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Old 04-23-2004, 12:36 PM   #1
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The Republican League

I've finally found a host and got a basic website set up. Links are here:

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These exports will be updated as we progress through seasons, but should remain up all the time. Thanks for your patience!

THE SETUP

The Republican League is a new fictional solo league, loosely based on the assumption that baseball in the United States never really took off West of the Rockies. I’ve simmed 25 seasons, to clear our every player that was generated in the original draft.

I’ve also backed-up after each season so that I can later run CatoBase6. Along the way I’ve fired/retired a handful of managers each season, so that the managers’ register in CatoBase will have a more realistic feel. As I’ve replaced managers, I give the team involved a small boost in Fan Interest, usually moving them up to 50, sometimes boosting their Fan Loyalty a spot or two. I do this to keep some smaller markets from having long runs of 100-loss seasons.
The league starts in 1985, and in 2010, I plan on taking over for one of the teams whose manager has been fired.

We’ll have two leagues with two divisions, each with six teams, for a total of twenty-four teams. Top two teams in each Division go to the playoffs.

I’ve veered away from the default league settings in a couple of places:
Ability Ratings Scale: None Displayed
Talent Ratings Scale: 1-10
Other Ratings Scale: 1-5
(I wanted to mirror the ratings we’re going to us in Dog Days Baseball)

Team Cash Maximum: $50,000,000
Minimum Player Salary: $200,000
(I want enough cash for mini-dynasties and a low enough minimum that teams can re-build cheaply).

Trading Frequency: Low
Trading: Hard
AI Values: Prospects

League totals: set to 1985 rates
Era: Modern Baseball

Player Creation Modifiers:
Batter Strikeouts: -3%
Pitcher - Endurance: +5%
Player – Speed: +3%
Player – Stealing: +3%
(I want more CGs and SBs. I edited Ks during 1995 or so, because I didn’t think they were high enough. I’m not sure if the modifiers are large enough to really determine effectiveness.)

Stickware Scheduler 4.1 was used to generate an unbalanced 18-12 schedule with no interleague play. Of course, there will be no DH.

Everything else is, I think, at the default. I’m going to try an upload the league export (from pre-season 2010) this evening, and try to find a permanent site to host this stuff and CatoBase.

Any recommendations for a mostly .html ignorant fool?
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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25 seasons simmed entirely with 6.01, so now we'll see where we stand in 2010.
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League Alignment

LEAGUE ALIGNMENT

As we are now in the 2010 preseason. I’ve included 2009 records, current payroll (rounded to nearest million), Market Size, Fan Loyalty and Fan Interest.

FRONTIER LEAGUE
PRAIRIE DIVISION
Colorado Bombers (87-75; $54m; Big; Fair; 61/100)
Illinois Express (84-78; $67m; Really Big; Average; 87)
Iowa Legends (58-104; $27m; Almost Nonexistent; Good; 50)
Minnesota Jokers (79-83; $43m; Average; Very Good; 74)
Nebraska Bisons (77-85; $55m; Tiny; Good; 73)
Ohio Royals (87-75; $60m; Good; Good; 84)

RIVERS DIVISION
Alabama Aqua Sox (80-82; $52m; Small; Very Good; 39)
Louisiana Sounds (102-60; $$81m; Good; Great; 100) – League Champion
Mississippi Wizards (84-78; $38m; Almost Nonexistent; Good; 80)
Missouri River Bandits (100-62; $81m; Big; Average; 90)
Oklahoma Wranglers (61-101; $57m; Tiny; Very Good; 50)
Texas Drillers (73-89; $48m; Really Big; Fair; 42)

METROPOLITAN LEAGUE
UNION DIVISION
Connecticut Snappers (94-69; $66m; Small; Very Good; 86)
Maine Crosscutters (63-99; $40m; Almost Nonexistent; Good; 50)
Massachusetts Emeralds (95-67; $71m; Really Big; Very Good; 92) – National Champion
New Jersey Curve (93-70; $71m; Below Average; Very Good; 82)
New York Hitmen (70-92; $48m; Huge; Average; 60)
Pennsylvania Ports (91-71; $78m; Good; Fair; 81)

STATES DIVISION
Florida Cyclones (79-83; $55m; Big; Very Good; 73)
Georgia Rockhounds (80-82; $54m; Average; Average; 50)
Kentucky Stallions (78-84; $56m; Tiny; Good; 61)
North Carolina Aeros (58-104; $42m; Below Average; Good; 50)
Tennessee Smokies (98-64; $83m; Below Average; Good; 93)
Washington, DC Ambassadors (74-88; $45m; Big; Poor; 27)

Iowa, Oklahoma, Maine and North Carolina are the jobs that opened up after 2009.
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:44 PM   #4
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I'm going to take over the Oklahoma Wranglers. Of the four openings, I like their prospects the best, but with a Tiny market it's still going to be a challenge.

For anyone who's interested, I've attached the spreadsheet that I used to track managerial changes over the 25-years I've simmed so far. I wanted CatoBase's Manager Register to have a "real-life" feel to it when I import these seasons, so after backup up each post-season, I fire/retire a few managers. I use the spreadsheet to keep track of who's worked where, so that some guys will have a few years with multiple teams, and their history will reflect that.

Three managers have survived 25 years with their original teams: Georgia's Jamie Aielts, Louisiana's LaPhonso Phelps, and Massachusetts Harry Fichtner.

I can't wait for CatoBase6...
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Old 04-23-2004, 01:05 PM   #5
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COACHES & SCOUTS

HIRING COACHES & SCOUTS

I’ve fired every Coach and Scout the team has, and I will overpay for good ones on the market. The guys who are gone weren’t very good, and certainly did nothing to deserve sticking around.

My offers:
SCOUTING DIRECTOR
Michael Wallace (59, Legendary, Legendary) just wants to work. I offer five years at $1.5m per year. I love overpaying for a L/L scout. :-)

HITTING COACH
The two Legendary guys under 60 won’t come to work for me. I offer John Thompson (60, Outstanding) five years at $1.25m. He’s looking for a challenge, and Oklahoma certainly qualifies.

PITCHING COACH
Craig Lindley (47, Legendary) is the youngest Legendary guy I’ve ever seen. Five years and another $1.25m.

MINORS MANAGERS
Gary Hardee (59, Legendary, Legendary), Jim Harthorn (61, Legendary, Legendary), and Mark Neal (61, Legendary, Legendary) each get offers for five years, $1.25m to take over AAA Sallisaw, AA Reservation, and A Blackwell respectively.

If I get all of these guys, I should have the best (and most expensive) front office in baseball.
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Old 04-23-2004, 01:06 PM   #6
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And I get them all! Nice start, but with revenues around $56m last year, these guys were all expensive.

I need to dive into what (at first glance) looks like an awful Free Agent class. But because I had no Scout, this is the first chance I've gotten to evaulate my own players. I'm going to do a position by position breakdown and see what I've got.
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POSITION REPORT: Catchers

Genaro Chavarria (Talent: 6 contact / 6 gap / 3 home run / 6 eye / 6 avoid strikeouts) is 29, 2 stars (2*), and was a 2nd round pick in 2004. 2009 was his fourth (and best) season, and he posted a .243/.319/.351 line in 296 ABs. Nice arm defensively, and he only makes $200k, so he might be my starting catcher and #8 hitter. If he stays on the 25-man roster all season, he'll be arbitration-eligible after this season for the first time.

Ricky Fitzgerald (Tal 6/6/5/4/6) is 25yo and an OK defensive sub, with a .989 fielding percentage with a 5 arm. Unfortunately, his career line is 202/249/549, and he was 219/283/330 in 279 ABs last season. Under contract for $620k through 2012, I’m going to try to trade him.

