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7/20/2021 4:38 pm  #31


Re: The Major American Baseball League

All right, Hopefull my Republics Suprise the world and make it into the top 4. I am really excited to see how this plays out.

 

7/20/2021 5:30 pm  #32


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My allegiance to the Moles carries over, but I am definitely partial to Manhattan (great crest and even better colors), Detroit (just a solid traditional brand overall) and The Yard (stunning monogram and "The Yard" across the chest just satisfy my personal, funky aesthetic preference perfectly. Oh and ugly cow...).


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7/20/2021 6:00 pm  #33


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Go Blossoms!


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7/20/2021 7:27 pm  #34


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I don't have any real allegiance to any of these teams, seeing as none of them are in Washington, so go Capital City I guess.


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7/21/2021 12:14 am  #35


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April, 1947:

(due to technical difficulties, the first ever month of the MABL will have to be retroactively contradicted. This will not occur in any other season, or any other month. Thank you for your patience, and I hope to deliver an enjoyable product as soon as I can.)

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7/22/2021 10:12 am  #36


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April, 1947:

The MABL’s opening weekend was surrounded with the utmost fanfare and support, with the eyes of even the most rural families to the most powerful business and political leaders in the nation glued to news of every detail. The MABL was seen as a point of national pride, although many were hoping a different set of teams would’ve been selected. President Truman, originally of Independence, Missouri, threw out the first pitch of the newly christened league at Hirsch Park in Brooklyn, only after remarking that “no sorry team like St. Louis should’ve been picked over the fine asses of Independence.” (the Mules, as they’re known, played in a one-sided rivalry with their cross-state rivals before the formation of the MWCL).

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Speaking of those Travellers, they’re heading into the second month of the year with the best record in the Midwest. Behind dominant a 3-headed pitching monster of Chunky Stanton, Chris Johnson, and Midwest pitcher of the month Dario Ferrer, St. Louis is in the driver’s seat with the help of a strong defense led by youngster Sean Lake. On the other end of the spectrum, Detroit and Louisville’s bats have been outstanding, while the pitching needs to keep up. Detroit’s Beau Shaffer is batting a solid .377, only slightly outpacing Indian Eric Houle’s .369 average. Neither are anywhere near as good as Louisville’s Greg Fairbanks, who leads the MABL with a .450 average through the first month, and received the nod for Midwest Player of the Month.

Sadly for Cincinnati, George Rogers II hasn’t been able to live up to the hype and performance of his 1946 season. Otherwise, this Reds team would almost certainly be in complete control of first place in the Midwest. James LaCava’s MABL-leading 23 RBI simply isn’t enough to change the fortunes of the Yards, whose poor hitting performances have left emerging ace Nick Blase with a 2-3 record despite a dominant 2.31 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Much is the same elsewhere in the Midwest. Republics’ young ace Kyle Sisk has a 2.01 ERA and yet a 2-1 record through 4 starts, while Milwaukee’s Jon Trenholm has a 1-1 record through 4 starts and a 1.88 ERA. Cleveland’s story is the opposite, as Chris Deardorf and Ron Levinson lead the west’s second best orun scoring offense, only for no pitching support to exist.

Pittsburgh has jumped out to a surprising lead in the East, led by strong 2-way performances of Eastern Player of the Month Paul Sager and a criminally good Matt Stiefer. Their calm, collected demeanor is a stark contrast to Brooklyn, who’s tied in second place despite both Player and Pitcher of the Month Brian Rosenberg and Tim Vogt playing (or pitching, for Vogt) out of their minds. Rosenberg, who has a MABL-high 8 stolen bases and a .404 average, is somehow seen as inferior to Manhattan’s Justin Manson, who has the MABL lead with 6 home runs. Manhattan fans, gloating early over their perceived superiority, have failed to see the streaky nature of both their pitching corps and bats. This team is going to have to be on top of their game consistently to have hope of staying near or even on top of the Eastern Division.

