Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mountain Lions Roar!

The Milwaukee Mountain Lions have captured the Cecil Cup with a 5-2 victory over the Brick Barracudas, winning the series 4 games to 1.

Congrats to Aaron and Fred on a great series!  We'll take a few days to let Aaron bask in the glory of his win and pick up the off-season on Monday night.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bonus Draft Picks!

Now that the regular season is over, we are ready to hand out our first-ever bonus draft picks for participation.

As per the rules change we made before the start of the season, an owner can earn a bonus draft pick depending on how often they upload (or otherwise participate such as by making a trade, etc.) or post in the #vacation channel if they are going to be unable to upload for travel (or other) reasons.

Just to review, the timing of the pick is as follows:

Owners will be given supplemental draft picks based on how often they upload:

  1. 100% of the time (with one allowance):  1st round
  2. Between 66% and 100%:  2nd round
  3. Between 50% and 66%:  3rd round

Bonus picks will be tacked on to the end of the round and distributed in random order. I generated a random number between 1 and 1000 for each team.

The bonus picks are as follows:

First Round:

1. Philadelphia Hornets (25/25), random number 995
2. Brick Barracudas (25/25), random number 956
3. Appalachian Black Bears (24/25) , random number 57
4. Maui Mongooses (20/20), random number 1

Second Round:

1. Wilmington Atlantics (23/25, 92%), random number 978
2. Antelope Valley Raptors (23/25, 92%), random number 340
3. Mepkin Abbey Monks (22/25, 88%), random number 318
4. Chicago Reapers (18/20, 90%), random number 289
5. Houston Armadillos (22/25, 88%), random number 89

Third Round:

1. Milwaukee Mountain Lions (13/25, 52%)

These picks are tradeable once the season is concluded.




Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sim 25 Done! On to the playoffs!!

Game Date:  Sep 28 2033

Who uploaded:

Antelope Valley
Appalachian
Atlanta
Brick
Chicago
Houston
Maui
Mepkin Abbey
Philadelphia
Wilmington

Final Division Champions:

Adams:  Brooklyn by two games.
Zotti: Milwaukee by ten games.
Signorino: Philadelphia by a bazillion thirty five.
Wild Card:  Brick by five games.

Playoff Matches:

Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee
Philadelphia vs Brick

Significant Injuries:

Mepkin Abbey's Phil Wheelton, torn rotator cuff, 6-7 months

Last Sim's Trivia Question:

Who is the only pitcher to lead both leagues in shutouts in the same season?

Fred correctly answered that it was CC Sabathia in 2008

This Sim's Trivia Question:

For the final trivia question of the season, please let me know who is the only player to have won at least one MVP during his career, yet never appeared in an All-Star Game?  Please only consider MVPs from 1933 onward (as that was the first year an All-Star Game was played).

28 Commission points to the person who posts the answer in the #random channel on Slack.

Playoff Schedule:

Game 1:  Saturday night
Game 2:  Monday night
Game 3:  Tuesday night
Game 4:  Wednesday night
Game 5:  Thursday night
Game 6:  Saturday or Sunday night (TBA)
Game 7:  Monday night.




Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sim 24 Done

Game Date:  Sep 19 2033

Who Uploaded:

Brick
Chicago
Houston
Maui
Mepkin Abbey
Philadelphia
Wilmington

Standings:

Adams: Brooklyn leads Brick by three games.
Zotti: Milwaukee has clinched the division
Signorino: Philadelphia locked this one up long ago.
Wild Card: Brick leads Chicago by three games.

Awards & Accomplishments:

Appalachian 1B Junior Bowden named Player of the Week (2nd award this season)
Philadelphia's Julian Roman hits 3 HR vs Highland, 9/17

Significant Injuries:

Atlanta, Petero Hokualohi, fractured foot, done for the year
Philadelphia, Manuel Silva, shoulder inflammation, done for the year.

Milestones:

None

Line of the Sim:

Antelope Valley's Lloyd Rideout went 4-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 4 runs vs. Mepkin Abbey 9/17

This Sim's Trivia Question:

Who is the only pitcher to lead both leagues in shutouts in the same season?

Next sim:  Wednesday night

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sim 22 Done

Game Date:  Sep 5, 2033.  Time to expand those rosters!

Who Uploaded:

Antelope Valley
Applachian
Brick
Chicago
Houston
Maui
Mepkin Abbey
Philadelphia
Wilmington

Standings:

Adams: Brooklyn's lead over Brick stands at three games.
Zotti: Milwaukee is nine ahead of Chicago
Signorino: Philadelphia has clinched the division
Wild Card: Brick is one game ahead of Maui

Awards & Accomplishments:

Milwaukee's Hector Valera named Batter of the Month (5th career award)
Maui's  Juan Ramirez named Pitcher of the Month (2nd award this season)
Atlanta LF Louis King named Rookie of the Month 
Brick's Julio Quintana named Player of the Week


Significant Injuries:

Wilmongton's Marcos Rodriguez, sprained ankle, 4 weeks
Houston's Alajandro Lopez, sprained ankle, 6 weeks
Chicago's Miguel Hernandez, strained calf muscle, 3 weeks
Milwaukee's Steve Jones, back strain, 3-4 weeks

Milestones:

None

Last Sim's Trivia Question:

This week, the baseball world lost Don Newcombe, one of the few pitchers to win the Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season.  That season, 1956, he won 27 games. 

