Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Some gentle prodding

I just noticed that maybe the owners' directory could use some updating. I have nothing more of interest to say, just maybe getting Zev some initiative to actually do some work around here. ;)

OOTP 2006 - who's got it?

2006 was released today. I was planning to download it tonight, but a quick glance at the forums turned up a lot of apparent discontent, so I think I may give it a week or two. Anybody have it?

System-Wide Records

I was looking at the standings yesterday and noticed that all four of the teams in the Seattle system are either tied for or in sole possession of first place in their league. Here are Seattle's four levels:

ML Seattle Monarchs, 1st place, 48-25
AAA Tacoma Titans, tied for 1st place, 41-32
AA Olympia Olygarchs, 1st place, 45-28
A Kent Kings, 1st place, 51-22

Unsurprisingly, the Seattle system has the best combined record so far this year. Here are the overall standings, combining all four levels.

Adams League
Seattle, 185-107, ,634, -
Brooklyn, 164-128, .562, 21 games back (tied for lead in AAA)
Saskatoon, 146-146, .500, 39 games back (best record is AA at 39-34)
Houston, 135-157, .462, 50 games back (best record is A at 36-37)
Hickory, 126-166, .432, 59 games back (best record is AAA at 34-39)
Denver, 120-172, .411, 65 games back (best record is A at 39-34)

Zotti League
River Cities, 162-130, .555, - (best record is AAA at 41-32)
Walla Walla, 154-138, .527, 8 games back (AA and A teams in first)
Danville, 151-141, .517, 11 games back (best record is AA at 43-30)
New York, 144-158, .477, 18 games back (best record is AA at 37-36)
South Bay, 133-159, .455, 29 games back (best record is AAA and AA at 32-41)
Covington, 132-160, .452, 30 games back (AAA team in first)

I thought it was interesting how the Zotti League standings were so scrambled and close while the Adams League teams basically mimic the major league standings and there are wide separations. Obviously, minor league records don't mean squat, but I still thought it was unusual.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

River Cities and Walla Walla Make a Deal

June 24, 2006 - Marietta, OH

A steamy day in the river city region was marked by the return to form of owner Nate Wooley and his trading ways. This time trading prospects to Walla Walla for CF George Rawlins. Sent to Walla Walla is Five-star 1B prospect Ronald Aiken and Four-star MR prospect Carl Odegaard.

River Cities owner Nate Wooley, upon being approached by this reported commented "Oh, hey. Good to see you again. Been a while hasn't it?" When prompted to comment on the trade Wooley said "Well, we're in a strong first in a strong division. While we like what [current CF Gary Giles] has done for us over the last year or so his .215 batting average wasn't gonna make it happen on a contending team. Gary's been informed of the trade and is happy that he'll be operating with less pressure in a reduced role."

"Like hell I am!" shouted Giles when this reported contacted him. "I wasn't even told that they were thinking trade until the call! Sure, my average is low but I'm still contributing and a few balls drop in I'm right back on track. This is horsecrap."

Reached at his apartment outside Walla Walla a resigned-sounding Rawlins said "I certainly knew this was a possibility. With Walla Walla in fourth and my contract expiring this year spells a mid-season trade, wouldn't you think? At least I'm moving up three rungs in the standings...that's always good."

Aiken, visibly frustrated by his lack of playing time caused by River Cities signing of Reuben Caufield during the offseason is said to have welcomed the trade and the opportunity to contribute to a growing team.

Monday, May 29, 2006

The End Of A Career

It is with sad regret that I announce the retirement of pitcher Ernest Delamora. Delamora tore his back muscle while pitching this past week. Ernest leaves the league with a 71-64 record (21st all time), 1165 Ks (10th all time) and 10 CG (tied 15th). I, of course, will always remember him as one of the original Brooklyn Wolves. Ernest was the sixth player taken in that initial draft. He also holds the Zotti League record for the most strikeouts in a game (16).

Good luck, Ernest. We'll keep howling for you.

BrooklynWolves

Sim 6: Who uploaded?

