Wednesday, August 31, 2016

OOTP 17: It's Coming....

Thank you, everyone, for being patient with us.  Michael and I are taking a few days to put the league file through some OOTP 17 seasons to make sure that it doesn't blow up, turn everyone into Babe Ruth or Mario Mendoza or do any other strange things.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Crunching Some Numbers....

... let's see if there are any interesting stats lurking....  :)


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hall of Fame Plaques

click on the plaque to view full-size

And, as always, you can see the plaques for all players inducted into the Hall of Fame at its page:

Sim Run: Welcome to the Offseason

League Date: October 16, 2028

It's the offseason, and the 27th season of the SDMB OOTP League is in the rear view. We are moving along until the 28th season, and our first to be played in OOTP 17.

As we finish the season, two new players have been inducted into the league's Hall of Fame: Seattle great starter Ronald Placencia and Shackamaxon's unhittable closer Junior Cuomo. Both pitchers retired after the 2023 season and were auto-inducted at the end of the 2028 season.

We're going to sim one week at a time during the offseason. Next up, on Monday night, we head into awards season. After that, are the salary arbitration hearings. You can check your arbitration eligible players in the game and make contract offers. We'll probably run the sim that covers arbitration on Wednesday night.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Game 7: For all the marbles

The Seattle Monarchs extended their record of Cecil Cup titles, and set a record for consecutive championships by winning their 13th, and fifth in a row, in a decisive victory in game 7 of the 2028 Cecil Cup.

While Brick started the game with a quick run in the first, Seattle tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Not feeling daunted, the Barracudas retook the lead in the top of the second, and held the 2-1 advantage until the bottom of the 5th. In that inning, the Monarchs scored three runs, and added on three more in the bottom of the 6th.

With three innings to play, the Monarchs were up 7-2. Seattle added three more runs in the 7th and 8th innings, and were up 10-2 entering the top of the 9th. The home crowd was deafening as Martin Cox weakly grounded out to second base to start the inning.

Ken Reed followed with a strikeout. Down to their last out, Gene Reynolds held off the end of the season with a solo home run. Alas, the comeback was not to be, as Matt Foster grounded to third to end the game and the series. The final score was 10-3, a lopsided score in an otherwise tight and close series.

Congratulations again to Mack (and for beating my own record of 4-straight championships), and also to Fred for a great season. The 2028 year was a fun one for us, but it's now it's time to let Seattle have its 13th championship parade, and for the rest of us to regroup and prepare for 2029 and the new version of the game.

We'll take the rest of the week for Mack to enjoy. We'll start the clock on the offseason on Saturday night. Thanks to all for letting me help Zev steer us through another fun OOTP season!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Game 6: Two starters enter, only one leaves

Game 6 of the Cecil Cup was the Tale of Two Starters. For the Brick Barracudas, Joshua Stoker got the ball. For the home team, the Seattle Monarchs, down three games to two and facing elimination, Chris Williams started the game with a scoreless first inning, striking out the side around a one-out walk.

In the bottom of the first, Stoker ran into trouble: Ground out, walk, single, walk, sacrifice fly, walk, walk (that's three runs in already, two of them walked in), grand slam home run, and single. By the time Stoker handed the ball to the manager for Derek Hanson to take over, the Monarchs had batted around and were up 6-0.

Seattle's Williams cruised the rest of the way, giving up only three hits and one walk as he struck out ten in a complete game 8-1 victory.

Game seven, the final game of the 2028 season, and the final game simmed in OOTP 15 (have you bought OOTP 17 yet?) will happen on Tuesday night. After that, we'll move along quickly to get our new London owner, Larry Merrifield, up to speed.

Good luck to Fred and Mack tomorrow!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Game 5: Brick is (still) one game away

Seattle defeated Brick in game 5 by a score of 5-2 to stave off elimination and return the series back to Seattle.

Game 6 will be simmed on Monday night. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Game 4: Brick Is One Win Away

Game Date:  Oct 6 2028

The Brick Barracudas took a 3-1 lead in the Cecil Cup series with a  come from behind 5-4 victory over the Seattle Monarchs.

Seattle took a lead early in the game, putting up a run in the second and three in the third, giving them a 4-2 lead by the end of the inning.  Brick managed to tie the game in fifth on RBI singles by Carlos Madrigal and Salvador Velasquez.    The game remained tied until the eighth, when Brick pushed across another run on a ground out.  Brick brought in closer Carlos Placeres to pitch the ninth and he shut down the Seattle batters.

In other news, we have a new owner for the London franchise.  :)  I'm sure he'll be along in the next day or so to introduce himself.

I'm going to be out for a few days.  Michael will be completing the series and will announce the schedule.

Game 3: Brick Takes The Lead

The Brick Barracudas took a 2-1 lead in the Cecil Cup series with a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Monarchs.  Martin Cox launched a three run homer in the eighth and starter Ethan Moyer pitched seven innings of one run ball for the victory.

Game 4:  Thursday night

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Game 2: Brick Holds On To Tie Series

The Brick Barracudas held off a late inning surge from the Seattle Monarchs to tie the Cecil Cup series at one game apiece.

Brick got off to a quick start against Seattle starter Chris Williams by pushing five runners across the plate in the top of the first inning, with the big blow being a three run homer by Larry McCormick.

