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Old 05-29-2019, 07:23 AM   #61
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Met with Mr. Jacoby for our All-Star Break review. Overall, as expected, he is extremely pleased with how the season has gone thus far. Here are some of his comments related to the goals he had set for me/the team at the beginning of the season.



I didn't say this to him, but you do have to wonder if extending Lewis was the right move after all now that he is out for the season and with his age. According to our medical staff though, everything is progressing as hoped, so here's to hoping he is able to come back. Both for his sake and our sake.

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6/30/1980

Week #12 Recap
Record: 56-20
Position: 1st (5 games over San Diego)
Runs Scored: 406 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 246 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .726 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 135.6,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 74/100

The Mallards go 2-2 this week:
6/23 - beat Milwaukee 4-1 (W-Figiel, 10-3, S-Stone (2), L- Soria, 6-8) - HRs by Grier (18) and Auld (12). 2 RBI each by Grier and Auld.
6/27 - loss to Pittsburgh 4-2 (W-Hughes, 12-3, S-Molsbee (18), L-Holmes, 1-1) - 2 hits by Swan. 2 RBI by Rainey.
6/28 - beat Pittsburgh 7-5 (W-Figiel, 11-3, L-Stafford, 5-8) - 3 hits by Schwartz. 2 RBI by Carroll.
6/29 - loss to Pittsburgh 6-4 (W-Jonkman, 7-6, S-Molsbee (19), L-Straub, 3-1) - 2 hits by Swan, Auld, Schwartz.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld is 3rd in the HL with his .373 batting average.
  • Pete Grier is 3rd in the Big Leagues with 18 home runs, and 2nd in the Big Leagues with his 67 RBI.
  • Richie Swan is 2nd in the Big Leagues with his 4.1 WAR.
  • Ian Auld and Pete Grier have both passed 100 hits on the season. Auld has 119 and Grier has 102.
  • Mario Mora has been intentionally walked 5 times to lead the team.

Pitching Notes
  • Leyva and Figiel are both 11-3 on the season.
  • Bob Carithers is 10-1.
  • Theodore Walden was optioned down to AAA Porterville, but was then recalled when Hal Holmes was placed on the 15 day Disabled List with a sore elbow. Yes, you read that right. Another pitcher injury.
  • Pedro Medina came off of the DL and replaced Walden in the bullpen.

Other Team News
  • Pete Grier suffered a lacerated hand, and was day-to-day for 3 days.

Next Week
  • 3 vs. Montreal (28-48)
  • 3 @ Baltimore (49-27)
  • Start of 3 game series against Philadelphia (52-24)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia leads Baltimore by 3 games, thanks to their 52-24 record.
  • Cleveland’s 43-32 record is good enough for a 1/2 game lead over New York Metropolitans.
  • St. Louis holds on to a 4 game lead over Kansas City, with a 49-27 record.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. San Diego
  4. Baltimore
  5. St. Louis
  6. Chicago Unions
  7. Dallas Texans
  8. Los Angeles Seraphs
  9. New York Metropolitans
  10. Pittsburgh Summits
Around the League
  • Dallas Texans 2B Bob Robson hit the 100th home run of his career on June 29th in their game versus Cleveland.
  • Montreal Royales SS Moses Anderson was named Hickory League Player of the Week after his .500 batting average, 2 home run, 3 RBI performance. He’s batting .260 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI on the season.
  • Boston Colonials SP Morris Lashley was named AL Player of the Week thanks to his stellar week of pitching. In two starts, Lashley did not give up a run in 15.1 innings while striking out 9 and going 2-0. He is 9-4 with a 3.48 ERA on the season.
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7/7/1980

Week #13 Recap
Record: 60-23
Position: 1st (6 1/2 games ahead of San Diego )
Runs Scored: 446 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 268 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .726 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 131.1,0 (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 74/100

The Mallards go 4-3 this week:
6/30 - beat Montreal 15-0 (W-Leyva, 12-3, L-Peeler, 2-9) - HR by Auld (13). 3 hits by Musgrave and Schwartz. 3 RBI by Carroll.
7/1 - beat Montreal 8-1 (W-Amador, 4-1, L-Scott, 4-5) - HRs by Grier (19), Rainey (7), Carroll (11). 3 hits by Rainey.
7/2 - loss to Montreal 4-2 (W-Scales, 5-13, S-Jackson (18), L-Carithers, 10-2) - HR by Auld (14). 2 hits by Auld.
7/3 - loss to Baltimore 9-2 (W-Barr, 12-4, L-Figiel, 11-4) - 2 hits by Swan and Mora.
7/4 - beat Baltimore 8-2 (W-Solis, 7-2, L-Garibay, 2-3) - HR by Schwartz (9). 3 hits and 3 RBI by Schwartz.
7-5 - loss to Baltimore 4-1 (W-Diaz, 12-3, L-Leyva, 12-4) - 2 hits by Grier.
7/6 - beat Philadelphia 4-2 (W-Amador, 5-1, S-Stone (3), L-Guerrero, 5-8) - 3 hits by Auld.

Hitting Notes
  • Schwartz is 2nd in TBL in WAR at 4.3. Swan is 3rd at 4.2.
  • Musgrave has stolen 27 bases thus far, getting caught 6 times. Mora has stolen 24 bases, also being thrown out 6 times.

Pitching Notes
  • Juan Leyva pitched a shutout on June 30th, giving up just 4 hits while striking out 10 and walking none in our 15-0 win over Montreal.
  • Bob Carithers was named Hickory League Pitcher of the Month for June. During the month, Bob went 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in 45.2 innings, striking out 17 and walking 16 in that time frame. On the season he is now10-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 16 starts.
  • Leyva is 2nd in Pitcher WAR in The Big Leagues at 4.9.
  • Bob Figiel’s 4.11 ERA is the highest amongst the starting staff. Leyva is at 2.03, Carithers is at 2.08, Solis is at 2.17, and Amador is at 2.57.

Other Team News
  • Called up 3B Ken Baldridge from AAA Porterville, sending down reliever Theodore Walden. Baldridge will back up Mario Mora at 3B, as Marty Fuqua has been struggling this year. Fuqua is batting .192/.224/.250 in 58 plate appearances.

Next Week
  • 2 more games against Philadelphia (55-28)
  • 3 games @ San Francisco (39-44)
  • 3 game series @ Minnesota (40-43)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia is holding on to a 2 game lead over Baltimore.
  • Cleveland has extended its lead over New York to 3 1/2 games.
  • The Los Angeles Seraphs have passed the Kansas City Keystones for 2nd place in the AL West, and are just 1 game back of St. Louis.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. San Diego
  4. Dallas
  5. Baltimore
  6. Los Angeles Seraphs
  7. Kansas City
  8. St. Louis
  9. Cleveland
  10. Pittsburgh
Around the League
  • San Diego Skippers 2B Rich Harris went 5 for 6 against the Brooklyn Atlantics in a loss for the Skippers on June 30th. He’s batting .294 on the year, with 8 home runs and 44 RBI.
  • Baltimore Baybirds SP Carlos Diaz shut out the San Francisco Seals with a 3-hitter on June 30th. Diaz is currently 11-3 with a 2.18 ERA.
  • Houston Buffaloes two-way star Don Barstad shut out the Seattle Rainiers on June 30th, giving up 7 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. On the season Barstad’s pitching record is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 innings, while batting he is hitting .270 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI.
  • San Diego SP Francisco Munoz picked up the 100th win of his career July 6th after beating Pittsburgh 7-1. He is 10-5 on the year, with a 2.58 ERA.
  • San Diego 3B Dan Robertson was named HL Player of the Week after going .4634 with 1 home run and 6 RBI.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs SP Alonzo Munoz was named AL Player of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings. Munoz is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA on the season.
  • Mike Seawright was named Hickory League Batter of the Month for June. For the month, the 1B batted .402 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI. Seawright is a Triple Crown threat, as he is currently leading the HL in Average at .399, home runs with 25, and RBI with 81.
  • Los Angeles Seraph 1B Greg Carnes was named Ash League Batter of the Month for June, thanks to his .364 average, and 6 home runs along with 21 RBI. He is batting .343 on the season, with 14 home runs and 49 RBI.
  • Ash League Pitcher of the Month for June was Cleveland’s Larry Moye, who went 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA. A free-agent at the end of the season, the 37 year old is 9-4 with a 2.82 ERA on the season.
  • San Diego Skippers CF Bruce Wright was named Hickory League Rookie of the Month for June, courtesy of a .296 average, with 3 home runs and 4 RBI for the month. On the season he is batting .318 with 3 home runs.
  • Detroit Zephyrs LF Pop Nivens was named Ash League Rookie of the Month after hitting .360 with 1 home run and 10 RBI during that stretch. On the season he is hitting .335 with 7 home runs and 33 RBI.
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A couple free agents I am interested in are Canadian SS Bill Lazenby, SS Guibert Duccio out of Venezuela, and RHP Al Westcott out of Canada. But Mr. Jacoby has limited our spending right now, so I don’t think I will be pursuing anyone at this time.
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Houston Buffaloes GM Jack Yates reached out to me to let me know their closer, Harold Patterson, was available in the right deal. Patterson has pitched well, with 17 saves and a 2.15 ERA this season. He is currently making $78,000 this season, and is arbitration-eligible after that.

