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The 2019 rosters have updated to reflect grades/control, OPS and position eligibility. Many thanks to George Tarantino for providing the Excel sheet that gives every pitcher's APBA ratings. This file can be found on the main page under 2019 pitching. To access the rosters click on the roster tab and then on the left from the menu select 2019.

Again thanks to George T.
A list of free agents pitchers are listed on the front page.


    LEAGUE NOTES
 2018
November 17
Seattle handed Memphis a blow to their play off hopes as the Scouts scored their 3rd consecutive series victory by a 3-2 count. The Sound, who dropped to .500, now trail Norfolk for the last post season slot by 2.5 games.
Despite the win, Seattle becomes the first ZSABL team to be eliminated for the championship.


November 14
In an unbelievably tight series, with all the contests decided by one run, four of them in extra innings, the Norfolk Neptunes emerged victorious with a 3-2 decision over Hartford.
Despite the loss the Hurricanes clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011 although their lead in the West over 2nd place San Diego dwindled to just 3.5 games.


November 13
Brooklyn lost for the fourth consecutive time as they fell to Las Vegas by a 3-2 score. The 3rd place Metropolitans now hold a slim one game advantage over 4th place Amsterdam.

November 9
Amsterdam suffered a blow to their post season aspirations as they dropped a double-header to Las Vegas and Sherwood, both by 3-2 scores.
The 4th place Bulldogs trail Brooklyn by 1.5 games for the last playoff berth in the East.

November 8
San Diego continued their pursuit of the Western Division flag as the 2nd place 76er's handed Billings their sixth consecutive series loss by a 4-1 count.
The series opener was curtailed due to rain. In the ensuing double-header the Mustang erupted for an 11-1 victory in the first game but then the "Sixer's" rattled off three straight one-run wins before capturing the finale by a 6-2 score. 2nd place San Diego now trails Hartford by four games with 15 left to play while the Mustang drop into a tie with Seattle in the basement of the "holier than thou" division.


 November 6
Things are really tight in the Eastern Division playoff picture as Amsterdam handed Philadelphia their fifth consecutive loss, all by 3-2 scores.
Just one game now separates the Black Sox, Brooklyn and the Bulldogs as they vie for the last two post season spots behind Rochester.


November 5
Hartford, despite committing an uncharacteristic ten errors, edged Memphis 3-2. The Hurricanes got a two out 2-run homer from Aaron Altherr in the bottom of the ninth in Game # 3 to pull out a 5-4 victory. In the finale, a complete game performance by their Grade C-W starter Sean Newcomb, ended the Sound's four series winning skein.

November 1
Francisco Lindor connected for a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th in Game # 5 sending Norfolk to a 3-2 win over Billings. The Mustang have now dropped five consecutive series while the 3rd place Neptunes increase their lead over 4th place Memphis by a full game.

October 31
Sherwood tied Las Vegas for 5th place in the East with a 3-2 victory over Maine. The Maui's exploded in the finale with 5 home runs en-route to a 12-9 shoot out win. Skipper Smith deviated from his normal fare of a ham,egg and cheese sandwich which he usually bestows on Manager Tarantino by substituting it with two bowls of chili for George and Alexis.
"Billy" the household dog, enamored by the presence of Mel, constantly showered him with attention until his exuberance finally bumped the table sending a cascade of water raining down on the Sherwood pile of relievers. They are now in the process of being dried out.


October 28
Seattle topped USMC 3-2, Maine defeated Brooklyn by the same 3-2 score and the 3-2 final was in vogue again as Rochester downed the Metropolitans. The losses by the 3rd place Metropolitans trimmed their lead over 4th place Amsterdam to just one game for the last playoff spot in the East.
 Skipper Smith duplicated his feat from yesterday by managing two different teams in the same 24 hour day.

In Memoriam: The ZSABL mourns the passing of Bobby Fisher, Scott's brother. Bobby played in the league for parts of five season from 2003-2007, appearing in the post-season as the Assistant-Manager for Virginia in 2005. He usually had a sports trivia question on hand whenever we crossed paths. He will be missed.


October 27 (Late Report)
Philadelphia, despite drawing 31 walks from a beleaguered Maine pitching staff, dropped their 4th straight series as the Maui's prevailed by a 3-2 score. The loss drops the Black Sox into a 2nd place tie in the East with Brooklyn.

With APBA-holic Mel Smith currently guiding both USMC and now Maine, since Skipper Deeter's departure, it was the first time in ZSABL history a manager competed with two different franchises in the same day.
The ham, egg & cheese sandwich that was so instrumental in the Magic Cowboys trade involving Rhys Hoskins was not offered to the Philly manager, in its stead was an unknown type of soup which was politely declined.


October 27
Memphis inched closer to the final playoff slot in the West by nipping USMC 3-2. The 4th place Sound trail the 3rd place Norfolk Neptunes by a scant half-game.

October 26
Rochester triumphed over Sherwood by a 4-1 score as the Rockers increased their lead in the East to 7.5 games.
 
The nomadic ZSABL career of Starlin Castro continued. Drafted as an un-carded player by California in 2010, he moved to Las Vegas when the Goldrusher franchise re-located in 2011. In 2016 he was traded to Maine who then cut him in 2017. San Diego picked him up as a free agent that same year and then traded him to USMC in 2018. The Magic Cowboys released him during the '18 draft and Sherwood took a chance on him in the later rounds right before Rochester who had their eye on him. Today it was announced that the Machine has dealt him to the Rochester Rockers for a 6th round pick.


October 23
APBAGO has posted the 2018 World Series participants, Boston and the LA Dodgers. If you want to scope out any players you have on these two teams, its free.

October 22
Las Vegas has Philadelphia's # 1 pick on the block.

 October 21
Amsterdam staying relevant in the Eastern Division playoff picture, defeated Brooklyn 3-2.

October 20
Seattle romped over Billings 4-1.

October 19
Hartford increased their lead in the West to five games as they defeated San Diego in a wild series by a 4-1 score. The Hurricanes squeaked out two extra inning victories, one earned by Felix Hernandez, a C-No Z starter pressed into service by a depleted bullpen. The 76er's lone win came in a 20-5 romp behind grand slams by David Peralta and Mike Moustakas.

October 18
Things are getting interesting in the West as Memphis roared past Norfolk 4-1. The Neptunes avoided the sweep by capturing the finale. The 4th place Sound are now just one game behind Norfolk for the last playoff berth in the "holier than thou" division.

October 16
Sherwood sent Las Vegas crashing down into the Eastern Division basement again with a 3-2 decision over the Crazy Horse.

October 14
Some Eastern Division action today. The Rochester Rockers engaged in a double-Dip, nipping Philadelphia 3-2 but bowing to Brooklyn 4-1. The end result has the Black Sox and the Metropolitans in a dead-heat for 2nd place, six games behind Rochester. The East have now all completed Section Two of the schedule.

October 11
Las Vegas's good fortune came to a crushing halt as Amsterdam rolled over them 4-1. The Bulldogs tallied 17 runs in the finale, more than the Crazy Horse could muster the entire series. The 4th place "B-Dog's" are now over the .500 mark and a game and a half out of third place in the East.

October 9
Maine and Sherwood became the first Eastern Division teams to complete Section Two with the Maui's taking a 3-2 decision.

October 8 (Afternoon Report)
This note came into the Commissioner's Office today from Las Vegas.

"Let the boys know i'm taking offers for Chris Sale. Only serious offers please"

October 8
San Diego continues their "hot hand" as they defeat Union Station by a 3-2 count. The 2nd place 76ers have now trimmed Hartford's lead in the West to two games, setting up a San Diego-Hurricane match-up as they are scheduled to tangle each other next on the schedule.

October 7
Section Three of the schedule opened with Hartford spotting Seattle the first game and then the Hurricanes reeled off four consecutive wins to up their lead in the West to 2.5 games over 2nd place San Diego.

October 4
With the series between Billings and Norfolk tied at two apiece, the Mustangs Clayton Kershaw took a perfect game into the 8th inning.
He retired the first two batters of the stanza but a pair of walks brought Mark "The Sheriff" Reynolds up to the plate and he delivered a game tying 3-run home run.
Reynolds again emerged as a hero as he connected on a
solo shot in the 10th giving the Neptunes a 3-2 win.
The series marked the conclusion of Section Two of the schedule for the Western Division.


 October 3
Hartford won the first two games but failed to capitalize on their good fortune as they fell to Memphis by a 3-2 score. The loss trimmed the Hurricanes lead in the West to a scant one game over San Diego. It was the Section Two finale for both clubs.

September 30
Seattle and Union Station completed Section Two today with the Scouts coming away with a 3-2 victory.

September 27 (Late Report)
San Diego kept up their torrid play by defeating Billings 4-1. The second place 76er's are on a 46-20 run since their last series loss back on March 23rd. The victory cuts their deficit in the West to just 1.5 games as they are now the first club to complete Section Two of the schedule.

September 27
Las Vegas seemingly snapped out of their doldrums as they took their 2nd victory in a row by defeating Brooklyn 4-1. With the win the Crazy Horse escaped the basement in the East and are now tied for 5th place with Maine. The highlight of the series came in Game # 4 as the "Nevadian's" Luis Severino threw a complete game shutout with 16 K's.

 September 23
Third place Brooklyn got by second place Philadelphia with a 3-2 victory as just a half game separates the two Eastern Division clubs.

September 22
Memphis rolled over Seattle by a 4-1 verdict. The Scouts suffered their seventh consecutive loss and are in a 8-29 slide. The 4th place Sound have now moved to within four games of 3rd place Norfolk and the last playoff berth in the West.

September 14 (Early evening Report)
In mid-afternoon action, Amsterdam edged Sherwood 3-2. The Bulldogs are one under .500  and four games out of the last playoff spot in the East.

September 14
Hartford squeaked past Norfolk by a 3-2 count.

September 10
Some Western Division action this morning. USMC got by Norfolk 3-2 and San Diego handed Seattle their 6th consecutive loss by a 4-1 score.

September 9
Rochester won their fourth straight and increased their Eastern Division lead to six games with a 4-1 victory over Amsterdam.

 September 4
Hartford got a two out two run 8th inning home run from Eddie Rosario in the finale to overcome a 3-2 deficit and give the Hurricanes a 4-1 series win over the Billings Mustang.

September 3
In action from yesterday, Billings handed Seattle their fifth consecutive loss, a Mustang 3-2 victory.

September 1
Fourth place Amsterdam pulled to within three games of the last playoff spot in the East with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

August 28
A pair of match-ups today, one in each division.
In the East, Las Vegas won for the first time since May 8th as they defeated Maine by a 3-2 count.
The "holier than thou" contest saw USMC end their four series losing streak by edging Memphis with the same 3-2 score.
The Magic Cowboys have just three series victories on the year but two of them have come at the expense of the Sound, who saw their consecutive win skein end at four.


August 24
2nd place San Diego cut into their deficit in the West as they defeated the division leading Hartford Hurricanes by a 3-2 score.
The opener saw a Hartford 2-0 lead erased by Mother Nature as the skies let loose a torrential downpour in the 4th inning.
In the ensuing double header the 76er's accomplished what many say is the hardest thing to do in baseball and that is to sweep a double dip which the "Sixer's" did behind their aces, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola.
Hartford got on the board in the next contest as their closer, Brandon Morrow, blew a two run lead in the top of the ninth to tie the game but the "Cane's" Eddie Rosario cracked a game-winning "tater" in the bottom half of the stanza to win it 8-7.
More late inning magic by Hartford in the next game as Trea Turner broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 8th with a solo shot to hang a second consecutive loss on San Diego reliever Anthony Swarzak.
The finale saw 76er starter Drew Pomeranz throttle the Hurricane lineup on four hits en-route to a complete game 6-0 shutout.
San Diego is now just 2.5 games behind Hartford for the Western Division crown.

August 21
Brooklyn snapped their three series losing streak by reversing their offensive woes as they smacked 14 home runs en-route to a 4-1 romp over Maine.

August 20
USMC dropped their fourth straight series as they fell to Billings by a 3-2 count.

August 14
In a match-up between two team trending in the right direction, something had to give in these five game series of Section Two.
The final result saw Memphis extending their recent success by defeating San Diego 3-2.


August 13
Rochester took their third consecutive series and padded their lead in the East to four games as they defeated Sherwood 4-1.

August 12
What you may have mistaken for a clap of thunder yesterday morning was actually the sound of Las Vegas crashing into the basement of the Eastern Division. Philadelphia took a 4-1 decision over the Crazy Horse with the "Nevadian's" avoiding a sweep by taking the finale.
The 2nd place Black Sox move to 2.5 games behind the Eastern Division leading, Rochester Rockers.

In action today Sherwood ambushed Brooklyn by a 4-1 count. The "Met's" tallied just nine runs in the series against the mostly Grade C pitching of the  Machine. They also were held to just two home runs which they hit in the 7th inning of Game # 5.
The loss dropped the 3rd place Metropolitans, six games off the pace and just two games ahead of the 4th place Amsterdam Bulldogs.


August 8 (Late Report)
Rochester increased their lead in the East to four games with a 3-2 victory over Maine.

August 8
Memphis captured their third straight series win with a 3-2 decision over Billings.

August 4
Sherwood maintained their spoiler role as they edged Philadelphia 3-2. The Machine led two games to none but allowed the Black Sox to knot the series 2-2. In the finale, trailing 7-3, the "Nottingham Boys" Joey Gallo went to work, hitting a grand slam in the 7th to tie the game and then in the top of the 10th, he went deep again, this time a three run blast. The Black Sox came back with two runs in the bottom of the stanza but fell short, losing the contest 10-9.
August 2
Norfolk handed Seattle their fourth consecutive loss by a 4-1 count. The Scouts salvaged the finale to avoid the sweep. The 3rd place Neptunes are 6.5 games off the pace and 3.5 be
hind the 2nd place San Diego 76ers.

July 30
San Diego continued their playoff charge by dispatching Norfolk 4-1. The 2nd place 76er's now trail Hartford by just three games.

July 27
Maine ended their three series losing steak by defeating Amsterdam 4-1. The 4th place Bulldogs are now at .500 with the Maui's trailing them by one game

July 24
A pair of 3-2 decisions in the West this evening.
Memphis paced by four Nolan Arenado home runs, got by Norfolk and Hartford hung on to defeat USMC.


July 21
Hartford parlayed 17 home runs into a 4-1 victory over Seattle. The Hurricanes, with the BRIB, increased their lead in the West to four games over San Diego.


