Tuesday, January 10, 2017

More signings

Jek Lewis to Portland 5 yrs 115m
Logan Starks to Alaska 5 yrs 75m
Prince Ferreira to Orlando 5/84.85
Rudy Baker to Charlotte 3/38
Ozzie Gaedel to LV 3/4.0
Ron Moon to NYC 2/4.0
Emilio Mendoza to NYC 1/800k
Roger Peralta to Texas 1/6.3
Mike Carpenter to LA 2/17.8
David Cedeno to Alaska 1/760k
Mike Jolley to Hollywood 1/6.8
Robert Zoffinger to NYK 6/63.9
Drew Fenwick to GD 1/500k
Ricardo Garza to MIA 2/3.0
Felipe Cortez to TEX 1/500k
Marcus Redmond to HOL 1/730k
Andy Rojas to CHA 2/2.56
Brian Houston to GD 1/640k
Alfredo Carillo to STL 1/2.24
Felix Torres to NYK 1/820k
Kevin Stanfield to Cleveland 2/13

Monday, December 26, 2016

Next batch of signings

Rafael Payro NY Knights 1 year, 10.3 million

Portland Carlos Garrido 3 years, 3.6 mil, Justin Headley 2 years, 3.4 mil, Travis Treanor 2 years, 3 mil

Jesus Valdez to Mars 4 years, 88 million

Seung-ryong Ha 2 years, 2.6 mil to NYC

Drew Ward to STL for 4 years, 76.8 million
Paul White to SPR, 2 years, 33 million

Hollywood, Brandon Bergeron 7 years, 143.5 mil
Ryan Webb to Toronto 2 years, 12.6 mil

Baltimore hires Todd Allen as manager

Tyler Denison to Mars, 3 years, 33 mil
Miguel Tejawa to Denver, 5 years, 127 million.

Portland signs OF Hisashi Kondo to minor league deal with 2.1 million bonus

Andy Moore signs with Mars for 3 years, 55.2 mil
Jason Rosario to Springfield, 2 years, 2.2 million
Jay Bourn to Alaska, 1 year, 5 million

Saturday, December 24, 2016

First batch of signings

Yoda Moreno to Phoenix 5 years, 130 million
Rocky Sorensen to Springfield, 2 years, 9.52 million
Won-shik Lee to Las Vegas, 5 years, 85 million
Earl Hickey to Charlotte 3 years, 64.6 million
Sal Rodriguez to Toronto 5 years, 105.4 million
Alan Stewart to Toledo, 2 years, 4.56 million

Gilberto Pantoja to Las Vegas, 3 years, 3 million
Howard Goodwin and Tim Tipton to LV on minor league deals
Tony Guerrero to Las Vegas 3 years, 5 million

Carlos Voltron to Denver, 2 years, 3 million

BJ Lewis to Miami, 2 years, 2.9 million
Shadow Russell to Miami, 1 year, 1.1 million
Sammy Yamamoto to Miami, 2 years, 2.1 million

Ryan McCloud to Charlotte, 2 years, 22.4 million
Bobby Barrios to Toledo, 7 years, 147.6 million

Rule 5 Draft

Players selected in the rule 5 must be kept on the major league roster all season, or else they are returned to their original team.  The draft went as follows:

Mars - RP Michael Neal (from Shockers)
Denver - SS Craig Meyers (Detroit)
SPR - CF Dana Wilson (Mars)
POR - RP Luis Antonio Lopez (Toronto)
LOU - OF Darren Escobar (Charlotte)
GD - RP Rick Peters (St Louis)
LV - 3B Mike Dawson (Springfield)
HAW - C Patrick Rutledge (BA)
Alaska - RP Javier Martinez (Boston)
Utah - RP Eduardo Hernandez (Orl)
FLA - OF Kent Hamilton (Charlotte)
NYC - RP Luis Perez (Texas)
CHI - RP Tim Stevens (Mars)
MIA - RP John Montgomery (PHO)
Denver - 1B Ed Robinson (PHO)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Draft pick compensation

The following players rejected qualifying offers and signing them will require draft pick compensation.  At this point I don't see any way that the game is indicating the difference between compensation and non-compensation free agents, so this post will have to be our guide.

C Yoda Moreno, Jesus Valdez, Humberto Castillo
SS Miguel Tejawa
3B Bobby Barrios
2B Prince Ferreria
OF Bobby Bergeron, Jek Lewis, Drew Ward
P Earl Hickey

These players accepted the qualifying offer of 18 million and return to their teams on a one year deal, some to great surprise:

Utah Doug Dodson
Bay Area Michael Garciajawa, Larry Reynolds
Florida Doug Guzman
Detroit Bjorn Frostad

Edit:  Robert Zoffinger and Oscar Martinez also rejected the Q and will cost a draft pick to sign.

