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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cy Young and OPS Allowed

In Season 26, the average AL Pitcher had an OPS allowed of .768. Here is how the contenders stack up.....

1. Junior Aguilera .497, or .271 better than average

2. Phil Pride .625, or .143 better than average


3. Bill Elster .644, or .124 better than average


4. Albert Mondesi .657, or .111 better than average

5. Bernard Jacquez .698, or .70 better than average

In the NL, the average pitcher had an OPS allowed of .745. The contenders......

1. Alexi Terrero, .513, or .232 better than average

2. Paulie Fox, .561, or .184 better than average

3. Wascar Franco, .587, or .158 better than average

4. Willis Floyd, .659, or .86 better than average

5.Don Iwamura, .722, or .23 better than average

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MVP Win Shares

AL
1. Alex Limon - 5.09
2. Yusmeiro Durazo - 3.50
3. Davy Moreno - 3.38
4. Ken DeRosa - 3.36
5. Henry Wise - 3.22

NL
1. Midre Valentin - 4.96
2. Zachrey Betancourt - 4.82
3. Felipe Lugo - 4.00
4. Yorman Molina - 3.27
5. Jake Orie - 1.34

Monday, December 17, 2012

25th Anniversary SP - Round Two

Locks
There are four locks. All four received at least 10 votes in round one and have an average category rank of, at the most, 5. All are current or future HOF'rs and are among the most decorated SP's in 1530. We're not going to vote on these guys.

Respective category rank among Top Eleven in parenthesis. Win% is more accurately describes as a % of wins among decisions.

1. Dave Darr - 12 votes
Wins: 320 (2)
Win%: 69.41 (5)
K's: 3,826 (1)
K/9: 8.19 (4)
ERA: 3.28 (5)
WHIP: 1.18 (5)
OPSa: .652 (5)
Combined Rank : 27 (T-2)


2. J.R. Beckett  - 11 votes
Wins: 253 (6)
Win%: 71.27 (4)
K's: 2,915 (4)
K/9: 8.38 (2)
ERA: 3.11 (4)
WHIP: 1.13 (3)
OPSa: .634 (4)
Combined Rank : 27 (T-2)

3. Rob Branson - 10 votes
Wins: 202 (8)
Win%: 74.26 (2)
K's: 2,366 (8)
K/9: 8.39 (3)
ERA: 3.09 (3)
WHIP: 1.18 (4)
OPSa: .632 (3)
Combined Rank : 31 (4)

4. Wilfredo Veras - 12 votes
Wins: 316 (3)
Win%: 71.66 (3)
K's: 3,397 (3)
K/9: 7.58 (8)
ERA: 3.31 (6)
WHIP: 1.20 (6)
OPSa: .659 (6)
Combined Rank : 35 (5)

Contenders for the Final Spot - Now the fun begins!

Choose One from the Following:

1. Rocky Hinch - 5 votes
Wins: 153 (9)
Win%: 78.87 (1)
K's: 1,547 (10)
K/9: 8.55 (1)
ERA: 2.64 (1)
WHIP: 1.10 (1)
OPSa: .607 (1)
Combined Rank : 24 (1)
The Case For Hinch: Look at the numbers! Amazing stats for an SP. Had a two-year stretch with a  46-1 record. A Cy Young winner.
The Case Against Hinch: He's not an SP. Has only started 103 games in his career and only 8 in the last 9 seasons. Leonardo Inge would have also compared favorably on this list.

2. Albert Mondesi - 6 votes
Wins: 120 (11)
Win%: 68.18 (6)
K's: 1,408 (11)
K/9: 7.91 (7)
ERA: 2.76 (2)
WHIP: 1.11 (2)
OPSa: .607 (2)

Combined Rank : 41 (6)
The Case For Mondesi: Only time will keep him off of this list. Still in his prime and on a very good team, a lock for the HOF even at 28. Already a Cy Young winner, he should win two or three more before all is said and done. Has the best ERA, WHIP, and OPSa amongst the true SP's.
The Case Against Mondesi: How do you put a 28 year old on this team? With only half (if that) of his career behind him, there are more worthy candidates with longer resumes. Non W and K stats are at their peak and will decline with age.

3. Philip Colin - 6 votes
Wins: 324 (1)
Win%: 66.39 (8)
K's: 3,817 (2)
K/9: 7.96 (6)
ERA: 3.72 (10)
WHIP: 1.28 (9)
OPSa: .687 (8)
Combined Rank : 43 (7)
The Case for Colin: Strong W and K totals speak to his being very, very good for a very, very long time. 4 WS rings to his name.
The Case Against Colin: Relatively weak ERA, WHIP, and OPSa numbers. Benefited from being on very good teams his entire career.

4. John Fikac - 11 votes
Wins: 239 (7)
Win%: 66.39 (9)
K's: 2,530 (7)
K/9: 7.10 (9)
ERA: 3.64 (9)
WHIP: 1.23 (8)
OPSa: 689 (9)
Combined Rank : 58 (9)
The Case For Fikac: Played in the steriod era (look at first 3 seasons of his career) which negatively impacted his stats. 11 votes indicates strong support from 1530 owners.
The Case Against Fikac: Not in the Top 5 in any category. Weak pitches.

5. Alexi Terrero - 5 votes
Wins: 153 (10)
Win%: 67.40 (7)
K's: 1,730 (9)
K/9: 8.06 (5)
ERA: 3.45 (7)
WHIP: 1.23 (7)
OPSa: .668 (7)
Combined Rank : 52 (10)
The Case For Terrero: 2 Cy Young Awards already and might win another this season (so 3 before the age of 30)
The Case Against Terrero : Mondesi is more deserving

6. Derrek Peters - 7 votes
Wins: 263 (5)
Win%: 61.31 (11)
K's: 2,763 (6)
K/9: 6.25 (10)
ERA: 3.61 (8)
WHIP: 1.29 (10)
OPSa: .700 (10)
Combined Rank : 60 (11)
The Case For Peters: A lefty that is a likely HOF'r
The Case Against Peters: Colin is more deserving, and Fikac is a more deserving Lefty

7. Jay Burnitz - 5 votes
Wins: 288 (4)
Win%: 63.02 (10)
K's: 2,859 (5)
K/9: 6.25 (11)
ERA: 3.93 (11)
WHIP: 1.29 (11)
OPSa: .714 (11)
Combined Rank : 63 (12)
The Case For Burnitz: One of four SP's in the HOF.
The Case Against Burnitz: Fikac is more deserving

Friday, December 14, 2012

25th Anniversary Starting Pitchers

Please vote for 10 SP's to the right. There will be two rounds of voting, the top 10 vote-getters will move on to Round Two.

