Saturday, December 20, 2014

Season 29 Award Winners

American League Most Valuable Player: Roger Byrne (Indianapolis – qtip32)
Byrne won the AL MVP in only his second big-league season.  He led the AL with an impressive 1.070 OPS, finished second in homeruns at 44, fifth in batting with an average of .318, and tenth in RBIs with 116.  He also added speed to the lineup as he successfully swiped 40 bases in only 44 attempts. 

American League Cy Young: Yoshinori Zhou (Vancouver – skplayer07)
At only 23-years-old, Zhou took home the AL Cy Young award by finishing with an impressive 21-8 record.  Zhou was a workhorse, pitching 224 innings.  He led the AL in wins and strikeouts (199), finished seventh in OAV at .237, and eighth with a 1.24 WHIP.  Zhou helped 6th-seed Vancouver advance to the World Series by going 6-2 with 3 complete games and a 2.39 ERA in the playoffs.

American League Rookie of the Year: John Martin (Milwaukee – horvie78)
23-year-old Martin used a combination of hitting and speed to earn the AL ROY honors.  He batted .312 with a .387 on-base percentage, while adding 15 homeruns, 71 RBIs, and 40 stolen bases.  Martin also took home the AL Silver Slugger award at LF and helped Milwaukee win their first division title in franchise history.

American League Fireman of the Year: Esteban Mesa (Rochester – wylie715)
Mesa won his second career Fireman of the Year award, as he led the AL in saves with 44.  He finished the season with a 3.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and opponents batted .251 against him. 

National League Most Valuable Player: Benito Rodriguez (Toronto – sgmedia)
Rodriguez won his first career MVP by leading the NL in batting average (.337) and OPS (1.101).  Rodriguez finished third in runs scored by crossing the plate 117 times and ninth in homeruns with 40.  He added 87 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, and had 9 plus plays at 1B.

National League Cy Young: Tim Daubach (Seattle – ghutton9)
Daubach was a run-away winner for his second career Cy Young award.  He has now captured the Cy Young in both the American and National League.  Daubach impressively led the NL in wins (21), ERA (1.98), WHIP (0.87), and OAV (.177).  He not only led the NL, but set the all-time Pine Tar single season records for WHIP and OAV.

National League Rookie of the Year: Neal Hartzell (Albuquerque – csudak)
24-year-old Hartzell, 4th overall pick in the Season 26 draft, won the NL ROY after an impressive offensive season.  He finished fifth overall in the NL with 121 RBIs, and first among NL rookies in runs scored (106), homeruns (37), and slugging percentage (.527). 

National League Fireman of the Year: Juan Sierra (Seattle – ghutton9)
Sierra won his fourth consecutive Fireman of the Year award, and fifth overall.  He led the league with 52 saves, which were only two shy of his own Pine Tar single season record, and helped Seattle earn the National League’s #1 seed.  Sierra now has 367 career saves at only 29-years-old.

Silver Slugger Award:
-1B Armando Mota (Dov) and 2B Benny Navarro (Vanc) both won their 9th Silver Slugger award.  3B Raymond Petrov (Sea) won his 7th, and C Bengie Trajano won his 5th.
-Wichita had 3 first-time Silver Slugger winners: P Rondell Collins, C Alving Torrealba, CF Bartolo Ortiz.
-Additional first-time Silver Slugger winners: Rafael Vincente (Vanc), Buddy Berry (NY), John Martin (Milw), Mendy Lee (Dur), Roger Byrne (Ind), Benito Rodriguez (Tor), F.P. Gentry (Scra), Rickie Halama (Iowa).

Gold Glove Award:
-CF Brent Summers (Dov) won his 7th Gold Glove award.  P Rock Randall (Stl) and SS Miguel Garces (Bos) each won their 5th award.  LF Saul Trevino took home his 4th award.
-First-time Gold Glove winners from the AL: Charles Zhang (NY), Kris Everidge (Ind), Ed Darnell (NO), Yamid Lee (Fla), Marvin Rose (Nash).
-Of the nine NL Gold Glove winners, 7 won the award for the first time.  Louisville’s Clay Vernon (P) and Ben Tate (CF) each won their second Gold Glove.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pine Tar Championship Series Season 29

Pine Tar Championship Series Season 29

Four teams remain, let's take a look at them:

Salem Volcanoes(Jkenned) 106-56.   1st Place
Last Season's Pine Tar Champion
JKenned has already won 4 WS titles in all worlds.

Vancouver Canucks(skplayer07) 91-71 2nd Place
This franchise has never won a Pine Tar title.
In Season 26 Vancouver made their only Pine Tar World Series Appearance.  They lost 4 games to 1, to a then Helena team.
Skplayer07 has already won 1 WS title in another world.

Wichita DwArf'y Mojados(Jibe) 86-76 1st Place
This franchise has never won a Pine Tar title.
This franchise has never made a Pine Tar World Series appearance.
This is the first NL Championship Series that this franchise has ever participated in.
Jibe has won 7 WS titles in other worlds.

