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Old 04-07-2017, 11:56 PM   #1
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The Colonial Baseball League (redux)


Non-required Background reading:
If you pay super close attention to this sub, you might remember me starting something similar to this about a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, my laptop crashed and died a horrible death, and all hope was lost. I didn’t feel like taking the time to re-make all of the logos and unis, so this idea went into the garbage pile. Then, by some stroke of luck, I was going through some old flash drives when I found that I’d made a backup of all the logos and uniforms. I still, to this day, don’t remember ever doing that, but way to go prudent past me. So with those logos available, I can embark on this new journey with the 12 tribes of Kobol, and their sudden inexplicable love of baseball.

Twelves tribes. 32 teams.
If you haven’t seen Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 series), go watch it. Seriously. It's sadly not on Netflix anymore (at least in the US), but I think it is on Hulu, and if you don’t have that, well, life, uh, finds a way.
Anyway, centuries ago, the refugees from the planet Kobol happened upon twelve worlds that could support life. These became the twelve colonies. As time went on, the colonies and colonists grew apart, developing their own cultures and customs. It wasn’t until centuries later that a single unifying threat would remind them that they are stronger together than they are apart. That threat was the Cylons. As the Cylon war ended, the twelve tribes once again entered an era of peace, but this time, they entered it united as they had never been. For the first time, there was a unified government, court system, open travel, and unified recreational activities. Activities like pyramid (or, as we call it on Earth, baseball).

Each planet formed their own regional leagues, and hosted impromptu exhibition games and tournaments to determine who the best pyramid team in the colony was. Thanks to a herculean effort of a few individuals, a charter was drawn up for the first unified league, which would feature teams from all twelve colonies, divided into 8 divisions of 4 teams each. 5 years ago, in the Colonial year 2015, that dream was achieved, when the Queenstown Wave won the inaugural season championship.

Changing the league structure
It quickly became apparently, however, that fans didn’t like the league’s divisional setup and scheduling. They wanted to see different teams from different planets. A compromise was reached: the league would move to a round-robin format, but split into two tiers: The Premier League and Challenger League. The best 12 teams in the colonies would play in the Premier League, to represent the twelve tribes. The number is purely symbolic, there is no rule that says each planet sends one team – just the 12 best teams over the past 5 years. The rest will play in the Challenger league, with the top 2 teams advancing to the Premier League. Likewise, the Premier League will relegate its worst two teams every year.

The initial selection of the 12 teams for the premier league was pretty simple: The 5 teams to win league championships, along with the 7 teams who had the best win percentage over the league’s first five years. Queenstown won the title twice in 5 years, allowing one extra team to sneak in as a wildcard.

The Premier League will play an 88 game schedule. Each team will play the other 11 teams 8 times, split over 2 series of 4 games each. The top 2 teams at season’s end will play a best of 5 for the Colonial Cup Championship. The bottom two teams in the league will be relegated.

The Challenger League will a 76 game schedule. Each team will play the other 19 teams 4 times, twice at home and twice on the road. This will also be done as a 4 game series, with the teams switching home and away after two games. The top 4 teams after the season will meet in the playoffs. The two winners of the semifinals will earn promotion to the Premier League, and move on to the Challenger Championship series.

Our story begins
So here we are, at the beginning of a new season and a brand new league structure. Who will win the Premier League Title? Who will be the first teams relegated and promoted? Only time can tell. So say we all.

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Get to know the colonies and teams


Aerilon

About the colony:
Aerilon is known as the food basket of the colonies, as it is primarily an agricultural world. Despite this, it is one of the poorest colonies, and home to the second smallest population of all the twelve worlds.

The teams:
Premier League

Both the Landson Vipers and the Promethea Miners squeaked into the premier league, taking the 11th and 12th wildcard spots respectively.

The Vipers are led by arguably the best catcher in the league, Raymond Hubbard. Hubbard has been an all star every year he’s been in the league, and has won the Silver Stick award for catchers twice in 4 years.



The Miners are led by Jared Weatherdon of Scorpia. Jared has led his team in OBP in each of the last 4 years, leading the league in the category in 2019. He won’t hit the ball out of the park very often, but he’ll just about always find his way to the basepads.



Challenger League

The Promethea Pirates had a middling campaign during the first, finishing their first 5 seasons at 8 games over .500, and having never reached the playoffs. The Pirates are anchored by 5-time all star Harold Moore on the mound. He’s posted a sub 3 ERA in 4 consecutive years, and over 150 Ks in 3 of those 4 seasons.





Aquarion

About the Colony:
Aquarion is the outermost habitable planet in its system, and as such is a frigid, arctic world. It houses the smallest population of the twelve colonies. Because of the harsh conditions, it produces relatively few major league caliber pyramid players. Also, thanks to the weather, both teams share a single domed stadium.

The Teams:
Challenger League


Neither squad had fantastic campaigns during the first 5 years of the league, with both finishing south of the .450 mark. With two of the smallest budgets in the league, this didn’t really come as a shock.

If the Storm manage to take a lead into the 9th, they usually finish it, thanks to their all-star closer Callum Macdougall. The Tauron native recorded 21 saves in 2018, while only blowing 4 attempts. His numbers fell slightly last year, but he did record 61 strikeouts in 42 appearances.

The Blizzard are led by their young right fielder Kyne Barneville. A late round pick that has blossomed in just two years in the league, Kyne led the team with 14 homers and 12 doubles, hitting just under .300 with an OPS over .851. If Kyne can continue to improve, he could lead the Blizzard to big things in the future.





Canceron

About the Colony:
Canceron is the most populous colony, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. It is an overcrowded planet, with its major cities Hades and Mangala having large slum areas. Canceron is largely an industrial world, with most of its people working in factories.

The Teams:
Premier League
The Drillers won the Colonial Cup in the league’s second year, earning their spot in the Premier League. Reidi is the mark of consistency; they never had a year where they finished below .500.

Sheridan O’Fallon leads the charge for the Drillers. The Championship MVP in 2016 when they won it all, O’Fallon has not fallen off in the years since, smashing 26 home runs last season. However, the star outfielder is a free agent after this season, and is expected to be one of the hottest commodities on the market.



Challenger League

The Krill came close to the playoffs 3 times in 5 years, but never quite made it over the hump, and their poor records in the other two seasons kept them below .500 for the first five seasons, and out of the Premier League.

Eric Harp leads the Krill from the mound. His Win/Loss record isn’t spectacular, but his career ERA is sub 3, and he recorded 158 K’s in 22 starts last season.


The Vice have had it rough, to put it bluntly. Easily the worst team in the league each of the past 5 seasons, the squad has only managed to put up a win percentage of .390 over that time.

The Vice are resting their hopes on First Baseman Carl Witter, the number one overall draft choice in the 2018 draft. He was called up from the Developmental League midway through the season last year, and had a respectable 32 hits and 19 RBI in his first major league stint. The Vice are looking for big things from him in the future.




Caprica

About the Colony:
Caprica is home to the Colonial Government, and Caprican is the official language of the Colonies. It is also considered the “cultural hub” of the colonies, with Caprica City being one of the biggest tourist destinations on all of the 12 worlds.

