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Tom Phoebus set a new BNBL record for Strikeouts in a Season with 185

Nine can't contain Bailey, fall 12-0

Bob Bailey was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Sin City's 12-0 victory over the Nine. Bailey also had 3 hits in the game. | Box

Huge night for Vukovich carries Silver Sox to victory

George Vukovich was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Sin City's 9-8 victory over the Bears. Vukovich also had 3 hits in the game. | Box

Smith whiffs 8 in 4-3 win

Zane Smith struckout 8 New York batters in a 4-3 win for the Nine. | Box

Lary in the zone for victorious Nine

Lyn Lary's hot bat helped the Nine to a 5-3 win over the Knights. Lary collected 5 hits in the game. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

B. Bailey, Silver Sox .4381 HR5 RBI
T. Sizemore, Bears .4291 HR5 RBI
T. Tresh, Silver Sox .3572 HR4 RBI
A. Seminick, Rednecks .3000 HR5 RBI
R. Reynolds, Rednecks .2081 HR4 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

T. Gonzalez, Chiefs 1 for 17 (.059)
D. Thomas, Rednecks 3 for 18 (.167)
J. Nettles, Rednecks 3 for 18 (.167)
P. Putnam, Chiefs 2 for 17 (.118)
R. Cerone, Charlie Browns 2 for 16 (.125)

Leaders: AVG

U. Washington, Rednecks .294
B. Wynegar, Generals .288
P. Kelly, Tigers .283
E. Ott, Flibbertigibets .282
L. Lary, Nine .275

Leaders: WHIP

D. Segui, Gorillas 0.87
J. Winn, Mud Hens 0.91
B. Veale, Gorillas 1.02
B. Johnson, Rednecks 1.03
D. Goltz, Isotopes 1.05


Steve Balboni was named MVP of the 4th BNBL All-Star Game for the East-Midwest stars
Lick Skillet was the place to be for the 4th BNBL All-Star Game on Saturday night (that's the first time in history that Lick Skillet has ever been "the place to be") as the South Pacific stars hosted the East-Midwesterners. A Colonel Sanders impersonator sang the national anthem with a bucket of finger-lickin'-good chicken in one hand and a megaphone in the other. Apparently they don't have a working sound system in the stadium and have been using a megaphone for anthems and announcements since the BNBL began. Proceeds from the All-Star game will be used for park upgrades. ... Or more moonshine. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

The game turned out to be a hit parade, with EastMidwest outhitting their opponents 20 to 19 on their way to an 11-7 victory. Rumor has it that there were some moonshine stands set up in the bullpens but not the dugouts, which would account for the pitchers all being a bit on the wobbly side, although there were a few exceptions. The two Starting Pitchers actually fared very well, as the bats didn't really come alive until the 3rd inning, after both starters were done for the day. South Pacific's starter, Dave Morehead did give up a leadoff single to Jim King to start the game, but he then retired then next 3 batters he faced. And in the 2nd inning, he escaped without a run after a leadoff double by eventual Game MVP Steve Balboni. He also hit Tim Teufel in the shoulder later in the inning, but both runners were stranded.

Meanwhile, Jim Rooker also escaped the first two innings unscathed, giving up three singles over his two innings, with no runners getting passed second base. But then the offenses started to click.

In the top of the 3rd inning, with Tom Phoebus pitching for South Pacific, Jim King led off with his second hit of the game, this one a liner to the gap in left-center field. Gene Michael singled him home with an opposite-fielder. After a walk to Jim Northrup moved Michael to 2nd, Ken Harrelson singled up the middle and Michael scampered home just ahead of the throw from center-fielder R.J. Reynolds. Phoebus retired the next three batters in order.

South Pacific tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd off Bob Veale, as U.L. Washington started the inning off with a triple down the right field line. After R.J. Reynolds struck out, the next two batters walked, loading the bases for Tony Armas, whose single up the middle scored two runs to knot the game at 2 apiece.

East-MidWest took a 1-run lead in the top of the 4th on a deep sacrifice fly by Gene Michael that scored Milt May. May had singled with one out and then reached third on a double by Jim King, King's third hit of the day. Bart Johnson was on the mound for South Pacific and managed to get out of the inning without another run.

Bill Singer retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 4th. Singer must have avoided the moonshine in the bullpen, as he looked sharp, inducing two easy pop-ups and a weak ground out from Bergman, Lopez, and Washington, respectively.

East-Midwest added to their lead in the top of the 5th on a booming Home Run by Steve Balboni. Balboni tore the cover off the ball, hitting a John Denny offering over the Center Field fence, over the center-field bleachers, and into farmer Ned Brackenridge's cotton field.

South Pacific would answer back in the bottom of 5, tying the score at 4 with a pair of runs off of Chuck Stobb. R.J. Reynolds led off with a double, and after an Andy Seminick fly-out, he was doubled home by Barry Foote. Armas followed with a single, advancing Foote to 3rd base. Then Dean Palmer drilled a single to left field, scoring Foote with the tying run.