Scranton Red Barons(Reggie988) 91-71 1st Place
This franchise has never won a Pine Tar title.
This franchise has made 2 Pine Tar World Series Appearances.  They were last season's NL champion.  They also went to the Pine Tar World Series back in Season 17 under a different owner.
Reggie988 has never won a WS title.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Down the Stretch - Season 29:

Top Playoff Races:

National League: NL South

Team Owner Record Remaining Opp Record Remaining Home Games
Louisville Arfy 89-60 0.493 4
Texas erichanville 88-61 0.473 10
Season Series Tied 5-5

National League: #6 Seed
Team Owner Record *Remaining Opp Record Remaining Home Games
Jackson bobbyj7 78-71 0.482 10
Iowa City tk21775 76-73 0.491 3
Toronto sgmedia 75-74 0.549 3
 *Calculated with 14 games remaining

Magic Number to Clinch Division
The Magic Number represents the total of additional wins by the front-running team or additional losses by the second-place team after which it is mathematically impossible for the second-place team to capture the title in the remaining games

AL North: Milwaukee - 7
AL East: Boston - 0
AL South: Nashville - 1
AL West: Salem - 2
NL North: Scranton - 6
NL East: Wichita - 4
NL South: Louisville - 13
NL South: Texas - 15
NL West: Seattle - 0

Magic Number to Clinch Wild Card Birth
AL: Vancouver - 2
AL: Durham - 4
NL: Texas - 2

Individual Accolades

Batting Average: Fred Inge (Dur) - .375
Inge’s .375 BA would rank him 5th for a single season in Pine Tar history.  The record is .398.

Earned Run Average:  Tim Daubach (Sea) – 1.95
Daubach’s 1.95 ERA would rank 2nd for a single season in Pine Tar history.  The record is 1.79.

Catcher Earned Run Average:  Rickie Lawrence (Sea) – 2.79
Lawrence’s 2.79 CERA would rank 4th all-time for a single season in Pine Tar.  The record is 2.39.

Saves: Juan Sierra (Sea) – 48
The Pine-Tar record is 54.

Pitchers who already have, or have a shot at reaching 20 wins:
Tim Daubach (Sea): 21-3
Yoshinori Zhou (Vanc): 21-6
Eddie Plant (Wich): 19-7
Lonny Gonzalez (Sal): 18-6

Homerun Race:
Keith Williamson (CSP): 47
Phil Yamamoto (Nash): 46
Dicky Stanley (Tex): 44

Longest Hitting Streak:
Julio Silva (OK): 23

Most Plus Plays:
Alex Alomar (Hou): 27
Lefty Twitchell (Sal): 26

Stolen Base Runs – Top 5 Teams:
A sabermetric statistic that estimates the number of runs generated from stolen bases.  Formula = (.3 x SB) - (.6 x CS)

Team Owner SB CS Stolen Base Runs
Boston kjmulli 172 35 30.6
Fresno dlmose 215 66 24.9
New York skuff730 214 75 19.2
Seattle ghutton9 160 49 18.6
Wichita jibe 194 67 18

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Playoff Droughts & All-Stars

Playoff Droughts:

The postseason could contain some unfamiliar faces, as the following franchises are on the verge of ending long playoff droughts. 

The AL North is up for grabs with Dover (7 consecutive division titles) currently sitting 14 games behind first place.  New York was picked as the pre-season favorite and currently holds a 2 game lead.  Milwaukee used a 15 game winning streak to propel themselves back into the race, and Kansas City has been quietly lurking a few games behind. 

Three teams with loads of young talent are in contention for the postseason, probably earlier than expected.  Nashville and Wichita are currently leading their respective divisions, and Indianapolis is sitting a few games back in the wild card race.  Wichita has the longest drought of these teams, as they haven’t made the playoffs in 18 seasons.

Jackson is still in contention for the NL South title, in what many thought would be a two team race between Texas and Louisville.   They have an 8-2 record in division play.

New York Damage Controllers (skuff730)
AL North – 2 game lead
Playoff Drought: 11 seasons

Milwaukee Magnitude (horvie78)
AL North – 2 games behind
Playoff Drought: 10 seasons

Kansas City Yardbirds (holleybard)
AL North – 5 games behind
Playoff Drought: 6 seasons

Indianapolis Valhalla Varauders (qtip32)
AL East – 2 games behind in wild card race
Playoff Drought: 8 seasons

Nashville Merchants (blapo21)
AL South – 8 game lead
Playoff Drought: 7 seasons

Wichita Dwarf’y Mojados (jibe)
NL East – 3 game lead
Playoff Drought: 18 seasons

Jackson Juggernauts (bobbyj7)
NL South – 5 games behind, 4 games behind in wild card race
Playoff Drought: 5 seasons


Teams with the most All-Star selections:
Boston Pilgrims (kjmulli) – 7
Seattle Strikers (ghutton9) – 7
Salem Volcanoes (jkenned) – 4
Scranton Red Barons (reggie988) – 3
Colorado Springs Night Watchman (toe64) – 3
Rochester Retards (wylie715) – 3
Dover Dinklebergs (tmfran) – 3
Vancouver Canucks (skplayer07) – 3

Teams with zero All-Star selections:
Fargo Wood Chippers (starbuckdc)
Cincinnati Firestorm (jbburner)
Milwaukee Magnitude (horvie78)
Florida Retirees (soxfan_9)
Tampa Bay Thunder (rxw1)
Fresno Grizzlies (dlmose)

First Time All-Stars – American League
P – Alex James (Merchants)
P – Phil Linton (Canucks)
P – Yoshinori Zhou (Canucks)
P – Lonny Gonzalez (Volcanoes)
P – Heinie Green (Pilgrims)
P – Hipolito Owen (Pilgrims)
P – Esmerling Gil (Valhalla Varauders)
3B – Cristobal Izquierdo (Volcanoes)
3B – Thom Blair (Dinklebergs)
SS – Lefty Twitchell (Volcanoes)
CF – Lyle Rapp (Merchants)
RF – Vicente Feliz (Canucks)
RF – Roger Byrne (Valhalla Varauders)
DH – Calvin Pecina (Arch Angels)

