Hal Glover is the New Hit King
April 20, 2016
The Herman is a publication covering the Major and Superior Leagues of APBA baseball.
April 20, 2016
He's only 5 years old, but Brett Solo's son Theodore has made the OOTP news.
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.
Center fielder Kermit Crawford has agreed to a 2 year contract with Toronto for 16.9 million. Last year Kermit hit .254 with 7 homers and stole 19 bases. He was also 25 runs above average defensively. Crawford will turn 33 in spring training.
Miami signs catcher Cal Mathis to a 2 year deal for 3 million. Mathis hit .234 for Phoenix last year, with OBP and SLG each under .300. He threw out 40% of opposing runners.
In the first year using OOTP baseball to replace the APBA software, The Major and Superior Leagues overall had a successful season. Attendance and revenue records were shattered, and the wealth is obviously flowing to the players after the recent contracts given to Hamburg, Lewis, and Salbacca. We had another exciting playoff rounds that culminated with the Bay Area Bandits winning their first ever championship. The addition of extended minor leagues ensures the talent pipeline will continue to flow, while providing real statistics for minor league players and entertainment for the imaginary fans in smaller cities.
The following teams will gain extra draft picks between the first and second round:
Once again, the New York Cobra brought in the biggest free agent and set a new contract record in the process. Stephen Hamburg will join the fearsome NY staff after agreeing to a 10 year contract for 400 million dollars. This breaks the record for largest contract by 100 million over the amount Denver paid to Mark Crawford 4 years ago.
Joey Fernandez of the New York Knights retired at age 30 after he was unable to recover from a torn rotator cuff. Last season Fernandez pitched in an extreme lefty specialist role, appearing in 30 games but only recording 9 1/3 innings, facing 38 batters. For his career Fernandez pitched 335 innings for the Knights over 8 seasons.
Miami's RJ Duke was named manager of the year, and Florida's Wally Calhoun took the award in the Major League, edging out Skip Yoder of the World Champion Bandits.
The Conan award for most valuable player went to the first basemen on the World Series teams. Miguel Cruz hit .325 with a league best 33 homers and 104 RBI. He also scored 112 runs and hit 42 doubles. Cruz played 162 games at first base, where he made 14 errors but graded out as average in zone rating. Cruz also won the award in 2014.
The Roger Chillingworth award for best pitcher went to Miami's Jered DeMario and Toronto's Stephen Hamburg.
The Hawaii Hounddogs have reached an agreement with outfielder Shane Canzler on a 3 year, 24 million dollar contract. Canzler hit .311 last year in 88 games. He appeared to lose a step in center field, finishing with a -8.7 zone rating. He would be a well above average defender in the corners however. Canzler also provides a threat on the bases, stealing 9 bags in 10 attempts.
The Alaska Snow Sox, who recently fired Ryne "El Jawa" Solo Jr., signed Todd Reynolds to a 3 year deal. Reynolds most recently served as RJ Duke's bench coach for the Superior League champion Miami Stars.
Utah's Erick Reinfelder won the Superior League rookie of the year award, edging out Miami's Devan Arceneaux. Reinfelder hit .293 with a .396 OBP, hit 22 homers and stole 16 bases. He became a fan favorite in Utah for his defensive efforts in left field, saving 13.5 runs by the league's new zone rating metric, and throwing out 13 runners on the bases.
Miami had a threat going against Larry Reynolds in the first but Joe Young bounced into a double play to end it. In the bottom of the inning Bay Area scored 3 times on Roman Matos, first on a Miguel Cruz double and later on a pair of bases loaded walks. In the bottom 3rd back to back 2 out doubles stretched the lead to 4-0.
George White made his second start of the series, and Tim Sullivan took the mound for Miami in what would turn into a fine pitcher's duel.
Bay Area lit up Jered DeMario, who allowed 8 hits and 5 runs in 3.1 innings. Miami managed 10 hits off Delvis Winchester but only one run in 5 innings, and Bay Area went on to an 11-2 blowout win.
Bay Area took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Jason Rosario homer, and went up 2-0 an inning later as Ryan Harris drove in Miguel Cruz.