The Teams:
Premier League

The C-bucs are easily the most recognized team in the league. One of the original pyramid teams, they have fans in every city on every colony. The Buccaneers play in the famed Atlas Arena, set squarely in the heart of Caprica City.

The C-bucs started off their journey through the Colonial league slowly, with an abysmal inaugural season. They’ve managed to right the ship, however, as they made the playoffs each of the last two years, and their 61-29 record in 2019 was more than enough to secure a spot in the Premier league.

Ricardo Nunez led the league with 15 wins in 22 appearances last year for the Bucs. He was a surprise snub for the All-Star game, but made up for it by being named Pitcher of the Year.


Challenger League


Much like the C-bucs, the Legion started off with a poor first season. And while they have also rebounded, it hasn’t been to the same success their Caprican counterparts have seen. The Legion have hovered right around the .500 mark for each of the past three seasons.

They hope that Chris Kowal can help them achieve promotion. Kowal is a 2-time Silver Stick winner at shortstop, as well as a 4 time all star. His numbers fell slightly last year, but he was coming back from an injury that ended his 2018 campaign early. Given a full off season to get back into peak shape, he’s expected to get right back into his groove.

The Islanders are a bit of the reverse of the other Caprican teams. They started with two very good years, but have fallen on hard times since. Attendance has plummeted, and their payroll has fallen sharply with it. But there’s plenty in the bank for this team to start putting together a rebuild.

Possibly the first piece in the rebuild is the acquisition of Bob Murcheson to close out games. Murcheson was the closer for the 2018 champion Queenstown Wave, before jumping to the Islanders in free agency. He’s a senior voice in the clubhouse, and will be a great influence on any new players the Islanders bring in.



Gemenon

About the Colony: Gemenon is a twin planet with Caprica, meaning they orbit each other in addition to their sun. They complete this orbit every 28 days. Gemenon is the second smallest of the 12 planets, but thanks to its location and closeness to Caprica, it still manages to produce quality pyramid players.

The Teams:
Premier League
Playing their home games on the campus of the oldest university in the colonies, the Twins were the model of stability for the first five years of the league. Even though they never won the title, they made the playoffs three years in a row, and finished second in their division the other two. The twins also had the best combined winning percentage over the league’s first five years, at .609.

Jedrek Lawerenz anchors the team. The hard hitting second baseman is a 3-time Silver Stick winner at his position, as well as a 2-time all star. Over his career, he’s led the league in on-base percentage three times, doubles twice, and stolen bases. He doesn’t hit the ball over the fence very often, but he’s a real threat to always be on the basepads.


Challenger League


The Thunder started their campaign well, advancing to the league championship in the first season. However, the lack of a winning season since then has driven down attendance figures, and the team is in a bit of a financial bind right now. It may be a few years before the Thunder can field a competitive team again.

The bright spot for the Thunder has been Richard Noble. The Scorpio native has pitched back to back 10 win seasons for the club. He’s eligible for arbitration after this season, so it is still up in the air whether or not he’ll wear a Thunder uniform next year.

The Arrows are a bit of an enigma: a decent sized payroll that has never really put up any results. What should be a talented roster seems to be seriously underachieving, finishing the 2019 season with a 35-55 record. They’ll be looking for some spark to turn things around and possibly compete for promotion.

Riley Bilburn is a 2-time gold-glover at second base, who has put up decent numbers throughout his career at the plate. The one time first round draft choice of the Arrows is up for free agency after the season, but rumors are the Arrows would like to work out a contract extension before that happens.




Leonis

About the Colony:
Leonis is the largest habitable planet in the Cyrannus system, yet houses only 2 billion people; the same as Gemenon. This is largely due to its sprawling plains and vineyards, which are far more profitable than cities. Leonis is known for its wine, especially the "Leonis Estates" reds. The cities of Hedon and Itar are also major tourist attractions, thanks in large part to their casinos.

The Teams:
Premier League


The Luminere Reds are the reigning Colonial Champions, and only missed the playoffs once in the league’s first five years. The team, sponsored by the famous vineyard that produces the “Luminere Red” and bearing the mascot of their also well known energy drink, are a heavy favorite to win the first season of the Premier League.

Third Baseman John Taylor was the Championship series MVP, and thanks to a recent contract extension, looks to lead the Reds for many years to come.

The Itar Aces join the Premier League as a wildcard team. The two-time playoff squad never finished worse than second in their division, and never worse than .500. Had they been in a different division, they probably would have done even better, but the powerhouse Queenstown Wave were their arch rivals and constant competition.

The Aces are led by their ace Ian Sheirlaw. Ian had an 11 win season last year, while leading the league with a k/9 average over 8. He can also hold his own at the plate, winning the Silver Stick award for pitchers last year.


Challenger League

Despite a pair of playoff appearances in the first and second years of the league, the Lions have not been able to repeat that success, finishing in last place in their division each of the last two years. After almost earning a guaranteed spot by winning the 2016 title, the loss in the finals and subsequent downward spiral have left the Lions in the Challenger League, looking to regain their past success.

John Evenson leads the team from left field. He was the LCS MVP in 2016, and has won 2 gold gloves and a silver stick award. He’s also a 2 time MVP. He bashed in a league leading 83 RBI in their 2016 campaign.

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Libran


About the Colony:
Libran has one major city, Themis, where the justice and legal systems of the Colonies lives. The majority of the rest of the planet is a wildlife reserve, which lends names to the Wolves and Elephants. Themis declined to host any teams, however, so the smaller safari towns were awarded the teams instead.

The Teams:
Premier League

Despite never winning a championship, the Elephants were the best team in their division over the first five years. Outside of one fluke year where they went 38-52, the Elephants never finished below .500 or worse than second in the division. Pundits have them on the watch list as a team that might be in danger of the first relegation, but the Elephants have a lot of confidence after a solid season last year.

The Elephants are led on the mound by Carl Conner, a 4-time all star. Conner has 4 seasons with 10 or more wins, and had sub 3 ERAs all 4 of those seasons. He’s become a dominant strike out pitcher, which a K/9 rate of 8, the second best in the league.


Challenger League

The Wolves, on the other hand, only managed one season above the .500 mark, and never made the playoffs. A full rebuild is probably in order before the Wolves have any hopes of challenging for the Premier League.

The bright spot for the Wolves, and hopefully their rebuild cornerstone, is Antonio Vazquez. He earned an all star spot in his rookie season last year, hitting a hair under .300 with 17 homers. Management hopes he’s the spark the team needs to turn it around.



Picon

About the Colony:
Picon is about 75% water, which makes it famous for both its fishing industry and its vacation destination beaches. Picon is also home to the Colonial Fleet Headquarters: the launching point for most military ships and Battlestars.

The Teams:
Premier League


The Queenstown Wave are the odds on favorites to win the inaugural Premier League championship. They’ve won 2 titles in 5 years, and despite a lackluster 2019, are probably the most talented team in the league. This is the team to watch, as they could establish the Colonial League’s first dynasty.

Hector Moya anchors the team in right field. The 3-time all star has led the league in home runs three times in five years. He slugged an incredible .650 last year, bolstered by his league high 31 homers. He’s a huge reason the Wave have the best offense in the league.

