Sunday, January 30, 2011

Trades

The FFTs traded Skip Schumaker and Ryan Theriot to the Buckeyes for Kurt Suzuki.

The FFTs traded Clayton Richard to the Wahoos for Reid Brignac.

The FFTs then traded Kurt Suzuki to the Inmates for Derrek Lee.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More Bee Cuts

Bees cut...

Belisario, R.
Mota, G.
Difelice, M.
Navarro, D.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Features on Version 16

1) SUPPORT FOR DOUBLE-DUTY PLAYERS HAS BEEN ADDED - On rare occasion a player will receive two cards for one team in Strat-O-Matic, a batting card and a pitching card. We call these players "Double-Duty" players in honor of Negro League legend Double Duty Radcliffe. Supporting a player who has two cards was a significant challenge to program. Adding this support affected code throughout the entire program including the Eligible Players Screen, the Pre-game Setup Window, the Lineup Screen, Extensive Game Play changes, Team and Player Stats packages, etc. As an example of the types of changes that were made, all batting stats for a double-duty player will now appear in their batting totals in the stats package. Previously his batting stats would have been split between his batting totals (when using his hitting card) and the generic “ALL PITCHERS” category in the batting statistics reports (when using his Pitcher’s Hitting card).

2) SOCIAL MEDIA - TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SUPPORT HAVE BEEN ADDED - Share your Strat-O-Matic Exploits with the world! You can post a Social Media message directly from the League Manager using the "File / Post to Twitter-Facebook" command. In addition, if you select the appropriate Miscellaneous Options the game will automatically generate a message at the start and/or end of each manual game that you can post.

3) UPnP SUPPORT - An option has been added to use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), if it is available with your router. If your hardware supports UPnP it will make Netplay easier to setup.

4) SUPPORT HAS BEEN ADDED FOR A NEW SADV RELIEF PITCHER FATIGUE RULE - This rule prevents relievers from returning too soon after pitching a large number of innings. Here is the text of the rule (which is rule 27.65 in the board game)- If a reliever pitches 2 or more innings above his relief fatigue rating then he must rest one day before his next appearance. If he pitches 3 or more innings above his relief fatigue rating then he must rest two days before his next appearance. If a relief pitcher is used without this proper amount of rest, consider him fatigued for the entire relief outing.

5) BOX SCORES - Now list 2-out RBIs.

6) CHECK LEAGUE DATABASE - This new function on the League menu checks and optionally rebuilds the league database should it ever get corrupted.

7) LEAGUE LEADERS - The League Leaders report now shows traded player's current team codes instead of asterisks. For example, a traded player who is currently on Cincinnati will have "CIN" and the team code instead of "***".

8) AUTOPLAY NOW FASTER - Autoplay speed has been improved since V15.

9) CUT-OFF RULE PLAY-BY-PLAY - Improved play-by-play on the cut-off play as it relates to throwing errors when the ball was cut off.

10) COMPUTER MANAGER - The Computer Manager has been changed so that it now recalculates whether or not to hold the runners and how to position the infield defense whenever a substitution is made. This will make for more realistic strategy when the offensive manager pinch-hits or pinch runs.

11) IMPROVED GAME STORIES – The game stories on the box score have been improved -- many new phrases have been added. This will make the game stories more unique and varied.

12) SAC BUNT DESCRIPTIONS IMPROVED - Improved dialog and play-by-play text for sacrifice bunts. The text "lead runner" has been replaced with "runner trying for 2nd base" (for example) which helps avoid confusion when there is also a runner on third base.

13) MVP AWARD - The MVP Award voting has been adjusted so that it more realistically reflected the chance for a Starting Pitcher to win the award.

14) SQUEEZE PLAY IMPROVEMENTS - Reworked the Squeeze Play strategy chart when the winning run is on third base so that all plays now occur at home plate. In these situations readings of SPEED, SAC, and BAD always result in plays at the plate.

15) BOX SCORE IMPROVEMENT - The "scoresheet" heading and data is now only shown when an associated scoresheet is going to be displayed.

16) END OF GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY - Added code and play-by-play text to improve the end-of-game play-by-play presentation.

17) RARE PLAYS - Improved the play-by-play for certain rare plays to make it more situation-aware.