Brian Procopio (Tal 7/7/5/10/7) was the 7th overall pick in last year’s draft, and could be a stud. His first season in A ball, at 21, resulted in 266/395/324 in 451 ABs. No power, but 99 BBs is encouraging. He’ll start at A again, and hopefully progress with better coaching. He can also play 1B, but I have no plan to move him.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Procopio is obviously the future. Depending on what’s available in Free Agency, I may let Chavarria hold down the fort until Procopio is ready.
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POSITION REPORT: First Basemen

Steven “Mr. Outside” Grimes (Tal 9/7/10/5/6) is a 30yo former #2 overall pick who has been a complete bust. His talent looks great, but 2199 career ABs have produced 233/287/354 results. Last year was actually his best, as he bounced from Ohio to Georgia to here on the waiver wire. At $900k through 2012, he might be worth keeping around to see if he’s a late bloomer, or he might be attractive trade bait. Terrible defensively.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Other than Grimes, there are no other first basemen of note on the roster, so depth is an obvious need, in addition to potentially finding a starter.
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POSITION REPORT: Second Basemen

John Hugh (Tal 8/5/3/5/6) might be the hidden gem so far. 34 years old, only $950k, and he hit .334 in 2009. Nice speed, but gets caught too much (career: 158 SB / 71 CS), and adequate defense. Hugh was an All-Star last season, posting 334/392/416, which is great for a sub-$1m middle infielder. He will be a free agent after this season.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: There is no capable backup and there are no prospects in the pipe. A backup MI looks like a must-get.
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POSITION REPORT: Third Basemen

Timothy “Cobra” Eckman (Tal 5/10/8/7/6) is adequate at the hot corner. In 2009 he hit 276/364/526. He possesses a great arm, with so-so range, but tends to make a ton of errors. His contract has one year remaining at over $6.5m.

John Brown (Tal 6/7/5/8/7) is that rarest of players – a left-handed infielder with a great arm. His range at 3B is spectacular, and 2B is adequate. Only 24yo, he was chosen 5th overall in 2007. Last year, he failed to progress at the plate, hitting .299 with only 22 XBH. John might be the backup 3B/2B and the primary lefty off the bench, he might platoon with Eckman, or he might need another season at AAA. He will probably take over after Eckman leaves in 2011.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: 3B looks like strength right now, but Brown needs to make a big stride this season. Platooning Eckman and Brown might be the best option, but Eckman’s salary makes it tough to sit him that much.
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POSITION REPORT: Shortstops

Flavio Cortines (Tal 7/7/4/6/6) was last year’s starter at SS. Great range with unsteady hands make him a questionable defender. His skills at 2B and 3B are similar. Unfortunately, he’s a liability with a bat, with a career line of 275/337/362. He’s in the final year of a $2.4m per year contract. Again, he bats/throws lefty and has a cannon. Maybe I should take Cortines and 3B Brown and make them pitchers?

Marvin Bastarache (Tal 5/6/4/8/4) is barely worth mentioning. The 36yo has a career .623 OPS, and shouldn’t be considered for a spot on the roster. He has one year left on a $440k contract.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: I need to upgrade either here or at catcher, but I can’t have two sub-700 OPS clogging up the lineup regularly. Cortines might make a great backup INF, but he’s a lefty, and I’ve already got 3B Brown. He might be traded.
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POSITION REPORT: Left Fielders

Stephen Miller (Tal 7/7/7/6/6) is the definition of “replacement level player.” For the modest salary of $2.38m, the 33yo LH can play an average CF & LF, hit a little bit (285/353/778 in 2009), and steal a few bases. He’s good enough to start for a last-place team, but hopefully we can do better. Miller was chosen #9 overall in 1999. I think Oklahoma must be where first round picks go when they decide to suck. Signed through 2011.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: No depth again, but CF George Palomares will be the defensive replacement at all three OF positions. Upgrading here would be nice, but not an emergency.
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POSITION REPORT: Center Fielders

George “Skywalker” Villalpando (Tal 6/9/8/5/7) is the “star” of this team, which mean he used to be good and now is merely overpaid, to the tune of $9.658m through 2014. Villalpando is 33 and getting old quickly, his last three OPSs being 883, 845 and 746. His contract is a big albatross, and I’ll try to dump him onto a big market team for whatever I can get. He did win a Gold Glove last year.

George Palomares (Tal 6/4/4/7/7) is washed up, but might be a useful backup at all three OF spots. Great jump on the ball, but with a weak arm. He would also be the final pinch hitter off the bench, but a useful pinch runner.

Domingo “Bubba” Lugo (Tal 7/8/9/8/6) is the best prospect. The big lefty has mashed AA pitching for two years, and will start in AAA this season, hopefully earning a callup before the trading deadline.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Villalpando’s contract has to go, and I’m afraid if I wait until he ages any more, he’ll be unmoveable. Trading him will be the first priority this winter. Lugo might be ready now. Palomares is an OK 25th man.
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POSITION REPORT: Right Fielders

Brice Yowell (Tal 5/6/6/3/6) started in 2009. Another Gold Glove defender who doesn’t know how to use a bat. Career 230/312/330 and 32 years old. Another position in need of a starter.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: No other players, no prospects in the pipeline. RF needs serious attention, too, and it’s very obvious why this team fired their last manager. :-)
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POSITION REPORT: Starting Pitchers

Twenty-eight year old righty Claver Lopez (Talent: 8 stuff / 5 movement / 5 control) is the only starter worth keeping, but is very wild. Arturo Colella (Tal 8/9/8) is 33 with a career K/BB ratio of 1.21 and four years left at $4.6m per. Alfredo Cortez (Tal 4/6/10) is a screwball-throwing innings eater, again with more BBs than Ks. Sam Nicklas (Tal 4/7/7) is 36 and set to earn $5.43m through 2011, and isn’t effective any longer. Righty Bryant Mondor (Tal 8/4/9) was last years fifth arm, and though he appears talented, he hasn’t demonstrated any ability to pitch in the majors.

Three prospects are worth watching. Johnny Stefanski (Tal 8/7/8) was last year’s fifth overall choice, is only 19, but held his own at A and will begin 2010 in AA. Rey Sanchez (Tal 7/6/8) is a 20yo, 3* junkballing lefty also did well last year and earned a promotion to AA. Derek May (Tal 6/3/9) has an outside chance at being a decent starter someday but struggled in AAA in 2009.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: The starters are scary. The prospect might be some help in a few years, but we need a talent infusion. Colella, Cortez, and Nicklas might all find homes elsewhere.
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POSITION REPORT: Relief Pitchers

Joseph Roddy (10/9/9) is a 32yo “proven closer” with a $7.9m contract. Roddy is the best pitcher on the roster, but hugely overpaid for 70 IP, and might be valuable trade bait. 25yo righty Abe Catoe (10/6/7) got knocked around last season, his first, but will hopefully anchor the bullpen this year. Chris Ryerson (10/4/4) is a 37yo southpaw who got hammered last year. William Odonoghue (3/7/8) is a crafty LH veteran with more career BBs than Ks. Jimmy Burris (8/6/3) is 28yo, RH, and has 26 career IP with 27 BB. There are no prospects worth mentioning.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: The bullpen has a solid anchor in Catoe, an overpaid closer/tradebait in Roddy, but everyone else is a junkballer.
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Old 04-28-2004, 09:33 AM   #17
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2010 FREE AGENCY PERIOD REPORT

TRADES
Florida is a large-market team that needs a LF, so I inquire about dumping CF/LF George Villalpando on them. They don’t bite until I include SP Arturo Collela, which isn’t a problem for me. It’s obvious I’m not going to get what I was looking for in exchange for Villalpando, but Florida’s offer is by far the best. I try to get 23yo MR Carlton Moffet (Tal 10/7/8), who did OK in 34 IP last year, and 22yo 1B Dusty Howland (Tal 6/5/10/5/6), who finally made it to AA last year. Florida won’t accept until I throw in $800k in cash, but then we complete the deal. Moffet and Howland are long on potential and short on results so far, but the deal me to shed $14 million in payroll, and it makes sense for Florida, too.