First Time All-Stars – National League
P – Howard Tartabull (Juggernauts)
P – Ralph Young (Juggernauts)
C – Rickie Lawrence (Strikers)
C – Alan Pierce (Phantoms)
2B – F.P. Gentry (Red Barons)
2B – Scooter Leslie (Juice)
3B – Neal Hartzell (Komodo Dragons)
SS – Rafael Santana (DwArf’y Mojados)
LF – Eugenio Canseco (Red Barons)

Highest Number of All-Star Appearances (current All-Stars only)
P – Alex Martis (Dinklebergs): 9th appearance
1B – Armando Mota (Dinklebergs): 8th appearance
P – Brandon Taylor (Strikers): 8th appearance
P – Dusty Lindsey (Pilgrims): 7th appearance
2B – Fred Inge (Doormats): 7th appearance
P – Sticky Farquhar (Yardbirds): 6th appearance
P – Juan Sierra (Strikers): 6th appearance

Saturday, November 1, 2014

American League All-Youth Team

Below is my All-Youth Team of 25 American League players currently on MLB rosters who are 25 years-old or younger.  These are based on my opinion.  I looked at both ratings and statistics.  I valued both offense and defense, but usually tend to favor offense over defense.  If you think somebody got snubbed, feel free to point it out on the message board.

Cesar Santos (Boston) - .302 BA, .362 OBP, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 37% CS, 3.16 ERA
Daniel Acosta (Tampa Bay) - .298 BA, .405 OBP, 14 RBI, 30% CS, 4.59 ERA

Willie Tarasco (Vancouver) - .268 BA, .353 OBP, 19 HR, 64 RBI
Valerio Martinez (St. Louis) - .288 BA, .366 OBP, 19 HR, 52 RBI

Rubby Prieto (Salem): S28 MVP, .270 BA, .340 OBP, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 19 SB

Lefty Twitchell (Salem): .303 BA, .349 OBP, 17 HR, 41 RBI, 17 SB, 6 plus plays

Cristobal Izquierdo (Salem): .333 BA, .405 OBP, 26 RBI, 27 SB, 11 plus plays
Yamid Lee (Florida): .286 BA, .351 OBP, 20 RBI, 11 plus plays

Lyle Rapp (Nashville) - .354 BA, .411 OBP, 1.026 OPS, 11 HR, 46 RBI

John Martin (Milwaukee) - .316 BA, .386 OBP, 32 RBI, 21 SB
Michel Pena (Salem): .276 BA, .361 OBP, 9 HR, 46 RBI, 23 SB

Roger Byrne (Indy) - .311 BA, .401 OBP, 1.118 OPS, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 18 SB
Marvin Rose (Nashville) - .296 BA, .356 OBP, 22 HR, 58 RBI, 5 plus plays
Hugh Paterson (Kansas City) - .304 BA, .360 OBP, 19 HR, 69 RBI, 5 plus plays

Harry Gibson (Salem) – S28 ROY, .266 BA, .349 OBP, 18 HR, 55 RBI

Yoshinori Zhou (Vancouver): 10-3, 4.13 ERA, .245 OAV, 1.19 WHIP
Wilt Sizemore (Fresno): 3-time All-Star, 5-8, 4.70 ERA, .267 OAV, 1.28 WHIP, 3 CG
Kevin Leonard (Nashville): 5-6, 5.43 ERA, .272 OAV, 1.53 WHIP, 18 wins in S28
Lonny Gonzalez (Salem): 12-3, 3.61 ERA, .251 OAV, 1.26 WHIP
Willis Reynolds (New York): 8-3, 3.01 ERA, .218 OAV, 1.21 WHIP

Ben Boyer (Milwaukee): 2.70 ERA, .185 OAV, 0.95 WHIP, 43.1 IP
Al Gonzalez (Nashville): 5-3, 3.54 ERA, .177 OAV, 1.34 WHIP, 48.1 IP
Sandy Banks (St. Louis): S28 All-Star, 3.41 ERA, .218 OAV, 1.08 WHIP
Douglas Bibby (Rochester): 4.30 ERA, .218 OAV, 1.17 WHIP
Alex James (Nashville): 3.50 ERA, .232 OAV, 1.28 WHIP, 17/17 Saves

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):
LF Bubbles Conger (Nashville), DH Ron Atkins (Tampa Bay), CF/RF Avisail Martin (Salem), 3B Skeeter Mottola (St. Louis), SP Clint Buddie (Kansas City), RP Tex Wagner (Milwaukee), RP Lou Lomasney (Salem)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Arfy's Ramblings