18) CD-ROM NO LONGER NEEDED! - The CD-ROM no longer needs to be inserted in order to Install Rosters.

19) BUGS FIXED
· If a number of manual games were played consecutively without shutting down the program there was a bug that could result in the disappearance of games off the schedule.
· Use of Auto Batch Report Creation was also resulting in the loss of games from the schedule under certain circumstances.
· Use of Auto Batch Reports was preventing more than one game from running in autoplay for some leagues.
· On occasion the eligible list of players was being overwritten before Netplay games.
· For playoff games, starting pitchers were not being selected according to the computer manager rotations.
· When restoring saved games or using the delete last play the pitcher's allowable pitch count was sometimes incorrect.
· When attempting to get a lead and a pickoff attempt was the result the play by play didn't mention that a pickoff had been attempted.
· The Export Statistics function was not exporting stats for all players.
· The Encyclopedia's Pitcher Register was only showing the data for one pitcher.
· Web Builder was not working properly for players whose name is hyphenated (the team would not display).
· The Game Story would sometimes say that a runner on 3rd stole home when in fact he scored on an error by the catcher when trying to throw out the runner on 1st stealing 2nd.
· Fixed crash that occurred when restoring saved game files.
· Fixed a problem with the cut-off rule where an error could occur after the winning run had already scored.
· Added code to prevent Game Files and Subset Files from being exported to invalid directories (they cannot be exported to the Export, Exported, or Subsets folders).
· Fixed a problem in the All Star Game creation that was leaving the top vote-getting pitcher off of the team.
· If a team played less than 162 games in real-life their actual to-date record was showing more games then they played in the League Standings report at year's end.
· If the first batter a reliever faced reached base on a Strikeout plus Wild Pitch (or Passed Ball) then you could not remove the reliever until that reliever faced another batter.
· On base runner interference (G1-RP on Super-Advanced fielding chart) the base runners on 2nd and 3rd were moving up but this was incorrect - they should stay on their base.
· Changed the Save Chat Dialog in Netplay to say "Save" instead of "Open".
· The Update Player dialog has been improved so that it doesn't exit if a player update is invalid. Instead the dialog stays open allowing you to fix the problem.
· Long install pathnames were causing crashes when restoring a league.

20) SUPPORT FOR NEW SEASONS - Support for the new 2010, Baseball Hall of Fame 2010, Baseball Heroes, 1876, 1880, 1885, and 1893 seasons has been added.

21) BALLPARK PHOTOS
· 4 New ballparks pictures - Minnesota (day and night), Seattle (day and night)
· 36 new ballpark entry pictures - Baltimore-7, Houston-1, Los Angeles(AL)-5, Minnesota-7, San Francisco-6, Seattle-3, Texas-2, Washington-5

22) ROSTER IMPROVEMENTS AND CORRECTIONS
An amazing effort by the ROSTER CORRECTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TEAM brings you these upgraded rosters. (But I am deleting all the specifics because they really don't matter to us one bit.)

23) PLAY-BY-PLAY IMPROVEMENTS
· The nickname file has been expanded yet again by our nickname guru Ren Petrie -- there are over 600 new player specific play-by-plays that mention player's nicknames, including the Negro League players' nicknames!
· All 30 teams files edited and updated for 2010 season. Note: this requires the purchase of the optional team specific play-by-play disk.

Correction on the Ratings Disk

The numbers for Dan Haren are wrong. Here is the comment from SOM...

A new card is being printed to replace the Haren card. His strikeouts breakdown is 25 combos on the left side and 30 combos on the right side.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

More FFT Cuts

FFTs cut...

Kendall, J.
Schumaker, S.
Theriot, R.

More Buckeye Cuts

Buckeyes cut...

Castillo, L.
Gwynn, T.
Harris, W.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Greatest NASOMA Teams

MLBTV has these shows listing the top 10 (or 20 or 40) for different areas. One of their latest is the top 40 teams ever (although it certainly seemed like the top 40 of the last 50 years). Their top 5 were:
5. 1986 New York Mets
4. 1970 Baltimore Orioles
3. 1961 New York Yankees
2. 1975 Cincinatti Reds
1. 1998 New York Yankees

So I decided to list our own greatest teams ever, but with the difference being that I limited the list to one team from each franchise. (Also not true, as the Strangers and Drillers are technically the same franchise, so let's call it one team from each manager).

