Saturday, May 9, 2015

Season 35 Wrap Up

Season 35 in Gehrig will go down as a season of first. In the AL, the No. 2 seeded New Britain Hard Hitters (98-64) won the franchise's first playoff series and knocked out the powerhouse Santa Fe Tigers (100-62) to win the AL pennant. In the Old Circuit, the No. 2 seeded Florida Spring Breakers (103-59) won the pennant for the third time in the last five seasons, but for the first time in franchise history, they came out as the ultimate victors.

New Britain reached the World Series by sweeping the Pittsburgh Pushovers (88-74) in the ALDS and then defeating the Tigers in 7 games after having been down 0-2 and 2-3 in the ALCS. Florida reached the Series by defeating Mexico City La Raza (88-74) in four games in the NLDS before taking down Washington D.C. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (95-67) in six games in the NLCS.

In the World Series, the Spring Breakers got off to a fast start and never looked back. After easily winning the first two games by outscoring New Britain by a combined 16-4, they dropped a one-run Game 3. Florida removed any doubt that they meant business by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning of Game 4, which they ultimately won, before running away with Game 5 by 10-3. Overall, Florida outscored New Britain 34-13. The Spring Breakers also got an amazing showing from top starting pitcher Eric Hairston, who ended the playoffs with 4 Wins in 6 starts and an impressive 1.75 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

Congratulations to the Florida Spring Breakers and antidrew on a great Championship run.

Notes:

This marks antidrew's first Hardball Dynasty World Series title.


This is the first time since season's 22-23 (both wins by the Fresno Mendozas) that the NL has won consecutive World Series titles.


Florida has made the playoffs in 5 of the last 6 seasons, and made the World Series in 3 of the last 5 seasons. The World Series runs were made by Florida teams that won 100+ games.

Season 1. San Juan Clementes (mazz993) - AL 
Season 2. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 3. Scranton Shrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 4. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 5. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 6. Wichita Wallabies (jdbkaput) - NL
Season 7. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 8. Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 9. Ottawa Sundragons (sundragons) - NL
Season 10. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 11.
Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 12. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 13. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 14. Scranton Schrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 15. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 16. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 17. Rochester North Stars (hypnotoad) - AL
Season 18. Atlanta Swabbies (graybeard) - AL
Season 19. Richmond big tunas (bigtuna5) - AL
Season 20. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 21. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 22. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 23. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 24. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 25. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 26. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 27. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 28. Ottawa Dragons (selvendar) - AL
Season 29. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 30. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 31. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 32. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 33. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 34. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 35. Florida Spring Breakers (antidrew) - NL

Breakdown:

AL - 23 World Series
NL- 12 World Series

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mainou, we hardly knew you

After 35 seasons, Gehrig World says a reluctant goodbye and good luck to owner mainou. An original owner as well as a charter member of the Vets Committee, mainou has been an extremely valued member of our small community. He has helped to nurture new owners, provide counsel, prop up the AL West, and curate the blog.

Long a mainstay in the arid desert of the American southwest, he won 6 division titles and over 2750 ball games, including a season high 104 wins in season 22..

I only know mainou through this website, and can only speculate as to his true form, but I feel very sure that he is a fine, upstanding human being. He has shown more compassion and empathy in HBD than any other owner I have dealt with.

He will be missed.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Season 34 Wrap-Up

After another amazing regular season by the Santa Fe Tigers (122-40), it sure looked like the Tigers were poised for their fifth title in a row. And things looked good for the Tigers until they ran into the San Diego Magic (111-51), who took down the Tigers for their second title over the last six seasons.

The Magic rolled into the World Series, their third over the last six seasons, as the National League top seed. After sweeping the fourth-seeded Burlington Tree Huggers (84-78) in the NLDS they easily dispatched the sixth-seeded Florida Spring Breakers (98-64) in five games in the NLCS.

Despite having won a franchise-best 122 games during the regular season, the Tigers struggled mightily in the playoffs. The fifth-seeded Atlanta Swabbies (94-68) took the Tigers to the maximum five games in the ALDS, with the deciding Game 5 coming down to a game-winning base hit by Kenshin Suzuki in the bottom half of the tenth inning. The Tigers were then able to easily defeat the second seeded Scranton Buccos (93-69) in five games in the ALCS to claim their fifth straight AL pennant and their seventh AL crown over the last eleven seasons.

In the World Series, the Magic got off to a fast start, winning Game 1 with a masterful 4-hit effort by Billy Torres, followed by a dramatic Game 2 win thanks to a 3-run home run in the top half of the ninth inning by Calvin Daley, and a 10-3 Game 3 shellacking where Daley again contributed big by driving in four runs. The Tigers pushed back , winning Games 4 and 5 and getting off to a 4-0 lead in Game 6 before it all came crashing down in the top half of the 8th inning. The Magic tied the game with a 4-runing 8th inning and then finished off the Tigers with a dramatic 3-run home run by Marc Bennett in the top half of the 11th inning. With that San Diego clinched their second World Series title in Gehrig.

Congratulations to the San Diego Magic and thedream42 on a great Championship run.

