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Friday, February 11, 2011

All Decade Team (Seasons 1-10) - 1B

The blog is creating an all-decade team for our first 10 seasons in anticipation of our 20th season upcoming (and, of course, the next all-decade team). I will choose 3 or 4 candidates for each position and put it to a vote. Highest vote count wins.

Previous - Catcher (Rollie Walker 9 out of 10 votes)

Now - First Base

Next - Second Base (send nominations to me in site chat)

(NOTE: Bold = category leader amongst candidates)

Fernando Toca

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 1
Silver Slugger Awards - 1
Gold Gloves - 1
MVP's - 2
World Series Rings - 0

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 451
RBI's - 1257
Runs - 991

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .287
Slugging Percentage - .597
On-Base Percentage - .369
OPS - .966

Osvaldo Roque

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 7
Silver Slugger Awards -2
Gold Gloves - 0
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 0

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs -449
RBI's - 1214
Runs - 1058

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .293
Slugging Percentage - .570
On-Base Percentage - .385
OPS - .955

Sidney Allen

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 1
Silver Slugger Awards - 3
Gold Gloves - 0
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 2
Rookie of the Year - 1

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 556
RBI's - 1398
Runs - 1116

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .276
Slugging Percentage - .581
On-Base Percentage - .353
OPS - .934

Terry Hill

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 3
Silver Slugger Awards - 2
Gold Gloves - 1
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 0

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 248
RBI's - 811
Runs - 710

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .311
Slugging Percentage - .582
On-Base Percentage - .414
OPS - .996

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

All-Decade Team (Seasons 1-10) - Catcher

The blog is creating an all-decade team for our first 10 seasons in anticipation of our 20th season upcoming (and, of course, the next all-decade team). I will choose 3 or 4 candidates for each position and put it to a vote. Highest vote count wins. First up - Catcher

Rollie Walker

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 4
Silver Slugger Awards - 1
Gold Gloves - 0
MVP's - 2
World Series Rings - 1

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 438
RBI's - 1538
Runs - 1443

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .350
Slugging Percentage - .579
On-Base Percentage - .432
OPS - 1.011

Del Hamelin

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 7
Silver Slugger Awards - 5
Gold Gloves - 0
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 0

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 282
RBI's - 836
Runs - 799

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .314
Slugging Percentage - .545
On-Base Percentage - .416
OPS - .961

George Bowie

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 1
Silver Slugger Awards - 0
Gold Gloves - 3
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 1

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 417
RBI's - 1013
Runs - 751

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .303
Slugging Percentage - .617
On-Base Percentage - .370
OPS - .987

Alex Johnson

Awards (Seasons 1-10)
All-Star Appearances - 3
Silver Slugger Awards - 5
Gold Gloves - 0
MVP's - 0
World Series Rings - 2

Stats (Seasons 1-10)
Home Runs - 388
RBI's - 1070
Runs - 1088

Averages (Career)
Batting Average - .319
Slugging Percentage - .612
On-Base Percentage - .418
OPS - 1.030

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Season 9 Draft Review - Picks 11-15

Results from previous poll:
Sergio Dupler - 6 votes
Louis Spence - 6 votes
Wendell Reed - 1 vote

11. Bingo O'Donnell, LF, San Francisco Shoreman

Owner - misremember in his only season in the league

Overall Rating - Season 10 - 58, Best - 82, Current - 79

Transactions - Traded in Season 14 to Boston in a classic 3 for 1...............fair deal. Traded in Season 17 to Pittsburgh for Tomo Yosida and William Gray. Signed to a contract extension in season 18.

Production - He has 142 homers, 575 runs, and 528 rbi's. He has batted .274, with a slugging percentage of .456, an OPS of .804, and 144 stolen bases. He has a fielding percentage of .982 in Left, with 3 more plus plays than negative ones.

Awards - None

DL - 60-day forearm problem in Season 18

Contract - $17 million through Season 19 and signed through Season 20

Summary - A good top of the order bat with average fielding in left. Career derailed by forearm injury in Season 18. First member of the draft without an ML award.