I was very intrigued by Patterson, thinking he might be a good fit, at a nowhere near as expensive price tag as Jim Howard had. But when I talked to Mr. Jacoby about making a move, he informed me that we cannot really add salary this year. That adds a bit of hard wrinkle. Houston is also under a budget constraint, which meant that Bob Hancock would not work for them in return.

So I may be stuck, at least right now. Maybe Mr. Jacoby will loosen some of those purse strings as we get closer to the trade deadline.
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Seattle Rainiers GM Jerry Miles reached out to me today (7/4) with a trade proposal. He offered me reliever Mike Lloyd for 2B Dan Musgrave. While Lloyd has had a really nice season, I let him know that I’m not interested in moving Musgrave right now. At the very least it would take more than Lloyd to get Musgrave. But I told him no thanks at this time.

The clubs contacting me letting me know their closers are available is starting to pick up now that we have hit July. Among the clubs/closers on the market besides Houston’s Harold Patterson are:

Seattle Rainiers - Terry Simmons (16 saves, 4.13 ERA, $274,000 salary)
San Francisco Seals - Jim Toland (12 saves, 2.75 ERA, $368,000 salary)
Brooklyn Atlantics - Macon Humphrey (19 saves, 5.56 ERA, $75,000 salary)

Both of these guys are too expensive. Patterson still remains the most interesting name available, so will have to keep monitoring things.

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7/14/1980

Week #14 Recap
Record: 63-26
Position: 1st (8 1/2 games up on San Diego)
Runs Scored: 471 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 292 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .720 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 126.4,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 74/100

The Mallards go 3-3 this week:
7/7 - beat Philadelphia 6-4 (W-Carithers, 11-2, S-Stone (4), L-Weston, 8-4) - 3 hits for Mora.
7/8 - beat Philadelphia 6-5 (W-Williams, 1-0, L-Owens, 0-1) - HR by Grier (20). 4 hits for Schwartz, 3 for Grier. 2 RBI for Grier.
7/10 - loss to San Francisco 2-1 (W-Toland, 2-1, L-Leyva, 12-5) - HR by Grier (21). 2 hits by Fuqua.
7/11 - loss to San Francisco 2-1 (W-Otis, 1-0, L-Medina, 0-1) - 2 hits for Carroll.
7/12 - beat San Francisco 9-3 (W-Carithers, 12-2, L-Solares, 6-11) - HRs by Swan (11) and Schwartz (10). 3 hits by Rainey. 3 RBI by Schwartz.
7/13 - loss to Minnesota 8-2 (W-Dorrance, 9-5, L-Figiel, 11-5) - 3 hits by Auld, 2 by Schwartz.

Hitting Notes
  • Ron Schwartz is hitting .326/.418/.495 with 10 home runs and 65 RBI.
  • Jody Carroll’s numbers on the season are .260/.413/.413, 11 home runs and 42 RBI.
  • Dan Musgrave is batting .265/.371/.335 with 2 home runs and 39 RBI. He also has 29 steals.
  • Mario Mora has a .298 batting average, .346 OBP, .375 slugging, with 0 home runs and 35 RBI.
  • Richie Swan is batting .286/.374/.451 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI.
  • Ian Auld is hitting .375/.403/.553 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.
  • Jim Rainey’s numbers are .256/.303/.370, with 7 home runs and 39 RBI.
  • Pete Grier is batting .319/.389/.520 with 21 home runs and 75 RBI.

Pitching Notes
  • Leyva and Carithers both have 12 wins on the season. Figiel has 11 wins, and Solis has 7.
  • Leyva has 104 strikeouts on the season, in 164 innings, to lead the team. He has only walked 26 batters.
  • Figiel has given up 11 home runs, most on the team, in 138 innings. Leyva is next at 7 dingers allowed.
  • Leyva’s WAR is 5.3. Next highest on the team is Amador at 1.9, followed by Figiel, Carithers, and Solis, all at 1.5.
  • Cincinnati let me know that reliever Steve Frappier is available. Frappier is 2-2 with 1 save and a 1.82 ERA on the year. This is an intriguing possibility. Something else to monitor and see if we might come up with some solution.

Other Team News
  • 2B Bobby Bugbee is batting .277 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in his time thus far at AAA Porterville.
  • 1B Bill Kennedy is up to 17 home runs on the season at Porterville.
  • In his bid to get a call back up to the big club, Theodore Walden has a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings at Porterville.
  • AA Kernal City 1B Dave Israel leads all of our minor leaguers with 20 home runs on the season. The 23-year-old is also batting .341. He doesn’t have great potential though, so not sure what kind of player he will turn out to be.
  • 1st Round Draft Pick Cy Nugent is 0-1 with a 0.67 ERA at Rookie Level Coconut Bay, in 13.1 innings pitched. Scouting Director Bill White says he is possibly ready for Class A.

Next Week
  • 2 more @ Minnesota
  • 3 vs. Cincinnati
  • 3 @ New York Mammoths

Standings Notes
  • In the HL East, Philadelphia is hanging on to its 1 game lead over Baltimore with a 57-32 record.
  • Cleveland is up four games on the New York Metropolitans in the AL East, courtesy of their 49-39 record.
  • At 53-35, St. Louis is 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles in the AL West.
  • The Los Angeles Bluebirds continue to hold the worst record in TBL with their 24-65 record.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. St. Louis
  5. Los Angeles Seraphs
  6. San Diego
  7. Dallas
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Minnesota
  10. Cleveland
Around the League
  • Jim Steadman of Baltimore has overtaken Mike Seawright for the highest batting average in the HL. Steadman is at .384 while Seawright is at .383.
  • Scott Ingram of Kansas City is now the overall leader in Batting Average thanks to his .387 average.
  • Seawright continues to lead in Home Runs and RBI though. His 29 homers are 8 more than Pete Grier, who has the second most in The Big Leagues. Seawright’s 94 RBI is 19 more than Grier, also the second most in TBL.
  • Barry Sandford of the Chicago Stars leads TBL in Stolen Bases with 49 thus far.
  • Layne Hughes of the Pittsburgh Summits leads all pitchers in Wins with 14.
  • Charlie Thomas of the St. Louis Saints leads TBL in Saves with 27 thus far.
  • The Baltimore Baybirds acquired RP Barron Moore and 24-year-old minor league CF Jim Cusack from the Milwaukee Chiefs in return for 24-yaer-old minor league RHP Frank Williams and 17-year-old minor league RHP Dan Lambert. Moore is 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA on the season.
  • SP Charlie Fitch of the Montreal Royales won the 100th game of his career July 8th against the New York Mammoths.
  • The Seattle Rainiers traded SP Sam Bennett to the New York Mammoths in return for 24-year-old minor league LHP Haruhisa Kitajima. Bennett is 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA on the year.
  • Baltimore’s Emery Beals shut out the New York Mammoths July 12th, 4-0. Beals is 12-4 with a 2.21 ERA.
  • Chicago Stars CF Barry Sandford had his 20 game hitting streak snapped on July 12th by the Milwaukee Chiefs.
  • Minnesota Millers RF Merv Martin was named Hickory League Player of the Week on the shoulders of his .424 average, 1 home run, and 12 RBI performance.
  • Dallas Texans LF Danny Roncal earned the Ash League Player of the Week honors after his .611 batting average, 1 home run, and 7 RBI week.
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Patterson fit a lot of, if not all, of the criteria, including financial, we needed in order to make a deal. Mr. Jacoby was limiting us from adding payroll, but we had some cash available, which we needed to add to this deal in order for Houston to accept it.

