Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Day 4 Coach Signings Done...

... and the league file was updated. Day 5 (final day) will be tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

After that, it's on to Free Agent signings.


South Bay's Generosity Saves Shultz's Job

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Unknown to the public and behind closed doors, GM Mack Shultz's job was in jeopardy for the first time in franchise history. Losing a third Cecil Cup last year wasn't the cause. Nor was the awful orange and gold uniform designed by Shultz's three-year-old daughter for the Monarchs' dance team. Instead, it was good old-fashioned incompetence.

In the so-called "Biggest Trade in Franchise History" with South Bay, Shultz failed to thoroughly review the trade as submitted to Commissioner Steinhart and didn't notice that South Bay prospect 3B Samuel Matamoros had been omitted from the final paperwork. Apparently, team owner Mack Shultz was so incensed at his own incompetence, that he was on the verge of firing himself as GM and handing over the reins to local yokel Cletus Spuckler.

However, just before Shultz was terminated, in a fit of either generosity or pity, South Bay GM Michael Weintraub agreed to relieve Shultz from the consequences of his mistake. In return for trading Matamoros to Seattle, South Bay will receive prospect 2B Roy Frederickson. As a consequence, team GM Shultz, although upset at losing a rising prospect like Frederickson (who hit .315 in A ball last year before stumbling in AA Olympia), apparently will keep his position.

Cletus Spuckler, when reached for comment, said "Shoot, I was gonna get Brandine one of them pretty outfits."

Monday, August 28, 2006

Coaching - Day 4 - Tuesday night

It's been a *busy* weekend, and I have an event to attend to tonight. We'll do day 4 coach/scout offers tomorrow night.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

I see Nunn - thing

Press Release from the Desk of the SP

Hurt by allegations that they refuse to spend money. The Armadillos made a big deal to prove critics wrong. The Dillos will be spending $20 a year on a player the could barely hit his weight. "How 'bout dem apples!" Said the Supreme Piggy. "Trading for potential is easy. Giving up a recent Rookie of the Year for an over paid has been is hard. Selling this to or fans will be difficult but the Dillos have never shied away from a challenge. " said the Price of Piggy Power. The Dillos would also like to make it clear that any other player included in the deal form Houston cries in their sleep.

That is all.



When pointed out that the Nunn deal was 20 million dollars a year and not just 20 dollars a year the assistant to the assistant to the 2nd assistant Bebe R. Schultz stepped in and claimed he knew nothing of the deal. Nothhhhing!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Hickory - Covington swap (plus hidden bonus material)

Covington acquires Jonathan "Willett or Won't It... It Won't" from Hickory in exchange for 22 year old Hector Davila and Covington's second round pick in the upcoming draft. Willett, best known for being Australian (like Luke Prokopec! And remember Dave Nilsson? Where'd he go?), is also an excellent baserunner. Reached for comment late Friday, Hickory GM Mark Nelms said of Willett, "Good baserunner." A consistent 20 home run threat, Willett drove in 105 runs in 2005 for the River Cities franchise. Davila, who will report to Hickory's AAA club, the name of which this reporter can't remember at the moment, once ate 50 eggs.

PS - Hickory and Denver also completed a trade earlier this week:
Denver gets :
P Vernon Larry
P Hubert Bustillos
Hickory gets :
2B Eduardo Diaz
P Jesus Morales
$2,500,000 cash.

This report was supplemented with material from OOTP Transaction Page wire service.

Nunn's Got A New Home

Well, since neither Aaron nor Will have posted this, I guess I'll do it.

The Commissioner's Office received confirmation yesterday that the Covington Demons have shipped Frank Nunn and his $20 million salary to the Houston Armadillos as part of a seven player deal.

The deal in full has Frank Nunn, Albert Echeveste and the 4th round pick going to Houston in exchange for Maxwell Teixeira, Michael Orme, Harry Murawski, Andrew Crank and minor-leaguer Harold Ratchford.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sim done...

