Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aug II Sim Done -- Roster Expansion

Game Date:  Sep 1 2030

Adams:  Brick leads Brooklyn by eleven games.
Zotti:  Seattle.
Signorino:  Philadelphia leads Maui by five games
Wild Card:  Maui leads Appalachain by four games.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Philadelphia 1B Maunel Hidalgo named Player of the Week (8/19, 4th career award, 2nd award this season)
Seattle backstop Steve Jones named Player of the Week (8/26, 4th career award, 2nd award this season)
Seattle LF George Hendricks named Batter of the Month (2nd career award)
Houston's Russ Singleton named Pitcher of the Month.
Highland LF Flint Francis named Rookie of the Month

Significant Injuries:
Antelope Valley RF Pedro Mendoza, strained hamstring, done for the season.
Maui C Aaron Hampton, sprained elbow, 3-4 weeks
Antelope Valley SP Jim Walton, ruptured finger tendon, his season is over.
Atlanta C Lawrence Richardson, strained hamstring, out for the year.
Mepkin Abbey 3B Butch Patton, torn UCL, will miss seven months.
Houston SS Joe Carter, herniated disc, out for the year.
Brooklyn SP Fernando Mendoza, sprained ankle, season's finishd.

Batting Line of the Sim:
Philadelphia's Tony Cannon went 4-6 with 3 runs scored, a homer and 7 RBI vs. Highland (8/29)

Pitching Line of the Sim:
Maui's Luis Salazar pitched a one run, five hit complete game with 13K vs Brick 8/25

Last Week's Trivia Question:
First, it's well known that Babe Ruth wore the major league uniforms of the Red Sox, Yankees and Braves.  However, he also wore one other team's major league uniform.  Which team was it?  (Bonus points if you can tell me what uniform number he wore on that uniform.)

Second, speaking of the Red Sox,explain this picture (and no, Photoshop is not the answer): [picture of Rollie Fingers in a Red Sox uniform.

Fred correctly answered that Babe Ruth coached for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.  No one got the bonus question, however, as to his uniform number.  It was not 3 -- it was 35.

Fred also correctly pointed out that Rollie Fingers was never, officially, a member of the Boston Red Sox.  As free agency was first coming into effect, Oakland owner Charlie Finley decided to sell off his upcoming free agents, including Fingers.  However, commissioner Bowie Kuhn decided to void the sales in the best interests of baseball.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Which Hall of Fame pitcher did not win his first major league game until nearly five years after his major league debut?

Just to be clear, we're talking about people elected as pitchers, so please don't give any of the following as answers:

  • Buck Ewing, C (debut 1880, first pitching win 1889)
  • Jimmie Foxx, 1B (1925/1945)
  • King Kelly, C (1878/1887)

Commissioner's Note:
It's September.  That's roster expansion season.  :)

Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vote thread: Rookie league changes

Zev and I have discussed this, and taking the suggestion from Fred and the comments on his thread into consideration, we would like to put the following suggestions to a vote:
  1. Change the current Rookie League designation to be a Short-Season low A level.
  2. Remove the professional year restrictions we currently have on that level.
  3. Change the draft from 25 to 20 rounds, and the setting for players available for the draft from 50 rounds worth of players to 40.
  4. Institute age limits (which the game is better about enforcing than the pro year limits) for the following minor leagues:
    1. Rookie/Short-season A: 22 years old
    2. A level: 24 years old
    3. AA level: 27 years old
    4. AAA level: no age restriction
  5. Change the start dates of the minor leagues to be:
    1. AAA, AA, A: April 2nd (the day after the current opening day)
    2. Rookie/Short-A: June 16th (the first day of the sim following the amateur draft)
  6. Extend the minor league seasons:
    1. AAA: From 130 to 140 games
    2. A and AA: From 120 to 140 games
    3. Rookie/Short-A: From 68 to 80 games
Please vote YES or NO on items 1-6 in the comments on this thread. Use Fred's thread for any further discussion; please just vote in the comments to this thread.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the need for a new minor league

hi i believe going forward next year we need to add a  low A or second Rookie League ..their are too many players who get promoted to A  ball but have red arrows pointing down ..these players are not ready mostly 18-20 years old  need one more year.........i feel this might also aids in development of players which only adds to better competition at major league level...feel we should vote on this and add a new team (rookie or low A)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Aug I Sim Done

Game Date:  Aug 16 2030

Adams:  Brick leads Brooklyn by ten.
Zotti:  Seattle.  Just Seattle.
Signorino: Philadelphia is three games ahead of Maui
Wild Card:  Maui is five games up on Appalachian.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Maui 3B Antonio Venet named Batter of the Month.
Seattle's Chris Williams named Pitcher of the Month (2nd career award)
Antelope Valley RF Pedro Martinez named Rookie of the Month.
Houston's Albert Ramirez hits 3 HR in one game (8/1)
Seattle LF George Hendrick named Player of the Week (8/5, 3rd career award)
Maui 3B Tae-sang Pak named Player of the Week (8/12, 2nd career award)

