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3/21/2024 5:59 pm  #11

Re: The Major American Baseball League

The MABL’s first year finished with a bang in the East, but before we get to the finale, it’s important to shine a light on the top stories and players of the year.

The Eastern League was one of front-runners all year long. Brooklyn and New York City took it down to the wire, and for good reason. Both squads have young cores with players who can’t seem to stop getting better. The MVP race is down to David Dillard, who mashed a monster 27 home runs at a .383/.456/.679 clip, and Jared Kaplan, a consistent extra base machine with stellar defensive play, as well. The leaderboards don’t show the plethora of excess talent in New York right now. Each team is loaded top to bottom and have seemed to provide the rivalry with one more push towards the height of baseball, right before the demise of Adam Hirsch.  Hirsch, nearing 90, has run the Brooklyn Baseball Club since its founding in 1884. Although his mind was still sharp, his body was failing him, and in August, he resigned from his duties as Chairman of Baseball Operations. Although many of the current Jays team are under 25, veterans like longtime manager Kevin Denton, as well as pitchers Angel Mojica and Joe Merza are deeply shaken by the news. As a result, their performance collapsed near the end of the season. At the end of the season, the man who was able to bring back a national league was placed in hospice. The search for the new Jays president begins in the offseason. Tom Clark led the “best of the rest”, the group of players who simply didn’t have the fortune of playing for the two best teams in their division. Joe Berg in Capital City shined to close out the year, leaving Capital City as a bittersweet hero after he declined a contract extension to stay with the club. If this season is anything to go by, it might not be so bad for Capitals fans as Darren Price still has years of arbitration left. So long as the Scheevel Estate will pay up, the Capitals will keep an ace. The aforementioned Clark ended the year with an eye-popping 30 home runs, although at 33, it’ll be interesting how much longer his power holds up. Another vet on staff is Jermaine Holmes, whose excellent year might not hold up for much longer at 32. 27-year-old Cliff Hansen turned out to be a welcome surprise after he joined Centennial from the minors in August, and hopefully the Centennials might have a star on their hands. The Giants, although not in any position to compete for a title, are hoping to spend big in the offseason to start catching up to their neighbors, as Ted Newsome has repeatedly gone out and berated his players in the press. We’ll see how that pays off, however, when your players aren’t already under contract. Pittsburgh, Boston, and Baltimore are all looking towards the future, although Blaise Perez would get a nice return in the market if he were dangled out. Too bad Elliot Keeling wasn’t under an extended contract, as the best of Baltimore’s newly mercenary pitchers sails the open waters.

TL;DR: The Jays and Boroughers are heads and shoulders better than everyone else right now, even if the records don’t show it. Tom Clark and Blaise Perez are on woebegone clubs, as is everyone else in Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Joe Berg is ready for his payday, and Manhattan is looking to dole out some cash.

The final series to decide the East is below in the spoiler, hope it lives up to all the reading.
 Heading into the final series of the season, City Athletic found themselves a game back of the Jays for the top spot in the standings, with a series in lower Manhattan providing the location for the climactic showdown. If Brooklyn won a single game, a one-game playoff would have to occur to crown the Eastern League title. 

Game 1: Brooklyn (58-35) @ New York City (57-36)

With aces Eric Follett and Jonah Lucas both taking the mound for game 1, neither was able to keep the scoring in check. After a top of the first which saw Brandon Sutton smashing a triple into left center field and scoring on a passed ball, Lucas was able to blank the Moles’ ferocious top of the order. The second inning saw the Jays strand Brooklyn native Elliott DeAngelo after his lead-off double, while Follett seemed to get his rhythm back. Another 1-2-3 inning from Lucas gave him his first at-bat at the top of the third, where a successful walk turned even more so when Sutton sent him to second on a single into no-man's land. David Dillard was up next, obliterating a ball into the gap for a double, sending Lucas home while Sutton was stretching around the basepaths. A late throw to the plate gave Brooklyn a 3-0 lead, which was only exacerbated by a Bobby Lee single that shot through the infield and sent Dillard through. As Jonah Lucas mowed down another 3 straight batters, Brooklyn was up, 4-0, after just three innings.

The luck seemed to turn, however, when Brooklyn’s fourth inning began to show cracks in the armor. Having been sat down in order in the top of the inning, Brooklyn’s bottom of the fourth started with Jared Kaplan reaching base on an Elliott DeAngelo error. David Sandoval’s first pitch double sent Kaplan to third, and the hit train kept coming. Dilbert McPherson popped a ball into no-man's land behind second, where Kaplan scored the first run of the game for Athletic. Manuel Gonzalez added to the parade with a single that sent Sandoval home, and the score was 4-2. A ballsy pickoff to get Gonzalez at first and two ground balls later, it was onto the fifth. Another great inning by Follett brought Justin Hicks up to bat in the bottom of the fifth, a strong defensive catcher who squeaked out the starting spot before the year. He was able to start the frame with an 8-pitch at-bat (including four foul balls) that ended in a single. Two quick outs later left Kaplan back at the plate, where an absolute nuke blasted over the wall in left center field, tying the game at 4 a piece. After a Sandoval walk, McPherson drove his own 450 foot shot over the exasperated Brandon Sutton, and just like that, the City grabbed a 6-4 lead. Each starter got one more inning to show their stuff, with the Jays able to steal back a run off of a David Dillard walk and Bobby Lee double, culminating in the score on a Joe Miller groundout. 

The 8th provided the most action of the day, where the Jays were able to take back the lead on a 2-run homer by Dillard, but the Moles weren’t putting their heads in the sand just yet. Reliever Ricardo Franco faced Manuel Gonzalez and was pulled for Rogelio Hernandez, the star closer of the Jays. It didn’t matter, as a barrage of hits at the bottom of the order sent one home and loaded the bases, leaving Kaplan up to bat yet again. A 3-run triple all but sealed it, as the Boroughers won, 10-7. 

Game 2: Brooklyn (58-36) @ New York City (58-36)

 Brooklyn only has to win a single game to keep their season alive past this series. On the mound for them was Angel Mojica, a man who was only recently informed of Adam Hirsch’s step back from the club. In the pivotal game of the series, Mojica gives up a run through four, letting the Brooklyn bats do the work as they run up a 4-0 lead, thanks to a monster top of the third. Mojica reaches himself with a leadoff single, while Jon Gibbs bats him over to second with his own. Brandon Sutton’s following double puts Gibbs on third, and moments later, he’s also around the bases thanks to a David Dillard single. The following Elliot DeAngelo triple would have been backbreaking if Dillard hadn’t got caught stealing the bases for a fifteenth time this season, and if Bobby Lee hadn’t struck out three pitches later. The lead was cushioned but turned 4-1 with a David Sandoval solo shot in the 3rd.  The Jays and Moles traded blanks in the 4th, and the fifth inning was set up to be pivotal.

Dillard started things off with a first pitch single, and quickly batted to second thanks to Lee’s line drive into right. After a DeAngelo strikeout, Zach Riley was able to draw a walk on a 10 pitch at-bat, leaving the bases loaded for Joe Miller. Facing strikeout wiz Bill Segoviano, Miller got down in the count 0-2 before a keen eye was able to get him back to an even count. On the 5th pitch, a smack echoed towards Brooklyn. Gonzalez and Kaplan could only look up as the ball sailed out of the field on a grand slam, putting the Jays up 8-1. 