... and league file updated last night. I just didn't get a chance to update the front page again.
Next sim will be Saturday night.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Seattle Embraces New Baseball Idols

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Emerald City has turned head over heels for Sean Arant, Brad McGreevy, and the other players who came over in what is being called the biggest trade in franchise history. Seattle sent Willie Klopp, Albert Garcia, Joe Daye, and two other players to South Bay in a deal that many people expected to cause panic in the Seattle populace. Instead, the new Monarchs have quickly won over a skeptical fan base.

"Sean Arant is the greatest guy I've ever met," enthused local fan Joe Schmoe. "I met him this morning and he couldn't have been nicer." Arant was riding in the team's "Welcome to the Northwest" parade yesterday when he insisted that the car stop and, flanked by Monarchs security, walked the length of the parade route shaking hands, kissing babies, and otherwise endearing himself to the population. The parade ended at Westlake Center where the new players gave a series of impromptu speeches.

Arant, who was born and raised in Seattle, was thrilled to return to his hometown. "It's always been a dream to play for the Monarchs," enthused Arant. "I used to pretend I would hit the game winning home run in game seven of the Cecil Cup. Now, I hope to make that dream come true this October." The crowd cheered Arant's speech wildly.

The crown also warmly greeter righthanded Brad McGreevy, expected to be the number three starter this year. "In South Bay, with that snooty crowd, I had to be Bradford, but now that I'm away from those phony posers, I can go back to being good old Brad." The crowd responded by chanting "Brad, Brad, Brad," and swooning on its feet.

Another pitcher expected to join the rotation, Christian Sedillo, took the podium next. "I can only hope to help this franchise get to the promised land," said Sedillo. "Even a poor orphan from the Dominican Republic, like me, can see that the Monarchs are going all the way next year." The ladies in the crowd felt their heartstrings tugged by the combination of the sad story of Sedillo's childhood and his matinee idol looks.

Infielder Chuck Novotny was up next. "I can say, with all honesty, that Seattle is the finest city in the world. I've lived with the hicks in Hickory and the so-called elite in South Bay, but there's nothing greater than the fans here in Seattle," yelled Sedillo, straining to be heard over the screaming, delerious audience.

The last speaker was perhaps the most surprising, as shortstop Emmanuel Fernandez brought down the house. The elder statesman and three-time All-Star, was considered a throw in, added to the trade to bring some balance to the salaries changing hands. But the throng of Monarchs partisans quickly adopted Fernandez as one of their own. Fernandez's two hour speech showed his range as it included a cure for male pattern baldness, a plan for peace in the Middle East that was hailed as a breakthrough in diplomacy, and a fantastic recipe for cranberry scones. "So, all I can say is 'Thank you, Seattle.' Thank you for taking me into your hearts and I hope that we can repay you with the championship you so richly deserve." The audience, who had moaned and writhed in ecstasy throughout the speech, reacted to these closing words in a manner that can not be fairly described in the presence of children.

"These guys are the greatest," said Schmoe. 'I thought that my fan interest would decline from 98 to 92 or 93. But, now that I've met them, I'd say it's 100. I'm on my way now to sell a kidney to raise cash for a trip to Spring Training."

SDMB All World Team

There's still time to get in your vote for the 2008 All World Team. The ballots were circulated late last week. If anyone needs another copy, just let me know. Otherwise, if you haven't voted, send me an email at the usual address, ranking the top three candidates at each position.

Last night's sim was done...

... I just didn't get a chance to update the front page. In addition, the league file was *NOT* updated.

Next day's offers are due by tonight.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What do you get...

...when you take eight adults from four diffrent (related) families, three "normal" kids, two hyperactive kids, three kids who like to egg on the hyperactive kids, one infant, a portrait studio at a local mall and a photographer trying to get all seventeen of them to smile and look forward at once?

A grueling photo session that takes far, far longer than it should.

Sorry... we'll try again tonight.