I’d love to next unload the contract of CL Joseph “Joesph” Roddy, but he’s actually pretty good ( in the final year, so if I can’t get something good for him, keeping him for a season wouldn’t be fatal. Tennessee is interested, but in order to get 30yo MR Thomas McDermott (Tal 10/4/5) and 28yo MR Ramon Araoz (Tal 6/10/7), I have to include $3.5 million. This trade illustrates perfectly the folly of giving huge contracts to closers – you even have to pay the AI to take them. I bite the bullet, and pull the trigger.

Kentucky is desperate for pitching help, so SP Alfredo Cortez, and MRs William Odonoghue and Jimmy Burris go in change for a pair of talented prospects, SP Todd Winchester (Tal 9/7/10) and 2B Lucien Kessinger (Tal 7/6/7/9/7)

3B Chris Villegas was put on the trading block, and New York offered to send 26yo SP Francis Zimmerman (Tal 9/2/6), who will get a spot in the rotation.

Shipping out SP Sam Nicklas is going to be tougher, as he is 36, with a $5.4 million contract and a 9-16 record last year. I’d be happy to get a marginal prospect in return. No takers. He is waived, and claimed by Georgia. Marginal CF Charles Greer was claimed by Nebrasksa.

FINANCIAL/FRONT OFFICE SITUATION
Fan Interest: 50
Team Market: Tiny
Fan Loyalty: Very Good
Cash on Hand: $45,424,349
Total Payroll: $35,650,728
Last Year Income: $56,155,049
Available Money: $80,582,098

I’ve got a ton of funds to sign some guys!

DESIRES
As detailed above, I need at least two SP (three now that Nicklas is gone), a MR, and a pair of corner Ofs would be nice. The biggest priority is a stud starting pitcher who can keep us in a game every fifth day.

SIGNINGS
CL William Law (Tal 10/7/5) – this 4.5* guy cost $5.25 million for two years, but will anchor the bullpen. He’s 30 and $4 million per year cheaper than Roddy, the closer I traded away.

POST FREE-AGENCY THOUGHTS
Free agency was tough, as there were very few quality guys available, and those that were got very expensive very quickly. An example was 30yo SP Ambrose Greeley, with a career record of 84-66 but good peripherals. He turned down my 3-year $12.5 million deal for a four-year deal worth $12.57 million per year. I was constantly increasing my offer for him because of pressure from other teams, especially Illinois, who seemed to be outbidding me for every guy I was after. I also lost out of two OFs because I refused to offer $7 million per season for mediocrity. Very disappointing, and now I head into the Rule V draft with a huge hole in my rotation and my OF. I might have to call up Domingo Lugo a little early to play OF and hopefully give us a little spark.

RULE V DRAFT
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I think I've managed to post a league export here:

http://gordy.hulten.home.insightbb.com/

We'll see if that works, and see if I can get player links to work in future posts.
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2010 SPRING TRAINING

2 SPRING TRAINING NEWS:
Dusty Howland displays more power in batting practice!
Carlton Moffet has improved his control!
Brian Procopio has good batting practice sessions!
Brian Procopio displays more power in batting practice!
Richard Dawson has good pitching sessions!
Richard Dawson has increased his throwing velocity!
Todd Winchester has increased his throwing velocity!
Todd Winchester has improved his control!
Domingo Lugo showed good strike zone judgement!
Bradley Lopez showed good strike zone judgement!
Richard Villa showed good strike zone judgement!
Kennith Fordham has good pitching sessions!
Kennith Fordham has improved his control!
Jim Brown displays more power in batting practice!
Jose Machuca has good batting practice sessions!
Alexis Sanches has increased his throwing velocity!
Alexis Sanches has improved his control!
Steve Miracle has increased his throwing velocity!
Steve Miracle has improved his control!
Justin Trost displays more power in batting practice!
Rey Sanchez has good pitching sessions!
Rey Sanchez has improved his control!
John Shadle has good batting practice sessions!
John Shadle showed good strike zone judgement!
Jewell Beus has improved his control!
Johnny Stefanski has good pitching sessions!
Johnny Stefanski has increased his throwing velocity!
Johnny Stefanski has improved his control!
John Birdsong has good batting practice sessions!
Sean Frawley has good batting practice sessions!
Jessie Ellis has good batting practice sessions!
Jessie Ellis displays more power in batting practice!
Jessie Ellis showed good strike zone judgement!
Steve Duarte has good batting practice sessions!
Steve Duarte displays more power in batting practice!
Bill Elliot displays more power in batting practice!
Axel Peña displays more power in batting practice!
Axel Peña showed good strike zone judgement!
Alan Swarthout has increased his throwing velocity!

OVERALL THOUGHTS
Great news about Stefanski, Lugo, Winchester, and Procopio. Everything else seems pretty normal.
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The website doesn't seem to be working. I'll have to take a look when I get home tonight. :-(
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2010 LINEUPS AND ROTATION

LINEUP vs. RHP
SS Cortines
3B Brown
1B Grimes
LF Miller
2B Hugh
RF Lugo
CF Palomares
C Chavarria

LINEUP vs. LHP
CF Palomares
C Chavarria
3B Eckman
1B Grimes
2B Hugh
SS Cortines
LF Poche
RF Lugo

ROTATION
Law – Endurance of 3 means I have to put him in the rotation – I need starters
Lopez
Zimmerman
Winchester – only 23, jumping straight from AA
Mondor
CLOSER: McDermott
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APRIL 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 10-16
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 10-16
CURRENT STANDING: Tied for 5th (last place), 8 games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
MR Carlton Moffett, injured 4/21 with strained elbow ligament, out four weeks (on 15-day DL).

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:
MR John Kee released.

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
Callup of 2B Lucien Kessinger shifted 2B John Hugh to SS, and pushed SS Cortines to the bench as a utility infielder. Kessinger will bat leadoff versus righties, and 7th versus lefties. After trading 3B Eckman to Massachusetts, 3B Jim Brown now plays everyday.

The rotation, after the trade detailed below, now runs Ralph Griffeth (Tal 7/9/5), Joel Sobrino (Tal 10/6/8), Zimmerman, Lopez and Mondor. Law, after one start lasting three innings, has been moved back to closer.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: SS Hugh - .424
HR: 1B Grimes – 5
RBI: SS Hugh – 24
SB: CF Palomares – 6
SP ERA: Zimmerman – 1.93
RP ERA: Ryerson – 1.17
SAVES: Cato – 3
Ks: Zimmerman – 37 (leads league)

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Tuesday 4/2/2010:
Marvin Bastarache has lost some power to the gaps...
Marvin Bastarache has lost some power...
Monday 4/8/2010:
Todd Winchester has increased his lower body strength, his duration raises to 1 ...
Thursday 4/11/2010:
William Law's pitches have more bite now, the movement has improved!
Monday 4/15/2010:
Alberto Posada's control seems to have taken a bump...
Monday 4/22/2010:
Alberto Posada has lost some lower body strength, his duration drops to 1 ...
Alberto Posada has lost some momentum, his range at P drops to 4 ...
Tuesday, 4/30/2010:
Jewell Beus is hitting his spots better, his command improved!

Bastarache was waived when Kessinger came up, but got pulled back when Moffet went on the DL. He’s done. Likewise with Posada.
Winchester is my best SP prospect.
Beus is now a nice 3.5* MR prospect. We’ll keep an eye on him.

AAA NOTES:
25yo 2B Lucien Kessinger started in AAA and went 432/593/738. He was called up, and will be the starting 2B.
23yo SP Todd Winchester is 2.48 ERA, 1.29 WHIP in 5 GS. Scouts still say he’s not ready.

