Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Seattle / Maui Trade

Today, Seattle agreed to send C Lonnie Draeger and SP Gil Moore to Maui in exchange for Maui's 4th round pick in the next amateur draft.  And there was much rejoicing. *yaaaay*

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sim's Done -- Awards Announced (Part I)

Game Date:  10/27/2025

The sim was run on Sunday.  The following awards were given out:

Slick Fielder:
P:  Bartolo Olivarez (Shackamaxon)
C:  Cristobal Cordero (Brick)
1B: Martin Cox (Brick)
2B: Norman Kuhn (Seattle)
3B: Larry McCormick (Philadelphia, third award)
SS:  Miguel Martinez (Shackamaxon, second award)
LF:  Jaime Vasquez (Brooklyn)
CF: Bas Bijkerk (Seattle, fifth award)
RF:  Jose Molina (Shackamaxon)

Outstanding Newcomer:
Winner:  1B Jaime Alvarez, Antelope Valley.  .346/.412/.549/23 HR
2nd Place: P Toyoshige Takahashi, Seattle, 18-5 3.15, 1.28 WHIP, 175K
3rd Place: RF Jesus Barcello, Houston, .301/.339/.516/20 HR

It should also be noted that SP Christopher Hester has decided to hang 'em up.  Hester spent seventeen years with the Seattle Monarchs, racking up an impressive 279 victories against only 110 losses with a 3.08 ERA.  Unfortunately, his quest for 300 victories was stopped by an ulnar collateral ligament injury which ended his career.

Next sim:  Wednesday night.

Seattle Trading Post Is Open

There's a number of players available at the Seattle Trading Post this offseason. All of them have that championship smell to them, so there's that. Many are available cheaply, perhaps shockingly so. None all future MVPs or Cy Young winners (at least, I don't think so), but I do think all of them have some value. It's just that they've been made expendable in my organization for a variety of reasons. If there's any interest, send me an email and make an offer.

Starting Pitcher: Gil Moore
Relievers: Masatake Shibata and Héctor Sánchez
Catcher: Either Lonnie Draeger or Steven Broadbent
Infielders: Juan Gómez and Iván Castillo
Outfielders: Luis Gonzáles and Luis Soto (healing from injury right now)
Prospects: Rubén García and Héctor Piña

It's not really an everything-must-go situation, but these guys are all very available.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

No Sim Run -- Option Decisions Needed

Upon checking my league email before running the sim, I realized that this is the sim where teams need to make decisions concerning contract options.   I should have noticed that when I ran the last sim, but didn't.

I don't want to catch people unawares, so I'm extending the deadline for this sim until Sunday morning, so that everyone will have a chance to make their player contract decisions.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sim's Done

Game Date:  Oct 20, 2025

Next sim:  Thursday night, when we'll hand out some hardware.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


OK, we've given Mack some time to bask in his epic 10th Cecil Cup title, but now it's time to move on.

Next sim will be Tuesday night.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

congratz to both Michael and Mac on a great series couldn't get  any closer....Michael your team showed so much grit and determination and never gave up....Mac congratz on your championship

Saturday, December 13, 2014

10 Innings To Win 10th Title

2009, 2010, 2011
2013, 2014, 2016
2017, 2021, 2024

and now, for the 10th time, I give you the Cecil Cup Champions... The Seattle Monarchs!

The Seattle Monarchs captured their tenth Cecil Cup with a 3-2, come-from-behind, 10 inning victory over the Shackamaxon Lenape.

The Lenape drew first blood in the third inning on a lead-off triple by pitcher Bartolo Olivarez, a walk to Steve Keo and an RBI single by Jose Molina.  However, with one run in the bank and runners on first and second and no one out, Shackamaxon lost the chance to score additional runs.  David Seibel flew out to right, allowing Keo to advance to third.  Tomas Kalakay then flew out to left.  Keo, a good baserunner, tagged up from third, testing the strong arm of LF Lucio Muniz.  However, Muniz's throw beat Keo, for the third out of the inning.

Seattle had a chance to score in the fifth against Olivarez.  With one out Masahide Ueda doubled to right center and, after another out, advanced to third on Terry Hubbard's single.  However, with the tying run on third, Olivarez struck out Jonathan Anderson to end the inning and preserve the 1-0 lead.

Shacakamaxon managed to get a runner on third in the top of the sixth with two out, but Seattle starter Bruno Talamantez struck out veteran John Grondin for the third out.

Seattle managed to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth.  Bas Bijkerk led off with a double.  Dewey Watson then walked.  Talamantez laid down a sacrifice bunt, sending the runners to second and third with one out.  Lucio Muniz then flied out to center, allowing Bijkerk to score.  However, Steve Jones then grounded out to end the inning with the score tied.

Shackamaxon retook the lead in the top of the seventh on a one-out double by George Robinson, a single by pinch hitter Santiago Salazar and a single by pinch hitter Gan Mah, making the score 2-1.  However, with runners at first and second and one out, Talamantez managed to stop the bleeding. He got Steve Keo looking and then induced a first-pitch groundout from Jose Molina.  Yet, still, the Lenape had taken a 2-1 lead.

The score remained 2-1 as the game entered the bottom of the ninth.  With Carlos Arias on the mound, the Lenape were hoping to close out the series.  Arias retired the first two batters - Maximo Rodriguez flew out to right and Lucio Muniz grounded out to second.  That brought up the ever-dangerous catcher Steve Jones.  Arias missed on the first three pitches.  Taking all the way, Arias threw the next one over the plate for a called strike.  He fouled the next one behind the plate for strike two.  With defeat only one strike away, Jones managed to foul another pitch behind the plate.  On the seventh pitch of the at bat, Arias missed, sending Jones to first.  The Seattle manager sent up backup catcher Lonnie Draeger to hit.  On a 2-1 pitch, Draeger hit a line drive double to right-center, sending Jones home and tying the score at two apiece.  With the series winning run only 180 feet away, Norman Kuhn came up, but he flew out to center on the first pitch, ending the frame and sending the game into extra innings.

Seattle closer Pat Carmichael worked the tenth inning, his second of the game.  He retired all three Lenape batters in order.

In the bottom of the tenth, Seattle started off the inning with a groundout by Terry Hubbard against Arias.  The next batter was pinch hitter Ivan Castillo, hitting for the pitcher, Carmichael.  With a 2-2 count, Arias hit Castillo, sending him to first.  The next batter was pinch hitter Javier Chalen.  Chalen fouled off five pitches in the at-bat before finally grounding out, sending Castillo to second.  With a 2-2 count, the next batter, Dewey Wilson hit a single up the middle. Castillo raced around third and came home with the winning run, giving the Monarchs their tenth Cup.

Congratulations to Mack on a well-played season.  We'll let you bask in the glory of your victory for a few days before advancing.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Onward to Game Seven!

The Seattle Monarchs forced a seventh game in the Cecil Cup series by defeating the Shackamaxon Lenape 8-1.

The Monarchs got off to a quick start, scoring three runs before Lenape starter Ivan Gallardo even retired a batter on a home run by Masahide Ueda.  Seattle added five more in the eighth to secure the victory.

Game 7:  Saturday night

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shackamaxon One Victory From The Cup

The Shackamaxon Lenape are now one victory away from capturing the 2025 Cecil Cup, thanks to a 7-1 victory over the Seattle Monarchs.

The Lenape began their assault in the second with three runs on singles by Robert Roberts and Steve Keo.  Seattle responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double by Steve Jones.  However, Bruce Roughly kept the Monarchs off the board  until the ninth when Kwang-sub Kim came in to finish the game.  The only time that Seattle even had a chance to score another run was in the fourth when Terry Hubbard led off the inning with a triple, but was stranded there when the next two batters struck out and the the last grounded out.

Game six:  Thursday night.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monarchs Wallop Lenape, Tie Series at 2 Each...

The Monarchs tied up the Cecil Cup series today by beating up on Lenape starter Scott Loman.  It started right away in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Lucio Muniz walked on four pitches.  The next batter, Steve Jones, launched a shot over the left field wall to give Seattle a 2-0 lead.

In the next inning, Bas Bijkerk started the inning with a double to left.  The next batter, Dewey Wilson, hit a two run homer to left, giving Seattle a 4-1 lead.  Later in the inning, another run came in on a Norman Kuhn RBI single.

The Lenape managed to get a run across in the bottom of the second when veteran John Grondin hit a solo shot.  Ultimately, Seattle managed to score four more runs, winning the game 9-1.

Game 5:  Wednesday night.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Game Three To The Lenape; Shackamaxon Leads 2-1

The Shackamaxon Lenape took a 2-1 lead in the Cecil Cup series today, on the strength of a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Monarchs.

The scoring started in the top of the fourth when Seattle catcher Steve Jones led off the inning with a double against Shackamaxon starter Bartolo Olivarez.  The next batter grounded out, sending Jones to third.  He then scored on a RBI sac fly by Norman Kuhn.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when, with one out, George Robinson laced a double off of Seattle starter Bruno Talamantez.  The next batter, Robert Roberts worked out a walk and pitcher Olivarez bunted them over to second and third.  With two out, Steve Keo grounded a single to right, bringing Robinson and Keo home.  The next batter was Jose Molina hit a line drive single to right, sending Keo to second.  Keo then came home on a Dave Seibel single.  When the inning ended, the score stood at 3-1.

Seattle managed to tie it up in the next half-inning as pitcher Bruno Talamantez led off with a single to right-center.  Lucio Muniz then walked, sending Talamantez to second.  After Steve Jones struck out, Masahide Ueda grounded out, moving the runners up to second and third.  The next battter, Norman Kuhn, hit the first pitch for a single, bringing home both runners and tying the score at 3-3.  Seattle, however, was unable to score again in the inning.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when pinch hitter Santiago Salazar hit a three run homer off of rookie reliever Juan Garcia.  Shackamaxon brought in closer Alex Arias to close out the Monarchs in the ninth.

Game 4:  Tuesday night.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Game 2: Seattle Ties Up The Series

In the first game of the series, the Lenape beat up on Monarch pitching.  Today, it was the Monarchs' turn to return the favor.

