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    LEAGUE NOTES
 2017

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
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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 not 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.


November 9

Memphis was willing to settle the lawsuit with the reduction in damages sought.

However, the commissioner�s office crossed the line once again by insinuating that the Sound was BLATANT in regards to league rules. Nothing can be more further from the truth! It was purely an innocent mistake.   Memphis will now be seeking a much larger compensation for the ill remarks BLATANTLY made by the commissioner�s office. And for the support I have received from many owners of the ZSABL I want you to know you will all share in any future damages paid. 

In response to the commissioner�s ruling in regards to the Memphis lawsuit as written on this day Nov. 9, 2016 in the ZSABL league notes.

Commissioner Response:

In what this Office hopes is the final word on this matter they issued the following statement.

The Commissioner feels that the "divisive rhetoric" of the Sound has torn the league apart. Now is the time to "heal the ZSABL nation". The charge of "blatantly disregarding the rules" has been withdrawn. The punitive damages sought will still be one beer token subject to the parameters set forth in an earlier missive.

Unfortunately the $5.00 fine cannot be rescinded according to the ZSABL Constitution.


November 9
In response to the Grievance Claim by the Memphis Sound, this Office has agreed to a compromise. The damages they are seeking "in excess of two beer tokens (can beer)" will be reduced to one token, contingent on Hartford winning any of the books at the Club, prior to the end of the year.
The Sound's appeal to the "highest court in the land" will have to wait until the President Elect nominates a new Supreme Court Justice.
There will be NO RETRACTION.
The blatant disregard of ZSABL rules have to be enforced.


November 9

OUT OF MEMPHIS

The Memphis Sound today entered a grievance against Commissioner Phil Zangari of the ZSABL. A comment made in the league notes dated November 3rd by said commissioner �they feel (Memphis) they are above the law due to their success on the field� is nothing short of an outrageous and erroneous comment causing undue stress and humiliation to the Memphis franchise. Memphis is seeking damages in excess of 2 beer tokens (Can Beer) from the 8th ward club along with a retraction from the honorable Phil Zangari.  

Memphis is also appealing to the highest court to have the $5.00 fine against them be dismissed or a least reduced. 

November 8
GET OUT TO VOTE !
Brooklyn edged Rochester 3-2
to move the 4th place Metropolitans to 2.5 games out of a post season spot. For the Rockers, it was their 7th straight series loss and dropped them into a last place tie with Maine in the East.

November 4
The East opened up Section 3 action with more of the same as Las Vegas rolled over Rochester 4-1. The Crazy Horse have increased their lead in the division to 9.5 games over 2nd place Amsterdam. The two teams are trending in opposite directions with "Vegas" reeling off their 6th straight win while the Rockers suffered their 6th consecutive setback.

More on the Raul A.Mondesi scandal, the Memphis manager was quoted as saying, according to unconfirmed sources that
 "the whole system is
rigged "


 November 3
Pursuant to Rule 30) of the ZSABL code, which reads "Players may not bat more than they did for real....". An investigation has been launched concerning a recent series between Memphis and Union Station.
The Sound's Raul A.Mondesi who did not have an at bat during the regular season was used as a defensive replacement and when his turn in the lineup came up he was permitted to bat. The fact that he struck out has no bearing on the case. Memphis initially claimed it was APBA's fault for giving him a hitting card.
There is no evidence that the Sound tried to conceal this transgression but apparently they feel they are above the law due to their success on the field.
This Office plans to pursue this infraction and administer the maximum penalty allowed, which is a $5 fine. The USMC skipper has been granted a partial immunity for his testimony.


November 2
Memphis snapped out of their mini-doldrums by blowing past USMC 4-1. The Cowboys snatched the finale to avoid the sweep. The Sound now enjoy a 3.5 game in the West over runner-up Seattle. Third place Union Station, with innings running perilously low, have a 4.5 game lead over Norfolk for the final post season spot in the division.

November 1
Section Two of the schedule is now complete as Amsterdam swept a double-header this evening by defeating Rochester 3-2 and followed that up with a 4-1 victory over Maine.

October 28
Despite a tremendous series by Chris Davis, 4 Home Runs, a triple and 9 RBI's, San Diego dropped their 4th straight series as Union Station prevailed by a score of 3-2. The 3rd place Mystic Cowboys are now one game out of second place and three games behind Western Division leading Memphis.
USMC holds a six game lead over 4th place Norfolk for the last playoff berth in the "holier than thou".


October 27 (Late Report)
The Western Division completed Section Two of the schedule as Pensacola won for the third straight time, topping San Diego 3-2 in the "Classic Boothian Split".

October 27
Hartford continued their dominance over Western Division leading Memphis, as they defeated the Sound 3-2, despite being out-hit in all five games. The Hurricanes finish the season series against Memphis with a 10-6 advantage. The loss knocked the "Tennessean's" lead in the "holier than thou" down to two games over 2nd place Seattle. The first three contests all resulted in 2-1 scores with Memphis emerging on top in two of them.

October 26
Norfolk kept their post season aspirations alive by knocking off Seattle 3-2. The 4th place Neptunes trail Union Station by 5.5 games for the last playoff slot in the West. With the loss the 2nd place Scouts fall to 2.5 games off the pace behind Memphis in the "holier than thou" division. The "Nep's" victory caused search and rescue operations on both sides of the river to be suspended.

October 25
Pensacola defeated Hartford 3-2. The Hurricanes slugged 13 homers to the Piranha's 4 but 11 of them were of the solo variety. The "Canes" have now advanced into Section 3 of the schedule. Pensy trailed the series 2-1 before rallying to take he last two contests.

October 22
Seattle trimmed their deficit in the West to two games with a 3-2 squeaker over Memphis.
The two top teams in the "holier than thou" have now completed Section Two of the schedule.
In the finale with the series tied at two and the game deadlocked at 4-4, Seattle's Josh Donaldson strode to the plate with a runner on second base in the bottom of the 8th.
 The Memphis skipper, "pondered" for an inordinate amount of time before the Scout's manager inquired, "Are you worried about the 44-7" to which the Sound's boss replied, "Yes I am". After a little more "pondering", the Memphis chieftain said, "go ahead". Donaldon promptly deposited the ball over the center field fence to give the S
couts a 6-4 lead. The Sound then went out meekly in the 9th to give Seattle the series.

October 13
In an absolute "must win" series, the Norfolk Neptunes rose to the occasion and defeated Union Station 4-1. The victory snapped the Mystic Cowboy's five series winning streak. USMC, with their pitcher's innings running low, still have a six game lead over the 4th place "Nep's" for the last playoff slot in the "holier than thou" division as both teams enter the final Section of the schedule. Norfolk's photography team searching for the perfect picture for next years media guide came up with this impressive shot of Chiques Rock.





October 10 (Evening Report)
Las Vegas widened their lead in the East to ten games with a 3-2 verdict over Brooklyn. For the Crazy Horse it was their fifth consecutive series win. The loss placed the Metropolitans back into a tie with Philadelphia for 4th place. Both clubs have now completed Section Two of the schedule.

October 10
Brooklyn took over 4th place in the East as they rolled over Maine 4-1. The Maui's, with the loss, have dropped back into the cellar.

October 9
"Red Hot" Union Station won their 5th in a row as they blew past Seattle 4-1. The Mystic Cowboys and the Scouts are in a dead heat for 2nd place in the West, three games behind Memphis.

October 8 (Late Report)
Amsterdam snapped Brooklyn's three series winning streak with a 3-2 decision over the Metropolitans. Despite the win the 2nd place Bulldogs are still 9.5 games off the pace.

October 8
Seattle breezed by Hartford 4-1. The Scouts cut their deficit in the West to 1.5 games behind the division leading Memphis Sound.

October 6
Norfolk ended their three series losing streak by defeating San Diego 4-1. The Neptunes have now moved into fourth place in the West, seven and a half-games out of the last post season berth in the division. The finale saw the 76er's trying to rally in the 7th inning but the skies opened up and the game was rained out. Norfolk has cancelled their depression therapy session scheduled for tomorrow.

October 3
Pensacola handed Norfolk their 3rd consecutive loss to the tune of 3-2. The fourth place Piranhas are still a distant eight games out of the last playoff slot in the West. Chiques Rock is no longer a viable option for the Neptunes as they seek alternative ways to relieve their suffering.


September 30
Maine escaped the confines of the Eastern Division basement by nipping Sherwood 3-2. The Machine, who dropped back to the .500 mark, have now completed Section Two of the schedule.

September 28
Memphis rolled over San Diego 4-1 to up their lead in the West to three games over Seattle.
The Sound has man-handled the 76er's this season by a 10-1 count. The only "Sixer" victory came after the "Tennessean's" Jake Arrieta no hit them until Nick Markakis broke it up with a 9th inning single
but the Sound was unable to tally even a single run against 76er (C-Z) Tommy Milone. In the top of the 10th, doubles by Bret Gardner and Alex Gordon gave them a 1-0 lead and Milone completed his 10 inning shutout.

 September 24
Seattle trimmed Memphis's lead in the West to 1.5 games as they edged Pensacola 3-2. The Piranha's have now dropped three in a row and are tied with Norfolk for fourth place in the "holier than thou".

September 21
Sherwood went over the .500 plateau as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Rochester. The Machine opened up a 3.5 game lead for the third and final playoff spot in the East. The Rockers, who have now dropped four series in a row, are now tied with Maine at the bottom rung of the division.

September 20
Things tightened up in the West last evening as Union Station won for the fourth consecutive time with a 3-2 victory over Memphis. The Sound clings to a two game lead in the "holier than thou" division over Seattle with the Magic Cowboys nipping at their heels just a game behind the Scouts and three out of first place.

September 18 (Afternoon Report)
Brooklyn entered the cusp of the playoff hunt as they reeled off their 3rd straight win with a 3-2 decision over Sherwood. The 5th place Metropolitans are just 2.5 games out of the last post season berth.

September 18
Sherwood got to within one game of the .500 mark with a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam. The Machine increase their lead to 2.5 over Philly for the last playoff spot in the East. The 2nd place Bulldogs fall to 10 games off the pace behind the division leading Crazy Horse.

September 15
Memphis got by Pensacola with a 3-2 verdict. The Sound have a 2.5 game lead in the West.

September 12
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Black Sox as they welcomed Stephen Allan Abrams III into the world on Thursday. Quoting the Sox skipper "I hope he becomes a 3rd generation APBA player just as I learned the game from Steve Sr. as a child".
 

September 7
Las Vegas keeps "rolling along" as they defeat Sherwood 3-2. It was the Crazy Horse's fourth consecutive victory and increases their lead in the East to 9.5 games.

September 5
Las Vegas has begun pulling away in their bid to capture the Eastern Division flag as they downed Maine to the tune of 4-1. The Crazy Horse now enjoy a nine game lead over runner-up Amsterdam.

August 31
Hartford sent Norfolk spiraling into a 5th place tie with San Diego as the Hurricanes captured a 4-1 decision. The "Canes" Robbie Ray threw a complete Game shutout in Game # 1. The Neptune's did not put up a crooked number until the 6th inning of game # 4 when they tallied 8 times en-route to their only win of the series by a 8-5 score. The "Nep's" had a 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning of the finale but managed zero hits and just one walk the rest of the way, losing the contest 6-5.
As the Norfolk skipper exited the Club, he said he was going home to switch cars and get his Miata because "it will fly over Chiques Rock".

August 30
Las Vegas, who owns the BRIB, increased their lead in the East to 7.5 games with a 4-1 rout over Rochester. The loss drops the Rockers into a last place tie with Maine.

August 28
Some Sunday matinee action today in the ZSABL.
Memphis rolled over Norfolk 4-1 to pad their lead in the West to two games over Seattle.
The Sound's closer, Darren O'Day, notched three saves. In the East, Maine engaged in a double-dip, nipping Rochester 3-2 in the opener before demoralizing Philadelphia 4-1. The Black Sox, who appeared to be back on track after a big win versus Amsterdam yesterday, took game # 1 but then dropped four straight as the Maui's staged comeback victories in the final two contests.
Philly falls 2.5 games out of the last post season slot in the East but are the first team to complete Section Two of the schedule.
Skipper Abrams, interviewed in a somber Black Sox club house after the series, alluded to the Don McLean's song, American Pie, playing in the back ground as "The Day the Music died" on Philly's season.

August 27
Softly humming the chorus to the Beatle's "Here Comes the Sun" as the series progressed, the Philadelphia Black Sox emerged victorious over the Amsterdam Bulldogs by a 4-1 verdict. Both teams were riding five series streaks, the "Dog's" on the winning side while the "Sox" had dropped their last five. The highlight of the match-up was in Game # 2 when four Philly hurlers combined to no-hit the Bulldogs in a 10 inning 1-0 contest.
Amsterdam is now six games behind the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Cazy Horse. Philadelphia, who now leads the ZSABL in series played with 18, are one game off the pace for the last playoff berth in the East behind Sherwood.


August 21 (Late Report)
San Diego nipped Seattle 3-2 to knock the Scouts out of their first place tie in the West with Memphis. The ZSABL home run leader, Chris Davis of the 76er's, smashed four more taters while Joey Votto chipped in with three triples.
 

August 21
As the haunting strains of Tom Petty's hit "Free Fallin" played in the back ground, the Philadelphia Black Sox lost to Brooklyn 3-2.
It
was the "Sox" fifth consecutive loss and they have gone 20-36 since their last winning series, versus Norfolk, on 5/21. Brooklyn with the victory are now just a game behind Philly for 4th place in the East.

August 20
A venue change to the Hubley Club seemed to be the correct decision for Las Vegas as they rolled to a 5-0 white wash of Philadelphia. The victory increases the Crazy Horse lead in the East to 4.5 games over Amsterdam. The Black Sox drop to 4th place, two games behind third place Sherwood.
Jeurys Familia was the pitching star for the "Crazy One's" as he notched four saves and picked up a victory in the other. Las Vegas's Bryce Harper was held in check for the series until the finale when he launched a trio of home runs, tying the game in the 8th with his second and then hitting a walk off blast in the bottom of the 11th.


 
August 18
Amsterdam continued their "charge" in the East by knocking off the division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse by a 3-2 count. The second place Bulldogs are now just two games out of first place.

August 17
Brooklyn edged Rochester 3-2 to drop the Rockers into 6th place in the East.

August 15
Union Station cooled off Hartford by a 4-1 count.
The Hurricanes lone victory came at the expense of John Lackey, the ZSABL leader in victories. The finale was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands multiple times before the Cowboys emerged with a 11-10 win despite six Hurricane home runs. USMC is now in the thick of the Western Division race as they are now just two games out of first place.

August 14
Rochester rallied back from one run losses in the first two games to take the last three from Philadelphia, including complete game shutouts by Jake Peavy and Patrick Corbin. The fading Black Sox are now at .500 and hold just a half-game lead over Sherwood for the last playoff spot in the East. The Philadelphia skipper indicated in a post series press conference that "some internal changes may be made"

August 12 (Late Report)
Section One of the schedule is now complete as Amsterdam rolled to their fourth consecutive victory by dropping Rochester 5-1. The Bulldogs are now just three games behind the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse.

August 12
Hartford made it two victories in a row as they edged San Diego 3-2. In a fairly non-descript series the highlights were Chris Davis of the 76er's slugging four home runs to raise his league leading total to 35 and on the Hurricane side of the ledger, R.A.Dickey, a C-No Z, picking up two wins in relief. (as well as a loss)


August 10
Hartford shocked Memphis as they came away with a 4-1 victory. The Hurricanes, who captured only their second series win of the season, sent the first place Sound into a flat-footed tie for the Western Division lead with Seattle.

August 7
Philadelphia continues to struggle as they opened up Section Two of the schedule with a 3-2 loss to Sherwood. The Black Sox's lead over the Machine for the last playoff berth in the East is down to one game.

August 5
Second place Amsterdam closed their gap in the East to five games as they rolled over Maine 5-1. The Bulldogs, who won for the third straight time, have Rochester left on the schedule, which will complete Section One.
The Maui's suffered their tenth consecutive non-winning series.


July 31
Memphis rebounded from a stinging defeat yesterday to blast Philadelphia by a 5-1 count to reclaim 1st place in the West. The series marked the completion of Section One of the schedule for both squads.
For only the third time in ZSABL history the "holier than thou" crown ended up dead even. The loss by the Black Sox trimmed their lead over 4th place Sherwood to just two games for the last play off slot in the East. Memphis, who opened up a 1.5 game lead over Seattle, captured the first five contests before 1st inning home runs by Francisco Cervelli and Prince Fielder gave the 'Sox" a 2-1 win in the finale.


July 30
Amsterdam knocked Memphis out of first place in the West by defeating the Sound 5-1. In the process, the Bulldogs moved into second place in the East. Amsterdam ceded the opener to the "Tennessean's" before reeling off five consecutive wins.
The loss drops the Sound into second place in the West, a half-game behind the Seattle Scouts.
Several eyewitnesses, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claimed the Memphis skipper was using Google Maps on his phone, searching for the quickest route to Chiques Rock.

July 26 (Late Report)
Union Station won again, this time dispatching Pensacola by a 3-2 score. The series was marred by offensive ineptness as the Cowboys failed to even hit one home run. They won one contest 1-0 with the only run scored via a balk. USMC's John Lackey earned another victory by defeating Clayton Kershaw 3-1.

July 26
More Section Two action last night as Union Station edged San Diego 3-2. The third place Cowboys stay in contention as they move to 5.5 games out of first. USMC's John Lackey won his league leading 12th victory.

July 22
Brooklyn became the third team in the East to complete Section One of the schedule as they came out on the short end of a 4-2 match-up with Amsterdam. The Bulldogs, with the win, are now just one game behind the 2nd place Philadelphia Black Sox.

July 21
In matinee action today, Philadelphia took the first three games only to drop the next trio of contests to split with Maine 3-3.

The Black Sox skipper interviewed at the conclusion of the series said, "With the daunting task of upcoming Memphis to complete Section 1 of the schedule we can�t help but feel as though the series was a loss after being up 3-0. After a 10-2 start to the season we are now 29-31 since."

TMZ along with other media outlets reported that
 these facts along with Philly�s skipper being a bit more intoxicated during their real life vacation, provoked a closed door meeting that could be heard by others outside the clubhouse.


July 20
In action last night, Pensacola finished Section One of the schedule by defeating Maine 4-2. The victory evened up the "holier than thou" race with two series to go.
In other dice-rolling, Norfolk dropped the first two contests to Seattle, the first in 10 innings, the second in 16 frames before sweeping the final three; which included two combined shutouts. It was the first series of Section Two. Second place Seattle falls 1.5 games behind the Western Division leading Memphis Sound.
An informal survey taken in the Norfolk area, asking the participants to name the "Most scenic places in Pennsylvania", saw the Chiques Rock Recreational Park coming out on top of the list.

 
July 19
San Diego joined the ranks of teams completing Section One of the schedule by splitting with Rochester 3-3.

July 17
Sherwood became the 2nd team in the East to complete Section One of the schedule as they split with Brooklyn 3-3.

July 13
Brooklyn derailed Norfolk 4-2 as the Neptunes completed Section One of the schedule. A Groff family picnic scheduled for tomorrow at Chiques Rock County Park has been cancelled to avoid any temptations to get a closer view of the Susquehanna River.

July 12
Norfolk won a 4-2 decision over Rochester to get back to the .500 mark for the season. The victory deadlocked the race for the "holier than thou" supremacy with five series to go. The Neptune skipper indicated that tomorrow they plan to take a leisurely jaunt up to Chiques Rock to take in the panoramic view of the river.