None of the guys we gave up had any real future with us. Fuqua had been a key component of our bench, but had been struggling this year, and with Ken Baldridge coming on, we could afford to move him.

Patterson immediately becomes our closer this season. If Lewis comes back from his injury next year, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. But for this year, Patterson gives us that closer we should be able to count on.

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7/21/1980

Week #15 Recap
Record: 67-29
Position: 1st (8 1/2 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 496 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 314 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .722 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 124.6,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 74/100

The Mallards go 4-3 this week:
7/14 - beat Minnesota 4-3 (W-Amador, 6-1, S-Patterson (1), L-Taylor, 0-1) - 3 hits for Amador.
7/15 - beat Minnesota 4-2 (W-Patterson, 1-0, S-Straub (3), L-Burton, 2-3) - HR by Grier (22). 2 hits for Auld and Rainey.
7/16 - loss to Cincinnati 5-4 (W-McNeal, 7-12, S-Reed (19), L-Stone, 0-1) - HR by Swan (12). 3 hits by Swan.
7/17 - beat Cincinnati 6-4 (W-Carithers, 13-2, S-Patterson (2), L-Berkeley, 7-7) - HR by Schwartz (11). 3 hits by Grier. 3 RBI for Schwartz.
7/18 - loss to Cincinnati 3-2 (W-Lerman, 1-0, S-Reed (20), L-Figiel, 11-6) - 4 hits for Mallards.
7/19 - beat New York Mammoths 2-1 (W-Amador, 7-1, S-Patterson (3), L-Wyble, 1-7) - HR for Carroll (12). 4 hits for Auld.
7/20 - loss to New York Mammoths 4-3 (W-Wyble, 2-7, L-Patterson, 1-1) - 5 hits for Swan, 3 for Schwartz.

Hitting Notes
  • Richie Swan had 5 hits July 20th in the loss to the Mammoths.
  • Pitcher Jose Amador raised his batting average to .242 on the season. He has 1 home run and 4 RBI.
  • Dan Musgrave is going through a bit of a slump, and manager Charlie Pepe moved him from leadoff into the 8th spot. He moved Richie Swan into the leadoff spot.
  • Swan leads the team in Runs Scored with 84. Auld has 76 for second spot.

Pitching Notes
  • Juan Leyva does not have a win in the month of July yet. He is 0-2 despite the fact that his ERA has dropped from 1.95 at the beginning of July to 1.93 currently. June 30th was his last win. He is 12-5 on the season.
  • Patterson paid immediate dividends, getting 3 saves in his first week with the team.
  • Hal Holmes came off of the disabled list and was slotted back into the bullpen.
  • Harry Schubert also came off of the disabled list and began a rehab stint at AAA Porterville. He is returning from a herniated disc in his back.
  • Leon Williams has a 0.42 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched this year.

Other Team News
  • Bill White discovered catcher prospects Rafael Vasquez in Nicaragua on a recent trip. Vasquez, 16 years old, has been assigned to our international complex.
  • We have a key 3 game series against San Diego coming up this week.

Next Week
  • 1 more game @ New York (46-50)
  • 3 vs. San Diego (58-37)
  • 3 @ Los Angeles Bluebirds (26-70)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia maintains a 2 game lead over Baltimore in the HL East.
  • Cleveland has a 4 1/2 game lead over Detroit now in the AL East. The Metropolitans have only won once in their last 10 games, and now find themselves in 4th place.
  • St. Louis holds a 2 1/2 game lead over Los Angeles in the AL West.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. St. Louis
  4. San Diego
  5. Baltimore
  6. Chicago Stars
  7. LA Seraphs
  8. Seattle
  9. Kansas City
  10. Dallas
Around the League
  • Brooklyn Atlantics LF Matt Thomas was lost for the season with a torn back muscle. He was hitting .227 with 9 home runs and 41 RBI.
  • Houston LF Carlyle Gipson had 5 hits in the Buffaloes' loss to Atlanta on July 15th.
  • New York Mammoths star SP Bill DeMasi pitched a shutout July 16th against San Francisco. DeMasi is 12-4 with a 2.00 ERA.
  • Brooklyn received closer Verne Waller and minor league RHP Varney Scognamillo from the New York Mammoths for 2B Jonah Joseph on July 16th. Waller has 22 saves with a 4.01 ERA on the season.
  • Cincinnati traded reliever Steve Frappier to the Pittsburgh Summits along with 18-year-old RHP Tom Alexander for 24-year-old minor league CFer Dave Richardson, 21-year-old minor league C Gil Bonds, and 23-year-old minor RHP Walt High.
  • Seattle Rainiers C Rick Thornton has a 21 game hitting streak in progress. He is batting .322 with 6 home runs and 33 RBI on the season.
  • Pittsburgh 1B Jim Corbin was named Hickory League Player of the Week after his .520, 2 home run, 5 RBI performance. He is batting .333 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI on the season.
  • LA Seraphs CF Frank Johnson earned Ash League Player of the Week honors thanks to his .519 average, along with 1 home run and 7 RBI this week.
  • The Los Angeles Seraphs acquired two-way player Don Barstad from the Houston Buffaloes on July 21st. Barstad is batting .281 with 4 home runs and 35 RBI, and is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA on the mound.
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7/28/1980

Week #16 Recap
Record: 71-31
Position: 1st (8 1/2 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 520 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 332 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .722 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 129.3,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 4-2 this week:
7/21 - loss to New York 5-1 (W-DeMasi, 13-4, L-Solis, 7-3) - 3 hits for Grier.
7/23 - beat San Diego 2-1 (W-Carithers, 14-2, S-Patterson (4), L-Miller, 6-10) - 2 hits for Baldridge.
7/24 - beat San Diego 6-2 (W-Figiel, 12-6, L-Johnson, 5-3) - HR by Thigpen (2). 3 hits for Grier, 2 hits for Thigpen, Mora, and Rainey.
7/25 - loss to San Diego 5-4 (W-Howard, 5-2, L-Patterson, 1-2) - 3 hits for Baldridge.
7/26 - beat Los Angeles 8-3 (W-Solis, 8-3, L-Schaumburg, 1-9) - HR by Musgrave (3). 3 hits by Rainey. 3 RBI by Baldridge.
7/27 - beat Los Angeles 3-2 (W-Amador, 8-1, S-Patterson (5), L-McKinney, 5-10) - HR by Carroll (13). 2 RBI by Carroll.

Hitting Notes
  • Jody Carroll hit the 200th home run of his career July 27th in the win over Los Angeles.
  • Ken Baldridge went 8-13 on the week, with 4 RBI.
  • We are amazingly still looking for our first home run from the third base position this year. That is unbelievable.
  • Dan Musgrave has struck out 81 times in 430 plate appearances, most on the team. Swan has struck out 76 times, second most.
  • Jody Carroll has walked 86 times to lead the team. Swan is second with 59 bases on balls.
  • Interestingly, Dan Musgrave has been intentionally walked more than any other Mallard. Six times to be exact.
  • Kansas City is second to us in total runs scored as a team, with their 517.
  • Philadelphia has hit the most home runs as a team, with 110. We have 87 total.

Pitching Notes
  • Still no wins for Juan Leyva in July. He was in line for the win on July 25th, but Harold Patterson blew his first save opportunity with us.
  • 3 starters are in double figures for wins on the season - Carithers with 14, Leyva and Figiel with 12. Ruben Solis and Jose Amador both have 8, so knocking on the door.
  • Leon Williams has a 0.49 WHIP in 22.1 innings pitched to lead the team. Juan Leyva is 2nd at 0.97.
  • Williams also has the lowest FIP, at 1.94, followed by Leyva at 2.63 and Jimmy Riggs at 2.64.
  • Our 332 runs given up is the least by any team in TBL. The next closest teams are Baltimore and San Diego, each with 357 runs given up as a team.

Other Team News
  • Both Theodore Walden and Pedro Medina are pitching at AAA Porterville like they want to be back with the big club.

