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Blazers Land The BIG Fish

After landing 2 of the top bats in the 2017 FA auction, New Milford made a shocking move landing perhaps the top hitting FA in 1B Freddy Freeman on the third night of the auction.

 

New Milford GM Anthony Peburn was all smiles as he approached the podium for the press conference.  (With a wink and double finger guns), “It’s a great night ain’t it, gentlemen?”

 

“That’s a tremendous signing,” started Norm Cummings of the New Milford Spectrum.  “Was this part of your master plan?”

“Norm, our plan was to sign 2 top hitters,” explained Peburn.  “Not only did we get 2 top hitters, we got 2 top hitters who play EX defense.  Putting 4-5 EX defenders on the field, plus an EX arm from your catcher will save quite a few runs over the 160 game season. Kinsler and Freeman were our top targets.  I know Cano seemed like a slam dunk with our history, but the decreased cost, increased defensive value and better balance to our line up made Kinsler our man.  Having 3 EX’s on the right side of our infield should neutralize opposing left handed hitters in our park.  Advantage; us.”

 

“But what the hell are you going to do with TWO first basemen?  This is Doyle 2.0,” exclaimed Sam Dickwad of the Salem Times.

“My dear Sam, you really have no clue, do you?” asked Peburn.  “While this may be SIMILAR to the Doyle fiasco of last year, this is actually very different.  Last year Doyle had NO pitching and blew his entire cap on two first basemen, both with type H contracts.  We have pretty much a full roster and can trade Santana if the situation presents itself. Have you ever heard of having ‘too much hitting?’  You know why you have never heard of that?  It’s because there is on such thing.  Yes it is true that we have more bats than roster spots, but that is a great problem to have.  Judging by the trade interest in Santana over the last 24 hours, we feel that when the auction is over and the music stops, two teams will be left standing without a seat.  If we come to a trade agreement with one of those teams, great.  If we don’t, then we have an awesome bench bat that we will GLADLY make room for.  If that is the case then Kim goes to AAA and either Garcia or Descalso gets traded.  Probably Garcia based on the off season interest.  We will see how this plays out.”

 

“Do you regret the Santana signing now that you have Freeman?” asked Cummings.

 

“Not really, Norm,” replied Peburn.  “Yes, if I had a Delorean I’d go back in time, let Chicago win the Santana bid, save 7M to plunder in this auction and an extra 4 M for the next 2 years on Freeman’s contract, but this is the price you pay to compete.  It’s not easy putting a division winner on the field every year.  You take some gambles.  You win some, you lose some.  You just can’t be afraid to take the gambles in the first place.  We really think this situation is going to work out either way.”

 

“What are you going to do with that whopping 6.7 M left?” asked Mitch Halbum of the Washington Tribune.

 

“Well, Mitchy, that’s a secret.  He have our eyes on a few guys.  Some to help us now, some with future potential, and some with a combination of both.  We’ll see where the chips fall.”

 

“Do you think this puts you up there with the Los Altos’s and Salem’s of the world?” asked Mel Kiper Jr of ESPN.

 

“Mel, I have no idea why you are here, but thanks for covering us.  We always think we are up there with the very best.  2017 will be a blood bath in the McGowan division like it always is.  Salem is good this year.  Really good.  So is Los Altos.  And don’t sleep on Ravenswood.  Bear Country could be amazing with a little more pitching.  We’ll just see.  We think we are as good as we always are, which pretty much assures us a trip to the OLCS.  Hopefully this is the year we don’t get our asses kicked in that round.  Thanks for coming, folks.  Probably going to hold one more press conference before all the FA’s are signed.”

New Milford Lands Two Impact Bats

 

On Day 2 of the 2017 BDBL auction, New Milford made a HUGE splash adding two middle of the order bats for a combined 10.5 million.

Ian Kinsler is the new Blazer second baseman for a 5.5 salary.  He forms a dynamic middle of the diamond duo with Tulo with both having EX ratings in the field.

Carlos Santana is the new first baseman, shifting Carpenter to 3B.  At only 5 million, both are bargains for this year.

