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Old 07-12-2018, 05:06 PM   #561
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28 November 2051

From: Agamemnon Profitloss, Chief Finance Officer
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Finance Department
FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS REPORT


Following the trade with the Olympia Wolfhounds which saw the departure of two of our highest earning players, Jeffrey White and Robinson Ortíz, you requested an updated assessment of the team’s financial position over the next two seasons, 2052 and 2053.

The budget is in an extremely healthy position for the upcoming 2052 season. Tadamichi Hamada, our main acquisition in the Wolfhounds trade, will be on the SCL salary minimum for the next two years. That means that our player payroll expenditure for 2052 as things stand is down to $85m. This gives you a $15m headroom beneath our $100m expenditure limit for the year, yet we have a full roster in place with no clear gaps that require fresh acquisitions to fill. I understand you are keen to add a free agent starting pitcher on a one-year contract to add depth.

It is almost becoming a catchphrase of mine now, but as always, the position the year after next (2053) looks very challenging. Of the current roster, pitchers Israel Padilla, Walt Davidson and Bernardo Merrado will be eligible for arbitration for the first time that year, and my department’s latest estimates are that our payroll will soar to $106m. There is actually upside pressure on that number, as Cory Adams and Eric Warner are extremely likely to be super-2 qualifiers for arbitration in 2053 if they remain on the active roster for the whole of the coming season. Factoring into account those players, we project that we will overspend by approximately $20m unless action is taken to cut salary expenditure next winter. Agreeing contract extensions with Padilla, Davidson and Merrado below the level of their estimate would, of course, reduce the budgetary pressure.

That assessment for 2053 does assume, of course, that our player payroll limit will again be $100m, but this has yet to be confirmed by the owner.

I trust that this note provides the information you were seeking.

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By Maggie Pye | 29 Nov | 2,206 comments

The salary arbitration process can be a complex, difficult and combative affair. Magpies setup relief pitcher Walt Davidson will now never experience it, after coming to terms on a 3-year contract extension which runs from 2053 to 2055. Worth $3.5m per year for its duration, the agreement ties up Davidson’s future for the time being. He will be eligible for free agency when the contract expires.

Davidson was one of the few dependable members of a distinctly undependable Magpies bullpen last year. Over 44 relief appearances, he earned a 3-2 record with a 3.59 ERA. He has an impressive career WHIP of 0.93. Magpies fans were said to be delighted at the news regarding the popular right-hander.
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Padilla signs 5-year contract with Magpies

Posted by Marie Tranquilitatis | Nov 27 | 11:33AM

Fans of the Des Moines Magpies were celebrating this morning as the club announced the news that #2 starting pitcher Israel Padilla has signed a long-term contract extension worth $13m per year over 5 years. Padilla, 23, has become a key member of the Magpies’ rotation, and has a career record of 27-18 with a 2.94 ERA. The all-star was due to become eligible for arbitration for the first time at the end of next season, but the new deal, which runs until the end of the 2057 season, buys out his arbitration years and first two years of free agency.

GM Billy DePodesta told reporters: “We are delighted to secure Israel’s long-term commitment to this organisation. He will play a major role in our efforts to win a championship over the coming years.”
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Free agent outfielder Jaramillo inks 1-year agreement with Magpies

By Maggie Pye | 9 Dec | 485 comments

António Jaramillo, the former Bismarck Coyotes starting pitcher, has come to terms with the Magpies on a 1-year contract worth a reported $5m. The club has not formally confirmed the deal, but sources tell MagpiesNation that the agreement has been signed and the necessary paperwork submitted to the SCL Commissioner’s office for ratification.

27-year-old Jaramillo was an all-star in 2048 and 2049 but struggled in 2050. He came back stronger last year, but started only 13 games before suffering shoulder inflammation and missing the rest of the season. Over his career Jaramillo has pitched to a 3.87 ERA and has a 63-69 record. He will compete in spring training with Robert Terry for the #5 starter job, but sources familiar with the Magpies front office’s thinking say he is likely to begin the new season on the minor league roster. After his bullpen’s erratic performances last year, GM Billy DePodesta was eager to secure an experienced veteran backup pitcher should his young relief talents endure another frustrating season. The cash-strapped Magpies apparently had some budget headroom for the coming year and have used some of it to secure Jaramillo’s services.