July 10
The ZSABL extends their sympathies to Norfolk's Bill Groff and family on the passing of Bill's mother. May she R.I.P.

July 7
Philadelphia rolled to a 3-0 start against Maine but then dropped the final two contests by identical 10-3 scores.


July 6
The red-hot San Diego 76er's captured their third straight series and moved into 2nd place in the West with a 5-0 white-wash of the Union Station Mystic Cowboys. The "Sixer's" trail the division leading Hartford Hurricanes by just 2.5 games.
Skipper Doran reported that the match-up featured a lot of lack luster hitting as evidenced in the opening game which went 17 innings with USMC amassing 26 strikeouts and the 76er's notching 19 K's themselves.


July 5
Although the season is only slightly over half-way complete, Rochester dealt perhaps a mortal blow to Las Vegas's playoff hopes by sweeping them 5-0. The Crazy Horse, a consensus pre-season contender for Eastern Division glory are now in 6th place, 11.5 games out. The Rockers with the broom job have opened up a 3.5 game lead over 2nd place Brooklyn.

July 4
In their Section Two opener, Las Vegas continued to struggle as they dropped a 3-2 decision to  Sherwood.

July 3
Section One of the schedule is now complete as San Diego enters the playoff picture with a 5-1 decision over Seattle. The 3rd place 76er's are just five games off the pace.

June 29
In the penultimate series of Section One, Memphis defeated Maine by a 4-2 score. It concludes inter-division play for the year with the "holiness" title going to the East by 12 games.

June 24
Trailing two games to one, Norfolk rallied to take the next three contests to knock the Philadelphia Black Sox out of their first place tie in the East. The Sox now trail the division leading Rochester Rockers by one game.
The recent nascent play of the 2nd place Neptunes have now moved them to four games off the pace, behind Hartford, in the "holier than thou" division.
There remains just two more series for the league to complete Section One of the schedule.

June 15
San Diego exploded for 69 hits en-route to a 4-2 victory over Maine. 76er starting pitcher Ervin Santana was not complaining about run support as he picked up two wins by scores of 18-5 and 11-0.

June 13
Las Vegas joined the ranks of teams that have completed Section One of the schedule as they split with Maine 3-3. The 5th place Maui's with their .500 record remain on the cusp of post-season glory. They are five games out of first but just 3 1/2 from qualifying for one of the playoff berths.

June 10
Amsterdam and Brooklyn opened Section Two action with the Bulldogs tightening things up in the East with a 3-2 decision over the Metropolitans.
The 4th place "Dog's" are just three and a half games off the pace while the 3rd place "Met's" trail the division leading tandem of Rochester and Philadelphia by only one and a half games.
When interviewed after the series the Brooklyn skipper issued only this brief pejorative response, "cold dice".


June 9
Maine extended the Eastern Division dominance over the West with a 5-1 victory versus Seattle.

June 2 (Afternoon Report)
Philadelphia stormed into a 1st place tie with Rochester in the East as they defeated Billings 5-1. The romp included two victories over Mustang Ace, Clayton Kershaw.
The "Montanian's" have now finished Section One.


June 2
In late Friday night action, Amsterdam and Rochester split 3-3 as both teams completed Section One of the schedule.

June 1
Norfolk knocked Brooklyn out of their first place tie in the East and cut their own gap in the West to five games with a 4-2 decision over the Metropolitans. The "Met's" have now completed Section One of the schedule.
In other action, Philadelphia rolled to a 3-1 lead early over San Diego but the 76er's came back to earn a 3-3 split.


May 28
Sherwood completed Section One of the schedule with their fifth straight 3-3 split, this time against Amsterdam.
Congrats are in order to Philadelphia's Steve Abrams and Jessica on the birth of their daughter, "Sadie".
The Black Sox skipper was overruled on his request to name her Chaselyn after Chase Utley.


May 26
Memorial Day weekend action saw a couple of splits. Norfolk and Sherwood played to a 3-3 draw and the Machine in their second series of the holiday went 3-3 with Maine.

May 22
Hartford became the 2nd team to complete Section One of the schedule as they came back from a 3-1 deficit to split with Las Vegas 3-3. The series marked the inauspicious debut of the Hurricanes Sean Newcomb (C-W), who was thrust into the Hartford rotation due to an injury to Felix Hernandez.
The first three ZSABL hitters he faced, Ian Kinsler, Yonder Alonso and J.D.Martinez all went deep. He also allowed another homer to Domingo Santana later in the stanza. Manny Machado touched him yet for another blast in the second inning. Newcomb then went three more innings somehow keeping the ball in the yard giving up just one more run. The split continued the "Cane's" streak of never defeating a Billy Bell led team.


May 20
Brooklyn, the defending World Champions, pulled into a 1st place tie with Rochester by defeating Philadelphia 4-2. The turning point of the series occurred in Game # 2 with the Black Sox leadng 7-3 with two on and one out in the bottom of the 8th. The "Met's" then rolled a 52-27 but with Philly's third baseman Matt Carpenter saddled with a 3B-3 fielding rating the double play was averted and the runners advanced.
Dexter Fowler promptly homered to make it 7-6. Brooklyn hit a solo homer to tie it in the 9th and then another bases empty blast to win it in the 10th. The series featured five one run games. Paul Goldschmidt accounted for five of the 13 long balls struck by the Metropolitans.


 May 19
Seattle dropped Memphis by a 4-2 count. The Scouts took the first three games before getting blown out 17-0 in Game # 4. The next contest was the opposite extreme as the "Pabst-Men" eked out a 1-0 victory before bowing in the finale 4-2. The 4th place Scouts are just two games behind San Diego for the last playoff berth in the West.

May 17
A glaring oversight by this Office as they failed to acknowledge that Norfolk's Bill Groff and Union Station's Mel Smith became the 4th and 5th members of the ZSABL's 2000 win club. They join Tom Doran, Phil Zangari and Woody Kleinhaus. Congratulations.

May 16
Norfolk dropped the first two contests and then got their offense rolling by tallying 35 runs in the final four games en-route to a 4-2 victory over USMC. The win cuts the 2nd place Neptunes deficit in the West to six games behind the division leading Hartford Hurricanes. USMC has now become the first ZSABL club to complete Section One of the schedule.

May 12
Billings snapped a three series losing streak by defeating Maine 5-1.

May 11
Rochester and Philadelphia split 3-3. The Black Sox highlight was in Game # 4 when the unlikely duo of Yoan Moncada and Christian Vazquez went back to back with two outs in the bottom of the 9th,trailing by a run, to snatch away a victory. The Rockers took the finale on an 11th inning dinger by Kris Bryant to earn the split.
The Philly skipper duly noted that in his 16 year tenure in the ZSABL this marked the first time that they had ever played on a weekend night, much to the chagrin of Lancaster's bars and clubs. He was later quoted as saying, "this is a sure sign of maturity".


May 10
Hartford in their penultimate series of Section One, got past Billings by a 4-2 score. The Hurricanes stroked 15 home runs by 11 different players with Matt Olson leading the way with a trio of blasts.

May 8
The ZSABL extends their condolences to Norfolk's Bill Groff and family on the passing of Bill's father.

In league action, Las Vegas tripped up Brooklyn 4-2. The loss knocks the Metropolitan's out of their first place tie with Rochester.


May 3
Las Vegas playing in their 10th series of the season won for the first time since their opener by defeating Memphis 4-2.

May 1
Brooklyn engaged in a double-header today with mixed results. In the opener they took a 4-2 decision from Maine but in the night-cap they were blasted by Rochester 5-1. When the smoke cleared the Metropolitans found themselves in a first place tie in the East with the pre-season favorite Rockers.
The 3rd place Philadelphia Black Sox are just one game out and 4th place Amsterdam trails the dual-leaders by four games.


 April 26
Hartford held off Norfolk by a 4-2 count. The Neptunes outhit the Hurricanes but were stymied by bouncing into an inordinate number of double plays. The highlight for the "Canes" was in the 3rd inning of Game # 2 when Jay Bruce and Jake Marisnick both connected for grand slams in the same stanza.

April 22
Brooklyn and Memphis split 3-3.

April 20
Sherwood and Rochester ended up 3-3.

April 19
San Diego evened their record at 30-30 by dropping Billings 4-2 as the 76er's move to just six games out of first place in the West.

April 16
Rochester got back into the hunt by defeating Maine 5-1. The Rockers have now moved into 3rd place in the East, three games off the pace. The Maui's drop into a 4th place tie with Amsterdam but just five games out of first.

 April 15
Seattle and USMC split 3-3.

April 14
As usual some Saturday matinee action. Seattle got by Philadelphia 4-2, dropping the 2nd place Black Sox two games behind the Eastern Division leading Brooklyn Metropolitans.
Hartford's lead in the West dwindled to four games as Norfolk blasted Billings 5-1.


April 13
Las Vegas and Amsterdam split 3-3.

April 11
Hartford upped their lead in the West to six games with a wild 4-2 victory over Memphis.
The series was devoid of pitching as the Hurricanes tallied 47 runs with 35 extra base hits to the Sounds 45 runs with 31 XBH's. The series featured scores of 22-3, 18-3, 11-3 and 11-8.
Memphis had an unbelievable 75 hits to Hartford's 58.

April 10
San Diego and Rochester played to a 3-3 draw.

April 8
Brooklyn lambasted Seattle 21-4 in their series finale to earn a 3-3 draw against the PBR tapping
 Scouts.


April 9
Saturday matinee action was not kind to the two division leaders. Philadelphia took the opener against Amsterdam but the Bulldogs came back with five straight wins to trim the Black Sox lead in the East to just one game. The "Dog's" are now tied with Rochester for 4th place.
That slim advantage for Philly was short-lived as
Brooklyn trounced Hartford 5-1, holding the potent Hurricane offense to just 10 extra base hits in the series, to place the defending World Champions on top in the East by one game over the Black Sox.
In another match-up, Billings,trailing 3-1,rallied to split with Seattle 3-3.

April 5
Memphis handed Amsterdam a 4-2 loss as the West trims their deficit in the "holier than thou" race to
12 games.

 
April 4
Las Vegas and Norfolk play to a 3-3 draw.

April 3
Maine and Amsterdam split 3-3.

March 31
A couple of splits in Saturday action this afternoon. Memphis rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie Sherwood 3-3.
In a battle between the two current division leaders, or as Skipper Steve Abrams described as the Fox Game of the week, Hartford and Philadelphia played to a 3-3 draw with the finale won by the Black Sox in 18 innings after they went back-to-back-to-back in the bottom of the 9th to send the contest into extra's.

March 28 (Late Report)
San Diego continued their up and down season by rolling over Las Vegas 5-1. The 76er's are now tied with Billings for 3rd place in the West. The Crazy Horse are trending in the other direction, after winning their opening series they have now gone six straight without a win.

March 28
The surprising Maine Maui's gave Hartford "a harsh taste of reality" as they defeated the Hurricanes by a 4-2 count.

March 27
Norfolk took over sole possession of second place in the West as they evened their record at 18-18 with a 4-2 triumph over Rochester. The Rockers, who have been struggling, drop to fourth place in the Eastern Division.

March 26
Memphis won for the first time this season as they handed Rochester a 4-2 loss. The Rockers dropped into a tie with Maine for third place in the East.

March 24
Philadelphia upped their lead in the East to 3 games in dramatic fashion with a 4-2 victory over USMC. The opener saw the Sox's Logan Morrison end the contest with a walk-off HR. In Game # 2 Philly rallied for four runs in the 9th to snag another win. Game #3 ended with another walk-off victory for the Sox, this time in 12 innings. Game # 4 was "just" a conventional win for the Black Sox before USMC came back to capture the last two contests.
In Western Division action, Norfolk and Seattle split 3-3 in a rather uneventful series.


March 23
Hartford keeps rolling along, defeats San Diego 5-1 by launching 17 home runs.

March 22
USMC blasted 15 home runs and tallied 38 extra base hits to take a 5-1 decision from Memphis. The Sound who have not won a series so far this season are in a three way tie with Seattle and Union Station for 5th place in the West.

March 21
The Western Division drought finally ended in what was billed as the "Beat the Blizzard" match-up last evening at the Club.
Billings scored a 5-1 victory over Sherwood to go back into a 3-way tie for second place in the "holier than thou" division.


March 19
Just like Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains the Same" so does ZSABL Division Supremacy. Amsterdam added to the East's impressive domination of the West with a 5-1 victory over Billings. The Bulldogs, who notched their first series win with this evening's action, have now reached the .500 plateau and dropped the "holier than thou" to a minus 22 versus the East.

March 17
The West took it on the chin in today's matinee action. Maine rode two 1-0 victories to a 5-1 decision over USMC and
Sherwood held the PBR tapping Seattle Scouts to just seven runs en-route to a Machine 6-0 sweep.
The East is now up a whopping +18 against the "holier than thou" division.

March 16
San Diego and Sherwood played to a 3-3 draw as the 76er's remain locked in a four way tie for 2nd place in the West. For the Machine, the split snapped their four series losing streak.

March 15
San Diego and Memphis battled to a 3-3 split as the Sound's skipper returned to his "choir boy" image by blasting 15 home runs in the series requiring no oaths or expletives to be uttered.

March 11

The annual Baseball Today and Tomorrow, Eastern Division Edition can be accessed here.
It is also available on the web site under
 the Opinion Tab as is the 2018 Western Division Edition.

March 10 (Late Report)
Norfolk joined the party to make it four teams tied for 2nd place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Amsterdam.

March 10 (Afternoon Report)
A couple of matinee series today. Billings topped the Union Station Mystic Cowboys by a 4-2 count to forge the Mustang into a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the West with San Diego and Seattle.
In the East Philadelphia failed to win a series for the first time as they split with Las Vegas 3-3. The teams traded 11-2 victories in the first two contests and with the Black Sox leading the series 3-2 going into the finale they ran into a dominating Corey Kluber who limited Philly to just one hit, a Avisail Garcia home run, as the Crazy Horse prevailed by a 2-1 score and earned the draw.

March 10
The annual Baseball Today and Tomorrow, Western Division Edition can be accessed here.
It is also available on the web site under
 the Opinion Tab. The Eastern Division Edition is expected some time later in the weekend.

March 4 (Evening Report)
Brooklyn spotted Sherwood the opening game but then reeled off wins in the next five, walloping 18 home runs along the way, for a 5-1 victory to move into 2nd place in the East. Sherwood when asked about the un-chartered waters of the rebuilding program the Machine are currently taking on replied simply, "Trust the Process".

