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2021


December 2
Billings opened up a 2.5 game in the West by blanking Norfolk 5-0 and in the East, Sherwood took over sole possession of 3rd place with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

November 29
Hartford completed Section Two of the schedule with a 4-1 victory over Norfolk.

November 27
Amsterdam nipped Sherwood 3-2. Pitchers that have been up-graded from a D to a C are now listed on the rosters. Check your respective teams for any omissions or errors.

November 26
Sherwood took over 3rd place in the East with a 3-2 victory over the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse.
With the release of APBAGO today, the 2022 rosters have been updated to reflect speed and defense. PLEASE look for typos or any "auto-fills" that may have occurred. I have not yet checked on any Grade D pitchers that APBA has bumped up to a Grade C.

November 22
Cleveland moved back into a first place tie in the West with Billings as they scored a 3-2 victory over Memphis. San Diego completed their Section Two part of the schedule as they topped Norfolk by the same 3-2 score.

November 20
Amsterdam edged Philly 3-2 to drop the Black Sox down to .500 at 44-44.

Correction
Free agent P Phil Bickford is an (B*-Z 57 GP, 0 GS, 51.1 IP). He was previously listed as an (A*-Z), which did not include his totals for another team.

November 16
San Diego tripped up Memphis 3-2 as three teams are now separated by four games for the last playoff berth in the West.

November 15
The Fairy Tale of Cinderella, that is the Cleveland Naps, stayed relevant in the ZSABL as the "Naps" defeated Norfolk 3-2 to move to within one half game of the Western Division lead.

November 12
Hartford advanced to the periphery of the playoff picture by handing Billings a 4-1 loss. Highlights were a Kevin Gausman 17 SO, 0 walks, complete game shutout and a 8 home run barrage in the finale, three by Jayson Heyward and two by the much maligned Kyle Higashioka.

 November 11
A pair of 3-2 results in Western Division matinee action today. Billings over Memphis and Hartford over Cleveland.

November 9
Queen City became the first team to complete Section Two of the schedule as they dealt Philadelphia a 4-1 loss.

November 8
Norfolk rolled over USMC by a 4-1 score.

November 7
Brooklyn defeats Queen City as the 3-2 result continues to be in vogue.

November 5
Billings held off San Diego for a 3-2 victory.

November 3 (Late Report)
Brooklyn edged Rochester 3-2 despite the Rockers out homering them by an 18-6 count. The loss dropped the "Rock-Men" into a 3rd place tie with Sherwood in the East.

November 3
USMC squeezed past Memphis 3-2 to drop the Sound into 5th place in the West.

October 31
Section One came to a conclusion today with Billings re-claiming first place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Brooklyn and Amsterdam topping Norfolk 5-1 to catapult into 2nd place in the East. The "holier than thou" crown goes to the East with a +48.
The Bulldogs wasted no time starting the Section Two part of their schedule as they handed Queen City their second consecutive 5-0 sweep. Despite the "B-Dogs" going 10-1 today they are still 8.5 out of first place behind the Las Vegas Crazy Horse.


October 29
Rochester pulled into 2nd place in the East, albeit trailing Las Vegas by 11.5 games, with a shocking 5-0 sweep over the Sherwood Machine.
In the West, San Diego nudged Cleveland by a 3-2 count to drop the "Naps" into a first place tie with Billings.




October 26
Hartford took a 3-0 lead but could not put away the Memphis Sound as they rallied to take the last two contests.

October 24
Amsterdam knocked Billings out of first place in the West with a 4-2 victory and in the process the Bulldogs moved into the 3rd spot in the East. Taking over as "top dog" in the "holier than thou" division is the "Cinderella" team of the 2021 ZSABL season, the Cleveland Naps. They now hold a half-game lead over the Mustang.

October 22
The surprising Cleveland Naps moved to within a half-game of the Western Division lead with a 3-2 decision over USMC.

October 19
Las Vegas victimized Queen City for their second consecutive 5-0 sweep. In a change of climate control from yesterday, the Crazy Horse implemented their air-conditioning to further befuddle their opponent.

October 18
In some rare Monday action, Philadelphia and Memphis completed Section One of their schedule by playing to a 3-3 draw. In a Section Two match-up, Las Vegas blanked Rochester 5-0, the only thing hotter than the Crazy Horse's dice was the temperature of the room they played in according to Manager Schall. In order to "cool" off he threatened to drive home in his "skivvies" and claimed he left a trail of perspiration all the way to his house.

October 17
Section One of the schedule is starting to wind down as Amsterdam and Las Vegas went 3-3 as did Brooklyn and Cleveland. Both the Crazy Horse and the Naps have now completed their first part of the schedule. Tomorrow's match-up between Philadelphia and Memphis will leave just three series remaining before the entire league will be in Section Two.
They are Brooklyn vs Billings
Amsterdam vs Billings
and
Norfolk vs Amsterdam.


October 15
USMC sweeps San Diego 5-0.

October 12
Union Station dropped the opener then proceeded to pound Hartford the rest of the way en-route to a 4-1 victory and take over third place in the West. The only consolation for the Hurricanes was that Kyle Higashioka ended his 1 for 48 slide with a pinch-hit home run in Game # 3 and then added another "tater" in the next contest.

October 10 (Late Score)
Brooklyn 3 - Union Station 3.

October 10
Queen City squeaks by Sherwood 3-2.

October 8
Hartford edged San Diego 3-2. The Hurricanes Kyle Higashioka extended his offensive struggles by going 0-4, making him 1 for 48 on the season.

 October 5
FYI: The 2022 rosters are now available on the web site. Click the Roster tab and then on the left click on 2022. The rosters have At Bats, Position Eligibility and OPS for the hitters and GP,GS,IP,Grades and Control for the pitchers. It is a tedious process and these eyes are not what they once were. PLEASE check your team for any errors or typos.

October 4
Amsterdam and Memphis split 3-3.


Memphis restored a little Western Division dignity by dropping Brooklyn 5-1.