Friday, August 18, 2006

Danville Vacation

To all: apologies for not sending email, but I don't have all the addresses grouped and I'm trying to work quickly.

Firstly, sorry about the non-communication of the past week. I've had training week at my newspaper job, and for the first time I'm more of a trainer than a trainee, so it's been very hectic to say the least. Secondly, now I'm taking my first real vacation of the summer (I was in school and working at the paper all summer as well), to Chicago this weekend. Thus I will be out of touch. Again, my apologies for the delays in communication. To all who had contacted me about trades, I am definitely interested in making some moves, but I certainly understand if you don't want to wait for the weekend.

I will be back late Sunday night. Please feel free to keep sending offers, and I will peruse them all when I return. Have a good weekend, everyone.

Brent, Danville Dans.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

South Bay and Seattle pull off trade stunner

In their never-ending quest for excellence, the four-time Cecil Cup champion South Bay Scorpions are pleased to announce a blockbuster trade with perennial Cecil Cup foes Seattle Monarchs. 11 players and over $40 million in salary are being exchanged up the I-5 corridor between the two dynasties.

Heading up to Seattle is star CF Sean Arant, promising SP Bradford McGreevy, SS Emmanuel Fernandez, SP Cristian Sedillo, and versatile infielder Charles Novotny.

In return, South Bay receives ace SP Albert Garcia, plus LF Willie Kropp, SP Joe Daye, IF Robert Young, minor league SP Anthony Koepp, and Seattle's 2nd round pick in the forthcoming 2009 amateur draft.

"We couldn't sit around after losing the Zotti League last year," Owner/GM Michael Weintraub explained while watching the sun set over the ocean in his Redondo Beach, CA home tonight. "Our team is striving for an unprecedented fifth title, and with this deal, we think we're back where we belong."

"Last season, starting pitching was our weakest element. It kills me to deal Sean Arant, but we had to do it to get pitchers of the caliber of Garcia, Day, and Koepp. I believe that, with a rotation already featuring Wendell Sorg, Luis Diaz, and Casey Plunk, Garcia and Daye give us the strongest 1-5 rotation in the league."

When asked if this blockbuster ends the offseason for the Scorpions just as it's starting, Weintraub laughed. "No, we're never done. I still have plenty of money and interest in free agents and other trades."

Trade: Denver and River Cities

Dateline: Marietta 1/26/09

Another trade along the Ohio River tonight as the World Champion Paddlewheelers continue their astonishing purge of talent.

This time the trading partner is those Mile High marauders the Denver Zephyrs! Denver has sent hot pitching prospect Juan Villatoro, along with their 1st (#2) and 2nd (#14) round picks in the upcoming amatuer draft to River Cities in exchange for SP Sergio Alonso, MR Dalton Davis, SS Eduardo Diaz and all star and Gold Glove winner 3B Chet Edwards!

"Losing Chet is a real blow," owner and GM Nate Wooley remarked, caught at his vacation home in Barbados while polishing his trophy, "but realistically with Palacio at 2B, Fout at 3B and up and coming John Hukill at SS there simply wasn't room for him on the team. We felt it best to make sure he ended up in a location where he could play everyday."

Reached at his home in Tuscaloosa Edwards told this report 'Well, ain't that sweet. See how far loyalty gets you in this game. First I'm out of playing time in the series and now Denver? Am I going to be able to breathe there? Do we know that there's AIR? Do we?'

Rumors persist that River Cities is not yet done dealing. Reports indicate that GM Wooley would like to find a CF prior to the free agency period to line up with starting nine and providing stability to his planning. Who will go next? Theriault? Starner? Palacio? Welch?

Only time will tell.