March 4
Seattle and Amsterdam played to a 3-3 draw. A reminder that next Sunday, March 11th, the Club will be unavailable for ZSABL play because of Bingo.

March 3
More Saturday action today, Philadelphia kept up their fine play as they took a 5-1 decision over Sherwood, making it three straight 5-1 victories. The Black Sox lead in the East is now 3 games.

Maine evened their record at 6-6 as the Eastern Division continued their dominance over the West with the Maui's topping Norfolk by a 5-1 count. The Neptune skipper was quoted as saying he "didn't want to pull a Memphis" by uttering a string of expletives. The High-Alert at Chiques Rock was cancelled as Norfolk went directly home after the loss.

Rochester and Hartford battled to a 3-3 split as the Hurricanes continue to struggle against a Sam Schall led ball club. They have never won a series against Rochester since Manager Schall entered the league in 2012.


March 2
San Diego entered the series win column for the first time this season with a 4-2 decision over
Amsterdam. The Bulldogs had split their first three match-ups.


March 1
The standings in the West remained unchanged as a pair of splits were recorded this evening. Norfolk and San Diego went 3-3 as did Memphis vs Billings.

February 28 (Late Report)
USMC spotted Brooklyn the opening contest and then reeled off five consecutive victories. The Met's loss places Philadelphia atop the Eastern Division.

February 28
Amsterdam cools off Hartford as they score their third straight 3-3 split.

February 25
Seattle restored a little dignity to the "holier than thou" Division by handing Las Vegas their third consecutive 4-2 loss.

February 24

  A rainy day Saturday elicited a plethora of ZSABL action. First up was Rochester taking a 4-2 decision from Las Vegas to move to within a game of the Eastern lead.

Then Philadelphia extended the "holier than thou" division's woes by dropping Memphis 5-1 and moved into a 1st place tie with Brooklyn. The Sound took the last contest to avoid the sweep. Those in attendance were shocked by the Memphis skipper's language, since they knew him as a "good Catholic boy", when he let go a series of oaths and expletives that would make a sailor blush. His sheepish response was merely "Excuse my French".

In other action, Hartford kept up their stellar play by capturing their 3rd straight 5-1 victory, this time over USMC. The last time the Hurricanes opened a season with 3 consecutive victories was 2005 when they won their first four series en-route to their LAST Championship.

Billings got on the winning side of the ledger by knocking off Las Vegas 4-2 for their first series triumph of the year. The loss dropped the Crazy Horse to .500.

 The USMC vs Amsterdam results just came in and it was a 3-3 split.

 February 23

Hartford slammed Sherwood 5-1 with the Machine taking the last contest to avoid the sweep.

February 22
Norfolk and Memphis, who ended up tied for first place in the West last season, a playoff won by the Sound, opened their season with a 3-3 split.

February 20
Las Vegas and Union Station played to a 3-3 draw. For the "holier than thou" is was a moral victory of sorts as they continue to seek their first inter-divisional series win of the year.

February 19
It was a banner day for the defending World Champs as Brooklyn defeated both Billings and San Diego by 5-1 counts. The dreaded "sweep" was averted by both the Mustang and the 76er's in the last contest. The Metropolitans now sit atop of the Eastern Division. In the "holier than thou" race the East has thrashed their competition to the tune of a +16.

February 18
Today's slate saw Rochester and Seattle split 3-3 and Hartford rolling over Seattle 5-1.

February 17
In today's action, Philadelphia and Maine opened their season with the Black Sox prevailing by a 5-1 count. The first two games went into extra innings in an otherwise "non-descript" series.
San Diego had their inaugural test versus Union Station and the 76er's were able to overcome a 3-1 deficit to salvage a 3-3 split.



February 15 (Evening Report)
Las Vegas opened their season with a 5-1 thrashing of Sherwood. The Machine skipper was quoted after the series by describing the Crazy Horse's offense as "rudely hitting a sh-t load of home runs".

February 15
The 2018 Rosters and Draft Grid are now finalized and available on the web site. Much to the chagrin of this Office some series were played before the proverbial "ink was dry" on the draft sheet.
In the future play will not be permitted until a
roster has been submitted and certified. Too many things can go wrong, improper back-ups, too few or too many players, duplicate names etc.
The standings are up to date, stats will be a
while until all the players can be added to the data base. Good luck and remember you can "roll-away" those 40's on the hitter's card but not on the unusual play chart.


February 8 (World Series Report)
The Brooklyn Metropolitans defeated the Memphis Sound in five games to claim their first ZSABL title in franchise history.
Manager Dave Turner, making his first ever appearance in the World Series, made it a successful one and will have his name engraved on the "Trophy", for Memphis skipper Ed Kachnoskie, he suffers his first loss in the title match after winning the championships twice, in 2011 and last year.
The series also had the first rain out in its 40 year history.

The opener saw strong pitching by the "Met's", as Rich Hill spun five innings, allowing just one hit before turning it over to the vaunted Brooklyn bullpen, who kept the Sound off the board en-route to a 6-0 victory.

In Game # 2, Memphis responded with a 7-3 win, high-lighted by a 3-run home run from first baseman Jose Abreu.

In the next contest the venue moved to Memphis where again the Brooklyn pitching staff stymied the Sound's bats although Brooklyn struggled offensively also until they tallied three times off of Memphis reliever Joe Blanton to take a 4-1 decision.

Game # 4 was the aforementioned rain out, Brooklyn had a 4-3 lead with one out in the bottom of the 5th before the skies opened up.

Game # 5 was devoid of hitting with the Sound limited to just three hits while the Metropolitans garnered only five but they were timely as Brooklyn came away with a 4-1 verdict.

In the finale, the "Met's" made a two-run triple by Matt Joyce in the first inning stand up as that was the only scoring in the game. Carlos Carrasco earned the win for Brooklyn and Kenley Jansen picked up the save.

Special Note:
Congratulations to Brooklyn's Dave Turner not only for his victory but also his gamesmanship.
He called this Office to report a discrepancy in the assigned pitching grades for next year.
This Office had glaringly omitted the rule change that was passed at last year's meeting that stated that pitchers who pitched in both league were assigned the grade corresponding to the league they threw the most innings for. He correctly pointed out that his Addison Reed graded an (A) for his ERA with the Red Sox had pitched more innings for the Mets thereby reducing him to a (B).
Thank you Dave and congratulations on your victory.

February 8 (Afternoon Report)
In a deal consummated just hours before the league imposed moratorium on all transactions, the Union Station Mystic Cowboys sent 1B Justin Bour to Hartford in exchange for SS Orlando Arcia.

February 8
A press release from Sherwood's
front office:
The Machine are giving long time hitting coach Nick Johnson a paid year long vacation to a Cayman Island resort, due to the skill set of current personnel. He will return in 2019. The 2018 Machine will rely on the wisdom and expertise of new hitting coach Rob Deer. "If any player doesn't take at least 2 home run swings per at bat, they wont play".

February 7 (Evening Report)
The MVP can now be announced and the winner is Khris Davis of the Pensacola Piranhas, as the "Fish" sweep the individual awards. Davis parlayed his league leading 44 home runs and 3rd best 92 RBI's to spearhead the Piranhas into the ZSABL playoffs. It is uncertain how the new ballpark in Billings will play to a power hitter such as Davis.

Here are the final results:

1)Khris Davis,Pensacola 26.5
2)Mike Trout,Rochester 15
3)Ryan Braun,Norfolk 12
4)Kris Bryant,Rochester 10.5
5)D.J.Lemahieu,Sherwood 8
6)V.Chris Carter,Seattle 4
7)Jose Altuve,San Diego 2
Charles Blackmon,Norfolk 2
Mookie Betts,Maine 2

10)Clayton Kershaw,Pensacola 1
Miguel Cabrera,Memphis 1


February 7
The Cy Young votes are in and taking the honors for the 3rd time in his career is Clayton Kershaw of the Pensacola Piranhas, soon to be the Billings Mustang. ZSABL stalwarts, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens are the only others who have captured the award three times.

Here is the complete voting results:
1)Clayton Kershaw,Pensacola 35
2)Noah Syndergaard,Sherwood 18
3)Mark Melancon,Memphis 14
4)Jon Lester,Las Vegas 13
5)Julio Teheran,Memphis 3
6)Andrew Miller,Philadelphia 1

February 6
Thanks to Billings manager George Zangari, who has altered his plans, the 2018 ZSABL Draft will be held this Saturday, February 10th @ 12:00, arrive early to settle all financial obligations, so we can get going right at noon.

February 5
The ZSABL Lottery was held this evening at the 8th Ward Club. The "Lottery Mistress" did her usual superb job of conducting the proceedings, it was sparsely attended as Seattle left prior to the festivities, leaving only Hartford, San Diego and Amsterdam to witness the event.
The League took another leap into the modern age of technology as the Club was installing a new floor in the back room leaving the dice and cards inaccessible. This was a problem as Hartford and Amsterdam were tied for a lottery spot and had arrived early to "roll off". It was quickly remedied by the Bulldog skipper who had a "dice rolling" app on his phone. Amsterdam out-rolled the
Hurricanes 23-12 to gain the
# 1 button for the draft.

Here are the results:
1)Amsterdam
2)Hartford
3)Union Station
4)Philadelphia
5)San Diego
6)Rochester
7)Seattle
8)Maine


February 4
In a ZSABL technological first, due to Maine's vehicular problems, the final regular season series of the year was played via Face Time.
The Maui's prevailed by a 3-2 score giving Amsterdam a share of the dubious honor of having the WRIB with Hartford. The Hurricanes will engage in a roll-off with the Bulldogs tomorrow night before the Lottery for the # 1 button in the Mistress's can.


February 3
The 40th ZSABL World Series is scheduled for Thursday at 4:00.

The Lottery will be held Monday around 7:00-7:15 with the "Mistress" performing her duties.

Another Block Buster was reported, Norfolk sent OF Ryan Braun and 3B-SS Manny Machado to Las Vegas for 3B Rafael Devers and OF Christian Yelich.



February 1
Unlike the Semi-Finals where both series were decided by sweeps, the Division Championships' played out to the full seven games.
In the East Brooklyn struggled offensively through the first five games, mustering only 19 hits and trailed Sherwood 3 games to 2. They came out of their funk in Game # 6, sparked by a grand-slam by J.T.Realmuto in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie and then hung on for a 8-6 victory. Their lineup finally clicked in the finale as they won going away by a 9-1 count. This will be the first World Series appearance by the 2017 manager of the Year, Dave Turner and only the second in franchise history.
In the West finals,Norfolk took the first two games before Karma intervened when the Neptunes red die rolled under the radiator and was un-retreivable.
Brooklyn then apparently added to the "bad vibes" by asking the Neptune Manager when he wanted to play the World Series. This sequence of events reversed the Sound's fortunes as they then captured the next two games to knot the series.
The Neptunes regrouped in Game # 5,taking a 4-2 decision and a 3-2 advantage in the series. The Sound responded with a five spot in the 1st inning of Game # 6 and then held on for a 5-3 win, setting up a Game # 7.
In the finale Norfolk coasted along with a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the 8th when Sound's outfielder Jorge Soler connected for a two out two run homer to knot the contest. Jose Abreu then sent Memphis to the "Big Dance" with a game winning hit in the bottom of the 11th.



January 31 (Evening Report)
Some late roster tinkering as Sherwood traded Rochester's # 5 draft pick and their # 5 pick next year to Memphis for OF Scott Schebler.

January 31
Las Vegas releases P Drew Smyly and P Matt Andriese.

January 30
Memphis severs ties with P Hector Rondon.

January 27
With the lull in ZSABL activity and corresponding to MLB's release of the top 100 prospects. This office would like to interject their opinion of the upcoming free agent draft's first round. In no particular sequence since the actual draft order has not been determined, here are the predictions:
OF Tommy Pham
OF Ronald Acuna
1B-OF Rhys Hoskins
P Alex Wood
P Parker Bridwell
P Archie Bradley
OF-Inf Chris Taylor
1B Logan Morrison
P Chad Green
P Yusmeiro Petit
P Lance Lynn
P Mike Minor
P Gio Gonzalez
P Anthony Swarzak
This office has failed miserably in the past with their prescient attempts in determining the playoff participants but occasionally they get some things correct.


January 25
The 2018 cards have been processed. You may pick up your individual team. The free agents have been assembled into envelopes, Grade A* relievers, Second basemen, Catchers etc. If you peruse these players PLEASE return them to their proper envelope. The pitching changes were hand-written on the cards. While the penmanship leaves a lot to be desired you should be able to discern the notations. If any questions arise, contact this office.

January 24
ZSABL trade activity, which has been dormant for nearly three weeks, picked up some action this evening as Sherwood sent P Sean Doolittle and their # 1 pick to Rochester in exchange for 2B Cesar Hernandez and Inf J.P. Crawford. The Rockers have now amassed four # 1's albeit only one is in the lottery.

January 22
Sweeps continue to be in vogue in the ZSABL post season as Sherwood blanked Las Vegas 4-0 to move into the Eastern Division finals against Brooklyn.
The Crazy Horse managed to score just five runs in the series.


January 21
A woman's perspective of APBA.



January 20
Sherwood dashed any Philadelphia hopes of a post season with a 4-1 victory over the Black Sox in both club's regular season finale. The Machine will now host Las Vegas in the Eastern Division Semi-Finals.
Rochester, already one of the odds on favorite to capture the East flag in 2018, ended their 2017 season with a flourish as they swept Maine 5-0.
Game # 5 saw Albert Pujols, in his probable last ZSABL at bat, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th to give the "Rock-Men" a 5-4 triumph.
The Rockers skipper Sam Schall also scored his first "meat-raffle" win as a member of the club, no doubt frustrating the Seattle Scout manager.


January 18
Some major announcements in the ZSABL this evening. In the Western Division Semi-Finals, Norfolk made short work of Pensacola by sweeping them 4-0. The Piranha's were limited to just 16 hits in the series. The Neptunes will now travel to Memphis for the "holier than thou" pennant.

The Manager of the Year voting is now complete and earning the honors for the first time is Dave Turner of the Brooklyn Metropolitans. The final voting results are as follows:
1)Dave Turner,Brooklyn 31
2)Ed Kachnoskie,Memphis 21
3)Steve Abrams,Philadelphia 13
4)George Zangari,Pensacola 11
5)Billy Groff,Norfolk 4
6)George Tarantino,Sherwood 3
7)Billy Bell,Las Vegas 1

In other "ho-hum" news, Brooklyn finished their regular season and padded their BRIB by defeating Maine 4-1.

