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PilotMan 09-28-2007 11:19 PM

Well at least you are getting some pitching but owwww, the hammers that you are losing. I have always been a pitching fanatic, so I never seem to have teams with sluggers on them, but that power in the middle of your lineup is going to be hard to replace, no matter what the pitchers do.

Young Drachma 09-28-2007 11:25 PM

MORALES TO COLORADO FOR TWO OUTFIELDERS
November 20, 2002
BOSTON - The remaking of the World Series champs continues as the team dealt starter Luis Manuel Morales and outfielder Miguel Martinez to Colorado for outfielder prospects Paco Franco (.288/17 HR) and Jessie Hinton and a minor league prospect (2B Alexander Herbert)

Young Drachma 09-28-2007 11:51 PM

SAN ANTONIO SENDS HARVEY, TWO OTHERS TO SAN ANTONIO IN A MASSIVE 8-PLAYER DEAL

In a deal that D.C. Daly should "give you a good idea of the type of ballclub we're going to be next year," the Boston Yankees sent five players, most notably 3B Ricardo Serrano, who was acquired from San Antonio during the trade deadline rookie outfielder Derek Dowd, recently acquired outfielder from Colorado Jesse Hinton and two minor leaguers (SP Ethan Deadman and SS Christian Johnson) were sent to San Antonio for veteran outfielder Mel Harvey, who should supply a bit of the offense the team lost with its earlier cost-cutting moves. Harvey, 36, hit 35 HRs last year and 132 RBI for the Aviators. 20-year old Rookie outfielder, Joe Smith was also dealt, he hit 15 HR and 75 RBI in 503 ABs during his rookie campaign. 3B prospect Mario Santos was also acquired in the deal.

"I think we're pretty much done," said D.C. Daly, who successful shaved more than $25 million from the team's roster. This deal actually resulted in a net gain of payroll of $4 million, because the team is taking on Harvey's $7.8 million salary this year, but he's in the last year of his deal, though he has a player option for 2004.

The Yankees also sent cash in this trade.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 12:16 AM

YANKEES UNVEIL DRAWINGS FOR NEW PARK

Despite the initial euphoria over the team's World Series victory -- the first since 1976 -- the dismantling of the team by jettisoning several favourite players have left the team's fans wondering what's next. But the team quieted all of that talk of the team's new stadium on the Boston Harbor.

"We're thrilled to present "Yankee Field @ Dunkin Donuts Park" said team ownership at the public event held this afternoon at Boston Common.




Young Drachma 09-29-2007 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PilotMan (Post 1557933)
Well at least you are getting some pitching but owwww, the hammers that you are losing. I have always been a pitching fanatic, so I never seem to have teams with sluggers on them, but that power in the middle of your lineup is going to be hard to replace, no matter what the pitchers do.


Yeah, we're not going to be able to slug our way to victories next year, like we did this past season. I'm intrigued to see how it turns out. I was actually considering leaving at one point, because I just wasn't sure that I wanted to selloff my roster. But...after I took a look at what we had in the minors and just took a good measure of my team, I decided that maybe it was worth staying for another year at least, to see what they could do with a retooled lineup and using essentially a different strategy than anything we did last year.

I'll review the lineup that we're heading into next year with, so you all can see who we have, who is new (fewer guys than you'd think) and basically, what we're expecting from the new batch of guys coming up for next year.

It'll be interesting, that's for sure.

EagleFan 09-29-2007 12:42 AM

Nice, I'll have to try to read through the rest of this tomorrow (if I can avoid work long enough :) ).

Are the steroid rumors about Jewell true? ;)

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 12:42 AM

2003 PAYROLL NUMBERS
TEAM PAYROLL NUMBERS
Code:

1        New York Bombers        $92,856,650
2        Pittsburgh Pirates        $90,324,810
3        Baltimore Orioles        $67,420,670
4        Atlanta Athletics        $63,788,790
5        Providence Bees                $62,886,200
6        Detroit Tigers                $60,465,000
7        Toronto Blue Sox        $58,943,900
8        Riverside Red Sox        $57,960,500
9        Texas Rangers                $56,038,300
10        Philadelphia Colonials        $55,373,496
11        New York Mets                $55,170,288
12        Chicago Comets                $51,251,890
13        San Francisco Giants        $49,380,590
14        Brooklyn Cyclones        $48,934,100
15        Kansas City Royals        $46,564,200
16        Washington Diplomats        $45,623,960
17        San Jose Captains        $44,549,160
18        Chicago Cubs                $43,058,600
19        St. Louis Cardinals        $41,889,000
20        Los Angeles Dodgers        $40,501,600
21        Florida Marlins                $39,841,400
22        Columbus Clippers        $36,654,800
23        Boston Yankees        $35,058,050
24        Seattle Mariners        $32,749,200
25        Colorado Rockies        $32,402,360
26        San Diego Padres        $31,358,050
27        Houston Astros                $31,177,000
28        Arizona Diamondbacks        $27,710,840
29        Monterrey Matadors        $26,275,000
30        San Antonio Aviators        $24,440,650
31        Los Angeles Angels        $23,825,000
32        Cincinnati Reds                $16,421,250


HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS
Code:

Rank        Player                        Team                Salary       
1        Manuel Mateo                Baltimore        $25,650,000       
2        Ricardo González        Los Angeles        $20,510,000       
3        Roberto Flores                New York        $16,895,000       
4        Carlos Rivera                Philadelphia        $16,865,000       
5        Joaquín Márquez                Atlanta                $16,010,000       
6        Danny Randall                San Francisco        $15,395,000       
7        Boyd O'Manning                Arizona                $15,225,000       
8        Lorenzo Negrón                New York        $14,075,000       
9        Rick McKee                Providence        $14,000,000       
10        José Gonzáles                Pittsburgh        $13,620,000       
11        Robinson Martínez        Texas                $13,230,000       
12        Larry Morris                New York        $13,220,000       
13        Gary Hatch                Monterrey        $13,125,000       
14        Jed Stinson                Riverside        $13,095,000       
15        Juan Álvarez                Texas                $13,010,000       
16        Zi Gui                        New York        $13,005,000       
17        Garry Lewis                Pittsburgh        $12,785,000       
18        Frank Thomas                Riverside        $12,395,000       
19        Augusto Garza                Florida                $11,900,000       
20        Jorge Quiñones                Detroit                $11,895,000       
21        António Gallegos        Riverside        $11,730,000       
22        Pedro Rodríguez                Washington        $11,490,000       
23        Mike Ryan                Pittsburgh        $11,010,000       
24        Jae Butler                San Francisco        $10,980,000       
25        Christian Barnes        Baltimore        $10,830,000


Young Drachma 09-29-2007 01:04 AM

HISTORICAL LEADERBOARDS

We haven't addressed this stuff lately.

Here are the career leaders in a host of category, as well as the single-season leaders:

CAREER HOME-RUN LIST



CAREER HITS LIST


CAREER WINS

CAREER BATTING AVERAGE

CAREER ERA LEADERBOARD

CAREER STRIKEOUTS LEADERBOARD

CAREER SAVES

SINGLE-SEASON_HRs

SINGLE-SEASON WINS

SINGLE-SEASON AVERAGE

LEADERBOARD MAIN PAGE

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 10:49 AM

MARCH 1, 2003
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Just as I was getting ready to show you all the rosters of the 2003 Boston Yankees, I decided to go out and see if I could get us a little bit more help heading into the year.

I've come to think of the Continental League as a place where bargains begin and end. It's like the flea market of baseball. You can find gems and whatever else you're looking for. But they're only open on the weekends.

Anyway, we dealt three prospects (SS Lawrence Flowers, SS Dave Banks, C Foppe Vroonland) and $3m in cash to the Milwaukee Braves of the CL for SS Quinn Wouters. Wouters, 24, hit 23 HR and 101 RBI last year for the Braves, has good fielding ability at short and can also play 2nd. I went after him for his bat, of course. It's a bit more of an upgrade from what we had before and it'll enable me to flip one or two more guys before the start of the season for -- you guessed it -- more pop.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 11:19 AM


Young Drachma 09-29-2007 11:30 AM

REPORT: BROOKLYN OFFERED D.C. JOB AFTER WORLD SERIES
NEW YORK - The New York Post tabloid page today had an unusual story about baseball. According to reports, the Brooklyn Cyclones, who have suffered three losses in the World Series all in Game 7s, including the past two seasons, reported offered Boston Yankees G.M. D.C. Daly, a job that included the title of President of Baseball Operations and a pay raise, to come to their team and help them build a champion.

With the Yankees deciding to cut payroll in the wake of their World Series season, Daly was reported "hours" away from resigning and taking the job. But, in the end, opted against it and stayed in Boston.

No one in Boston or Brooklyn could be reached for comment to confirm or deny these reports.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 11:59 AM

BALTIMORE, BOSTON & NEVADA (CL) pull off three-team deal:

Orioles receive: SS Michael Warren, who was hero of the 2002 World Series hitting the game winning homer in Game 7. Warren, 21, is a Baltimore native and says he "would love to end his career at home." He hit .270 with 15 HR and 76 RBI last year, but recent acquisitions didn't factor him in as a starter. The Orioles also acquired SP Jeremy Thompson, reliever Felx Murillo and outfielder Jack Miller.

