Sunday, June 19, 2016

Season 22 Power Rankings #1

A quarter of the season is in the books in Kenny Powers Season 22, so it's time to check in with the power rankings!  And to kick it off with a bang, there's a new #1!  All the way up from #13 to the top spot is Las Vegas who has been dazzling the league with their pitching out of the gate.  Chicago and Wichita hang on to their #2 and 3 spots, but 2 more teams have surged up the rankings to round out the top 5 in Tampa Bay and New Britain.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls.

Biggest Climbers: #7 Charlotte (+20), #4 Tampa Bay (+18), #14 Burlington (+14), #1 Las Vegas (+12), #5 New Britain (+11)

Biggest Falls: #26 Louisville (-20), #18 Honolulu (-11), #28 St. Louis (-11), #31 Kansas City (-8), #8 Richmond (-7)

It looks like it will be an extremely tight race this season in both leagues, good luck to all, and here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense 
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Las Vegas 27 14 13 1 14
2 Chicago 24 17 2 5 2
3 Wichita 26 15 3 10 4
4 Tampa Bay 25 16 22 3 8
5 New Britain  25 16 16 9 9
6 Helena 25 16 4 8 16
7 Charlotte 23 18 27 14 3
8 Richmond 23 18 1 4 24
9 Oklahoma City 21 20 11 12 10
10 Boise 24 17 5 23 6
11 Detroit 24 17 9 18 19
12 Seattle 19 22 8 5 21
13 Jacksonville 21 20 12 26 5
14 Burlington 21 20 28 2 30
15 Syracuse 23 18 14 13 26
16 Buffalo  22 19 10 25 11
17 Mexico City 19 22 20 24 7
18 Honolulu 22 19 7 22 12
19 Washington 18 23 18 28 1
20 Rochester 18 23 19 7 27
21 Salem 20 21 15 16 20
22 New York 19 22 26 21 23
23 Cincinnati 19 22 25 17 25
24 Trenton 19 22 21 20 22
25 Boston 19 22 32 14 30
26 Louisville 18 23 6 29 13
27 Oakland 17 24 30 19 17
28 St. Louis 15 26 17 11 29
29 Nashville  17 24 29 31 15
30 Durham 17 24 24 30 18
31 Kansas City 13 28 23 27 32
32 New Orleans 13 28 31 32 28

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Season 22 Preseason Power Rankings

Spring Training is in full swing for Season 22, so it's time to run those rosters through the magic formula and come up with the Preseason Power Rankings!   At the top of the rankings, just as they were last preseason, is the 2-time defending champions Richmond.  They look to have the roster strength to chase the Three-peat.  Also repeating their preseason ranking from Season 21, at #2 is Chicago.  Wichita gets another high preseason ranking, coming in at #3.  Helena and Boise round out the top 5.   

It's a bit of a surprise to see the top regular season team from last season, New Britain at #16.  Don't think they're done piecing together their offense, but we have to go with what they have now.  They do have tremendous pitching, so look for them to vault up the rankings.  

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in Season 22!

Starting Relief
Season 21 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding 
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Richmond 97 65 2 9 1 2
2 Chicago 94 68 6 10 9 1
3 Wichita 82 80 3 19 11 16
4 Helena 90 72 7 12 11 8
5 Boise 82 80 9 26 2 19
6 Louisville 82 80 8 18 3 25
7 Honolulu 100 62 13 7 7 14
8 Seattle 87 75 5 11 18 8
9 Detroit 84 78 4 3 15 32
10 Buffalo  83 79 19 2 8 16
11 Oklahoma City 92 70 17 13 3 19
12 Jacksonville 86 76 11 17 15 2
13 Las Vegas 95 67 22 7 14 2
14 Syracuse 65 97 24 6 13 11
15 Salem 67 95 10 1 23 16
16 New Britain  109 53 1 4 28 19
17 St. Louis 76 86 21 24 9 29
18 Washington 83 79 16 31 6 31
19 Rochester 74 88 18 16 20 2
20 Mexico City 85 77 14 15 24 19
21 Trenton 61 101 15 22 22 14
22 Tampa Bay 83 79 12 5 26 30
23 Kansas City 77 85 28 29 17 6
24 Durham 83 79 26 19 21 8
25 Cincinnati 70 92 32 32 3 11
26 New York 71 91 20 21 27 6
27 Charlotte 72 90 30 30 19 19
28 Burlington 69 93 29 14 29 27
29 Nashville  75 87 31 27 25 11
30 Oakland 81 81 23 25 31 27
31 New Orleans 58 104 27 23 30 26
32 Boston 79 83 25 28 32 24