AA NOTES:
None

A NOTES:
22yo C Brian Procopio started well, and was promoted to AA despite the protests of the scouts.

TRADES:
After the first game, and seeing William Law only go 3 IP, I needed some starters. I didn’t have anything left to move except prospects and 3B Timothy Eckman. Massachusetts had two high-ceiling 27yo SPs that I could get for Eckman, SP Johnny Stefanski (#16 overall prospect) and 1B Dusty Howland (#17 overall prospect) and $4 million in cash. I’m desperate, and I know I’m getting hosed, but I take the deal.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Charles Menzel (MO)!
He had a record of 2-0 in 5 games started, with an ERA of 1.42.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Jakob Mandujano (NEB)!
He batted .409 in 93 AB, with 9 homers and 29 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Francis Brown (FLA)!
He had a record of 4-1 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 1.90 and 1 shutouts.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Martin Gholson (TN)!
He batted .418 in 110 AB, with 5 homers and 27 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
Friday 4/5/2010 :
PA: Greg Elders hits for the cycle against Massachusetts!
Wednesday 4/17/2010 :
KY: Chris Fox drives in 9 runs against Florida.
Tuesday 4/30/2010 :
MAS: William Riding hits for the cycle against Kentucky!
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MAY 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 10-19
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 20-35
CURRENT STANDING: 6th place, 15 games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
On 5/3. SP Joel Sobrino went down for 8 weeks with a strained elbow ligament. He was DTD (70%), but I put him on the DL. Winchester was called up to take his place in the rotation.
On 5/5, Francis Zimmerman, who had been our most effective SP, pulled a tricep muscle and is also out 8 weeks. He also went to the 15-day DL, and 25yo prospect Derek May (Tal 6/3/9) was called up to fill his spot. The rotation, which was a weakness to begin with, was now decimated. Both pitcher project to return around the first week of July.

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:
None

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
The rotation, after the injuries trade detailed above, now runs Griffeth, Lopez, Winchester, Mondor and May. They have a combined record of 3-14.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: SS Hugh - .387
HR: 1B Grimes – 11
RBI: SS Hugh – 51
SB: CF Palomares – 14
SP ERA: Griffeth – 4.50
RP ERA: Catoe – 3.38
SAVES: Law - 8
Ks: Lopez - 45

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Monday 5/6/2010:
Domingo Lugo has lost some power to the gaps...
Lucien Kessinger seems to have lost some bat speed, resulting in less contact...
Monday 5/13/2010:
Todd Winchester seems to have improved his pure stuff!
Todd Winchester's pitches have more bite now, the movement has improved!
Todd Winchester is hitting his spots better, his command improved!
Wednesday 5/22/2010:
Ralph Griffeth has lost some lower body strength, his duration drops to 1 ...

OVERALL THOUGHTS: The hits to Lugo and Kessinger are worrisome, but both are in the majors, so we’ll monitor their progress closely. Winchester is now the #1 pitching prospect in baseball, but has been rushed to the majors because of injuries. Griffeth, our #1 SP loses some endurance.

AAA NOTES:
None.

AA NOTES:
C Brian Procopio is demoted to A after struggling, but promoted again after going 332/450/445 at A-ball.

A NOTES:
None.

TRADES:
None.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Ferdy Peña (TX)!
He had a record of 4-1 in 5 games started, with an ERA of 2.56.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Elden Herron (AL)!
He batted .436 in 101 AB, with 3 homers and 22 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Mark Boyett (TN)!
He had a record of 6-1 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 1.63 and 1 shutouts.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Gary Jackson (CT)!
He batted .404 in 89 AB, with 4 homers and 28 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
None.
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2010 AMATEUR DRAFT REPORT

DRAFT POSITION: 3

TOP THREE DRAFTEES:
1. CF Paul “Spike” Korn (Tal 7/8/9/8/7): Five stars, LH, 19yo, great defensively at three OF positions, and had the highest upside of anybody in the draft. Starts in A. The choice came down to Korn or a collegiate SS, DeSilva, because of the need to replace John Hugh shortly. I choose the “best player available,” and maybe Hugh will net me a stud SS prospect at the deadline.
2. SP Vernon Salazar (Tal 6/6/8): Three stars, 22, RHP. Extreme groundballer with limited velocity. He will start in AA.
3. MR Burl Hopkins (Tal 8/6/7): 23yo, 3.5 stars, limited endurance, another extreme ground-ball righty soft-tosser.

POST-DRAFT TOP TEN MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEMS
1. Oklahoma
2. Maine
3. Massachusetts
4. Nebraska
5. Iowa
6. Texas
7. Washington
8. Mississippi
9. New Jersey
10. New York

OKLAHOMA TOP 100 PROSEPCTS
C Brian Procopio (3rd)
CF Paul Korn (7th)
SP Rey Sanchez (29th)
SP Vernon Salazar (54th)
SP Kennith Fordham (58th)
3B Jose Machuca (76th)
MR Jewell Beus (96th)
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Another modification: given the information presented here about player evaluation modifiers, I wanted to make adjustments throughout the season.

At the beginning of the season, I used 50/5/30/15 in order to put a minimum amount of AI emphasis on guys who got off to unusually hot or cold starts. Supposedly, this limits the flood of guys on the waiver wire, and it seems to have worked.

On June 1, I went to 50/25/20/5. I expect to leave it there until after the postseason. This should provide enough of a bump to guys who have over- or under-performed in 2010, and allow the AI to evaluate them fairly, with keeping plenty of emphasis on scouting and on their track record. Essentiall, the AI evaluation is 1/2 scouting, 1/4 track record, and 1/4 this season.
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This is pretty interesting, and I'm picking up a lot of tips from your write-ups which are uniformly clear. One question I do have, which may be a misread on my part, concerns the description of post-season play from your opening premise: did I understand you correctly that you have a post-season structure consisting of TWO teams per division? If so, how did you do this, and how did you structure the playoffs? Thanks. rmx
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Yes, two teams per division, for a total of eight teams in the playoffs. Three rounds, seven games each. You can do this at the "Basic League Setup" screen, where you can also name the different playoff rounds.

I wish I could do playoffs with two division winners and two wild-cards (next-best records rather than second place) but you can only get wild-card with an odd number of divisions.
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OK, couple of housekeeping items.

1. My draft class has player histories that are all FUBARed. Read about it here. I'm searching through all the p###.txt files to find 2010 draftees and edit their histories. What a pain in the ass. If anyone has an easier way to fix this, please let me know.

2. I've used the OOTP Origin Maker mod to customize the player origin so that everybody comes from a city and state instead of just "USA" or "Australia." I think this will add some depth for me. You can read about it here. I got the idea from TigerFan.

3. I wanted faces, but not photographs, so I looked around and fell in love with the the FaceGen photopack created by Shorty and Deft and others. Shorty was kind enough to dig it up and re-post it here, in one of the first posts on the second page. If you can't get it for whatever reason, AIM me (gordyhulten) and I'd be happy to send it your way. It's about 15 MB, most jpgs that need to be converted to bmp.
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OK, the website appears to be OK, but I don't think all the player pages uploaded. For some reason, it won't upload all 2500 files at once. Grrrrr.

Pre-season league export at gordy.hulten.home.insightbb.com
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JUNE 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 11-15
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 31-50
CURRENT STANDING: 6th place, 22 games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
Sobrino and Zimmerman returned. No major injuries this month.

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:
Monday, July 1, 2010
Stephen Miller was named Player of the Week!
He batted .480 in 25 AB, with 4 HR and 12 RBI.