Seattle
Saskatoon
Hickory
Houston
South Bay
River Cities

South Bay and Saskatoon trade announcement

Redondo Beach, CA -- The four-time defending Cecil Cup champions South Bay Scorpions are pleased to announce the acquisition of OF Jerry Dehaven from the Saskatoon Cottacks in exchange for farmhand OF Louis Ray.

"Wow!" Dehaven exclaimed upon hearing the news. "Watching them beat us in the Cup last year was like watching a maestro direct the symphony. I'm ecstatic to join the team!"

South Bay Owner/GM Michael Weintraub explains the reasoning behind the trade: "We just lost James Larson, our starting LF, for two months, just as we're in a battle with -- wait, who are they again?. It hurts to lose a promising youngster like Louis, but we wish him luck in the frozen tundra. We just needed to make a move to shore up our outfield."

Ray was acquired by South Bay earlier this season from Danville. "I never even got a chance to see the ocean," he mused. "But, it's nice to be wanted. I hope I'll at least get a hit when I face South Bay in the Cup in a few years!"

Additionally, South Bay acquired Saskatoon's fourth round draft pick in 2009.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Seattle and Covington Exchange Minor Leaguers

Seattle and Covington played a little "add on" yesterday, exchanging minor leaguers in their second trade this month.

Seattle sent outfielder Edward Hammon (http://ootp.izev.com/p99.html) to Covington. Hammon had spent the season so far with Seattle's AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Titans, and hit .272 with 19 home runs. Hammon is expected to join Covington's major league team.

Seattle received Covington's fourth round pick in the recent amateur draft, starting pitcher Alberto Nicastro (http://ootp.izev.com/p992.html). Nicastro had started with Covington's AA affiliate, the Crawfordsville Eagles, and was 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA. Seattle pitching coach William "Frog" Kroeker indicated that Nicastro would initially be assigned to the A-ball Kent Kings.

Seattle also received $500,000 from Covington as part of the exchange. Team sources indicated that the money would be used to pay for a new outfit for the team mascot, an automatic espresso machine, and a crate of Spuddies because "enough is never enough."

Posted by Seattle Times senior baseball correspondent Max Mercy

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Press Release: Seattle acquires minor league reliever

The Seattle Monarchs proudly announce the acquisition of minor league reliever William Maxson (http://ootp.izev.com/p139.html). Maxson was acquired through a trade with the Covington Demons. Seattle sent 2B Lee Chaparro (http://ootp.izev.com/p284.html) to Covington in exchange for Maxson and $3 million in cash.

"We think Maxie is an untapped gem. His control is already major league ready. We're going to work with him on improving his stuff and his movement, but we expect him to contribute to the major league team next year or in 2010," explained pitching coach Marcus Burke. Maxson will be assigned to the AA Olympia Olygarchs, joining future Monarch relievers Merlin Bohon and Otha Wells.

General Manager, President, CEO, and team owner Mack Shultz stated that the cash was not a significant consideration in the trade. "What are we, some kind of rinky-dink operation struggling to meet payroll like those Walla Walla Wannabies? That's nonsense." Shultz also said that his purchase today of a waterfront estate was unrelated to the team's activities.

Shultz also strongly denied the rumors tying Chaparro into the Roberto Olivas "Bobby's Kids" sexual harassment scandal of last year. "Lee's a great guy. Sure, he and Roberto roomed together on the road, but that's it. Why, have you heard something?"

Chaparro had been the team's starter at second base since arriving in Seattle in a deadline deal with Walla Walla in 2006. However, rookie sensation Francis Armendariz, one of the Monarchs' two first round picks this year, had pushed him to the bench.

"I'm glad to be going somewhere that I can play every day. It's just too bad I won't have the chance to play those smug latte-drinking b******s so that I can kick their butts," said Chaparro. "Well, I'll be a free agent this offseason if Covington doesn't cough up the cash. Maybe I'll find a spot with Brooklyn or Saskatoon."

Seattle is expected to call up Robert Young from AAA Tacoma to back up Armendariz. Young is hitting a career best .348 this season.

