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Preseason Update #3

We hope everyone's Ramadan is going well. Here are a few more updates and news to share for the upcoming season. 
 
1. BSL Ramadan Campaign will be launching later this week. We encourage everyone and their families to donate their zakat locally through our campaign this year. Collectively, we can make a monumental difference in our community. Stay tuned for our upcoming video and campaign website.  
 
2. BSL has launched our podcast series. Download Podbean to listen and comment on the podcasts. We have also added a widget on our website. Our first two GM podcasts have been released. The remaining two will be released each Thursday. We will be looking for guest hosts throughout the season so let us know if you are interested in contributing. 
 
3. August Schedule: 
Super Sunday was a success last season and we have extended that to two weeks this year with the additional week added this season.
Here is the schedule for August: 
August 4th - Mid-season tournament
August 11th - NO GAMES (Eid-ul-Adha)
August 18th & 25th - Super Sundays
Two brackets: 
Seed #1, #4, #5, #8
Seed #2, #3, #6, #7
Each team will play their division over two Sundays as the final regular season games.
 
4. 2018 BSL Committees
The committees for this season were selected based on responses in the registration survey. If you still like to volunteer, please contact us and we will find you a committee to join. We could use your skills. We are looking for additional help with graphic design if anyone has experience. 
 
Write up: Hashim Ghazi (Chair), Aamir Husainy, Hamid Malik, Hassan Chaudhary, Mohamed Kala, Ibrahim Sardar, Riyad Ramjaun, Saad G, Taha Iqbal, Zain Khilji, Zuhair Fancy. 
 
Operations: Zahid Merchant (Chair), Imran Merchant, Jibran Waqar, Taha Iqbal, 
 
Discipline and Competition: Ahmad Hussain (Chair), Hammad Afif, Ibrahim Sardar, Shaheen Limbada
 
Charity: Shamil Khadaroo (Chair), Asad Moten, Faheem Kotwal, Hassan Zubair, Jav Ahmed, Michael Arlitt, Nirvaan Latif, Omer Chaudhry, Omer Dhaduk, Saoud Ramjaun
 
Marketing: Umer Jabbar (Chair), Osman Buttar, Yasser Zia, Zahid Merchant
 
Social Media: Hashim Ghazi (Chair), Furhan Azmat, Owais Ansari, Tausif Hussain, Umair Jabbar, Zain Malik, Zahid Merchant
 
Gameday volunteers: Zain Khilji (Chair), Kashif Waheed (Co-chair), Aamir Husainy, Abdullah Akhtar, Aftab Sheikh, Ahmed Butt, Akif Waheed, Aqib Khokhar, Asad Syed, Asim Waheed, Basil Jeelany, Faheem Kotwal, Faraaz Alvi, Fuzail Thakur, Hamza Waheed, Hasan Afzal, Hashim Ghazi, Hassan Chaudhry, Ibrahim Sardar, Imran Merchant, Imran Qureshi, Jibran Waqar, Khizer Channa, Khuram Channa, Mohamed Kala, M. Salman Ahmed, Nirvaan Latif, Owais Noori, Safwan Khan, Sameer Rafique, Saqib Khokhar, Shamil Khadaroo, Shawn Narine, Tamour Sheikh, Tanseer Khawaja, Umair Jabbar, Umair Wasim, Umair Sheikh, Umer Jabbar, Yousaf Chaudhry, Zahid Merchant, Zaid Ghansar, Zain Malik, Zayd Ramjaun 

BSL Preseason Update #2

With less than a month left till 2019 Opening day, we are finalizing some of the details on the season. Here are a couple reminders of the standards in our league and some changes that you should be aware of. 
 
1. BSL Rules have been updated on our website.
There are a couple slight rule modifications that you should be aware of from previous seasons. We are attempting to make the games longer and quicker game play. If these changes don't work, we may revisit them midseason. Changes have been highlighted in bold @ http://www.brotherhoodsoftball.com/?p=rules
 
- No new inning shall start after one hour and twenty minutes (previously one hour fifteen minutes)
 
- If time is running short, the umpire will announce time left before cut off. If the visiting team is trailing and allows the home team to bat and time runs out during their at-bats, those runs and at bats will count towards stats and run differential.
 
