Thursday, August 18, 2016

Season 22 Wrap Up - Helena Takes the Crown!

Helena is your Season 22 Champion!

Helena made their mark on the Season 22 playoffs, running through the competition with ease, posting an 11-2 record in the postseason, sweeping Wichita in 3 games, taking out #1 ranked New Britain in 5 games, then defeating a strong Chicago team in the World Series, also in 5 games. The Helena pitching staff could barely be touched in the postseason, sporting an impressive 2.67 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, a major factor in them being able to cruise to the title.  The offense was adequate, and came through when needed led by powerhouse stud DH Nick Spence who hit .353 with 5 HR and 13 RBI this postseason, to go with a 1.097 OPS.  After a few down seasons, it looks like Helena is now one of Kenny Powers' elite teams that will be in the mix again for several seasons to come.  This is bluebaran's 3rd Kenny Powers title, also winning in Seasons 7 & 9, and the franchise also won the crown in Season 13, the season after he left the team for a quick break!

Congratulations to Helena and bluebaran on a great season.  It will be tough to repeat with so many solid teams in the mix.  See you back soon for Season 23, it should be an exciting one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Season 22 Awards Recap

It's time to recap who took home the hardware as award winners in Season 22!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Ken Ingram, New Britain - .293 AVG 51 HR 142 RBI 15 SB
It's the 2nd MVP trophy win for New Britain's Ingram, and his stat line indicates he certainly deserved it.  He lead the AL in Home Runs, RBI, Slugging, and Runs and on top of that won a gold glove!  He was also an All-Star starter, his 4th All-Star appearance overall.  Ingram did it all this season and at 27 years old, has many fantastic seasons to come.

National League - J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu - .334 AVG 48 HR 133 RBI
The ageless Honolulu slugger had another phenomenal year at the plate, good enough to bring home a record tying 5th MVP trophy in Season 22.  Ganzel led the NL in Batting Average, Hits and OPS this season.  He was an All-Star starter, making his 10th All-Star appearance!  And then matched it with a 10th Silver Slugger award as well!  Ganzel is truly one of the best hitters in Kenny Powers history.  It will be interesting to see if he can put together another epic performance forth in Season 23 at age 35.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Nicholas Miller, New Britain - 24-3 2.28 ERA 176 K
Miller won his 2nd consecutive Cy Young Award in a landslide, and looking at his stat line, it's not hard to see why.  He was the league leader in ERA and Wins for the top regular season team, and made his 4th All-Star appearance.  At Age 32 this upcoming season, a run at a 3rd straight Cy Young seems plausible, although whispers of a rebuild in New Britain may decrease that chance, depending on if he is traded and where he lands.

National League - Justin Jordan, Salem - 22-4 2.10 ERA 186 K
Multiple time winners all around this season, as Jordan takes home his 2nd career Cy Young Award, also having won back in Season 17.  Similar to his AL counterpart, he won in a landslide, and led the league in ERA and Wins.  He made his 6th All-Star appearance this season as well.  He'll be Age 34 next season, but should be capable of another great performance, as he continues to rack up accolades throughout the latter part of his career.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Carlos Oliva, Mexico City - 19-6 3.31 ERA 129 K
Unlike most of the other award races this season, Oliva won the AL Rookie of the Year by a single vote.  With his impressive stat line, racking up 19 wins with a solid ERA, it's hard to argue he's not a deserving winner.  After 7 long seasons toiling away in the minors he finally landed a spot in the Mexico City rotation, and stepped up to the plate, or in this case mound, big time.  It will be interesting to see where the 25 year-old's career goes from here.

National League - Christopher Hamilton, Rochester - .294 AVG 41 HR 118 RBI
It was quite the debut for the #10 overall pick in the Season 19 draft, as the slugging RF for Rochester takes home the NL Rookie of the Year trophy.  On top of his stat line above, he also reached 200 hits and played in all 162 games!  Looks like he's a keeper going forward, with his splits being the only questionable part of his overall make up, his great contact, good batting eye and excellent power should help him overcome what he's lacking elsewhere.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Banjo Kemp, Boise - 3.62 ERA, 41 SV, 1st Win
National League - Rico Tejera, Salem - 3.60 ERA, 37 SV, 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Octavio Guerrero Detroit 1st
C Richard Tateyama New Britain 2nd
1B Wendell Myatt Oakland 1st
2B Sean Lewis Helena 1st
3B Andy Minor Mexico City 4th
SS Delino Santana Jacksonville 4th
LF Jose Reyes Washington 4th
CF Steve Miller New Britain 1st
RF John Greer Washington 1st