September 26 (Late Score)
Results just in, 2nd place Sherwood got by Brooklyn 4-2 to move to four games behind the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse. The Machine has now completed Section One of the schedule.

September 26
Hartford won for the first time since July 1st as they defeated Amsterdam 4-2. Philadelphia took the first five games from San Diego before the 76er's Aaron Nola threw a 3-hit complete game shutout in the finale to avoid the dreaded "sweep". Both the Hurricanes and San Diego have now completed Section One of the schedule.

September 19
Amsterdam knocked off San Diego 4-2 to drop the 76er's to .500.

September 12
Late Score: Sherwood 4-2 winner over Amsterdam.

September 12
Las Vegas beat Brooklyn 4-2 to increase their lead in the East to six games.

September 11
Brooklyn walked off two extra innings games and Hartford's series win-less streak reached seven as the Metropolitans and Hurricanes split 3-3.

September 10
Sherwood dropped the "free falling" Hartford Hurricanes by a 4-2 score.

September 9
Brooklyn destroyed Norfolk, banging out 69 hits en-route to a 5-1 victory. The Metropolitan's Grade D-Z reliever, Patrick Corbin, notched three saves in the series.

September 4
Memphis and Sherwood split 3-3.

September 3
Sherwood stifled the Billings lineup, holding them to 10 runs en-route to a 5-1 decision. The Mustang managed to take the finale by a slim 2-1 final score.

Did you know ?
A couple of more during this "lull" in action. Garret Atkins, 2005-2009 with Cyrus and Rochester, appeared in 489 games and came up to the plate 1,387 times but never legged out a triple.
Nolan Arenado, currently with San Diego, has "zero" stolen bases in 940 games and 3,515 at bats.
Steve Henderson, 1978 Albuquerque and 1982 with South End, appeared in 11 games and came up 13 times but failed to get a hit tying him with Orlando Mercado, 1985 Pittsburgh, who was in six games and was also blanked in his 13 at bats. This futility with the bat does not include pitchers.

Did you know ?
That Oyster Point's shortstop, Rey Ordonez, who played for the Oysters from 1997 to 2002, came to the plate 842 times without hitting a ZSABL home run.

August 26
The ZSABL offers their sincere condolences to Amsterdam's Carl Swift on the recent passing of his father, "Babe" Swift. May he RIP.

August 24
Section Two of the schedule opens with Rochester a 4-1 winner over Queen City to take over 2nd place in the East, 5.5 games out of first.

August 22
Sherwood and Rochester went 3-3 as the Rockers join Queen City as the only teams to complete Section One of the schedule. In other action, Billings won the "book end" games but the Philadelphia Black Sox took the middle four to get to the .500 plateau.

August 21
Norfolk hammered 23 home runs, including six in each of the first two contests of the series but could only manage a 3-3 split with Philadelphia in action this afternoon. Manager Groff, who was never blessed with above average running speed in his softball career as a catcher apparently does not make "swiftness on the base paths" a priority on this years' edition of the Neptunes. In 66 games the "Nep's' have pilfered just four stolen bases, an incredible low number.

August 14
There was some mid-August action today as Sherwood thumped Norfolk 5-1 to pull within one game of third place in the East. The rising cost of gas along with Norfolk's dismal 3-21 record versus the East forced the Neptune's "brain trust" to alter plans and forego the usual trek to the Chiques Rock area.


August 5
Memphis and Norfolk played to a 3-3 draw. Apparently the Neptune's sessions with a local sports psychologist are paying dividends as the split did not trigger a crazed emotional response like the previous series did. The Xanax also helped to deter him from detouring to any high elevation location in the county on his way home.

August 3
Here is a picture of Sherwood's stadium under construction. It will be ready soon and the team is anxious to get back playing.

August 2
Union Station's Ian Anderson spun a two-hit complete game shutout in the opener to spark the Mystic Cowboys to a 4-2 victory over Memphis. In other action, Cleveland rolled to an early 3-0 lead before the Hurricanes rallied to salvage a 3-3 split.

August 1

Amsterdam's Max Stassi launched three home runs in the finale to give the Bulldogs a 3-3 split with Philadelphia.

July 28
Billings topped Memphis 4-2 to open up a four game lead in the West over Cleveland.

July 27
Rochester swept Norfolk 6-0 to tie Amsterdam for second place in the East. The series was high-lighted by three walk-off extra inning victories by the Rockers including an 18 inning affair. Gerrit Cole also added a two hit, 1-0 shutout win. A spokesperson for the Neptunes, insisting on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak, said that Skipper Groff was not heading to his favorite haunt of Chiques Rock after a defeat but was seen on the turnpike heading to Somerset County, presumably to Mount Davis, the highest elevation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet (979 metres).

July 26
Amsterdam defeated Brooklyn 5-1 as D-Z Patrick Corbin's improbable road to the Cy Young Award took a "detour", although the particulars are not in yet, the Bulldog's Skipper reported that they "rocked" him. The Metropolitans lone victory was a 23-1 rout.

July 25
Cleveland's Brad Keller and Jeff Wendleken combined to no-hit Philadelphia in the opener but the Black Sox came back to take the next four before the Naps captured the finale for a 4-2 Philly victory.

July 22
Billings buried Hartford 5-1 to open up a two game lead in the West. The only consolation for the Hurricanes was that Ke'Bryan Hayes hit his first ZSABL Home Run. Luckily the "Cane" skipper does not own a car or a road trip to Chiques Rock would be in the "cards". Frustration is so rampant that they briefly considered resigning and naming Niles Lane as interim Commissioner.

July 21
Memphis dispatched San Diego 4-2.

July 18
Things remained "status quo" in the league today as Queen City,who became the first team to complete Section One of the schedule, earned a 3-3 split versus Brooklyn. The "Met's" most excellent reliever, D-Z Patrick Corbin, had a win and a save but his luck ran out in the finale as he tried to protect a two run lead, surrendering a pinch-hit 3-run dinger to Willi Castro in the bottom of the 8th to absorb the loss. In other action, Philly and Hartford battled to a draw but the Hurricanes Kyle Higashioka ended his 0 for 30 to start his ZSABL career with a "rally clause 40" single in the finale.