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
The rotation has returned to some semblance of normalcy: Zimmerman, Sobrino, Griffeth, May and Lopez.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: SS Hugh - .360
HR: 1B Grimes – 16
RBI: SS Hugh – 62
SB: CF Palomares – 17
SP ERA: Zimmerman – 1.76 (in just 46 IP)
RP ERA: McDermott – 4.14
SAVES: Law - 15
Ks: Lopez - 66

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Sunday 6/2/2010:
Burl Hopkins has lost some movement on his pitches...
Saturday 6/15/2010:
Abe Catoe's control seems to have taken a bump...
Saturday 6/22/2010:
Abe Catoe is hitting his spots better, his command improved!
Thursday 6/27/2010:
George Palomares plate discipline seems to have faded...
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I had hoped Hopkins would be a sleeping draft pick, but he lost some movement the day after the draft. Catoe seems to hop up and down every month. Palomares keeps getting older.

AAA NOTES:
Winchester has 1.29 WHIP in 36.1 IP, but only 14 Ks and 21 BBs.

AA NOTES:
C Procopio is still struggling at AA, but he’s too good to go back to A.
21yo SS Ricardo “Mr. Inside” DeSilva, acquired from NY, is at 293/425/348 after one month.

A NOTES:
19yo CF Paul Korn is 263/360/343 in his first month.

TRADES:
When Zimmerman and Sobrino came off the DL, I tried to sent SP Mordor down, but he couldn’t clear waivers. NY, ME, IA, NEB and others kept claiming him. I needed the space on the 40-man and active rosters, so I asked around and sent Mordor, MR Araoz and $1.8 million to NY for [b]Ricardco “Mr. Inside” DeSilva (Tal 7/8/8/5/6). DeSilva was the other player I craved in the most recent draft, was chosen fifth overall by NY, and is a Chicago native, 21yo, switch-hitter with good range and good speed.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Alonzo Barragan (MO)!
He had a record of 5-0 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 1.28 and 1 shutouts.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Carmine Orndorff (ILL)!
He batted .464 in 97 AB, with 8 homers and 19 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Jefferson Piotrowski (PA)!
He had a record of 4-0 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 0.85.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Reggie Corcuera (CT)!
He batted .385 in 104 AB, with 6 homers and 29 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
Sunday 6/16/2010:
NEB: Bubba Porter gets his 2000th career hit!!
Tuesday 6/25/2010:
LA: Gaby Yunque gets his 3000th career hit!!
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I stole another idea from TigerFan - his outstanding organizational chart that tracks players by talent level, position and which level of the organization they're currently at.

You can download it below. Here's a glimpse of what mine looks like as of 7/1/2010:
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JULY 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 16-9 (first winning month!!!)
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 47-59
CURRENT STANDING: 5th place, 18 games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
None.

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:
Sunday, July 7, 2010
SS John Hugh will play in the OOTP-Allstar game!

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
SS John Hugh traded at the deadline – SS Cortines takes his place.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: 2B Kessinger - .332
HR: 1B Grimes – 21
RBI: 1B Grimes – 74
SB: CF Palomares – 22
SP ERA: Zimmerman – 3.04
RP ERA: Law – 3.69
SAVES: Law - 19
Ks: Lopez - 82

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Monday 7/22/2010:
Todd Winchester has lost some movement on his pitches...
Monday 7/29/2010:
Lucien Kessinger plate discipline seems to have faded...
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Winchester keeps bouncing up and down a little, but he’s still the #1 overall prospect. Kessinger is 332/431/453 since being called up as the starting 2B. Hopefully this won’t hurt him too much.

AAA NOTES:
Winchester is getting better – 1.14 WHIP, 2.84 ERA in 76 IP, his Ks are finally starting catch up to his walks.
SP Bill Roberts (Tal 8/9/8) is 1.40 / 4.11, but has an encouraging 20K/12BB ratio.
2B Alex Valdez (Tal 8/4/5/8/8) starts here after being a big-league backup in NC.
SS DeSilva is struggling, hitting only .216.

AA NOTES:
C Procopio is slowly improving his numbers.

A NOTES:
19yo CF Paul Korn had a very nice July, and is now 306/399/466 at 19yo. Another solid month and he’ll get promoted no matter what the scouts say.

TRADES:
34yo SS John Hugh wanted a 4-year extension at $5.5 million, and wouldn’t consider fewer years. Despite the huge hole it will create in my lineup, I trade him, LF Alvin Bergman, and $5 million at the deadline to NC for two prospects, SP Bill Roberts and 2B Alex Valdez. I’ve shipped $15.1 million in cash out in trades in 2010, but I will still bump up against the $50 million cash limit this winter anyway. My payroll is roughtly $31 million, and I expect revenues of roughly $60 million, for a profit of about $20 million. My current cash reserves are almost $30 million.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Edward Grand (OH)!
He had a record of 4-1 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 2.30 and 1 shutouts.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Victor Suarez (LA)!
He batted .466 in 103 AB, with 5 homers and 27 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Keith Marino (MAS)!
He had a record of 3-0 in 5 games started, with an ERA of 1.19.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Anthony Caskey (FLA)!
He batted .388 in 98 AB, with 6 homers and 24 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
Tuesday 7/9/2010
These players were selected for the FL OOTP-Allstar Team:
P Steve Domingues from Louisiana
P Ferdy Peña from Texas
P Gregg Watson from Missouri
P Robby Patton from Ohio
P Cedric Meneses from Mississippi
P Rafael Villarreal from Colorado
P Charles Menzel from Missouri
P Arden Adams from Illinois
P Nick Lopez from Louisiana
P Gordon Havel from Ohio
C Abraham Bastian from Illinois
C Alfonso Duda from Missouri
1B Jakob Mandujano from Nebraska
2B Andrew Clouser from Texas
3B Davy Neeley from Nebraska
SS Elden Herron from Alabama
LF Carmine Orndorff from Illinois
CF Brian Mazur from Missouri
RF Victor Suarez from Louisiana
1B Hilton Fewell from Mississippi
RF Marcos Egea from Missouri
LF Benjamin Manrique from Colorado
LF Rob Ames from Louisiana
SS John Hugh from Oklahoma
3B Lawrence Towler from Iowa
These players were selected for the ML OOTP-Allstar Team:
P Mark Boyett from Tennessee
P Egan Orr from Kentucky
P Mat Voelker from New Jersey
P Jim Applin from Connecticut
P Rob Malik from Pennsylvania
P Mike Rook from New York
P Francis Brown from Florida
P Dan Levis from Washington
P Jeffery Jack from Connecticut
P Erasmo Bustos from Maine
C Wilson Carnahan from Georgia
C Patrick Asberry from New York
1B Martin Gholson from Tennessee
2B William Riding from Massachusetts
3B Gary Jackson from Connecticut
SS Augustine Cuevas from Pennsylvania
LF Greg Elders from Pennsylvania
CF Myles Matsumura from North Carolina
RF Antonio Romriell from Massachusetts
1B Ka-ru Keita from Massachusetts
RF Tomas Pedraza from Kentucky
RF Florentino Faura from New York
RF Alfonso Almeida from Tennessee
3B Jeremy Jones from New Jersey
2B Roger Cross from Florida

Friday 7/26/2010
GEO: Jorge Miranda gets his 2000th career hit!!

SIGNIFICANT DEADLINE TRADES
Mississippi get 25yo, 3.5* [b]2B David Ishee (Tal 5/7/7/8/4) from North Carolina in exchange for 19yo 2.5* LH SP Steve Berger (Tal 5/7/8) and 29yo 2.5* SP Lonnie Lin (Tal 6/8/6). North Carolina looks like their dumping prospects like crazy.

Ohio acquires 25yo 1* C Kenneth Severin (Tal 2/4/9/10/3) from Louisiana, and gets 26yo 3* MR Karl Joyce (Tal 5/7/8) and 22yo 4* CL Ely Fleischer (Tal 10/5/6). This trade makes no sense to me, but Louisiana, one of the better teams in the league, get some bullpen prospects in exchange for garbage.