July 11
San Diego rebounded from a 6-0 sweep at the hands of Memphis by taking a 5-1 decision from Brooklyn.

July 10
Las Vegas became the first Eastern Division
club to complete Section one of the schedule with a 4-2 victory over Sherwood. The Crazy Horse, who have the BRIB, extended their lead in the East to 8 games over 2nd place Philadelphia.

July 9
Pensacola and Sherwood split 3-3.

July 8
Sherwood reaches the .500 plateau with a 4-2 win over Amsterdam. The Machine trails the 3rd and final playoff slot in the East by just one game.

July 7
We have a new leader atop the Western Division as
the Memphis Sound blanked San Diego 6-0.


July 5
More results from the holiday weekend. Brooklyn took down Philly 4-2; the Black Sox won the opener and the finale but dropped the four contests in between. Second place Philadelphia has now fallen seven games off the pace behind the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse.


July 4 (Late Report)
In more Independence Day action, Rochester and Las Vegas played to a 3-3 draw. It was the third straight split for the Rockers.

July 4
Las Vegas extended their lead in the East to six games with a 5-1 victory over Brooklyn. The Crazy Horse have the BRIB.

July 3
Memphis cut into Seattle's lead in the West as they defeated Maine by a 4-2 count. The Sound trail the Scouts by two games.

June 26
(Addendum)
With their series yesterday, both Seattle and Hartford have joined Union Station as the only clubs to complete Section One of the schedule.

June 25
Some matinee action today. In the opener, Amsterdam and Philadelphia split 3-3. Madison Bumgarner notched two victories for the Black Sox.
The Bulldogs Tony Sipp recorded a save in each of Amsterdam's wins.
The other series saw Seattle drop the first two games against Hartford, both extra inning affairs before bouncing back to capture the last four contests.


June 24
Amsterdam finally slowed down the Seattle Scouts, handing the "Woodsman Charges" their first series defeat of the season by a score of 4-2.

June 23
In what is becoming the "norm", Pensacola and Norfolk split 3-3. Spurious reports of a Neptune "dash to the rocks" are unfounded.

June 16 (Late Report)
San Diego moved into 5th place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Norfolk. The Neptune skipper in a reference to the book, The Road less Traveled, Peck,Morgan Scott - Arrow - 1978
said, " The Road to Chiques Rock will not be less traveled." Applications and Interviews will be held starting tomorrow for the expected vacancy of the Norfolk franchise.

June 16
USMC became the first team to complete Section One of the schedule as they battled Seattle to a 3-3 draw. The Scouts remain the only franchise in the ZSABL without a series blemish.

June 15
Las Vegas padded their lead in the East to four games over 2nd place Philadelphia by blasting Maine to the tune of 5-1.

June 13
More status quo action as Union Station and Norfolk split 3-3. A non-losing series for the Neptunes usually means that Chiques Rock will not enter the equation.

June 11 (Late Report)
Another
3-3 split. This time it is Philadelphia and Rochester.

June 11
Hartford won for the first time this season as they
handed Pensacola a 4-2 defeat. Felix Hernandez picked up two wins and Dalier Hinojosa notched three saves for the "Canes". The Piranhas Bartolo Colon magically rediscovered his command, issuing just one free pass and no HBP after his fiasco in his last start versus San Diego when he "plunked" five 76er's.

June 10
Another day. Another split. Maine and Brooklyn went 3-3.

June 7
San Diego and Maine fail to gain any ground as they split 3-3.

June 6
Norfolk and Maine split this evening 3-3. The Neptunes hold steady at the .500 mark so Chiques Rock is not a viable option tonight.

June 3
Brooklyn took home their first series win of the year by topping Hartford 4-2. The victory moved the "Met's" out of the Eastern Division basement and into a 5th place tie with Rochester.

June 2
Pensacola and San Diego split 3-3. The Piranha's captured two of the contests in their last at bat. The series was marred by the inexplicable loss of command by the C-ZZ Bartolo Colon. He hit five 76er batters in the finale. Fines and/or suspensions could be forthcoming.

May 28
Pensacola handed Philadelphia their first series loss of the season as they defeated the Black Sox 4-2.
The second place "Sox" are now two games behind the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse.


May 21
Philadelphia, unbeaten in a series this season, chalked up another as they topped Norfolk 4-2.
The Black Sox pulled to within one game of the Eastern Division leading Las Vegas Crazy Horse. The loss dropped the Neptunes back to the .500 mark. At last report the area around Chiques Rock was incident free.

May 19
Weather: Clear Skies - 54 Degrees
Winds-Light and Variable
Traffic: Rte 441- (Near Chiques Rock) All Patterns moving smoothly.

Norfolk kept Hartford win-less for the season by dropping the Hurricanes 4-2. The Neptunes erupted in Game # 5 with a 18-5 shellackng. "Cargo" Gonzalez had five hits, seven RBI's and a pair of homers. Ryan Braun chipped in with two "taters" and 5 RBI's.
 

May 18
Seattle remained undefeated as they held off Memphis's bid to re-claim first place in the West;  handing the Sound a 4-2 loss, despite dropping the first two games of the series to the "Tennessean's".

May 8
Seattle keeps rolling along as they romp over Maine by a 5-1 count and in the process; they take over first place in the West by a full game over 2nd place Memphis.

May 1
Seattle kept up their winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Pensacola. The Scouts, who have not lost a series this season, closed their gap in the West to just one game behind the division leading Memphis Sound.

April 30
Seattle and Philadelphia split 3-3. The Scouts remain unbeaten for the year.

April 29
Amsterdam handed San Diego their third straight defeat and moved into 3rd place in the East with a 5-1 triumph. The 76er's avoided the sweep by capturing the finale.

April 27
Norfolk derailed the Las Vegas "Express" as they handed Crazy Horse their first loss of the season by a 5-1 count. The Neptunes are now at the .500 mark while the "Crazy One's" lead in the East is trimmed to two games over Philadelphia. Any reference to Chiques Rock will be omitted in this report.

April 26
Las Vegas opened up a four game lead in the East with a 4-2 win over San Diego. The 76er's lost three games in the Crazy Horse's last at bat despite leading each of the contests into the final stanza.

April 24
Seattle and Sherwood played to a 3-3 draw. The Scouts have not dropped a series this season.

April 23 (Late Report)
Brooklyn and Union Station split 3-3.

April 23
Lots of action again. Sherwood took a 4-2 decision from Maine, resulting in a three-way tie for third place in the East between the Forest, the Maui's and Amsterdam.
In another match-up, Philadelphia earned their third straight 3-3 split as they drew with Hartford.
The finale of the afternoon but not the evening as Brooklyn and USMC are scheduled later, Memphis increased their lead in the West to two games as they defeated the Magical Cowboys by a 4-2 count.


April 22 (Evening Report)
Sherwood knocked off Rochester 4-2 to give both teams identical 19-23 records. They are tied for 5th place in the East.

April 22
Lots of action last night. Memphis took over first place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Pensacola.
Seattle topped San Diego 4-2 to tie USMC for 2nd place in the "holier than thou", one game off the pac
e. Maine evened their record at 9-9, good enough for 3rd place in the East as they handed Rochester a 4-2 defeat.

April 18
Sherwood's ephemeral escape from the basement of the Eastern Division lasted a little over 24 hours as the Forest dropped 4-2 decision to San Diego. The "Nottingham Boy's" are now tied with Brooklyn at the bottom rung of the East. The 76er's, whose skipper called the match-up "A tough series" moved into fourth place in the West.

April 17
Seattle and Las Vegas battled to a 3-3 split. The Scout's Francisco Liriano threw a one-hit shutout gem in the opener. In the finale Crazy Horse's Matt Carpenter blasted a pair of home runs and knocked in five runs en-route to a 8-5 victory.
In other action, Sherwood escaped the basement in the East as they handed the hapless Hartford Hurricanes a 5-1 loss. The "Cane's" who are win-less on the season took the opener before dropping the next five contests.

April 16 (Evening Report)
Pensacola stayed at the .500 plateau as they split 3-3 with Amsterdam. The wind was apparently blowing in at "Amsterdam Arena"
as only five home runs were hit in the series, two by the Piranha's Khris Davis.

April 16
Las Vegas and Philadelphia traded victories back and forth resulting in a 3-3 split. For the Crazy Horse it was their first non-winning series after five consecutive wins. The "Crazy One's" Bryce Harper was the star of the match-up, slugging five home runs including three in one game.

April 14

Rochester hammered Hartford by a 5-1 count to get back to the .500 mark and move into 3rd place in the East. With limited bullpen options, Rocker starter Yovani Gallardo walked three men in a row with the bases loaded and no outs in the 8th inning to trim what was once a 10-1 Rochester lead to 10-8 before David Robertson was summoned to put out the fire, but he promptly walked in another before ending the stanza. Kenley Jansen came on in the 9th to preserve the 10-9 Rochester victory. Manager Sam Schall is another skipper that the Hurricanes have failed to snag a series win with.
In other action, Memphis rolled to a 3-0 series lead over Norfolk early on before being stymied by the
Neptune's Jordan Zimmermann (C-Z), who spun a five hit route going shutout in game # 4. The Sound never recovered as Norfolk took the last two contests to gain a 3-3 split.

April 13
Las Vegas remained undefeated through their first five series as they dealt Hartford a 4-2 loss. The first place Crazy Horse now have a three game lead over Philadelphia in the East. The Hurricanes are now win-less in six tries thus far. Hartford has never won a series versus a Manager Billy Bell led squad.

April 12
(Late Report)
Seattle and Brooklyn split 3-3

April 12
The publication Baseball Today and Tomorrow
 (Eastern Division Issue)
is available here.
It is also on the Web Site under the Opinion Tab.

April 10
In the first sweep of the season, Union Station vaulted into first place in the West with a 6-0 white-wash against the Maine Maui's. The Cowboys John Lackey ran his record to 9-1 with a 1-0 shutout in Game # 3.

April 9 (Afternoon Report)
Sherwood took home their first series victory of the year by dropping Norfolk 4-2.

 
April 9
Memphis rolled into a first place tie with Seattle in the West as they defeated Sherwood 4-2. The loss was the Machine's third straight to open the season.

April 6 (Late Report)
USMC spotted Hartford the first three contests but came back to capture the last three to earn a 3-3 split and stay at the .500 mark. It was a moral victory for the Cowboys who have not defeated the Hurricanes since 2007, going 26-60 in that span.

April 6
As usual this Office is the last to know that there were two additional series played last evening. Rochester held the Memphis Sound in check by splitting with them 3-3. Manager Kachnoskie, meeting with the media after the match-up lamented that he, "showed his talent or lack of on rolling dice". In the other contest, Rochester took a 4-2 decision from Pensacola moving the Rockers into 5th place in the East. The loss dropped the Piranha's to the .500 mark and a 3rd place tie with USMC and San Diego in the West.

April 5
Las Vegas won for the fourth time in a row to start the season and increased their lead in the East to two games over Philadelphia as they defeated Pensacola by a 4-2 count. The loss dropped the Piranha's into a 2nd place tie with Memphis in the West.

April 4
A pair of series were in play this evening. In the opener, Memphis defeated Brooklyn 5-1. The Sound took two of them in extra innings. Game # 3 featured a 19-11 Memphis win with both starting pitchers going the route, Jake Odorizzi for the Sound and Collin McHugh for the Metropolitans. In the other match-up, San Diego took a 4-2 decision from Hartford. Robbie Ray, notched both wins for the Hurricanes, winning Game # 1 and the finale.

April 2
A Mini-APBA Mania broke out at the club this afternoon. In the first match-up Amsterdam defeated Hartford 4-2. In this one the "Canes" Dalier Hinojosa, who only has 24 innings on the year and was held out of action so far this season until the finale of this series, entered the game with two on in the 9th inning. His first pitch was called a ball by the plate umpire. Hinojosa disagreed and was promptly ejected. So he still has 24 IP left.
The Bulldogs won two of the games in extra inning.

In other action, Pensacola took down USMC 4-2, the Piranha highlights were a Triple Play in game # 1, A Edwin Encarnacion Grand-Slam to propel them to a 6-4 win in Game # 4 and a Clayton Kershaw 4-hit shutout in Game # 5. The Cowboys John Lackey returned the favor in the final contest by blanking Pensacola on three hits.

Still more ball was played as Amsterdam went up against USMC as both clubs indulged themselves in a double-dip. In this one, USMC prevailed by a 4-2 count. Making both teams .500 for the day's work.

One more series was played and Norfolk took the first three games from Seattle before the Scouts rallied to take the last three and earn a 3-3 split.


March 31
Las Vegas beat Memphis 4-2 to take over 1st place in the East in what was reported to be an offensive oriented series. In other action, Philadelphia and San Diego split 3-3.


March 30
The publication Baseball Today and Tomorrow
 (Western Division Issue)
is available here.
It is also on the Web Site under the Opinion Tab. Web Formatting issues are trying to be resolved.


March 29
Las Vegas moved into a tie for first place in the East with Philadelphia as they handed USMC their 2nd straight 5-1 loss.

March 28
Seattle opened their season in grand style by defeating Rochester 5-1 and tying Union Station for first place in the West.

March 26 (Evening Report)

The Black Sox sent in the following summary of their home opener series with Union Station;

To say Philly�s home opener series vs USMC was filled with dramatics would be an understatement. Game 1 saw Philly trailing by 2 with 2 outs in the 9th when Peralta and Cespedes hit back to back solo shots to tie. Teixeira eventually won it with a solo shot in the 14th. In Game 2 USMC entered the bottom of the 9th with a 9-6 lead when Philly rallied and prevailed 11-9 on a game winning grand slam by Cespedes. The rest of the series was much the same as Philly won two more games in the bottom frame when trailing by a run. When the smoke cleared Philly had a 5-1 series win (4 in walk off fashion) over USMC.

March 26
Maine humbled Hartford 5-1 in the Maui's season opener. The Hurricanes could only salvage the finale despite four home runs by Jose A.Bautista in the series. Maine is now tied for 1st in the East with Las Vegas and Philly while Hartford drops into the cellar in the West.

A Philadelphia beat writer took exception to the annual Eastern Division Analysis put out by yours truly. It was seen posted in the clubhouse as "Bulletin Board Material".
The yearly publication should be taken with a "grain of salt" since the editor has not secured a ZSABL World Championship since 2005. 
   

March 25 (Late Report)
Las Vegas got off to a strong start as they blasted Amsterdam 5-1. The Crazy Horse are tied with Philadelphia atop the East standings board.

March 25
Amsterdam defeated Norfolk by a 4-2 count as the East picked up their first series victory over a "holier than thou" opponent.

March 24
Memphis and Hartford split 3-3 as the Hurricanes C-Z starter Chase Anderson notched two complete game victories including a 2-hit shutout. Hartford's David Ortiz launched his 300th ZSABL home run in the opener.
Sherwood's slow start has led a lot pundits to question their trade of Joey Votto. We all remember the "Curse of the Bambino" could this lead to the new phrase, "The Curse of the Votto".

March 23 (Evening Report)
Sherwood absorbed their 2nd straight 5-1 shellacking as Philadelphia, in their season opener, took the honors. In other action, Union Station kept up their accelerated pace of play by capturing their 3rd consecutive series with a 4-2 decision over Rochester.

March 23 (Mid-Morning Report)
Pensacola, under the direction of George Zangari, who was making his ZSABL return after a 13 year hiatus, defeated Brooklyn 4-2.

March 23
Details are emerging from last night's Sherwood-USMC match-up. The "Cowboy's" skipper Mel Smith, ever the gracious host, presented the Sherwood manager with a liverwurst sandwich and two bud lights at the conclusion of the series. The Machine's boss said "after kicking my teeth in" it was the least he could do.

March 22 (Late Report)
USMC dropped the opener by a 1-0 score but then reeled off five consecutive victories to top Sherwood 5-1.

March 22
The rosters are up except for Seattle and Maine's designated minor leaguers. PLEASE examine your team for discrepancies. Its a lot of data entries and these soon to be 66 year old fingers are not as spry and nimble as they used to be.

March 21
San Diego and Union Station opened the 2016 season with the Mystic Cowboys taking a 4-2 decision despite being out-homered 12-10.

March 20
The complete Draft Grid as well as the team by team draft is now up on the web site. Kindly check your team for any typos or mistakes.
Again I want to thank everyone for their generous contribution to my retirement fund. It is greatly appreciated.


March 16
There will be a moratorium on Trades/Releases and any other roster moves starting tonight at 7:00. The draft grid and current rosters have to be finalized and printed as we approach the Free Agent Draft this Saturday.

March 15
Here is how the 2015 ZSABL Champion, Sherwood Forest, achieved their record breaking 6th franchise title.
Game # 1 San Diego's Cole Hamels scatter
ed seven hits and the 76er offense blasted four home runs, by Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Evan Gattis and Chris Davis for a 12-3 victory. Carlos Santana and Corey Dickerson went deep for the Machine in a losing cause.

Game # 2 In a ten inning affair, Sherwood tallied in the bottom half of the inning to eke out a 3-2 decision.

Game # 3 Sherwood's Johnny Cueto surrendered four runs on six hits but did not issue a walk as h
e
 went the distance in a 5-4 Machine win. Santana and Brandon Belt went yard for the "Nottingham Boy's" while Gattis and Davis left the park for the "Sixer's".

Game # 4 was all Henderson Alvarez as he shut down the 76er's on four hits and a solitary free pass en-route to a 5-1 complete game triumph. Santana and the "Best Player in Baseball" Russell Martin provided  long balls for Sherwood. Nick Markakis a member of the San Diego's "Greek Contingent" hit a home run to account for the 76er's lone run.

Game # 5 San Diego bounced back with a 4-2 victory behind a quartet of hurlers with Garrett
Richards earning the win and Koji Uehara notching the save. Hanley Ramirez and Markakis slugged "taters" for the "Sixer's".

Game # 6 Johny Cueto went the route again for Sherwood, limiting the 76er lineup to just four hits. Dickerson hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki knocked in two more as the Machine took home the "Trophy" with a 4-1 win.

March 10 (Breaking News)
Sherwood held on to defeat Amsterdam in the Eastern Division finals to earn their 5th trip to the ZSABL Classic in the last six years.
The Machine rolled to an early 3-0 lead in the match-up and with a one run lead with two out in the bottom of the 9th in Game # 4 were ready to "pop the bubbly" but the reigning ZSABL Champs pulled the game out and then went on to take the next two to even the series at 3-3.
The finale however went to the Machine by a 6-4 score.

Sherwood will now play San Diego in the Series. 76er skipper Tom Doran is 5-2 in Title matches while Manager Tarantino is 2-4, having won championships in 2002 and 2008 but has dropped his last four appearances in the finals. No matter the outcome, whoever emerges victorious will give their respective franchise an unprecedented 6th World Series victory.

March 10
The Lottery Mistress did her usual superb job and orchestrated the ZSABL Lottery this evening. She was assisted by a neutral observer, the Manager of the Year, Memphis's Ed Kachnoskie, who was not a participant this year in this gala event. In attendance was Norfolk, San Diego, Hartford, Union Station, Philadelphia, Maine and the former Pensacola Manager, Scott Fisher, as well as the aforementioned Memphis. Seattle also made a brief appearance but left before the festivities commenced.
Here was the outcome:
1)Philadelphia
2)Union Station-To Pensacola
3)Pensacola-Union Station
4)Rochester-Union Station
5)Hartford-To Union Station
6)Seattle
7)Brooklyn-To Union Station
8)Maine
Of course a Mock Draft broke out which will be posted on the front page of the site.