The Magpies are also reported to be in discussions with the agent of veteran outfielder Ramón Rodríguez in an effort to lock down greater outfield depth also.
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GM’s notebook

- I’m pleased to get António Jaramillo. It is unusual to get a 2-time all-star pitcher without draft pick compensation, and especially one yet to reach his prime at age 27. But having missed two-thirds of last season through injury, and performing poorly the year before, he represents a risk to the team that takes him on board.
- I think he is probably a better pitcher than Robert Terry at the moment, but Terry will get the starter job ahead of him. I’m worried that, at age 24 now, Terry’s development will stagnate if he doesn’t get chance to play; I want to see what he can do. It is nice to now have Jaramillo as a quality backup option to draw upon.
- Probably, one of Terry or Jaramillo will be traded ahead of the July deadline. Terry gets first chance to show me that that man shouldn’t be him.
- I have made a contract offer to free agent outfielder Ramón Rodríguez and am waiting to hear back from his agent. Rodríguez will join Terry Lawrence as veteran depth on the minor league roster. After that, I do not expect to make any more roster moves this winter. As usual, we have front-loaded our business. I am, of course, always willing to listen to any interesting offers from other teams.
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Dark Knights GM Ammaro defends trade of Jenkins to Magpies
Raleigh strengthen pitching options with acquisition of Hoffman and Castillo

By Buster Oldknee, 4:58PM, 11 Dec 51

Raleigh general manager Reuben Ammaro has defended the club’s decision to trade away Young first baseman Jimmy Jenkins and starter/reliever Jorge Hernández to the Des Moines Magpies. The two young players moved in exchange for experienced relief pitcher Steve Hoffman and starting pitcher prospect Eduardo Castillo.

Jenkins, 22, was the Dark Knights’ first round draft pick in 2050 and listed as BNN’s #25 prospect at the start of the 2051 season. Jenkins is an excellent all-round hitter with good power, but was blocked at 1B in Raleigh by Masaharu Endo. Many Dark Knights fans are up in arms about the trade, and feel the team should have traded Endo rather than the outstanding Jenkins, but Ammaro explained that he preferred the proven talents of Endo as the club look to bounce back from a disappointing season.

Ammaro also cited the exciting pitching talent joining Raleigh in the exchange, who were themselves blocked in a Magpies organisation bulging at the seams with quality hurlers. Hoffman, 28, broke into the major leagues last year with Bismarck, putting up a 3.42 ERA over 22 appearances before joining the Magpies by trade in July. The main prize for the Dark Knights is Castillo, still only 21 but an exciting player who was himself the league’s #45 prospect in April. Castillo and Hoffman are both expected to start the season on Raleigh’s 25-man roster.

Sources say the Magpies front office are delighted by the trade, and feel Jenkins, who is probably still a year away from the big leagues yet, will become an important part of their lineup in future. It seems the Magpies were not expecting to make any further trade moves this winter, but Raleigh came calling about Hoffman’s availability and then a larger deal soon fell into place.
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By Maggie Pye | 17 Dec | 302 comments

The Magpies have reached an agreement to sign free agent outfielder Ramón Rodríguez to a 1-year contract for the coming season, the club announced today. The move is designed to add to the club’s depth of options in the outfield positions.

Rodríguez, 29, has played his entire career to date with the Albany Firefoxes, but has not been an everyday starter for much of that time. He has a lifetime .273 batting average and .631 OPS mark. The deal is worth a reported $1.3m.
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Trade retrospective: Magpies acquire Limón, May 2046

A month and half into Billy Podesta’s first season as general manager, the Magpies had got off to an unexpectedly hot start. Their 27-15 record was, however, only good enough for 3rd place in the North Division. Hugely popular veteran first baseman Roberto Marín was struggling, and, in an attempt to make his team both younger and better, DePodesta pulled off a fateful trade with Indianapolis which brought Enrique Limón to Des Moines.

Des Moines got: 1B/LF Enrique Limón, LF Rafael Avila, 1B Brandon Farley
Indianapolis got: 1B Roberto Marín, RF Bryan Lang, 2B Jacques Tanguay, MR Luis Reyes


Limón: Became one of the Magpies’ most popular ever players, and led the offense in their charge to glory in the rest of the 2046 campaign. He was astonishingly consistent, put up an overall 142 OPS+ mark over his four years with the Magpies, and won WL Outstanding Hitter in 2048. Left as a free agent after the 2049 season to join Bismarck.

