Thursday, April 30, 2009
Machen went to Hickory last season as part of the blockbuster Greg Mudge / Dong Lutz trade. Now, desperate for more people to play the outfield, Seattle was forced to pay richly for Machen's return. Machen is expected to start in centerfield while Armando Cedeno heals and then share left field with Bill Bivens.
When reached at his home in New Hampshire, Machen sounded less than thrilled to return to his former squad. "First, they refuse to give me a starting position for two and half years. Then, they cast me aside to Hickory. Then, they pay how much money to bring me back so that I get killed instead of that prima donna David Kerry? They're heartless bastards."
Meanwhile, Guadelupe Rodriguez just sounded relieved. "There was a team meeting where they discussed putting pitchers in the outfield to fill in. Thank the heavens I got traded before that happened."
In other news, Seattle planned today to sacrifice a live chicken to appease the baseball gods who have struck down the team's outfielders. Unfortunately, they could only rustle up a bucket of KFC. It is unknown whether the fabled Secret Recipe will be sufficient to lift the curse.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ned Schneider, spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, admitted that there have been no fatalities yet among the Monarchs outfielders, but claimed, "It's only a matter of time. I mean, we've got 67% of the work force injured in just two weeks. The outlook is not good."
In response, Owner/GM Mack Shultz announced a series of steps to improve working conditions. "First, David Kerry has been transferred into the witness protection program. Right now, it's safer to snitch on the mob than to play the outfield in Seattle."
The second step by Seattle was to open dialogue with the league's front offices on incorporating "designated fielder" rules. "We don't think it's a coincidence both Guerrero and Cedeno went down making defensive plays. It's a dangerous job out there. We've got to find someone more expendable to shag fly balls. I mean, we can only play Rosato in one position at a time." Reserve outfielder Raymond Rosato refused to comment for this story, and walked away muttering obscenities.
Third, the Monarchs have begun to rethink their practice of holding Spring Training games in abandoned and rusted factories. "We thought this was a great sustainability initiative. You know, reusing things and cutting down on our environmental footprint. In addition, it was really, really cheap. But we've discovered that playing on unstable floors, with leaking pipes and machines falling all around our players, may not be the best way to go."
In what must be a coincidental move, the History Channel announced a new television series exploring the life of Monarchs outfielders. Executive Bill Wussmeyer explained, "Hey, with the success of Ax Men and Deadliest Catch, how can we go wrong?"
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
And there was much rejoicing. *yay*
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In the meantime, we are now at Spring Training. I'll be running ST one week at a time, for a total of four ST sims. You can find information on how ST is running at the online game manual.
The first week of ST will be run on Saturday night.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Let's try to make this a bit easier.
I will proceed to finish the draft tomorrow night if one of the following two things happen:
1. The majority of owners say to finish it.
2. No one sends me a list. :)
If you want to send a list for Round 5, please send it before tomorrow night.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here are the picks:
Round 3, Pick 1 - Maui Mashers: LF I. Overdevest
Round 3, Pick 2 - Cleveland Steamers: CL J. Contreras
Round 3, Pick 3 - Walla Walla Federal Duck: SS S. Bennett
Round 3, Pick 4 - Danville Dans: 3B J. Velázquez
Round 3, Pick 5 - Houston Armadillos: MR L. Young
Round 3, Pick 6 - Los Angeles Scorpions: 2B R. Martínez
Round 3, Pick 7 - Hickory Huskers: CL A. Alvarado
Round 3, Pick 8 - Saskatoon Amigos: C F. Johnson
Round 3, Pick 9 - Brooklyn Wolves: C R. Rivera
Round 3, Pick 10 - River Cities Sternwheelers: MR G. Gonzáles
Round 3, Pick 11 - New York Gothams: SS M. Rivera
Round 3, Pick 12 - Seattle Monarchs: SP C. Reed
Round 4 will be Sunday evening.
If the majority of owners are willing, I can just have the computer do the rest of the draft. If you would prefer that option, just let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Furthermore, in previous versions of the game, most owners would submit similar (if not identical) draft lists. Yeah, they may switched a guy or two, but there was a high degree of similarity between the lists. In this year's first round, I got vastly different lists from different owners -- no two lists were very similar -- further leading me to believe that the opinions of scouts in this league are not consistent at all. I'm really curious as to who's scout is right (if any)...
First round choices:
Maui: 2B Fransisco Perez
Cleveland: C Bill Miller
Walla Walla: 1B Lindsay Walker
River Cities: 2B Anthony Lysons
Houston: SP Eric Rogers
Los Angeles: 2B Lawrence Richardson
Hickory: CF Mario Lopez
Saskatoon: CF Wayne Frederick
Brooklyn: SP Kenshin Heida
River Cities: C Gabriel Feliciano
New York: 2B Wes Harris
Hickory: MR Forest Powell
Round 2 on Monday night
Round 3 on Thursday night
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Not much activity this sim:
Houston signed 3B Claudio Hernandez: 2 years, $2,340,000 total
New York signed SS Carsten Rasch to a minor league contract
We will begin the amateur draft on Saturday night.