In other news, the MVP and Cy Young Award winners were announced. In one of the closest voting in ZSABL history, other than Co-MVP's,
Norfolk's Giancarlo Stanton edged San Diego's Jose Altuve by just a half-vote, 24.5 to 24.
Here are the final tallies:
1)Giancarlo Stanton, Norfolk 24.5
2)Jose Altuve, San Diego, 24
3)Victor Martinez, Brooklyn,17
4)J.D.Martinez, Las Vegas 12.5
5)Nelson R.Cruz, Seattle 3
6)3-Tied with 1
Andrew McCutchen, Amsterdam
Mike Trout, Rochester
Anthony Rizzo, Amsterdam

The Cy Young went to Las Vegas's Jon Lester with his 20 win season.
Here are those final results:
1)Jon Lester, Las Vegas 37
2)Lance Lynn, Norfolk 21
3)Corey Kluber, Las Vegas 9
4)Darren O'Day, Memphis 6
5)Johnny Cueto, Sherwood 5
6)Doug Fister, Seattle 3
7) 3-Tied with 1
Jamie Shields, San Diego
Zack Greinke, Amsterdam
Henderson Alvarez, Sherwood


March 9
Here is a brief recap of last night's Western Division Finals.
In the opener, Memphis starter Jake Arrieta, went the distance scattering five hits enroute to a 4-2 win.
 
Game # 2 saw a masterful performanc
e by San Diego's Cole Hamels who spun a one hit shutout. The lone safety was by Lorenzo Cain with two out in the bottom of the 8th. Nick Markakis and Carlos Gomez paced the 76er attack with 3 RBI's each for the 8-0 victory.

In Game # 3 the Sound's Alex Cobb went the route, allowing just five hits for a 3-1 Memphis triumph.

Game # 4 saw San Diego's Jamie Shields, the 2015 ZSABL leader in shutouts, do it again, spinning a one hit gem. The "Sixer's" erupted for seven runs in the first inning but that was it for the scoring the rest of the way as the 76er's came out on top 7-0.

In Game # 5, Memphis used their opponents method of winning by employing their own version of shutout baseball by using three pitchers, Arrieta,Wade Davis and Darren O'Day to white-wash the 76er''s 2-0.

Game # 6 was an 11 inning affair with the "Sixer's" pushing across 2 runs in the top of inning to prevail by a 4-2 score. Hamels went 10 innings to pick up his 2nd win of the series.

Game #7 as described in a previous post saw Memphis take a 4-0 lead while San Diego whittled the lead to just one run by scoring a singleton in the 4th,6th and 7th inning before Hanley Ramirez delivered his clutch 2-run double in the top of the ninth.

March 8 (Late Report)
San Diego outlasted Memphis in seven games to mark their return to the ZSABL World Series for the first time since 2002. Details are sketchy but the Sound had a 4-0 lead in the finale with the 76er's chipping away until the 9th when San Diego's Jose Altuve got a "rally clause" # 40 single followed by Manager Doran calling for a hit and run with Nick Markakis up. He delivered a single setting up Hanley Ramirez, who promptly drilled a two run double to give them the victory. More info on the series will be forthcoming after the score sheets are procured.

March 8
The Manager of the Year voting is now complete. Winning the honors for the first time in his ZSABL career is Memphis's Ed Kachnoskie.
 San Diego's Tom Doran finished a close 2nd by just four votes.
Here is the final tally:
Ed Kachnoskie,Memphis 23
Tom Doran, San Diego, 19
Billy Bell, Las Vegas 17
George Tarantino, Sherwood 14
Carl Swift, Amsterdam 8
Bill Groff, Norfolk 2
Des Deeter, Maine 1


March 6 (Late Report)
In a series that took exactly one hour to play, Amsterdam continued their bid to repeat as ZSABL Champion by vanquishing Las Vegas 4-1. The Crazy Horse were kept off the scoreboard until Game # 3, the only game they won, as the Bulldogs King Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke spun shutouts in the first two contests. We have to soon plan a draft date, early responses seem to favor the Saturday before Easter, March 19th. We could hold it later in the day for those who have to work. Let me know.

March 6
Melky Cabrera launched a solo home run in the 7th inning to give Amsterdam a 1-0 victory over Brooklyn and advance the Bulldogs into the Eastern Division playoffs. The two clubs ended the regular season deadlocked for third place forcing a one game playoff. Greg Holland picked up the win for Amsterdam with Tony Watson earning the Save. Matt Thornton, in relief, was the hard luck loser for Brooklyn.

March 5 (Evening Report)
The Lottery Mistress is poised and ready to perform her duties this Thursday @ 7:00 at the Club.
The Lottery order will be:
1)Philadelphia
2)Rochester-to USMC
3)Union Station-to Pensacola
4)Pensacola-to USMC
5)Maine
6)Seattle
7)Hartford-to USMC
8)Either Amsterdam or Brooklyn-to USMC
Pending the outcome of their one game Playoff.

March 5
Maine stopped Amsterdam 3-2 to prevent the Bulldogs from securing the last playoff slot in the East. The "'B-Dogs" and Brooklyn will meet in a one game playoff game to determine the final post season berth.

March 4
San Diego advanced to the Western Division finals by defeating Norfolk in an exciting seven game series.
The opener saw the 76er's Cole Hamels stymie the Norfolk lineup on just two hits for 10 innings before Hanley Ramirez plated the winning run in the bottom of the stanza.

Game # 2 saw Norfolk come back and eke out a 9-8 decision supported by three home runs and surviving a seven run outburst by San Diego in the 5th. Chris Davis went yard twice for the "Sixer's".

Game # 3 went to San Diego by a 2-0 score as James Shields and three relievers held the Neptunes to just three hits. Davis again provided the offense with a 2-run shot in the 6th.

Game # 4 was high-lighted by a four homer barrage by the 76er's including another Chris Davis dinger as San Diego prevailed by a 8-3 count to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

In Game # 5, Norfolk figured out the "Sixer's" Cole Hamels by blasting him for nine runs, although only four were earned, the results of two costly miscues by San Diego, including one by Hamels, enroute to a 9-3 victory.

Norfolk evened up the series at 3-3 in Game # 6 as the ZSABL HR leader Giancarlo Stanton finally went yard and Yan Gomes added another "tater" for a 3-1 Neptune win.

Game #7 was full of dramatics as the 76er's James Shields held the "Nep's" in check for five innings and Carlos Gomez's Sacrifice Fly gave them a 1-0 lead into the 9th. Koji Uehara was summoned to close out the 76er victory but a walk and then a 2-run home run by Charles Blackmon gave Norfolk a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Luke Gregorson in his 2nd inning of work for the "Nep's" led off the inning by walking Nick Markakis and Hanley Ramirez followed with a game-winning home run to give San Diego a 3-2 win and the series victory.

February 27
Amsterdam moved into 3rd place in the East with a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia. The Bulldogs need a series win over Maine in the ZSABL's regular season finale to secure the last playoff berth in the East. Two wins would tie them with Brooklyn forcing a one game playoff. Today's action clinched the Eastern Division pennant for Sherwood. The Machine have now notched five flags in the last six years.

February 21
Lots of action in the East yesterday. Las Vegas became the 2nd team to clinch a playoff spot by defeating Amsterdam 3-2, the Crazy Horse have now completed their regular season.
The Bulldogs rebounded and took down Rochester 4-1 to pull to within a game behind Brooklyn for the last remaining post season berth in the East.
Maine had a good day as they beat Philly and Rochester, both by 4-1 counts. The Rockers also have finished the regular season.
The ZSABL congratulates the Memphis Sound as they have now secured the Best Record in Baseball (BRIB).

February 14 (Breaking News)
A "Monster Deal" has just been reported.
Union Station sends 3B Kris Bryant, P Chris Archer, P Dellin Betances, P Mike Leake and P Brad Boxberger to Rochester for
C Blake Swihart, Inf Jurickson Profar,
Rochester's #1
Brooklyn's #1
Pensacola #1
Brooklyn's #2
Rochester's #2
Las Vegas's # 2
Rochester's # 6
and the Rockers # 1 pick next year.


February 14 (Afternoon Report)
Brooklyn moved into 3rd place in the East by extending the woes of the Philadelphia Black Sox to the tune of 5-0, the second time the "Sox" were swept today. The Metropolitans become the 2nd team in the East to complete their regular season. The "Met's" hold a two game lead over Amsterdam for the last playoff slot in the East.

February 14
Sherwood put an exclamation point on their bid for a fifth Eastern Division pennant in the last six years by blanking Philadelphia 5-0.
 The Machine have clinched a playoff slot, Las Vegas needs to duplicate the feat of a 5-0 white-wash against Amsterdam in their finale to tie for first although the Bulldogs remain mathematically alive in the pennant chase. Sherwood has now become the first Eastern Division club to complete the regular season.

February 13
Sherwood tied Las Vegas for first place in the East with a 3-2 triumph over Maine. The Crazy Horse and the Machine each have one series remaining.

February 12 (Special Edition)
It is with great remorse that the Hartford Hurricanes announced today that the "Scourge of the West", Covelli "Coco" Crisp has been granted his unconditional release. Crisp had a stellar career with the "Canes", ranking in the team's top ten in eight offensive categories, Games, Atbats, Runs, Hits, Doubles,Triples, Stolen Bases and Sacrifice hits. His eleven seasons with Hartford were the fourth most behind only Rafael Palmiero, Dale Murphy and Rafael Furcal. He had an uncanny knack of getting clutch hits which will not be missed by the other members of the Western Division. Good luck Coco and perhaps with an injury free 2016 MLB season we will see you again in the ZSABL.

February 12
A spurt of action in the East today.
 Brooklyn dropped a double dip,
losing 3-2 to Sherwood and then 4-1 to Amsterdam. Skipper Turner lamented that they were "apparently the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the league". The Metropolitans fall into 4th place in the East a half game behind the 3rd place Bulldogs who followed their victory over the "Met's" with a 3-2 win over Sherwood. The "top dog" in the division, Las Vegas, edged Maine by a 3-2 count. When the smoke cleared the standings look like this:
The Crazy Horse hold a half game lead over 2nd place Sherwood with Amsterdam moving up into 3rd, 3 1/2 games off the pace and Brooklyn still in the hunt just four games out. Manager Swift expressed concern that Brooklyn could be a visitor to Chique's Rock ala Norfolk.

February 11
Sherwood tied Las Vegas for first place in the East with a 3-2 victory over Rochester.

February 8
There is a new leader atop the Eastern Division. Las Vegas, who Brooklyn calls "the best team in the league", defeated the Metropolitans 4-1 to claim the the top spot.
The "Met's" tumble from 1st to 3rd, 1.5 games off the pace while Sherwood remains in 2nd place, a half-game behind the "Crazy Ones".


February 6 (Late Report)
Brooklyn laid claim to the top spot in the East by defeating Rochester 3-2. The "Met's" conclude the day, at least at this juncture, with an 11-4 mark.

February 6
Lots of news today. Brooklyn swept a double-header from Maine by scores of 3-2 and 5-0 to tie Sherwood for first place in the East.
Norfolk took the last playoff slot in the West despite a 3-2 loss to Seattle.
More action in the East as Philadelphia cooled off Las Vegas 3-2 to end the Crazy Horse's seven series winning streak. The "Vegan's" fall to one game off the pace behind the tandem of Sherwood and Brooklyn.
More deals were announced check the Transaction link.

February 3
USMC and Memphis ended their regular season as the Cowboys took a 3-2 decision. The pennant winning Sound finished four games ahead of 2nd place San Diego. The BRIB is still very much in play with the "Tennessean's" 82 victories the one to beat.

February 2
Amsterdam edged Brooklyn 3-2 to tighten up the Eastern Division race for 3rd place. The Metropolitans hold a 1.5 game lead over the Bulldogs although both clubs are still in pennant contention, with Brooklyn 3 games behind the division leading Sherwood Forest Machine and Amsterdam just 4.5 games out.

 
January 29
Seattle has the outcome of the Western Division chase for the last playoff berth in his grasp. The Scouts final series is with Norfolk, a clean sweep by Seattle would result in an unprecedented 3-way tie for the spot.
The teams would be seeded with the Scouts getting # 1 because of their season series edge over Norfolk. The Neptunes would be seeded # 2 as they topped Hartford during the year. Hartford gets the # 3 seed as a result of splitting with Seattle and losing to the Neptunes. The format is Norfolk vs Hartford in a one game playoff with the "Nep's" the home team and the winner advancing to play Seattle in another one gamer hosted by the Scouts. Stranger things have happened.

Memphis upon scrutinizing these possibilities
and being in the Newspaper business issued the following statement:

"How about that! If Seattle would sweep Norfolk I believe Gig Groff would not be around to see a playoff. It would read something like this:

Last night at 10:30pm a mazda miata with top down in near 0  degree weather was observed speeding down RT 30 at 90 mph it was last seen crashing through the fence at Chique�s Overlook as the radio blared Queen�s �We are the Champions�  Obviously the driver was in a delusional state of mind."

They are ready to sell some newspapers.


January 28
Memphis clinched the Western Division crown by blanking the suddenly struggling Norfolk Neptunes 5-0. The "sea gods" still need to win one game in their season finale versus Seattle to take home the last playoff berth in the "holier than thou".
Residents in the Columbia-Marietta area need not to "scurry for cover" as the recent snow hinders vehicular traffic but the Chique's Rock Overlook Trail still needs to be monitored in the event the Neptunes attempt a pedestrian assault.
In other action, Hartford rallied to take a 3-2 decision from San Diego. The Hurricanes end up with a .500 mark thanks to back to back complete game shutouts in the last two contests of the series by Scott Kasmir and Tim Hudson. For the latter it was no doubt his final ZSABL appearance and he went out in style with a three hit white-wash.
Despite the loss the 76er's clinched second place in the West as both clubs completed their 2015 regular season.
In the East, Rochester edged Philadelphia 3-2 as the Black Sox suffered their fourth consecutive series loss.

January 26 (Late Report)
Brooklyn could only manage 13 runs in the series but emerged with a 4-1 triumph over Philadelphia. The Metropolitans are now 2.5 games off the pace in the East. The Philly skipper lamented as he described the Black Sox lineup as a "feeble offense". They did however outscore the "Met's" 15-13, but nine of them came in their only victory.

January 26
Las Vegas continued their surge with a 4-1 victory over Sherwood, cutting the Machine's lead in the East to just a half-game over the Crazy Horse. It
was "The Crazy One's" 7th straight series win, going 25-10
during the streak. If it wasn't a work night the Shamrock Cafe would be "jumpin".

January 24
Did you know ?
That Outfielder Chili Davis, whose ZSABL career spanned from 1983-1999, was traded 13 times. A dozen of them
involved the Pabst-Unicorn franchise which were under the direction of the "mad-trader" himself, Mel Smith. He was also released once and then re-drafted. Six consecutive years from 1985 thru 1990 he was dealt at least once.

January 21
San Diego trimmed Memphis's lead in the West to 1.5 games as they ended Norfolk's four series win streak with a 4-1 victory. With our illustrious Governor's State of the Emergency decree, due to the pending epic snow storm, resources are stretched thin if the Neptunes plan any Chique's Rock shenanigans.

January 14
San Diego edged Pensacola 3-2 as the Piranhas became the first team to complete their 2015 schedule. The 2nd place 76er's are now three games behind the Western Division leading  Memphis Sound. The ZSABL extends their best wishes for a successful and speedy recovery to the
"Fish's" skipper, Scott Fisher as he under goes surgery next week.


January 8 (Late Report)
The red-hot Las Vegas Crazy Horse captured their 6th straight by rolling over Rochester 4-1. The 2nd place "Crazy One's" have trimmed Sherwood's lead in the East to 3.5 games.

January 8
Amsterdam took down Sherwood, stopping their five series losing skein, by a 3-2 count. The Machine now hold a five game lead in the East over 2nd place Las Vegas.

January 5
Union Station ended their four series losing streak by topping Pensacola 3-2.

January 2
Pensacola stopped Hartford 3-2.

December 30
Memphis dropped a 3-2 decision to Seattle trimming their Western Division lead to 3.5 games over 2nd place San Diego. The Scouts have now won three consecutive series.

December 28
Every team in the West saw some action this evening. Norfolk kicked off the festivities with a 3-2 decision over Hartford. Memphis then edged Pensacola by the same 3-2 score. Hartford engaging in a double-dip continued their mastery over USMC by a 4-1 count. The series was high-lighted by a pitching duel between the "Canes" Tim Hudson and the Cowboys Phil Hughes, who both went 10 innings in a 0-0 contest before the Hurricanes tallied off USMC's pen in the 11th. The finale of the evening saw Seattle, celebrating their birthday, blitz past San Diego 4-1. The West now stands with Memphis atop the division with a four game lead over the 2nd place 76er's and a five game lead over the 3rd place Neptunes.


 
December 27
Seattle took the first four contests before USMC captured the finale in Western Division action yesterday.

December 22
The Western Division pennant race has a whole new look. In action this evening 2nd place San Diego edged Memphis 3-2 to cut their deficit from the division leading Sound to just two games. For Memphis it was their first series loss after four consecutive victories. In other action, Norfolk white-washed Union Station 5-0 to drop the Cowboys into the "holier than thou" basement. The 3rd place Neptunes increased their lead for the last playoff berth to seven games over 4th place Hartford and moved to just five games off the pace for the Western pennant. Unconfirmed sources said that the "Nep's" management sent a healthy contribution check to the Chique's Rock Foundation.


December 19
Pensacola snapped a three series losing streak by prevailing over Seattle by a 3-2 score. Maine cleaned up their roster by releasing seven players.
They were P Blake Treinen, P Pat Neshek, P Bud Norris, P Neftali Feliz, C Christian Vazuez, Inf Will Middlebrooks and 1B-OF Allen Craig.


December 15
Maine got by Philadelphia 3-2. The disk should be here tomorrow, defense/speed/split pitching grades will be posted on the roster page.

December 14 (Late Report)
San Diego captured a 3-2 victory over Union Station to pull to within three games of the Western Division lead.

December 14
The "Winter Meetings", a phrase coined by Philadelphia, but not attended by, was held at the 8th Ward Club Christmas party yesterday. Seated at the "Main Bargaining Table" was Rochester, Maine,Sherwood,Las Vegas and Hartford. Perched on a bar stool directly behind the table was Seattle.
Dropping by the group occasionally was San Diego. With adult libations flowing freely, three major trades were finalized. They are listed on the web site.


December 9
Double Header action in the ZSABL this evening. Sherwood rolled over Brooklyn 4-1 to drop the Metropolitans into third place in the East. The "Met's" trail 2nd plce Las Vegas by a scant half-game. In the West, 3rd place Norfolk topped Pensacola 3-2 to open up a 4.5 game lead over 4th place Hartford for the last playoff slot in the West;
Leading to another boring night in the Chiques Rock Area.


December 8
Memphis made it four in a row and now enjoy a 3.5 game lead in the West as they defeated Hartford 3-2. The Hurricanes were lucky to salvage a pair of wins as they were held to just six runs and thirteen hits in the first four games. A Saltalamacchia walk off homer in the 10th in the opener gave the "Canes" a brief 1-0 lead in the series. The Sound returned the favor by taking Game # 2 in 10 innings thanks to an Arrenado dinger. A pair of two hit shutout triumphs by a host of Memphis hurlers made it 3 games to 1 before the Hurricanes "erupted" for seven runs in the finale for the bookend victories.