Marín: The 6-time all-star had a fine end to the 2046 season in Indianapolis. He rejoined Sacramento, with whom he spent the first 12 years of his SCL career, in 2047 for a nostalgic swansong, but by then he was well past his best. He retired at the end of that season and was inducted to the SCL Hall of Fame after posting 515 HR and 1496 RBIs.

Avila: After just 28 games and two months with the Magpies, the young outfielder was traded back to Indianapolis, where he remains today. The Wildcats have used him primarily as a backup hitter and he has a .693 OPS over his career to date.

Tanguay: The Magpies never really gave the Canadian game time, but he established himself as a genuine major leaguer in Indianapolis. The Wildcats traded him to Santa Fe, where he spent four seasons as their starting second baseman. Joined Hartford as a free agent for the 2051 season and picked up a North East Division winners’ medal.

Farley: Didn’t make it out of the minor league team in Des Moines, and was traded to Austin in 2049. Over half a season with the Tycoons, he posted an impressive .885 OPS, and has spent the last two seasons as starting first baseman in Atlanta.
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FANGRAPHICS
Pre-season preview: Clayton Glutenfree gives his run-down of the 2052 Magpies

Most of the roster which won 92 games last season returns for the 2052 campaign, but Billy DePodesta did sanction the departure of two key players, former Outstanding Hitter winner Jeffrey White and home-grown starting pitcher Robinson Ortíz. DePodesta has recruited well, bringing in promising Western League Rookie of the Year Tadamichi Hamada to replace White, but this looks like being the year that the Magpies’ small budget finally catches up with them and they miss the playoffs.

Rotation:
SP Tom Hart
(26, throws R, 4.5*)
SP Israel Padilla (23, throws R, 4*)
SP Cory Adams (24, throws R, 2.5*)
SP Wesley Weaver (27, throws R, 1.5*)
SP Robert Terry (24, throws R, 2.5*)

Ortíz’s departure means the Magpies will have an all-right handed rotation for the first time in DePodesta’s tenure. Hart and Padilla, now signed to a long-term contract, provide an excellent top two. Former all-star Weaver had a disappointing 2051 season; with the depth of young pitching talent at the club he is under pressure to regain his best form. Terry finally broke into the team last season but didn’t fully convince; he too will need to perform to hold his place. The team have the likes of a Marv Lewis, Robinson Ramírez, Ronald Williams and SCL #3 prospect Ricardo Vargas pushing to win spots, along with free agent signing António Jaramillo.

Bullpen:
CL Ken James
(26, throws R, 3.5*)
SU Walt Davidson (24, throws R, 4.5*)
SU Jesús Zamora (21, throws L 4.5*)
MR Jesús Benítez (24, throws R, 5*)
MR Ramón González (22, throws R, 5*)
MR Bernardo Merrado (24, throws R, 4.5*)
MR David Gaines (24, throws L, 5*)

The Magpies bullpen is loaded with ability, but too many of them didn’t perform to their talent level last year. Benítez, Merrado and Gaines were the head of that underperforming group, and will have to play well to hold off the challenge for places coming out of the minor league roster from Octávio Vásquez and Allen Clary. Dependable closer James and principal setup man Davidson did deliver last term, and the form of fast-tracked draft pick González was an unexpected surprise.

Catcher:
C Ernesto Solís
(25, bats R, 4*)
C Blair Cunningham (26, bats R, 2.5*)

Solís and Cunningham are both defensively superb and good contact hitters, and mean the Magpies can always rely on having a quality catcher behind the plate. Solís is the starter, but the improving Cunningham will get his share of at-bats, particularly against LHP. José Pereira is the third catcher.

Infield:
1B Gonzalo Torralda
(25, bats L, 4.5*)
2B Ángel Ochoa (28, bats R, 4*)
3B Reynaldo González (25, bats L, 4.5*)
3B/SS Ángel Márquez (27, bats R, 4.5*)
SS Eric Warner (25, bats S, 2*)

With White gone, the Magpies will look to the impressive Torralda to step into his shoes at cleanup. The two Ángels, Ochoa and Márquez, are everyday starters in what is a young but quality infield. González and Warner will platoon for the third infield spot. Nick Baker and Alex Becker give the team admirable infield depth, and there is a phalanx of prospects also waiting in the wings.