July 15
A lot of scrambling atop the Western Division pennant races; Norfolk knocked off the first place San Diego 76er's 5-1 to drop the "Sixer's" into 3rd place and the surprising Cleveland Naps continued their winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Queen City to tie Billings for the top spot in the "holier than thou".

July 13
For the 11th straight season Hartford failed to defeat Las Vegas in a series as the Crazy Horse handed the Hurricanes their worst loss in the yearly match-up with a 5-1 victory; high-lighted by a couple of walk-off victories. Prior to today's contest Las Vegas had four 4-2 wins and six 3-3 splits with the "Canes".

July 12
San Diego stormed into first place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Rochester. The loss drops the Rockers into a three-way tie for 3rd in the East with Sherwood and Brooklyn.

July 10
Cleveland and Amsterdam split 3-3 and in the first "sweep" of the season, Las Vegas blanked Norfolk 6-0. Sirens have been heard wailing at Chiques Rock.

July 8
Billings defeated Norfolk 4-2 to take over first place in the West and San Diego was a 4-2 winner over a "slumbering" Hartford offense to tie Cleveland for 2nd place, one game out.

July 6
Las Vegas, behind six home runs from Adam Duvall, defeated Memphis 4-2.

July 5
Philly threw three Grade A pitchers against Rochester to open their series but they were all defeated running the Black Sox's losing skein to eight games before Philadelphia stormed back to capture the last three contests to earn a 3-3 split.

July 4
Brooklyn "smoked" Philadelphia 5-1 behind the hurling of Grade D-Z Patrick Corbin, who picked up a victory and a save, throwing 11 innings allowing just three earned runs, two on solo home runs. The Black Sox offensive struggles were evident as they tallied only 9 runs in the entire series, five of them in the first game which resulted in Philly's lone win.


July 3
Amsterdam cooled off USMC by a 4-2 score and took over third place in the East.

July 2
Cleveland continues to surprise as they defeat Sherwood 4-2.

July 1
In a series featuring four extra innings contests, Hartford despite being out hit 58-48, struggled to a 4-2 triumph over Queen City.

June 30
USMC blasted Norfolk for their 2nd consecutive 5-1 victory.

June 29
San Diego battered Las Vegas 4-2 as the 76er's collected 65 hits with 36 of them going for extra bases including 20 home runs.

June 28
The yearly publication out of Memphis, Baseball Today and Tomorrow (Eastern Division) is available here.

June 25
Another split, San Diego and Sherwood go 3-3.

June 24
The East continues to dominate as Queen City upends Norfolk 4-2.

June 22
USMC slowed down Cleveland's "hot start" by knocking the Naps out of first place in the West with a 5-1 victory.

June 21
Memphis and Rochester split 3-3.

June 20
Las Vegas kept their series non-losing streak intact with a 4-2 triumph over Sherwood. In other action; Philadelphia and Queen City split 3-3.

June 19
Amsterdam knocked off Queen City 4-2 as the Rojo's suffered a series of injuries to their catching corp. Perhaps they could borrow the San Diego 76er's strength and conditioning coach, the "unpredictable Johnny Rodz" to get their receivers in better shape.

June 17
When Cleveland Manager John Heiselman saw skipper Mel Smith of USMC at the club the other day they discussed arranging a date to square off. "The Hize" warned Mel that "I am unstoppable". The Naps backed up that boast with a 4-2 win over Rochester this evening, propelling Cleveland into first place in the West.

June 16
San Diego rolled over Queen City 5-1 to move into 3rd place in the West and even their record at 15-15.

June 15 (Late Score)
Las Vegas reclaimed the lead in the East with a 4-2 victory over Union Station.

June 15
Cleveland kept up their winning ways by defeating Memphis 4-2, the Naps hurlers threw three shutouts at the Sound. Norfolk and Hartford split 3-3 with the Neptunes launching eight home runs in Game # 3 en-route to a 16-8 victory.

June 14
Hartford's offensive ineptness continues as Rochester blasts the Hurricanes 5-1 to tie Las Vegas for 1st place in the East.

June 13
Philly and Las Vegas split 3-3, the Black Sox's

AJ Pollock continued his torrid start homering in five consecutive at bats over two games. He had a total of seven for the series.

June 11
A couple of splits in today's action. Cleveland and Billings played to a 3-3 draw and Sherwood traveled to Salunga, the home base of Union Station, with that match-up also ending in a 3-3 stalemate. The Mystic Cowboys provided the Machine skipper with some home made soup, a recipe learned during Mel's time in the Marine Corp when he drew "mess" duty, to nourish him on his way home to Pottstown or Pottsville, or whichever town George T. lives in, and he couldn't rave enough about it.

June 10
USMC split with Hartford 3-3 as the Mystic Cowboy offense out-hit the supposedly vaunted Hurricane line up by 49-46. The series was plagued by the poor eye sight of the two oldest players in the league with the boards being misread on several occasions. The much bally-hooed card of Ke'Bryan Hayes went 0 for 13 before he collected his first ZSABL career hit.

 June 9
There are new leaders atop the two divisions now as Las Vegas defeated Cleveland 4-2 to take over the top spot in the East by one game over Sherwood. The loss knocked the Naps out of first in the West and they were supplanted by Billings, who dropped the opener to USMC but then captured the next five contests. The Mustang lead the "holier than thou" by one game over Cleveland and Hartford.

June 8
Queen City continued the Eastern Division dominance in the "holier than thou" race by rolling over Memphis 5-1. The Rojo's are now at the .500 mark. In other action the Metropolitans and San Diego went 3-3 with Brooklyn's experiment with Patrick Corbin, a D-Z, hurling 9.1 scoreless innings.

June 4
Cleveland padded their lead in the West as they dispatched San Diego 4-2.

