Monday, July 24, 2017

Season 42's Hall of Fame Inductee

 Benny Molina, 2B

9 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 6 Time Silver Slugger 2B, 1 Time Silver Slugger LF


AVGGAB
.2902,0617,873
RHHR
1,5952,287372
RBISBSLG
1,181705.509


About a well-rounded player as King Felix has ever seen.  His MVP season in 30 says it all; 196 runs scored, 40 doubles, 21 triples, 45 home runs, 146 RBI, 89 stolen bases, and 13 plus plays at 2B....Benny has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.  He is an amateur magician and a certified locksmith...Earned over $148 million in his professional career, averaging just over $12M per season...Incredible speed/power combo, with 11 seasons of 20+ home runs (including two 40 homer seasons), and 8 seasons of 50+ stolen bases...Benny has been recognized as one of the best casually dressed men of America.  He and his wife have a son, Benjamin Earl, Jr,....Averaged over 7.5 plus plays per 162 games at second base for his career...Four seasons of 100+ walks, two seasons of 1.100+ OPS, ten seasons of 100+ runs scored.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Season 42 Top Free Agent Signings

1. Robin Walter Colorado Surf Riders III - SS, age 32, 10 ML seasons. Asking $13.5M/2 years. Signed for $56.5M/5 years. Season 39's MVP is a five-time All-Star and is the rare SS that can both hit and field, as witnessed by his two Gold Gloves and his season 38 Silver Slugger award. Probably has at least two more seasons at short before he has to move down the spectrum. No doubt one of the best SS's in world history.


2.  Stefen Redondo Jacksonville Minutemen - 1B, age 31, 10 ML seasons. Asking $29.5M/5 years. Signed for $59M/5 years. The statistical oddity is that he's won more MVP's than All-Star berths (4 to 3.) One of the World's all time greats has averaged 43 HR, 119 RBI, and a .1003 OPS for his career. His insane season 34, in which he hit .337 with 61 HR and 171, will go down as one of the best in history.


3. Samuel Merrick Anaheim Arte Morenos -  COF, age 33, 11 ML seasons. Asking $26.5M/3 years, signed for $74M/4 years. Has made the All-Star team in all 11 of his ML seasons, and is a four time Silver Slugger. Even though his days of playing CF are over, he is easily one of the best of all time. Has averaged 46 HR, 122 RBI and 31 SB for his career, including season 39's 40/40 season.


4. Conner Carbonell Las Vegas Bookies - INF, age 31, 7 ML seasons. Asking $33.5/4 years. Signed for $85.6M/5 years. Three-time All-Star, three time Silver Slugger. His bat would justify playing him at short for another season or two, but would really pick it at second or third. Had a career low 18 HR last season in spacious Burlington, but should be good for 25 or so in a more hitter friendly situation.


5. Delanor Melville Scranton Rail Riders - SP, age 34, 11 ML seasons. Asking $21M/3 years. Signed for $75M/5 years. Pencil the workhorse in for 200+ innings and double digit wins every season. Can be dominating at times, but has a tendency to give up the long ball when he's not going right. Career 1.24 WHIP makes him a legit top of the rotation starter.


6. Dude Blake Scranton Rail Riders - SP, age 32, 10 ML seasons. Asking $28M/4 years. Signed for $83.1M/5 years. Averages 12 wins and just under 200 IP per season, Two-time All-Star has a career 3.55 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.


7. Francisco Melian Chicago Blues - RP, age 28, 6 ML seasons. Asking $27M/4 years. Signed for $76M/5 years. The two time Fireman of the Year hits free agency in his prime. He's averaged 43 saves in his 5 full seasons as a closer.


8. Mateo Flores - Colorado Surf Riders III -  SP - age 35, 14 ML seasons. Asking $5.6M/1 year.  Signed for $$22.5M/4 years.   Ten seasons with double digit wins, including 31's stellar 18-6 mark (with 4 saves to boot) and a 3.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP,


9. Marino Gandarillas Salem Shockers -  INF, age 31, 9 ML seasons. Asking $22.8M/3 years. Signed for $14M/2 years.  His lack of pop in the bat makes him probably better suited to play 2B but did win a GG at third. Adds value with his speed, as he's averaged 25 doubles and 34 steals over the last three seasons.


