Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 Rookie of the Year

In a close vote, Boston 2B Jorge Cendejas wins the SL rookie of the year.  He hit .299 with a .373 OBP, and showed some pop with 9 homers and 74 RBI.

David Jackson, acquired in the Ricky Buckley trade, didn't have a regular job with New York but played all around the field and put up some impressive numbers.

In 113 games, Jackson hit .256, hit 21 homers (3rd most on team), and stole 47 bases.  He might be the team's next shortstop if Brett Solo leaves as a free agent.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Game 162

Only two regular season games remain on the schedule.  Here's the wrap up for the season finale:

Miami 7 Orlando 1.

Stars snap a late season 6 game losing streak (while resting their best players) and finish with 101 wins.  Orlando falls 1 game short of the 2nd wild card, which will go to Baltimore.  Tim Sullivan finishes 17-9.  Miami gets relief innings from Jered DeMario and Tom Vercetti in an effort to keep them sharp for the division series.  Joe Young sat out the game, but still wins the triple crown with a .351 average, 37 homers, and 120 RBI.

Baltimore 3 Louisville 1

Chris Johnson pitches the Colts into the playoffs.  In the previous game, Storm Morris won his 16th game, giving him 256 for his career.

Toledo 3 Charlotte 2

Jordan DeVito's 2 run homer in the 6th ends the run for defending champ Charlotte, as they finish 1 game back of Baltimore.

Chicago 6 Springfield 5

Winds finish 82-80, first winning season in a while.

Utah 3 Phoenix 0

Lucas Velasquez goes 8 2/3 innings, and Keith Langford strikes out Joe Greble to force a game 163 against Texas.  The winner gets the division and the loser plays Baltimore in the wild card series.  Frank Lewis was injured and unable to play, but is expected to be ready for the playoffs.

Once again Florida and Toronto will play the wild card game in the Major league.  Cleveland wins the Superior league central.  New York (103-59) wins the east, and Denver the central.

Hawaii 5 Bay Area 4.

Hounddogs prevent Bay Area from celebrating a division title.  Yoda Skywalker's 3 run triple put them up 4-0 in the 5th.  With a 5-2 lead in the 9th, Shadow Russell allowed a runner to reach on error, and Jason Rosario followed with a 2 run homer.  A walk and single later, Ryan Harris flew out to deep center with the winning runs on base.

This leaves one game, Portland and Justin Zoolander must beat the Shockers and Brett Edwards to force a game 163.  To be played tomorrow.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Miami trades for Robinson

The Miami Stars have acquired right hander Odis Robinson from the Alaska Snow Sox in exchange for Todd Johnson.  Robinson, a free agent after the season, was 13-11 with a 3.05 ERA for the Sox.  With a heavy sinker, he only allowed 11 homers in 185 innings.

He's an upgrade over Johnson, who was 7-9 with a 4.97 ERA.  Johnson is signed to a reasonable contract for several more years.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Bay Area sends center fielder Tyrell Brock to Orlando in exchange for catcher Jason Rosario.  Rosario will get a chance to start for Bay Area, as Optimus Minor may need knee surgery.  Brock has a chance to win the CF job in Orlando, which has been a problem for years.

Bubba Goes Yard

Bubba Lewis became the first Jawa to hit 500 career homers with a blast against Alaska on August 1st.  In the second inning, Bubba saw a hanging slider from Snow Sox right hander Felix Bacani and sent it into the gentle Hawaiian breezes.  The Hounddogs would hold on for a 4-3 win.

Bubba, 42, is hitting .220 with 15 homers and 37 RBI on the season, numbers far short of his peak years in Boston, where he loved to "doink" doubles off the green monster when he wasn't blasting balls over the fence.  Manager Nomad Garciajawa though says Bubba is in no danger of losing his job.  After all, Bubba still leads the team in homers and walks, and his average is only slightly worse than the team's overall .233 figure.

"Bubba has been great for the young guys.  He still has a great approach at the plate and they can all learn from him. I hope he considers coaching when his career is done" says Nomad.

Bubba says the home run makes it official that this will be his last year.  "The game is getting harder and harder.  I know I can still hit, but I think once this year is done I'll finally have a chance to relax."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Dunn deal

The Utah Utes have acquired Adama Dunn and Willie Gomez in exchange for SS Chad Richardson.

Battle Trap believes this move will allow the team to further utilize the bases loaded offense.

Edit:  the deal will also include backup catcher Benji Lopez, heading to Louisville.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


The Detroit Devils have acquired ace starter CC Salbacca.  To get him they will send last year's #1 overall pick, Robb Stark, to the Snow Sox.  The Sox will go back to the drawing board and attempt to rebuild around the king of the north.

The Penguins fill their catching hole with Kurt Kawasaki, a soon to be free agent.  While Otto Tingley was playing well, he can't help the team from the disabled list.  Boston will receive a second round pick and minor leaguers James Batts and Doug Chavez.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Hitters of 2014

About halfway through the year, there have been 4 no-hitters.

On May 9th, Elvis Henson beat Phoenix 1-0, walking one and striking out 7.

On June 14, Portland's Ricardo Diaz Struck out 9 Cobras, walking only Gehrig Bear, and winning 4-0.

On June 22, Florida's Doug Guzman set down the Bandits 2-0, with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.  The very next day Mike Hoffman of the New York Knights beat Louisville 5-0, with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Some other notable highlights:

6-17 Bryan Hastings pitches 10 innings for St Louis, allowing 3 hits, 0 walks, and 13 strikeouts.  He leaves a 1-1 game with a no decision, and St Louis falls in the 11th.

6-27 Pedro Lewis beats Stephen Hamburg 1-0 in probably the best pitcher's duel of the year.  Hamburg allows a second inning RBI double by Butters Stotch, and nothing else, striking out 10 in 8 innings.  Pedro pitches a 1 hitter, with zero walks and an APBA season high 15 strikeouts, for a game score of 100.

3 Homer games -

Alex Maldonado (7 RBI)
B.J. Lewis (4 RBI)
Jason Durazo (7 RBI)

Joe Young, at age 38, is having another triple crown season.  He leads both leagues with a .362 average, 23 homers, and 76 RBI.  He has played 70 of Miami's 82 games.  Kenny Anderson Jr. leads all runners with 79 steals (in 96 attempts).