Saturday, May 19, 2018

Season 28 Power Rankings #1

For the first time since the Season 26 preseason rankings, there's a #1 who isn't Little Rock!  And it happens to be your defending champions, Helena.  Check out the rest of the rankings below!

Biggest Climbers: #4 Salt Lake City (+28), #5 Syracuse (+22), #3 New Britain (+15), #13 Seattle (+12)

Biggest Falls: #32 Monterrey (-18), #24 Ottawa (-15), #15 Charlotte (-10), #25 Nashville (-10), #17 Tampa Bay (-9)


Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Helena 29 11 2 7 2
2 Durham 25 15 3 2 7
3 New Britain  26 14 18 10 6
4 Salt Lake City 24 16 32 13 4
5 Syracuse 22 18 27 3 10
6 Little Rock 24 16 1 22 1
7 Atlanta 21 19 4 5 11
8 New York 21 19 12 1 16
9 Boise 23 17 7 14 8
10 Tacoma 24 16 11 4 28
11 Honolulu 20 20 6 11 14
12 Buffalo  20 20 10 6 22
13 Seattle 19 21 25 15 12
14 Wichita 20 20 24 16 13
15 Charlotte 20 20 5 30 3
16 Augusta 21 19 26 19 17
17 Tampa Bay 21 19 8 18 24
18 Rochester 18 22 13 9 25
19 Norfolk 21 19 16 21 23
20 Sioux Falls 20 20 22 28 15
21 Baltimore 16 24 17 8 27
22 Burlington 18 22 19 17 19
23 Santa Cruz 20 20 29 25 29
24 Ottawa 18 22 9 29 5
25 Nashville  18 22 15 23 21
26 Richmond 17 23 20 24 19
27 St. Louis 18 22 21 27 18
28 Omaha 18 22 31 12 32
29 Santa Fe 15 25 28 32 9
30 New Orleans 16 24 30 20 30
31 Oakland 13 27 23 26 31
32 Monterrey 14 26 14 31 26

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Season 28 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 28 is about to kick off, so it's time for the Preseason Power Rankings!  For the 10th consecutive edition, Little Rock holds the top spot.  Their offense looks incredible again, with a solid rotation to boot.  At #2, it's your defending champion, Helena, who looks poised to make a run at back-to-back titles, with a great team all-around.  World Series runner-up Durham checks in at #3 as they look to continue their dominance of the NL.  Atlanta, featuring a most impressive pitching staff, comes in at #4, while Charlotte rounds out the top 5, ranking in the top 6 in both Starting Pitching and Hitting.  A lot of the top teams from last season remain near the top of the Preseason rankings, but a lot can change come the regular season.  Good luck to all, here are the complete rankings!

Starting Relief
Season 27 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 102 60 7 27 1 5
2 Helena 101 61 6 2 7 9
3 Durham 102 60 8 19 4 4
4 Atlanta 92 70 5 3 13 19
5 Charlotte 84 78 3 28 6 21
6 Honolulu 86 76 12 11 2 21
7 Boise 90 72 13 5 3 15
8 Tampa Bay 82 80 10 10 9 21
9 Ottawa 82 80 4 25 11 26
10 Buffalo  89 73 25 4 5 15
11 Tacoma 81 81 1 12 22 5
12 New York 90 72 11 31 12 3
13 Rochester 77 85 27 6 10 1
14 Monterrey 82 80 16 9 15 19
15 Nashville  94 68 24 1 17 11
16 Norfolk 65 97 9 17 23 5
17 Baltimore 60 102 19 22 14 11
18 New Britain  98 64 2 21 27 32
19 Burlington 75 87 23 28 8 26
20 Richmond 83 79 28 7 16 29
21 St. Louis 73 89 15 18 18 21
22 Sioux Falls 68 94 17 8 27 2
23 Oakland 65 97 22 13 20 21
24 Wichita 82 80 20 26 19 8
25 Seattle 78 84 18 20 25 9
26 Augusta 44 118 26 23 21 11
27 Syracuse 79 83 29 14 26 15
28 Santa Fe 78 84 30 24 24 26
29 Santa Cruz 80 82 21 32 30 29
30 New Orleans 82 80 31 30 29 31
31 Omaha 63 99 14 16 32 14
32 Salt Lake City 85 77 32 15 31 15

