Monday, October 10, 2016

Wild Card Series

Orlando vs NY Knights

Zoolander faced Mike Carpenter.  NY took a 4-3 lead to the 8th.  Reliever Ryan Webb got the first 2, then gave up a double to Tim Diaz.  Michael Dobbs tied the game with a single.  The game would go into extra innings, where Orlando used closer James Batts for 2 innings.  In the top of the 11th Alonzo Zepeda's 2 run triple off Clinton Santana gave Orlando the lead, and Greg Collier was able to close out the game.

New York tied the series with a 6-1 win in game 2 behind 8 2/3 innings from Odis Robinson.  Kent Garner homered, and Wily Ramirez had 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.

Game 3: New York jumped off to a 6-1 after 4 innings, sending Jose Escobar to the showers.  Joseph Smith Langford had some trouble in the 6th.  L.J. Burroughs brought Orlando with 2 runs on a 3 run, 2 out homer.  Roberto Calazzo and Ron Tejada shut the Rugrats down from there, and New York wins.

They will play Miami next, while Utah plays Chicago.

Florida vs. Bay Area

Game 1

Alex Maldonado's 3rd inning, 3 run homer put Florida on the board.  Peter Buchanon threw 5 shutout innings but ran into some trouble in the 6th.  Leopold Stotch led the inning off with a double, Miguel Cruz brought him home with a single, and Jarod Fulton tied the game up with a 439 foot homer.

Buchanon settled down from there, allowing no more in the 6th and pitching a scoreless 7th as well.  In the 8th David Baron walked with one out, Conn Barbarian singled.  Looking for speed, Florida ran Ezekiel Duke for Baron, and they pulled off a double steal.  Just in time, as Joey Howell lifted a deep fly to center to bring the run home.  Florida went to Darrell Tibbs for a scoreless 8th, and allowed him to start the 9th.  Tibbs allowed a lead off single, and was replaced by lefty David Tejada.  Tejada struck out Corey McGarvey, the only batter he'd face.  Grant Hansen came on to record the last 2 outs and put Florida up 1-0.

Game 2: Doug Guzman and George White took the mound, and held things scoreless until the 5th.  In the bottom 5th, Kawasaki singled, Oakenshield walked, and Melvin Ortiz singled to load the sacks with nobody out.  Left fielder Bob King, a better defender than hitter, struck out, bringing up the pitcher's spot.  Ezekiel Duke pinch hit for Guzman and brought home the first run with a single.  That's all Florida would get as Gromit popped up and Howell flew out to deep right.

Tibbs came on for the second straight day and pitched a 1-2-3 6th, throwing only 4 pitches.  He went back out for the 7th and walked Stotch, but got Garciajawa to hit into a double play and Steve Edwards to ground out.  The Penguins added a pair of insurance runs in the 7th on a Gromit 2 run single.

Tejada came out for the 8th, facing the top of the order and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  With lefties due up, Tejada remained in the game for the 9th. McGarvey flew out to right, and then Ryan Harris and Stotch struck out to send Florida on the the division series.  They will play New York.

In the other matchup, the Shockers will play the Snow Sox.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Foster walks off to 3000

On 8/11/2016 Jason Foster reached the 3000 hit mark against Toledo.  With 2 hits already on the day, Foster came up against Ernesto Lopez in the bottom of the 10th.  With bases loaded and nobody out, Foster lined a 1-1 fastball up the middle to win the game.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Foster heading home

Jason Foster was traded to the Springfield Isotopes, with Lee Harvey Oswalt heading to the Florida Penguins.  Foster, 43, began his career 21 years ago in Springfield and is only 8 hits away from 3000.  Florida, however, had little playing time to offer beyond a pinch hitting role.  In the last 2 months, he only has 3 hits.  Springfield will allow Foster a chance to collect the hits he needs as a designated hitter.  Foster is one of the few players left to have played in the Microleague era, which ended in 1996.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

White hopes to play again in 2016

Chad White was initially expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season after tearing a back muscle.  White recently flew to Germany where he will visit a mad scientist in search of a miracle recovery.  

New York remains hopeful that Chad will return for the playoffs.

Florida acquires Maldonado

The Florida Penguins traded for Alex Maldonado, sending minor league infielders Ryan Lawrence, CJ Crom, Valery Dauphin, and pitchers Bill Berard and Jesus Perez to the Rabbits.

Florida's lineup was in desperate need of a power bat.  Maldonado has played outfield for his entire career, but Florida's outfield is full with Conn, Gerald Jr, and Gromit.  Maldonado will be moved to first base. 

Asked about the transition, GM Yoda replied "first base he will play.  Easy it is.  Tell him, el jawa will."