Next Week
  • 1 more @ Los Angeles Bluebirds (26-76)
  • 3 vs. Chicago Stars (56-45)
  • 3 @ Brooklyn (40-61)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia’s 65-37 record gives them a slim 1 game lead over Baltimore in the HL East.
  • Cleveland has a 3 game lead over Detroit now in the AL East.
  • St. Louis is holding onto just a 1/2 game lead over Los Angeles in the AL West with their 61-40 record.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. LA Seraphs
  3. Baltimore
  4. Kansas City
  5. San Diego
  6. Philadelphia
  7. St. Louis
  8. Chicago Stars
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Dallas
Around the League
  • Detroit Zephyr SP Tony Soberanes pitched a 4-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Seraphs on July 21st.
  • Baltimore acquired Toronto closer Phil Stamey on July 21st in return for two prospects. Stamey on the season has 17 saves and a 3.05 ERA.
  • Seattle C Rick Thornton’s 21 game hitting streak came to an end on July 21st.
  • New York Metropolitans starting pitcher Rich Hoffer is out for the rest of the rest of the year with an elbow strain.
  • Houston LF Carlyle Gipson went 5 for 7 on July 26th in the Buffaloes’ loss to Cleveland. He is batting .315 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI on the season.
  • San Diego’s Francisco Munoz pitched a 5 hit shutout on July 26th versus the Cincinnati Redbirds. Munoz is 12-6 with a 2.50 ERA on the season.
  • Philadelphia’s Ken Lenox pitched a 2 hit shutout July 26th against the Brooklyn Atlantics, running his record to 12-4 with a 2.53 ERA.
  • Philadelphia’s Mike Seawright is the first TBL player to go over 100 RBI on the season. He has 104 total. Pete Grier is 2nd place with 83 RBI.
  • San Francisco Seals 1B Tom Byington was named HL Player of the Week thanks to his .450, 2 home run, 7 RBI week.
  • Detroit Zephyrs rookie LF Pop Nivens was named AL Player of the Week after he batted .429 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI this past week. He has a .348 average with 11 home runs and 47 RBI, making him one of the leading candidates for the Ash League Kid Dynamite Trophy as the top rookie.
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8/4/1980

Week #17 Recap
Record: 76-33
Position: 1st (10 1/2 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 546 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 352 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .723 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 133.5,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 5-2 this week:
7/28 - beat Los Angeles Bluebirds 2-1 (W-Carithers, 15-2, S-Patterson (6), L-Scott, 2-2) - 2 hits for Carroll.
7/29 - loss to Chicago Stars 5-2 (W-Gralhez, 9-3, S-Wyble (3), L-Figiel, 12-7) - 2 hits for Auld, Grier, Rainey.
7/30 - loss to Chicago Stars 2-1 (W-Dunn, 10-8, S-Rook (5), L-Leyva, 12-6) - 2 hits for Leyva.
7/31 - beat Chicago Stars 2-1 (W-Patterson, 2-2, L-Gutierrez, 10-5) - 2 hits for Swan.
8/1 - beat Brooklyn 8-2 (W-Amador, 9-1, L-Schumacher, 2-4) - HR by Swan (13). 3 hits for Swan, Grier. 3 RBI for Swan.
8/2 - beat Brooklyn 7-6 - (W-Stone, 1-1, S-Patterson (7), L-Waller, 2-2) - HR by Rainey (8). 4 RBI for Rainey.
8/3 - beat Brooklyn 4-3 (W-Figiel, 13-7, S-Patterson (8), L-Mendez, 4-8) - 2 hits for Rainey and Baldridge.

Hitting Notes
  • Ken Baldridge has begun platooning with Mario Mora at 3B.
  • Musgrave, Swan, Rainey, and Grier have started every game this season.
  • Richie Swan leads the club with 24 doubles.
  • Mario Mora leads in triples with 6.
  • In Bill White’s latest Development Report, the following players are up: Ron Schwartz, Ken Baldridge, Jim Rainey, RF Tony Moyer (AAA), 2B John McLaurin (AAA), Ryan Brown (AAA), RF Oscar Gutierrez (AAA), C Jake Peltz (A), SS Parson Quinlan (A)
  • The following players are down: Alex Thigpen, Mario Mora, Ian Auld, SS Dick Roach (AAA), LF Chuck Gaffney (AAA), LF Rodger Edinger (AA), 3B Einar Zamora (A)

Pitching Notes
  • Leyva finishes July with no wins. He went 0-3 despite lowering his ERA for the season. He sits at 12-6 with a 1.95 ERA.
  • Harry Schubert was called up from his rehab assignment at AAA Porterville to take Bob Carither's place after Bob’s injury. Schubert is 4-4 with a 3.39 ERA on the season thus far.
  • Harold Patterson has 8 saves with us so far, with a 2.87 ERA.
  • In Bill White’s latest Development Report, the following players are up: Juan Leyva, Harry Schubert, RP George Conley (AA), SP Joe Hoehn (A), CL Jack Alexander (A)
  • The following players are down: CL Lee Lewis, SP Mike Stokes (AAA), SP Israel Valencia (AA), SP Bob Lowe (AA), SP Jim Cahoon (AA), SP Neifi Rath (A)

Other Team News
  • After the Patterson trade, we did not make any other trades before the trade deadline passed. This was due to Mr. Jacoby's request to not add payroll, as well as feeling pretty comfortable about the team at this point. We'll get some starting pitchers back from injury, which should help quite a bit.
  • Promoted 1st Round Draft pick Cy Nugent to A Cascadia City. On the season he has been pitching as a closer, and is 0-1 with 10 saves and a 1.08 ERA.

Next Week
  • 3 games @ Milwaukee (46-62)
  • 3 vs. Pittsburgh (60-49)

Standings Notes
  • Philly has a 2 game lead over Baltimore in the HL East.
  • Cleveland holds on to its 2 game lead over Detroit.
  • St. Louis has a slim 1/2 game over Los Angeles in the AL West.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. San Diego
  5. St. Louis
  6. Los Angeles Seraphs
  7. Chicago Stars
  8. Kansas City
  9. Pittsburgh
Around the League
  • Pittsburgh Summits SP Layne Hughes picked up the 150th win of his career July 28th, against Montreal.
  • Must be the week for Pennsylvania-based pitchers to pick up their 150th wins - Philly SP Mike Howard also notched his 150th career win, on July 29th. The Centennials beat Milwaukee 7-0.
  • Detroit Zephyrs 1B Frank Anthony hit the 100th home run of his career on July 31st against Kansas City.
  • As a result of the bench-clearing brawl August 1st between Washington and Kansas City, Washington 1B Tony Weatherspoon and Kansas City P Paul Andrews have been suspended. Weatherspoon will have to sit out 3 games, and Andrews will miss 6.
  • Pittsburgh 1B Jim Corbin was named HL Batter of the Month for July after hitting .375 with 7 home runs and 20 RBI. He is batting .336 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI on the season.
  • Seattle Rainiers 1B Charlie Perkins was award the AL Batter of the Month for July thanks to his .350 batting average, 8 home runs, and 29 RBI during the month. For the season he is hitting .353 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI.
  • New York Mammoth ace Bill DeMasi was named HL Pitcher of the Month after going 6-0 with a 1.45 ERA during July. He is 15-4 with a 2.08 ERA on the season.
  • Atlanta Thrashers closer Bill Magee was named AL Pitcher of the Month for Jully, thanks to his 7 save, 5-2 record, and 4.00 ERA during the month.
  • Chicago Stars 1B Joe Shores was named HL Rookie of the Month for July thanks to his .312 average, 6 home runs, and 18 RBI performance during July.
  • For the second month in a row, Detroit LF Pop Nivens was named AL Rookie of the Month on the shoulders of his .393 average, 5 home runs, and 16 RBI during July.
  • Shortly after being named HL Pitcher of the Month, Bill DeMasi learned that he would be out for 6 weeks with a strained hamstring on August 3rd.
  • The Los Angeles Bluebirds were officially eliminated from the playoff hunt on August 4th, the first team to be eliminated.
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8/11/1980

Week #18 Recap
Record: 80-35
Position: 1st (10 1/2 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 579 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 378 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .724 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 132.2,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 4-2 this week:
8/5 - beat Milwaukee 6-1 (W-Leyva, 13-6, L-Williams, 0-1) - 3 hits, including 2 triples, by Mario Mora. Mora, Rainey, Musgrave each with 2 RBI.
8/6 - beat Milwaukee 7-5 (W-Solis, 9-3, S-Patterson (9), L-Calhoun, 1-1) - HRs by Grier (23), Schwartz (12), Rainey (9). 3 hits each by Grier, Schwartz, Rainey, and Auld. 4 RBI by Schwartz.
8/7 - loss to Milwaukee 3-2 (W-Theus, 7-12, S-Turner (26), L-Amador, 9-2) - 3 hits by Mora.
8/8 - beat Pittsburgh 5-4 (W-Straub, 4-1, L-Hudgins, 1-1) - HRs by Grier (24), Schwartz (13). 2 RBI by Auld.
8/9 - loss to Pittsburgh 4-3 (W-Stafford, 10-9, S-Molsbee (27), L-Schubert, 4-5) - HR by Swan (14). 2 RBI for Swan.
8/10 - beat Pittsburgh 10-9 (W-Patterson, 3-2, L-Frappier, 0-1) - 4 hits by Grier. 3 RBI for Auld and Mora.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld’s .347 average leads the team. Schwartz is 2nd at .325.
  • Grier’s 24 home runs lead the team. Next highest are Auld and Swan with 14 each.
  • Grier’s 88 RBI lead the team, followed by Schwartz with 79 and Auld with 70.
  • Swan has a 6.8 WAR, Schwartz 6.3, Grier 5.2, and Carroll 3.7 to lead the hitters/fielders.