Shackamaxon actually managed to score first on a sac fly RBI by George Robinson in the first.  However, the one-run lead did not even hold up for half an inning.  In the bottom of the second, Seattle put two across the plate on a home run by Jonathan Anderson.  In the third, Seattle continued pounding on Lenape starter Jermaine Earp.  With one out, Lucio Muniz slapped a single between first and second.  Steve Jones sent him to second on an infield single.  The next batter, Masahide Ueda, hit a single to the left side, scoring Muniz.  The next batter, Norman Kuhn, singled, sending home another run.  After Terry Hubbard flew out, Jonathan Anderson smacked a double, bringing home another run.  That ended Earp's day.  After new pitcher Ivan Gallardo finished his warm-up pitches, the next batter, Bas Bijkerk, singled bringing home another run.  By the time the dust settled, Seattle led 6-1.  Seattle added two more in the seventh on a walk, wild pitch, groundout, walk and double and one more in the eighth on a solo homer by Bas Bijkerk.  The Lenape did manage to send another run across in the ninth on a solo homer by Dave Siebel, but that was too little, too late.

Seattle starter Enrico Hernandez went the entire way, allowing only four hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Game 3 on Monday night.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Game One To The Lenape

Game Date:  Oct 5, 2025

The Shackamaxon Lenape took the first step towards caputring the 2025 Cecil Cup with an 8-3 victory over the Seattle Monarchs in game one of their series.

Seattle starter, Toyoshige Takahashi, who was brilliant all season and a leading Outstanding Newcomer Award candidate with an 18-5, 3.15 record, simply did not have it today.

After retired the Lenape in order in the first, Takahashi ran into trouble at the start of the second inning.  Leadoff hitter George Robinson started things off with a single.  He was followed by Jose Molina who drew a walk.  After getting veteran John Hukill to strike out on a 3-2 pitch, Robert Roberts, who, due to injuries only played seven games this year, hit a line drive double to right-center, bringing home Robinson with the first run and sending Molina to third.  The next batter, starter Scott Loman, hit a double down the first base line, driving home both runners.  Loman later came home on a single by Tomas Kalakay.  By the time he finished the inning, Takahashi had allowed four runs to score - more than enough than the Lenape would need.

Robinson ended up going 3-5 for the evening and Shackamaxon starter Loman went eight innings, scattering nine hits and three runs for the victory.

Next game:  Sunday night.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Game Seven

The two best words in baseball are "opening" and "day", but the third and fourth are probably "game" and "seven". And, we had a game 7 tonight between two of the biggest rivals in our league. This is the third straight postseason Seattle and Brooklyn have faced off. Two years ago, the Wolves stunned the Monarchs in the Cecil Cup, and last season, the Monarchs got revenge over the Wolves on the way to their umpteenth championship.

Tonight, the score was settled. Seattle sent Gregg Fiala to the bump, while Brooklyn countered with Nicholas Vargas. On the line is another trip to the Cecil Cup finals against the Shackamaxon Lenape. Will there be a rematch of last year's final between Seattle and Shackamaxon, or the first-ever Commissioners Cup final between the Wolves and Lenape? Let's find out...

After Fiala pitched a 1-2-3 top of the first, the Monarchs scored quickly on a solo homer by Steve Jones, followed by a two-run shot by Terry Hubbard, and opened up a 3-0 lead.

And, that was all that was needed by the Monarchs. Fiala gave up four hits in six innings, and Juan Garcia and Carlo Humphrey closed the door on the Wolves season over the final three innings. The Seattle Monarchs have won the pennant in a 5-0 victory.

So, it's the Monarchs and the Lenape in their fourth-ever meeting in the Cecil Cup finals, and a rematch of last year's series (won by Seattle in a four-game sweep). The Lenape had a 9-6 advantage in the fifteen games played against the Monarchs this season, including a late September sweep on the road in Seattle.

Congratulations to Zev for another thrilling season for the fans from Brooklyn. He'll have the reigns again as I bow out of the commissioner's chair to run my own team.

Game 1 of the Cecil Cup Championship will be on Saturday night. Don't miss it (unless you're Mack)!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shackamaxon Takes Series, Wolves, Monarchs Go To Game Seven

Game Date:  Oct 2, 2025

The Shackamaxon Lenape sent the Philadelphia Crushers home today with a come from behind 6-3 victory.

It seemed, at first, to be shaping up as a classic pitchers' duel.  Crusher starter Robinson Cervantes held the Lenape to two runs and three hits through seven innings.  Lenape starter Bruce Roughly also pitched well, scattering nine hits through eight innings while only giving up two runs.

With the score tied at two each, the game entered the ninth inning.  The Crushers had righty reliever Dave Drew on the mound.  The first batter for the Lenape was veteran second baseman John Grondin.  Drew worked the count full before Grondin smashed a line drive into deep right-center for a double.  George Robinson was then issued an intentional walk.  The next batter, Marcel LaBelle laid down a sacrifice bunt, sending the runners to second and third.  Next up was left fielder Gan Mah, who walked, loading the bases.

The next batter was Santiago Salazar, pinch hitting for the pitcher, Roughly.  Salazer sent a 1-0 pitch into right-center, scoring a run and advancing all the runners one base and giving the Lenape a 3-2 lead.  The Philadelphia manager then brought in a new pitcher -- righty Kazahiro Morita.  The next batter was lefty hitting Steve Keo. Keo sent a line drive up the middle for a single.  Crusher CF Yvon Settignano fielded the ball but then threw it away on the return throw.  In the end, two more runs scored.  A final run came in on Dave Siebel's groundout.  By the time the dust settled, the score stood at 6-2.

The Lenape sent in reliever Kwang-sub Kim to finish up.  The Crushers managed to get one more run across before the Lenape brought in closer Carlos Arias to finish up.

In the second game, the Brooklyn Wolves staved off elimination by defeating the Monarchs 5-1.  Monarchs starter Bruno Talamantez, who held the Wolves to one run in seven innings back in Game 2, simply did not have it tonight, allowing ten hits and five runs in five and a third innings.  Brooklyn did most of their damage in the fifth inning when RF Eric Halliwell launched a grand slam to left field off of Talamantez - Brooklyn's second grand slam of the series (the first was by Kevin Works in Game 3).  Brooklyn starter William Lawrence pitched a gem, scattering four hits and one unearned run while pitching the complete game.

Game 7:  Thursday night.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Shackamaxon, Seattle Take Leads

I'm sorry, everyone, but I don't have much time to write up the summary tonight.  Shackamaxon defeated Philadelphia on an RBI double in the 10th by Jose Molina.  The Monarchs beat the Wolves on the strength of two walks and three hits in the sixth inning.

Game 6:  Wednesday night

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Shackamaxon, Brooklyn Even Things Up

The Shackamaxon Lenape tied up their series with the Philadelphia Crushers with an exciting 4-3 victory.  Philadelphia drew first blood in the opening frame when Jorge Moya hit a solo homer to right off of starter Scott Loman.  They added another run in the next inning on an RBI single by Larry McCormick.  The Lenape answered back with three in the second, including a two run double by Loman.  The Crushers tied it up on a solo shot by Marcello Pacelli.

After that, both teams settled into pitching duels.  The score remained 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth when David Seibel launched a shot over the left-center field wall off of Luis Salazar, giving the Lenape a 4-3 lead.  The Lenape brought in closer Carlos Arias to pitch the ninth.  After Pedro Rivera went down on strikes, pinch hitter Fransisco Gonzalez drew a walk.  After a popout, Jorgy Moya singled to left-center, sending Gonzalez to second.  Gene Reynolds then drew a walk, loading the bases, bringing Eduardo Rodriguez came to bat.  With the tying run ninety feet from home, Arias got Rodriguez to fly out to center for the save.

In the nightcap, the Wolves faced off against the Monarchs.  The Wolves scroed first in the fourth when Katsuhiko Jouda and Eric Halliwell hit back-to-back singles off of starter Toyoshige Takahashi.  The next batter Anson Shearing grounded into a double play, bringing Jouda home for the first run of the game.  They added another run in the fifth on a leadoff single by Salvador Berrera, a walk to pitcher Nicholas Vargas and a single by Andy Robertson.

In the bottom of the inning, Steve Jones led off the inning with a single against Nicholas Vargas.  Later in the inning, Terry Hubbard hit an RBI double, giving Seattle a run on the board.  After that, neither team scored again, giving Brooklyn the game four victory, making the series even.

Game 5 will be Tuesday night.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Brooklyn, Shackamaxon Earn First Victories

My apologies for missing Thursday night's sim... I got held up late in the kitchen and did not escape until Friday night (at which point I go offline).

The Brooklyn Wolves came back from a 3-2 deficit by scoring six runs in the bottom of the seventh to take Game 3 from Seattle.  Seattle started things off in the first when Masahide Ueda hit a two run homer off of starter William Lawrence.  In the bottom of the inning, Brooklyn returned the favor when Jamie Vasquez hit a two run blast off of Seattle starter Gregg Fiala.  Fiala himself added an extra run for Seattle in the top of the fourth with a sac fly.

In the top of the seventh, Seattle replaced Fiala with reliever Juan Garcia.  Pinch hitter Juan Carillo started off the inning with a single.  Following a balk and walk, Garcia was replace with Wei-Hong Tien.  Pinch hitter Anson Shearing walked and Katushiko Jouda was retired on a popup.  After that, Yoshifumi Tanaka replaced Tien on the mound.  Jamie Vasquez hit a single, bring home both runners and giving Brooklyn a 4-3 lead.  Eric Halliwell was intentionally walked to bring up center fielder Kevin Works.  Works launched a 1-0 pitch 375 feet to right for a grand slam, making the score 8-4, which became the final score.

Over in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead on a two RBI single by Pedro Rivera in the third.  Shackamaxon cut the lead in half in the fifth on a solo homer by veteran John Hukill.  Hukill tied the game in the seventh on another homer.  Shackamaxon took the lead for good later that inning when pinch hitter Santiago Salazar singled home Steve Keo.

