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.