Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sep I Sim Done

Game Date:  Sep 16 2031

Standings:  
All the divisions have been clinched.
Brick has won the Adams Division, Seattle the Zotti Division and Philadephia has won the Signorino Division.

The Wild Card slot is the only thing left up for grabs, and there are only two teams in contention:  Maui leads Brooklyn by six games with six left to play.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Atlanta's Roy Herbert named Player of the Week (9/7)
Philadelphia's Tomas Fernandez hit 3 HR 9/8
Maui's Don Jones named Player of the Week (9/14, 3rd career award)

Significant Injuries:
Brick, Ron Hill, torn labrum, 10 months
Maui, Keith Waters, ruptured finger tendon, 4 months
Philadelphia, Julian Roman, shoulder tendinitis, 6 weeks

Batting Line of the Sim:
Brooklyn's Ron Nieto went 4-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 7 RBI vs. Wilmington 9/1

Pitching Line of the Sim:
Appalachian's William Brooks pitched a two-hit, one-walk shutout with 8 K vs. Wilmington 9/5

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Who are the only players to hit home runs both as a teenager and after the age of 40?

Of the four people who have accomplished this feat, three were correctly guessed.  Ty Cobb (answered by Fred), Alex Rodriguez (Brian) and Garry Sheffield (Matt) are three of the four.  The one that remained was Rusty Staub.

Hank Aaron, the other player guessed, hit his first home run (off Vic Raschi)  on Apr 23 1954 -- two months after his 20th birthday.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Who holds the record for hitting the most home runs in his final season in the majors?

Next Sim:  Next Wednesday, when we will bring the regular season to a close.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Aug II Sim Recap

Game Date:  Sep 1 2031

Standings:
Adams: Brick leads Brooklyn by a commanding fifteen games. (Magic Number:  6)
Zotti:  Seattle has clinched the division
Signorino:  Philadelphia is nine games ahead of Maui (Magic Number:  12)
Wild Card:  Maui is five games ahead of Brooklyn (Magic Number:  16)

Awards & Accomplishments:
Seattle LF George Hendricks named Player of the Week (8/18, 5th award, 2nd this season)
Brick LF Salvador Velasquez does it again -- Player of the Week (8/25, 8th career award -- 5th this season!)
Philadelphia 1B Javier Ortiz named Player of the Week (9/1, 2nd career award)
Philadelphia LF Julian Roman named Rookie of the Month
Antelope Valley's Derek Hanson named Pitcher of the Month
Brick RF Ken Reed named Batter of the Month

Significant Injuries:
Brick 3B Larry McCormick, calf strain, 3 weeks.
Philadelphia RF Arnold Miller, strained abdominal muscle, 3-4 weeks
Antelope Valley RP Fernando German, shoulder inflammation, done for the year
Antelope Valley SS Mario Silva, strained oblique, 3-4 weeks
Highland RP Jesus Gonzalez, shoulder inflammation, done for the season.

Batting Line of the Sim:
Seattle's Hector Valera went 4-4, with 3 HR, 3 R and 5 RBI vs. Mepkin Abbey, 8/29

Pitching Line of the Sim:
None

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
There are four ways in which a batter can be awarded first base and cannot be put out.  What are they?

As correctly deduced by Fred & Mack, the four ways are:

1.  Walk
2.  Hit by Pitch
3.  Catcher's Interference
4.  Batted ball hits an umpire (or a baserunner).

This Week's Trivia Question:
Most people do not play in the major leagues as teenagers.  Most also do not play after the age of 40.  To do both is certainly a sign of longevity in the game.  Who are the only players to hit home runs both as a teenager and after the age of 40?

Commissioner's Note:  It's September -- time to expand those rosters.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sim's Done

The Aug II sim is done.  However, I'm up against a hard deadline, so the write up will have to wait until tomorrow night -- unless, of course, someone else wants to do it. :)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Aug I Sim Done

Game Date:  Aug 16 2032

Standings:  
Adams:  Brick is twelve games ahead of Brooklyn
Zotti: Seattle is thirty games in front of Antelope Valley
Signorino: Philadelphia's lead over Maui is eight games
Wild Card:  Maui is two games ahead of Brookyn

Awards & Accomplishments:
Philadelphia's Jorge Benevides named Rookie of the Month (2nd award)
Seattle's Ernest Metcalf named Pitcher of the Month (3rd career award)
Seattle's Hector Valera named Batter of the Month (3rd career award)
Seattle's Steve Jones named Player of the Week (8/4, 7th career award, 2nd this season)
Brick LF Salvador Velasquez named Player of the Week (8/11, 7th career award, 4th (!) this season)

Significant Injuries:
Mepkin Abbey CF Joe Randall, concussion, 6-7 weeks.
Philadelphia:  2B Norman Kuhn, oblique strain, 4 weeks
Mepkin Abbey: RP Jesus Garcia, unspecified injury, done for the season
Brooklyn RF Lou Sharp, hamstring sprain, 3-4 weeks
Atlanta 2B Rodrigo Negron, fractured hand, 6 weeks

Batting Line of the Sim:
Seattle's Mike Minty went 3-5, 2 HR, 4 runs scored, 2 BB and 7 RBI vs. Atlanta (8/15)

Pitching Line of the Sim (three way tie):
Seattle's Chris Williams pitched a complete game, 4 hitter vs. Atlanta, allowing one run, no walks and striking out 12 (8/15)
Brooklyn's Brendan Divine pitched eight shout-out, two hit innings with 10K vs. Highland (8/1)
Brooklyn's Kieran Rose pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout with 10K and no walks vs. Antelope Valley (8/9)

Last Week's Trivia Question:
There are two players who have played at least one major league game after 1980, despite having received Hall of Fame votes in the past.  Who are those two players?

