Chicago in 2018?

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$26M  – Cyril Leclerc;   $10.8M  – Ivan Davis;  $2.25M  – Grant Myers;  $13.25  – Nathan Ball*

Chicago is spending $.  A Starting Pitcher, A pair of Relievers, and a big bopper for Right Field.  Aside from the Hamilton Mounties they are the only team that has noticeably improved by way of the free agent market, at least to date.

Chicago broke ground in the GLBL with an 86-54 season good for 2nd place in 2014.  However, they had Milwaukee’s number for whatever reason and found themselves in the Championship Series against Thunder Bay.  The Architects came back in 2015 and won another playoff berth this time with an 80-60 record, again good for 2nd place.  This time the Eagles were flying even higher so Chicago’s season ended after the LCS.

To the surprise of many they slipped to 59-81 in 2017 and finished in fifth place which often happens when your batting average plummets and your ERA rises precipitously.  Having tasted the post-season twice the Architects appear hungry to get back into the mix in 2018 and they have the receipts to prove it.

With 24 year old 2nd baseman Joe Romanov ready to graduate to the major league level Chicago will be adding yet another new player to the mix.  A good fielder and hitter he will be a welcome addition to the Windy City baseball dreams.

So, new players with some healthy price tags.  Will it be money wisely spent?  We’re about to find out as S.T. is just around the corner.

 

*Contract amounts are for total years.

 

 

Repeat!!

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For the second year in a row the Milwaukee Eagles are the Great Lakes Baseball League Chanmpions.  The Eagles went 85-65 and outscored their opponents by a league leading 160 runs.  The 7 game series went the distance with the very game Thunder Bay Caribou taking it right to the last inning before falling to Henri Francois in a 5-0 shutout at The Nest.

thunder_bay_caribou shrunk   Thunder Bay went 75-65 on the season and also had a Canadian league leading +96 runs over opponents, despite being the wild card entry.

Who will be the first repeat Champion of GLBL?

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Starting Pitching

  Dale O’brien  16-11/2.26 ERA         Henri Francois  16-5/ 2.20 ERA

 Laurent Antoine 9-11/3.48 ERA      Matt Jacobs 16-8/ 2.43 ERA

Closer

 Jeff Jacbos 30 Sv/3.06 ERA            Jim Manual 19 Sv/ 2.07 ERA

Catching

 Karim Berger 20 HR’s; .770 OPS             Steven Rafuse  .639 OPS

First Base

 Mike McAndrew  .722 OPS                     Kevin Boivin  .841 OPS

2nd Base

 Jesse Stannard .720 OPS                  Denny Townsend  .935 OPS

3rd Base

 Mark Hunt .682 OPS                        Fu-Chi Lee  .818 OPS

Shortstop

 Wilbur Trudel  .741 OPS               Bill Leslie  .679 OPS

LF

 Andres Torres  .805 OPS              Jeff Hart  .702 OPS

CF

  John Hicken .597 OPS                Freddy Beckwith .679 OPS

RF

 Vasa Trevino  .678 OPS               Stephen Longchamps  .893 OPS