June 3
Lots of Thursday action, Las Vegas tied Sherwood for 1st in the East with a 4-2 win over Billings. USMC defeated Queen City 12-2 in the opener but then the Rojo's reeled off five consecutive victories. Memphis and Hartford finally opened the regular season with the Hurricanes prevailing by a 4-2 count. Spencer Turnbull, a Grade C-No Z hurled six hit-less innings for the Sound and the bull pen held the 'Canes" without a safety until Austin Slater tripled with one out in the ninth for their only hit.

June 1 (Late Report)
Billings slowed down Rochester as they defeated the Rockers by a 4-2 score.

June 1 (Evening Report)
Cleveland spotted Norfolk the first two games but then came back to take the next four and to quote Manager Groff "The Naps put the Neptunes to bed". The Chiques Rock Emergency Response team has been activated. Cleveland is now in first place in the West pending the outcome of the Billings-Rochester series later tonight.

June 1
Investigating a noise heard at the front door of the Commissioner's Office, the mail slot was observed opening and closing. Further investigation revealed Philadelphia Manager Steve Abrams standing on the porch with a visibly perplexed look on his face as to how to place a 8x11 APBA scoresheet into a six inch mail slot without folding it. Geometry apparently was not his forte in high school.

May 31
Rochester rolled over Queen City 4-2 to tie Sherwood for first place in the East in this early part of the season.

May 30
Sherwood took over first place in the East with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia.

May 29 (Late Report)
In late Saturday action, Rochester topped Brooklyn 4-2 to forge a three way for 1st in the East with Sherwood, Las Vegas and the Rockers all four games over the .500 mark.
James McCann was the hitting star for the "Rock Men" as he blasted 5 home runs in 9 at bats.


May 29
In Saturday play, Philadelphia defeated USMC 4-2, blowing a 5-0 lead in the finale high-lighted by a 3-run homer by Maikel Franco. In other action, Amsterdam and Rochester split 3-3.

May 28
In action from Thursday, USMC got by San Diego 4-2, today's match-ups saw Sherwood drop Queen City 5-1 while Billings and the 76er's split 3-3.

May26
Queen City under the guidance of rookie manager Niles Lane made their ZSABL debut today and rode a bottom of the 9th walk off grand slam by Christian Vazquez to earn a 3-3 split with Billings. The APBA "gods" were not as kind in the second half of their double-dip action as the Rojos dropped a 4-2 decision to Las Vegas. In another match-up, Rochester rolled over Union Station by a 5-1 count.

May 24
The 2021 ZSABL season got underway with Las Vegas dropping Rochester 4-2.

May 20
As per usual there will be a moratorium placed on all transactions, effective today @ 7:00 PM. This is so all the final preparations for the Draft this Sunday are in order.
PLEASE check you roster and draft slots to make sure there are no errors.


May 19
The ZSABL's end of the season awards have been announced, taking home MVP honors is Norfolk's Christian Yelich and capturing the Cy Young Award is Rochester's World Series hero, Gerrit Cole.
Complete Voting Results
MVP
1)Christian Yelich,Norfolk 20
2)Cody Bellinger,Rochester 15
3)Alex Bregman,Union Station 12
4)Jorge Soler,Brooklyn 11
5)Nolan Arenado,Memphis 9
6)Eugenio Suarez,Sherwood 7
7)Tim Anderson,San Diego 5
8)Mike Trout,Rochester 3
9)Dakota Hudson,Union Station 2

Cy Young
1)Gerrit Cole, Rochester 35
2)Dakota Hudson,Union Station 17
3)Mike Soroka,Memphis 9
4)Liam Hendriks,Memphis 8
5)Justin Verlander,Philadelphia 4
Jacob de Grom,Memphis 4
7)Jack Flaherty,Memphis 3
8)Luis M.Castillo,Union Station 2
9)Jose Berrios,Norfolk 1
Chris Paddack,Cleveland 1




















May 17
The Rochester Rockers were crowned the 2020 ZSABL Champions as they outlasted the Memphis Sound to win it in seven games. The "Rockster's" Gerritt Cole won three games including a two-hit shutout in the finale.

In other news, the Draft has been moved up to 2:00 on Sunday, try to arrive a little earlier to settle all the financial matters before the "Main Event".

We need your top three votes for MVP and the Cy Young Award ASAP. The final stats were held up pending the results of the Brooklyn-Las Vegas series which unfortunately were lost to posterity, the first time score sheets have been mis-placed since our second season in 1979.





May 15 (FYI)
Shane McClanahan and Alex Kirilloff are not considered No-Cards as APBA gave each of them a card for being on post-season rosters despite not playing in a regular season game. Mike Fiers C-Z and Jeremy Jeffress A&C*-No Z have been added to the 2021 pitcher list on the web site.


Breaking News

Paul Abrams, brother of Philly manager Steve Abrams, and APBA football league standout, will be sitting in on the draft for Sherwood. He will have access to Sherwood hitting coach Nick Johnson and inspirational leader Russell Martin if I am not available by phone or skype.


May 13
In a mild upset, Memphis defeated Norfolk in seven games to represent the Western Division in the 43rd ZSABL Championship Series. Skipper Kachnoskie of the Sound will be making his 4th appearance for the title, he is 2-1 with victories in 2011 and 2016. The Franchise has made seven previous trips to the "Big Dance" going 4-3. The only details thus far concerning the Western Division Final was that thanks to YouTube, the Star-Spangled Banner was played before the start.


Mock Draft
The 2021 Mock Draft can be accessed here and on the main page. Last year, Memphis and Union Station supplied their expert opinions, hopefully they will do so again.

May 11
The Lottery Mistress admirably performed her duties much to the chagrin of some of the more favorite participants. It was full of shock and surprises as Hartford, seeded at # 6, was the only one to come out in their prospective slot.
The Lottery Results:
1)San Diego
2)Queen City
3)Philadelphia
4)Billings
5)Cleveland
6)Hartford
7)Amsterdam
8)Las Vegas


May 10 (Breaking News)
Rochester was crowned the Eastern Division champions as they defeated Brooklyn 4-1. The Rockers dominated the series with a pair of 9-3 victories in the first two contests before dropping a 8-6 decision in Game # 3 thanks largely to five unearned runs. They rolled to a 8-2 win in Game # 4 and Rochester's Gerrit Cole sealed the deal with a two hit 18 strikeout shutout performance in the finale. The "Rock-Men" out homered the Met's 15-4. This will be the World Series debut for skipper Sammy Schall and the fourth appearance in the Championship for the franchise. In lesser news of consequence, Amsterdam finished the 2020 ZSABL regular season by topping Philadelphia 3-2.

