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.