1. Rob Branson
Awards - 7 x All-star, 3 x Cy Young
Stats - 202-70, 3.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .632 OPS allowed

2. John Fikac
Awards - 8 x All-star, 2 x Cy Young, 1 Silver Slugger, 2 WS Rings
Stats - 239-121, 3.64 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .689 OPS allowed

3. Jay Burnitz
Awards - 4 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 2 WS Rings
Stats - 288-169, 3.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .714 OPS allowed

4. Wilfredo Veras
Awards - 8 x all-star, 2 x Cy Young, 3 Gold Gloves, 3 WS Rings, ROY
Stats - 316-125, 3.31 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .659 OPS allowed

5. Dave Darr
Awards - 11 x all-star, 4 x Cy Young, 2 Silver Slugger, 1 WS Ring
Stats - 320-141, 3.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .652 OPS allowed

6. Heinie Conigliaro
Awards - 7 x all-star, 2 x Cy Young, 3 WS Rings
Stats - 295-153, 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .722 OPS allowed

7. Richard Aoki
Awards - 6 x all-star, 5 x WS Rings
Stats - 3.99 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .729 OPS allowed

8. Philip Colin
Awards - 6 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 4 x WS Rings
Stats - 324-164, 3.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .687 OPS allowed

9. Jeff Woods
Awards - 8 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 4 WS Rings
Stats - 272-180, 3.90 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .704 OPS allowed

10. J.R. Beckett
Awards - 7 x all-star, 4 x Cy Young. 2 WS Rings
Stats - 253-102, 3.11 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .634 OPS allowed

11.Willie Wheat
Awards - 4 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 2 Gold Gloves
Stats - 270-138, 3.73 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .697 OPS allowed

12. Miguel Vazquez
Awards - 5 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 Perfect Game
Stats - 265-195, 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .701 OPS allowed

13. Stephen Schourek
Awards - 5 x all-star, 1 WS Ring, ROY
Stats - 221-162, 3.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .694 OPS allowed

14. Ramon Chen
Awards - 4 x all-star
Stats - 277-222, 3.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .717 OPS allowed

15. Rocky Hinch
Awards - 6 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 2 WS Rings
Stats - 153-41, 2.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .607 OPS allowed

16. Jacob Hunter
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 WS Ring, 1 Cy Young
Stats - 154-79, 2.80 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .610 OPS allowed

17. Albert Mondesi
Awards - 5 x all-star, 1 Cy Young
Stats - 120-56, 2.73 ERA. 1.11 WHIP, .604 OPS allowed

18. Alexi Terrero
Awards - 5 x all-star, 2 Cy Youngs, 2 WS Rings
Stats - 153-74, 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .668 OPS allowed

19. Phil Pride
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 gold glove, 1 WS ring
Stats - 223-128, 3.47 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .677 OPS allowed

20. Cesar Reyes
Awards - 2 x all-star, 2 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring, 1 Gold Glove
Stats - 129-66, 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .680 OPS allowed

21. Timothy Crawford
Awards - 1 all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Stats - 192-112, 3.94 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .683 OPS allowed

22. Wascar Franco
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Stats - 131-64, 2.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .622 OPS allowed

23. Karl Greenberg
Awards - 3 x all-star, 3 x Cy Young, ROY,
Stats - 175-73, 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .700 OPS allowed

24. Derrek Peters
Awards - 8 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 No Hitter
Stats - 263-166, 3.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .700 OPS allowed

25. Victor Sierra
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Stats - 224-123, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .683 OPS allowed

Thursday, December 13, 2012

25th Anniversary Team - Position Players


Catcher - Clinton Clifton
First Base - Ken Daly
Second Base - Milton Simmons
Shortstop -  Adam Lansing
Third Base - Brent Sabel
Left Field - Charles Lawrence
Center Field - Francis Herzog
Right Field - Esteban Owen

Starting Pitchers coming soon...........

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Playoff Races

7 games to go, here's where things stand......

AL North
1. Salt Lake City - clinched only its third playoff appearance and second division title in franchise history. additionally, this will likely be the best record in franchise history.
2. Montreal -  still in the Wild Card #2 race, 2 games back of Durham with the tiebreaker advantage in hand.
3. Cincinnati - eliminated
4. Toledo  - eliminated

AL East
1. Boston - clinched the division title and a 1st round bye
2. Durham - currently in the Wild Card #2 spot, 2 up on Montreal and 3 up on Washington DC
3. Washington DC - still in the picture, 3 back of Durham for the #2 WC. Loses a tiebreaker to both Durham and Montreal
4. Philadelphia - eliminated

AL South
1. Richmond - clinched division and a 1st round bye
2. Jacksonville - clinched the Wild Card #1
3. Charlotte - eliminated
4. Florida - eliminated

AL West
1. Fresno - 3 up on both St. Louis and Vancouver for the division. Will play each 3 times.
2. St. Louis - 3 back with 3 remaining vs. Fresno
3. Vancouver - 3 back with 3 remaining vs. Fresno. Controls fate (owns tiebreaker vs. St. Louis)
4. Salem - eliminated

NL North
1. Kansas City - clinched division. 3 games back of Chicago for a 1st round bye
2. Pittsburgh - two up on LA and Honolulu for WC#2
3. Cleveland - eliminated
4. Milwaukee - eliminated

NL East
1. Chicago - 7 up with 7 to play. currently has a 1st round bye
2. Buffalo - 7 back for the division, but clinched a WC#1 spot
3. Indianapolis - eliminated
4. Baltimore - eliminated

NL South
1. Houston - up 5 on Montgomery and 6 on Tampa with six games remaining against those teams
2. Montgomery - 5 back with 7 to play in the division. also 5 back for WC2. Needs a miracle
3. Tampa - 6 back for the division title
4. Memphis - eliminated

NL West
1. Helena - Clinched division and and #1 overall seed
2. Los Angeles - 2 back for the WC#2. Holds tiebreaker vs. Pitt
3. Honolulu - also 2 back for WC#2. Holds tiebreakers vs both Pitt and LA
4. San Francisco - eliminated

Monday, December 10, 2012

Week 8 Rankings



1. Boston TEA PARTIERS (106-42) - Clinched the AL East and 2 games up on Richmond for the #1 seed.
2. Richmond Rampage (104-44) - 8 games up on Jacksonville in the AL South and 10 up on SLC for a 1st round bye.
3. Helena Hustle (101-47) - Clinched the AL West and #1 overall NL seed.
4. Salt Lake City Mormons (94-54) - Clinched he AL North and all but locked in as the #3 seed in the playoffs.
5. Kansas City Crusaders (88-60) - All but clinched the NL North and 2 back of Chicago for a 1st round bye.
6. Chicago Black Sox (90-58) - Up by 6 on Buffalo in the NL East and 2 ahead of KC for the #2 seed.
7. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S (96-52) - Clinched, at the very least, the #1 WC. 8 back of Richmond in the South.
8. Washington D.C. Secret Agents (81-67) - 2 games behind Durham for the #2 AL WC
9. Buffalo Bisons (84-64) - 6 behind Chicago for the division and 6 up on Pittsburgh for the #1 WC.
10. Montreal Garde Imperiale (80-68) - 3 games behind Durham for the #2 WC.