Game 4 will be Sunday night.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seattle, Philadelphia Take Two Game Lead

Game Date:  Sep 26, 2025

Philadelphia batters pummeled Shackamaxon starter Bruce Roughly for four runs in the first inning, providing more than enough offense to capture game two of the playoff series.  The hitting star of the game was LF Marcello Pacelli who went two for five with a double and a home run and five RBI.  Meanwhile, young Philadelphia starter Robinson Cervantes pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to capture his first career playoff victory.

Over on the west coast, it was a pitcher's duel as the Seattle Monarchs defeated Brooklyn in the second game of their series.  Starters Kevin Kepner and Bruno Talamentez traded goose eggs for five innings.  It wasn't until the bottom of the sixth before any runners crossed the plate.  During that inning, Seattle put two across on an RBI single by Terry Hubbard and a sac fly by Jonathan Anderson.

Brooklyn responded in the bottom of the inning when pitcher Kevin Kepner launched a solo homer to right.

The score remained 2-1 as Brooklyn came to bat in the bottom of the ninth against Monarch closer Pat Carmichael.  After Eric Halliwell struck out, Kevin Works reached first on four balls and was replaced by pinch runner Ben Beard.  After Anson Shearing struck out swinging, Juan Carillo singled, sending Beard to third.  Next up was pitcher Kevin Kepner, whose homer in the seventh provided the only run.  However, the Brooklyn manager chose to lift him for pinch hitter Casimiro Levasseur.  Levasseur, however, popped out to first on a 1-1 pitch, stranding the tying run ninety feet from home plate.

Game 3 on Thursday night.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Game 1: Seattle and Philadephia Win In Walk-Offs

Game Date:  Sep 24, 2025

The Philadelphia Crushers took the first game of their playoff series against the Shackamaxon Lenape today with a 3-2 victory.

Both teams traded a run in the third when Lenape RF Jose Molina sent a Luis Salazer pitch over the right-center field wall. The Crushers responded in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Larry McCormick.  Philadelphia pushed another run across the plate in the fifth when McCormick brought Clarence Spearman home with a double.  Shackamaxon tied the game on a single by Molina.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when pinch hitter Francisco Gonzalez walloped a  Will Stout pitch over the wall to give Philadelphia a victory in game one.

In the nightcap, Brooklyn jumped out to a quick two run lead in the top of the first on a two run blast by Katsuhiko Jouda.  Seattle clawed a run back in the second on an RBI single by Bas Bijkerk and another in the fourth on a home run by Jonathan Anderson.  Seattle took the lead in the eighth when Terry Hubbard lofted a sac fly to center, bringing home Masahide Ueda.  Brooklyn tied the game again in the top of the ninth when, with second and third occupied, reliever Carlo Humphry uncorked a wild pitch, allowing speedy pinch runner Ben Beard to scamper home with the tying run.

From there, the game went into extra innings.  Brooklyn took the lead in the top of the tenth when Luis Figueroa lined a double to left, bringing home Esteban Sepulveda.

Brooklyn closer, Pino Pontoni, started his second inning of relief by giving up a single to Lucio Muniz.  Javier Chalen, pinch hitting for the pitcher, doubled, sending Muniz to third.  Ueda then singled, bringing home Muniz.  That then brought up Norman Kuhn, who singled to center, bringing home Chalen with the winning run.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playoff Time Is Here!

Game Date:  Sep 23, 2025

Playoff Matchups:
Brooklyn (82-80) vs. Seattle (109-53) -- you've got to be kidding me.  :)
Shackamaxon (90-72) vs. Philadelphia (89-73)

Awards, Accomplishments & Milestones:
Hickory 2B Pedro Campos named Player of the Week (9/22)
London's Jeff Wardlaw hit his 300th home run.

Some, but none that will affect the playoff teams or the start of next season.

Playoff Schedule:
Game 1:  Tuesday night
Game 2:  Wednesday night
Game 3:  Thursday night
Game 4:  Saturday night
Game 5:  Sunday night
Game 6:  Tuesday night
Game 7   Wednesday night

If your team has made the playoffs, *please* make sure to have your playoff roster set by Tuesday evening.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

September I Sim Done

Game Date:  Sep 16, 2025

The only remaining competitive race is in the Adams Division where Brooklyn has a four game lead (with six games left to play) over Hickory.
Seattle clinched the Zotti Division crown, Philadelphia captured the Signorino Division crown and Shackamaxon has captured the wild card.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Shackamaxon 3B Matt Stokes named Player of the Week (9/8)
Brick C Cristobal Cordero named Player of the Week (9/15)

Shackamaxon's John Hukill reached 2500 hits.

Significant Injuries:
Seattle's Luis Soto has radial nerve compression and is done for the year.
Seattle's Bong-ok Ch'on has shoulder inflammation and is out for the year.

Next Sim:
Next Sunday will be the final sim of the season.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

August II Sim Done

Game Date:  Sep 1, 2025 -- roster expansion time!

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead has been cut to four games.
Zotti:  Seattle has clinched the Zotti division.
Signorino:  Philadelphia leads by eleven games.
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon leads Brick by eight.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Hickory C Aaron Hampton named Player of the Week (8/4)
Brooklyn 2B Katsuhiko Jouda named Player of the Week (8/11 - 2nd award this season)
Shackamaxon 1B David Seibel named Player of the Week (8/18 - 2nd award this season)
Hickory 1B Jesus Flores named Player of the Week (8/25)
Houston 3B Andreas Velasco named Player of the Week (9/1)

Hickory LF Sherman Evanoff named Batter of the Month
Hickory closer Julio Delvalle named Pitcher of the Month
Ohio C Guilermo Medina named Rookie of the Month

London's Jesus Alvarez went 6-6 against Brooklyn (8/20).  He's the first person to do so since he, himself did it in 2023.

Significant Injuries:
Antelope Valley's Steve Harris has a damaged elbow ligament.  He's out for the rest of this year and likely most (if not all) of 2026 as well.
Brick RF Raul Ortega has a strained oblique.  He'll be out for 3-4 weeks.
Antelope Valley 3B Ronald Quijada sprained his knee.  He's out for 3 weeks.
Seattle 1B Juan Gomez will be out 4-5 weeks with a strained oblique.

Next sim:  Next Sunday.

Monday, November 3, 2014

August I Sim Done

Game Date:  8/15/2025

The sim has been run and the reports have been updated.  I haven't had a chance to write up a sim review.  If anyone wants to do it, please feel free to do so.  :)  If not, I'll do it tonight or tomorrow.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shackamaxon/London trade

The Shackamaxon Lenape and London Dragons have a trade to announce:

Shackamaxon sends SP John Cooper and AA 2B Tom Martin to London for SP Bruce Roughley.

Lenape GM Michael Weintraub explains: "This move was more about the future than the present. We have a lot of good infield prospects in the low minors we wanted to promote, and this move frees up a spot for one of them. We also feel that Roughley is a better starting option for our playoff chase."

Time will tell if Shackamaxon regrets losing either Cooper or Martin, or both...

Just A Reminder...

... that the trading deadline is this sim.  Get those trades in.  :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

July II Sim Complete

Game Date:  7/30/2025

Adams: Brooklyn has a ten game lead in the division.
Zotti: Seattle leads by twenty two games.
Signorino: Philadelphia's lead in the division is nine games.
Wild Card: Brick and Shackamaxon are tied for the wild card lead.

Awards & Accomplishments
Seattle 3B Terry Hubbard named Player of the Week for the third time this season (7/7)
Brooklyn 1B Andy Robertson named Player of the Week (7/14)
Seattle's Bruno Talamentez pitches a no-hitter against Hickory (7/18)
Seattle 1B Masahide Ueda named Player of the Week (7/21)
Houston 1B Nigel Bryant named Player of the Week for the second time this season (7/28)

Significant Injuries:
London 1B Mauro Ocascio is done for the season with a torn calf muscle.
Atlanta 3B Mark Smith, quad strain, 7 weeks.
Atlanta SS Callum Ganyon, torn labrum, 2 months.
London SP Alan Blessing, elbow tendinitis, 2-3 months.
London RP Joel Rojas, ulnar nerve irritation, out for the season.
Antelope Valley SP Clarence Craig, sore shoulder, 8 weeks.
Atlanta LF Britt Atkinson, torn meniscus, 3 months
Hickory 1B Jesus Flores, concussion, 2-3 weeks.
Houston RP Kenneth Moore, broken hand, 2-3 months.
Ohio SS Gary Nicholson, dislocated shoulder, 3 months.
Houston RF Jesus Barcello, torn meniscus, 2-3 weeks.
Brick 2B Felipe Mendoza, shoulder tendinitis, 3-4 weeks.
Hickory SP Monte Carver, ruptured finger tendon, out for the season.

London 3B Bruce Parker reaches 300 home runs.

Next sim:  Sunday night

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shackamaxon/Maui trade

Last season, the Maui Mashers and the Shackamaxon Lenape faced off in a thrilling LCS battle that was won by the Lenape in seven games. That series seemed to tip the fortunes of the Mashers, as they have disappointed this season, not even a year after winning 95 games and the Signorino League pennant.

In exchange for top 1B prospect Luis Lozano and a 3rd round pick in the 2026 amateur draft, the Mashers have agreed to send starter Bartolo Olivarez and closer Carlos Árias to the Lenape.

Shackamaxon GM Michael Weintraub explains, "We have started making a move in the wild-card chase, but our pitching is still lagging behind the offense. There have been some improvements to the bullpen, with the return of Will Stout and emergence of stud prospect Carlos Placeres. We're just adding Árias to the mix. Olivarez will slide into the back of the rotation and hopefully stabilize it."

As for the loss of top prospect Lozano, Weintraub stated, curtly, that incumbent first baseman David Seibel is under contract through next season. He was noncommittal when asked about extending Seibel beyond 2026.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maui Fire Sale

OK, now it's clear my team isn't going anywhere this year, so Maui is officially open for business on the trade front.  Nearly anyone is available.  Shoot me an email at guitar_shark@hotmail.com if you have any interest.

Monday, October 20, 2014

July II Sim Done

The sim is done and is currently (11:46PM EDT) uploading.  I'm not going to wait up to do a summary... I'll do that tomorrow.