January 16
You may now vote for Manager of the Year honors. Submit your three choices with #1 being your top pick.

January 11
Memphis notched their third straight Western Division pennant by defeating Norfolk 6-3 in their one game playoff for "holier than thou" supremacy. The Sound's Joe Ross, with only three innings left due to limits, made the start and the "Tennessean's" bullpen picked up the rest of the slack.

January 10 (Very Late Report)
Brooklyn captured the Eastern Division flag with a 4-1 win over Rochester. The Metropolitans also take home the Best Record in Baseball (BRIB). For skipper Turner it is his first pennant in his ZSABL career.

January 10 (Late Report)
Las Vegas in their final regular season series, dealt perhaps a "mortal blow" to Philadelphia's playoff hopes by reeling off a 4-1 victory. In the process the Crazy Horse secured a post season spot. The Black Sox need a sweep in their finale against Sherwood to tie the Machine for the final position in the post season. It was misreported earlier that Sherwood had clinched a playoff berth but they only clinched a tie.

January 10
Amsterdam tripped up Sherwood 3-2. Even though the Machine, who are "limping home" with five consecutive 3-2 defeats, they still clinched a post season berth.

January 7
Las Vegas reclaimed third place in the see-saw battle for the last post season berth in the East as they nipped Sherwood 3-2.

January 6
Norfolk, in the Western Division's final regular season series, defeated Seattle 4-1 to tie Memphis for the division flag. It marks the 6th time in ZSABL history that teams have tied for the top spot. It is the first since 2003 when San Diego edged out Marakesh for the pennant.
There will be a one game playoff with regular season rules in place scheduled for the first day of the three days off that are allotted to each club qualifying for the post season.


January 4 (Late Report)
Memphis came up big in their season finale with a 4-1 victory over San Diego, eliminating the 76ers from the post season. The 1st place Sound hold a 1.5 game lead over Norfolk who are slated to end their regular season on Saturday versus Seattle. The Neptunes need a sweep to snatch the Western Division flag away from the "Tennessean's". If they match Memphis's four wins from tonight there will be a one game playoff to determine the "holier than thou" champion.
The "Sixer's" end up one game short as Pensacola will be the 3rd playoff participant in the West. The Piranha's skipper is still in search of his first ZSABL title but if you qualify for the "Big Dance" you got a chance.
The old cliche "So close but so far away" described San Diego's loss in Game # 5. The 76er's were trailing 3-2 with one out and a runner on in the 9th when Chris Davis and Mike Moustakas made the final two outs, both on dice rolls of "65".

January 4
The ZSABL Trade Winds were as unpredictable as the blustery nature of the real winds currently inside the Red Rose city. Some deals were apparently consummated, reneged on and then altered with another made based on the premise that the one deal was official. Communication breakdowns were rampant. To avoid these complications, both sides must now report the trade to this Office. When the smoke finally cleared there were two deals that went down.

USMC sent C Zack Collins and OF Nick Williams to Amsterdam for C Austin Hedges and OF Kole Calhoun.
Amsterdam then swapped their # 3 pick to Las Vegas for P Chris Archer and their # 4 pick next year.


January 3 (Late Report)
Sherwood, upon further review, decided they no longer need the services of C Derek Norris and OF Trayce Thompson. In the Machine's altruistic fashion the duo were given their "walking papers" after the holiday season.

January 3

In their season finale series, Pensacola edged Hartford 3-2. The playoff implications are simple, San Diego, who is scheduled to take on Memphis tomorrow, need three wins to secure the last post season spot in the West. Two wins would force a one game playoff match with Pensacola. If the 76er's are swept or only win one game then the Piranha's would advance to the "Road to Glory" in the ZSABL.

Happy New Year

January 1
Union Station is in their usual pre-draft "trading frenzy" as they opened their New Year by sending 1B-OF Joey Gallo and their #4 pick next year to Sherwood for SS Andrelton Simmons and a #1 this year and a #1 next year which both previously had belonged to USMC.

December 31 (Evening Report)
In a deal just involving draft picks, Hartford sent their # 5 pick next year to Amsterdam in exchange for their 2018 # 7 pick and the return of the Hurricanes # 7 selection this year.

December 31 (Mid-Day Report)
New Year's Eve social life did not interfere with ZSABL action as Amsterdam edged Las Vegas 3-2 to drop the Crazy Horse into a 3rd place tie with Philadelphia for the last playoff spot in the East. The Bulldogs then engaged in a double dip by taking on the Brooklyn Metropolitans but the "Met's" clinched a post season berth by scoring a 4-1 victory. The "New Yorker's" magic number to capture the flag is down to nine.

December 31
After unsuccessfully trying to trade OF Josh Riddick to Philly for A.J.Pollock and to Hartford for Orlando Arcia, Union Station found a willing partner in San Diego as they sent Riddick to the 76er's straight up for OF Nick Williams.

December 29
Lots of excitement for the Western Division playoff picture. Memphis moved to within a half-game of Norfolk for first place by defeating Union Station 3-2 after falling behind the Cowboys 2-1. San Diego then edged the Neptunes 3-2 to throw the Sound and the "Nep's" into a deadlock for the top spot.
For USMC it marked the first team to complete their regular season schedule. The other six teams all have just one more series to play.
Norfolk will battle Seattle tomorrow while Memphis has San Diego in a date to be determined as they vie for West supremacy.
The 3rd place 76er's by virtue of their victory over Norfolk hold a one game lead over 4th place Pensacola. The Piranha's have Hartford left on the schedule while San Diego has the aforementioned Memphis Sound for their season finale.


December 27
San Diego swapped 2B Starlin Castro to Union Station for 3B Nick Castellanos.

December 25
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

December 22
Seattle knocked Pensacola out of third place in the West with a 4-1 victory over the Pirahana's, who have now dropped five straight series. San Diego currently occupies the last playoff slot in the "holier than thou" division by a half-game over the "Fish".

December 21
Sherwood traded P Chad Kuhl to Amsterdam for SS Jose Iglesias.

December 19 (Late Report)
Most of you will not remember the 1950's TV series, The Life of Riley, starring William Bendix as Chester A.Riley. His signature phrase was "What a revoltin' development this is". That's what happened in the ZSABL this evening as Memphis swept Pensacola 5-0 to throw the post season picture into disarray.
Precarious one game leads are now held by the Western Division leading Norfolk Neptunes over 2nd place Memphis and the 3rd place Piranha's, who hold onto the same slim margin over 4th place San Diego.



December 19 (Afternoon Report)
In order to create room for their usual plethora of relief pitchers in the upcoming draft, the Seattle Scouts jettisoned the following players off their roster;
OF Angel Pagan
C Dioner Navarro
Inf Adam Rosales
1B V.Chris Carter
P Rick Nolasco
P Jason Hammel
P Francisco Rodriguez and
P Clayton Richard.


December 19
Sherwood traded OF Bret Gardner to Rochester for their # 5 draft pick.

December 18
Another big deal went down, Sherwood shipped 1B Carlos Santana, Inf Tim Beckham, P Richard Bleier and their # 2 draft pick next year to Union Station for their # 1 pick, their # 1 pick next year, SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Steve Piscotty.

December 14 (Late Report)
Union Station dealt a blow to San Diego's playoff aspirations by taking their fourth consecutive 3-2 decision. The 4th place 76er's now trail the 3rd place Pensacola Piranha's by 3.5 games.

December 14
Brooklyn added to the league's unemployed ranks by non-tendering the following pitchers; Tony Barnette, Zach Wheeler, Alec Asher, Matt Belisle and the late Jose Fernandez.

December 13 (Late Report)
As requested, roster purging continues as Philadelphia says adios to C Carlos Ruiz and 3B Martin Prado and
annyeonghi gaseyo to OF Hyun Soo Kim.

December 13
The Norfolk Neptunes severed ties with the following players:
OF Jarrod Dyson
1B A.J.Reed
P Jose Alvarez
P Ty Blach
P Tyler Anderson
 and
P Luke Gregorson.


December 12 (Late Report)
Rochester bid adieu to long time Rocker first-sacker,Albert Pujols, by giving him his unconditional release. There are still some teams who have not pared their rosters of players they are going to cut. You may be on the "fence" of certain guys but players who have retired, gone over-seas, or just have terrible cards, it would make the process a whole lot easier if you release for example a D-W now instead of draft day so they don't have to be searched for and then added to your club. It would also help facilitate the assembly of rosters on the web site, post draft.

December 12
We have progressed enough in our season for trades to be reported here in the League Notes. In a block-buster, Union Station shipped recently acquired 1B Joey Votto and 2B Neil Walker to Rochester for OF Andrew McCutchen, 1B Justin Bour and Japanese sensation P-DH Shohei Ohtani.

December 5
Two series were played this evening, one in each division with both ending up in 3-2 decisions. In the East Maine topped Sherwood, dropping the 2nd place Machine to three games behind the 1st place Brooklyn Metropolitans.
Western Division action saw USMC take their 3rd straight series victory with a triumph over the "holier than thou" leading Norfolk Neptunes. The "'Nep's" still have a 3.5 game lead over 2nd place Memphis.


November 30
The 2018 rosters have been updated to reflect speed and defense, pending any APBA corrections.

November 25
Some more action today with Philadelphia playing a double-dip. In their first series they got trampled by Brooklyn 4-1 to give the Metropolitans a 2.5 game lead in the East. They rebounded in the nite-cap by defeating Rochester 3-2. The 4th place "Sox" trail Las Vegas by a half-game for the last post season berth.
In their penultimate series of the season, Hartford topped Seattle 4-1, losing only the finale, despite their success today the Hurricanes remain in last place in the West.


November 24
Memphis disposed of Hartford by a 4-1 count. The Sound are four games off the pace in the West with 15 games left.

November 21
Two series were played today, one in each division. In the East, 4th place Las Vegas pulled to within a half-game of the last playoff slot by topping Maine 3-2.
In the "holier than thou", Norfolk overcame a 2-1 deficit to drop Hartford by the same 3-2 score. The Neptunes pounded out fourteen home runs including six in one game.


November 19
Maine captured the first three contests over Philly but the Black Sox came back to take the last two games. The 3rd place "Sox" lead over 4th place Las Vegas has now dwindled to one game.

November 15
Amsterdam knocked off Rochester 3-2 to send the Rockers into the cellar in the East.

November 12
A minor APBA-Mania broke out today. There were three series played, in the opener Sherwood failed to make in-roads into Brooklyn's lead in the East as they fell to Rochester 3-2. The Rocker's Andrew McCutchen blasted a pair of grand slams in the match-up. The Machine now trail the Metropolitans by a full game.
In the middle contest,USMC topped Pensacola, handing the Piranha's their fourth consecutive 3-2 loss. The "Fish" have now seen their once comfortable lead for the last playoff spot in the West dwindle to 2.5 games.
The final series of the evening was between San Diego and Seattle. The 76er's bid to cut into Pensy's lead for 3rd place was derailed by the Scouts who came away with a 3-2 victory, leaving the "Sixer's" three games out of the last post season berth.


November 9
Norfolk took a 3-2 decision over Pensacola to up their lead in the West to five games. With the Neptunes successful season thus far, there has been a paucity of Chiques Rock threats.

November 6
Las Vegas ended their three series losing streak by edging Brooklyn 3-2. The loss trimmed the Metropolitans lead in the East to just a half-game over 2nd place Sherwood. The 4th place Crazy Horse trail Philadelphia by a game and a half for the final playoff berth in the division.

October 31
In the battle for Eastern Division supremacy, Sherwood and Brooklyn who were tied for 1st place, squared off this evening to start their Section Three part of the schedule.
The Metropolitans emerged victorious by a 3-2 score, ending the Machine's four series winning streak.


October 29
Seattle dispatched Memphis 3-2, dropping the 2nd place Sound 4.5 games behind the Western Division leading Norfolk Neptunes.

October 24
Section Two of the season was concluded this evening with Sherwood earning a 3-2 decision over Maine. For the Machine it was their 4th straight victory and it tied them with Brooklyn for the top spot in the East. The Maui's took the first two contests before Sherwood stormed back to take the last three games.

October 22
Third place Philadelphia trimmed Amsterdam 3-2 to open up a two game lead over 4th place Las Vegas in the Eastern Division race to "playoff glory".

October 19
San Diego exploded for 42 runs, 62 hits and 21 walks en-route to a 4-1 thrashing of Hartford. The 76er's are now 3.5 games behind Pensacola for the last playoff spot in the West while Hartford drops back down to the basement, tied with Union Station. Frustration with the umpiring led to two Hurricane hurlers being ejected. A small consolation for the "Canes" was David Ortiz twice spoiling shutout bids with solo homers to account for the only Hartford tallies in those contests.

October 18
Thursday nights match-up between San Diego and Hartford will feature a special guest appearance by two of the ZSABL's original members.
John Valori of the Baton Rouge Bombers and Dave Buller of the Dallas Texans will be in attendance at the 6:30 battle between these two current also-rans. It will also re-unite the "Triumvirate" for the
first time in ages in an APBA setting. A "Boothian-Split" would be the fitting result.


October 16
The Western Division leading Norfolk Neptunes overcame a 2-1 deficit to squeak out a victory over the second place Memphis Sound by a 3-2 count. The "Nep's" now enjoy a four game lead over the "Tennessean's".

October 14
A couple of Section Three match-ups today, one in each division. In the East, Rochester handed Las Vegas their third consecutive loss to drop the 4th place Crazy Horse a game and a half behind Philly for the last playoff spot in the division.
In the "holier than thou", USMC got by Seattle 3-2 with the last three contests all decided in extra innings.

October 12
Hartford broke out of the cellar in the West moving up to 5th place with a 5-0 sweep over Union Station. The Hurricanes Orlando Arcia homered on the first pitch he saw in the ZSABL, reminiscent of long time "Cane" shortstop, Rafael Furcal, who duplicated the feat in 2001.

October 10
Section three of the schedule got underway this evening as San Diego knocked off Pensacola 3-2. The 76er's viewed the win as a Pyrrhic Victory as they had hoped to make some inroads into the 3rd place Piranha's lead, which now sits at five games, over San Diego with 25 left to play. It's still doable but not having anymore head to head match-ups make it a daunting task.

October 9
The West finished Section Two of the schedule as Hartford surprised Norfolk with a 3-2 victory. The Neptunes enter the final part of the slate with a three game lead over 2nd place Memphis. The "Nep's", not exactly ebullient, never the less uttered no Chique Rock threats as they seemed content with the "Boothian Split".

