Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Owner Hall of Fame nominations

tk21775(Iowa City Hawkeyes)
Pine Tar Record/ 1068-876(12 Seasons)
7 Division Titles/ 1 Wild Card
2 NL Championships
1 World Championship

tk21775 came into Pine Tar and took over one of the tougher rebuilds. The previous owner was consistently at the bottom of the league, but didn't sign draft picks and didn't sign any notable IFA's in the previous few seasons. The owner also had traded away really good players or just let them walk in free agency with little return. Almost the entire team that tk21775 has built was his from the ground up. Even more impressive, he took a team that had never made the post season and won the division title in just his 3rd season with the team. Now rather than being a bottom feeder, this team is a regular among the best teams in the NL and have made the post season in 8 of the past 10 seasons. I know that this is a rehash of his previous nomination post, but these are really good reasons for voting for tk21775.

alogman1(Durham Doormats)
Pine Tar Record/ 1566-1350(18 seasons)
7 Division Titles/ 3 Wild Card
2 AL Championships

alogman1 has been in control of this franchise for a long time now. While things weren't always great, the team did always have a plan. Once that plan started to take hold, it put Durham among the elite teams in Pine Tar. Unfortunately that hasn't worked it's way into a World championship. That shouldn't take anything away from this franchise owner though. 8 straight post season appearances and four 100 win seasons speak for themselves. Also worth mentioning is that this team never dropped below 66 wins during the time it took alogman1 to rebuild the franchise and get them into position to win all of those games. This is another owner that shows Hall of Fame qualities and should get consideration for the way the franchise has been run in these 18 seasons.

Flucie(St Louis Arch Angels)
Pine Tar Record/ 847-773(13 seasons)
7 Division Titles
1 AL Championship/ 1 World Championship

When Flucie took over this team, they hadn't sniffed the post season since back in season 1. They'd won 108 games combined over the previous 2 seasons before he came in. His first 2 seasons were rebuild seasons and then his third season he won the division title. It was the start of a run that seen the team take the division in 3 straight seasons and 5 of the next 7 seasons. Season 23 was the top of the pyramid for this team and owner. They won a franchise record 97 games, won the AL title and then went on to take the World Championship. In the seasons since that they have won 2 more division titles and lost in the ALCS last season. Flucie has the fewest career wins among this seasons inductees, but this is a championship owner that pushes for a division title every season.

tmfran(Dover Dinklebergs)
Pine Tar Record/ 973-647(10 seasons)
8 Division Titles/ 2 Wild Cards
2 AL Championships

tmfran made it onto the last ballot and it was mentioned about what was done in the short time while in control of this franchise. Well, now it's been 10 seasons and tmfran has only made an even better case for enshrinement. Dover has made the playoffs in all 10 seasons and has even been to 2 World Series. Although they haven't won a World title, this franchise has been ranking near the top of the AL in all 10 seasons with tmfran at the helm. It's been a pretty impressive run and should make a strong case for enshrinement.

Phillies26(Philadelphia Moneymakers)
Pine Tar Record/ 2231-2143(27 seasons)
5 Division Titles/ 4 Wild Cards

OK, I know, Phillies26 hasn't won a World title or a league championship. Only making the playoffs 9 times out of 27 seasons may not be very impressive either. While those are major accomplishments that can get an owner into the Hall of Fame, Phillies26 adds something that isn't shown on the standings or career accomplishments. Phillies26 is the type of owner that makes Pine Tar such a great league. Phillies26 has been around since season 1 and has always fielded a competitive team. There has only been one season that the franchise has drifted below 74 victories. In 18 seasons they have won more than 80 games. The franchise has many times been the victim of being in a division with a really good team ahead of them. As a clear sign of this owner being Hall worthy, Phillies26 has the most victories of any owner that isn't in the Hall yet.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Owner Hall of Fame Rules

We are going to do another vote for owner hall of fame. All 32 owners in the league are eligible to vote, and I will outline the rules as originally posted by prezuiwf with a few changes. The votes of current and active Hall of Fame members toe64, Starbuckdc, greygoose123, bobbyj7 and rxw1, along with the league commissioner(myself) will be used to break a tie. The max number of owners to be voted on will be 5 as selected by the league commissioner based on the rules listed below. Along with the poll there will be a blog post describing each owners accomplishments and reasons for being selected as potential inductee's.

