conferences...

If you are a fan of a team in the Coastal Conference and you look over at the Heartland Conference and probably think things are just not fair... especially if you are currently one of the teams on the outside looking in in regards to the playoff picture. The second worst team in the Coastal in record, Jacksonville at 7-11 would have the second best record in the Heartland! A team like Virginia Beach would be comfortably in the playoff picture in the Heartland, but finds itself in a dogfight for one in the Coastal Conference. Teams four games below .500 are sitting on top in the Midland Division of the Heartland Conference! It's doubtful this conference discrepancy will be this eye popping at season's end, but as of right now, unless Thunder Bay makes it to the Premier Cup, it may just be a forgone conclusion that someone from the Coastal is going to take home the championship at season's end.

In other news...

WEEK SIX HEADLINES

  • Most Premier Player of the Year frontrunner guarantees playoffs! 
After a slow start to the season, the reigning champs seem to be in much better moods as of late after thier third series win in the last four weeks after opening the season being swept twice. Patino, who is one of the top hitters in the league right now said this after the game, "We playing with confidence again, we a playoff team and we will make it back to defend our title. 100%.".           

  • Sold out in seconds!  
This upcoming weekend's matchup between the top two teams in the league in Golden State and London has created a World Cup worthy buzz in the UK. Hundreds of fans were camping out overnight at Hogwarts International Park to secure tickets to the Primetime Series of the Week, while the phone lines were busy all weekend. Both teams will enter the game with identical 15-3 records as this could be the potential Coastal Conference Championship Series match.       

  • 3B Lamas will retire at the end of the season...
Jerry Lamas is known as one of the hardest workers in the Premier Baseball League, but that body of work will come to a close at season's end. "I'm going to hang up the spikes," the 38-year-old Tokyo Samurai Cats third baseman confirmed today. "I've busted my butt for years for this sport and I'm grateful for all that I've accomplished in baseball." Lifetime Lamas has played in 206 games, batted .246 with 14 home runs and 119 base hits.     



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


One of the league's most exciting young players, Ricky Cruz of the Austin Drillers earned himself Heartland Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 23-year-old right fielder had a lofty .556 average (5-for-9), collecting 3 home runs, 6 RBIs and 6 runs scored. This year Cruz has collected a .375 batting average to date with 24 hits in 64 at-bats, 22 RBIs, 13 home runs and scored 22 times. He has played in 18 games.


Veteran Mike O'Brien had a great week at the plate for the Samurai Cats to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Coastal Conference. The 34-year-old Tokyo right fielder built a .800 average on the strength of 8 hits in 10 at-bats, 3 home runs and 5 RBIs. O'Brien is currently hitting at a .451 pace with 6 home runs and 20 RBIs.

SOURCE: JON SCIAMBI (ESPN)
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« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2019, 10:36:11 PM »




Records were meant to be broken... Upson has historic 14K game!

Things haven't been great for the most this season in Austin, but the Drillers are beginning to turn things around thanks in large part to the play of starting pitcher, Tom Upson. In what already feels like must win games for Austin, Upson was sensational against the Boise bats. Despite solo shots from Altimirano and Smith, everything else missing the Elk bats as Upson set a new league record for strikeouts in a game with 14... and he only did in 7 innings!  His team must of fed off such a performance because they rallied in the bottom of the 9th to win the game on a weekend in which they took two out of three against Boise.   

In other news...

WEEK SIX HEADLINES

  • Ratings at an all time high! Fans loud with support... but GMs put on notice by owners!   
So many exciting and close games over the weekend has put the league in front of audience's eyes as ratings were up up up this week. Golden State and London delivered in the premier series of the week, while Tokyo and Virginia Beach played three hard fought games. The state of the game was thought to be in jeopardy as owners got together in a secret meeting to discuss the future of the league due to ghost activity from their general managers, but in the end, they've just decided that GMs will be on short leashes from here on out.     

  • He gets a walk! She gets a walk! You get a walk! I get a walk! WE ALL GET WALKS!   
In one of the craziest games in the history of the game of baseball, Thunder Bay and San Diego combined to walk 20 batters! The Roar loaded the bases in 6 of the 9 innings but didn't push one run across in those scenarios... leaving 36 on base for the duration of the game. San Diego wasn't much better with runners in scoring position, leaving 23 on base. In the end, San Diego was one strike away from making a shocking sweep on the road against the Roar, but Louis Figueroa launched a game tying solo shot before Armando Roman walked it off with a solo shot of his own! In a game that featured 20 walks, ended with a WALK off. 