National League
P Alex Rosa Chicago 1st
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 11th
1B Julio Park Durham 1st
2B Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 6th
3B Dingo Price Chicago 3rd
SS Darryl Matthews Cincinnati 3rd
LF Damon Duran Honolulu 1st
CF Banana Alexander Richmond 1st
RF J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 10th

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Carson Pressley Boston 1st
C Brace Durocher New York 1st
1B Diego Sanchez Boston 1st
2B Ken Ingram New Britain 3rd
3B Patrick Jefferies Jacksonville 2nd
SS Delino Santana Jacksonville 3rd
LF Al Hughes Helena 1st
CF Armando Vincente Oakland 1st
RF Walt Silva Boise 2nd

National League
P Alex Rosa Chicago 1st
C Curtis Gibson Las Vegas 1st
1B Vasco Correa Chicago 2nd
2B Saul Santos Kansas City 1st
3B Dingo Price Chicago 1st
SS Beamer Healy Durham 3rd
LF Domingo Iglesias Tampa Bay 2nd
CF Miguel Cruz Burlington 1st
RF Dean Mitre Kansas City 1st

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Season 22 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.

We had one strike earned in Season 22, msmsales unfortunately earned a third strike by failing to win 185 games over three seasons, and will have to sit out Season 23.   No remaining teams need more than 55 wins in Season 23 to meet the three season requirement of 185. 

victim exceeded the salary cap this past season, and per world rules has a $1 million cap penalty for Season 23.  New Britain paid their cap penalty for a Season 21 overage, and is squared away going forward.  

Here is the summary for Season 22.  

Wins
American League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S20 S21 S22  Win Total S23 for 185
Boise Taters bubbleboy 80 82 88 250
Boston SlamPigs themarlyman  87 79 74 240
Charlotte StarLords goodtymes31  50 72 78 200
Detroit FC Dinamo lfkbibanul  90 94 82 266
Helena Bighorns bluebaran 86 90 98 274
Jacksonville Landsharks Frozenherd 85 82
Mexico City Borrachos Gringos TAVoorhees 77
Nashville Neutron Bombs Ghostrunner 74 78 75 227
New Britain Frothing Walruses merott 101 109 106 316
New Orleans Zephyrs msmsales  64 58 55 177
New York Yankees grissom97 73
Oakland Invaders jnosek 91 81 72 244
Seattle SuperSonics alogman1 90 87 88 265
Trenton Witch Burners themojoking 80
Washington D.C. Natty Lights heelsfan0123 71
New York Yankers jamesp469 79 82 89 250
Wins
National League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S20 S21 S22  Win Total S23 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens AceCards 89 83 88 260
Burlington Giant Pumpkins breezee 61 69 67 197
Chicago White Sox slashtc 87 94 92 273
Cleveland Tribe jslipford916 70 69
Durham Screwballs oakman310 80 83 79 242
Honolulu Tiki Gods dodgersrays 89 100 84 273
Kansas City Monarchs dawgrod 75
Las Vegas Crap Shoot pbsilver11 92 95 81 268
Louisville Sluggers yanks21 74 82 88 244
Oklahoma City Bombers tisi29 98 92 84 274
Richmond Manamfasha TXLnghrn 88 97 100 285
Rochester Garbage Plates jimt14120 69 74 78 221
Salem Ducks trimhunter99 72
St. Louis Gunners Er' Back cosborn 79 76 84 239
Syracuse Blizzard groth911  85 65 88 238
Tampa Bay Gasparilla II victim 75

Strikes in S18 Cause Strike
msmsales  Failed to win 55 games in S18 1st
Strikes in S20 Strike
goodtymes31 Failed to win 55 games in S20 1st
msmsales Failed to win 185 over 3 seasons 2nd
Strikes in S22 Strike
msmsales Failed to win 185 over 3 season 3rd
Player Payroll Penalty Penalty
victim Exceeded player payroll cap in S22 $1 Million
merott Exceeded player payroll cap in S21 Pd in S22

