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Old 01-18-2018, 10:32 PM   #421
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The 1962 Hall of Fame Class:

Mark McGwire, 1B

Another easy choice, "Big Mac" hit .263/.370/.485/.854 (141 OPS+, 142 wRC+) with 1,488 R, 2,496 H, 322 2B, 585 HR, 1,650 RBI, 1,609 BB, and 2,154 K. Pretty good control of the strike zone K/BB wise for a big slugger. He was a 9-time All-Star, with 1 MVP (1939), 5 Gold Gloves, 7 Silver Sluggers, 1 Championship (1953 with the Tigers), and the 1938 NLCS MVP Award. Everything's there except speed for this guy. Just 6 SB and 7 CS for his entire career. But that's not exactly what he was paid a total of $827,340 to do is it?
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Man Corey Kluber is a machine. August !2th and he's rolling at 17-4 with am ERA just above 2. Won 17 games last year as well, even with an injury that held him out close to a month.

I'm really enjoying the 12 team, no divisions setup. I currently have a neck and neck race for the top spot between Alexandria and Birmingham. Each week it seems the lead changes hands at least once. These teams are 9 games up on the rest of the league as of August 12th

The race for the 2nd wild card is just as heated with 4 to 5 teams in contention. Jackson is currently in the lead, but Shreveport, Mobile, Lake Charles Texarkana and Corpus Christi are all chomping at the bit. The rest of August and September should be exciting.

So love watching Alexandria games. The Aaron/DiMaggio part of the batting order is so fun to follow. Currently the 3-5 spots in Alexandria's batting order are Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio and Graig Nettles. Paul Konerko is in there as well. In fact Konerko is the Aces Home Run and RBI leader so far for the 63 season. DiMaggio is the clear cut favorite to win the batting title with a average in the .340's. Jim Rice is also a member of the Aces, but has his best days behind him. That being said, every once in a while, Rice will show flashes of his past greatness.

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Man Corey Kluber is a machine. August !2th and he's rolling at 17-4 with am ERA just above 2. Won 17 games last year as well, even with an injury that held him out close to a month.

I'm really enjoying the 12 team, no divisions setup. I currently have a neck and neck race for the top spot between Alexandria and Birmingham. Each week it seems the lead changes hands at least once. These teams are 9 games up on the rest of the league as of August 12th

The race for the 2nd wild card is just as heated with 4 to 5 teams in contention. Jackson is currently in the lead, but Shreveport, Mobile, Lake Charles Texarkana and Corpus Christi are all chomping at the bit. The rest of August and September should be exciting.

So love watching Alexandria games. The Aaron/DiMaggio part of the batting order is so fun to follow. Currently the 3-5 spots in Alexandria's batting order are Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio and Graig Nettles. Paul Konerko is in there as well. In fact Konerko is the Aces Home Run and RBI leader so far for the 63 season. DiMaggio is the clear cut favorite to win the batting title with a average in the .340's. Jim Rice is also a member of the Aces, but has his best days behind him. That being said, every once in a while, Rice will show flashes of his past greatness.
The Klu-bot is outstanding isn't he? He's in my HoF (Class of 1956).

Jee-hee-hee-hee-zus!!! That is one helluva lineup for Alexandria. Mr. Nettles went in to my HoF in 1960 after chewing up and spitting out pitchers for 24 seasons. Better than real life Nettles with the bat and every bit as good in the field (8 Gold Gloves).

Konerko's going into his 10th season. He's a Gold Glove calibre first baseman, but he keeps winding up on National League teams that shift him to either LF or 3B. In Philly, Cecil Fielder pushed him to 3B and/or LF, and while with the Cardinals, Willie Aikens has shifted him to 3B. The only two seasons in which he started the majority of his team's games at 1B (my minimum standard to qualify for the GG), he won the Gold Glove. You would think they'd want to make a trade to open up a spot for him at 1B, but nothing yet.

Still waiting on DiMaggio, Aaron, and Rice in this dynasty. Vince DiMaggio has been through, but that hardly counts. Vince was a 3-time All-Star with a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, and a Championship. I expect his brother Joe to have that and more by the time he's 25ish.