Bench coach Ryne "el jawa" Solo Jr responded " Es mas dificil."

Saturday, June 04, 2016

2016 Draft

Commissioner Manfred takes the podium...

With the first pick in the 2016 Out of the Park draft, Denver Rabbits select Michael Stewart from Manhattan college.

Stewart is a speedy switch hitting center fielder with top of the line power.  He reminds some of a young Mickey Mantle.  Despite his speed, he is not a polished defender and may move to a corner.

Second pick: STL selects Alex Jones from Minnesota.  This college shortstop is an excellent defender with potential to hit 20 or more homeruns and is an above average runner.

Third pick: Louisville selects Jimmy "Dyn-O-Mite" Walker from Pasadena.  A catcher with strong receiving skills, Jimmy should be an average hitter with above average power from both sides of the plate.

Fourth pick: Toledo makes it four collegiate bats in a row with Cary Lee from Illinois State.  Cary is a lefty hitting outfielder with a sweet swing and strong power.  Despite below average speed he gets good jumps and plays strong defense, and might even stick in center.  Lee also pitched in college, throws in the mid 90's, and went 10-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season.

Fifth pick: Charlotte selects Luis Harris from Oklahoma State.  Another college bat, Harris plays center field and is one of the top defenders in the draft class.  He's a bit raw at the plate, but has the ability to be an average hitter with good power, and has shown patience at the plate.  With his top of the line speed, Harris stole 32 bases in 36 attempts.

Sixth pick: Orlando takes lefthander Clay Seymour out of Alabama as the first pitcher off the draft board.  Seymour is a durable 6'7, 230 pound specimen. His fastball sits in the mid 90's, and he already has an above average curve and change. 

Seventh pick: Cleveland selects Malcolm Thomas, center fielder for the Florida Gators.  Thomas is a potential 5 tool player whose only weakness is a lack of patience at the plate.

Hawaii is on the clock.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hal Glover is the New Hit King

April 20, 2016

Hal Glover passed Pete Rose on the all time hit list with number 4257 in New York's 9-2 win over the Denver Rabbits.

In the third inning Glover's check swing off Darin Sanchez bounced down the third base line.  Glover's 43 year old legs were able to beat the throw to first, and move him ahead on the all time list.

The previous record holder, Pete Rose, watched helplessly from behind the Denver dugout, in seats provided by his good friend, Rabbits manager Bewis "Big Cheese" Skywalker.  Rose flew into a rage after the hit and berated the umpire for making a close call that replays would show to be correct.

After the game, Rose was asked about his reaction.  "First of all, I want to congratulate Hal Glover.  I alone can appreciate just how much work and determination it takes to break a record like that.  Hal is a fierce competitor and deserves, like myself, to be enshrined in baseball's hall of fame.  To be clear, my reaction after the play was not in any way a reflection of my feelings for Hal. I fully appreciate that records are meant to be broken.  If anyone is worthy to break my record, it's him.  I was just upset because I had bet that the record would fall in the fifth."

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fourth Generation Jawa Player?

He's only 5 years old, but Brett Solo's son Theodore has made the OOTP news.

"Today was a big day for Theodore Solo, son of the Hawaii Hounddogs' Brett Solo.  It was his first day of kindergarten at the touted Hawaii private academy, Winthrop Acres.  Theodore passed multiple aptitude exams in order to be accepted into the school, which has only 400 children over all 13 grades."

"Today is such a special moment for Theo and I am just so proud" said Solo.  "When I became a parent I never imagined the love and joy that he could bring me and I'm just so delighted to see Theo go to a school that can cultivate his academic desires"  This experience, coupled with the Solo family's recent purchase of a luxury penthouse, show just how committed a shortstop the Hounddogs have in Brett Solo.

Get to know Roberto Ruiz

Roberto Ruiz is currently a 27 year old free agent who has not played any OOTP professional baseball. A star in Cuba, Ruiz tried to defect by stealing a spaceship belonging to the Castro brothers.  Unfortunately his escape didn't go as smoothly as planned, as he was intercepted by a First Order cruiser, taken prisoner, and transported to Starkiller base.

There he made his own escape, finding a stash of baseballs and using his 80 grade arm (clocked over 100 MPH on throws from the outfield) to take out the first order troopers.  Ruiz managed to escape from the detention level and hitch a ride on the Millenium Falcon just before the base was destroyed.  Chewbacca was kind enough to drop him off in the Domincan Republic, so he was able to establish residency and prepare to enter OOTP as a free agent.

In addition to the cannon arm, Ruiz is a physical specimen with well above average speed and tremendous power.  The only questions on him are whether he will make enough contact.  Ruiz is currently fielding offers, and it is believed that he can land a 3 year contract for about 21 million dollars.