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Hall of Fame Candidates for season 28


JC Ganzel Right Field

Ganzel is arguably one of the 3 best hitters in the history of Kenny Powers and should be a no brainer addition to the Hall of Fame.  Ganzel is a 5 time NL MVP and made 10 All Star appearances and 10 Silver Slugger awards.  Ganzel was also strong in the field winning the Gold Glove for right field in season 14.  JC spent most of his career as the leader of the Honolulu Tiki Gods and had 2625 career hits for a lifetime batting average of .310.   Ganzel was feared by opposing pitchers at the plate due to his tremendous power, he is currently 3rd all time in home runs with 632 and runs batted in with 1726.  Ganzel also scored 1482 runs in his career and finished with a .386 obp., .582 slg. and .968 ops.  While JC led his team to the playoffs 10 times and appeared in 104 career playoff games he never played in a World Series.  That was no fault of his own, Ganzel had 118 hits in the post season for a .305 average with 24 home runs and 57 rbi.  This is JC Ganzel's 1st season of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.


Butch Borland Left Field

Borland is a 4 time All Star Left Fielder who was Rookie of the year in season 9 and won two Silver slugger awards and a Gold Glove.  Borland was a powerful presence at the plate collecting 2050 career hits for a .287 batting average with 566 home runs and 1444 rbi.  Borland also scored 1153 runs and finished with a .354 obp., .565 slg. and .919 ops.  Borland played in 54 career playoff games and collected 57 hits for a .281 batting average with 10 home runs and 29 rbi whule scoring 22 runs.  He won a World Series ring in season 18 with the Syracuse Blizzard.


Richard Ma Starting Pitcher

Richard Ma was a dominant starting pitcher who made 5 All Star appearances and won two Cy Young awards.  He also won 3 world series rings as a starting pitcher on the Oklahoma City Bombers.  Ma had a career record of 203-114 with a lifetime era of 3.22.  He had excellent control as shown by his career whip of 1.21 and struck out 2283 batters in 2697 career innings pitched.  Ma won 20+ games 4 times in his career with records of 22-4 in season 8, 21-6 in season 10, 23-5 in season 11 and 21-3 in season 12.  Ma was excellent in the post season posting a 18-6 record in 35 career starts and 213 2/3 post season innings with a 3.24 era.  He was particularly dominant in the season 12 post season going 5-0 with a 1.62 era in 44 1/3 innings striking out 28 and allowing only a .187 batting average and .79 whip.  Ma suffered a major elbow injury in season 14 and missed that entire season, after surgery he went on to pitch 8 more seasons but was not as dominant as he was in the 1st 8 seasons of his career.  Despite the decline in his ability Ma is still deserving of a place in the Hall of fame.


Tony Gwynn Starting Pitcher

Tony Gwynn was an ace starter who made 4 All Star apperances and won a World Series ring in season 19 with New Britain.  Gwynn had a career record of 236-161 with a lifetime era of 3.33.  Gwynn had 550 career starts in 591 appearances.  Having excellent control Gwynn had a lifetime whip of 1.19 and struck out 3005 batters in 3695 innings. Gwynn had 20 postseason starts in 22 appearances posting a 7-7 record with a 4.05 era.  In seasons 18-19 Gwynn went 5-1 with a 2.52 era in 12 appearances with 11 starts.