Outfield:
LF Tadamichi Hamada
(23, bats R, 3*)
LF Rob Crawford (25, bats R, 3*)
LF Joe Merrill (25, bats R, 2*)
CF Gianni Hagenaars (28, bats R, 1*)
RF Dave Plummer (25, bats R, 3*)
RF Pedro Soto (27, bats L, 4*)

The last time the Magpies traded to acquire a Japanese reigning Rookie of the Year, Iemitsu Ishii, it didn’t work out so well. They will be hoping for better from Hamada, signed to replace White in the lineup and improve the team’s defense at LF, as Crawford switches to designated hitter. Soto is an all-star and fan favourite in RF. Hagenaars split opinion last year, his stellar defense contrasting with frequently lacklustre offense. Having demoted Hagenaars to the minors before changing his mind, DePodesta will hope Hagenaars’s bat recovers and ends the debate, or else Merrill will probably win the CF spot. Plummer is good quality, affordable backup. Terry Lawrence will begin the year on the minor league roster, but could become trade bait.

Overall:
With White gone, the Magpies lineup does look weaker this season. The critical question for the club is whether Torralda-Hamada in 2052 can between them match the production of White-Torralda last year. I feel their young offense will struggle to score enough runs on a consistent basis, and the team’s barren sequences at the plate will be often enough that they miss a postseason berth. Another problem is that it is hard to envisage them winning regularly without the experience and leadership of some veterans; at age 28, Ángel Ochoa and Gianni Hagenaars are the oldest guys on the Magpies roster.

FanGraphics prediction: 85-77, third place in North Division
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GM’s notebook

- I’m pretty happy with the roster. Many pundits are predicting us to miss the playoffs this year, but I have a sneaky suspicion we may surprise people.
- I think the pundits have it right, though, that much will depend on the lineup’s ability to fill the void created by trading away Jeffrey White. Ángel Márquez, Gonzalo Torralda, Rob Crawford and newbie Tadamichi Hamada are my best hitters, and we will rely on them.
- I don’t put much stall in the criticism about he youthfulness of the team. That is largely enforced on us by our budgetary restrictions - we just can’t afford many veterans. But age is just a number and it is about the character of these guys.
- If the bullpen does not return to better ways this year, there will certainly be some trades at some stage. Bernardo Merrado, David Gaines, Jesús Benítez are at various distances from the bar in the last chance saloon. I have talent aplenty in the minors pushing for their opportunity.
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From: Agamemnon Profitloss, Chief Finance Officer
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Finance Department
CLUB MARKET SIZE


I am writing to provide further positive news about the club’s financial position. The success you have led us to over the past six seasons - a first SCL championship for the franchise and five other playoff appearances - has had a material impact. Merchandising revenue has increased dramatically over the last eighteen months. A recent consumer survey indicated that our market size has grown significantly and is now classed as “Rather Big”, to use the formal accounting terminology.

It seems our success has attracted a new type of fan. These are baseball fanatics who are enjoying our achievements as the small club doing well against all the odds, and against significantly wealthier rivals in the North Division, particularly Lansing. It is ironic that our underdog story could lead to us becoming underdogs no more. Our success has also, as you are aware, driven a huge surge in the club’s popularity among the local community in Des Moines and in the wider Iowa region.

It is still the case that no decision has yet been taken on our financial constraints for the 2053 season. I will keep you as up-to-date on this issue as I am able.

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Posted by Victoria Paddington | Mar 25 | 10:01AM

