Buffalo Relocation

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Breaking News: Buffalo to Relocate to Montreal
Author: Matthew Fox

Shocking news by Lake Erie this morning, as it is reported that team president and owner Neal Daniel Jr. has agreed with city officials in Montreal to move the Sabres north of the border to Canada. The news comes as a major shock to area fans, who have had a tenuous relationship with the franchise.

Over 50 trucks were seen on site in the parking lot of the stadium, along with a hoard of professional movers working feverishly to empty the contents of the office’s and the clubhouse. Speculation is that the team will be playing in the Bell Centre, which had been sitting vacant since 2013 when construction on the facility had been completed. It had been rumored that Montreal was a destination city for a PBDL team upon the inception of the league, but league minimum requirement could not be met. The league office refuses to comment on why Montreal was denied a team in the infancy of the league.

It is also rumored that there was talk of moving the team to Montreal for some time now. One team official who wished to remain anonymous stated that team GM Matthew Fox had made an inquiry sometime in the past as to what the league would require to move the team elsewhere. With ticket sales plummeting, and interest in the team at a record low, the Sabres seem to be pinning their hopes on the Canadian city 400 miles to the North. Perhaps moving the team to a much larger city(Buffalo, 400k Montreal, 2M) will aid the franchise in keeping the stadium packed with fans.

Fans around the area are outraged that this has seemingly been done in secret, behind closed doors and in the shadows. Longtime season ticket holder Pat LaFontaine had this to say, “Not in my wildest nightmares would I thought this would happen. I’ve been a season ticket holder since the teams berth. This is devastating news, just devastating. My kids are going to be even more upset. My son Dan is a big fan of Horiuchi, and little Brianna was really fond of Jones. I can’t believe they would just uproot the team in the middle of the night and leave town like a thief in the night”. The mayor of Buffalo, Dominick Hasek(who won election on the now famous “The buck stops here” campaign) stated “Dis is obviously a tremendous loss for the city and the rezidents of the city. The Sabres brought in much revenue and tourists to the area. Dere will be many businesses impacted by this. We will be searching for a team to move to Buffalo, and bring PBDL baseball back to the city.” Rob Ray, who owns the popular bar “Sucker Punch” stated “I don’t know how I’m going to cope with this. Last year my sales were down 15%, and that was with the team here, and playing in Gold. Why will people show up now? My bar was tied in directly to the Sabres. The Sabres games are what attracted over 65% of my business. I guess it’s time to give John Taffer a call.”

The team has been rumored to be calling themselves “Canadians”. This seems like a rather unimaginative and mundane nickname for a baseball team hailing from Canada. “Canadians...Canadians? I cant STAND Canadians!” voiced LaFontaine, who was still irate. Evidently LaFontaine isn’t fond of the new nickname the franchise has selected while playing in the city of Montreal. Rob Ray had this to say, “I’ll tell you guys what. I’ve got a few haymakers for those Canadians. They’ll have trouble standing after one or two of those...”. It’s unknown if Ray was talking about his famous drink, which contains Bacardi 151, Everclear, Vodka, and Jose Cuervo, or his infamous right hook which has landed him in trouble with local police.

The unfortunate move brings fifteen years of PBDL baseball in Buffalo to a close. The team had a record over that stretch of 676-671. According to the popular Pythagorean Theorem, the clubs record should have been 710-637, a difference of 34 games. They are the only franchise in PBDL to have an ERA under 4 over those 15 years. But that benchmark hasn’t been much of a help to the club for winning games, as the near .500 record, and -34 pyth. Record suggests. The Sabres don’t have any retired numbers, but it would appear as a virtual certainty that Lurte will be the first to be honored. His #11 will be retired in Montreal blue and red, instead of Buffalo blue and yellow. Fan favorite Lurte commented, “Of course this is shocking and upsetting. I loved my time here in the city of Buffalo and I loved the fans. They have always treated me and my family well. Buffalo has been very, very good to me.”

The final tally in Buffalo reads like this. 15 years in PBDL, 4 Championships won (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), 9 times a playoff qualifier, and zero first place finishes. Only time will tell if in another 15 years, the franchise will fare as well in Montreal as they had in Buffalo.

 

Brian Arnold Traded by Rangers

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Fans in Shock

April 24, 2027
New York City, NY – A collective groan was heard all throughout the five boroughs today, as news got out that star pitcher Brian “Wonder Boy” Arnold had been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a whopping six players.

Fans have expressed outrage and disbelief at the move, and have even started a campaign to get team owner Brian Tipton to fire GM Ed Thomas because of it. “It’s a travesty!” said one Rangers fan, identified only as ‘Big Bob.’ “I may have to start rooting for the Islanders now. Arnold was everything to this team!”