Random fact of the day: If you want to win, lose

It's true. The team with the better regular season record in the Cecil Cup has lost every Cup since the inaugural 2002 Houston squad. Here's the records going into each of the Cecil Cups:

2002: Houston (92-70) vs. Stockholm (91-71). Houston wins in 6.
2003: Houston (95-67) vs. California (98-64). Houston wins in 5.
2004: Houston (107-55) vs. Stockholm (103-59). Stockholm wins in 6.
2005: Seattle (112-50) vs. Stockholm (108-54). Stockholm wins in 4.
2006: Seattle (95-67) vs. Stockholm (same at 95-67). Stockholm wins in 7.
2007: Saskatoon (101-61) vs. Florida (97-65). Florida wins in 5.
2008: Seattle (106-56) vs. River Cities (103-59). River Cities wins in 5.

So, the moral of the story is apparently "Win enough to win your division, but less than the other guy."

I'll also note that 2008 may have been the first year where the team with the better Pythagorean record won the Cup. I don't have the Pythagorean records for 2002, so Houston may have had a better record than Stockholm. 2003 California and 2004 Houston had better Pythagorean records than their opponents but lost in the Cup. The Cup opponents had the same Pythagorean records in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2008, River Cities was one game better (110-52 vs. 109-53) in Pythagorean record than Seattle. So, it may not pay to have the best Pythagorean record either.

Bonus random facts: Seattle had the best Pythagorean record in 2007, but lost the Adams League championship to Saskatton by one game. River Cities (then Virginia) tied Houston for the best Pythagorean record in 2004 (103-59), but won nine games less than projected and finished nine games behind Florida, who won two more games than their 101-61 Pythagorean record.

Somehow, this makes me feel a little better. Not as good as if I ever actually won a Cecil Cup, but a little bit better.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Trade: Seattle and Covington

Seattle and Covington engaged in what REALLY was the first trade of the offseason (see Transaction Page) when Seattle sent Gene Icenhour and Curtis Barksdale to Covington in exchange for Isaac Diehl and Richard "Crazylegs" Shipp.

Icenhour posted a 2.92 ERA last year, but that apparently wasn't enough for Seattle General Manager Mack Shultz. "He was 7-10 last year. How do you have a losing record with a sub-3.00 ERA and our offense? Frankly, we think he dogged it when it counted. That start against River Cities in the Cecil Cup clinched it for us. He's just not a big game guy."

Icenhour spent just one season in Seattle, coming over last offseason for a package of players highlighted by Scott Mayhew, who suffered a career ending injury. "Thank the gods," said Icenhour when reached for comment. "Do you know what Seattle's like with all those uptight caffeine-fueled yuppies?" When advised of Shultz's comments, Icenhour quickly retorted. "I'm not a big game guy? I'm not the GM of a team that's lost THREE Cecil Cups. I think the failure starts at the top, and you can quote me on that."

Barksdale is a promising middle reliever who had come over in a deal from Saskatchewan in the middle of last year. "I got traded again? Crap, I just got my apartment arranged the way I like," said Barksdale.

Diehl and Shipp apparently favored the deal. "Do you know we were in single A ball last year?" said Diehl. "All damn year."

"At least Seattle pushes it's young players up to the major league level," raved Shipp. "Look at Hester, Armendariz, Machen, Maclin. They let young players play. We're fired up to go there and start moving our careers along."

The trade gives the defending Adams League champs an astounding eight of the top twenty prospects, as ranked by Baseball America, including six starting pitchers. Can Seattle possibly be planning to keep all of these young stud pitchers, or will some be moved to acquire the outfield pop that may have kept them from winning the Cup last year? Only time will tell.

Coach Signings -- Day 1 Wednesday night

Time to sign those coaches folks. Please remember to send me your Day 1 coach bids by tomorrow night. Remember that all scouts will be set to average, so don't overbid for them.


WANTED: Stud pitcher

News of the low ratings of the recent Cecil Cup series between River Cities and Seattle has reached the Los Angeles area, and the fans are adamant: The second biggest media market in the country must be represented in next year's Cecil Cup!

To facilitate that, the Greatest Team in SDMB League HistoryTM, South Bay Scorpions, is determined to excel in 2009. Owner Michael Weintraub has authorized GM Michael Weintraub to do whatever is necessary to overcome the River Cities menace.