- Nov 25th: The Wolfhounds and the Magpies made the first big trade even before the winter meetings had begun. The Wolfhounds added former Outstanding Hitter Jeffrey White to their roster, with Rookie of the Year Tadamichi Hamada moving the other way.
- Nov 26th: Lansing gave up top outfield prospect Kevin Randall to acquire experienced all-star starting pitcher Lorenzo Colón from Raleigh. Colón and reigning Outstanding Pitcher Carlos Lara give the Sharks a formidable one-two punch at the top of their rotation.
- Dec 18th: The first big free agent splash of the winter came from Nashville, who inked veteran starting pitcher José Rodríguez to a 4-year contract worth a reported $87m. Rodríguez won four Cup Final Series rings with the all-conquering Cruisers, but has decided to take on the challenging of reviving the ailing Kings.
- Dec 22nd: North East Division champions Hartford addressed a key need on their roster by signing 4-time all-star catcher Quentin Reed. The deal will pay Reed $87m over its 4-year duration.
- Dec 27th: Madison re-signed their catcher Bernard Ingram, on a deal worth $20.5m annually for 4 years. Fans had expected the Brown Bears to move on from Ingram after he departed to free agency the previous month, and opinion is split over whether bringing him back was the right move, especially on such a costly contact.
- Jan 16th: Last season’s leader in pitching wins, Scott Hale, signed a lucrative 7-year agreement with Richmond worth $113m. It is a huge risk for a 29-year-old with a career 3.76 ERA and fragile injury reputation.
- Jan 22nd: SCL legend Sam Jordan, the 7-time Outstanding Hitter winner, now age 38, has collected what will surely be a final payday after signing for Columbus on a 2-year contract worth $20m. He hit for a .899 OPS with the Dark Knights last season and is defying the ageing curve admirably so far.
- Feb 2nd: Much in-demand veteran pitcher Qing-lai Zhang opted to join Augusta after protracted negotiations. Zhang was superb last season for Denver, bouncing back from a dreadful 2050 campaign, but the $90m that the Romans will pay him over the next 4 years does not look good value for money.
- Feb 15th: Denver decided money was no object in their pursuit of elite closer Ed Rice, who has signed for 3 years at over $21.5m per annum. The 2-time all-star is still only 25, but the Snow Sox have surely overpaid.
- Feb 17th: Indianapolis claimed the prize of the best pitcher on the free agent board, former Sacramento ace Shiki Harada. Harada will earn a guaranteed $148m over the next 6 seasons. He and lefty Luis González will form a formidable pairing at the top of the Wildcats’s rotation.
- Mar 4th: The Wildcats showed their determination to improve on last year’s wildcard game defeat by also giving a big contract to former Columbus closer Forrest Myers. Myers clocked 44 saves for the Heatseekers last term, but $21.5m for the coming season looks like a big overpay.
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From: Achilles Guesswork, Chief Scout
To: Billy DePodesta

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ANNUAL PROSPECT SUMMARY REPORT


We have an embarrassment of riches on our minor league roster. Starting pitcher Ricardo Vargas is again our top prospect on BNN’s top 100 list, and I expect will challenge for a place on the roster before the end of this season. Our top position player prospect is Jimmy Jenkins, acquired from Raleigh over the winter. Neither of last year’s first round draft picks, SS Daniel Burke or C Russ McInnis, make the top 100, but three of the relievers we took in later rounds do feature. In total, 12 young Magpies appear on BNN’s list.

#7 - SP Ricardo Vargas (21, throws L, projects to 4.5*)
#15 - SP Scotty Reese (20, throws L, projects to 3.5*)
#25 - SP Cristo Gómez (20, throws R, projects to 2.5*)
#31 - 1B Jimmy Jenkins (22, bats R, projects to 4*)
#37 - SS Shane Hendricks (20, bats R, projects to 4.5*)
#39 - SP Ronald Williams (21, throws R, projects to 2*)
#42 - MR Allen Clary (21, throws R, projects to 5*) - new entry
#44 - 3B Pedro Medina (21, bats S, projects to 4*)
#52 - MR Keith Barnard (21, throws R, projects to 5*) - new entry
#64 - SP Robinson Ramírez (25, throws L, projects to 1.5*)
#85 - MR Hakizimana Habimana (21, throws R, projects to 4.5*) - new entry
#86 - 1B Darrel Rogers (23, bats R, projects to 3*)

The challenge for our organisation is that, if anything, we have too many good prospects. There will not be room for them all on the roster for them all, and decisions about who to keep and who to trade elsewhere will need to be taken at some stage. Robinson Ramírez and Darrel Rogers are our oldest players on BNN’s list and they are the guys who will probably need the earliest decision.
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GM’s notebook - Series 1 and 2

Carson City 5-2 Magpies
Carson City 4-0 Magpies
Carson City 2-14 Magpies
Magpies 8-7 Phoenix
Magpies 1-2 Phoenix
Magpies 8-1 Phoenix