Pitching Notes
  • Leyva’s 6.2 WAR leads the club, followed by Jose Amador at 2.6, and Bob Figiel and Ruben Solis at 1.6.
  • Amador and reliever Hal Holmes are “hot” right now. Both are pitching really well. Holmes has a 0.95 ERA in 19 innings.

Other Team News
  • Bill White has let me know that 2B Bobby Bugbee, playing at AAA Porterville, may be ready for the Big Leagues. Nowhere to put him now, and no need, so he will stay at AAA for the time being.
  • Cy Nugent picked up a win in his first appearance in A Cascadia City. He pitched an inning of scoreless ball.

Next Week
  • 3 games @ Montreal (43-72)
  • 3 games vs. Baltimore (71-44)

Standings Notes
  • Philly holds steady with a 2 game lead over Baltimore with their 73-42 record.
  • The Los Angeles Bluebirds are 49 games back of us in the HL West.
  • Cleveland’s 61-54 record has them 2 games up on Detroit in the AL East.
  • St. Louis is hanging on with a 1 game lead over Kansas City in the AL West.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. San Diego
  5. Kansas City
  6. St. Louis
  7. Los Angeles Seraphs
  8. Chicago Stars
  9. Washington
  10. Toronto
Around the League
  • Kansas City LF Scott Ingram knocked out 6 hits August 5th against the Los Angeles Bluebirds.
  • All-Star closer Jim Howard, traded to San Diego earlier this season, signed a contract extension of 3 years that will pay him $1,208,000 over that span.
  • Detroit Zephyrs CF Vic Baez hit the 300th home run of his career on August 6th against the Atlanta Thrashers. For his career he is batting .275 with 421 doubles, 100 triples, 300 home runs, and 1339 RBI.
  • St. Louis Saints SP Tom Gerber notched the 100th win of his career on August 6th in the Saints game against Cleveland.
  • Toronto Maple Leaf LF Jeff Wooten hit the 200th home run of his career on August 7th against the Dallas Texans.
  • Cincinnati Redbirds 1B Jay Parker was named HL Player of the Week after batting .571 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.
  • The Ash League named Toronto LF Jeff Wooten as its Player of the Week this week after he hit .435 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI.
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8/18/1980

Week #19 Recap
Record: 82-39
Position: 1st (7 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 611 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 412 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .722 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 121.0,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 2-4 this week:
8/11 - beat Montreal 14-2 (W-Williams, 2-0, L-Duenas, 2-5) - HR by Santiago (1). 3 hits by Bob Hancock, along with 3 RBI. The 9th spot in our batting order went 5-5 on the day, as Rubin Solis got 2 hits before being pinch hit for.
8/12 - loss to Montreal 6-4 (W-Fitch, 9-14, S-Jackson (26), L-Amador, 9-3) - 2 hits and 2 RBI for Pete Grier.
8/13 - loss to Montreal 5-1 (W-Scales, 7-17, L-Figiel, 13-8) - 6 total hits for Mallards.
8/14 - loss to Baltimore 10-4 (W-Campbell, 6-9, L-Riggs, 0-1) - HR by Schwartz (14), Auld (15). 2 hits for Auld, Schwartz, Baldridge.
8/15 - loss to Baltimore 5-1 (W-Diaz, 17-6, L-Leyva, 13-7) - HR by Swan (15). 2 hits for Auld, Musgrave.
8/16 - beat Baltimore 8-6 (W-Straub, 5-1, S-Patterson (10), L-Postell 2-2) - HRs by Baldridge (1), Schwartz (15), Carroll (14). 3 hits for Auld. 4 RBI for Schwartz.

Hitting Notes
  • Grier has 92 RBI, 8 short of 100. He has already set a career high in RBI, and is one short of his career high mark of 27 home runs.
  • Ken Baldridge hit our first home run from a 3B this year this week.
  • Dan Musgrave is up to 37 stolen bases. Mario Mora has 24.

Pitching Notes
  • Jimmy Riggs got rocked in his first start upon replacing Ruben Solis, who is out with elbow tendinitis.
  • Bob Carithers should be out another week, but then ready to return.
  • Wally Christensen has 6-7 more weeks due to his injury.
  • Juan Leyva’s ERA has risen to 2.21 after his shelling on August 10th.
  • Our starting rotation is currently 2nd in the HL with a 3.02 ERA.
  • Our bullpen is currently 6th in the HL with a 2.89 ERA.

Other Team News
  • 2B Bobby Bugbee is hitting .342 with 4 home runs at AAA Porterville.
  • Closer Ginger Saltz has 7 saves and a 3.71 ERA at AA Kernal City.
  • CF Joe Rhoads is batting .357/.434/.491 with 4 home runs at AA Kernal City.
  • Promoted SP Glenn Berrian (25 yrs. old) up to AAA Porterville from AA.
  • Promoted SP Joe Hoehn (20 yrs old) up to AA Kernal City from A.

Next Week
  • 3 games @ Philadelphia (75-46)
  • 3 games vs. San Francisco (56-65)
  • 3 games vs. Minnesota (59-62)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia and Baltimore are now tied atop the HL East.
  • Cleveland has built up a 4 game lead over 2nd place Washington in the AL East.
  • St. Louis continues to hold on to a slim 1 game lead over Los Angeles in the AL West.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. San Diego
  3. Baltimore
  4. Cleveland
  5. Los Angeles Seraphs
  6. St. Louis
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Kansas City
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Chicago Stars
Around the League
  • Detroit Zephyr ace Lionell Blount pitched a shutout August 11th against St. Louis. He gave up 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. He is 12-6 on the season, with a 3.27 ERA.
  • Chicago Unions LF Phil Lea picked up the 1000th hit of his career August 11th against Washington. On the season he is batting .272 with 5 home runs and 25 RBI.
  • Detroit’s star rookie Pop Nivens has been lost for the remainder of the season with a broken kneecap suffered in the Zephyrs’ game on August 10th. He was hitting .347 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI on the season.
  • Philly’s Mike Seawright and Pittsburgh’s Jim Corbin are tied atop the HL with a .360 batting average.
  • Seawright continues to lead in Home Runs and RBI with 36 and 110 accordingly.
  • Baltimore Baybirds pitcher Radford Barr leads TBL in Wins with 18.
  • Philadelphia Centennials closer Mark Farley leads TBL in Saves with 34.
  • Pittsburgh Summits 1B Jim Corbin was named HL Player of the Week, courtesy of his .591 average, 3 home runs, and 9 RBI performance.
  • Boston Colonials’ 2B Eric Turner was named AL Player of the Week after batting .480 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI.
  • The Los Angeles Bluebirds, owners of the worst record in TBL, have fired both GM Ceasar Mitchell and Manager Milt Green.
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8/25/1980