May 10
The Lottery Mistress will perform her "Magic",Tuesday evening at 7:00. Its not necessary for the participants to be in attendance but all are welcome.
The seedings are:
1)Amsterdam
2)Billings
3)Cleveland
4)San Diego
5)Las Vegas
6)Hartford
7)Queen City
8)Philadelphia
The results will be posted shortly after the event along with the obligatory Mock Draft.


May 9 (Afternoon Report)
Brooklyn advanced to the Eastern Division finals as they took down Sherwood 4-3 in a thrilling seven game semi-final. Thanks to skipper Tarantino for providing the details of the match-up.

Series highlights
Game 1 9th inning HR by W Smith 7-5 Sherwood
Game 2 walkoff HR by Springer vs Vazquez 3-2 Brooklyn
Game 3 Sherwood hits 7 HR's 12-4 Sherwood
Game 4 Brooklyn scores 3 off Vazquez 5-2 Brooklyn
Game 5 2-1 win by Brooklyn. Bases loaded strikeout of Suarez by Webb bottom of the 9th
Game 6 5-4 won by Sherwood
Game 7 4-2 Brooklyn 3 hrs, Story flysout with Harper on 2nd to end it



May 9 (Mid-Morning Report)
In early morning action, Brooklyn defeated Amsterdam 4-1. The Metropolitans have now completed their regular season and with the loss the Bulldogs have secured the
# 1 seed in the Lottery.


May 9
In late results from yesterday, Cleveland ended their regular season with a flourish as they defeated Amsterdam 4-1.

Pre-Lottery Mock Draft
The exact drafting order has not been established yet but here are the current seedings.

1)Amsterdam-P Chris Bassitt
2)Billings-P Victor Gonzalez
3)Cleveland-P Antonio Senzatela
4)San Diego-P Corbin Burnes
5)Las Vegas-OF Kyle Lewis
6)Hartford-P Kevin Gausman
7)Queen City-P Pablo Lopez
8)Philadelphia-2B Jake Cronenworth


May 5
In a miracle comeback, Union Station Station took a 3-0 lead only to see the Memphis Sound roar back to take the next four and advance to the Western Division finals.

Manager of the Year
Norfolk's Bill Groff was named the 2020 Manager of the Year. The Neptune skipper also chalked up 91 wins en-route to the BRIB, it was the 5th time, the most in ZSABL history, that he has taken home MOY honors.
The final voting tallies:
Billy Groff, Norfolk 32
Sam Schall, Rochester 21
George Tarantino, Sherwood 11
Mel Smith, Union Station 8
Dave Turner, Brooklyn 5
Ed Kachnoskie, Memphis 3.5
Steve Abrams, Philadelphia 2.5
Woody Kleinhaus, Seattle 1



May 2
The ZSABL 2020 season is nearing conclusion as four series were played today with the Eastern Division post season participants all decided.
Rochester captured the pennant with a 3-2 victory over Sherwood and a 4-1 triumph over Philadelphia, which eliminated the Black Sox from the play offs, they had suffered an earlier 3-2 defeat to Cleveland.
Brooklyn clinched second place by taking down Las Vegas 4-1. It was the Metropolitan's 8th straight series win.
Rochester,Sherwood and Las Vegas have now completed their regular season. All that remains is Amsterdam's three series versus Cleveland, Philadelphia and Brooklyn with the only thing left to be decided is the #1 Lottery seed.
Since the playoff teams have been established, please submit your top three Manager of the Year votes.

Congratulations
The Norfolk Neptune's Billy Groff secured the Scott L. Fisher Best Record in Baseball Award for the 8th time, the most in ZSABL history, with a 91-47 .659 mark.

May 1
Amsterdam upset Rochester by a 3-2 count. Despite the loss, the Rockers clinched a post season berth and reduced their Magic Number to claim the Division title to 4.

April 30
Brooklyn took over sole possession of second place in the East with a 4-1 victory over Cleveland.

April 26
In a rare 10:00 A.M. start, Rochester reduced their Magic Number to 7 as they handed Cleveland a 4-1 loss.

April 25 (Early Evening Report)
In some late afternoon action, Brooklyn stalled Sherwood's play off drive by defeating them 4-1 and moved into a tie with the Machine for 2nd place in the East.

April 25
Las Vegas snuck by Amsterdam 3-2 but the Crazy Horse were eliminated from post-season play.

April 24 (Late Report)
With "rain outs" not being eliminated until next year, the Philly-Brooklyn series, originally scheduled for tomorrow, was bumped up a day early due to an ominous weather forecast for Sunday. The Metropolitans dropped the Black Sox into 4th place in the East with a 3-2 win. The "Sox" lost two games one when they were ahead 6-0 and another with a 4-0 lead, defeats that the Philly skipper called "devastating losses". As a result of the series, Cleveland was eliminated from the post season.

April 24
Sherwood won for the ninth time out of their last ten series by defeating Amsterdam 4-1. The 2nd place Machine still trail the Eastern Division leading Rochester Rockers by six games. The loss eliminated the Bulldogs from the post-season and their lone triumph today kept them from the ignominy of going win-less versus Sherwood in the season series.

April 23
Sherwood knocked off Cleveland 3-2.

April 21
In some late evening action Brooklyn nipped Rochester 3-2. The Rockers lead the East by 8 games but the next three teams, Sherwood, Philly and the Metropolitans are separated by just 1.5.

April 20 (Early Evening Report)
Las Vegas rolled over Cleveland 4-1.

April 20
Late Score: Brooklyn drops Cleveland 3-2 as Section Two of the Schedule is now complete.