- Calvin LaLoosh, Seattle Monarchs Director of Media Relations

Wasted Money

So, how much of your total payroll is wasted in the minors or on the disabled list? By my count, I have $9,761,111 in money spent on players on the DL or in AAA. Of course, $5 million of that is for James Larson, who just went on the DL (and will be there for the next two months). But, that still leaves $9,761,111 of my total $87,412,540 payroll that is being wasted in my hunt for a fifth straight title.

Sure, I can afford that 11%, but I'm curious if I'm the only one throwing away that much money.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sim 5 is done...

... and the league file's been updated. I just haven't had a chance to update the front page.

Zev

Sim 5: Who Uploaded:

Seattle
Saskatoon
Hickory
Houston
River Cities
South Bay
New York

More logo fun



I couldn't figure out how to post this as a comment to Zev's post. Anyway, here's the logo I put together some time ago (2003 according to the date modified). It's kind of lame, but it'll do.

- Mack


Monday, May 22, 2006

It's a simless night...

I just got back from visiting with someone who is sitting shiva. It's too late for me to run the sim now, so we'll try again for tomorrow night. That gives you all another day to upload your changes, confirm trades, etc.

Zev

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Logos





































And, of course, there is the logo mosaic made by Brent (purposely loaded small).



Does anyone else have any team logos they'd like to present?

Zev

New Additions To League Website!

The Award Histories page has been updated up through the end of the 2007 season. Thanks, Mack, for doing this. But don't think that this means that I'm going to let you win!

In addition, I have put up the 2007 almanac, along with complete box scores, game logs and player pages available for download.

If anyone else wants to make pages for the league, feel free to do so. I'll be more than happy to put them up.

Zev

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Now that's what I'm talking about

A nice little 10-1 run over the last two weeks, despite an injury to my #2 starter. Outscored the opposition 67-33. A player of the week award for former slacker Franklin Jackson. But, more importantly, a 6-0 record against those poor souls in Saskatoon. It's bad enough that they have to live in Saskatoon, but the mighty Monarchs gave no quarter. Bwaa haaa haaa.

Brooklyn, I'm looking your way now. Move aside for the rightful ruler of the Adams Division. Last year's temporary aberration, and the resulting hangover from the first two weeks of this season, are in our rear view mirror. Fear the wrath of the Monarchs.

----------------------------------------------------------
Mack Shultz
General Manager, Seattle Monarchs
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2005: 112 regular season wins; Most in SDMB OOTP History
2005: First team ever swept in the Cecil Cup
2006: Repeat as Division Champion
2006: First team ever to lose 3-1 lead in the Cecil Cup
2007: First team ever to win 100 games without making the Cecil Cup
----------------------------------------------------------

Monday, May 15, 2006

Quick note about posts on sim night...

Just a quick note... if you see me posting about the current sim, don't assume the league file has been updated.

The last thing I do is update the league page. If the main league page has been updated, then the file's been uploaded. If not, it's still too early.

Zev

Box Score Of The Sim: River Cities 21, Covington 0

Not a bad game for River Cities. Robert Fout hits three homers, goes 4-6 and has 5 RBI. Even winning pitcher Sherman Wheeler got in on the act with an RBI.

Sim 4: Who uploaded?

Seattle
Denver
Hickory
Houston
Danville
Covington
South Bay
River Cities

Saturday, May 13, 2006

How River Cities was built...

I love you, Mack!

Original Draft, 2002:
SP John Okane, (6-0 1.28). 6th round. Traded to Seattle 7/29/04 (Okane and Cowherd for Jurgens). Reacquired from Seattle 2/9/06 (Cardoza and Byers to Seattle for Okane...Thanks, Mack!)
RP Juan Souza (0-0 3.18) 18th round.
1B Ronald Aiken (.200/.429/.200) 34th round
SP Hector Orozco, (1-1 4.56) 35th round.

Amateur Draft:
2006
RF Patrick Valdes (.271/.292/.543) 1st round.


Trades:
2002
RP Willie Egan (1-2 6.53) Acquired from Houston 7/29/02

2003
RP Tobias Gutierrez (0-0 1SV 4.84) Acquired from Seattle 5/27/03 To RIV: Theriault, Gutierrez, Garcia...to SEA: Kaczmarek, Galasso. Thanks MACK!
RP Jefferson Theriault (1-1 5SV 3.50). Acquired from Seattle 5/27/03 To RIV: Theriault, Gutierrez, Garcia...to SEA: Kaczmarek, Galasso. Thanks MACK!