Any other team would’ve given up, but not this team. Not the Moles. After years and years of being second fiddle to the goddamn Brooklyn Jays, old friend of Hirsch Chris Wester looked on as his team started to storm back. A pitching change to Geoff Morrow got the final two outs, and the Boroughers headed back to the plate. Mojica was gassed and figured he was pitching with enough of a cushion, and with the weight of his city on his shoulders, he looked to be in good position. Getting two quick outs brought Kaplan back up to the plate, where he was able to shoot a double into the gap to keep the inning alive. David Sandoval was up next and got down 0-2 before a double of his own sent Kaplan home. In the heart of the lineup, backs against the wall, the Moles hunkered down. A McPherson walk on full count brought up Manuel Gonzalez, who answered Miller’s grand slam with a 3 run blast of his own. The inning was quickly over, but New York City had stabilized the momentum. 

Things stayed dormant until the bottom of the 7th, where Travis Cronk was set up to pitch his second inning of duty. Denton got fancy and got defensive specialists Brandon Wheeling and Francisco Moreno on the field at first and second, but it didn’t matter. A quick Gonzalez single was turned into a 2-run homer by deadline acquisition Troy Fenske. Thanks to a Rafael Luna two-out double, Jared Kaplan was able to tie up the game with a double along the third base line. The 8th and 9th were down the order for both clubs, so off to extras it was. 

The top of the 10th could’ve been pivotal, but alas, Bill Cox was able to keep a Joe Miller double from reaching home thanks to stellar pitching down the stretch. After pinch hitter TJ DeVree walked to reset the order, Jon Gibbs grounded into a fielder’s choice that moved Miller to third. With a quick Jon Gibbs steal later, Brandon Sutton had the chance to play hero ball. On a 2-2 count, Sutton whacked one high and long, back, back, and… right into the glove of Manuel Gonzalez to end the inning with no harm done. Rogelio Hernandez was gassed from the previous day’s outing but insisted on pitching the final inning. Pinch Hitter James Melvin reached on a single, but more importantly, set up the perfect 5-4-3 double play from the bat of Jared Kaplan. Up came Sandoval.

Two outs. Three balls. Two Strikes.

The Boroughers torment stretches back decades. For years, the squad was never able to catch a break in the Eastern Premier Championship. And for years, as the sun sets on the season in the dreary months of fall and rises in the renweal of spring, there was no new fortune for New York. Their fate was set, their course immovable, their lot secured. Their destiny lied beyond the walls of Wester Park, but never could they get the ball that far. Brooklyn, on the other hand, endured the greatest success of any team in the history of the sport by turning the rest of the entire eastern seaboard into a punching bag. It's here, at this crossroads, at which David Sandoval's bat holds the final opportunity to change that course. Hernandez's pitch hangs in the air for what seems like an hour, a slider that just got away from him. Sandoval torques, lowers his bat, and makes a *crack* that could be heard across the river. Over the walls did their fates lie.

There was no God willing to bring joy to an entire city’s despot. The crowd roared after the crack of the bat and would not give a decibel until Sandoval reached home. The ball landed in the right field bleachers, giving the Boroughers their first Eastern League lead since 1941. David Sandoval was mobbed at home plate, joined by a field storming that held the energy of the hit for what must've been years. Demons were excorcised, but there was still one more game to play. 

Game 3: Brooklyn (58-36) @ New York City (59-36) 

This one was far less entertaining. The game took until Wednesday to play thanks to rain delays, but the Boroughers were able to take a lead early and pad it to win the Eastern Region for the first time since the Association.  Thanks to masterful pitching with runners in scoring position, Jorge Cordova was able to stave off 10 Brooklyn hits and only let them manifest 3 runs. Joe Merza came in with no energy, as the Boroughers shelled him for 6.1 innings, giving up 8 runs which Brooklyn couldn’t hope to muster. The Boroughers had secured their victory in the East and would look towards the Lakers of Cleveland and the Roosevelt Cup Series.

The West was quite different, as the leagues had different playing styles and features before the MABL came to form. The Lakers pulled ahead in the back half of the season thanks to their mid-season acquisitions, as Luis Soto and Oscar Fuentes held down a starting rotation that gave up the second fewest runs in the region. Joe Wells continued his stellar campaign by lapping the competition, slamming 27 home runs while slashing an unreal .362/.464/.703, with rookie Lance Byrd alongside him for some of the most electric players in the league. While his team faltered down the stretch, Ryan Griffin put forth an excellent ‘47 campaign, becoming the first player in the history of the Midwest to top a .400 batting average. At 26, he looks to be the face of the Republics, and hopes to carry with him the proud legacy of the club. Cincinnati, although with a losing record at the all-star break, put together a very respectable back half of the campaign. Danny Hernandez and Jim McKeithan led the strongest pitching rotation in the MABL, although without a true star yet. Howard Townsley, the two-way player with a world of expectations on him at just 18 years old, came in and batted .321 with 7 stolen bases as a pitcher/catcher, while leading the league in opponent on base percentage at just under .300. Things look bright in Cincinnati if they can find more consistent offensive pieces, as Carlos Reyes slumped down the stretch. Milwaukee’s deadline acquisitions weren’t enough for them to pull even with the big hitters, and in an offseason where ace Jeremy Maddox is likely to walk in free agency, it’ll be interesting to see how the club handles the next few months. Detroit’s Gavin Wooden trade worked a lot better for Soto and the Lakers this year, but the team’s long term building is a hope for the future. And despite the constant worries of potential implosion from the Packers, they held steady. Pieces are there for a few respectable seasons, but it again remains to be seen how the club approaches contract negotiations with the likes of Enrique Stone, whose surprise second half vaulted him up the leaderboards in the West. St. Louis and Louisville are far from turnkey, and the hope is that both clubs can remain financially solvent for the remainder of the MABL. Their respective owners have shown signs of contrition, however, potentially playing the long game in hopes of building a strong farm system. 

TL;DR: The Lakers usurp the Republics to close out the year as the best in the West, with deadline pitching acquisitions complementing the outstanding position corps. Cincinnati is set up for a run either next year or the ‘49 season, hoping that their unicorn will grow wings, too. Milwaukee’s deadline trades weren’t enough to right the ship, and the pitching staff is losing its ace to free agency. Detroit’s long term future remains bright, even if the squad has yet to see returns on their potential talent. The rest of the bunch is looking forward to the future, hoping to attain top talent over the next few drafts to build a contender.  

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3/22/2024 11:36 am  #12

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1947 Roosevelt Cup Series Preview:

The first ever Roosevelt Cup Series is the MABL’s first crack at crowning a title, but more importantly, it serves as the first formal cross-regional championship series since 1902. Many leagues had tried and failed to create such a thing, but never having enough major players or team recognition, simply faded away before the series could be played. Now, it’s up to New York City and Cleveland’s Lakers to determine what the baseball world is calling the “National Champion”. 

The Boroughers, riding high off of what’s quickly come to be known as “the hit”, are entering from an Eastern region that has long prioritized offensive firepower. Talked about plenty in the lead-up to the series, the outfield of Jared Kaplan, McPherson, and Gonzalez are some of the best hitters in the game alongside teammate and “the hitter” David Sandoval. Pitching isn’t City’s strong suit, but it hasn’t had to be. Nonetheless, the starting rotation of Segoviano, Follett, and Jorge Cordova just have to give the bats enough room to score some runs. 