Arfy's Ramblings....  Season 29

  • Arfy's Ramblings is just me rambling off observations I have seen in the Pinetar World.  Enjoy!
  • I guess Boston didn't like my projection for him for the season.  He is using it as motivation and is currently on pace to win 121 games this season.
  • Probably jinxing myself.  But Russell Powell (Louisville) currently has a 21 game hitting streak.
  • Julio Silva(Oklahoma City) has the longest so far this season at 23 games.
  • FYI- Tomas Carrasco has the Pinetar record at 38 games.  I couldn't tell you what season though.
  • Nobody ever looks at triples.  Benito Rodriguez(Toronto) is leading the league with 8 this season.
  • Carlos Zorilla(Oklahoma City) and Benny Navaro(Fresno) lead the league in Intentional Walks as a hitter with 16 a piece.
  • In case you are wondering....I don't spend time looking at who leads in home runs and rbi's and such.    Those are already posted on the main page from time to time, so I'm not gonna repeat it.
  • Ed Jodie(Scranton) leads the league in Pinch hits with 14, however Darrin Wells(Jacksonville)  has one of the best pinch hit averages this season as he is 9 for 18 pinch hitting this season.
  • Sticky Farqua(Kansas City) leads the league in Quality Starts with 12.
  • P.T. Rosa(Texas) has the most negative plays at any position with 11.
  • kjmulli at Boston said before the season that he would be disappointed if he didn't score 1000 runs this season.  He is currently 2nd n the league with 372 runs.  That puts him on pace for 942. 
  • There are currently two players in the league whom are competing for the all time career batting average.  Vinny Hill(Boston) is hitting .336 career and Matt Jaha(Boston) is hitting career .333.  The all time average is held by Randy Posednik with a career .339 average.  He did in only 5 seasons fyi.  The minimum amount of plate appearances for this record is 2510.
  • In case you missed it Sam Slotnick(New Orleans) passed Hall of famer Will McCarthy on the all time HOME RUN list last season.  Slotnick now has a career 690 home runs at the age of 35.    McCarthy sits second at 669.
  • Slotnick is also the all time strikeout leader.  He currently sits at the top of the list with a career 1954 K's.  Second on the list has 1901.
  • Kevin Griffiths(Philadelphia) moved into #2 on the all time career pinch hits list.  He currently has 97.  The all time record is 169 by Vic Diaz
  • Moises Olmedo(Boston) has won the Cy Yound award the last two seasons.  Currently he is 5-2 with a 3.33 ERA.
  • New York Damage Controllers are 0-6 in extra inning games this season
  • Boston Pilgrims are an impressive 12-3 in one run games this season
  • Need to fix your minors?  Team with gosh awful horrible records.  Probably need to fix pitching staff:  BostonAAA 5-59, FargoAAA 8-56, Florida AA 10-54, FargoAA 11-53, FargoHiA 13-51, NO LoA 12-52,  VanLoA 13-51, ColoLoA 12-52, 

Hall of Fame Spotlight
This is who we voted into this years Hall of Fame:
Cyrus Torres
He became our 20th member into the Pinetar Hall of Fame.  Perhaps the best pitcher to ever come out of this World.  He was selected in season 6 as the seventh overall pick.

Top 20 owners in Pinetar wins
*-No longer in Pinetar

1. Starbuckdc Fargo 2536
2. Greygoose123 Jacksonville 2497
3. rxw1 Tampa Bay 2480
4. Toe64 Colo Spring 2398
5. Phillie26 Philadelphia 2335
6. jbburner Cincinnati 2304
7. Ghutton9 Seattle 1980
8. bnags Nashville 1727*
9. Alogman1 Durham 1685
10. jquick1 Milwaukee 1487*
11. Bodean Wichita 1476*
12. bobbyj7 Jackson 1420
13. Roundfrog Dover 1366*
14. prezuiwf Kansas City 1306*
15. kjmulli Boston 1265
16. bjohara1 Houston 1228*
17. qtip32 Indianapolis 1217
18. brentcnb Oklahoma City 1214
19. tk21775 Iowa City 1164
20. Moosedrool  Toronto 1143*

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get to know your fellow coaches!

Get to know your fellow coaches!

A great way to make new friends.  I decided to put them in order of where people live.    Pardon me if my geography is a little rusty, since I'm not as familiar with the east coast.  Great turnout!   Heard from all except for one person.  I find these quite interesting as we learn what a diverse group we have here.  Seems Chicago and Boston are the most popular places to live here.   Thanks everyone for participating!

Sgmedia, Toronto Phantoms- I live about ten minutes east of Toronto.  My name is Derek, and I am a self-employed event planner, and stay-at-home father of two autistic kids. I also am a manager in the world of professional wrestling. My favourite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers,  Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Rock, and Toronto Maple no particular order. My favourite hobby is spending time with my beautiful fiancee, who is carrying my third child (her first).

Csudak.  Albuquerque Komodo Dragons.  Casey Just north of Boston 32 Youth sports director I'm a homer, so I'll cheer for any Boston based teams I have 12 tattoos, at least 7 of them I regret.

Soxfan_9.  Florida Retirees.  Nick, 26, North East. Run a cafe, Boston Red Sox. Tired of my team sucking in this world,lol

Holleybard.  Kansas City Yardbirds.  My name is Michael. I'm 44. I live in Boston. I have the greatest job in the world: I'm a sportswriter and broadcaster.  I've written a few books on football and one on baseball. So, clearly, I'm obsessed with sports and have been that way for as long as I can remember. When I'm not doing that, I'm spending time with my wife and three kids.  As for sports teams, I root for all New England teams in professional sports. In college, I have a major soft spot for Ohio State football (I'm a native Buckeye).

JKenned, Salem Volcanoes.  Jason, 32 from Binghamton NY. I am a college professor of archaeology originally from Missouri who is a die-hard Cardinals fan. My research is focused on the organization of early farming villages in Mesopotamia around 5000 BCE.