Notes:

Santa Fe and San Diego have won the last six World Series titles.

San Diego has a 2-1 record in the World Series.

The Magic have now 7 consecutive 100+ win seasons.

Santa Fe have a 6-1 record in the World Series

Santa Fe has now had 12 consecutive 100+ win seasons, dating back to season 23, and has won 6 titles during this time span. 

This is thedream42's third World Series championship in Hardball Dynasty, and second in Gehrig.

Season 1. San Juan Clementes (mazz993) - AL 
Season 2. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 3. Scranton Shrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 4. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 5. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 6. Wichita Wallabies (jdbkaput) - NL
Season 7. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 8. Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 9. Ottawa Sundragons (sundragons) - NL
Season 10. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 11.
Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 12. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 13. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 14. Scranton Schrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 15. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 16. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 17. Rochester North Stars (hypnotoad) - AL
Season 18. Atlanta Swabbies (graybeard) - AL
Season 19. Richmond big tunas (bigtuna5) - AL
Season 20. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 21. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 22. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 23. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 24. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 25. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 26. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 27. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 28. Ottawa Dragons (selvendar) - AL
Season 29. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 30. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 31. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 32. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 33. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 34. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL

Breakdown:

AL - 23 World Series
NL- 11 World Series

Monday, October 27, 2014

Season 33 Wrap-Up

For the fourth season in a row the Santa Fe Tigers (106-56) won the World Series in Gehrig. This time the Tigers claimed the title after defeating the Florida Spring Breakers (101-51) in six games. You could easily argue that the Tigers dominance of Gehrig the last 10 seasons, when they have won six World Series titles, has been the most impressive run by one franchise in the thirty-three season history of the world.

The Tigers, the AL top seed for the fourth season in a row, got to the World Series after beating the five seed Atlanta Swabbies (105-57) in four games in the ALDS before clinching the AL pennant by defeating the two-seed Scranton Buccos (99-63) in a seven game extra innings thriller that saw Scranton blow two one-run leads in extra innings.

The NL representative, the second seeded Florida, started their playoff run by defeating six seed Mexico City La Raza (89-73) in four games in the NLDS. The Spring Breakers then needed the full seven games to defeat the four seed Burlington Tree Huggers (86-76). The seventh game of the affair was shaping up like a win for the visiting Burlington team until the Florida bats broke out in the bottom of the 8th inning with five runs and 7 hits.

In the Series, Florida got off to a great start, winning the opening game before getting blown out in Game 2 by a 13-2 score. Florida countered by winning Game 3 but the Tigers roared back by winning the next three to claim their sixth World Series title. This is the second time Florida has fallen short of the title at the hands of the Tigers, with the last time taking place in Season 31.

Congratulations to the Santa Fe Tigers on another great run.

Notes:

Of the Tigers six World Series titles, four went to 7 games. The other two went to 6 games.

This was antidrew second World Series appearance since he took over the Florida franchise in Season 28.

Santa Fe has now had 11 consecutive 100+ win seasons, dating back to season 23, and has won 6 titles during this time span. 

This is kevinbigham's sixth World Series championship in Gehrig and in Hardball Dynasty.

Season 1. San Juan Clementes (mazz993) - AL 
Season 2. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 3. Scranton Shrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 4. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 5. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 6. Wichita Wallabies (jdbkaput) - NL
Season 7. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 8. Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 9. Ottawa Sundragons (sundragons) - NL
Season 10. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 11.
Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 12. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 13. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 14. Scranton Schrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 15. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 16. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 17. Rochester North Stars (hypnotoad) - AL
Season 18. Atlanta Swabbies (graybeard) - AL
Season 19. Richmond big tunas (bigtuna5) - AL
Season 20. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 21. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 22. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 23. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 24. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 25. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 26. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 27. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 28. Ottawa Dragons (selvendar) - AL
Season 29. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 30. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 31. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 32. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 33. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL

Breakdown:

AL - 23 World Series
NL- 10 World Series

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Season 32 Wrap-Up

For the third season in a row the Santa Fe Tigers (121-41) won the World Series in Gehrig. For the third year in a row the Tigers required all seven games of the Series to take home the hardware. For the San Diego Magic (113-49), a glorious season fell just one win short of a magical one.

The Tigers, the AL top seed, got to the World Series after dispatching the Atlanta Swabbies (98-64) in three games in the AL Division Championship Series, followed by an easy 4-1 series win over the Scranton Buccos (99-63) in the AL Championship Series. The Magic, the NL top seed, defeated the Pawtucket Rainbows (90-72) 3-1 in the NL DCS before needing 6 games to defeat the Cinncinnati Redlegs (100-62) to reach their 2nd World Series in the last four seasons.

The World Series was an intense, pitching be damned, affair from the get-go. Santa Fe scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take Game 1 11-7. The Magic shellacked the Tigers with 12 runs in Game 2 to even up the series before a closely contested Game 3 that saw the only semblance of decent pitching until the Tigers Bullpen blew a 1 run lead in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Tigers evened-up the series with a 12-run fest in Game 4. The Magic quickly countered with an 8-run effort in Game 5, thanks to a 6 run 7th inning.