The Yankees receive: Minor league outfileder Andrew McMillan from Baltimore and pitcher Jose Rodriguez (15-5, 2.54 ERA in 29 starts last year) and reliever Miguel Chapa from Nevada.

The Nevada Silverhawks get: 2B Terry Wilkie, 3B Weldon Young and prospect pitcher Alfredo Aguirre from Boston and SP Tristan Lamberti (18-11, 3.67 ERA) from Baltimore.

WHY WOULD ANY PLAYER WANT TO PLAY IN THE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE?

As I just traded a guy (Tristan Lamberti) who had a great season in MLB to the CL, if it were real life I'm sure there would be all sorts of restrictions in deals down there. But the thing is, the guys still get paid their regular salaries. And if they're good, they should dominate down there, which puts them on the radar of GMs like me, who almost focus more on the players coming out of that league, because there are few teams and fewer stars, than I would with major league teams. Plus, they're generally easier to get.

That's all an advantage to the player and so, I have yet to see a star player in his prime settling for pennies on the dollar to sign with a CL team. It's almost always young guys who are on their way up or veterans trying to hang on.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 12:19 PM

NO DRAFT THIS YEAR
I'm trying to develop a feeder league system that will work with all of the up and downward mobility of teams in both leagues. I'd like the players to come directly from the feeder system into the majors. The draft to me isn't really a model that I like for a setup like this. So I've scratched it for now and hope to have a resolution by next season.

TWO DEALS WITH CL TEAMS AS THE MLB SEASON GETS READY TO KICK OFF
BOSTON -- You can't fault D.C. Daly for being creative. Daly sent outfielder Joe Jones and three prospects to the Philadelphia Phillies (CL) for outfielder Ismael Morales. Morales, 22, hit 32 HRs last year and 98 RBI. Jones, 21, was acquired in the Toronto Blue Sox deal that sent M.A. Charbonneau to Canada earlier in the off-season.

In a separate deal, the team acquired outfielder Emilio Correa from Minnesota for two prospects.

"We have to do the best with what we have and I think we've done that and more, this off-season." Daly said in his weekly press conference that he was "more excited about this season than any other."

"I just think that when you consider that we're about to get World Series rings in a few days, that the whirlwind of last year to now is pretty crazy to me. I mean, I remember when I took this job and enduring that first season of losing almost 100 games and worrying if we might end up getting relegated. So to be able to be where we are now, is a heck of a feeling. Even if there is uncertainty among you all or some of our fans, I can tell you that we've got a great group of guys [points to the field] and I can't wait to see them strut their stuff out there. They're gonna surprise some of you, I think. But we're not gonna roll over on this one. We're the defending champs and if other teams want the crown, they're gonna have to come get it."

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 12:45 PM

HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS, MLB
Code:

Rank        Player        Team                        Salary       
1        Manuel Mateo        Baltimore        $25,650,000       
2        Ricardo González Los Angeles        $20,510,000       
3        Roberto Flores        New York        $16,895,000       
4        Carlos Rivera        Philadelphia        $16,865,000       
5        Joaquín Márquez        Atlanta                $16,010,000       
6        Danny Randall        San Francisco        $15,395,000       
7        Boyd O'Manning        Arizona                $15,225,000       
8        Lorenzo Negrón        New York        $14,075,000       
9        Rick McKee        Providence        $14,000,000       
10        José Gonzáles        Pittsburgh        $13,620,000       
11        Robinson MartínezTexas                $13,230,000       
12        Larry Morris        New York        $13,220,000       
13        Gary Hatch        Monterrey        $13,125,000       
14        Jed Stinson        Riverside        $13,095,000       
15        Juan Álvarez        Texas                $13,010,000       
16        Zi Gui                New York        $13,005,000       
17        Garry Lewis        Pittsburgh        $12,785,000       
18        Frank Thomas        Riverside        $12,395,000       
19        Augusto Garza        Florida                $11,900,000       
20        Jorge Quiñones        Detroit                $11,895,000       
21        António GallegosRiverside        $11,730,000       
22        Pedro Rodríguez        Washington        $11,490,000       
23        Mike Ryan        Pittsburgh        $11,010,000       
24        Jae Butler        San Francisco        $10,980,000       
25        Christian Barnes Baltimore        $10,830,000       


TEAM PAYROLL NUMBERS, 2003
Code:

Rank        Team                        Payroll
1        New York Bombers        $93,306,650
2        Pittsburgh Pirates        $90,549,810
3        Baltimore Orioles        $66,650,670
4        Atlanta Athletics        $63,853,790
5        Providence Bees                $62,906,200
6        Detroit Tigers                $60,670,000
7        Toronto Blue Sox        $58,943,900
8        Riverside Red Sox        $58,185,500
9        Texas Rangers                $56,053,300
10        Philadelphia Colonials        $55,408,496
11        New York Mets                $55,170,288
12        Chicago Comets                $50,801,890
13        San Francisco Giants        $49,380,590
14        Brooklyn Cyclones        $48,934,100
15        Kansas City Royals        $47,014,200
16        Washington Diplomats        $45,878,960
17        San Jose Captains        $44,564,160
18        Chicago Cubs                $43,108,600
19        St. Louis Cardinals        $41,934,000
20        Los Angeles Dodgers        $40,726,600
21        Florida Marlins                $39,861,400
22        Columbus Clippers        $36,669,800
23        Boston Yankees        $36,098,500
24        Seattle Mariners        $32,984,200
25        Colorado Rockies        $32,862,360
26        Houston Astros                $31,607,000
27        San Diego Padres        $27,858,050
28        Arizona Diamondbacks        $27,710,840
29        Monterrey Matadors        $26,895,000
30        San Antonio Aviators        $24,675,650
31        Los Angeles Angels        $23,825,000
32        Cincinnati Reds                $16,421,250


CONTINENTAL LEAGUE PAYROLL
Code:

Rank        Team                        Payroll
1        Tampa Bay Rays                $27,932,105
2        Minnesota Twins                $26,617,500
3        Vancouver Whitecaps        $23,957,350
4        Charlotte Knights        $23,333,575
5        Chicago White Sox        $17,653,530
6        New York Rens                $17,578,812
7        Portland Beavers        $17,070,500
8        Sacramento River Cats        $15,529,346
9        Nevada Silverhawks        $15,136,672
10        Philadelphia Phillies        $14,940,740
11        Milwaukee Braves        $11,857,750
12        Cleveland Indians        $10,473,375


CONTINENTAL LEAGUE HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS
Code:

Rank        Player                Team                Salary       
1        Gary Bryant        Minnesota        $9,740,000       
2        Denver Hall        Charlotte        $9,245,000       
3        Brennan Atkins        Chicago                $8,360,000       
4        Manuel Bernard        Tampa Bay        $7,740,000       
5        Dwayne Bannatyne Vancouver        $6,980,000       
6        Tomás Flores        Tampa Bay        $6,470,000       
7        Orlando Hernández Sacramento        $6,290,000       
8        Henry Kowalski        New York        $5,795,000       
9        Cory Rheaume        Charlotte        $5,770,000       
10        Ricardo Beltrán        Tampa Bay        $5,010,000       
11        Francisco CastenedaPhiladelphia        $4,935,000       
12        Mario Palácios        Portland        $4,850,000       
13        Miguel Saucedo        Minnesota        $4,745,000       
14        Robert Terry        Minnesota        $4,220,000       
15        Dave Blevins        Vancouver        $4,136,750       
16        César Soriano        Cleveland        $3,467,500       
17        Paul Harden        Minnesota        $3,450,000       
18        Félix Camacho        Milwaukee        $3,305,000       
19        Ben Moore        New York        $3,250,000       
20        Gilberto Garza        New York        $3,022,500       
21        Jimmy Everett        Chicago                $2,875,000       
22        Jeff Sinclair        Portland        $2,700,000       
23        Tristan Lamberti Nevada                $2,495,000       
24        José Valenzuela        Vancouver        $2,207,500       
25        Alfredo LongoriaPhiladelphia        $2,077,500       


Young Drachma 09-29-2007 02:01 PM

YANKEE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, 2003

We inducted #39 Jose Rodriguez into the Yankee Hall of Fame, on Sunday April 13th in a home game against the Cincinnati Reds. He's the all-time Yankees leader in home-runs (327), batting average (.330), 2nd in RBI (994) and until last year was the team's single-season home-run leader. (45), which was broken by Vic Ross (48) and Dan Warren (47).



NO REALIGNMENT IN 2003
The Providence Bees are still playing in the Western Division this year. MLB didn't realign the divisions and the league hasn't indicated whether they'll restructure the divisions for next year or if they'll wait for the team to move into their new stadium in Providence in 2005 before moving the divisions.

Some are crying foul, while others argue that the team gets an "unfair advantage" by playing the perceptually weaker Western Division, versus the Eastern division.

"The bottom line is, you have to win against who you play, period. I think with the way our system is setup, if you have a good year, you'll make the playoffs. I can't see anyone complaining too much about being "snubbed" or being left out of the playoffs," said one MLB official related to the scheduling issue.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 02:48 PM

APRIL 10, 2003
Ralph Oliver, who is 3-0 so far this year with a 3.76 ERA went down with a strained bicep tendon and will be out for three weeks.

