Wednesday, August 29, 2012

July II Sim Done

Game Date:  7/30/2012

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead over Hickory is down to nine games.
Zotti:  Seattle's leads Shackamaxon by 24 games.
Signorino:  New York still leads Maui by one.
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon is still one game ahead of Barstow

Maui's Juan Villatoro named Player of the Week (7/19)
Ohio LF George Vidal named Player of the Week (7/26)

Significant Injuries:
Maui C Barney Maxson is out for two months after straining a hamstring.

Barstow's Gregario Marzano drove in his 1000th RBI, the 18th player to do so.
Monck's Corner 1B Dong Lutz, the all time leader in hits, reached the 2500 plateau.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.  Please remember that the next sim is the trading deadline for this season.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Shackamaxon/Atlanta trade

With the middle of Shackamaxon's infield suffering injuries this sim, as well as a lackluster performance by the offense, the Lenape made a bold move to shore up their infield depth today, acquiring SS William Midkiff from Atlanta.

Midkiff will take over, immediately, for the injured John Grondin at 2B, and act as a super-utility player after Grondin returns from the disabled list.

Heading to Atlanta are catcher Gerardo Herrera, prospect 1B Miguel Rodriguez, and a 4th round pick in the 2022 amateur draft.

"We needed to act fast, and accomplished two goals with this trade," GM Michael Weintraub stated. "We found a capable batter to step in for John while he recuperates, and helped clear a log-jam behind the plate to allow prospect Bobby Krieger to finally reach the Show. We thank Gerardo for his seven seasons here with our franchise, and wish him luck in Atlanta."

A Quick Note About the Next Sim

As has been our practice in the past, the next sim will go to July 30, not July 31.  This will give owners another week (real-time) to execute trades.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

July I Sim Done

Game Date:  7/16/2012

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead over Hickory has grown to ten games.
Zotti:  Seattle's lead over Shackamaxon now stands at 21 games
Signorino:  New York told over the division lead and now leads Maui by one.
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon's lead over Barstow has dropped to one game.

Hickory 1B Jesus Flores named Player of the Week (7/5)
Seattle 3B Terry Hubbard named Player of the Week (7/12)

Significant Injuries:
Atlanta MR Claudio Gonzales, already out with an inflamed elbow, has chosen to retire.
Ohio's Darin Sitton will miss 2-3 weeks with a forearm strain.
Shackamaxon 2B John Grondin has wrist tendinitis and will miss three weeks.
Ohio SP Fernando Estrada will miss three months with an elbow strain.
Seattle SP Ronald Placencia will be out for three months with a partially torn labrum.  
Monck's Corner CF Craig Bell sprained his thumb and will be out for five weeks.

.... and, the winner of "Best Injury of the Sim" goes to Brooklyn's Sean Rice, who was injured when he did one too many BMX bike tricks.  He'll be day-to-day for a week or two.

Seattle's Ronald Quijada recorded his 2000th hit, the 14th player to do so.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.

MOncks Corner Sells Out

Just like The Who.
These players can be had for one prospect each if they're good enough:
RF Brian Frison CON 72 GAP 69 POW 82

MR Eden Torres STF 56 MOV 59 CON 86

1B Dong Lutz CON 51 GAP 52 POW 93

CF Raul Ortega CON 58 GAP 62 POW 82

SP Rico Padua STF 64 MOV 65 CON 74

CL Tony Dominguez STF 67 MOV 59 CON 73
Could be more if you're interested.

Atlanta is hopeless and selling

So it has taken about 5 seasons, but my experiment is complete.  I may have the worst team in the history of the SDMB.  It is hard to believe that I won the divisions back in 2015 and 2016 and was in the Cecil Cup championship back in 2014 and 2015.  Well those days are long gone.

So I need to do something (I can't get much worse).  If you are looking for a #5 starter I might have your man:

While far from a stud Jamie Cruz could be what you need in the back end of your rotation.  Not going to ask for much just e-mail me and he could be yours.

Are you looking for a utility infielder?  Again, Atlanta is the place to go.  William Midkiff or Roberto Ferrer could answer your prayers from above.  Both solid players who could help out on your bench.