December 6
Las Vegas made things close in the East with a 3-2 victory over Brooklyn. The 3rd place Crazy Horse are now 4 games out while the 2nd place Metropolitans fall to three games off the pace. The "Crazy One's" have now reeled off five straight series wins and have completed Section Two of the schedule.

December 4
Seattle got by Hartford 3-2 in the Section Three opener.

December 2
The West completed Section Two of the schedule with a new leader atop the standings. Memphis stormed past San Diego 4-1 to take a three game game lead in the "holier than thou" Division.

November 28
Third place Norfolk got by Hartford 3-2 to increase their lead in the playoff chase to three games over the 4th place Hurricanes in the West. The "Canes" saw a three series win streak snapped as both clubs concluded Section Two of the schedule. Of course there was no mention of anything related to the "Chiques Rock" area.

November 24
In Memoriam
Condolences go out to San Diego and the Lottery Mistress on the loss of their Bichon Frise, Morgan.
She had kidney failure and to ease her suffering they had to make the painful decision for her to cross over to the "Rainbow Bridge".
There she will join the other 76er departed "fur-babies", Maddie and Jasmine. A long line of ZSABL pets await a joyful re-union when it is time.
Waiting for us to join them are;
Mt. Pleasant's "Muggins"
Norfolk's "Boomer"
Virginia's "Mystic"
Oyster Point's "Rocky & Bubba"
Hartford's "Bojac & Lobo"
and Pittsburgh's "Champ".
All ready united are Baltimore's Jeff Hull and "Bones". There are probably others which I have omitted, for that I apologize.

November 22
Union Station and Seattle completed Section Two of the schedule yesterday with the Cowboys taking a 3-2 decision. The two clubs now have identical records and are tied for 5th in the Western Division.

November 17 (Late Report)
Las Vegas announced that they are done with P Dylan Bundy and have given him his outright release. Hartford also gave the pink slip to OF-1B Michael Morse and P Junichi Tazawa.

November 17
Seattle knocked San Diego into a flat-footed tie for 1st place in the West, with Memphis, as the Scouts eked out a 3-2 victory over the 76er's. The series featured a 12 inning affair and a marathon 22 frame contest. The Sound and the "Sixer's" end Section Two of the schedule with a match-up.

November 14
Las Vegas made it four in a row as they topped Philadelphia 3-2. The "Crazy Ones" are now 4.5 games out of 1st place in the East. The series was apparently "non-descript" as the only high-light reported was that Game # 3 went 21 innings.

November 11
Sherwood cooled off Maine by a 4-1 count and in the process opened up a 2.5 game lead in the East. Fans at the series got their money's worth as one contest went 13 innings and another needed 19 stanzas to determine a winner.

November 10
R.I.P. Tommy Hanson

November 9
San Diego re-claimed the top spot in the West with a 3-2 victory over Norfolk. The seasonal change in temperature has apparently "cooled" any aspirations by the Neptunes to make the ascent to "Chique's Rock".


November 8
Maine trimmed their roster by releasing the following five players;
P Ryan Cook, P Travis Wood, Uti Don Kelly, OF Will Venable and 1B Adam LaRoche.

November 6
Maine kept up their fine play as of late by handing Amsterdam their 5th consecutive series loss. The Maui's prevailed by a 4-1 count and in the finale with particulars not being provided, some Maine hurler had a no-hitter with two out in the 9th when some Amsterdam batter hit a home run to spoil it. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 4th place in the East with Las Vegas moving up into the 3rd and final playoff slot, holding a one game lead over the "dogs".

October 30
In action yesterday, Maine swept Rochester 5-0. The Rockers as previously mentioned, now join Pensacola as the only clubs to finish Section Two of the schedule.


Did you know ?

That Adam LaRoche has played 835 games, amassing 2,811 Atbats, going into this season and has never stolen a base in the ZSABL. He doesn't have one so far this year either.
Prior to 2015 Ben Revere had played 370 games, getting 1,141 AtBats and had exactly zero homeruns. He ended that streak by going deep this season for Norfolk. The current leader for most Atbats without a homer is Rey Ordonez who went to the plate 842 times sans a "dinger".


October 29
Memphis tied San Diego for first place in the West with a 3-2 victory over Pensacola. The Piranhas are now the first team to complete Section Two of the schedule although Rochester could join them as they are slated to play Maine sometime this evening.

October 26 (Special Edition)
The ZSABL is pleased to announce that George Zangari has agreed to take over the Pensacola franchise, vacated by Scott Fisher. George was a member of the league from 1981 to 2003, amassing 1,349 victories good for 7th place on the all-time list, prior to this year. He led his Marakesh Xpress to three pennants and seven post-season appearances. He participated in one World Series, losing to Unicorn Sound in five games in 1993. Upon his departure the Xpress were moved to Brooklyn where Dave Turner has controlled the reins of the Metropolitans ever since. The Xpress entered the ZSABL in 1979, our 2nd season, as an expansion team. The franchise does hold the distinction of being the only club without a Championship title except the 2002 expansion team, the Philadelphia Black Sox, although Brooklyn seems poised to make a run at the "Trophy" this year.

October 26
Hartford took the first three contests as they got complete games from their starters but then dropped the final two. Hurricane 1B Lucas Duda had six hits in the series all via the 2nd column. Alas it was just two doubles and FOUR singles.

 
October 22
Norfolk snapped Union Station's three series winning streak by edging the Cowboys 3-2. PennDot's latest traffic report has very little activity on Rte. 441 near the Chique's Rock Recreation Area.

October 21
Memphis closed to a half-game off the lead in the West with a 4-1 win over Seattle.

October 19
Hartford got to the .500 mark with a 3-2 victory over Pensacola. The Hurricane's overcame a 1-0 deficit to Clayton Kershaw with a 2-run 9th inning rally in the finale.

October 14
Pensacola upended Seattle 4-1.

October 13 (Late Report)
Rochester edged Sherwood 3-2 to cut the Machine's lead in the East to one game over 2nd place Brooklyn.

October 13
Hartford rolled over Memphis 4-1. The Sound took the finale to avoid the sweep.

October 12
Las Vegas moved back into playoff contention as they swept a double bill. They took 4 out 5 from Maine and then nipped Amsterdam 3-2. The Bulldogs have now dropped 4 in a row.

October 8 (Late Report)
Memphis defeated Norfolk 3-2 in action this evening. Four of the games were decided by one run. The Sound pulled off a triple play in Game # 3 enroute to a 2-1 victory. It was a low scoring affair with the "Tennesseans" outscoring the "sea gods" by only a 14-11 count. Memphis failed to capitalize on a chance to take over the Western Division lead as they fell 4-3 in the finale. They now trail San Diego by a scant half-game. After a brief but spirited political conversation the Neptune skipper shouted out that he was heading to Chiques Rock as he exited the Club.  No word as of yet if he followed through with the threat.

October 8 (Afternoon Report)
Last night Philly edged Rochester 3-2, details are sketchy but the finale went 17 innings.

October 8
The Las Vegas front office has announced that the following players are now officially on the block;
1B Billy Butler,1B Yonder Alonzo,1B Justin Smoak, Inf Jedd Gyorko, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Denard Span,3B Pablo Sandoval and P Yordano Ventura.


October 7
Sherwood released OF Carlos Quentin and Hartford said, "Au Revoir" to Uti Kristopher Negron and P Tim Hudson. The latter with his 11 wins so far this season currently ranks 8th on the All-Time ZSABL pitching victories list.

October 5 (Breaking News)

It is with much remorse that this Office has to release the following statement from the Pensacola G.M.

" To all my fellow APBA Players,
I enjoyed the last fourteen years in the best league I was ever in. It is time for me to give it up for personal reasons at the end of the year.
I just want to thank all of you gentlemen."
Pensacola G.M.
Scott Fisher

In response to the above, this Office wants to personally thank Scott Fisher for being a rock steady member of the ZSABL. He helped make the transition of the league from the bar at Zangari's South to the 8th Ward Club as seamless as possible. His enthusiasm for trading" knew no bounds. We will all miss being "Fished" as some members labeled his initial foray into a prospective deal. Good Luck and perhaps when your personal issues are resolved APBA will again be part of your life.

October 5
Memphis severed ties with P Burke Badenhop and Inf Chris Taylor while Hartford bid "adieu" to P Miguel Gonzalez in transactions today.

October 4
Seattle edged Norfolk 3-2. Despite the loss the Neptune's announced no veiled threats about visiting a certain scenic rock area.

October 3
In action last evening, Las Vegas dropped Rochester 4-1. The Crazy Horse are now three games behind Amsterdam for the last playoff berth in the East.

September 27 (Evening Report)
In late action yesterday, Philadelphia handed Amsterdam their third consecutive loss as the Black Sox prevailed by a 3-2 count.

September 27
Rochester knocked Brooklyn out of their 1st place tie with Sherwood in the East as they defeated the Metropolitans by a 4-1 score. With the victory, the Rockers tied Maine for 5th place.

September 25
San Diego said "adios" to the following players; P Cliff Lee, P Joe Beimel, 2B Omar Infante and OF Matt Joyce.

September 24 (Late Report)
San Diego swept their way into the Western Division lead by blasting Hartford 5-0. An opening game shutout followed by two consecutive walk-off wins set the stage for a 11-2 blowout in Game #4 and a 8-4 win in the finale.

 September 24 (Afternoon Report)
News out of Memphis was disappointing for P Anibal Sanchez, Inf D.J.Peterson and OF Desmond Jennings.
The trio were all released today by the Sound's Front Office. With the MLB season winding down, roster changes will become a daily phenomena. Hartford responded to Memphis's announcement by placing P Jean Machi, P Eric O'Flaherty and 1B-OF Tommy Medica on irrevocable waivers.

September 24
Sherwood tied Brooklyn for 1st place in the East with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

September 21
Rochester ended their eight series non-winning streak by stopping Amsterdam 4-1.

September 20
The lead continues to shuffle in the "Wild East" as Brooklyn is now the "top dog". The Metropolitans, who have only lost one series all year and that was Series # 2 vs Norfolk, knocked Amsterdam out of the # 1 spot as they defeated the Bulldogs 4-2. The "Met's" now have a half-game lead over 2nd place Sherwood. The "B-dog's" drop down to 3rd place but are only one game off the pace. The series completes Section One of the Schedule.

September 19
Amsterdam took over first place in the East as they captured their fifth straight series, a 4-2 victory over Rochester. The Bulldogs have a half-game lead over 2nd place Sherwood. The Rocker's suffered their 8th consecutive non-winning series.

September 17
In action last night, USMC took down Pensacola  3-2.

September 15
Hartford climbed over the .500 mark with a 4-1 decision over Seattle. The Hurricanes used three walk off's to capture the series and left the winning runs on base in the finale as the Scouts held on to avoid the sweep.

September 14
Union Station topped the suddenly struggling Memphis Sound by a 3-2 score. The Cowboys captured the first three contests before the Sound rallied to take the last two. Memphis's lead in the West has shrunk to a game and a half over San Diego.

September 13
Seattle ended a five series non-winning streak by defeating the first place Memphis Sound to the tune of 4-2. The loss trimmed the "Tenneseean's" lead in the West to two games over 2nd place San Diego. All Western Division clubs are now in Section Two of the schedule.

September 10
Pensacola ended a 12 series non-winning streak by defeating San Diego by a 4-1 count. The loss dropped the 2nd place 76er's to three games behind the Western Division leading Memphis Sound. The "Sixer's" sole victory came courtesy of James Shields league leading fifth shutout.

September 5
In action yesterday,USMC nipped San Diego 3-2. The 76er's have now dropped 1.5 games off the pace in the West.

September 4
Sherwood broke a three way tie for first place in the East with a 3-2 victory over Las Vegas as they opened Section Two of the schedule. The Machine now have a scant half-game lead over the tandem of Brooklyn and Amsterdam.

August 31
Brooklyn engaged in a double-dip yesterday but things remained status quo in the East. The "Met's" took on Seattle in the opener and dropped the first three contests to the Scouts. They then rallied to take the last three to earn the split. In the night-cap they were no-hit by Las Vegas's Jon Lester but managed a draw with the Crazy Horse. "Vegas" has now completed Section One of the schedule. Inter League play is also finished with the West earning the"holier than thou" crown by four games, the fifth consecutive year the West has prevailed.

August 26
San Diego moved to just one game off the pace by defeating Philadelphia 6-0. The 76er's, who have now completed Section One of the schedule, trail the Western Division leading Memphis Sound by the aforementioned scant deficit of just a solitary game. To say the Black Sox dice were cold would be an understatement as the "Sixer's" recorded four shutouts. The victory swings the "holier than thou" race back to the West who now have a four game advantage.

August 25
Amsterdam forged into a 3-way tie for first place in the East with a 4-2 victory over Maine. The Bulldogs, who have now won four series in a row, are 14 games over the .500 mark along with Sherwood and Brooklyn, as that trio sits atop the East. The Maui's have now completed Section One of the schedule.

August 21
Section Two of the schedule got underway today with Norfolk edging Pensacola by a 3-2 count. All routes leading to the Chiques Rock Area are currently free of congestion.

August 20
In a battle between the "top dogs" in their respective divisions, Sherwood and Memphis played to a 3-3 draw. The series was highlighted by a perfect game spun by three Machine hurlers. Kyle Hendrick, Bryan Morris and Adam Ottavino combined for the "perfecto". Sherwood became the first Eastern Division team to complete Section One of the schedule.

August 17
Hartford took a 4-2 decision from Pensacola. The Piranha's won their first two series of the year and now are win-less in their last 13 match-ups. Both the Hurricanes and the "Fish" have now completed Section One of the schedule. The final two games of the series saw the "Canes" Scott Kazmir and Tim Hudson pitch complete game shutouts, winning by a score of 2-0 in both contests.

August 12
San Diego made some in-roads in the Western Division pennant chase by defeating Seattle 5-1. The 76er's are now four games behind the first place Memphis Sound.

August 9
Philadelphia and Las Vegas played to a 3-3 draw. Ironically it was the first split of the season for the Black Sox. Every other ZSABL team has at least one draw.

August 5
Things stayed "status quo" in the ZSABL pennant races as Brooklyn and San Diego battled to a 3-3 split. The "Met's" remained tied for first in the East with Sherwood while the 76er's are still six games behind the Western Division leading Memphis Sound.

August 4
Memphis spotted Pensacola the win in the opener and then reeled off five straight victories en-route to a 5-1 triumph. The Sound have now opened up a six game lead in the West.

August 2
Brooklyn surged into a first place tie with Sherwood in the East by virtue of a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia.

July 30
APBA Mania broke out at the Club this evening. In the opener Maine continued their fine play by surprising Memphis with a 4-2 victory. The Sound still hold a four game lead in the West over 2nd place San Diego. In the middle contest, Rochester and Pensacola played to a 3-3 split.
The night-cap saw Norfolk hold on to a 4-2 win over Sherwood. The Machine lead in the East has shrunk to a slim one game over runner-up Amsterdam. The Neptunes become the second team to complete Section One of the schedule. Chiques Rock was not mentioned in the Norfolk dugout but Sherwood was overheard asking the "sea-god's" skipper for directions to the ZSABL's "location of despair".

July 29 (Late Report)
Memphis split with San Diego 3-3 as the 1st place Sound retain their five game lead over the 2nd place 76er's in the West.

July 29
Amsterdam rolled into second place in the East as they defeated USMC 4-2. The Bulldogs are now two games behind the division leading Sherwood Forest Machine and one game ahead of third place Brooklyn. The victory gives the East a two game lead in the "holier than thou" chase. The Cowboys are now the first team to complete Section One of the schedule but the loss dropped them into the Western Division basement.

July 28
Norfolk evened up the "holier than thou" race by defeating Rochester 4-2.
The loss tumbled the Rockers into a last place tie with Philly in the East. On the bright side, local tourists were treated to an unobstructed view of the Chiques Rock Area.

July 21 (Evening Report)
Pensacola and Maine battled to a 3-3 draw. The East still leads the "holier than thou" race by two games.

July 21
Memphis reeled off their 6th consecutive series win and increased their lead in the West to five games as they blanked Rochester 6-0.

July 20
Philly ended a three series losing streak by prevailing over Rochester 4-2.

July 19 (Evening Report)
Hartford won their first series in eight tries as they defeated
USMC 4-2. In other action from today, Rochester spit with Sherwood 3-3.


July 19
Union Station slowed down the Eastern Division's string of recent successes by topping Philadelphia by a 4-2 count.

July 18
The Eastern Division continued their dominance in the "holier than thou" race by racking up a pair of 5-1 decisions over their Western Division foes.
Amsterdam tied Brooklyn for 2nd place in the East as they defeated Norfolk and Maine escaped the confines of the Eastern cellar by whipping Union Station, which sent the Cowboys into the basement in the West, tied with Pensacola. There have been no reports of the serenity in the Chique's Rock Area being disrupted.


July 15
The All-Clear sirens were heard wailing in the Chiques Rock Area
this evening as the 3rd place Norfolk Neptunes defeated the 2nd place San Diego 76er's by a 5-1 count. The "sea gods" have closed their gap in the West to just three games behind the division leading Memphis Sound and one game behind runner-up San Diego.

July 14
Las Vegas continued their mastery over Hartford
by handing them a 4-2 loss. The Hurricanes have never defeated the Crazy Horse in a series and now have suffered seven consecutive match-ups without a win. The victory gives the Eastern Division the "holier than thou" supremacy by two games. The tide turned in Game # 4 with the "Canes" leading the series 2-1 the Hartford nine battled back from a 5-0 deficit to knot the score only to see the "Horsemen" take a 6-5 lead. In the 7th they got Kris Negron to third base but he was picked off by Jonathan Lucroy. In the 8th, Seth Smith representing the tying run for the "Canes" was at second base, but he promptly got picked off by Ken Giles and the starch was taken out of Hartford as they scored just one run the rest of the series.

July 6
Hartford,despite scoring just 14 runs,managed to earn a 3-3 spit with Sherwood.

July 5 (Early Evening Report)
Las Vegas prevailed by a 4-2 score in the "booze bowl". Crazy Horse is now at .500 for the season.

July 5
The time is now 2:42 P.M., in a series that Pensacola claimed started at 10:30 A.M., Las Vegas leads Seattle 3 games to 1. It was dubbed "the booze bowl" by the Crazy Horse because the adult libations were flowing quite freely.
 Attempts to kidnap the "Commissioner"upon completion of the match-up
in search of more of the aforementioned potables was unsuccessful as he absconded out the rear door.

July 2
Pensacola ended their six consecutive series losing streak by salvaging a 3-3 split with Las Vegas.

June 30
San Diego missed a chance to take over command of the West as they split with Las Vegas 3-3. The 76er's remain tied with Memphis for the top spot in the "holier than thou" Division.

June 28
San Diego tied Memphis for 1st place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Rochester.
The Rockers dropped into 5th place in the East with the loss.

June 25
Norfolk's Giancarlo Stanton blasted five home runs, to take over the ZSABL lead, as the Neptunes split with Hartford 3-3. As disappointing as the draw was to the "Nep's" skipper, a rumored trip to the Chiques Rock Area is apocryphal at best.

June 20
In action yesterday, Brooklyn came out on top over Union Station by a 4-2 score. The Metropolitans are now three games behind 1st place Sherwood in the East. With the "Met's" victory the race for the "holier than thou" crown is exactly even. Today's action saw USMC rebound and take a 4-2 decision from Seattle, dropping the Scouts into 4th place in the West.