Current Playoff Teams
11. Durham - 2 up on DC, 3 up on Montreal
12. Fresno - 3 up on St. Louis, 4 up on Vancouver
13. Houston - 6 up on both Montgomery and Tampa Bay

25th Anniversary RF


Catcher - Clinton Clifton ,
First Base - Ken Daly
Second Base - Milton Simmons
Shortstop -  Adam Lansing
Third Base - Brent Sabel
Left Field - Charles Lawrence
Center Field - Francis Herzog

1. Esteban Owen
Active Seasons: 8-25
Awards: 5 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 1 MVP
Stats (Offense): 649 HR's, 1801 RBI's, .302 avg, .953 OPS
Stats (Defense): .986%, 12 plus and 35 minus

2. Louie Delgado

Active Seasons: 10-current
Awards: 8 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove, 2 MVP's, ROY, 1 WS Ring
Stats (Offense): 727 HR's, 1975 RBI's, .292 avg, .961 OPS
Stats (Defense): .986%, 37 plus and 0 minus

3. Eddie Reese

Active Seasons: 4-18
Awards: 9 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 3 MVP's
Stats (Offense): 726 HR's, 1987 RBI's, .306 avg, 1.032 OPS
Stats (Defense): .976%, 6 plus and 6 minus

4. Rogers Torrealba

Active Seasons: 3-17
Awards: 8 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger, 1 MVP, 1 WS Ring
Stats (Offense): 582 HR's, 1703 RBI's, .306 avg, .936 OPS
Stats (Defense): .980%, 20 plus and 15 minus






Friday, December 7, 2012

25th anniversary Team -CF


Catcher - Clinton Clifton ,
First Base - Ken Daly
Second Base - Milton Simmons
Shortstop -  Adam Lansing
Third Base - Brent Sabel
Left Field - Charles Lawrence

Center Field Contenders

1.Francis Herzog

Active Seasons: 10 - Current
Awards: 7 x all-star, 9 x silver slugger, 2 x WS Rings
Stats (Offense): 468 HR;s, 1393 RBI's, .289 avg, .960 OPS
Stats (Defense): .969%, 57 plus and 33 minus

2. Rudy Munson

Active Seasons: 1-11
Awards: 3 x all-star, 3 x silver slugger, 2 x gold glove
Stats (Offense): 189 HR's, 935 RBI's, .305 avg, .854 OPS
Stats (Defense): .987%, 63 plus and 38 minus

3. Jonathan Gload

Active Seasons: 15-current
Awards: 6 x all-star, 8 x silver slugger, 2 WS rings
Stats (Offense): 343 HR's, 1093 RBI's, .313 avg, .930 OPS
Stats (Defense): .957 %, 9 plus and 30 minus

4. Brendan Truby

Active Seasons: 10-23
Awards: 6 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 294 HR's, 1052 RBI's, .286 avg, .860 OPS
Stats (Defense): .970%, 66 plus and 11 minus

5. Tyson Lollar

Active Seasons: 17-current
Awards: 4 x all-star, 1 silver slugger, 1 gold glove
Stats (Offense): 249 HR's, 841 RBI's, .274 avg, .845 OPS
Stats (Defense): .982%, 25 plus and 22 minus







Monday, December 3, 2012

Week 7 Rankings


1. Boston TEA PARTIERS
2. Richmond Rampage
3. Helena Hustle
4. Salt Lake City Mormons
5. Kansas City Crusaders
6. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S
7. Chicago Black Sox
8. Fresno Fire
9. Washington D.C. Secret Agents
10.  Los Angeles Hollywoods

Dropped
Montreal

Just Missed
11. Montreal
12. Houston

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

25th Anniversary Team - LF


Catcher - Clinton Clifton ,
First Base - Ken Daly
Second Base - Milton Simmons
Shortstop -  Adam Lansing
Third Base - Brent Sabel

Left Field Contenders -

1. Charles Lawrence
Active Seasons: 1-17
Awards: 12 x all-star, 8 x MVP, 6 x silver slugger (LF)
Stats (Offense): 719 HR's, 2037 RBI's, .326 avg, 1.121 OPS
Stats (Defense): .980 %, 34 plus and 8 minus

2. Benji Neill

Active Seasons: 14-Current
Awards: 9 x all-star, 3 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove
Stats (Offense): 256 HR;s, 1080 RBI's, .316 avg, .945 OPS
Stats (Defense): .984%, 84 plus and 0 minus

3. Louis Spence

Active Seasons: 11-Current
Awards: 12 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger (LF)
Stats (Offense): 320 HR's, 1200 RBI's, .319 avg, .952 OPS
Stats (Defense): .987%, 32 plus and 20 minus

4. Sergio Dupler

Active Seasons: 9-24
Awards: 5 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger (LF), 1 WS Ring, 1 MVP, 1 Gold Glove (LF)
Stats (Offense): 487 HR's, 1408 RBI's, .284 avg, .983 OPS
Stats (Defense): .986%, 47 plus and 3 minus

5. Kurt Clemens

Active Seasons: 6-20
Awards: 9 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger (LF), 1 WS Ring
Stats (Offense): 272 HR's, 1365 RBI's, .324 avg, .886 OPS
Stats (Defense): .989%, 11 plus and 10 minus





Monday, November 26, 2012

Week 5/6 Rankings


1. Boston TEA PARTIERS (77-31) Prev #1 - A 22-12 week keeps Boston at the top spot.They are  2nd in batting, 2nd in pitching, and 1st in fielding. 5-5 vs Top 10 for the week.

2. Richmond Rampage (77-31) Prev #2 - 24-10 for the week and inching closer to the top spot. 1st in batting, 7th in pitching, and 2nd in fielding. 3-5 vs Top 10 for the week.

3. Helena Hustle (74-34) Prev #5 -  Best team for the period at 25-9. 5th in batting, 1st in pitching, and 11th in fielding. 6-4 vs Top 10.

