Nov 25, 2008


It is time to start thinking about roster cutdowns. The cutdown date is 1/1/09. Rosters must be pared back to 35 combined players and picks.

Membership dues must be sent in by 12/1. Thanks to the people that have already remitted their dues. Please contact commissioner Burns if you need the address. The dues are still only $25.

If anyone would like to propose changes to the league rules, requests must be submitted by 12/1. A ballot will be distributed and the votes are due by 12/14. This should give managers time to adjust their keepers based upon any new or revised rules.

Happy trading!

Nov 17, 2008

Stars Win the MMDA World Series

In a fitting ending to a great series, the Northwest Stars eeked out a 2-1 victory over the Bethlehem Beaz in 11 innings. The game was deadlocked at 1-1 when Mark Grudzielanek came up and delivered a single past the slow footed Miguel Cabrera to plate Kurt Suzuki with the go ahead run. Bethlehem could not manage any offense against closer Francisco Cordero in the bottom of the 11th inning.

This is the second WS victory for manager Ray Ross. After the game he commented that he thought that his team created some matchup problems for Bethlehem. Manager Burns agreed and was of the opinion that the Stars and Breakers were two teams that Bethlehem did not match up very well against.

The world series MVP went to the Stars Y Betancourt who batted .440 for the series with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI. The offensive goat was Bethlehem 3B Miguel Cabrera who batted a less than stellar .038 with 1 run scored and 0 RBI.

Congratulations to the MMDA World Series Champion Northwest Stars!

Bethlehem Extends Season

In an exciting game, Bethlehem manages to stave off elimination by the score of 4-3. The hometown faithful were rewarded for their enthusiastic support of the Beaz when Bethlehem scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 7th inning off losing pitcher Justin Speier (1-1). The win was credited to A Otsuka (1-0) and Okajima picked up his 1st save. Josh Hamilton delivered a 2 run homerun and K Griffey Jr went 2-3 with a solo shot. The series is now tied at 3 games apiece and something has to give. Stay tuned.

Nov 12, 2008

Stars Shine in Game 5

The Northwest Stars managed what no team has done so far in this World Series. They managed to win a home game. The Stars pummelled the Beaz by a final score of 12-5 in the pivotal game 5 to take a commanding 3 games to 2 lead in the best of 7 series. The winning pitcher was former Beaz J Speier and the losing pitcher was Roy Halladay. Halladay was pummelled by the potent Stars offense again giving up 8 runs in 5-1/3 innings. Light hitting Y Betancourt was the offensive hero for the Stars going 4-4 with 4 runs scored and 1 rbi. Bethlehem manager Burns lamented after the game that "he was a one man wrecking crew". David Ortiz went 5-5 in a losing effort. The series now moves back to the east coast where the Beaz will try to extend the season and the Stars will try to slam the door.

Bethlehem Pulls Even at Two Games Apiece

The ageless Randy Johnson pitched the first 8 outs of the game before leaving with a minor injury. He gave up 2 hits, 0 runs and had 6 strikeouts. A parade of relievers came in to finish the game and Bethlehem won the game 4-0. The winning pitcher was Joe Nathan and the loser was Gil Meche. The Stars offense was anemic managing just 5 hits against the Bethlehem staff. After the game there was no word on the Big Unit's injury. The Bethlehem staff is working feverishly to get him ready for more action in the series. The series is evened at 2 games apiece with Game 5 scheduled for tomorrow night. Probable starters are Roy Halladay and B Arroyo.

Bethlehem Squeaks Out Must Win Game 3

With the players still tired from the long flight, the Bethlehem Beaz managed to win Game 3 by a score of 5-4. The winning pitcher was Joakim Soria (1-0) and the losing pitcher was J Accardo. Joe Nathan recorded his first save. Bethlehem went ahead in the top of the 8th inning when Nick Markakis delivered a 2 out single which plated two runs. Both starters pitched solid games, but neither was involved in the decision. The Stars now lead the series 2 games to 1.

Nov 10, 2008

Stars Scintillating Again

In the continuing quest for a championship, the Northwest Stars snuck past the Bethlehem Beaz at BALCO Field by a score of 4-1. The win was credited to O Perez (1-0) and the loss went to D Lowe (0-1). F Cordero recorded his first save. The Stars are now 2 wins away from a championship.