Due to changes in the way the game is played, it is very rare for pitchers to win more than 25 games in a season.  In fact, the last to do so was Bob Welch, almost thirty years ago.  Who knows when we'll see another 25 game winner?  This, quite literally, makes 25 game winners a dying breed.

Which leads to the question: with the passing of Don Newcombe, how many living 25+ game winners are left?  And, of course, who are they?

There are 11 living 25 game winners.  Seven of them were identified in the #random channel on Slack.  They were:

Steve Carlton
Ron Guidry
Sandy Koufax
Denny McLain
Mickey Lolich
Whitey Ford
Steve Stone

The four that were not guessed are:

Fergie Jenkins (25 wins in 1974)
Jim Kaat (25 in 1966)
Juan Marichal (25 in 1963 and 1966 and 26 in 1968)
Tom Seaver (25 in 1969)

This Sim's Trivia Question:

There are a number of people whose uniform number is retired on two teams.  However, there are two people who have their number retired by three teams (not counting Jackie Robinson, of course, whose number is retired league wide).  Who are these two people and what are the teams/numbers?

First correct answer in the #random channel on Slack gets 83 Commissioner Points.

Next sim:  Wednesday night.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sim 21 Done

Game Date:  Aug 29 2033

Who Uploaded?:

Antelope Valley
Appalachian
Brick
Houston
Maui
Mepkin Abbey
Philadelphia
Wilmington

Standings:

Adams: Brooklyn leads Brick by six.
Zotti: Milwaukee is eleven games ahead of Chicago
Signorino: Philadelphia by 28
Wild Card: Brick is a single game ahead of Maui

Awards & Accomplishments:

Philadelphia's Thomas Lyons named Player of the Week


Significant Injuries: 

Chicago RP Jorge Gonzales, elbow tendinitis, 4 weeks
Antelope Valley RF George Candler, fractured rib, 3 weeks
Wilmington RF Marcos Rodriguez sprained ankle, 4 weeks


Milestones:

None

Batting Line of the Sim:

Milwaukee's Mike Minty went 3-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored vs. Atlanta 8/22

Pitching Line of the Sim:

None


Last Sim's Trivia Question:

While it is true that no pitcher has pitched more than one perfect game, there are position players who have played in more than one perfect game.  In fact, there are six players who have played in three perfect games.  Who are they, and which perfect games did they participate in?

Fred correctly came up with Paul O'Neill, who was in the Browning, Wells and Cone games.
Michael correctly came up with the quartet of Rays who were on the losing side of three perfect games:  Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Carlos Pena and Melvin Upton, who were in the Buerhle, Braden and Fernandez games.

The unguessed person (who was the first person to participate in three perfect games) was Alfredo Griffin, who like the Rays quartet, was on the losing side of all three games he participated in:  Barker, Browning and Martinez.

This Sim's Trivia Question:

This week, the baseball world lost Don Newcombe, one of the few pitchers to win the Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season.  That season, 1956, he won 27 games. 

Due to changes in the way the game is played, it is very rare for pitchers to win more than 25 games in a season.  In fact, the last to do so was Bob Welch, almost thirty years ago.  Who knows when we'll see another 25 game winner?  This, quite literally, makes 25 game winners a dying breed.

Which leads to the question: with the passing of Don Newcombe, how many living 25+ game winners are left?  And, of course, who are they?

First correct answer in the #random channel on Slack earns 25 Commissioner points.

Next sim:  Sunday night.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sim 20 Done!

Game Date:   Aug 22 2033

Who Uploaded:

Antelope Valley
Appalachian
Brick
Chicago
Houston
Maui
Mepkin Abbey
Milwaukee
Philadelphia
Wilmington

Standings:

Adams:  Brooklyn leads Brick by six
Zotti:  Milwaukee is ten ahead of Chicago
Signorino: Philadelphia has a 26 game lead over Maui
Wild Card:  Brick is two games ahead of Maui

Awards & Accomplishments:

Philadelphia's Norman Kuhn wins Player of the Week (9th career award)

Significant Injuries:

Milwaukee 3B Sung-heun Hwa, torn hamstring, 3 weeks
Wilmington RP Dylan Robinson, sprained ankle, 2 weeks

Milestones:

None

Last Sim's Trivia Question:

Who are the only three living people to have played for both the St. Louis Browns and the Kansas City A's?
This was a bit tough, as two of the three players are obscure.

Fred correctly came up with Don Larsen, now 89 years old, who played on the Browns in 1953 (their last year in St. Louis) and Kansas City in 1960-61

The other two players were CF Johnny Groth (92 years old), Browns 1953 and KC 1956-57 and INF Billy Hunter (90 years old), Browns 1953 and KC 1958.

This Sim's Trivia Question:

While it is true that no pitcher has pitched more than one perfect game, there are position players who have played in more than one perfect game.  In fact, there are six players who have played in three perfect games.  Who are they, and which perfect games did they participate in?

Each correct answer in the #random Slack channel earns 45.5 Commissioner Points.

Next sim:  Wednesday night