Qtip32.  Indianapolis Valhalla Varauders.  I from Brooklyn Ny, where I'm a coach on my 8 year old sons baseball team. There is no place I'd rather be then on the filed having a catch with him. I'm a Yankee fan since the days I couldn't choose who was favorite Donnie baseball or Dave wWindfield.

Phillies26, Philadelphia Moneymakers.  My first name is John. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and I currently live in Clinton, MD which is right outside of Washington, DC. I'm 55 years old and I currently own my own Real Estate investing business. I love all of the Philadelphia sport teams.

Erichanville, Texas GalvestonWave, Obviously my name is Eric.  I am 37, live in Richmond Va, have a wife and a 2year old baby girl. Luckily looks like her mom, thank god. ;) Another baby on the way due March 4th. Will find out actually tomorrow if it is a boy or girl. Can't wait to find out!   I am a SEO(Search Engine Optimizer) which is nice because I get to work from home. I am also studying for the ACSM exam. Would like to start my own personal training business eventually. I love to workout at least 5 days a week. Love almost all sports.   I am a Atlanta Braves fan. Football I am a die hard Chiefs fan and a USC fan for college. Basketball, I am a Lakers fan and for College I go for Kansas Jayhawks. I moved around a lot. (Military) plus I was born in Kansas Fort Leavenworth.  I forgot to add that I also love to watch Movies and play Texas Holdem. Oh and I love Turkey Hill's Moose Tracks Ice Cream. Major Addict, might need to see counseling to get off of the stuff. lol If you need to ask me any questions feel free. :)

Starbuckdc, Fargo Wood Chippers, Joel wash dc 47 photojournalist. Love the Nats! Matt williams needs to go

Reggie988, Scranton Red Barons-   I'm Nick, 33, from Bloomington, IN.  I just recently returned to Indiana University to study Informatics, after spending the last few years as a tour manager for mostly indie bands. I've been cursed a Cubs fan since childhood, but at least the Colts give me a chance to root for a winner

Ghutton9, Seattle Strikers.  Glenn, 38, Kentucky.  I'm a project manager for commercial roofing. my favorite teams are the Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, UC Bearcats, and while not a huge bball fan,  I like to keep up with the OKC Thunder. My hobbies are this of course, but I also make time for my PS4 games, and my absolute favorite past time is weight lifting.

Skplayer07. Vancouver Canucks.  My name is Tyler and 26 years old.  I live in Hinesville, GA and I'm a Military Policeman on FT. Stewart, GA. I enjoy UK basketball/football and love the Cincinnati Reds/Bengals. I play a lot of softball on my off time, I enjoy fishing, and spending time with the family.

Rxw1.  Tampa Bay Thunder.  Robert / Live in Orlando, Florida / 47 / I am an IT Executive / Favorite teams are Mets,
Raiders, & Magic / Something of interest is I won the WS in my very first SimLeague Baseball League in 2003 - been playing WIS ever since. Right now I am only playing Hardball & Gridiron Dynasty.

Greygoose123, Jacksonville Juice.   My name is Jim. I am from the Chicago area. And I work in Information Technology.  Over the years my interest level in sports has waned. And now I mostly follow Soccer. I equate playing WIS HBD to being a parent of young children. It can be infuriating and unexplainable. But if your patient, it can be rewarding.

jbburner, Cincinnati Firestorm.  My name is JB. I am 52 and live in Chicago. I am a retired Wildland firefighter. The Cubs and Blackhawks are my favorite sports teams and I love to play golf!

Toe64.  Colorado Springs Night Watchmen.  Tom, Illinois, 51, Insurance, all Chicago sports teams

Horvie78. Milwaukee Magnitude.  Matt - 33 years old. I am a high school math teacher and live in the suburbs of Chicago.  My favorite sports teams are Chicago Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks, Notre Dame football, and DePaul basketball. I am fairly new to HBD so that is a major hobby right now, along with drinking craft beer.

Fantasy Frea.  New Orleans Zephyrs.   My name is Nathan, 36 years old, I live in Jacksonville, IL with my wife and 2 girls (a 3 year old and 9 year old).  I work as a sales associate for a privately owned cell phone agent. I am a huge Cubs and Bears fan ( finally got to see my first game at Wrigley this year), but I also like the Bulls and Blackhawks but baseball and football are my favorite sports.  My main interests is during the summer and fall I play softball. Occasionally when my kid doesn't steal my Xbox to play Mindcraft I will play some Madden football.    Most of the the time I do this though. I have been playing WIS for a long time. Thought about quitting a few times but it was a big time killer when I had been going through chemo that I just never did and probably won't either.

tk21775, Iowa City Hawkeyes, Travis, 33, from Iowa.  Insurance, Michigan Wolverines fan, Iowa, spend most of my time coaching/watching my 4 kids in sports

Jibe, Wichita DwArf'y Mojados,  Jim Age: 46 I live 20 miles from where the mighty Mississippi river begins in Minnesota. where you can walk across. Occupation: We have a nursery specializing in edible fruit plants with a U-Pick fruit operation. I also farm small scale. Do carpentry and have rental properties. I am married and no rug rats. Serial number: 000-00-0000.  Also my favorite team is the Minnesota Twins, ugghh, and major league baseball. Followed closely by Minnesota Gopher sports and college football.