I will never have divisions in my leagues, even though I'm using the MLB setup. I have to manually set it up on the first day of every offseason, which is a bit tedious, but well worth it in my view. Nothing worse for me than 83-win teams in the postseason (or worse: below .500 teams), unless of course that's where the 2nd place team is at. I will make it four teams per subleague into the postseason when MLB expands to 28 teams in 1993 with the additions of Florida and Colorado.

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Top ten AL MVP for 1961:

1. Johnny Podres, 22, DET, LHSP
2. Jimmy Ryan, 26, KC1, SS/RF/LF
3. Johnny Mize, 23, CLE, DH
4. Harry Arundel, 22, KC1, RHSP
5. Walter Johnson, 27, BOS, RHSP
6. Brett Anderson, 21, CWS, LHSP
7. Max Lanier, 26, MIN, LHSP
8. Danny Salazar, 28, WS2, RHSP
9. Chino Smith, 24, KC1, 2B/RF/DH
10. Edgar Martinez, 29, BAL, 3B/DH

Top five AL CYA for 1961:

1. Johnny Podres, 22, DET, LHSP
2. Harry Arundel, 22, KC1, RHSP
3. Walter Johnson, 27, BOS, RHSP
4. Brett Anderson, 21, CWS, LHSP
5. Max Lanier, 26, MIN, LHSP

Top three AL Mariano Rivera Award for 1961:

1. Bob Shawkey, 36, NYY, RHRP
2. Clay Roe, 28, CLE, LHRP
3. Mike Cuellar, 25, NYY, LHRP

Top three AL Jackie Robinson Award for 1961:

1. Al Benton, 22, CLE, RHSP
2. J T Snow, 23, CWS, 1B/DH
3. Willie McCovey, 20 WS2, 1B

Very, very close regular season as detailed above. The Orioles met the Indians in the ALCS, after Cleveland crushed the Athletics' hopes with a 6-run ninth inning on the way to a 10-4 win behind Johnny Mize' 3 for 5 with 3 HR and 6 RBI game in Game #163. "The Big Cat" came up huge when his team needed him, and sealed the game with a grand slam in the ninth inning off Bill Campbell.

The Orioles came charging out of the gates in the ALCS, and looked like they would finally put their postseason misery behind them, winning 10-3, and 9-4 in the first two games at home. The series shifted to Cleveland (in more ways than one), where the Indians reeled off three straight wins over Baltimore. C Nate Peeples walked off the Orioles in Game 3 with a two-run HR off Oriole closer Steve Cishek before Cishek could retire a Cleveland hitter. The Indians then roughed up starter Steve Gromek for 4 runs in 4.1 IP in Game 4 to take it 4-2. The Orioles kicked the ball around in Game 5, committing four errors to hand Cleveland a 6-4 win. Once again, postseason failure was staring Baltimore in the face.

That's when they devised an infallible strategy: have closer Steve Cishek give up game tieing HRs in the ninth inning in back-to-back must win games. It worked. In Game 6, Ted Kluszewski clobbered one to tie the game at 8, but walks to SS Ray Morehart, and LF Red Massey, and a game-winning RBI single from 2B Bernie Allen allowed the O's to get up off the deck and win 9-8 in 10 innings. The next night, Johnny Mize did the honours, with a game-tieing solo HR to knot Game 7 at 2, but a 2B by RF Bob Powell, followed by a single by 3B Rocky Krsnich, and a (wait for it...) walk-off sacrifice fly to CF by C Aubrey Epps put the O's into the World Series, where they would face the St. Louis Cardinals, and fail to win...Yet again.

This is getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous for Orioles' fans. 1955: 1st place...Beat Red Sox in 7, lose to Cardinals in 5. 1956: 4th place. 1957: 1st place, lose to Indians in six. 1958: 1st place, lose to Yankees in 5. 1959: 1st place, lose to Senators in 7. 1960: 1st place, lose to Athletics in 7. Now, 1961: tied for 1st place (win tiebreaker to grab home field advantage throughout the playoffs), beat Indians in 7, lose to Cardinals in seven. And as we'll see in the NL Awards portion, that seventh game loss was oh so painful. How could a team be so good, and not grab the brass ring? It happens I guess. Translation: That's baseball.

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