With apologies to those not listed, here they are...

10. The 2006 Fungoes (94-68) - This was probably not the greatest Fungo team, but it was the one that won it all. Hard to tell how, though, by looking at the final stats. The team hit .249 and had a 3.68 ERA. They outscored their opponents by less than 40 runs. The leading home run hitter had a .222 batting average. The second leading winner on the mound only won 12 games and had a 5.17 ERA. Somebody named Jesse Crain led the team in saves. And yet, the team won the league championship in 6 games over the FFTs.

9. The 1987 Strangers - The Strangers won two titles, and I don't know a lot about either team, but this one swept the World Series in 4 games over the #1 seeded Mavs. Some stars of the team were Ozzie Smith and Ryne Sandberg. This was also the last Stranger team. The 2-headed manager took over in 1988, the irritating Hybrids won 99 games with them in 1989, and then they became the Drillers.

8. The 1988 Bandits (98-70) - Wade Boggs, Kal Daniels, Tony Gwynn, Jose Canseco, Kirby Puckett... This was an offensive juggernaut. The team batting average was .286. The pitching staff wasn't great, but Mike Scott won 20 and had a 3.77 ERA. Bob Welch won 18. The Bandits were not able to make the trip down for the playoffs, but with the Oilers at the wheel, they defeated the Buckeyes in the second round; then with the Buckeyes taking over as proxy, the Bandits beat the FFTs in 7 games to win the Series.

7. The 2010 VivaZaPastas (97-65) - There were probably better Zap teams, but this team won their second title while winning more games than the 2004 champs. The 1-2 punch of Zach Greinke and Josh Johnson was the strength of the 2010 squad, which beat the Rhinos in 5 games to earn the title.

6. The 2008 Killer Bees (102-60) - The team hit .291 with a .365 OBP and a .502 SLG. Carlos Pena hit 66 homers with 145 runs scored and 155 RBI, but he wasn't the only great hitter in this lineup. Joining Pena were Chipper Jones, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Brad Hawpe. The pitching staff wasn't as impressive, but a solid bullpen led by Heath Bell (16-4, 21 saves, 1.97 ERA) took the team to the NASOMA title.

5. The 1985 FFTs (104-64) - The FFTs won their third title in six years with this club. The pitching was dominant, and while Fernando Valenzuela (24-12) and Phil Niekro (20-12) gave the FFTs a terrific rotation, the key was Orel Hershiser who threw 176 relief innings, going 20-7 with 15 saves and an ERA of 2.56. Pedro Guerrero led the team in batting (.320) and RBI (91).

4. The 2001 Drillers (105-57) - The second of back to back champions, the 2001 Drillers were led by Barry Bonds (.334, 51 HR, 136 RBI), Nomar Garciaparra (.354, 70 doubles), Vladimir Guerrero (.334, 44 HR, 141 RBI, and Trevor Hoffman (46 saves, 2.14 ERA). In the finals, the Drillers beat the Sidewinders in 5 after first defeating the Zaps in 5.

3. The 1994 Buckeyes (102-62) - In 1995, 1996, and 1998, the Buckeyes had better regular season records, but failed to reach the World Series each year. The 1994 group was led by Albert Belle (.314, 54 HR, 142 RBI) on offense and starter pitchers Andy Benes (22-11) and John Burkett (19-6). The World Series was a rare chance for the Inmates to finally best the shriveled testicle gang, but they couldn't do it, losing in 5.

2. The 1998 Sidewinders (109-53) - 1998 was a weird year. There were FOUR teams winning 100+ games, but the Snakes still managed to dominate. Pedro Martinez (24-7) and Mike Mussina (22-8) led the staff. The batting order was balanced, but Frank Thomas (.310/.428/.625) was the key. The Sidewinders rolled thru the post season, beating the Inmates in 6 games and the Pastas in 5. And unless I'm mistaken, this was the year that ended with the question "How's your infield?" in the deciding game of the Series. The score at the time was something like 24-1.