GM Thomas is aware of that belief. “That’s actually part of the problem,” he said. “While it’s been great to watch the ‘Brian Arnold Show’ for the past seven years, he needs a team around him for us to be competitive, especially in the Gold League. When I took over back in ’17, this was a team destined for Bronze. So I rebuilt it from the ground up and we got back to Gold. Acquiring Arnold was a huge part of that, of course, and it also contributed to the very situation that led to this trade. Sure, we made it to Gold, but the current team is no longer sustainable. Our farm system is depleted, the big league club is getting older, and we need to think about the future. Arnold is still in his prime, is locked up long-term, and will still be a huge asset wherever he goes. If we were ever going to trade him and get something valuable in return, now would be the time.”

It doesn’t hurt that this move also frees up about $1 million in salary.

Big Bob was not impressed. “Congratulations!” he said, when told about Mr. Thomas’ comments, “You started with a team destined for Bronze, and now you’ve got it again! You’ve come full circle!”

Thomas disagrees with that sentiment. “We’re not necessarily going to drop straight back to Bronze. We have some good players coming in, and we’ll be able to hit the free agent market and make a few more trades. It’s possible that we can hang in there.”

It was at this point I offered to put him in touch with ‘Big Bob,’ so they wouldn’t have to keep using me as a middle man in their strange conversation. And it was at that point that Mr. Thomas stopped talking to me.

In seven years with the Rangers, Arnold has compiled an 89-27 record (.767 winning %) and won the Dynamic Hurler Award four times (five total, as he won one with Chicago).

 

Gold '26 Draft Review

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Gold Amateur Draft Review

April 2nd, 2026

Author: Matthew Fox

The 2026 Gold draft features the most talented draft pool in the PBDL. Lets take a look at the teams selections through round 3.


Pittsburgh-"Maverick" Dong,Clyde Mclearn,Max Simon

Wow. Already Pittsburgh has the best draft of 2026. The Pens selected the clear number one overall player in taking Dong and the third best overall player in Mclearn. This adds to their already impressive stable of prospects. Dong will be one of the most dangerous offensive players in PBDL once he develops and could very well have a hall of fame career. The Pens made no mistake with the first overall pick. Curiously Mclearn was still available in the second round for the Penguins, and they cashed in on his availability. Offensively Mclearn ranks 9th overall; however he plays a premium defensive position and rates well as a defender. In addition he is a threat on the bases and has favorable personality ratings. He's a player with all the tools to be a big time player for the Pens in the future. The selection of Simon was something of a reach with the third pick. In raw ability, he was the 10th overall pitcher in the draft and overall I had him 28th. He does hold some promise as a reliever with a couple of above average pitches and some good movement on his pitches.

Overall grade:A

Toronto-Mark Robertson,Manuel Gutierrez,Jack Beasly

The Leafs cemented their claim on having the most talented stable of pitching prospects in the league with the selection of Robertson. The second overall player in the draft, and the best starter available went to the team rich in young pitchers. Robertson will be one of the premier pitchers in PBDL in the 2030's should he reach his projected ceilings. He has all the qualities that scouts drool over in pitching prospects; great stuff with good movement and control with plus pitches and the stamina to go deep into games. The selection of Gutierrez gives the Leafs a talented prospect at a premium position. He rates 10th overall in raw offense, but like Mclearn he can run and field and throw. A player who lacks only one tool, that being the ability to hit for power. Beasly rates as the second best overall backstop in the draft, but it was a bit of a reach as I had him as the 41st best player. Beasly has a very good arm and has time to improve upon his average offensive projections.

Overall grade:B

New York Islanders-Rhett Ostrom, Daniel Carlton, Shi-xian Er

New York took the best dual threat in Ostrom. He rates slightly higher as a reliever, but likely has more value as a position player. Offensively he rates #5 overall, and in terms of raw talent he is the second best pitcher in the draft. He certainly doesn't have the stamina to be a starter so he likely is a more valuable prospect as a centerfielder. Unfortunately for the Islanders he can't run nearly as well as some of the other centerfielders in the draft but he will be an offensive threat nonetheless. D. Carlton has some promise if he can improve upon his control. Carlton has 5 pitches, 3 of them figure to be above average. He probably will be a back of the rotation starter when he makes it, but he does have a great work ethic so he could turn out to be a #2 in some rotations. Shi-xian is a reach in the third round. He's not the prototypical first base prospect offensively but does field the position well. At this point he appears to most likely be a career minor league player. He will have to improve upon his contact to be a true prospect at first base.

Overall grade:C

Chicago-Ed Montell, Alex Peterson, Dan Ashe

Chicago elected to draft two outfielders and a first baseman. Montell will be a force offensively, but can't run and doesn't field particularly well. Still though, he projects as a middle of the order slugger and those aren't easy to find. I had Montell at 13 overall. Alex Peterson may very well turn out to be a better player than the one the Hawks drafted in front of him. Peterson could be post splits as good as .270/.330/.450 when he reaches the active roster, and along with that he is a stolen base threat and appears to be an above average fielder. He looks like an ideal leadoff hitter for the Hawks. Ashe rated as the 21st overall player on the board. For a third round selection this is a pretty good pick. Ashe will be a good left fielder for the Hawks and the only real tool he's lacking is the ability to drive the ball out of the park.

