Bad News Bears League (BNBL) 18th Season

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Doug Strange played in 4 reg. season games and 4 playoff games, but won the WS MVP! Go figure.
   

Season 18 Preseason Schedule

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Rookie Robert Fick is thrilled to join the BNBL, and his name is SO close to perfect for our league!
Extra Season Tags Chosen - Deadline is Monday, June 6 at 9pm central time - done
Retirements - done
Cuts to 28 - in progress (DEADLINE for those needing to cut down to 28 - Sunday, June 19th at 9pm Central time) - done
Run Progression (for age advancement only, stats stay the same) - done
Prospects added to FA - done
2-Round Draft - Officially begins Thursday, June 23, 9am Central (rank some players, and add the new 23-year old prospects to your rankings)
Free Agency Opens - Wednesday, June 29, 9am Central

Rank Players for the Draft - All owners should rank players just in case they're not online for their turn for the Draft. Make sure you rank enough players for how many picks you have. And don't forget to update your rankings to include the new crop of 23-year old rookies who have just been added to Free Agency.

Ability to rank is on.

Two-Round Slow Draft (Thursday, June 23, 9am Central) - NOTE - We will be giving 6 hours for each pick in the first round, and 3 hours for each pick in the 2nd Round. If you fail to make your pick, the SIM will automatically pick your top-ranked player on your ranked Free Agents list. If you haven't ranked anyone, your turn will be skipped. (some owners will pick more quickly, so be ready for your turn when it comes up).

Free Agency will be turned on approximately 24 hours after the last Draft pick has been selected (Wednesday, June 29, 9am Central)

Draft Order: (number of picks in brackets) (numbers assume that teams needing to drop down to 28 before the draft will do so)
1. Galveston Gunslingers (5)
2. Austin AlyCats (6)
3. Brooklyn Knights (2)
4. Woodstock Charlie Browns (2)
5. Vancouver Canadians (2)
6. Wichita Wingnuts (2)
7. New York Bankees (2)
8. Toledo Mud Hens (2)
9. Mudville Nine (2)
10. Washington Generals (2)
11. Fayetteville Flibs (4)
12. Savannah Bananas (5)
13. Springfield Isotopes (4)
14. Sin City Silver Sox (2)
15. Charlestown Chiefs (2)
16. Freehold Peace Frogs (3)

OPENING DAY - Friday, July 1, 9am Central time
Please make sure you have your rosters, rotations, bullpen, and park dimensions all set by first pitch.
Also ensure that you have changed seasons for any player you want to pick a different season for by first pitch (and also make sure you've chosen a season that meets the stat qualifications of this league - check the rules page if you have to)

Kingman blasts off, leads Gunslingers to win

Dave Kingman blasted 2 homers, lifting the Gunslingers to a 12-5 win over Savannah. | Box

Knights can't contain Ledee, fall 8-6

Ricky Ledee was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Toledo's 8-6 victory over the Knights. Ledee also had 3 hits in the game. | Box

Doubront whiffs 8 in 4-2 win

Felix Doubront struckout 8 Sin City batters in a 4-2 win for the Flibbertigibets. Charlie Grimm of the Silver Sox had 4 hits in the game. | Box

Gwynn Jr. sparks 9-4 win for Wingnuts

Tony Gwynn Jr.'s hot bat helped the Wingnuts to a 9-4 win over the Generals. Gwynn Jr. collected 5 hits in the game. | Box

Huge night for Gross carries Peace Frogs to victory

Gabe Gross was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Freehold's 8-1 victory over the Chiefs. Gross also had 3 hits in the game. | Box


WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

D. Kingman, Gunslingers .3083 HR9 RBI
D. Stuart, Gunslingers .2002 HR5 RBI
B. Jackson, Mud Hens .5831 HR3 RBI
T. Brunansky, Nine .1822 HR4 RBI
P. Blair, Knights .3331 HR4 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

M. Laga, Bananas 1 for 13 (.077)
B. Kerr, Mud Hens 0 for 12 (.000)
M. Byrnes, Flibbertigibet.. 1 for 13 (.077)
O. Bluege, Generals 1 for 13 (.077)
D. Meyer, Chiefs 0 for 13 (.000)

Leaders: RBI

D. Kingman, Gunslingers 9
D. Stuart, Gunslingers 5
P. Blair, Knights 4
T. Brunansky, Nine 4
D. Demeter, Canadians 4

Leaders: Wins

T. Niedenfuer, Silver Sox 1
L. Aquino, Mud Hens 1
B. Fuentes, AlyCats 1
R. Karp, Generals 1
F. Linzy, Gunslingers 1

Season 17 ALL-STAR GAME RECAP

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Elieser (his real name) Marrero drove in two runs for the NorthEast-Atlantic in ASG17
ASG17 - Brooklyn, New Yawk