Friday, August 5, 2016

Season 22 League Leaders

Here's your recap of Season 22's League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 22
Shutouts - Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas - 5 - Tied for 3rd All-Time
WHIP - Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas - 0.89 - Tied for 4th All-Time
Wins - Nicholas Miller, New Britain - 24 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas (NL) - 5 - K, WHIP, IP, CG, Shutouts
Ken Ingram, New Britain (AL) - 4 - HR, RBI, R, SLG
J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu (NL) - 3 - AVG, H, OPS
Delino Santana, Jacksonville (AL) - 2 - AVG, OBP
Wendell Myatt, Oakland (AL) - 2 - H, SLG
Ted Wagner, Oakland (AL) - 2 - IP, QS
Justin Jordan, Salem (NL) - 2 - ERA, W
Ben Shoppach, Boise (AL) - 2 - K, Shutouts
Alvin Gonzales, Seattle (AL) - 2, CG, Shutouts

LEAGUE LEADERS
Offense
American League
Batting Average Delino Santana Jacksonville .327
Home Runs Ken Ingram New Britain 51
Octavio Guerrero Detroit 51
RBI Ken Ingram New Britain 142
Stolen Bases Pepper Simon Boston 78
Hits Wendell Myatt Oakland 213
Runs Ken Ingram New Britain 129
OBP Delino Santana Jacksonville .429
SLG Ken Ingram New Britain .599
OPS Wendell Myatt Oakland .967
National League
Batting Average J.C. Ganzel Honolulu .334
Home Runs Dingo Price Chicago 57
RBI Julio Park Durham 136
Stolen Bases Patrick Grieve Louisville 65
Hits J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 211
Runs Christopher Hamilton Rochester 120
OBP Jimmy Fox Syracuse .425
Jeremy Randall Buffalo .425
SLG Kyle Surtain Salem .618
OPS J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 1.020
Pitching
American League
ERA Nicholas Miller New Britain 2.28
Wins Nicholas Miller New Britain 24
Strikeouts Ben Shoppach Boise 192
Saves Banjo Kemp Boise 41
WHIP Alberto Campos New Britain 1.09
Innings Pitched Ted Wagner Oakland 252.2
Quality Starts Ted Wagner Oakland 28
Complete Games Alvin Gonzales Seattle 6
Shutouts 13 Tied 1
National League
ERA Justin Jordan Salem 2.10
Wins Justin Jordan Salem 22
Strikeouts Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 248
Saves Rijo Tejera Salem 37
WHIP Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 0.89
Innings Pitched Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 269.0
Quality Starts Norberto Morales Richmond 28
Complete Games Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 10
Shutouts Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 5

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Season 22 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is over in Season 22 and before we get to the playoffs, let's check in with the Final Power Rankings.  Remaining on top for the third straight edition of the rankings is New Britain, who had the world's best record down the stretch.  Up to #2 is Richmond, who finished with the best pitching staff in Kenny Powers, and are looking for their 3rd straight title this postseason!  Checking in at #3 we have a very well-balanced Helena squad, followed by a rebounding Wichita squad and Chicago rounding out the top 5.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #19 Oakland (+11), #11 Honolulu (+8), #14 Durham (+8), #24 New York (+7)

Biggest Falls: #28 Tampa Bay (-13), #20 Mexico City (-12), #12 Oklahoma City (-5), #29 Boston (-5)

Good luck to all of the postseason teams.  Will it be a Richmond three-peat?  Will #1 New Britain continue their regular season dominance?  Or will another team emerge?  It should be interesting, in the meantime here are the complete rankings!