- If a game runs for one hour and thirty minutes based on the umpires clock/judgement, the game will be considered complete and the last completed inning will be considered the final score.
 
- Pitchers must make an attempt to pitch to all batters.  For clarity, a pitcher may not throw a pitch that is blatantly unhittable because the pitch is a considerable distance away from the home plate mat. Any unusual pitches deemed by the umpire to be suspicious will result in a warning. A second warning will result in an ejection of the pitcher and the pitcher may be subject to additional penalties by the Board of Directors, including suspension or fine. 
 
- Anticipation is acceptable but lead-off is forbidden. Runner(s) may leave a base only when the ball makes contact with the bat, plate or ground.  Any player that leaves a base before the ball makes contact will be called out by the umpire.
 
 
2. Criteria for Brotherhood Award: 
The Brotherhood award is the most prestigious award in our league.  It is an award that recognizes a player who has upheld an exemplary code of conduct based on Islamic principles and has shown selfless dedication in working towards the betterment of Brotherhood Softball League. 
 
The winner of the award will have the following year’s league fees paid for them. The Board, GMs and Discipline committee will involved in the voting process. 
 
The following is the criteria used to determine the candidates:  
A.     This person has upheld Islamic etiquette during and after games as well as other league activities.  
B.     This person has demonstrated respect for teammates, opponents and league officials regardless of the game’s outcome.
C.     This person has been known to have always maintained a positive attitude even when mistakes or errors were committed on the field.  
D.     This person has been an active participant in the league by volunteering assistance throughout the season.
 
 
3. Scorekeeping ground rules: 
The competition committee has come up with a critieria to clarify the decision-making for errors and hits. This should create more consistency in scorekeeping and more clarity. 
 
If a ball is mishandled on a routine play as judged by the scorer, an error will be charged.   Another player may not influence the decision of the scorekeeper.  If the scorekeeper is unsure of a call between an error or hit, a hit will be awarded. 

An error WILL BE charged under following conditions:
1-  If a ground ball or a soft line drive is directly hit to the infielder and is misplayed by the fielder.  The fielder has planted both feet when the ball arrives or has taken fewer than 3 steps towards the ball.  
2-  If a ground ball or a soft line drive is handled properly but then thrown away from first base (or other bases) or dropped by the fielder receiving the throw. 
3- If an outfielder mishandles a ground ball and/or it passes under his glove allowing the runner to take another base - runner will only be awarded a single.  Similarly, if a runner takes an extra base on a bad throw, a double or triple will not be awarded.   
4- If a routine fly ball is mishandled or dropped by the fielder. The fielder must have had both feet planted at the time of catch, or takes fewer than 5 steps towards the ball.

An error will NOT be charged in the following circumstances:
5- If a fielder has to make a sudden movement towards the ball, even if ball hits a part of the glove or player.
6- If a ball is hit exceptionally hard directly towards an infielder and the ball is misplayed.  
7- If a throw is made but runner beats out the throw then an error will not be charged
8- If an outfielder drops a ball while making contact with the fence.  
9- As previously mentioned, if a fielder has to take more than 5 steps to catch a pop fly and both feet are not firmly planted. 
 
We will be providing more preseason updates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. 
 

Introducing Your 2019 BSL Rosters

Last week, we had our sixth annual draft where over 40 players came out to watch the drama unfold.  The reigning champion Sultans saw three of their players from last year go in the first nine picks, with playoff MVP Shaheen Limbada being taken first overall by the Mughals.  The night featured many surprises, and even a couple of trades.  Here are your 2019 BSL rosters.

2019 BSL Rosters

BSL Season 6 will lead off with a slate of exhibition games on May 5.  The first pitch of the regular season will be thrown on Sunday, June 9.  Good luck to all the teams and let's play ball! 


2019 BSL Draft Primer

Written by: Rumours Committee
 
The 2019 Season is officially gets underway this Wednesday with the Draft at ISNA. All players are invited to attend the draft party. There are plenty of rumours swirling on team's picks. There are no guarantees this year with a new crop of GMs that will have no hesitation to break up alliances. We conducted the Assistant GM draft this week which gives each GM a top tier player and a co-captain. In this installment, look at each teams strategy going into the first round and their predicted picks. These are all just predictions and based on the committee's viewpoints. 
 
