2023 CHRISTMAS CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

The 2023 Christmas Classic will be held on Christmas night – December 25th, 2023 (results posted on 12/26/23 @ or about Noon ET) in Matanzas, Cuba in the Stadium – Victoria de Girón.

How does the MWBL handle the Christmas Classic Home Run Derby?  This is an idea that came from a league (BUNT), that the Commissioner checks out from time to time.  Dave Snyderman one of the members produced the idea a few years ago and it has been refined somewhat as they went along.  The MWBL refined the idea a little more and adopted the concept for the Christmas Classic Home Run Derby.

Representing the American & National League teams they finished 2023 with, will be the following twelve (12), players.
Since 2017 – No Mid-West Baseball League Franchise will have more than one representative.
All representatives will be for the team they finished the 2023 MWBL Season with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE – 2023 MWBL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS
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Austin Riley Mookie Betts Gleyber Torres Matt Olson Nolan Arenado Freddie Freeman
Valdosta Selkirk Long Beach Baltimore Harsens Island Tempe

2024 DRAFT DAY

2024draftThe 2024 Mid-West Baseball League Draft is Scheduled for Saturday, February 17th, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET.

The 2024 MWBL Draft Order has now been posted (NOT Including the adjusted lottery Order), – 336 Picks are available in the 12 Rounds.

New this year First Pick will be at the time of 10:15 AM ET.    Please be advised of this change.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the MWBL Commissioner’s Office, Draft Day might have to be moved to a week earlier based on the work schedule of the MWBL Commissioner.

MWBL UNVEILS NEW LOGOS AHEAD OF 2024 SEASON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​ –

Mid-West Baseball League (MWBL) Unveils Fresh Logos for All 28 Franchises Ahead of the 2024 Season

The Mid-West Baseball League (MWBL) is thrilled to announce the launch of brand new logos for all 28 of its esteemed franchises, marking an exciting evolution in the league’s visual identity as it gears up for the highly anticipated 2024 MWBL season.

After an exhaustive process that involved meticulous planning and numerous hours of dedication, the Commissioner’s Office spearheaded the creation of these innovative and vibrant logos. Designed with a forward-looking approach, each franchise’s logo showcases a unique and revitalized aesthetic that reflects the spirit and dynamism of Mid-West Baseball League baseball.

One of the key enhancements brought about by this transformative initiative is the standardization of logo sizes across all franchises. This strategic move will significantly streamline webpage formatting, ensuring a seamless and visually appealing experience for fans visiting the MWBL website.

To view the New American League Franchise Logos:
https://mwbl.straybaseball.com/american-league-franchise-images/

To view the New National League Franchise Logos:
https://mwbl.straybaseball.com/national-league-franchise-images/

“Updating the logos for all 28 franchises has been a labor of love for the MWBL Commissioner’s Office. We aimed not only to provide a fresh visual identity for our teams but also to streamline the viewing experience for our passionate owner base,” stated ​S​tray Corrado, Commissioner of the Mid-West Baseball League. “The effort put into this project signifies our commitment to progress and innovation within the league.” Continue reading

2023 MWBL AWARDS

MWBLAwardsThe 2023 MWBL Awards were posted today. For a list of all the 2023 MWBL Awards Results please check out the Awards Results Page.

The World Series Champion Hollywood Werewolves had the American League Most Valuable Player as Aaron Judge took home the hardware after knocking out 55 Home Runs, and 136 RBIs while batting .307 on the year.   Freddie Freeman of the Dominant Tempe Tempers took home the National League’s Most Valuable Player, after batting .344 with 29 Home Runs & 115 RBIs.

Sandy Alcantara 21-8 (2.07) of the Fremont Cannons had a dominant season and won the American League, Cy Young award, his first.  Tempe’s Justin Verlander wins his second Cy Young Award after going 28-2 with a 1.02 ERA in the National League.

Chicago Mobsters have this year’s American League Rookie of the Year, as Julio Rodriguez in a Unanimous decision runs away with the award after batting .324 with 34 Home Runs, 116 RBIs, & 40 Steals.  Michael Harris won the Rookie of the Year in the National League, knocking out 19 Home Runs, knocking in 68 RBIs with 27 Steals, all while batting .303 for the Valdosta Snappers.

Jordan Romano was the real deal for the Hollywood Werewolves winning the American League Rolaids Reliever of the Year (4-1 with 34 Saves, a 1.12 ERA & a 0.71 WHIP) & the Tempe Tempers Andres Munoz was almost as dominant in the National League (3-5, 35 Saves, 1.54 ERA, & a 0.77 WHIP).  Two fine lockdown closers to say the least.

The Manager of the Year Award in the American League comes from World Series Champion as Steve Cutler of the Hollywood Werewolves wins by a narrow margin with a 5-point win over Stray Corrado.  Tempe Tempers Chris Douglass wins his 10th Manager of the Year in the National League, beating out the National League Champion Nigel Earhart.

For a complete review of how the votes played out click here: 2023 AWARDS VOTING COMPLETE.

AMERICAN LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS

NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS 

A bit of perspective on where some of the awards stand a few days after the Awards were written by Casey Hoch.
 
1. Tucker Barnhart’s 3rd GG ties him with three others for the third-most at C.
2. Paul Goldschmidt’s 3rd GG ties him with Adrian Gonzalez for the fifth-most at 1B.
3. Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado each now have five GG at 3B, which ties them with HOFer Adrian Beltre for the most at the position.
4. Justin Verlander’s second CYA puts him in a group of nine pitchers with two awards, with only Clayton Kershaw and PedroJ. Martinez is ahead of them.
5. Clayton Kershaw’s 10 ASG appearances tie for second with Billy Wagner among pitchers, with only Mariano Rivera (12) ahead. Justin Verlander’s 8th appearance leaves him alone in 5th place.
6. Jose Altuve’s 10 ASG appearances tie for second with three others among position players, with only Miguel Cabrera and Derek Jeter (both 12) ahead. Paul Goldschmidt’s 9th appearance leaves him tied with Manny Ramirez for 7th most.
7. Chris’s 10th Manager of the Year Award puts him two clear of Stray atop the leaderboard, while Steve’s 5th award ties him with Sergio, with only George (7) and the Chris mentioned above and Stray ahead.

2024 DRAFT LOTTERY VIDEO & RESULTS

The 202​4 MWBL Draft Lottery took place on Wednesday, ​November 1st, 202​3 at 9:00 PM ET.

The Commissioner’s Office conducted the Draft with 3 other MWBL Members present. 

The ten Franchises listed below had a shot at the #1 Pick in the 202​4 MWBL Draft to be held on Saturday, February 1​7th, 202​4.

Here is a link to the Zoom Video of the 202​4 Draft Lottery.

LOTTERY ELIGIBLE W L Pct Balls
Motor City Muscle 45 117 .278 20
Dallas Cougars 58 104 .358 16
Southbend Lynx 59 103 .364 8
Coconut Creek Crushers 66 96 .407 4
Tijuana Bottle Rockets 71 91 .438 2
         
LOTTERY ELIGIBLE W L Pct Balls
Yucaipa Road Runners 39 123 .241 20
Long Beach Dirt Bags 45 117 .278 16
Prairie Falcons 58 104 .358 8
Valdosta Snappers 69 93 .426 4
Bethesda Bandicoots 72 90 .444 2

The Dallas Cougars won the Lottery & ended up with the #1 Pick.
​The Prairie Falcons ended up with the #2 Pick.
​The Motor City Muscle will receive Pick #3
All other teams will fall in line from there on down.

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