Week #20 Recap
Record: 84-44
Position: 1st (4 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 641 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 450 (tied for 2nd in Hickory League)
Defense: .719 (2nd in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 112.1,— (5th in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 2-5 this week:
8/18 - loss to Philadelphia 5-4 (W-Howard, 12-7, S-Farley (35), L-Medina, 0-2) - 2 HRs by Carroll (16).
8/19 - loss to Philadelphia 5-4 (W-Guerrero, 8-10, S-Owens (2), L-Stone, 1-2) - 2 hits by Swan. 2 RBI by Rainey.
8/20 - loss to Philadelphia 7-6 (W-Wilson, 1-1, L-Williams, 2-1) - HRs by Grier (25), Baldridge (2). 3 RBI for Grier.
8/21 - beat San Francisco 4-3 (W-Williams, 3-1, L-Andes, 2-6) - HRs by Rainey (11), Carroll (17).
8/22 - beat San Francisco 4-1 (W-Riggs, 1-1, S-Patterson (11), L-Marquez, 2-7) - 2 hits by Grier, Schwartz, Baldridge.
8/23 - loss to San Francisco 11-3 (W-Solares, 12-13, L-Amador, 9-4) - 2 hits for Swan and Auld.
8/24 - loss to San Francisco 6-5 (W-Burton, 5-5, S-Dawson (12), L-Patterson, 3-3) - HR by Grier (26). 2 RBI each by Grier and Rainey.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld has a 20 game hitting streak going.
  • Pete Grier has 99 RBI. Overall he is batting .316 with 26 home runs and 99 RBI.
  • Ian Auld is batting .347 with 15 home runs and 76 RBI.
  • Ron Schwartz is batting .324 with 17 home runs and 89 RBI.
  • Dan Musgrave is currently in a slump. On the season he is hitting .238/.343/.311 with 3 home runs and 48 RBI.
  • Richie Swan is batting .285/.384/.439 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI on the season.

Pitching Notes
  • Bob Carithers’ return is up in the air currently. He is still suffering from back spasms, and it is unclear at this time when he will be fully recovered.
  • Juan Leyva is 1-4 in his last 10 starts. His ERA has climbed from a low of 1.87 in that time to 2.33 currently.
  • Bob Figiel is 2-5 in his last 11 starts. He is currently 13-8 with a 4.28 ERA.
  • Since his arrival here, Harold Patterson has 11 saves and a 2.28 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched.

Other Team News
Next Week
  • 2 more vs. Minnesota (64-64)
  • 3 games @ Cincinnati (57-71)
  • 3 games vs. New York Mammoths (63-65)

Standings Notes
  • Our lead is down to 4 games over San Diego. We have gone 3-7 in our last 10, while San Diego has gone 8-2.
  • Philadelphia built a 3 game lead over Baltimore in the HL East.
  • Cleveland holds on to a 4 1/2 game lead over Detroit in the AL East.
  • Kansas City has taken over 1st place in the AL West after winning 9 of its last 10 games. It is 1 game up on Los Angeles, which is 8-2 in its last 10. St. Louis is just 5-5 in that same timeframe.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Kansas City
  2. San Diego
  3. Los Angeles Seraphs
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Milburn
  6. Baltimore
    [*Pittsburgh
  7. St. Louis
  8. Minnesota
  9. New York Mammoths
Around the League
  • Philadelphia closer Mark Farley has been lost for the year due to a hamstring strain. He has a 1.53 ERA and 35 saves on the season.
  • Baltimore Baybirds 2B Paul Curley reached the 2000 hit milestone August 20th at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore against Cincinnati. For his career he has a .292 average, with 246 home runs and 976 RBI.
  • The Montreal Royales were officially eliminated from the playoffs on August 21st.
  • The Milwaukee Chiefs were officially eliminated from the playoffs on August 22nd. The Chiefs last appeared in the playoffs in 1925, a 55 season drought.
  • Pittsburgh hurler Brand Stafford put on quite a show as he blitzed the Los Angeles Bluebirds with a 4-0 shutout. He allowed 4 hits, while striking out 4 and walking no one. He is 12-9 with a 5.19 ERA on the season.
  • The Brooklyn Atlantics were eliminated from the playoffs on August 24th. This is the 7th consecutive season they have failed to reach the postseason.
  • Kansas City’s Scott Ingram has taken over the TBL batting race with a .370 average. Jim Corbin of Pittsburgh is 2nd at .364.
    ]*]Baltimore’s Radford Barr is the first pitcher to 20 wins on the season.
  • Pittsburgh 1B Jim Corbin remains hot, and as a result was named HL Player of the Week once again. This past week Corbin batted .435 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI.
  • Lew Wafer of the Kansas City Keystones was named AL Player of the Week after his .444, 5 home run, 14 RBI performance. On the season Wafer is hitting .299 with 22 home runs and 88 RBI.
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Week #21 Recap
Record: 89-45
Position: 1st (6 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 680 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 467 (tied for 1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .718 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 125.6,++ (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 5-1 this week:
8/25 - beat Minnesota 4-1 - (W-Leyva, 14-7, L-Young, 8-15) - HRs by Rainey (12), Auld 2 (17). 3 hits by Auld and Mora. Leyva pitched a 6 hit complete game.
8/26 - beat Minnesota 6-4 - (W-Schubert, 5-5, S-Patterson (12), L-Joyce, 10-7) - HR by Carroll (18). 3 hits by Musgrave. 2 RBI by Swan and Baldridge.
8/27 - beat Cincinnati 10-2 - (W-Riggs, 2-1, S-Williams (1), L-Farakiko, 4-8) - 2 HRs by Grier (28). 3 hits by Auld and Grier. 3 RBI by Grier.
8/28 - loss to Cincinnati 4-3 - (W-Coleman, 4-2, L-Patterson, 3-4) - HR by Carroll (19). 2 hits each from Carroll and Grier. Patterson blew just his second save since coming over to us.
8/30 - beat Cincinnati 10-2 - (W-Leyva, 15-7, L-Stein, 5-18) - HRs by Baldridge (3), Auld (18), Carroll (20). 3 hits by Auld and Musgrave. 3 RBI by Auld and Baldridge. Complete game by Leyva.
8/31 - beat New York Mammoths 6-4 (W-Straub, 6-1, S-Patterson (13), L-Scott, 4-1) - 3 hits by Auld. 2 RBI each by Swan and Grier.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld had his 22 game hitting streak snapped on August 28th in the game against Cincinnati.
  • Softening the blow a bit perhaps was the fact that Auld was named HL Player of the Week, after batting .545 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI. On the season he has a .355 average with 18 home runs and 82 RBI. He is 2nd in the Hickory League in Batting Average.
  • Pete Grier is 3rd in the HL in Home Runs behind Mike Seawright and Jim Corbin, who have 38 and 36 HRs respectively.
  • Grier is also 3rd in RBI in the HL with 105, behind Seawright’s 115 and Corbin’s 110.
  • Richie Swan is still 2nd in Batter WAR in the HL at 7.4, and Ron Schwartz is 3rd at 7.3.
  • Ken Baldridge is starting to give us some power from the 3B position that we have been missing all season. He has hit three home runs now, in 136 plate appearances. Mora has yet to hit one in 418 plate appearances.

Pitching Notes
  • Received word from the training staff that Wally Christensen is making great progress and should be back to full health in 2-3 weeks.
  • Juan Leyva is holding onto 1st in the HL in Pitcher WAR at 7.8. He is 3rd in Strikeouts with 163. He seems to have righted the ship again, as he won both his starts this week.
  • Both Christensen and Ruben Solis are about two weeks away from their returns from injury as well.
  • Jimmy Riggs is making a case to keep him in the rotation in spite of Christensen and Solis returning soon. Since his rocky first start, in his last two starts he has given up just 1 run in 14 innings.

Other Team News
  • Since moving up to AAA, 23-year-old Jim Cahoon, our draft pick in the Supplemental Round 1 this year, has started 5 games and is 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA.
  • We moved 21-year-old pitcher Austin Hopson up from A Cascadia City up to AA Kernal City. At Cascadia City he was 11-6 with a 2.92 ERA in 21 games started.