The Lakers, meanwhile, have some firepower of their own. The all-star game proved the validity of the Western League to most, but LBC is still seen as underdogs in the East. Their pitching-oriented roster would be further bolstered by midseason acquisitions Israel Magana and Luis Soto, but they’ve been ruled out for the RCS thanks to an illness that might sideline them until November. Now, it’s up to Cleveland’s makeshift staff led by Oscar Fuentes to secure Cleveland’s first championship since 1936. They’ll have some offensive help, thanks to Lance Byrd, but the same mysterious illness that took out Cleveland’s star pitchers has also grabbed hold of Joe Wells, the presumptive Western MVP. The Lakers, without its stars, is facing an uphill battle that could seriously hinder their chances.

It’s the Bridesmaids looking for a ring and the star-studded team without its stars. I’ve got City in 5. 

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3/22/2024 4:27 pm  #13

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glad the mabl is back, and it's looking great so far! the brooklyn-nyc writeup was fantastic. that said, I'm curious what happened in the west, since it looks like lakers tied with republic at the top. I assume there was a tiebreaker somewhere in the mix, but it wasn't explained, and I would've thought we would've gotten some sort of highlight of what happened down the stretch with those teams like we got in the east. anyway, this has been enthralling so far and I'm excited for the bees to win all of the championships after 1947


3/22/2024 4:43 pm  #14

Re: The Major American Baseball League

ItDoesntMatter wrote:

glad the mabl is back, and it's looking great so far! the brooklyn-nyc writeup was fantastic. that said, I'm curious what happened in the west, since it looks like lakers tied with republic at the top. I assume there was a tiebreaker somewhere in the mix, but it wasn't explained, and I would've thought we would've gotten some sort of highlight of what happened down the stretch with those teams like we got in the east. anyway, this has been enthralling so far and I'm excited for the bees to win all of the championships after 1947

Oh sh-t! Sorry, That's a mix-up in the graphic. Cleveland won the west by a solid 4 games, carrying that lead from early September after a poor Republics August. I'll update that now.

Boston might have to wait a little longer than that, but the prospect pipeline is chugging along just fine. Expect them to compete in a few years, but we'll see what happens in the offseason.

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3/22/2024 5:27 pm  #15

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Game 1: 

The opening game of the series was one to credit the expectations. Fuentes and Follett lined up for a pitchers duel that lasted through the game, each giving everything they could to the other side. 

The first action started in the top of the second, when Manuel Gonzalez caught hold of a Fuentes fastball and sent it to the wall for a triple. Shortstop Miguel Acosta, not known for power, sent a scorching 2 run blast over the fence for Althetic to take a 2-0 lead.  

Things heated up again in the third, as Fuentes got himself into a bases-loaded, no out jam. With Kaplan, McPherson, and Sandoval on base, Manuel Gonzalez grounded into a double play that sent Kaplan home for a 3-0 lead. Cleveland’s bats remained anemic, and Fuentes saw his fourth inning turn into much of the same with another bases-loaded situation. Thanks to some help from the umpire on a sketchy 3rd strike call, he was able to get out of the 4th, still down 3-0. 

The scoring was kept at bay until the 8th, when Cleveland got their first crack with a rally started by catche Rich Besser. A double into the gap soon let him head to third on a dribbler by Carlos Rivera. After outfielder Josh Shoemaker struck out, it was up to mid-season call-up Salvador Rubiano to send Besser home on a single that put Cleveland on the board for the first time. A quick fly-out ended the rally with a man left on base, and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way with New York taking a 1-0 series lead. 

Game 2: 

The second game at Wester Park was an onslaught from the first pitch for the Boroughers.  

A Lance Byrd double in the top of the first was quickly put to bed by two Segoviano strikeouts, while Matt Smith’s first frame was a sign of things to come. Two quick outs put the Boroughers in a hole, but the Moles seem to like it that way. McPherson got on with a walk and stretched a Manuel Gonzalez single to 3rd, setting up backup first baseman Josh Olson to drive them home. That chance was taken a pitch later, but it was a passed ball that sent McPherson sliding into the plate and Gonzalez to third. Olson soon cracked a single into right that left the Boroughers up 2-0 early. 

Josh Shoemaker got a solo shot in the second, sending the ball away on a towering 430 feet shot to deep center, and New York again had their turn at the dish. Things looked fine to start for Smith, as the Boroughers got down to their final strike in the inning before pitcher Bill Segoviano located and struck a pitch to shallow center for a single. Back at the top of the order, Jared Kaplan hit a single himself that sent Segoviano flying around the basepaths. Sandoval missed his location on an 0-2 pitch, but contact was nonetheless made, and a weird hop towards Shoemaker let Segoviano score on an error. 3-1, New York. 

Another 2-out rally in the bottom of the third ends Smith’s day. Justin Hicks and Rafael Luna’s back to back doubles are followed by a nightmare, as Segoviano goes 2-2 on the day on a single that drives Luna home, safe on a bang-bang call at the plate. Kaplan squares up to bat but hit by a pitch, leaving David Sandoval to drive home Segoviano on a single and bring in Tommy LcLaughlin to pitch. It’s no use, as the Boroughers send two more home thanks to McPherson and Gonzalez to take an 8-1 lead.  

Cleveland scores another run, but from there it’s all NYC. Five runs later, the Boroughers take the game 13-2. 

For the fifth time in as many games, New York defended their home field to take the win and a commanding 2-0 series lead. 

Game 3: 

With the games moving out to Cleveland momentum seemed to swing their way. Jorge Cordova couldn’t even get out of the first before disaster struck; an early Ethan Cannady walk was followed up by a Lance Byrd single that drove him to second. After a quick Ryan Ayres out, Rich Besser drove a ground ball single through the infield that drove Kennedy home for a quick score. Carlos Rivera’s turn on the plate drove in two to put Cleveland up 3-0 before the second inning started. Josh Olsen’s solo shot to put the moles on the board, But Cleveland was able to tack another one on before a scoreless 3rd. Thanks to a Gonzalez home run in the 4th, Althetic climbed back to a one run-deficit, but it was silent from there.  

Another insurance run sent home by Carlos Rivera in the 6th ended the scoring for the day, and Cleveland would, at the very least,enjoy a gentlemen’s sweep. 

Game 4: 

Ryan Gillespie was a late season call-up for the Lakers, only appearing in 9 games for the MABL squad. Still, he got the ball in game four with an objective to even the series. An early jam was avoided when, with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Gillespie struck out the side to send Cleveland their first shot to score. Cannady got a hold of Brandon Miles’ fastball and took it deep, giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead after one.  

New York fired back in the third, when a hit barrage started by Dilbert McPherson got Jared Kaplan to home on a go-ahead single. Justin Hicks left 3 on base, but New York was keen on taking away the advantage. 

Until the fourth. A Ryan Ayers double left him in scoring position when Besser came up to the plate. Digging around third, Ayer’s beat the throw home on a single through the infield to tie up the game. Rivera was able to bunt himself on, followed by a critical error by Miguel Acosta that turned a double play into a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Up came Rubiano, whose home run the game prior left him with as many postseason dingers as the regular season. On a 2-2 pitch, he sends a high fly ball into the centerfield scoreboard for a grand slam. 6-2, Cleveland.  

An insurance run in the fifth is matched by a Manuel Gonzalez moonshot in the 7th, but the surprise quality start from Gillespie officially ties up the series. 

Game 5: 

With each team’s aces on the mound for the final start in Cleveland, the Lakers looked to be in trouble early when Oscar Fuentes got into a bases loaded situation in the first. An opening triple by Kaplan was followed up by a quick single by McPherson to drive him home. shallow singles by Sandoval and Gonzalez put the runners full, but a flyout by Olson gave the opportunity to Miguel Acosta. On a sac fly deep to center field, McPherson tagged up to extend the lead to 2-0. 