Bobbyj7, Jackson Juggernauts.  Bob, Live: Minnesota, Age: over 40, Job: work in the financial industry, Sports teams: Twins, Gophers, Timberwolves, Interests: family, fishing, traveling

Tmfran.  Dover Dinklebergs.  Toby, 37 live in St. Louis. Follow all St. Louis teams. Work for Monsanto, which is headquartered in STL.

Flucie.  St. Louis Arch Angels.  Phillip, I live in the Great state of Alabama, I'm 61 years old, Retired Correctional Supervisor,    I worked at the highest security facility, worked at the biggest facility in the state and work at community facility (work release) St.Louis Cardinals fan since 1964, Dallas Cowboys fan since 1966, Alabama Crimson Tide fan since I was born.

Bagwellbluff.  Houston Roughnecks.  My name is Tim. I am 57 years old.  Baton Rouge, LA.   I am a former ordained Pentecostal minister, now an agnostic. I was in management in the automobile industry before I retired to get my PhD in History in 2009.  I am currently in the History PhD program and am a graduate teaching assistant at LSU. My favorite pro sports teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Houston Rockets, and Arsenal.  No St. Louis roots; I've rooted for the Rams since 1967, and wish they'd move back to Los Angeles.) Why the name "Bagwellbuff" for a Cardinals fan? My son is the Astros fan and after helping him with some GD and Sim League baseball teams,  I just took the name over when he moved on from WIS. My original username, under which I played a little GD and a lot of Sim League baseball-including a coveted Tournament of Champions trophy--is timlan2057.

kjmulli. Boston Pilgrims.  'm a 30-year-old pit boss at a casino in the old wild, wild west -- Dodge City, Kansas. I was born in New York and grew up between Maine and Pennsylvania,  with short stays in Florida and New Hampshire as well. I've been around but I'm an East Coast guy at heart. Growing up in Maine, I'm a Red Sox and Bruins fan (and somehow, Dolphins for football). No mater where I'm living,  I make it back to Fenway at least once a year and last fall I ponied up a large amount of cash to go to Game 6 of the World Series to see Boston clinch it at home for the first time in almost 100 years, and I would pay double to do it again.

Brentcnb.  Oklahoma City Prarie Dogs.  Brent. I was not born in Oklahoma but have lived in the land of hot and windy basically all of life. I enjoy sports, having played high school football.  I played baseball up until I was 15 but did not have the opportunity to play after that age. That may be just as well as I was a passable fielder, OK pitcher, but a pretty lousy hitter. I have 2 kids and work in the health profession.

Wylie715.  Rochester Retards.  My name is mark. I'll be 58 years old on 10/28. I have a 17 year old daughter and twin 13 year old sons. I am a customer service advisor for a company that makes automotive accessories.  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. My favorite sports teams are MLB: Yankees & Giants, NFL: 49ers, NBA: Warriors. I grew up in NY but have lived here for 26 years.

Blapo21.  Nashville Merchants.  Tyson, Chehalis WA, 34, Mariners, UW, Gonzaga, EWU

Arfy, Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's .  Lauren, age 41. I'm a Pastafarian, and love to talk about it.    I live in Walla Walla, WA, and am a Sales Rep for Frito Lay Inc.    I grew up in Montana, but also lived in Wisconsin for a number of years. I'm a Braves fan, Boise State, and also a diehard Denver Broncos fan!  I love watching movies, Facebooking( and  playing on the Xbox(Arfy3123).  Feel free to add to me on either!

Skuff730.  New York Damage Controllers.  Al-Amin, I currently live in Anchorage, AK. I am 30 yrs old.   I do IT up here. My favorite sports teams are, the NFL: Saints, NBA:knicks, baseball: Mets, college football: Bama. I like PC games, SWTOR, Diablo, etc. and I enjoy playing NCAA 14 on PS3. Also, if you have steam: swizzkillz is my name, hit me up.

dlmose.  Fresno Grizzlies.  My name is Dave. I'm about 8 years older than dirt. Most of the 4 years I spent in the military were overseas so when I got out I went to work for an Engineering & Construction company and spent 30 more years overseas. We built refineries, pipelines, off shore platforms and the like in places like Saudi Arabia,  Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Australia, Pakistan, and some others. Even built a gold mine on a place called Lahir Island, Papua New Guinea. I retired about 10 years ago and since I was single (as in divorced for the 4th,  or was it 5th) time, I plopped my old *** down in Bangkok determine to live out my days drinking fairly bad beer, eating spicy food, chasing some of the most beautiful girls on the planet and spending every penny in my bank account.  As fate would have it, before I ran out of money, I met a sweet young li’l brown girl whose family owned quite a bit of land and she made me an offer I couldn't refuse, "upgrade their rice farms." Oh, and for reasons unknown,  marry her. Now my rice framing abilities are bout equal to my success in marriage (I once was paying child support in 3 currencies). However comma, I have never been one to let ignorance get in the way of speculation so here I am,  all grown up, married, again, and farming rice in SE Asia. I still love baseball, primarily a Cards fan that grew up in Little Rock listening to Harry Carey call their games on the radio.  I got the first transistor radio in my neighborhood and there were 5-10 kids in my driveway every night (that the travelers weren't in town) hanging on his every word.  Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst were my heroes. Harvey Haddix came up when I was 8 or 9 and immediately became the hero of the neighborhood. Even adults joined us in the driveway on the nights he pitched.  The minor league baseball team in LR was the Travelers in the Southern association and sold out most games. Us kids would go out to the park during BP hoping to get a ball that you could turn in and get into the game free. The fences had "  knotholes" drilled into them, all between about 3and 5 feet high. My gang would climb the 2 big oak trees behind the LF wall and sit on the limbs. I still remember those limbs were worn as smooth as glass by generations of kid’s butts.  Both of my older brothers sit on them and they are 14 and 8 years older than me. It was such a pure and beautiful game then. It's grossly different now and not as rewarding in my opinion. Everything is about money.  George Brett would be laughed out of town today and I still don't know how they tell the difference between 49.5 and 57 million? Sorry, didn't mean for this to turn into a Russian Novelette but I couldn't find a spot to shut ‘er down.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NL West- Season 29 preview