"It's all about pitching," Weintraub, the GM stated. "When we have the top pitching staff in the league, we win. When we don't, we lose."

So, this reporter has learned, the Scorpions are looking to acquire a world-class starting pitcher this offseason, either via trade or free agency.

When asked who was available, Weintraub would only mention the untouchables: Ricky Peppers, Wendell Sorg, Casey Plunk, and Junior "Goodnight" Cuomo. Everyone in the South Bay organization, including former Outstanding Newcomer and perennial All Star, Sean Arant and solid young 2B Bill Turek, might watch from the sofa next season as South Bay reclaims the Cup.

The Frank Nunn Escape Clause

As we all know, one of the players on the Covington roster is first baseman Frank Nunn. Nunn, of course, was one of the All-time greats. He was the second player selected in the initial draft and won the Outstanding Batter award twice (2002, 2004).

Nonetheless, despite having a very good season in 2005 (.298, 37 HR, 100 RBI) many of us were shocked when the Austin owner offered the 35-year old Nunn to a six year deal worth $20 million a year. We were all sure that he would fade well before the last year of the contract.

Well, as it turns out, that's exactly what's happened. Last year, he barely hit his weight (.199 vs. 195 pounds), finishing the year with a .644 OPS (almost a 300 point drop vs. 2007).

Some owners began to express sympathy for the new Covington owner, since he didn't sign Nunn to his ridiculous contract and now he's stuck with him for another three seasons. Some of them had expressed an interest in seeing Nunn freed from his contract.

As it turns out, I've been looking over Nunn's contract and found some interesting clauses in it. One of them is the "Escape Clause" which states as follows:

"In the event that the owner who agrees to this contract (who must have been under the influence of one too many beers when he offered it) is no longer with the league after the 2008 season, the new owner can petition to have this contract terms changed to a salary of 1,500,000 dollars for the 2009 season and the player shall become a free agent after the 2009 season (unless the new owner offers him an extension).

So, since the owner asked to be relieved of the contract, I am putting the matter to a vote of the other owners. Shall Frank Nunn's escape clause be excercised?


On the block

Get these guys to warmer climates!

CF/RF John Sadao. The ideal platoon candidate - Sadao mashes right-handers (.839 OPS in '08) but has, how shall we say, some minor issues with southpaws (.538 OPS). Two-time all-star, usually among league leaders in doubles (top ten from '03-'08). Dresses up as both halves of Sonny and Cher for organization's Halloween party.

2B/SS Robert Ramsey. Two full years in the bigs, two all-star seasons. Came out of nowhere to hit .370 and win Newcomer of the Year in '07. Steals bases like an Enron accountant, and has two more arbitration years left. Invites his fellow middle infielders over for kung fu flicks and discussions about turning the double play every Thursday evening.

SP Santos Gonzalez. This lanky Dominican has loads of potential - talent ratings of 8, 6, and 10 for the major categories. Blistering 99 MPH fastball. In '04-'05, struck out 453 batters in only 229.1 minor league innings. Loves Fresca and the narrative poetry of Robert Browning.

The entire bullpen. No one's off limits there.

Trade: Walla Walla and River Cities

Dateline: River Cities, 10/14/08

-- Still basking in the glow of their first title River Cities has opened the trading season with a bang trading minor league starters Hai Elbert and Charles Olaughlin along with AAA shortstop Fred Smith to Walla Walla in return for Walla Walla's 1st and 2nd round picks in the upcoming amateur draft.
Reached at his newly constructed 'Victory Cottage' in Marietta, OH River Cities General Manager Nate Wooley said 'Hey, it's tough giving up those guys, especially a middle infielder of the quality of Smith but it's not like we don't have Edwards and my new best friend John Hukill. John, you OK? More mimosa?' Wooley went on to say that he's glad to be the one starting the trading off and hopes for more action in the near future.
Smith, when reached for comment at his home in Spokane, said 'It's good that I'll be getting closer to home where I can see my parents. I've missed them in Ohio. And honestly, was I EVER going to crack that lineup? I don't THINK so. I hope I'll get a chance to play regularly in Walla Walla.
Olaughlin and Elbert were silent on the trade.