(SPOILER ALERT - If you'd like to watch the replay of the All-Star game before reading the full write-up, check out the links for the replay (and/or the box score) in the Message Center on the league's home page)

Brooklyn got its first chance to host a BNBL All-Star Game, and they put on a great show for the players, fans, and specially invited Brooklyn celebrity guests at Hobbs Field. The Knights' franchise has been one of the best in the league over the years, but has struggled so far in Season 17. With a record of 42-48 going into the All Star break, it’s not surprising that they only had one player (Jim Duffalo) selected to the NorthEast-Atlantic team. Tom Tresh didn’t receive enough votes to be added to the team, but the 13-time All-Star (7 with the Knights) was asked by Knights owner Gman if he would throw out the first pitch. In typical Brooklyn fashion, Tresh declined the offer with a series of vulgar expletives and inappropriate hand gestures. Gman then asked Johnny Vander Meer, who also declined, although he was nice enough to come up with an excuse, saying that he didn’t want to exhaust himself or risk an injury since he was scheduled to pitch in the first game after the break. Gman asked three more Brooklyn players, all of whom told him that he could go #@$* himself and jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. When asked by the press if he was going to tolerate the insubordination of his players, Gman just shrugged and said it was just Brooklyn being Brooklyn, and that he’s said much worse to his players after bad performances. Gman finally decided that he would throw out the first pitch himself, which was a 76-mph strike right down Broadway.

The Knights’ ownership gave out free passes to the Coney Island Amusement Park for the day of the game. Many players took the opportunity to do some sight-seeing and some even rode the Roller Coasters. Unfortunately, Aurelio Rodriguez ate WAY too may hot dogs and rode the Cyclone WAY too many times and was still in extremely rough shape by the time the All-Star Game got underway.

The Knights also hosted a home-run hitting contest, which was a big hit with the players. After three exciting rounds, four finalists were named - Eli Marrero, Rocco Baldelli, Tony Armas, and Mike Laga. Conspicuous by his absence was Ron Kittle, whose owner forgot to pass along the invitation to the event due to being too busy writing petitions to the Commish to “PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE change the rules of the league so I can keep Kitty for another 37 seasons” (I may have the number of seasons wrong, but it was something like that. I would check the actual petition for accuracy, but I accidentally dropped it off the Brooklyn Bridge on my way to Hobbs Field for the game.

Marrero was on fire during the final round (I could tell because he had a little flame icon beside his name on the giant scoreboard in centerfield when he was up to bat). He pounded out 17 HRs to take the title. Sadly, one of Mike Laga’s bombs left the stadium and ended up injuring one of the performers rehearsing for Coney Island’s 40th Annual Mermaid Parade coming up in June. A lawsuit was filed against the BNBL, as the Mermaid in question will be unable to perform due to a “grievous and premeditated assault on said Mermaid’s ankle by a Mike Laga home run ball” according to the legal papers. The Commish is not worried, and responded to reporters, saying “We are sorry for the fake creature’s fake injury, and we admit that the assault WAS premeditated, but come on … Mermaid’s don’t even HAVE ankles.” Laga will be punished “in-house” by the league, and will not be allowed to wear pink shirts for 2 weeks.

Barbra Streisand sang O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner before the game. The Brooklyn crowd booed O Canada until Streisand gave them a look, and then they quieted right down.

The game itself was a tight contest, with both offenses coming out strong in the first inning against All-Star starters Lee Viau (NEA) and Milt Wilcox (SP). In the top of the first, Elmer Valo started the game with a single up the middle. Well, actually, Aurelio Rodriguez started the game by puking all over the 3rd base bag and muttering something about wanting to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.

After the mess was cleaned up, the bag replaced, and the Valo single, Viau got the next two batters, but then hit Ron Kittle in the back with a changeup. Kittle didn’t even flinch, but did a little half-bow to Viau and, holding his hands together as if in prayer, smiled and said “Namaste”. Honestly, I don’t know what Aly is doing down there in Austin but these Cats are some kind of chill, even if they “don’t win” a lot of their games. Kittle also pulled out a bag of glitter from his rear pocket and tossed the glitter into the air as he skipped down the first base line. After another single by Chico Carrasquel to load the bases with two outs, Viau walked in the game’s first run, giving a free pass to Tony Armas. Viau finally retired the side by getting Jim Presley to fly out. The visitors had the early lead at 1-0.