2005
2BTimothy Palacios (.333/.500/.667) 2007 ROY Winner. Acquired from Walla Walla 5/13/05 To RIV Vaz, Palacio To WAL Galasso.
SP Roy Vaz (4-2 3.04). Acquired from Walla Walla 5/13/05 To RIV Vaz, Palacio To WAL Galasso.
SS Chet Edwards (.399/.455/.473) Acquired from Seattle 7/22/05 To RIV: Edwards, Kirkwood, Cowherd, Wine To SEA: Mendoza, Garcia, Ertel, Bohon) Thanks, Mack!

2006
CF Gary Giles (.228/.338/.496) Acquired from Houstin 2/8/06. To RIV: Giles, Franklin, Miller, Delagarza To HOU: Ramos, Alicea, Galaviz
2007
RP Harold Beeks (3-1 2.63) Acquired from Houston 7/29/07 To RIV: Guinn, Verdugo, Beeks, Sant...to HOU: Allred, Slezak, Jester
RP Alex Pedroza (1-0 5.52) Acquired from Michigan 2/1/07 To RIV: Pedroza...To MIC: Brown

2008
C Martin Baker (.287/.342/.376) Acquired from South Bay 1/28/08 To RIV: Baker TO SB: McGreevey
3B Robert Fout (.238/.301/.510) Acquired from Hickory 1/28/08 To RIV: Fout, Diaz To HIK: Delagarza

Free Agents
2006
SP Jonathan Starner (3-3 5.21).
2007
SP Sherman Wheeler (3-3 3.09).
CF David Steinfelt (.300/.300/.300)
2008
C Jason Verdugo (.263/.349/.500) Traded for in 2007 and allowed to walk during the offseason.
1B Reuben Caulfield (.355/.393/.594) Originally drafted by RIV as VIR in 2002 (16th round). Left as FA to DEN in 2005.
SS John Spaulding (.182/.289/.227)
LF Shaun Guinn (.336/.383/.473) Traded for in 2007 and allowed to walk during the offseason.
LF Anibal Hopper (.273/.333/.318)
RF Patrick Welch (.327/.414/.510)

How Seattle Was Built

Original 2002 Expansion Draft (7)
Round 2 - SS D. Raglin
Round 7 - 3B J. Willer
Round 9 - OF W. Klopp
Round 10 - MR E. Brister
Round 19 - 1B G. Mudge
Round 25 - OF F. Jackson
Round 29 - MR W. Sewell

2003 Sudden Appearance (3)
MR/CL P. Morales
3B E. Viers
OF L. Huggins

2004 Sudden Appearance (2)
OF P. Zamorano
SS G. Wilde

Amateur Draft (4)
2003, Round 5 - MR/CL T. Vallejo
2004, Round 3 - SP C. Hester
2006, Round 3 - OF L. Maclin
2008, Round 1 - 2B F. Armendariz (second pick in round, rec'd through trade)

Trades (8)
7/28/2004: SP J. Daye, from Stockholm (Daye and Elders for 1B E. Silvas and SP A. Baker)
7/28/2004: MR J. Elders (see above)
7/7/2005: SP A. Garcia from River Cities (Garcia, 1B J. Mendoza, MR J. Ertel, MR M. Bohon for 3B C. Edwards, SP R. Kirkwood, MR J. Cowherd, C. T. Wine)
6/10/2006: 2B L. Chaparro from Walla Walla (Chapparo and OF P. Welch for 3B A. Vega and SP F. Estrada)
1/26/2008: C. S. Herbert from Walla Walla (Herbert for 2nd round pick (became J. Bendel))
1/26/2008: C. W. Blassingame from Danville (Blassingame and 1st round pick (became E. Alustiza) for SP R. Olivas and 1st round pick (became A. Cedeno))
1/27/2008: SP P. Bird from Walla Walla (Bird and 1st round pick (became F. Armendariz) for SP E. Arguelles and 1B B. Vanish)
2/8/2008: SP G. Icenhour from Walla Walla (Icenhour for SP S. Mayhew, MR E. Beliveau, 2B D. Depalma and 4th round pick (became R. Mendez))

