NABA Team Previews: The Rebels

2009 Ducks Baseball, pittsburgh NABA, South Oakland Ducks Baseball, who names their team the Rebels?

The Rebels history is sordid. In 2006 head coach Ray Finkle left, (seceded from) the Black Sox with a few other key players and formed his own team, the Monroeville “Rebels”.

The Ducks Blog’s history with the Rebels most likely got me beaned last season.

My goal is to lead the league in HBP in 2009,
probably the only single season record within my aging grasp.

Behind the dominant pitching of Robert E. Lee, the Rebels won the 2007 Pittsburgh NABA Championship.

In 2008, the team added two Warriors’ defectors, former Braves prospect John Tremmel, and gutsy pitcher/infielder Chris Feathers. However the team lost staff ace, Lee, and the team finished 4-17-1 with head coach lightning-quick center fielder, Jefferson Davis, at the helm.

On his horse, literally.

At the all star break in 2008, the Rebels were in last place, 1/2 game behind the Ducks. Then South Oakland went on a tear to sneak into the playoffs on the last day of the season, while the Rebels effectively surrendered, and finished the season in the Monongahela Division cellar. Given the core of talent on that team, the Rebels collapse was somewhat surprising. Some attribute to the fall to the containment of Pickett’s troops in their attempt to Flank Union soldiers at Gettysburg, but not to be ignored is the incredible advantage the North had in both its sheer number of troops, and effective supply lines. Which is interesting since this team has a history of forgetting to let free agent acquisitions (who aren’t deemed to be top-tier ) know when their games are.

In 2008 the Rebels led the league in forfeits.

Ray Finkle returns to coach the Confederacy in 2009.

Ray Finkle vows that Dan Marino was to blame for the downfall of the Rebels in 2008, and Monroeville will have a more competitive reliable team in 2009.

In 2007, in a state above the Mason Dixon line, a team was formed named the “Rebels”, with gray jerseys and a civil war lookin’ guy for a logo.

Who knows what tricks the Confederate leaders have up their gray sleeves this summer.
They can’t be much worse.

Projected finish: Last in the Monongahela then dissolved into the Union.

There are a bunch of solid guys on this team, I feel for them.


Ducks: Get your money into coach Jones.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Gies and Guthries’ on March, 13th.

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