The third inning picked up where the first had started for the Moles, with Gonzalez and Olson getting on to start the inning. Acosta's Following grounder into a double play left only one man on for Justin Hicks to launch a ball over the outstretched glove of Jake Wickwire for a 2-run homer, extending the lead to 4-0. 

The Lakers, however, started chipping away at the lead. A solid shot by Rubiano put the Lakers within 3, and the fourth saw Lance Byrd stretch for first to third to put himself in position to score. With Carlos Rivera up to bat, a single ripped down the first base line gave Byrd the chance to cut the lead to two.  

Things stayed silent until the 6th, when a Ryan Ayers walk began the trouble. After Rich Besser got on and subsequently out after a Carlos Rivera FC, it was up to Joe Shoemaker to send his boys home. On a 1-0 count, a Follett fastball was left right in the zone for the utility-man, and scorched off the end of his bat for a stand-up triple, tying the game. Oscar Fuentes got in on the fun as well, when his clutch single gave the Lakers the go-ahead run. 

The last great chance for the Moles came in the 7th, when Manuela Gonzalez ripped a ball just opposite of the foul pole with two men on. On the next pitch, Fuentes got him looking, and it was settled from there.  

Cleveland dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole to go up 3-2 and take home field advantage back from the Moles. It’ll be up to City to turn the tides. 

Game 6: 

SNOOOZERRRR. The Moles, thanks to Manuel Gonzalez and his monster outing ending with a grand slam and RBI triple, gave the Boroughers a new life after a disaster away from home. Undefeated at home since mid-September and miraculous in do-or-die games, the Moles have one more game to put it together and win their first League Championship since the 1920’s. 

Game 7: 

In a do-or-die final game, the Lakers did everything they wanted. After a scoreless first, the Lakers put together two runs in the second thanks to pitcher Ron Elliott, who put a single into the outfield grass with two on and two out. The party continued in the third, as Carlos Rivera smacked a two-run single through the infield gap to put his team up 4-0. After a stolen base by Rivera, Shoemaker followed it up with a single of his own, sending Rivera home and setting up an insurmountable 5-0 lead. 

The only runner in scoring position all day for the Moles was after Jared Kaplan’s triple, but otherwise, the bats went silent.  

A 5-hit, 6 strikeout, 2 RBI performance gave Ron Elliott legendary status in Cleveland, and proved the Eastern doubters that the Midwest featured elite baseball talent. Ethan Cannady’s performance gave him the RCS series MVP after filling in for Joe Wells, but as an auxiliary piece to their core, it’ll be interesting to see what the Lakers do with him in the offseason. 

For the Boroughers, their season wasn’t a disappointment. Although they lost the RCS, their Eastern victory over the Jays is etched in the mind of every New Yorker. “The Hit” holds far more value to them than anything from the season, and they’re geared up to run it back. 

And there you have it! The Lakers Baseball Club has won the first ever Roosevelt Cup series in a dramatic 7 game series. The offseason provides fodder for plenty of things, including player movement, new logos and free agency. Brooklyn is looking for a new President (send suggestions in the comments) and MABL scouts are scouring the country for potential prospects (send your draft prospects in the form at the top of the thread). If you're a fan of a team, most likely you'd be an owner! (sorry, Packers fans). Send ideas for ways to improve the clubs or change their brand, as this is the 40's, after all, and there are no wrong ideas.

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3/23/2024 8:08 pm  #16

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The first team to announce changes to their uniforms was the Brooklyn Baseball Club, following the passing of Adam Hirsch in November. The Jays uniforms had remained unchanged in 10 years, heading back to the introduction of the iconic “Brooklyn” script from 1937 and a modernist blue jay head. The team’s manager, Kevin Denton, advocated for a more modern uniform cut and gray pants for a blue uniform set (which could be subbed with white for home playoff games). Lastly, the squad added a black arm band as a signifier of their lost owner and the man who once again brought a national league back to life. It’ll be hard to see who will help run the new organization, with many different owners and presidents vying to be at the head of the table. 

Cincinnati also made some changes ahead of the season, with a new logo in the fray. Out is the old “Buckeye C” and in comes a more modern representation. The Buckeye leaf has been a symbol of the Reds for some time, but never has it been given its proper form on a Reds uniform. In the center is a baseball, oriented with the letter C for Cincinnati. Their uniforms get a bit of red trim, but the red stockings they’re named after remain elusive. The away uniform features an update as well, with “CINCINNATI” now being arched across the front of the uniform. Team owner Josh Check is encouraged by the player reaction to the new changes, hoping the squad plays well in the new digs. 

Milwaukee, still in a branding flux after the transition to a members association, splurged a bit to get rid of the last of Pussyfoot’s mark. Gone is the olde english M, as the block M from the uniforms gets converted to primary status. In support of this, Milwaukee native and starting right fielder Vic Laskey convinces team president Kyle Ethridge to spend on cream, to compliment the history of the team and city. 

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3/29/2024 9:38 am  #17

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1948 Player Movement

The 1948 offseason started with a bang, as the new trading window brought plenty of teams into the fold.  

The trades were plenty, moving players around from team to team with near reckless abandon.  

The most notable was a Jeremy Maddox sign-and-trade that saw NYC lock up Maddox until his age 40 season, sending back Brian Gault and a second round pick. Another Milwaukee-Moles trade saw all-star Danny Castaneda head to lower Manhattan in exchange for outfield prospect Frank Brewer.  

New York wasn’t done, yet, however, and sent Baltimore a pair of prospects for Elliot Keeling, the last Baltiimore pitcher worth a damn that didn't leave in free agency. Keeling is hoping to replicate his 1947 season in New York, and with a bolstered pitching rotation, the Boroughers are looking towards a repeat. 

Minor leaguer Ron Bartlett was shipped out from Chicago to Pittsburgh, where catcher Ken Peterson is expected to slot into the starting lineup. The Republics weren’t done adding, as the team is going for broke in ‘48. Eagles All-Star Alex Jaramillo was sent the the Republics, as well, in exchange for catcher prospect Todd Rockburn. 

Cleveland was able to sell high on Ethan Cannady, the 1947 RCS MVP, by getting everyday starter Mike Cooper in return for the left fielder. Both look to be solid editions to their roster, but Cannady’s upside rests on a very small sample size. 

Capital City’s Hunter Ricketts, a former top prospect who showed flashes near the end of the season, is now in Manhattan in exchange for Matt Dale, a 31 year old outfielder whose 15 home runs last year led the Giants, alongside $38,000 in cash. 

The Blossoms kept buying, as their biggest trade snagged Enrique Stone from the Packers in a 1-year rental, giving up a prospect haul and middling starter Justin Conerly in return. They also swung a trade for Luis Hernandez, clearing out their farm system even further for top pitching talent on underserved teams. 

Stock Yards found their Stone replacement in a big trade, giving up the recently acquired de la Cruz and a few other top prospects to their cross-town rival for the Republics’ Vinny Perez. Although solid last year, Perez’s $75,000 contract only runs through the end of the season, and with a breadth of starting pitching talent, the Republics figure it would be best to get something back for him now.  

Near the end of the preseason, Frank Brewer was flipped to Manhattan alongside other prospects in exchange for Mark Rodi and Will Rubio, who Milwaukee hopes can foster a solid starting rotation and bolster a weak bottom of the lineup. 

