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July 6th, 2019
The Ohio Outlawz just announced before their July
4th game celebration that their new Minor League affiliate
will be the Chillicothe Mudcats. They have been a
member of the Frontier League since the league's
debut in 1993. The games are played in the old V.A. Memorial
Stadium which was built in 1954. The stadium is scheduled for
a major renovation in 2020 which will increase the capacity
from 4000 to 6515 in light of their new affiliation with the
Ohio Outlawz, and much anticipated attendance increase.
The Cooperstown Iron Horse Minor League affiliate,
The Punxsutawney Ponies, has released a list of
specials in anticipation of the expanded rosters and new minor
1) The Punxsutawney Phil Burger - Is it just a burger that
we named after our beloved Groundhog... or is it actually
made from our beloved Groundhog?
2) Gobbler's Knob - An all you can eat section where you can
fine like a groundhog.. A ticket includes a general
admission bleacher seat and all you can eat Alfalfa, June
Bugs and Snails.
3) The Burrow Parking Lot - An underground parking lot with
a tunnel leading straight to the stadium.
4) Early Spring Pavilion - A grandstand section full shade
and no shadows.
5) 6 Weeks of Winter Terrace - A bleacher section full of
sun and scary shadows. Free passes to the Burrow Parking
April 26th, 2019
There was a buzz in Cooperstown entering the 2019 season.
The rotation of Cole, Bauer, Sanchez, Wheeler and Bumgarner
The lineup looked intimidating. 4 projected 30+ HR bats with
4 more projected to hit 20 or more. Even the "worst" hitter,
Marcus Semien was penciled in to hit .250 with 15 HR.
The Draft War Room focused heavily on the bullpen in the
middle rounds adding numerous arms... Tepera, Biddle, Roe,
Kelley, Brazier, Nuno to go along with the trio of Familia,
Watson and Lugo.
They looked ready to reclaim the division after taking a year
to retool in 2018... but the Iron Horses have derailed.
Stumbling to an 11-19 start, tied for 2nd worst in CBA, is not
what this fan base or front office had in mind.
"It is surprising," said Stamets after their 4th
consecutive loss, "We traded away some good talent last year
to set up for a pennant chase this season. We weren't
expecting this." When asked about shopping veteran player
to continue looking towards the future, Stamets wasn't
ready to to discuss that topic. "We're not there yet.
There's still time to right the ship and there's enough talent
on this team to do so. It's a 162 game season and we have to
depth to make it to the end with a competitive team."
While the slow start is concerning, one would figure that
Suarez will improve on his .207 average. Carpenter, Polanco
and Encarnacion are all hitting below .173, that surely has to
change. Trevor Bauer's ERA still sits above 5.00 after
throwing 6 scoreless innings but that should continue to trend
While there's not a plan for a fire sale in the near future,
you have to wonder if those plans will change if this team is
still in the cellar approaching the trade deadline. Iron
Horse fans sure hope it doesn't come to that.
April 21st, 2019 Press Newton Bombs
The 2018-2019 CBA Champion Newton Bombs Review
I can tell you - I never thought I'd e sitting here now
DEFENDING the CBA Title. I didn't think I had the horses. I
have no superstars, and my main weapons seem to be of the
"smoke and mirrors" variety! I was gearing more for the
2019 season than the 2018 season last year, where all 3 of
my outfielders have much better years. But, I commited to
run, and the team ran well, but was always a distant 2nd
next to the Brooklyn juggernaut! Still, I was contending
for a good shot at a wild card at the mid-point, and started
to seek some ace relievers to carry me thru the 2nd half.
Cooperstown had an interest draft, picking up Goody and
Kahnle's superior cards in the 3rd round of the draft. The
Iron Horse had seemed to be ready to look at future options,
so I offered my 3rd and 5th for these blank cards. Jon
Stamets must h ave looked over my roster very well. He
posed the trade of Bauer, Heaney, and Vlad Guererro for
Kershaw. I would not part with Vlad, so it became Bauer and
Heaney for Kershaw. These moves worked well, and I made it
into the playoffs as a wild card with good distance.
The playoffs, however, were magical! So, it is why
sometimes all you need is to make the playoffs - anything
happens in a 7 game series! And boy, did it ever! I just
had to sit back and be a spectator, and my rotation of
Strasburg, Sale, Kershaw, and Carrasco took over the games,
going 16-7. Carrasco and Sale didn't fair as well, but,
they went 5-5 in the playoffs, which is great for winning!
Kershaw and Strasburg went 7-1 in 66 innings, giving up 39
hits, 9 walks, and 1 HR. That was dominant. A real treat
to watch! I stand by the idea that it is "everything" just
to make the playoffs in the CBA!