No sim last night...

Sorry guys, but real life got in the way. I'll try for tonight -- I have a party to go to, but perhaps when we get back.


From the Muck

The Piggy is not pleased.

Yes the sworn enemy of the people has been dethroned.

Yes there was a 26 game improvement.

The traitor Michael House has been dealt with. People will now be able to enjoy Dude Where's My Car for the masterpiece it is. He and his minions will not never spoil movie night again.

2009 will be the year of the Piggy. All is going to plan.

That is all.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Trading Season is open again

Now that the season is over, trading is now once again permitted.

I've set up a Draft Scorecard to keep track of who has which draft picks available for drafting. Please note that four positions in the draft need to be determined by random pick. In addition, please remember that acquired picks cannot be traded.


Greatest Offenses in SDMB OOTP History

In honor of the Cecil Cup Champion River Cities Paddlewheelers, I provide the following list of the greatest SDMB OOTP offenses in recorded history (2003-08).

1. 2008 River Cities. Scored 5.48 runs per game, 23% above the league average of 4.45. With a team OPS of .793, it's easy to see why this team cruised to the title. Imagine what their numbers could have been with a full season of the Sabertooth in the line-up. Their team batting average of .282 tied the record.

2. 2004 Houston. The king by raw stats, Houston scored a record 932 runs, for a 5.75 run per game average that was 21% above the league mark. While Houston's stats may have been swelled by the expansion pitching staffs, they are the only team with an OPS over .800, posting a .819 mark that was a record 13% above average. Three infielders (Ruble, Pena, and Melton) had OPSs over .950! They hit for average (.282 - tied for best ever) and hit for power (213 home runs for second most ever and 317 doubles for most ever).

3. 2007 Florida. Scored 5.07 runs per game, also 21% above the league average of 4.18. Led by Luis Jeon's .913 OPS, the Manatees had four of the Zotti League's top ten OPSs. They benefited from playing in the lowest scoring league ever.

4. 2007 Brooklyn. Scored 5.28 runs per game, 20 % above league average. The all time leader with 215 home runs, there were nine Wolves with double figure home run totals, which isn't easy to do with no DH spot in the line-up.

5. 2007 Seattle. Scored six runs less than Brooklyn despite having a team OPS almost ten points higher. In fact, the team OPS of .776 is the third highest of all time, but the 1259 strikeouts were also fourth highest in history.

The franchise with the most runs scored in recorded history is Seattle with 4,941, or 5.08 per game followed by South Bay (4,865 / 5.01) and Brooklyn (4837 / 4.98)

The SDMB League Trophy

Boys, call it an exercise in ego but I want to do something my rotisserie league has done for years.

I'm going to have a SDMB League Trophy made.

A standard baseball trophy. Nothing big. And on it will be engraved the names of each years winners going back to the beginning. To wit:

2002 - Houston Armadillos - Will Taylor
2003 - Houston Armadillos - Will Taylor
2004 - Stockholm Sluggers - Michael Weintraub
2005 - Stockholm Sluggers - Michael Weintraub
2006 - Florida Mighty Manatees - Michael Weintraub
2007 - Florida Mighty Manatees - Michael Weintraub
2008 - River Cities Paddlewheelers - Nate Wooley

Then, each year, the holder has to have the next year's winner engraved on it and ship it to that winner so it can sit on his desk.

What do you all think? Good idea or bad?


Demarcus Ramirez knows he's good. But he also knows that, in 2008, Chad Nelligan was better.

"I think I robbed Nelly a bit," said Ramirez, 28, after hearing he'd won his second straight Adams League Outstanding Pitcher Award Sunday night. "I had a pretty good year, but he was better, no doubt about that."