New Jersey sends former 34yo 3* former Oklahoma SP Arturo Colella (Tal 3/9/9) to Florida for 29yo 2.5* CF Eliot Horne (Tal 8/6/9/7/8). Collela’s contract makes this an awful trade for New Jersey. Florida is fighting for a playoff spot and already has a good pitching staff, so Colella is expendable. Horne’s talent makes it seem like he’s never reached his potential.

Massachusetts sends 32yo, two-time All-Star, 3.5* C Maurice Withrow (Tal 8/6/3/10/6) to Tennessee in exchange for 36yo, 3* SP Efren Castano (Tal 8/4/5), who is signed through 2012 at $10.8 million per season. Tennessee is the States Division leader, and Massachusetts is fighting for second in the Union.

Alabama gets 29yo 3* 2B Roger Steele (Tal 8/5/8/5/6) from New Jersey for 36yo, 3.5* SP Christopher Cavitt (Tal 3/8/7). Cavitt is no longer effective, but it’s amusing to see the AI trade for “proven veterans” for the stretch run. An obvious win for Alabama.

A classic deadline trade between second-place Florida and last-place Maine. The Cyclones get needed bullpen help in the form of 27yo 4* LH MR Gabriel Castellanos (Tal 7/6/9), and Maine gets a prospect, 20yo 3* SS Danny Randolph (Tal 6/5/8/3/6).

Florida continues to shed big contracts and SPs by moving 32yo 3.5* SP Shoukichirou Kensaku (Tal 6/9/7) to Iowa for another OF, 29yo 3.5* two-time All-Star CF Anthony “Bootleg” Caskey (Tal 8/7/8/7/6). Caskey has a 950 OPS and might be the biggest star moved at the deadline. Kensaku is a journeyman. Big heist for the very-active Cyclones.
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AUGUST 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 16-12 (second winning month in a row – 32-21 in July & August)
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 63-71
CURRENT STANDING: 6th place, 20½ games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
SP Francis Zimmerman went down again on 8/19, this time he’s out for the season with a torn back muscle. He finished 5-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 GS and 100 IP.

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
After Zimmerman’s injury, I called up Winchester to take his spot. Winchester got absolutely shelled, so I dropped him back to AAA and gave the rotation spot to 21yo Bill Roberts instead.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: LF Miller - .326
HR: 1B Grimes – 28
RBI: 1B Grimes – 93
SB: CF Palomares – 25
SP ERA: Sobrino – 2.79
RP ERA: Law – 3.81
SAVES: Law - 25
Ks: Sobrino - 109

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Sunday 8/18/2010:
Burl Hopkins seems to have lost some of his feel for his stuff...
Monday 8/19/2010:
Francis Zimmerman has lost some movement on his pitches...
Francis Zimmerman's control seems to have taken a bump...
Francis Zimmerman has lost some lower body strength, his duration drops to 1 ...
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Hopkins is now down to 2*. Zimmerman injury caused his bumps – hopefully he’ll recover in time for 2011.

AAA NOTES:
Winchester is progressing slowly, and will get another cup of coffee.
Bill Roberts pitched well enough to get a rotation spot in the bigs after Zimmerman went down. He may never return to AAA.
Alex Valdez did well, and learned how to play an adequate 3B in the process. He might be our starting 3B next season, and is called up when rosters expand.
DeSilva might get a starting spot next spring too, his lack of power in AAA is a cause for concern. He’ll get a look in September.

AA NOTES:
C Procopio hasn’t figured out AA yet.
CF Paul Korn, only 19yo, hit 326/425/515 in A, and I promoted him in mid-August. In AA, at only 19yo, he is at 292/378/431. He looks like a future HOFer.

A NOTES:
None.

TRADES:
None.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Alva Goodwin (COL)!
He had a record of 2-0 in 4 games started, with an ERA of 0.38.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Roger Steele (AL)!
He batted .398 in 103 AB, with 28 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Bryant Mondor (NY)!
He had a record of 4-0 in 4 games started, with an ERA of 0.99.
Yes, the Bryant Mondor I traded to them at the deadline. Grrrrr.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Martin Gholson (TN)!
He batted .481 in 104 AB, with 5 homers and 25 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
Sunday 8/18/2010
DC: Travis Haston pitches a NO-HITTER against Connecticut!!
Wednesday 8/21/2010
Ziolo Gonzales gets his 2000th career hit!!
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SEPTEMBER 2010

THIS MONTH’S RECORD: 8-20
OVERALL RECORD AT MONTH-END: 71-91
CURRENT STANDING: 6th place, 25 games off the lead

MAJOR INJURIES:
None

TEAM NEWS OF NOTE THIS MONTH:
Wednesday 9/4/2010:
Jim Brown's hitting streak was snapped at 20 games!
Tuesday 9/24/2010:
Jim Brown sets a new season Team-Record for At-Bats with 628!

COMMENTS/LINEUP OR ROTATION CHANGES:
The 2010 Oklahoma Wranglers ended the season with an eight game losing streak. Rookies Lugo, Kessinger, Winchester, Roberts, DeSilva, Valdez all enjoyed extended September tryouts, with Lugo and Kessinger keeping their starting spots heading into the offseason. DeSilva might be the starting SS in 2011, and Winchester and Roberts both might end up in the starting rotation next spring. With such a young and talented team, a few key additions and continued improvement might equal a winning season next year.

SEASON-TO-DATE TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS:
AVG: LF Miller - .310
HR: 1B Grimes – 32
RBI: 1B Grimes – 106
SB: CF Palomares – 31
SP ERA: Sobrino – 3.01
RP ERA: Law – 3.73
SAVES: Law - 30
Ks: Sobrino - 142

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
Thursday 9/26/2010
Stephen Miller seems to have lost some bat speed, resulting in less contact…
OVERALL THOUGHTS:Nothing too troubling here.

AAA NOTES:
None.

AA NOTES:
None.

A NOTES:
None.

TRADES:
None.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
Frontier League-Pitcher of the Month:
Graeme Ruggeri (IA)!
He had a record of 6-0 in 6 games started, with an ERA of 1.88 and 2 shutouts.
Frontier League-Batter of the Month:
Jim Saucedo (TX)!
He batted .442 in 95 AB, with 2 homers and 17 RBI.
Metropolitan League-Pitcher of the Month:
Higinio Calvo (NY)!
He had a record of 4-1 in 7 games started, with an ERA of 1.48.
Metropolitan League-Batter of the Month:
Landon Freda (GEO)!
He batted .418 in 98 AB, with 6 homers and 25 RBI.

OTHER IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS:
Saturday 9/7/2010
NC: Myles Matsumura gets his 2000th career hit!!
Sunday 9/8/2010:
ILL: Ellis Taylor sets a new season Illinois -Record for Hits with 205!
LA: Victor Suarez sets a new season Louisiana-Record for Hits with 204!
CT: Raymond Culbertson sets a new season Connecticut-Record for Bases on Balls with 124!
Monday 9/9/2010:
PA: Amaury Santiago gets his 2000th career hit!!
Tuesday 9/10/2010:
OH: Ronald Wright sets a new single game FL-Record for Runs with 5!
OH: Tony Arledge drives in 8 runs against Alabama.
TN: Martin Gholson sets a new season Tennessee-Record for Runs with 129!
Wednesday 9/11/2010:
NEB: Bubba Porter sets a new season Nebraska-Record for Homeruns with 34!
Thursday 9/12/2010:
TX: Lee Whittenburg sets a new season Texas-Record for Stolen Bases with 64!
NEB: Bubba Porter sets a new season Nebraska-Record for RBI with 118!
Sunday 9/15/2010:
MS: Hilton Fewell sets a new season Mississippi-Record for Runs with 132!
NY: Victor Najera gets his 2000th career hit!!
Friday 9/20/2010:
MAS: Efren Castaño pitches a NO-HITTER against Connecticut!!
Saturday 9/21/2010:
TX: Lee Whittenburg sets a new season Texas-Record for Runs with 129!
Sunday 9/22/2010:
TN: Martin Gholson sets a new season Tennessee-Record for Hits with 213!
Tuesday 9/24/2010:
TX: Jim Saucedo sets a new season Texas-Record for Triples with 10!
Wednesday 9/25/2010:
NEB: Davy Neeley sets a new season Nebraska-Record for Hits with 209!
Thursday 9/26/2010:
LA: Victor Suarez sets a new season Louisiana-Record for Runs with 126!
Friday 9/27/2010:
AL: James Henry sets a new season Alabama-Record for Saves with 37!
Saturday 9/28/2010:
ILL: Ellis Taylor sets a new season FL-Record for Hits with 233!
CT: Frank Lemus sets a new season Connecticut-Record for Strikeouts with 250!
Sunday 9/29/2010:
MAS: William Riding sets a new season Massachusetts-Record for Doubles with 46!
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2010 POST-SEASON REPORT