The next sim will be on Sunday night and will cover the period to July 30 -- stopping a day early to give us an extra sim before the trading deadline.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sim Tomorrow Night

Sorry, but life got in the way.  We'll try again tomorrow night.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jun II Sim Report

Game Date:  7/1/2025

Adams:  Brooklyn's lead over London and Atlanta expanded to five games.
Zotti:  Do I even need to say it?
Signorino:  Philadelphia has a one game lead over Maui
Wild Card:  Brick leads Atlanta, London and Shackamaxon by seven games.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Brick RF Raul Ortaga named Player of the Week (6/23)
Houston 1B Nigel Bryant named Player of the Week (6/30)
Seattle players took home both the Batter and Pitcher of the Month, with the awards going to 2B Norman Kuhn and CL Pat Carmichael.
Antelope Valley 1B Jaime Alvarez was named Rookie of the Month (his second consecutive award).

Significant Injuries:
Atlanta 2B Toshinobu Mizutani strained a hamstring and will miss about four weeks.
Hickory CF Cale Page has an intercostal strain.  He'll be out about four weeks.
Philly LF Jim Edwards strained his back.  It'll be three to four weeks before he's back.
Shackamaxon RP Ambroz Ondra had a setback with his meniscus and will miss another two months.
Hickory 2B Bill O'Neil tore a ligament in his thumb.  He's out for three weeks.

Seattle starter Bruno Talamantez reached 2000 strikeouts.
Veteran London shortstop Jeff Wardlaw reached 1000 runs scored.

Next sim:  Next Sunday

June II Sim Done

I ran the sim (late) last night, but did not stay up for the reports to finish.  As a result, you can download the league file and perform your weekly tasks, but the report pages on the site have not been updated, nor have I written a sim summary.  I will take care of those tonight.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Angry Infielder Wants Better, or at Least Different, Job

Seattle Monarchs infielder Ivan Castillo is apparently tired of winning and is unhappy in Seattle. Maybe he doesn't like coffee. Maybe he got on the bad side of Russell Wilson, who runs this town these days. Who knows? It doesn't matter. He is though fed up with being the injury sub in Seattle and wants out of town. I am not the kind of guy who wants to destroy people's happiness, so this post.

I'm not saying he's free, but Castillo is very, very cheaply priced. I need to call up someone who can play SS for a game here or there and Castillo isn't that guy.

Castillo is a guy though with a career .300 batting average over seven seasons. A guy with an .842 career OPS. A guy who has always been an excellent fill-in starter when one of my star infielders has gone down.

If you have any interest, make me an offer. Looking for a draft pick, and not a high one. Not high at all.

June I Sim Done

Game Date: 6/16/2025

Adams:  Brooklyn holds a two game lead over London.
Zotti:  Seattle now leads Brick by a solid thirteen games
Signorino:  Maui is two games ahead of Philadelphia

Awards & Accomplishments:
Seattle 3B Trey Hubbard named Player of the Week two weeks in a row (6/2 & 6/9)
Antelope Valley RF Ray McJannett named Player of the Week (6/16)

Significant Injuries:
Houston CF Armando Bustamante has biceps tendinitis.  He's going to miss about three weeks.
Maui starter Matt McDonald strained his shoulder.  He's out for four weeks.
Hickory's Esteban Ordonez suffered an intercostal strain.  He's gone for four to five weeks.
Brooklyn reliever Garland Dawson has shoulder inflammation and is likely done for the year.

Next sim:  Sunday evening.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

May II Sim Completed

Game Date:  6/1/2025

Adams:  Brooklyn and London are tied for the division lead.
Zotti:  Seattle is ten games ahead of Brick.
Signorino:  Maui and Philadelphia share the division lead.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Antelope Valley RF Ray McJannett named Player of the Week (5/19)
Shackamaxon C George Robinson named Player of the Week (5/26)
Hickory RF Sherman Evanoff named Batter of the Month
Brooklyn's Juan Guerra named Pitcher of the Month
Antelope Valley 1B Jaime Alvarez named Rookie of the Month

David Seibel reaches 300 home runs, doing it in style as he hits three home runs and six RBI.
Hickory's Sherman Evanoff reaches 1000 RBI

Significant Injuries:
Ohio 2B Santiago Perez, fractured thumb, four weeks
Maui RP Manuel Galindo, strained calf muscle, 3-4 weeks
Seattle RP Bong-ok Ch'on, shoulder inflammation, 4 weeks.

Next Sim:  Sunday night

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No Sim Tonight

It looks like I'm not going to get to the sim tonight.  We'll run it on Monday night.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Preliminary Shackamaxon Fire Sale List

It's looking rather likely that I will be needing to retool my team. The next few sims will tell, but I'm already willing to accept discussions on the following players:
  • C George Robinson
  • 1B David Seibel
  • 2B John Grondin
  • 3B John Hukill
  • SS Miguel Martinez
  • IF Hernando Albacete
  • CF Steve Keo
  • OF Santiago Salazar
  • SP Jermaine Earp
  • SP Scott Loman
  • SP John Cooper
  • MR Tony Dominguez
  • MR Adam Hone
  • CL Kwang-sub Kim
I also have a glut of OF and corner IF prospects, so if you're looking to beef up your minors, let me know.

-- Michael (michael@symbiola.com) / Shackamaxon

Sunday, September 21, 2014

May I Sim Done

Game Date:  May 16, 2025

Adams:  London holds a four game lead over Brooklyn
Zotti:  Seattle is now nine games ahead of Brick
Signorino:  Maui holds a single game lead over Philadelphia.

Awards & Accomplishments;
Maui RF Reijiro Kondo named Player of the Week (5/5)
Brooklyn 2B Kastohiko Jouda named Player of the Week (5/12)

Shackamaxon second-sacker John Grondin hits his 400th home run.

Significant Injuries:
Shackamaxon reliever Ambroz Ondra will miss about three months after tearing his meniscus.

Next sim:  Next Sunday night.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mac OS X 10.9.5 patch needed

Just an FYI, if you're on a Mac, and updated the latest Mavericks patch (10.9.5) this week, you need to install an OOTP 15 patch, or else the game will appear to be unlicensed, and unable to be re-licensed.

Full information and a link to download the OOTP 15 patch is here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Brooklyn Starting Rotation... Who'd Have Thunk It?

The Wolves rotation has been nothing short of horrendous so far this year.

Four members of the rotation are hold-overs from the team that made the playoffs last year:

Nicholas Vargas (last year 15-5, 3.87) is 1-3, 6.89.
Kevin Kepner (last year -- pitcher of the year, 18-8, 3.08) is 1-4, 9.36 (!)
William Lawrence (last year 10-14, 5.18) is 1-3, 5.56
Sean Rice (67 games in relief, 3.35) is 1-1, 7.16.

Who's the only bright spot in the rotation?

The 35-year-old journeyman with not a single major league game under his belt whom I took a flier on in the Rule 5 draft -- Timothy Conroy who, in six starts, is 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA.

April II Sim

Game Date:  May 1, 2025

Adams: Atlanta and London are tied with a two game lead.
Zotti:  Seattle has a six game lead over Brick.
Signorino:  Philadelphia has a one game lead over Maui.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Atlanta CF Jorge Gonzales named Player of the Week (5/21)
Brooklyn RF Jamie Vasquez named Player of the Week (5/28)
Shackamaxon LF Tomas Kalakay named Batter of the Month.
Seattle's Gregg Fiala named Pitcher of the Month
Philadelphia SS Thomas Lyons named Rookie of the Month.

Brick 1B Gregorio Marzanno hits his 300th homerun.
Brooklyn infielder Katsuhiko Jouda hits for the cycle.
Shackamaxon 3B John Hukill hit his 600th home run, the second player to reach this goal.
Hickory SP Donald Hunnicutt recorded his 3000th strikeout, the seventh pitcher to do so.

Significant Injuries:
Maui LF Maximo Rodriguez will miss three weeks with a hamstring sprain
Maui 3B Santigao Brito sprained his knee and will be out for five weeks.
Ohio 2B Ken Moore injured himself running around the bases and will be out for 5-6 weeks.
Ohio LF Martin Perez has hamstring tendinitis and wil be out for 2-3 weeks.
Hickory pitcher Gordon Gaddy will miss four weeks and a torn meniscus.
Hickory's Christopher Hester's march towards 300 wins took a severe detour as he tore his ulnar collateral ligament.  He's done for the year and may not be ready for the start of the 2026 season.

Next sim:  Sunday night.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rain Delay

I was forced to surrender my laptop to my wife last night so that she can do actual, real work (Hers went down for a bit).  As a result, I didn't get to run the sim last night.

We'll do it tonight.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Fred GM of the Brick team announced today a trade between the Philadelphia  Crushers...Brick sends Arroyo inf/outfielder Cervantes SP Cabrales 3rd basemen and a 2nd round pick in the next draft...In return Brick receives  Lambert SP and  Romano third basemen   Fred in news conference expressed his belief that with a upgrade  that both provide help in both offense and pitching and Romano well upgrade both power and defense which were sorely needed  to bolster  aging team...Philadelphia expressed there desire to get  young talent as such as Arroyo and Cervantes and the future draft pick                                    

Sunday, September 7, 2014

April I Sim Done

Game Date:  4/16/2014

Adams:  London leads the division by one game over Hickory.
Zotti;  Seattle has jumped out to a four game lead over Brick and Shackamaxon.
Signorino:  Philadelphia is one game ahead of Antelope Valley.

Shackamaxon captured both Player of the Week awards this sim with 1B David Seibel winning the award after the first week (4/7) and LF Tomas Kalakay was recognized in the second week (4/14).

Significant Injuries:
Seattle's Lucio Muniz fractured his hand and will miss 5-6 weeks.
Philadelphia first-sacker Geoffrey Boerner strained his oblique and will be out for 4-5 weeks.
Atlanta will be without closer Pablo Santiago for about four weeks with a shoulder inflammation.
Shackamaxon veteran John Grondin sprained a thumb and will miss three weeks.
Antelope Valley LF Juan Cerda has plantar fascitis and will miss five weeks.
Maui left fielder Maximo Rodriguez strained a hamstring and will miss three weeks.

