Thursday, February 28, 2008

Marzano's Sac Fly Keeps River Cities Alive

Seattle leads 3-2. Game 6 Saturday Night.

Log Box

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monarchs Crown Scull, Take 3-1 Lead

Log Box Score

Game 5, Thursday Night

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Seattle Beats River Cities, Takes 2-1 Lead

Hester beats Okane in pitcher's duel to give Seattle a two games to one lead in the 2011 Cecil Cup.

Box Log

Game 4 on Monday Night.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

5 Run Seventh Evens Series For Seattle

The Monarchs knocked Sherman Wheeler out of the game by smacking three home runs in the seventh inning, including the second of the day by David Kerry.

Game 3 - Saturday Night

Box Log

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Big 6th Inning Sinks Nelligan, Monarchs

River Cities came up with a huge sixth inning in Game 1 of the Cecil Cup and chased Monarch starter Chad Nelligan back to the showers. Nelligan was also undone by two errors.

Log Box Score

Game 2 tomorrow night.

Zev

Monday, February 18, 2008

Changes on the prairies.

Saskatoon (CP)

Baseball fans in Saskatchewan have at least one reason to hope next year will be friendlier than 2011 was.

After the Saskatoon Cossacks finished a disappointing 42 games behind first place Seattle, general manager Trevor Pritchard announced Monday that the squad would be renamed the Amigos for 2012.

Speaking to reporters gathered at Terry Puhl Field, Pritchard denied the move was a thinly-veiled ploy to get free beer and enchiladas from a popular downtown bar of the same name.

"We want to put a positive spin on our rebuilding effort," said Pritchard, referring to last season's trades of Ronald Quijada, Carlos Barrera, and Norman Fuentes, as well as the impending departure of the team's all-time hit leader, Michael Fay.

"We won't turn down on-the-house nachos, but it wasn't our main consideration, no."

All five Hispanic-Canadians living in Saskatoon applauded the move.

Michael Hamilton, vice-president of minor league affairs, also announced that the organization would be relocating two minor league squads in 2012.

The new teams will be the AAA Regina Monologues and the AA Moose Jaw Rumrunners, Hamilton said.

Placing a minor league squad in Regina - Saskatoon's long-time rival - was a "risky" decision, said Hamilton, but the opportunity for wordplay was too great to refuse.

"Reginans shouldn't feel they have anything to brag about," said Hamilton. "We're going to subject them to another season of Christian June and Reynaldo Arias, after all."

The A-ball Tisdale Prairie Sox would be staying put because Pritchard's uncles live in the area, Hamilton added.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

GREATEST TEAMS EVER SQUARE OFF IN CECIL CUP 2011!

Yes, even greater than 2009, when I posted an entry with this title. Rather than blather on, I'll let the stats do the talking. The following list includes the two team's rankings in virtually every category of note.

Record
1. 2011 Seattle: 125-37
2. 2011 River Cities: 119-43
3. 2010 Seattle: 114-48

Pythagorean Record
1. 2011 Seattle: 125-37
2. 2011 River Cities: 124-38
3. 2009 River Cities: 122-40

Home Record
1. 2011 River Cities: 64-17
2. 2011 Seattle: 61-20
3. 2010 Seattle and 2004 Houston: 60-21

Road Record
1. 2011 Seatlle: 64-17
2. 2007 Seattle: 57-24
(tied for 4th - 2011 River Cities: 55-26)

Batting AVG
1. 2011 Seattle: .291
2. 2010 Seattle: .288
(7th - 2011 River Cities: .281)

Home Runs
1. 2011 River Cities: 227
2. 2003 Brooklyn: 218
(tied for 17th - Seattle: 181)

Runs Scored
1. 2011 River Cities: 942
2. 2004 Houston: 932
3. 2011 Seattle: 911

On Base Percentage
1. 2011 Seattle: .360
2. 2011 River Cities: .357
3. 2004 Houston: .356

OPS
1. 2011 River cities & 2004 Houston: .819
3. 2011 Seattle: .802

Runs Relative to League (R+)
1. 2011 Seattle: 136
2. 2010 Saskatoon: 128
3. 2011 River Cities and 2009 River Cities: 127

OPS Relative to League (OPS+)
1. 2011 Seattle: 116
2. 2011 River Cities: 115
3. (four teams tied): 113

Earned Run Average
1. 2011 Seattle: 2.76
2. 2010 River Cities: 2.86
(4th - 2011 River Cities: 2.92)

ERA Relative to League
1. 2011 River Cities: 142
2. 2011 Seattle and 2009 River Cities: 138

