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Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Also added to the Archives page is a group picture taken at the 1992 Draft. This was the first gathering of NASOMA after we switched from a 12-team league to a 15-team league.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This from the Inmates...
Inmates took 3 of 5 from the Rhinos. We lost the first two, then swept three. All were close games, with the exception of a 10-3 Inmate win.
Inmates are now 13-11.
The Rhinos fall to 22-15.
All teams have now reached the 20-game plateau for March. I haven't heard any complaints about not receiving game files (or box scores or whatever), so it appears we are off to a great start.
Team pages for the Inmates and Buckeyes are now done.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The depth charts are not exact, of course. I've listed every player you have that plays at each position, but the order is just guesswork based on at bats and my best guesses. Feel free to email me any changes you want done.
It's gonna be a long season for the Rhinos trying to manipulate their at bat situation at catcher. The three Rhino catchers have a combined 509 at bats AFTER adding the 10%. There will be a lot of bunting and pinch hitting. Guaranteed he'll have more complete games by his starting pitchers than by his starting catchers.
Monday, March 24, 2008
So much (loud) talking was going on during the rules meeting at the Draft that you may have failed to notice some of the rule changes we voted on. For instance, one new rule dictates that the last team to get entered on the Yahoo tracker forfeits all of their reserve picks next year. That rule was passed by an astounding 16-0!
Also, we agreed that the receiver of these lost reserve picks would be selected from a random drawing. The random drawing has been completed (done all fair and square here at Pigman Publishing) and the receiver of all the lost reserve picks is... the Warpigs!!! Congratulations Warpigs!
And finally, while the crazy, scandalous, filth-ridden draft order idea brought up by the little Wahoo failed to pass, it was agreed that next year, just to spice things up, we would draft in reverse alphabetical order (and that the Zaps must be referred to by their full name: VivaZaPastas, and thereby draft 3rd). Said the little Wahoo, "I was really excited because now I get to draft second... then I remembered I don't own my first rounder for next year. Still, this is a better idea than that crazy, scandalous, filth-ridden idea I proposed. Thank God common sense prevailed."
The first selection at next year's draft, according to this new rule, will be made by... the Warpigs!!! Congratulations Warpigs!
The Bees are now 32-12 and are busy calculating their magic number.
The Buckeyes are 17-12 and a half game behind the MFD-leading Nads despite having a better winning percentage.
The Mavs drop to 13-27. Only two teams currently have worse records.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This from the Tweeners...
Tweeners open the season by taking 5 of the first 7 games, but FFT's sweep their last homestand to gain the season split. I'm glad we didn't have to keep playing, as FFT's win game 9 by a score of 19-3, and game 10 was a one-hitter by Dustin McGowan.
Later in the day, the DVs and Tweeners squared off for a 5-game set via netplay. The DVs won 4 of them.
This from the DVs...
DV’s staved off the Tweeners 4-1 in netplay Sunday night. Close games, including two extra inning grinders.
Tweeners lone win was a 15 inning affair when DV’s inexplicably decided to use Steve “Panty” Shields with a two run lead in the 9th – which was quickly tied and stayed that way until a 4 run outburst by the Tweeners won it. Please give Panty a couple of demerits for overall crappy pitching.
Holliday hit only .250 – dropping his average from .400 (from when he left the draft) to .383. ’s record can rest easy for another year.DV’s are now 26-18.
And this from the Tweeners...
Tweeners are now a demerit-free 10 - 10. Eligible to go to the prom, if not the Big Dance.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
This from the Mavman...
J.J. Hardy is averaging an error every 4.375 games (8 in the first 35) - on pace for 37 (almost 3 times his regular season total). I predict a J.J. Hardy patch will be released any day now.
In other action, the Killer Bees took 8 of 10 from the FFTs. The Bees are now 26-8. The FFTs drop to 21-51.
Remember, after playing a series, either BOTH teams must report the outcome, or just one team may do so provided they CC the email to the other team involved.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Anyway, I hope some of you will take the time to read it and make some comments either on here or via email.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The demerit list has its first two names. The Inmates and Buckeyes failed to report their records after draft weekend. The rule said to report your results within 24 hours of leaving the draft, but I extended that. Not everyone leaves the draft at the same time, so I'm altering the wording of the rule to read the Wednesday after draft weekend for reporting all games played at the draft. Even if you leave the Draft Monday afternoon (like the Snakes did), that gives you plenty of time to email or call.