Rob Ross Left Field

Rob Ross is a 2 time League MVP who made 5 All Star appearances.  He won a Gold Glove as a Left Fielder and 2 Silver Sluggers as a Second Baseman.  Ross played the majority of his career at his true position in Left Field.  Ross was has 2107 hits with a lifetime average of .293.  Ross had 351 career home runs, 430 doubles and stole 226 bases while driving in 1313 runs and crossing home plate 1144 times.  He posted an obp. of .364 with a .516 slg. and .880 op and hit for the cycle in season 7. Ross was not particularly successful in the playoffs  appearing in 49 post season games and had 46 hits for an average of .237 with 9 home runs and 36 rbi.  Ross is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate.


Chipper Nippert Third Base

Chipper Nippert was primarily a Third Basemen and is probably one of the two best Third Basemen in Kenny Powers history.  Early in his career Nippert played Short Stop but moved to his more natural position of Third Base in season 10.  Nippert made 6 All Star appearances, two as a Short Stop and four times as a Third Baseman.  He Also won 3 Silver Sluggers, two as Short Stop and one as a Third Baseman.  He also won five Gold Gloves, all of them as a Third Baseman and would have likely won more if he had played that position at the start of his career.  Nipppert made 178 plus plays at 3b, 59 plus plays at SS and 14 plus plays at 2b.  Nippert was powerful hitter who collected 2193 hits for a career batting average of .255.  To go along with his stellar play at the hot corner he also slugged 515 home runs and had 1435 career rbi while scoring 1280 runs himself.  He had a career obp. of .315 with a .480 slg. and .795 obp.  Nippert appeard in 131 post season games and won 3 world series rings in seasons 7,9 annd 13.  He had 122 hits in the playoffs with a .241 average hitting 25 home runs with 68 rbi and scored 71 runs.  He also made 15 plus plays in the post season with no minus plays.  Nippert is deserving of Hall of Fame consideration.


Ernie Hines Third Baseman

Ernie Hines is the other top Third Baseman in the history of Kenny Powers deserving of Hall of Fame consideration.  Hines made 7 All Star appearances winning 2 Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger.  Hines was a five tool player who had 2367 career hits for a .283 average with 298 career home runs 1143 rbi.  Hines also ran very well with 472 career doubles 58 triples while stealing 411 bases and scoring 1291 runs.  Hines posted a career obp of .346, slg of .459 and ops of .805.  During his career Hines played every position in the field including catcher, but he started 1922 games at Third Bases where he collected 158 plus plays and the Gold Glove in season 14.  Hines won a World Series ring in season 11 and had 82 hits for a .248 average in 83 post season games.  He had 11 homers drove in 35 runs while scoring 44 himself and also stole 20 bases in the post season.  Hines is deserving of Hall of Fame consideration.  It is debatable whether Hines or Nippert is the best Third Baseman of the 1st quarter century of Kenny Powers, and one of them should be inducted to the Hall of Fame.


Blake Lofton Left/Right Fielder

Blake Lofton was an outfielder who split time between Left and Right Field.  He made 3 All Star appearances but also won 5 World Series rings.  Lofton had 2309 career hits for a lifetime average of .289 with 257 Home Runs and 1024 rbi.  Lofton had one talent in particular that was very valueable, he got on base.  Lofton's keen eye at the plate led to 1346 walks and career obp. of .394.  Lofton wasn't a speedster but sill ran the bases extremely well leading to 467 doubles and 277 stolen bases while scoring 1468 runs.  He has a career slg, of .454 and ops of .848. Lofton could hit anywhere in the lineup but spent most of his career leading off or hitting second and setting the table for championship teams.  Lofton played in 150 post season games and collected 166 hits for a .290 average.  He is the all-time leading run scorer in the post season with 113 and he also had 22 home runs and 63 rbi.  His obp, in the postseason is .389 and has a .472 slg and ops. of .861.  Based on his postseason heroics alone on 5 World Championship teams Lofton is an overlooked shoe in Hall of Famer.  But his career numbers on top of that clearly elevate him to being a candidate that simply cannot be ignored.