Game of the Sim:
Apr 3, Shackamaxon @ Houston.  Shackamaxon puts up 23 runs (including nine runs in the ninth) to defeat the Armadillos 23-6.  Three Shackamaxon players each hit two homers apiece.  Of course, they were also helped by the thirteen walks that Houston pitchers coughed up.

Note;  Rather than delay Opening Day, I had the AI adjust the rosters of any teams that did not have their rosters down to 25 players.

Next sim:  Sunday evening.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shackamaxon can't stop retooling

Ignore the previous announcement of the finalization of the Shackamaxon Lenape opening day roster, as the team has made one more trade before the start of the 2025 season.

"We have re-acquired John Cooper from Brick. We needed rotation help, and Fred was glad to help us," Lenape GM Michael Weintraub explained. "We traded Coop to Brick a few years ago, and we're glad he's straightened out his career. Hopefully he'll flourish back on the better side of the Delaware River."

Heading to Brick are prospects Duncan Swanson (AAA OF) and Will Hickford (A MR).

"That's it," Weintraub promised. "We're done. Let's play some ball!"

Friday, September 5, 2014

AV April 1 Update

Anyone need any help with depth at 1B or Catcher?  I've got some young guys I can plug in behind my starters, so I'm shopping some depth.

1B  Carl Watson - Only 30 and still has pop in his bat, batting .268 last year with 18 dingers.  Would have been my starter this year if I hadn't traded for Alverez,  Also willing to move 1B Carlos Fernadez if you prefer.

C Lewis Bell - 32 y.o. defensive specialist (84/100/100 rating at C), decent contact hitter but with little power.  Also willing to move  Fernando Robles if not interested in Bell.  Robles also has a good defensive pedigree (80/92/100).

Looking for younger guys I can stick in the minors with similar potential, especially pitching.  Also willing to move these guys for picks, or package together for 1 better player.

AV Raptors

April 1 Update:

AV has dealt Carlos Fernandez, along with OF Sojuro Tanaka (AA Sacramento) to Brick for AAA (bound) 3B Haden Andrews and 20 y.o. MI Mario Silva (AA Moose Jaw).  "We wanted to clear up some roster space and add some depth in our lower minors."  said GM Sauerwald.  "We feel like we accomplished this with the trade.  We have a little bit of an OF glut due to some recent deals, and we felt Silva has a little more upside than Tanaka".   It had been rumored that Brick was interested in AAA OF Dan Fisher, but with the injury to Cerda it appears Fisher is ML bound.  Silva will be assigned to AA Sac Town.

Shackamaxon acquires some firefighters

With the 2025 season upon us, and sky-high expectations in the City of Brotherly Love for the team that made it to the Cecil Cup finals last season, the Shackamaxon Lenape shored up its beleaguered bullpen.

In two separate deals with division rivals, the Lenape have acquired lefty Mike Campbell from Seattle and righty Kwang-sub Kim from Ohio. The Monarchs will receive the shell of once-dominant reliever Bill Dewall and a 4th round pick in the 2026 amateur draft in return for Campbell, and the Buckeyes will receive utility infielder Ken Moore for Kim.

Lenape GM Michael Weintraub explains: "We needed bullpen help, especially with Will Stout, Tsumich Yoshida, and spring surprise Jeff King on the DL. We think Kim will dominate in the closer's role for us, and Campbell should be able to provide some effective late innings, as well.

"We hated to lose Ken Moore, but with our minor league infield prospects knocking on the door, and our resigning of John Grondin, there really wasn't going to be a good chance for him to get regular work. We wish him all the best in Ohio."

With these moves, the Shackamaxon Lenape 25-man opening day roster is set:

Catchers: George Robinson and Bobby Krieger
Infielders: David Seibel, John Grondin, John Hukill, Miguel Martinez, Hernando Albacete, and Matt Stokes
Outfielders: Tomas Kalakay, Steve Keo, Jose Molina, Guy Imbeault*, and Santiago Salazar
Starting Pitchers: Ivan Gallardo, Scott Loman, Jermaine Earp, Jake Miller, and Dennis Durand*
Relief Pitchers: Kwang-sub Kim*, Adam Hone, Mike Campbell,* Tony Dominguez, Walker Hendricks*, Alonso Cruz*, and Ambroz Ondra

* = Offseason acquisitions

Thursday, September 4, 2014

25-man roster check-in post

I thought I'd put this post up so owners can check in when they have lowered their active roster from the maximum 60 players (for spring training) to the normal 25 players, as required for the regular season.

Opening Day is the best day of the year, and I hate to see it delayed.

So, please reply to this thread when you have uploaded your team update with your active roster at 25 players.

As for me, with a vengeful eye across the continent towards Seattle, and a wary eye across the Schuylkill to that "other" Philadelphia team, Shackamaxon is ready to go.

Opening Day!

Game Date:  4/1/2025

Next Sim:  Sunday night.  *Please* make sure to have your active roster down to 25 players.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sim's Done

Game Date:  3/24/2014

Significant Injuries:
Shackamaxon's Tsumich Yoshida is out for four weeks.
Brooklyn will be without closer Pino Pontoni for eight weeks.
Philadelphia's Yvon Settignano strained an oblique and will be on the bench for five weeks.
Shackamaon's new reliever, Jeff King, is gone for the year with a stretched elbow ligament.
Crusher's righty William Connolly will be out for three months with a shoulder inflammation.

Future Schedule;
The next sim will be Wednesday night.  That will be the final sim of Spring Training and will take us to Opening Day.

The first sim of the season (taking us through 4/15) will be next Sunday night.  Please make sure to have your active roster down to 25 players by then.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hi guys happy labor day...cant wait for the start of the season...still looking to make  some trades need to lose some salary ..spent  it all on pitching.. have some number 5 starters and  third basemen Cabrales  also Marzano with some money going back to you ...Just looking for prospects

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sim's Run

As Michael correctly pointed out in the previous post, the sim was run and I just simply forgot to post about it in the morning.

Enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend, everyone.  Next sim will be Monday night.


Last night's sim

FYI: Looks like Zev ran the sim last night, but hasn't had a chance to post about it, or update the web pages.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sim's Done!

Game Date:  3/10/2025

Next sim:  Wednesday night.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sim's Done!

Game Date:  Mar 3, 2025

Significant Injuries:
Brooklyn MR Juan Diaz (who missed the last two months of last season) will be out for another two months with a torn triceps.

Next sim:  Monday night.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Amateur Draft Complete!

League Date:  3/1/2025

Next sim:  Saturday night.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amateur Draft!

Game Date:  3/1/2025

The Amateur Draft is here.  A few notes regarding the upcoming draft:

1.  I resolved the three way tie for the fifth, sixth and seventh slots in the draft.  The fifth slot belongs to Atlanta, the sixth to Hickory and the seventh to Antelope Valley.

2.  Mack noticed that the game generated an unusually large number of players for the draft.  As a result, I've added another ten rounds (for a total of 25) to the draft.

Please double check the Traded Draft Picks list to make sure that you have all the draft picks that you traded for.

The draft will be run Thursday night.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Spring Is Here... Spring Is Here... Life is Skittles and Life is Beer....

I think the loveliest time of the year
is spring.  I do, don't you?  Course you do.
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me

And no, it's not poisoning pigeons in the park... it's playing baseball at the ol' ballpark!

Welcome to Spring Training, 2025.

Right before the teams packed up for the warm south, the New York Gothams upped and relocated to the City of Brotherly Love and are now known as the Philadelphia Crushers.

Set your Spring Training Rosters... we're ready to go.

Next sim will be on Wednesday, which will cover the time up to the amateur draft.   Please be sure to submit your draft lists.  In addition, please check out the Traded Draft Pick list and make sure that any and all traded picks you are entitled to are on that sheet.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Moving Onward...

OK, Chris is up and running with the (soon-to-be-renamed) New York franchise.

The upcoming sim schedule will be as follows:

Monday night -- to Feb 25, the start of Spring Training
Wednesday night -- to Mar 1 -- the date of the amateur draft.
Thursday night -- the amateur draft will be run Thursday night.  Please have your draft lists in by then.
Saturday night -- the next week of Spring Training.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What If You Had Only Four Players And A Cloning Machine?

I thought you'd all find this interesting.   Imagine a season where your only players were Adam Dunn, Dee Gordon, Bartolo Colon and Koji Ueharas -- and your entire team consisted of clones of one of those players?

A Dangerous Experiment:  A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

Some *very* interesting box scores follow.  :)


Hello everyone

Hello Everyone! I am the new GM for New York. I am glad to be a part of the league and can not wait for the season to start. I am new to online leagues. So if anyone has any tips that would be highly appreciated!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sim Delayed, New Owner for New York Coming

It looks like  we have a new owner for the New York franchise.  Since we're thisclose to Spring Training, I'm going to hold up the sim until he's fully on-board.

We'll probably advance to Spring Training either on Thursday night or Saturday night.  I'll keep you all posted.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Need an Antonio Gonzales?

There's a great dearth of players named Antonio Gonzales in the league, and as it happens, I have both of them as outfield prospects in my minor league system.

That's caused quite a bit of confusion here in the Lenape front office, so I wouldn't mind trading one of them.

In AAA, is this Antonio Gonzales. He's a decent prospect, will be 21 this season, and showed some potential with the bat in limited play last season. He's currently forecast to be my #4 outfielder in AAA.

His namesake in AA is this Antonio Gonzales. This one is two years older than the other, but might be a better prospect, as he is a plus defender, and hit well as a starter last season (114 OPS+). He's going to be the starting CF for Kalmar this upcoming season if he isn't traded.

If you want both, and the confusion that comes with having them, I'd be willing to deal them together. I'm not looking for anything in particular in return, so shoot me an offer (and specify which player you want!).

Remembering the Frank Nunn Escape Clause.

I was looking at the comments to the previous post wherein Michael and Brian were commenting regarding the upcoming contracts of Quijada ($27.9m) and Macaluso ($26m) and it reminded me a bit of a player from long ago named Frank Nunn.  (Player profile here, or the old version, with lots of detail here).