June 14
Maine topped Hartford 4-2, courtesy of three walk off victories. The Maui's then split with Sherwood 3-3 again showing a "flair for the dramatic" as they tallied two more "walk off" wins.

June 7
Norfolk rolled into a third place tie with Seattle in the West with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. Emergency personnel in the Chiques Rock Area expressed their sincere gratitude for the brief respite from their assigned duties.

June 5
In action from late Tuesday night, Maine ended their four series losing streak by managing a 3-3 split with Brooklyn.

June 2 (Late Report)
Seattle and Sherwood split 3-3.

June 2
Amsterdam blew past Pensacola 6-0. The Bulldogs are now five games out of first place and one game behind Brooklyn for the runner-up spot in the East. For the "Fish" it was their 6th consecutive series loss and dropped them into the basement in the West.

May 27
Word out of Norfolk was for all vehicles to "Clear Rte. 23 West" as the Neptunes were man-handled by Union Station to the tune of 5-1. The "Nep's" fall to the .500 mark and drop into 4th place in the West. Emergency sirens could be heard as far south as the Engleside part of the Red Rose city.

May 25
In action yesterday, Las Vegas ended a three series losing streak by stopping Amsterdam 4-2.

May 23
Sherwood improved their lead in the East to four games as they topped Philadelphia by a 4-2 score.

May 20
Seattle snapped a two series losing streak by defeating Pensacola 4-2. It was the Piranha's fifth consecutive loss.

May 19
San Diego and Amsterdam play to a 3-3 draw.

May 18
Norfolk moved into 3rd place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Maine. It was the Maui's fourth straight loss.

May 17
Philadelphia made it two in a row by defeating Seattle 4-2. The victory enabled the Black Sox to escape the confines of the Eastern Division basement. The loss dropped the Scouts to the .500 mark and a 3rd place tie in the West with Norfolk.

May 12
Memphis took over first place in the West as they rolled over Hartford 5-1 for their 5th straight victory. The Sound's Julio Teheran tossed two complete games, allowing just one earned run in his first start and a two-hit shutout in the other. The Hurricane's high light was David "Big Papi" Ortiz stealing 2nd base on the back end of a double steal with Kole Calhoun. Some solace came with the aforementioned Ortiz and Lucas Duda each clubbing two dingers, giving them both 13 for the year and the ZSABL lead.

May 6
In action last evening, Memphis took their 4th straight and closed to within one game of the Western Division lead by defeating Las Vegas 4-2.

May 4
In a battle between two clubs who have not won a series so far this season, although Maine did have a split, Philadelphia emerged victorious with a 4-2 decision over the Maui's. The two teams are now tied for 6th place in the East.

April 29
More sad news out of San Diego. Maddy, the Doran's 14 year old Bichon Frise crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge today. She went in for surgery for a mass in her mouth when the vet determined it was too large for removal and suggested she should be put to sleep while she was still under the anesthesia. The Doran's weighed their options but the prospect of only a few more months with her and probably in pain made them consent. Maddy joins a long line of ZSABL pets that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, including Jasmine, the Doran's first Bichon, Norfolk's "Boomer", Virginia's "Mystic", Pittsburgh's "Champ", Baltimore's "Bones" and Hartford's "Bojac" and "Lobo" along with others that I can't recall or was unaware of.

April 28 (Late Report)
Memphis moved into 2nd place in the West with a 5-1 win over Norfolk. It was the Sound's third straight 5-1 victory. Memphis OF Yasiel Puig, hit for the cycle.

April 28
On behalf of the entire ZSABL, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Tom and Cindy Doran
on the passing of Tom's mother.

April 26
A couple of splits in action today. Rochester took the first three games before USMC came back to capture the last three. In a rare "offensive" series, Brooklyn and Hartford played to a 3-3 draw. A total of 68 runs and 116 hits were amassed in the match-up.

April 25
Sherwood increased their lead in the East to three games over second place Brooklyn by blasting Pensacola 5-1. The once commanding lead for division dominance by the "holier than thou" has been cut down to just four games.

April 20
In Western Division action this evening, Union Station captured their first series win of the year by defeating Pensacola 4-2. The loss dropped the "Fish" to the .500 mark. In the other series, San Diego kept their hold on 1st place in the "holier than thou" division with a 4-2 victory over Hartford. The 76er's only blemish this season is a 3-3 split with Sherwood.

April 19
Rochester upended Las Vegas 4-2 to forge a three-way tie for 3rd place in the East. The Rockers, Crazy Horse and Amsterdam are now all six games off the pace.

April 18
Amsterdam takes a 5-1 decision from Seattle.

April 17
In late action from yesterday, Brooklyn kept up their winning ways as they dealt Sherwood their first loss of the season by a 4-2 count. It was the Metropolitans third straight victory and moved them to just one game off the pace in the East.

April 15
Brooklyn trimmed Pensacola 5-1. The 2nd place Metropolitans are now three games behind division leading Sherwood in the East. In a rare occurrence, all 14 ZSABL clubs have now played four series each.

April 13
San Diego took command of the top spot in the West with a 4-2 victory over Maine.

April 11
It was another good day for the West as Memphis dealt Philadelphia a 5-1 loss and Hartford prevailed by the same score over Amsterdam. The "holier than thou" division's teams one through six are now separated by a mere two games.

April 8
There is a three-way tie for first place in the West as San Diego took a 4-2
decision over Pensacola. The Piranhas, 76er's and the Seattle Scouts all sit at the top of the "heap" in the "holier than thou" division.

April 7
The West was dominant in action this evening. Seattle took over 2nd place in the "holier than thou" division as they walloped Rochester 5-1. In the other series, Hartford got to the .500 mark as they sent Philadelphia into the basement in the East with a 4-2 victory. The highlight of that match-up was a 19 inning affair won by the Hurricanes on a walk-off home run by Kristopher Negron.

April 2
Norfolk moved into a 2nd place tie in the West with San Diego as they romped over Las Vegas 5-1. The loss dropped the Crazy Horse to the .500 mark. J.D.Martinez, Vegas's # 1 Draft Pick and the ZSABL leader in batting average, had more errors than hits in the series. All is quiet in the vicinity of Chique's Rock.

April 1
Pensacola swept their way into first place in the West as they blanked Philadelphia 6-0.

March 31
Sherwood kept up their "hot hand" as they thumped Union Station 5-1. The Machine now have a four game lead in the East. The Cowboys are still without a series win or split so far this young season.

March 28
In action last evening, Sherwood rolled into first place in the East with a 5-1 victory over Amsterdam. Today's slate saw Norfolk and Seattle battle to a 3-3 split.

March 27
Brooklyn took a 4-2 decision over Rochester.

March 26
Norfolk behind a dominant performance by Lance Lynn defeated Brooklyn 4-2. Lynn fired a no-hitter in Game # 2 of the series and then in the finale hurled 6.1 more innings of hit-less baseball but struggled with his command by walking five Metropolitans before he was lifted by the Neptune's skipper.


March 25

Memphis got back on track after a slow start by spotting USMC the win in the opener and then reeling off five straight victories.

Did you Know
?
That for the first time in nine years there were no Un-carded players selected in the first round. The first one drafted was by Philadelphia when they took SS Corey Seager at Pick # 20 in the 2nd round. The last time this occurred was 2008 when Brooklyn drafted C Matt Weiters at Pick # 16, in the second round.

March 23
Las Vegas recorded the first "sweep" of the young season as they blanked Maine 6-0. A request by the Crazy Horse for permission to start printing play off tickets was denied.

March 22
A couple of splits in action today. Seattle and Maine went 3-3 with the first four games resulting in shutouts. Hartford captured the first three of their series with Rochester but then dropped three straight one run decisions. The Hurricanes have never won a series from the Rockers under the helm of skipper Schall.

 March 21
Memphis continues to stumble out of the gate as they drop a 5-1 decision to Amsterdam. The Sound managed to tally just 10 runs in the 6 game series. The victory by the Bulldogs, puts the defending ZSABL Champs into first place in the East. The Eastern Division, as predicted by local prognosticators, has shown early dominance as they lead the "holier than thou" race by 8 games.

March 20
All teams are now underway for the 2015 season as Rochester deals Maine a 4-2 defeat.

March 18
Sherwood and San Diego, the early leaders in their respective divisions split 3-3. Pensacola knocked off Norfolk 4-2 in their season opener. The Piranha's in reporting the results via the telephone kept mentioning "Chiques Rock" but Norfolk could be heard in the back ground saying, "It ain't going to happen".

March 17
Two more teams open the 2015 regular season as Brooklyn tops Memphis 4-2.

March 15
In the lid-lifter for both teams, Seattle dropped Hartford 4-2.

March 14 (Late Report)
Amsterdam and Philadelphia kicked off their season with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by a 4-2 count.

March 14
The highly anticipated Baseball Today and Tomorrow published by the Memphis Sound can be accessed here:
Eastern Division
Western Division
It can also be found under the Opinion Tab on the front page.


March 12
Las Vegas got back on track by topping Union Station by a 4-2 count. The Crazy Horse "Ace" Chris Sale notched two wins without allowing an earned run in his 14.1 innings of work.
Don Kuhns, President and Founder of the Norfolk Neptunes Fan Club, apparently has more power within the organization than previously believed. Upon learning that the "Nep's" exit in the play offs this past season was caused by an infielder, Jose Reyes to be exact, losing a pop fly in the sun, they issued the following edict. The Neptunes will only engage in post season games that are being played in "domed" stadiums. To which our ZSABL Treasurer replied, "First you have to make the playoffs".


March 10
The ZSABL's 38th season got underway this evening with a pair of romps. Sherwood took down Las Vegas 5-1 and the San Diego 76er's defeated USMC by the same score. The rosters and draft grids are now up on the site, PLEASE examine just your team for typo's or mistakes.

March 9
The Amsterdam Bulldogs and Carl Swift etched their name on the ZSABL Trophy for the first time as they defeated Pensacola in six games. Congratulations !!!
The free agent draft was held shortly afterward where OF Jorge Soler was the first overall selection by the Memphis Sound. A very productive business meeting preceded the afternoon festivities. A tweak in the injury system being the most prominent.


March 5 (Evening Report)
The activity has slowed down to a "trickle" as the roster movement deadline nears. Pensacola and USMC had to get one more deal under their belt. The Piranha's traded OF Desmond Jennings to the Cowboys for OF Mike Saunders.

March 5 (Early Evening Report)
With the Moratorium on trades and roster moves looming just less than three hours away, the only transaction since the flurry of activity earlier in the day, is Pensacola releasing OF Carlos Beltran.

March 5 (Late Morning Report)
Maine purged their roster by an unbelievable 27.5% today. Getting the Axe were P Jordan Walden, P Aaron Crow, P Paco Rodriguez, P Ronald Belisario, OF Corey Hart, OF Nate Schierholtz, P Luis Avilan, SS Zack Cozart, P Matt Harrison, P Jhoulys Chacin and P Scott Diamond. When asked if this was an admission of some drafting/trading mistakes, they replied "A lot of them were injury related". An in-house memo was intercepted that informed their Director of Scouting and their Strength and Conditioning Coach that their services were no longer needed.

March 5
The ink was barely dry on the latest modification of the Mock Draft when news broke of another Block Buster. Memphis now owns the # 1 pick in the draft. To obtain this elite selection from Maine the Sound broke the bank and sent their # 1 and # 5 picks plus the return of Maine's # 4 and to cement the deal they added their # 1 pick next year. Quite a haul for the Maui's.

March 4 (Very Late Report)
The Mock Drafts are in "shambles" as San Diego enters the fray. The 76er's traded their # 1 pick and Maine's # 5 pick to Las Vegas for their # 1 this season and their # 6 pick next year.

March 4 (Late Report)
We have our World Series participants. Pensacola went the distance and defeated Norfolk in seven games. The winning run scored in the bottom of the 8th when Neptune SS Jose Reyes lost a ball in the sun. The Piranhas will play the Amsterdam Bulldogs for the ZSABL Championship on Sunday morning at 10:30.

March 4
Brooklyn can almost arrive "fashionably late" at next years draft as they sent a package consisting of their # 1, # 2 and # 4 picks next season to Rochester in return for their # 1 selection, the 8th pick of the draft.

March 3 (Late Report)
A couple of minor transactions, Maine cut C Erik Kratz and Hartford severed ties with P Lucas Sims and P Kris Medlen.

March 3
In a deal that could impact the dynamics of the draft, Memphis sent Pensacola's # 1 and # 2 picks, their # 3 next year and SS Jean Segura to Maine for the return of Memphis # 1 and Maine's # 2 draft pick. A Moratorium on all trades and roster moves will go into effect Thursday evening @ 9:00.


March 1 (Evening Report)
San Diego's Chris Davis was named the 2014 MVP. Pensacola's Clayton Kershaw captured the Cy Young Award. Here is the final voting:
MVP
1)Chris Davis,San Diego 32
2)Miguel Cabrera,Brooklyn 30
3)Edwin Encarcion,Pensacola 13
4)Andrew McCutchen,Amsterdam 3
Matt Carpenter,Memphis 3
6)Carlos Gonzalez,Norfolk 2
7)Mike Trout,Rochester 1


Cy Young
1)Clayton Kershaw 33
2)Yu Darvish,Rochester 16
Matt Harvey,Memphis 16
4)Greg Holland,Amsterdam 5
5)Cole Hamels,San Diego 4
Bartolo Colon,Pensacola 4
7)Alex Cobb,Memphis 3
8)Jose Fernandez, Brooklyn 1
Jose Quintana,Sherwood 1
Adam Wainwright, Norfolk 1




March 1
Be it Known !
Maine is now shopping the first pick of the draft, so if you covet J.D.Martinez, Dallas Keuchel or the starting Left Fielder from North Boise State University get in contact with the Maui front office.

February 28
Norfolk advanced to the Western Division Finals by outlasting Memphis 4-3. The Neptunes trailed two games to none, took Game # 3 but lost the next one to face a 3-1 deficit. They then reeled off three consecutive victories to oust the Sound in seven games. The "Nep's" now face the Pensacola Piranha's for the Western flag.

February 27 (Late Report)
Some more roster tweaking today. Sherwood sent P Hiroki Kuroda and their # 7 pick next year to Pensacola for C Josmil Pinto, P Adam Ottavino and their # 6 draft pick.

February 27
This Office forgot to allow for the traded draft picks in the bottom half of the 1st round, the Mock has been updated to reflect that. Memphis has added their version of the Mock also. I still need some MVP and Cy Young votes.

February 26
The ZSABL Lottery was held this evening at the Club with the Lottery Mistress and Tammy Brown doing their usual splendid job. The Mistress dealt with the added pressure of her better half being in the mix but she avoided a inquiry of a special select committee to investigate any "shenanigans" as the 76er's only improved by one slot.
Here are the results:
1)Maine
2)Seattle
3)Las Vegas
4)Hartford-To Pensacola
5)Union Station
6)San Diego
7)Philadelphia-To Pensacola
8)Rochester
Of course a Mock Draft broke out. There is a link to it above the League Notes. There was a limited amount of input since the event was only attended by Pensacola, San Diego,Memphis and Hartford. It is a rough draft, hopefully it will be expanded later on to include reasons why each was selected, who would have been a better pick and who could possibly be an alternate choice.
 

February 25 (Late Report)
The final regular season stats are up. Votes can now be sent in for the MVP and Cy Young Awards. Again they are on a 3-2-1 basis. Please indicate who gets the 3 points. If you list them 1,2,3, the first player listed will get the 3 points.

February 25
Amsterdam will represent the Eastern Division in the ZSABL's 37th World Series. The Bulldogs outlasted Brooklyn in seven games. A sputtering offense put the Metropolitans in a 3-1 hole early in the series. In all three losss they were shutout, managing just 10 hits in the quartet of games. They then rallied with a 2-1 and a 5-3 victory to knot the series at 3-3. The finale was all tied up at 1-1 when the "B-Dog's" pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Brooklyn added another tally in the seventh but could get no closer as Amsterdam took a 4-2 decision. It will be the Bulldog's 2nd appearance in the ZSABL Classic. They lost to Seattle in 2006 when the Scouts swept them in four straight games.

February 24
Brooklyn advanced to the Eastern Division Title game by defeating Sherwood 4-2. The Metropolitans opened the series with three consecutive victories. They now take on the East Pennant winner, the Amsterdam Bulldogs. Neither franchise has ever hoisted the Championship Trophy, one of them will now get that chance.

The Manager of the Year Votes are final. The winner is Amsterdam's Carl Swift in a close race with Pensacola's Scott Fisher.

Here are the results. 
1)Carl Swift,Amsterdam 24
2)Scott Fisher,Pensacola 21
3)Ed Kachnoskie,Memphis 10
4)George Tarantino,Sherwood 8
Billy Groff,Norfolk 8
6)Dave Turner,Brooklyn 7
7)Sam Schall,Rochester 6

I know it is short notice but we should strive to hold the draft on March 8th. The following week, March 15 is out for a couple of teams. If we wait until March 22 that will put us right back to where were last year and we lose these two weeks we gained. There are five teams that can still relish the thrill of the Championship but there are nine teams that are "chomping at the bit" to start anew.


February 23 (Evening Report)
The ZSABL Regular Season, our 37th, is now complete. Las Vegas ended it in a flourish by sweeping Maine 5-0. The Lottery order is now finalized as the Lottery Mistress prepares to fulfill her duties this Thursday night at 7:30. The teams will be in the following order:
1)Maine
2)Las Vegas
3)Seattle
4)Union Station

5)Hartford (To Pensacola)
6)Philadelphia (To Pensacola)
7)San Diego
8)Rochester
The number before each team corresponds to the number of disks that will be deposited into the "can" for each club. The first one drawn out will pick 8th, then the next will be the 7th etc. Extra Security Measures are in place with San Diego being in the draft and the Lottery Mistress in charge of this APBA Extravaganza.
I still need Manager of the Year votes from Seattle, USMC, Brooklyn, Sherwood, Maine and Philadelphia.


February 23
The Western Division finished up their regular season with 2nd place Memphis, who were holding a one game lead over 3rd place Norfolk, defeating Hartford 4-1. The Neptunes needed a sweep over Seattle to claim the runner up spot since they held the tie-breaker, by virtue of a 10-6 season series advantage. The "Nep's" took the first four contests but the Scouts prevailed in the finale with a 7-6 victory in 11 innings.

February 21
Amsterdam laid claim to the Eastern Division flag with a 3-2 win over Maine. With everything decided except who will finish 2nd and 3rd in the West, Manager of the Year votes can now be cast. Voting is on a 3-2-1 basis with 3 points going to your choice as MOY. The Lottery will be held this Thursday, 7:30, at the club.

February 20
Seattle took the first three contests en-route to a 3-2 victory over Memphis. The loss trimmed the Sound's 2nd place lead over Norfolk to just one game albeit both clubs have qualified for the post season. The West will wrap up their regular season on Sunday when Seattle vs Norfolk and Hartford vs Memphis match-up.

February 18 (Late Report)
USMC trimmed their roster by releasing the following:
P Dillon Gee
P Craig Stammen
P Ivan Nova
1B Kendrys Morales


February 18
Seattle traded their # 4 draft pick to USMC for 2B Aaron Hill and OF Curtis Granderson. The Scouts then released P J.J.Putz.

Did you know ?
That four managers this season passed the 1,000 win plateau. They are George Tarantino, Ed Kachnoskie, Carl Swift and Scott Fisher. Congrats to all. There now has been 16 skippers in the ZSABL that have reached that milestone.