  • Coast to Coast Fan Fest is a giant success!
The joint PR event put on by the Virginia Beach Tide and Tokyo Samurai Cats gets raved reviews from fans as they are already looking forward to the second annual event and what the two sides come up with. While the teams might be opponents on the diamond, the display of unselfishness to give back to the fans is a huge reason the season has been a huge success and the fanbase continues to grow.       



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


"Good pitching beats good hitting" is an old baseball adage. Well, good pitching also beats bad hitting. Dusty Hammond of the Mexico City Toritos proved the point at Estadio Rodolfo Guzmán "Santo" Huerta de Béisbol today, holding the Indianapolis Aeros to 5 hits in a complete game shutout victory. "Hammond made us look real bad today," Aeros manager Josh Allocco said in his postgame interview. "He was outstanding. He was down in the zone with all his pitches. Everything was sinking." Hammond had 7 strikeouts and gave up no walks as the Toritos took the 2-0 win. Checking out his stats for the season, Hammond has racked up 3 wins and 3 losses in 7 starts, 4.68 ERA and struck out 36 batters in 50 innings.


Jorge Altamirano is respected by most Boise Elk fans for his no-frills style of play. The 22-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Coastal Conference Player of the Week honors. He compiled a .455 average (5-for-11) with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored. This season in 21 games, Altamirano has hit at a .378 clip with 28 hits, 11 home runs, 18 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

SOURCE: JON SCIAMBI (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2019, 10:38:33 PM »



THE OMAHA EIGHT ARE SET!

 
(1) Vanderbilt
(9) Cal State Fullerton

(13) Miami Fl.
(5) Georgia


(2) North Carolina
Arizona State

(3) UCLA
(11) LSU


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« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2019, 11:24:40 AM »




Highly regarded general manager Kirk unexpectedly steps down...

After last seasons abnormality for the Tokyo Samurai Cats, all seemed back to usual this season as they are right in the mix for the division and playoffs as we near the halfway point in the season. Star players such as Westfall, O'Brien, and Dung are near the top of all the statistical leaderboards. Faced with a bullpen issue last season that saw them lose multiple close games, Kirk came in and addressed it with a trade with Boise. Reports began to flood in shortly before Tokyo was set to face Chicago this weekend that GM Kirk had left the team due to personal reasons. A lot of hate mail was sent GM Powers' way for refusing to allow GM Kirk to attend the games in Chicago, which lead fans to believe that was the primary reason. Mr. Catsumoto plans on reaching out to a few qualified general managers to take over the most accoladed franchise in the league.       

In other news...

WEEK EIGHT HEADLINES

  • Bad news for Horne and Jacksonville...   
After being examined by team doctors yesterday, Hammerheads center fielder Elijah Horne was told that his rehabilitation time would be increased to 3-4 weeks because he still had some pain and soreness. The medical staff did not want to activate him until he is totally healthy. Horne is recovering from a strained groin muscle. In 14 games this season Horne has batted at a .370 pace with 20 hits and 4 home runs.   

  • Trade Deadline Approaches: Who is buying, who is selling?   
Two weeks left before the trade deadline and just about every team in the league still has a crack at the playoffs. Teams have to start making that oh so important decision... do we buy or do we sell at the deadline? While teams like Golden State and London appear set with what they have, maybe they try to bring another bat on board? Will Virginia Beach look to shore up their bullpen? Can Mexico City find help in their lineup? It's an exciting time in the league as teams make a push for the championship or make an investement towards the future.       

  • LSU is college baseball's best! Tigers capture their seventh baseball national title!
LSU squared off against the Vanderbilt is the CWS title game in a best of 3 series. In Game 1, LSU defeated the Dores 3-0, led by Golden Spikes Award winner Zac Ison who pitched the complete game shutout on only 87 pitches while striking out 11. Game 2 saw Vanderbilt's bats wake up as they forced a decisive third game with a 12-4 victory. The rubber match for the the national championship was close all game long as LSU held on to a 4-3 lead through 7 innings before turning the ball back to Ison to close the game out for the Tigers. After a perfect 8th inning in which he struck out the side, Ison got in trouble in the 9th. Vandy worked back to back walks to lead off the ninth, before a double play put the tying run at 3rd with two outs. Ison finished off the game with a brilliant curve ball on a full count to induce the swing and miss and give LSU the win and National title. Ison was named Most Outstanding Player in the CWS.               



