Scene inside the Boston locker room as the Bulldogs
players celebrate franchise' 3rd WFBL championship
The Boston Bulldogs rushed out to a big early lead, then coasted home to an 8-3 victory over the Alabama Farmers to win the 3rd WFBL Championship in franchise history.
The Dawgs under GM Chris Mitchell have also worn the WFBL crown in the 2009 and 2014 seasons.
This was the first title won by the team at iT-wan Stadium, which opened for the 2011 season. Boston won in 2009 at The Yaz at Yawkey Yard, then in 2014 at Joplin's Cunningham Park.
Most of the categories in this year's Whitey Week were taken by a comfortable margin by one team or the other. In the end, the most important may have been the pitching cats of ERA, WHIP, and Wins.
Boston received tremendous key performances from veterans Jon Lester and David Price, solid contributions from Carlos Martinez, and a strong combined bullpen week from Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, and A.J. Ramos.
Alabama got a huge week from Eduardo Rodriguez. However, the Farm Boys were hurt when Kyle Hendricks did not go at all, while young ace Noah Syndergaard was uncharacteristically beaten up in one start, and had another skipped.
Offensively, trade deadline acquisition Paul Goldschmidt came up big with a .450/.476, 3HR-6RBI-5R-1SB performance.
Also strong for the Dawgs were Mookie Betts (.500/.625, 7R-2SB), Corey Seager (.300/.344, 3RBI-5R), Brian McCann (.455/.538) and Dee Gordon (.348 OBP, 4R-3SB).
The Farmers offense was led by Nelson Cruz (.273/.360, 4HR-8RBI-5R), Josh Donaldson (.292/.393, 2HR-3RBI-6R-1SB), Mark Trumbo (2HR-3RBI) and Francisco Cervelli (.316/.381, 4R).
The Chuck Klein Award as the Most Valuable Player of the WFBL postseason went to Jon Lester of Boston.
The Dawgs lefty ace won three games over two playoff weeks with a 0.41 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts over 21.2 innings.
Lester was also the MVP of the Dawgs' 2014 championship run, and becomes the first 2x Klein Award winner.
The teams of the WFBL will now prepare for the off-season. All players must be cleared from the Disabled Lists by a week from now, and the Winter Meetings will come in three months.
For any questions, comments, or suggestions, or to be added to the waiting list for any future GM openings, send email to: Commissioner Matt Veasey at email@example.com
GENERAL MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES
GM's MUST regularly check their team Roster, the Master Roster, the Transactions page, the DL, and the Draft pages here to ensure that ALL of their transactions reflect properly, especially in the immediate aftermath of any transactions.
Check to ensure that all players under your franchise control have your franchise initials next to them on the Master. Also that no player has your franchise initials whom you do not control.
Check that players on your roster in Majors and Minors have the proper MLB team assignment. Check that their position eligibility for WFBL purposes is listed properly for all Majors-eligible players.
Check that you always are within the legal limits of 25 in Majors, 15 in AAA, 10 in AA.
In your Minors, ensure that hitters in AAA have not reached 1,000 Plate Appearances, and that pitchers in AAA have not reached 400 Innings Pitched or 120 Games Pitched. Also ensure that all players in AA have no MLB appearances whatsoever.
During the Roster Season, check your DL status, and ensure that if a player is activated in MLB, that you have activated him immediately in WFBL.
If a player gets traded, signs as a free agent, or otherwise changes their MLB team, ensure that your roster has been updated to reflect that new MLB club designation.
Check the CBS site to ensure that all player information there reflects properly. In-season this will especially include your current starting lineup. At all times, ensure that any players listed as under your franchise control actually are, and let the Commissioner know if any player you do control is not listed, but appears to be in the CBS database. In the off-season, ensure that any moves you make to clean up your roster are reflected at CBS as well.
Let the Commissioner know immediately of any needed adjustments that come to your attention. Paying close attention to your individual roster and the entire league is what helps keep the WFBL running smoothly.