We called up rookie Saku Kawano, a hard-throwing Japanese righthander who has been tearing up the minors to replace him on the staff.

STANDINGS OF APRIL 16, 2003

Well gang, the season is here. And boy, what it season it's started out to be. I have no way to substantiate this, but I can almost be certain, that this is the best start in franchise history for Yankees. It's a long year, we play in a tough division and anything can happen. But boy, what a way to start, no? And our friends from Monterrey aren't too strong out of the gate and might be the first promoted to face relegation the following year.

But like I said, it's early.

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MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS
Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Boston Yankees        23        2        .920        -
Brooklyn Cyclones        19        5        .792        3.5
New York Mets                16        8        .667        6.5
Baltimore Orioles        13        11        .542        9.5
New York Bombers        11        14        .440        12.0
Pittsburgh Pirates        9        14        .391        13.0
Toronto Blue Sox        10        15        .400        13.0
Philadelphia Colonials        9        15        .375        13.5

American Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Kansas City Royals        15        10        .600        -
Chicago Cubs                14        10        .583        .5
Detroit Tigers                14        10        .583        .5
Chicago Comets                13        10        .565        1.0
Columbus Clippers        14        11        .560        1.0
St. Louis Cardinals        12        11        .522        2.0
Colorado Rockies        11        13        .458        3.5
Monterrey Matadors        5        19        .208        9.5

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Providence Bees                15        8        .652        -
Los Angeles Angels        13        12        .520        3.0
San Jose Captains        12        11        .522        3.0
Seattle Mariners        12        13        .480        4.0
San Diego Padres        10        14        .417        5.5
Riverside Red Sox        9        15        .375        6.5
Los Angeles Dodgers        8        16        .333        7.5
San Francisco Giants        5        19        .208        10.5

National Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Texas Rangers                19        5        .792        -
Atlanta Athletics        14        8        .636        4.0
Cincinnati Reds                14        10        .583        5.0
Washington Diplomats        12        10        .545        6.0
Florida Marlins                10        14        .417        9.0
Houston Astros                8        15        .348        10.5
Arizona Diamondbacks        7        16        .304        11.5
San Antonio Aviators        6        18        .250        13.0



COMING UP BIG?
So who's coming up clutch for us early? Remember last year's middle of the order? Well this year, the firm of (Dan)Warren, (Melvin) Harvey and (Jacob) Snow want you to forget all about it. While they're not slouches on the home run side of the ball (Snow has 6 HRs already this season), they're the 1-2-3 leaders on the ballclub in RBI with 60 combined RBI just a month into the season. With pop like that, you're likely to hear their names a lot more this year.

On the pitching side, Jose Hernandez had a 1.98 ERA in 38 games last year, but after starting the year 4-0 in relief, the team decided to put him into the rotation to see what he's made of. He's currently 5-0 with a 0.83 ERA, though he walks entirely too many batters (18 walks in 21.2 innings), he's still the kind of guy that will keep the Yankees bullpen tops in the league.

Game 7 hero of last year's World Series Alvaro Vega is back in form with a 4-1 record and a 3.25 ERA in 5 starts this year.

It's a long year ahead of us, but if the start is any indication, the Yankees are showing no signs of slowing down.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 03:04 PM

DESPITE SUCCESS, YANKEES TWEAK, DEAL ELLIS AND CORREA FOR VETERANS
May 4, 2003
BOSTON - Despite a 34-7 record, the Boston Yankees felt the need to tweak more, sending reserve third baseman 21-year old Curt Ellis (.091) and recently acquired 24-year old outfielder Emilio Correa (.149 in 47 ABs) to the Chicago Cubs for shortshop Alfredo Rocha and 3BArt Frierson.

23-year old Frierson is hitting .227 with 1 HR in 119 ABs this season, while Rocha is hitting 6 HR on .222 batting as the starter for the Cubs.

"I think it's the case of guys who probably all could use a change of scenario. Hopefully it'll work out for both teams," said Cubs GM Tony Manley about the deal.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 03:48 PM

BEES FEVER HITS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
The Providence Bees are spending their first two seasons in Hartford while CVS Field is built and the team is selling out games at a record pace. Less than two months into the season, the team already has over 700,000 fans and that's considering the 31,000 stadium they play in was built for football.

"We're extremely excited about the reception we've received," said Bees GM Hayden Wood.

The team is in its third major league after winning the 2000 Challenge Series that promoted them to the majors.

Wood attributed the team's success to the fact that the Northeast is the "home" of baseball.

"Here it's not just a novelty or something you do with the kids and the family as if there isn't anything else. It's a way of life and we've just really appreciated how receptive the fans have been to the team since we've arrived and we're hoping to do even more."

The team invested tens of millions in new players during the off-season and at $62.9 million have the sixth highest payroll in baseball this year.

"I think it's a clear case of the team trying to quickly establish itself in the market," said a baseball writer with the Hartford Courant.

"You have to consider that there are three teams in New York City and a team in Boston. Fans here weren't devoid of teams to watch on TV or to root for, especially since at any given time all of those teams are going to be good. But to add another team to the fray, gives a bit of civic pride to the locals -- not so much in Hartford, but Providence -- but since the team is here now, people can embrace the team a bit more. After all, it's not as if the Yankees or the Bombers have come to town to play their home games. So, this is a meaningful experience."



MLB SUSPENDS ASTROS KEN MANNING FOR 100 GAMES
HOUSTON - During his years with the Detroit Tigers during the 1990s, Ken Manning became known as one of the fiercest hitters in the game. From 1990 until 1999, Manning logged 10 straight seasons of 100+ RBI. He had 453 career home runs, 2725 career hits and is a career .291 hitter.

And now, he's got another distinction. The first major player to be suspended for testing positive under MLB's new drug testing policy.

Manning had no comment and through his agent released a statement.

"At no time, have I ever knowingly taken any illegal substances. I pride myself in being a gamer, in being a great baseball player and I just cannot believe these accusations. I will do my best to clear my name."

Manning has been a hell of his former self since coming to Houston in a trade back in 2001. He hit just .238 last year with 15 HR and 72 RBI and has just 1 HR this year with 12 RBI.

One major league player, who refused to be named for this article said that the accusations of steroid use are not surprising. "This stuff has been going on in the game forever now. It's just now they're finally starting to notice and ding guys for it. You think guys hit 160+ RBI without some help? C'mon man, you gotta think with your head."

Most observers say that Manning will never play in the league again.

"No way, he's toast."

STANDINGS REPORT
The East is still being run away with by the Boston Yankees, who don't seem to be slowing down playing .800 on the season and look to shatter any sembelnce of the single-season record for wins. The Tigers are heading up the American, while the upstart Bees are being slowed a bit by the veteran Angels. In the National, the Rangers seek to foil Cincinnati plans at a division championship repeat. In the relegation zone, San Franciso holds a half game lead on Monterrey for the worst record in baseball, with Pittsburgh -- which won the World Series in 2000 - not too far behind.

In the Continental League, the fact that more and more MLB-native teams are making their way down there, are giving the divisions races there a different compexion than ever before. The White Sox and Twins are battling it out in the West, while the Tampa Bay Rays and newly returned to Philly Phillies trying to make their way to the majors for the first time ever.

MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS
June 1, 2003
Code:

Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Boston Yankees                54        12        .818        -
Brooklyn Cyclones        44        21        .677        9.5
New York Mets                43        22        .662        10.5
Baltimore Orioles        36        29        .554        17.5
New York Bombers        32        34        .485        22.0
Toronto Blue Sox        29        37        .439        25.0
Philadelphia Colonials        28        37        .431        25.5
Pittsburgh Pirates        23        41        .359        30.0

American Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Detroit Tigers                39        27        .591        -
Chicago Comets                37        28        .569        1.5
Columbus Clippers        36        30        .545        3.0
Kansas City Royals        35        31        .530        4.0
St. Louis Cardinals        32        34        .485        7.0
Colorado Rockies        30        37        .448        9.5
Chicago Cubs                29        37        .439        10.0
Monterrey Matadors        20        46        .303        19.0

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Los Angeles Angels        40        26        .606        -
Providence Bees                38        26        .594        1.0
Seattle Mariners        33        33        .500        7.0
San Jose Captains        28        36        .438        11.0
San Diego Padres        28        37        .431        11.5
Riverside Red Sox        26        39        .400        13.5
Los Angeles Dodgers        25        40        .385        14.5
San Francisco Giants        20        45        .308        19.5

National Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Texas Rangers                43        23        .652        -
Cincinnati Reds                40        27        .597        3.5
Atlanta Athletics        38        27        .585        4.5
Florida Marlins                34        31        .523        8.5
San Antonio Aviators        32        34        .485        11.0
Washington Diplomats        29        36        .446        13.5
Houston Astros                24        40        .375        18.0
Arizona Diamondbacks        21        43        .328        21.0


CONTINENTAL LEAGUE STANDINGS
JUNE 1, 2003
Code:

Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Tampa Bay Rays                20        14        .588        -
Philadelphia Phillies        19        15        .559        1.0
New York Rens                16        18        .471        4.0
Cleveland Indians        16        19        .457        4.5
Charlotte Knights        15        19        .441        5.0
Milwaukee Braves        11        24        .314        9.5