Arguably the biggest trade came near the end of the offseason, when top rookie Cliff Hansen was traded from Centennial to Chicago for outfielder Chuck Pickett and prospect Mike Price. Chicago received an arguable upgrade for an offensive approach based on speed and player movement on the basepaths, and it’ll be seen how well Picket does in Philadelphia.

1948 Free Agency The top free agents on everyone’s board were Joe Berg and Omar Flores. Berg, reigning Lisiewicz Award Winner and top pitcher going into the ‘48 season, was expected to charge a pretty penny despite his age. Manhattan spent like hell, grabbing Berg for a near $1 million commitment, and picking up a few others along the way. 

Victor Badilla, another Stock Yards signing, saw the writing on the wall for a team seemingly going nowhere and spurned a massive offer from the Packers and signed with Manhattan, as well, for nearly $100,000/year. 

Javier Ortega, Milwaukee’s all-star second baseman, went to the Giants as well for a big payday. The three signings combined ballooned the overall payroll of New York’s third team, and their age has the rest of the league calling them “the Geezers.” Expect Ted Newsome to start yapping if (or when) sh-t hits the fan. 

Omar Flores found his home in lower Manhattan as the Boroughers gave out a $103,000/year contract running through his age 36 season. Flores, whose .325/.360/.463 slash line was added to by 11 home runs, is seen as one of the best offensive catchers in baseball and should give the Moles a solid, if not a bit weak, defensive presence behind the plate. 

Luis Soto was up for a new team after a midseason trade that dealt him to Cleveland, receiving a similar deal to Badilla. Soto is 33 and coming off a strong second half last season, ending up with a 3.19 ERA and 59 strikeouts across 12 starts for the Lakers. 

The Republics, however, grabbed onto a trend in a big way. The Great Pacific League, the one spurned from MABL amalgamation, still has extremely quality talent. More lax contract stipulations give GPL players only 6 years until they hit free agency, which many of them did. The MABL, offering the larger pay, ransacked some of the best available talent in the Far West and led GPL executives and owners into panic mode. The rules for the Great Pacific will change following a unanimous vote this offseason to 10 years before free agency and 5 before arbitration, making the league’s arbitration rules slightly stricter than the MABL. As Los Angeles Stars owner and former Golden Age actor Shane Holland said, “These moves are to protect the Major League Caliber and Quality of our league in the West, and protect the encroachment on our players from the East.”  

However, this wasn’t before eight players were snagged from the GPL, the top 3 going to Chicago’s premier team. Mike Klockow, Oakland’s hit machine and extra-base masher enters into the MABL on a 9-year contract. Klockow is expected to hit more than his single home run this year in smaller MABL parks, but his slash of .345/.425/.517 is nothing to sneeze at.

David Russ, a solid reliever who last year’s outings netted him a 2.84 ERA, should be a bump in the later innings for the Republics, and at 32, his 2 year deal is expensive but no surprise to those in the know. A wicked 98 MPH four-seamer is paired with a nasty slider, and he’s expected to contribute heavily to the Republics’ push. 

The unhittable closer for Seattle last season, came over on a cheaper 2-year prove-it deal for the Republics. Although dominant in 1946, Harmon was unable to see the field in the 1947 season due to what he calls “personal matters”. A wizard of the offspeed, the closeout guy for Chicago should get them out of games, but the key word there is “should”. 

Major departures from the MABL ranks include former Pittsburgh All-Star Nate Stachelski, Victor Badilla's Manhattan predecessor Adam Kennedy, Brooklyn's unused rental Angel Ortiz, Cleveland's Ryan Ayers and Jake Wickwire, and midseason Lakers acquisition Tommy McLaughlin.

1948 Front Office Changes and Regional Player Buyouts 

Brooklyn’s major offseason acquisition was new president Reuben Mackey, who was hand picked by Hirsch due to his connections to the Eastern talent pool. This year, a few star players didn’t enter the draft for worry that the MABL wouldn’t give them contracts worth their total talent level. Halifax and Hartford sold pitchers Bob Lucie and Matron Sproul to the Jays as Brooklyn looks to have a revitalizated starting rotation heading into the season. Midwestern second baseman Travis Quinten replaces Nick Healy, who left for a starting role in the Eastern 3rd league, and shoulders plenty of expectations desptie his age. Brooklyn, with cash to burn from the Hirsch estate, took a gamble and bought out their contracts along with the $40,000 exit fees required. Although each of them are under 25 and never played a pitch at the major league level, Mackey is betting all-in to fix the holes in his roster. 

1948 Draft Preview

H-Town here! Due to my own stupidity, all MABL prospects submitted will be entered into the 1949 draft. For what it's worth, if you’ve submitted a player who is a star or Legend, they’ll already be quite good unless you make them “raw” development-wise. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of submitting prospects in the future. 

The 1948 Draft features some solid players are the semi-pro and college ranks, as well as those who got their feet wet in other leagues without the minimum service time to to consider them “Major League” players. Headlining the group is two-way pitcher Pat Roszell, a standout prospect who’s most likely going to need a few years to adjust to even minor league competition.  

1948 Mock Draft:
[*]Baltimore: LF, P Pat Roszell, 18 - Chilhowie, VA
[*]Pittsburgh: 3B Nick Dodd, 21 - Charleston, SC
[*]Louisville: RF Tyler Joseph, 20 - Shippensburgh, PA
[*]St. Louis: 2B Mike Jordan, 20 - Ruston, LA
[*]Boston: LF Steve Sherman, 17 - Andover, NH
[*]Manhattan: CF Mike Giordano, 20 - Jacksonville, FL
[*]USYBC: 2B Ryan Fletcher, 18 - St. Louis Park, MN
[*]Detroit: RF Noah Knight, 20 - Lexington, KY
[*]Milwaukee: CF Emmanuel Farfan, 18 - Chicago, IL
[*]Centennial: 1B Vince Konz, 21 - Cortlandt,NY
[*]Cincinnati: CF David Satterlee, 17 - Bayside, NY
[*]Capital City: CF Joe Russell, 21 - Tallahassee, FL
[*]CRBC: C Dillon Perea, 21 - Mansfield, PA
[*]Brooklyn: 2B Matt Cardinal, 18 - Fort Lee, NJ
[*]Cleveland: SP Jason Rack, 17 - Mililani, HI
[*]New York City: SP Ricky Flores, 18 - Moorestown, NJ

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Re: The Major American Baseball League

1948 MABL Draft 
The First ever MABL draft was held in Brooklyn, New York, home of the Jays and the location of this year’s all-star game in honor of the late Alex Hirsch. The very top of the board featured some surprises, but it’ll be most interesting to see how these players develop over the years. 

Harbor Athletic Club
1st Overall - Pat Roszell, OF/P, Chilhowie, VA
Pat’s case is an interesting one. As a two-way player whose skill set is more suited for a league with a designated hitter, he’s extremely raw but faces multiple jaw dropping upsides if he progresses the right way. His potential as an outfielder comes from his bat, where his flashes of power at the plate have only been matched by his power on the mound. He needs to bulk up and develop into his 6’0 frame, but when he’s ready, the next unicorn will arrive into the MABL. 

Pittsburgh Eagles Baseball Club
2nd Overall - Mike Jordan, 2B, Ruston, LA
Jordan was a surprise pick here, but he flashes all the potential upside one would want in a player. Although just 20 years old, his defensive ability at second base matched with his power potential offers an extremely unique talent for the Eagles. For a team looking to rebuild quickly ahead of Rocky Thomas Jr.’s arbitration in ‘49, hopefully MJ’s expected 1950 arrival comes sooner than anticipated. 