October 8
Memphis cut into Norfolk's lead in the West by defeating Seattle 3-2, ending the Scouts modest three series winning streak. The Sound trail the Neptunes by 3.5 games.
Tomorrow's match-up between Norfolk and Hartford will conclude Section Two of the schedule for the "holier than thou" division.
A pair of caveats for the league:
1)The 2018 pitching grades include possible split-grade hurlers. APBA, when the cards come out, are the definitive source of who gets the split-grades. We have rules in place to address this.
2)Section Three is NOT a Wild Cat schedule.


October 4 (Late Report)
Sherwood made it a race in the East with a 5-0 whitewash of Rochester. The Machine skipper was quoted as saying "I rolled incredibly" as his charges pulled to just a half-game behind the division leading Brooklyn Metropolitans. There remains only one more series, a Sherwood-Maine match-up, for the East to complete Section Two of the schedule.

 October 4

Union Station nipped Pensacola 3-2. Despite the loss, the 3rd place Piranha's maintain a comfortable six game lead over 4th place San Diego.


October 3
The 2018 rosters have been updated to reflect pitching grades, control ratings, games played by position and OPS. PLEASE examine your team to check for any mistakes, it was a lot of manual data entries. If you wish to release any players feel free to do so.

October 1

This from the office of the Crazy Horse's skipper,Billy Bell,"Las Vegas is gonna be in rebuild mode. all players are on the block. make serious offers only".
Feel free to make any roster cuts to facilitate the sorting of cards and the data entry of final statistics.


September 30
Amsterdam and Las Vegas completed Section Two of the schedule today with the Bulldogs coming out on top with a 3-2 victory. The loss dropped the 4th place Crazy Horse one game behind Philly for the last post season berth in the East.

September 25
Norfolk, on a 15-5 run with their fourth straight series victory, opened up a four game lead in the West as they blanked Union Station 5-0.

September 19
Sherwood knocked Las Vegas into fourth place as they snapped the Crazy Horse's four series winning streak by defeating the "Nevadians" 3-2. The 2nd place Machine are three games behind the Eastern Division leading Brooklyn Metropolitans.

September 18
Two more series today, again one in each division. In the East, Philadelphia completed Section Two with a 3-2 victory over Maine. The win pulled the Black Sox into a 3rd place tie with Las Vegas.
In the West, Memphis hung a 3-2 decision over the hapless Hartford Hurricanes and moved to within one and a half games of the "holier than thou" lead.


September 17
A couple of series today, one in each division. In the East, Sherwood took a 4-1 victory over Amsterdam, the highlight was a 2-1 Machine win with the "best player in baseball", Russell Martin blasting two solo home runs, the last one with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
The "holier than thou" division saw Seattle capture
their 3rd straight series with a 3-2 triumph over San Diego. The 76er's now join Brooklyn as the only teams to complete Section Two of the schedule.

September 14
Pensacola rolled over Memphis 4-1 to tighten up the Western Division playoff race. The 3rd place Piranha's are now  3 1/2 games out of first and trail the 2nd place Sound by 1 1/2.

September 5
Rochester spotted Maine the first two contests then came back to win the last three to escape the confines of the Eastern Division basement.

September 3 (Afternoon Report)
Lots of Eastern Division action today. Philly dropped the opener but came back to defeat Sherwood 3-2. The Machine have now lost three in a row and are tied with Las Vegas for the runner-up spot, five games behind Brooklyn. The 4th place Black Sox trail the pair by just a half-game.
Maine took on a double-dip and rolled over Amsterdam 4-1 in the opener and then handed Brooklyn their 2nd consecutive loss by a 3-2 score. The Metropolitans have now completed Section Two of the schedule.


September 3
In action from yesterday, both series ended up 3-2. In the big match-up, Philly and Las Vegas in a flat-footed tie for 3rd in the East squared off. They traded a pair of 3-2 decisions in the first two games before the Black Sox captured a 11-6 victory in Game # 3. The Crazy Horse eked out a 2-1 win in Game # 4 to even the series. The finale saw Freddie Freeman knock in six runs as "Vegas" took over 3rd place with a 9-1 triumph.
The other series played involved two also-rans in Seattle and Hartford. The Scouts took the first three contests, two by a 4-3 score and the other on a Curtis Granderson 3-run 12th inning bomb for a 6-3 win. The "Canes" Josh Tomlin hurled a complete game victory in Game # 4, losing his shutout bid in
the 9th inning as Hartford prevailed 3-1. The finale saw the Hurricanes come out on top of a 9-5 contest.
Both managers proved to be prescient in the same inning in Game # 3. With the Scouts batting with one out and a man on first, the Hartford skipper pointed his finger and confidently predicted a 23-12 which the Scouts promptly rolled for an inning DP.
In the bottom half of the stanza the Hurricanes got a one out double and Seattle's manager called time to query if a dice roll of 12-25 would be a DP since they made some defensive changes to get to Fielding 1-1. Receiving the affirmative on their question, the "Canes' of course immediately rolled the 12-25 to end the inning.

August 31
The command of the Western Division changed hands yet again as Norfolk dispatched Pensacola by a 4-1 count to take over first place. The Neptunes now hold a half-game lead over 2nd place Memphis.
As been the case for the last few weeks, any mention of Chiques Rock has not been entered in any dialogue from the "Nep's" skipper.


August 29
Las Vegas finally cooled off Brooklyn as they came away with a 3-2 triumph. The Crazy Horse have now tied Philadelphia for the third playoff slot in the East. The Brooklyn Manager was quoted after the series as he lamented, "The run is over". Despite the loss, the first place Metropolitans still enjoy a comfortable five game lead.

August 28
Union Station trimmed San Diego 3-2. The 4th place 76er's trail Pensacola by six games in the race for the last post season berth in the West.

August 27
The Metropolitans keep rolling along as they captured their third straight series with a 4-1 win over Sherwood and then followed that up with a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam.

August 26
Brooklyn increased their lead in the East to two games as they took a 4-1 decision from Philadelphia. The 3rd place Black Sox now cling to a precarious half-game lead over Las Vegas for the final playoff slot in the division.

August 25
Las Vegas nipped Maine by a 3-2 score in late afternoon action. The 4th place Crazy Horse are 3 1/2 games out of first but trail 3rd place Philadelphia for the last post-season berth in the East by just two games.

August 24
San Diego ended Hartford's modest two series winning streak by stopping the Hurricanes 3-2. Two
complete game shutouts high-lighted the match-up, Mike Fiers scattered seven hits in blanking the "Cane's" in Game # 2 as the "Sixer's" eked out a 1-0 victory. Hartford's Josh Tomlin returned the favor in Game # 4 as he spun a two hit, no walk masterpiece en-route to a 5-0 win.

August 23
In an important Eastern Division series scheduled for this Saturday between the 3rd place Philadelphia Black Sox and the 4th place Las Vegas Crazy Horse, the "Crazy One's" skipper informs the league that "seats are going fast".

August 22
In late action from yesterday, Brooklyn surged to the top of the Eastern Division with a 4-1 victory over Rochester. The Metropolitans, who have the BRIB, have a half-game lead over 2nd place Sherwood.


August 19
Seattle snapped a three series losing streak by stopping Union Station with a 3-2 victory.

August 15
Pensacola got the broom out and swept Seattle 5-0 to move to within three games of the Western Division lead.

August 13
In Easten Division action, Amsterdam edged Rochester 3-2 to extend the "New-Yorkers" losing streak to four.
The Rockers woes continued when they engaged in a double-dip with Philadelphia as the surprising Black Sox swept them 5-0 to send the "Rock-Men" tumbling into the Eastern basement. The Sox hit .346 for the series and in the process tied Brooklyn for the runner-up spot. It is a real dog fight for Eastern supremacy with Sherwood leading by a scant one game over the tandem of Philly and the "'Met's".

August 12
Las Vegas tied Philadelphia for the third playoff spot in the East with a 4-1 victory over Rochester. The Rockers have now lost three straight and five out of their last six series.

August 11
Norfolk cut Memphis's lead in the West to a single digit as they topped San Diego 3-2, despite being blanked in games # 3 and # 5.

August 7
The Western Division leader keeps flip-flopping as the Memphis Sound regain control of first place by blasting Union Station 4-1. The "Tennesseans" lead 2nd place Norfolk by a game and a half.

August 6
Philadelphia defeated Amsterdam 3-2. The 3rd place Black Sox are 3 1/2 games out of first. The "Sox" tallied five times in the bottom of the first in the opener and then in the finale they plated four in the bottom of te ninth on a David Dahl walk off grand slam. In between the two crooked number frames they managed just four runs.

August 4
Hartford made it two in a row by edging Pensacola 3-2. The Hurricanes slugged eleven homers to take a 3-0 lead in the series but the offense was stymied in the final two games of the match-up. The loss trimmed the Piranha's lead for the last playoff slot in the West to three game.

August 2
The West now has co-leaders atop the standings board as Memphis was sunk 4-1 by the San Diego 76er's. Three of the contests were decided in extra innings. With the victory, the 4th place 76er's are  now back in contention for the post season as they  trail 3rd place Pensacola by 3.5 games.

August 1
Norfolk snapped their three series losing streak by outlasting, what the Neptune skipper described as a " Pabst Blue Ribbon inspired" Seattle Scout ball club, by a 3-2 score. The second place "Nep's" are now 1.5 games behind the Western Division leading Memphis Sound.

July 28
Where are they now ?
John Valori, original member of the ZSABL, and former manager of the Baton Rouge Bombers, now the Norfolk Neptune franchise, made an impromptu call to this office today. I have had no contact with John for years so our conversation lasted for 3 1/2 hours. He has no desire to renew his APBA playing, he is content with his retirement from the teaching profession and bides his time with a season pass to all Sunday Philadelphia Phillie games and selling merchandise for the Irish Band, "Down by the Glenside" during their gigs.

July 25
Action in the West this evening. There is a new leader atop the "holier than thou" Division. Memphis is now the "top dog" as they handed Norfolk their 3rd straight defeat by a score of 4-1. The Neptunes are 3-14 during this losing skein.
In another match-up, San Diego took a 2-1 lead early over Pensacola but faltered late to give the Piranhas a 3-2 decision. The "Fish" remain a viable playoff entrant as they are in 3rd place,five games off the pace.


July 23
Section One of the schedule is now complete as Amsterdam and Las Vegas split 3-3.

July 22
Friend of the ZSABL, John Heiselman, long rumored to take over a league franchise, entered the Lancaster World Series Tournament, held at the Hempfield fire hall in Landisville, opting to play with the 1959 San Francisco Giants.
John got to the finals but lost to the 2016 Baltimore Orioles to finish in second place. A current member of the league, Amsterdam's Carl Swift was another participant but his entry of the 1968 St.Louis Cardinals fared poorly as they went 2-6.
Th Bulldog skipper said there was at least 30 managers, some from as far away as West Virginia and Baltimore. There was even a family who entered, a husband,wife and son. Carl suggests perhaps the ZSABL should look into hosting a similar tourny.


July 20
Philadelpia and San Diego split 3-3 in a series described by the Black Sox skipper as "nondescript", although Matt Carpenter and Chris Davis each blasted four home runs for the 76er's.
With the draw, Philly stays in 3rd place in the East, four games off the pace. There remains just one more series to complete Section One of the schedule, Amsterdam vs Las Vegas, and that will be played Sunday morning.

July 12
Sad news today in the ZSABL. Scott Fisher, long time manager of the Pensacola Piranha's, has passed away after a two year battle with cancer. Scott was known for his eccentric trading habits, although he produced an impressive ZSABL resume in his 15 year career.
He was a member of the thousand win club, won six pennants, three times he had the Best Record in Baseball and in 2004 he won the Championship en-route to being voted the Manager of the Year. His
colloquialisms and mispronunciations of players names were legendary but he was a valuable
addition to the league with his enthusiasm for APBA. The league extends their condolences to his wife Cindy, his children and his brother Bobby, another ZSABL former manager. He will be greatly missed.


July 10
Lady Luck smiled on a former ZSABL'er yesterday. Citizens Bank Park runs a 50-50 raffle at Philadelphia Phillie home games. The winner was the former Manager of the Baton Rouge Bombers, John Valori. The "Vet" as John was known during his tenure in the league, was an original member, with his career spanning from 1978 to 1993. He won the ZSABL Championship in 1985. His winning prize totaled over 8 thousand bucks prior to taxes.

July 8
Philly took the opener and then traded victories with Memphis the rest of the way to earn a 3-3 split. The Sound has now completed Section One of the schedule.

June 29
Brooklyn became the fourth team in the East to finish Section One of the schedule as they split 3-3 with Philadelphia.

June 27 (Evening Report)
Two more teams completed Section One of the schedule as Maine topped Sherwood by a 4-2 score.  The loss trimmed the Machine's lead in the East to one game over Brooklyn.

June 27
For those who use it, Kilg.us is now up and running again.

June 25
In Eastern Division action yesterday, Amsterdam cooled off Brooklyn with a 4-2 victory, dropping the Met's two games behind first place Sherwood. In another match-up, the Machine was unable to increase their lead in the East's top spot as they managed only a 3-3 split with Las Vegas.

June 17 (Mid-Day Report)
Two teams trending in opposite directions met in morning action today.
Brooklyn continued their recent red-hot play by blasting Norfolk 5-1. It was the Metropolitans third straight 5-1 decision and pulled them to within one game of the Eastern Division lead. The "Met's" pulled out four victories in their last at bat.
The Neptunes could only salvage a win in Game # 3 as their lead in the West has shrunk to a single digit.
For the first time since 2010, the East has prevailed in the "holier than thou" competition.


June 17
Former ZSABL GM/Manager Ted Knorr of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, will be at Clipper Stadium,June 22nd, with his annual Negro League Exhibit. Game time is 6:30, a host of past and current managers/friends of the league have been invited and are expected to attend.

June 16
Two more teams completed Section One of the schedule, although both came out on the short end of 4-2 scores. The Piranha's entered Section two after dropping a decision to Memphis.
The victory pushed the 2nd place Sound to three
games behind the Western Division leading Norfolk Neptunes.

The Rockers became the first Eastern Division club to finish Section One as they lost 4-2 to Maine.

June 13
Brooklyn battered Pensacola to the tune of 5-1, propelling the Metropolitans into 2nd place in the East, three games off the pace. The "Met's" who are on an impressive 21-9 run, all but insured their division's lead in the "holier than thou" race, as they now enjoy a +16 advantage over the West with just 18 contests remaining.