April 19
The Western Division ended their regular season schedule with Seattle rallying from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Hartford by a 3-2 count. The real story is the ZSABL bidding adieu to Scouts Manager Woody Kleinhaus, one of the three remaining original members of the league which began in 1978. Woody is one of five managers with 2,000+ victories to their credit, culminating in Championships in 1981 and 2006. His latter title included an unprecedented eleven straight post season triumphs including 4-0 sweeps in the division finals and the World Series. His squad set two records, one which will never be broken with today's brand of MLB play, that was in 1992 when his team swiped 331 bases. The other was in his first championship season, 1981, as he went 53-17 for a ZSABL's best .757 winning percentage, a mark that has held up for the past 38 years. The league wishes him good fortune in future endeavors.

April 15
Norfolk secured the Western Division flag by defeating Memphis 3-2. The Neptunes ended up with 91 victories and a five game edge over the Sound. On Monday, the division wraps up their regular season schedule with Hartford playing Seattle in the Scouts final series with their retirement from the ZSABL after 43 years.

April 11
Philadelphia broke even for the day as they downed Las Vegas 4-1 but then lost to Sherwood by the same 4-1 count. Unconfirmed sources say that Brooklyn edged Amsterdam 3-2 but this Office is still waiting for verification.

April 8
In a pair of inconsequential series, Billings was a 3-2 winner over Seattle and Hartford beat San Diego 4-1. The 76er's and the Mustang now join USMC as having completed the regular season.

April 6
Norfolk inched closer to the Western Division pennant by edging Union Station 3-2, Memphis kept pace by sweeping Billings 5-0 in the penultimate series for both clubs. The Neptunes hold a four game lead with only a match-up with the Sound left on the schedule. One victory by Norfolk will give them the "holier than thou" crown. Memphis with the 5-0 blanking over the Mustang complete a 16-0 sweep in their season series.
In the East Las Vegas was a 4-1 victor over Sherwood, knocking the Machine into third place.


April 3
Union Station clinched the final post season spot in the West by topping Seattle 4-1. The Scouts, who took the opener of the series by a 18-1 score, are now eliminated.
It was a rough day at the "Office" for Amsterdam today as they were blanked by Sherwood 5-0 and in double-dip action, they fell to Philadelphia 4-1 despite taking the initial contest. The Black Sox appear to be in a "Carpe diem"
atmosphere for the franchise as a Rolling Rock and a crumpled funky board littered the playing field.

April 1
Norfolk reduced their Magic Number to 5 and eliminated Hartford from the post season by blanking the Hurricanes 5-0. Memphis nipped San Diego 3-2 to stay alive in their hopes to overtake the Neptunes for the Western Division crown.

March 30

There was a slew of Western Division action with two clubs clinching playoff berths. Norfolk defeated San Diego 4-1 to open up a four game lead and reduce their Magic Number to 12 to sew up the division while claiming a post season spot. Seattle kept their play off hopes alive by topping Memphis 4-1, despite the loss the Sound is assured of being in the "Trophy Hunt". Hartford, surrendered 17 home runs to Billings but still edged the Mustang 3-2 to stave off elimination for the time being.

Some remnants of Las Vegas's lost season

FYI
Because MLB teams carried a 28 man roster for most of the year, no pitcher other than Alec Mills (Currently a free agent) made a pinch-hitting appearance, unless I missed someone. So by rule, no pitcher other than Mills may be used as a pinch-hitter this season. I could find no pitcher who even batted once other than Mike Lorenzen, who was HBP, giving him zero at bats. A pitcher may be used as a pinch-runner without restrictions.

March 28
Brooklyn pulled to within a half game of the 2nd place tandem of Sherwood and Philadelphia in the East by dropping Las Vegas 3-2 in the Crazy Horse's Section Two finale. The "Nevadian's" then opened their Section Three part of the schedule by getting blanked 5-0 by Rochester.

March 27
Amsterdam rolled over Cleveland 4-1.

March 26
Spurred by a probable soon to be released Nick Markakis, who went 13 for 22, the San Diego 76er's swept by Billings 5-0.

March 25
Norfolk beat Seattle 3-2 to increase their lead in the West to one game. In other action, Hartford shocked Union Station by blanking them 5-0.

March 24
Union Station knocked Memphis from their first place perch in the West with a 4-1 victory.

March 23
Things stayed status quo in the West as Memphis downed Hartford 3-2 and Norfolk got by Billings by the same 3-2 score. In other action San Diego blew past Seattle 4-1.

March 20 (Mid-Afternoon Report)
Sherwood got some company for 2nd place in the East as Philadelphia joined them via a 4-1 win over Cleveland.

March 20
Sherwood rolled into 2nd place in the East by dropping Las Vegas 4-1.

March 19
San Diego knocked off Union Station 3-2.

March 18
The Western Division closed the book on Section Two of the schedule with a real dog-fight for the West crown as 2nd place Norfolk topped Memphis 4-1 to cut the Sound's lead in the division to a scant one game. In the Section Three opener, USMC nipped Billings 3-2.

March 16
In the penultimate Western Division series in Section Two, Seattle, down 2-1, came back to defeat Hartford 3-2.

March 15
Things tightened up a little in the West as Norfolk tripped Billings 4-1 and Memphis nipped San Diego 3-2. The Sound lead the Neptunes by four games with a Section Two ending series tentatively scheduled for later on in the week.

March 12
In some Friday action, Sherwood edged Cleveland 3-2 to tie Philadelphia for 3rd place in the East. The West saw second place Norfolk roll over San Diego 4-1 to pull to with in five games of the division leading Memphis Sound.

March 10
Las Vegas gets by Cleveland 3-2.

March 9
In Western Division action, Hartford dropped the division leading Memphis Sound 3-2 and Norfolk slammed Seattle 4-1.

March 8
In a battle of also-rans, Hartford defeated San Diego 3-2.