The first game deadline is still 11 days away (March 31), and 13 of the teams have already played the minimum number of games (20). The Bees and Inmates need to get at least one more game in, and the Tweeners need to get all 20 done. Send him instructions or make some arrangements to get some games in with him.
Moving to the Ballpork, the Pigs and John Lackey shut down the mighty Rhinos 4-1 before losing three straight 10-1, 7-0, 4-0. The Pigs had runners thrown out at home due to the catcher blocking the plate on consecutive plays in the last game. Both runners would have been safe except for the blocking the plate rule.
Troy Tulowitzki drove in 10 runs in the series. and the Rhinos stole 16 bases. Albert Pujols, who hates the 2-column, went 2-26.
Rhinos are now 20-12. The Warpigs drop to 9-22.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The trade page is updated, too. So is the standings page.
I'll get the draft results on soon.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Fungoes trade Ryan Garko to the FFTs for Tadahito Iguchi.
The Wahoos trade pick 177 to the Fungoes for their 2009 8th round pick.
The Zaps trade Melky Cabrera to the Rhinos for their 2009 5th round pick.
The Buckeyes trade Nomar Garciaparra to the FFTs for Fernando Rodney.
The FFTs trade Rafael Furcal to the Inmates for Kaz Matsui.
The FFTs trade Franklin Gutierrez and their 2009 2nd round pick to the Rhinos for Michael Young and Melky Cabrera.
The Rhinos trade Erik Aybar to the Nads for Matt Stairs.
The FFTs trade Carlos Delgado to the Zaps for Jair Jurrjens and Andy LaRoche.
The Rhinos trade Joba Chamberlain to the Warpigs for the 2009 Killer Bee 1st round pick and a 2009 Reserve.
The FFTs Jair Jurrjens to the Warpigs for their 2009 8th round pick.
I'll add a note soon on the rules we voted on. The deadline rule passed (with no consequences this first year) and the reverse draft order proposal did not.
Updates on the website are coming slowly but sure. Be patient. The Standings Page has already been updated (plus it is on Big Innings already).
Thanks to everyone who helped this weekend to go so smoothly. The FFTs and Oilers for the hotel arrangements... the Chief for the yearbook... the Fungoes for the shirt and for graciously handing over the Higdon to its rightful owner... the HEAD INMATE for the schedule... the Commish and FFTs for preparing the CDSOMBB league... Dennis Gray for drafting for the Tweeners... the Zapper for being the first one to report his results...
Here are the results sent in by everyone so far...
Warpigs - 0-2 vs Bees; 2-3 vs Drillers; 1-3 vs Inmates; 0-3 vs Snakes; 5-5 vs Nads
Zaps - 3-2 vs Mavs; 3-2 vs Wahoos; 2-2 vs Bees; 5-5 vs Fungoes
Nads - 7-7 vs Buckeyes; 3-7 vs Drillers; 7-3 vs FFTs; 7-3 vs Oilers; 7-3 vs Rhinos; 5-5 vs Pigs
Mavs - 3-7 vs Fungoes; 5-5 vs DVs; 2-3 vs Zaps
Drillers - 5-5 vs DVs; 9-5 vs FFTs; 2-3 vs Inmates; 7-3 vs Nads; 3-2 vs Pigs; 1-2 vs Snakes
Fungoes - 0-2 vs Bees; 3-4 vs DVs; 5-5 vs Zaps; 7-3 vs Mavs
Oilers - 5-3 vs FFTs; 3-7 vs Nads; 4-6 vs Snakes
Sidewinders - 6-4 vs Oilers; 3-2 vs Rhinos; 2-5 vs Wahoos; 0-3 vs Bees; 3-0 vs Pigs; 2-1 vs Drillers
Wahoos - 0-5 vs Bees; 1-2 vs DVs; 3-1 vs Inmates; 5-2 vs Snakes; 2-3 vs Zaps
FFTs - 5-9 vs Drillers; 3-7 vs Buckeyes; 3-7 vs Nads; 3-5 vs Oilers; 1-9 vs Rhinos
Killer Bees - 5-0 vs Wahoos; 3-0 vs Snakes; 2-0 vs Pigs; 2-0 vs Fungoes; 2-2 vs Zaps; 0-3 vs DVs
Rhinos - 3-7 vs Nads; 9-1 vs FFTs; 2-3 vs Snakes
DVs - 5-5 vs Drillers; 5-5 vs Mavs; 4-3 vs Fungoes; 3-0 vs Bees; 2-1 vs Wahoos; 3-3 Inmates
Tweeners - No games played yet. Send him some instructions!