Overall grade:B

Buffalo-Dennis Sexton, Michael Jacksoon, Ian Berkey

Once again, the Sabers have focused on obtaining pitching in early rounds. Sexton could be a middle of the rotation arm, though there are some negatives to his game. He's miserable at holding runners, and can't get as deep into games as you'd like from your starters. He has only one above average pitch but he can induce ground balls. Sexton was rated #10 overall. Jackson could turn into an effective reliever, possibly even closer. He doesn't have the ability to just blow hitters away at will but has good movement and control to where getting outs shouldn't be an issue while he's in the game. Berkey is a stretch with the third pick, but he is an able defender and for a third baseman is adequate on the bases. Still he will need to improve upon his offensive game to be a real prospect as he currently figures to be a career minor leaguer.

Overall grade:C

Detroit-Joe Allison, Bill Toope, John Wooten

The Wings have drafted well historically, and this season is no different. Getting in on the strong crop of outfield prospects the Wings selected Allison with the sixth pick. I had Allison as 6th overall(quit looking at my board Nick). He's a strong left fielder with plus speed on the bases(though he is average at stealing) he also has some pop in the bat. This is a good selection by the Wings. The fourth rated starter in the draft was Bill Toope, and the Wings got him in the second round. He could be a back of the rotation starter if he hits his projections. He has good movement and control on his pitches, though they are average deliveries. He can throw a lot of pitches giving him the ability to make it deep into games. He does have some favorable personality ratings despite having a low work ethic. Wooten is rated as the fifth best starter in the draft and the Wings went back to back with picks of starting pitchers. Wooten is definitely a project at the current point in time, but should he get some boosts in the ratings he could be a very good pitcher. He is excellent at holding runners and sports a 20 stamina rating. His best pitch is the changeup, but his velocity tops out at 88. Considering their drafting position, the Wings did well here.

Overall grade:B

Canucks-Larry Dempsey, Jason Jones, Pete Taylor

The defending champs began their draft by selecting the top backstop on the board. He's a tremendous runner for a catcher, and has some pop in his bat as well. He will be a top of the order hitter, which is a rarity for the position. Defensively he's just average but his offensive promise more than makes up for that. I had Dempsy as the 7th best player in the draft. The champs followed up the pick of Dempsey with the selection of Jason Jones, another burner on the bases. Jones was the best second baseman in the draft, and overall he rated 27th. In Jones the Canucks get a second baseman with good range who can fly on the bases and hit for average. A realistic slash line for Jones is .290/.315/.360. Vancouver elected to take outfielder Pete Taylor with their third pick, and he's a project. He does have a high work ethic which he will have to use to make it to the Canuck roster. He doesn't look to be a good fielder at this point and he just isn't talented enough offensively to be a legit DH. He's one of the youngest players in the draft and has plenty of time to improve on his current projections.

Overall grade:C

Nashville-Hubert Bray, Ivan Rosario, Alex Godwin

The Preds selection of Bray is an interesting one. Based on pure offensive promise this is a good pick at the end of the first round. However he's just 17 and has a long way to go to reach his projections, and in addition he needs to vastly improve his prowess at third to adequately field the position. He's also going to be a station to station player on the bases which is something of a drawback. In terms of sheer offense he was the third best available player in the draft, and with his young age he could blossom to be an even greater threat. The pick of Rosario gave the Preds the sixth best SP in the Gold draft. He is a project though, as his current ceilings predict he will only be a minor league player for his career. The upside is that his changeup and knuckle curve project to being plus pitches. If his movement improves, he could be a reasonable middle reliever. To finish up the third round Nashville took LF Alex Godwin. Rated as the 37th best available player this is another project player for the Predators. He is at best an average fielder with an average to slightly below average bat. There were better option here for the Preds as Alex probably would have been available for them in a later round.

Overall grade:D

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:30
 

Boston News

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First Official Move: Fans Say Goodbye to Gouin

September 17th, 2026

Boston, MA – As the 2026 season ends in the PBDL, many fans around the Boston area have already gotten their hot stove talk in the form of new Owner/GM Mike Brouillette. While there is still a lot of unknown about Mike in the PDBL community, those who search out his previous adventures will find themselves not disappointed, but rather their interest piqued. A pair of championships, in a pair of leagues fit tucked nicely at the top of his resume and while nothing is guaranteed anywhere – he hopes that he’ll be able to bring his somewhat fresh mindset into a production such as the PBDL where the rules are very neat.

