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2229: Crosstown West Coast LA Series

Post by ballmark » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:54 am

On the state of the league front, we may have an owner for Kansas City ... stay tuned.

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This year the LA Smog, our back-to-back World Series defending champion won the most regular season games with 112, one less than last year and they picked up some prime real estate from our new owner in Baltimore so they might stay competitive for a bit longer. Half a dozen All Stars, 60% of the NL MVP candidates, including the winner and the NL Cy Young winner puts them in good shape for another run at the trophy. They battled past the Knuckleheads for the NL pennant but could they beat their crosstown rivals in the AL at the Big Dance?

This brings us to the AL's first place team, Tampa Bay and their 109 wins, a +8 for BlondeBombshell and a franchise record for wins under this owner. Congratulations! A whopping nine All Stars plus the AL MVP and FOY. They also won the Griswold sweepstakes by acquiring the coveted SP from Cleveland for **three** future first round picks. But Rusty wasn't able to win either one of the games he pitched and the Beach will have plenty of time to build sand castles while they watch the LA Twins keep playing.

Speaking of the Twins, they won 103 times, a +11 over last year, the best of our playoff quartet. This is also the first time since 2217 LA has managed to make the postseason, despite posting +.500 records in all but two of those years. Good managing. Goooooood managing. As with many teams bound for the Series, LA only boasted four All Stars, and no major award winners. It was clubhouse chemistry and good teamwork that put this ball club in the spotlight.

Those Knuckleheads in Philly won just 96 games, off 10 from our previous year but it was just an aberration as their rebuild is bearing fruit. They had five All Stars and placed a couple candidates in the Cy Young race, as well as giving the Smog a solid run for their money. They're not going away any time soon.

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In the World Series, the Smog stole the first game from the Twins in an extra inning affair on a walk, a steal, and two ground outs. Tough way to lose a ball game! After that the Twins just stepped their play up a notch and swept the next four games to bring home their 24th franchise trophy, second most in the SYL! Great work, Todd!

WON-LOSS VARIANCE FOR THE REST OF US:
Atlanta = +15 and fourth place ... NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Last year I said they were quietly building a solid team. Two All Stars and NL FOY and these results say that team may be ready to bloom. If not next year, then the year after.

Boston = +10 and third place ... AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Last year I said they'd bounce back. Boooiiinnnggg! Claimed the AL Cy Young winner.

San Francisco = +9 and fifth place
The Quakes climbed another spot in the standings as more good things came their way this year, doubling their number of All Stars to two and a .500 ball club is now within sight.

Arizona = +8 and eighth place
After pretty much bottoming out last year, it's time for the rebuild to become simply a build. Had a token All Star.

Cincinnati = +7 and seventh place
This makes a +22 over the last two seasons, which is certainly hopeful, but only one All Star and a seventh place finish raises eyebrows. Let's see what happens next year.

Texas = +1 and fourth place
A team ostensibly still rebuilding is taking a page from the LA Twins playbook and still posting a winning record, even winning one more game than last year, when 93 wins was good enough to make the AL playoffs.

New York AL = -0- broke even and eighth place
Aside from gathering yet another first round draft pick, the AL is collectively holding its breath, just waiting for this team to come out of its shell. The Titans didn't place a single player on the All Star team or nominate anyone for an award this year, just quietly letting everyone improve. If they finish last again next year, improbable things will happen.

Kansas City = <3> and fifth place
A swing of 35 games from their +32 last season, undoubtedly due to indifference and the managerial vacancy. I will have to log in as Commissioner and keep a better eye on the team until we get a new owner. Apologies.

Pittsburgh = <6> and third place
Was a <6> last year, too. Third place is nothing to sneeze at but two years of negatives can't be a good sign, either. Still, six All Stars and NL ROY.

Baltimore = <13> and seventh
New owner announced he was going to tear the team down and start from scratch so not much to see here, yet, aside from 80% of the candidates for AL Rookie of the Year came from Baltimore. That's what the chowder-loving baseball fans call "a good start."

Cleveland = <14> and sixth place
Cleveland announced a rebuild last year, then they went into it with gusto this year, making a <26> over the last two seasons. They did impress enough fans and players that three Cuyahogas wore All Star unis this summer.

Milwaukee = <22> and sixth place
And now ... this. After last year's +25. A pair of Marauders were seen on the All Star bench, but I cannot explain this mysterious up and down variance in their won/loss totals from year to year. It's a mystery!

And on that note, may ABE shine a light on everyone's OS (and maybe just a bit of a brighter one on Texas).

-- Mark

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Re: 2229: Crosstown West Coast LA Series

Post by frankum » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:32 am

Larry Lopat is pretty pissed about his all Star snub. He hit .289 with 31 homers and 35 stolen bases!

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Re: 2229: Crosstown West Coast LA Series

Post by ptech » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:42 am

ballmark wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:54 am


Those Knuckleheads in Philly won just 96 games, off 10 from our previous year but it was just an aberration as their rebuild is bearing fruit. They had five All Stars and placed a couple candidates in the Cy Young race, as well as giving the Smog a solid run for their money. They're not going away any time soon.

Our pitching pooped the bed. Other than that, it was a fine season.

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