March 7
Some Eastern Division clubs gathered at Brooklyn's "Turner Field" for some APBA action today. Sherwood arrived at 9:00 AM and took on the host Metropolitans, defeating them 4-1. Philadelphia was up next and they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Machine. The Black Sox were able to break even for the day as they edged the home-town "Met's" by the same 3-2 score. The Rochester Rockers enjoy a 9.5 game lead in the East but just one game separates the next three teams, Philly, Brooklyn and Sherwood as they battle for a post season berth. A highlight of the day was the "Sox's" Chris Sale no-hitting Brooklyn when with two out in the 9th a Metropolitan ruined the gem with a "17" for a single off the unusual play board.

March 6
In Saturday action Las Vegas swept Amsterdam 5-0 and Seattle dropped Billings 4-1, Rochester then became the first Eastern Division team to complete Section Two by nipping Cleveland 3-2.


March 3
The red-hot Memphis Sound captured their second straight 5-0 victory as they blanked Billings in action today. The Mustang in their eleven meeting with the "Tennessean's" have yet to register a win.

March 2
Memphis opened up a six game lead in the West by white-washing Seattle 5-0. Norfolk nipped Hartford 3-2.

February 28
Billings blew by San Diego 4-1.

February 27
There was a plethora of ZSABL action today. Sherwood got by Rochester 3-2 then San Diego dampened Seattle's playoff aspirations by pounding the Scouts 4-1. Section One of the schedule was completed as Amsterdam and Cleveland went 3-3. The Bulldogs then opened their Section Two by dropping a 3-2 decision to Rochester.

February 25
Billings spotted Hartford the first contest and then took the next four games against the Hurricanes. USMC fended off Seattle 3-2.

February 23
Second place Norfolk trimmed USMC 3-2 to cut their deficit in the West to four games.

*** News Release ***
Original league member Woody Kleinhaus has announced his retirement at the conclusion of this season. Taking over the franchise is Niles Lane. He has renamed the club, the "Queen City Rojos" after his favorite MLB team the Cincinnati Reds. The squad will be shifted to the Eastern Division next year with the Cleveland Naps coming over to the West. Niles's contact info is:
Email: nlisbigdaddy@aol.com
Text: 717-278-6090
His goal is to re-imagine the team and transform it from the traditionally oldest club in the league to a more youthful competitive one via trades and an astute draft. He estimates the project will take two years.


February 21
Brooklyn finished their Section One part of the schedule by splitting 3-3 with Amsterdam. They then opened up Section Two by defeating the first place Rochester Rockers 3-2.

February 13
In action yesterday, Brooklyn pinned a 5-1 loss on Sherwood and today, Seattle dropped Brooklyn 4-2 to give the West a +10 edge in the final battle for the "Holiness Crown".

February 12
USMC swept Billings 5-0.

February 11
Norfolk cooled off Brooklyn with a 4-2 victory. The Norfolk skipper politely declined an invitation to meet the Hurricane's Mascot, "Crockett", probably to avoid any injuries to his many "bionic" replacements. Yesterday, the USMC Manager, bravely took on the "Crockett" challenge and was immediately pinned to the couch and showered with sloppy puppy kisses.

February 10 (Late Report)
Brooklyn took over 2nd place in the East by defeating Cleveland 5-1 this afternoon. A technological glitch in the Commissioner's Office prevented these results from being known earlier.

February 10
USMC, in an offensive oriented five game series that featured 79 runs, 103 hits and 31 home runs between the two teams, came away with a 4-1 victory over Hartford.

February 9
Brooklyn turned back Billings 4-2 to move into a 2nd place tie with Philly in the East. In Section Two action, USMC edged the Western Division leading Memphis Sound 3-2.

February 6
Norfolk swept Amsterdam 6-0 and Brooklyn & Hartford went 3-3.

February 5
The West had their Section Two opener as Union Station edged San Diego 3-2.

February 4
Norfolk and the Billings Mustang met today in matinee action, in the post-series report, Neptune Manager Billy Groff was quoted saying,
 "
Billings down three games to none gallops to victory in the last three."
It was not considered enough of a set back to order extra security at Chiques Rock.


February 3
Brooklyn rolled back into action and showed no ill-effects after a long lay off as they handed the Memphis Sound a 5-1 beat down. The "Met's" Jorge Soler slugged seven home runs to pace the offense. The "New Yorker's" are now tied with Sherwood for 3rd place in the East.

January 31
Section Two of the schedule opened in the East with the three eligible teams tangling with each other in double-dip action. Ironically all the final results ended up 4-1.
In the opener, Philly beat Las Vegas, then Rochester returned the favor by stopping the Black Sox and in the finale of the day, Rochester kept up their winning ways by defeating Las Vegas.


January 30
The area around Chique's Rock is expecting some unusual traffic delays as Rochester dropped the suddenly struggling Norfolk Neptunes 5-1. It was the 2nd straight five loss series for the Nep's while the Rockers have streaked to four consecutive victories by that same score. The "Rocksters" have now completed Section One of the schedule.

January 29
Sherwood played a double-dip today, splitting with San Diego 3-3 in the opener but the Machine prevailed 4-2 against Hartford in the nite-cap.

January 24
Rochester opened up a five game lead in the East with a 5-1 victory over Sherwood.

January 23
Las Vegas completed Section One of the Schedule by thrashing Norfolk 5-1 while San Diego and Amsterdam played to the ubiquitous 3-3 split.

January 18
Cleveland and Billings split 3-3.

January 16
A pair of 3-3 splits in ZSABL action today. Hartford overcame a 8 home run, 3 by Freddie Freeman, 19 run barrage in the opener to earn a draw with Las Vegas and Seattle split with Norfolk 3-3.

January 9
Lots of "streaky" APBA played this afternoon. Rochester took the first five against San Diego before the 76er's salvaged the finale. In other action Las Vegas captured the first three contests before the Bulldogs roared back to gain a 3-3 split.

January 7
Norfolk rolled over Hartford 4-2; despite the victory the Neptunes are still seven games behind the Western Division leading Memphis Sound.

December 6
Seattle remained tied for 3rd place in the West as they split 3-3 with Amsterdam.