POTENTIAL OKLAHOMA FREE AGENTS
Name (POS): Salary – MLB Years: Comments
Flavio Cortines (SS): $2,442,857 – 6 years: Cortines won’t re-sign, and we don’t want him back anyway. DeSilva is our starter in 2011.
George Palomares (CF): $2,080,000 – 8 years: Palomares is 37 and won’t be re-signed.
Alberto Posada (MR): $200,000 – 3 years: Posada won’t be offered arbitration, and will become a FA.
Thomas McDermott (MR): $1,778,571 – 4 years: Extension signed for 4 years at $2 million per season.

STANDINGS/LEAGUE EXPORT
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AWARDS
Frontier League Rookie of the Year:
Domingo Lugo (OK)!
He batted .290 in 517 AB, with 10 homers and 80 RBI.

Metropolitan League Rookie of the Year:
Desmond Quiroz (ME)!
He had a record of 9-15 with an ERA of 5.49.
In 33 games started, he pitched 195 innings, fanning 86 and walking 98 batters.
Frontier League Most Outstanding Pitcher:
Juan Rios (TX)!
He had a record of 16-2 with an ERA of 2.92.
In 30 games started, he pitched 185 innings, fanning 126 and walking 30 batters.
Frontier League Most Valuable Player:
Victor Suarez (LA)!
He batted .371 in 622 AB, with 34 homers and 134 RBI.
Metropolitan League Most Outstanding Pitcher:
Mark Boyett (TN)!
He had a record of 20-5 with an ERA of 2.45 and 3 shutouts.
In 33 games started, he pitched 234.2 innings, fanning 186 and walking 77 batters.
Metropolitan League Most Valuable Player:
William Riding (MAS)!
He batted .342 in 612 AB, with 30 homers and 145 RBI.
Frontier League Gold Glove Winners:
Pitcher: Manuel Hernandez (MN)
Catcher: Chad Federico (LA)
First Base: Andreas Gonzalez (AL)
Second Base: Gerald White (LA)
Third Base: Tadahisa Toshiki (ILL)
Shortstop: Cecil Goris (ILL)
Leftfield: Daniel Gee (OH)
Centerfield: Ronald Wright (OH)
Rightfield: Mark Timmons (IA)
Metropolitan League Gold Glove Winners:
Pitcher: Jacob Kirschner (NJ)
Catcher: Kirk Skelley (KY)
First Base: Jacob Gurrola (FLA)
Second Base: Alberto Deles (DC)
Third Base: Robby McElvain (ME)
Shortstop: Xavier Moise (FLA)
Leftfield: Chris Fox (KY)
Centerfield: Luis Tedesco (MAS)
Rightfield: Lorenzo Winchell (KY)

PLAYOFF RESULTS
The Tennessee Smokies won the National Series over Alabama Aqua Sox in five games.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
Our outstanding record in July and August may have raised my expectations, but I think, if we stay healthy and can add a key player or two in free agency, that we could be in the hunt for a postseason berth next season. Injuries to our two best SPs, Joel Sobrino and Francis Zimmerman forced us to push two youngsters, Derek May and Todd Winchester, into the rotation before their time.
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POSITION REPORT: Catchers
Genaro Chavarria (Talent: 6 contact / 6 gap / 3 home run / 6 eye / 7 avoid strikeouts) failed to progress in 2010, hitting only 236/314/326. He’d be a good backup to someone who can hit. Rocky Fitzgerald (Tal 4/6/5/4/4) is now 36yo and should now strictly be a defensive sub. His sub-600 OPS in 2010 might earn him a release if a start is available in FA. Brian Procopio (Tal 7/7/5/10/7) finally escaped from A-ball last season, but struggled terribly in AA. The Henderson, NV native is now 23, and needs to get to AAA this season if he’s going to reach his potential. He’s hopefully going to be the long-term solution behind the plate.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Procopio’s lack of progress makes me think he’s not going to be ready until 2012 or later, if ever. That makes it an easy decision to try to find an upgrade in FA.

POSITION REPORT: First Basemen
Steven “Mr. Outside” Grimes (Tal 9/7/10/5/6) is a bust no longer. Last season he hit .300 with 32 HRs, 106 RBI and 106 R. He was our most consistent hitter, and signed through 2012 for only $900k.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I have lots of replacement level backups, but everybody else is quite a drop from Grimes.

POSITION REPORT: Second Basemen
Lucien Kessinger (Tal 5/6/7/8/5) was a very pleasant surprise as a rookie last year, batting mostly leadoff and hitting 310/406/396. His defense is barely adequate, and he bats lefty, so he might be an ideal platoon candidate with a slick-fielding righty.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Another position with no depth.

POSITION REPORT: Third Basemen
Jim Brown (Tal 8/7/7/10/7) is another great platoon candidate. He has amazing talent, but took a step backward and only hit 280/326/325 last season. Alex Valdez (Tal8/4/5/8/8) is another lefty, but can also play 2B. He arrived in the John Hugh trade at the deadline, and will start the season in AAA. Jose Machuca (Tal 5/8/4/6/5) is 24yo 2.5* who can’t escape A-ball. Raplh Leday (Tal 4/5/5/4/4) is 21yo, 2*, and hit .151 in A-ball.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: 3B is another position that could use a platoon upgrade.

POSITION REPORT: Shortstops
Ricardo “Bad Company” DeSilva (Tal 7/8/8/7/6) was acquired from NY last season, and has really progressed nicely. He’s a 21yo switching-hitter who had an 803 OPS at AAA last season. He plays good defense, and will open 2011 as the starter and probable leadoff hitter.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Given the lack of depth here and across the infield, finding a backup 2B/SS and 1B/3B is probably a necessity this offseason.

POSITION REPORT: Outfielders
Stephen Miller (Tal 6/7/7/6/4) had his second-best season last year at 33, hitting .320 with 16 HRs and an 831 OPS. He can’t hit lefties, but that’s an epidemic on this team. He can also play CF. Domingo “Bubba” Lugo (Tal 7/7/9/8/6) won the Frontier League Rookie of the Year last season, after earning the starting RF slot and hitting 290/358/397. He’s still only 24yo, and still LH (surprise, surprise), and it would be nice if he could add 100 points of SLG in 2011. He plays RF and CF equally well, but has a weak arm, so may get moved to CF. Paul “Spike” Korn (Tal 6/9/8/5/7) was my first-round pick last year, and as a 19yo zoomed through A-ball and hit nicely in AA for a few weeks. He lost some defensive ability over the winter, but can still play all three OF positions nicely. He also bats LH, and will start 2011 in AA. Brice Yowell (Tal 5/5/6/3/6) would be a nice defensive sub in RF, but because he bats RH, he’s a rarity on this team. He had a 539 OPS in 2010.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I’m thinking of platooning Miller in LF, playing Lugo fulltime in CF, and finding a nice RH starter in RF, and using Yowell as a 25th man/defensive replacement. The defensive versatility I’ve got is nice, but I’ve still got too many LH bats.