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Chicago White Sox        20        14        .588        -
Minnesota Twins                20        15        .571        .5
Portland Beavers        19        15        .559        1.0
Nevada Silverhawks        19        16        .543        1.5
Vancouver Whitecaps        16        18        .471        4.0
Sacramento River Cats        15        19        .441        5.0


Young Drachma 09-29-2007 05:52 PM

TEAM STATS SO FAR
June 1, 2003
Code:

Inf        POS        #        Name                B        T        G        AB        H        2B        3B        HR        RBI        R        BB        K        AVG        OBP        SLG        OPS        SB        CS
        1B        42        Dan Warren        R        R        66        260        67        10        1        13        53        36        18        72        .258        .306        .454        .760        0        0
        RF        28        António Medina        L        R        63        243        63        2        2        12        27        45        25        45        .259        .344        .432        .776        38        8
        SS        3        Quinn Wouters        R        R        66        227        70        12        0        16        45        45        48        52        .308        .431        .573        1.004        6        1
        CF        33        Jacob Snow        L        L        64        226        79        15        4        15        44        50        27        10        .350        .418        .650        1.068        6        3
        RF        56        Melvin Harvey        R        L        65        221        66        15        0        8        38        41        38        15        .299        .408        .475        .884        1        0
        C        17        Chris Elliott        R        R        61        210        65        15        0        14        38        36        12        40        .310        .348        .581        .929        0        1
        3B        24        Mario Santos        L        R        62        198        52        8        0        13        36        34        12        45        .263        .298        .500        .798        0        1
        2B        14        Mino Nishikawa        L        R        60        186        39        13        3        3        25        32        25        13        .210        .317        .360        .677        8        2
        SS        58        Alfredo Rocha        R        R        53        180        41        9        1        6        23        26        19        28        .228        .309        .389        .698        1        0
        LF        11        Joey Smith        R        R        52        141        32        10        2        1        11        21        26        24        .227        .343        .348        .691        7        6
        CF        6        Ismael Morales        R        R        54        137        32        7        0        9        30        22        14        29        .234        .314        .482        .796        3        0
        3B        15        Art Frierson        R        R        50        130        30        6        0        1        10        9        11        27        .231        .296        .300        .596        1        2
        RF        26        Paco Franco        R        R        22        47        13        4        1        2        7        9        4        5        .277        .333        .532        .865        0        0
        C        23        Manny Romero        R        R        17        22        3        1        0        1        3        1        1        7        .136        .174        .318        .492        0        0


Code:

        POS        #        Name                B        T        G        GS        W        L        SV        IP        HA        HR        R        ER        BB        K        ERA        AVG        CG        SHO
        SP        31        Jorge Montés        R        R        12        12        8        1        0        81.1        62        8        25        25        29        81        2.77        .209        0        0
        SP        44        José Rodríguez        R        R        12        12        7        2        0        75.2        67        9        23        22        23        96        2.62        .234        0        0
        SP        21        Ralph Oliver        L        L        9        9        6        1        0        64.1        55        7        20        19        15        58        2.66        .226        2        1
        SP        20        Saku Kawano        R        R        9        9        7        0        0        59.0        43        1        16        15        18        67        2.29        .199        0        0
        SP        25        Jay Jackson        R        R        12        5        3        3        0        47.2        38        5        23        19        23        61        3.59        .213        0        0
        MR        50        José Hernández        R        R        17        5        7        0        0        43.1        23        1        9        8        27        42        1.66        .158        0        0
        MR        36        Rafael Souza        L        R        20        1        3        1        2        43.0        35        2        11        10        14        36        2.09        .222        0        0
        MR        37        Lorenzo López        R        R        29        0        2        0        5        42.1        14        1        4        4        11        40        0.85        .102        0        0
        MR        27        Orlando CasillasR        R        22        0        1        1        4        27.2        21        0        6        5        7        25        1.63        .210        0        0
        CL        7        Francisco Ortíz        R        R        27        0        1        2        21        24.1        23        0        9        9        13        23        3.33        .271        0        0


Young Drachma 09-29-2007 06:42 PM

SOX MACIAS SUSPENDED FOR DRUG VIOLATION
Another day, another suspension. This time, Chicago White Sox third baseman
Pepe Macias was suspended for a violation of the MLB controlled substance policy. Macias is 5th in the CL in hitting batting .353 and so, his absence will be a blow to the first-place White Sox, who are seeking to get back to the majors after being relegated at the end of the 2000 season.

"We're not okay with this kind of behavior," said GM Hector Hernandez. He did not say whether Macias would be retained, but indicated that "we cannot have players breaking these kinds of rules."

The nature of what Macias took that came up positive is up for some debate, but MLB officials have declined comment, only to say that the suspensions will continue if players violate the rules.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 06:45 PM

PEACOAT LABS RAIDED BY FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS
OMAHA - A small laboratory in Omaha, Nebraska is the home to an investigation of epic proportions. With two major league players recently suspended for drug violations, many are wondering whether or not the drugs were supplied by the PEACOAT lab partnership.

A clear balm and a blue pill which together are called "The Solution" have been cited as the new drug de jour for players, because it is undetectable by most drug tests, though if taken excessively, residue from the drug builds up and it triggers a positive result.

"We're not sure how it works," said Dr. Medico Vonjo, an independent chemist who is consulting the DEA during this investigation.

"We only know that it is a very powerful balm and that it was shipped to people around the world."

Apparently, the PEACOAT lab staff were meticiously in their notetaking and seven books of names, addresses and phone numbers were kept at the Omaha lab.

More information is forthcoming on this potential scandal.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 08:38 PM

Here are the finalist locations for the 2003 MLB Challenge Series:

Quote:

Hiram Bithorn Stadium (San Juan, PR)

Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan)

Rosenblatt Stadium (Omaha, NE)

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 09:16 PM

STANDINGS UPDATE ~ JULY 2, 2003
Before we even get to the division leaders, we notice that the San Francisco Giants (24-66) are 5 1/2 games behind Monterrey (31-60) for the worst record in baseball. Arizona and Houston (32-58) are right next door. So far, the Giants have the inside track to the Challenge Series. But there are still two months of a season to go.

As we scan the division races, we see the the National Division is led by the Texas Rangers (57-34) who hold a 1 1/2 game lead on the Atlantaa A's (55-35)

In the geographically challenged West, Providence (57-33) has a half game lead on the Los Angeles Angels (57-34).

In the American, Columbus (54-37) holds a 3 game lead on the Comets and Detroit (51-40).

In the East, Boston (74-17) is running away with it, anchored with a 37-7 record at home. Behind them are the Brooklyn Cyclones and New York (58-33) are 16 games out.

In the Continental League East, the Phillies (37-25) and Rays are tied for the division, with Charlotte and New York sitting 4 games out.

In the CL West, Minnesota is a half game up on the White Sox.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 09:51 PM


AT&T signs on as title sponsor for Challenge Series
The MLB Challenge Series will be now known as the AT&T Challenge Series after AT&T signed on as the title sponsor of the matchup between MLB's qualifier and the champion of the Continental League's Guinness Cup Series.

Terms of the sponsorship deal were not announced, but it's reportedly a three-year deal.

Young Drachma 09-29-2007 11:22 PM

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
August 1, 2003
Code:

Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Boston Yankees                92        26        .780        -
Brooklyn Cyclones        71        46        .607        20.5
New York Mets                70        48        .593        22.0
Baltimore Orioles        64        54        .542        28.0
Toronto Blue Sox        58        60        .492        34.0
New York Bombers        53        67        .442        40.0
Pittsburgh Pirates        52        66        .441        40.0
Philadelphia Colonials        49        68        .419        42.5

American Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Detroit Tigers                67        50        .573        -
Kansas City Royals        67        50        .573        -
Chicago Comets                67        51        .568        .5
Columbus Clippers        65        54        .546        3.0
St. Louis Cardinals        58        60        .492        9.5
Chicago Cubs                56        62        .475        11.5
Colorado Rockies        52        67        .437        16.0
Monterrey Matadors        39        79        .331        28.5

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Los Angeles Angels        74        44        .627        -
Providence Bees                73        44        .624        .5
Seattle Mariners        60        58        .508        14.0
San Diego Padres        56        64        .467        19.0
Los Angeles Dodgers        53        65        .449        21.0
San Jose Captains        50        68        .424        24.0
Riverside Red Sox        45        73        .381        29.0
San Francisco Giants        35        82        .299        38.5

National Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Texas Rangers                69        49        .585        -
Cincinnati Reds                69        50        .580        .5
Atlanta Athletics        67        50        .573        1.5
San Antonio Aviators        64        52        .552        4.0
Florida Marlins                59        59        .500        10.0
Washington Diplomats        47        70        .402        21.5
Houston Astros                44        72        .379        24.0
Arizona Diamondbacks        40        77        .342        28.5


CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
August 1, 2003
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Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Philadelphia Phillies        53        34        .609        -
Tampa Bay Rays                53        35        .602        .5
New York Rens                46        41        .529        7.0
Charlotte Knights        40        47        .460        13.0
Cleveland Indians        41        48        .461        13.0
Milwaukee Braves        29        59        .330        24.5

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Minnesota Twins                51        38        .573        -
Chicago White Sox        45        42        .517        5.0
Nevada Silverhawks        43        45        .489        7.5
Portland Beavers        42        45        .483        8.0
Sacramento River Cats        42        45        .483        8.0
Vancouver Whitecaps        41        47        .466        9.5


Young Drachma 09-30-2007 01:41 AM

REFLECTING ON THE SEASON TO DATE
I can't really explain this year. I mean, I think it was around January or so, when I was seriously considering leaving this team and going to Providence to run the Bees -- with a blank check to get who I wanted as a free agent -- that I started to look at the minor leagues and thought to myself, "this might not be as bad as I thought."