Free Agency (1)
2008 - MR A. Beall

As shown above, I've got one group of players that mysteriously appeared in 2003 and another in 2004. I vaguely recall that we had the minor league roster fill-in 2003. Did we have another expansion in 2004, after the four team expansion? I'm confused.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Toilet Bowl Rivalry

Just letting everybody know that the second Covington-Danville series is in this sim. We may be the bottom two teams, but it's one of the most natural (read: geographic) rivalries I think in the league, so it matters for that. So far it's all even at 2 wins apiece. This one's a three game set, so we'll see who can take the early lead in the all-time series.

How to build a dynasty (aka, how the Stockholm/Florida/South Bay franchise was built)

In case you were wondering how I do it, here's a guide to how I built my team:

Original draft 2002 (3):
  1. RF Christopher Hartsell
  2. SP Casey Plunk
  3. RP Frank Carroll
Annual amateur draft (2):
  1. CL Junior Cuomo (2003 - 1st round)
  2. 2b Bill Turek (2005 - 1st round)
Minor league expansion in 2003 (1):
  1. CF Sean Arant
Via trade (6):
  1. SS Ricky Peppers -- from California, 7/29/2004
  2. MR Jesus Marquez -- from California, 7/29/2004 (Peppers and Marquez were obtained with Mario Galindo and Bernard Zellner for Waylon Blassingame, Joel Calles, and Lincoln Rosetti)
  3. 1B Luis Jeon -- from Hickory, 2/2/2006 for Frank Dejean and Pierre Moya (aka, the second best trade I ever made)
  4. SP Wendell Sorg -- from Saskatoon, 7/22/2006 for Robert Leavy and Joseph Michalski (aka, the best trade I ever made)
  5. SP Bradford McGreevey -- from River Cities, 1/28/2008 for Martin Baker
  6. LF Mario Kelly -- from Seattle, 1/30/2008 for Ted Wine
Via free agency (13):
  1. MR William Augustin (2005)
  2. C William Guerin (2006)
  3. 3B James Hall (2006)
  4. C Joey Williams (2007)
  5. 3B Jeffery Drewry (2007)
  6. MR Justin Rhea (2007)
  7. SS Emmanuel Fernandez (2008)
  8. 2B James Brown (2008)
  9. LF Deandre Hernandez (2008)
  10. LF James Larson (2008; he was also an original pick in 2002)
  11. SP Jeff Vella (2008)
  12. SP Luis Diaz (2008)
  13. MR Christopher Mooring (2008, he was also an original pick in 2002)

How Saskatoon was built

Original 2002 Draft (7)

SP Richard Pimental (1st round)
OF Michael Fay (2nd round)
2B Michael Hamilton (3rd round)
SP Demarcus Ramirez (28th round)
RP Christopher Green (30th round)
OF/1B Tyler Thomas (44th round)
1B/3B William Torres (45th round)

Free Agency (6)

SP Clement Nakashima (2006)
C/IF Damon Romo (2007 - was also drafted by Saskatoon in the 29th round in 2002)
OF Jerry DeHaven (2007)
RP Jason Guth (2008)
RP Karl Hatch (2008)
OF John Sadao (2008)

Amateur Drafts (2)

RF Brian Frison (1st round, 2004)
3B/IF Ronald Quijada (1st round, 2005)

Trades (5)

3B/2B Joseph Michalski - 2006, from Florida with Robert Leavy for Ted Wine and Wendell Sorg (!)
SS/IF Reggie Perez: 2006, from New York with Albert Campbell, Tony Chancellor and Michael Woolsey for John Redman (!!) and McKinley Donaldson
SP Deandre Desrosiers - 2007, from Houston for Dennis Chase
C Willie Kenna - 2008, from Hickory for Roger Ward and Michael Woolsey
RP Maria Coronado - 2008, from Walla Walla for David McKibben and Bill Crespin

The Magical Roster Expansion of 2003 (7)

C Carlos Barrera
2B/SS Robert Ramsey
SS Gerald Sukeyasu
OF David Rivard
SP Santos Gonzalez
RP Teodoro Amaral
RP Norman Fuentes

Among the seven players I have on my current roster that were randomly generated in 2003, I have:

And there would be eight if I hadn't traded away current ERA leader Chad Nelligan to Hickory in 2005.

