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The Commish has been working fervently to get the season underway. Here’s a live look-in.

Hadley dominates, Knights win 7-2

Bump Hadley was brilliant last night, allowing just 2 hits over 9 innings, leading the Knights to a 7-2 win over the Nine. | Box

Nine fall to Knights despite Hough's efforts

Charlie Hough whiffed 12 batters, but the Knights managed to beat the Nine, 4-1. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

K. Harrelson, Nine .2172 HR3 RBI
J. Oates, Nine .2001 HR4 RBI
R. Bertoia, Knights .2730 HR5 RBI
D. Dobbek, Knights .2800 HR4 RBI
J. Northrup, Knights .2001 HR2 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

D. Stuart, Nine 3 for 23 (.130)
B. Tuttle, Nine 4 for 23 (.174)
J. King, Nine 2 for 22 (.091)
B. North, Nine 6 for 25 (.240)
R. Hunt, Nine 5 for 22 (.227)

Leaders: AVG

D. Kessinger, Knights .321
R. Reynolds, Rednecks .314
D. Thomas, Rednecks .309
M. Cubbage, Isotopes .301
G. Vukovich, Silver Sox .300

Leaders: WHIP

C. Hough, Nine 1.12
R. Gomez, Charlie Browns 1.15
R. Moore, Charlie Browns 1.18
P. Redfern, Rednecks 1.20
T. Phoebus, Flibbertigibets 1.21


Tim Teufel drove in 5 runs and earned MVP honors for the victorious East-MidWest All-Stars
The 3rd Annual BNBL All-Star Game was a high-scoring, entertaining, offensive show in Toledo, Ohio, with the East-Midwest stars coming out on top by a final score of 9-8.

The South-Pacific stars actually outhit their East-Midwest foes 12-11, but couldn't complete the comeback and now trail the all-time series 2-1.

Ruben Gomez set an early tone for the East-Midwesterners by retiring the first 3 batters of the game. The bottom half of the inning started out similarly, as Pete Redfern got Kessinger and Lacy to fly out before the wheels came off. Redfern plunked Jim King in the shoulder, and then gave up back to back singles to Pat Putnam and Milt May before Tim Teufel ripped a bases-clearing triple into the left field corner. Ken Harrelson followed Teufel by launching a 2-run homer to straight-away centerfield to give the East-Midwest stars a commanding 5-0 lead.

The pitchers took over for both sides for the next few innings, as Gomez again retired the side in the 2nd, followed by another three-up, three-down inning by rookie Vinegar Bend Mizell. South-Pacific wouldn't even get their first hit of the game until the 4th inning on a lone single by Ron Stone off of John Denny. But Denny would get Earl Williams to fly out to deep centerfield to end the threat.

Meanwhile the South-Pacific pitchers fared much better in the early innings after Redfern's rocky first inning. Tom Phoebus came in to pitch the 2nd and 3rd innings and retired six of the seven batters he faced, including striking out three. Doyle Alexander gave up a walk and a hit but escaped the bottom of the 4th without yielding a run.

In the top of the 5th, the South-Pacific bats finally got on the board against Steve Hargan as Dean Palmer went deep into the left-centerfield bleachers. But the East-Midwest stars answered back in the bottom of the 5th with two runs of their own. Jim Nash plunked Jim King in the same shoulder, causing a stir on both benches, but wiser heads prevailed. Nash then walked Putnam; but after inducing Milt May to ground out, he gave up a 2-run double to Teufel, giving the Metropolis Meteor five RBIs on the night and eventually earning him the game's MVP honors.

With the score now 7-1, it looked like the East-Midwest stars could coast the rest of the way, but it wouldn't be quite that simple as the South-Pacific stars would score in every inning from then on. In the top of six, U.L. Washington's triple was cashed in by a single off the bat of R.J. Reynolds to make it 7-2. But in the bottom half of the inning, the East-Midwest squad would answer back with a Billy North double and a pinch-hit RBI single by none other than the hometown crowd favorite Ed Kirkpatrick of the Mud Hens who received a 5-minute standing ovation from the crowd.