Louisville Baseball Club
3rd Overall - Nick Dodd, 3B, Charleston, SC
Nick’s potential is obvious, but it’s his character concerns that Pittsburgh passed on him for. An absolute hit machine in semi-pro, Dodd’s on-field trouble lies in his inability to hit breaking pitches and poor defensive play. His off-field troubles aren’t anything beyond interviews with teammates and coaches, but their notes on him are that he’s not motivated to reach his full potential. This didn’t scare the Indians, whose long-term rebuild starts with a deep prospect pool filled with boom-or-bust guys. They're hoping he’s the former. 

Travellers Baseball Club
4th Overall - Tyler Joseph, RF, Shippensburg, PA
Joseph’s potential lies in a power bat that garnered him mythological status in college, with common claims that he would hit balls onto the roof of the building across the street. Joseph’s stand-up personality gives him a “boy-scout” persona and the Travellers hope that his clean image will lead to an attendance increase when he comes up to the bigs. 

Boston Baseball Club
5th Overall - Ryan Fletcher, 2B, St. Louis Park, MN
Fletcher’s advanced approach at the plate bodes well for him as soon as he reaches his contact potential. The raw 18-year old has a few more years before he develops into a true star, but the middle infielder’s skills will be invaluable for a Boston team building towards the future. His eccentric personality, answering media questions with questions and eating entire corn cobs in the dugout, are certainly things to note as the “golden boy” (for the corn shenanigans) goes to the most yellow team in the league. 

Manhattan Baseball Club
6th Overall - Mike Giordano, 20, Jacksonville, FL
Giordano’s upside lies in his immense contact potential, but the Giants are seen to be reaching here. The organizational match seems to be what Manhattan was going after, as the 20 year old’s boisterous and cocky attitude fits what the modern Giants are all about. That, and his slight racism. The outfield prospect is noted for having belittled black teammates in high school, so expect him to be called up after the Badilla contract expires. 

Union Stock Yards Baseball Club
7th Overall - Steve Sherman, 17, Andover, NH
The Packers weird “we’re rebuilding but not” front office attitude leaned more towards long-term with this one, as Steve Sherman’s a high-ceiling prospect pick. The outfield project grades out highly amongst almost all offensive categories, but it’ll be up to the Packers organization  to get him there. 

Detroit Union Baseball Club
8th Overall - Emmanuel Farfan, 18, Chicago, IL
Farfan was a hit machine in high school, but his hometown Packers passed over him due to his signability concerns. His family, supposedly, had a heavy hand in his pre-draft signing demand, which seemed absolutely outrageous for any team in the country to sign him for at his age and current talent level. If the Dubs, known for their player treatment, can’t get it done, then no one could. 

Milwaukee Baseball Club
9th Overall - Noah Knight, RF, Lexington, KY
Similar to Farfan, rumors were spread that Knight would be impossible to sign unless he got a chance with his hometown Louisville. Thankfully, it looks as if he’ll be signing, and Milwaukee’s new top prospect stands at a towering 6’4. With middling offensive potential, the No-Names have been rumored to take the contact magnet to the mound to teach him how to pitch. If his production shows promise in the outfield, they’ll be looking at a potential two-way prospect on their hands. 

Centennial Baseball Club
10th Overall - David Satterlee, CF, Bayside NY
Centennial grabbed one of the most well-rounded players in the draft with Satterlee. The New York Minor League prospect is one of the best young talents in baseball with immense natural talent and immense tools, but it’ll be important to see how his tools are developed in the system. 

Cincinnati Reds
11th Overall - Dillon Perea, C/1B, Mansfield, PA
Dillon Perea could be the best offensive catcher in baseball if he develops into his potential. At 21, he has a few less years to work on the development of his defense, so Cincinnati is looking at putting him at first if he can’t develop fast enough. Especially with Townsley as a two-way pitcher/catcher, Perea’s relationship with him could prove vital to his 1949 MABL roster spot. 

Capital City Baseball Club
12th Overall - Joe Russell, CF, Tallahassee, FL
The southern-born Russell quickly became a god in the Florida League, where his on-field production matched what Joe Wells produced in the MABL. But to be clear, Russell is far from Joe Wells and the Florida League is no MABL. For now. He’s got plenty of potential, but it’ll be a while before the 21 year-old can crack a lineup in Capital City. 

Chicago Republics Baseball Club
13th Overall - Matt Cardinal, 2B, Fort Lee, NJ
Cardinal presents the end of top tier position prospects in the draft, as he grades out with glaring weaknesses in his plate discipline and defense. He can still be a valuable piece in trade negotiations, but with the long-term signing of Klockow at the 4, it’ll be a long road for Cardinal to reach the Majors. 

Brooklyn Baseball Club
14th Overall - Vince Konz, 1B, Cortlandt, NY
Konz is Brooklyn’s heir-apparent to Bobby Lee, the first baseman who can’t seem to break through and develop into a true superstar. Konz at his best is probably in a similar place, but unlike Lee, his team control will last another decade if he reaches the bigs. 

Lakers Baseball Club
15th Overall - Jason Rack, SP, Mililani, HI
Rack’s story is as interesting as his arsenal. A power pitcher who’s developed a killer sinker on the islands, Rack moved out to Hawaii at 16 after his brother was stationed there after the war. He’s seen as raw but has the potential to be the best flamethrower in the league. 

New York City Athletic Club
16th Overall - Ricky Flores, SP, New York, NY
Seen as the lesser of the two top pitching prospects, Flores still has a possibility to contribute down the line. As a finesse pitcher with a wide arsenal, highlighted with a great changeup and diving 12-6 curve, the 18 year old gets to stay home and work on his skills. Nicknamed “Prunes” as a joke on his young age, the hurler has time to develop into a star. 

The later rounds featured a few other players, including pitcher Ken Friesen and MABL-ready prospect Mario Alfaro. 3rd Round Cincinnati third baseman Chris Barnard also poses a lot of interesting questions.

Supplemental Round 1
Round 1 (Suppl.), Pick 1 - Milwaukee Pros: SP Ken Friesen, age 22 out of college (University of Florida; Gainesville, FL)
Round 1 (Suppl.), Pick 2 - Philadelphia Centennials: SP Matt Johnson, age 18 out of high school (Dundee; Dundee, MI)

Round 2
Round 2, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: SP Larry Martin, age 17 out of high school (Jena High School; Jena, LA)
Round 2, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: CF Ben Lukich, age 20 out of college (Missouri State University; Springfield, MO)
Round 2, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: CF Dan DiChiaro, age 17 out of high school (Bowie; Bowie, MD)
Round 2, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: SP Jake Godman, age 17 out of high school (Pius X; Bangor, PA)
Round 2, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: 1B David Lewis, age 17 out of high school (Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep; Orchard Lake, MI)
Round 2, Pick 6 - New York Giants: 2B Brock Keller, age 20 out of college (Lee University; Cleveland, TN)
Round 2, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: SP Gregg Harris, age 20 out of college (Radford University; Radford, VA)
Round 2, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SP Mike Brantley, age 17 out of high school (Adairsville; Adairsville, GA)
Round 2, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: SP Roy Woodard, age 21 out of college (Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI)
Round 2, Pick 10 - Boston Bees: SS Jim Matthews, age 17 out of high school (Corona del Sol; Tempe, AZ)
Round 2, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: 3B Chris Barnard, age 22 out of college (California Baptist University; Riverside, CA)
Round 2, Pick 12 - Louisville Indians: 1B Rich Hoadley, age 17 out of high school (El Dorado; Placerville, CA)
Round 2, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: 1B Mario Alfaro, age 23 out of college (Sacramento City College; Sacramento, CA)
Round 2, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: CF Josh Kluck, age 18 out of high school (Roosevelt; Johnstown, CO)
Round 2, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: SP Zach McCormick, age 20 out of college (Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA)
Round 2, Pick 16 - Milwaukee Pros: SS Jeff Mulholland, age 17 out of high school (Truman; Levittown, PA)
Round 2, Pick 17 - Philadelphia Centennials: 1B Mike Witte, age 20 out of college (Mercer University; Macon, GA)