Thursday, April 26, 2018

Season 28 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

Here's where all the top Free Agents signed this offseason!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Tim Blair SP 35 SYR SYR $80.0 M 4
Comments: 5-time Cy Young winner and all-time ERA leader will be a big get
2 Everth Almanzar SP 34 NB HON $39.0 M 4
Comments: Although not Blair level, still an excellent starter who can help a rotation
3 Scott Serrano LF 32 BAL STL $14.0 M 2
Comments: He can flat out rake at the plate and will be a big boost to lineup for sure
4 Jim Forbes SP 38 ROC AUG $3.1 M 1
Comments: Age is a concern, but he still has great ratings and can get it done
5 Murray Ward 3B 31 SCZ BAL $18.3 M 3
Comments: Solid at the plate with good speed and excellent defense for a 3B
6 Tanner Lee CF 28 ROC BAL $25.2 M 4
Comments: Won't astonish at the plate, but excellent speed and good CF defense
7 Juan Costilla 2B 28 BAL TAC $15.0 M 4
Comments: Has the skills to be a good 2B with above average bat and speed
8 Matty Klaus RP 34 DUR DUR $25.2 M 4
Comments: An incredibly solid RP with elite control and strong pitches
9 J.R. Broadhurst RP 32 BOI AUG $2.8 M 1
Comments: Workhorse RP who can log a lot of IP, slightly vulnerable vs. RH hitters
10 Banana Person RF 28 AUG
Comments: He's never gotten a shot at the ML level, should with his nice bat
11 Nate White SP 33 SLC AUG $2.5 M 1
Comments: Pretty good righty SP, splits are just ok, everything else great
12 Andy Minor 2B 35 HON TAC $23.2 M 4
Comments: Still can get it done at the plate and on the bases at 35, not much power
13 Damion Tanaka LF 28 SLC NY2 $12.9 M 5
Comments: Elite baserunner and can field, although RH split and eye are low
14 Aramis Martinez LF 33 NB SYR $3.7 M 2
Comments: Nice power bat with good eye that should be a plus to some lineup
15 Tommy Stoddard SP 39 BOI LR $20.3 M 3
Comments: Amazingly elite ratings at his age, although can't throw a ton of innings
16 Junior Won SP 35 DUR DUR $6.4 M 2
Comments: Other than a medicore RH split, a solid LH starter who can rack up IP
17 Victor Diaz SP 37 ATL SCZ $4.8 M 2
Comments: Still a nice high stamina SP with plus control and above average splits
18 Arquimedes Polanco LF 30 STL
Comments: He's got a pretty good bat, but fielding ability is somewhat limited
19 Casey Eichhorn LF 32 AUG
Comments: Great contact and eye at the plate with some good baserunning skills
20 Anthony Wilkinson SP 37 LR TB $9.8 M 2
Comments: Excellent ratings overall, but can be touched up some by LH hitters
21 Grant Person 1B 28 TAC
Comments: Great contact at the plate and outstanding vs. LHP, vs. RHP is just ok
22 Brendan O'Neil 3B 35 TAC AUG $3.0 M 1
Comments: Great career #s and still can hit, and play a decent 3B in the field
23 Neifi Benjamin RP 31 BOI TB $6.8 M 2
Comments: Solid RP for sure, but lacks that dominant out pitch
24 Pep Saito  3B 33 SLC HEL $7.6 M 2
Comments: Pretty good bat with some power and plus fielding skills for a 3B
25 Julio Mairena RP 37 DUR
Comments: He can still give some good bullpen innings, and excels vs. LH hitters

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Season 27 Wrap Up - Helena is Your Champion!

Helena Claims the Crown Once Again in Season 27!