As per the original rules post:

"...in order to qualify, an owner must have had his team for at least 5 years (unless no suitable candidates exist with 5 years experience to round out the 5 nominees). Length of time with the league and amount of success are both factors for nomination-- owners who have taken their team to the playoffs many times, and those who have had success while in the playoffs, will be preferred, although exceptions may be made for owners who have only been to the playoffs a few times but have reached or won the World Series multiple times. Also, an owner must still be with his team at the time of the vote in order to qualify for nomination; bpdelia, for example, is not eligible for nomination even though he brought home 2 championships because he is no longer an active owner in the league."

There will still be an option for "blank ballot." If that option ends up winning, there will be no inductee into the Owner Hall of Fame that year (so as to not force owners to vote someone in if they feel no one is deserving).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where'd They Come From?

As I've been playing around trying to rebuild my franchise, I keep wondering if it is better to put more of my budget into the amateur draft or international free agents.  Another regular season is "in the books", so I decided to take a look at when and how the MVP and Cy Young finalists were acquired.  Below is a breakdown and some observations.  Feel free to comment if you have any input.

AL MVP Finalists:
Vinny Hill (Boston): S19 Draft – 4th Pick, drafted by Hartford – acquired by trade
Raymond Petrov (Dover): S14 Draft – 4th Pick, drafted by Trenton – acquired by FA signing
Billy Haynes (Durham): S14 Draft – 17th Pick, drafted by Durham
Bo Long (Fresno): S19 Draft – 17th Pick, drafted by Salem (Fresno)
Russell Powell (Rochester): S16 Draft – 2nd Pick, drafted by Chicago (Rochester)

NL MVP Finalists:
Carlos Zorrilla (Oklahoma City): S18 Draft – 3rd Pick, drafted by Oklahoma City
Keith Williamson (Colorado Springs): S20 Draft – 5th Pick, drafted by Colorado Springs
Jo-jo Frandsen (Iowa City): S18 Draft – 1st Pick, drafted by Vancouver – acquired by trade
Jin-Chi Yamamoto (Oklahoma City): S23 Draft – 3rd Pick, drafted by Oklahoma City
Joakim Valbuena (Iowa City): S20 IFA – $13.1M, signed by Trenton – acquired by trade

AL Cy Young Finalists:
Moises Olmedo (Boston): S21 IFA – $19.5M, signed by Boston
Butch Simmons (Kansas City): S11 Draft – 11th Pick, drafted by Atlanta – acquired by FA signing
Rock Randall (St. Louis): S15 Draft – 1st Pick, drafted by St. Louis
Nash Casanova (Boston): S15 Draft – 6th Pick, drafted by Boston
Tim Daubach (Fresno): S21 Draft – 3rd Pick, drafted by Los Angeles (Fresno)

NL Cy Young Finalists:
Aurelio Ozuna (Fargo): S20 IFA – $32.9M, signed by Montreal – acquired by trade
Julio Valdivia (Scranton): S26 IFA – $21.9M, signed by Scranton
Preston Reese (Albuquerque): S20 Draft – 289th Pick, drafted by Louisville – acquired by FA signing
Orlando Nieves (Colorado Springs): S13 IFA – $16.5M, signed by Nashville – acquired by trade
Brendan Taylor (Iowa City): S17 Draft – 2nd Pick, drafted by Iowa City

-75% of players were taken in the amateur draft, 25% of players were international prospects.
-Of the 15 players drafted: 14 were taken in the 1st round, 11 were taken within the first six picks.  The only player NOT drafted in the first round was Preston Reese, who is a diamond in the rough.
-60% of the players were acquired before Season 20, 20% were acquired during Season 20, and 20% after Season 20.  Interesting that Julio Valdivia was just picked up as recently as last season!
-60% of the players are currently playing for the same team by which they were acquired. 
-Average signing bonus for the five International Free-Agents was $20.8M.