I liken it a lot to the '93 Blue Jays who dumped a bunch of guys that played on the '92 team and as a fan, I thought that they'd be a shell of themselves the following year. But instead, Olerud, Molitor and Alomar finish 1-2-3 in the batting race that year and the Jays win their 2nd straight World Series. Now that's real life and this is just a game...but I think this season is almost one of those where I felt bad for having a good year. I mean, I'm all about realism and so, on paper, you look at the team that gives up the bulk of its offense from the previous year and replaces them with other players and think to yourself that it's just not going to be the same and yet, if I look at our roster, I knew it was possible. I knew that the prospects that we had would be a year older, that the kids who played over the past three years would be another year wiser and that a breakout was possible on all fronts.

And so, I can't say that I'm entirely surprised by this year especially when you consider that I really went out of my way to stockpile pitching when I first got this gig. I mean, that was something I worked hard at. And then we had no middle infielders and so, I went crazy to get those too. And obviously, I dealt some first-rate guys and so, I had to get stuff in return for them.

So to some degree, it's not even that it's a surprise as much as...I guess I'm impressed with the dominance. It's probably more like what the Braves did. I mean, for over a decade, they really did produce superior talent. And they kept doing it in a very tough division. Whereas a team like the A's are good and such, they're not dominant when playoff time comes and they would always fall short because of some inevitable flaw. The Braves always had the money to get another player if they needed it, but had someone who could step up to get them to that next spot at different times. Now obviously they only have 1 World Series to show for it, but...the reference still works for me, because it proves there is a real world model to aspire to and that it's not just AI going awry or somehow me fleecing the computer unfairly. Well, maybe it is..but I don't feel like it's that at all.

I think if the goal is truly to win and not just tinker around or something, then you ought to consistently challenge yourself. And I think, that after last year, having to purge salary and do whatever was a very, very risky thing to do have to do. And like I said, I was sooo close to leaving. To the point where I was mulling hard over where I would go and what scenario I wanted to pursue. The only thing that stopped me from taking over a CL team was that I was a World Series winning GM and that doing that wouldn't even be a step up, really. The Brooklyn job thing wasn't on my radar. I mean, I never even considered it. I only considered taking the Providence job, because I wanted to help them get good early on, so they could compete with Boston and create a NY style rivarly between the clubs.

The fact that they're good and playing a different division will probably add a little fuel to that flame, but more than a few folks have been vocal about how "unfair" it is that they're playing in a different division. I say that it doesn't make sense to scream. If they hadn't moved, they'd be in that division and the divisions are only setup generally for travel concerns and so, it's not as if it's that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. But Whatever.

Our magic number is 25. That means that barring anything insane, if we win the division we'll have achieved the best regular season in franchise history, surpassing the 108 wins of the 1969 World Series championship team.

None of it will matter if we don't repeat as Champions and given I made NO deals at the deadline, we're stuck pretty much with who we have. We have a nice core, though. It'll just be interesting to see how it all shapes out, as there are probably teams gunning for us at all angles. The other question one has when you're this far ahead is, "who do you rest and when do you start resting them? I mean....you don't want anyone to get a catastrophic injury at this point in the year. The stakes are too high.

Young Drachma 09-30-2007 02:36 AM

HOW ARE THEY NOW?
As you know, I dealt a lot of guys last off-season, in part because I was told to and because we needed to cut payroll.

It was tough to do, but this Peter Gammons article articulates to me that there is something that separates a great G.M. from someone who just runs a team with his eyes closed and using a dartboard. Us fans, we look at the teams and think "doh, of course this will happen" and then it doesn't and you're confused as to why.

It's about an idea that I read in a different article of his where he talked about John Schuerholz and about the idea that a GM who knows 'what' talent to trade, can be a genius. And so, maybe it inspired me to make the deals I did this year, I dunno. And a lot of these numbers aren't indicative of the quality of a lot of these guys, as a vast majority of the younger players are starting too soon and putting up numbers that reflect that.

I think the most notable thing you can take from this, is that we made very smart tactical decisions related to finding a way to leverage the players we had to deal to get offensive players that would keep putting runs on the board. I was woefully afraid of that as we got closer to the season and so, I kept tweaking and seeking out guys that would be able to produce at a high level.

I think the main difference is, the team this year pitches even better than last year's team and this year's team is more efficient offensively and as a result, more productive. It's an interesting thing to watch, though.

But anyway, here are the guys we dealt last off-season and how they're doing as of August 19, 2003.

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OF M.A. Charbonneau (TOR)
.266/27 HR/93 RBI

SP Jose Portillo (TOR)
11-12, 4.59 ERA, 98 K in 27 starts

OF Spencer Jacobs (TOR)
.227/20 HR/71 RBI

OF Tetsui Kodo (TOR)
.269/13 HR/53 RBI

C Vic Ross (PRO)
.269/37 HR/91 RBI

SS Alfie Penrice (PRO)
.288/31 HR/73 RBI

C Manny Lopez (PHI)
.198/15 HR/49 RBI

SP Luis M. Morales (COL)
11-10, 4.18 ERA, 132 K

OF Miguel Martinez (COL)
.284/20 HR/68 RBI

Ricardo Serrano (SA)
.274/17 HR/ 73 RBI

Derek Dowd (SA)
.296/2 HR/48 RBI/31 SB

Jesse Hinton (SA)
.230/26 HR/89 RBI

Lawrence Flowers (MIL)
.292/4 HR/51 RBI in the minors

Dave Banks (MIL)
.219/1 HR/13 RBI in 155 ABs

Foppe Vroonland (MIL)
.229/7 HR/24 RBI

Michael Warren (BAL)
.281/17 HR/94 RBI

Jeremy Thompson (BAL)
6-12, 8.22 ERA, 43 K

Felix Murillo (BAL)
6-3, 6.47 ERA, 32 K

Jack Miller (BAL)
.277/3 HR/71 RBI

Terry Wilkie (NEV)
.301/10 HR/71 RBI in minors

Weldon Young (NEV)
.254/3 HR/35 RBI in 394 ABs

Alfredo Aguirre (NEV)
2-3, 5.09 ERA in 18 appearances

Tristan Lamberti (NEV)
7-9, 3.13 ERA, 157 K in 30 starts

Joe Jones (PHILS)
.294/6 HR/45 RBI in 428 ABs

Emilio Correa (CUBS)
.282/14 HR/52 RBI in 373 ABs

Curt Ellis (CUBS)
.233/5 HR/22 RBI in 240 ABs

Young Drachma 09-30-2007 02:46 AM

BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL HISTORY: RANDOM FACTS
I thought it was the Mets two years ago that broke the Atlanta record of 109. But they're both wrong and it still stood. The 1969 Detroit Tigers went 114-48, but did not win the World Series that year. (As you know, it was the Boston Yankees. The Yanks knocked the Tigers out in the Semi-Finals after a seven-game series)

Well, the 2003 Yanks are about to break the single-season team win record this year after their torrid start that's lasted the entire year.

2002 and 2003 are the first time the Yankees have had back-to-back 100+ win seasons. The two previous times the team won 100+ games (1969, 1976) the team won the World Series both times.

The 1975 Boston Yankees (87-76) are the worst team record wise to win a World Series. If the 2003 team wins, it will be the best record team to ever win it all. The 2001 Mets with their 110 wins that year are currently the holders of that title.

OMAHA WILL HOST CHALLENGE SERIES
For the first time ever, the AT&T Challenge Series will be hosted on US soil. MLB announced today that Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series, will host the MLB Challenge Series in 2003. The best-of-five game event is now sponsored by AT&T and features the MLB team with the worst record and the champion of the CL's Guinness Cup Series.

Young Drachma 09-30-2007 12:00 PM

Ok, so I'm going to post our Top 10 prospects from Baseball America. We're again the #1 farm system in baseball for the 3rd straight year.

That said, we were #3 before I got here, so the climb up wasn't as steep as it seems.

I mostly want to focus on who came here and from where, because it's evidenced by good scouting, but also by good trading that's gotten us to this point and it's impressive to me.
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1. C Chris Elliott (Undrafted FA) .284/21 HR/74 RBI (MLB)

2. 3B Mario Santos (From San Antonio in the Derek Dowd trade)
.270/28 HR/86 RBI (MLB)

3. 1B Roger Schilder (From Providence in the Vic Ross trade)
.275/21 HR/ 77 RBI (Minors)

4. SP Cesar Pacheco (4th round pick, 2002 draft)
14-3, 1.14 ERA, 112 K (Minors)

5. SP Saku Kawano (Intl FA)
13-3, 2.35 ERA in 22 starts (MLB)

6. SP Jorge Montes (4th round pick, 2001 draft)
15-4, 3.29 ERA, 183 K (MLB)

7. LF Luis Zavala (Undrafted FA)
.325/31 HR/ 82 RBI (Minors)

8. RF Liam Broadhead (Undrafted FA)
.252/17 HR/90 RBI (Minors)

9. 3B Colm Howey ((Undrafted FA)
.238/11 HR/48 RBI (Minors)

10. SP Victor Lopez (From Providence in the Vic Ross deal)
14-6, 1.71 ERA, 213K (Minors)

The next conversation we'll have after this, is trying to make a decision about who to lock into long-term deals on this current squad. Basically, that discussion will determine if I plan to be the John Schuerholz of this team -- that is, ushering an era of Yankee dominance or whatever -- or if I plan to be Pat Gillick, traveling around the baseball universe, trying to make good teams great.