June 6
San Diego got past Maine by a 4-2 score to move into 4th place in the West. A highlight was the 76er's Erving Santana who surrendered a lead off hit to the Maui's Mookie Betts and then held them hit-less the rest of the way.

June 4
Brooklyn re-claimed their share of 2nd place in the East with a 5-1 verdict over Seattle. The "Met's" and Philly are now tied for the runner-up spot. The Scouts have completed Section One of the schedule, joining USMC and Hartford, in Section Two action.


June 3
A pair of blow-outs were featured in today's matinee action. Philadelphia took over 2nd place in the East by snapping Norfolk's five series winning streak by a 5-1 count. According to the Black Sox skipper, the Neptunes mumbling after the match-up was indiscernible as to what route they were taking back home.
In other action, Pensacola, by the same 5-1 score, dispatched Amsterdam to tie Memphis for 2nd place in the West.

May 30
Brooklyn bunched up the Eastern Division playoff picture by defeating Las Vegas 4-2. The Metropolitans and Philadelphia are now tied for 3rd place with the 2nd place Crazy Horse just one game ahead of them.

May 24 (Late Report)
Section Two of the schedule kicked off with Hartford winning their first series of the year by defeating USMC 4-1. The Cowboys took the finale to avert the sweep.

May 24
In a late report that was lost somewhere in Cyber-Space, Maine and Brooklyn split 3-3.

May 22
USMC became the 2nd team to complete Section One of the schedule as they split with San Diego 3-3.

May 16
Las Vegas ran their unbeaten series streak to eight with a 4-2 victory over Maine. The Crazy Horse are five games off the pace.

May 13
Norfolk won for the 5th time in a row as they topped Union Station by a 4-2 score.

May 8
Philadelphia spotted Rochester the victory in the opener before spinning off five consecutive triumphs. The Black Sox move into sole possession of third place in the East, seven games off the pace and just one game out of second.

May 6
Hartford's supposedly vaunted offense showed signs of life but the results were still the same as they fell to Seattle by a 4-2 count. The Hurricanes won the first two games but then dropped four straight. The "Canes" have now finished the first Section of the schedule.

May 3
Hartford nearly won their first series of the year this evening against Memphis. The Hurricanes dropped the first two contests; then reeled off three straight wins but it was not to be as the Sound prevailed in the finale to earn a 3-3 split.

May 2
Pensacola and Union Station played to a 3-3 draw. A high-light of the series was in Game # 5, a Mystical Cowboy 7-6 victory, that saw the Piranha's manage just six hits but five of them "left the yard".

April 30
Seattle rallied to take the last two games to earn a 3-3 split with San Diego.

April 29
Pensacola defeated Philadelphia 4-2 in a series the Black Sox skipper said "there was nothing extraordinary to report". The 3rd place Piranha's, in their lame duck season in Pensacola, are now seven games off the pace. The "Sox" drop to the .500 mark and 5th place in the East.

April 25
In mid-day action, Rochester topped Amsterdam by a 4-2 score. The Rockers have now forged a three way tie for 3rd place in the East with Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

April 24
Norfolk crushed the hapless Hartford Hurricanes by a 5-1 count. It was the "Canes", who have not won a series all year, 4th consecutive loss.
The Neptunes, with the win, tied Sherwood for the BRIB and extended their lead in the West to five games. Hartford resorted to using the APBA teeny-tiny original dice in an effort to snap out of the doldrums but it was to no avail. Despising driving at night, the Hurricane manager resisted the urge to ask the Norfolk skipper for directions to Chiques Rock.


April 20 (Late Report)
Norfolk upped their lead in the West to three games with a 4-2 decision over Pensacola.  The grass roots movement to keep the Piranha's in Pensacola appears to be losing steam as the the stadium was sparsely crowded for tonight's series. Unconfirmed sources say that Billings Mustangs merchandisers are reporting "brisk sales" as the state of Montana eagerly awaits their first ZSABL franchise.

April 20
In action last evening, Sherwood won for the fourth straight time as they defeated Memphis 5-1. The loss knocked the Sound out of a first place tie with Norfolk, snapping their three series winning streak, dropping them two games off the pace. The Machine's triumph extended the Eastern Division dominance to a +12 over the "holier than thou".

April 16
Sherwood continued to add to their lead in the East with a 4-2 victory over Rochester. The win increased the Machine's lead to four games. The loss dropped the Rockers to 5th place as their record falls back to the .500 plateau.

April 15
Amsterdam handed Seattle their 4th straight defeat by blasting them 5-1. The loss dropped the Scouts into 6th place in the West.

April 14
Hartford continues to struggle as they fall to San Diego by a 4-2 count.

April 9

Sherwood increased their lead in the East to 3 games with a 4-2 victory over Seattle.

April 8

In early action again this morning, Philadelphia and Maine split 3-3. Although the pace has slackened some what, we still are playing at a very good clip. The nice weather will soon be upon us and conversely APBA will take a back burner to other activities. We are on a July 19th pace to finish the regular season, that will never happen but keep "rolling" when you get a chance.

April 7
Some early morning action in the ZSABL today. Sherwood walloped Amsterdam 5-1 to take sole possession of first place in the East, two games ahead of Las Vegas. In the West, Norfolk used two walk-off victories to top San Diego 4-2 and tie Memphis for the Western Division lead.

April 1
Three matinee series were on the ZSABL slate today. Maine and Amsterdam
tied at the bottom of the Eastern Division stayed the status quo as they split 3-3. Carlos E. Martinez threw a 4-hit shutout for the Bulldogs in Game # 2 and the Maui's Danny Duffy answered back with a 3-hit whitewash in Game # 3. The finale saw four Amsterdam hurlers combine to take a 1-0 victory to get the draw.
In other action, the suddenly upstart Philadelphia Black Sox, on a 15-9 run over their last four series, used three walk-offs en-route to a 5-1 win over Seattle. Two of those times, Robbie Grossman was the hero with home runs, one in the bottom of the tenth in Game # 1, a 2-run shot to break a 2-2 tie. The other clutch performance came in the bottom of the 14th of a scoreless contest for a 1-0 "Sox" triumph.The Scouts captured the finale to avoid the sweep. They also endured a 23 inning drought without scoring a run.In what Philadelphia skipper Stevie Abrams billed as the "Fox Game of the Day", Norfolk defeated Sherwood 4-2. There was nary a whisper of a Chiques Rock run with the Neptunes taking the first three games. When Sherwood cut the deficit to 3-2 with back to back wins, first responders were put on alert but Norfolk prevailed in the finale by a 10-8 count. The ramifications of today's action jumbled the Eastern Division playoff race. After the smoke cleared the Machine and Las Vegas now sit tied at the top with Brooklyn,Rochester and Philadelphia next, all just two games out.In the West, Norfolk's victory puts them one game off the pace behind Memphis.


March 31
Hartford continued their march to the 2018 # 1 overall pick as they fell to Brooklyn by a 4-2 score. The specious prediction that the Hurricane's offense would lead them to the promised land of post-season play appears to be ostensibly incorrect. With the victory, the Metropolitan tie Rochester for 3rd place in the East and it evens up the "holier than thou" race.
March 25 (Afternoon Report)
Las Vegas stymied the Philadelphia lineup by tossing three shutouts en-route to a 4-2 victory. The Crazy Horse are now just one game off the pace in the East. The loss snapped a modest two series winning streak by the Black Sox.

March 25
Memphis padded their lead in the West to two games with a 4-2 victory over Seattle. The loss dropped the Scouts down to the .500 mark.

March 21
Philadelphia extended Hartford's misery by dealing them a 4-2 defeat. The series saw four shutouts being thrown, two by each team. Miguel Gonzalez and Josh Tomlin went the route for the Hurricane white washes while the "Sox" Chris Tillman was on the hill for Philly's pair
although he needed bullpen help in both efforts.

March 19 (Early Evening Report)
Pensacola and Las Vegas split 3-3.

March 19
Memphis steam-rolled over Maine 5-1 to take command of first place in the West by one game over Norfolk.

March 17
San Diego got un-tracked, winning their first series of the year by blasting Amsterdam 5-1. The 76er's, with the victory, escape the confines of the Western Division basement, plunging Hartford into the abyss. It also evened up the "holier than thou" race.

March 16
Memphis climbed into 2nd place in the West by defeating Rochester 4-2. The Sound trail the division leading Norfolk Neptunes by just one game.
With the loss the Rockers drop into 3rd place in the East, three games off the pace.

March 13
Rochester used some
9th inning magic to split with San Diego 3-3. In the opener the Rockers tallied a tie breaking run in the bottom of the 9th to earn a 4-3 victory. In the finale the 76er's took a slim 1-0 lead into the final stanza but Adam Jones knotted the game at 1-1 with a solo blast and then Aledmys Diaz ended the contest with a two-run blast off of "Sixer" closer Adam Ottavino for the win.

March 12
In an offensive laden series, featuring 25 home runs, Union Station and Seattle split 3 games apiece. With the match-up deadlocked at 2-2, the Cowboys took a 7-0 lead into the top of the 9th. The Scouts proved you can never underestimate the power of the Pabst can as Donaldson rolled a 66-1, followed by Cruz with a 11-1, then Duvall with another 66-1 and finally Carter with a 11-1 making it a 7-4 ball game. There was then an out and then a walk and then another out before Adam Rosales strode to the plate in a pinch-hitting role and got a 22-5 for the Scout's fifth long ball of the inning cutting the lead to 7-6. By this time the PBR can began getting warm and losing it's potency as USMC's Jeremy Jeffress finally closed out the victory by getting the last out. The Scout's Rick Nolasco scattered 8 hits in the finale to earn a complete game shutout and a split in the series.

March 11
Seattle cooled off Pensacola 5-1 as the Piranha's drop into a second place tie in the West with Memphis who battled Amsterdam to a 3-3 split.
Disgusted with their performance the Pensy "Faithful" were heard chanting "Piranha,Piranha go to Montana" as they exited the stadium.
In other action, Las Vegas tied Rochester for the runner-up spot in the East with a 4-2 victory over Norfolk. An official from the Neptune camp, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media said, "The Norfolk manager has shown remarkable restraint by going directly home after the loss without a detour to the Columbia-Marietta area because they are cogent of the fact that it is a long season and this is merely a bump in the road"

March 10
Union Station and Amsterdam ended up in a 3-3 split.

March 9
The annual Baseball Today and Tomorrow
, Eastern Division Edition, has been released. You can view it here or go to the Opinion Tab on the web site.

March 8
The ZSABL continues to roll games at an incredible pace. This evening Las Vegas and Memphis split 3-3. We have completed 22.98% of the regular season schedule and are on target to conclude the year on May 26th. Of course this will not happen but we do have a "leg up" on our normal time-line and perhaps we could finish before the end of the calendar year thus earning a little break before we delve into 2018.

March 7
Hartford up three games to one; again failed to register their first series win of the year as the Crazy Horse rallied to earn a split 3-3. The Hurricanes have still never defeated a Billy Bell led squad in a series. The "Canes" did manage to record their first "save" of the season however. The frustration of the thus far disappointing start for the Hartford franchise manifested itself in the finale when Daniel Murphy twice in extra innings was induced to bounce into a double play with one out and the bases loaded in their eventual 13 inning loss.
The Hurricanes, not strong in the navigational department, were curiously interested in whatever
soothing or healing powers that Chique's Rock offers. They know that Norfolk finds so much solace there but since they have not driven by themselves outside of Lancaster city in the last 25 years they have no idea on how to arrive at that destination.


March 6
Norfolk once again claims ownership of the top spot in the West with a 5-1 victory over Maine. The Neptunes are 15-3 in their last three series and have confidently cancelled all their remaining therapy sessions with Sport Psychologist Karlene Sugarman,M.A.
In other action,Memphis held on to third place in the "holier than thou" division by defeating San Diego 4-2, the Sound are three games out.


March 5
APBA mania broke out again today as five series were rolled off. Philly defeated Sherwood in the opener 4-2. The Machine did capture an 11 inning affair in Game # 4 when they broke through in the top of the inning to take a 6-4 lead and then Mother Nature stepped in to wash the game out giving Sherwood the victory according to ZSABL rules.

The finale went 20 innings and with the Machine's critical inning situation, they contemplated walking four consecutive batters to end the marathon thus saving their valuable relievers. Always a master of deductive reasoning, Sherwood's skipper thought one loss would not matter "in the grand scheme of things" but they resisted the urge before the Black Sox finally won the contest in an orthodox manner. Next up was Rochester and Seattle. The control-less Scouts surrendered 31 walks as they fell to the Rockers 4-2. Ivan Nova and Jeremy Hellickson had complete game shutouts for the "Rock-Men".Pensacola re-took first place in the West with a 5-1 decision over Hartford. Three of the Piranha wins were by a single digit. Game # 2 saw Yangervis Solarte jack a two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to overcome a 5-4 Hurricane lead and give the "Fish" a 6-5 victory.The "Cane's" engaged in a double dip as they took on the Maine Maui's and quickly fell behind in the series 3-0. A pair of narrow wins including a clutch two out double by Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 5-4 victory in Game # 5 closed the gap. Hartford's closer Matt Bush earned the win in both of these games, ironic because Hartford has n
ot been credited with a save thus far this season. He did not get a chance in the finale as the Hurricanes Jeff Samardzija went the route in a 2-1 "Cane" win to get the split. Maine also did the double header thing as they took on USMC and that too ended up 3-3 with details forthcoming.

March 3
A pair of routs were featured in early morning action at the Club. Sherwood increased their lead in the East to four games as they man-handled San Diego to the tune of 5-1. The Machine skipper borrowed a description of the series from the rock group Foreigner as he said the 76er's dice were "As Cold as Ice".
Norfolk took over the top spot in the West with a 5-1 decision over Amsterdam as the Bulldogs salvaged a victory in the finale to avoid the ignominy of a sweep. The Neptunes were quoted after the series that those clandestine trips to Chique's Rock are now a "distant memory".

March 2
The much anticipated Baseball, Today and Tomorrow (BT&T), Western Division Edition, has been released by the Memphis Press International, LLC. You can access it here or go to the Opinion tab on the web site.

March 1
Memphis rolled over USMC 5-1 to tie Norfolk for 2nd place in the West. The Mystic Cowboys have now suffered back to back 5-1 losses.

February 28
Las Vegas and San Diego played to a 3-3 draw while Norfolk blitzed Seattle 5-1.

February 27
Las Vegas waltzed past USMC 5-1 and Rochester came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie Hartford 3-3.