Philadelphia’s B.J. Rochon has collected 5 pitcher wins in as many starts, earning Eastern Pitcher of the Month honors while near single-handedly holding this team near the top half of the standings. Boston and the Harbors’ schedules featured a lot of the top eastern teams in the first month, although it’s unclear if that’s entirely the issue with these teams. The biggest surprises have been the division bottom-feeders NYCA and Capital City. No one has really stepped up in either the lineup or pitching corps, and their once promising seasons look to be derailed before they’ve even began.

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The regional cups have only had a few games played, and not much can be said about either until later in the preliminary stages.

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7/22/2021 2:21 pm  #37


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May’s events were far less chaotic than the month before, while still leaving plenty of inextricable events to be explained.

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The East didn’t show much signs of changing beyond the top few teams in the division. Brooklyn stayed the course and has found themselves tied for first place behind another strong month from MVP candidate Brian Rosenberg, but the real stars of the month have been first baseman Matt Box and pitcher Mike Walsh. Walsh’s three pitching wins are tied for second in the East and got him the nod for Pitcher of the Month. Box went berserk in May, with an on-base percentage over .500 and driving in 14 runs. Manhattan, behind fellow Player of the Month Brian Dyck, has seen their star-studded lineup drag them to second place in the division, overtaking Pittsburgh’s otherworldly top-heavy talent by virtue of a slightly lighter schedule.

The real surprises have been at the bottom of the division, however, with neither the Boroughers nor Capitals finding a spark to drag them out of the cellar. NYCA stars Ryan Miller and David Flood have calmed the nerves of a clubhouse filled with many young players, although it’s unclear if that was ever the issue. The ever-present New York media is getting impatient with the Moles, and manager Ryan Sinuard is on the hottest seat in baseball with only two months of play. Washington’s offense has been extremely poor to go along with pitching injuries to Andy Odgers and John Wiersema, allowing Baltimore and Boston, who were expected to find themselves in the cellar, to keep their heads slightly above water come June, albeit the Harbors a bit more. That’s mainly due to Pitcher of the Month Kellen Sears, who through 5 starts collected 4 wins and a no-decision, and has practically willed his team into the leader’s conversation.

The Midwest saw a bit of shuffling at the top, but like the East, stayed dormant at the bottom. Louisville found a defensive spark in May, seeing their pitching rise to the offense’s production. As such, baby-faced hurler Chris Olson garnered a Pitcher of the Month award. However, they’re only tied for first, and that’s largely due to the genius pitching of George Rogers II, whose April showers brought May flowers in the form of 3 pitching wins and a 2.14 ERA. Cincinnati and St. Louis remain led by their strong pitching and defense, but Detroit’s offense has seen their high-powered offense reach new heights. Alongside Beau Shaffer, third baseman Shane Mayne graduated from silly name to silly numbers, with 4 home runs and 19 RBI to go alongside a slash of .387/.474/.694, while teammate first Baseman John Perl led the MABL with a .532 OBP on the month.

Once again in the bottom of the division, it’s a story of one side letting down the other. The Yards have continued to sellout games, while their offense continues to sell out fantastic pitching. James LaCava can only do so much, which rings even more true for Kyle Sisk of Chicago. He’s literally the only reason the Republics, who are last in the Midwest for runs scored and have given up the most runs, aren’t below Milwaukee and Lakers. Neither the Pros nor the Boys on Erie have seen much luck come their way, and they’ll remain in the cellar until something changes.

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In the Hirsch Cup and De Jong cup qualifiers, only one MABL team isn’t sitting within the playoff window. The Republics have gone 4-4 through their first two months of preliminary play, and are on the outside looking in through a series of tiebreakers. It remains to be seen if they’ll claw themselves back into contention.

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7/22/2021 2:28 pm  #38


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Just a reminder, by the way.

The draft board will be released between the May and June write-ups in time for the July 4th draft, so be sure to submit prospects by the end of July 23rd, 2021 to see your player in the initial MABL draft!


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7/22/2021 8:28 pm  #39


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I love the graphics so far, keep up the good work. Count me in as a supporter of The Yards at the moment because I love their look.

Can we submit multiple prospects or just one?

 

7/22/2021 8:34 pm  #40


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Megildur wrote:

I love the graphics so far, keep up the good work. Count me in as a supporter of The Yards at the moment because I love their look.

Can we submit multiple prospects or just one?

As many as you want


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