I'm not sure what to do this at this point, but if you have an idea, be sure to put it out there.

Young Drachma 09-30-2007 03:05 PM

SEPT. 6, 2003 ~ YANKEES BREAK SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD

After a 9-5 victory over the New York Bombers at New York Life Park in The Bronx, the Boston Yankees were jubiliant and yet, reserved.

The team had just broken the single-season record for most wins in a regular season, set by the 1969 Detroit Tigers who won 114 games that year.

The 34-year record finally fell today, but the Yankees -- ever aware of history -- said that they were not done yet.

"That team didn't win it all. But we want to go ahead and finish the job we started," said pitcher Jay Jackson.

What the Yankees have been able to do on the heels of the breakup of their team is impressive. Ranked 18th in payroll this year at just over $40 million, only the Kansas City Royals at just over $41 million and 17th are likely playoff contenders at this payroll level.

While the team is excited about the rest of this season, GM D.C. Daly is already thinking about the future.

"We're going to have to think long and hard about locking up some of our key guys. What's happening now is awesome. I mean, I can't say to you that last November, I would've ever predicted this. But, now that we're here and it's happening..I'm really looking forward to what's ahead for us."

The team will move into Dunkin Donuts Park in 2005, which should help the team's attendance numbers. They're currently ranked 8th in attendance at just under 3 million, but should be able to get over the 3 million mark again for the third straight year this season.

Ever the student of history, Daly says that he wants to create legends among the current crop of players.

"I think that if things continue as they have, that we can have a team that endures. I'd love to look back on this team in a decade and focus on the legends on the roster."

But before they can be legends, they have to repeat as Champions.

If the Yankees win the Series this year, it'll be the organization's 5th World Series title, tying them with San Antonio for the most in baseball history.

The Aviators won titles in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1995.

The Yanks are currently tied with the Mets who have four (1981, 1997, 1998, 2001)

PLAYERS UNION CONSIDERING TAKING ACTION AGAINST MLB FOR FALSE CLAIMS

After the suspension of two MLB players for reported violations of the drug policy in MLB, it appears that MLB was wrong.

In a stunning statement, MLB reported came out today to report that its initial tests were flawed and that the players who were suspended for wrongdoing were falsely accused.

"With significant regret and apologies, we do not believe that our initial reports were accurate," said an MLB spokesman in a report today.

Players throughout the league have reported decided to 'take action' against the decisionmaking process of MLB. This is exacerbated by some players belief that salaries across baseball are too low.

The average salary in MLB this year is $1,476,409. In the Continental League, it's $610,898.

Meanwhile, MLB owners are reaping huge benefits while cutting costs for players.

Major market teams like the LA Angels have a payroll of just under $25 million and some players say "this is just wrong."

What sort of action might be taken in response is not known at present, but there seems to be a swirling cloud over the game -- first with the drug allegations, now with players brewing with discontent and of course, owners who are constantly frustrated with revenue sharing and other mechanisms that affect their ability to compete.

What might be brewing is a storm that few can stop the winds on.

MILESTONES HISTORY
I just figure that some of the league's milestones might be of interest to folks, so here are some of them:

NO-HITTERS
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Date                Player                No-Hitters       
08-09-1969        Gonzalo Magana        9 IP, 2 BB and 5 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Philadelphia       
08-23-1971        Davy Benoit        9 IP, 2 BB and 13 Strikeouts versus Florida while playing for Kansas City       
09-13-1971        Rodrigo Bustamante 9 IP, 0 BB and 11 Strikeouts versus Atlanta while playing for San Francisco (PERFECT GAME)       
04-14-1972        Pedro Álvarez        9 IP, 0 BB and 3 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Jacksonville       
06-15-1973        Francisco Caceres        9 IP, 3 BB and 5 Strikeouts versus San Diego while playing for San Jose       
09-12-1975        Michael Kennedy        9 IP, 1 BB and 5 Strikeouts versus St. Louis while playing for Minnesota       
04-14-1976        Andrés Benauente        9 IP, 4 BB and 2 Strikeouts versus San Francisco while playing for Boston       
08-01-1976        Michael Crosby        9 IP, 3 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Houston while playing for New York       
04-20-1980        Katsumi Saikawa        9 IP, 2 BB and 6 Strikeouts versus Chicago while playing for Colorado       
04-21-1980        Anthony Barr        9 IP, 4 BB and 11 Strikeouts versus Texas while playing for Atlanta       
09-08-1980        Robinson Castaneda 9 IP, 0 BB and 7 Strikeouts versus San Antonio while playing for Pittsburgh       
05-16-1981        Jud Pruitt        9 IP, 2 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus San Francisco while playing for Houston       
07-01-1982        Francisco Hidalgo        9 IP, 1 BB and 7 Strikeouts versus Pittsburgh while playing for Atlanta       
04-09-1984        Xavier Sánchez        9 IP, 2 BB and 1 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Cleveland       
06-05-1984        Harry Minford        9 IP, 2 BB and 6 Strikeouts versus Washington while playing for Chicago       
06-25-1984        Brian Dickson        9 IP, 1 BB and 8 Strikeouts versus Minnesota while playing for Los Angeles       
07-15-1985        David West        9 IP, 4 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Texas while playing for Philadelphia       
04-08-1986        Jack Simmons        9 IP, 1 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Boston       
06-17-1986        Dave Saunders        9 IP, 2 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Pittsburgh while playing for San Jose       
06-02-1987        Alfredo Rodríguez        9 IP, 0 BB and 6 Strikeouts versus San Jose while playing for San Diego (PERFECT GAME)       
06-13-1987        Dale Rollins        9 IP, 0 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Pittsburgh (PERFECT GAME)       
06-14-1987        Blake Allen        9 IP, 3 BB and 6 Strikeouts versus Detroit while playing for San Diego       
08-26-1987        Jesús Rea        9 IP, 1 BB and 7 Strikeouts versus Florida while playing for New York       
08-27-1988        Ben Snider        9 IP, 0 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Cleveland while playing for Chicago       
04-11-1990        Charlie Anderson        9 IP, 1 BB and 6 Strikeouts versus Cincinnati while playing for Cleveland       
05-05-1990        Ty Arrington        9 IP, 0 BB and 11 Strikeouts versus Boston while playing for Philadelphia       
04-02-1991        Jon Johnson        9 IP, 1 BB and 8 Strikeouts versus Jacksonville while playing for Minnesota       
05-07-1991        Kent West        9 IP, 1 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus Seattle while playing for Colorado       
05-25-1991        J.J. MacIntosh        9 IP, 4 BB and 5 Strikeouts versus Arizona while playing for San Francisco       
08-17-1992        Dave Drakes        9 IP, 1 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Los Angeles       
05-15-1995        Andrés Martínez        9 IP, 1 BB and 2 Strikeouts versus Seattle while playing for San Jose       
06-01-1996        Charlie Cousins        9 IP, 0 BB and 7 Strikeouts versus Texas while playing for Washington (PERFECT GAME)       
06-18-1996        Rick McKee        9 IP, 1 BB and 10 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Toronto       
06-22-1996        Artie Erickson        9 IP, 4 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus Jacksonville while playing for Cincinnati       
04-17-1998        Juan Galván        9 IP, 1 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus Texas while playing for Toronto       
06-09-1998        Tom Wilson        9 IP, 1 BB and 4 Strikeouts versus San Antonio while playing for Washington       
07-12-1998        Wiley Cunningham        9 IP, 4 BB and 1 Strikeouts versus Chicago while playing for Columbus       
06-22-2000        Wiley Cunningham        9 IP, 1 BB and 5 Strikeouts versus St. Louis while playing for Columbus       
03-28-2001        Aaron Larkin        9 IP, 1 BB and 10 Strikeouts versus San Jose while playing for Seattle       
09-17-2001        Tony Rodríguez        9 IP, 2 BB and 13 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Philadelphia       
07-14-2002        Howard Jackson        9 IP, 2 BB and 0 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Providence       
08-01-2002        Jay Jackson        9 IP, 1 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus Baltimore while playing for Philadelphia       
09-17-2002        José Vega        9 IP, 0 BB and 9 Strikeouts versus Pittsburgh while playing for Baltimore       
05-11-2003        Oscar Ellis        9 IP, 2 BB and 8 Strikeouts versus Boston while playing for Brooklyn       
07-19-2003        Roy Brown        9 IP, 4 BB and 8 Strikeouts versus Chicago while playing for Brooklyn