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


Ricky Cruz demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Heartland Conference Player of the Week Award. The Austin right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them for a .600 average (6-for-10) with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs on his way to claiming the honor. This season Cruz is hitting .405 with 17 home runs.


At the age of 26, Mike Mandy might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Golden State first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .455 batting average. For his efforts Mandy collected the Coastal Conference Player of the Week Award. He racked up 5 hits in 11 at-bats, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs last week in 3 games. This year Mandy has hit at a .250 clip with 23 hits, 5 home runs, 12 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

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« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2019, 12:44:07 PM »




MR. CATSUMOTO WASTES NO TIME, STEALS GM GOOCH AWAY FROM DIVISION RIVAL SAN DIEGO

 
Time was running out for GM Gooch in San Diego as the playoffs looked further away with each week passing, so when the opportunity to GM for the most successfull franchise in the league presented itself, he prefered an owner that would have his back rather then ridicule every move he made to make the franchise better. Tokyo sits in second place in their divison and the third best record in the league. This move has to make SGTMAJ Reed take a hard look in the mirror and maybe support the next GM that takes over the role. San Diego will take GM applications privately over the next few weeks while SGTMAJ Reed will perform GM duties in the meantime.

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« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2019, 08:59:39 PM »




Season 6 All-Star Rosters Revealed!

Nothing is for certain about the 2018 (Season 6) Premier Baseball League All-Star Game. It might be dominated by top-notch pitching performances. Or it could turn into a home run derby. Who knows? Pitch by pitch, inning by inning, the game could feature a little of both -- six strikeouts in a row by a nasty southpaw -- or a 3-homer day for some superstar slugger -- plus great catches, thrills, chills and spills -- all the great and the unexpected things that can happen in a baseball game.

This year, the Coastal Conference will be represented by these All-Star performers:

SP Ricky Aguirre (VB) - 4-3, 2.42 ERA, 52.0 IP, 1.12 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 2.0 WAR
SP Josh DeVoe (TOK) - 7-1, 3.21 ERA, 53.1 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 1.3 WAR
SP Felix Haraculamo (VB) - 4-1, 2.36 ERA, 49.2 IP, 1.17 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, 1.2 WAR
SP Ricky Medina (GS) - 6-1, 2.53 ERA, 57.0 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 1.1 WAR
SP Bruce Noll (LON) - 5-1, 2.23 ERA, 44.1 IP, 0.97 WHIP, 7.5 K/9, 1.5 WAR
SP Chris Roque (GS) - 6-1, 3.46 ERA, 52.0 IP, 1.12 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 1.6 WAR
SP Mike Schultz (VB) - 1-0, 1.71 ERA, 21.0 IP, 0.43 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 0.5 WAR
RP Ryan Richter (LON) - 2-1, 1.47 ERA, 30.2 IP, 1.17 WHIP, 9.7 K/9, 0.7 WAR
CL Edwin Alvarado (LON) - 2-0, 8 SV, 1.13 ERA, 16.0 IP, 0.44 WHIP, 12.4 K/9, 0.8 WAR
C Manny Diaz (BOI) - .250/.283/.455, 88 AB, 5 HR, 94 wRC+, 0.5 WAR
C Ricardo Murillo (TOK) - .272/.317/.446, 92 AB, 2 HR, 101 wRC+, 0.5 WAR
1B Chris Freimanis (SD) - .360/.431/.590, 100 AB, 5 HR, 1 SB, 166 wRC+, 1.3 WAR
1B Chris Westfall (TOK) - .343/.367/.775, 102 AB, 13 HR, 204 wRC+, 1.6 WAR
2B Guan-xiu Dung (TOK) - .402/.448/.729, 107 AB, 9 HR, 223 wRC+, 2.1 WAR
3B Salvador Patino (JAX) - .415/.471/.798, 94 AB, 10 HR, 245 wRC+, 2.2 WAR
SS Ted Esco (BKN) - .344/.407/.729, 96 AB, 11 HR, 204 wRC+, 2.1 WAR
SS Tokujiro Maeda (VB) - .341/.479/.571, 91 AB, 4 HR, 6 SB, 186 wRC+, 1.7 WAR
SS Jayden Smith (BOI) - .329/.383/.646, 82 AB, 6 HR, 173 wRC+, 1.4 WAR
LF David Alcala (LON) - .391/.455/.793, 87 AB, 10 HR, 220 wRC+, 1.7 WAR
LF Giovanni Merico (BOI) - .277/.333/.638, 94 AB, 8 HR, 1 SB, 154 wRC+, 1.1 WAR
CF Elijah Horne (JAX) - .370/.404/.611, 54 AB, 4 HR, 4 SB, 171 wRC+, 0.8 WAR (Injured)
CF Justin York (VB) - .344/.448/.427, 96 AB, 1 HR, 9 SB, 140 wRC+, 1.3 WAR
RF Jorge Altamirano (BOI) - .371/.472/.854, 89 AB, 13 HR, 250 wRC+, 2.2 WAR
RF Pete Laski (GS) - .368/.467/.690, 87 AB, 6 HR, 212 wRC+, 1.6 WAR
RF Mike O'Brien (TOK) - .424/.509/.758, 99 AB, 7 HR, 2 SB, 242 wRC+, 2.3 WAR