- We may have only scored 2 runs on opening day, but Gonzalo Torralda hit 2-3 with a HR, and Tadamichi Hamada went 2-4 with a double, which hopefully bodes well.
- In the second game against Carson City, Israel Padilla was rather erratic (5 BB in 6.1 IP) and got no run support.
- The offense finally broke out in the 2nd inning of game three versus the Rattlesnakes, scoring 5 runs, and then piled it on from there. Ángel Ochoa and Hamada both hit a triple and a double.
- Torralda hit 3 doubles in the 8-7 victory in the opener in Phoenix. Wesley Weaver made a concerning first start: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB.
- Robert Terry’s first appearance as a member of our rotation was a good one (7 innings for 2 ER) but he took an unfortunate loss.
- Torralda and Hamada both hit triples in the rubber game of the series. It’s been a terrific first week from these two key men.

This week: 3-3
Record: 3-3, =2nd place, 3 GB from St. Paul
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:35 PM   #575
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GM’s notebook - Series 3 and 4

Madison 2-0 Magpies
Madison 6-5 Magpies
Madison 1-3 Magpies
Magpies 2-6 Denver
Magpies 6-8 Denver
Magpies 2-9 Denver

- Our nemesis Al Harper predictably had us snookered as always when he started the opening game of the series against the Brown Bears, throwing a 6-hit shutout.
- Boston’s veteran closer Leo Price, 40, notched his 600th save. He’s 4th on the SCL all-time list.
- 2 massive home runs from Ángel Ochoa couldn’t avert the 6-5 defeat in game two against Madison. Jesús Zamora made a dire spot start, giving up 5 ER from 1.1 IP: Johannes Kepler won’t try that again for a while.
- Young third baseman Reynaldo González got in on the multi-HR act in the final Madison game. His 2 solo shots earned him the player of the day.
- Wesley Weaver’s second start was barely better than his first: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB. I’m worried about him.
- Tom Hart was pulled by Kepler in the 2nd inning of game two of the Denver series. He gave up 7 runs, made worse by 2 errors from catcher Ernesto Solís and a third error of his own.
- It was Israel Padilla’s turn for a dreadful start in the final game of the week. Kepler hooked him in the 1st. What’s up with the rotation?

This week: 1-5
Record: 4-8, =4th place, 6 GB from St. Paul
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:38 PM   #576
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Zebedee Stethoscope
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I said we shd hav kept White, now look at us #Magpies #alsorans #nextseason
10:37AM - 13 Apr 2052

Tony Smashie
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Chill @glasshalfempty! Just an early season funk from the groovy lads. I think they’ll crank it up a notch now #markmywords #letsrock #gotthefever
10:38AM - 13 Apr 2052

Severino Guadalajara-Smith
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But @glasshalfempty the problem so far has been the rotation rather than the offense. Look at these FIPs so far (small sample size alert!): Weaver 6.95, Terry 6.20, Adams 4.53, Padilla 4.40. They’re all better than that though and there are several unsustainably high BABIPs in the building. Bullpen’s been good though! #theFIPdontlie #ihateBABIP #xwOBArules
10:41AM - 13 Apr 2052

Bart Wardrobe
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In Billy I trust! #keepthefaith #Magpies
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Bruce Aussie
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I don’t understand why the hitters don’t just use bigger bats, they’re making it hard for themselves using those skinny things
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GM’s notebook - Series 5 and 6

Santa Fe 4-2 Magpies
Santa Fe 0-5 Magpies
Santa Fe 8-2 Magpies
Baton Rouge 5-4 Magpies
Baton Rouge 9-6 Magpies
Baton Rouge 3-2 Magpies