1. The 2009 Warpigs (126-36) - Well, of course I'm going to pick my own team. I wanted to pick the 2002 team which won 117 games and is the only one to feature both Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols, but it's hard to argue with 126 wins. The team hit .289/.373/.513 and was led by Pujols (.351, 43 HR, 138 RBI), Chipper Jones (.363, 38 HR, 106 RBI), and Manny Ramirez (.319, 36 HR, 102 RBI). The pitching staff had an ERA of 3.32 and had 5 pitchers with 17+ wins (Cliff Lee 22-5, Justin Duchscherer 18-2, Rich Harden 17-4, Jesse Litsch 17-4, and Ervin Santana 17-8). The Pigs beat the Rhinos and the Buckeyes in the playoffs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DV Cuts

DVs cut...

Cook, A.
LaRoche, Andy
Meyer, D.

Trade

The Wahoos traded Chris Volstad and pick 7 to the SuperGoofs for Jeremy Guthrie.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mav Cuts

Mavs cut...

Cormier, L.
Flores, J.
Laird, G.
Lowe, M.
Marquis, J.
Mijares, J.
Towles, J.

New Ballpark Numbers

Ballpark effect chart for 2010 Season Major Leagues


Arizona
L Single* 1-14 Lineout(2b) 15-20 L Homerun 1-10 Flyball(rf) B 11-20
R Single* 1-14 Lineout(ss) 15-20 R Homerun 1-10 Flyball(lf) B 11-20

Atlanta
L Single* 1-4 Lineout(2b) 5-20 L Homerun 1-8 Flyball(rf) B 9-20
R Single* 1-10 Lineout(ss) 11-20 R Homerun 1-8 Flyball(lf) B 9-20

Baltimore
L Single* 1-9 Lineout(2b) 10-20 L Homerun 1-15 Flyball(rf) B 16-20
R Single* 1-12 Lineout(ss) 13-20 R Homerun 1-15 Flyball(lf) B 16-20

Boston
L Single* 1-13 Lineout(2b) 14-20 L Homerun 1-7 Flyball(rf) B 8-20
R Single* 1-13 Lineout(ss) 14-20 R Homerun 1-7 Flyball(lf) B 8-20

Chicago (AL)
L Single* 1-2 Lineout(2b) 3-20 L Homerun 1-16 Flyball(rf) B 17-20
R Single* 1-2 Lineout(ss) 3-20 R Homerun 1-19 Flyball(lf) B 20

Chicago (NL)
L Single* 1-13 Lineout(2b) 14-20 L Homerun 1-14 Flyball(rf) B 15-20
R Single* 1-13 Lineout(ss) 14-20 R Homerun 1-11 Flyball(lf) B 12-20

Cincinnati
L Single* 1-8 Lineout(2b) 9-20 L Homerun 1-12 Flyball(rf) B 13-20
R Single* 1-8 Lineout(ss) 9-20 R Homerun 1-15 Flyball(lf) B 16-20

Cleveland
L Single* 1-7 Lineout(2b) 8-20 L Homerun 1-6 Flyball(rf) B 7-20
R Single* 1-7 Lineout(ss) 8-20 R Homerun 1-3 Flyball(lf) B 4-20

Colorado
L Single* 1-19 Lineout(2b) 20 L Homerun 1-16 Flyball(rf) B 17-20
R Single* 1-19 Lineout(ss) 20 R Homerun 1-16 Flyball(lf) B 17-20

Detroit
L Single* 1-5 Lineout(2b) 6-20 L Homerun 1-10 Flyball(rf) B 11-20
R Single* 1-11 Lineout(ss) 12-20 R Homerun 1-10 Flyball(lf) B 11-20

Florida
L Single* 1-8 Lineout(2b) 9-20 L Homerun 1-7 Flyball(rf) B 8-20
R Single* 1-8 Lineout(ss) 9-20 R Homerun 1-7 Flyball(lf) B 8-20

Houston
L Single* 1-12 Lineout(2b) 13-20 L Homerun 1-10 Flyball(rf) B 11-20
R Single* 1-5 Lineout(ss) 6-20 R Homerun 1-13 Flyball(lf) B 14-20

Kansas City
L Single* 1-18 Lineout(2b) 19-20 L Homerun 1-2 Flyball(rf) B 3-20
R Single* 1-12 Lineout(ss) 13-20 R Homerun 1-5 Flyball(lf) B 6-20