So, how was your team built?

Initial (2002) draft (5)
Casarez (1st round)
Alfano (7th round)
Roach (14th round)
Oquinn (43rd round)
Ichiro (50th round)

Free Agent (5)
Midgett (2003)
Collazo (2006)
Pompey (2006)
Ramirez (2007)
Heyman (2008)



Amateur Draft (2)
Manning (1st round 2003)
Cuesta (1st round 2005)


Trades (10)
Settliff (from Seattle 2002 - Mack, do you remember who he was traded for?)
Bond (from Virginia 2004 w/Robert Pink for Bigelow and Duran)
Hassel (from Walla Walla 2006 for L. Casiano)
Melton (from River Cities 2006 w/Cowherd for Brown and Suarez)
Cowherd (trade from River Cities 2006 w/Melton)
Merriweather (from New York 2006 w/Daniel Hosmer for Juan David and Robert Pink)
Hosmer (trade from New York 2006 w/Merriweather)
Delvalle (from Walla Walla 2006 with Gene Icenhour for Lazo and Scott)
Siple (from Danville 2007 for Fermin Perez)
Lakey (from Danville 2007 for Nicholas Luna and Shawn Beeks)

Not Recorded (3)
Guzman
Brose
Maus

Note: I also still have Earl Bartholomew (16th round) and Willis Welliver (38th round) from the initial draft in the minors.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Well shit!!

It's not like my team wasn't bad enough to begin with, but now my entire starting outfield is hurt. Including my secondbest (out for the year) and my best(only 6 days left fortunately) players over all. Could we please change the settings and turn off the "keep screwing Denver option"? :)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sim 3: Who uploaded?

I got an upload from the following teams:

Saskatoon
Seattle
Hickory
Houston
South Bay
River Cities
Danville
Covington

Did we have a sim last night?

Because I'm leaving town at 1 today and won't be back for a bit. I wanted to make sure I uploaded changes before I left.

Friday, May 05, 2006

We have GOT to do something about the DL

Once again I find that putting a player on the DL just doesn't pay with our schedule.

Palacio is injured. Well and good. I move him to the DL.

A sim goes by and wham, he's got one day left. But the next sim is another two weeks.

So our options are either to play shorthanded when someone is hurt (i.e. never use the DL for other than catastrophic 60-day DL occurances) or lose a player for a month.

Is there any way we can shorten the 15 day DL to 14 days in the game or something?

Trade! - Brooklyn & Hickory

BROOKLYN, NY --

The Brooklyn Wolves are pleased to announce that they have acquired 3B Bruce Parker from the Hickory Huskers.

"We've been looking for a future third baseman for a while," said owner Zev Steinhardt. "For a while we had Jonathan Dillow manning the hot corner, and he was OK for us, but we were looking for a young guy who can handle the 3B duties for the decade to come. Bruce is a young guy with a great range at the corner and with a lot of power potential."

However, don't look for Mr. Parker to be playing third base in the big leagues just yet. To see him, you're going to have to go to Brighton Beach (A), where he will work his way up the Wolves' minor league system.

In exchange for Bruce Parker, Hickory gets veteran pitcher Hubert Bustillos. Bustillos is on the all-time leaders list for victories with 62 and is one of the last few original Wolves from the 2002 season.

"We're sorry to be Hubert go," said Steinhardt, "but we decided that we need to get some new young arms in the rotation and he just didn't fit our plans. We certainly wish him success in all he does. Everything he did for the Wolves won't be forgotten."

In addition, Hickory also acquires AAA pitcher Donald Taylor.

Bug in OOTP (probably won't affect our league play)

It won't really affect our league too much since it's an in-game (as in, when you're actually playing out a game in OOTP) bug, but I thought it was interesting. If you've never played through a game in OOTP, the rest of this (save the next paragraph) probably won't mean much to you).