 

“Carlos and Ian are middle of the order type bats,” explains GM Anthony Peburn.  “Carlos is kinda like Teixeira was last year, but now we have that production for a full year.  This also balances out our line up, as sometimes being too lefty heavy has hurt us.”

 

With the new additions, New Milford has a roster crunch as either Kim or Dietrich will not be on the 25 man roster.  A trade is very possible.

 

With almost 20 million still to spend, the Blazers look to add another impact player.  “If no one wants to spend money this auction, we will spend it for them,” winked Peburn.

Blazer septet make all star team

New Milford AP

A record seven members of the 2016 New Milford Blazers have made the mid summer classic. Outfielders Shin Soo Choo and David Peralta will be flanked by third baseman Matt Carpenter in the starting line up. Choo is leading the league in RBI and OPS and second in batting.  Peralta is third in batting and third in RBI while Carpenter is first in runs scored and second in OPS.

 

CF Mookie Betts joins his outfield mates on the team leading the league in doubles, fifth in hits, second in runs scored and fourth in steals. Staff ace Kershaw makes another all star team tied for the league lead in wins as well as Tanaka (league leader in ERA and all three triple slash categories) and closer KRod  (17 saves)

 

The team will be managed by Bear Country skipper Matt Clemm.

Blazers Honor Cust

Blazers Celebrate Jack Cust Day

New Milford (AP)

Today the New Milford Blazers honored former MVP and local icon Jack Cust with a ceremony before the game behind home plate.  Every member of the capacity 58,172 crowd received a Jack Cust bobble head which were reportedly selling on EBay for up to $1,000 each post game.  The ceremony, in which the #32 became the first retired number in Blazer history, was filled with laughs and cheers.

“In 2007, the Blazer organization had a choice with the first pick in the mid season farm draft,” explained GM Anthony Peburn.    “Our guys made a mistake.  We were torn between Jack Cust and prospect Matt LaPorta.  We chose LaPorta.  Fortunately for all Blazer fans around the world, we were able to trade for Cust later that year from Las Vegas and rectify that mistake.”

The story of Cust has been the stuff of legend.  He always had the reputation of a true three outcome player, but not one that anyone wanted to take a chance on let alone build a franchise around.  Cust single handedly turned the New Milford Blazer franchise from laughing stock to contender.  “We were the punchline in every BDBL joke before Cust,” said Peburn.  “Jack changed that.”

In 2008 the Blazers were expected to finish poorly.  Cust hit 35 HR for the Blazers with 120 BB’s, 97 R and 98 RBI.  His 1.057 OPS caught the attention of the league.  “(Cust) is my choice for MVP,” stated Commissioner Glander.  “Where would the Blazers be without him?”  Cust finished second to Prince Fielder that year.

The legend grew in 2009, where again the Blazers weren’t predicted to do much pre season yet ran away with the division thanks to Cust, the MVP Cust this time, and his 49 HR, 118 R, 127 RBI, 136 BB and 1.080 OPS.  “You can point to 2009 where the winning tradition started,” boasts Peburn. “We’ve kept it alive ever since, but you can point to Jack to turning the perception of this organization around.”

2010 was a “down” year for Cust, with only 56.8 RC and a 776 OPS.  Dispite 90 wins, the Blazers finished third in the division that year.

Cust bounced back in 2011, with 93 RBI and a 984 OPS, leading the Blazers to a division title.  The Blazers have won the division every year since.

Cust finished his 4 year career with 125 HR’s, 373 BB’s, 370 RBI’s, 325 R, and 422.9 RC with a 281/411/565 triple slash line.

The crowd erupted and Cust shed a tear as New Milford unveiled it’s first monument in the gazebo in center field in Cust’s honor.  Cust was then named the new hitting coach for the Blazers and New Milford made a $100,000 donation to the Jack Cust Hitting Academy.  “I’m overwhelmed,” said Cust.  “I’m honored to be a part of this and to help build something special here.  It’s unreal.”

After the ceremony, TBS announced plans to film “Blazers Rising, The Jack Cust Story.”  No word on who will play Cust in the made for TV movie.