Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dateline: Hickory - Husker GM Too Frazzled to Come Up With Clever Headline

The dismantling of the first playoff team in Hickory history began this week, as the Huskers dealt veteran lefty closer Harold Beeks to division rival Seattle. Acquired in a midseason trade with River Cities in 2014, the 33-year old Beeks helped Hickory seal its wild-card run by saving 21 games in the second half. This season, Beeks has been one of the few bright spots for the Huskers, converting all 14 save opportunities to date, but his productivity has been limited on a disappointing team that sits 16 games behind the first place Monarchs.

"Am I worried about helping the competition?" asked incredulous Husker GM Frank Ferrara at a press conference announcing the trade. "We are 16 games behind them. We're only their competition in the sense that Pompeii competed with Vesuvius. We'll be sorry to see Harold go, but there's not much point holding onto an elite closer at this point." Added veteran manager Todd Lee, "Yeah, and also, we're thinking about letting Frank Osborne close on the days when he's not starting." The press conference was then briefly halted as Ferrara repeatedly struck Lee about the head and shoulders.

Coming to Hickory in the deal are catcher Kareem King (.312/.352/.531 in limited time behind Seattle starter Alberto Grenado) and lefty reliever Jacobo Centeno (0-3, 3.86, 14 strikeouts in 21 innings at AAA Tacoma). At 28, King is old for a prospect, but the Huskers hope his outstanding defensive reputation and plus plate discipline will make him an immediate starter behind the plate.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

This Blog Has Moved --

See us at our new home at http://sdmbootp.blogspot.com/

May I: Who Uploaded?

Hickory

Houston

Los Angeles

New York

River Cities

Seattle

Walla Walla

As for the ballot issues put up, the injuries will be kept as Average, the salary cap will be kept at $10 million and the DH will be put in place throughout the minors next season.

As for the schedule, it is an issue... I noticed that the schedule for Brooklyn is similarly out of balance (Saksatoon comes to Brooklyn for 28 games while I visit the Great Northern Wasteland for only four). I've checked the OOTP forums and no one seems to have posted about this.

I'll probably create a custom schedule for next season and use that.

Lastly, I'm currently uploading updates to the league site, but they'll probably continue uploading through the night.

Next sim: Wednesday night.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Los Angeles/Hickory trade

Today, Los Angeles and Hickory have made their first trade since Frank Ferrara took over the Huskers franchise. "I heard that Hickory needed a 1B after Mudge got hurt," Los Angeles GM Michael Weintraub stated. "I had Soriano available, so I called up Frank and introduced myself. We had a deal 48 hours later."

Blocked at 1B and in the outfield in Los Angeles, Federico Soriano now finds himself the starting 1B for the Huskers. Traveling to the heartland with him is swingman pitcher John Stalvey.

In return, the Scorpions gets another ace for the rotation, Armando Carballo, as well as 3rd and 4th round picks in the 2015 draft. 1B Richard Peel was also obtained, but has been informed not to sign any leases in the Los Angeles area as the team is still evaluating their backup 1B options.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Schedule Oddity...

Just wondering if there has been any progress in the issue of the imbalanced nature of home and away games in the schedule?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

April II: Who uploaded?

Cleveland
Danville
Hickory
Houston
Los Angeles
Maui
New York
River Cities
Seattle

Next sim, next Wednesday.

I will put up a post about the issues raised last week in the next day or so.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

April I: Who uploaded?

Cleveland
Hickory
Houston
Los Angeles
Maui
New York
River Cities
Seattle

Next sim, next Wednesday.


Tonight's sim

For all I know, Zev is running it now, but if he isn't, I'll take care of it around midnight EDT (9pm PDT).

If anyone e-mailed any instructions to Zev, and not to me, you have until 11.45/8.45pm to get it to me.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Voting time...

So I guess it is up to one of us to start a vote on the issues that Matt and others have raised so let's go ahead and do this before opening day.

Here are the issues that were laid by Matt and that we should vote on:

1. Injuries - what should we set them to...The options are Very Low, Low, Average, High, Very High...I am assuming that they are on Average now, but Zev or Michael will have to confirm that.

2. Should we change the financial cap in this league from $10M...and if so what should the max be?

3. DH through out the minors or keep it as it is?

So that seems to be the issues right now. I say we vote in the comments of this post, but if you want to keep your vote private, you can e-mail Zev and Michael directly.

If there is anything else that is not on this blog bring it up and we can add it to the vote.

Opening Day Is Here (And A Response To Matt)

Spring Training is over and the most magical day of the season, Opening Day, is upon us.

Please make sure to have your rosters down to 25 players by Wednesday night (the first sim of the season).

As for Matt's previous post... he raises some valid questions, and perhaps there should be some more discussion on these matters. The fact is that my policy, in running this league, is that it is just as much your league as it is mine. While I do sometimes make "executive decisions" on matters, for the most part, I try to allow you guys to run the league. Anyone is free at any time to ask for a vote on a matter and, if the majority want it, it's law. I also generally try to refrain from influencing votes on said matters (except where I introduce the question) by keeping my opinion silent until a vote is required.

So, if you want a DH in the minor leagues, or to change the injury settings or the cash cap or any other setting, feel free to bring it up, discuss and ask for a vote. I won't be offended. :) It's not so much if there is support at the commissioner level... it's is there support at the owner level.

As for the Rule V draft, I'm afraid it's toast for this season. However, it is in place for next season. My apologies on the screw up.

Zev

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