Runs Allowed
1. 2011 Seattle: 492
2. 2009 River Cities: 508
(4th - 2011 River Cities: 519)

Walks Allowed
1. 2010 Seattle: 335
2. 2011 River Cities: 342
3. 2011 Seattle: 343

Opponents' Batting Average
1. 2009 River Cities: .220
2. 2011 River Cities and 2007 River Cities: .223
(4th - 2011 Seattle: .224)

The two teams are close, really close. Without interleague play, it's very hard to know how they matchup. But, I'll pick the Monarchs in 6 because I like my playoff starting rotation a hair better than Nate's. But, this could go either way and I wouldn't be surprised.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sim 14: Who Uploaded?

Houston
Seattle
Saskatoon
River Cities
Los Angeles
Covington
Danville

Cecil Cup: Game 1 -- Monday night.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sorry for the delay

... things have been a bit hectic. The sim will be on Saturday night.

Zev

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ramirez vs. Nelligan, for all the marbles

There may not be much drama left to squeeze out of the regular season, but the Sep. 30 game between Saskatoon and Seattle should be a good one.

Yes, any clash between Chad Nelligan and Demarcus Ramirez is worth the price of admission. But there's greater significance to this game - Nelligan is going for win number 29, which would set a new single-season record.

And that, of course, would break the current record of 28 wins - set by none other than Ramirez in 2009.

Seattle Celebrates Its Heroes of Yore

Two of the cornerstones of the Seattle Monarchs will be feted as the 2011 season comes to an end. Outfielders Willie Klopp and John Sadao have been promoted to the Monarchs' roster for the final five games of the season.

John Sadao will be honored during the Monarchs' home game on October 2 against the Hickory Huskers. Sadao was the Monarchs' 12th round pick in the 2002 inaugural draft and started from 2002 to 2007. Although he spent 2008 in the frigid wasteland of Saskatoon, he returned in the middle of the 2009 season as a pinch hitter and was part of Seattle's first Cecil Cup winning squad. John spent the 2010 season on the Saskatoon bench and came back to the Monarchs' organization in 2011, playing and teaching in AA Olympia. Although he struggled somewhat, he still managed to steal 10 bases at the age of 37.

Sadao has a career .288 batting average and an .811 OPS. He was among the league leaders in doubles for six straight years beginning in 2003. He also reached the season leader boards in batting average (four times), OBP (once), SLG (three times), OPS (twice), hits (three times), triples (three times), RBI (once), runs (twice), and stolen bases (once). Sadao has also made his mark on the SDMB OOTP career leader boards. He currently ranks 15th in hits, 19th in RBI, 6th in doubles, 2nd in triples, and 15th in runs scored.

Willie Klopp's career will be celebrated during the Monarchs' home game on October 4 against Saskatoon. Known as "The Dutch God of Walks," Klopp was the Monarchs' ninth round pick in the inaugural draft. Klopp started in the Seattle outfield from 2002-2008. Seattle reluctantly traded him to the franchise then known as South Bay in the 2009 offseason, as part of the largest deal in SDMB OOTP history. Klopp posted a .394 OBP for South Bay in 2009 and once again scored 100 runs. Prior to spring training this year, Seattle traded to bring Klopp back. Like Sadao, he spent the year playing and teaching in AA Olympia. Although his bat may not be as quick as it was in his youth, Klopp's famous eye remained as he drew an astonishing 149 walks.

Klopp was a master of working the count with a career on base percentage of .395. In 2005, he led the league with a then-record 131 runs scored. He led the league in walks four of the five years from 2004-2008, finishing second in the other campaign. Klopp also could hit with power, clubbing a career-high 23 home runs in 2005. Klopp is prominent on the career leader boards, standing 20th in hits and ninth in runs scored. More importantly though, Klopp remains the career leader in walks, as his 947 bases on balls is more than 150 ahead of his closest competitor.

Neither Sadao nor Klopp have formally announced their retirements. However, the Monarchs have extended offers to both players to join their front office if they retire and the entire organization hopes both will remain part of the Monarch family for years to come.

OK, you know something is wrong...

... when you've won 90 games before the end of the season and are 32 games back.

Hey, I don't necessarily expect to be in the lead with 90 wins, but I expect better than a 32 game deficit. But hey, considering that 1/5 of my games have been against Mack, I should consider myself lucky to have the 90 wins.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sim 13: Who uploaded?

Seattle
Hickory
Saskatoon
Houston
River Cities
Los Angeles
Walla Walla
Covington
Danville

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