10. Pasqual Rodriguez – Colorado Surf Riders III - SP/RP, age 36, 15 ML seasons. Asking $10.4M/2 years. Signed for $8.3M/3 years. In another statistical oddity, the swingman went 0 – 33 in his five seasons as part of Santa Fe's tandem starting staff. He doesn't have the stamina to give you starters innings, but can be a very valuable guy to have on a staff because he gets guys out. Has a career 1.26 WHIP, even after his stretch in homer-happy Santa Fe.


11. Rob Canseco Pawtucket Poster Nutbags - COF/1B, age 36, 16 ML seasons. Asking $3.4M/1 year. Signed for $3.4M/1 year. Switch hitting two-time All-Star will still be a solid top of the order hitter, even at 36. The speed/power may never be the same, but bank on a .300+ average and .350+ OBP.


12. Kevin Hatteberg Fargo Marlboro Men - 1B/DH, age 35, 12 ML seasons. Asking $6.8/2 years. Signed for $6.8M/2 years. Five- time Silver Slugger and three-time All-Star can still rake at the dish. A career .321 hitter, he dipped to .280 last season but should get back up to his typical .900+ OPS.


13. Ivan Melo- Los Angeles Colemans - C/DH, age 29, 8 ML seasons. Asking $3.8M/1 year. Signed for $7.6M/2 years. Won't be winning any Gold Gloves behind the plate (well, then again you never know in HBD world), but is coming off his best offensive season when he put up career highs with 23 HR and a .922 OPS. Will need his rest, but you can bank on some good numbers when he plays.


14. Slade Rehfield Tampa Bay Don Cesars - RP, age 33, 10 ML seasons. Asking $10M/2 years. Signed for $6.8M/2 years. Can be one of those 100 innings out of the bullpen guys, if he can stay healthy. Made the All-Star team in 39 by virtue of his 8-2 record with a 2.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.


15. Ivan Guzman Cincinnati Dawgs - RP, age 35, 13 ML seasons. Asking $3.8M/1 year. Signed for $3.8M/1 year. His stats are inflated because he's pitched primarily in Colorado and Santa Fe. He has 158 career saves, including a perfect 17 for 17 in season 37.


16. Midre Salas Colorado Surf Riders III - C/DH, age 28, 4 ML seasons Asking $9.2M/2 years. Signed for $11.3M/4 years. Back-to-back 97 RBI seasons in 39 and 40.


17. Kiki Torres Salem Shockers - C/DH, age 33, 9 ML seasons. Asking $7.4/2 years. Signed for $6.8M/2 years.  Last season's 24 HR was his career low, so his value as a hitter may no longer make up for his defensive deficiencies behind the plate.  He has averaged 29 HRs for his career.


18. Aaron Robertson Cincinnati Dawgs - RP, age 29, 7 ML seasons. Asking $8.4M/2 years. Signed for $21M/5 years. Has had a hit or miss type career to date, but is still only 29. Has a perfect 28 for 28 saves season on his resume, as well as another in which he saved 39 of 40.   


19. Jose Leon Philadelphia Phoenix - SP, age 37, 15 ML seasons. Asking $11.6M/2 years. Signed for $11.6M/2 years. 221 career wins, including 20 last season (while posting an 8.13 ERA!!) Can still be a viable back end of the rotation starter.


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Season 39 Power Rankings - Playoff Push Edition


Montreal Stars
Current: 1  Last: 1

5 game lead for the number 1 seed, miles ahead for at least a bye.


  
Los Angeles Colemans
Current: 2  Last: 3

Division is safe, but in a fierce battle for one of the byes.  Five teams separated by no more than 2 games.

Charlotte Charlatans
Current: 3  Last: 2


Could still catch Montreal for the 1 seed, but could prove difficult with no more head to head matchups.  Has a 5 game lead for the 2 seed and a bye.

Colorado Surf Riders III
Current: 4  Last: 15

Battling Anaheim and Vegas for the division, with a series against each left.  Wildcard is a fall back with a six-game lead.

Cincinnati
Cincinnati Dawgs
Current: 5  Last: 14

In a crazy battle for the NL North with Fargo and Detroit.  Two teams will make the playoffs, possibly all three.  Cincy holds the edge in head to head  tiebreakers over the other two.