November 29
Amsterdam won their first series of the year by defeating Billings 4-2. The Bulldog pitching staff held the Mustang to just one homer and 10 extrabase hits in the match-up.

November 28
Memphis hammered Amsterdam 5-1 to open up an 8 game lead in the West.

November 22
Seattle shocked Rochester by sweeping them 6-0 to tie USMC for 3rd place in the West. The Rockers rebounded to hold on to the top spot in the East by topping Amsterdam 5-1. Earlier in the day Hartford dropped the Bulldogs by a 4-2 count.

November 21
Philadelphia took the last three contests to earn a 4-2 victory over Billings and tie Sherwood for 2nd place in the East. The Black Sox have now completed Section One of the schedule to join Union Station as the only two clubs to
do so.
Since we are on a pace to finish this season in January of 2022, "all teams" that finish Section One can immediately begin Section Two in "Wild Cat" mode.


November 13
Rochester stormed into first place in the East with a 5-1 victory over Cleveland. The Rockers threw a combined no-hitter versus the Naps in Game # 4 with John Means, Ivan Nova and Chad Green doing the honors.

 November 13
Rochester trimmed Memphis by a 4-2 count to move into a first place tie with Sherwood in the East.

November 4
Memphis cooled off Seattle as they downed the Scouts 5-1.

November 2
Rochester moved into a 2nd place tie with Philly just one game off the lead in the East with a 5-1 victory over Billings.

October 31
The Seattle Scouts kept up their winning ways by downing Cleveland 4-2. The "Pabst-Men" are on a 16-8 run to move them to just one game behind USMC for the last playoff berth in the West.

October 28
Seattle crushed Hartford 5-1 with the Hurricane high-light being a complete game shutout by Adam Plutko in the opener but the Scouts aided by five homeruns from Kole Calhoun stormed back to even their record at 21-21 and push the "Canes" closer to the Randy Arozerena sweepstakes.

October 21
Cleveland sent Las Vegas back into a tie for the Eastern Division cellar by dropping the Crazy Horse 4-2.

October 19
Las Vegas defeated Brooklyn 4-2 to move out of the basement.

October 15
Memphis routs Hartford 5-1 to open up a five game lead in the West.

October 14
A pair of 4-2 decisions today in ZSABL action.
USMC defeated Hartford which featured a 8 home run and 17 run effort by the "Cowboys" in the opener while Seattle dispatched Billings, high-lighted by a Mustang 1-0 victory in 10 innings in Game # 3.

October 13
San Diego and Las Vegas split 3-3.

October 10
Cleveland cooled off a red-hot Memphis squad by capturing the first three contests but the Nap's were unable to capitalize as the Sound came back to take the last three to earn a 3-3 split.

October7
USMC and Seattle went 3-3 and Philly dropped the first two before taking the next four versus Hartford.

October 5
Norfolk and Philly split 3-3.

October 2
Norfolk, trying to stay lock-step with the Memphis Sound, swept Sherwood 6-0. The loss reduced the Machine's lead in the East to just two games while the Neptunes moved to within three games of the top spot in the West.

October 1
The Memphis Sound widened their lead in the West by bombing San Diego 5-1.

September 24
Memphis padded their lead in the West to four games with a 4-2 decision over Union Station.

September 21
USMC and Cleveland split 3-3.

September 9
Memphis opened up a three game lead in the West by sweeping Billings 6-0. The series was a lot closer than the results indicate as the Sound took three one run decisions, a pair of two run victories and a three run win with closer Liam Hendriks earning a save in each contest.

August 20
Cleveland and San Diego battled to a 3-3 split.
Some tid-bits from the match-up: The Naps slugged 11 homeruns in their three victories but in their three losses they failed to connect for a single long ball. In one of the 76er wins they were hit by a pitched ball 6x, a "first" according to the San Diego skipper's "memory banks".


August 15
Philadelphia rallied after dropping the first two games to take a 4-2 victory over Amsterdam, tying them with Brooklyn for 2nd place in the East.

July 29
Memphis roared into a first place tie in the West with Norfolk by coasting to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia. The Black Sox averted the sweep by capturing the finale.

July 15
The 8th Ward Club is now closed until further notice as they adhere to Gov. Wolf's latest mandate.

July 14
Billings and Las Vegas split 3-3.

July 10
Philadelphia and San Diego split 3-3 in a series high-lighted by 30 round trippers, 18 by the Black Sox.

July 8
A pair of 4-2 finals in afternoon action at the club. Billings over Hartford and Seattle topped Las Vegas.

July 6
Hartford rolled over San Diego 5-1 with the "Canes" Nick Castellanos blasting five homeruns and knocking in 14 runs.

July 5
Las Vegas is looking for some action either Wednesday or the weekend.

June 26
Philadelphia's temporary new email addy is :
steveabrams16@yahoo.com


May 23
Philadelphia and Union Station decided to by pass the anticipated move on June 5th for Lancaster County to go into Pennsylvania's "Yellow Phase" and jump directly into the "Green Phase". They met up in Salunga, home field of the Mystic Cowboys, and engaged in some ZSABL action.
USMC took the first three contests and led 5-0 in Game # 4 but the Black Sox stormed back to salvage a 3-3 split.


April 23
The Western Division edition of Baseball Today and Tomorrow can be found here.

April 22
In solidarity with President Trump's "re-open America" mantra, Norfolk and Memphis, after strictly adhering to the quarantine guide lines since they went into effect, felt confident enough to engage in an APBA series. Social Distancing was practiced with a little "fudging" on the six foot rule. The Neptunes emerged victorious with a 4-2 victory over the Sound, propelling the "Nep's" into first place in the West.

April 16
The 2020 Edition of Baseball Today and Tomorrow has been released. Read it here.

April 5
With "Cabin Fever" setting in across the country. Sherwood and Amsterdam attempted to alleviate their ennui by playing a series via the "Google Duo" app. The results were not pretty for the Bulldogs. The Machine swept the match-up 6-0, high-lighted by Rhys Hoskins hitting for the cycle. In an odd occurrence, the single he needed to accomplish the feat came on a second column roll.