- Cory Adams dominated the Santa Fe lineup in the 5-0 win, throwing a 4-hit shutout with no walks. His ERA is 1.19 from 3 starts.
- Madison’s Julián Emery has 9 HR and 27 RBIs from the first 14 games!
- A decision is looming regarding Wesley Weaver. He had his third dreadful start in a row in the Outlaws rubber game, and was pulled in the 3rd inning. He has now gone for 5 HR in 12.2 IP and has an 11.37 ERA.
- To make matters worse, Tadamichi Hamada strained an abdominal muscle and will be on the DL for a fortnight. I’ve called up Terry Lawrence to cover.
- The lineup has been given a shakeup. Some of the guys batting at the top - Ángel Ochoa, Ángel Márquez and Pedro Soto - aren’t hitting, but Ernesto Solís, Reynaldo González and Rob Crawford are in decent form.
- Ochoa hit 2-4 with a double in the home opener versus the Deltas, but Ken James coughed up a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th.
- Two majestic HRs from Gianni Hagenaars couldn’t prevent defeat in game two against Baton Rouge. Israel Padilla had another dire day, allowing 6 ER from 1+ innings. He’s now 0-4 with a 7.31 ERA. Last year he had a 2.95 ERA.
- We have the worst record in the entire SCL. There is nothing more to be said.

This week: 1-5
Record: 5-13, 5th place, 9 GB from St. Paul
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GM’s notebook - Series 7 and 8

Magpies 15-7 Olympia
Magpies 7-5 Olympia
Magpies 1-3 Olympia
Lansing 3-2 Magpies
Lansing 2-6 Magpies
Lansing 4-9 Magpies

- The big win in the Olympia opener was a ridiculous game. We led 7-6 after just 2 innings, and scored 7 runs in the 7th. Reynaldo González (grand slam) and Rob Crawford (2-4, HR, DBL) led the way on offense.
- Our former backup catcher, Kenkichi Sato, now playing for Indianapolis, hit his 300th career homer.
- Gonzalo Torralda hit 2-4 with a home run and a double in the 7-5 victory in game two of the Wolfhounds series.
- Hopefully Jesús Benítez’s season-long slump is over. After 12 appearances he is 1-0 with a 2.72 FIP, and has reclaimed setup pitching duties from Walt Davidson (5.63 FIP).
- Robert Terry was superb in the second game at home to Lansing: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
- Right fielder Pedro Soto smacked his 3rd home run of the season in the Sharks series decider. He’s only batting .171 so far, and hopefully that homer will snap him out of this bad patch.

This week: 4-2
Record: 9-15, =4th place, 9 GB from St. Paul
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The SCL Armchair Almanac, 2052 Edition

CAREER LEADERS IN STRIKEOUTS, 2017-2051

4,242 - Chris James (Sacramento, 2024-2044)
3,599 - Arnáo Facha (Richmond / Des Moines / Boston, 2017-2041)
3,540 - Winston Bell (Hartford / Austin, 2017-2036)
3,485 - Luis García (Santa Fe / Carson City / Providence, 2030-2048)
3,458 - Carlos Rey (Albany, 2024-2045)
3,407 - Ryutaro Gato (Nashville / Carson City, 2028-2047)
3,376 - Lonnie Parker (Annapolis / Indianapolis/ Nashville, 2021-2041)
3,268 - Norberto Gutiérrez (Augusta / Boston, 2024-2044)
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GM’s notebook - Series 9 and 10

Magpies 9-0 St. Paul
Magpies 2-0 St. Paul
Magpies 5-4 St. Paul
Austin 2-1 Magpies
Austin 5-3 Magpies
Austin 4-3 Magpies

- The week began with a brilliant 6-hit shutout from Tom Hart (first of his career), who handed Rockets’ phenom Kas Oskamp his first loss of the season. Reynaldo González, Ángel Ochoa and Pedro Soto each got 3 hits.
- Much better from Weaver! 8 scoreless innings won the second game of the Rockets series. Ken James bagged only his second save.
- It was a brilliant sweep of St. Paul, who went into the series at 18-6 and top of the North Division. Can we build on that?
- Another great display from Robert Terry in the first Tycoons game (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB). Unfortunately, their veteran Pedro González was even better.
- Tadamichi Hamada came back off the DL for the final two games of the week. Terry Lawrence (0-10 in 3 games) made zero impression and returns to minor league play.
- Eric Warner certainly didn’t deserve to lose game two versus Austin: he hit a HR and 2 doubles.
- SCL legend Sam Jordan recorded his 3,000th career hit - he’s 10th all time.
- Bernardo Merrado made a nice spot start in the final game of the week, but couldn’t prevent the disappointing sweep by Austin.
- We are 12-18 but our Pythagorean record is 16-14, so I’m not panicking. Yet.

This week: 3-3
Record: 12-18, 5th place, 8 GB from St. Paul
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