FMBA Playoffs Preview Quarterfinals

Canadians (16-6) vs. Longhorns (11-11)

Season Head to Head
Teams split season series, Canadians won 21-12, Longhorns won 7-3

2023 Leaders
Nathan Damiani .500 Avg, .712 Slug%, 2HRs, 13 RBI, 16 R
Alex Tello .440 Avg, .576 OBP%, 8 SBs, 15 RBI, 21 R
Ethan Bromley 4-0, 28.0 IP, 36 Ks, 1.00 ERA

Travis Gaudet .447 Avg, .776 Slug%, 3 HRs, 15RBI, 17 R
Aaron Pepin .444 Avg, .750 Slug%, 4 3Bs, 13 RBI, 12 R
Jaime Whitehead 5-1, 49.1 IP, 50 Ks, 2.70 ERA

Preview: This matchup features two of the better offenses in the league, and their two regular season matchups exemplified that.

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FMBA Players Heading to Senior Nationals

With Men’s Senior Nationals opening ceremonies starting today in Red Deer, AB, we wanted to recognize several FMBA players past and present who are lucky enough to participate in this year’s event Aug 24-27

Congratulations go out to (in no particular order):

Steven Latos (Giants), Evan Comeau (Diamondbacks), JP Willner (Diamondbacks), Jamie Mitchell (Diamondbacks) as well as former Diamondback Jaret Chatwood who will be playing with the host team Red Deer Riggers.

Meanwhile Alex Bishop (Diamondbacks), Alex Regan (Diamondbacks), Curtis Smith (Wolfpack), & Joe Sergent (Diamondbacks) will all suit up for the Sherwood Park Athletics, joining former Giants Kern Watts & Dayton Heino and former Diamondback Arron Dunsmore.

Good luck gentlemen and congratulations on representing your province!

FMBA 2023 Update

It has been a wild FMBA 2023 season thus far. And as we head into the stretch run to the playoffs, we will see the playoff picture become a bit more clear. Let’s take a quick look around the league.

The Canadians – finalists the past two seasons – started out strong and just continue to win games as they currently sit in first place at 10-2. About the only bad luck that has gone their way so far this summer is the weather, with 10 games coming up in the next month mainly being made up from earlier rainouts.

The champions of the past three seasons, the Diamondbacks, have seen a different roster than normal this season, in part because they also participated in the Alberta AAA Sunburst League. With them sitting in second place at 12-4, and their AAA season now complete, look for them to shift their focus to winning a fourth consecutive FMBA title.

Sitting in third place are the White Sox at 11-7. Their season to date has been a bit of Jekyll and Hyde as they have some impressive wins against all of the top teams in the league, but have also lost a few to some lower ranked squads. With only four games remaining, they will try to get hot and enter the playoffs on a roll.

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The FMBA is putting out a call to all of our FMBA membership, friends, and family members! A fundraiser has been organized for our good friend and long time FMBA member Trevor (Marv) Freeman. Marv has been a part of our league and family for decades and now faces a very tough battle with cancer that he has been fighting for the better part of this year with his young family.

100% of the proceeds of this raffle will be going to Trevor and his family to help them in their fight. A range of prizes have been donated to be raffled off to ticket buyers in a “draft style” raffle draw, where the first ticket drawn will get their pick of all the available prizes. The second ticket will then get second choice from all the available prizes and so on and so forth until all of the prizes have been claimed!

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Players of the Month For June Announced

June 2022 Player of the Month

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Longhorns rookie Justin Willis has acquitted himself nicely in his first season of FMBA action and is establishing himself as a force in their lineup moving forward. He currently sits in third on the team in RBI for the year despite having a little over half the plate appearances of the two players in front of him, and is carrying an absurd batting average of .619 and an OPS of 1.679 on the year. The Longhorns will surely be trying to figure out how to get him to the field more often, as he’s been a small sample darling in the month of June, but the ratios were just too good to ignore. Willis racked up 9 hits in 12 AB’s for a .750 average this month and got on base in 82% of his trips to the plate, yes, you read that right. The Longhorns currently sit in a tie for 4th place at 8-6 with 8 games left to play, and finding a way for Willis to log a few more games might be crucial in their pursuit of a high playoff seed the rest of the way.

June 2022 Pitcher of the Month

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Wolfpack ace Curtis Smith (4-0) is making his second straight appearance on our Pitcher of the Month list as his dominance has continued well into the second half of the season. Smith spun two more complete games in June, this time of the shutout variety, and one of those two starts was his second career no-hitter. Having gone the distance in all four of his starts this year, Smith still hasn’t allowed an earned run and continues to lead the league in strikeouts by a healthy margin, he’s tallied 55 K’s while allowing 7 hits and 5 walks through 26 IP. The Wolfpack are currently in 1st place at 11-3 with 8 games left to play, but with the Diamondbacks hot on their heels with 5 games in-hand they will have to continue their winning ways if they hope to clinch the first seed heading into playoffs next month.

Player Awards For Month of May Released

With the first month of FMBA action in the books, it is time to recognize a couple of standout performances from the early season slate with our Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month awards.

May 2022 Player of the Month

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White Sox catcher Lane Aman has come storming out of the gates offensively this year posting an absurd .611 batting average over the first month and reaching base over 65% during his trips to the plate. He has yet to be struck out on the season, and is also terrorizing opposing teams on the basepaths with 5 steals which puts him in a tie for third in that category leaguewide. The White Sox are off to a 2-4 start so the production out of Aman hasn’t quite translated to team success yet, but if this level of production continues he can pencil himself in for an All-Star selection in September.

May 2022 Pitcher of the Month

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Wolfpack starting pitcher Curtis Smith is off to an equally hot start on the hill with two dominant outings to his name this month. He has yet to surrender an earned run through his two outings and has registered a miniscule WHIP of 0.67 while tallying 25 strikeouts at a 14.58 K/7 clip, both good for second in the league at this stage. The Wolfpack are have jumped out to a 6-2 record while leading the league in run differential thanks to hot bats and strong pitching from the rest of their staff behind Smith.