Fargo Marlboro Men
Current: 6  Last: 13

The division winner could also qualify for a bye, so the remaining series's against division opponents is huge.  Currently has head-to-head edge over Detroit, but not Cincy.

Detroit Chippewas
 Current: 7  Last: 4

Has not fared well against division opponents, so will most likely have to win the division outright.  Clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tampa if it comes down to a wild card tie.

Iowa City Johnsons
  Current: 8  Last: 6

Has a six-game lead for the division, and is in a tight battle for a bye seeding.

Santa Fe Brooks
Current: 9  Last: 12

Six game lead in the division, six games behind for a bye.


Tampa Bay Don Cesars
Current: 10  Last: 7

Six games back for the division with another series against Iowa.  Four games back for a wild-card.

Anaheim Arte Morenos
Current: 11  Last: 5


Big series coming up against Colorado, but they trail the head to head match up (2-5).  If division hopes fail, they do have a 5 game lead for a wildcard spot.

 
Wichita Rocks
 Current: 12  Last: 9

Six games behind Sante Fe with a series still on the schedule.  Big series coming up against Vegas in the battle for a wildcard.  Currently trail the season series against them at 3-4.

Washington D.C. Senators
Current: 13  Last: 21

If they can hold their four-game lead over Philly, they would lock into the four seed.  Final series of the season against their division rival.  

Las Vegas  Bookies
Current: 14  Last: 18

Have to pass both Colorado and Anaheim for the division.  In a battle with Wichita for a wildcard, with a handful of teams breathing down their necks.  Have a 4-3 lead in the season series against the Rocks.
Texas
Texas Wildcats
Current: 15  Last: 16


Honolulu Jackwagons
 Current: 16  Last: 8

Still in the hunt for a wildcard at six games back with series's remaining against Anaheim and Vegas.

Tacoma Tornadoes
Current: 17  Last: 10

Boston
Boston Braves
Current: 18  Last: 25

Some strong play as of late has thrust them into the playoff mix.  Currently 2 games back for a wild-card.  They have some tough opponents left on the schedule, including a series against Wichita.

New York Blues
Current: 19  Last: 22

Five games back for a playoff spot, with series's against Wichita, Anaheim and Vegas still on the schedule.

Jacksonville
Jacksonville Minutemen
Current: 20  Last: 11

Three games back of a wildcard spot, with series's left against Wichita and Anaheim.

Syracuse Barking Spiders
Current: 21  Last: 23

Recent tough stretch has knocked them 7 games out of a wild-card spot with lots of teams to jump over.

Scranton Rail Riders
Current: 22  Last: 20

Six games back for a playoff spot, but would have to leapfrog several teams.

Philadelphia Phoenix
Current: 23  Last: 24

Trying to make up four games to catch DC for the division.  Would probably have to win the division outright as they've dropped 5 out of 7 so far to their rival.

Durham Bulls
Current: 24  Last: 17

Seven games back for a playoff spot, but lots of teams in front.

Milwaukee
Milwaukee and Peele

Current: 25  Last: 27


Richmond Confederates
Current: 26  Last: 19



Ottawa
Ottowa Dead Bunnies
Current: 27   Last: 29


San Francisco Lockdown
Current: 28  Last: 26

Trenton Thunder
Current: 29  Last: 28


Pittsburgh Parrott Heads
Current: 30  Last: 30

San Jose
San Jose Sea Slugs
Current: 31  Last: 32


New York
New York Bombers
Current: 32  Last: 31




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Season 39 Midseason Power Rankings


Montreal Stars
Current: 1  Last: 2

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's 46-year-old cousin was the only one allowed to f#!k Julius Ramirez!


Charlotte Charlatans
Current: 2  Last: 3

Making their charge for the top spot, led by "King Kong" Conner Carbonell.  By the way, if the inhabitants of Skull Island built a gigantic wall to keep Kong out of their village, why the heck did they put in a door big enough for him to get through?  It doesn't make sense.


  
Los Angeles Colemans
Current: 3  Last: 9

The NL All-Star team to officially be named the Colewas.


Detroit Chippewas
 Current: 4  Last: 6

...or maybe the Chippmans.


Anaheim Arte Morenos
Current: 5  Last: 12

Old man Ossie Davis putting snot on the ball.  He's just gotta be.