February 26
(Late Report)
Pensacola and Sherwood played to a 3-3 draw with the Piranha's demonstrating their ability in the clutch as they rallied in the 9th inning in three of the contests to take the lead, stealing two victories but the Machine mounted a come-back in one of them to reverse Pensy's run of 9th inning heroics.

February 26
San Diego became the last team to enter the "win" column as they split with Brooklyn 3-3.

February 25
Lots of action yesterday and today. Last evening Maine got by Pensacola 4-2. In early morning action, USMC blasted Philly 5-1 and Seattle defeated Las Vegas 4-2. The matinee match-ups saw Sherwood blow past Hartford 5-1 and then the Hurricanes in a double-dip, split with Amsterdam 3-3.

February 23
"Everything remains the same" was a song by a mid-80's group called the Junk Monkeys, they were popular in Michigan and some nearby mid-western borders but never made it into the mainstream. The title applies to action in the ZSABL this evening as Norfolk and Memphis split 3-3 and the Rochester-Pensacola match-up also ended in a 3-3 draw.


February 21
The surprising Rochester Rockers, in a rebuilding year and picked to finish in the lower echelons of the Eastern Division, defeated the consensus pre-season Western Division pennant winner, the Norfolk Neptunes by a 4-2 score. With the win the "Rock Men" claim a share of first place in the East with Sherwood. This early stage of the season defeat to the "Nep's" provoked no Chiques Rock threats only an exasperated

AARRRRGGGGHHHH !!!

February 19
Amsterdam and Philadelphia opened their season with a 3-3 split. In another lid-lifter, Seattle defeated Maine 4-2 aided by mother nature who rained out a 8-1 Maine lead in one of the contests.

February 18 (Late Report)
Brooklyn and Union Station continued their frenzied march to the regular season finish line
as they engaged in a double-header after their early afternoon match-ups. In this one USMC prevailed by a 4-2 count with all of their wins coming in their last at bat.

February 18
Brooklyn's Dave Turner notched his 1000th career managerial victory as his Metropolitans defeated the World Champion Memphis Sound by a 4-2 score.
In other action, USMC put a damper on Hartford's opening series by knocking off the Hurricanes by the same 4-2 score.


February 16
Pensacola got off to a roaring start for their season as they blanked San Diego 6-0. The 76er's never held a lead in the entire series. The Piranha fan base is now mounting a grass roots effort to keep the club from departing for Billings,Montana next year.

February 15
Rochester topped Union Station
by a 4-2 count. The Rockers have played three series in just five days, unless the league bogs down they will be finished the regular season on March 28th.

February 14
Brooklyn evened their record to 6-6 with a 4-2 decision over Rochester.

February 13 (Late Report)
Sherwood ruined Brooklyn's season opener by downing the Metropolitan's 4-2 as the league is on a pace to finish the regular season on Memorial Day weekend.

February 13
Unable to wait until all the league's paperwork was finalized, Sherwood and USMC split 3-3. The Machine's Joc Pederson, entered trivia lore as he became the initial player to get the first column "40" for a single and the next batter,Trevor Story, made the Cowboy's pay by launching a home run.
Also joining the action was Rochester and Las Vegas who likewise played to a 3-3 draw. A couple of long extra inning games had both managers tempted to grab a handful of D*-Z relievers left over in the box of cards.


February 9 (Evening Report)
Just getting in under the wire of the Moratorium, Union Station traded Rochester's # 1 pick and San Diego's # 1 selection to Rochester for 3B Nick Castellanos and C Salvador Perez.

February 9
A mega-deal was consummated on the eve of the Moratorium as Brooklyn sent 1B Miggy Cabrera and P Joe Blanton to Memphis in exchange for their # 1 draft pick, their # 1 next year and their # 3 & 4 next year.

February 8
A couple of deals went down before the Moratorium kicks in. Brooklyn traded P Josh Tomlin, 3B Justin Turner and P Sergio Romo to Hartford for OF Adam C.Eaton, Amsterdam's # 1 pick and Hartford's # 6 pick next year. The Hurricanes also sent their # 7 next year to the Bulldogs to re-acquire OF Eddie Rosario. In the final transaction of the day, Rochester released OF Billy Burns.

February 6
Amsterdam shipped 1B Joe Mauer to Philadelphia in exchange for OF Kevin Pillar. The Bulldogs also announced that If Eduardo Escobar has been granted his unconditional release.
The usual MORATORIUM on all trades
involving both players and draft picks will go into effect Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 P.M. so everything can be finalized for the draft.
If you have picked up your team, please verify that the changes made to your cards,pitching grades/control and defensive positions, reflect what is on your roster.


February 3
With the draft a week away, Sherwood and Brooklyn shuffled their rosters by releasing a total of 19 players between the two clubs. Philly has now joined the list of clubs jettisoning players as they cut four. All roster moves can be viewed by clicking the Trade Tab on the web site.

February 1
Memphis was crowned the 2016 ZSABL Champ as they defeated Amsterdam in five games.
The opener saw the Sounds Jake Arrieta throw a complete game shutout as he limited the Bulldogs to just three hits and was backed offensively by Maikel Franco and Lorenzo Cain who chipped in with a pair of RBI's each in the 5-0 victory.
The "B-Dogs" evened the series in Game # 2 as they roughed up Memphis's Gerrit Cole for five runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work. Amsterdam starting pitcher, David Price was not sharp either, surrendering four runs in his seven innings but closer Tony Sipp came on and pitched two perfect innings to nail down the save in a tight 5-4 contest.
The match-up shifted venues to Amsterdam for Game # 3 where the Sound with solo home runs from Jose Abreu and Nolan Arenado held on for a 4-3 triumph.
Memphis exploded for five home runs in the next game, two by SS Carlos Correa, to bail out the ineffective performance of Jake Arrieta, 4 IP 5 ER's, en-route to a 11-5 romp.
Game # 5 was a classic pitching duel between Amsterdam's David Price and the Sound's Gerrit Cole. 1B Jose Abreu touched Price for a solo home run in the fifth inning but the "Dog's" could not muster any offense against Cole, who went 6 1/3 innings before giving way to Wade Davis. Hector Rondon then came on in the 8th and pitched the final two frames to close out a 1-0 squeaker.
Memphis displayed some great leather-work in the series as they took away four potential errors with "doubles" in five tries.
The West came out en-masse in support of their division mate as San Diego,Norfolk,Pensacola and Hartford were there to witness the "holier than thou" victory, Seattle also attended the early portion of the series and Union Station lended moral encouragement via e-mail.
Of course there was draft talk and some reminiscing about previous APBA tourneys and conventions. The big news was out of Pensacola where their skipper,George Zangari,mentioned that the franchise is considering a move to Billings,Montana next year.

January 28 (Breaking News)
The World Series has been rescheduled for Wednesday,February 1st at 6:00

January 27
Its an Amsterdam and Memphis World Series !!
The Bulldogs in just 52 minutes eliminated the Eastern Division pennant winning Las Vegas Crazy Horse in a four game sweep.
The "Crazy Ones" bashed eight home runs in the match-up but they were ALL of the solo variety.
Things started out auspiciously for the "Horse-Men" as Yunel Escobar and Bryce Harper went deep in the bottom of the first inning in the opener.
The Bulldogs countered that by racking up four runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, en-route to blowing out "Vegas" by a 13-4 score.
In Game # 2, ZSABL ERA Champ, Zack Greinke, went the distance and Amsterdam rode a four run 1st inning to a 6-2 victory.
The next contest saw David Price and Tony Sipp limit the Crazy Horse to just 3 hits as the Bulldogs took home a 3-1 win.
In the finale, with Max Scherzer cruising along for the "Dog's", Manager Swift opted to play the percentages and brought in Tony Watson in the 6th inning. Skipper Bell said that move would back fire and he proved prophetic as Colabello and Freeman went back to back to knot the game at 3-3.
It was a short-lived rally as Amsterdam tallied twice in the bottom of the 6th to make it 5-3 and Tony Sipp came on to keep it that way.
Las Vegas, despite their eight solo home runs, only scored ten runs in the series. For Manager Bell, it extends his post season woes, as he has never won a play-off series.
Amsterdam's field boss on the other hand will be in the ZSABL Title match for the third time in their 18 year existence.

In a non-head line news item, the Seattle Scouts released a plethora of players (32.5% of their roster), too numerous to list here but the unfortunate ones can be found under the Trades Tab.

January 23 (Late Report)
The ZSABL Lottery was held this evening with six of the eight positions in the draft remaining unchanged. The only difference in the order was Brooklyn moving from 6th to 4th and San Diego (Pick traded to USMC) going from 4th to 6th.
The Lottery Mistress did her usual fine job but was missing her assistant,Tammy Brown,who had a prior commitment.
The event was attended by Norfolk and Amsterdam along with two clubs who did not have "a horse in the race" in San Diego and Hartford. Before the proceedings started, the Mistress did have to fortify her nerves with a quick gulp of her adult beverage.
The Bulldog manager claimed that San Diego would have to carry her home because he bought her several libations to "juice her up" and cement their pick in the draft.
As it turned out no outside interference was needed as the drawing nearly followed the exact order of the standings.
Here are the results:
1)Maine
2)Hartford (Traded to Amsterdam)
3)Rochester (Traded to USMC)
4)Brooklyn
5)Pensacola
6)San Diego (Traded to USMC)
7)Norfolk
8)Philadelphia
Of course the obligatory Mock Draft broke out and is posted on the front page of the web site. There was a minor deal, Amsterdam sent OF Aaron Judge to Norfolk for Uti Enrique Hernandez.


January 23 (Breaking News)
The 2016 Cy Young winner has been announced and in a close contest, Amsterdam's Zack Greinke edged Pensacola's Dallas Kuechel by a scant two votes.
Here are the final tallies:

1)Zack Greinke,Amsterdam - 24
2)Dallas Kuechel,Pensacola - 22
3)Max Scherzer,Amsterdam - 18
4)Clay Buchholtz,Las Vegas - 6
5)Gerrit Cole,Memphis - 5
6)Jacob de Grom,Memphis - 2
David Price,Amsterdam - 2
8)Matt Harvey,Memphis - 1
Darren O'Day,Memphis - 1
Clayton Kershaw,Pensacola - 1
John Lackey,Union Station - 1
Jason Hammel,Seattle - 1

January 23
The MVP votes are in and the winner is Las Vegas's Bruce Harper, San Diego's Chris Davis was second. Here are the complete results:

1)Bryce Harper,Las Vegas - 29
2)Chris Davis,San Diego - 24
3)Nelson R.Cruz,Seattle - 10
4)Paul Goldschmidt,Brooklyn - 8
5)Josh Donaldson,Seattle - 4
6)D.J.Lemahieu,Sherwood - 3
7)Lorenzo Cain,Memphis - 2
Adrian Gonzalez,Pensacola - 2
9)Eric Hosmer,Union Station - 1
10)Miguel Cabrera,Brooklyn - 1


January 20
In a closely fought back and forth match-up, the Amsterdam Bulldogs emerged victorious over Sherwood in seven games to advance to the Eastern Division finals.
The opener saw the Machine tally twice in the top of the 9th to overcome a 3-2 Bulldog lead and Charlie Furbush closed out the victory with an uneventful bottom half of the stanza.
In Game # 2,Amsterdam's bats came alive as they hammered out a 9-1 win.
The Bulldogs then took a 2-1 lead in the series backed by home runs from Kyle Seager, Anthony Rizzo and Andres Blanco for a 6-1 triumph.
Game # 4 saw the series tied up again as Carlos Santana went yard in the bottom of the 11th, breaking a 1-1 with a 2-run dinger off of Craig Kimbrell.
The Bulldogs bounced back in Game # 5 as Jackie Bradley,Jr. launched a 3-run homer in the 7th off of Shawn Kelley in a 4-2 Amsterdam victory.
Sherwood came right back in the next contest with a 6-2 win despite being outhit 8-6.
The finale pitted Sherwood's Noah Syndergaard against the Bulldogs Max Scherzer.
Amsterdam's Andrew McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly in the 5th and that proved to be the only run in the game as Sean Gilmartin and Tony Sipp combined to shut down the Machine over the final four innings.
The Bulldogs now advance to the Eastern Division finals against the first place Las Vegas Crazy Horse.


January 19
Details from yesterday's Western Division finals are in. In the opener, a pair of 1st inning errors by Memphis were quickly erased when the Sound pulled off a triple play to quell the threat. A Carlos Correa home run then gave them a 1-0 lead but the "Tennessean's" starter Jacob de Grom was not up to the task as he surrendered six runs in his five innings of work as USMC prevailed by a 7-1 score.
In Game # 2, Buster Posey caught fire going 4-4 with 3 doubles and a HR to propel Memphis to a 6-3 win to even the series.
In the next contest the Cowboys bats were no match for the hurling of Jake Arrieta and Hector Rondon as they limited USMC to just two hits en-route to a 3-0 victory, giving the Sound a 2-1 advantage in the series. In Game # 4, Memphis continued to ride on the back of their bullpen as they spun four innings of relief, allowing only one hit, for a 5-3 Sound win. In the finale, de Grom went 5.2 IP allowing 3 runs but the Memphis pen bailed the team out again with 3.1 scoreless innings in a 5-3 victory, Hector Rondon notched his 3rd save of the series.


January 18
Memphis rolled into the ZSABL's 39th World Series by defeating Union Station 4-1. The Sound will be making their 2nd appearance in the finals. In 2011 they took home the Championship with a victory over Sherwood. Details of the match-up will be coming tomorrow.
In the regular season finale, Brooklyn edged Maine 3-2.

January 14
In a see saw affair, USMC outlasted Seattle in seven games to advance to the Western Division finals.
With the series tied at one apiece, Kyle Schwarber launched a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to pull out a 5-3 Cowboy victory. The Scouts came back in Game #4 behind (C-Z) J.A.Happ for a 5-1 triumph.
Seattle then went ahead for the first time in the series as they edged USMC 5-4 in Game #5.
The Mystic Cowboy's Colby Rasmus hit his 5th home run of the series, a 2-run shot in the 5th and Eric Hosmer added a solo shot in the 8th to propel the "Boys" to a 3-1 win in Game # 6 to even the series. In the finale, Rasmus drilled a 2-run single in the 5th to overcome a 1-0 deficit and Zach Britton and Carson Smith made it hold up as USMC prevailed by a 2-1 count.
The linescores are available here.


