May Recap & “Studs of the Month”

Despite having an entire week postponed due to rain, the 2024 FMBA season is off to a great start. We’re seeing lots of competitive games, several new faces in the league, and even a few fans attending games! You love to see it. With the good comes the bad: one sour note that continues to creep up is waiver infractions – there have been three this year, one of which affected a game result. Teams – let’s clean this up so we can keep the focus on the field!

A key statistic jumping out early is an increase in home runs not seen since the COVID-shortened 2021 season where there were 0.9HR/game. In 2023 those numbers were down to 0.54HR/game, but in May we saw that number spike back to 0.85HR/game. Maybe performance enhancement testing could be a topic for the 2025 league meetings? 🤔😂

Speaking of performance, the league is introducing something new in 2024: the “Studs” of the Month. Each month we’ll highlight the top 3 hitters and pitchers. To paraphrase the late great St. Louis Cardinal & Cincinnati Red prospect “Macho Man” Randy Savage, these players are “the cream who have risen to the top

“Studs” of the Month May 2024 Hitting

PlayerTeamPAABHAVGOBPSLGOPS1B2B3BHRRBIRBBHBPK-LKSACSFSBCSTB
Michael GoldadeWolfpack121170.6360.6671.1821.8484111581001001013
Graham FaderGuns141380.6150.6431.1541.7974211860101003015
Mitch ChicoineWhite Sox231890.5000.5650.7781.3436201864001011014

Michael Goldade is off to a hot start for the Wolfpack. Through May he leads the FMBA in total runs despite playing in only 3 games! He contributed in seemingly every offensive category, and his metrics (1.848OPS!) are off the charts. His highlight game was going 3-4 with 1 HR, 3R & 3 RBI in a win over the Giants.

It might be his rookie FMBA season but Graham Fader of the Guns is playing like a seasoned vet in leading the FMBA in total bases and RBIs in only 4 games played. He has hit an extra base hit in all four of those games, while stealing a bag in three of them. His signature outing was a game winning walk-off 2RBI 2B in a comeback over the Cardinals.

You could make a case for several White Sox hitters this month, but Mitch Chicoine (the all-time FMBA leader in plate appearances) gets the final nod, having hit safely in all 7 games he’s played while filling out all categories of the stat sheet. This was highlighted by a 2 hit, 3RBI performance in a victory over the Guns.

“Studs” of the Month May 2024 Pitching

PlayerTeamIPGSWLERAWHIPSVHRERBBKHBPCGSOK/7BB/7
Cal TecklenburgDukes153200.000.800102022701112.600.93
Taylor KipnesWhite Sox14.22201.971.27115443131216.411.48
Steven LatosGiants132112.151.310117462602014.003.23

A second generation FMBA player, Cal Tecklenburg has been phenomenal thus far having yet to allow an earned run in three starts spanning 15 innings. This included an Opening Day CG 13K shutout of the four-time defending champ Diamondbacks. Even more impressive is his 2BB / 27K splits, keeping free passes to a minimum. He has certainly helped the Dukes jump out to a 4-0, 1st place start.

Taylor Kipnes had a May to remember logging 14.2 IP, coming away with 2 CG wins and a save in the span of 7 days while keeping a tidy 1.97ERA for the second place White Sox. His highlight outing was opening the season with a crisp 89 pitch CG shutout of the Cardinals. (And off the field, he just celebrated the birth of his second child! Congrats Taylor!)

Last but certainly not least is longtime Giant Steven Latos who has been in top form early. He ran into some tough luck late in his opening start vs the Wolfpack, but bounced back with a league high 15Ks in a CG W over the Longhorns. His 14K / 7IP splits are what you might call “video game good”.

Congrats to all the May “Studs”, can’t wait to see who makes June’s list.

2024 Season

The FMBA has completed their spring AGM, and the 2024 season schedule will be released shortly.

An important date to note is Saturday April 27th starting at 9:00am, which is when the annual Work Bee to prep Glen Hansen Field for the upcoming season will take place. To any and all FMBA members who can spare even an hour of time that day, your help would be greatly appreciated.

It is shaping up to be another great season of baseball!

Winter Update

Hopefully everyone enjoyed a great offseason! With some team’s winter workouts underway, and our younger players college seasons nearing (or for some already begun), another exciting season of FMBA summer baseball is on the horizon.

Interested in playing baseball this summer? Any new players to our league are encouraged to submit the “Prospective Players” form above. This is submitted to all team managers. Don’t sell yourself short!

As well, an early reminder to ALL returning players: please fill out the “Player Waiver” form so that you can be added to your team’s roster.

Stay tuned for winter updates soon.

Trevor Freeman

It’s a sad day in our community, as our friend Trevor Freeman has passed at the age of 46 after a long battle with cancer. Trevor, or more affectionately known as “Marv” was a member of our league for over 25 years as a player for the Dust Devils, Twins & Longhorns. But he was more than that to so many others: a friend, a coach, a Travelling Jagr, a son, a husband, and a father. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Marv.

Your 2023 FMBA Champions!

Congratulations to the Diamondbacks on winning the 2023 FMBA championship, defeating the Dukes in three games. It was a hard fought series, and came down to the final inning of Game 3. Some awesome baseball was played by both teams, who really showed off the best of our City’s baseball community. The title was the Diamondbacks fourth in a row, which is an amazing accomplishment.

This concludes another successful FMBA season. Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming league winter meetings.

Have a fantastic off-season everyone! Stay safe.