The draft order for Round 1 is as follows:
3. Walla Walla
4. River Cities (from Danville)
6. Los Angeles
10. River Cities
11. New York
12. Hickory (from Seattle)
We'll do the first round of the draft on Saturday night. Please send in your picks to myself and Michael by then.
For the new owners: The way the draft works is as follows: If you have the first pick, send me one name. If you have the second pick, send two names -- if your top guy isn't taken, you'll get him, if he is taken, you'll get the second choice. If you have the third pick, send three names, and so on.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
LA 4 -> RIV 10/20/08
LA 5 -> CLE 12/8/08
DAN 1 -> RIV 1/25/09
NY 5 -> MAU 1/23/09
SEA 1 -> HIK 1/14/09
If I've missed any, please let me know.
MR Hector Orozco, 2 years, $12,050,000 total
MR Gaby Casella, minor league contract
C Joan New, minor league contract
MR Nicholas Farrier, minor league contract
CF Juan David, 1 year, $500,000
Feb II sim -- tomorrow night
First round of Amateur Draft -- Saturday night.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Not sure what I'm going to miss on the preseason schedule... I should have my regular season roster and lineups set before then.
- Paul / New York
Some more signings:
SS Lincoln Rosetti, 5 years, $72,850,000
SP Matthew Cassity, minor league contract
C Gerald Odum, 1 year, $1,100,000
SP Floyd Janik, minor league contract
CF Michael Fay, 1 year, $750,000
MR Tobias Guttierrez, 2 years, $3,700,000
SP Samuel Santos, 1 year, $750,000
1B William Torres, 1 year, $500,000
RF Deon Tarango, minor league contract
CF Bas Bijkerk, minor league contract
1B Gavin Mendleson, minor league contract
RF Frank Dejean, minor league contract
Also, the first year player pool has been published. Take a look at who will be available.
Next sim (Feb 1-15) will be on Monday night.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
RF Emilio Beauvais, minor league contract
RP Wan-fu Chu, minor league contract
C Ricardo Perez, minor league contract
RP Pedro Elizalde, 2 years, $4,800,000 total
LF Alan Callahan, 4 years, $47,000,000 total
... and there were some retirements
1B Russell Powell retires (.281, 395 HR, 197 SB)
Albert Boll retires (93-110, 4.37)
William Augustin retires (67-45, 843 G, 3.97)
C Lorenzo Mendoza retires
Next sim -- Sunday night (to the end of January)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
In the spirit of increasing parity in the SDMB OOTP league, I am hereby announcing the "Commissioner's Parity Plan." This plan is designed to make it easier for teams that have never won a Cecil Cup to make it to the playoffs. It is also designed to discourage the centralization of talent in only one team located on the North Pacific.
The plan works as follows: For every Cecil Cup that a team has won, they must contribute a player to a parity pool. Furthermore, the winner of the previous year must contribute two players. Therefore, by way of example, Seattle would have to contribute five players to the pool this year (one for each of their four Cecil Cup wins and one additional one for being the last winner). Houston, on the other hand, would have to contribute two, for their two victories.
The players to be placed in the pool will be selected by the owners of the teams that will be drafting the players (i.e. those that do not contribute any players).
Once the player pool has been formed, teams that have not won a Cecil Cup will draft from the pool in team number order.
This will continue until every team has won a Cecil Cup -- or at least until Brooklyn does.
This move baffles the 7 fans that are still hoping for a Steamers World Series Victory sometime this century, but the GM of the Cleveland squad thinks that it will help out the team. "The fan interest in the team nearly doubled when we signed Tyler, imagine how much it will increase when he helps us win just about every game in the SBMB A league. It should go through the roof," said Mr. Goldman after finishing off his 7th rum and coke while shooting dice at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas.
Will this move pay off? Probably not, but this team is trying everything it can to make sure that it never ends up in the World Series as long as Mr. Goldman is in charge.
Who signed fre agents in December II:
2B John Blackmer 2 years, $2,350,000 total
MR Winford McCullum, minor league contract
MR Karl Hatch, minor league contract
MR Max Mendoza, minor league contract
C Emiliano Torrealba, 2 years, $1,350,000 total
LF Tyler Thomas, 5 years, $100,250,000 (is this the first nine-figure contract in league history?)
Next sim: Tomorrow night -- 1/1 to 1/15.
As an aside, please remember that when you acquire a player, he goes on the DFA list and the 18-day DFA period starts. Please remember to assign players you acquire. If you don't, I'll do my best to place your new players on the major league roster, but if there is no space available, I will make my "best judgement" guess as to which players you want sent to AAA to make room.