50+ HOMER SEASONS
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Date        Player                HR Seasons       
1969        Benjamin Bowden        55 Home Runs, .363/.429/.715, 133 RBI and 155 Runs in 622 AB, 111.3 VORP       
1970        Boyd Bullock        51 Home Runs, .269/.346/.557, 153 RBI and 113 Runs in 628 AB, 42.9 VORP       
1970        Ricardo Andrés        51 Home Runs, .285/.399/.631, 133 RBI and 121 Runs in 547 AB, 63.5 VORP       
1975        Jeff Thornton        57 Home Runs, .396/.481/.755, 163 RBI and 151 Runs in 609 AB, 165.9 VORP       
1986        Mark Jewell        51 Home Runs, .376/.478/.723, 127 RBI and 142 Runs in 556 AB, 119.4 VORP       
1991        Mark Jewell        51 Home Runs, .366/.491/.704, 153 RBI and 148 Runs in 565 AB, 124.1 VORP       
1992        Phil Waller        55 Home Runs, .319/.369/.639, 137 RBI and 126 Runs in 642 AB, 87.5 VORP       
1992        Ken Manning        55 Home Runs, .310/.391/.652, 146 RBI and 134 Runs in 626 AB, 83.6 VORP       
1998        Joe Smith        55 Home Runs, .283/.329/.586, 140 RBI and 114 Runs in 607 AB, 35.6 VORP       
2002        Andrew Cooper        54 Home Runs, .298/.392/.594, 132 RBI and 118 Runs in 630 AB, 59.2 VORP


150+ RBI SEASONS
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Date        Player                RBI Seasons       
1969        Rich Sorensen        185 RBI, .325/.385/.614, 45 Home Runs and 117 Runs in 622 AB, 74.7 VORP       
1970        Boyd Bullock        153 RBI, .269/.346/.557, 51 Home Runs and 113 Runs in 628 AB, 42.9 VORP       
1971        Elpidio Chinita        160 RBI, .273/.362/.539, 39 Home Runs and 99 Runs in 627 AB, 33.9 VORP       
1972        José García        161 RBI, .278/.357/.531, 43 Home Runs and 113 Runs in 627 AB, 38.1 VORP       
1973        José García        158 RBI, .259/.358/.518, 40 Home Runs and 115 Runs in 606 AB, 33.7 VORP       
1973        Benjamin Bowden        153 RBI, .366/.425/.667, 46 Home Runs and 130 Runs in 606 AB, 105.1 VORP       
1975        Jeff Thornton        163 RBI, .396/.481/.755, 57 Home Runs and 151 Runs in 609 AB, 165.9 VORP       
1978        Anthony Bailey        157 RBI, .277/.323/.522, 38 Home Runs and 95 Runs in 646 AB, 17.8 VORP       
1985        Randall Smith        151 RBI, .302/.406/.557, 40 Home Runs and 108 Runs in 560 AB, 65.7 VORP       
1985        Edmond Long        154 RBI, .302/.348/.556, 33 Home Runs and 97 Runs in 592 AB, 51.3 VORP       
1986        Sandy Walter        159 RBI, .309/.357/.554, 35 Home Runs and 109 Runs in 634 AB, 57.2 VORP       
1988        Sandy Walter        153 RBI, .310/.364/.580, 41 Home Runs and 105 Runs in 635 AB, 62.1 VORP       
1989        Juan García        156 RBI, .330/.388/.653, 49 Home Runs and 106 Runs in 539 AB, 78.6 VORP       
1989        Sandy Walter        167 RBI, .303/.354/.565, 38 Home Runs and 112 Runs in 637 AB, 56.9 VORP       
1990        Dylan Sims        162 RBI, .320/.370/.561, 33 Home Runs and 118 Runs in 631 AB, 65.1 VORP       
1990        Edgar González        166 RBI, .289/.386/.588, 43 Home Runs and 118 Runs in 575 AB, 68.7 VORP       
1991        Mark Jewell        153 RBI, .366/.491/.704, 51 Home Runs and 148 Runs in 565 AB, 124.1 VORP       
1991        Juan López        157 RBI, .333/.449/.617, 41 Home Runs and 145 Runs in 595 AB, 93.9 VORP       
1991        Jim Burns        158 RBI, .301/.352/.574, 44 Home Runs and 112 Runs in 624 AB, 55.7 VORP       
1993        Jim Burns        162 RBI, .364/.420/.684, 45 Home Runs and 141 Runs in 613 AB, 111.2 VORP       
1994        Ken Manning        161 RBI, .326/.398/.638, 49 Home Runs and 143 Runs in 635 AB, 94.5 VORP       
1995        Ken Manning        163 RBI, .317/.387/.554, 34 Home Runs and 134 Runs in 641 AB, 64.4 VORP       
1996        Ken Manning        153 RBI, .300/.380/.522, 29 Home Runs and 118 Runs in 644 AB, 57.6 VORP       
1998        Juan Álvarez        152 RBI, .289/.358/.573, 42 Home Runs and 115 Runs in 602 AB, 64.0 VORP       
2002        Des McCullough        154 RBI, .337/.425/.616, 48 Home Runs and 136 Runs in 641 AB, 106.1 VORP


15+ STRIKEOUT GAMES
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Date                Player                Strikeouts       
06-10-1970        Dan Yarbrough        7.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Pittsburgh while playing for Los Angeles       
07-11-1974        Brian Dickson        7.1 IP, 2 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Philadelphia while playing for New York       
06-17-1975        Jesús Gómez        8.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Chicago while playing for Detroit       
08-21-1978        Douglas Cooper        10.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Florida while playing for San Francisco       
04-11-1981        Esteban Rodríguez        9.0 IP, 1 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Florida while playing for St. Louis       
07-22-1983        Charlie Cousins        8.0 IP, 0 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus St. Louis while playing for Washington       
03-27-1985        Luis Rodríguez        9.0 IP, 1 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Los Angeles       
05-09-1986        Anthony Barr        7.1 IP, 4 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Minnesota while playing for San Antonio       
09-08-1986        Félix Sosa        7.2 IP, 2 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Chicago       
04-03-1987        Alfredo Romero        7.0 IP, 1 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus Columbus while playing for St. Louis       
08-12-1989        Félix Sosa        7.2 IP, 0 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus Pittsburgh while playing for Chicago       
08-18-1992        Luis Rodríguez        8.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Arizona while playing for Los Angeles       
05-31-1994        John Shaffer        7.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Los Angeles       
05-27-1996        John Shaffer        7.0 IP, 3 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Los Angeles       
06-23-1996        Matt Warren        9.0 IP, 0 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus Jacksonville while playing for Cincinnati       
07-11-2000        Jay Jackson        7.1 IP, 1 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles while playing for Philadelphia       
03-28-2001        Ben Cox        8.0 IP, 5 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Minnesota while playing for St. Louis       
05-27-2001        Roy Brown        7.1 IP, 1 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus New York while playing for Brooklyn       
07-30-2001        Ben Cox        9.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Colorado while playing for St. Louis       
05-07-2002        Ben Cox        7.1 IP, 1 BB and 16 Strikeouts versus Minnesota while playing for St. Louis       
06-15-2002        Brian Campbell        8.0 IP, 2 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Texas while playing for Toronto       
07-07-2002        Michael Love        8.0 IP, 0 BB and 15 Strikeouts versus Philadelphia while playing for New York       


TRIPLE CROWN SEASONS
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Date        Player                Triple Crowns       
1975        Jeff Thornton        57 Home Runs, .396/.481/.755, 163 RBI and 151 Runs in 609 AB, 165.9 VORP       
1993        Jim Burns        45 Home Runs, .364/.420/.684, 162 RBI and 141 Runs in 613 AB, 111.2 VORP       


HITTING STREAKS
Code:

