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Mon 3/20/2017 5:35 AM
Season 42 of World Gehrig has completed.

Fri 2/8/2019 9:35 PM
Season 43 of World Gehrig has been scheduled.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Gehrig Story

I have a sentimental attachment to Gehrig World - the world, not so much
the Rochester team - which is probably a little different than most.
What follows is an explanation of what happened to Gehrig and 
why the sentiment exists.

Gehrig World started out as a public one. Like many public leagues, it converted 
to a private league after questionable trade activities happened - not outright 
collusion, but people skeptical of one or more trade partners and about tanking. 
The usual stuff.

A league wide vote was made and I (hypnotoad) was named commish.

I considered it a real honor, and took it very seriously. We had probably over
25 seasons as a very stable, competent private league. We didn’t have any
forum celebrities like MikeT there as a distraction and to garner attention, but 
we also never had any serious issues with collusive activity or tanking. I 
remember there being exactly one instance of asking an owner to withdraw 
because he didn’t meet the modest minimum win requirements. So a very 
good HBD experience for  most.

This is where things get dark.

Nearing the end of season 42 (in early 2017), I had a routine colonoscopy as
I had recently turned 50. Turns out the large polyp they removed was cancerous
and I would need surgery to determine if the cancer had spread. [Spoiler Alert: 
It didn’t spread and I’m fine. Also, get your colonoscopies!].

However, the surgery did have complications and as a result I spent about a
month in the hospital, another month at home in very bad shape and another 
month at home finally getting better.

I managed to win the season 42 World Series while in such bad shape in the 
hospital that I didn’t even make any managerial moves. That was bittersweet. 
But I was so out of it as the season concluded I wasn’t able to do the recruiting
work that every private league needs to get to the next season.

It soon became apparent that I couldn’t continue as commish. Unfortunately,
no other league members were willing to make the commitment to be the next
commish, so it went public. After that watershed event, many owners left -
they enjoyed the private league, and didn’t want to play in a public one without 
things like minimum win requirements and owner screenings. I was astounded 
to see that ultimately almost 30 owners left.

There are a few die hards who have stayed almost the entire time. There are 
also a few former owners who have checked in and out.

It was a long recovery and I not only managed to get back to work but also back
into the world of WiS, including HBD by the late Spring/Summer of 2017. It was 
at that point that I checked back into Gehrig and grabbed my old team. If nothing 
else I get to look at my WS trophy every time I visit the office page.

But the once thriving league hasn’t been that in almost 2 years now. A league 
where I ‘met’ many good fantasy baseball owners, and still follow on twitter. 
A league that had the coveted “Hypno’s Hootenanny” award that rewarded the
league’s best defense with a gift certificate. A league where I and others 
enjoyed season after season.

I’m hoping that new owners can join Gehrig and help revive it.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Season 40 Summary

A repeat in the WS as San Diego (thedream) beats Philly (alogman)in 7.
Philly prevailed over a heartbroken Rochester squad 4-3 in the ALCS, and San Diego took all 7 games as well to dispatch of New York in the NLCS.

jsturgis won the coveted Hootenanny.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Season 39 summary

I'm an idiot and didn't do season 38, sorry.

San Diego (thedream) won its 3rd title by besting a resurgent Philly squad and its prodigal owner alogman 4 games to 2.  The Magic beat Tacoma and Florida to reach the World Series.
The Phanatics dethroned New Britain, got past Atlanta and then defeated Santa Cruz to win the AL pennant.

The Hootenanny was won by Charlotte and cwc134.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Season 37 wrap up

New Britain (jverrier85) in a repeat, but he actually lost some post-season games this time around, beating San Diego (thedream42) in 7 games.
New Britain got by Rochester in 5 games, and then swept Toronto to complete its AL North tour and AL pennant.
San Diego swept Toledo before needing 7 games to get past Florida for the NLCS.

As for the Hootenanny, jsturgis and Salt Lake City took it this season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Season 36 wrap up

This won't be as good as mainou's write-ups; he did a great job, but I did want to get something on here.

jverrier85 and his New Britain team won the AL and World Series over poboy's Mexico City team.
New Britian not only swept the series, but the entire post season. That has not happened before, marking this team as certainly the most dominating of all time for the post season. Who woulda thunk it after all of those great Santa Fe teams.

This was jverrier85's first world championship.

Also of note, ray2kool's Washington D.C. team won the Leather Hootenanny, his first as well.

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.


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


AL - 23 World Series
NL- 12 World Series