Trade completed: Mughals trade Imran Merchant, #17, #33 to Ottomans for Rehan Ahmad, #22, #38
 
1. Mughals                    
 
 
The Mughals landed the last pick in the AGM round which netted them the top prize of the first overall pick. With their last AGM pick, they snapped up Imran Merchant and found a trade partner in the Ottomans to land Rehan Ahmad. Owais Ansari had to sacrifice some crucial picks in the middle rounds of the draft and it remains to be seen how valuable those picks are. The young GM and SS now pairs himself up with a former teammate and one of the best players in the league. Ansari also holds the first pick and can go a number of different ways. You have the HR champ from last year, playoff MVP, and a lifetime Mughal. We think Ismail Akhter is the right pick here to round out their outfield and give them another power bat in their lineup. Owais can do no wrong between any of those three but the low risk pick is Ismail coming back to the Badshahs. 
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Ismail Akhter
 
2. Abbasids                   
 
 
The Abbasids planned on doing this differently but they are starting with the same dynamic duo of last year. Bilal Javed opted to use his AGM pick to snap up former #1 pick Sameer Rafique. Bilal and Sameer played together last year, and now partner up with hopes of changing the fortunes of their old team. The Abbasids have lacked the passion and desire to be a top team, and they will be looking to squash that with this pick. Everyone expects Bilal to take his friend Ahmad 'Crazy' Ammad with this pick. Everyone thought Crazy was going to be his AGM pick but Bilal surprised everyone by going for Sameer. Crazy falls to him in the first round and it's hard to see him pass up on Crazy at #2. That will give the Abbasids three infielders and will be forced to pick outfield the rest of the way. Ahmad Ammad will give them the fire and passion they need but also a power bat to strike fear in pitchers everywhere.  
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Ahmad Ammad
 
3. Sultans                           
 
The defending champs come back this season looking to repeat with the same squad. A core of Shaheen Limbada, Omer Chaudhry, and Kamil Haider carried the Sultans to the championship. However, the Sultans have probably realized that two of those guys will likely be picked in the first round this year after their stellar performances last year, which makes bringing back the band almost impossible. The Sultans start off with a power tandem of Shamil and Shahzad who both dig the long ball and should give their team atleast 20 plus dingers. They won with the long ball last year so expect them to load up even more. The more pressing need is to fill two holes, SS and CF. Shaz is one of the best at 3B and Shamil is a good LF. They need leaders to command the infield and outfield for them and they will be hoping to get someone that can do that while carrying a heavy bat. The man for the job is former Playoff MVP Shaheen Limbada. If Shaheen is on the board, there is no chance the Sultans pass on him at #3. 
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Shaheen Limbada

4. Nasrids                           

 
Remember when the Nasrids were bottom dwellers? Over the last two years, no team has been closer to a title. After losing in the finals by 1 run in 2017, to losing in extra innings in the semi-finals in 2018, the Nasrids are knocking on the door of a championship and are hoping this year is the year. They have a solid tandem in Nirvaan and Osman leading the team and are hoping to find that missing piece to get them over the hump. With Nirvy and Buttar, they have an IF-OF tandem so they will be looking for the biggest bat that can help Buttar. Last year they selected Asad Syed in the second round and the rookie had a season to remember. The former AAA ball player has only played softball for one season and finished the season with 6 HRs in 3 playoffs games to double his HR total for the season. He also carries a solid glove to shore up the outfield. The Nasrids might surprise everyone by going with someone else but the upside of Asad is hard to ignore and he is the best pick available for their needs. 
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Asad Syed

5. Mamluks                           

 
The Mamluks have been trusted in the custody of Hassan Chaudhry and he wasted no time in bringing back Taher Mirza as his AGM. Taher is a top 10 player every year and has four consecutive gold gloves. The two childhood friends sit in the middle of the draft which is where Hassan wanted to be all along. With two stellar outfielders, it is expected that Hassan or Taher will opt to play shortstop this season to give them more flexibility in the draft. There is a shortage of SS this year and both have plenty of experience at short. With their first pick, we expect the Mamluks will keep it in the family and draft Omer Chaudhry. The Mamluks will be the beneficiaries of getting whatever power bat falls to them and it is expected Omer will be available at #5. Omer is a solid outfielder and brings his Axe bat with him to give the Mamluks the 'umph' they need.  
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Omer Chaudhry