Iowa City Johnsons
  Current: 6  Last: 1

Daryl Hartman looking to those Iowa cornfields for someone to ease his pain.


Tampa Bay Don Cesars
Current: 7  Last: 11

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's G5 pilot was the only one allowed to f#!k Clayton O'Keefe!


Honolulu Jackwagons
 Current: 8  Last: 5

Old man Louie Li putting snot on the ball. He's just gotta be.


 
Wichita Rocks
 Current: 9  Last: 20

Alexi Arenado hittin' 'em with the Hein!

Tacoma Tornadoes
Current: 10  Last: 10

Out of pure desperation, team wrapping their bats in barbed wire and calling them Lucille, (except for Benny Molina, of course.)


Jacksonville
Jacksonville Minutemen
Current: 11  Last: 15

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's agent was the only one allowed to f#!k Mike Christians!


Santa Fe Brooks
Current: 12  Last: 8

Vicente Vasquez before each at bat; "This is my bat. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bat is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bat is useless. Without my bat I am useless. I must swing my bat true. I must hit harder than my enemy, who is trying to beat me. I must outhit him before he outhits me. I will. Before God, I swear this creed: my bat and myself are defenders of my team, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
Fargo Marlboro Men
Current: 13  Last: 4


Hayes O'Brien hittin' 'em with the Hein!

Cincinnati
Cincinnati Dawgs
Current: 14  Last: 7


Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's maid was the only one allowed to f#!k Stefen Redondo!


Colorado Surf Riders III
Current: 15  Last: 14

Andy Lincoln hittin' 'em with the Hein!
Texas
Texas Wildcats
Current: 16  Last: 16

Ender Crespo hittin' 'em with the Hein!


Durham Bulls
Current: 17  Last: 26

James Nelson hittin' 'em with the Hein!


Las Vegas  Bookies
Current: 18  Last: 19

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's nanny was the only one allowed to f#!k Lance Elder!


Richmond Confederates
Current: 19  Last: 25

Troy Perez hittin' 'em with the Hein!


Scranton Rail Riders
Current: 20  Last: 17

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's personal chef was the only one allowed to f#!k Max Thompson!


Washington D.C. Senators
Current: 21  Last: 13

Old man Birdie Henley putting snot on the ball.  He's just gotta be.


New York Blues
Current: 22  Last: 22

Bats, they are sick. We cannot hit curveball. Straightball we hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. We offer him cigar, rum. He will come. (Erubiel Ramirez offered up some Cubans and a 33-year Glenlivet, apparently.)


Syracuse Barking Spiders
Current: 23  Last: 21

Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's personal bathroom attendant (aka The Arse Wiper) was the only one allowed to f#!k Lon Giles!


Philadelphia Phoenix
Current: 24  Last: 18

Old man Edgardo Cruz putting snot on the ball.  He's just gotta be.

Boston
Boston Braves
Current: 25  Last: 24

Terrell Whitaker hittin' 'em with the Hein!


San Francisco Lockdown
Current: 26  Last: 28


In the words of the immortal Morris Buttermaker: "You guys swing like Helen Keller at a PiƱata party."  (Excepting Ismael Escobar, of course.)
Milwaukee
Milwaukee and Peele
Current: 27  Last: 31


Not in consideration for an All-Star spot?  I thought Kate Upton's 240-pound doppelganger was the only one allowed to f#!k Hugh Anderson!


Trenton Thunder
Current: 28  Last: 30

Fans are complaining that they'd rather watch cotton candy being made, or even watch a Medieval Festival than watch this group (excepting  Kendry Mesa, of course.)

Ottawa
Ottowa Dead Bunnies
Current: 29   Last: 23

Jerry Winchester  hittin' 'em with the Heeeeeeiiiiiiiin!


Pittsburgh Parrott Heads
Current: 30  Last: 27

I'm a big fan of the Jason Vorhees movies (even the one in space.)  Except the one in which he's supposed to take Manhattan.  90 percent of the damn movie takes place on a damn boat.


New York
New York Bombers
Current: 31  Last: 29

In the spirit of coffee's for closers only, Sidney Little has been banned from partaking in any and all caffeinated beverages in the clubhouse.
San Jose
San Jose Sea Slugs
Current: 32  Last: 32

No crying in baseball?  Oh yes.  There is.  Lots and lots of crying. (Except over Yadier Padilla, of course.)