Buckeyes & Inmates did not report their results, yet.
This from the Fungoes...
Fungoes started off the 2008 season by losing our first four games. Two to the Bees and then the first two to the DVs. It took a ninth inning rally off of (you guessed it) Bobby Jenks for the Fungoes to claim win number one. We gave that back the very next game when the DVs rallied for 5 runs in the ninth off of (you guessed it) Jon Papelbon!
This from the Rhinos...
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Seed #2: Sidewinders - The Snakes win 103, edging out the Bees for the AWD and a bye.
Seed #3: DVs - The DVs win 94, finishing just ahead of the Drillers.
Seed #4: Buckeyes - League rules stipulate that each division must have a representative in the playoffs. So... the Buckeyes are in despite winning only 75 games.
Seed #5: Killer Bees - The Bees win 102 games, but are forced to start the playoffs on the road.
Seed #6: The Driller and Wahoos finish tied at 91 wins. The one game playoff goes to the Drillers.
Drillers beat the DVs in 5. DVs spend the rest of the weekend flickin the bean again.
Bees beat the Buckeyes in 7.
Rhinos over the Drillers in 6.
Bees bitch slap the big brother Sidewinders in 7.
The Rhinos over the Bees in 5.
2. Killer Bees - C.Pena
3. Zaps - D.McGowan
4. Drillers - J.Chamberlain
5. Killer Bees - J.Guthrie
6. Rhinos - R.Perez
7. Nads - B.Bannister
8. Tweeners - H.Bell
9. Sidewinders - J.Soria
10. Buckeyes - G.Soto
11. Zaps - C.Marmol
12. Rhinos - M.Corpas
13. Oilers - H.Okajima
14. Mavs - E.Longoria
15. Wahoos - J.Hamilton
16. Rhinos - J.Isringhausen
The pitchers should rule the first round, especially RH relievers. Look for the Rhinos to take relievers with all three of their first rounders. The Wahoos and Bees both have two picks; expect each to take 1 pitcher and 1 hitter. LH relievers Perez and Okajima are pretty interchangeable, as are McGowan, Bannister, and Guthrie. Among the RH reliever-only guys, there's a group of 5 or so who could go in any order, depending on how important age and/or innings are to you. Of the hitters, the best ones - other than Pena - are limited in at bats. Longoria (or maybe Fukodome) should be the first uncarded player taken. I predict the first cut drafted is either Gagne or Zumaya.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Beeboy: (riding shotgun, interrupting) Shut the fuck up and make a beer stop.
Chief: But we just stopped for beer. We bought two cases.
Beeboy: That was 10 damn minutes ago and it's already gone!
Snakeman: (riding bitch) Hey! What the hell is that?!?
Chief: 4th gear
Snakeman: No, that's my dick.
Chief: So, anyway, at work the other night this guy told me that lefthanded pitchers have never outnumbered righthanded pitchers in Major League Baseball, like EVER, and I said...
Beeboy: Goddammit. I need beer.
Snakeman: Whoa! What is that? Reverse?!?
Chief: Yes. Nice, isn't it?
Chief: Well, I HAVE to shift gears.
Snakeman: This isn't even a fucking standard transmission!!!
Beeboy: Beer, goddammit!
Snakeman: Seriously, let go of that.
Chief: But the DVs never complained about it.
DVs: (in the child seat in back, muffled) Now, that's not totally true.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
The first Big Innings (3/11/88) is there along with every B.I. I ever wrote. The notebook also contains every issue of The Whig ("The Inmates suck!") and The Roundup (or at least every Roundup from when I entered the league). There are newsletters from Dave (the Wrinkled Pink), Norm (The Bandit), Derek (Extra Innings), Terry (no title), Tristan (The Three Wheeler), Shawn (Driller Bits), and Garth (The Chief).
Obviously, I never throw things away. There's a team update newsletter from Ab (it includes lines like "Did Lance Parrish?" and "Is Dallas Greene?") and another from Bryan (propeller-head stuff about how to predict your expected W/L record based on your final stats. Wouldn't you already KNOW your W/L record if you had your final stats?!?). There are letters sent to the league from Glenn (the first one starts out "Thanks to everyone for making our 8th season a successful one" and is hand-written, complete with a drawing of the 1987 playoff brackets.)