6. Ottomans                           

 
The storied franchise moves on to another chapter but with a new General in town. Taha Iqbal takes over the Ottomans and made a bold trade to begin his tenure. Taha welcomes his brother-in-law Imran Merchant to police the outfield for him which gives them two gold-glove fielders. The Ottomans will have to make a big splash and take some chances with the picks they acquired in the trade to round out their team. With their first pick, they should prioritize defence first and look to snap up a shortstop to solidify their infield. Kamil Haider had a breakout season last year and proved he is one of the elite SS in our league. His bat has always been steady and he as cool as a cucumber. The Ottomans can go in many directions with this pick. The Ottomans pulled a shocker last draft so all bets are off on the #6 pick. 
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Kamil Haider

7. Ayyubids                           

 
The new look Ayyubids are going after a different style of play. Umair Sheikh starts off his GM career with a top prize of Jibran Waqar. A top 3 player every season, Jibran will hold down SS for the Ayyubids while Umair will probably continue his role in LF like last year. That gives the Ayyubids an infielder and an outfielder which give them the option of taking any player they want at this pick. They have lots of options at this pick and no sure fire player that they must take. They can go many different ways but we think they will pick Rizvan Merchant as their utility guy. Riz is a top 15 bat in the league and has shown he has the ability to play anywhere in the field. A former 3B in year 1, Riz has made it clear he prefers not to pitch this year and he really means it this time. Riz gives them the flexibility to move him to the OF, IF, or pitch as a backup. The Ayyubids could be thinking completely differently but hard to see them let Riz fall to the Seljuqs on the swing, especially given the success this trio has had in the past. This is probably the most interesting pick of the first round.  
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Rizvan Merchant

8. Seljuqs                           

 
The Seljuqs look to rebound after a difficult season in 2018. The young dynamic duo of Umair Jabbar and Omer Dhaduk had fantastic seasons last year but were unable to get their team over the hump. The team lacked consistency and poise to pull out close games. The GM duo have learnt from  2018 and hope to rectify those mistakes. The Seljuqs have the last pick in the first round and first pick in the second round. The negative is they miss out on a top 7 player but the advantage is having back to back picks and getting two top talents to fill any holes. The Seljuqs are set at SS with Dhaduk and in CF with Umair, that gives them the luxury to snap up a pitcher and the best position player available. The best pitcher available in this year's draft happens to be a Jabbar, Ali Jabbar. Many forget Ali bhai is a former champion with a career 0.500 average and 16 HRs. Most importantly for the Seljuqs, he will provide the calming influence and poise to help these young guns reach their potential. This pick makes the most sense for the Seljuqs and expect them to take the best player available with their next pick to fill in their roster. 
 
Predicted First Round Pick: Ali Jabbar
 

The draft gets under way at 8:30pm on Wednesday. See you then. 


2019 Preseason Update

Welcome to the 2019 BSL Season. The planning for the season is well underway and we wanted to share with you some of the finalized details. 

1. We have 5 new GMs this season with all of the inaugural GMs stepping down. We thank Ahmad Hussain, Umer Jabbar, Rizvan Merchant, Zahid Merchant and Hashim Ghazi for their contributions as GMs. We welcome new GMs Bilal Javed, Hassan Chaudhry, Owais Ansari, Taha IqbalUmair Sheikh and look forward to their contributions. 

2. The BSL Draft will be held on Wednesday April 3rd at ISNA Masjid starting at 8:30pm

3. With Ramadan starting on May 5 and ending on June 4, we have the ability to add a couple more games to the season.

Here is the tenative schedule for the 2019 season: 
BSL Draft: April 3rd
Preseason: May 5th 
Week 1: June 9th , 2 to 8pm
Week 2: June 16th, 2 to 8pm
Week 3: June 23rd, 2 to 8pm
Off week: June 30th,  (Canada Day)
Week 4: July 7th, 2 to 8pm
Week 5: July 14th, 2 to 8pm
Week 6: July 21st, 2 to 8pm
Week 7: July 28th, 2 to 8pm 

Mid-season tourney: Aug 4th, 9am to 5pm (Exhibition)
Off week: Aug 11th,  (Eid-ul-Adha)
Week 8: Aug 18th, 2 to 8pm
Week 9: Aug 25th, 2 to 8pm 