Seattle and Brick traded some runs over the next few innings, until the score stood at 7-1 in the middle of the sixth inning.  At that point, the Monarch bats woke up and scored two runs in the sixth (on back-to-back solo homers by Norman Kuhn and Yvon Settingnino).

Brick responded with three runs in the seventh, making the score 10-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, Seattle pushed across two more runs (two run homer by Luis Lozano) and three more in the eighth (three run blast by Sung-heun Hwa) to bring the Monarchs to within a single run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Brick brought in closer Carlos Placeres to shut the Monarchs down.  After strking out Luis Lozano to start the inning, Norman Kuhn doubled to left.  Yvon Settignino struck out swinging and Steve Jones hit an infield single, sending Kuhn to third.  With the tying run on third, right fielder Mike Minty came to the plate.  Minty was 1-3 so far, with 2 RBI in the game.  However, on the first pitch Placeres managed to induce a grounder to second to end the game and give Brick the victory.

Game 3:  Wednesday night.

Expected Starters:
Seattle:  Enrico Hernandez (18-5, 4.35)
Brick: Ethan Moyer (6-1, 4.18)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Seattle Takes Game 1

The Seattle Monarchs took Game 1 of the Cecil Cup Series with a 7-1 trouncing of the visiting Brick Barracudas.

The main damage came in the fifth inning when the Monarch batters unloaded against Brick starter Miguel Archuleta by pushing five runs across the plate.  The big blow came off the bat of catcher Steve Jones, who hit a 420 foot home run to left.  Meanwhile, Seattle starter Toyoshige Takahashi held Brick to three hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings.

Game 2:  Tuesday night.

Scheduled starters:  
Brick:  Joshua Stoker (17-8, 3.16 ERA)
Seattle: Chris Williams (21-8, 3.00 ERA)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Game 5: Brick Takes Series

The Brick Barracudas finished off the Maui Mashers today with a 4-2 victory.  Brick starter Joseph Brown held the Mashers to seven hits and two runs over seven and two thirds innings.  The Mashers had a 2-0 lead until Martin Cox gave the Barracudas a lead they wouldn't relinquish with a two run homer to right.

Game 1 of the Cecil Cup -- Monday night.

The Hit King

We completely missed this during the season, but it appears on May 6, 2028, the soon-to-be-released John Grondin became the all-time hits leader in our OOTP league, with 2,665 career base hits.

In a season where he joined the 500 Home Run Club, Grondin hit his final (?) home run, his 504th (good for #5 all-time on that leaderboard), a three-run shot in the second innning, to overtake Brian Frison as the all-time Hit King.

Appropriately enough, Grondin was the Player of the Game that date, a victory by the Lenape over the Highland Admirals.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Game 4: Seattle Completes Sweep, Brick Makes It 3-1

The Seattle Monarchs completed their sweep of the London Dragons with an 8-3 victory.   The major damage was done by third baseman Sung-huen Hwa, who gave the Monarchs the lead they would not relinquish with a grand slam home run off London starter Erik Moore.

The Brick Barracudas managed to pull within one game of the Cecil Cup finals with a walk-off sacrifice fly by Ken Reed.

Game 5:  Thursday night.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Seattle Makes It Three In a Row, Brick Goes Up 2-1

The Seattle Monarchs made it three in a row against the London Dragons with a 5-3 victory.  The heroes of the game for Seattle were Yvon Settignino with a home run in the second, Dewey Wilson with two RBI singles, and Luis Lozano with an RBI single.

Brick batters pounded Maui starter Juan "Dud" Ramirez, who was knocked out of the game in the fourth, having given up five earned runs.

Game 4:  Wednesday night

Monday, August 8, 2016

Game 2: Brick Ties Series, Seattle Makes it Two

The Brick Barracudas tied their series against the London Dragons with an 8-5 victory in Game 2 of their series.  Larry McCormick led the Brick batters by going 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

In the nightcap, Seattle rode the pitching arm of Chris "Ogre" Williams as he pitched eight innings of two-hit, no-run ball.

Game 3:  Tuesday evening.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Game 1: Seattle, Maui Take Leads

The Maui Mashers took the first game of their series vs. Brick with a 3-2 victory.  The Mashers put up all three runs in the first inning, but that's all they would need as starting pitcher Tyler Baird managed to hold the Barracudas to two runs over 6 1/3 innings, including getting out of a bases-loaded situation in the fifth.

In the nightcap, Seattle defeated London also by a score of 3-2.  London put up a run in the second on a John Dodds home run and another in the fifth on a Roy Nickerson sac fly.  However, Seattle came back with three runs in the seventh, capped by a two run blast by Yvon Settignino.

Game 2:  Monday night.

Friday, August 5, 2016

September II Sim Run -- On to the Postseason!

Very quick:

Sim was just run. The regular season is over.

There were three teams in play for the final two playoff spots. Brick went 6-0 in the final week, and Maui went 5-1 to both leapfrog Antelope Valley (2-4). Maui won the Signorino Division by 2 games, and Brick edged Antelope Valley by 1 for the Wild Card spot.

Seattle will face London, and Maui will face Brick in the first round of the postseason. Congrats to Mack, Matt, and Fred. Get your active rosters down to 25 for the playoffs!

Zev will be back on Sunday night with Game 1 of the Seattle/London and Maui/Brick series.