Significant Injuries:
Atlanta CF Cheung Ying, shoulder inflammation, five weeks.
Atlanta 2B Rodrigo Negron, torn ankle ligaments, five weeks.
Seattle 3B Sung-heun Hwa, oblique strain 5-6 weeks
Mepkin Abbey LF Pedro Munoz, torn quadraceps, 4 weeks
Houston CF Miguel Cantu, fractured shoulder blade, 4 weeks
Atlanta 1B Jesus Flores, torn groin muscle, done for the season
Brick 3B Gene Reynolds, quadraceps strain, 7 weeks.

Brooklyn's Katsuhiko Jouda reaches 300 HR (8/5)

Batting Line of the Sim:
Houston's Albert Ramirez went 4-4, with 3HR, 5 runs scored and 6 RBI (and a walk) vs. Antelope Valley (8/1)

Pitching Line of the Sim:
Brick's Miguel Archuleta pitched 9.1 innings of two hit ball, giving up two runs, walking one and striking out eleven vs. Philadelphia (8/4)

Last Week's Trivia Question:
As many of you know, it's possible for a pitcher to have more than three strikeouts in an inning.  If a catcher fails to catch a third strike and the batter-runner makes it to first, the pitcher is still credited with a strikeout, even though no actual out was recorded.

Four strikeouts in an inning has been accomplished a good number of times... including three times this season (2017) so far.  In fact, four is the record for the number of strikeouts in an inning.  No pitcher has managed to record more than four strikeouts in an inning in an official game.

However, there was a well-known pitcher who managed five strikeouts in a single inning during a spring training game.  Who was that hurler?

As you might imagine, you would need a pitcher-catcher combination possessing specialized talents to make such a thing happen.  Having a knuckleball pitcher with a part-time catcher would certainly qualify... and it did.

On April 7, 1976, Houston Astros pitcher Joe Niekro was still learning the knuckleball.  His catcher that day was Cliff Johnson, a journeyman 1B/C.  In the first inning, Niekro ended up striking out five batters, but two reached base when Johnson could not field the third strike.

Here is an account of that day.

As it turns out, while it's never happened in regulation play in the majors, it has happened in the minors (doesn't it seem like *anything* can happen in the minors?), as recently as last season.

This Week's Question:

Today, we've got a pair of questions about players and the uniforms they are not usually associated with.

First, it's well known that Babe Ruth wore the major league uniforms of the Red Sox, Yankees and Braves.  However, he also wore one other team's major league uniform.  Which team was it?  (Bonus points if you can tell me what uniform number he wore on that uniform.)

Second, speaking of the Red Sox,explain this picture (and no, Photoshop is not the answer):

Next Sim:  Next Wednesday

Philadelphia/Wilmington trade

Minutes before the 2030 trade deadline, an eight-player trade between Signorino Division rivals Philadelphia and Wilmington was completed.

In exchange for five players, headlined by recent #2 overall draft pick Rick Griffin, the Philadelphia Hornets have acquired a trio of well-regarded youngsters, SP Steve McClain, OF Jorge Benavides, and IF Jason Linfoot from the Wilmington Atlantics.

McClain will replace Ivan Gallardo in the Hornets rotation. Gallardo, along with RP Dwight Rowe, AA RP Carlos Moya, and A RP Jose Bautista, joined Griffin in the caravan heading south to the Carolinas.

"We hate giving up Griffin so soon after drafting him," Philadelphia GM Michael Weintraub said. "But, adding McClain to our team in the midst of a pennant race was too tempting an offer to haggle over. We also really like Benavides and Linfoot."

This deal marks the third time that the Hornets have traded away Dwight Rowe, who is only 23-years-old. "I'm not selling my condo in Manayunk," Rowe said. "I know I'll be back here in a season or two."

Monday, August 7, 2017

Philadelphia/Highland trade

The Philadelphia Hornets have acquired lefty reliever Julio Lopez from the Highland Admirals for 7-11, which the two teams mean to be the Hornets's 7th and 11th round picks in the 2031 amateur draft.

Trade Brick/Highland

Brick completes another trade this time with Highland...Brick sends veteran catcher Cristobal Cordero and super sub Jesus Alvarez 1B/2B/SS/3B to Highland for Anthony Powers catcher and Jim Robertson CF A...GM Fred Goldfarb telling reporters the need to improve team togetherness and felt this trade would help saying how disappointed he was with how they were playing..GM John Corrano was happy with getting major league talent which will improve his team going forward