February 16
Pensacola and USMC were at it again as the Piranaha's sent 3B David Wright to the Cowboys for 1B Mike Napoli, C John Jaso and their # 5 draft pick. The "Fish" also announced that they were releasing P Alex Torres.

 February 15 (Afternoon Report)
Philadelphia ended their regular season with a 3-2 decision over Maine. Of the five remaining series, two are in the East, Maine vs Las Vegas and Maine vs Amsterdam and in the West, Memphis has both Seattle and Hartford while Norfolk also has Seattle.

February 15
San Diego defeated USMC 3-2 in the season finale for both teams. Despite the victory the 76er's were eliminated from the post season. All six post season berths have now been finalized. Amsterdam,Sherwood and Brooklyn in the East with Pensacola,Memphis and Norfolk in the West. There is still five series remaining to complete the regular season which will determine the play off match-ups and Lottery. In other action today, Las Vegas broke a four series losing streak by topping Philadelphia 4-1. The Black Sox will complete their season vs Maine this afternoon.

February 14
A lot of "Clinching" went on today. One playoff spot was solidified and two were guaranteed at least a tie.
In the East, Amsterdam beat Philly 3-2, the victory reduced the Bulldogs Magic Number to # 1 to capture the Eastern Division flag. The loss eliminated the Black Sox from the post season and gave third place to the Brooklyn Metropolitans. In the West, 3rd place Norfolk secured at least a tie for the playoffs by defeating Memphis 3-2. The Sound saw a five series winning streak snapped. The 2nd place "Tennessean's" hold a 1.5 game over the "Nep's".


February 11
Pensacola clinched the Western Division pennant with a dominating 5-0 sweep of the San Diego 76er's. The "Sixer's" were held to just seven runs in the series and were shutout in the last two games of the match up. Although not eliminated, San Diego's post season hopes are hanging by a "thread".

 February 9 (E.N.)
This desk may have been a bit premature in singing the praises of the Brooklyn squad. Philadelphia, with 15 games remaining, if they "run the table" could tie the Metropolitans for 3rd place, forcing a playoff game.

February 9 (Late Report)
In a must win series finale, Brooklyn stumbled to a loss in the opener and then watched Las Vegas tack on three runs in the top of the first in Game # 2. The Metropolitans then got their act together and rallied to take that game and the next three for a 4-1 victory that gives them third place in the East and a playoff berth. The "Holy Grail" of the ZSABL has eluded the Brooklyn franchise since their inception into the league in 1979. They have made one appearance in the title game, that was in 1993, under the guidance of George Zangari, when the club was called the Marakesh Xpress.

 February 9
Pensacola traded 2B Dustin Pedroia to Las Vegas in exchange for Philadelphia's # 1 Draft Pick.

February 8 (Late Report)
Brooklyn emerged from their recent funk with a huge 5-0 sweep over the Maine Maui's. The Met's had dropped four in a row but are now in a position, if they win their last series of the year against Las Vegas, to tie Rochester for the last playoff spot in the East. Another sweep or a 4-1 outcome will send them into the post season. In Western Division action, Hartford took a 4-1 decision over USMC. The Hurricanes ended a six series losing streak as both clubs have just one more match-up remaining in the regular season.

February 8 (Early Morning Report)
Amsterdam reduced their Magic Number to # 4 with a 3-2 decision over Brooklyn. The Metropolitans suffered their 4th straight series loss and have fallen three games behind 3rd place Rochester for the last playoff slot in the East.

February 7 (Late Report)
Seattle put a damper on San Diego's post season aspirations by taking a 4-1 victory. The 76er's are now two games behind 3rd place Norfolk for the last playoff berth in the West.

February 7
Union Station stalled Pensacola's clinching of the Western Division pennant by shocking the Piranha's by a 4-1 score. The "Fish" still maintain a 9.5 game lead and with their sole victory in the series,they reduced their Magic Number down to # 2. With the wins USMC has tied Hartford for 5th place in the "holier than thou" division.

February 6
Rochester ended their regular season on a winning note as they defeated the Eastern Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs by a 3-2 count. The Rockers currently sit in 3rd place with a 2.5 game lead over 4th place Brooklyn who have 15 games remaining. The Metropolitans need to go 10-5 to tie Rochester for that last playoff slot. Despite the loss, Amsterdam reduced their Magic Number to win the Eastern flag to # 6. Roster moves today saw Philadelphia cut ties with OF Craig Gentry, OF Junior Lake and C A.J.Pierzynski.


February 5
Things really tightened up in the Western Division battle for 3rd place as San Diego beat up Norfolk 4-1. The Neptunes captured the opener but then were dealt four consecutive losses as the 76er's close to within a half-game of the "Sea-gods". Ostensibly a Norfolk loss of this caliber would set off an APB at Chiques Rock. Not a word of a late night visit to the aforementioned scenic area was mentioned by Skipper Groff, his only notable quote was when he lamented after the series, "I was playing over my head, anyway".

February 4
Pensacola released Inf Chris Valaika and OF Shane Victorino.

February 2
Pensacola reduced their Magic Number to # 3 to take home the Western Division pennant by defeating Hartford 3-2. The reeling Hurricanes tallied just 8 runs en-route to their 6th consecutive loss.

February 1 (Late Evening Report)
In action from this afternoon, Sherwood became the first ZSABL team to complete their regular season by edging Maine 3-2. The 2nd place Machine are two games behind Amsterdam in the East.

February 1 (Evening Report)
As usual this Office is the last to know results of league action. Perhaps some of you have already finished the regular season but haven't got around to reporting it yet. Brooklyn on the other hand is to be commended, despite losing a series, they sent in the results in a timely fashion. Enough ranting for the time being, here is the news. Memphis captured their fifth series in a row as they took down USMC 3-2. The 2nd place Sound are now 10 games behind the Western Division leading Pensacola Piranha's. The suddenly struggling Brooklyn Metropolitans dropped their third in a row as they fell to Philadelphia by a 4-1 count. The "Met's" are two games behind Rochester for the last playoff slot in the East while the 5th place Black Sox keep their faint post season hopes alive as they trail the Rockers by six games. The only player transaction today was Rochester releasing P Eric Stults.

February 1
In a series that was apparently played before last night's Amsterdam-Sherwood match-up, the Bulldogs defeated Las Vegas by a 3-2 count which increased their Eastern Division lead to 2.5 games.

January 31
Amsterdam temporarily staved off a Sherwood Forest run at their top spot in the East by downing the Machine by a 3-2 score. The Bulldogs now have a two game lead over the "Nottingham Boys" who suffered their first losing series after taking seven in a row.

January 30
The battle for 3rd place and the last playoff slot in the East changes with every series and tonight was no different as Brooklyn succumbed to Sherwood 3-2. The Metropolitans fall a half game behind Rochester for that post season berth. The real story is that with the victory, the 2nd place Machine, are now just one game behind the division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs.

January 29
Maine ended a five series losing streak by stopping Rochester 3-2. The loss drops the Rockers into a 3rd place tie with Brooklyn in the East. The "Rock-Men" are the pace setters in being the first to end their ZSABL regular season, they have just one remaining series, versus Amsterdam.

January 28
In Western Division action this evening, Memphis regained 2nd place by dealing San Diego a 4-1 defeat. It was the Sound's 4th victory in a row. San Diego salvaged the finale to avoid the sweep. The 4th place 76er's have fallen 3.5 games off the pace in the playoff hunt. In another series, Pensacola trimmed Seattle 3-2, the Piranha's now have a 10.5 game lead in the "holier than thou" division.

January 26 (Mid-Day Report)
After being unable to pawn them off on other ZSABL managers, Pensacola released P Kevin Correia, P Brandon Cumpton and P Tyler Chatwood.

January 26
Hartford traded their # 10 draft pick to Seattle for Uti Kelly Johnson.

January 24
Las Vegas traded 2B Dee Gordon to Seattle for their # 2 Draft Pick and in a corresponding move the Scouts released P Jesse Crain.

January 23 (Late Report)
Section 2 of the schedule is now complete as Brooklyn reeled off their 5th straight and took over sole possession of 3rd place in the East with a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam. The Metropolitans hold on that last playoff spot was short lived as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Rochester later in the day to enable the Rockers to pass them and regain that post season berth.

January 23
Sherwood traded Philadelphia's # 1 Pick and their # 2 Pick next year to Las Vegas for C-1B Carlos Santana and their # 5 Pick next year.

January 22 (Commissioner Memo)
Listed above is a link to the ZSABL adjusted Free Agent Pitching Grades/Control. I suggest each manager print out their own copy. To expedite the draft because the emphasis will be on pitching with the dearth of any offense, I propose a master copy of the aforementioned list be placed on the main draft table with each skipper crossing out their respective selection after they announce their pick. Let me know what you think of this method.

January 22
A state of total ennui has engulfed the local inhabitants of the Chiques Rock area as Norfolk "ho-hummed" to a 4-1 victory over the under achieving Hartford Hurricanes. The win boosted the Neptunes back into 2nd place in the West a game ahead of Memphis. The "Canes" did manage to score 11 runs and pound out 20 hits during the debacle. To add misery to the fiasco the "Nep's" pushed across the winning runs three times in their last at bat. Once in the 9th, once in the 11th and again in the bottom of the 13th. Hartford's erstwhile closer, Eric O'Flaherty, who had a 1-11 record last year, dropped another decision this evening, his 3rd loss of the season giving him a two year record of 1-14.

January 21
Sherwood captured their 6th straight series by edging Philadelphia by a 3-2 count. The 2nd place Machine are now two games behind Amsterdam in the Eastern Division pennant race. The Black Sox saw their three series winning streak snapped and their playoff hopes getting dimmer.

January 20
Due to an apparent lack of understanding of modern communication technology, an important result from last night has just been reported. Memphis has put an end to Pensacola's 12 series winning streak by stopping the Piranhas 4-1. The ramifications on the Western Division playoff chase are huge. The Sound leaps into 2nd place, a half-game ahead of third place Norfolk with San Diego trailing the Neptunes by another scant half-game.

January 19
Rochester snapped a mini two series slump by defeating Las Vegas 4-1. The Rockers have now tied Brooklyn for 3rd place in the East albeit they have played 20 more games. The "Rock-Men" also now have 22 series under their belt, the most in the ZSABL. On the Trade Front, OF Leonys Martin went back to his San Diego "roots" as the 76er's acquired him from Sherwood for their # 5 draft pick.

January 18
USMC edged Norfolk 3-2 to cut the 2nd place Neptunes lead over 3rd place San Diego to just a half-game. The ubiquitous safety precautions after a Neptune loss have been implemented in the Chiques Rock area. Seattle snapped a six series losing skein with a 3-2 victory over Hartford. The Hurricanes have now dropped four in a row.

January 17
Amsterdam snapped out of the doldrums of a three series losing streak by blowing past Maine 4-1. The Bulldogs now have a 2.5 game lead over 2nd place Sherwood in the East.  The Maui's have now dropped five straight.

January 16
Pensacola traded Las Vegas's # 2 draft pick next year to Rochester for OF Carl Crawford.

January 15 (Late Report)
Pensacola keeps rolling along as they take their 12th consecutive series with a 3-2 verdict over Norfolk. The "Fish" now have a 13 game lead in the West. The Neptune skipper found solace in a come from behind, bottom of the 9th win in the finale to earn the "Boothian Split", so the crisis intervention center at Chiques Rock has been told to "stand down".

January 15
Hartford traded 1B Mike Napoli and their # 1 pick next year to Union Station for 1B Lucas Duda.

January 14
Sherwood slammed Las Vegas 4-1 to take their 5th straight series and move to just one game behind the Eastern Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs. The loss snapped a modest two series winning streak for the Crazy Horse. In Western Division action, San Diego took over sole possession of 3rd place by defeating Hartford 3-2. On the Trade Front, USMC sent OF Leonys Martin and 1B Brandon Belt to Sherwood for 1B Lucas Duda.

January 13
USMC traded SS Jordy Mercer and P Alex Torres to Pensacola for DH Kendrys Morales, SS Didi Gregorius and OF Colby Rasmus.

January 12
Philly captured their third straight series as they edged Rochester 3-2. The Rockers, who have dropped four out of their last five, have fallen 1.5 games behind 3rd place Brooklyn for the last playoff berth in the East.

January 11
Pensacola traded SS Jose Reyes to Memphis for their # 3 Draft Pick, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Oswaldo Arcia and their # 6 Pick Next Year.

January 8
Mega-Deal in the headlines this afternoon as Rochester traded SS Hanley Ramirez to San Diego for 3B Chase Headley, SS Jhonny Peralta and their # 2 Draft Pick.

January 7
Things got turned "topsy-turvy" in the West as Memphis rolled to a 5-0 sweep of the San Diego 76er's. When the "smoke finally cleared" the holier than thou division saw a new tenant in the runner-up spot, that being the Norfolk Neptunes. The final playoff slot is now occupied by both the free falling "Sixer's" and the "hard charging" Memphis Sound. The duo trail the Neptunes by two games.

January 6 (Late Report)
Norfolk delivered a "knock out blow" to Hartford's playoff aspirations by humbling them to the tune of 4-1. The Neptunes are now just a half-game behind 2nd place San Diego in the West.

January 6
Philadelphia sent veteran 1B Ryan Howard to Pensacola for their # 5 pick next year.

January 5
USMC initiated Seattle into the 2014-2015 transactions world by sending the Scouts OF Alex Rios and 1B-3B Juan Francisco for OF Michael Saunders. In a corresponding move Seattle released P Joe Saunders, no relation to the flychaser.

January 4 (Evening Report)
Despite inclement weather, Philadelphia prevailed over Maine by a 3-2 score. Two of the contests were rained out.

January 4
Brooklyn took over 3rd place in the East by sweeping Maine 5-0 coupled with Sherwood's 4-1 decision over Rochester. The Metropolitans captured their 4th straight series, enroute to an 18-2 run. The Rockers drop into 4th place a game behind the "Met's". The 2nd place Machine, who are also on a 4 series winning streak have cut their deficit to just 2.5 games behind division leading Amsterdam.

January 3 (Late Report)
USMC sent C Evan Gattis to San Diego for C Welington Castillo and OF Leonys Martin.

January 3 (Mid-Day Report)
Philadelphia dealt the Eastern Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs their third straight loss as the "Dog's" lead has now shrunk to four games over 2nd place Sherwood. The Black Sox snapped a four series losing skein in the process. Josh Beckett was on the "road again" as the Hartford Hurricanes acquired his services from Pensacola in exchange for a 6th round pick next year.

January 3
Philadelphia traded P Josh Beckett to Pensacola for their #8 draft pick and then quickly swapped that pick to Las Vegas for C Carlos Ruiz.


December 31
Pensacola traded OF Norichika Aoki to Philadelphia for 1B James Loney.

December 30 (Late Report)
The two most prolific trade partners in the ZSABL got together after an uncharacteristic lull in "wheeling and dealing". USMC sent OF Desmond Jennings, OF Carlos Beltran and C Josmil Pinto to Pensacola for C John Jaso, 2B Aaron Hill and 1B-3B Juan Francisco.

December 30
Las Vegas swept by Maine 5-0 as the rather tepid Crazy Horse won their second consecutive series.

December 29
Norfolk inched closer to 2nd place in the West by defeating San Diego 3-2. The 3rd place Neptunes trail the 2nd place 76er's by two games. Serenity descends on the Chique's Rock area this evening.

December 22
Union Station opened up Section 3 of the schedule with a 3-2 victory over Seattle. It was the Scouts sixth consecutive loss. We have fallen well behind last year's pace, we have to step it up.

December 17 (Late Report)
Pensacola won their 11th straight series by topping Seattle 4-1. It was the Scouts 5th consecutive defeat.

December 17 (Evening Report Part III)
USMC sends recently acquired 3B Pablo Sandoval to Las Vegas for OF Jacoby Ellsbury.

December 17 (Evening Report Part II)
Union Station released P Alexi Ogando and P Jerry Blevins.

December 17 (Evening Report)
The "Trade Winds" were blowing tonight as Norfolk continues to restructure their squad. They sent 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B Eric Hosmer and SS Jordy Mercer to Union Station in return for 3B Manny Machado and P David Robertson.

December 17
Memphis cut loose P Anthony Swarzak and P Marco Estrada.

December 16 (Late Report)
Things got a little tighter in the East as Sherwood whipped up on Amsterdam to the tune of 4-1. The division leading Bulldogs still enjoy a 4.5 game lead but the 2nd place Machine are now in their rear view mirror.

December 16 (Evening Report)
Pensacola pared their roster again today by releasing P Andy Pettitte and P Bobby Parnell. Please look over your rosters, if you have been unable to get rid of your junk by now, chances are you are not going to do it in the immediate future. It is a waste of time to sort out these types of players and then see them released closer to the draft.

December 16
Brooklyn surged over the .500 mark as they took their third straight series, compiling a 13-2 record in that span, with a 4-1 decision over Philadelphia. The "Met's" are now three games behind Rochester for the last playoff slot in the East. For the Black Sox it was their fourth consecutive loss.

December 15 (Late Report)
Pensacola released P Grant Balfour, P Ricky Nolasco and P Jerome Williams.

December 15
Rochester closed to within a half-game of 2nd place Sherwood in the East with a 3-2 victory over Maine.

December 10 (Late Report)
Las Vegas takes a 3-2 decision from Rochester.

December 10 (Mid-Day Report)
This came in from the Sherwood Forest front Office:

We wanted to give the league an update on an important legal matter. The ongoing litigation, Sherwood vs "Maine's Jason Heyward tracking system", took an odd turn yesterday as the Maui's Desmond Deeter reported
Heyward's card had "a lot of 8's on it". Sherwood's George
Tarantino replied: "This whole legal battle is due to the fact that when Heyward had 4 power numbers and an 11, the
system didn't seem to work. {They} became as
silent as crickets. (E.N.Crickets are not silent) Now that Heyward doesn't have a great card, it
seemed to kick right in. This kind of inconsistency is not what our franchise paid for and is downright Un-American".


Although this Office can not get too involved in this situation it appears that the "crying over
spilt milk" by the Maine skipper stems from having too much time on their hands and they could be
better served by playing some APBA as they now hold the less than prestigious title of "SNAG".


December 10
The 2015 rosters have been updated to reflect individual speed/defense per the data disk. In the column under players for each team is the APBA grade/control, compare it to our system to determine if you have been helped or hindered.

December 8
Pensacola keeps rolling as they take their 10th straight series with a 3-2 verdict over Hartford. The Piranhas now have a 9.5 game lead over 2nd place San Diego in the West.

December 5
Sherwood re-claimed 2nd place in the East by virtue of a 3-2 decision over Rochester. The banner that ran across the front page of the web site known as a <marquee> is no longer supported by our web host, so for the time being it will be replaced by a short stationary message. League Notes will continue to be the main source for ZSABL news.

December 3
Sherwood snapped out of a mini-slump with a 3-2 victory over Las Vegas. The 3rd place Machine are a half game behind 2nd place Rochester in the East.

December 2
Las Vegas has a new phone # starting tomorrow, its
224-6169


December 1
Pensacola took their 9th straight series with a 5-0 white-washing of Union Station. The Piranha's now enjoy a 9 game lead in the West over 2nd place San Diego. The "Fish's" Bartolo Colon had a no hitter going until two outs in the 9th when Torii Hunter ended the bid with a single on a Hit and Run. The Cowboys are now 1-10 versus the "Floridian's" this season but they are the first team to complete Section 2 of the schedule as they engaged in a double-dip this evening. They took on Memphis and captured the first contest 7-0 but then proceeded to drop the next four making for a dismal 1-9 effort for the day.