4. Salt Lake City Mormons (71-37) Prev #6 - Passed KC and Jacksonville with another very good week (23-11).  3rd in batting, 4th in pitching, and below average in fielding. An outstanding 12-4 vs. Top 10 teams. Most impressive week of all teams.

5. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S (76-32) Prev #3 - Still hot with a 21-12 week, but the numbers still don't support a Top 4 ranking.  8th in batting, 10th in pitching, 9th in fielding. 4-7 vs Top 10 for the week.

6. Kansas City Crusaders (64-44) Prev #4 - Another below average week at 15-19. 4th in batting, 5th in pitching, and below average in fielding. 1-5 vs Top 10.

7. Chicago Black Sox (45-29) Prev #9 - Rebounds with a nice 22-12 week. 10th in batting, 12th in pitching, 5th in fielding. 5-1 vs Top 10.

8. Montreal Garde Imperiale (60-48) Prev NR - A 22-12 week puts our favorite French Canadians back in the playoff picture. 7th in batting, above average in pitching, below average in fielding.

9.  Los Angeles Hollywoods (58-50) Prev #8 - 18-16 for the week. above average in batting, 3rd in pitching, below average in the field. 1-3 vs Top 10 teams.

10. Fresno Fire (57-51) Prev NR - 21-13 for the week. 12th in batting, 9th in pitching, below average in fielding. 3-7 vs. Top 10.

Dropped
7. Washington DC Secret Agents
10. Durham Tar Heels

Just Missed
11. Washington
12. Houston

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Week 4 Rankings


1. Boston TEA PARTIERS (55-19) Prev #1 - A 17-5 week keeps Boston at the top spot.They are  6th in batting, 1st in pitching, and 1st in fielding. 7-2 vs Top 10 for the week.

2. Richmond Rampage (53-21) Prev #2 - 14-8 for the week keeps them steady. 1st in batting, 4th in pitching, and 3rd in fielding. 6-8 vs Top 10 for the week.

3. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S (55-19) Prev #5 - Continues an amazing run. 46-8 over the past three weeks. The numbers don't support this spot, but I have to recognize what they are doing.  9th in batting, 9th in pitching, 6th in fielding. 2-1 vs Top 10 for the week.

4. Kansas City Crusaders (49-25) Prev #4 - Roughed up by the AL and finished 11-11 for the week. Losing ground to the top two. 4th in batting, 2nd in pitching, and below average in fielding. 2-4 vs Top 10.

5. Helena Hustle (49-25) Prev #3 -  10-12 for the week drops them a spot. Also roughed up by the AL. 5th in batting, 3rd in pitching, and 13th in fielding. 2-7 vs Top 10.

6. Salt Lake City Mormons (48-26) Prev #6 - Rapidly closing the gap on KC and Helena with another solid week (16-6).  2nd in batting, 7th in pitching, and above average in fielding. 4-2 vs. Top 10 teams.

7. Washington DC Secret Agents (42-32) - Prev #8 - This is a good team. 13-9 for the week. 7th in batting, above average in pitching, and above average in the field. 7-3 vs Top 10 teams.

8.  Los Angeles Hollywoods (40-34) Prev #10 - 11-11 for the week, but exp win percentage and run differential are still relatively strong. 12th in batting, 6th in pitching, below average in the field. 4-5 vs Top 10 teams.

9. Chicago Black Sox (45-29) Prev #7 - Continues to fade - 11-11 for the week. 10th in batting, above average in pitching, 5th in fielding. 0-0 vs Top 10, but only NL Top 10 team to not have a losing record vs. the AL.

10. Durham Tar Heels (41-33) Prev NR - Saved the best for last! 12-10 for the week. 3rd in batting, below average in pitching, above average in fielding. 2-4 vs Top 10 teams.

Dropped
9. Fresno Fire

Just Missed
11. Buffalo
12. Fresno
13. Pittsburgh

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

25th Anniversary Team - 3B


Clinton Clifton is your Catcher, Ken Daly your 1B, Milton Simmons your 2B, and, by the narrowest of margins, Adam Lansing your SS. Here are your 3B contenders.

1. Brent Sabel
Active Seasons: 5-20
Awards: 9 x all-star, 4 x gold glove 3B, 7 x silver slugger 3B, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 521 HR's, 1761 RBI's, .292 avg, .901 OPS
Stats (Defense): .971%, 41 plus and 6 minus

2. Wesley Graves

Active Seasons: 9-23
Awards: 6 x all-star, 1 gold glove 3B, 3 x silver slugger 3B, 1 MVP, 1 WS Ring
Stats (Offense): 537 HR's, 1543 RBI's, .292 avg, .929 OPS
Stats (Defense): .973%, 60 plus and 4 minus

3.Jose Segui

Active Seasons: 14-current
Awards: 4 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove
Stats (Offense): 293 HR;s, 1068 RBI's, .278 avg, .824 OPS
Stats (Defense): .980%, 120 plus and 3 minus

4. Zach Page

Active Seasons: 13-current
Awards: 9 x all-star, 2 x gold gloves, 1 silver slugger
Stats (Offense): 209 HR'S, 921 RBI's, .283 avg, .771 OPS
Stats (Defense):

5. Pat Day

Active Seasons: 8-23
Awards: 5 x all-star, 1 silver slugger, 2 WS rings
Stats (Offense): 438 HR's, 1404 RBI's, .299 avg, .881 OPS
Stats (Defense): .954%, 26 plus and 6 minus

6. Thom Martin
Active Seasons: 1-11
Awards: 4 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 568 HR's, 1511 RBI's, .297 avg, 1.004 OPS
Stats (Defense): .939%, 9 plus and 21 minus






Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekly Rankings - Week 3


1. Boston TEA PARTIERS (38-14) Prev #3 - A 15-4 week returns Boston to the top spot.They are  5th in batting, 1st in pitching, and 1st in fielding. 2-2 vs Top 10 for the week.

2. Richmond Rampage (39-13) Prev #1 - 12-8 for the week drops them a spot. 1st in batting, 4th in pitching, and 3rd in fielding. 3-3 vs Top 10 for the week.

3 . Helena Hustle (39-13) Prev #2 - The best team in the NL was 14-5 for the week and has closed the gap on the two AL teams. 4th in batting, 2nd in pitching, and 12th in fielding. 2-1 vs Top 10.

4. Kansas City Crusaders (38-14) Prev #4 - A 16-4 week keeps the Crusaders in the same spot and increases the lead of the Top 4 over the field. 2nd in batting, 3rd in pitching, below average in fielding. 2-1 vs Top 10.

5. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S (37-15) Prev #10 - On an amazing run, including 17-3 for the week.   10th in batting, 9th in pitching, 4th in fielding. 3-0 vs Top 10 for the week.

6. Salt Lake City Mormons (32-20) Prev #7 - Inching closer to the Top 5 with another solid 13-7 week.  6th in batting, 10th in pitching, and above average in fielding. 5-2 vs. Top 10 teams.

7. Chicago Black Sox (34-18) Prev #5 - A surprising drop, especially considering the 12-7 week. 9th in batting, 12th in pitching, 11th in fielding. 1-2 vs Top 10.

8. Washington DC Secret Agents (29-23) - Prev #9 - Their 12-8 week might be the most impressive of all Top 10 teams. 7th in batting, 13th in pitching, below average in the field. 5-8 vs Top 10 teams for the week - the schedule should get easier and they should climb the rankings.

9. Fresno Fire (27-25) Prev #9 - Another average week keeps the Fire on the brink of being dropped. 13th in batting, 6th in pitching, and below average in the field. 5-8 vs Top 10 teams and, like DC, the schedule should provide some relief going forward.

10 Los Angeles Hollywoods (29-23) Prev NR - 10-10 for the week, but exp win percentage and run differential are relatively strong. 12th in batting, 8th in pitching, below average in the field. 1-2 vs Top 10 teams.

Dropped
6. Charlotte Racers

Just Missed
11. Pittsburgh
12. Durham

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Best ML COF 24 and Under

It seems like a new group of COF sluggers is ready to take over 1530. Here are the best:

Ivan Walton, RF, Salt Lake City, 23 years old
ML Stats - 152 AB's, 15 HR's, 41 RBI's, .303 avg, 1.115 OPS
Current Maddie's Ratings (Offense, Defense, Overall) - 80.52, 26.06, 106.58
Category Leader - vs. LHP, Base-running, Speed
Best Comparison - Charles Lawrence minus the ability to walk on water

Felipe Lugo, LF, Pittsburgh, 24 years old

ML Stats - 161 AB's, 13 HR's, 41 RBI's, .273 avg, .892 OPS
Current Maddie's Ratings (Offense, Defense, Overall) - 72.65, 23.19, 95.84
Category Leader- Durability, Health (tied), Glove (tied)
Best Comparison - Eddie Reese minus a good batting eye


Barry Perry, RF, Boston, 23 years old

ML Stats - 662 AB's, 40 HR's, 114 RBI's, .301 avg, .910 OPS
Current Maddie's Ratings (Offense, Defense, Overall) - 77.98, 27.76, 105.74
Category Leader - Health (tied), Contact, vs. RHP, Range, Glove (tied), Arm Strength, Accuracy
Best Comparison - Milton Simmons minus fielding and speed


Ken DeRosa, LF, Boston, 22 years old

ML Stats - 157 AB's, 14 HR's, 31 RBI's, .293 avg, .988 OPS
Current Maddie's Ratings (Offense, Defense, Overall) - 80.60, 23.27, 103.87
Category Leader - Power, Batting Eye
Best Comparison - Eddie Reese minus speed

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

25 Anniversary Team - SS



Clinton Clifton is your Catcher, Ken Daly your 1B, Milton Simmons your 2B. On to SS, which should be an interesting vote.

1.Danys Rivas
Active Seasons: 11-22
Awards: 5 x all-star, 4 x gold glove, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 58 HR's, 493 RBI's, .251 avg, .646 OPS
Stats (Defense): .981%, 139 plus and 5 minus

2. Adam Lansing

Active Seasons: 1-12
Awards: 8 x all-star, 6 x silver slugger (3 at SS), 2 WS rings
Stats (Offense): 263 HR's 1101 RBI's, .323 avg, .925 OPS
Stats (Defense): .964%, 4 plus and 18 minus

3. Al Segui

Active Seasons: 19-current
Awards: 3 x all-star, 7 x gold glove, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 22 HR's, 228 RBI's, .252 avg, .625 OPS
Stats (Defense): .987%, 161 plus and 3 minus

4. Carl Acker

Active Seasons: 15-current
Awards: 5 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger
Stats (Offense): 137 HR's, 601 RBI's, .266 avg, .703 OPS
Stats (Defense): .964%, 22 plus and 43 minus

5. Ahmad Bell

Active Seasons: 10-24
Awards: 3 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger
Stats (Offense): 420 HR's, 1328 RBI's, .269 avg, .839 OPS
Stats (Defense): .963%, 3 plus and 91 minus

6. Ignacio Cruz

Active Seasons: 4-16
Awards: 6 x all-star, 1 silver slugger, 1 gold glove, 1 WS ring
Stats (Offense): 356 HR's, 1296 RBI's, .271 avg, .788 OPS
Stats (Defense): .975%, 44 plus and 9 minus





Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekly Rankings - Week 2


1. Richmond Rampage (27-5) Prev #2 - A clean sweep for the hot Rampage - best record, expected win percentage, and run differential. 1st in batting, 3rd in both pitching and fielding. 3-0 vs Top 10 for the week.

2 . Helena Hustle (25-8) Prev #3 - The best team in the NL -  NL's best record, expected win percentage, and run differential. 5th in batting and fielding, 1st in pitching. 2-1 vs Top 10.

3. Boston TEA PARTIERS (23-10) Prev #1 - A 12-8 week drops the Partiers from the top spot, but they still have the third best record, run differential, and expected win percentage. 2nd in batting, 5th in pitching, 1st in fielding. 3-3 vs Top 10 for the week.

4. Kansas City Crusaders (22-10) Prev #4 - A 13-6 week keeps the Crusaders in the same spot. 4th best record, expected win percentage, and run differential. 4th in batting, 2nd in pitching, below average in fielding. 2-5 vs Top 10 (Helena and Chicago)

5. Chicago Black Sox (22-11) Prev #7 - Chicago rounds out what is quite possibly the Top 5 for the rest of the season. 5th across the board. 3rd in both pitching and batting, above average in fielding. 3-1 vs Top 10.

6. Charlotte Racers (19-13) Prev NR - A strong 16-4 week catapults the Racers into the Top 10. 9th in both expected win percentage and run differential. 9th in batting, 13th in pitching, 10th in fielding. 6-1 vs Top 10 teams

7. Salt Lake City Mormons (19-13) Prev #8 - Moves up on the strength of an 11-8 week. 5th in batting, 7th in fielding, and above average in pitching. 2-5 vs. Top 10 teams

8. Fresno Fire (17-15) Prev #5 - A 10-9 week drops the Fire 3 spots. Strong in both expected win percentage and run differential so they should climb next week. Average in both batting and fielding and 4th in pitching. 3-4 vs Top 10 teams.