Denny Galehouse and Ken Patterson quieted the East-Midwest bats in the top of the 6th, and then South Pacific took the lead in the bottom half of the inning courtesy of RBI singles by R.J. Reynolds and Tony Armas, scoring Hector Lopez and Reynolds, respectively, giving their side a 6-4 lead.

Most of the subs entered the game in the 7th inning. The East-Midwest squad couldn't score in their half of the 7th against Terry Forster and Thad Tillotson, but South Pacific added to their lead with three singles off Dave Goltz by Ted Uhlaender, Craig Kusick, and Craig Reynolds. With the bases loaded and two out, Kevin Maas singled home Uhlaender to give South Pacific a 7-4 lead. They stranded the bases loaded, though, as Dave Tomlin struck out Earl Williams to end the inning.

The East-Midwestern bats came back to life in the top of 8 as they scored three times to tie the game at 7. Lyn Lary doubled to lead off, Mike Adams doubled him home, and then Harrelson tied it with a home run down the line that barely stayed fair of the foul pole (which was a bunch of old barn wood nailed together in a zig-zaggy fashion and definitely not a straight line. South Pacific would protest the call, but since Lick Skillet was technically their home park for the day, they didn't really have a leg to stand on, and the protest was thrown out.

Relievers Storm Davis and Gary Lavelle silenced the South Pacific bats in the bottom half of the 8th before the East-Midwest bats came alive again in the top of 9 to build up what would prove to be an insurmountable lead. They would score 4 times in the 9th, all off the South Pacific's last pitcher standing, Salomon Torres. Chris Bando led off with a single, followed by a walk to Jim King who played the entire game for the East-Midwest crew. Lyn Lary hit an RBI single up the middle, followed by a single from Mike Adams to load the bases. After Harrelson struck out, Balboni doubled home 2 runs to the gap in Right-Centerfield. Two batters later, Wayne Comer would get his third single of the game, this one driving in Balboni to give East-MidWest a commanding 11-7 lead. Torres finally struck out Dan Monzon to end the inning, and he ended the inning with three strikeouts, but the damage was done.

South Pacific couldn't mount a comeback in the bottom of the 9th, as Ray Moore did let the first two runners reach base (both named Reynolds), but then finished off Maas, Earl Williams, and Tom Tresh without allowing a run to score.

Balboni was awarded the MVP, but it could have gone to a number of others who had exceptional days at the plate. The players were all glad to get away from the outhouses of Lick Skillet and back to civilization. Thanks for reading! The second half starts tonight! Good luck to all!

Welcome to the BNBL (Bad News Bears League)

Reliever Diego Segui of the Gashouse Gorillas leads the Cy Young race at the All-Star break
The BNBL is the league for mediocre players to play against their peers.
See how these "Average Joes" might have fared if they didn't have to face Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Lou Gehrig, or Babe Ruth.

Hitters have to have:
less than 1.000 combined AVG and OPS
but also have a .275 AVG or lower
and less than .800 OPS

Pitchers need to have a WHIP of 1.40 or more.

Also, we’re going to stick to pre-1990 players for Season 1 so that we have some room to grow with new imports each year. If your favourite players are more recent, just be patient and they’ll be available soon!

The Basics:
16 Teams
8 teams make the playoffs (4 division winners and 4 Wild Cards)
(gives more teams a chance and keeps it interesting!)
162 Game Schedule
No progressions
Fatigue: On
5-Man Rotation
Minimum ABs/IPs: 50 ABs (no IP minimum)
Any season pre-1990 that fits the minimum/maximum requirements (see above)
Players will retire after 13 seasons (there are exceptions to that - see Rules Page)
See Rules Page for more information

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6/19/2019Nine @ KnightsWatch  Box
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6/19/2019One guys take on this Leaguesincitymarauder
I only have been on PC less than a year and a half, but have been very active in various Leagues, mostly auto Leagues, so I admit my ignorance of Custom Leagues and their appeal, but any time I read the rules those leagues are either too complex for my liking, or the only teams available are really bad, and even if you decide to accept the challenge of rebuilding a team, the Sharks, who already have an advantage, prey on the weaker opponents and you simply can't get better, this is a REAL problem in progression Leagues, newbies trade a 24 yr old good player, for a 35 year old stud, not thinking far enough ahead, or simply quitting the league after they realize they are screwed, hence that team being available in the first place.

In this League pitching is capped at a 1.40 Whip, so no matter how good your pitching is, it actually stinks, you can't overwhelm other teams like in other leagues.

Think about it, Rank for pitchers is Whip, K/9, and H/9 - Hits per 9 is a stupid choice for Rank in this league, because whether you give up 9 Hits per 9 innings and 3 BB for 9 - or 12 hits per 9 and 0 BB you are still a 1.40 Whip.

Not saying adjustments may not be required in the future, but to me it seems that, the longer this league lasts, the more competitive it will be. You can catch up in this league, I see the gap between 1st and last closing a bit already.

OK, I hope I didn't sound like an ass, but I actually won a hard fought playoff series today and I'm in a appreciative mood.

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6/20/2019 Draft Now?AlyCat
sorry, it says Rank Now, and i noticed it in a best of 1980s league too.
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