The lead wouldn’t last long though, as Milt Wilcox gave up two straight one-out singles to Ricky Ledee and Johnny Romano, followed by a two-run triple by Eli Marrero, fresh off his victory in the Home-Run Derby. Jimmie Hall followed Marrero with a weak ground-out which scored Marrero from 3rd to give the home team a 3-1 lead. The Brooklyn fans were in a rowdy mood, especially the specially invited Brooklyn celebrities in the first 3 rows behind the home-team dugout. In fact, Spike Lee and Eddie Murphy began a “Wilcox Sucks!” chant after Marrero’s triple, and Sarah Jessica Parker threw an expensive handbag onto the field.

The rest of the game was dominated by the pitching staffs of both squads, with a few exceptions.

In the 2nd inning, the South Pacific side went quietly, three up and three down at the hands of Rick Waits, while the NEA only managed a Matt Stairs base-on-balls against Grover Lowdermilk. When Aurelio Rodriguez came up to bat with nobody out and Stairs on first, he promptly threw up on home plate, causing a minor delay, but a major drop in sales at the concession stands.

In the 3rd, Gary Bell of the Charlie Browns gave up two walks (to Bake McBride and Mike Laga), but survived the inning without giving up a run, while Paul Mitchell got the home team out in order.

In the 4th, each team did get one hit, as Chico Carrasquel knocked a single for the visitors while Matt Stairs doubled for the home team, but both were stranded as Sid Hudson (NEA) and Al Nipper (SP) each squelched the threat.

The 5th was another hitless inning, as the two vote-in All-Stars took to the mound for their respective teams. Steve Busby gave up a leadoff walk to Lance Blankenship but got McBride to ground out, Kittle to fly out, and Laga to strike out. Rich Hand got three ground ball outs in his half inning. Then, things got weird.

Throughout the first 5 innings, the specially invited Brooklyn celebrities had been behaving more and more inappropriately, some drinking WAY too much, some shouting obscenities at the players, and some not paying any attention to the game at all (Leah Remini and Anne Hathaway).

In the top of the 6th, Sid Monge struck out Tony Armas to begin the frame. As Armas walked back toward the dugout, hearing the taunts and jeers of the celebs, he snapped. He ran over toward the celebs, hurdled the short wall, climbed over some nobodies, and grabbed the first celeb he saw by the collar. He quickly realized his mistake, as the celeb in question happened to be none other than Mike Tyson (the boxer, not the Cardinal). Armas released his grasp on Tyson and moved to the next celeb in the row, Lou Ferrigno. Armas decided to pass on that confrontation as well. Good choice. Moving further down the row, he finally found someone he could bully properly, Adam Sandler. Armas shouted at Sandler “You think you could do better?!? Huh?!? Do ya?!?” To which Sandler responded “Yeah, I actually DO think I could do better.” Armas wasn’t expecting that, so he moved along to the next celeb, Chris Rock, again shouting “How ‘bout you? YOU think YOU can do better?!?” Rock shouted back “I couldn’t do any WORSE, THAT’S for sure!?!” Armas shouted “Well, GO AHEAD THEN!!!” Rock promptly jumped onto the field, grabbed a bat and strolled to the plate. More than a dozen of the other celebs followed Rock’s lead, and jumped onto the field, refusing to leave until they were given a chance to prove Sandler’s claim. Security officers weren’t keen to approach the celebrities, so there was some confusion among players, umpires, coaches and managers as to what to do next. After some high-level consultations up in the Hobbs Field ultra-luxury suites involving Gman, the Commish, the Commish’s assistant, the Commish’s assistant’s assistant, the Commish’s assistant’s assistant’s assistant, and the BNBLPA rep, John Wockenfuss, it was decided that the only thing to do was to let the celebs play a mini game against some of the All-Stars.

Volunteers from both the South Pacific and the NorthEast-Atlantic teams volunteered to take on the celebs. The celebs quickly decided who would pitch and play the various positions, although some of them didn’t know what the positions were actually called. Carmelo Anthony offered to play power forward and Jay-Z offered to play quarterback. Rudy Giuliani suggested that Marisa Tomei play tight end and he was escorted from the stadium.

