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Old 10-01-2019, 09:51 PM   #221
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Martial Imbert

Imbert is an interesting player in that his rookie card created several years ago featured him a position player for the Pantin Vultures. Once he made it to the top level he became exclusively a pitcher. He's no Julien Henri with the bat is one way to put it.

The other compelling thing about Imbert is that his Stuff is at or below average. Using three good pitches and a high ground ball percentage has allowed him to carve out a distinguished career with the Waves, his only team to date.

He has tallied 72 complete games in his FBL career which is reason enough to value a player of his caliber.
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June 1 Henri loses a close one

Former Le Diamant SP, and former 1 year Paris Artist Sebastian Vautier got the best of Julien Henri and the Artists as he led the Expedition to a 3-2 win over Paris. Julien went deeper into the game, allowed less hits, walked fewer, but, ultimately the home run was his undoing. It can be noted that Julien hit better than the 0 for 3 Vautier, as he had a pair of singles in four trips to the dish.
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Vic Cosman

Long the ace of the powerhouse Le Diamant ball club Cosman continues to baffle opposing batters with his fastball, slider, and changeup. He is fanning less than 5 batters per 9 IP (4.9), yet his effectiveness remains high. Very high.

Cosman is up for contract renewal at the close of the 1971 season (this year). The big question is, will Le Diamant spend, presumably big, to keep their ace on the staff. They did not opt to keep their big bats last year as Mercier and Michel inked contracts with Paris, reuniting with both Henri and Delage. The Diamonds offense is now 4th in runs scored. Maybe a turning point in the franchise if they go cheap on Cosman.

The next question is, if they don't sign him, who will? The Paris Artists certainly would have interest in adding Cosman to the staff, despite having the top ERA for starters in the FBL. The money appears to be there if that opportunity presents. A Cosman contract is not without risk given his advanced career age of 35. The venerable Cosman is extremely popular in every FBL market so it will be interesting.
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Pete Brophy

Long the mainstay and #1 SP for Ottawa Expedition, Pete Brophy opted for free agency last year to sign with the perennial championship challenger, Cap Chevalier Waves. At 37 he has two years left on his deal.

The similarities between he and Cosman are there with Brophy being a few years older. Brophy, not to be confused with the 'great one', is maybe one notch below Cosman. His numbers have fallen a bit from last year but he is on track for 3.6 WAR season. Is that worthy of a + $100,000 contract? Maybe, if it takes them to the post season. They are 5 back of Le Diamant and have a 1 game edge on the only Wild Card berth.

The similarities go beyond age and contract. Like Cosman, Brophy commands three solid pitches with equal effectiveness, fastball, chaneup, and curve. He is also a ground ball inducing, worm killing kind of pitcher. Like Cosman, he is averaging less than 5 K's per game, something new for him. Homers? A paltry .4 per game. What a stat to have. Gives Brophy wiggle room to give up some hits, an occasional free pass, and still not get burned.

And, he's an IRON MAN. How many days has he missed in his career? Well, you can count them on two hands, just 9.
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FBL Standings

As of June 14, here are the team standings.
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Artists current losing streak at 3

Julien Henri could not make it out of the 3rd inning as the revamped Toucans won the opener in Paris. Henri had an impressive string of games (11) where he lasted at least 7 innings. In this his 12 start of the year he gave up 10 hits including a grand slam.
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July 6

After suffering consecutive losses in three straight games, Julien Henri has bounced back with a pair of CG wins, allowing a total of just three runs.

He made short work of the Snake Eyes in Quebec needing just 106 pitches to get the job done. Voted the POG, Julien had a double and RBI to go with his fine pitching performance.

The parity at the top of the league is most evident this season with three teams standing above the rest. Le Diamant, probably on the downside of their historical run, Ottawa who of late has been a very well balanced team, and the Paris Artists who are seemingly on the rise.
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Into the Dog Days

It's no secret the Artists having been scuffling of late. Mercier, the glue that seems to hold the offense together, has been in and out of the line-up with injury. Erwin de Rooij, a veritable rock as an SP, 24-14 over the last two seasons, is gone for the season with a herniated disc.

Make no mistake, barring an epic collapse, they will win the French League division and participate in the post-season. But, parity is at an all time high this year with Le Diamant still the team to beat, Ottawa and a rejuvinated Xavier Rolland having regained his power stroke (11 HR's), and a charging out of nowhere Le Morne Rounge Toucan ball club who threatens to overtake Le Diamant for first, but might have to settle for the WC if they can maintain their 4 game lead over perennial WC Capp Chevalier Waves. Don't forget the team in last place in the strongest of the FBL leagues, Anse d'Arlet who are just 1 behind the Waves and 5 back of the Toucans for the WC.

In other news, journeyman Nicolas Masson (lifetime 115-120), accomplished a goal few pitchers ever do in tossing a spectacular no-hitter on July 30 (see box). Masson, is 12-7 on the year and proving to be the steadying influence the 1970 free agent signing hoped it would be. Paris is happy to have him on the club.

Our featured player, Julien Henri, is doing his part to lead the Artists on the mound and in the field. A bit more accomplished on the hill, he still is pounding out a respectable .785 OPS with a .313 BA.

On the mound, Julien's stats speak for themselves. At 27 years of age, Julien may be into the prime years of his career. At the same time, he's got the drive and work ethic to climb a bit higher up that ladder, too.

But, for Henri, it's the Paris championship that motivates him. Always a team player, yet his interview back in June he candidly shared his long term goals with FBL followers. It's no secret that he might like to finish his career back on his home island of Martinique where his fiance Alize still lives and works as a school teacher.

I'm sure Le Diamant would welcome him back, and Anse d'Arlet (just 20 kilometers west), would covet his presence in the Sting Ray uni. Not forgetting the up and coming Toucans of the high ground of Le Morne Rouge, Henri would have ample suitors. Of course, this decision belongs to Paris as they have inked Henri through 1974.

It's all speculation, but, isn't that part of the joy of the game of baseball?
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Editors Note

I just completed a 10 day cross country trip on the Amtrak California Zephyr with stops in Denver, Nevada City, CA, and Benecia, CA. I took the opportunity to visit several good friends who had relocated while my wife and sister took a rail/cruise to Nova Scotia, and other ports.

Without internet much of the time, I plunged into some immersive FBL activity, in between other interests.

Loved everything about the trip and will now resume more frequent postings on my way to the completion of Henri's career, whenever it may be.
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I just completed a 10 day cross country trip on the Amtrak California Zephyr with stops in Denver, Nevada City, CA, and Benecia, CA. I took the opportunity to visit several good friends who had relocated while my wife and sister took a rail/cruise to Nova Scotia, and other ports.

Without internet much of the time, I plunged into some immersive FBL activity, in between other interests.

Loved everything about the trip and will now resume more frequent postings on my way to the completion of Henri's career, whenever it may be.
Did you get to spend a little time at the recently (well, fairly recently) renovated Union Station in Denver? I hope so as it is a fun spot right down in the ballpark district.
Next time you are in Denver it would be great to have coffee or something. (Granted, you may have been here when I was in Michigan.)
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