South-Pacific narrowed the gap to 8-4 in the top of the 7th with a string of singles by Gene Larkin, Gus Zernial, and Bernie Allen to load the bases before Season 2's batting champ, Ted Uhlaender of the Bulls drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single of his own.

The East-Midwest crew wasn't done though, as they scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the 7th when a Bill Tuttle sacrifice fly scored Fran Healy who had doubled to lead off the inning.

A game that had started off so lopsided, and which had gotten even more lopsided in the middle innings, became a nail-biter over the last couple frames, though, as the South-Pacific bats wouldn't go quietly. In the top of the 8th, Ron Stone led off with a home run, followed by Sammy White walk, a Gene Larkin strikeout, and a two-run homer by Zernial, who did not disappoint those owners who voted him into the All-Star game. That narrowed the deficit to 9-7.

Then in the top of the 9th, Uhlaender led off with a single up the middle, followed by a Tom Tresh groundout that moved Uhlaender to 2nd base. Stone got his third hit of the game, a single to right that scored Uhlaender making it a 1-run game. But Charlie Hough managed to retire the last two batters to finish off a very entertaining game.

All 54 players saw game action before a sold-out crowd of 10,500 in Toledo's Klinger Park. Highlights included Jamie Farr singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch, and Luis Severino almost hitting Commissioner Gus with the ceremonial first pitch.

For more information on the game, please message the Commissioner. And good luck in the 2nd half everyone!!

ALL-STAR Teams Named

Mudville's Jim King led the East-MidWest team in voting for Outfielders

East-MidWest All-Star Team
C Milt May Meteors
C Fran Healy Knights
1B Pat Putnam Chiefs
1B Ron Fairly Isotopes
1B Ken Harrelson Nine
2B Tim Teufel Meteors
2B Ted Lepcio Knights
3B Mike Cubbage Isotopes
3B Bob Oliver Chiefs
SS Don Kessinger Knights
SS Mike Fischlin Chiefs
OF Jim King Nine
OF Dan Dobbek Knights
OF Lee Lacy Isotopes
OF Bill Tuttle Nine
OF Ed Kirkpatrick Mud Hens
SP Ruben Gomez Charlie Browns
SP Vinegar Bend Mizell Nine
SP John Denny Isotopes
SP Charlie Hough Nine
SP Steve Hargan Meteors
RP Tex Clevenger Meteors
RP Charlie Williams Gorillas
RP Roy Thomas Nine
RP Marv Rotblatt Chiefs
RP Gary Lavelle Knights

South-Pacific All-Star Team
C Earl Williams Silver Sox
C Sammy White Bears
1B Craig Kusick Flibs
1B Gene Larkin Tigers
2B Ted Sizemore Bears
2B Bernie Allen Generals
3B Dean Palmer Bears
3B Doug Rader Gunslingers
SS U.L. Washington Rednecks
SS Phil Linz Rednecks
OF Derrel Thomas Rednecks
OF George Vukovich Silver Sox
OF R.J. Reynolds Rednecks
OF Tom Tresh Tigers
OF Ted Uhlaender Bulls
DH Ron Stone Flibs
SP Pete Redfern Rednecks
SP Tom Phoebus Flibs
SP Doyle Alexander Silver Sox
SP Jim Nash Silver Sox
SP Mudcat Grant Flibs
RP Chip Lang Rednecks
RP Mike Proly Silver Sox
RP Pedro Borbon Tigers
RP Mel Queen Flibs
RP Jeff Bittiger Rednecks

Season 4 Preseason Schedule

Who will go first overall in this year's Draft? Stay tuned!
All Teams' rosters are now down to 28 (or lower). Great job everyone!