Aging slugger Ken Griffey Jr smacked a 2 run homerun to seal the game. After the game, Griffey was seen hobbling around the locker room muttering something about "Ben Gay". Stay tuned for further details on this story.

The series now moves west for game 3. Probable starters for game 3 are Jake Peavy and AJ Burnett.

World Series Game 1 Results

Game 1 of the 2008 MMDA World Series was won by the visiting Northwest Stars in convincing fashion by a score of 11 - 2. The game was never in doubt from the get go. The Stars scored 2 in the top of the first inning and by the end of the third inning had built a lead of 7-0.

Bethlehem Starter Roy Halladay was the sacrificial offering for the game 1 massacre. Bethlehem manager Kevin Burns lamented after the game that it was unfortunate that our best pitcher had to be used in game 7 of the previous series. We will try to hang on and win the next game.

The offensive hero for the Stars was Mike Lowell who went 4-5 with 4 RBI. He was quoted after the game that he knew that winning pitcher Gil Meche had it going tonight. You could see it in his eyes that he was not going to get knocked around like the last series.

Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow night, weather pending. Stay tuned........

Stars Shoot Down Bombers

In yet another exciting semi-final series, the Northwest Stars defeated the Saint Louis Bombers 4 games to 2. The series was deadlocked at 2 games apiece when the Stars took a pair of 1 run games to close out the series.

Game 1: St Louis 14 - Northwest 5 - WP Hamels - LP Meche
Game 2: St Louis 3 - Northwest 4 - WP Moylan - LP Saito
Game 3: Northwest 2 - St Louis 4 - WP Wagner - LP Soriano - SV Saito
Game 4: Northwest 5 - St Louis 2 - WP Moylan - LP Maddux - SV Cordero
Game 5: Northwest 3 - St Louis 2 - WP Cordero - LP Hamels
Game 6: St Louis 1 - Northwest 2 - WP Speier - LP Saito

Individual highlights included the ageless Ken Griffey Junior batting .364, AJ Burnett posting an era of 2.45 without a decision, Y Betancourt batting .318 and 6RBI, Todd Helton batting .435 with 2HR and 7 runs scored and Magglio Ordonez batting .417 for the series.

Individual lowlights included T Saito posting a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 6.00, B Giles, Dan Uggla and Torii Hunter going a combined 5 for 62 (.081), and G Meche posting a record of 0-1 with an ERA of 12.27.

The World Series matchup is now set. The Bethlehem Beaz will host the Nortwest Stars in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Both teams are riding an emotional rollercoaster and are peaking at the right time. Stay tuned for further results.

Nov 4, 2008

Breakers Crash Against the Shores of Bethlehem

In a matchup of last season's finalists, the defending champion Bethlehem Beaz beat the Cape Cod Breakers 4 games to 3. The series was very exciting for the fans as two of the games went into extra innings.

Game 1: Cape Cod 5 - Bethlehem 6 (14 innings) - WP Embree - LP Rivera
Game 2: Cape Cod 4 - Bethlehem 0 - WP Santana - LP Halladay
Game 3: Bethlehem 2 - Cape Cod 4 - WP Escobar - LP Lowe
Game 4: Bethlehem 4 - Cape Cod 1 - WP Peavy - LP Hudson
Game 5: Bethlehem 6 - Cape Cod 7 (11 innings) - WP Springer - LP Okajima
Game 6: Cape Cod 0 - Bethlehem 12 - WP Johnson - LP Santana
Game 7: Cape Cod 5 - Bethlehem 11 - WP Peavy - LP Hudson

Series highlights included Miguel Cabrera batting .345 with 11 rbi, Jake Peavy with 2 wins and 27k in 22 innings, Jack Cust batting .250 with 5 HR and 12 rbi and Kelvim Escobar posting a sterling 1.59 era.

Lowlights included Tim Hudson posting an era of 9.33 on his way to a record of 0-2, league MVP Alex Rodriguez batting a dismal .179, Roy Halladay posting an era of 6.75 and Derek (hot pants) Jeter batting .257.

Bethlehem now awaits the winner of the series between the Stars and Bombers. Stay tuned!