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Minkmen 3-Peat!

The Minkmen captured the FBL Commissioner’s Trophy for the third consecutive season this past Sunday. After shutting out the Mongos in the first round they were able to topple the Schmoozers in the championship game.

In the morning of August 29, 2021, the number four seed Mongos took on the number one seeded Minkmen. The game started as a nail-biter with three innings of scoreless baseball. But the Minkmen broke the game open in the 4th with four consecutive extra-base hits, including a two-run home run by Luigi Thode. They would go on to rack up nine runs in total in that inning and cruise to an 11-0 victory.

The Schmoozers then easily handled a shorthanded Bros squad with Mark Goldberg pitching a complete game, scattering 11 hits, and walking none to advance to the championship game.

In the afternoon championship game, the Minkmen offense continued to roll. After falling behind to the Schmoozers 3-2 they took a three-run lead in the bottom of the 3rd. A lead that Matt Osborne (CG, 1 ER, 11 K) and the Minkmen defense would never relinquish. In total, they were able to score 10 runs off Schmoozers’ ace, Ryan Clarke. Four of the runs being driven in by Miguel Ortiz to add to his impressive FBL Playoff career numbers: 17 for 30, 5 2B, 1 3B, 15 RBI, 1.415 OPS.

(L to R) Luigi Thode, Matt Osborne and Sean Perret helped bring the Commissioner’s Trophy to the Minkmen on August 29, 2021
Opening Day 2019

Opening Day 2019

The FAN Baseball League opened this past Sunday with the Schmoozers defeating the Mongos 2-1 behind the one-two pitching punch of Ryan Clark and AJ Mulvey. Clarke and Mulvey combined to strikeout 11 Mongos over the 7 inning game while only allowing 5 hits and just 1 walk. Even with the return of Mongos slugger, Wilfredo Martinez (Career 1.824 OPS), the Mongos managed only one unearned run.

View the broadcast of the game with play by play and color commentary by Dennis Holden and Evan Roberts here:

In the second game of the day the Bros were able to shut-out the Minkmen who averaged more than 9 runs a game in 2018. However, the Minkmen also shut-out the Bros, thus ending the 7 inning game in a 0-0 tie.

Minkmen Take The Crown

The Minkmen are your 2018 Fan Baseball Champs! After scoring 29 runs in the semi-final game against the Mongos the Minkmen faced off with the reigning champion Schmoozers.

Ace pitchers for both staffs went head to head, Angelo Rodriguez for the Minkmen and AJ Mulvey for the Schmoozers and they were both in top form, treating the attendees at Dutchess Stadium to a good old fashioned pitchers duel over the first six innings. Rodriguez managed to give up just one run on four hits and four walks over his six innings of work while Mulvey kept the Minkmen’s powerful offense at bay, allowing only three hits and two walks through his 8 innings.

The Schmoozers threatened early in game, loading the bases in the bottom of the 2nd for player/manager Paul Farash who struck-out swinging. Mulvey was in his groove from the very beginning for the Schmoozers, retiring the first 11 Minkmen batters. With a run scored in the bottom of the 4th off the bat of Ryan Clarke it was looking like that would be all Schmoozers would need as Mulvey proceeded to hold the Minkmen hitless over the 5th and 6th innings.

Meanwhile the Schmoozers continued to get on base but a costly base-running snaff resulted in a double-play to end the 5th and with a runner on-base in the 6th Rodriguez struck out the last batter he faced of the game to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th the Minkmen batters were now facing Mulvey for their third time in the game and it showed. Adam Moran led off the inning with a bloop single to shallow right-center but the Schmoozers defense failed to have anyone covering second base as both the second baseman and shortstop ran out and Moran wisely took advantage, ending up safe in scoring position. Miguel Ortiz, who before the inning started had the only hit for the Minkmen, drove a single to left and ended up on second base on the Schmoozers attempt to gun down Moran at the plate. The game was now tied with the go-ahead in scoring position. Lapses in the Schmoozers defense (three errors) allowed two more runs to score to give the Minkmen a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th and Lenny Neslin now pitching for the Minkmen, the Schmoozers managed to load the bases with just one out. Neslin was able to induce a 4-3 double-play to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the 8th the Schmoozers, again, had the bases loaded but this time with two out and now with Moran on the mound. A groundout to short ended the inning as the Schmoozers for the third time in the game left the bases full.