For those who are interested (I know, it’s all of you!), here was the starting lineup for the Celeb Team:

Chris Rock - RF
Scott Baio - SS
Carmelo Anthony - LF
Michael Jordan - CF
Lou Ferrigno - DH
Jimmy Smits - C
Jennifer Esposito - 2B
Tony Danza - 1B
Marisa Tomei - 3B

Sandy Koufax - P

Manager - Larry David
1st Base Coach - Al Sharpton
3rd Base Coach - Steve Buscemi
Guest Umpire - Judge Judy

Mid-game substitutions were Adam Sandler for Chris Rock in right field, Jay-Z for Marisa Tomei at third base, Eddie Murphy for Tony Danza at first, Jerry Seinfeld for Carmelo Anthony in left, Jimmy Kimmel for Jimmy Smits behind the plate, Debra Messing for Jennifer Esposito at second, Rosie Perez for Jordan in center, and Spike Lee for Scott Baio at short.

It was negotiated that the mini-game would be 3 innings, but the fans found the game to be so entertaining that they threatened revolt after the end of the 3rd when the two teams started shaking hands with the score knotted at zero. “Zero???” you exclaim in disbelief? How could that be? Well, it turns out that no BNBL player could touch the 86-year-old Koufax’s fastball or slurve. He has some new arthritis medicine that is really working well and he is seriously considering making a comeback for the Dodgers. Koufax ended up going the distance, pitching a perfect game against a stacked BNBL lineup that included Mike Laga (of course) who struck out 3 times on 9 total pitches (of course), Armas (0-3 with 2 Ks and a groundout) and Dan Driessen, who did manage to smoke a Koufax offering deep to left-center field in the 3rd inning. It would have been a sure home run, if not for Jordan leaping up at the last second and making a spectacular grab four feet above the fence. Carmelo later said that he would have made the same play if Jordan hadn’t cut him off, but the replays don’t support that.

Meanwhile, volunteer BNBL pitcher Grover Lowdermilk of the Durham Bulls, who had already pitched the second inning of the “real” All-Star Game, starred on the mound for the BNBLers, going 8 strong innings, scattering 3 hits - singles to Jordan and Smits, and a nice double down the line by Jennifer Esposito. In the top of the 9th, the Knights’ own Jim Duffalo came on in relief of Lowdermilk. He struck out Adam Sandler and Scott Baio, making both of them look silly, but then Lou Ferrigno got hold of a Duffalo fastball and sent it deep, way back, going, going, gone, far over the bleachers in left, over the Brooklyn War Memorial, over the Brooklyn Bridge, clearing the East River and landing somewhere in Manhattan. Koufax mopped up in the bottom of the 9th, striking out the side, which wasn’t actually that difficult even for an 86 year-old since the BNBL sent up Mike Laga, Aurelio Rodriguez (who threw up in the middle of one of his hapless swings) and finally, Mark Belanger to end the game.

The fans loved every minute of it, except the Aurelio puking episodes, and the Knights are now petitioning the league to see if they can somehow sign Esposito and Ferrigno to BNBL contracts.

After a brief break, it was back to the original game. Picking it up in the top of the 6th with one out, Sid Monge took the mound again and struck out Jim Presley before giving way to Gary Lavelle. Lavelle gave up a single to Carrasquel before ending the inning with a Damon Berryhill ground out.

The 7th and 8th innings were relatively quiet, with the substitutes not having any better luck against either the NEA or the SP pitchers. The highlight was the 7th inning stretch, with Cyndi Lauper singing a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and then adding “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” after some encouragement from the fans.

In the top of the 9th, the South Pacific squad made it interesting. Good thing, since the fans had been in the stadium for nearly 7 hours by that time. Al Worthington of the NEA struck out Craig Grebeck to start the inning, but then surrendered a home run to Butch Wynegar, which cut the lead to 3-2. With the tying run now at the plate, the fans were on their feet as Worthington shook off the home run ball and retired Valo and Julian Javier on ground outs to end the contest.

Eli Marrero was named the game’s MVP, while Sandy Koufax was named the Celeb MVP. With the win, the NorthEast-Atlantic now have a 10-7 advantage in the all-time All-Star series. Next season, ASG18 will be hosted by the Wingnuts in Wichita, Nebraska.

Thanks for reading. I almost didn’t do a write-up this year, but ended up having some fun with it. Hope you enjoyed it. Now, back to the actual BNBL. Good luck in the 2nd half!
Gus

Franchise Histories

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The Sox and the Nine are the only clubs to have never changed their owner or name
The following are histories of each individual BNBL Franchise from Season 1 through the present. If you see any errors, please contact the Commish, who relied on his notes and his memory, both of which are highly suspect. Teams are listed in order of total Regular Season wins over the 16-year history of the Greatest League on PC!