Moving ahead, I think the Newton Bombs will deliver on
a repeat playoff mission in 2019! The team is actually very
improved in many important ways - starting pitching,
outfield, catcher, and some infield - the team will continue
the win with the same pedigree as last year. Newton will
have it's hands full, however, as the Parker Division has no
slackers at this point, and playoff-worthy Brooklyn and
Newton will not have an easy road with Atlanta and Middlesex
breathing down our backs. We complete the intradivision
play this week - so far we are playing like sisters. CBA
is, like the MLB, a marathon, however. It will be great to
watch how this year unfolds as well! Good luck to all of
you CBAers! Always go for the stars - you will never know
when not to run if you give yourselves a chance to contend!
April 6th, 2019
Ottawa Otters Team Outlook
It was a disappointing 2018 season for the
Ottawa Otters when they finished with only 69 wins against 93
losses, and a dismal 23 games behind Philly in the Schmidt
Division. Ottawa usually relies on the long ball to win games but
only Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen had at least 30 homers that
year. The Otters finished in the bottom third of the league in
terms of team hitting and pitching.
Mike Trout won the Clemente MVP award in a
close ballot, edging out Nolan Arenado. The Otters were able to
sign Trout to a new contract during the off-season with an
eye-watering 12-year, $430 million extension to his existing
contract that would have expired next season. While Trout has
been brilliant since joining the league in 2012, he has not had
much team success in Ottawa. The Otters made with play-offs just
once during Troutís career thus far when the Otters lost in seven
games to Ohio in the second round in 2014. There were rumours
that Trout would be traded in the off-season, but the Otters
decided to keep Trout on their roster and build their team around
A new season begins and the pre-season showed
that the Otters may be able to climb out of the basement in the
standings this year. The team will once again be anchored by a
stellar outfield with Trout, McCutchen and Jason Heyward. Other
key returning veterans include Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, and Kurt
The Otters chose to use most of their draft
picks to upgrade their pitching for the new season. Returning to
the rotation are Joulys Chacin and Kyle Gibson. Joining them are
free agents Francisco Liriano, Ian Kennedy, and Chad Kuhl. Brad
Ziegler will continue as the teamís closer. Starters Yu Darvish
and Doug Fister are both on the disabled list for most of the
season and are not expected to return to play until September.
Hopefully, the Otters will be vying for a play-off position when
Looking even further ahead, key prospects for
the Otters include outfielder Lewis Brinson and short stop Royce
Lewis. Brinson may be ready for the majors as early as next year
while Lewis is still at least two years away.
Newsline Brooklyn, NY March 26th, 2019}
The mood was festive at Trommers Beer Gardens on Eastern Parkway
and Flatbush Avenue. The melting pot that is Brooklyn NY, has
taken to the Superbas this spring with renewed enthusiasm. Last
year was a successful season winning 106, two less than the
franchise record and within the top 10 all time. Yet somehow
the fans seemed a bit shook. Their divisional playoff loss to
eventual World Champions Newton was heartbreaking. They ran
into historic pitching, but you couldn't tell that the defeat
ever happened the way the loyal Brooklyn Crew spoke of their
team. "Dese guys here may be back in da mix agin. The lineup
hits, and gets on base, and man the pitching staff looks good."
said Louis Costello of Bergen st. His friend and Superbas
'D-Line' female fan booster president Lorinda Dee added "Not for
nuthin, they can hit, and yep they can ...a tent in my backyard
Superbas closer star Craig Kimbrel stopped by
at Trommers Beer Garden for a few cold ones. When a few fans
bought him rounds, Kimbrel gave them each an autographed jar of
tartar sauce, and an 8x10 picture. 3 lucky beer blasters were
given his Superba cap, Kimbrel's neck tie, and a sock for their
efforts. Kimbrel eventually escaped Trommer's without a shoe,
and healthy mustard stain compliments of his losing in the
sudden death round of the popular Trommer's game "Name That Hot
Robinson Cano will be making an appearance
Saturday at Trommers after the home game against Newton. He
will be a guest coach for the Sid and Marty Barrett Pink Sox
Brigade Charity Curling match. The contest will be played on
roller skates on Trommers famous Ballroom dance floor in lieu of
Cory Kluber took a no hitter into the 7th inning
in the opener against Newton. Kluber looks forward to a good
season as staff ace. My kid helped me develop my knuckleball,
and a fork ball. I hope they can be alternate out pitches.
Kevin Plawecki is excited to be Brooklyn's
primary back up at catcher behind James The Can. He hopes he
contribute more than just ocassional ant-acid pills to the men
in the clubhouse.