The Blaze are nothing if not consistent, finishing with a 52-38 record for three consecutive seasons. That record was good enough to earn them a playoff berth each time. Their total record was good enough to earn them the second wildcard spot.

In a huge blow to their cross continent rivals, the Blaze managed to swipe catcher Rick Densmore from the Queenstown Wave in free agency. Densmore is a 3 time all star, as well a both a Silver Stick and Gold Glove winner. He was also the MVP of the 2018 Championship series. The Blaze are hoping he provides the offense needed to propel them to the top of the Premier League.


Challenger League

Prior to the unification of all the different leagues, the Panthers and C-Bucs had developed quite a rivalry over the years. Unfortunately, it might be some time before they face off again, as the Panthers did not manage to qualify for the Premier League. The Panthers managed only a single season above the .500 line, and while they did make the playoffs last year, their run was snuffed out in the first round.

The playoff push made the Panthers attractive to free agents that offseason, and they managed to snag one of the hottest free agents in the league, Fred Therrien. Therrien is a former league MVP, as well as 3-time all star. The right fielder led the league in runs scored in 2017, crossing the plate 76 times. His numbers have dipped in the few seasons since, but he still slots in as a solid every day player.



Sagittaron

About the Colony:
Sagittaron is the outlier of the colonies. Its people practice different religious and social customs, and are generally seen as weird by the other eleven colonies. This has led to exploitation and general hard feelings in the past.
The Teams:
Challenger League


The Tawa Archers came close to making it into the Premier League, finishing just 8 games out of the final wildcard spot. That being said, the Archers have been a fairly middle of the road team for the first five years, never straying too far to either side of the .500 mark. They never qualified for the playoffs, but finished 2nd in the division four times. They should be considered one of the favorites to at least challenge for promotion in the first few years.

Pitcher Monroe Shenton made his first all star game last year thanks to a fantastic 12 win season. He led the league in WHIP, allowing less than one walk or hit per inning. He did get some help from his defense, as he also has the league’s lower BABIP at just .241.

With the lowest payroll in the league, the Dust Valley Riders have struggled to compete in the first five seasons of the league. Their best record saw them finishing just 2 games above .500, and the other four seasons saw them in the cellar of their division. Their payroll has increased for the upcoming season, but dipping attendance numbers make it questionable how long that increase will be feasible.

Dylan Bain leads the team off every single day in the batting order. He led the league last year in plate appearances, as well as triples. Bain was the Rider’s 1st pick in the first ever rookie draft. While he hasn’t quite hit the potential the management had hoped for, they did get a solid every day player out of him.



Scorpia

About the Colony:
Scorpia is the warmest planet in the Colonies; known for lush rainforests and scorching deserts. Argentum Bay is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the 12 worlds.

The Teams:
Challenger League


Unfortunately for the planet’s pyramid fans, none of Scorpia’s three teams made it to the Premier League, or were even particularly close. The Lightning came the closest, but still finished 21 games out of the wildcard spot. Celeste made the playoffs in the league’s first year, but have been on the outside looking in ever since.

First Baseman Eamnonn Fair leads the team in most offensive categories, hitting .331 last year with 43 RBI. Fair is up for free agency after this season, so he’ll be looking to put up big numbers to increase his value on the open market.

The Jonoel Scorpions have a bit of a weird rollercoaster like history. Their record has yo-yoed above and below the .500 mark for each of the first five seasons. If that history holds, the Scoprions should have a pretty decent year this upcoming season. Unfortunately, the Scorpions had one too many 30 win seasons to undo their high 50 win seasons, and they couldn’t get into a wildcard spot.

The Scorpions are anchored behind the plate by Raul Valentin. The 4-time all star and 2-time Silver stick winner was Jonoel’s 2nd round pick in the inaugural draft and made an immediate impact. Recognizing the talent, the Scorpions signed Valentin to a huge extension, keeping him in an orange jersey for the next 4 years.

The Argentum Silverstars are arguably the most up and coming team in the league. Despite an abysmal first two season, the Silverstars have improved their record every single year in the league, culminating in their first ever playoff berth last year. With that increase in success has also come an increase in attendance and payroll. The Silverstars are a team to keep an eye on for future years.

The biggest key to last year’s success was center fielder Brian Stevenson. Stevenson was the second overall pick in the 2017 draft, and was called up to the majors after just 6 games in the minors. He’s really blossomed in two years at the top level, leading the league in runs, hits, and stolen bases last year. The Silverstars signed him to a 7 year extension worth over 56 million dollars, meaning Stevenson will be the key piece of the Silverstars team for a long time to come. If his numbers hold, that means very good things for the club.




Tauron

About the Colony:
Tauron has had a checkered past. On the legitimate side of things, the colony is known for its agriculture and ranching. From this, the Bulls take their name. However, the history of Tauron that most know is that of violent street gangs and illegal gambling. the Olympia Hippodrome is the most famous track in the Colonies, and gives the Racers their moniker.

The Teams:
Premier League

The Bulls should send a letter of thank you to the Queenstown Wave, as their second championship opened up the extra wildcard slot that will allow the Bulls to play in the Premier League this season. Most expect the Bulls to be one of the first teams relegated, as outside of one spectacular 63 win season, they played around .500 ball for the first five seasons. In a league of nothing but the best, that level of play just won’t cut it.

The Bull’s rotation is anchored by Cornell Hobson. The right handed forkballer has had 3 consecutive 10-plus win seasons, with an ERA that never strays too far from the 3.0 mark.


Challenger League

The Racers overspent a bit in their first two seasons, leading to a massive cut in payroll entering the 2017 campaign. While the financial hit didn’t actually have a dramatic effect on the team’s record, there was a decrease in productivity. The team is running a positive balance for the first time in 4 years entering the 2020 season, so assuming they’ve got the financials figured out, the Racers could be poised to bulk up and make a run.

Cees Kemper was the only Racer to play all 90 games for the club last season, recording 100 hits and 46 runs scored. While not staggering numbers by any means, Kemper was the one reliable player in a season full of unreliability. Kemper is also a Tauron native, making him popular with the local fan base.




Virgon

About the Colony:
Virgon is known for its forests and lumber industry. It is also a popular tourist attraction, with many people coming to see the old Parliment Building and palaces of the kings and princes that ruled the Colony before the Colonial governments were unified Virgon's capital, Boskirk, is known for its "Boskirk Brew," a beer that is exported to all of the colonies.

The Teams:
Premier League

Considered by some to be the oldest pyramid team in the Colonies, the United won the championship in 2016. Unfortunately for the United, it was their only playoff appearance. If not for the automatic qualification granted by their title win, the United wouldn’t have qualified for the Premier League. Because of that, betting lines have them as the favorite to be relegated in year 1 of the new format.

Trying to make sure that doesn’t happen in first baseman Roy Macgowing. Arguably the league’s base player, Macgowing is a 2-time MVP, 4-time all star, 4-time Silver Stick winner, as well as MVP of the Championship series the United won. As long as Macgowing is on the roster, you can never count the United out.