November 30 (Late Report)
Hopefully Norfolk's one loss to Memphis yesterday did not lead to this as reported by the league's Secretary:

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/crash-brings-down-utility-pole-near-chickies-rock-route-reopens/article_17cb118a-78a5-11e4-8b92-df208d1d34e6.html#.VHu5Axds1lo.email


November 30
After a lull on the trading front, Las Vegas sent P Tyson Ross (B-No Z) to Union Station for P Danny Salazar (C-No Z).

November 29
Norfolk dropped Memphis 4-1.

November 23
Brooklyn jumped back into the fringes of the Eastern Division playoff race by first sweeping the hapless Las Vegas Crazy Horse 5-0 then taking a 4-1 triumph over the suddenly struggling Sherwood Forest Machine. The Metropolitans have now passed over Philadelphia for 4th place, four games behind 3rd place Sherwood, who were knocked out of their runner up perch in the East. The Rochester Rockers, who supplanted the "Nottingham Boys" for 2nd place, trail the Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs by 7.5 games.

November 22
Maine snapped an eight consecutive non-winning series streak as they nipped Sherwood 3-2. The 2nd place Machine's lead over 3rd place Rochester is now down to a precarious half-game in the East.

November 20
Pensacola keeps rolling as they capture their 8th straight series with a 3-2 victory over Memphis.

November 18
San Diego edged Seattle 3-2 as the 76er's pull to within six games of the Western Division leading Pensacola Piranhas.

November 15
Rochester took their 4th series in a row with a 3-2 decision over Amsterdam. The 3rd place Rockers are now just one game behind 2nd place Sherwood.

November 13
Union Station came out on top by a score of 3-2 over Norfolk. The loss cuts the 3rd place Neptunes lead over 4th place Memphis to just a half-game. Of course prolific trader Mel Smith of the Cowboys could not leave empty handed. They sent SS Brandon Crawford to the "Nep's" for OF Desmond Jennings. Before they adjourned for the evening they expanded the deal to include a pair of back-stops. Wilson Ramos went to Norfolk for Yosmil Pinto. Efforts to even further expand the deal fell through when the "Boy's"offer of Brandon Belt for Norfolk's first basemen Eric Hosmer fell on deaf ears. The "peanut gallery" opined if the Neptunes had aquired Belt and with the opinion of most of the ZSABL that they will select 2B Joe Panic in the upcoming draft, they could put on the diamond the entire San Francisco Giant infield since they already have Pablo Sandoval manning the "hot corner". Chiques Rock was not mentioned once during the evenings activities as the Norfolk Skipper was too into re-structuring his club for next season.

November 12
Pensacola upped their lead in the West to 6.5 games as they defeated the 2nd place San Diego 76er's 3-2. The "Fish" have now won seven consecutive series. On the trade front where Pensy is always ubiquitous, the Piranha skipper sent 1B Justin Morneau, OF Ben Revere and their # 3 draft pick to Norfolk for their long time double play tandem of SS Jose Reyes and 2B Dustin Pedroia, the Neptunes also included their # 1 pick next year in the deal. Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that Ben Revere was provided with a Lancaster County map showing alternate routes to the Chiques Rock area if he asked to provide transportation for the Neptune Manager if their off-season transactions, which changed the face of the franchise, do not pan out.

November 11 (Late Report)
Rochester rolled over Philadelphia 4-1 as the 3rd place Rockers open up a commanding 7.5 game lead over the 4th place Black Sox in the East.

November 11
We salute our veterans today !
On the ZSABL trade front, Pensacola and Las Vegas pulled off a "Biggie". The Piranhas sent slugging 1B Edwin Encarnacion and an alleged shot of V.O. to Crazy Horse in exchange for 3B Matt Carpenter, Amsterdam's # 1 Pick and Vegas's # 7 this year and their # 2 Pick Next year.


November 10 (Late Report)
Hartford spotted Seattle a win in the opener and then reeled off four straight victories to reach the .500 plateau.

November 10
Las Vegas snapped their 8 series losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia. For the Crazy Horse it was only their second series win of the season, both against the Black Sox.

November 6 (Late Report)
Amsterdam has a new phone #, its
717 368-7699


November 6
Memphis took down Seattle 4-1 to close to within one game of the Norfolk Neptunes for the last playoff berth in the West. Gentlemen, we are now behind last year's pace so we have to step it up.

November 1
Amsterdam clipped Las Vegas 3-2 to up their lead in the East to seven games over 2nd place Sherwood. Crazy Horse has now dropped eight consecutive series.

October 30
Norfolk swept Seattle 5-0 in a closely contested series despite the final result. The Neptunes gained one run victories in three of the games and a two run decision in another with only the opener decided by more than two runs and that score was 5-2. The "sea gods" have displayed total dominance over the Scouts this season as they ran their record to 10-1 versus the former "South Seas Super Spoons" franchise. The "Nep's" currently sit in 3rd place in the West, four games out of the runner-up spot.
The bartender at the Club, Scott P., theorized that even if the final outcome was reversed, Chiques Rock would not be an option, given the euphoria the Norfolk ball club was experiencing with their San Francisco Giants being crowned World Champions.

October 29
We are getting dangerously close to falling behind last year's pace. We have to step it up, especially in the East.
Rochester announced that P Jim Henderson has been unconditionally released and due to the tragic death of OF Oscar Taveras, he has also been dropped from the roster.


October 23
Pensacola took over sole possession of the BRIB with a 4-1 shellacking of Norfolk. The "Fish" outscored the Neptunes 35-13. It was the 6th consecutive series win for the Piranhas as they increased their hold on 1st place in the West to 5.5 games over 2nd place San Diego. The loss dropped the "Nep's" into a 3rd place tie with Memphis for the last playoff slot in the "holier than thou" Division.
Chiques Rock local law enforcement reported no suspicious activity indicating that the situation in Norfolk at least for the time being is stable.


October 22
Memphis continued to "wheel and deal" as they sent OF Domonic Brown and Inf Asdrubal Cabrera to Amsterdam for OF Jake Marisnick

October 20 (Late Report)
Hartford traded recently acquired C Carlos Ruiz and their # 5 Draft Pick to Las Vegas for long time Hurricane C Chris Iannetta.

October 20
Memphis traded C Jonathan Lucroy to Las Vegas in return for P Drew Smyly, SS Jean Degura, C Mike Zunino and Pensacola's # 1 Draft Pick.

October 19
Rochester held off Brooklyn to take a 3-2 victory. The 3rd place Rockers hold a four game lead over 4th place Philly in the East.

October 17
Brooklyn blasted Las Vegas 5-1 as Section One of the schedule is now complete. It was the Crazy Horse's 7th consecutive series loss.

October 16
Hartford rallied back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat USMC 3-2. The finale went 15 innings with the big blow in the final stanza, coming on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2-run homer, enabling Alex Wood to secure his first ZSABL save.
Amsterdam's Front office sent out the following memo,"The Bulldogs trim more fat", gone from the roster are Inf Logan Forsythe, Inf Danny Valencia, P Tyler Thornburg and P Rex Brothers. In addition they also announced that Inf Ramiro Pena's visa will not be renewed.
Former Pittsburgh Crawford GM/Manager Ted Knorr was captured replaying the 1960 World Series in Wormleysburg,Pa. recently. Here is the Link:


 

This is the latest entry on Thomas Nelshoppen's APBA Blog website ... making a local news sports segment, a replay of the 1960 WS Game 7 (as played by Ted Knorr and Fred Walker):

http://local21news.com/sports/features/local-sports/stories/on-anniversary-local-fans-recreate-1960-ws-apba-1378.shtml


October 15
Philadelphia announced today that P Blake Parker, Inf Freddie Galvis, OF Ryan Ludwick and OF-1B Mike Carp will not be offered 2015 contracts.

October 14
Hartford snapped their four series losing streak by edging Memphis 3-2. Three of the games were decided by one run the other two by two runs. Both clubs scored a victory in extra innings. The Hurricanes, Coco Crisp, a long time Memphis nemesis, hit solo homeruns in four of the five games, they were his only hits in the series.

October 13
This Office was remiss in reporting Sherwood's latest roster moves. In addition to those already released they severed ties with P Rafael Soriano also. That makes 22.5% of their current roster who are now looking for employment.

October 12
Sherwood apparently will be drafting until the "wee" hours after they cleared out 20% of the Machine roster in a major house cleaning. No longer wearing the "Nottingham Boy's" lavender and yellow uniforms are P Wandy Rodriguez, P Tanner Scheppers, P Erasmo Ramirez, P James Russell, P Javier Lopez, P Edward Mujica, P Louis Coleman and OF B.J.Upton.

October 11
Amsterdam tied Pensacola for the BRIB as they defeated Sherwood 4-2. The Machine then bounced back to take a 3-2 decision from Philadelphia in a double-dip. The Bulldogs now have a 6.5 game lead in the East.

October 9
The Western Division completed Section One of the schedule with Memphis and Norfolk playing to a 3-3 draw. The 3rd place Neptunes hold a slim one game lead over the 4th place Sound. In trade action, Philadelphia sent 2B Scooter Gennett to Amsterdam in exchange for their # 2 draft picks this season and next year.

October 7
Some transactions to report. Hartford traded 3B-1B Juan Francisco to Pensacola for C Carlos Ruiz and the return of Hartford's # 5 draft pick. Norfolk traded long time Neptunes 1B Joe Mauer and 1B Prince Fielder to Philadelphia for P Chris Tillman. In a corresponding move the Black Sox released P Boone Logan.

October 6 (Late Report)
Maine and Philadelphia split 3-3 as they conclude Section One of the schedule. The "Trading Quasi-Frenzy" continues as Sherwood sends P Mike Leake, their # 1 Draft Pick and Pensacola's # 5 Pick to Union Station for 3B Adrian Beltre.

October 6
Amsterdam trimmed their roster by announcing the following players will not be invited back next season. They are C Gerald Laird, C J.P.Arencibia, OF Raul Ibanez, P Dane De La Rosa and 1B Josh Satin.

October 5 (Late Report)
Union Station spotted San Diego the opener and then reeled off four straight wins. The second place 76er's, who saw their three series winning streak snapped, fall to four games off the pace in the West.

October 5
Rochester informed the following four players that their services were no longer needed for next season, they are Inf Michael Young, Inf Miguel Tejada, Inf Paul Janish and P Bruce Chen.

October 4
Seattle edged Union Station 3-2. A suggestion, if you have players you know you are going to cut, do it in the near future. It makes sorting the cards a much easier task.

October 3
The Sound pared their roster today by releasing the following pitchers, Craig Breslow, Vin Mazzaro, Jacob Turner, A.J.Griffin and Ubaldo Jimenez. According to management they were not retained for failing to perform up to Memphis standards.

October 2
Norfolk took over sole possession of 3rd place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Maine. It was the Maui's fifth consecutive series loss. Since the end of the MLB season has been completed, ZSABL trades are bound to become more rampant so they will be reported here in the League Notes. Union Station, always a BIG player in transactions, sent P Masahiro Tanaka and OF Torii Hunter to Brooklyn in exchange for 3B Manny Machado and their 5th round pick. On a lesser note, Hartford asked Brooklyn what the asking price was for P Tim Lincecum, they replied a bag of chips and a soda. They added that they were probably releasing him and suggested the Hurricanes could pick him up in the draft with the caveat that he may be picked up before the "Canes" got a crack at him. The Metropolitans then said that a 7th round pick would be a fair offer. Hartford agreed and tossed in a Coca-Cola sans the potato chips.

September 30 (Late Report)
The San Diego front office announced today they are severing ties with the following players. P Robbie Ross, P Kyle Kendrick, P Neal Cotts, P Joe Nathan, 1B Mitch Moreland and Uti Jeff Baker who have all been unconditionally released. The Hartford Hurricane management, citing their disenchantment with the real life Atlanta Braves have released the following players who are either current or former Atlanta Braves, P J.R.Graham, Uti Tyler Pastornicky, 2B Dan Uggla and P Randall Delgado. For good measure in case they were considering joining the Atlanta franchise they also released P Brandon Morrow and P Zach McAllister.


September 30
The 2015 rosters have been updated including Pitcher Grades,Control Ratings and Innings. The batters stats include At Bats, OPS and Defensive Positions. PLEASE look over your roster. There were multiple data entries for 560 players so typo's are possible.

September 29
Pensacola opened up a two and a half game lead in the West with a 5-1 trouncing over Union Station. The "Fish" have now garnered five consecutive series wins and currently have the BRIB. The two clubs have now completed the first Section of the schedule.

September 26
Pensacola re-claimed first place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Amsterdam. The "Fish" now hold a half-game lead over 2nd place San Diego. The Bulldogs, who saw their four series winning streak snapped, still have a five game lead over Sherwood in the East.

September 22
Congratulations to Brooklyn's Dave Turner & Family on the arrival at 5:58 P.M. of their baby girl, "Norah".

September 16
San Diego laid claim to the top spot in the West as they topped the "Free Falling" Hartford Hurricanes 3-2. The "Canes" have now dropped four straight series and currently reside in 6th place in the "holier than thou" Division. The Match-Up marked the opening of Section Two of the schedule. The victory gives the 76er's a half-game lead over 2nd place Pensacola. The finale went 16 innings with the Hurricane's Ian Desmond hitting a walk off home run with two out in the bottom of that stanza. The high-light of the series was Hartford rolling four consecutive 66's resulting in dingers for Juan Uribe and then Jose A.Bautista, the 3rd was 66-0 for Daniel Murphy before he went yard with yet another 66.

September 10 (Evening Report)
A late result from last night saw Memphis tying Norfolk for 3rd place in the West as they defeated the struggling Crazy Horse 5-1. It was Las Vegas's sixth consecutive series loss.

September 10
San Diego tied Pensacola for 1st place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Seattle. The 76er's dropped the opener before reeling off five straight wins. The loss snapped a modest two series winning streak by the Scouts. The two clubs join Rochester and Hartford on completing the first section of the schedule.

September 2
Seattle defeated B
rooklyn 4-2 as the ZSABL has finally passed the half-way mark of this season.

August 31
Amsterdam opened up a six game lead over 2nd place Sherwood in the East with a 4-2 victory over Maine. It was the Bulldogs, who have the BRIB, fourth straight series triumph.

August 27
San Diego got out the broom and swept Sherwood 6-0. The 76er's are now just two games behind 1st place Pensacola in the West. The results were reported via e-mail but it took very little imagination to see the "gloat" in the message.

August 26
Rochester sent Hartford reeling to their third consecutive loss as they blasted the Hurricanes 5-1.

August 24
Philadelphia got back into the post season picture with a 4-2 victory over Hartford. The Black Sox are now just one game out of third place. Late game heroics netted the "Sox" two of the victories. A 11th inning tally gave them a 4-3 win in Game # 1 and a two run 9th gave them a 6-5 come from behind triumph in Game # 3. The Hurricanes finally managed to cool them off with back to back complete game shutouts by C.J.Wilson and Mike Minor in the final two contests.

August 23
Union Station blasted Rochester 5-1 as the Rockers drop back to the .500 mark.

August 21
Norfolk dropped the first two games then came roaring back to capture the last four. The Neptunes now have sole possession of 3rd place in the West and trail the 2nd place 76er's by two games. EMT's, law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel can now enjoy a few relaxing days in the Chique's Rock area.

August 20
Philadelphia and Rochester split 3-3 as the league is nearing the half-way mark and the completion of Section One of the schedule.

August 19 (Late Report)
Memphis got back to .500 with a 4-2 triumph over Union Station. The loss extends USMC's non-winning series streak to seven.

August 19
On behalf of the entire ZSABL, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dave Turner on the recent loss of his mother.

August 17
On David Crockett's 228th birthday, Rochester strengthened their hold on 3rd place in the East with a decisive 5-1 victory over Memphis.

August 11
Second place San Diego cut their deficit in the West to four games behind division leading Pensacola with a 4-2 victory over Maine.

August 4 (Late Report)
Pensacola increased their lead in the West to five games over 2nd place San Diego with a 4-2 victory over Hartford. The loss snapped an eight series non-losing streak for the Hurricanes and pushed them into a three way tie with Norfolk and Memphis for the last playoff berth in the "holier than thou" Division. The Piranha's Clayton Kershaw picked up two wins including a three hit complete game shutout in the finale. "Cane" starter Miguel Gonzalez spun a two-hit whitewash in Game # 4.

August 4
Seattle extended Las Vegas's losing streak to five as they defeated Crazy Horse by a 4-2 count. Adult libations were flowing freely on both sides of the aisle in a series dubbed "The Booze Bowl" by the "Crazy One's" skipper.

July 31
Memphis jumped out to a 3-0 series lead versus San Diego with two dramatic last at bat heroics. A Robinson Cano home run in the bottom of the 9th in Game # 2 gave the Sound a 4-3 victory and in the next contest a 2-run dinger by Starlin Marte in the bottom of the 15th erased a 4-3 76er lead. San Diego returned the extra inning theatrics in Game # 4 with a 10th inning dinger by Jeff Baker for a 3-2 win and then in Game # 5 they pushed across 3 runs in the top of the 11th and held on as the Sound attempted a comeback but could only score twice as San Diego hung on for a 10-9 triumph. The finale was non descript as the "Sixer's" rolled to a 9-1 victory and a 3-3 split.

  July 30 (Evening Report)
Pensacola increased their lead in the West to four games with a 4-2 victory over Las Vegas.

July 30
Things remained status quo in the East as Sherwood and Brooklyn split 3-3. The two clubs have now played eleven series, the most in the ZSABL.

July 28
Rochester got back to the .500 mark with a 4-2 decision over Las Vegas. The Rockers Yu Darvish surrendered a lead off double to Jacoby Ellsbury in Game # 3 and then held them hitless the rest of the way for a 6-0 complete game shutout victory. Crazy Horse starter Chris Sale notched both Las Vegas wins.

July 27
Philadelphia took a 4-2 decision from Seattle. The Black Sox won the first four games before dropping the final two contests. The fourth place "Sox" are now just one game behind Rochester for the last playoff spot in the East.

July 25
Amsterdam added to their BRIB with a 4-2 decision over Norfolk. The Neptunes dropped the first four games of the match-up before rallying to capture the last two contests. The Bulldogs now have a two game lead over 2nd place Sherwood in the East while the "Sea-gods" fall into a 4th place tie with Memphis in the West. There have been no reports at this time on the new pedestrian bridge's accessibility, which spans Chiques Creek near the "Rock Area".

July 23
Brooklyn snapped a six series non-winning streak with a 4-2 victory over Union Station. The Metropolitans moved into 5th place in the East as they ended a two and half month long drought without a win. Unconfirmed sources say that the Turners are expecting an addition to the family, so congrats are in order. The "Mystic One's" were heard lamenting the fact that Brooklyn reliever Mariano Rivera with his "ZZ" were preventing him from starting any rallies during the series.

July 22
Hartford rallied from a 3-0 deficit to split with Sherwood 3-3. The Hurricanes trailed 1-0 in Game # 4 with two out in the bottom of the ninth until David Ortiz launched a game winning 2-run home run. The "Canes" rode a 3 dinger, 5 RBI performance by Mike Napoli in the finale enroute to a 6-4 victory. The first three games saw Sherwood work their come from behind magic as they trailed 5-4 but put up single runs in the 7th and 8th to win 6-5. In Game # 2 the Machine were behind 5-0 until they put up a six spot in the 7th and a singleton in the 9th for a 7-5 triumph. In Game #3 they broke up a 3-3 tie with a three run outburst in the top of the 9th for a 6-3 victory.