Off week: Sept 1st (Labour day)
Playoffs: Sept 7th, 2 to 10pm  (Saturday Semi-Finals)
Playoffs: Sept 8th, 3:30 to 8pm  (Finals)

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Introducing the 2019 GMs: Owais Ansari (Mughals) & Shamil Khadaroo (Sultans)

Written by: Zahid Merchant and Hashim Ghazi
 
Last but not least, our final new GM taking over the Mughals is Owais Ansari. Owais had a fantastic rookie campaign and quickly built a rapport with most of the league. Not shy or bashful, Owais is full of confidence which should make up for any inexperience. He takes over the most successful franchise so he will have some big shoes to fill. His counterpart, Shamil Khadaroo is returning to defend his crown. Sham led the Sultans to the ultimate prize last season and already has a gameplan to repeat. No team has ever repeated in BSL and the added parity between the GMs should make it all that much more difficult.   
 
Owais Ansari                    
 
Career Numbers: 15 games, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 9 homeruns, 31 RBIs, 0.491 Avg 
Accolades: All-star, Rookie of the year
 
  1. Past teams: Ottomans, Mughals
  2. Nicknames: Papi, The Great One, Speedy Sanchez
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the Leage?: 2018 - 0.500 AVG, 1.580 OPS, 28 H, 5 2B, 9 HR, 31 RBI
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Communication
  5. Which is the most important in your teams style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because at the end of the day, it's a hitter's game.  Some pitchers are more consistent adn tougher than others, but the ball is big and any pitcher can be hit.  Shortstop is the main position in terms of where the ball gets hit.  A lot of guys are pull, so it's either going to short or third, and if it passes the infield the shortstop is the primary cut-off.  They are also integral for double plays which can change the outlook of an entire inning
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Character no doubt, which means the want to win, improve and perform every week with swag and love
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: I have many and cannot choose on in particular, but to name a few: Taha Iqbal, Zahid Merchant, Furhan Azmat, Imran Qureshi and Zia Ali
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Mohsin Zubair
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: Pregame, I need to run around the field alone, stretch and begin a toss around, start a cheer and them jump like Ronaldo after running down the third base line.  During games, I like to hit my glove three times, and turn around after every pitch.  I talk a lot too
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Win x 2 baby (whatever is made at home)
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Miken 28 oz end-loaded
  12. What is the one rule change you would make to the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...let's find out after we win insha'Allah ;) 

Shamil Khadaroo                           

Career Numbers: 38 games, 60 hits, 12 doubles, 13 homeruns, 58 RBIs 0.504 Avg 
Accolades: All-star, Championship
 
  1. Past teams: Sultans
  2. Nicknames: Sham, Sham slam, Shampion
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the Leage?: 2018 (8 GP) - 0.640 AVG, 1.627 OPS, 16 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Flexibility, in that the GM has the ability to adjust to the ups-and-downs during the season, and being open to suggestions during discussions with the leaders of the team
  5. Which is the most important in your teams style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because the majority of balls are hit there
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Shahzad Ahmed because he is all about the team even though he himself is a great talent and deserves all the recognition he garners
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Faisal Khan because he is a true glue guy that goes to the unsung heroes and motivates and encourages them.  He also holds people in check to make sure the everyone is all about the team's success
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: Dua asking Allah (swt) to help me perform well
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Whatever my wife makes
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Anything Miken half-ounce end loaded
  12. What is the one rule change you would make to the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Make the bases an extra five feet apart
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...going to eat and smoking some shisha

Introducing the 2019 GMs: Bilal Javed (Abbasids) & Nirvaan Latif (Nasrids)

Written by: Zahid Merchant and Hashim Ghazi
 
Our next GM Bilal Javed takes over the Abbasids franchise that has struggled to meet expectations. With a rebranding of the Abbasids team under works, Bilal has committed to turning around the franchises fortunes. He will help another returning GM Nirvaan Latif by commiting to split the Waheed/Khilji/Mahmood khandan. Nirvaan returns this season after having taken the Nasrids to the finals and a semi-final in the last two years. He is hoping they can finally get over the hump this season.  
 
