Friday, March 28, 2014

The New Number Five

The Shackamaxon Lenape, still recovering from a long losing streak that put them on the outside of the playoff picture, have decided to make two major roster moves.

Ironman 1B David Seibel suffered the first injury of his career, a potentially season-ending herniated disk. While he is out, and having traded prospect Jaime Alvarez in the last sim, the Lenape are promoting heralded 1B/3B prospect Matt Stokes to man 1B for the rest of the season.

With the team holding an option on Seibel for 2025, this is an important audition for Stokes.

"We don't expect Matt to provide the same level of production that Dave did, at least at first," GM Michael Weintraub explained. "We're happy with the work our utility infielders, Ken Moore and Hernando Albacete, did during the past injury plagues. Now that Hukill and Miguel are back, we've decided to take a look at Stokes to see what he can provide for us."

Also, the team announced a trade for a starting pitcher. The Lenape have acquired swingman Jake Miller from division rivals Ohio Buckeyes in exchange for farmhand Pete O'Bryan, who has excelled in the crowded AAA Arizona Bay outfield this season.

"With all of our top outfield prospects, we just didn't have room for Pete," Weintraub explained. "The four guys we tried in the back of the rotation combined for a 3-10 record with a 6.17 ERA in twenty starts. We hope Miller can provide better than that."

In 12 starts for the Buckeyes this season, Miller has a 4-3 record with a 2.84 ERA.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

hi again ...In my continuing  effort to retool i now make Marzano first basemen available for trade ...his power has dropped but his OBP is still 392 ans can provide runs at the number 2 hole in your lineup...I am willing to eat some of his salary for next year...2026 and 2027 have team options for 2 million wont cost much there...So if anyone is interested let me know always looking for draft picks or prospects

July II Sim Done -- Trading Deadline

Game Date:  July 30, 2024

As usual, I have stopped the July II sim a day earlier, to allow for another week of trading before the trading deadline.

Adams:  Brooklyn is five games ahead of Hickory.
Zotti:  Seattle's lead over Shackamaxon stands at eleven games.
Signorino:  Maui has a five game lead over New York.
Wild Card:  Hickory is two games ahead of New York.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Antelope Valley RF Ray McJannett named Player of the Week -- twice! (7/8 & 7/15)
Atlanta's Joseph Barnett hits for the cycle (7/16)
Atlanta RF Adrian Cisneros named Player of the Week -- (7/22)
Atlanta RF Jorge Gonzales named Player of the Week (7/29)

Significant Injuries:
Ohio starter Thomas Moore is done for the year with bone chips in his elbow.
Seattle is going to be without Steve "Sinner" Jones for seven weeks.  He's out with a sprained ankle.
Seattle CF Bas Bijkerk will miss three weeks with a strained rib cage muscle.
David Seibel will be absent from the playing field for Shackamaxon.  His herniated disk will sideline him for two months.
Ohio RF Lawrence Gould will be out for three weeks after being hit on the foot by a pitch.
Houston's Nigel Bryant has plantar fascitis and will miss 5-6 weeks.
Brooklyn reliever Juan Diaz's shoulder inflammation will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Seattle LF Jonathan Anderson bruised his wrist.  He's out for 3-4 weeks for the second time this season.
Houston SP Bartolo Olivarez will miss 2-3 months with a torn triceps.

Hickory's George LaBarre slugged his 300th home run.
Maui SP Juan Villatoro becomes the first pitcher in SDMB history to reach the magical 300 win plateau.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lenape retool for playoff push

In the aftermath of a dreadful sim, which continued a twelve-game losing streak (in the middle of a 17-losses-in-21-games stretch), and ended with the left side of their infield on the disabled list, the Shackamaxon Lenape have made a trade to try to stop the bleeding.

The Lenape traded 1B prospect Jaime Alvarez to the Antelope Valley Raptors in exchange for infielder Hernando Albacete and reliever Adam Hone. Shackamaxon GM Michael Weintraub explained the move, saying "We needed an infielder in the short term, and Albacete will step in and start at the hot corner for us until Hukill recovers. After that, he'll be a key bench bat and glove. Hone will fit right in as a late inning arm for us."

"We didn't want to trade Alvarez," Weintraub continued. "But, with both Matt Stokes and Luis Lozano waiting in the minors, he was expendable."

The Lenape also received the Raptors' second round pick in the 2025 draft.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sim Done

I ran the sim last night, but did not have a chance to write the summary.   I'll take care of it tonight.  However, in the meantime, feel free to download the league files and make team changes.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Valentin Traded, World Barely Notices

Hickory celebrated Paul Shunk's 500th career home run this week by trading for someone to cut into his playing time; in a trade that did not rock the baseball world to its foundations, the Huskers sent a sixth round pick in the upcoming amateur draft to the Brick Barracudas for outfielder Claudio Valentin.    "We needed to deal with Bo Bice getting hurt… again…" said Hickory Owner/GM Frank Ferrara from downtown Hickory, where the populace had somehow managed to avoid rioting over the deal, "and Valentin can catch a baseball at least 80% of the time it's hit directly at him, which is a big improvement over our other options out there."

Following the completion of this deal, cats and dogs did not begin living together, pigs did not fly, and Seattle definitely did not fall out of first place in the Zotti division, because let's not get ridiculous here, people.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jun II Sim Report

Game Date:  7/1/2024

Adams:  Brooklyn leads Hickory by five games.
Zotti: Seattle is five games ahead of Shackamaxon.
Signorino:  Maui had a seven game lead over New York.
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon is two games ahead of New York.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Seattle RF Lucio Muniz named Player of the Week (6/17) and Batter of the Month.
Houston 1B Nigel Bryant named Player of the Week (6/24 and 7/1)
Shackamaxon's Ivan Galladaro named Pitcher of the Month
London CF Edgardo Collazo named Rookie of the Month (second time this season).