9. Washington DC Secret Agents (17-15) - Prev #6 - Dropped 3 spots partially due to a 10-9 record for the week. 7th in batting, 12th in pitching, below average in the field. 3-7 vs Top 10 teams for the week.

10. Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S (20-12) Prev NR - Great record and record for the week held back by relatively poor expected win percentage and run differential. Good but not great in all three categories. 5-2 vs Top 10 teams.


Dropped
9. Montreal Garde Imperiale
10 - St. Louis Cardinals

Just Missed
11. Pittsburgh
12. Los Angeles

Monday, October 22, 2012

25 Anniversary Team - 2B


Clinton Clifton is your Catcher, Ken Daly your 1B. On to 2B

1. Milton Simmons
Active Seasons: 6-23
Awards: 12 x All Star, 10 x Silver Slugger, 4 x MVP, 1 Gold Glove,
Stats (Offense): 566 HR's, 1860 RBI's, .303 avg, .960 OPS
Stats (Defense): .980%, 18 plus and 19 minus

2. Orlando Maduro
Active Seasons: 11-current
Awards: 5 x All star, 3 x silver slugger, 2 x gold glove
Stats (Offense): 319 HR's, 1250 RBI's, .281 avg, .824 OPS
Stats (Defense): .986%, 62 plus and 5 minus

3. Kelly Hinch

Active Seasons: 14-current
Awards: 5 x all-star, 5 x gold glove
Stats (Offense): 231 HR's, 783 RBI's, .271 avg, .795 OPS
Stats (Defense): .983%, 148 plus, 0 minus

4. Juan Johnson

Active Seasons: 5-21
Awards: 11 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, ROY, 1 WS Ring
Stats (Offense): 561 HR's, 1964 RBI's, .313 avg, .938 OPS
Stats (Defense): .979%, 13 plus and 37 minus

5. Gary Thornton

Active Seasons: 1-7
Awards: 5 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger
Stats (Offense): 302 HR's, 870 RBI's, .326 avg, 1.078 OPS
Stats (Defense): .978%, 8 plus and 54 minus



Power Rankings - Week 1

1. Boston TEA PARTIERS (11-2) - Best record, expected win percentage, and run differential. World Series contender.
2. Richmond Rampage (9-4) - Second best record, expected win percentage, and run differential. Appears to be Boston's biggest obstacle to appearing in a third consecutive World Series for the AL.
3. Helena Hustle (9-4) - The best team in the NL, for now. NL's best expected win percentage and run differential.
4. Kansas City Crusaders (9-4) - I would not be surprised to see them at the top this time next week. Best team top to bottom.
5. Fresno Fire (7-6) - 4th best expected win percentage, 5th best run differential. Always in the mix.
6. Washington DC Secret Agents (7-6) - A very good team off to a good start.
7. Chicago Black Sox (7-6) - Another team that is always in the mix. 7th in both expected win percentage and run differential.
8. Salt Lake City Mormons (8-5) - Better record than numbers would indicate, although still a good team and should be on this list for the remainder of the season.
9. Montreal Garde Imperiale (8-5) - Our favorite Canadians are a mainstay on the list. Playing above their expectations at the moment
10 - St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) - Not much to separate St. Louis from Memphis and Honolulu. Should be difficult for them to hold off those two for the final spot.

Just Missed
11. Memphis
12. Honolulu
13. Vancouver
14. Jacksonville

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Season 26 Preview - NL West

Season 25 Standings
1. Honolulu - 108-54
2. Helena - 95-67
3. Los Angeles - 77-85
4. San Francisco - 72-90

Team Previews
Honolulu
Additions - Randy ShelleyJ.C. DrewLorenzo Ordaz
Subtractions - Bingo O'DonnellBill Elster,
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing
Prediction - Honolulu is one of the best at getting cheap vets to contribute. Not a flashy team, but they are always there at the end. Should not come close to 105 wins - 2nd place

Helena

Additions - Dean GilbertHunter BrownPaulie FoxAdrian Simon
Subtractions - Peter O'Connor
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - On paper, a better team than Honolulu. They should and will finish 1st.

Los Angeles

Additions - Sammy DuranRyan BallCy Tolar
Subtractions - Harry TavarezKenny Evans
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A very good team coming off of a down year. A tough division at the moment, and 2nd appears to be the best case scenario with 3rd more likely.

San Francisco

Additions - Furio Jennings
Subtractions - Todd Frey
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding and competing
Prediction - A good team but not good enough in this division. 4th is likely, with a 3rd place finish and a .500 record a realistic goal.

Cy Young - Angel Palmeiro, Art Wingo
MVP - Zachrey Betancourt, Jose Martinez
ROY Lock - Cy Tolar

Season 26 Preview - NL South

Season 25 Standings
1. Tampa Bay - 92-70
2. Houston - 89-73
3. Montgomery - 82-80
4. Memphis - 61-101

Team Previews

Tampa Bay
Additions - Del MartinB.C. VincenteHughie DavisPasqual Henriquez
Subtractions - Esmailyn CuetoWillie CedenoDean GilbertHunter BrownManny RamseyErv Johnstone
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding and competing
Prediction - Looks like Tampa has one eye on rebuilding and one on making another playoff run. My guess is that they have just enough to hold off Houston and Montgomery for the division title.

Houston

Additions - none
Subtractions - Dave DarrYunel VidalJonathan Gload
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - So who wants to win this division? Still has one of the best 1/2 SP punches in the game, but not good enough to make the playoffs. 3rd.

Montgomery

Additions - Yunel VidalAl BianucciTim Hollins (promoted)
Subtractions - Jae-Kuk HasegawaJose Segui
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Ken Daly dynasty is over
Prediction - Team will hit lefties but struggle vs. RHP's. Not enough to make any noise, but they could have just enough to win the division. In the end, though, 2nd is likely.

Memphis

Additions - Victor OlmedaChad Witt (promoted)
Subtractions - Taylor Brown
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - This is the only team in the division that I feel confident about in terms of their finish and plans. They are rebuilding and will finish 4th. Unless they promote AAA talent, so maybe I'm not so sure after all!

Cy Young - Willis FloydDoug Dietz
MVP - Larry LemonMidre Cervantes
ROY Lock - Tim Hollins


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Season 26 Preview - NL East

Season 25 Standings
1. Chicago - 90-72
2. Buffalo - 77-85
3. Indianapolis - 68-94
4. Norfolk (Baltimore) - 61-101

Team Previews
Chicago
Additions - Randall ScottEdgar VerasNate Stoddard
Subtractions - Luis AzocarBenji PulidoTom Wilkinson
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A solid roster strengthened by the addition one of the best closers in the game. First place is expected.