While the Heartland Conference best will include these stars:

SP Josh Barry (AUS) - 1-0, 6 SV, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 0.73 WHIP, 12.3 K/9, 0.9 WAR
SP Phil Helton (TB) - 5-1, 2.02 ERA, 49.0 IP, 0.96 WHIP, 11.0 K/9, 1.9 WAR
SP Jay Larson (TB) - 2-3, 3.38 ERA, 48.0 IP, 1.27 WHIP, 9.2 K/9, 1.5 WAR
SP Bill Moore (MEX) - 2-3, 2.38 ERA, 41.2 IP, 1.15 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, 0.8 WAR
SP Dale Olson (MEX) - 5-2, 2.00 ERA, 54.0 IP, 0.63 WHIP, 10.5 K/9, 2.7 WAR
SP John Powers (CHI) - 4-2, 1.94 ERA, 51.0 IP, 0.96 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 1.8 WAR
SP Justin Stover (IND) - 5-2, 3.93 ERA, 52.2 IP, 1.16 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 1.4 WAR
RP Jaden Bowie (AUS) - 1-0, 1.88 ERA, 14.1 IP, 0.84 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 0.4 WAR
CL Jamie Pierce (TB) - 1-2, 6 SV, 3.18 ERA, 17.0 IP, 1.35 WHIP, 12.7 K/9, 0.8 WAR
C Luis Figueroa (TB) - .287/.380/.574, 94 AB, 6 HR, 161 wRC+, 1.5 WAR
C David Reyes (AUS) - .293/.369/.467, 92 AB, 2 HR, 129 wRC+, 0.9 WAR
C Brandon Wolfe (OMH) - .364/.426/.636, 88 AB, 7 HR, 2 SB, 188 wRC+, 1.6 WAR
1B D.J. Fetterman (MEX) - .212/.380/.412, 85 AB, 4 HR, 1 SB, 128 wRC+, 0.6 WAR
1B Armando Roman (TB) - .300/.389/.600, 80 AB, 6 HR, 162 wRC+, 0.8 WAR
2B Carlos Maldonado (IND) - .360/.433/.652, 89 AB, 6 HR, 1 SB, 195 wRC+, 1.3 WAR
2B Andres Pizzolato (TB) - .276/.382/.690, 87 AB, 10 HR, 188 wRC+, 1.5 WAR
3B Kevin Mack (CHI) - .333/.410/.548, 93 AB, 4 HR, 1 SB, 160 wRC+, 1.0 WAR
3B Carlos Rodriguez (ABQ) - .275/.337/.549, 91 AB, 7 HR, 142 wRC+, 0.9 WAR
3B John Scherman (MEX) - .360/.451/.709, 86 AB, 7 HR, 211 wRC+, 1.8 WAR
SS Edwin Torrez (CHI) - .407/.481/.505, 91 AB, 1 HR, 12 SB, 156 wRC+, 1.6 WAR
LF Ivan Melendez (NO) - .320/.370/.440, 100 AB, 1 HR, 9 SB, 121 wRC+, 0.9 WAR
LF Cristofor Rodriguez (CHI) - .312/.363/.634, 93 AB, 8 HR, 163 wRC+, 1.0 WAR
CF Cole Whitehouse (MEX) - .297/.360/.538, 91 AB, 6 HR, 144 wRC+, 0.9 WAR
RF Ricky Cruz (AUS) - .405/.505/1.083, 84 AB, 17 HR, 3 SB, 307 wRC+, 2.8 WAR
RF Candradipa Mehta (NO) - .236/.370/.461, 89 AB, 6 HR, 7 SB, 127 wRC+, 1.1 WAR