Challenger League


Coming in with the “oh so close” prize are the Boskirk Brewers. The Brewers lost out on the final wildcard spot to the Bulls by only two games. Like the Bulls, though, that push came mostly on the back of a single extraordinary season. The club has been on a downward tack since their lone playoff season, and are looking to turn it around to qualify for the Premier League.

Shortstop Josh Hayward has led the league in double in each of the past two season. The 3-time all star knocked in 51 runs for the Brewers last year.

Finally, the Opadea Galaxy. The Galaxy have been cellar dwellers for most of the league’s history, but are now on the rise. They earned their first ever playoff berth last year.

This berth came almost exclusively thanks to number 1 overall draft selection Michael Attrill. The 2018 rookie of the year earned his first all star appearance last season, while leading the league in runs scored and triples. Expect the Galaxy to throw a big contract his when soon, as he is arbitration eligible after this season.

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Baxter Sarno: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It’s finally here. Opening day for the Colonial Premier and Challenger leagues. I’m Baxter Sarno with Sports Central, thanking you for joining us to the runup of all the action on this, the most exciting Thursday on Caprica. 16 games taking place today featuring all 32 teams, with the first pitch of the season coming from Atlas Arena in about one hour from now. It’s a full day of pyramid, as we’ll have coverage all through the nightcap on Heim in about 30 Caprican hours. Joining me in the studio is Steve Gordon, and joining us from the campus of Kobol College on Gemenon is Jill Guinan. Jill, I know its about 4 in the morning there, so thanks for getting up early with us today.

Jill: Of course Baxter. I’m always ready to watch the first pitch of a new season, even if it doesn’t line up too well with local time.

Baxter: Jill, we’ll start with where your location, the Kobol College Twins open their campaign at home against Promethea. Now, the Twins had a bit of a rocky pre-season, with just 12 wins. Obviously the talk is “well it’s just the pre-season, don’t worry about it,” but what’s the feeling around the clubhouse?

Jill: The Twins have been extremely consistent for the last few years, so this off-season has been a bit of a disappointment, for sure. I talked with Jendrick Lewerenz a few days ago and he said he didn’t like how anemic the team has been on offense this spring, but he hopes they can shake the rust off a bit in the early going of the season. Their pitching was good, Brennan Dawe was particularly dominant, so if they can find the bats, they could compete.

Baxter: Steve, what are you thoughts on the Twins, from what you’ve seen so far.

Steve: I don’t think they’ll be in danger of relegation this year, that’s for sure, but I also don’t think they’ll be making a push for the cup, either. I agree with Jill and with Jendrick, the offense just isn’t there for the Twins right now. Lewerenz is fantastic at getting on base and getting around the basepads, but he needs support and he needs people to drive him in, and I don’t see a lot of players that can fill that role for the Twins.

Baxter: Well, speaking of relegation, lets take a look at what our computer thinks is going to happen this year in the Premier League. We’ve feed it all the data, including the pre-season results, and the computer thinks that the Itar Aces are the favorites to play for the cup this year.


Steve: There’s a lot of weight on the pre-season results here, clearly. The computer had the Aces around 4th or 5th to start the pre-season, and their great performance in the exhibition schedule has jumped them up for sure. That said, its hard to disagree. Great pitching, and Scott Wilbourn absolutely smashed the cover off the ball. They keep that up, they’ll be hard to beat.

Jill: Its interesting to me that the computer kept the Buccaneers as high as it did. They were first in many of the simulations to start the pre-season, but didn’t have a very good exhibition campaign. So to only fall one spot is a little surprising considering their mediocre record.

Steve: I know the computer has a lot of math and algorithms to determine this, but I agree that some of this doesn’t pass the eye test. I’m surprised how high the Bulls are. They had just as poor a pre-season as the Twins, and somehow jumped up a few spots. And as I said, I don’t think the Twins should be that low. I really don’t see them being relegated.

Baxter: So those are the Premier League predictions, let’s switch gears a little bit and look at the Challenge League. These teams will be fighting for promotion up to the Premier League.


Jill: Again, like Steve said, a lot of bias towards the pre-season, as the Krill weren’t ranked that high this offseason. Same with the Panthers, but that one surprises me a little bit as they didn’t even that that good of a pre-season.

Steve: I do agree with the Silverstars. I think they’ll be the team to watch. And the Galaxy aren’t seen to highly here, but as long as their pitching holds out Michael Attrill will provide all the offense they need.
Baxter: Alright. Thanks Jill and Steve. We’ll be back after this message.
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Complete Challenger League Coverage Weeks 1 and 2

Vice on a roll
Someone tell the Hades Vice that they were supposed to finish near the bottom of the challenger league, because they apparently never got that memo. The Vice are out to a blistering 8-0 start through two weeks of the season, easily the best start in franchise history. The guys in green are doing it with pitching, as their 4 starters have a combined ERA of just 1.04. They’ve allowed the fewest hits and fewest runs, as well as keeping their opponents under a .200 batting average.

Riders Challenging as well
No to be outdone, the Dust Valley Riders have only dropped one game in their first 8 contests. Project to finish near the top of the league, the Riders are still exceeding those expectations in the early going. Much like the Vice, the Riders bread and butter so far has been their pitching. The Riders boast the lowest team ERA in the league through the first 8 games.

Brewers, Wolves falling off pace
Managing only single wins in their first 8 games, both the Boskirk Brewers and the Gaiam Wolves are already starting to see their promotion dreams slip away. The Brewers’ pitching has been their weakness, with the second worst ERA in the league. Their starters combined have the worst ERA among all starting 4s.

The Wolves are looking for answers in both halves of the inning. They have the worst ERA in the league, as well as a bullpen ERA over 7. Unfortunately, their offense isn’t picking up any of the slack, hitting just .215 as a club.

Valentin Living up to extension early
In the offseason, the Jonoel Scorpions signed Raul Valentin to a 4 year extension. It’s only been two weeks, but so far that move looks incredible, as Valetin leads the league in most offensive categories. He’s hitting .500 through 8 games, with an OBP of .618. He also leads the league with 17 hits, and has 6 RBI and a pair of homers.

Argentine leads hurlers
Part of the reason for the Vice’s success has been pitcher Conway Argentine. In each of his two starts, he threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 18 over that time. The defense has been spectacular behind him, as his BABIP is just .179. The Virgonial lefty has had some problems keeping the ball in the ballpark in the past, but through two starts this season, he seems completely dialed in.

Scary moment for Rucker
Dustin Rucker of the Celeste Lightning had to leave Sunday’s game against the Lions after being hit in the head with a line drive. Rucker left the field on a stretcher, and has been diagnosed with a skull fracture. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season. This is a big blow to the Lightning, as Rucker had 2 home runs and 5 RBI this year.

Key matchup for the next weeks
Tawa Archers vs. Opadea Galaxy – Mourn for the pitchers in this one, as the Galaxy and the Archers are the two highest scoring teams in the league. In 8 games, the Galaxy have smashed home 63 runs. The Archers have 50 in that time. These two teams have combined for 33 home runs. It will be 4 days of fireworks.

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Complete Premier League Coverage Weeks 1 and 2!