Reinventing the wheel may not be an option here, but pitching, platoons and defense will play everywhere. Unfortunately, at the end of the 2026 SP Nicolas Gouin (the teams ace, despite going 3-13 in 21GS) has let team officials know that he’ll be infact testing the free agent waters. Gouin isn’t the perfect pitcher, but at 39 he represents the type of work ethic (HIGH) that GM Brouillette likes to build around, despite his leadership qualities being (LOW). He likes to lead by example, and is often the quiet man in the corner.

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Gouin had however, not been shy with reporters at the end of the 2026 season when a sweep at the hands of Colorado lead to the teams playoffs aspirations being dismissed promptly as the team was outscored 21 to 8 in the most important game of the season. He was visibly upset, having only been in the playoffs once since 2020 (in 2023, with Boston). Before that, Gouin had been in the playoffs 6 times in 7 years. Be it Danny Fields, Curt Love, or even Jason Bond, Rodrigueo Camps and new GM favorite Sammy Hayden… the team just wouldn’t hold it together when it mattered the most. Only Montoya was big down until the last weekend when he hit .350 and smashed 3homers during the final week.

The ERA for Gouin this year stopped at 4.28 (3.91FIP) and saw him walk only 25 guys all year, putting his season totals at about 1 walk each start. Having Gouin indicate to GM Brouillette that he was very unhappy wasn’t what he wanted to hear, as Gouin is a perfect example of the type of starting pitcher that I like to build around. The total combined ZNR of the teams infield was +4.4 only, not really helping a pitcher with Gouin’s ground ball (75%) tendencies. The BABIP was the highest among the teams starting staff at .318, prompting GM Brouillette to think he could do a better job with the near 40 year old going forward.

It’s more than likely an end of an era for Gouin in Boston, but it is what it is.

“ We let Gouin know how much we valued him, not just this year despite his record – but during his entire run in Boston. “ Brouillette would go onto say, “ We have let him know that the door is still open, and will be formally making an offer as his fallback option. But we told him if he can, go get that ring. He’s 39 after all. “

Upon hearing the comments from his new GM, he had nothing but kind words to and provided praise.

“ I know just as little about Mike as the rest of you do, “ Gouin said, “ But from what I’ve heard, from everyone I’ve talked too in the organization and around the league – Mike is a good guy and I have faith that Boston is in good hands going forward with him at the helm. “

When asked about returning to Boston…

“ I had no issues playing in Boston while I was here, “ Gouin would go onto say, “ I just felt I owed myself, and my family to test the waters for what will be my last shot at winning a title. I won a pair of Bronze leagues with Toronto in 2014 and 2019, then the Silver in 2020 – but I never got a shot at Gold. If the offer presents itself, who am I to say no? “ he finished with a broad smile.

Gouin played a full season with Toronto in Gold, before settling down with Boston and playing five years with the franchise – a trio in Silver, and a pair in Bronze.

“ No regrets, “ he’d go onto say “ As much as a competitor I am, I couldn’t say no to the money that was being thrown at me during my last run or so in the PBDL. I have five kids, a wife, three dogs and a crazy mother-in-law to think of. I owed it to them. “

Gouin’s exit from the franchise isn’t getting new GM Brouillette down however, as he’s already been searching the league (forum) furiously looking at old players available (trade blocks) and having been emailed (PM’d) and sent emails (sent PM’s) himself regarding players through-out the grand tiered-universe that is PBDL.

After all, at the end of the day – It’s ALL about winning.

#ToWinOrDieInBoston

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 08:29
 

Tampa Bay Press Conference

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Tampa Bay GM Meets the Media

April 12th, 2025

Tampa Bay Lightning welcomed new GM Phil Doyle yesterday and the new man in charge wasted no time in stamping his mark on the struggling franchise. Doyle made his first move, promoting Lee King from Hitting Coach at AA affiliate Orlando to Manager of the Major League Lightning. "Lee has all the attributes we seek here in Tampa, he is young, hungry, enthusiastic and knows the organisation well having been with the ball club for 8 years."

King is widely regarded as an experienced hitting coach and many sources stated that Doyle was impressed with his managerial abilities and was quoted as saying King deserved his chance. Doyle believes King has all the attributes to be a legendary manager for the Lightning.

Doyle also stated this was an important signal to the players and that he would be looking to give youth a chance, "If you're good enough, you're old enough!" has become the buzz phrase around the corridors of the Thunderdome.

In other personnel news, Doyle also confirmed he had appointed Fernando Granados as new team trainer. Granados is known for his elite preparation and recovery techniques and Doyle hoped he would enable the team to be fitter and fresher for each game.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 16:18
 


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Poll 1

Who will win the 2026 Gold League Championship
 

Poll 2

Who will win the 2026 Silver League Championship
 

Poll 3

Who will win the 2026 Bronze League Championship