POSITION REPORT: Starting Pitchers
We might have an up-and-coming ace in 28yo, 4* RH Joel Sobrino (Talent 10 stuff / 8 movement / 6 control). Although the flame-throwing Tennessee native is injury prone and missed about eight weeks last year, he was 10-7 with a 3.01 ERA, 142 Ks in 146 IP, and 1.26 WHIP. The #2 starter’s job is a toss up. RH Francis Zimmerman (Tal 8/1/6) is just 27yo, wild and also throws hard. The other #2 is 28yo RH Ralph Griffeth (Tal 7/5/9). Griffeth arrived with Sobrino from the Massachutsetts Emeralds, and became the Wranglers hard-luck starter last season, getting just 4.1 runs per start in support. Unlike Zimmerman and Sobrino, Griffeth is a soft-tosser, and has improved his control. 25yo RH Derek May (Tal 6/3/9) was thrown to the wolves last season, and barely held his own, going 8-9 with more BBs than Ks. Another season at AAA wouldn’t hurt. Claver Lopez (Tal 8/1/6) is another RH junkballer who is just turning 30, but walked 111 in 179.1 IP last year. Lopez will likely be traded this winter to make room for Winchester, if he’s ready.

Young RH Bill Roberts (Tal 7/7/6) was the prime piece of the Hugh trade last summer, but has been disappointing. He got shellacked in a September callup, and has reportedly not looked sharp this winter. He’s still just 22, and will start in AAA. Todd Winchester (Tal 10/10/7) is the top-rated prospect in all baseball, and might earn a spot in the rotation after Spring Training. Just 24yo, the big RH from Arizona thows with authority to his spots. He was pressed into big-league action last season due to injuries, and occasionally flashed brilliance, but still got roughed up pretty badly. Rey Sanchez (Tal 7/6/8) is a 21yo crafty LH who has struggled at A-ball since being drafted in 2008. Vernon Salazar (Tal 6/6/8) is a marginal prospect. The 23yo groundball artist from Virginia got rocked in AA last year, and will repeat the level this season.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: The starters are much improved, but replacements for May and Lopez will really solidify a staff that just walks too many hitters. If Winchester’s ready, he’ll be in the rotation, but there is still a need to sign a legitimate ace.

POSITION REPORT: Relief Pitchers
The bullpen features 26 yo RH Abe Catoe (Tal 10/6/8) who has great talent but hasn’t produced yet. Another youngster, 24yo RH Carlton Moffet (Tal 10/7/8 throws very hard but lacks control. Veteran RH Thomas McDermott (Tal 10/2/5) also throws hard and lacks control, but is the master of inducing ground balls, and is a former All-Star. William Law (Tal 10/9/5) was a huge disappointment in 2010, blowing almost half his Save opportunities and losing 11 games.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: The bullpen was atrocious last year, but there is a lot of talent here. Two lefties are needed in FA.
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Nobody retires from any of my coaching or front office positions, and I don’t want to replace anybody, so I Finish All Days and go right to Free Agency.
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2010 FREE AGENCY PERIOD REPORT

FINANCIAL/FRONT OFFICE SITUATION
Fan Interest: 45
Team Market: Tiny
Fan Loyalty: Very Good
Cash on Hand: $47,519,657
Total Payroll: $25,168,572 (24th in league)
Last Year Income: $55,465,544
Available Money: $

This year I think the Wranglers are poised to take a big step forward, and the market looks a little deeper than last year. We’re going to have to spend to get the guys we want, but we’re going to get them.

DESIRES
Starting Catcher and CF.
An innings-eating ace.
Right-handed middle infielder, 3B, and LF.
Left-handed setup guy.
LOOGY.

SIGNINGS
SS Gerald Vallo (Tal 4/4/1/4/4) for one year for $1.25 million. Gerald is the right-handed backup middle infielder, and can platoon at 3B with Jim Brown.
C Braulio Maya (Tal 6/6/3/10/5) is 30yo, bats LH, and will start at catcher, adding another lefty bat to an already left-heavy lineup. Maya inked for $3.5 million for four years, and hopefully won’t be a starter for all four years if Procopio realizes his potential. This signing makes Chavarria or Fitzgerald expendable.
MR German Torres (Tal 6/9/10) is our new LH setup man. He signed for four years at $4 million per year.

I also tried to sign SP Egan Orr (Tal10/10/5), 29yo righty ace. I offered $13 million for five years, and he signed at the last minute with Iowa for the same amount. I then tried to jump in on SP Frank Lemus (Tal 10/3/7), a 32yo southpaw who set a league record for Ks in 2010. I offered $9 million for three years, and had the best offer until he suddenly signed at the last minute with the North Carolina Aeros for slightly more. My quest for an ace was denied by my frugality. I should have blown everyone away for Orr, as a $15 million contract wouldn’t have hurt me.

CF Gary Fulton (Tal 8/6/5/5/3) is a similar story. I was again the leager with a $14 million, 4 year offer, but he jumped at the last minute to Iowa for a tad more money. As a RH CF was my biggest priority this offseason, I started exploring trades.

TRADES
SP Claver Lopez, a huge disappointment, and C Genaro Chavarria are shipped with a whopping $7.4 million in cash to the Massachusetts Emeralds for 27yo RH Gold Glove CF Luis Tedesco (Tal 7/4/8/10/6), who plays excellent defense, can steal 50 bases, and is just reaching his potential. He’ll likely bat second for us.

POST FREE-AGENCY THOUGHTS
Again, free agency was difficult. The market was deeper than last winter, but my two primary targets, Orr and Fulton, both slipped away at the last minute. I’m curious if guys will be less likely to spurn me at the last minute if I have a winning organization. I did secure upgrades at C and in the bullpen, and CF through a trade. A winning record this year might still be within reach. At $33 million, I still have, by far, the lowest payroll in the league.

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2011 SPRING TRAINING

2 SPRING TRAINING NEWS:
Paul Korn showed good strike zone judgement!
Brian Procopio has good batting practice sessions!
Brian Procopio showed good strike zone judgement!
Ricardo Desilva displays more power in batting practice!
Ricardo Desilva showed good strike zone judgement!
Richard Dawson has good pitching sessions!
Richard Dawson has increased his throwing velocity!
Todd Winchester has improved his control!
Arthur Cole displays more power in batting practice!
Arthur Cole showed good strike zone judgement!
Richard Villa showed good strike zone judgement!
Jim Brown showed good strike zone judgement!
Jose Machuca showed good strike zone judgement!
Dusty Howland has good batting practice sessions!
Dusty Howland displays more power in batting practice!
Morgan Pfaff has good batting practice sessions!
Morgan Pfaff displays more power in batting practice!
Morgan Pfaff showed good strike zone judgement!
Justin Trost displays more power in batting practice!
Justin Trost showed good strike zone judgement!
Luis Perras showed good strike zone judgement!
Alex Valdez has good batting practice sessions!
Alex Valdez showed good strike zone judgement!
Josias Aguiar has good batting practice sessions!
Josias Aguiar showed good strike zone judgement!
Ralph Leday displays more power in batting practice!
Rey Sanchez has improved his control!
Eddie Marzano displays more power in batting practice!
Eddie Marzano showed good strike zone judgement!
John Shadle displays more power in batting practice!
John Shadle showed good strike zone judgement!
Jewell Beus has good pitching sessions!
John Birdsong showed good strike zone judgement!
Bill Elliot displays more power in batting practice!
Bill Elliot showed good strike zone judgement!
Axel Peña has good batting practice sessions!
Alan Swarthout has good pitching sessions!
Dave Cobb has good pitching sessions!
Dave Cobb has increased his throwing velocity!

OVERALL THOUGHTS
Korn, Procopio, Winchester, DeSilva, Valdez, Pfaff and Howland all had good springs. Let’s see if it translates into regular season success.
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