Buccaneers pace the field
The Caprica City Buccaneers lead the Premier League after 8 games. Apparently they’re allergic to Sundays, as they are 6-0 on Thurs, Fri, and Sat, and 0-2 on Sunday. The C-bucs lead the league in basically every offensive category.

Rest of league bunched up tight
Unlike the challenger league, where the gulf between the top and bottom was 7 games, the Premier League is packed up much tighter. There’s only a 3 game difference between the first and last place teams. In fact, places 8-12 in the standings all have the same record.

Vipers lead league in ERA early
Doing enough to propel themselves to second place in the standings, the Landson Vipers currently have the hottest pitching staff in the league. The Vipers have help opponents to only 22 earned runs over their first 8 games, and have surrendered only 2 home runs.

Drillers ink star
As mentioned in the introduction, the Drillers had a big interest in signing 2-time all star Sheridan O’Fallon to a contract extension this season. They have now succeded, signing O’fallon to a 6 year, 47 million dollar deal. O’Fallon is hitting just .172 with 5 hits and 3 RBI this year.

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Sorry this one is a little short. There wasn’t a bunch in the news feed, and with all the teams bunched up no one is really don’t anything that super stands out. Hopefully next update I can have a little more meat for the top league.
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And after a week of dealing with food poisoning, we’re back…



Complete Challenger League Coverage Weeks 3 and 4

Vice fall off the pace
After an impressive 8-0 start to the season, the Vice have only managed a 3-5 clip over their next 8 games. Part of the cool down can be attributed to LF Nessun Raeburn being placed on the DL after fracturing his foot. The Leonis native had been hitting .330 with 6 RBI before going on the DL. The Vice’s next 8 games don’t let things get any easier, as they take on the Tawa Archers and Promethea Pirates. Both teams are in the top half of the table.

Dust Valley remain scorching
The Dust Valley Riders jump to the top spot in the league, thanks to their continued hot streak. 7-1 after their first 8 contests, the Riders went 6-2 over the past two weeks, passing the Vice a top the table. John Covey leads the club from the bump with a 1.57 ERA and a 3-1 record in four starts.

Panthers flying up the table
Perhaps the biggest story this week is the Pailyn Panthers. In their last 10 games, the Panthers have dropped just one, and sit firmly in second place and in a promotion spot. Week three saw them post an impressive sweep of the Argentum Silverstars, with three shutouts in four games. Panther pitching has a slight tendency to give up the longball, but if it stays in the park their defense will track it down. The Panthers have the fewest hits allowed, and the lowest BABIP in the league. Unfortunately they are closer to the middle of the table in home runs allowed.

Brewers drowning
Already 7 games out of a playoff spot, the Boskirk Brewers have yet to figure out a winning formula this season. The Brewers are holding their own offensively, 3rd in the league in hits and 4th in batting average, but their pitching staff has an ERA north of 5, easily the highest in the league. The ERA of just their starters is north of 6. They’ve also allowed almost 100 runs in 16 games. Struggling the most is Ed Chapman. He’s 0-4 with an ERA of 14.14 in his four starts. He’s also allowed 16 free passes.

Valentin continues to crush
Keeping his pace from the first to weeks, Raul Valentin continues to be the most frequent baserunner in the league. The Jonoel Scorpions catcher is still hitting above .400 with an OBP of over .500. No one can keep him off the basepads. His offensive efforts haven’t been enough to help his team, however, as the Scorpions still sit near the bottom of the league table.

Key matchup results
Our week 3 featured matchup was the Galaxy and the Archers, as they are two of the hottest hitting teams in the League. The Galaxy managed to take 3 of 4 from the Archers, dropping the Sunday contest in Tawa. The Galaxy continued their well hitting ways, scoring at least 5 runs in all four games. The Archers managed to bounce back nicely, taking 3 of 4 from the Krill in week 4.

Next week’s key matchups
Easy pick this week: the top two teams will square off with first place on the line. The Panthers look to stay red hot, while the Riders try to fend them off and hold on to their spot atop the league table.
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Complete Premier League Coverage Weeks 3 and 4

Field remains tight
After 4 weeks, one thing is clear in the Colonial Premier League: The talent gap between teams is much smaller than that in the Challenger League. After sixteen games, the gap between the top of the table and the relegation spots is only 3 games. This is still very much anyone’s league to grab and run with.

Miners turn it around
Sitting in a relegation spot after the first 8 games, the Promethea Miners won 7 of their 8 games over the past two weeks, propelling them to the top of the league table. Maybe the biggest surprise was the 4 game sweep of the Luminere Reds, who had been in third place at the time. The Miners have been getting the help from the back of their rotation, as their number 4 starter, Howard Kranz, is 3-0 with a sub 3 ERA. Kranz was out of the league last year, and signed a minor league contract in the pre-season. He is making the most of his second chance.

Luminere takes a dive
In addition to the sweep from the Miners, the Reds also only managed to split their series with the Kobol College Twins. Luminere went from a virtual tie for second to a tie for last over their most recent 8 games. Fortunately, because the table is so tight, there is plenty of opportunity for them to turn it around.

C-Bucs taking on water
In a somewhat ironic reversal, the Caprica City Buccaneers lost all but their two Sunday games in weeks 3 and 4, and fell back to the middle of the table. Their bats are still lighting up the scoreboard, but their pitching has reeled them back in to be a .500 ball club.

Miners and Krill make a trade
Maybe looking more towards the future, the Managala Krill have traded for 26 year old Mike Kubiak, sending Donald Garrison to the Miners. Kubiak is hitting just .095 this year with a single RBI, but the Krill like his potential and hope he can grow into a star third baseman. Meanwhile, Garrison is an immediate upgrade to the hot corner for the Miners, bringing a .200 average and some home run power with him. The one time all-star has 4 homers this year. This move also helps the Krill dump a little salary, as Garrison is owed about 4 million more than Kubiak.

Lorenzo lighting up the scoreboard
Much of the Queenstown Wave’s success over the last 8 games can be attributed to Nate Lorenzo. This season, Lorenzo is hitting .340, and leads the league with 7 home runs. He’s also driven in 10 runs for the Wave.

Matchup of the week

This week we’re going to look at the Caprica City Buccaneers and the Tauron City Bulls. Rivalry between the colonies not withstanding, this is a make or break series for both teams, as they look to get out of the middle of the pack and establish themselves atop the Premier League table.

Full CPL Standings through week 4 of 22

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Complete Challenger League Coverage Weeks 5 and 6


Panthers open slight lead
The Pailyn Panthers went 6-2 over the past two weeks to leap the Riders and take the spot atop the Challenger League standings. This included a 3-1 series win over Dust Valley. This was also our matchup of the week. The Panthers have now won 8 of their last 10 games, and are easily the hottest team in the league at the moment.

Edison on fire
Kyros Storm shortstop Weston Eidson has been one of the toughest out in the league so far this year. Hitting .385, Eidson has reached safely in 21 consecutive games, the longest hitting streak in the league. The Picon native is no stranger to hitting streaks. In his rookie year, he managed to hit in 19 consecutive games.