Los Angeles(AL)
L Single* 1-7 Lineout(2b) 8-20 L Homerun 1-9 Flyball(rf) B 10-20
R Single* 1-7 Lineout(ss) 8-20 R Homerun 1-9 Flyball(lf) B 10-20

Los Angeles(NL)
L Single* 1-4 Lineout(2b) 5-20 L Homerun 1-9 Flyball(rf) B 10-20
R Single* 1-4 Lineout(ss) 5-20 R Homerun 1-6 Flyball(lf) B 7-20

Milwaukee
L Single* 1-6 Lineout(2b) 7-20 L Homerun 1-16 Flyball(rf) B 17-20
R Single* 1-3 Lineout(ss) 4-20 R Homerun 1-8 Flyball(lf) B 9-20

Minnesota
L Single* 1-17 Lineout(2b) 18-20 L Homerun 1-1 Flyball(rf) B 2-20
R Single* 1-11 Lineout(ss) 12-20 R Homerun 1-1 Flyball(lf) B 2-20

New York (AL)
L Single* 1-8 Lineout(2b) 9-20 L Homerun 1-18 Flyball(rf) B 19-20
R Single* 1-5 Lineout(ss) 6-20 R Homerun 1-18 Flyball(lf) B 19-20

New York (NL)
L Single* 1-4 Lineout(2b) 5-20 L Homerun 1-8 Flyball(rf) B 9-20
R Single* 1-4 Lineout(ss) 5-20 R Homerun 1-5 Flyball(lf) B 6-20

Oakland
L Single* 1-4 Lineout(2b) 5-20 L Homerun 1-5 Flyball(rf) B 6-20
R Single* 1-4 Lineout(ss) 5-20 R Homerun 1-5 Flyball(lf) B 6-20

Philadelphia
L Single* 1-9 Lineout(2b) 10-20 L Homerun 1-10 Flyball(rf) B 11-20
R Single* 1-9 Lineout(ss) 10-20 R Homerun 1-10 Flyball(lf) B 11-20

Pittsburgh
L Single* 1-10 Lineout(2b) 11-20 L Homerun 1-9 Flyball(rf) B 10-20
R Single* 1-10 Lineout(ss) 11-20 R Homerun 1-4 Flyball(lf) B 5-20

San Diego
L Single* 1-1 Lineout(2b) 2-20 L Homerun 1-1 Flyball(rf) B 2-20
R Single* 1-1 Lineout(ss) 2-20 R Homerun 1-4 Flyball(lf) B 5-20

San Francisco
L Single* 1-10 Lineout(2b) 11-20 L Homerun 1-5 Flyball(rf) B 6-20
R Single* 1-10 Lineout(ss) 11-20 R Homerun 1-10 Flyball(lf) B 11-20

Seattle
L Single* 1-5 Lineout(2b) 6-20 L Homerun 1-7 Flyball(rf) B 8-20
R Single* 1-5 Lineout(ss) 6-20 R Homerun 1-2 Flyball(lf) B 3-20

St. Louis
L Single* 1-8 Lineout(2b) 9-20 L Homerun 1-6 Flyball(rf) B 7-20
R Single* 1-8 Lineout(ss) 9-20 R Homerun 1-3 Flyball(lf) B 4-20

Tampa Bay
L Single* 1-5 Lineout(2b) 6-20 L Homerun 1-7 Flyball(rf) B 8-20
R Single* 1-5 Lineout(ss) 6-20 R Homerun 1-7 Flyball(lf) B 8-20

Texas
L Single* 1-12 Lineout(2b) 13-20 L Homerun 1-14 Flyball(rf) B 15-20
R Single* 1-12 Lineout(ss) 13-20 R Homerun 1-14 Flyball(lf) B 15-20

Toronto
L Single* 1-3 Lineout(2b) 4-20 L Homerun 1-12 Flyball(rf) B 13-20
R Single* 1-3 Lineout(ss) 4-20 R Homerun 1-12 Flyball(lf) B 13-20

Washington
L Single* 1-10 Lineout(2b) 11-20 L Homerun 1-8 Flyball(rf) B 9-20
R Single* 1-5 Lineout(ss) 6-20 R Homerun 1-8 Flyball(lf) B 9-20

More Cuts

Inmates cut...