Nunn was one of the original stars of the league, a first baseman who slugged 165 home runs over four season while posting OPSs of 1.020, 1.028, 1.095, 0.961.  At the end of the 2005 season, he became a free agent.  Nunn turned 34 right after the season ended and while it was well known that while he probably had a few good years left, a long term investment was probably not the wisest move.

Of course, that didn't stop someone from trying.

The rest of the league owners were astonished when Austin awarded Nunn a six year contract at $20 million per year.  That may not sound like a lot (considering that there are currently seven players in the league earning more), back then it was not.  The highest contract offered to that point was a $21m deal to 38 year old starter Ernest Delamora by River Cities -- but that was only one year.  Michael had given a three year deal to P Steven Jurgens the previous year for $20m/ 3 years too.  But six years a such a high price?  To pay $20,000,000 to a forty year old first baseman?  Unheard of.

Sadly to say, the deal did not exactly work out. 

Nunn performed well for the first two years of the deal, although by the end of the 2007 season, you could see the writing on the wall.  In 2008, the bottom completely fell out.  In the third year of his six year contract, Nunn batted .199 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI while playing a complete season.  His OPS that year was a humiliating .394. 

What's worse, the owner of the Austin team left the league after the first two seasons.  The new team owner was now stuck with this white elephant for four seasons at a huge salary, seriously hampering any chance he had to turn the team around.  As a result, in my role as commissioner, I carefully review Frank Nunn's contract and, lo and behold, discovered the "Frank Nunn Escape Clause" which allowed me (with the permission of the other league owners) to reduce his salary from $20m to $1.5m for the 2009 season and to void the last three years of the contract.  As you can expect, I received quite a bit of heat from the players' union about this matter, but in the end, I just bought them all a beer and that settled the matter.

Nunn played the 2009 season as a bench player, hitting .117 in 120 at bats.  Houston gave him one more shot, giving him 113 at bats in 2010, where he hit .133 with one last home run and eight RBI.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sim's Done

Game Date:  Feb 24, 2025

Spring Training is right around the corner, so get your plane tickets to Florida and Arizona ready.  :)

Also, the amateur draft pool has been published.  You can see the available players here:  Batters Pitchers

Next sim:  Tuesday night.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sim's Done

The sim has been run.  In addition, the amateur draft (which had mysteriously fallen off the schedule when we upgraded) has been added back in its proper place (Mar 1).

Next sim:  Saturday night.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sim's Done

As Matt correctly pointed out, I ran the sim last night.  Unfortunately, I mistakenly ran two weeks instead of one.

Next sim, Wednesday night.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Next Sim

Thanks, Michael, for taking over for a while.

The next sim will be Sunday night, followed by Wednesday night.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sim Run

It's now January 27. 2025 in our imaginary world and we finally have our first major league contract signed this year. My team, in its attempt to throw every scrub pitcher out there in spring training to see if a decent staff can be assembled, has signed reliever Jeff King (formerly of Houston) to a one-year $540,000 contract.

Maui also extended starter Emilio Romero for three seasons. And... that's about it.

I'm off for a week (back on the 10th), so Zev will be taking back over the sims. I'm not sure what schedule he has in mind, so stay tuned for that.
The following  players are available Galvin /TAYLOR starting pitchers..Cabrales third base..would be interested in either prospects especially pitching but if not that is ok...if it takes a packages of 2 or 3 of these players  .....open to suggestions

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inauguration Day

I ran the sim bringing us to Monday January 20th, 2025. While the country stops to watch the 47th-ish President of the United States get inaugurated, the SDMB OOTP league is in the doldrums of the offseason.

Again, no major league contracts have been signed. Seattle signed a couple of relievers to minor league contracts, and Ohio signed an international amateur shortstop.

The league file has been uploaded, and the next sim by me will be on Thursday night.

Upcoming sim schedule

I'll be running the next two sims, which will take us close to the end of January 2025, and near the start of the pre-season (finally!).

The first of those sims will be tonight, and the second on Thursday night. Both sims will be run around 10pm EDT.

Also, please note that the 2025 amateur draft is currently not scheduled in the game. It's supposed to be on 3/1/2025, but it's not on the schedule yet. Zev will try to get that scheduled when the pre-season begins in early February.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reports Updated!

I decided not to wait until the sim to update the league reports.

Shackamaxon:  MR Jose Lopez (Ohio), 1 yr/$540k
Maui:  2B Fransisco Perez (London), 2 yrs/$1.6m

Also, with the turning of the calendar page, a number of former players have decided to hang 'em up for good.  Among those we say goodbye to are:

  • SP Jefferey Brunton (2011-24) who retires with a record of 125-108 and an ERA of 4.18
  • Los Angeles/Shackamaxon SP Elder Guzman (2015-23), who racked up 83 wins against 73 losses in his career.  Despite his low career win total, he did have two seasons with 15 or more victories.
  • 2B Julian Arenas (2013-14, 18-23).  Career .241 hitter with Hickory, Seattle and Cleveland/Atlanta.
  • CF Armando "Rimfire" Cedeno (2009-23).  One of the earliest "big prospects" in the league, he was selected in the first round (10th overall) by Seattle.  For a four year stretch, from 2013 to 2016, he was one of the most feared hitters in the league.  However, he declined quickly and, by age 25, his best years were behind him.  He last played in 2023, appearing in three games for London at the age of 32.  He retires with a career line of .291/.375/.461 and 258 home runs.
  • SP Pio Ramirez (2013-24).  Ramirez played eleven seasons in the bigs with a record of 116-109.
  • CF Joseph Bevers (2010-23).  Bevers spent ten of his fourteen seasons with the Brooklyn Wolves, where he was known as a good hitter with some speed and pop in his bat.  He retires with a career average of .260, 113 home runs and 142 stolen bases.
  • RP  Merlin Bohon (2009-23).  Spent his career with Seattle, Saskatoon and New York.
  • 2B Billy Crmeans (2015-23).  .256 hitter with Houston and Ohio.
  • RP Dalton Davis (2008, 10-24).  827 games, 158 saves.  Spent most of his career with Seattle.
  • SP Allen Rueter (2011-22).  118-104, 3.80.  Won 21 games with Brooklyn in 2019.
  • SP Thomas Brasfield (2011-24).  111-142, 4.55.  Went 19-9 with Ohio in 2019.
  • SP Dario Lopez (2010-23), 152-149, 4.12.  
  • SP Joseph Sterner (2016-23).  59-93, 4.77.
  • CF Wayne Frederick (2015-23).  .257 hitter with Cleveland/Atlanta.

Happy New Years!

Game Date:  1/6/2025

I didn't have a chance to post the league reports... I'll do that after the next sim, which will be Thursday night.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sim Run

It's December 30, 2024 and the league is as quiet as the nights are dark. The sim has been run, and no major league contracts were signed.

Next sim, taking us into 2025, will be on Tuesday night.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sim Run (and an important trade note)

I'm pinch-hitting for Zev and ran the sim that brought us to December 23, 2024.

I processed the Seattle/Maui trade, as well as the Brick/Shackamaxon trade(s)*. There were no major league contracts signed in the past week

The next sim, taking us closer to New Years Day 2025, will be on Monday night.

* A note about the trade Fred and I did in this sim: You may note that the Lenape player heading to Brick is pitcher Joshua Stoker, and not infielder Matt Stokes. This was due to a massive communication screw-up between Fred and myself. Even though he originally asked for "Stokes" in email to me, and we even negotiated this trade in person at a Phillies game last weekend, Fred intended all along to trade for Joshua Stoker, not Matt Stokes.

So, after the announced deal was completed, Fred realized his/our mistake, and we re-worked the deal. Stokes was replaced by Stoker, Miguel Flores was added, as was Brick's 1st round pick, and closer prospect Carlos Placeres replaced Bernardo Franco.

The net result of the deal:

Shackamaxon sent Joshua Stoker, Miguel Flores, and a sixth-round pick to Brick for AAA CL Carlos Placeres, AA 2B Angel Rodriguez, A 3B Tzu-hsia Wang, and a first-round pick.

Needless to say, between this deal and my marriage two weeks ago to his daughter, Fred and I are quite "Stoked" about how things are going.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rain Delay

I'm sorry, but I just got home a short time ago and it's too late to run the sim.  We'll try it again on Saturday night.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seattle/Maui Trade

Maui has acquired LF Jesus Robles from Seattle in exchange for Maui's first round draft pick in the next amateur draft.

Sim's Done

Game Date:  12/16/2024

Atlanta:  MR Billie Pfeiffer (Shackamaxon), minor league contract
Atlanta:  MR Oscar Avendano (Houston), 2yrs/$1.6m
Atlanta:  MR Eden Torres (Antelope Valley), 2yrs/$2m.

Hickory:  LF Sherman Evanoff (Shackamaxon), 1 yr/$2.2m
Hickory:  SP Christopher Hester (long time Seattle starter), 1 yr/$650k
Hickory:  RF Ramiro Ramirez (Shackamaxon), 2 yrs/$2.7m

Antelope Valley:  2B Ronald Quijada (Maui), 2 yrs/$55m (!)

Next sim:  Thursday night.

Shackamaxon/Brick trade

EDIT: Ignore the below text. Due to a communication error, Fred and I reworked the deal and it was announced here.

Frequent trade partners, division rivals, and, now, family members Fred Goldfarb and Michael Weintraub have another trade to announce.

"We have agreed to do a three-for-one prospect swap with Brick," Weintraub, the GM of Shackamaxon announced. "Fred really wanted Matt Stokes back."

Stokes was originally acquired by the Lenape from Brick back in 2022 for Ignacio Lopez, and quickly rose through the Shackamaxon minor league system, getting a chance to start for the big league team during the playoff chase last season. It was that experience that caused Goldfarb to give up three prospects in exchange for Stokes.

"We had minor league depth to deal," Goldfarb explains.

The Lenape receive three prospects in exchange for Stokes and a 6th round pick: AA closer Bernardo Franco, AA infielder Angel Rodriguez, and A infielder Tzu-Hsia Wang.

"We needed infield depth in the low minors, and Franco will be our closer at AAA Arizona Bay," Weintraub explained. "We had hoped Stokes would be our third baseman of the future, but now we're hoping that Wang can rise through the minors and give us more power from the corner infield position."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Version

There is a new version of OOTP available.  Please upgrade to the new version (15.4.19) before the next sim.  If you've already sent in your update, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to resend it after the update.

