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Matthew Michaels Awarded the National All Rookie 3rd Team Award
As Christmas season rolls in, National Wiffleball League Association awards are being presented this week. Today was the National All Rookie Team Awards. Later today, our own Matt Michaels was awarded the National All Rookie 3rd Team Award! He was also in the running for the Rookie of the Year Award in the West region, but did not get mentioned because of lack of votes and lack of playing time in 2019. Michaels for the Cubs, hit 1 HR (inside-the-park), drove in 5 RBI’s, and had 8 total hits, all in one game against the Rockies earlier in the year. Michaels is the first player ever in CLMLB history to be nationally recognized and awarded in the beautiful game of wiffleball. Congrats to Matt Michaels on his amazing accomplishment!
Jays, Rockies on verge of elimination.
With the Blue Jays and Rockies both wrapping up their seasons respectively with one game left, they are both on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason. Both teams at 0-2, they look to win just one game to keep their hopes alive. The first year Blue Jays were ranked #1 in the AL preseason power rankings before the season began and so far, the Jays have been suprisingly horrible. The have been shutout in both of their games against the Padres and the Mariners. With run differential being a huge key to make the playoffs, along with season record, the Blue Jays have the second worst RD (run differential) in the league. Evan Cross and the Blue Jays might have to wait until next season to make a run to the postseason. The Rockies are surprisingly not very good at all this year to say the least. The loss to Chicago and Miami really took a toll on the franchise. The Rockies are the worst in run differential in the league and have one of the worst offensive teams in team history. Going all the way back to 2012, this is the worst the Rockies have ever been as a franchise, having lost 4 straight games. If the Rockies are unable to make the postseason, it would be the first time in franchise history to not make the playoffs. With their last game against the Dodgers later this season, Stephen Cross will most likely take the mound and look to give Colorado a win. This very well might not be the year for the Rockies as well. It will all play out in the final week of the season!
Athletics, Rangers, Braves joining in next season
We have some new teams coming into the league for the next CLMLB season! The Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics will join the already interesting AL West division, making it a five-team division. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves will be apart of a fun eastern division in the National League.
Cardinals claims lead in extras to defeat Chicago Cubs
Perhaps the best game of the year so far, these two teams fought hard in this one. The game was going by fast until the bottom of the second inning when Evan Cross hit his first Cubs home run this season, driving in three big runs to take a 3-0 lead. Down to their last strike with two runners on in the top inning, the Cardinals responded with a monstrous 3-run shot to stun the Cubs and tie the game at 3 a-piece. Few pitches later, the Cardinals took the lead with a bomb to center on a high fastball to take a shocking 4-3 Cardinals lead. Going into the bottom of the third, the Cubs tied the game with another HR, making it a 4-4 game. The game went into extras and the Cardinals nabbed the lead in the fifth inning to score a total of six runs to make it 10-4. The Cubs would score a run in the bottom of the fifth but that was it for them. Stephen Cross would hit across for 14 hits and three homers for the Cardinals in this one, making it 7 HR’s on the season. Evan made his Cubs debut with two homers and showed some pop but not enough to topple the Cards. Stephen again was great on the mound, going 5.0 innings, allowed 4 earned runs, 8 hits, and a incredible 15 strikeouts!
Cardinals (2-0) will be playing as the home team in their season finale against the Phillies (0-1) as the defending World Series champs look to go 3-0 on the season! With the win tonight for the Cards, they have almost guaranteed a third trip to the postseason.
Cubs (1-1) will play a very good Marlins team (2-0) next time out on the road. The Cubs still look like they will make the playoffs as long as they keep the bats hot and pitching dirty. The Cubs are currently in a Wild Card position.
Games set for Michigan Trip
As the season reaches its peak, the league will head to Cedar River, Michigan and play one, maybe two league games. The games are scheduled to be Rockies vs. Marlins and/or Cardinals vs. Cubs. If you happen to be near the area, come out and see us and maybe we can chat and play some wiffs! This will be the second year that CLMLB has officially played here at Cedar River! The dates will be June 12-13.
Cubs ready to sign Michaels to a deal
After crushing the Rockies in their last game, the Cubs reportedly said that they are looking to sign their rookie Matt Michaels to a deal. No word on how much this deal is but it’s most a minor deal. With the addition, it could be the push that Chicago needs in pursuit of their first CLMLB title. The Cubs currently lead the league in runs scored and HR as a team. The Cubs will face the defending champions and rivals the Cardinals in their next game.
Mariners shutout the Jays with 5 HR.
Yesterday on a warm day in Colorado at Mission Field, the Mariners (1-1) came out of the gate and shutdown the Toronto Blue Jays (0-2). Stephen Cross struggled in the First inning with his command but was able to cool them down, not allowing a run. Through three innings, the Blue Jays could only grab three hits in this one, getting shutout again. Fun fact, the Blue Jays have yet to score their first run and first extra base hit. With a 8-run second inning, along with 5 home runs from Stephen, the Mariners get the win, their first in team history. With the Mariners hitting 5 long balls yesterday, it was the most by a single player or team since last season’s playoffs. The Blue Jays are not looking good at all, which they very well might be eliminated from the postseason as far as we know but we’ll have to wait until the schedule gets deeper. As for Seattle, they are leading the AL West at 1-1.
Batting Practice held before games
On Sunday, the league announced that they will now hold a 5-10 minute batting practice before each game starting this season. The players thought this was necessary for them to get better discipline at the plate and get more comfortable in their stances at the plate. “We like the idea. I think it helps us get more relaxed and prepared for what’s coming and it kind of gets you focused on what’s ahead. I’m really excited for this.”
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