Somehow Seattle made their way back to the top of this division last season after a 3 year post season drought. They ended up with the #1 seed in the NL, but that didn't help them. They went on to lose to division rival Colorado Springs 3-2 in the Division championship series. Colorado Springs finished in second after 3 straight division titles and went on to lose in the NLCS to Scranton. In third place was Oklahoma City, who ended a 17 season playoff drought. It also marked the first back to back winning seasons for this franchise since seasons 8-10. They eventually lost to Scranton in the Wild Card round. Albuquerque finished in last. They were likely the most disappointing team in the NL after finishing the previous season with 92 wins and a wild card berth. This has become a very competitive division with 4 teams that have post season potential.

Seattle Strikers
owner- ghutton9(22 seasons)
Season 28 record- 100-62(NL West champs)
Last 5 seasons- 379-411

Offensively, this is not a team with much pop. They have solid contact abilities and really good batting eyes. They should get on base a lot. They even mix in some decent speed. The defense is among the best in the league. They could use a bit better glove at shortstop, but they have a great centerfielder and good gloves at most positions with really good range. They could be a top 3 defense. The rotation is good. They have a few good top of the rotation type pitchers and solid back end guys as well. The bullpen is this teams real strength. It's a deep bullpen and the guys at the top of it are among the best in the league. The pitching staff ranks in the upper half of the NL. Seattle should be tough to knock from the top of the division this season and could even make a post season run.

Owners perspective- Since the preview is basically my perspective anyway, I'll tell you how I feel about my team. I'm off to a great start, but I don't feel like this will be the norm for my team. I do feel like they are good, but I think I'm still a piece or two away. I like my off season additions and feel like my team is better than they were last season. This might be my favorite team I've ever put together.

Colorado Springs Night Watchmen
owner- toe64(28 seasons)
Season 28 record- 96-66(Wild Card, NL runner up)
Last 5 seasons- 474-336

This team has a good amount of power. They also have some guys that can hit and get on base. They aren't a team that will steal a lot of bases. I really think they have a good offense. I put them in the top 5 of the NL. The defense is below average though. They lack a real shortstop and a centerfielder with range. I think if anything will be this teams downfall, it'll be the defense. I rank them near the bottom of the league. The rotation looks about average and they lack an ace. They have a good group of mid rotation guys to make up for that though. The bullpen has a few good arms, but they lack depth. That could hurt over the long run. The pitching staff looks about average to me. This team has the offense to really be good, but I don't know if it'll be enough to overcome the defense issues. This is still a good team, but they'll need some things to go their way in order to take the division title.

Owners perspective- I have virtually the same team as last year minus King Ashburn in center which was a big loss. Nonetheless, appears another year of age on my guys is the straw that broke the camels back. Not much to say except it's a marathon and not a sprint. We'll see how that works out for me.

Oklahoma City Prairie Dogs
owner- brentcnb(16 seasons)
Season 28 record- 91-71(Wild Card)
Last 5 seasons- 392-418

This team gets it's power from 2 players and one of those, Jin-Chi Yamamoto is a superstar. They have some good hitting and decent batting eyes. They also have some good speed. This is a really good offense. The defense is solid but they don't look good at shortstop. The rest of the field will feature pretty good gloves though. That is what brings them to slightly above average. The rotation is below average, but they have lots of options and guys with good stamina and control. The bullpen is pretty much the same since some of those potential starters will be relieving. The pitching as a whole is a little less than average. I really like this teams offense and the defense is pretty solid also. I think that should be enough to help this team contend again this season and possibly get them into the post season.

Owners perspective- I tried to improve the team defensively with a couple FA signings. Strength of the team is probably speed and defense. That is probably my biggest concern in that the pitching staff is maybe a bit above average but not much and the overall hitting ability of the team leaves something to be desired. The Prairie Dogs could finish anywhere from 1st to 4th in the division and it would not surprise me.

Albuquerque Komodo Dragons
owner- csudak(9 seasons)
Season 28 record- 73-89
Last 5 seasons- 368-442

Albuquerque is a team that can hit some homeruns. They have quite a bit of power. They also should have a really good OBP as they have plenty of players with good hitting eyes and contact. They also have good speed. This could be the best offense in a division that has plenty of it. I wouldn't be surprised to see them score the most runs in the NL this season. Defensively they are average. I like the shortstop, but they don't have good range in centerfield. That's OK though, they have solid range and defense at most spots in the field. The rotation isn't bad, but they are below average. This team really lacks an impact starter at the top of the rotation. They also have plenty of options for the rotation as they have plenty of pitchers with good stamina. The bullpen is made up with those guys and that's not really a good thing. The bullpen doesn't look very good. I think this is a below average pitching staff that could use a few good arms. This team still looks pretty good overall though. I think they can challenge for the top spot and if not win the division they could still get into the playoffs.