F. Lopez
J. Outman
M. Diaz

Wahoos cut...

G.Meche
M.Bradley
K.Lohse
J.Carlson

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Killer Bee Cuts

Bees cut...

Aceves, A.
Gonzalez, Al.
Miller, T.
Moyer, J.
Rivera, J.
Wilson, Jack

Tweener Cuts

The Tweeners cut...

Carrasco, D.
Cordero, F.
Harris, B.
Howell, J.P.
Tazawa, J.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Buckeye Cuts

The Buckeyes cut...

Baker, John
Bulger, J.
Calero, K.
Kapler, G.
Maine, J.
Martinez, P.
Roberts, R.
Ruiz, R.
Ryal, R.
White, S.

Rhino Cuts

The Rhinos cut...

Burnett, A.J.
Duke, Z.
Gonzalez, M.
Kotchman, C.
Millwood, K.
Sheets, B.
Sherrill, G.

Zap Cuts

The Zaps cut...

Bedard, E.
Flowers, T.
Fuld, S.
Howry, B.
Johnson, Jim
Qualls, C.

Fungo Cuts

The Fungoes cut...

Jared Burton
Renyel Pinto

Snake Cuts

The Sidewinders cut...

Carlos Delgado
Mark Derosa
Reed Johnson
Latroy Hawkins
Taylor Teagarden
Miguel Tejada

Trade

The Warpigs traded Colby Rasmus, Desmond Jennings, a reserve pick, pick 51, and their 2012 1st round pick to the Sidewinders for Rafael Soriano and Angel Pagan.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's That Time...

Ratings are already out, and tomorrow morning is the first chance to order cards and disks online. You want V16 with card images plus cards. Don't forget to have your number ready from last year to get the price for the upgrade as opposed to new. Phone ordering might not happen tomorrow due to lots of snow up there. Computer orders should be fine.

Also, I have updated our rosters page by highlighting all those players who do not have cards (you might have to hit the refresh button the first time). Please, please, please, email me with the names of any players that you know are worthless pieces of shit and need to be cut. Some of you have already done so.

Can't wait for the cards!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ordering Cards Online

This is a post from Steve Barkan, one of the main guys at SOM...

From the main page, click on the baseball player (under the countdown clock). Click on power purchasing, then on the drop box, go up to the item you need (in your case baseball card sets). Click in the box of the item you want ie 2010 cards and additional players. If you want another item, hold down the ctrl key and click the box in front of that it ie baseball heroes. When you've selected everything you want from that category , click add to cart. If you want something else ie v16 upgrade, hit power purchasing again, go to baseball>computer games. Click the box in front of the package you want then click on add to cart. When you've picked everything, scroll to the top of the page and click on cart, then checkout. From there, you will see your order and the prices. Put in your billing and shipping info then click on the click to calculate shipping button. Click on ups ground (or second day air if you want) and scroll down to payment method. You can choose either paypal or visa/master card. Click on review order, doublecheck everything, type in your cc info and your done.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The HEAD INMATE has volunteered to produce the 2010 NASOMA Yearbook. He'll have help from the DVs, who are working on creating a ballot for the All Star Team. Thanks guys!

In the meantime, I have posted a few final stats on the website. You can find the top 10 in all hitting and pitching categories, the team totals for all categories, and upgraded individual team stats (click on the team names in the standings).

Some points of interest...

THE GOOD

The Killer Bees led the league in runs scored, base hits, and doubles. The Warpigs led in triples and home runs. The Zaps had the most walks and the Drillers stole the most bases. The Bees had the highest team batting average and slugging percentage, while the Zaps led in onbase. The Drillers set a league record, making only 49 errors. Robinson Cano of the Killer Bees also broke a league record with 729 at bats.

In pitching, the Buckeyes had the lowest ERA, but the Sidewinders allowed the fewest hits and struck out the most opponents. The Drillers gave up the fewest home runs. The Fungoes had the most saves.