Bilal Javed                    
 
Career Numbers: 59 games, 111 hits, 8 doubles, 27 homeruns, 100 RBIs, 0.600 Avg 
Accolades: 3 time All-star, 1 Championship, Midseason Tournament Cup Winner, Most Improved Player
 
  1. Past teams: Seljuqs, Nasrids, Mughals, Abbasids
  2. Nicknames: Billa
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the League?: 2018 (16 GP) - 0.673 AVG, 1.981 OPS, 37 H, 2 2B, 11 HR, 34 RBI
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Team chemistry and morale
  5. Which position is the most important to your team's style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Pitcher, because, as seen with past champions of the League, having a top-tier pitcher is a huge advantage to the team
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Being a team player
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Zahid Merchant
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Yousaf Chaudhry
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: I am not one to believe in rituals or superstitions, but I like to do a quick BP (batting practice) session before the game so I can feel the ball come off the bat before I come up to the plate
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Anything good
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Miken Freak 30
  12. What is the one rule change you would make in the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Move the pitching mound back ten feet
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...having a team dinner

Nirvaan Latif                            

Career Numbers: 79 games, 136 hits,  22 doubles, 22 homeruns, 126 RBIs, 0.531 Avg 
Accolades: 3 time All-star, Gold Gloves, Regular Season MVP, Homerun Title
 
  1. Past teams: Seljuqs, Nasrids
  2. Nicknames: I'll plead the fifth on this one
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the League?: 2017 (14 GP) - 0.571 AVG, 1.478 OPS, 28 H, 4 2B, 4 HR, 20 RBI
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Open to listening to his players - everyone has something to bring to the table
  5. Which position is the most important to your team's style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop and Centre Field, because they are the captains of the field.  They are responsible for directing the team before, during and after each play.  If they have a good baseball IQ, your team will be good.
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Good baseball IQ
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: A lot to name, but I'll pick N K
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: [information has been redacted by the Nasrids due to potential implications in 2019 gameplan]
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: None, but we aspire to warm up like the Ottomans
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  After a win - Osmow's.  After a loss - whatever is in my fridge at home
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Miken Freak 30 Maxload, 26 oz
  12. What is the one rule change you would make in the L - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...drinking the Barbican that has been on ice since 2014 :( insha'Allah insha'Allah insha'Allah!

Introducing the 2019 GMs: Taha Iqbal (Ottomans) & Umair Jabbar (Seljuqs)

Written by: Zahid Merchant & Hashim Ghazi
 
Our next new GM that takes over the Ottomans franchise is Taha Iqbal. Taha has been a key contributor on many of his teams and now takes over the Ottomans that have been contenders every year but have yet to earn a title. Our league welcomes back GM of Seljuqs Umair Jabbar. Umair led a great group of youngin's on his team last year than fell one inning short of the playoffs. Umair and Taha have plenty in common. Firstly, they were both traded for each other on draft day in 2016. Secondlly, you can hear both their booming voices in the Birchwood parking lot (about 1000 feet) from the diamonds on game days. 
 
Taha Iqbal                    
 
Career Numbers: 76 games, 153 hits, 27 doubles, 3 triples, 21 home runs, 144 RBIs,  0.577 Avg 
Accolades: 5 time All-star, 1 Championship, Playoff MVP, Gold Glove
 
  1. Past teams: Ayyubids, Seljuqs, Ottomans
  2. Nicknames: Javed Miandad for my backfoot cover drive over second base
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the League?: 2018 (15 GP) - 0.719 AVG, 2.002 OPS, 41 H, 8 2B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 3 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Sense of humour - if you end up like the [redacted] did the last two years, you'll do well to have a good sense of humour
  5. Which position is the most important to your team's style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Third Base, because that's my position and the world revolves around me
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: High self-esteem - you've got to be able to take some heat from your GMs when you're hitting just 0.400
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Furhan Azmat
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Tanseer Khawaja
  9. Any pre-game situations or in-game superstitions?: I recite Robbie Alomar's name three times before taking the first pitch of my third at-bat.  If your data scientists were any good, they'd tell you that I bat 0.847 on my third at-bats during my career
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  I prefer mid-game meals.  I roam around the Mamluks campe between games for any leftovers
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Miken DC41 - 28 oz
  12. What is the one rule change you would make in the L - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Make the bases an exra five feet apart
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...doing the Icelandic Viking Clap (OOH!)