Sin City Silver Sox (1371 Wins) - owner - SinCityMarauder (S1-S16)

San Jose Bees (1357 Wins) - owners - Rainman (S1-S5), RagingSol (S6-S12), Stonemob (S13-S14), RatChan (S15-S16)
- Gashouse Gorillas (Seasons 1-5)
- Gas-House Gorillas (Seasons 8-13)
- California Pioneers (Season 14)
- San Jose Bees (Seasons 15-16)

Brooklyn Knights (1330 Wins) - owner - GMan15 (S1-S16)
- New York Knights (Seasons 1-7)
- New York Dark Knights (Season 8)
- Brooklyn Knights (Seasons 9-16)

Metropolis Meteors (1313 Wins) - owners - Metsnfins (S1-S3), BabeRuth (S4-S7), RitzCards2 (S8-S16)

Durham Bulls (1311 Wins) - owners - ExpatBama (S1-S12), DZach (S13-S15), RevEJB (S16)
- Lick Skillet Rednecks (Seasons 1-12)
- Tampico Stogies (Seasons 13-15)
- Cleveland Ghoulardians (Season 16 preseason)
- Durham Bulls (Season 16)

Woodstock Charlie Browns (1305 Wins) - owner - GusPC13 (S1-S16)
- Cleveland Charlie Browns (Seasons 1-6)
- Woodstock Charlie Browns (Seasons 7-16)

Fayetteville Flibbertigibbets (1244 Wins) - owners - Super (S1-S10), 56Castle99 (S11-S16)

Mudville Nine (1223 Wins) - owner - Dommod (S1-S16)

Springfield Isotopes (1206 Wins) - owners - junderground (S1-S10), Sheikyerboudi (S11-S16)

New York Bankees (1191 Wins) - owners - DukeBlues (S1-S2), Skooler1 (S3-S16)
- Colorado Springs Knothole Gang (Season 1 preseason)
- Bedrock Boulders (Season 1)
- California Bears (Seasons 2-6)
- Cleveland Spiders (Seasons 7-8)
- New York Bankees (Seasons 9-16)

Toledo Mud Hens (1165 Wins) - owners - Chubbach24 (S1-S3), Marnez (S4-S16)

Austin AlyCats (1153 Wins) - owners - Majestic44 (S1), JaySlater (S2-S4), AlyCat (S5-S16)
- Durham Bulls (Seasons 1-7)
- Austin AlyCats (Seasons 8-16)

Washington Generals (1122 Wins) - owners - philtomney (S1), Bosocks2013 (S2-S4), maapearson (S5-S16)
- Petaluma Roadkill (Season 1)
- Washington Generals (Seasons 2-16)

Charlestown Chiefs (1107 Wins) - owners - coachosbone97 (S1), maverck11 (S2-S3), mcvn (S4-S9), jsmathiot (S10-S16)

Wichita Wingnuts (1073 Wins) - owners - ryansexpress (S1), Offday (S2-S16)
- California Bears (Season 1)
- Adohr Farms Tigers (Seasons 2-4)
- Wichita Wingnuts (Seasons 5-16)

Galveston Gunslingers (973 Wins) - owner - Husker75 (S1-S16)
- Galveston Gunslingers (Season 1)
- Bellaire Gunslingers (Seasons 2-6)
- Galveston Gunslingers (Seasons 7-16)

Welcome to the BNBL (Bad News Bears League)

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Any old average Joe (like Joe Foy for example) can be a star in the BNBL. Maybe you can too!
The BNBL is the league for mediocre players to play against their peers.
See how these "Average Joes" might have fared if they didn't have to face Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Lou Gehrig, or Babe Ruth.

Hitters have to have:
less than 1.000 combined AVG and OPS
but also have a .275 AVG or lower
and less than .800 OPS
(oh, and a maximum Speed of 7 as well)

Pitchers need to have a WHIP of 1.40 or higher.

The Basics:
16 Teams
8 teams make the playoffs (4 division winners and 4 Wild Cards)
(gives more teams a chance and keeps it interesting!)
162 Game Schedule
No progressions
Fatigue: On
5-Man Rotation
Minimum ABs/IPs: 50 ABs (no IP minimum)
Any season can be used that fits the minimum/maximum requirements (see above)
Players will retire after 13 seasons (there are exceptions to that - see Rules Page)
See Rules Page for more information

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5/3/2022All-Star Game ReplayGusPC13
To see the All-Star Game replay or box score, check out the links below.

All-Star Game Replay:
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All-Star Game Box Score:
https://www.pennantchase.com/lgBoxS..
These links will be available for a couple weeks, and then will disappear.
Gus
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