In retrospect, the Magic lost the Series in Game 6. The Magic, needing one more win to clinch their second Series title in franchise history, jumped to a 7-1 lead before a furious 7th inning 7-run rally - 4 of the runs came with 2 out - by the Tigers put them ahead. In the deciding Game 7, the Tigers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back.

Congratulations to the Santa Fe Tigers on another great run.

Notes:

This was thedream42 second World Series appearance running the San Diego franchise.

San Diego has now had 5 consecutive 100+ win seasons, all of them taking place under thedream42.

Santa Fe has now had 10 consecutive 100+ win seasons, dating back to season 23, and has won 5 titles during this time span. 

This is kevinbigham's fifth World Series championship in Gehrig and in Hardball Dynasty.

Season 1. San Juan Clementes (mazz993) - AL 
Season 2. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 3. Scranton Shrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 4. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 5. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 6. Wichita Wallabies (jdbkaput) - NL
Season 7. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 8. Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 9. Ottawa Sundragons (sundragons) - NL
Season 10. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 11.
Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 12. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 13. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 14. Scranton Schrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 15. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 16. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 17. Rochester North Stars (hypnotoad) - AL
Season 18. Atlanta Swabbies (graybeard) - AL
Season 19. Richmond big tunas (bigtuna5) - AL
Season 20. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 21. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 22. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 23. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 24. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 25. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 26. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 27. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 28. Ottawa Dragons (selvendar) - AL
Season 29. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 30. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 31. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 32. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL

Breakdown:
AL - 22 World Series
NL- 10 World Series

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Season 31 Wrap-Up

For the second season in a row the Santa Fe Tigers (108-54) won the World Series title in Gehrig requiring the maximum number of games in the Series. But unlike last season, when Santa Fe required extra innings in the deciding game to beat Mexico City, the Tigers scored 6 runs in the bottom of the third inning on the Florida Spring Breakers (106-56) and never looked back.

Both Florida and Santa Fe entered the World series as the top seeds from the NL and AL, respectively. Not only did they have a strong regular season, but both teams entered the World Series having won all their games in the Division and League Championships. Both squads were so evenly matched that neither team was able to win two games in a row during the Series. In the end, the Spring Breakers best chance of taking control of the Series fell through when they blew a 5-3 lead in Game 5 with Herman Magee giving up the deciding 3 runs on the top of the 9th inning.

For antidrew, a fantastic run ended on a sour note, but he will be happy with the prospects of a team that he was able to turn around in only his fourth season in Gehrig. For kevinbigham, another great season ended up with another World Series championship.

Notes:

Santa Fe has now had 9 consecutive 100+ win seasons, dating back to season 23, and has won 4 titles during this time span. 

This is kevinbigham's fourth World Series championship in Gehrig and in Hardball Dynasty.

Season 1. San Juan Clementes (mazz993) - AL 
Season 2. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 3. Scranton Shrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 4. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 5. Jacksonville betelnut (cpkung) - AL
Season 6. Wichita Wallabies (jdbkaput) - NL
Season 7. Seattle Pilots (threester) - AL
Season 8. Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 9. Ottawa Sundragons (sundragons) - NL
Season 10. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 11.
Monterrey Pepper Jacks (tooly_mctool) - NL
Season 12. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 13. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 14. Scranton Schrutes (mookie79) - AL
Season 15. San Juan Myrmidons (doontristy) - NL
Season 16. Durham Donkeyfish (armst24) - AL
Season 17. Rochester North Stars (hypnotoad) - AL
Season 18. Atlanta Swabbies (graybeard) - AL
Season 19. Richmond big tunas (bigtuna5) - AL
Season 20. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 21. Charlotte Driskills (infamy) - AL
Season 22. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 23. Fresno Mendozas (cwiddoes) - NL
Season 24. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 25. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 26. Kansas City Betelnuts (cpkung) - AL
Season 27. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 28. Ottawa Dragons (selvendar) - AL
Season 29. San Diego Magic (thedream42) - NL
Season 30. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL
Season 31. Santa Fe Tigers (kevinbigham) - AL

Breakdown:
AL - 21 World Series
NL- 10 World Series

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rule Changes

We've been at this for a while with an admittedly weak MWR (Minimum Rule Requirement). This may suit the majority just fine, but I wanted to gauge interest in other options. These options all include toughening up the MWR.

The rule currently states that a team must win 120 games over 2 consecutive seasons or risk being voted out by the rules committee. There are 2 directions to go - a higher Win Level and/or to make it Automatic (no vote by the committee).

I'm going to outlay 4 options and would appreciate it if you can let me know your thoughts via trade chat or site mail. If any changes would occur they would only start with season 32 being the 2nd year of a new MWR - no new MWR would apply to season 31 nor would any change in committee vote/automatic ejection.


Option A) Increase the MWR to 130 from 120, with a failure to reach it still subject to committee vote.

Option B) Keep the MWR at 120 but make a failure to reach it an automatic ejection

Option C) Increase the MWR to 130 AND make a failure to reach it an automatic ejection.

Option D) Stay with the current rule


Thanks
Hypno