The only thing for certain is that with this group of fine all-stars, the fans will really enjoy the show.

SOURCE: TIM KIRKJIAN (ESPN)
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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2019, 08:26:47 PM »




Hammond beans Cruz... benches clear!

As we inch towards the all-star break, wins are becoming more and more important as team battle for playoff position in the competitive Heartland Conference. In Game 1 between Austin and Mexico City, in Cruz's last at bat of the game in the bottom of the 7th, he launched a broken bat solo shot to increase the Drillers lead. Players from Mexico City was trying to tell the umpires that the broken bat was corked, but due to lack of sufficient evidence, he was not ejected nor was the homerun called back. Fast forward to Game 2 in the bottom of the 3rd, after just giving up a 2-run homerun to Jeff Reeves, it was Dusty Hammond who drilled Cruz with a 99mph fastball to his ribs. Cruz hit the dirt and quickly popped back up, dusting himself off. He begin to walk towards firstbase, exchanging words with Hammond before he then charged the mound! Both Cruz and Hammond swung punches on each other, partial connecting while the dugout and bullpen of both teams cleared and rushed to the pithchers mound at Driller Stadium to break up the brawl.

Head umpire Wayne Garvey ejected both Cruz and Hammond, in a game the Driller would go onto win 5-4. After the game, Commissioner Quist handed out suspensions much quicker then the last time something like this happened between Brooklyn and Virginia Beach earlier this season. Cruz will be suspended for the entire next series against New Orleans, while Dusty Hammond will be suspended for his next start against London.

GM's Digger and Pancho were not available for comment about whether they would attempt to appeal the suspensions or not. Mexico City avoided the sweep with a 7-1 victory in the third game of the series.


In other news...

WEEK NINE HEADLINES

  • Altamira-NO he didn't!
After a Game 2 homerun by Jorge Altamarano, he rounded the bases and looked right up to where the Tokyo ownership suit is located and gave a crotch grab as he touched homebase. Altamirano spent his first two seasons in Tokyo, winning a Premier Cup in his rookie season. GM Kirk traded the young star to Boise to beef up the Samurai Cats bullpen, but apparently time has not healed for Jorge yet. No word on if the league will hand down any punishment or if GM Mark will handle it in house.   

  • He said what!?: Jose Gonzalez calls out absent General Manager  
Nothing much has gone wrong for London this season as they sit 2 games atop a division they have lead from start to finish thus far. After the third game in the Aeros/Griffins series, Jose Gonzalez talked to reporters and had some choice words to say to General Manager Dazz. "He gets all the credit for us winning, but he hasn't done a thing to help this team. Maybe we can trade him before the trade deadline?", then walked away from the reporters, slamming his mit into his locker. Gonzalez has been a machine out of the bullpen for London, logging 44.1 IP in relief with a 3-1 record, 1 save, 3.05 era, and a 49/14 K/BB ratio. 

  • Big names traded, will there be more?
Two big names were on the move prior to Friday's series openers this past week as Albuquerque was busy with trade deadline approaching soon. 3-time Most Premier Player of the Year, Fernando Tafolla was shipped to Thunder Bay for a haul of prospects and draft picks. Meanwhile, Season 2 Reliever of the Year, Curt Capra was sent to Virginia Beach for prospects and a draft pick. The Roadrunners are still in the playoff hunt in the Heartland, but have an eye on securing a better future, while Thunder Bay and Virginia Beach beef up their title hopes.   