There is a letter from Paul White, editor of Baseball Weekly, to Mr. Norman Wheeler explaining an anomaly in a box score. There is the ranting letter sent out by Shawn complaining about the Cletes, the commissioner, and the 1993 playoffs. There is the second letter from Shawn apologizing about his outburst in the previous letter. I even have the letter the Cletes sent out resigning from the league in which he apologizes for breaking the rules. There is the letter I sent to the Texas Rangers asking for permission for us to tour the new Ballpark in Arlington before it was ready for tours, and another letter I sent to Tristan addressing his complaints about how I used his bullpen in a mail game.
One of my favorites is the letter from Terry that he wrote after attending the funeral for Randy Higdon.
Among other things, these newsletters chronicle the Warpigs getting a NASOMA franchise and becoming a first-time father in the same week; the birth of the first Driller kid; the expansion draft (first picks: Scott Scudder, Sidewinders; Walt Weiss, Wahoos; Greg Hibbard, Nads); the first trade announced via e-mail; the first NASOMASpeak ("I think I'm through trading for awhile means... I'm through trading with you for awhile."); and the Fungo wedding (several of his players signed the book).
It makes me sad that we don't have newsletters anymore. Nothing to look back at chronicling the births of our kids (and grandkids!) or the weddings or divorces or the moves or career changes... or anything that happened to us beyond the last newsletter.
I guess that comes with getting old. I'm just glad I still have these... and glad NASOMA is still a part of my life.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
For all mail games, unless both teams have spoken and reached some other agreement, the road teams must have instructions or computer managers sent out by July 4th. The home teams should reply to confirm they have received them. One demerit for each team you fail to connect with in a timely manner.
Is that too late? Can you guys living outside of Texas get enough games played in March thru June with a July 4th deadline for instructions? Should it be earlier?
And again, this addition and the previous deadlines proposed are just common sense things. The goal is to get games done without having to cram in a ton of games in November, like the last five or so years.
I know some have commented that we should enforce the rules we have now. The problem is: the rules we have now don't have any consequences for not playing games, except that somebody else will play them for you. I don't think that's much of a consequence. I mean... You hate your crappy team? Hate watching them lose games? Easy! Just don't play the games! Somebody else will play them all for you!
With this rule, there are deadlines. And if you don't meet them, there are consequences. The consequences aren't even all that drastic, unless you miss a lot of deadlines. I don't think the deadlines are all that drastic, either. The pace isn't all that breakneck.
I think the best thing about it will be reporting our results every time we play a series. Those results can be reported on Big Innings and added to the records on the Standings page. That should be fun to read and interesting to keep up with.
Thanks, Nadman, for helping out. I've heard back from others, too. Sounds like it's something that will work. Let me hear from the rest of you.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
From the NASOMAspeak Dictionary...
“I’m playing for next year” means… I will be losing games as often as possible to secure the best possible draft position for next year, but I’ll do so in a subtle manner and pretend to be fed up with my team the whole time in order to pull off the illusion.
“I think we should go back to protecting 15” means… There must be some reason I can’t seem to get back to the playoffs. It can’t be me!
“Thanks for trading me damaged goods” means… Fuck the Pigs.
“The Inmates should win the MFD” means… The Buckeyes will win the MFD.
(related entry) “If I don’t win the MFD this year, I never will” means… I will never win the MFD.
“All I need is bullpen, so I’ll be taking relievers with my first five picks” means… I am only three deep at shortstop; that’s a problem.
“My wife has no problem with me spending time doing Strat” means… I am a liar.
“My wife has me on an allowance” means… My wife has me on an allowance.
“I’m just flickin’ the bean” means… I flew all the way from
“I’ll do a better job of getting my games played this year” means… It is March.
“Has anybody heard from the [fill in team name here] in the last couple of months?” means… It is October.
“Well, if I had to lose the Series, I’m glad it was to you” means… Fuck the Pigs.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Also, on the main page there is a link to download an Excel page that combines both the official rosters and the draft picks owned by each team.
As always, if you see any errors, let me know.
Any picks you own that were later than pick 165 will have changed their number. That is due to some teams being finished drafting by then. As a result, everyone after them moves up.
We will drafting between 156 and 188 players.
On the rosters page, some teams do not have ballpark numbers listed. Ballpark numbers are not due until the draft, but if you already know yours, go ahead and announce them and I'll post them.