After 8 stellar innings the Schmoozers made the call for Vinny Tinerino to take the hill in the top of the 9th. Tinerino had a hard time finding the strike zone though, walking the first batter (Moran), then giving up a single to Ortiz (his third hit of the game) and then walking the next three batters, resulting in two insurance runs for the Minkmen.

Moran then shut down the remaining Schmoozers in the bottom of the 9th with two strikeouts and a groundout to second to secure the win to record the last out and crown the Minkmen, for the second time in three years, the champions of the Fan Baseball League.

See the game in it’s entirety here:

2018 Fan Baseball Championship

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This Saturday, September 8, will see the Schmoozers defend their title as reigning champs. They will be facing either the Mongos or the Minkmen at 6pm at Dutchess Stadium. The #4 seed Mongos will face off against the #2 seed Minkmen at 3pm to determine who will play in the title game.

For those unable to attend the game in person the game will be broadcast live with play-by-play and color commentary by Evan Roberts and Dennis Holden on Periscope.

Schmoozers Topple Minkmen | Stadium Double-Header Rained Out

The Schmoozers dealt the Minkmen their first loss of the season, scoring six runs, led by Mike Caira’s three RBI on the day. Ryan Clarke earned the W, holding the Minkmen to four runs and fanning five in five innings while Vinny Tinerino closed out the final four innings, striking out nine to earn the save. Solid outings from Joe D’Elia (5IP, 2 ER, 7 SO) and Lenny Neslin (3IP, 0 H, 4 SO), and a two-run blast from Luigi Thode wasn’t enough to hold back the Schmoozers.

The Bros and Mongos double-header at Dutchess Stadium was rained out and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Joseph D'Elia Two-RBI Single

Minkmen Sweep Stadium Double-Header | Mongos Get Their First Win

In their first rematch of last season’s championship game the Minkmen hosted the Schmoozers in game one of a (seven-inning) double-header at Dutchess Stadium. The Minkmen scored in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded walk to Mark Garcia and never looked back, scoring 13 more runs in the game to improve to 3-0 on the season. Last minute starter, Sean Perret, tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win, Ryan Maxwell broke the game open on a bases-loaded double in the 4th, driving in three of his four RBI in the game.

For game two the teams switched home/away sides and the drama kicked in as the sun was beginning to set. Jason Barall’s two-run triple in the 4th gave the Schmoozers a lead that looked like they would not relinquish thanks to starter AJ Mulvey. Mulvey scattered five hits, struck out 10 and allowed only one run over the first six innings. The Schmoozers added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to give them a 4-1 lead going into the 7th and final inning. D’Elia led off the inning with a double to give the Minkmen new life. Luigi Thode would drive in D’Elia to cut the lead to two. But now down to their last out, with Thode on first, Garcia drew a walk and Motta scrapped out an infield single to load the bases. Dan Monaco worked a full-count and then drove a ball to right-field where an error was made and Thode and Garcia scored to tie the game. Maxwell’s single then drove in the go-ahead runs in Motta and Monaco to give the Minkmen a 6-4 lead. Lenny Neslin struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to seal the double-header sweep for the Minkmen.

The Mongos welcomed back the return of Scott Schacter after a year-long absence, putting him on the bump to start their game visiting the Bros. However the rust was maybe not so easy to knock-off as Schacter beaned three Bros with-in the first three innings, booting him from pitching any further in the game. The Mongos jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first but the Bros were able to tie the game (10-10) with four runs in the bottom of the 7th on RBI singles from Abe Teitelbaum and Scott Stefanek, and Harris Decker‘s bases-loaded walk. However, the Mongos bounced right back with two runs in the top of the 8th off the bat of Chris Williams‘ bases-loaded fielder’s choice and Scott Schittiano‘s RBI single. The Bros threatened in the bottom of the 9th, scoring a run and loading the bases, but Joe Farco came in to pitch and was able to get the one-out save.


Schmoozers and Minkmen Stay Hot in the Freezing Cold

Dealing with cold temperatures in the early morning this past Sunday the reigning FAN Baseball League champs, The Schmoozers, continued to roll in their win over the Bros. Jason Barrall and Jeremy Zalben each had 3 RBI while Ryan Clarke fanned 10 Bros in relief of Christian Ramos to earn the win.

In the later game the Minkmen jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. With another dazzling start from Angelo Rodriguez (5 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO) and 4 RBI a piece from Mark Garcia and John Motta the Minkmen cruised into their second straight win.