Umair Jabbar                            

Career Numbers: 71 games, 105 hits, 16 doubles, 16 homeruns, 103 RBIs, 34 BB, 0.488 Avg 
Accolades: 5 time All-star, 2 Gold Gloves
 
  1. Past teams: Abbasids, Ayyubids, Seljuqs
  2. Nicknames: Umm not sure - I think Shezzy (Shahzad Ahmed) calls me baby Jabbar or pappu Jabbar
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the League?: 2018 (16 GP) - 0.596 AVG, 1.525 OPS, 31 H, 6 2B, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 4 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Competitive but fun - okay, sorry; I know that's technically two qualities but you cannot just say fun competitive lol.  Because the team should feed off your energy and zeal to win but at the same time, do so in a fun environment
  5. Which position is the most important to your team's style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because a smart and capable shortstop can turn routine plays and has the IQ to know where they are going with the ball.  They command the infield and can set the tone for a game.  Most plays pull, and if that's the case, a good shortstop disarms a chunk of your opponent
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Respective (and mature) - it doesn't count as two if it's in brackets
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: All of the Seljuqs from last year
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Hassan "Desert" Afzal 
  9. Any pre-game situations or in-game superstitions?: Nope
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  If you've met me, you'd know that pretty much anything fatty, super uhealthy and more than filling
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Aaah BSL going into the data collection now eh? Umm, I haven't really had any bat click other than the old school Louisville Z4000 (28 oz end loaded) and the 2018 Miken DC41 (26 oz)
  12. What is the one rule change you would make in the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...going to Disney World!  Just a football saying lol, don't hold me to it.  Not sure, we'll all see at the end of the year I guess insha'Allah!

Introducing the 2019 GMs: Hassan Chaudhry (Mamluks) & Umair Sheikh (Ayyubids)

Written by: Zahid Merchant & Hashim Ghazi
 
BSL is excited to announce our first two GMs for the upcoming season. Both of them are no strangers to each other as Captains of their respective Bordertown teams. Umair and Hassan have played together in BSL for two seasons and now will GM their own sides. We asked each of the GMs this season a series of questions for the League to know them better and understand their strategy to build their new empire. 
 
Hassan Chaudhry                    
 
Career Numbers: 55 games, 100 hits, 24 doubles, 7 triples, 3 homeruns, 72 RBI, 0.562 Avg
Accolades: 3 time All-star, 1 Championship, Batting title, Gold Glove
 
  1. Past teams: Mamluks, Mughals, Ottomans
  2. Nicknames: None
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the League?: 2016 (12 GP) - 0.771 AVG, 1.910 OPS, 27 H, 5 2B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 12 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Patience - a willingness to work with the entire roster as your top pick may not be the one with the most room to improve
  5. Which position is the most important to your team's style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because it's softball and SS trumps all
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Effort and a willingness to improve
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Zahid Merchant because he signs the checks...serious note: there's too many to name; the beauty of the draft system is there's always someone new every year that I have the pleasure of playing with
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Jibran Waqar - you haven't seen his final form, but again many teammates come to mind, evidenced by their draft stock the year after we've played together.  Mainly it's the guys who display versatility in the field and intelligence at bat that are underrated
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: In the outfield, I'm always moving; walking back and forth even between pitches.  I believe it helps me keep engaged
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Popeye's
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  26 oz balanced - make and model doesn't matter anymore as most bats are really good
  12. What is the one rule change you would make in the L - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...congrutulating the opposition on a great season with hardy handshakes...then POPEYE'S

Umair Sheikh                            

Career Numbers: 47 games, 89 hits, 26 doubles, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 0.543 Avg 
Accolades: 1 time All-star, 1 Championship, 2 Gold Gloves
 
  1. Past teams: Mamluks, Ayyubids
  2. Nicknames: Fastest Player in BSL
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the Leage?: 2018 (14 GP) - 0.608 AVG, 1.597 OPS, 31 H, 13 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Gameplan
  5. Which is the most important in your teams style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because SS is the most important position in softball
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Positive energy
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Hassan Chaudhry
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Mohamed Kala
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: None
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Popeye's
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  26 oz Miken Max Loaded
  12. What is the one rule change you would make to the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Make the bases an extra five feet apart
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...partying like animals