Warpig Albert Pujols just missed winning the triple crown. He easily won the batting and the home run titles, but was 3 rbi behind Killer Bee Kendry Morales. Pujols also led the league in doubles, runs scored, OBP, SLG, and was second in walks. Jacoby Ellsbury of the Drillers and Carl Crawford of the Zaps both stole 100 bases, with Ellsbury edging Crawford 102 to 100 for the SB title.

There were four 20-game winners: Roy Halladay (23-13) of the DVs, Zach Greinke (23-8) of the Zaps, Dan Haren (23-11) of the Drillers, and Chris Carpenter (20-6) of the Buckeyes. Carpenter was also the league ERA champ. Justin Verlander of the Killer Bees won the strike out title, getting 2 more than the Inmates' Javier Vazquez and 3 more than the Drillers' Tim Lincecum. Jonathan Papelbon of the Fungoes led the league in saves.

THE BAD

The Mavs scored the fewest runs in the league, had the fewest hits, and struck out the most times. They also stole the fewest bases and, of course, had the lowest team batting average. The Inmates edged the Tweeners for the most errors, and the FFTs hit the fewest home runs.

The Warpigs had the worst ERA in the league and tied with the Wahoos for the most homers allowed. The team allowing the most hits, however, was the Nads. The SuperGoofs struck out fewer batters than anyone else, and the Warpigs managed only 26 saves, easily the fewest in the league.

A couple of third basemen led the league in dubious categories. The Mavs' Chase Headley made the most errors with 28, and the Tweeners' Mark Reynolds ran away with the strike out title. The lowest batting average in the league by batters with 100+ at bats was Geovany Soto of the Warpigs. The lowest of those who had enough at bats to qualify was Jason Bay of the FFTs.

Matt Cain of the Mavs and Joe Saunders of the Goofs each lost 22 games to lead the league. The Wahoos' Cole Hamels gave up the most home runs. The Bees' Justin Verlander allowed the most hits and runs while his teammate Chad Billingsley walked the most batters.

THE UGLY

For the zillionth year in a row, the Killer Bee pitchers did not make an error.

The DV pitchers got a base hit despite not having any at bats. I don't know how to figure a batting average for that.

The leading home run hitter for the Drillers was... Derek Jeter?!?

And from the "Things That Make You Go WHAT THE FUCK?" category, the Nad pitchers accumulated 54 at bats. Now, in the first place, that's a lot. They also managed 4 doubles and a triple. They even stole 2 bases in 3 attempts. But the most amazing part of their stat line was the HBP category. They had 2. Now, as far as I can tell, pitcher hitting cards 1-8 do not have HBPs on them anywhere. So I went through the individual hitting cards for the Nad pitchers. Still no HBP chances. And since the Nads most likely played all of their games on the computer, this seems to be a case of Hal just messing with us. Still... how does that happen?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Ordering Cards

Date to start ordering cards: January 12th. Order online at http://www.strat-o-matic.com/ or order by phone at 1-800-645-3455.

Date for opening day of new cards (for those going to NY): February 12th

Date they start shipping our cards to us: February 14th

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Why Kids Struggle

I am sitting here watching something called the TicketCity Bowl which is being played in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. Later there will be a game called The Cotton Bowl Classic which will NOT be played at the Cotton Bowl.

This continues the conspiracy to keep our youth uninformed.

In the NBA, Oklahoma City plays in the Northwest Division. Can't you hear some young couple saying, "Hey, we should take a trip up to see the beautiful Northwest." "That sounds great. How about Oklahoma City?" Washington plays in the Southeast (The NHL also places Washington in the Southeast).

The NFL places Dallas in the East, Indianapolis in the South, and both Kansas City and St. Louis in the West. That does show some improvement over the recent situation that had Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans joining St. Louis in the West for a few years.

Major League Baseball is better, but placing Texas in the West is another geographical problem.

The NHL has Dallas in a division called Pacific and Pittsburgh in the Atlantic. Pittsburgh is what, maybe 350 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Not too bad, I guess, but it's not exactly an oceanfront city. Still, it's better than the 1,200 miles between Dallas and the Pacific.

I understand the need to keep division rivalries together (i.e. Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Giants), but can't they stop naming the divisions in such misleading ways?

And then there's the NCAA, which has 12 teams in the Big Ten and ten teams in the Big XII.

Our kids don't have a chance.