January 13
Las Vegas's Billy Bell added to his laurels on his excellent season by being named the ZSABL Manager of the Year. Here are the complete voting tallies.
Billy Bell,Las Vegas, 28.5
Woody Kleinhaus,Seattle, 23
Mel Smith,Union Station, 19
Ed Kachnoskie,Memphis, 9
George Tarantino,Sherwood Forest, 4.5

January 12
Since we are nearly finished with the regular season, trades will be reported here in the League Notes.
 Today, Las Vegas sent Norfolk's # 1 pick next year, P Yordano Ventura and P Clay Buchholtz to Rochester for P Chris Archer.

January 11
Sherwood nailed down the last 2016 post season spot by handing Maine their 7th consecutive series loss by a 4-1 count.
The draft grid is dependent on the results of the last series of the year between Maine and Brooklyn
before it can be posted.
Since all playoff berths have been finalized, this Office will now accept Manager of the Year votes, please vote for your top three choices.
The other awards,MVP and Cy Young,will have to wait until all the score sheets are turned in.


January 8 (Late Report)
Philly, in their regular season finale, started their playoff drive strong by taking the first three games from Maine before bowing to the Maui's in the last two contests, succumbing to a pair of C-No Z starters.
The results reduced Sherwood's Magic Number to reach the post season to just one game. There are two series remaining on our schedule.
An improbable scenario still exists if Maine is able to sweep the Machine which would give Philly and Sherwood identical records and then Brooklyn sweeps the Maui's, we would then have our first ever three way tie for a berth in the playoffs.

January 8
Amsterdam completed their regular season by handing Maine their fifth consecutive series loss by a 3-2 score.

December 31
Philadelphia stayed alive in their bid to join the post season ranks by defeating Amsterdam 4-1.
Despite the loss the Bulldogs have now clinched 2nd place in the East.
The Black Sox trail Sherwood by three games with one series remaining for each club, both against Maine.


December 29
The Western Division concluded their regular season and crowned the Memphis Sound with their 2nd consecutive "holier than thou" title.
An award ceremony scheduled for this Saturday at the Chiques Rock County Park, where the Neptunes were to be presented with their 4th place "Participation Plaque" has been called off.
Sources cite the upcoming holiday and the lack of security surrounding the "Rock" as the reasons for the cancellation.


December 27
Union Station clinched the third and final playoff slot in the West despite dropping a 3-2 decision to Pensacola in the regular season finale for both clubs.

December 22
In a meaningless series between two of the three remaining original members of the ZSABL; San Diego took a 4-1 decision over Hartford with all four of their wins coming by one run and three of them in extra innings.
The overtime frames took their toll as the 76er's, usually an astute observer of the rules, was assessed a fine and the Hurricanes out of innings for their bullpen were forced to use Infielder Juan Uribe on the mound in a losing effort in the finale.


 December 21
Las Vegas capped off a fine season by defeating Brooklyn 3-2 in the Crazy Horse's regular series finale.
"Vegas" in addition to the Eastern Division pennant had the Best Record in Baseball. The Metropolitans
have a tough hill to climb to reach the post-season. They need to sweep Maine to stay alive and then will need a lot of help from those same Maui's who have to play the two teams ahead of the "Met's", Philadelphia and Sherwood.

December 20
Memphis surged past Pensacola 5-0 to reduce their Magic Number to capture the Western Division pennant to just one game.
The Sound meets Norfolk in the regular season finale; needing a solitary victory to hoist the flag for the second year in a row. The match-up has implications for the Neptunes, as they trail 3rd place Union Station by four games with the Cowboys finishing their season with a series versus Pensacola.



December 19
The 2017 rosters have been updated to reflect the speed, defense and split grades on the disk.

December 15
Rochester ended their regular season on a winning note as they snapped a 10 series losing streak by defeating Maine 4-1. The loss eliminates the Mauis from the post season. The Rockers join Seattle, barring a first place tie with Memphis, as the first two clubs to complete the regular season. The ZSABL has just 10 series remaining, with one already scheduled, to finish the 2016 campaign.

December 13
San Diego cooled off Seattle as they edged the Scouts 3-2, dropping them into a tie with Memphis for the Western Division lead.
The "Woodsman's" ball club is the first ZSABL team to finish the regular season. Memphis, who has 10 games remaining, must go 6-4 or better to bring home the flag to the Volunteer State.
San Diego, who snapped their own seven series losing streak, avoid the ignominy of finishing in the "holier than thou" basement.
Perhaps the league should look into, due to their recent politically correct posturing, the awarding of "participation plaques" to all those who miss the playoffs to avert hurt feelings.


D
ecember 8
Pensacola dealt a devastating blow to Norfolk's playoff hopes by snapping the Neptunes six series winning streak with a 3-2 decision.
The Nep's trail USMC by four games with just a series remaining for both clubs in the battle for the last playoff spot in the West. The Piranha's are still barely alive for the post season although it is a tall order. This evenings results clinches a playoff spot for the Memphis Sound.
Unconfirmed sources say that Norfolk has petitioned the Donegal School District to establish a "safe haven" for retired teachers, complete with hot chocolate, Play-Doh, coloring books and therapy pets for situations such as this.


December 7
Memphis kept the pressure on Seattle for the Western Division pennant by knocking off San Diego 3-2. The Sound are a half-game behind the Scouts with 10 games left, the "Woodsman" charges have just 5 contests remaining.
For the 76er's it was their 7th consecutive series defeat and their 5th straight "Boothian Split".

December 4
Seattle stormed into first place in the West by thrashing Hartford 4-1. The Scout hurlers checked the Hurricanes on just 7 runs and 16 hits in the series.
Seattle holds a one game lead over 2nd place Memphis in addition to becoming the first team in the "holier than thou" to clinch a post season berth.
Hartford attemp
ted to rebound by playing USMC in the second half of a double-dip but failed miserably as they got swept by the "Cowboys" 5-0.
Union Station was spurred to victory by two pinch-hit homeruns by Joey Gallo, the last one a 3-run shot to erase a 5-0 Hartford lead in the finale.The "Boys" John Laskey picked up his elusive 16th win of the season in Game #2. USMC now leads Norfolk by 3.5 for the last playoff spot in the West.

December 2
Philadelphia stayed on the cusp of the playoffs by sending Rochester reeling to their 10th consecutive series defeat by a 3-2 score.
The Black Sox are now tied with Brooklyn for 4th place in the East, 3.5 out of the last post season slot.


November 29
Hartford got by Pensacola 3-2. With the series knotted at 2-2 the Hurricanes struck for six runs in the first two innings, to reduce the Piranhas Clayton Kershaw, enroute to a 6-3 victory.

November 28
Norfolk kept up their relentless drive to the ZSABL post season by claiming their 6th straight win with a 3-2 verdict over San Diego.
 The Neptunes sit just one game behind Union Station for the last playoff slot in the West.
For the 76er's it was their 6th consecutive series loss, the last four via the "Boothian Split".
The Neps plan on attending a seminar this weekend sponsored by the Lancaster County Historical Society, on which is the more accurate name for their favorite landmark, "Chickies or Chiques"

November 23 (Late Report)
Things are really heating up in the West. Seattle took their 3rd straight by blitzing USMC 4-1. The 2nd place Scouts now trail the division leading Memphis Sound by a mere half-game. The win increased Seattle's lead over 3rd place Union Station to seven games.
The Cowboys are now clinging to a game and half lead over 4th place Norfolk for the last playoff post in the "holier than thou".

November 23
Over the nearly forty year history of the ZSABL
a lot of terms, phrases and idioms have come and gone with 33 different managers and assorted other personalities associated with the league. Some are pertinent to just one division. This Office has endeavored to accumulate as many as possible before they are lost to posterity.
On the Opinion Tab on the web site there is a link on the left labeled the ZSABL Dictionary.
Or click
here.
Feel free to forward any that may be forgotten.


November 22
Pensacola handed San Diego their 5th consecutive loss by a 3-2 count. It was the third straight "Boothian Split" suffered by the 76er's.
For those unfamiliar with the aforementioned term, the Booth consisted of early league managers, Dave Buller (1978-1994 and 1998-1999), John Valori (1978-1993, 1995 and 1998) plus current and original member, Tom Doran. They patterned themselves after the Philadelphia Phillies broadcasting booth of Harry Kalas (Tom Doran), Rich Ashburn (Dave Buller) and Andy Musser (John Valori). They later added a mutual friend, Dave Boas, although he never played in the league, as the persona of Chris Wheeler.
According to the ZSABL Dictionary, a Boothian split is a five game series where one of the Booth's members lose by a 3-2 score. The original trio was also alternately known as the "Triumvirate".

November 21 (Late Report)
Norfolk stays in post season contention as they take their 5th straight series, knocking off Union Station 3-2.
The Neptunes trail the Mystic Cowboys by three games, with 15 left to play, for the last playoff slot in the West. The "Nep's" will wait for another time to test their new truck's navigation system along the roads in the Columbia-Marietta area.

November 21
Las Vegas clinched the Eastern Division pennant despite dropping a 4-1 decision to Sherwood. For Skipper Bell it is his first ZSABL flag and the 5th in franchise history.
Sherwood now has a 4.5 game lead over Brooklyn for the last playoff spot as they ended the Crazy Horse's nine series win streak.
The Machine's pitching dominated the series as both Tim Cooney and Jose Quintana threw complete game shutouts while Jhoulys Chacin combined with three other hurlers to toss a 3rd whitewash.
The "Crazy One's" tallied just six runs in the match-up.

November 20 (Afternoon Report)
Brooklyn kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating Sherwood 3-2. The Metropolitans trail the Machine by three games with both clubs having ten games left on the schedule. The result of the series gives Amsterdam at least a tie for one of the post season spots in the East.

November 20
Brooklyn stymied Philadelphia 3-2 to tie the Black Sox for 4th place in the East, four games behind Sherwood for the last playoff berth.

November 19 (Late Report)
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" cannot be applied when the Crazy Horse skipper attempts to play on a late Saturday night.
The first place "Crazy One's" played host to the 2nd place Amsterdam Bulldogs, it was unusual timing for a series with the "Horsemen" filled with adult libations and the "Dog's" coming off a 12 hour shift with no sleep. They split the first two games and then exchanged shutouts in the next two with Max Scherzer shutting down the door for the Bulldogs and Clay Buchholtz and Huston Street combining to return the favor for Vegas.
Trade
talks interceded both between and during the contests but nothing ended up materializing. Sherwood kept score for the series and texted a running commentary of all the dialogue and drama for the match-up.
At one point the "Vegas" manager called the Machine's boss "a dou___bag" for some misconceived transgression.
A 2nd roun
d pick for Hishasi Iwakuma was bandied about for a short period of time but it was not consummated.
A grie
vance was filed by the Crazy Horse's head honcho accusing Amsterdam of "taking advantage of a drunk blind man". The ZSABL's court dockets are rapidly filling up.
In the finale Las Vegas prevailed by a 3-1 score to give them a 10 game lead over the Bulldogs and clinched no worse than a tie for the Eastern Division pennant. It was their 9th consecutive series victory.


November 19
In Eastern Division action today, Philadelphia moved into 4th place, 2.5 behind 3rd place Sherwood, with a 4-1 victory over the Machine.
Another match-up saw Amsterdam defeat the struggling Rochester Rockers by a 4-1 count. The loss extends the "Rock-Men's" losing skein to nine straight. The Bulldogs still trail the East leader, Las Vegas, by nine games.


November 17
Las Vegas became the first team in the ZSABL to secure a post-season berth by capturing their 8th straight series victory with a 3-2 win over Maine.

November 15
Things stayed tight in the West as 2nd place Seattle stormed back from an 0-2 deficit to edge the division leading Memphis Sound 3-2.
The "Tennesseans" had trouble with the "Pabst Boys" all year losing the season series 10-6.

November 14
The ZSABL operates on a shoe-string budget and with the sky-rocketing cost of printing, score sheets are a viable concern. The Philadelphia Black Sox have generously provided the league with a supply on more than one occasion.
Any member who has the resources to provide some more sheets; it would be greatly appreciated.

The ZSABL family welcomes the new addition to the San Diego 76er's household, "Bailey", the Bichon Frise.



November 13
In an inept offensive performance of epic proportions, the Rochester Rockers scored exactly one run in their series with Sherwood. That tally came in the 7th inning of the finale, needless to say the Machine took all five games from the "New Yorkers". Rochester did load the bases with two outs in one of the contests but Sherwood took away an error with a doubles roll. The win gives the Machine a six game lead over Brooklyn for the 3rd spot in the East. The loss gives Rochester the dubious honor of the WRIB (Worst Record in Baseball), it was their 8th consecutive losing series.
Colin Kaepernick, the Rockers hitting coach, has been relieved of his duties, the front office citing his increased playing time in the NFL plus a less than sterling performance from the Rochester lineup.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with his reduced role in the President Elect's transition team is the front runner for the position.
In other action, with no details as of yet, saw Amsterdam eke out a 3-2 victory over Brooklyn.

November 12 (Late Report)
Sherwood knocked off Amsterdam 3-2 as the Bulldogs fall to 10.5 games off the pace in the East behind Las Vegas. Various sources say that heavy imbibing of adult beverages resulted in two trades, one of minor consequence but the other involved two APBA studs. Check out the Trade Register on the main page for details.

November 12
Las Vegas made it seven wins in a row with a 3-2 decision over Philadelphia. Some highlights of the series;
In Game # 1, a 15 inning affair, Philly tallied 5x in the first but ended up on the losing end by a 6-5 score.
In the finale the Black Sox trailed 7-0 but took home the victory 9-7 as Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
The Crazy Horse's Bryce Harper drew a base on balls in each of his last 8 plate appearances in the match up.
"Vegas" now has a 10 game lead in the East.


November 10
Seattle took the first three contests versus Pensacola but dropped the last two. The 2nd place Scouts did trim a half-game off of Memphis's lead in the West, and now trail by three games. The Piranha's saw their three series win streak snapped with the loss.
In other action, 4th place Norfolk reached the .500 plateau with a 3-2 win over Hartford. The Neptunes are four games behind USMC for third place in the "holier than thou" with the Magic Cowboys up next on the schedule. The "Nep's" struggled against the D-Z pitching of Jeff Samardzija as the Hurricane hurler blanked them in 3 appearances totaling 2 1/3 innings.
The Neptune skipper traded in his Miata and bought a 2001 Ford Ranger TRUCK. He claimed the sound system is fantastic, there is no word on what
"good old boy" Country Western stations he has tuned in. Can a NASCAR bumper sticker and a gun rack be far behind as it seems his left leaning politics are creeping closer to the middle.