OOTP Awards

Rookie of the year awards go to Toledo's Thomas Romero, who won the batting title with a .349 mark, and Preston Greenfield of Bay Area, who hit .225 with 12 homers and 31 steals.  It was certainly a weak major league class.  Second place went to Carl Rice of LA, who went 9-9 with a 3.56 ERA.  Lee Thompson of NYC took third, hitting .235 in 79 games with strong defense.

In the Superior league James Batts finished second, though he would not leave the award ceremony empty handed.  Kent Garner of the Knights finished 3rd.  The 27 year old, who had signed out of an Independent league, drew 133 walks, hit 15 homeruns, and drove in 102 runs.

In no surprise to anyone, world series managers RJ Duke and Wally Calhoun were named managers of the year.

With no clear starting pitcher in the lead, the Superior League Cy Young award was a surprise as Orlando's James Batts took the award in his rookie season. Batts had a 7-2 record, saved 48 games, and had an ERA of 1.05 in 77 innings.  He did not allow a homerun all season and is the first reliever to win the award since Utah's Henry Rollins.  Chicago's Danny Almonte (18-4) finished second, followed by Miami's Dwight Schrute (48 saves, 1.50 ERA).

Peter Buchanon wins the major league award with a 20-6 record, 2.25 ERA, and 211 strikeouts.  He also won 5 games, including 3 series deciding games, in the playoffs, however this award only considers his regular season stats.  New York's Buddy Dervish (16-3, 1.93) finished second while his teammate Stephen Hamburg (17-10, 232 strikeouts) finished third.

Miami's Devan Arceneaux won the MVP award in his second season with a .345 average, 27 homers, 110 RBI, and a .602 slugging percentage.  Frank Lewis was second (.308-31-106, 134 walks, .463 OBP) and Aaron Moore (28 homers, 109 RBI) third.

In the major league the best seasons were had by players whose teams did not make the playoffs.  Denver's Mark Crawford wins his first award with a .308 average, 33 homers, and he even stole 26 bases.  For Crawford, 35, this was hardly his best season, but some of the best seasons in league history saw him blocked from the award by even better Joe Young seasons.

Bryce Parkman hit 36 homers and finished second, and Larry Brooks hit .344 with 22 homeruns to finish third.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Conan to resign UN post

Conan, owner of the Utah Utes and holder of a national record 810 career homeruns, has resigned in protest from his position as chairman of the United Nations committee for the advancement of primitive peoples to world leadership roles.  Conan is reportedly upset over the firing of Wonder Woman, formerly the UN ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls, and a personal friend of Conan's.

Conan was born to a simple barbarian village in Cimmeria and eventually conquered kingdoms by his own hand.  He issued a statement on Wonder Woman : "I have heard her lamentations. I will help her crush her enemies, and together we will see them driven before us."

A small, elderly wizard wearing a necklace of shark's teeth said that while Conan has no immediate plans to attack the United Nations, it cannot be ruled out.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Buchanon named Player of the Year

Peter Buchanon, one day after pitching his team to a championship, was named The Herman Sports 2016 player of the year.  Unlike the Cy Young and MVP awards, which are based on the regular season only, this publication selects the player who contributed most to his team's regular and postseason success.

Buchanon, including playoffs, made 40 starts and pitched 280 innings.  He won 25 games, losing 6, walking 60 while striking out 255.  His ERA was 2.12.  The bigger the game, the better he pitched.  He was the game 7 starter against both Alaska and Miami, and pitched 15 shutout innings in those games.  

Congratulations to Buchanon.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

World Series Game 7

Nothing in sports beats a game 7 and this one will please the baseball purists who enjoy a pitcher's duel, the first 1-0 world series game 7 since Jack Morris beat John Smoltz in 1991.

Peter Buchanon retired the first 2 hitters before running into the only trouble he would face on the day.  Young and Arceneaux singled with 2 out, Buchanon moved them up with a wild pitch, and Rabbitt walked to load the bases.  Buchanon gathered himself to strike out Oswipe Cabrera.

Brad Moulds allowed a 2 out single, but catcher Mathis gunned Howell down at second, the 5th consecutive base runner he has thrown out.  With one out in the 3rd, Mitch Oakenshield lined a pitch down the left field line, just over the wall and out of the reach of Brian Kaat.  The homer travelled all of 336 feet.