It was quite the battle all the way around in the Season 27 playoffs and the end result was Helena coming out as the new Kenny Powers champions for the 3rd time in six seasons.  Helena battled New Britain in a 5-game duel in the Divisional round and edged out Nashville in the ALCS in six games.  It then came down to a tough match-up against defending champion Durham in the World Series, which Helena also took in six games.  Geovany Arias led the way in the postseason for the Helena offense, mashing 24 hits, four home runs and posting 1.075 OPS in 17 games.  On the mound, it was Guy Maybin that led the charge, with a 1.38 ERA in four starts, with the entire bullpen performing excellently as well.  This is bluebaran's 5th title in Kenny Powers, quite the impressive feat!  Congrats to Durham as well on coming oh so close to going back-to-back with another impressive playoff run.  Thanks to all who played in Season 27!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Season 27 Award Winners

Here's a recap of the Season 27 Award Winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Theo Reese, Little Rock - .312 AVG 45 HR 105 RBI 33 SB
The number one overall pick in the Season 23 draft took home his first MVP award in Season 27.  Given that he has a 97 overall rating, it's actually surprising it took him 3 seasons to win one!  He led the AL in Runs and OPS, made his 2nd All-Star appearance and won his first Silver Slugger award as well.  It's difficult to say that this is his ceiling, there should be many more awards to come in future seasons for Reese.

National League - Kenneth Stevens, Santa Fe - .333 AVG 47 HR 131 RBI 18 SB
Stevens came up 5 RBI short of winning the Triple Crown in Season 27, and led the NL in Average, Home Runs, Runs, OBP, Slugging and OPS.  Given all that, it was tough not to vote for him for MVP, despite the fact he plays in an extremely hitter friendly park.  This was his first MVP win, and he also made his 1st All-Star team and won his 1st Silver Slugger.  He was the number one overall pick, like his AL counterpart, in the Season 24 draft; however, his overall rating is only a measly 94, so this is probably as good as it gets for him, haha.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Shawn Olson, Helena - 19-6 2.69 ERA 184 K
The Helena lefty took home his 2nd Cy Young award in Season 27, also having won the honor in Season 24.  The AL Wins leader also made his 2nd All-Star appearance.  Olson really rose out of the weeds compared to the other major award winners, as he was just the 3rd overall pick in his draft class in Season 17.  Perhaps his biggest accomplishment, he won his 3rd World Series ring with Helena.

National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 16-8 2.25 ERA 220 K
Make it four straight for Timmy B, Kenny Powers' all-time ERA leader.  He also becomes the first 5-time Cy Young Award winner in Kenny Powers history.  There's no words to describe the excellence in Blair's career numbers.  He also has a career WHIP under 1.  He made his 8th All-Star appearance in Season 27.  His Win and Strikeout totals may not reach record marks, but he still has to be considered one of the greatest hurlers ever in Kenny Powers.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Trevor Gilbert, Monterrey - .276 AVG 33 HR 100 RBI 32 SB
The 23rd pick in the Season 22 draft, Gilbert made a strong impact in his first season, earning him AL Rookie of the Year honors.  On top of playing in all 162 games, he also made the All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger Award.  Perhaps over looked because of his low RH split, Gilbert showed he can hold his own at the plate and also demonstrated he can run the bases.  It looks like he has a nice career ahead of him.

National League - Jeffrey Darwin, Tacoma - 12-4 3.14 ERA 56 K
Darwin, the 28th pick in the Season 23 draft, is an impressive reliever who notched 12 wins in 63 appearances for Tacoma in Season 27.  That was enough to persuade NL Rookie of the Year voters to give him the nod for the award.  Look for him to provide solid relief work in the seasons to come as he rates out quite well.  He could easily close, or thrive in a setup role as he did in his rookie campaign.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Kevin Tyson, Seattle - 50 SV, 1.66 ERA - 1st Win
National League - Javier Ordaz, New Orleans - 42 SV, 4.13 ERA - 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Sherman Dunston Boise 9th
C Brad Duran Charlotte 1st
1B Wendell Myatt Oakland 4th
2B Trevor Gilbert Monterrey 1st
3B Albie Latos Nashville 3rd
SS Scooter Devereaux Charlotte 1st
LF Victor Querecuto Monterrey 1st
CF Theo Reese Little Rock 1st
RF Jarrod King Atlanta 1st