Pitcher of the Month
We are through the first month of the Challenger League schedule, and Harold Moore of the Promethea Pirates has been named pitcher of the month. Moore is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA. He’s racked up a whopping 49 strikeouts.

Hitter of the Month
In a tight race, Danny Gilmore has been named hitter of the month. The Legion 2nd baseman hit /342 with 7 homers and 18 RBI in the first month of the season.

Attrill making early bid for May hitter of the month
Living up the hype of his first overall draft selection, Attrill hasn’t fallen off at all since his rookie of the year campaign two years ago. He had a very respectable April, hitting .333 with 5 homers. Just 7 games into May, however, he’s already smashed 6 home runs, driven in 9, and his hitting .412. His offensive efforts have helped pull the Galaxy up into the wildcard hunt. They’re currently one game off the pace to qualify for the promotion playoffs.

Key matchup of the week
The Opadea Galaxy try to stake their claim as one of the most formidable teams in the league as they take on 2nd place Dust Valley.
Full CCL standings through week 6 of 19
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Complete Premier League Coverage weeks 5 and 6

Drillers shoot up the leaderboard
The big winners this week are the Reidi Drillers, moving from 8th to 2nd in just two weeks. This jump comes off the back of a 7-1 run in the past two weeks. The Drillers swept the Ersia Elephants before taking 3 of 4 from the Luminere Reds. Both of those teams are near the bottom of the pack, so the question remains if the Drillers can keep up the hot streak as they will face a bit tougher competition in the coming weeks.

Miners stay atop the leaderboard
Despite the hot challenge from the Drillers, the Promethea Miners are still two clear of the field thanks to their own 7-1 record in the last two weeks. The Miners swept the Queenstown Wave, and piled it on to the Elephants by winning 3 of 4 in that series.

Pitcher of the Month
Hadrian United’s Cameron Teall has been awarded with the first pitcher of the month award in the Premier League. Teall went 3-0 in April with a 1.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

Hitter of the Month
Nate Lorenzo, 1st baseman for the Queenstown Wave, is your hitter of the month for April. Lorenzo hit .314 with 7 homers. He also compiled a .462 on-base percentage.

Relegation Watch
If the season were to end today, the Ersia Elephants and Luminere Reds would be packing their bags and heading down to the Challenger League. There are three teams that are two games clear of that line. The Elephants have had an abysmal two weeks, going just 1-7. They were, however, facing the two top teams in the league. They’re hoping they can turn it around against some of the rest of the league.

Matchup of the Week results
Last time, we highlighted the C-bucs and Bulls as our key matchup for the week. The teams wound up splitting the series, each winning one at home and one on the road.

This week’s matchup of the week
The 3rd place Kobol College Twins will meet up with the 6th place Itar Aces. Both teams are within striking distance of the top of the table, and a big series win will go a long way in bolstering their post season chances.
Full CPL Standings after week 6 of 22
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Complete Challenger League Coverage Weeks 7 and 8


Panthers stay hot, widen gap
The Pailyn Panthers have opened a 4 game lead over their closes competition, thanks to a 6-2 record over the last two weeks. The Panthers’ run has come in large part thanks to their pitching, where they dominate in almost all categories.

MVP Watch
The season has yet to reach the half-way point, but the race for MVP may quickly be wrapping up. Michael Attrill of the Opadea Galaxy is having the year to end all years. The young center fielder is hitting .392 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs. He leads the league in Slugging, OPS, Hits, Home Runs, Runs scored, Extra Base Hits, and Total bases. Attrill was the number 1 overall selection 3 years ago, and has proven time and again that he deserved that selection. Attrill is eligible for arbitration after this season, but the Galaxy are expected to try and offer him a long term deal before that happens.

Logjam at the top
With the Panthers threatening to leave the field in the dust, the focus turns to 2nd through 4th place, the other teams that will qualify for the post season and have a chance to be promoted. Right now, there are 5 teams tied for those three spots. The Kyros Storm are the newest and maybe most unexpected team to join the party, as they were projected to finish at the bottom of the table in the pre-season polls.

Benches Clear
Tensions ran high when Lion’s reliever John Carvalho lost control of a fastball and hit Ron Nolten of the Opadea Galaxy in his upper back near the neck. Nolten took exception and charged the mound, causing the benches to clear. The two took swings at each other, but no major damage was done. The league has announced that both Nolten and Carvalho will be suspended for 6 games. The loss is bigger for the Galaxy, as Nolten is hitting a sliver over 300 with 7 homers and 32 RBIs.


Key matchup of the week
The Tawa Archers look to secure their position atop the table and help reel in the league leaders as they take on the Pailyn Panthers this week.

Full CCL standings through week 8 of 19
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Complete Premier League Coverage weeks 7 and 8

Bulls Sweep League Leading Miners
Catapulting themselves into the discussion at the top of the table, the Tauron City Bulls pulled off a huge sweep of the Promethea Miners in week 8. The Bulls traveled to Aerilon off a lacklust split with the Luminere Reds, but after two impressive wins on the road, they completed the sweep in dominating fashion back in Tauron City. The Bulls outscored the Miners 35-14 over the series. With the last place Ersia Elephants next on the schedule, this might be the time for the Bulls to really solidify themselves as contenders.

Miners stay atop the leaderboard (again)
Despite being swept by the Bulls on splitting the home games with the Fateau Blaze the week before, the Miners are still a game up on both the Drillers and the Bulls. The Drillers went 4-4 over the last two weeks, splitting series with both the Vipers and the United. The record is good enough to hold on to a share of the 2nd qualification spot, alongside the Tauron City Bulls.

Free Agent Watch
We may only be a third of the way through the season, but some players who are expected to hit free agency at the end of the year are already striking out and trying to impress potential suiters. That’s exactly what Tauron City’s Vasil de Brouwer did this week. In the 4 game sweep of the Miners, the Bulls shortstop recorded 10 hits in 17 Abs, with 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 6 runs scored. De Brouwer is hitting .316 on the season with 21 RBIs. The one time all-star is looking to make a big splash in free agency this off-season.

Relegation Watch
The Luminere Reds have managed to pull themselves out of the relegation zone, thanks in large part to the Landson Vipers going an abysmal 2-8 over their last 10. Still, the gap between relegation and safety is only one game. The Ersia Elephants continue to inhabit the second relegation seat.

Matchup of the Week results
The Itar Aces managed to take 3 out of 4 from the Kobol College Twins. Roger Baskeyfield threw an 8 inning 6 hit shutout in the lone win for the Twins. Mario Perez improved his record to 6-2 in the series finale for the Aces. The lefty hurler has turned things around since being signed as a free agent by the Aces. Perez had a disastrous 0-6 season with Spatiu Gol last season, his rookie year.

This week’s matchup of the week
The Promethea Miners will look to snap out of their losing streak as they take on the Hadrian United. The United currently sit 4th in the table, just a game out of 2nd place and two games off of the top.

Full CPL standings through week 8 of 22.
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Wonderful idea... very well-written...very creative dynasty... absolutely gorgeous uniforms and logos.

This is an excellent start.