Both Ramirez and Nelligan, who both came up in the Saskatoon system and were teammates before Nelligan was traded to Hickory in 2005, had stellar 2008 campaigns. Ramirez went 20-5 with a 2.38 ERA, striking out 251 while walking only 30.

Nelligan, 29, went 17-8, struck out 242, and posted a minuscule ERA of 1.60 - the lowest ever in AL history. But even that figure couldn't sway voters' minds.

"I don't want to say anything bad against the D-Man," said Nelligan. "I mean, when we were in Double-A we shared hotel rooms together. Had some crazy times out on the desolate Canadian prairie."

"Maybe if I won 20 - who knows," he added.

Nelligan still could walk away with some hardware, however - he's a leading candidate for an as-of-yet unnamed award given out to the best pitcher by owners of the 12 Adams and Zotti league franchaises. That award should be given out in the next few weeks.

League Pages Updated

Now that 2008 is in the books, several league pages have been updated:

The League Owner directory was updated by Aaron, the Awards History page was updated by Mack and I updated the Team History page. I want to extend a hearty "thank you" to Mack and Aaron for helping out with maintaining the league site.

If anyone wants to update any existing pages, or create new ones, please feel free.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

Wheeler, Bullpen Shut Out Seattle To Capture Cecil Cup!

Sherman Wheeler threw seven shutout innings and the rest of the rest of the bullpen was able to keep Seattle off the board, allowing River Cities to capture the 2008 Cecil Cup. Congratulations, Nate!

Box Score
Game Log

There will one more sim tomorrow (Monday) night for teams to make final offers to free-agents to be. After that, we will move forward to the 2009 season.

(P.S. Nate, if you have a different square logo that you'd like to use, please let me know. For now, I used the one that Brent created.)


Saturday, August 12, 2006

Four In First, Four In Seventh Down Monarchs.

River Cities Leads Series 3-1.

Box Score
Game Log

Game 5: Sunday night.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Pitching in the Playoffs

Has anyone noticed the subpar pitching out of starters in the Series so far? Here's the game scores from each starter through Game Three:

Pitcher Game Score Game
Garcia (SEA) 56 1
Okane (RIV) 54 2
Bird (SEA) 44 2
Wheeler (RIV) 35 1
Icenhour (SEA) 31 3
Orozco (RIV) 29 3

Oofah, not a stellar start in the bunch. Garcia and Okane rate an 'acceptable' with a 56 and 54, respectively, but it's not Roger Clemens by any means.

So far the run differential slightly favors River Cities at 21-18. That's an average score of 7-6 over the three games.

Truly, a battle of offense so far. Who's going to get that one great performance out of a starting pitcher? Only the future will tell.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Game 3 to River Cities in Squeaker

Two hits by Gary Giles and Timothy Palacio in the bottom of the ninth sinks Seattle.

Box Score
Game Log

Game 4 on Saturday night

Random fact of the day

Most people are familiar with the so-called Pythagorean theorum for baseball - that winning percentage will be roughly equal to runs squared divided by the sum of runs squared and runs allowed squared. The game even automatically tracks of Pythagorean records and includes them in the standings report. (Incidentally, River Cities' Pythagorean record this year of 110-52 is the highest in SDMB OOTP history. One more reason I'm destined to experience heartbreak again.)

Anyway, using my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet, I found that using 2 as the exponent in the formula is not as accurate as it could be. For our game, the most accurate exponent to use is 1.62. In other words, the most accurate formula is runs to the power of 1.62 divided by the sum of runs to the power of 1.62 and runs allowed to the power of 1.62. This reduces the cumulative "error" between Pythagorean records and actual records by about 17%.

As the title indicates, this is purely a random fact. But, using the traditional Pythagorean formula has, on the whole, overestimated the quality of good teams and underestimated the quality of bad teams.

By the way, the team that most underperformed compared to this standard is 2005 Austin/Covington, who lost 11.5 games more than they should have, and the team that most overperformed is the 2005 Seattle team, who won 10 more games than they should have.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Game 2 - River Cities Clobbers Seattle!