Round 3
Round 3, Pick 1 - Pittsburgh Eagles: SP Mircea Ciubancan, age 21 out of college (Ohio State University; Columbus, OH)
Round 3, Pick 2 - Louisville Indians: 1B Brent Estes, age 20 out of college (University of Notre Dame; South Bend, IN)
Round 3, Pick 3 - St. Louis Travellers: SP Jonathan Haag, age 21 out of college (Elon University; Elon, NC)
Round 3, Pick 4 - Boston Bees: SP Ty McGrath, age 18 out of high school (JSerra Catholic High School; San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Round 3, Pick 5 - Chicago Packers: CF Matt Harrison, age 20 out of college (West Virginia University; Morgantown, WV)
Round 3, Pick 6 - Detroit Union: 2B John Callister, age 20 out of college (Millersville University; Millersville, PA)
Round 3, Pick 7 - Milwaukee Pros: 1B Matt Osche, age 20 out of college (CSU Monterey Bay; Seaside, CA)
Round 3, Pick 8 - Philadelphia Centennials: CF Brendon Peterson, age 18 out of high school (South; Torrance, CA)
Round 3, Pick 9 - Cincinnati Reds: SP Ian Hurst, age 22 out of college (Tulane University; New Orleans, LA)
Round 3, Pick 10 - New York Giants: 2B Shawn Briggs, age 17 out of high school (Kearney High School; Kearney, NE)
Round 3, Pick 11 - Chicago Republics: SP Matt Wagner, age 21 out of college (James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA)
Round 3, Pick 12 - Brooklyn Jays: 1B Rodger Black, age 18 out of high school (Simley; Inver Grove Heights, MN)
Round 3, Pick 13 - Cleveland Lakers: CF Chris Ward, age 20 out of college (University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA)

Round 4
Round 4, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: SP Jimmy Marose, age 20 out of college (Troy University; Troy, AL)
Round 4, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: SP Chris Bartley, age 20 out of college (Sacramento State University; Sacramento, CA)
Round 4, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: SP Jeff Peckford, age 18 out of high school (Maple Ridge; Maple Ridge, BC)
Round 4, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: 2B David Garcia, age 18 out of high school (Freedom; Freedom, PA)
Round 4, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SP Devin Thoden, age 20 out of college (USC Upstate; Spartanburg, SC)
Round 4, Pick 6 - New York Giants: C Pete Howe, age 21 out of college (William Paterson University; Wayne, NJ)
Round 4, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: SS Daniel Smith, age 18 out of high school (Mt. Whitney; Visalia, CA)
Round 4, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SS Ryan Homan, age 21 out of college (Northeastern University; Boston, MA)
Round 4, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: SP Eddie Valdez, age 18 out of high school (Fort Dodge; Fort Dodge, IA)
Round 4, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: RF Mike LaTona, age 22 out of college (University of Oklahoma; Norman, OK)
Round 4, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: SP Matt Berry, age 17 out of high school (Vincent; Milwaukee, WI)
Round 4, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: 3B John Turman, age 18 out of high school (Stivers School for the Arts; Dayton, OH)
Round 4, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: RF Joe Edwards, age 21 out of college (Illinois State University; Normal, IL)
Round 4, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: SS Bobby Garcia, age 21 out of college (UC Irvine; Irvine, CA)
Round 4, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: SP Mike Maldonado, age 16 out of high school (Grand Saline; Grand Saline, TX)
Round 4, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: LF Freddy Maldonado, age 21 out of college (Louisiana Tech University; Ruston, LA)

Round 5
Round 5, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: 1B Miguel Rivera, age 17 out of high school (Banks; Baltimore, MD)
Round 5, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: 2B Mike Blum, age 21 out of college (Tulane University; New Orleans, LA)
Round 5, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: SS Brian Brallier, age 17 out of high school (Dunbar; Washington, DC)
Round 5, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: SP Josh Sebastian, age 18 out of high school (Western; Las Vegas, NV)
Round 5, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SS J.D. Shasteen, age 21 out of college (Texas A&M University; College Station, TX)
Round 5, Pick 6 - New York Giants: SP Cesar Almanza, age 20 out of college (University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN)
Round 5, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: 3B Nick Gephart, age 20 out of college (Oregon State University; Corvallis, OR)
Round 5, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SP Ken Blackson, age 18 out of high school (Lincoln; Vincennes, IN)
Round 5, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: 1B Jonathan Bruechert Jr., age 21 out of college (East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, TN)
Round 5, Pick 10 - Brooklyn Jays: C Matt Farner, age 20 out of college (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Daytona Beach, FL)
Round 5, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: 1B Nick Greer, age 20 out of college (Felician University; Lodi, NJ)
Round 5, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: SP Phil Mileti, age 20 out of college (Drew University; Madison, NJ)
Round 5, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: RP Pat Poling, age 20 out of college (CSU Northridge; Northridge, CA)
Round 5, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: LF Jeff Domansky, age 19 out of college (University of Georgia; Athens, GA)
Round 5, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: SS Guy Case, age 17 out of high school (Bainbridge (WA) High School; Bainbridge Island, WA)
Round 5, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: SP Dustin Kahn, age 20 out of college (Campbell University; Buies Creek, NC)

Round 6
Round 6, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: SP Josh Downard, age 18 out of high school (Marquette; Ottawa, IL)
Round 6, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: SP Mike Sparks, age 20 out of college (University of South Alabama; Mobile, AL)
Round 6, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: C Trevor Hulbert, age 18 out of high school (Spanish Fork; Spanish Fork, UT)
Round 6, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: 2B Art Hescock, age 18 out of high school (Southern; Oakland, MD)
Round 6, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SP Harry Footit, age 17 out of high school (Waukon; Waukon, IA)
Round 6, Pick 6 - New York Giants: CF Rich Sochan, age 22 out of college (University of Louisville; Louisville, KY)
Round 6, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: SP Jeff Finke, age 20 out of college (George Mason University; Fairfax, VA)
Round 6, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: 1B Greg Harwood, age 23 out of college (University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA)
Round 6, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: SP Cody Gregory, age 21 out of college (Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI)
Round 6, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: 2B Caleb Lehman, age 20 out of college (Oregon State University; Corvallis, OR)
Round 6, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: SP Matt Franks, age 22 out of college (Sam Houston State University; Huntsville, TX)
Round 6, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: CF Salvador Castanon, age 21 out of college (University of California; Berkeley, CA)
Round 6, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: 1B Sam Rogers, age 21 out of college (Oregon State University; Corvallis, OR)
Round 6, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: SP Dave Montoy, age 19 out of high school (West; Salt Lake City, UT)
Round 6, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: LF Mark Danton, age 22 out of college (Baylor University; Waco, TX)
Round 6, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: 3B Scott Baskette, age 17 out of high school (Frankford; Philadelphia, PA)