Monday, May 23, 2016

Season 22 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

Season 22 is under way, this is the place to track movement of the top players in offseason free agency.   Best of luck to all of the shoppers out there!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Shane Curtis RF 30 ROC ROC $100.0 M 5
Comments: This season's top Free Agent has 100 HR in the past two seasons
2 B.C. Philips LF 30 WAS STL $75.0 M 5
Comments:  Has 75 HR in the past two seasons and is still a major threat at the plate
3 Marc Towers 3B 33 RIC SEA $60.0 M 4
Comments: Towers is still a superior talent but age is a slight concern with him
4 Gary Simmons 1B 30 SYR SYR $10.3 M 3
Comments: Superior batting eye and ability to hit RHP has his career OPS over .800
5 Mark Randolph SP 31 DUR DUR $22.6 M 4
Comments: Not a staff ace, but fairly effective in Durham and keeps the ball dwon
6 Wilkin Ozuna SP 34 HON ROC $10.8 M 2
Comments: In a very weak pitching FA class, he's one of the best starters available
7 J.J. Brewer 1B 34 SYR SYR $4.2 M 1
Comments: One of the best pure hitting talents available, coming off a great season
8 Cesar Osoria CF 32 NO SEA $40.0 M 4
Comments: Can get on base, doesn't strike out much, and plays a good CF
9 Luis Guerrero LF 33 NB NB $11.6 M 2
Comments: He's an OBP machine, with one of the best batting eyes around
10 Ricardo Guerrero DH 27 NB TRE $7.2 M 2
Comments: Best pure power bat around, and has .834 career OPS, but limited in the field
11 Julio Mairena RP 31 JAX HON $20.8 M 4
Comments:  Not an outstanding track record, but he's got the tools to still be a solid RP
12 Morris Washington C 34 SYR BOI $15.0 M 3
Comments: Very nice bat for a Catcher, but with low arm strength may give up a lot of steals
13 Antonio Zhang RP 31 BUF LOU $3.6 M 1
Comments: Nice track record of success and shouldn't start his decline for a bit
14 Clay Baker C 30 NB KC $4.2 M 1
Comments: Great bat for a Catcher, decent defensively, but pitch calling skills are weak
15 John Mercedes SP 34 BOS STL $9.2 M 2
Comments: Decent SP for what's out there but mediocre control makes him a risk
16 Otto Gibson LF 34 SEA SYR $14.6 M 3
Comments: Solid, yet not spectacular bat, and age related decline is a factor
17 Karim Calderone RP 35 WAS TB $17.0 M 4
Comments: Solid track record, and very effective pitches, but age is a slight concern here
18 Horace Foster RP 31 KC SYR $13.3 M 3
Comments: Very nice overall makeup, although he doesn't have that lights out goto pitch
19 Sidney Forbes CF 35 NY1 LOU $4.3 M 1
Comments: Tremendous batting eye and can still play a decent CF, but age is a factor
20 Thom Cummings RP 27 NY1 SEA $0.7 M 1
Comments: Terrible track record, but is only 27 with decent ratings, so could surprise
21 Rob Fisher SP 28 BOS ROC $5.6 M 2
Comments: Underwhelming control and splits, but great pitches and keeps it down
22 Boone James RP 29 RIC HEL $8.4 M 2
Comments: Ratings seem to indicate he could improve on career numbers and is only 29
23 Tom Day 1B 32 NY1 OKC $21.5 M 4
Comments: Great batting eye, with decent speed, but below average power
24 Hal Rowe RP 31 NY1 OKC $5.6 M 2
Comments: Outstanding control and effective vs. LH, but lacks strong pitches
25 Dusty Cook RP 36 DET CH1 $8.0 M 2
Comments: He's getting up there in age, but very impressive ratings and good track record

Friday, April 15, 2016

Season 21 Wrap Up - Richmond Goes Back to Back

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Richmond successfully defends their World Series crown in Season 21!

The Season 21 World Series is in the books, and after a hard fought 6 game series against New Britain, it's Richmond coming out ahead, claiming their 2nd consecutive Kenny Powers title.  The preseason #1 in the Power Rankings, Richmond never held the spot during the regular season, although never drifted far from the top.  As the NL's #2 seed, they lost one game in each of the Divisional Series vs. Tampa Bay and the NLCS vs. Oklahoma City.  In the World Series, Richmond took Games 1, 2 and the clinching Game 6 at New Britain and also Game 5 at home. Marc Towers led the way for the Richmond offense with a 1.220 OPS in the playoffs.  The entire team put up an impressive .350 OBP during the postseason. Norberto Morales went 4-0 in 6 starts throughout the playoffs with a 2.79 ERA, and the bullpen was solid as rock, allowing the team to post a 3.28 ERA in their championship run.