National League
P Fonzie Levine Richmond 1st
C Nicholas Rothschild Rochester 2nd
1B Justin Penny Honolulu 1st
2B Andy Minor Honolulu 5th
3B Ed Knapp Tacoma 1st
SS Noe Ortiz New York 1st
LF Kenneth Stevens Santa Fe 1st
CF Chi-Chi Villa Durham 2nd
RF Christopher Hamilton Rochester 3rd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Fernando Limon Seattle 1st
C Harold Murphy New Britain 1st
1B Quentin Dalrymple Helena 1st
2B Dayan Paz Seattle 1st
3B Vic Zurbaran Wichita 1st
SS Brian Clayton Nashville 1st
LF David Molina Nashville 2nd
CF Tarrik Welsh Baltimore 1st
RF Willy Trammell Wichita 2nd

National League
P Floyd Glenn Durham 3rd
C Ron Bailey New York 2nd
1B Jered Franco Pittsburgh 1st
2B Tim Howard Durham 3rd
3B Jason Douglas New York 3rd
SS Johnny Osborne Salt Lake City 2nd
LF Quilvio Limon Tampa Bay 2nd
CF Edgardo Serra Tacoma 1st
RF Adrian Skinner Honolulu 3rd

Monday, April 16, 2018

Season 27 Minimum Win Requirement Update

Our minimum win rule in Kenny Powers is 55 wins in one season (50 if you are a first season owner) and 185 wins over 3 seasons. You get 2 "strikes" against the policy, and on the third strike, you're out. If you don't earn any strikes over 3 consecutive seasons, all previous strikes are wiped out.

Only one strike was issued this season to hrrng_dnn, for failure to win 55 games.

For next season, owners needing to win more than 55 games in Season 28 to avoid a strike are jfuchs31 (70 wins needed), jnosek (71 wins needed) and hrrng_dnn (100 wins needed).

Here's the complete summary through Season 27.

Wins
American League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S25 S26 S27  Win Total S28 for 185
Little Rock Little Necrophiliac Nine ab90 127 120 102 349
Seattle SuperSonics alogman1 76 65 78 219
Wichita Warlocks bapu3285 82
Norfolk Tides bjc30 78 71 65 214
Helena Bighorns bluebaran 88 101 101 290
Boise Taters bubbleboy 95 96 90 281
St. Louis Gunners Never Quit - Really cosborn 73
Ottawa Code Blue fireattack 80 76 82 238
Nashville Neutron Dance Ghostrunner 101 92 94 287
Charlotte StarLords goodtymes31 91 83 84 258
Sioux Falls SuperNovas hausenpfeffe 68
Oakland Invaders jnosek 74 49 65 188 71
New Britain Frothing Walruses merott 88 99 98 285
Monterrey Charros sethstorer 74 78 82 234
Atlanta Dead Bunnies sylemark 92
Baltimore Black Sox tswayne11 60
Wins
National League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S25 S26 S27  Win Total S28 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens AceCards 83 80 89 252
New Orleans Babycakes AmCan 91 82
Burlington Giant Pumpkins breezee 70 72 75 217
Santa Fe Fire Ants CarsonLA 78
Honolulu Tiki Gods dodgersrays 92 88 86 266
Syracuse Blizzard groth911 93 92 79 264
Pittsburgh Diamondbacks hrrng_dnn 59 41 44 144 100
Omaha Cornhuskers jfuchs31 52 63 70
Rochester Garbage Plates jimt14120 86 94 77 257
Durham Screwballs oakman310 104 106 102 312
Tampa Bay Privateers stonewalter 82
New York Empire tmfran 90
Salt Lake City Antelopes Tricklesee 85
Richmond Manamfasha TXLnghrn 91 102 83 276
Tacoma RainMakers worthagoogle 81
Santa Cruz RVCA Zattack 80

Current Strikes
Strikes in S26 Strike
jnosek Failure to win 55 games in S26 1st
hrrng_dnn Failure to win 55 games in S26 1st
Strikes in S27 Strikes
hrrng_dnn Failure to win 55 games in S27 2nd