July 21
There are two new leaders atop each ZSABL Division after tonight's action. Amsterdam rolled over Union Station 5-1 to leap over Sherwood and claim the top spot in the East by one game. In the West, Pensacola broke their 1st place tie with San Diego by sweeping Seattle 6-0 to take a three game lead over the 76er's.

July 20
Brooklyn snapped a four series losing streak by splitting with Philadelphia 3-3.

July 17
Amsterdam closed their deficit in the East to one game behind the division leading Sherwood Forest Machine as they defeated San Diego by a 4-2 count. The loss dropped the 76er's into a first place tie in the West with Pensacola. Game # 5 of the series saw the Bulldogs leading in the 9th inning by a 5-1 score and the "Sixer's" threatening with two men on when "Mother Nature" interfered and rained the game out giving the "B-Dogs" the victory.

July 16
In an offense oriented series, Norfolk and Hartford split 3-3. The two clubs combined for 74 runs and 120 hits. A porous Hurricane defense which committed 11 errors culminated in 14 un-earned runs for the Neptunes. Before the opener, Neptune Fan Club President and Founder Don Kuhns, presented skipper Groff with a custom Norfolk T-Shirt. The new pedestrian bridge which spans Chique's Creek as reported by LancasteronLine today will not be utilized since the "Nep's" avoided a series loss. In the future however it could be a saving grace for the Norfolk's convertible, a Mazda, I believe, since they now do not have to drive "off the rock".

July 14
Rochester dropped Pensacola 4-2 to end their six series non-winning streak. The loss knocked the Piranhas out of their 1st place tie with San Diego in the West, as they fall one game back.

Did you Know
That Derek Jeter appeared in 2,240 regular season games, fourth highest in ZSABL history, but never played in a World Series.

Roger Clemens made 629 starts in his career but never pitched in relief in the regular season. In the 1990 World Series, he was summoned from the bullpen and retired the
only batter he faced.

No pitcher has ever thrown two complete game shutouts in the ZSABL Championship finals. A dozen hurlers have notched one, they include Frank Viola, John Tudor, Curt Schilling, Chris Carpenter, Roger Clemens, Bob Welch (A No-Hitter), Andy Hawkins, Alex Fernandez, Ken Hill, Don Robinson, Jerry Koosman and Johan Santana.


July 10
Sherwood padded their lead in the East to two games over Amsterdam with a 4-2 victory versus Maine. The Machine have now won four straight.

July 9
Sherwood took over first place in the East with a 5-1 decision over Seattle. They now lead Amsterdam by one game. The Chique's Rock Area will be safe for recreational activities, at least ephemerally, as Norfolk took down Las Vegas by the same 5-1 score. The Neptunes are now tied with Hartford for third place in the West.

July 8
Memphis dispatched Brooklyn 5-1 sending the Metropolitans to their fourth straight series loss. The victory moved the Sound, who snapped a three series losing skein, into fourth place in the West, four games off the pace.

July 2 (Late Report)
Union Station and Philadelphia split 3-3.

July 2
Sherwood got the broom out and swept Las Vegas 6-0, to cut Amsterdam's lead in the East to just one game.

June 30 (Late Report)
Norfolk bounced back from a two series losing skein by downing USMC 4-2. The two clubs now have identical records at 21-21,good for 4th place in the West.

 June 30
Hartford won their fourth straight and took over sole possession of 3rd place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Maine. Three of the affairs went into extras, in the opener Hartford's Kris Medlen and Maine's Travis Wood matched zero's until the 10th when the "Canes" pushed across three runs and went on to a 3-1 win. The Hurricanes Coco Crisp won Game # 3 with a 2-run homer in the 12th for a 5-3 decision and Will Middlebrooks returned the favor for the Maui's with a RBI single in the bottom of the 14th in Game # 5 for a 6-5 Maine triumph.

June 29
Philadelphia moved into 4th place in the East by snapping Amsterdam's six series winning streak by a score of 4-2. It was the Bulldog's first loss of the season.

June 25
San Diego reclaimed a share of first place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Brooklyn. The Metropolitan's showed a tremendous amount of respect for the 76er's Chris Davis by walking him 14 times in the series.

June 24
Sherwood rocked Norfolk 5-1 which prompted this bulletin from the Neptune Front Office:

"APB to ALL units in the Chickies Rock Park area! Be on the lookout for the Norfolk Neptune Blue Miata headed to the rock." The victory moved the 2nd place Machine to five games behind the Eastern Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs. The "Nep's" drop into a 5th place tie with Memphis in the West. In other action, Pensacola took over the lead in the "holier than thou" Division with a 4-2 triumph over Memphis. It was the Piranha's 5th straight series win as they take a one game lead over 2nd place San Diego. For the Sound it was their third consecutive loss.

June 22
Hartford blasted out of the basement of the Western Division with a 5-1 victory over Seattle..The Hurricanes are now in a 3-way tie for 3rd place with USMC and Norfolk...In other action, Maine split with Rochester 3-3...

June 19
San Diego and Philadelphia split 3-3 as the 76er's kept their share of 1st place in the West, they are tied with Pensacola. Hartford took their 2nd straight series with a 4-2 decision over Brooklyn. The "Met's" dropped into 4th place in the East, one game behind Rochester for the final playoff berth. The scheduled Norfolk-Sherwood series was cancelled.

June 15
Amsterdam remained undefeated in series play as they topped Memphis by a 4-2 count. The Bulldogs have now opened up a seven game lead in the East. The Sound fall to the .500 mark.


June 7
Philadelphia won their first series of the year by defeating Norfolk 4-2. The Black Sox have now escaped the confines of the Eastern Division basement. For the Neptunes, who suffered their first series loss of the season, they are now in a three way tie for 3rd in the West with Memphis and USMC. In East action, Amsterdam won their 5th straight series without a loss to open up a six game lead over Sherwood, as they came away with a 5-1 victory over Brooklyn. The Metropolitans are now tied for 3rd with Rochester.

June 2
Pensacola took their fourth straight series and moved into a tie for first place in the West in the process by defeating Maine 4-2.

May 28
Things remained status quo in the ZSABL this evening as all the action resulted in 3-3 splits. Las Vegas and Union Station ended up tied as did Brooklyn and Norfolk.

May 24
Maine won for the first time this season by blasting Las Vegas 5-1. The Crazy Horse plummet to the basement of the East, tied with Philadelphia.

 May 22
Pensacola cut San Diego's lead in the West to one game with a 4-2 victory. The Piranha's Bartolo Colon stymied the 76er's in the opener by spinning a two hit shutout. San Diego came back with a white-wash of their own in Game # 2 as Cole Hamels scattered five hits en-route to a 1-0  triumph. The lone tally came courtesy of a Brandon Moss home run. Some shoddy defensive play by the 76er's doomed them for the rest of the series as they committed eight errors. It was the "Sixer's" first loss of the season.

 May 18
Seattle up-ended Rochester 4-2 to reach the .500 level. The West has been dominant in "holiness" so far this young season. The Hartford Hurricanes are the only Western Division club to be under the break even mark.

 May 15
Hartford captured their first series win of the season by besting USMC 4-2. Game # 3 was a 20 inning affair with Hurricane Pitcher Randall Delgado, a C-Z, the last man standing in the "Cane" bullpen, throwing 10 innings, allowing just one run and emerging as the winning pitcher on David Ortiz's walk-off single. The Cowboy's Designated Hitter, Pedro Alvarez, belted three HR's in Game # 5, en-route to a 8-3 Union Station victory.

May 14
Seattle knocked off Memphis by a 4-2 count. The Scouts emerged victorious by a single run three times and captured their other victory by a 2-0 score.

May 13
USMC defeated Maine 5-1 in a closely fought series involving five one run games. The win put the Cowboys into a four way tie for 2nd place in the West with Memphis,Norfolk and Pensacola.

May 11
Brooklyn evened their record at 9-9 and took over 3rd place in the East with a 4-2 decision over Maine.

May 8
Pensacola toppled Philadelphia 4-2, extending the Black Sox losing streak to four straight. The Piranhas are now in a 3-way tie for 2nd in the West with Norfolk and Memphis.

May 7
Sherwood and Rochester entered "splitsville" 3-3.

May 1
Sherwood and Memphis split 3-3. The highlight of the series was when the Machine's Russell Martin, "the best player in baseball", walked and then advanced and scored on three consecutive wild pitches.

April 27
Amsterdam won for the fourth straight time with a 4-2 victory over Seattle. The Bulldog's Zach Greinke's streak of not allowing an earned run to start the season was ended at 31+. The "B-Dog's" now enjoy a four game lead over 2nd place Sherwood in the East.

April 24
San Diego kept their hold on 1st place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Rochester. The 76er attack featured 23 doubles among their 55 hits. They now have opened up a 3 game lead over the tandem of Norfolk and Memphis. The Rockers slipped into a 3rd place tie with Brooklyn in the East.

April 22
Las Vegas employed the "walk-off" tactic twice, once via a grand slam by Bryce Harper in the opener and then a run scoring double by Yonder Alonzo in Game # 5 to earn a 3-3 split with Hartford. The two clutch hits both came with two out in the bottom of the 9th with the Hurricanes erstwhile closer Jean Machi the victim both times. Mike Minor hurled a complete game shutout for the "Canes" in Game # 4.

April 19
In a series which was played in just one hour and forty five minutes, Las Vegas won for the first time this season as they defeated Philadelphia 4-2. The Black Sox have now lost their first three series and currently reside in last place in the East.

April 17
Memphis and Hartford played to a 3-3 draw. The Hurricanes scored just six runs in the first five contests but trailed the series only 3-2 going into the finale. The "Canes" then exploded for a 16-4 victory. The Sound managed a meager 17 runs in the pitching dominant match-up.

April 16
Memphis roared past Philadelphia 5-1 to tie Norfolk for 2nd place in the West. The series featured both a 14 inning and a 16 inning contest. The Black Sox salvaged the finale for their only victory.

April 14
Union Station cooled off San Diego by splitting with them 3-3. Pensacola took down Sherwood 4-2.

April 13 (Early Evening Report)
Amsterdam kept their hold on 1st place in the East with a 4-2 victory over Rochester. The Bulldogs Zach Greinke with 14.2 innings without allowing an earned run so far this young season has according to un-confirmed sources continued that streak.

April 13 (Late Afternoon Report)
I believe I have all of Eddie K.'s fine work uploaded correctly on the site. Enjoy !
2014 Draft Analysis


April 13 (Mid-Afternoon Report)
Eddie K.'s analysis did not translate well into an HTML format that could be uploaded to the site. I will have to edit it later this evening. So kindly wait for the finished product, it will well be worth the wait.

April 13
The long anticipated 2014 Draft Analysis by Memphis Sound Manager Eddie K. has been released. This is their third year of rating how the teams fared in the free agent draft. They have stepped up their analysis and have incorporated a new category, PIP (Player Impact Potential), into their research. It is a very astute and detailed journalistic endeavor. It can be found here,
2014 Draft Analysis.

April 12
Norfolk moved into 2nd place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Seattle. The Chiques Rock Area was unusually quiet as the Neptunes now trail the 1st place San Diego 76er's by two games.

April 9
A triad of games on the schedule today. The first two ended in 3-3 splits. Brooklyn and Pensacola battled to a draw and Norfolk and Rochester also played to a stalemate. The other series saw Seattle climb into 2nd place in the West with a 5-1 victory over Maine.

April 6
Amsterdam rolled all over Hartford 5-1. In the opener, three Bulldog pitchers held the "Canes" to just one hit in a 3-0 victory. In Game # 2 they fared a little better as Zach Greinke No-Hit the Hurricanes for a 4-0 win. Hartford finally got into the victory column in the finale by a 10-6 score.

 April 3 (Late Report)
76er First Basemen Chris Davis knocked in 15 runs to spark San Diego to a 6-0 romp over Las Vegas. The "Sixer's" have opened up an early four game lead in the West.

April 3
In action from yesterday, that was not reported until late, Sherwood took a 4-2 decision from USMC while the Norfolk-Pensacola and the Maine-Memphis series ended in 3-3 splits.

March 30
Rochester took a 4-2 decision from Brooklyn and Amsterdam defeated Las Vegas by the same 4-2 count.
The 2014 rosters have been up-loaded to the site, kindly look at your team for any typo's. The easiest access is the roster tab in the center of the home page.


March 29
Seattle won the opener and the finale but dropped the four games in between as Union Station captured a 4-2 decision.

March 27
In the Western Division lid-lifter, San Diego prevailed by a 4-2 score over Hartford. A rash of injuries confused the Hartford skipper and the Commissioner was fined for the failure to have a back-up second baseman in Game # 5. 1B Chris Davis paced the 76er attack with 9 RBI's in the series. C.J. Wilson absorbed two of the losses for the Hurricanes.

March 23
The 2014 season got underway this evening with Sherwood spotting Philadelphia the first two games  before coming back to capture the last four. Offense was virtually non-existent as the two clubs tallied just 33 runs in the series.

March 20
The Norfolk Neptunes are the ZSABL 2013 Champions as they defeated the Sherwood Forest Machine in five games. The "Nep's" skipper Billy Groff added his fourth title to his resume which trails only San Diego's Tom Doran who has five.
The series was a lot closer than the 4-1 verdict indicates.
Three of the contests were decided by a solitary run, another by two and the other by just three tallies. Pitching was the dominant factor throughout the match-up. In the opener Matt Cain went the route scattering four hits to give the Neptunes a 3-2 win.
Game # 2 saw Sherwood rally from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the 9th only to fall on a walk-off home run by Ryan Zimmerman, his 2nd of the game and third of the series.
Sherwood got into the win column in Game # 3 as Austin Jackson knocked in all three runs, the last two coming on a bottom of the 8th inning double, breaking a 1-1 deadlock, to give the "Nottingham Boys" a 3-1 triumph.

Game # 4 was the only "blow-out" of the Championship Match, as Norfolk prevailed by a 5-2 score with Matt Cain notching his second consecutive complete game victory.
The finale went into extra stanza's with the Neptunes plating the winning run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded by Wilton Lopez in the top of the tenth to give the
"Sea gods" a 2-1 victory.
A reminder that there is a Moratorium on roster moves so the draft grid can be established for this Sunday's gala event.

March 19
The ever busy Memphis Sound front office today announced that they were severing ties with the following players. Now looking for employment are the "Tommy John" tandem of Pitchers Brandon Beachy and Cory Luebke as well as P Zach Britton and Inf Kaleb Cowart.

March 18 (More Trades)
Memphis, still jockeying for a prime draft slot, sent San Diego's # 2 pick, acquired just hours ago, along with their # 6 pick and a # 5 next year to Las Vegas for their # 2 pick, the 16th overall.

March 18
The tweaking of rosters before the draft continues as Memphis sends OF Dayan Viciedo and their # 1 pick next year to Maine in return for San Diego's # 2 pick this year.

March 17 (Early Evening Report)
Rochester sent 1B Todd Helton to Las Vegas for 1B-OF Adam Dunn

March 17
Rochester acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez from Pensacola for P Bobby Parnell, their # 2 Draft Pick and their # 7 Pick next year. The deal could jeopardize the roster spots of two Rocker off-season acquisitions, Michael Young and Todd Helton. Both of whom have announced their pending retirements and had hoped to at least, share first base duties with the "Rock-Men" this year.
A Moratorium on trades will take place Thursday upon conclusion of the ZSABL's World Series.


March 16
The balloting is complete for the MVP and Cy Young Awards. There were Co-Winners for the Most Valuable Player.
Here are the final results:
1-Tie)Mike Trout,Rochester 25
1-Tie)Ryan Braun,Norfolk 25
3)Andrew McCutchen,Amsterdam 10.5
4)Joey Votto,Sherwood 9.5
5)Josh Hamilton,Sherwood 8
6)Yadier Molina,Norfolk 3
7-Tie)Giancarlo Stanton,Norfolk 1
7-Tie)Robinson Cano,Memphis 1

7-Tie)Alexis Rios,Memphis 1

The Cy Young Voting went like this:
1)Matt Cain,Norfolk 37
2)R.A.Dickey,Hartford 24
3)Clayton Kershaw,Pensacola 12
4)Kris Medlen,Hartford 6
5)Jake McGee,Norfolk 2
6-Tie)Aroldis Chapman,Brooklyn 1

6-Tie)Justin Verlander,Norfolk 1
6-Tie)Jake McGee,Norfolk 1
6-Tie)Gio Gonzalez,Maine 1



March 13
The Lottery Mistress and her Assistant Tammy Brown did their usual stellar job of conducting the ZSABL's 2014 Draft Lottery and this coming season's Schedule.
Las Vegas Manager, Billy Bell, did express some concern over the security of the "Lottery Machine". He was later satisfied that it was properly "sealed".
Here are the results:
1)Las Vegas - Traded to Maine
2)Maine
3)Seattle
4)Philadelphia
5)Union Station
6)Memphis - Traded to Maine
7)Amsterdam - Traded to Las Vegas
8)Hartford - Traded to Las Vegas

A Mock Draft immediately broke out among the attendees for this evening's festivities. They included the skippers from Seattle,Rochester,Memphis,Las Vegas, San Diego and Hartford.
Look for a "Mock Draft" tab on the website which will be posted later tonight.


March 12
The ZSABL Manager of the Year Award, for only the second time in league history, has co-winners.
The Neptune's Billy Groff and Rochester's Sam Schall will share the prestigious honor. Mel Smith and Steve Graybill
were named Co-Managers of the Year in 2000 the only other time two skippers finished deadlocked in the balloting.
For the Neptune Field Marshall it is his fourth MOY Award tying him with the aforementioned Mel Smith for the most in the league.

Here are the Final Results:
1)-Tie Bill Groff, Norfolk 20
1)-Tie Sam Schall, Rochester 20
3)Tom Doran,San Diego 18
4)George Tarantino, Sherwood 12
5)Ed Kachnoskie, Memphis 9
6)Dave Turner, Brooklyn 3
7)Scott Fisher, Pensacola 2


March 11 (Late Report)
For the fourth consecutive year Sherwood is going to the ZSABL World Series as they defeated Rochester in six games. The Machine will face the Norfolk Neptunes for the 3rd time in the last four seasons. It will mark the franchise's 11th trip to the Title Match, a ZSABL record. Norfolk will be making their 10th appearance in the Classic, including two when the team was located in Baton Rouge.
Sherwood's Manager, George Tarantino has a 2-3 record in the WS, having been on the losing end for the last three years,
two of them to Norfolk. Neptune's Skipper Bill Groff is 3-4 in Title matches.
Details from this evening's Eastern Division finals saw Sherwood strike first in the opener, backed by a pair of home runs by both Joey Votto and "the best player in Major League Baseball" Russel Martin en-route to a 6-5
victory.
Game # 2 was a pitchers duel as Rochester's Jered Weaver went 10 strong innings before being lifted and Jordan Pacheco hit a game winning HR to seal the deal in a 2-1 Rocker win.
In Game # 3, Sherwood erupted for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to pull away for a 7-2 victory.
The "Rock-Men" got long ball support from Adam Jones and Gerardo Parra to take Game # 4 by a score of 3-1 to even the series.
Game # 5 saw Sherwood tally 8 times in the first three innings and then hold on for an 8-6 triumph. In the finale,Jonny Gomes and Ne