Is it a Catcher you need?  Well John Dash wants out and he is hot as can be right now.  He would look good on your championship bench.

And finally outfield.  Monte Goss deserves to be on a winner again.  There is no doubt that he has the talent and a change of scenery could do him good.  Carlos Martinez is also available so enquire now for the best deals.

There will never be a better time to find the 25th man on your roster at rock bottom prices.  Basically the first to contact me with a deal that includes young players or draft picks can get whomever they desire.  Everyone is up for grabs so make an offer now and see what deals we can make.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shackamaxon turns over its rotation

Coming into the 2021 season, the starting pitching for the Shackamaxon Lenape was supposed to be a strength of the team. Instead, the surging bullpen (anchored by the back-end of Cuomo/Sweeney/Stoker) has led the Lenape to having the best bullpen ERA in the game, while the starters are only ranked 8th.

After losing Elder Guzman to injury after two superlative April starts, his replacements have struggled to hold down the #5 spot in the rotation, and, incumbent #5 starter Tuan Olmstead has also had difficulties this season.

Well, things are changing, big-time in the Lenape rotation. Superstar (and, Philadelphia native) Joseph Macaluso has been acquired from Antelope Valley and is expected to anchor the top of the rotation. Guzman, missing since the early days of the season, returns from injury this sim. The rest of the Lenape rotation remains John Cooper, John Kautz, and Scott Loman. Olmstead will slot into the back end of the bullpen, barring another trade.

Heading to Antelope Valley are two promising youngsters, 2B Glenn Tate and SP Sergio Valenzuela.

"We are conceding the Zotti League title, for the regular season, at least, to Seattle," GM Michael Weintraub said. "But, we're going to be in a dogfight for the wild card spot. And, I'll go toe-to-toe against Seattle in a seven-game series with a rotation fronted by Joseph, Elder, and the Johns, anytime and anywhere."

The Shackamaxon Lenape, one of the most successful franchises in SDMB League history, remain the only team to ever win four consecutive Cecil Cups.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dateline Hickory: Commence the Purge


Hickory is terrible this year, thanks to some really dismal performances by starting pitchers who ought to be better, and with an aging roster and no prospect of short-term improvement, it is time for a massive overhaul.

I am not willing to trade 1B Jesus Flores or any major prospect.  I would consider offers for any other player on my major league roster.  This includes the following players of note:

LH Relievers - Joel Riojas (31 yo, $317K, 4.71 ERA); Ray Lewis (24 yo, $300K, 3.83 ERA); Forrest Powell (27 yo, $700K, 3.32 ERA); Cristobal Reyes (26 yo, $300K, 1.30 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 27 innings at AAA Beulaville)

Nobody here is going to blow your socks off, but all are useful left handed middle relief guys.  Lewis is having a down year but his peripherals are good and he's had a lot of success already in a young career.  Reyes is a decent prospect with nowhere to play in my organization.  I have a lot of young left-handed pitching talent in my organization and need to make room for some of them to actually play, so I'd let one or preferably two of these guys go either alone for a relatively low price, or as part of a larger package.

Catcher - Alberto Granado (.251/.328/..364, 29 yo, signed to a murderous 5-year, $19M/year contract) 

Nitro is having his worst year as a professional by far, but he's only 29 and he's bound to rebound at some point.  However, my best prospect, catcher Aaron Hampton, is Major League ready. I am thus very anxious to unload Granado if there's a willing taker.  I realize his contract is onerous, but I am willing to pay a sizable portion of his salary in the right deal.

Starting Pitchers - John Okane (LHP, 40 yo, $13M but expires this year; currently at 5-5 with an ERA of 4.77)

I'm not looking for much in exchange for Okane; he's been useless to me and won't be back next year, but if you'd like to rent a lefty starter with modest upside for the stretch run the price here is very, very, very low.

Starting Pitchers Don Hunnicutt and Richard Shipp - Both have played very poorly this year, but if you want a lottery ticket on either, have at it.