It was a great season for New Britain, as their #5 preseason ranking proved to be too low, never dropping below #2 in the regular season.  They had a lot of momentum going into the playoffs, putting together a 32-9 stretch run to finish with the world's best record and #1 ranking.  They breezed through Seattle in the Divisional Round, and Helena in the LCS, but couldn't crack the magical playoff formula Richmond has going for them in the World Series.  A very nice season, nonetheless.

Thanks to everyone for playing in Season 21, hope to be back soon for Season 22, after a hopefully quick rollover!  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Season 21 Award Winners

Award season is here in Kenny Powers, so let's see who took home the hardware for Season 21!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sherman Dunston, Boise - .292 AVG 60 HR 141 RBI
It was another phenomenal season for Sherman Dunston, reaching 60 Home Runs, which was good enough to earn him a Kenny Powers record 5th MVP award.  Even more impressive is that he's earned his 5 MVP trophies in the past six seasons!  He led the majors in Home Runs and the AL in Slugging and OPS this season, and won his sixth consecutive Silver Slugger Award.  He's truly one of the all-time greats already at age 29.

National League - J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu - .354 AVG 52 HR 153 RBI
Although Ganzel fell just short of winning the triple crown, his incredible season was good enough to win the NL MVP in a landslide, becoming only the third player in Kenny Powers history to win 4 MVP trophies.  He led the NL in Batting Average, RBI, Hits, OBP, Slugging and OPS, won his 9th Silver Slugger Award and made his 9th All-Star team.  No doubt Ganzel is also an all-time great in Kenny Powers.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Nicholas Miller, New Britain - 21-5 2.70 ERA 202 K
The 30 year-old Miller took home his first Cy Young Award in a landslide, leading the way for a strong New Britain team.  He led the AL in Wins, Strikeouts and WHIP, and tied for the lead in Shutouts.  He also made his 3rd All-Star appearance.  The 8 year vet finally put it altogether this season, topping the 20 win mark for the first time.

National League - Tommy Stoddard, Honolulu - 16-2 1.32 ERA 151 K
It was a tight NL Cy Young Award race, but in the end Honolulu's Stoddard got the nod by posting an outstanding record, and a new Kenny Powers single season record for ERA.  This is the 32 year-old's first Cy Young win, and he also made his 3rd All-Star appearance this season.  It was a tight race, but it's hard to argue that Stoddard didn't deserve the win with the outstanding numbers he posted.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - C.C. Knott, Charlotte - .272 AVG 52 HR 123 RBI
The 28 year-old Knott finally got the call this season after toiling away in the minors for several seasons, and he didn't disappoint, knocking out an impressive 52 Home Runs to earn him AL Rookie of the Year honors.  He has an elite power bat, but questionable hitting skills otherwise, which probably resulted in his long minor league stint.  It's a good bet with these numbers, he's not headed back down any time soon.  He also took home a Silver Slugger Award this season.

National League - Alex Rosa, Chicago - 20-8 3.53 ERA 182 K
Rosa stepped up big time in his first season in the big leagues, leading the charge for Chicago, and the NL in Wins.  This was good enough to earn him NL Rookie of the Year by a wide margin.  Rosa is a workhorse with great control, good splits and solid velocity.  He should continue to post great numbers for Chicago, a squad that was in the thick of the NL pennant race all season.  

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Shawn Melhuse, Boston - 3.70 ERA, 56 SV - 1st Win
National League - Bo Edmonds, Chicago - 2.79 ERA, 47 SV - 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Nick Spence Helena 1st
C Richard Tateyama New Britain 1st
1B Sherman Dunston Boise 6th
2B Ken Ingram New Britain 3rd
3B Luis Diaz Helena 1st
SS Delino Santana Jacksonville 3rd
LF C.C. Knott Charlotte 1st
CF Sidney Forbes New York 2nd
RF Heathcliff Davis New York 1st
National League
P Bryan Cordova Oklahoma City 1st
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 10th
1B Brett Leach Las Vegas 2nd
2B Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 5th
3B Dingo Price Chicago 2nd
SS Brendan O'Neil Louisville 2nd
LF Shane Curtis Rochester 2nd
CF Greg Rivers Honolulu 1st
RF J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 9th