Round 7
Round 7, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: 1B Mike Fryer, age 17 out of high school (Kelvyn Park; Chicago, IL)
Round 7, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: 3B Garrett Driver, age 21 out of college (Miami University; Miami, OH)
Round 7, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: SP Khalil Smith, age 18 out of high school (Orr; Chicago, IL)
Round 7, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: SP Josh Martin, age 20 out of college (Morehead State University; Morehead, KY)
Round 7, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SP Mike Mortz, age 21 out of college (Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA)
Round 7, Pick 6 - New York Giants: SP Kevin Spencer, age 20 out of college (Angelo State University; San Angelo, TX)
Round 7, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: LF Jerrod Graham, age 19 out of college (Oakland University; Rochester, MI)
Round 7, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SP Josh Hammer, age 18 out of high school (Notre Dame Catholic; Fairfield, CT)
Round 7, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: RF Willie Reynoso, age 17 out of high school (Kennett; Conway, NH)
Round 7, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: 3B Joseph Leger, age 21 out of college (Duke University; Durham, NC)
Round 7, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: SS Matt Carr, age 22 out of college (Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ)
Round 7, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: RF John Ubl, age 23 out of college (San Diego State University; San Diego, CA)
Round 7, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: SP Abe Pierce, age 20 out of college (Murray State University; Murray, KY)
Round 7, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: CL Josh Lovelace, age 21 out of college (University of San Diego; San Diego, CA)
Round 7, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: SP Jesus Arredondo, age 18 out of high school (Xavier; New York, NY)
Round 7, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: RP Jared Flum, age 18 out of high school (McCluer; Florissant, MO)

Round 8
Round 8, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: RP Brian Elgin, age 20 out of college (Indiana State University; Terre Haute, IN)
Round 8, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: 3B Jaheim Johnson, age 21 out of college (UC Riverside; Riverside, CA)
Round 8, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: LF Erik Amundson, age 22 out of college (Auburn University; Auburn, AL)
Round 8, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: 1B Sal Garcia, age 21 out of college (Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA)
Round 8, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: CF Gilberto de Leon, age 20 out of college (Bellevue University; Bellevue, NE)
Round 8, Pick 6 - New York Giants: CF Michael Weed, age 17 out of high school (Jefferson; Edgewater, CO)
Round 8, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: SP Danny Joya, age 16 out of high school (Woodstock Academy; Woodstock, CT)
Round 8, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SS Nick Lindorff, age 21 out of college (University of Washington; Seattle, WA)
Round 8, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: SP Eric Drum, age 17 out of high school (Pierce; Arbuckle, CA)
Round 8, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: SP Richard Gorden, age 21 out of college (University of California; Berkeley, CA)
Round 8, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: SP Robby Lynch, age 18 out of high school (Ridgefield Memorial High School; Ridgefield, NJ)
Round 8, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: CF Donovan Smith, age 21 out of college (LSU; Baton Rouge, LA)
Round 8, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: CF Chris Humenik, age 20 out of college (UCF; Orlando, FL)
Round 8, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: CF Kevin Wycoff, age 21 out of college (University of Louisville; Louisville, KY)
Round 8, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: RF Salvador Mejia, age 22 out of college (UConn; Storrs, CT)
Round 8, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: SS Stephen Doggett, age 19 out of college (Campbell University; Buies Creek, NC)

Round 9
Round 9, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: 1B Dave Dahle, age 21 out of college (Auburn University; Auburn, AL)
Round 9, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: SP Pat Rhymer, age 20 out of college (UMES; Princess Anne, MD)
Round 9, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: SP Henry Parrell, age 16 out of high school (Beaconsfield; Beaconsfield, QC)
Round 9, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: C Andy Anderson, age 25 out of college (Midland College; Midland, TX)
Round 9, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SP Josh Anderson, age 20 out of college (College of Charleston; Charleston, SC)
Round 9, Pick 6 - New York Giants: SP Danny Salzman, age 21 out of college (New York Institute of Technology; Old Westbury, NY)
Round 9, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: RF Josiah Josey, age 18 out of high school (Marist (IL) High School; Chicago, IL)
Round 9, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: SP David Gensler, age 18 out of high school (Case; Swansea, MA)
Round 9, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: 2B Eric Garrett, age 17 out of high school (Bolivar; Bolivar, MO)
Round 9, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: SS T.J. DeVree Jr., age 21 out of college (East Carolina University; Greenville, NC)
Round 9, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: CF Zach LeBlanc, age 18 out of high school (ARTech Charter School; Northfield, MN)
Round 9, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: SP Jamel Oden, age 21 out of college (Boston College; Boston, MA)
Round 9, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: SP John Hutchison, age 22 out of college (Adelphi University; Garden City, NY)
Round 9, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: C Seth Johnson, age 19 out of college (North Carolina State University; Raleigh, NC)
Round 9, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: SP Todd Boyts, age 17 out of high school (Cumberland; Cumberland, RI)
Round 9, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: 3B Christian Guillen, age 20 out of college (University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI)

Round 10
Round 10, Pick 1 - Baltimore Harbors: CF Ben Schultz, age 17 out of high school (Riverview; Searcy, AR)
Round 10, Pick 2 - Pittsburgh Eagles: RP Israel Tiburcio, age 21 out of college (University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA)
Round 10, Pick 3 - Louisville Indians: RP Gabriel Montelongo, age 16 out of high school (Pickering High School; Leesville, LA)
Round 10, Pick 4 - St. Louis Travellers: SP Elijah Briscoe, age 21 out of college (UNC Charlotte; Charlotte, NC)
Round 10, Pick 5 - Boston Bees: SS Jason Wright, age 20 out of college (UCLA; Los Angeles, CA)
Round 10, Pick 6 - New York Giants: CL Ben Kwartler, age 20 out of college (Lipscomb University; Nashville, TN)
Round 10, Pick 7 - Chicago Packers: SP Mike Coker, age 21 out of college (Kennesaw State University; Kennesaw, GA)
Round 10, Pick 8 - Detroit Union: C David Orr, age 20 out of college (Creighton University; Omaha, NE)
Round 10, Pick 9 - Milwaukee Pros: C Kennie Wingate, age 24 out of college (Palm Beach State College; Lake Worth, FL)
Round 10, Pick 10 - Philadelphia Centennials: SP Ruben Ortega, age 18 out of high school (Baltimore Talent Development; Baltimore, MD)
Round 10, Pick 11 - Cincinnati Reds: RP Dan Kuchta, age 21 out of college (Tusculum University; Tusculum, TN)
Round 10, Pick 12 - Washington Capitals: SS Frank Graul, age 19 out of college (South Mountain CC; Phoenix, AZ)
Round 10, Pick 13 - Chicago Republics: 2B Gabe Randolph, age 17 out of high school (Hill Regional Career Magnet; New Haven, CT)
Round 10, Pick 14 - Brooklyn Jays: SP Allen Mawn, age 18 out of high school (Wilmington Friends; Wilmington, DE)
Round 10, Pick 15 - Cleveland Lakers: C Ryan Keaney, age 20 out of college (University of California; Berkeley, CA)
Round 10, Pick 16 - New York Boroughers: SP Marc Hernandez, age 17 out of high school (Iaeger; Iaeger, WV)

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3/31/2024 11:51 am  #19

Re: The Major American Baseball League

I love the prospect of a two-way player in Milwaukee!

2x Alt Champion :: AltLB Champion Oklahoma City Bison - 2022 :: AltFL Champion New York Emperors - 2022


3/31/2024 11:53 am  #20

Re: The Major American Baseball League

Got high hopes for Pat, hopefully the Hacks can start improving.


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