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

Friday, January 3, 2014

Season 30 Wrap-Up

It took some  extra innings drama, but after having blown a 3-1 game World Series lead, the Santa Fe Tigers won their third World Series title in Gehrig with a base hit by Alejandro Ortiz in the bottom of the 12th inning.

When the dust settled you had to feel the disappointment coming from the Mexico City squad and GM poboyheimer. Mexico City, back in the World Series for the 1st time since season 3, had all the momentum on their side after a crazy comeback victory in Game 6. Alas, it was not meant to be for poboyheimer's boys.

Santa Fe, 121-41 in the regular season, entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed in the AL. After easily defeating the Vancouver Thunderbirds (93-69) in the ALDS, they needed 6 games to defeat the number 6 seeded Atlanta Swabbies (94-68) in the ALCS. Meanwhile, Mexico City entered the playoffs as the NL number 2 seed after having gone 97-65 in the regular season. They needed the full 5 games to defeat the 3 seed Cincinnati Redlegs (95-67) before going head-to-toe with the number 1 seeded, and defending World Series champions, San Diego Magic (103-59). Surprisingly, Mexico City dominated the Magic and claimed the NL pennant after only 5 games.

In what ended up being a World Series mostly decided by poor Bullpen performances, the La Raza's took a 1-0 game lead after scoring 4 runs on the top of the 9th inning of Game 1. The Tigers countered by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning on Game 2 to even out the series. Following convincing Game 3 and Game 4 wins by the Tigers in Mexico City, the La Raza scored 9 runs in Game 5 to send the series back to Santa Fe. Down 10-8 on the top of the 9th inning, Hugh Magnusson hit a Grand Slam to put La Raza ahead and send the Series to a deciding Game 7 where the Tigers managed to break through in the bottom of the 12th inning to clinch the title.

Congratulations to kevinbigham on the World Series championship and another great season!

Notes:

Santa Fe has now had 8 consecutive 100+ win seasons, dating back to season 23, and has won 3 titles during this time span. 

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

The AL now has a 2:1 lead on the NL on World Series titles, with the AL having won 20 times and the NL only 10.

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

Breakdown:
AL - 20 World Series
NL- 10 World Series

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Season 29 Wrap-Up

After only four seasons at the helm of a franchise that had been long stuck in mediocrity, thedream42 took the San Diego Magic to the second World Series in franchise history, this time defeating the upstart San Jose Chinchillas in five games.

Few would have predicted the number five seeded Magic to meet the number four seeded Chinchillas in the World Series. Although the Chinchillas (79-83) came in as the higher seed, they came into the playoffs with a losing record in the regular season. The Magic (104-58) grabbed a Wild Card slot despite having the second best regular season record in the competitive NL. Nonetheless, the Chinchillas got hot just in time, first sweeping the number 5 seeded Ottawa Dragons, before shocking the 120-win Trenton Troubadours in 4 games and the 109-win Santa Fe Tigers in the ALCS. The Magic were really only pushed once during their playoff run. They took out the New York Skyscrapers in four games before needing all five games of the NLCS to defeat the top-seeded Fresno Mendozas and then defeating the Cincinnati Redlegs in six games to claim the NL pennant.

The Magic started the World Series with a Game 1 win after scoring the game winning runs on the top of the ninth inning. After dropping Game 2 in the late innings to the Chinchillas, the Magic ran the tables to claim their first Gehrig World Series title. In the end, the Chinchillas were done in by late inning scoring by the Magic. Indeed, three of the four Magic wins came off San Diego scoring the winning runs in the seventh inning or later.

Congratulations to thedream42 on the World Series championship and a great franchise turnaround!

Notes:

This is thedream42 first World Series championship in Gehrig and second overall in Hardball Dynasty.

This marks the first time the World Series went to the NL since season 23.

The AL now leads the NL nineteen World Series titles to ten.

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

Breakdown:
AL - 19 World Series
NL- 10 World Series

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Season 28 Wrap-Up

In one of the most surprising playoff runs in Gehrig history, the Ottawa Dragons defeated the Fresno Mendozas in the World Series to clinch the franchise's third title, but first since Season 7, in Gehrig.

The World Series saw the first match-up between two Wild Card teams since Season 7. While the Mendozas are accustomed to playing late in the season (this was the Gehrig-leading 9th World Series appearance representing the NL), this was their first showing in the Series from the Wild Card slot. Ottawa, on the other hand, was making their first showing in the Series since Season 7. The Dragons got off to a fast start, easily winning the first two games behind solid hitting and pitching, outscoring the Mendozas 12-1. The Mendozas responded with two straight wins in Ottawa to even the series at two games a piece. Alas, it was not to be for the Mendozas. Ottawa regained their composure and shellacked Fresno over the last two games of the series, outscoring the Mendozas 17-3 in Games 5 and 6, to claim the Season 28 title.

The Dragons, in only their third season under selvendar, made the playoffs as the top Wild Card in the American League with a solid 92-70 regular season record. The Dragons got off to a slow start in the playoffs, dropping their first two games to the Tucson Junkies before winning the next three, clinching the pass to the ALDS thanks to an R.J. Torres three-run blast on the top of the 11th inning.

The Dragons needed more RJ Torres magic, this time a game-winning HR in the 9th inning of Game 5, to defeat the AL top seed Santa Fe Tigers to reach the ALCS. From there, it was all downhill for the Dragons. Riding strong pitching from Harry Guerrero and Wilkin Owen they dispatched the Rochester Red Royal North Stars in five games to reach the World Series.

Ottawa personified the feeling that once you reach the playoffs anything is possible. Through clutch pitching and hitting they caught lightning in a bottle and ran away with the playoffs.

Congratulations to selvendar on his first World Series championship!

Notes:

This is selvendar first World Series championship in Gehrig and in Hardball Dynasty.

The current 5-season streak of World Series championships for the AL is the second longest in Gehrig. The AL won 6 World Series' in a row from Season 16 to Season 21.

The AL now leads the NL nineteen World Series titles to nine.

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

Breakdown:
AL - 19 World Series
NL- 9 World Series

Saturday, March 30, 2013