12. Bob Hunter, SP, Baltimore Elite Giants

Owner - teacherjt in his 4th of 9 seasons

Overall Rating - Season 10 - 60, Best - 74, Current- 74

Transactions - Traded to LA in Season 10 for defensive specialist Kelly McMasters . Traded to Chicago Black Sox in Season 12 for Luis Morales. Traded in Season 12 to Scottsdale for nobody worth noting. Traded to Cincinnati for Fritz Grabowski. Traded again in Season 13 to Jacksonville for Chad Clarke. Scheduled to test Free Agency after 3 years of arbitration.

Production - He has gone 67-86 with an ERA of 4.56 in 216 ML starts. He has a WHIP of 140 and has 765 K's in 1154 innings.

Awards - None

DL - A Season 10 foremarm issue landed him on teh 60-day DL, which surely stunted his growth. Also had a 15 day trip in Season 16

Contract - Will have earned $9 million by the end of this year.

Summary - Hunter is an interesting case. Surely hampered by his forearm injury, he was probably a guy projected in the 80's that had plenty of value early on in his career. He was involved in deals that gave LA All-Star 2B Morales and Cincy All-Star SP Clarke. He was also involved in deals that gave Scottsdale and Chicago relatively nothing. It seems he was a hot-potato for Jacksonville, who surely regrets giving up Clarke. It is no coincidence that the two teams that got the best deals for him are two of the best current teams.

13. George Weaver, CF, Dover Red Stockings

Owner - Shotgun

Overall Rating - Season 10 - 58, Best -83, Current - 82

Transactions - Signed a contract extension in Season 19

Production - Weaver has 108 homers, 492 runs, and 390 rbi's. He has batted .278, slugged .475, has an OPS of .820, and has 133 stolen bases. He has a fielding percentage .982 in CF, with 30 more negative plays than plus ones.

Awards - None

DL - 60-stint in Season 10

Contract - $18 million by the end of Season 19 and signed through Season 22

Summary - A nice player playing out of position in CF (would be a very good 2B). Will be a career Red Stocking if SHOTGUN will have him.

14. Royce Aven, 2B, Rochester Red Wings

Owner - caseyry in one awful season before tzentmeyer took over

Overall Rating - Season 10 - 66, Best - 80, Current - 79

Transactions - Traded to Durham in Season 10 for Nicholas Mathews. Traded to Jacksonville in Season 17 for Ken Simontacchi. Free Agent signing by Baltimore in Season 18. Released by Baltimore in Season 18 and claimed by Pittsburgh. Free Agent signing by St. Louis in Season 19.

Production - Hat 168 homers, 659 runs, and 678 rbi's. Has batted .290, slugged .459, and has an OPS of .810. Has also stolen 101 bases. In the field, has a .982 percentage at 2B, with 20 more positive plays than negative ones.

Awards - 2-time all-star with one World Series Ring

DL - A 15 day stint in Season 12.

Contract - Will have earned over $21 million by the end of Season 19. Signed through Season 20

Summary - A good defensive 2B with plus offensive skills for the position. Good value at this spot, but nowhere near the value coming in the next set of picks.

15. Lynn Singleton, P, Salt Lake City Mormons

Unsigned

Monday, February 7, 2011

Showcase Series - Buffalo Wins

From time-to-time, the blog likes to showcase a series between the AL and NL where two teams from one NL division play the same 2 teams from one AL division. This week, it's Buffalo and Dover from the NL vs. Jacksonvile and San Antonio from the AL.

Game 1 - San Antonio 11 - Dover 10 - Alan Duckworth drives in 4
Game 2 - Buffalo 4 - Jacksonville 2 - Jae-Kuk Hasegawa goes 6+ for the win
Game 3 - Jacksonville 5 - Buffalo 4 - Juan Johnson drives in 3
Game 4 - San Antonio 5 - Dover 3 - Garry Francis drives in 2

After 2 games each, San Antonio is 2-0, Buffalo is 1-1, Jacksonville is 1-1, and Dover is 0-2.