In order to give everyone some time, I'm going to push the next sim off until Tuesday evening.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Sim's Done

I ran the sim last night, but the report upload didn't finish until late.

Next sim:  Sunday night.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trade: Seattle and Ohio

In a trade that involved a few moving parts, things turned out to be surprisingly simple in the end.

The Ohio Buckeyes have acquired AA 3B Tae-sang Pak and ML CL Robert Riddick from Seattle in exchange for ML 1B Masahide Ueda and recent first pick in the Rule 5 Draft SP Brian Harrington.

With the Buckeyes boasting the league's worst bullpen last year, rumor has it that Riddick will have no problem keeping the closer job for the foreseeable future. "I'm pretty sure his arm would have to literally fall off for him to lose the job" said one disgruntled (but now slightly more excited) fan. Pak will be slotted in at 3B for the Ohio AA affiliate, with the hopes of boosting the major league infield in a couple of years

Ueda heads to Seattle to become the best pinch hitter and backup 1B in the league. His desire to be in the starting lineup will likely now be outweighed by a realistic chance at a ring (which he was never going to find in Ohio). Harrington, a former Monarch, managed to fly thousands of miles to New York and then, by magic (maybe he followed the sun?), found his way back home to Seattle.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rule V Draft Completed

Game Date:  Dec 2, 2024

I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to both Michael and Fred on the marriage of Michael to Fred's daughter, Jen.  May the bride and groom have many happy years together. 

In other news, the Rule 5 Draft has been completed.  The results were:

Ohio:  SP Bryan Harrington (New York), RF Ed Weber (London)
Atlanta:  3B Mike Brown (Brick)
Hickory:  2B Alberto Andres (Seattle)
Shackamaxon SS Robert Roberts (Brooklyn)
Brooklyn:  SP Timothy Conroy (Atlanta) -- I'd be surprised if this isn't the oldest RVD pick in league history.

Next sim:  Thursday evening.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Shackamaxon/Brick deal

The Shackamaxon Lenape and Brick Barracudas have an unusual deal to announce:

In exchange for their fifteenth round pick in the upcoming amateur draft, the Lenape, and in particular its GM, Michael Weintraub, are pleased to acquire Brick's GM Fred Goldfarb's daughter, Jennifer (and $1 cash).

Jennifer will immediately join the Shackamaxon Lenape family and given the title of GM's Wife, overseeing the day-to-day aspects of the Weintraub family.

Ohio Trading Block

I managed to deal one of of my 3 starting-caliber 1Bs last year, so here's hoping I can work my way down to 1 before the end of this offseason. Since I seriously doubt that anyone will take Travis Sparrow and the $50MM+ left on his contract over the next 3 years, that leaves Masahide Ueda and his 1 year/$7.5MM contract on the block

After averaging almost 6 WAR per season in his first 4 seasons, Ueda was benched for the since-traded Luis Rodriguez in 2023 and had a down year off the bench. He returned to the starting lineup in 2024 and bounced back, but was hurt by a BABIP 50 points below his career average (.283 last year, .332 over his career). With a return to the mean, he should again be among the leaders in nearly every offensive category to go along with Gold Glove defense (2 in the last 3 years).

If you're looking for an upgrade or just need to bridge the gap until a top prospect is ready, drop me a line. All trade offers will be considered.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sim's Done: Rule 5 Draft Is Here!

Game Date:  Dec 1, 2024

The Rule 5 draft is upon us.  Please upload your draft selections (or email them to Michael AND myself if you're unsure/unable to do so).

The draft will be held on Tuesday.  This will give people enough time to research some draft picks and give Michael a chance to not have to check the game over this weekend.  :)


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Next Sim

As Michael noted, the Rule 5 draft is coming up.  Please make sure to add any players you want to protect to your 40 man roster.

The next sim will be on Thursday night and will take us up to the Rule 5 draft.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Rule 5 draft upcoming

After last night's sim (which Zev ran, but didn't post about), we're getting close to the Rule 5 draft. Please check that you don't have any prospects you want to lose in the draft (they'll show up with a hash mark # next to their name on your transaction screen), and add them to your 40-man rosters.

Also, if you recently signed a free agent to a major league contract, he'll need to be added to your 40-man roster, too, or else they'll appear eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

A reminder: If you wish to make a selection in the Rule 5 draft, you must have room on your 40-man roster for the player at the time of the draft (so DFA whom you need to, now), and must remain on your 25-man roster throughout the next season.

Any questions?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sim's Done

Game Date:  Nov 18, 2024

I didn't get a chance to do a summary... I'll include it after the next sim.

Next sim:  Sunday evening.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sim's Done

Game Date:  Nov 11, 2024

Maui:  SP Bartolo Olivarez (5-8, 5.37 w/Houston), 2 yrs/1.6m.
Ohio:  SP Edgar Trevino (3-5, 5.28 w/Houston), 3 yrs/2.25m.
Ohio:  SS James Grefnell (Seattle), minor league contract.
Shackamaxon:  SP Doryu Gesshin (0-2, 2.7 w/Ohio AAA), minor league contract.
Shackamaxon:  RP Kevin Alexander (35 G, 17 SV, 9.82 (?!) ERA, w/Ohio AAA), minor league contract.

Next sim:  Wednesday night.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Attention K-Mart Shoppers!! Free Agent Bargains In Aisle Seven!!

Game Date:  Nov 4, 2024

The free agents have sprung and it's time to go shopping!  Grab 'em up before they're gone!

Also, I'm going to open a thread in the SDMB to fill our vacancy in New York.  If anyone else knows of someone who might want to join, feel free to send them to Michael or myself.

Next sim:  Monday night.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sorry, no sim last night

I didn't get home until after midnight.  Next sim will be Saturday night.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former Seattle Prospect Killed In Bizzare Game Assault

The sports world was shocked today, when 49ers defensive end and former Monarchs prospect George Webb was killed in his first NFL game at Seattle's CenturyLink Stadium. 

The rookie defensive end for the San Fransisco 49ers was lined up at the line of scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks for the first play of his NFL career.   He was booed heavily by the Seattle fans as he stepped out onto the field.

"Perhaps having him start in Seattle was a mistake," reflected 49ers head coach Al Markin.  "I mean, I know the fans were looking forward to seeing him in a Monarchs uniform one day, but I didn't think anything of it."

When asked if he had any concern when the cheering in the stands rose to deafening levels when "Kill Webb!! Kill Webb!!" was displayed on the jumbo screen, Markin said "Nah, I didn't think too much of it.  Happens all the time, after all."

Opposite Webb on the field was the famed Seattle offensive line of James "Killer" Crusher, Ted "Theodore" Bundy, Craig "Juggernaut" Zbornack, Tommy "Kill-em-And-Rip-Their-Arms-Off" Marks and "Big, Mean and Ugly" Pete Gramkin.

"Hell, I'm a huge Monarchs fan," said Gramkin.  "If I didn't weigh 450 pounds, I might have tried out for the Monarchs.  I live, eat and breathe the Monarchs.  This football thing is just a side gig to earn some money so I can buy Monarchs' T-shirts and memorabilia.  Nobody in this town really likes any other sport -- it's really all about the Monarchs.  Thank heavens baseball has an off-season, or else I'd be out of work."

On the first snap of the game, as soon as the ball was snapped to the Seahawks quarterback, the offensive line rushed forward in unison towards Webb.  The terrified defensive end started to retreat from the offensive line, but was not fast enough.  Before he knew it, he was buried under the offensive linemen.  As the play ended and the refs threw down the penalty flag, Crusher and Bundy held Webb down while Marks ripped off Webb's arm and beat him to death with it.

The crowd cheered wildly as Marks continued beating the dead 49ers with his own arm.  After a minute or so, Marks ran off the field and jumped into his new car, purchased at Hubbard Motors and sped off.

The refs issued a ten yard penalty to the Seahawks.

"Personally, I'm glad it happened," said Seattle fan Shack Multz.  "He was a disgrace to this town.  If only he weren't just a collection of ones and zeros on a hard drive somewhere."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye To Two Of The Greats

I'd probably be remiss if I didn't mention that two of the all time greats of the SDMB OOTP league retired this offseason.

You could easily make the case that first baseman Luis Jeon was the best hitter the league ever produced.  Jeon retires in first place in many of the league's offensive categories.  Jeon is either the leader or in the top 10 in the following categories:
Games, 2888 (1st)
At-Bats, 10119 (1st)
Runs, 1857 (1st)
Hits, 2559 (3rd)
Total Bases 5101 (1st)
Doubles 475 (2nd)
Home Runs 665 (1st)
RBI  1900 (1st)
Walks 1878 (1st)

His mark of 56 home runs during the 2020 season still stands as an all-time record.  I still recall the decision I had to make after the 2019 season.  Jeon was coming off a contract and had a sub-par year.  I figured that, at age 34, Jeon was probably done, and so I let him walk.  He went to New York and put up incredible numbers that year -- .285/.419/.628/1.047.  Needless to say, after that season, I seriously questioned my decision the previous off-season.

This off-season also saw the retirement of RF Paul Shunk.  Shunk spent the majority of his career with the Hickory Huskers.  He leaves the league with a .284 average, .865 OPS, (127 OPS+), 2525 hits, 500 home runs, 1569 RBI and 124 stolen bases.

Both players will, no doubt, end up enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Sim's Done

Game Date:  Nov 2, 2024

I stopped the sim one day early to give everyone a last chance to make offers to their impending free agents.

 Next sim:  Thursday night.


Rain Delay

Sorry, everyone, but personal matters prevented me from running the sim last night.  We'll run it tonight.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Awards! Time To Give Out The Hardware!

Game Date:  10/28/2024

With much fanfare, the SDMB OOTP Awards were given out this week.  The whole league waited with baited breath to find out who would get to take the trophies home.

The winners are:

Outstanding Batter:  Lucio Muniz, Seattle, who hit .364 this year with 24 home runs and 99 RBIs.  His OPS was a gaudy 1.063.
The runners up to the award were Antelope Valley's Ray McJunkett and Brooklyn's Katsuhiko Jouda.

