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

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