  • Monthly Awards issued by the media!
Coastal Conference Batter of the Month: When guys like Golden State's Pete Laski win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a productive June, the longtime Coastal Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers, collecting 22 hits in 50 at-bats. The veteran left fielder hit for a .440 batting average and collected 4 home runs, 16 RBIs and 9 runs scored.

Coastal Conference Pitcher of the Month: Domingo Sais's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in June, the 30-year-old Golden State hurler has been named Coastal Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 42 in 34.2 innings, logged an ERA of 1.56 and allowed opponents to hit .158 against him.

Coastal Conference Rookie of the Month: Justin York earned June's Rookie of the Month honors in the Coastal Conference for last month's performance. The boyish Virginia Beach center fielder might be wet behind the ears, but he's proving that he has what it takes to play at this level. York hit .370 with no home runs, 4 RBIs and 13 runs scored this past month on his way to winning the award.

Heartland Conference Batter of the Month: Ricky Cruz made his presence known as one of the best young stars in the Heartland Conference this past month. The Austin Drillers right fielder shined through the month of June and has won the Batter of the Month award. The 23-year-old hit .455 with 11 home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Month: Veteran Tom Upson put together quite a successful stretch in June for the Austin Drillers, earning himself the Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Upson racked up a 3-0 record in 5 starts, posting a 2.14 ERA over 33.2 innings and striking out 36.

Heartland Conference Rookie of the Month: Edwin Torrez is still a bit shy, but then, who could blame the newest Heartland Conference Rookie of the Month honoree? He hasn't been around the league long enough to fully know the ropes yet, despite the fact that he's putting up veteran-like numbers. In June the Chicago hitter tagged opposing pitching for a .418 average with 23 hits, no home runs and 7 RBIs.




PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


Last week Jeff Reeves was the toast of Austin and the talk of the Heartland Conference -- this week he's the HEART Player of the Week. The standout center fielder sewed up the award with his .455 average (5-for-11), 2 home runs, 4 RBIs and 4 runs. For the season Reeves is batting .247 with 24 hits and 10 home runs. He has scored 22 times and batted in 27.


At the age of 28, Gene Morton might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Jacksonville center fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .692 batting average. For his efforts Morton collected the Coastal Conference Player of the Week Award. He racked up 9 hits in 13 at-bats, 1 home run and 3 RBIs last week in 3 games. This season Morton is hitting at a .425 pace with 4 home runs, 14 RBIs and has scored 16 times.

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Re: ESPN NEWS
« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2019, 12:35:42 PM »




COASTAL CONFERENCE ROUTES HEARTLAND IN ALL-STAR GAME!

When you look at the team records across the two conference, you notice the disparities in the win/loss records. If you thought it was just circumstance, well this weekend in Boise, Idaho... the Coastal All-Stars proved it was not. An absolute demolishing act on the Heartland All-Stars. For you Heartlanders out there... there was hope in the 3rd inning while only down 3-0. Ryan Richter of the London Griffins had allowed a run while also loading the bases with no outs. Enter one of the best pitchers this season in Virginia Beach's Ricky Aguirre who struckout Cristofor Rodriguez and Ricky Cruz before ending the inning and getting out of the jam off a John Scherman fly out to right field. In the end, 2-run home runs by Pete Laski, Chris Westfall, and Chris Freimanis were more than enough as the Coastal All-Stars went on to win 10-3.

During Friday Night's home-run derby which saw eight sluggers battle for the right to call themselves the Home Run King! The Coastal Conference were represented by Jorge Altamirano of Boise, Ted Esco of Brooklyn, Chris Westfall of Tokyo, and Rich Hess of Jacksonville. The Heartland Conference sent Ricky Cruz of Austin, Mario Ruiz of Albuquerque, Andres Pizzolato of Thunder Bay, and John Scherman of Mexico City. The Finals had Ricky Cruz up against Rich Hess in a slugfest after Hess put up 14 homers. Cruz entered the last minute with only 8 HRs before going on a run at the end. Cruz then sat at 13 Homeruns with 20 seconds left, but his last 3 hacks fell just shy and the title went to Rich Hess!

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« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2019, 02:55:23 PM »




The trade that broke the internet!