The two lefties matched zeros through the 7th inning, neither allowing more than one base runner in an inning.  In the 5th, Mathis again nailed a base stealer, this time Gromit.  Arceneaux doubled with 2 out in the 6th, but Buchanon got Rabbitt on strikes to strand him.

Miami pinch hit Mike Gaston for Moulds in the 8th, Buchanon was rolling and set him, Kaat, and Bass down 1-2-3.  He had thrown 99 pitches through 8 shutout innings.  Dwight Schrute came in for the bottom of the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts.

To the 9th, Wally Calhoun went for defense in left field (Bob King), first base (Chip Atkinson) and brought Grant Hansen in to close things out, despite Buchanon emphatically telling him "I got this!".

Joe Young worked a 5 pitch walk, and due to a depleted bench the 40 year old DH would run for himself.  Arceneaux followed with a single, his third hit of the day.  Peter Rabbitt bunted the runners up, and Oswipe Cabrera was walked intentionally to load the bases.  Enough for Hansen, Florida brought David Tejada in to try and clean up the mess.  Batting for Mathis was Trevor Burton.  Bases loaded, one out, tying run on third.  Burton watched the first 2 pitches sail wide.  He fouled one off, then took a slider for a called strike.  He lifted the 2-2 pitch out to center.  Gromit came in to make the catch, too shallow for Joe Young to attempt to score.

Justin Edwards came up, he had entered the game as a second baseman after Miami pinch hit for starter Forrest Bush.  The only Star left on the bench was weak hitting backup catcher Jim Gwosdz, R.J. Duke then assessed the batting abilities of his pitchers.  Schrute looked on from the on deck circle, but Miami had no better options.  Edwards came to the plate.

Tejada reared back for a 98 MPH fastball, taken at the letters for a strike.  His next pitch was a sweeping slider right at the batter, Edwards prepared to get hit, which would have tied things.  The wicked slider broke across the plate for a called strike 2.  Edwards got a piece of the next pitch, then was able to lay off 2 sliders that started in and broke outside.  He was overmatched, but giving it all he had.  Tejada threw another slider across the plate, and Edwards was able to get a piece, fouling it back to stay alive.  The next pitch was a fastball, high.  Edwards was prepared for the slider and couldn't catch up.  As he swung and missed, the Penguin crowd went wild.

Congratulations to the Florida Penguins, champions of OOTP baseball.  A trophy presentation ceremony is scheduled for later in the week.

Peter Buchanon is the postseason MVP with a 5-0 record in 7 starts, and a 1.48 ERA in 48 innings.  Tejada had a great postseason as well, allowing 2 runs in 12.2 innings, striking out 20 against 4 walks, and collecting 2 wins and 3 saves.

World Series Game 6

Matos and Reyes are on the mound.  Miami scores first in the 2nd inning. Maldonado's error with 2 out and Peter Rabbitt on third gives Miami a 1-0 lead.  In the 4th Arceneaux homers.  In the 6th Joe Young scores from second on a Cabrera single.

Matos pitches 6 innings of 3 hit, one run ball.  Mathis throws out Howell in the 4th and does not allow a stolen base in the game.  He has thrown out the last 4 Penguin runners to try his arm.  In the 6th Howell doubles in Duke to make it a 3-1 game.  Pat Jones pitches a scoreless 7th, then gets the first 2 out in the 8th.  Kevin Davidson gets Howell to ground to first to end the 8th.

Up 3-1, Miami threatens to pad the lead in the 9th.  With one out and 2 on Florida relieves Jesus Alvarez with Oswalt.  Oswalt gets the hero cat Brian to hit into a 5-4-3 double play and keep things close.

In the 9th, Schrute comes on to get Maldonado to ground to short, then strikes out Kawasaki and Gromit.  Final is 3-1 Stars, and we will have game 7.

For Miami Brad Moulds will pitch.  For Florida it will be the ace, Buchanon, with both relief aces Hansen and Tejada rested as neither pitched game 6.  In 6 postseason starts Buchanon is 4-0, his team has won every game he's pitched, and he has not allowed more than 2 runs in any start.

Buchanon's postseason numbers are: 40 innings, 1.77 ERA, 30 hits, 8 walks, 36 strikeouts, 2 homeruns.  As a hitter he is 2 for 9 with a double and walk, has scored 2 runs.

In 4 postseason starts Moulds is 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 23 innings.