Martin Baker's 5 RBI, Deschamp's meltdown in 9th seal Seattle's fate in Game 2.

Box Score
Game Log

Game 3: Wednesday night

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mudge's 2 Blasts Power Seattle to Game 1 Victory!

Box Score
Game Log

SDMB History / Cumulative Record

I've now added the final 2008 stats into my spreadsheet, hopefully to enable me to gain a crushing advantage over all of you. [evil maniacal laughter] Bwaa haa haa haa haa. [/evil maniacal laughter]

Anyway, here's the cumulative records of the franchises from 2002-2008, ranked by winning percentage.

1. South Bay, 683-451, 0.602 (98-64, 0 GB)
2. Seattle, 663-471, 0.585 (95-67, 3 GB)
3. Saskatoon, 614-520 0.541 (88-74, 10 GB)
4. Brooklyn, 607-527, 0.535 (87-75, 11 GB)
5. River Cities, 606-528, 0.534 (87-75, 11 GB)
6. New York, 400-410, 0.494 (80-82, 18 GB)
7. Houston, 554-580, 0.489 (79-83, 19 GB)
8. Danville, 550-584, 0.485 (79-83, 19 GB)
9. Walla Walla, 527-607, 0.465 (75-87, 23 GB)
10. Hickory, 331-479, 0.409 (66-96, 32 GB)
11. Covington, 312-498, 0.385 (62-100, 36 GB)
12. Denver, 309-501, 0.381 (62-100, 36 GB)

I added what the cumulative winning percentage equates to in a 162-game season and how many games back each franchise would be.

It does appear that Michael has the greatest SDMB team, which I guess we could have expected. Sigh. I also think that this shows how hard it's been for the four expansion teams to compete (although New York has done a pretty impressive job). I expect the expansion teams' records to start changing over the next couple of years, as some of the very best young players are in those systems.

- Mack

Aside: I have all kinds of pitching, batting, and fielding stats from 2003-08 at my fingertips as well. I'll post some of the more interesting ones on the blog here when I'm procrastinating. But, if anyone has any questions, feel free to drop them into a comment in this or a later post and I'll be happy to answer them. Example random fact: Brooklyn's franchise has the most home runs in history (1176 over the six years of 2003-08), as well as the two seasons with the most in a year (218 in 2003 and 215 in 2007).

Friday, August 04, 2006

2008 Upload Champioins!!

A good measure of an on-line league is how often the participants... well, participate. There have been fourteen sims in this season. How often did people send me uploads? Well, here are the results:

River Cities -- 14 uploads (Perfect!)
Seattle -- 14 uploads (Perfect!)
South Bay -- 14 uploads (Perfect!)
Saskatoon -- 12 uploads (sims 1, 3, 5-14)
Danville -- 11 uploads (1-4, 8-14)
Hickory -- 11 uploads (1, 3-6, 8-13)
Houston -- 9 uploads (2-6, 8, 11-12, 14)
Denver - 4 uploads (1, 4, 11, 13)
Covington -- 3 uploads (3, 4, 7)
New York -- 3 uploads (2, 5, 7)
Walla Walla -- 2 uploads (2, 8)

Out of 154 possible uploads (14 sims * 11 teams [I make my changes directly in the game]), there were a total of 97 sims, for a 63% upload rate.

Uploads included all uploads (whether successful or not) and any email messages with roster changes/moves (or even an email saying "No changes this week").


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Game 1: River Cities @ Seattle - Sunday night

Mack, Nate -- don't forget to get your rosters down to 25 players!

By the way, I will be passing your offers to free-agents-to-be during the playoffs, so if there is that "special someone" that you want to keep on your team, feel free to send an offer.


Sim 14: Who uploaded?

River Cities
South Bay

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sim Thursday night

Work responsibilities have keep me from getting the last sim done Mondayand Tuesday nights. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to get to it tonight either... so let's go for Thursday night.


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