Buffalo

Additions - Yorman MolinaYank SodowskyMarcus KingBrian Paquette
Subtractions - Slash Bierbrodt
Net Effect - very positive
Status - competing
Prediction - One of the most improved teams in the NL. Solid roster from top to bottom and a real contender. 1st or 2nd won't matter -  this team should make the playoffs.

Indianapolis

Additions - Brook ThomasHector Guerrero,
Subtractions - Pat ReganWilson SimasYorman MolinaYank Sodowsky
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - The re-build is in full force in Indy. Still, a well put together roster that should finish above .500, but that is likely good for 3rd in this division.

Baltimore

Additions - none
Subtractions - Rico Soto,
Net Effect - neutral
Status - no idea
Prediction - worst team in the NL, guaranteed 4th place.




Season 26 Preview - NL North

Season 25 Standings
1. Kansas City - 112-50
2. Pittsburgh - 77-85
3. Milwaukee - 76-86
4. Cleveland - 58-104

Team Previews
Kansas City
Additions - Tomas MesaBoots MunsonJose Segui
Subtractions - Orlando PosadaAl Bianucci
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Dynasty
Prediction - A division title is all but secured and the real question is if they can win three World Series in a row.

Pittsburgh

Additions - Daniel Ray Richard (promoted), Art Stein (promoted), Felipe Lugo (promoted)
Subtractions - Alan FlairAl CostillaAndres Valentin
Net Effect - positive
Status - the future has arrived
Prediction - Three very good prospects have been promoted to give Pittsburgh one of the better teams in the NL. KC will be too tough, though, and a 2nd place finish and Wild Card berth looks to be the best case scenario.

Milwaukee

Additions - Junior MonteroJeff Woods
Subtractions - Vic BonillaFreddy ShelbyRandy ShelleyEdgar Veras,
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - Some very good moves by mtorab has put Milwaukee on the rebuilding track. 4th place is likely.

Cleveland

Additions - Jonathan GloadLuis AzocarAlan Glanville (promoted)
Subtractions - John IrabuLorenzo Ordaz
Net Effect - positive
Status - finished with rebuilding
Prediction - 2nd or 3rrd for a much improved Cleveland squad. Depends on promotion strategy - many quality players in AAA.

Cy Young - Alexi TerreroMule Service
MVP - Midre ValentinGuy Jones
ROY Lock - Felipe Lugo


Season 26 Preview - AL West

Season 25 Standings
1. St. Louis - 93- 69
2. Fresno - 89-73
3. Vancouver- 83-79
4. Salem- 82-80

Team previews
St. Louis
Additions - Alan SislerAndres ValentinDarrell Butler (promoted)
Subtractions - Archie HerznerAugie FrederickJ.C. Drew
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding, but still competitive
Prediction - It would be very difficult for them to repeat as division champs in this very challenging division. A first to worst is possible, but they are more likely to finish 2nd.

Fresno

Additions - Chip JamesWilson Simas
Subtractions - Al VazquezRyan BallJesus Pineda
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing at all costs
Prediction - 1st or bust for the biggest spenders in 1530. A very good roster, but will it be enough in a very good division? My guess is yes.

Vancouver

Additions - George Koch
Subtractions - Omar SanchezGregory Stevenson
Net Effect - negative
Status - likely one year away, but may sneak in to playoffs
Prediction - A good team loaded with prospects, including the best SP prospect (and likely the most sought after player) in the game. One or two years away but still should be competitive. 3rd place

Salem

Additions -Warren Chase, Rico Soto
Subtractions - Robert Buck
Net Effect - positive
Status - likely the end of a competitive cycle
Prediction - Third oldest team in the AL is likely on the verge of being blown up. A good run of three playoff appearances should be followed by a second consecutive 4th place finish. Although SP's remain a strength, so a playoff appearance is still possible.

Cy Young Candidates - Hick ManningIvy Latham
MVP Candidates - Trenidad TrajanoMarshall Devereaux
ROY Lock - Bob Kirkland (if promoted)


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Season 26 Maddie's Rankings


Click on the link below and you will be taken to Dropbox where you will find three documents.

1. Maddie's Team Management Excel
2. Maddie's Directions
3. 1530 Homer Season 26 Current Rankings

Each can be downloaded, just click on the file and follow the directions. The first excel is blank and can be used if you want to put your entire team in with projected ratings. The third is the current rating for each and every player on an ML team or available in Free Agency (asking 500k or more). TC me if you have any questions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/53ffnworujzle4d/QUuuxBpEVc

Season 26 Preview - AL South

Season 25 Standings
1. Jacksonville - 105-57
2. Oklahoma City (Richmond) - 90-75
3. Monterrey (Florida) - 80-82
4. Charlotte - 74-88

Team Previews

Jacksonville
Arrivals -Angel Siqueiros, Benito Melian, Dwight Humphries,
Departures -  Chip James, Wendell Reed, Adrian Simon
Net Effect - Neutral
Status - Win now mode
Prediction - 1st Place and the biggest threat to Boston for the right to represent the AL in the World Series.

Richmond
Arrivals - Bill Elster, Edgar Johnson, Taylor Brown, Quinton Coghlan,
Departures - Bob Blum, Marcus King, Sammy Duran, Boots Munson
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Win now mode
Prediction - It should be a good battle for first in the division. My guess is that Richmond is edged by Jacksonville but makes the playoffs as the Wild Card 1.

Florida
Arrivals- Craig Harris
Departures - Woody King
Net Effect - negative
Status - no man's land
Prediction - In a spot where they should be a .500 team, but nowhere near winning the division. Some good pieces in the minors and should be rebuilding. Third would be best case scenario.

Charlotte
Arrivals- Vic Bonilla,
Departures - Stump Robinson
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing
Prediction - Third. Good enough to be above .500, but not good enough to catch Richmond and Jacksonville.

Cy Young Watch - Timothy CrawfordRocky Hinch
MVP Watch - Davy MorenoDon Chen
ROY Lock - none

Monday, October 15, 2012

Season 26 Preview - AL East


Season 25 Standings
1. Boston - 106-56
2. Washington - 81-81
3. Durham - 71-91
4. Philadelphia - 58-104

Team Previews
Boston

Arrivals - Tom WilkinsonAndy CarrMorris StevensDaniel ReitsmaKen DeRosa (promoted), Earl Seelbach (promoted)
Departures - Omar FloresEdgar JohnsonDwight Humphries
Net Effect - positive due to promotions
Status - full on dynasty beast mode
Prediction - 1st place. Too much talent here to be anything other than the best team in the AL.