Rank Players for the Draft - All owners should rank players just in case they're not online for their turn for the Draft. Make sure you rank enough for both of your picks. There will be 2 rounds in the Draft, so a total of 32 picks overall if everyone participates.

Note - All new players (from the Prospects team) have been moved into the Free Agent Pool so all Free Agents are in one place. Ability to rank is now turned on.

2-Round Slow Draft will begin Saturday afternoon, Apr. 13th, 4pm Central (5pm Eastern, 2pm Pacific)

Draft Order:
1. Bellaire Gunslingers
2. Gashouse Gorillas
3. Charlestown Chiefs
4. Adohr Farms Tigers
5. Washington Generals
6. Durham Bulls
7. California Bears
8. Cleveland Charlie Browns
9. New York Knights
10. Mudville Nine
11. Toledo Mud Hens
12. Springfield Isotopes (1st Rnd pick belongs to Gorillas due to trade)
13. Metropolis Meteors
14. Lick Skillet Rednecks
15. Fayetteville Flibbertigibbets
16. Sin City Silver Sox

Draft will be slow style, with each pick having a time limit of 1 hour. Please note the time of your pick in the Draft Room chat box. Thanks!

OPENING DAY - Date and Time yet to be determined
Please make sure you have your rosters, rotations, bullpen, and park dimensions all set by first pitch.
Also ensure that you have changed seasons for any player you want to pick a different season for by first pitch (and also make sure you've chosen a season that meets the stat qualifications of this league - check the rules page if you have to)

Welcome to the BNBL (Bad News Bears League)

Mickey Morandini was overlooked in the Season 3 Supp. Draft in spite of his acrobatic talents
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

Latest Results
4/4/2019Nine @ KnightsWatch  Box
4/4/2019Nine @ KnightsWatch  Box
4/4/2019Nine @ KnightsWatch  Box
4/4/2019Knights @ NineWatch  Box
4/3/2019Knights @ NineWatch  Box
4/2/2019Nine @ Mud HensWatch  Box
4/2/2019Knights @ RednecksWatch  Box
4/2/2019Mud Hens @ NineWatch  Box

Latest Message
4/5/2019From the Season 3 Champ...ragingsol
In true BNBL fashion, the Knights' tickertape parade down the Canyon of Heros came to a premature end when all the vintage Edsels carrying the players and team officials simultaneously broke down in the middle of the road. It took over an hour for the vehicles to be towed and the road cleared, during which the crowd that had gathered lost interest and drifted away. So ends another glorious BNBL season. Hopes run high for next year and the latest draft class of fresh faced, clear eyed incompetents seeking to make a name for themselves in this most underappreciated league. God how I love it so!
- reported by Gman, to chat. Preserved for posterity.
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Latest Transactions
4/22/2019 Player Placed On Trade Block
Jeff Little placed on trade block by Mudville Nine
4/22/2019 Player Placed On Trade Block
Frank Pastore placed on trade block by Mudville Nine
4/22/2019 Player Placed On Trade Block
Dixie Davis placed on trade block by Mudville Nine
Transaction Log  |  Trade Block  |  Report Trade


Latest Public Board Post
4/24/2019Bad News Bears League wants YOU!GusPC13
The Bad News Bears League has one opening to fill - the Charlestown Chiefs are available again. In this league, there are NO Star Players. No Ruth, Gehrig, Trout, Pedro, or Kershaw. Only mediocre players battling it out for the fame they never found in real life. We're starting Season 4 in a few days. We've had 3 different champions, and there is a lot of parity in the league. In Season 3, the 8th Seed in the playoffs won it all (New York Knights), beating the 7th Seeded Mudville Nine in the World Series. The first two WS champs missed the playoffs this past season - that's how unpredictable the league is.

If you're interested, find the BNBL on the Join Leagues page under Custom Leagues. Check out the Rules Page, and then jump in! Great group of owners and lots of fun!
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