Outstanding Pitcher:  Brooklyn's Kevin Kepner took home the award, turning in a record of 18-8 with a 3.08 ERA and WHIP of 1.06
The runners up were Maui's Juan Villatoro and Emilio Romero

Outstanding Newcomer:  New York's Yvon Settignano wins with a .291 batting average, 28 homers and 92 RBI.
Shackamaxon's Jose Molina and George Robinson were the runners up.

Slick Fielder Awards:

P:  Houston's Arturo Zavala
C: Antelope Valley's Lawrence Richardson
1B:  Ohio's Masahide Ueda (second consecutive award)
2B:  Brick's Felipe Mendoza (third award at 2B, third consecutive award, fourth award overall)
3B:  Brooklyn's Luis Figeroa (second consecutive award)
SS:  Ohio's Gary Nicholson
LF:  Hickory's Tim Curry
CF:  Brick's Matt Foster
RF:  London's Edgardo Collazo

Next sim:  Tuesday evening

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sim's Done

I ran the sim last night (although, stupidly, I forgot to process the trade -- I'll do that next time).

Next sim:  Sunday evening.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

First OOTP15 trade

As per tradition, Mack and I have made the first trade in the new version of the game. This time, Seattle sends OF Guy Imbeault to Shackamaxon in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2025 draft.

Sim's Done

Game Date:  10/13/2024

Next sim (covering one week):  Thursday night.


Sunday, June 8, 2014


Given the fact that at least one person is having trouble with the download and it's time to decide on contract options, I'm going to hold off on the sim until Tuesday.


Friday, June 6, 2014

... And We're Off...

Sim's done.

Next sim:  Saturday night

The next sim will cover the rest of the week.  After that, sims will cover one week at a time and I'll run them 3-4x a week through the offseason.

If anyone has any troubles, please let Michael or myself know.

And, Mack... I plan on having the trophy sent to you next week.  :)


Monday, June 2, 2014

OK, Time To Move On...

Next sim (covering one day) will be on Thursday night.

If you're still having problems with the league files, please let Michael or myself know.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OOTP15 Version League File Available

The OOTP 15 League File has been posted to the site (see the link in the links section to the right) and is available for download.  Please download the file and install it to your games.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Onward and Upward -- and Upgrade Time.

I think we've allowed Mack to bask in the glory of his victory long enough.  It's time to get moving again.

Since we've heard no voice of dissent, we're going to be upgrading to OOTP 15 before we proceed to the next season.  Upgrading will allow us to use the new features of the upgrade, as well as help to fill our current vacancy.

Over the weekend, I will be creating a version 15 game file and posting it to the server.  When that's done, I'll put up a blog post and you'll be able to download the new version.

Any questions?  Please feel free to ask.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Seattle's On Cloud Nine

The Seattle Monarchs scored seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Shackamaxon Lenape and capture their ninth Cecil Cup.

Congrats to Mack on a well-played season!

We'll take a few days to allow Mack to bask in the glory of victory before we go on to the next season.

In the meantime, not hearing any voices of dissension, it looks like we're going to be upgrading to OOTP15.  I'm still looking at some stuff before making it official, but when we do, we'll give everyone some time to upgrade.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Seattle Shuts Out Shackamaxon To Take Game 3

Game Date:  Oct 8, 2024

Bruno Talamantez threw eight innings of four hit, shutout ball to take Game 3 of the Cecil Cup series.

Game 4:  Wednesday night

So far, all league owners who have expressed opinions seem to be in favor of upgrading to version 15 following the season.  Feel free to speak up in the comments.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Seattle Scores Five In Seventh, Takes 2-0 Lead on Lenape

The Seattle Monarchs took Game 2 of the Cecil Cup from the Lenape with an 8-5 victory.  Seattle took a quick two run lead in the bottom of the first on a two run blast by Juan Gomez. The Lenape tied the game with a two run shot by Thomas Kalakay in the third.  Lucio Muniz put the Monarchs ahead again with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning, only to find the game tied again when Jose Molina launched a shot to right.

The score remained tied until the Seattle half of the seventh.  After Dewey Wilson grounded out, pinch hitter Ivan Castillo worked out a walk.  Lucio Muniz moved him to second with a single and after Castillo stole third, Steve Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Castillo then scored on a Juan Gomez ground out.  This was followed by a Norman Kuhn walk which brought up Jonathan Anderson.  Anderson launched a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam, giving Seattle a 8-3 lead.

The Lenape tried to come back in the next half inning, scoring two runs on a double, two singles and walk.  However, Miguel Martinez struck out looking to end the inning.  The Lenape were unable to score in the ninth, ending the game.

Game 3:  Monday night

Thursday, May 8, 2014


I'm sorry, everyone, but I'm going to have to delay Game 2 to Saturday night.

See you then!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seattle Scores Four In The Eighth To Take Game 1

Going into the bottom of the eighth, Shackamaxon had a 3-1 lead over Seattle.  However, in the bottom of the inning, Seattle scored four runs on a two run homer by Jonathan Anderson, a single by Ivan Costello and a double by Lonnie Draeger.

Game 2:  Thursday night

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Shackamaxon Wins Series, To Face Seattle In Cecil Cup

Game Date:  Oct 3, 2024

The Shackamaxon Lenape advanced to the Cecil Cup today with a 7-5 victory over the Maui Mashers.  The Lenape at one point led 7-0, before the Mashers started coming back.  Maui put up three runs in the seventh.  In the ninth, they added two more on a home run by Ronald Quijada.  In the end, they had the tying run at the plate in the person of Reijoro Kondo who had four home runs over the seven game series.  However, in the end, reliever Adam Home caught him looking.

First game of the Cecil Cup series:  Wednesday night.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Game 6: Maui Ties Up The Series

Game Date:  Oct 2, 2024

Maui has come back to force a game seven in their playoff series with Seattle.  Sorry, don't have time for a long recap.

Game 7 will be Tuesday night.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Monarchs Send Wolves Home, Maui Beats Shackamaxon

Game Date:  Sep 30, 2024

The Seattle Monarchs sent the Brooklyn Wolves home today on the strength of eight innings of shutout ball by starter Enrico Hernandez.  Hernandez held the Wolves to six hits and Robert Riddick closed the door in the ninth to send the Monarchs to the Cecil Cup series.

In the other game, the Maui Mashers put up an 8-spot in the eighth inning to defeat Shackamaxon 12-5.  The hitting star of the game was RF Reijiro Kondo, who went 3-5 and hit his third home run of the series.

Game 6: Saturday night.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wolves Survive Another Day, Lenape Leap to 3-1 Lead

Game Date:  Sep 29, 2024

The Brooklyn Wolves managed to stave off elimination by defeating the Seattle Monarchs by a score of 5-3.  Brooklyn jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the third inning on the basis of four hits and a walk -- all coming after there were two out in the inning.  After that, they never looked back.  Seattle managed to add a run in the fourth and then two more in the fifth thanks to a Juan Gomez home run.  However, the Brooklyn bullpen of Rice, Palha, Guererra and Pontoni were able to hold the Monarchs at bay.

In the other game, the Lenape padded their lead bit by bit by adding single runs in the first, second, fourth and seventh innings while starter John Macaluso continued to put goose eggs up on the board.  Maui managed to put two runs on the board in the ninth on a Barney Maxon homer to right.  Ultimately, Maui got the tying run on first base, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity when Ronald Quijada flied out to left to end the game, giving Shackamaxon a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 6:  Thursday night

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Game 3: Siebel's Two Blasts Lead Shackamaxon to Victory, Monarchs pound Wolves Pitching

Game Date:  Sep 28, 2024

The Seattle Monarchs tagged Brooklyn starter Nicholas Vargas for eight runs in one inning of pitching en route to a 10-1 victory. Seattle now leads the series 3-0.

In the other game, Shackamaxon scored six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to come from behind and defeat the Maui Mashers to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Next game:  Wednesday night.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Game 2: Maui Ties Series, Seattle Blanks Brooklyn

Game Date:  Sep 26, 2024

The Shackamaxon Lenape had more than twice as many hits as the Maui Mashers, but the Mashers managed to put up more than twice as many runs as the Lenape.

The Lenape started things off in the first against starter Matt McDonald when Jose Molina doubled to right bring John Grondin around to score.  The Lenape answered back in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by Richard Bender.

Maui broke the game open with two round trippers in the bottom of the third on a solo shot by Angel Banuelos and a three run homer by Reijiro Kondo -- the first of his two homers of the evening.  The Lenape never came back from that inning and Maui tied the series at one game a piece.

In the second game, Seattle starter Gregg Fiala had the Wolves batters tied up in knots, pitching seven innings of two-hit shutout ball.  Brooklyn's Nicholas Vargas, on the other hand, wasn't up to task, giving up seven hits and five runs in six-plus innings.

Next Game:  Tuesday evening.

Commissioner's Note:  We are considering upgrading to OOTP 15 after the season is over.  While we conduct testing and the like, we'd like to hear your opinions on the matter.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Game 1: Seattle Prevails In Extra Innings, Lenape Pound Mashers

It was a pitcher's duel over at the Old League Park as Brooklyn and Seattle traded goose eggs.  Both teams scored single runs in the first inning --- Brooklyn on a bases loaded ground out by Kevin Works and Seattle on a Juan Gomez double.  After that, Juan Cerda and Enrico Hernandez settled down.  Neither team got a runner to third base until the bottom of the eighth inning.  The Monarchs could have won in the bottom of the ninth when they had the winning run on third, but failed to score after Dewey Wilson was picked off first. Ultimately, however, Seattle prevailed in the bottom of the tenth when Juan Gomez hit a single to bring in Bas Bijkerk with the winning run.

In the other game, the Shackamaxon Lenape beat up on Maui pitching by pounding out 12 runs on 17 hits (although, interestingly, they did that with no homers).  RF Tomas Kalay had a great day, going four for five with a double and six RBI.  1B David Seibel also had a good game with three hits in six at bats and two RBI.  Joseph Macaluso pitched the entire game for the victory for the Lenape.

Game 2:  Monday night.