Centerfielders - Joseph Bevers, Tim Combs, Manuel Cardona, Guillauime Fornier - All are respectable fringe starters and/or fourth outfield guys, all can steal a lot of bases, and most play top quality defense in center.  Cardona is quite young; Combs is only 24.  All but Bevers are paid less than $1M this season.  All are available, since I really don't have playing time for all four even now, and will have less upon the return of Bo Bice.  Drop me a line - you'd be surprised how receptive I'll be to any even remotely reasonable offer.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Antelope Valley Rebuilding

The Raptors are still looking to trade some veterans to add some depth to their organization.  Veterans on the block include:

P Thomas Brasfield
C Thomas Geter

P Joeseph Macaluso although I need a much better prospect for him.

Also willing to package any combo of them for better, or a package, of prospect(s)



Friday, August 17, 2012

June II Sim Completed

Game Date:  7/1/2012

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead over Hickory has grown to seven games (and, they're at .500!).
Zotti:  Seattle's lead over Shackamaxon has shrunk to 16 games.
Signorino:  Maui's now leads New York by a single game.
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon leads Barstow by four.

New York 1B Santiago Salazar named Player of the Week (6/21)
Seattle 3B Trey Hubbard htis for the cycle, the third player to do so this season. (6/23)
Barstow 1B Gregario Marzanno named Player of the Week (6/28)
Seattle's Christopher Hester pitches his THIRD career no-hitter against Barstow (6/29)
New York 2B Gene Reynolds named Batter of the Month
Brooklyn's Dennis Durand named Pitcher of the Month
Brooklyn 2B Luis Figeora named Rookie of the Month

Significant Injuries:
Monck's Corner MR Kenneth Byers has elbow inflammation and will be out about seven weeks.
New York's Jim Edwards was involved in a collision at a base and will sit out about six weeks.
Monck's Corner SS Daniel Burdine will miss six weeks with a fractured wrist.

Brian Frison becomes the third player to reach the 1500 run plateau (just two weeks after teammate Dong Lutz).

Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Sim Will Be Run Tonight

I'm sorry, folks.  I got tied down with a bunch of stuff last night and completely forgot to run the sim.

I'll run it tonight.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Trade: Maui / Antelope Valley

Maui and Antelope Valley announce the following trade:

Maui sends 2B/3B/SS Hernando Albacete to Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley sends MR Bill Dewall to Maui.

That is all.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

June I Sim Completed

Game Date:  6/16/2021

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead over Hickory has grown to five games (and, they're only one game under .500!).
Zotti:  Seattle is now 17 games ahead of Shackamaxon and Barstow
Signorino:  Maui's leads New York by three games
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon and Barstow are tied for the wild card spot.

Shackamaxon's Felipe Mendoza named Player of the Week (6/7)
Seattle 1B Juan Gomez named Player of the Week (6/13)

Significant Injuries:
Hickory's Bo Rice is done for the season after breaking a bone in his elbow (although elbows [unlike knees] don't have bones.)
New York LF Armando Cedeno fractured a foot and will miss four weeks.
Atlanta's Rob O'Quinn will miss four months with a strained oblique

Dong Lutz scored his 1500th run, becoming only the second person (after Luis Jeon) to reach that mark.
Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

May II Sim Done

Game Date:  6/1/2021

Adams:  Brooklyn leads Hickory by two games.
Zotti:  Seattle's lead over Shackamaxon has grown to ten games.
Signorino:  Maui's lead over Houston is three games.

Hickory's Jesus Flores named Player of the Week (5/17)
Seattle 3B Terry Hubbard named Player of the Week (5/24)
Shackamaxon 3B Felipe Mendoza hits for the cycle (5/30)
Shackamaxon 2B John Grondin named Player of the Week (5/31)
Hickory's 1B Jesus Flores named Batter of the Month
Seattle's Christopher Hester named Pitcher of the Month
Houston's Alfredo Gutierrez named Rookie of the Month

Significant Injuries:
Seattle's John Hukill tore a meniscus and will miss five weeks.


Next sim:  Next Wednesday night.  The game and this week's upload was done using the previous version of the game.  Please make sure to download the game using the old version and export your changes using the new version.

OOTP v13.5.22 update


You may have received an e-mail this morning about the latest-and-greatest update to OOTP 13. Please do not update your version of the game until AFTER tonight's sim.