Washington

Arrivals - Manny RamseyErv JohnstoneWendell ReedJesus PinedaTyson Lollar
Departures - Tomas MesaTom PerezMartin Gallagher
Net Effect - positive
Status - win now mode
Prediction - A .500 season should be improved upon, but will it be enough to hold off a hard charging Durham squad? My guess is yes, and anything but 2nd and a Wild Card berth should be a disappointment.


Durham

Arrivals - Augie FrederickFreddy ShelbyGregory StevensonOmar SanchezDarron SpeierWoody KingAl VazquezJae-Kuk Hasegawa
Departures - B.C. VincenteHector Guerrero
Net Effect - very positive
Status - eve of dynasty?
Prediction - 2nd place if pitching is average, 3rd if not. This is a very competitive division, and Durham may have the best offense in the AL, but their pitching is suspect.



Philadelphia

Arrivals - Bobby Joe Campbell
Departures - Jeff WoodsSergio WestonJunior Montero
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - Should battle Cincy for the worst record in the AL and the only drama in the division should be if they can stay within 20 games of 3rd place.

Cy Young Watch - Manny RamseyAlbert MondesiEli Vasquez
MVP Watch - Yusmeiro DurazoBarry PerryWendell Reed
ROY Lock - Ken DeRosa





Season 26 Preview - AL North

AL North
Season 25 Standings
1. Montreal - 90-72
2. Salt Lake - 76-86
3. Toledo - 62-100
4. Cincinnati - 57-105

Team Previews

Montreal
Arrivals - Peter O'ConnorRamon IrabuPhilip ColinJuan Delgado
Departures - Tyson LollarLouis SpenceNorm TuckerWarren Hogan
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Competing/Rebuilding, End of Dynasty?
Prediction - Another division title could be in the cards, but a 2nd place finish is more likely. Strong SP's should make up for a relatively weak offense. Henry Wise's health is the key.

Salt Lake City

Arrivals - Gustavo MeloPat ReganWillie StanleyIvan Walton (promoted), Benj Taylor (promoted)
Departures - Darron SpeierAngel Siqueiros
Net Effect - very positive
Status - Start of Dynasty
Prediction - It looks like this is the year that someone other than Montreal or Cincinnati wins the North. The last time that it happened was in Season 7! Amazing stat for a division that will be closely watched. Newly promoted Ivan the Terrible is a monster.

Toledo

Arrivals - William Gray,
Departures - J.R. Beckett
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - A quiet offseason in Toledo will lead to another 3rd place finish.

Cincinnati

Arrivals - none
Departures - Andy CarrGeorge WeaverAl LiraOswaldo Pizzaro
Net Effect - negative
Status - Rebuilding
Prediction - Could be the worst team in the AL. 4th place is guaranteed, although they are likely to pick up some quality FA's before the season starts.

Cy Young Watch - Sammy IglesiasHenry Murray
MVP Watch - Ivan WaltonHenry Wise
ROY Lock - Ivan Walton


All-available FA Team

Plenty of options still available in Free Agency. Here is the best of the bunch.

C - Haywood Logan
1B - Willie Vasquez
2B - Hector Guerrero
3B - Bennie Sanders
SS - Oswaldo Pizzaro
LF - Bob Blum
CF - Adrian Simon
RF - Ed Earley
DH - Norm Tucker
SP1 - Hamish McCarty
SP2 - Victor Olmeda
SP3 - Shea Unroe
SP4 - Pepe Tejada
SP5 - Junior Montero
SuA - Sid Richard
CL - Gene Dillon

Friday, October 12, 2012

25 Anniversary Team - 1B

The results are in and, in a landslide, Clinton Clifton is your Catcher. On to a more difficult position to pick, 1B...

1. Ken Daly
Active Seasons: 9-current
Awards: 11 x all-star, 11 x silver slugger, 4 x MVP, ROY
Stats (Offense): 805 HR's, 2143 RBI's, .312 avg, 1.000 OPS
Stats (Defense): .997%, 0 plus, 3 minus

2. Henry Wise

Active Seasons: 13-current
Awards: 10 x all-star, 10 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove, 1 WS ring, ROY
Stats (Offense): 611 HR's, 1809 RBI's, .322 avg, 1.062 OPS
Stats (Defense): .999%, 12 plus, 60 minus

3. Sidney Allen


Active Seasons: 1-12
Awards: 1 x all-star, 3 x silver slugger, 2 x WS Rings
Stats (Offense): 630 HR's, 1616 RBI's, .276 avg, .934 OPS
Stats (Defense): .998%, 2 plus, 9 minus

4. Brendan Watson

Active Seasons: 10-24
Awards: 2 x all-star, ROY
Stats (Offense): 594 HR's, 1757 RBI's, .283 avg, .909 OPS
Stats (Defense): .998%, 4 plus, 68 minus

5.Osvaldo Roque
Active Seasons: 1-15
Awards: 8 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger

Stats (Offense): 589 HR's,  1631 RBI's,  .293 avg,  .955 OPS
Stats (Defense):







Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hall of Fame OPS Allowed and SP's

Current HOF'rs

1 - Rob Branson - OPS allowed of .632 over 15 Seasons, while league average was .786 over same period - .154 better than average

2. Jay Burnitz - OPS allowed of .714 over his 20 seasons, while the average  pitcher was .778 over the same period - .64 better than average

3. John Fikac - OPS allowed of .689 over his 17 seasons, while average pitcher was .783 over the same period - .94 better than average

Average SP HOF'r - OPS allowed of 1.04 OPS allowed better than average

I have argued in previous posts, for SP's, that 1.00 OPS better than average is a no doubt Hall of Famer. Anything less must take other factors into consideration. 

Prospective Hall Of Famers

1. Wilfredo Veras - OPS allowed of .659 over his 20 seasons, while average pitcher was .768 over the same period - .109 better than average

2. Willie Wheat - OPS allowed of .697 over his 20 seasons, while average was .768 over same period - .71 better than average. 

3. Miguel Vazquez - OPS allowed of .701 over his 24 seasons, while average was .773 over the same period - .72 better than average

4. Stephen Schourek - OPS allowed of .694 over his  18 seasons, while average was .785 over the same period - .91 better than average

Veras is in, no questions asked. I would put Wheat, Schourek, and Vazquez in as well based upon the body of their work. That is my ballot, plus Milton Simmons.