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Allan Blackley New York 2nd
C Wayne Sherman Oakland 1st
1B Joaquin Gonzales Jacksonville 1st
2B Ken Ingram New Britain 2nd
3B Andy Minor Atlanta 1st
SS Banana Bergeron New Britain 3rd
LF Will Burkhart Iowa City 1st
CF Rex Kennedy Helena 3rd
RF Walt Silva Boise 1st
National League
P Jim Forbes Huntington 1st
C Julian Butera Rochester 2nd
1B Vasco Correa Chicago 1st
2B Miguel Armas Syracuse 1st
3B Lenny Brinkley Huntington 1st
SS Beamer Healy Durham 2nd
LF Hipolito Mesa Burlington 1st
CF David Meng Huntington 2nd
RF Jason Douglas Cleveland 1st


Season 21 League Leaders

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 21
ERA - Tommy Stoddard, Honolulu - 1.32 - New Kenny Powers Single Season Record
Stolen Bases - Manuel Paez, Iowa City - 110 - 2nd All-Time
Saves - Shawn Melhuse, Boston - 56 - Tied for 2nd All-Time
Hits - J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu - 224 - Tied for 3rd All-Time
Shutouts - Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas; Jim Forbes, Huntington - 4 - Tied for 4th All-Time
Strikeouts - Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas - 262 - Tied for 5th All-Time

LEAGUE LEADERS
Offense
American League
Batting Average Benj Cassidy Pittsburgh .324
Home Runs Sherman Dunston Boise 60
RBI Nick Spence Helena 146
Stolen Bases Manuel Paez Iowa City 110
Hits David Frias Boston 205
Runs Sean Lewis Helena 121
OBP Richard Tateyama New Britain .401
SLG Sherman Dunston Boise .636
OPS Sherman Dunston Boise 1.029
National League
Batting Average J.C. Ganzel Honolulu .354
Home Runs Vasco Correa Chicago 53
RBI J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 153
Stolen Bases Howie Hooper Burlington 75
Hits J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 224
Runs Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 129
OBP J.C. Ganzel Honolulu .426
SLG J.C. Ganzel Honolulu .649
OPS J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 1.075
Pitching
American League
ERA Stewart Mouton Jacksonville 2.52
Wins Nicholas Miller New Britain 21
Strikeouts Nicholas Miller New Britain 202
Saves Shawn Melhuse Boston 56
WHIP Nicholas Miller New Britain 0.99
Innings Pitched Valerio Baez New Britain 266.2
Quality Starts Ham Sampson Seattle 26
Complete Games Ham Sampson Seattle 9
Shutouts Nicholas Miller New Britain 2
Valerio Baez New Britain 2
Robert Dimaggio Helena 2
Ham Sampson Seattle 2
National League
ERA Tommy Stoddard Honolulu 1.32
Wins Alex Rosa Chicago 20
Strikeouts Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 262
Saves Bo Edmonds Chicago 47
WHIP Justin Jordan Tucson 1.03
Innings Pitched Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 258.1
Quality Starts Norberto Morales Richmond 29
Complete Games Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 8
Shutouts Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 4
Jim Forbes Huntington 4

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Player Payroll Cap Rule Clarification

Here is the player payroll cap rule clarification for Season 22, and a structured penalty scale so that such penalties will be transparent and consistently applied going forward.

1. SALARY CAP - $100 MIL. (Updated for Season 22)
At no time may player payroll exceed $100 million.  The means for determining compliance will be the Payroll Number that appears under Payroll Information upon clicking the team name link on the Standings page.   You are not permitted to accept players in a trade that will put your Payroll number over $100 million, even if cash is included to cover the player's salary.   The commissioner will make every effort to monitor deals to ensure they are in compliance with the Salary Cap rule, and urge owners to veto deals that are not, but if a deal slips through putting a team at over $100 million in payroll, it is a violation, as ultimately it is each owner's responsibility to ensure compliance with the rule.

WIS has ruled in past inquiries that a Player Payroll budget above $100 million is not an enforceable violation (it has to be actual payroll); however, Player Payroll budgets over $100 million are strongly discouraged to prevent accidental violations.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Owners will have 7 days from the date of discovery of the violation to get back under the $100 million payroll cap.  If unable to do so, the owner will face the following penalties:

Violations of $2 million or less
1st Offense:  Owner receives a cap penalty for the following season of 3 times the amount over the cap, rounded up to the nearest million.
2nd Offense:  Owner receives a cap penalty for the following season of 6 times the amount over the cap, rounded up to the nearest million.
3rd Offense:  Owner will be removed from the world.

Violations of more than $2 million
1st Offense:  Owner will be removed from the world.

Rule Objective: The rule somewhat minimizes the # of max salary contracts that can be offered and to guard against having to find an owner for a team with bad contracts if the original owner bails.

Rule V Exception: It is possible that payments from having rule V players drafted from your team will put you over the cap. You will not be forced to transfer $ in this case, however, your player payroll will not be allowed to exceed $100 million.