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CHECK OUT OUR LEAGUE LOGO

Thanks to Vic Handel we have a new league Logo! Check it out above. The logo features dice that show 2 and 6 which is tribute to the first ever game in the FBN which was played on 2/26/74. The gold borders signify our 50th golden anniversary. Of course we have the "Established 1974" featured along with bats, balls, and gloves to show that we feature all aspects of baseball. Good job Vic!

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WEEKLY VIDEO

Our weekly feature, Baseball Videos! These are from YouTube or other sources and may have advertisements in them but they are usually worth it. Each week or so we will feature a different video. YouTube or other similar websites are the host for these video's and I assume the videos are not copyright protected if they are on the YouTube website. If a video is taken down it is done by YouTube. Enjoy!!

 

2-18-24 Pitchers are throwing faster and faster each year. Today's philosphy is throw as hard as you can as long as you can then someone will relieve you. Pitchers don't hold anything back any more. Fastball speed rules. It is common for a team to have multiple guys who can throw 100 mph. Just 10 or 12 years ago a guy with a 100 mph fastball was rare. Here is a video featuring the "Fastest PITCHES from EVERY MLB TEAM in 2023! 104MPH+! Baseball Highlights!"

 

Click here to play this weeks video clip...

If you would like to replay an old video check out the Video Archive on the left side of the website.

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LEAGUE NOTES:

FBN DRAFT-1/31/24

The 2024 draft is set for Sunday February 25 at 10 AM eastern. Back by popular demand is the draft day count down clock. Here's how much time you have to do all your analysis and planning.

Here are the official draft available free agents based on our protected rosters. There are 378 players available. They are all numbered in bold in the blue highlighted column so Rob and draft by numbers again. To the left of that column is the Lamanna's draft rating for the player in case we need that for use with emergency draft instructions. The list is presented two ways, as a pdf and as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The list is also shown (with player numbers) at the end of the Roster page.

The league protected a grand total of 732 players. That means we will be drafting 228 players. That puts us 12 deep into the 10th round. Grayson and Belmont Street control the end of the draft owning the last 21 picks between them. The waiver draft will have 150 bums to choose from. Good luck to everyone in the draft!

Here is the 2024 FINAL official draft available list. This list is final list based on our protected rosters. The list is dated January 31, 2024 in the upper left corner.
Click here to view the final 2024 draft available list in pdf format... last updated 1/31/2024 6:00 PM
Click here to view the final 2024 draft available list in Microsoft Excel format... last updated 1/31/2024 6:00 PM

Here is the final 2024 draft order with the current owner of the pick listed in a fill in the blank layout. This is the final list as rosters are now frozen and we are in a trade blackout period.
Click here to view the current 2024 draft order in pdf format... last updated 1/31/2024 6:00 PM
Click here to view the current 2024 draft order in Microsoft Excel format... last updated 1/31/2024 6:00 PM

Here is the final 2024 draft order with the original and current owner of the pick listed. This is the final list as rosters are now frozen and we are in a trade blackout period.
Click here to view the draft order with original and current owner in pdf format... last updated 1/31/2024 6:00 PM

 

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TEAM NOTES:

CHIEFS CHAT - 10-24

Joe Carter will be returning as manager of the Chiefs in 2024. The Chiefs finished 81-81 despite trading off some of its best arms during the season. (First half ERA 3.99. Second half ERA 4.94.) The Taxmen struggled at home (34-47) and had a poor year from its best player, Marcus Semien, who followed his NL MVP season by hitting just .215. But, despite not having a 30-HR performer, the Chiefs finished 2nd in the NL in runs scored, trailing only the mighty Jarheads. The team continued to play hard for Old Joe.

There is some speculation as to whether long-time pitching coach Mike Henneman will return. The Chiefs finished dead last in ERA in the NL. And in the last six weeks of the season, Henneman was at the center of a major controversy. Rookie Alexis Diaz was pursuing Henneman's team single-season saves record of 44. But all of a sudden, the Chiefs started using Diaz in high leverage situations earlier in the game rather than saving him for the 9th. It looked like Henneman was trying to protect his record. But at the end of the season, the Chiefs went on a winning streak, and Diaz broke the record, finishing with 48 saves.

The 2024 Chiefs will look more like the classic Chief team with an improved lineup with two rejuvenated stars: Cody Bellinger (.307, 26 HR, 97 RBI, 20 SB) and Marcell Ozuna (.274, 40 HR, 100 RBI). The Chiefs will be expecting big contributions from young outfielders Kerry Carpenter (.278, 20 HR, 120 OPS+) and Matt Wallner (139 OPS+), and second year catcher Shea Langliers (22 HR). The projected lineup is Baddoo/Wallner/Margot lf, Bogaerts ss, Bellinger cf, Ozuna dh, Carpenter rf, Semien 2b, Bell 1b, Davis 3b, Langeliers c.

The back end of the pen is in good shape with the righty-lefty tandem of Alexis Diaz (3.07, 37 SV, 11.5 K/9) and Tanner Scott (2.31, 12.1 K/9). The problem is that the rotation is dreadful. German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela were out with season-ending injuries. Lance Lynn led MLB with 44 gopher balls. Edward Cabrera couldn't find the strike zone (6.0 BB/9). And Kyle Freeland (5.03 ERA, .848 OPS) didn't miss many bats. The Chiefs will hope to get some quality starts from Ranger Suarez (4.18 ERA, 138 fbn IP) and Nick Martinez (3.43 ERA, 123 fbn IP).

In other news, officials have discussed having a contest to name the seats above the left field wall at Municipal Stadium. Nothing is iminent as the team is still receiving a lot of fan pressure to return to War Memorial Coliseum. We'll have to see how that plays out in the coming months.