Significant Injuries:
London 3B John Calvert has a separated shoulder and will miss 4-5 weeks.
Houston reliever Kenneth Moore ruptured a finger tendon and is out for 3-4 months.
Veteran 3B John Hukill (Shackamaxon) is out for four weeks with a hamstring strain.
Ohio CF Woody Murphy has a strained groin muscle and will miss three weeks.

Atlanta's Luis Jeon collected his 2500th hit, the 4th player to do so.
Maui Masher Timothy Mendiola collected his 2000th hit.
Hickory's Paul Shunk smashed his 500th home run, the fifth player to reach that mark.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday.

In stunning news Claudio Valentin has asked to be traded out of town.. so anyone in need of a outfielder who can give you all star defense and speed and a good bat please  make a deal for him well settle for a 6th to 8th round draft pick me GM Brick Barracudas

June II Sim Completed

The sim was done and the league reports have been updated.  I haven't had a chance to write up a summary yet.  If anyone else wants to do it, I won't object.  If not, I'll take care of it later.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shackamaxon/Brick trade

During a Sunday brunch meeting at a neutral site (Mastori's Diner in Bordentown, NJ), division rivals and soon-to-be family members Fred Goldfarb, GM of Brick, and Michael Weintraub, GM of Shackamaxon, agreed on a trade involving prospects.

Brick receives one of Shackamaxon's top prospects, OF/IF Juan Arroyo, along with a seventh round pick in the 2025 amateur draft, in exchange for pitching prospects Sergio Lujan and Harry Wagner.

In between sips of his soup, Michael Weintraub shared: "We had a log jam of outfield prospects, so we tried Juan at shortstop this season. The experiment wasn't working out, as he had 31 errors in 55 games at short."

"We had asked for pitching prospects in exchange for hitting prospects, and Fred here was willing to oblige."

Friday, March 7, 2014

Need hitting prospects?

I'm looking to balance my top prospect list, which is heavily tilted towards offense.

If you need to boost your minor league lineup, please get in touch with me. Virtually no player in my minors is untouchable.

-- Michael / Shackamaxon /

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

June I Sim Done

Game Date:  6/16/2024

Adams:  Brooklyn leads Atlanta by four games.
Zotti:  Seattle is four games ahead of Shackamaxon.
Signorino:  Maui is (wait for it) four games ahead of New York.
Wild Card:  Atlanta and Shackamaxon are tied and three games ahead of Houston.

Awards and Accomplishments:
Hickory 2B Pedro Compos named Player of the Week (6/3)
Atlanta RF Jorge Gonzales named Player of the Week (6/10)

Significant Injuries:
Seattle's Bas Bijkerk has an oblique strain and will miss about four weeks.
Hickory LF Bo Rice has a concussion and will be out for about three weeks.

Next sim:  Next Wednesday.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Trade: Antelope Valley and Ohio

As promised, the Buckeyes were not done shopping.

Ohio continues rebuilding it's woeful franchise by adding some immediate help and some depth in the infield. Coming over in the trade is veteran 3B Bruce Parker, who will hold down the hot corner for the injury-riddled Buckeyes for the rest of the season, and AAA 3B Alfonso Gutierrez, who can hopefully contribute next year.

Going to Antelope Valley is AAA LF Sun Phan and a 5th round draft pick. The trade gives the Raptors a wide-open budget while also adding a speedy reserve outfielder who can play all 3 positions and lottery ticket in 2025.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

May II Sim Report

Game Date:  6/1/2024

Adams:  Brooklyn leads Atlanta by two games.
Zotti:  Seattle has taken a three game lead over Shackamaxon
Signorino:  Maui now has a three game lead over Houston
Wild Card:  Shackamaxon leads Atlanta by a single game.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Maui SS Richard Bender named Player of the Week (5/20)
Shackamaxon 2B John Grondin named Player of the Week (5/27)
Houston 1B Nigel Bryant named Batter of the Month
Maui's Kyle Fike named Pitcher of the Month
Ohio RF Martin Perez named Rookie of the Month

Significant Injuries:
New York LF Jesus Padilla has torn ankle ligaments and will miss the next 3 to 4 months.
London SP Jeffrey Brunton is likely done for the season with a shoulder inflammation.
Shackamaxon SS Miguel Martinez has a fractured thumb that will keep him on the bench for six weeks.
New York RP Travis Small will be out until July 2025 with a torn rotator cuff.
Brick SP John Cooper is done for the year with a torn rotator cuff.
Brooklyn RF Kevin Works will sit out about a month with shoulder tendinitis.
Atlanta SP Fernando Estrada sprained his ankle.  He's out for six weeks.
Brooklyn CF Ben Beard has a strained oblique and will miss five weeks.

Maui's Juan Villatoro struck out his 3000th batter, becoming the sixth pitcher to do so.
Brick's Raul Ortega hit his 300th home run, becoming the 21st player to reach that mark.
Maui Masher Ronald Quijada launched his 400th home run, becoming the 11th player to do so.

Game of the sim:
Brooklyn blew out Shackamaxon by a score of 17-1 on May 20.  The Wolves batters pounded out 24 hits against Lenape pitching.  Leading the attack was RF Jaime Vasquez, who was 4 for 6 with two home runs and five RBI.  2B Katsuhiko Juoda also had two home runs.

Next sim:  Wednesday night.