Next Week
  • 2 more games vs. New York Mammoths
  • 3 games @ San Diego
  • 3 games vs. Los Angeles Bluebirds

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia and Baltimore are tied atop the HL East at 82-52 each.
  • Cleveland leads the Generals of Washington by 1 game in the AL East.
  • Los Angeles has a 1/2 game lead over Kansas City in the AL West.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. San Diego
  3. Baltimore
  4. Los Angeles Seraphs
  5. Kansas City
  6. St. Louis
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Chicago Unions
  9. Seattle Rainiers
  10. Pittsburgh Summits
Around the League
  • Cleveland CF Mark Kellar notched the 1000th hit of his career on August 25th. For his career the 33-year-old has a .266 average with 79 home runs
  • The San Francisco Seals were officially eliminated from the playoffs after their loss on August 27th. This will be the fourth season in a row they have failed to make the playoffs.
  • Boston Colonials 2B Eric Turner hit the 200th home run of his career on August 28th against the Dallas Texans. For the season he is hitting .301 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI.
  • Brooklyn Atlantics SS Ken Woods has been lost for the rest of the season with a strained hamstring. He has a .311 average with 19 home runs and 72 RBI on the season.
  • Los Angeles Seraphs 2B Lavell Ford hit the 200th home run of his career on August 29th. For his career the 33-year-old has a .264 average with 1254 hits, 200 home runs, and 796 RBI.
  • Detroit Zephyrs ace Lionell Blount pitched a shutout August 30th against the Los Angeles Seraphs, giving up 6 hits and striking out 6 to run his record to 14-7 with a 3.12 ERA on the season.
  • Chicago Unions 3B Al Hendrix was named AL Player of the Week, courtesy of his .591, 1 home run, 8 RBI performance. On the season he is hitting .258 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI.
  • Pittsburgh Summits 1B Jim Corbin was named HL Batter of the Month, after hitting .456 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 26 games this month. On the season he is batting .361 with 36 home runs and 110 RBI.
  • The Kansas City Keystones 24 year old RF Lew Wafer was named AL Batter of the Month after hitting .392 with 9 home runs and 28 RBI in August. On the year he is hitting .302 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI.
  • The Cleveland Foresters announced that 2B Otis Willilams has signed a 6-year extension worth $671,666 per season. For this season, the 28-year-old is hitting .319 with 5 home runs and 51 RBI, playing in his first All-Star Game as well.
  • Philadelphia’s Mike Seawright and Pittsburgh’s Jim Corbin are battling for possible Triple Crown. Seawright right now leads the Hickory League in Average, Home Runs, and RBI, but Corbin is right behind him in all three categories.
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Week #22 Recap
Record: 93-48
Position: 1st (7 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 705 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 493 (2nd in Hickory League)
Defense: .720 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 122.7,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 73/100

The Mallards go 4-3 this week:
9/1 - beat New York Mammoths 5-1 (W-Schubert, 6-5, L-Bjerg, 4-11) - HR by Rainey (13). 4 hits by Rainey, 3 hits by Carroll.
9/2 - loss to New York 2-0 (W-Sutphen, 11-15, S-McFall (7), L-Amador, 9-5) - 2 hits by Swan and Rainey.
9/3 - loss to San Diego 5-4 (W-Easter, 2-3, S-Howard (17), L-Stone, 1-3) - HRs by Swan (16), Musgrave (4). 2 hits, 2 RBI for Swan.
9/4 - beat San Diego 7-6 in 11 innings (W-Patterson, 4-4, S-Stone (5), L-Howard, 8-3) - HRs by Grier (29), Swan (17). 3 hits by Rainey.
9/5 - loss to San Diego 6-1 (W-Miller, 10-14, L-Figiel, 13-9) - 2 hits by Auld.
9/6 - beat the LA Bluebirds 6-5 (W-Medina, 1-2, L-Little, 2-5) - HR by Santiago (2). Game was won by a walk-off single from Ron Schwartz in the bottom of the 9th inning. 2 hits by Auld and Grier. 2 RBI by Baldridge and Santiago.
9/7 - beat the LA Bluebirds 2-1 (W-Amador, 10-5, S-Patterson (14), L-Shin, 5-4) - HR by Amador (2). 2 hits for Auld.

Hitting Notes
  • Dan Musgrave increased his stolen base total on the season to 39. Mora has 26, Swan has 22.
  • Ian Auld joined the 100 runs scored club for the season. He joins Richie Swan, who has scored 113 runs. Pete Grier is at 94 on the season.
  • Ron Schwartz needs 6 RBI in the final 13 games to reach 100 on the season.
  • Jody Carroll leads the team in walks, with 109. He is followed by Swan, with 88.
  • Schwartz has the highest OBP on the team, at .423. Following him is Carroll, at .392.

Pitching Notes
  • Bob Carithers came off the Disabled List after his stint with back spasms. We will have him pitch a game or two at AAA Porterville to rehab from his time off.
  • Harold Patterson has 31 saves total on the season. 17 with Houston, 14 with us.
  • Amador became the 4th Mallards pitcher to reach double figures in wins on the season, joining Leyva, Figiel, and Carithers.

Other Team News
  • Our Magic # is now at 7 games over San Diego with 13 games to play. We have a 7 game lead on them.

Next Week
  • 1 more vs. Los Angeles (40-101)
  • 3 @ Chicago Stars (79-62)
  • 3 vs. Brooklyn (61-80)

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia ran up a 2 game lead on Baltimore with their 87-54 record. Their Magic # is 12.
  • Washington took over 1st in the AL East, and holds a 1/2 game lead over Detroit, and 1 game above Cleveland. Washington’s Magic # is 14.
  • Kansas City took over first in the AL West, leading over St. Louis by 1/2 game, and Los Angeles by 1 1/2 games. KC’s Magic # is 14.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. Chicago Stars
  5. San Diego
  6. Kansas City
  7. Chicago Unions
  8. St. Louis
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. LA Seraphs
Around the League
  • Chicago Unions SP Joel Clauss pitched a 6 hit shutout against the Atlanta Thrashers on September 1st. After getting the last out, Clauss apparently celebrated too much for Atlanta manager John Rogers' liking. Rogers attempted to scold Clauss after the final out, and which point Chicago manager Law Lard got involved.
  • Washington Generals SP Tom Heroff pitched a 1-hit shutout against Toronto on September 2nd. He struck out 7 in the win. Heroff is 8-7 with a 2.93 ERA on the season.
  • Boston SP Morris Lashley pitched a 2-hit shutout on September 2nd against Cleveland. He is 18-7 with a 3.07 ERA now on the season.
  • Houston Buffaloes LF Carlyle Gipson collected the 1500th hit of his career on September 2nd. The 30 year old is batting .308 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI on the season. His lifetime average is .310, and he has hit 172 home runs.
  • St. Louis Saints SP Tom Gerber pitched a 2 hit shutout of Atlanta on September 5th, running his season record to 12-11 with a 3.89 ERA.
  • Washington Generals SP Johnny Osbon won the 100th game of his career on September 5th, when he and the Generals beat the LA Seraphs 3-2. He is 12-10 this season now, with a 3.09 ERA.
  • Chicago Unions LF Hank Pfeiffer hit the 200th home run of his career on September 6th against the St. Louis Saints. He is now batting .258 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI this season.
  • The New York Mammoths were officially eliminated from the playoffs on September 7th. This is the 17th consecutive season they have missed out on postseason baseball.
  • Brooklyn Atlantics C Dave Duncan was named Hickory League Player of the Week this week after batting .429 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. On the season he is now batting .234 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI.
  • Dallas Texans 1B Gene Moon was named Ash League Player of the Week after hitting .833 with no home runs and 3 RBI on the week. For the season he is batting .333 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI.
  • Jim Steadman of the Baltimore Baybirds has taken over the HL Batting Race with a .374 average.
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Week #23 Recap
Record: 97-50
Position: 1st (9 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 733 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 505 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .721 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 124.8,o (1st in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 78/100

The Mallards go 4-2 this week:
9/8 - beat Los Angeles 1-0 (W-Patterson, 5-4, L-Schaumburg, 1-15) - This was a pitching gem for both clubs. Neither team scored in regulation, and we won it in the bottom of the 10th thanks to a Grier walk-off home run (30). 3 hits for Grier. Jimmy Riggs pitched 9 innings of shutout ball, but didn’t get the win.
9/9 - beat Chicago 14-4 (W-Leyva, 16-7, L-Wofford, 5-4) - HRs by Baldridge (4), Carroll (21). 3 hits by Swan, Schwartz, and Leyva. 6 RBI by Baldridge, 3 for Leyva.
9/10 - loss to Chicago 1-0 (W-Gutierrez, 13-8, L-Figiel, 13-10) - 3 hits only for Mallards.
9/11 - loss to Chicago 3-2 (W-Wyble, 2-0, L-Pattesron, 5-5) - HR by Barnett (1).
9/12 - beat Brooklyn 7-1 (W-Amador, 11-5, L-Mendez, 6-14) - HRs by Swan (18) and Carroll (22). 4 RBI by Swan. 2 hits each for Swan, Carroll, Rainey, Baldridge.
9/13 - beat Brooklyn 4-3 (10) (W-Patterson, 6-5, L-Waller, 2-5) - HRs by Grier (31) and Swan (19). 2 hits for Grier, Carroll, Musgrave.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld’s average fell a bit, to .348 on the season.
  • Auld reached 100 runs scored this week, joining Swan in the Century Club for runs scored. Grier needs 2 more to reach 100.
  • No RBI this week for Schwartz, so he remains at 94 on the season.
  • Swan’s WAR is up to 8.2 on the season. Schwartz is at 7.5, and Grier is at 6.5.