Who did your jerseys and logos?
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I did all of the caps and jerseys using justafan's tools. Same with the circular logos. The actual pictures in the logos come from various sources in the logo mods forum. I didn't keep a list of specific source for each one, unfortunately.
I only used half of what I made for this dynasty. You can see the other half if you click the link in the original post that leads to the dynasty that I tried with this concept a few years ago.
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Complete Challenger League Coverage Weeks 9 and 10

Field holding steady with Panthers

The Pailyn Panthers continue to hold the top spot in the table, but the rest of the field has narrowed thir lead to just two games. Over the last ten games, no team in spots 2-6 has a worse record than 7-3. The Vice and SIlverstars are only 3 games out of this wildcard tie, but they’ll have to find some magic if they want to keep the top of the table from running away from them.

Kowal Dealt by Legion
The Delphi Legion have traded star 3rd baseman/Shortstop Chris Kowal to the Hedon Lions. In return, the Legion get 24 year old minor leaguer Randy Hernandez, and about 7 million dollars worth of salary they won’t have to pay Kowal. Kowal is a four time all star who succumbed to injury last season, and as of yet seems to have not regained his previous form. The infielder is hitting .252 this year with just 5 home runs.

New hitting streak mark
With this being the first year of the Colonial Challenger league, all of the league’s records will be set for the first time this year. However, Weston Edison of the Kyros Storm just set one that may stand for a while. The Shortstop, known more for his glove than his bat, just lost his hitting streak at 30 games. The Boskirk Brewers managed to finally stifle his hot bat with an 0-4 outing in the last game of their series. For reference, the longest hitting streak in Premier League history is 32 games.

Game of the Week
In the battle for the wildcard, the Tawa Archers take on the Argentum Silverstars. This is a really important series for the Silverstars, because if they want to keep pace with the rest of the wildcard teams, they need to hope for a series split at worst.

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Drillers Continue to Slide

The Reidi Drillers started the first quarter of the season hot, making their presence known atop the table. But that momentum has slowed down a bit, and now the Drillers find themselves back in the pack, three games back of qualifying for the Colonial Cup. The catalyst of the most recent back slide was losing 3 of 4 to the Fateu Blaze in week 9.

Bulls Team to Watch
Coming off of their sweep of the Promethea Miners, the Tauron City Bulls managed to stay hot by going a combined 6-2 over the Blaze and Ersia Elephants the past two weeks. While not the stiffest of competition, the 6 wins were good enough to see the Bulls move into first place for the first time this season. After starting the season playing .500 ball, we’ll see if the Bulls can keep this run going through the second half of the year.

Relegation Watch
In the world of moral victories, the Ersia Elephants had a big one over the last two weeks. Despite losing 3 of 4 to the league leading Tauron City Bulls, the Elephants managed to take 3 of 4 from the Kobol College Twins, meaning they can still hold onto hope of not being relegated. The Elephants are still tied with the Vipers in the two relegation spots, but the reigning champion Luminere Reds are only a game clear, and the Twins are only two games clear. If the Bulls and Miners keep trending the way they have, the race at the bottom of the table may be closer than the race at the top.

Matchup of the week results
The Promethea Miners managed to take 3 of 4 from the Hadrian United in a relatively high scoring series. Scott Auchnie led the way for the Miners. The one time league MVP hit .500 in the series, with three home runs and 8 RBI. He was awarded player of the week honors for his effort.

Matchup of the Week
Looking to next week, all eyes should be on the Promethea Miners and the Reidi Drillers. This would have been a top of the table series just a few weeks ago, but now we will see if the Drillers have what it takes to even think about contending.

Full CPL standings through week 10 of 22.

Updates are a little shorter this week, but don't worry, I have some other features planned to fill in some extra content
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A look to the future – Rising Star League Update

The Rising Star Leauge season is in the books. This league is full of the future stars of the Colonial Premier and Challenger leagues, all of them hoping to be drafted and play Pyramid professionally. The draft is still about 6 months away, but as their season wraps up and the team specific workouts begin, let’s take a look at some of the players who stood out this year and should be high draft picks in the upcoming rookie draft.

The man that turned the most heads this season was Jim Buttar. The Libran native led the league in average, OBP, SLG, OPS, and hits. He will most likely be drafted as a 3rd baseman, but has played shortstop in the past as well. Scouts are high on his potential, and expect him to go high in the draft.

Dusty Hall from Sagittaron is another player that turned quite a few heads this year, and he did it with huge power numbers. The first baseman slugged 17 homers in 50 games, down from his total of 26 last year, but still good enough to lead the league. He also led the league in RBIs with 56. Many thought that Hall was good enough to enter the draft pool last year already, but he decided to play one more year in the Rising Star league, and probably bumped himself up to a first round draft pick by doing so.

Finally, from the hitting perspective, there’s outfielder Jamie Tosh. Tosh hit .344 this season with 13 homers and 38 driven in. He had the third highest average in the league and the fourth highest WAR at 2.5. The Virgon native still has one year of Rising Star eligibility left, but scouts are telling him that he will get drafted this year should he declare.

Moving to the bump, this year’s pitching crop also had some players putting up good numbers, despite Jim Buttar hitting the cover off the ball.

Elton Manners the youngster from Virgon, led the league in ERA, with a mark just over 1.00 in 50 innings pitched. He only allowed 6 earned runs in those 50 innings, with a WHIP under 1.

Ed Trzcinski is an interesting player to watch for in the upcoming draft. The Scorpia native appeared in only 11 games as a reliever this year, with an ERA of 2.75 and a WHIP of 1.2. His numbers aren’t staggering by any means, but scouts project him to fare well at the next level of Pyramid. We’ll see if any big league GMs want to take a flyer on the potential that scouts seem to see, and if so, what round that will come in.

Lastly is closer Matt Kelly also of Virgon. Kelly recorded 15 saves this season, his only one as a closer. He converted 15 of 18 attempts. Scouts praise Kelly’s control and lack of walks, but note that if his curveball doesn’t get over, it tends to get hit hard. Still, Kelly is a three pitch pitcher, which will draw the attention of GMs at the next level.
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Midseason “All-Stars”

We’ve passed the midway point of the season, so this is normally where the all-star game would fall. Unfortunately, since this is a one Sub-league setup, there is no ASG. Because of that, I’m going to do a quick rundown of the positions and select a pool of players that would probably be the All-stars were the game to happen. Note that these selections are based on the stats post week 12, which will have its update in the post following these.

First Basemen


1. Carl Witter – Hades Vice Witter was the Vice’s first draft selection in the 2018 draft, and has been impressive in his one and a half years in the bigs. Witter his hitting .382 with 10 homers and 35 RBI this season.
2. Joseph Mactavish – Promethea Pirates Mactavish started the season in the minors, but was quickly called back up to the Pirates and has been scorching ever since. He’s hitting .348 with and OBP just under .400. Mactavish doesn’t have the big power numbers, but he’s always a threat to get on base and let his teammates drive him home.
3. Arthur Janssen – Heim Blizzard Jannsen leads all first basemen in homers with 12, and in runs scored with 38. Maybe the best all around player of the three, Janssen also has a fielding percent of .992

Second Basemen


1. Danny Gilmore – Delphi Legion Gilmore has been an all-star every year he’s been in the league, and this year would have been no exception. The Legion second baseman leads all others at his position in average, hits, homers, and RBIs. He also has yet to commit an error in the field this season.