The first player, as was guessed correctly by Michael and Mack, is Minnie Minoso, who made a few post-career token appearances, the last being in 1980.  The other player is Jose Rijo.  Rijo pitched from 1984 to 1995, when injuries derailed his career.  Due to the injuries, he did not pitch at all in the major leagues between 1996 and 2000 and therefore became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2001 and managed to snag one vote in that year's election. 

However, he managed to overcome his injuries and return to the diamond in 2001 with the Reds.  He appeared in 13 games in 2001 and 31 games in 2002 before hanging up the glove for good.  He once again became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2008, but did not receive any votes that time around and was dropped from the ballot.

This Week's Question:
There are four ways in which a batter can be awarded first base and cannot be put out.  What are they?

Next sim: Next Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Outfielders available

Do you need an extra outfielder? Perhaps you aren't sure if one of your starters is the right guy and want to challenge him? If so, I can help.

I'm offering experienced veteran (all of 28-years-old) Jose Molina, as well as all of my outfielders in AAA Arizona Bay for trade. Most of them are ready for the majors now, and can start in a pinch.

In return, I'm not looking for much, maybe a mid-round draft pick or a fringe prospect (preferably a reliever). Package deals are available.

Update: AAA OF Randy Pope has been traded to Wilmington for a 6th round draft pick in 2032.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

July II Sim Done -- Trading Deadline!

Game Date:  Jul 30 2031

Standings:
Adams:  Brick leads Brooklyn by twelve.
Zotti:  Seattle is 26 games up on Antelope Valley
Signorino:  Philadelphia is eight games up on Maui
Wild Card:  Maui is three games ahead of Brooklyn

Awards & Accomplishments:
Seattle 1B Hector Valera named Player of the Week (7/21, 4th career award)
Brick LF Salvador Velasquez named Player of the Week (7/28, 6th career award, 3rd award this season!)

Significant Injuries:
Houston RF Ed Weber has elbow soreness that will sideline him for 3-4 weeks.
Wilmington 3B George Horridge has a strained MCL.  He's out for six weeks.
Philadelphia closer Anthony White has a torn flexor tendon in his elbow.  He's done for this year and will miss most, if not all, of next year as well.
Maui SS Wang-fen Tsang has a torn PCL.  He's done for the year.

Batting Line of the Sim:
Seattle 1B Hector Valera went 4-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI and a walk vs. Appalachian 7/19

Pitching Line of the Sim:
Brick's Joong-geun Yi pitched eight innings of four hit shutout ball, walking none and striking out eleven vs. Antelope Valley 7/29.

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
Who holds the record for hitting the most home runs in their debut season in the majors?
(Please note that I said "debut season" not "rookie season."  Aaron Judge is not the correct answer.)

Frank Fred came up with Wally Berger, who hit 38 home runs in his debut season of 1930 for the Boston Braves.  However, Frank Fred was only half right.  Frank Robinson matched Berger's feat, hitting 38 home runs for the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1956.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Today, the BBWAA announced their selections to the Hall of Fame for 2018.  A player must now be retired for five years before being eligible, but that wasn't always the case.  Once upon a time, even active players were eligible -- Lou Gehrig, for example, received 22.6% of the vote in 1936, despite the fact that he played for another three years.  Eventually the rules were changed so that you had to be retired one year and later five years.  Even so, as late as 1958, active players were still getting votes -- Warren Spahn got a vote that year --  despite the fact that he continued playing until 1965!

However, there are two players who have played at least one major league game after 1980, despite having received Hall of Fame votes in the past.  Who are those two players?

Commissioner's Note:  The trading deadline is upon us.  Last chance to wheel and deal!

Next sim:  Next Wednesday

Edited 1/25/2018:  My apologies, Fred.  It was you who came up with Wally Berger, not Frank.  I must have been half-asleep when I typed it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jul I Sim Done

Game Date:  Jul 16 2031

Standings:
Adams:  Brick leads Brooklyn by ten
Zotti:  Seattle is 21 games up on Antelope Valley
Signorino: Philadelphia has a four game lead over Maui
Wild Card: Maui is two games ahead of Wilmington

Awards & Accomplishments:
Atlanta C Miguel Ramirez named Player of the Week (7/7, 3rd career award)
Seattle C Steve Jones named Player of the Week (7/14, 6th career award)

Significant Injuries:
Atlanta, 2B Adrian Sanchez, strained hamstring, 5-6 weeks
Houston, RP Mark St. John, torn UCL, done for the season
Mepkin Abbey RP Jesus Garcia, radial nerve compression, done for the year
Brick, 3B Mark Swenson, sprained ankle, 7 weeks
Brooklyn CF Edgardo Collazo, bone bruise, 3 weeks
Houston LF Arturo Vasquez, sprained ankle, 6 weeks
Antelope Valley, 3B Andreas Velasco, ruptured Achilles tendon, doen for the season
Brooklyn RP Sancho Medina, tendinitis, 3 weeks

Batting Line of the Sim:
None

Pitching Line of the Sim:
Houston's Dave Chapa pitched a three hit shutout with 9 K vs. Atlanta (7/5)

Commissioner's Note:
Next sim will go to July 30.  It will be the final sim before the trading deadline.

Trivia Question:
Who holds the record for hitting the most home runs in their debut season in the majors?
(Please note that I said "debut season" not "rookie season."  Aaron Judge is not the correct answer.)

Next sim:  Wednesday night.