Owners perspective- Thoughts on my team 1) Love my hitting, good solid young talent at most positions, 2) Fielding is questionable, probably going to cost me a few games, 3) I can't get pitching. Even when I think I have solid guys, the results just aren't there. In theory, my best pitcher over the last 2 seasons has been Preston Reese, which makes zero sense and he is on the DL for the first half of the year. My goal is to move hitting for younger pitchers and hope I find a couple of gems. Even with the rough start, I'm hoping to challenge for a wild card spot if I can piece a staff together.

I'm really liking my Seattle team this season and really feel like they can make a good run in the post season. This is a really tough division though. Colorado Springs features a really good offense, but the defense and pitching aren't as good. They should still finish above .500 this season and challenge for at least a wild card spot. Oklahoma City looks really close to Colorado Springs. I'm not sure they can take the top spot, but they should battle for a wild card. Albuquerque looks like the closest team to taking the division title from Seattle. The pitching holds them back a bit, but the offense offsets that and the defense is better than OKC and CSP. I think all 4 teams finish above .500 and it's going to be a close race at the end. At least one team, if not two will take a wild card spot.

1. Seattle
2. Albuquerque
3. Oklahoma City
4. Colorado Springs




Always one of the closest divisions in Pine Tar.  Last season wasn't entirely different.  Salem made a couple of late season trades and then really went on a tear and ended up winning the division by 10 games.  They ended up winning the World Series.   It was the franchises second WS victory. Their first game in season one, under a different owner.  It also marked the franchises first playoff appearance in 8 seasons.   Fresno finished 2nd last season under previous ownership.  It marked their fourth straight winning season.  St. Louis finished third winning 91 games, but still took the wild card.  It was their fourth straight winning season and their 8th playoff appearance in the last 12 seasons.   Vancouver finished in last place.  It was their first last place finish in 10 seasons.  It also broke the franchises winning streak of 7 seasons.

Salem Volcanoes
Owner:Jkenned (7th season)
Last Season-103-59(1st Place)
Last 5 seasons-421-389(.520)
Draft Pick-53rd

Great defense.   Great speed and baserunning.  Offense is one of the best in the AL, and they have great power.  Their pitching staff is easily the best in the American League.  100 wins?  I would think so.

Fresno Grizzlies
Owner: dlmose(1st season)
Last Season-93-69(2nd Place)
Last 5 seasons-442-368(.546)
Draft Pick-28th

Defense is below average.  Great speed and baserunning.    Their hitting is below average and the team essentially has no power.    Pitching is below average.    I don't see this team winning 93 games again.

St. Louis Arch Angels
Owner: Flucie(15th season)
Last Season-91-71(3rd Place)
Last 5 seasons-435-375(.537)
Draft Pick-26th

Defense is probably the weakest in the AL.   Poor speed and baserunning.  Hitting is above average with above average power.   Great pitching.  Should be another good season in St. Louis.

Vancouver Canucks
Owner: skplayer07(12th season)
Last Season-74-88(4th Place)
Last 5 seasons-424-386(.523)
Draft Pick-13th

Defense is one of the best in the AL.    Average speed and baserunning.  Hitting is solid with decent power.  Pitching staff looks really good, above average.   Vancouver should be right back in the thick of things this season


I spoke with Jkenned about his first Pinetar WS victory.  Congrats on your first Pine Tar World Series victory last season. How do you feel about this years team compared to last?  His response: We are a better team to start the year than last year with a full season from Rymer Tavarez and Lonny Gonzalez in the rotation. I just hope that Darren Banks can replace the production that the Volcanoes received from Sticky Farhquar after he came over in a midseason trade. The offensive should be better this season as well with a full season of Hipoloto Arredando. With the youth and depth of the lineup and with solid production from the rotation I think this group has a shot at repeating, especially given that the other squads in the division have lost a number of key pieces since last year.

I also spoke to newcomer dlmose.  Welcome to Pine Tar dlmose! The only new owner in the American League this season. How do you feel about the franchise you have inherited, and what are your expectations for your first season here?  His response: Fresno Factoids: 7 new pos. players( 4 Rule 5's) and 8 new pithcers(1 R5) set the lofty goal of somehow winning 60 games No talent in minors but have 7 picks in first 50 in this season's draft I already drink so no worries. Me: Any comment on why you called your team the Grizzlies? dlmose:  It's the name of the Fresno minor league team. I pondered on "The Fresno Raisin Eaters" which was the 1906 team but ran out of single malt in time.

Vancouver press release: After a disappointing season Vancouver is hoping to rebound and make the playoffs this season.With the signing a true leadoff hitter in Houston Graves and addition of Apollo Fletcher to the pen the Canucks are looking like they are in good position to have good season. Look for Yoshinori Zhou to anchor the rotation and be a possible Cy Young candidate. Willie Tarasco will bat 3rd and be a beast as usual. Im expecting this to be a 90 win season or else a failure.


A great Salem team, just got better in the off season.  There are many good teams in this division again this season, but I think Salem might be in a class of their own.  Vancouver and St. Louis seem to be pretty even in many categories, however I think St. Louis's weak defense is going to cost them a few games.  This division should still win a wildcard this season.  Fresno appears to be lacking in too many categories to compete.  I'm sure new ownership will have that team heading in the right direction before we know it.

1. Salem
2. Vancouver
3. St. Louis
4. Fresno