Pitching Notes
  • Ruben Solis has been deemed healthy. He will get a start or two down at AAA Porterville as he works his way back.
  • With his 16th win this week, Juan Leyva took over the team lead in Wins.
  • Bob Figiel reached double digits in losses for the season, with his 10th loss coming this week.
  • Bob Carithers started 2 games for Porterville, pitching complete games in both of them and tallying a 3.00 ERA. We will send Pedro Medina down to AAA to make room for Bob on the Big Club roster. Jimmy Riggs moves back to the bullpen.

Other Team News
  • We clinched the HL West on September 14th!
  • Our fan interest jumped from 73 to 78 with the clinching of the division.

Next Week
  • 1 more vs. Brooklyn
  • 3 games vs. Milwaukee
  • 3 games @ Pittsburgh

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia is holding on to its 2 game lead over Baltimore, with 7 games remaining. Their Magic # is 6.
  • Cleveland has regained 1st Place in the AL East, leading Washington and Detroit by 2 games. Their Magic # is 6.
  • Kansas City leads the AL West by 2 games over St. Louis, with a Magic # of 6 also.
  • Top 10 in Power Rankings:
  1. Milburn
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. Kansas City
  5. San Diego
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. St. Louis
  8. Chicago Stars
  9. LA Seraphs
  10. Cleveland
Around the League
  • San Francisco Seals SP Tom Dewitt learned he will be out another 3 months due to bone chips in his elbow. He is undergoing surgery tomorrow in San Francisco.
  • Cincinnati has fired its GM, Buck Ormsbee. The 59-year-old has been in the role for the past 8 seasons.
  • Brooklyn CF Larry Norlander was named HL Player of the Week this week. In the past 7 days, he has batted .500 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. On the season he is hitting .268 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI.
  • LA Seraphs 2B Lavell Ford was named AL Player of the Week after batting .476 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI this week. On the season he has a .264 average with 19 home runs and 87 RBI.
  • Looks like there will be no Triple Crown winner this year as Jim Steadman of the Baybirds appears to have the batting title wrapped up. He is hitting .371, while Jim Corbin is at .357.
  • The Ash League Home Run race is wrapped up, as KC’s Roger Dumont has a 43 home run total to teammate Lew Wafer’s 27. The Hickory League is up in the air still though, as Philly’s Mike Seawright has 41, while Pitt’s Jim Corbin has 39.
  • Steadman currently has a 20 game hitting streak going as well.
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Well, I knew we had some good young talent, but I didn't expect this so quickly. When I think about all the injuries we have had to our pitching staff, I definitely count my blessings. But of course, the race does not end with the clinching of the division.

Next up will be to get everyone healthy, and then we have the Hickory League Pennant Series. Not quite sure who we will face yet. With 7 games left to play, Philadelphia has a 2 game lead over Baltimore. The Magic # is 6 right now.

So far this season we are 7-5 against Philadelphia, and 5-7 against Baltimore, so based on records we would rather face Philly. But of course, we will take on anyone and everyone in the playoffs.

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Week #24 Recap
Record: 102-52
Position: 1st (7 games ahead of San Diego)
Runs Scored: 763 (1st in Hickory League)
Runs Allowed: 526 (1st in Hickory League)
Defense: .720 (1st in Hickory League)
Power Ranking: 1st ( in TBL)
Owner Mood: Ecstatic; Fan Interest: 78/100

The Mallards go 5-2 this week:
9/15 - beat Brooklyn 5-3 - (W-Stone, 2-3, S-Patterson (15), L-Humphrey, 9-10) - HRs by Rainey (14), Binks (2). 2 hits for Rainey.
9/16 - loss to Milwaukee 6-5 (W-Calhoun, 4-6, S-Turner (33), L-Straub, 6-2) - HR by Carroll (23). 3 hits for Carroll and Grier.
9/17 - beat Milwaukee 5-3 - (W-Williams, 5-3, S-Patterson (16), L-Williams, 2-5) - HR by Swan (20). 2 hits and 2 RBI for Swan.
9/18 - beat Milwaukee 3-2 - (W-Amador, 12-5, S-Patterson (17), L-Soria, 10-17) - HR by Grier (32). 2 RBI by Swan.
9/19 - beat Pittsburgh 2-1 - (W-Leyva, 17-7, S-Holmes (5), L-Thrall, 2-3) - 3 hits for Swan.
9/20 - beat Pittsburgh 7-2 - (W-Carithers, 16-2, L-Jonkman, 15-12) - 2 hits for Grier and Rainey. 2 RBI for Rainey and Binks.
9/21 - loss to Pittsburgh 4-3 - (W-Frappier, 1-1, S-Molsbee (39), L-Straub, 6-3) - 2 hits for Swan.

Hitting Notes
  • Ian Auld led the team in hitting with a .345 average.
  • Pete Grier led the team in home runs and RBI with 32 and 113. He also finished the regular season with a .320 average.
  • Jody Carroll finished 2nd on the team in home runs with 23.
  • Richie Swan also reached 20 home runs on the season.
  • Ron Schwartz ended up with 95 RBI to finish 2nd on the team.
  • Dan Musgrave finished with 40 SB to lead the team.

Pitching Notes
  • Juan Leyva led the team in Wins in the regular season with 17.
  • Bob Carithers led the team in ERA in the regular season with a 2.19 ERA. Carithers finished with a 16-2 record.
  • Leyva also led the team in strikeouts with 179.
  • Patterson finished with 17 saves in his time with us. Hal Holmes and Ruben Solis were next highest with 5 each.
  • Wally Christensen made a start in the final week after returning from surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. He pitched 5 1/3 innings on September 17th, giving up 2 runs and 6 hits in a no-decision. His last appearance was 4 months and 3 days prior.

Other Team News
  • Kernal City Huskers players announcing they are retiring from baseball: CF Fred Richardson (33 yrs old), 1B Mike King (33 yrs old).
  • Porterville Pheasants players announcing they are retiring from baseball: RF Rick Conlon (35 yrs old).

Standings Notes
  • Philadelphia ended up winning the HL East, as their 96-58 record let them finish 4 games ahead of Baltimore.
  • The Cleveland Foresters won the AL East division with a 81-71 record, finishing 2 games ahead of both Detroit and Washington.
  • Kansas City pulled out a narrow division title win in the AL West, squeaking by the St. Louis Saints and LA Seraphs with a 90-63 record. KC won the division by 2 games.

Around the League
  • LA Bluebirds CF John Joseph picked up the 1500th hit of his career on September 15th. His career average is .241 with 121 home runs.
  • Baltimore 2B Jim Steadman had his 22 game hitting streak snapped on September 17th against the Minnesota Millers.
  • Detroit Zephyrs C Eric Hamer cracked the 100th home run of his career on September 21st. For the season he is batting .216 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI.
  • Baltimore 2B Jim Steadman won the 1980 HL Batting Title with a .368 average. Mike Seawright of Philadelphia finished 2nd with a .358 average.
  • Kansas City LF Scott Ingram pulled out the 1980 AL Batting Title with a .358 average. Charlie Perkins of the Seattle Rainiers finished 2nd with a .340 average.
  • Seawright won the HL Home Run Title with 42 home runs, 2 ahead of Pittsburgh’s Jim Corbin.
  • Kansas City’s Roger Dumont won the AL Home Run Title with 44 home runs. Second was Kansas City’s Lew Wafer.
  • Seawright also finished with the most RBI overall, with 132. Dumont led the AL with 125.
  • Baltimore’s Radford Barr led The Big Leagues in Wins with 23. Pittsburgh’s Layne Hughes also finished above 20, with 21 wins. Boston’s Morris Lashley led the AL with 19 wins.
  • The LA Seraphs closer Tim Pittinger led The Big Leagues with 42 saves, one ahead of St. Louis’ Charlie Thomas. Jim Howard of San Diego led the HL with 39.
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