Every trade deadline comes with late player swapping, but what happened at the eleventh hour of this deadline may go down in history. I reported late at the trade deadline that Mexico City was shockingly in talks with Ricky Cruz, who apparently had worn out his welcome in San Antonio in GM Gravedigger’s eyes. Despite the benches clearing brawl ignited by a Dusty Hammond fastball to the ribs of Ricky Cruz in the Drillers/Toritos series before the all-star break, it was Mexico City who was aggressive on the phones in acquiring the Mexican superstar. In that eleventh hour it was reported that Austin and Mexico City had reached an agreement that sent Ricky Cruz, Joe O’Malley, Justin Blanton and a 2nd round pick for Cole Whitehouse, DJ Fetterman, and Bill Moore.

Reports coming out of San Antonio is a mixed bag... the fans are disappointed in losing a talented player in Ricky Cruz and their first round pick O’Malley, but the team is happy to bring in high quality leaders in Fetterman and Whitehouse as well as one of the games best starting pitchers in Bill Moore. One player in the Austin locker room was happy about Cruz being moved, saying that he was a “locker room cancer”.  As for keeping the fans happy, an Austin Drillers spokesperson said “winning cures everything”.

On the Mexico City side of things, it’s quite the reverse. The fans are happy the homegrown hero will be playing for the hometown team, but grumblings from current players have surfaced to the media about this being destined for failure. According to a source close to the team, when Ricky Cruz entered the locker room, the other Mexico City players left. On top of that, someone had written “cheater” across his locker. GM Pancho and Coach Hurley have an uphill battle when it comes to regaining the peace of the locker room it seems.
 


In other news...

WEEK TEN HEADLINES

  • Field of Dreams! Chris hits a grand slam in front of famous Dad!
It’s not easy living in the shadow of a famous Dad… especially when that Dad is Academy and Emmy award winning actor and director, Kevin Costner. On a weekend where Kevin was taking a break from filming, he was able to catch the ball game in Virginia Beach with the hope that maybe his son would get some playing time. The Tide came through for Kevin by taking an 8-1 lead into the 7th inning of Game 1 against the defending champion Hammerheads. With the bases loaded in that 7th inning, the Tide called Chris’ name and boy did he not disappoint his ol’ man. Chris took a 1-0 belt high fastball deep to right-center that ended with a pleasant splash into the Atlantic! It might not be the most important home run in the league this season, but it was one that sure had social media buzzing!   

  • Oh Noll! It happened again!  
In the midst of a fantastic season by London ace hurler, Bruce Noll… the injury bug once again came by to bite him. After back to back seasons of watching from the dugout due to a torn UCL, he finally appeared healthy and was compiling one of the best seasons by any pitcher this year. Noll, who will turn 40 next week, is out for the rest of this season with a torn labrum and many question whether it’s the last time he laces up the cleats. London is in the middle of a divisional battle with Virginia Beach as well as chasing a championship, but will need someone to step up to fill the enormous void left by Noll. Most feel it’ll be second round draft pick, Jason Schuber, who will get that chance. Other significant injury news was Domingo Sais potentially out for a few starts and Tom Upson may miss a start as well. 

  • Strikeouts a plenty!
Fans got a realt treat in a back and forth Game 3 between Golden State and Chicago... the teams combined to amass a new PBL game record of 28 punch outs in a game. John Powers had an up and down start, but put away a franchise record 13 Bayhawks in 7 1/3 innings. Chris Roque for Golden State was impressive as well as he struck out 8 over 5 innings, while relief pitcher Omar Nunez had five strikeouts in 1 2/3. While the strikeout was the story, it was a solo home run by rookie secondbasemen Alex Morales that won the game for the Bayhawks in the 9th.       




PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


At the age of 26, Cole Whitehouse might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Austin right fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .455 batting average. For his efforts Whitehouse collected the Heartland Conference Player of the Week Award. He racked up 5 hits in 11 at-bats, 1 home run and 8 RBIs last week in 3 games. For the season Whitehouse is currently batting .327 with 7 home runs and 28 RBIs. In 30 games he has reached base at a .397 rate and scored 16 runs to date.


Eric Thomas is respected by most Virginia Beach Tide fans for his no-frills style of play. The 30-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Coastal Conference Player of the Week honors. He compiled a .455 average (5-for-11) with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Batting .217 to date, Thomas has 6 home runs and 18 RBIs.

SOURCE: JON SCIAMBI (ESPN)