I downloaded an installer to play a solo real MLB league. This thing automatically imports all the real MLB players, stats, ratings, positions, photos, team logos, and even the team stadiums for the in-game scenes. It's pretty awesome.

So I've been playing through a season with the Cardinals, simming everything but their series with the Cubs, which I'm playing through. I'm in a mid-August game at Wrigley:

Top of the sixth, Jim Edmonds leads off, gets a 2-0 count and then gets plunked by Zambrano. The game says Edmonds is injured (broken nose), and I have to take him out, then sends me directly to the substitution screen. I move Jacob Cruz from 2B to center, and sub in Bo Hart at 2B, and go back to the game.

The game then says Edmonds rushed the mound and tried to punch Zambrano (no wonder, with a broken-nose HBP). It says the umpire ejects both players. "Ok," sez I. But no, the game takes me BACK to the substitution screen, where I find that BO HART is the one the game says is ejected. Hmph. Now I get to put in Grudzielanek at 2B and see what happens.

Thought you might find it interesting, especially if any of you do solo leagues.

This Monday is great by me. I'm away Tues-Fri for E3.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Sim 2 Done. Next Sim Monday Night.

Note that for the forseeable future, I'm going to have to switch the sim night to Monday nights.

Zev

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

We'll Try Again Tomorrow

I'm sorry folks, but there was one person's upload which crashed my program. I even tried uninstalling and re-installing to get the problem fixed.

The rest of the uploads were imported sucessfully. I'll run the sim tomorrow.

Zev

Sim 2: Who Uploaded?

I got an upload from:

Houston
Seattle
New York
Walla Walla
River Cities
South Bay
Danville

A Few Things from the New Guy

First of all, I want to apologize to all (or maybe not, given my 4-9 record thus far) for being pretty much totally inactive. School hit pretty hard for the last month or so and I didn't really keep up with anything. That said, I took my last final yesterday, so I just got a lot more free time. So, that leads me to the annoucements.

First of all, the C-town Demons' farm system will be moving from their Michigan locations all to West-Central Indiana, with AAA becoming the Lafayette Knights, AA becoming the Crawfordsville Eagles, and A becoming the Terre Haute Flames. Also you'll notice that my active roster has filled. Hopefully that will lead to far less injuries than I have started the season.

To anybody who sent me e-mails regarding OOTP, it seems I have not been recieving them. If any of them are still relevant, please feel free to try to contact me again. I think it's all fixed itself.

Well, There Was No Sim After All

It turns out that my wife needed the computer to write a paper for school.

I'll do the sim tonight.

Zev

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Breaking up the dynasty? I think not

The four-time defending Cecil Cup champion South Bay Scorpions have announced the trade of SP Andrew Weimer to the Danville Dans. Weimer, who filled in admirably in the then-Mighty Manatees of Florida rotation last season, had yet to appear into a game as a pitcher in 2008 due to a logjam in the rotation. He was 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 2007.

In return, South Bay receives farmhands Louis Ray, an outfielder, and Chang Waldron, a shortstop. "We think Ray has a solid chance to perform with our major league team in a few seasons," GM Michael Weintraub said. "Our minor league coaches are anxious to get their hands on him. With Waldron, we're hoping that a promotion to AA Stockholm will move him on the fast-track to a major league career."

Reached for comment, Weimer stated "I'm glad Danville showed the initiative to trade for me. Sitting in the bullpen is not for me. As much as I enjoyed my time with Florida last season, it was clear that I needed a new home for my career."

Weintraub announced that OF Mario Kelly would be promoted from AAA Florida to the 40- and 25-man rosters to replace Weimer. He will serve as the 5th outfielder and a pinch-runner. Ray will be assigned to A Rockville, and Waldron will be shipped overseas to AA Stockholm.

No Sim Tonight & A Note About Sim Times

At the request of a league member, I'm going to put off the sim until tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

In addition, everyone should be aware that in the future I'll be doing sims a lot earlier than I used to. In the past, I'd do the sim at 10 or 11 at night. However, I started a new job last month which requires me to be in bed by 10 - so sims will probably be done earlier. To be safe, have the upload in to me by 7:00pm Eastern.

Zev

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