Pitching Offense  LAST PER
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 New Britain  106 56 1 4 1 1 1 29 10
2 Richmond 100 62 4 1 3 13 1 25 15
3 Helena 98 64 3 8 0 3 0 23 16
4 Wichita 89 73 10 11 -2 7 3 25 15
5 Chicago 92 70 2 5 -3 5 -1 20 20
6 Louisville 88 74 5 18 -2 4 2 22 17
7 Syracuse 88 74 9 10 0 16 3 22 17
8 St. Louis 84 78 14 9 2 21 4 22 17
9 Seattle 88 74 6 3 -2 28 0 22 17
10 Jacksonville 82 80 12 13 4 10 -3 20 20
11 Honolulu 84 78 19 15 8 12 0 22 18
12 Oklahoma City 84 78 7 6 0 16 -3 18 21
13 Buffalo  88 74 17 15 8 15 0 22 18
14 Durham 79 83 22 29 1 6 3 23 17
15 Boise 88 74 11 22 -2 7 1 19 21
16 Rochester 78 84 20 6 1 27 2 21 19
17 Las Vegas 81 81 13 2 0 30 0 16 24
18 Detroit 82 80 16 17 1 21 0 19 21
19 Oakland 72 90 30 19 0 19 5 23 17
20 Mexico City 77 85 8 22 -8 7 -2 14 25
21 Trenton 80 82 21 26 0 20 -4 20 20
22 Charlotte 78 84 18 25 -3 11 0 14 25
23 Kansas City 75 87 27 14 1 31 1 22 17
24 New York 73 89 31 20 5 26 1 21 19
25 Washington 71 91 23 31 -3 2 -1 18 21
26 Salem 72 90 25 24 -3 14 3 18 21
27 Nashville  75 87 26 28 3 23 -3 20 19
28 Tampa Bay 75 87 15 21 -8 18 -1 15 25
29 Boston 74 88 24 30 -1 28 -3 16 23
30 Burlington 67 95 28 12 0 32 -1 13 26
31 Cincinnati 69 93 29 27 0 25 -2 15 24
32 New Orleans 55 107 32 32 0 24 -3 13 27

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Season 22 Power Rankings #3

As we head down the home stretch of Season 22, it's time for another edition of the power rankings!  Let's get to it!  No change in the top 2 as New Britain and Chicago hold steady at those positions.  From there, we have Helena coming up from #14 to #3, as they posted an impressive 33-9 record since the last rankings!  The back-to-back champs Richmond are getting hot once again and come in at #4.  At #5, it's another big climber in Louisville, up 11 spots to #5.   Here are all of the biggest climbers, as well as the biggest falls since the last rankings.

Biggest Climbers: #3 Helena (+11), #5 Louisville (+11), #6 Seattle (+11), #9 Syracuse (+6), #22 Durham (+5)

Biggest Falls: #17 Buffalo (-12), #18 Charlotte (-11), #10 Wichita (-7), #19 Honolulu (-6)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all down the stretch!

Pitching Offense  LAST PER
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 New Britain  77 46 1 5 5 2 1 29 13
2 Chicago 72 50 2 2 6 4 -1 26 15
3 Helena 75 48 14 8 5 3 10 33 9
4 Richmond 75 47 6 4 0 14 3 29 12
5 Louisville 66 57 16 16 9 6 2 26 16
6 Seattle 66 57 17 1 6 28 0 27 15
7 Oklahoma City 66 57 4 6 -4 13 2 20 22
8 Mexico City 63 60 11 14 2 5 1 23 19
9 Syracuse 66 57 15 10 2 19 4 23 19
10 Wichita 64 58 3 9 0 10 -8 17 24
11 Boise 69 53 8 20 0 8 -3 22 19
12 Jacksonville 62 60 10 17 -1 7 3 20 21
13 Las Vegas 65 57 9 2 -1 30 -5 19 22
14 St. Louis 62 61 12 11 0 25 2 23 19
15 Tampa Bay 60 62 19 13 -7 17 -2 22 19
16 Detroit 63 59 20 18 3 21 5 21 20
17 Buffalo  66 56 5 23 -1 15 -9 17 24
18 Charlotte 64 59 7 22 -7 11 -3 17 25
19 Honolulu 62 60 13 23 -5 12 0 19 22
20 Rochester 57 65 18 7 -4 29 1 19 22
21 Trenton 60 62 22 26 1 16 2 21 20
22 Durham 56 66 27 30 1 9 5 20 21
23 Washington 53 70 24 28 1 1 0 19 23
24 Boston 58 65 26 29 -3 25 4 20 22
25 Salem 54 69 21 21 3 17 -6 16 26
26 Nashville  55 68 29 31 -1 20 -2 19 23
27 Kansas City 53 70 31 15 4 32 0 20 22
28 Burlington 54 69 23 12 -7 31 0 16 26
29 Cincinnati 54 69 30 27 1 23 -3 17 25
30 Oakland 49 73 25 19 -5 24 -4 15 26
31 New York 52 70 28 25 -2 27 -3 16 25
32 New Orleans 42 80 32 32 0 21 1 13 28