2. Frank Darragh – Mangala Krill Darragh is hitting just a sliver under .300 with 20 RBI. He’s also swiped a handful of bases while only being caught once.

3. Harry Palmer – Argentum Silverstars Palmer came to the Silverstars in the offseason via a trade with the Caprica City Buccaneers, and has made the most of this time in the new uniform. It would be Palmer’s first all-star selection. This is his third year at the major league level. He’s hitting .295 with a slugging percentage of .561 and an OPS over .955.

Shortstops


1. Ken Wert – Olympia Racers Wert probably just inches out the starting spot in a very deep field of shortstops. The Picon native is hitting .304 this season, with 14 home runs and 45 RBI. He shows great speed on the basepads, with 26 of his 58 hits being for extra bases.

2. Weston Eidson – Kyros Storm Eidson was selected as an All-star last year, and would have gotten the nod again this year. He leads all league shortstops with a .353 average, and has driven in 28. The two time gold glover is have a bit of a down year defensively, having committed 8 errors this season. Despite that, he’s playing well enough to be a clear pick to the All-star squad.

3. Nick Crow – Tawa Archers Crow isn’t doing anything super flashy, hitting .312 with 35 RBI, but he’s doing everything well. In addition to the hitting numbers, he’s fielding at a .976 clip.

Third Basemen


1. Ryan Stewart – Opadea Galaxy Michael Attrill may be getting most of the attention around the Galaxy locker room (we’ll get to him in a minute), but Ryan Stewart is doing everything the Galaxy are asking of him and more. The three time all-star was a huge free agent signing by the Galaxy in the offseason, and is one of the big reasons they are knocking at the door of being promoted to the Premier League. Stewart is hitting .303, and his 12 homers lead all players at that position. His 34 RBI are also the most among third basemen.

2. Tommy Blakemore – Heim Blizzard Blakemore would be challenging for the spot (or starting for the other side). He’s hitting .345 with 7 homers and 29 driven in, and has a fielding percentage of .973 (just 3 errors). Blakemore has also crossed the plate 35 times, most among third basemen.

3. Gilbert Mews – Spatiu Gol Thunder The talent level trails off a bit after the top 2, with Gilber Mews most likely taking a spot on the roster. Mews is hitting .333, with 21 of his 63 hits being for extra bases. Only 3 of them have left the yard, however, and Mews has only driven in 21. That being said, this is just Mews’ second year in the league, so he could be one to watch as he develops at this level.

Left Fielder

1. Oscar Reimer – Boskirk Brewers This was the toughest one to pick, as the competition for best left fielder in the league is fairly wide open. In the end, we’ll give the starting spot to Oscar Reimer of Boskirk. The Caprica native is hitting .356 with 5 homers and 23 driven in. He’s also fielding a perfect 1.000, with three outfield assists.

2. Andrew MacMillan – Opadea Galaxy MacMillan is the guy that keeps getting on base to Attrill and Ryan Steward can knock him in. Macmillan is hitting .347 with 38 runs scored. He’s driven in 23 himself.

3. Brian Roberts – Argentum Silverstars Roberts has been an all-star in each of the last three seasons, and would almost certainly get the nod again this year. He’s hitting .303 with 14 homers (which leads all LF) and 35 driven in.

Right Fielders

1. Fred Therrien – Pailyn Panthers The reason the Panthers are currently in a promotion spot is their pitching, make no mistake, but they do have to score runs eventually, and that’s where Therrien comes in. The Panther right fielder is hitting .301, with 12 homers and 38 RBI. He’s also crossed the plate 33 times. The three time all-star and former league MVP has been the most dominant player in the league in right field this season.

2. Vasil Visser – Tawa Archers Also in the running for best name, Visser hasn’t been a slouch patrolling the right field line either. He’s hitting .318 with 8 homers and 37 batted in. He’s second among all right fielders, behind Therrien, in OBP, SLG, OPS, and WAR.

3. Dylan Bain – Dust Valley Riders Bain leads all RF in batting average, hitting .351. He’s also swiped 5 bags without being caught.

Center Fielders

1. Michael Attrill – Opadea Galaxy Frontrunner for league MVP, Attrill has been doing it all in just his third season at the major league level. He’s hitting .390, with 16 homers and 49 batted in. He’s also crossed the plate 52 times, with 150 total bases. 34 of his 82 hits have been extra basers (both are the league leaders).

2. Jake Corbitt – Promethea Pirates Corbitt is hitting .354 with 5 home runs this season (for perspective, that’s second most among all CF). The 2016 rookie of the year came up through the Pirates’ system as a left fielder, but has moved over to center at the major league level and has thrived. He’s fielding a perfect 1.000 this season, with 6 outfield assists.

3. Brian Stevenson – Argentum Silverstars Stevenson is hitting .332, with 5 homers and 22 batted in. He’s coming off a career year where he led the league in hits, and has only fallen off slightly from that pace. The speedy CF has also swiped 20 bags this year, while only being caught 3 times.

Catchers

1. Raul Valentin – Jonoel Scorpions There isn’t much to celebrate in Jonoel this season, but Raul Valentin is certainly a bright spot. The former league MVP is hitting a league leading .411, with 9 homers and 30 driven in.

2. Jordan Abernethy – Dust Valley Riders Abernethy is trying to match Valentin at the plate, as he comes in second in most of the percentage categories that Valentin is leading. Abernethy is htting .324 with 8 home runs and 33 driven in.

3. Antonio Vazquez – Gaim Wolves Vazquez is hitting .301 with 5 homers and 19 driven in. He has also thrown out 50% of the runners trying to steal against him.

Pitchers

Starter: Harold Moore – Promethea Pirates Moore has been one of the league’s most dominant pitchers, with 5 consecutive all-star appearances. This would have easily been number 6. In 12 stars, Moore has a 9-1 record with an ERA of 1.21 and a WHIP of .73. He’s also fanned 102 batters in 89 innings of work.

Starter: Manus Emery – Pailyn Panthers Emery has been the backbone of a solid Panther pitching staff this year. In 12 starts, he’s 7-2 with an ERA of 1.84 and a WHIP of .83. He is working on 3 straight victories.

Starter: Tom Pass – Gaiam Wolves Pass is 8-2 over his twelve starts, with a 2.26 ERA and WHIP of .88. He’s struck out an impressive 115 batters in 91 innings of work.

Reliever: Ben Macasgill – Argentum Silverstars Macasgill has been a workhorse for the Silverstars, appearing in 25 games and throwing 29 and a third innings. He has a 2.15 ERA, allowing 7 runs in that time, while striking out 38.,

Reliever: Lugh Nylan – Heim Blizzard. Nylan has appeared in 23 games for the Blizzard, striking out 23 batters. His ERA is above 3, but he has a 3-1 record with a WAR just shy of 1.

Closer: Nelson Farquharson – Promethea Pirates Farquahrson is 18 for 18 in save attempts this year, with a 1.04 ERA and a WHIP of .81. Nelson converted from a starter to a closer last year, and has really blossomed in the role.

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