Game 5 - Buffalo 8 - Jacksonville 3 - Robert Stern drives in 3
Game 6 - San Antonio 6 - Dover 2 - Howie DeWitt goes 7 shutout innings
Game 7 - Buffalo 5 - San Antonio 3 - Robert Stern drives in 4
Game 8 - Jacksonville 4 - Dover 3 - Oscar Barrett homers to win it

After 4 games each, San Antonio is 3-1, Buffalo is 3-1, Jacksonville is 2-2, and Dover is 0-4

Game 9 - Buffalo 6 - San Antonio 0 - Vic Bonilla goes 8 scoreless
Game 10 - Dover 5 - Jacksonville 1 - Alan Petersen goes 8 innings for the win
Game 11 - San Antonio 3 - Buffalo 2 - Paulie Cook drives in the game winning run
Game 12 - Jacksonville 5-Dover 4 - Ernie Campbell drives in 2

After all games, San Antonio is 4-2, Buffalo is 4-2, San Antonio is 3-3, and Dover is 1-5. Buffalo wins tiebreaker going 2-1 vs. San Antonio.

Weekly Rankings - Week 3

1. Boston Tea Partiers (46-17) Prev #2 - Boston is a Montrealesque 30-8 over the past two weeks and deserve the #1 spot. They swept Mexico City, Oklahoma City, and Salem. They continue to own the AL's best run differential, exp win percentage, and record. They are 2nd in Batting, 5th in Pitching, and 4th in Fielding. Run differential +168

2. Los Angeles Hollywoods (46-17) Prev #3 - The former #1 team is up a spot after an amazing 14-5 week. They lost 2 of 3 to Mexico City but rebounded by sweeping Louisville and Kansas City and taking 3 of 4 from Cleveland. They are the 3rd in Batting, 1st in Pitching, and below average in the field. Run differential +174

3. Houston Hangovers (45-18) Prev #1 - An 11-8 week knocks the Hangovers down 2 spots. They lost 2 of 3 to both Rochester and Buffalo, but won 2 of 3 vs. Durham. They are 4th in Batting, 2nd in Pitching, and 1st in Fielding. Run differential +145

4. Cincinnati Redlegs (39-24) Prev #9 - The 2-time defending World Champions are the big movers for the week - going 15-4 with wins in every series. They have the top-ranked Batting unit, 12th ranked Pitching staff, and 10th ranked Fielding squad. Run differential +124

5. Rochester Red Wings (41-22) Prev #5 - The Wings continue to have staying power, going 13-6 on the week for the second consecutive time. They won 2 of 3 vs. Houston and 5 of 7 vs. Honolulu. They are 11th in Batting, 3rd in Pitching, and 6th in Fielding. Run Differential +97

6. Philadelphia Bacharach Giants (40-23) Prev #4 - The Giants have dropped in each of the past two rankings after their amazing start. A pedestrian 11-8 week saw them sweep Santa Cruz, but lose 2 of 3 to Louisville. They are 12th at the plate, 4th on the mound, and 11th in the field. Run differential +96

7. Montreal Garde Imperial (36-27) Prev #6 - The Canadians were an average 11-8on the week, including losing 3 game series to both Durham and Jacksonville. They are 7th in Pitching, 7th in Batting, and below average in Fielding. Run differential +98

8. Mexico City Luchadors (35-28) Prev #8 - The Luchadors remain at #8, with an 11-8 week. They are reeling, however, losing 7 of their last 8 including a sweep at the hands of Boston. They are 6th in Batting, 11th in Pitching, and 12th in Fielding. Run Differential +79

9. Buffalo Bisons (37-26) Prev #7 - The Bisons were only 10-9 on the week, but they remain on the list. They had a 7-game losing streak at one point, including a sweep at the hands of Mexico City. They are 13th in Batting, 6th in Pitching, and below average in Fielding. Run differential +66

10. Cleveland Wahoos (37-26) Prev NR - The Wahoos enter the Top 10 on the strength of a 13-6 week. They took 2 of 3 each from Buffalo, Hartford, and Santa Cruz. They own the 9th best Batting unit, 13th best Pitching staff, and only an average Fielding team. Run differential +35

Just Missed
Durham

Dropped
Chicago