 

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DEVIL DOODLES - 9-30

Connecticut completed its 37th season in the FBN with an 85-77 record - good enough for 4th place in the NL and the team will make its 19th playoff appearance in team history. That makes the Blue Devils tied for 3rd overall with Belmont Street for the most playoff appearances in league history.

Team MVP for the season goes to Freddie Freeman despite the fact he had a very inconsistent up and down performance. But in the end he put up all around solid numbers. Freeman batted .290 with 43 doubles, 26 HR's, 102 RBI and 97 runs and made only 1 error in the field. Freeman ended the season in a 7 for 46 slump (.152 BA) over his last 12 games that lowered his BA from .301 down to .290. Brandon Drury had a very productive season blasting 29 HR's with 90 RBI but batted only .218. Corey Seager also flashed decent production with 25 HR's and 79 RBI but a .201 BA was way below his normal level. Much improvement is expected from him for next season. Rookie Bobby Witt Jr. had a solid 1st season batting .246 with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 11 HR's, 61 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Big things are also expected from Witt in the coming years.

Merrill Kelly was the clear leader of the pitching staff and could have been Team MVP as well. Kelly reached the 20 win mark in his last start vs. Illinois becoming the first Blue Devil starter to win 20 games since CJ Wilson in 2012. Kelly should garner some Cy Young votes going 20-4 in 34 starts with a 2.86 ERA, 1.02 WHIP with 183 K's. Jon Gray was a solid #2 starter going 13-7 3.05. Rookie closer Evan Phillips was excellent getting 34 saves going 5-3 1.54. Patrick Sandoval was the biggest disappointment going 5-12 5.37 in 27 starts giving up 153 hits in 125 innings which was unexpected. He's still young and will get more chances.

After a 2 year hiatus from the FBN playoffs, the Blue Devils are back and will wait to find out their opponent for the Wild Card series as Wall Street and Hazardville face off in a one game playoff. Connecticut went 5-7 against the Kegs and 6-6 vs. the Barons during the season so it will be a tough fight against either team in the Wild Card series.

 

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US JARHEAD SCUTTLEBUTT - 9-29

VICTORY!

From 6th place to first place with an incredible final 44 games. The all-out assault on the NL saw 5 series sweeps including 3 on the road ... CT, KK, @BB, @AS, @NN. There was a 9 game win streak, two 6 game streaks and stretch of 15 out of 16 wins for a 33-11 record over the final 2 blocks.

And MVP candidate Mike Trout .326, 52, 136 was a force during the incredible pennant drive. He hit .345, 13HR, 40RBI, and came through again and again. Versus CTBD Trout hit a walkoff HR in game 1 and a walkoff GS HR in game 2. Versus Kegs in game 3 Trout hit a PH 3run HR in a 5-3 win and in game 4 he hit two 3 run HRs. Game after game Trout was the leader and clearly the Jarhead of the Year.

Gold Is Where You Find It:

Waiver wire pickup Nomar Mazara was finally called up from Parris Island for the final 20 games of the season. In his first game facing the Kegs, Mazara had quite the debut. He went 4-4 with a HR and 3 runs scored. And Nomar did not stop hitting the rest of the block. In 17 games Nomar sizzled with a .476 BA on 20-42! Mazara also had 3D, 3HR and 8 rbi. ??? Did he earn a spot on the post season roster???

Another Gold Nugget:

Reliever Tanner Rainey was signed during the in season FA draft for the final block. He added desperately needed innings to a rapidly depleting BP. And Rainey stepped up and delivered a quality effort in long relief. In 10g 1-0, 2.79, 19.1ip, 14h, 4hr, 7bb, 16k.

SHRAPNEL:

CY Young candidate Brandon Woodruff finished his season in style. A complete game 4 hit shutout of the AS 89ers bought his final numbers to 17-3, 2.47.

Jeff McNeil won the NL batting championship with a .355 average ... 2nd best average by a Jarhead. Travis Fryman hit .361 in 2001 but did not win the NL BA crown.

 

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2023 INSIDE THE FLY BY NIGHT
Written by Ed Griffin
March 2023

Here are my 2023 projections

I'm super busy so don't have time to do much verbiage. So the numbers are here for your viewing pleasure. As you can imagine, it's a lot of detail to go through. Please let me know if I missed anything significant for your team. I can always send out a revision.

So high level:

AL appears to be a two team race between Bissel Cove and Belmont Street. Glen is on his way to juggernaut status again ... sigh. Not quite there yet, but wait till next year. After those two teams the AL is weak. Grayson still solid but not anywhere close to last season. Louisville is already selling off pieces and he's a playoff team. 'Nuf said. After that it's a mess.

The NL is crazy balanced. Norwich has the best pitching so he's my regular season favorite. US will continue to ride Trout and Goldschmidt. After that it's a total mosh pit. I could see almost any of nine other teams making the playoffs. Sorry Roland ...you stand alone as the only team I see with no shot.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Projected Finish
1) Bissel Cove
2) Belmont Street
3) Grayson
4) Louisville
5) Blue Grass
6) Urpaign
7) California
8) Arsenal
9) Hotlanta
10) Lake Wobegon
11) Yorktown
12) Atlanta

....click here to see projected team details for the American League

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Projected Finish
1) Norwich
2) US Jarheads
3) Allyn Street
4) Connecticut
5) Taxachusetts
6) Illinois
7) Burlington
8) Wall Street
9) Maine
10) Hazardville
11) Foggymountain
12) Klee's

....click here to see projected team details for the National League

 

Anyhow, that's it. Have a great season.

Ed

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