Date                Player                Hitting Streaks       
07-09-1969        António Ortíz        25 Games, while playing for Pittsburgh       
09-09-1969        Benjamin Bowden        25 Games, while playing for St. Louis       
07-20-1970        Markus Rosberg        25 Games, while playing for New York       
07-30-1970        Mario Pacheco        25 Games, while playing for San Diego       
09-14-1970        Benjamin Bowden        30 Games, while playing for St. Louis       
06-06-1971        Jorge Villanueva        25 Games, while playing for Chicago       
07-29-1973        Benjamin Bowden        32 Games, while playing for St. Louis       
07-24-1974        Gilbert Taylor        28 Games, while playing for Colorado       
07-21-1975        Jeff Thornton        29 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
05-04-1976        Jeff Thornton        25 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
03-31-1977        Robert Warner        28 Games, while playing for Kansas City       
08-22-1977        Gabe Gershon        25 Games, while playing for Detroit       
04-24-1978        Anthony Koch        27 Games, while playing for San Diego       
08-07-1978        Bill Colbert        26 Games, while playing for Boston       
08-13-1978        Jared Boyd        38 Games, while playing for Cincinnati       
04-10-1979        José Ramos        25 Games, while playing for Kansas City       
04-12-1980        Jack Curry        30 Games, while playing for Chicago       
05-06-1980        Dave Crawford        26 Games, while playing for Cleveland       
09-08-1980        Jeff Hunter        27 Games, while playing for Detroit       
06-05-1981        Anthony Koch        26 Games, while playing for Chicago       
05-30-1982        Andrew Williams        25 Games, while playing for Arizona       
07-10-1982        Jack Curry        27 Games, while playing for Chicago       
07-27-1982        Dani Montáñez        44 Games, while playing for San Jose       
04-10-1983        Joe Hastings        28 Games, while playing for Arizona       
07-12-1983        Ian Schultz        27 Games, while playing for Minnesota       
08-04-1983        Jack Curry        27 Games, while playing for Chicago       
08-15-1983        Maurice McLean        27 Games, while playing for Kansas City       
03-23-1984        Alfonso Chévres        26 Games, while playing for New York       
05-16-1984        John Connor        28 Games, while playing for Chicago       
08-05-1984        Ricardo Vásquez        25 Games, while playing for Chicago       
05-26-1985        Charles Christian        28 Games, while playing for Columbus       
06-21-1986        Arata Miura        30 Games, while playing for Arizona       
05-08-1987        Eric Shaw        29 Games, while playing for Cincinnati       
05-18-1987        César Balbuena        39 Games, while playing for Chicago       
05-29-1987        Jerry O'Slattery        25 Games, while playing for San Jose       
04-15-1988        Ed Parsons        25 Games, while playing for Cincinnati       
07-05-1988        Rick Bowman        39 Games, while playing for Minnesota       
05-26-1989        Yi Huang        27 Games, while playing for Jacksonville       
06-08-1989        Dani Montáñez        29 Games, while playing for San Jose       
08-17-1989        Tom Gunter        33 Games, while playing for San Antonio       
08-18-1989        Phil Waller        25 Games, while playing for New York       
09-12-1989        Robert Terry        25 Games, while playing for Jacksonville       
07-25-1990        Phil Waller        27 Games, while playing for New York       
06-13-1991        Ricardo González        29 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
06-13-1992        Jim Rouse        31 Games, while playing for Seattle       
07-10-1992        Oliver Brewer        25 Games, while playing for Florida       
07-26-1992        Ken Schmitt        25 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
08-12-1992        Ray Harrison        26 Games, while playing for St. Louis       
09-20-1992        Ken Manning        25 Games, while playing for Detroit       
04-01-1994        Anthony Koch        26 Games, while playing for Chicago       
04-02-1995        Domingo Garza        25 Games, while playing for New York       
07-29-1995        Orlando García        28 Games, while playing for Chicago       
08-03-1995        José Rodríguez        25 Games, while playing for Boston       
08-05-1995        Esteban López        30 Games, while playing for Chicago       
09-14-1995        Ryan Holland        26 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
07-18-1996        Jack Curry        30 Games, while playing for St. Louis       
08-15-1996        Carlos Morales        32 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
08-05-1997        Steven Wilhelm        25 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
06-05-1999        Dale Davenport        26 Games, while playing for Jacksonville       
08-06-1999        Alec Greer        25 Games, while playing for Toronto       
08-07-1999        Gary Noftall        25 Games, while playing for Pittsburgh       
09-04-1999        Robin Donovan        26 Games, while playing for Kansas City       
08-03-2000        Ricardo González        33 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
08-12-2000        Jeff Nelson        25 Games, while playing for Kansas City       
09-08-2000        Frederick Watkins        25 Games, while playing for Brooklyn       
09-21-2000        Lorenzo Estral        26 Games, while playing for Los Angeles       
05-11-2002        Ángelo Torres        25 Games, while playing for New York       
06-19-2002        Tim Wagner        25 Games, while playing for Providence       
07-26-2002        Dale Davenport        26 Games, while playing for Riverside       
08-13-2002        Jesús González        25 Games, while playing for Philadelphia       
03-23-2003        Jacob Snow        25 Games, while playing for Boston       
07-08-2003        Earl O'Halloran        28 Games, while playing for Seattle


Young Drachma 09-30-2007 11:59 PM

New independent Triple-A circuit to start in 2004.

A new Triple-A league called the "Republic League" will start in 2004 with 10 teams across the country.

The teams are:
Code:

EASTERN
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Lakewood Blue Claws
Nashville Sounds
Ottawa Lynx
Rochester Red Wings
Toledo Mud Hens

WESTERN
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Billings Mustangs
Boise Hawks
Cedar Rapids Kernals
Compton Brothers
Yakima Bears


The league has a $10 million salary cap and plays a 134-game schedule.
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FINAL STANDINGS
2003 MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS
Code:

Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Boston Yankees                122        40        .753        -
Brooklyn Cyclones        104        58        .642        18.0
New York Mets                91        71        .562        31.0
Baltimore Orioles        82        80        .506        40.0
Toronto Blue Sox        75        87        .463        47.0
New York Bombers        74        88        .457        48.0
Pittsburgh Pirates        72        90        .444        50.0
Philadelphia Colonials        68        94        .420        54.0

American Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Detroit Tigers                95        67        .586        -
Chicago Comets                93        69        .574        2.0
Kansas City Royals        89        73        .549        6.0
Chicago Cubs                78        84        .481        17.0
Columbus Clippers        76        86        .469        19.0
St. Louis Cardinals        75        87        .463        20.0
Colorado Rockies        68        94        .420        27.0
Monterrey Matadors        66        96        .407        29.0

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Providence Bees                107        55        .660        -
Los Angeles Angels        97        65        .599        10.0
Seattle Mariners        83        79        .512        24.0
San Diego Padres        77        85        .475        30.0
Los Angeles Dodgers        73        89        .451        34.0
San Jose Captains        67        95        .414        40.0
Riverside Red Sox        61        101        .377        46.0
San Francisco Giants        53        109        .327        54.0

National Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Texas Rangers                98        64        .605        -
Cincinnati Reds                95        67        .586        3.0
San Antonio Aviators        94        68        .580        4.0
Atlanta Athletics        85        77        .525        13.0
Florida Marlins                77        85        .475        21.0
Washington Diplomats        68        94        .420        30.0
Houston Astros                67        95        .414        31.0
Arizona Diamondbacks        62        100        .383        36.0


The San Francisco Giants finished at 53-109, making them the MLB candidate to the
AT&T Challenge Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.


WORLD SERIES QUARTERFINALS MATCHUPS
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Quote:

San Antonio v. Boston
Cincinnati v. Providence
Los Angeles Angels v. Texas
Brooklyn v. Detroit


Young Drachma 10-01-2007 12:19 AM

CONTINENTAL LEAGUE FINALS
Code:

FINAL STANDINGS, 2003
Eastern Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Philadelphia Phillies        84        52        .618        -
Tampa Bay Rays                80        56        .588        4.0
New York Rens                71        65        .522        13.0
Charlotte Knights        70        66        .515        14.0
Cleveland Indians        60        76        .441        24.0
Milwaukee Braves        43        93        .316        41.0

Western Division        W        L        PCT        GB
Minnesota Twins                73        63        .537        -
Chicago White Sox        71        65        .522        2.0
Sacramento River Cats        70        66        .515        3.0
Portland Beavers        67        69        .493        6.0
Vancouver Whitecaps        64        72        .471        9.0
Nevada Silverhawks        63        73        .463        10.0


WORLD SERIES QUARTERFINALS RESULTS
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Boston def. San Antonio 3-0
The defending champion Yankees are still guns ablazing as they sweep the Aviators in the first round.

Detroit def. Brooklyn 3-0
The 104-win Cyclones get swept by the 95-win American Division champion Tigers for our first post-season upset. Despite 12 playoff appearances in history, the Tigers have never won the World Series.

Angels def. Texas 3-1
The 97-win Angels knock off the National Division champion Rangers in four games.

Providence def. Cincinnati 3-2
The upstart Bees, who won a franchise record 107-wins in the regular season knock off the 95-win Reds to setup a semifinals matchup between the Boston Yankees.

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 08:57 AM

PROVIDENCE V. BOSTON PREVIEW

BOSTON - A year ago, the Bees were in Salt Lake City. The Yankees were on their way to winning their first World Series title since 1976.

Fast forward to 2003, the Bees are playing in Hartford while their new stadium in Providence, with a new owner whose opened the checkbook and a remade team that build on the progress of the team's last season.

The Bees have taken New England by storm and the funny part is, they've done it buoyed by trades that have put four former Yankees on the starting squad of the Bees.

Closer Paul Moneur (6-5, 43 SV, 3.12 ERA) was a Yankees prospect acquired in the Dan Warren trade two years ago. Along with him, came Andrew Cooper (.286/46 HR/118 RBI), whose established himself as one of the game's formidible sluggers. Former Yankees catcher Vic Ross came to Providence in a salary dump last off-season and has continued to blossom (.263/45 HR/105 RBI) and former Yankees farmhand Alfie Penrice has excelled in his rookie season hitting .277/38 HR/85 RBI.

GM D.C. Daly says that "it's just a testament to our scouting department that we could let some guys go who have talent and still be able to excel at a very high level."

The Yankees meanwhile are in the midst of the best season in baseball history after winning 122 regular season games and coasting through the Quarterfinals, sit on the doorstep again of a return trip to the World Series.

But is it different facing a new regional rival?

To that, Daly says, "I think it's great for baseball when you have pockets of energy and enthuisiam. But you need a willing partner. If we weren't very good or if they weren't, none of this would be particularly possible. So on some level, it's a signal of two franchises that have the ability and the talent to excel that makes a series like this possible. We've been here and they're new, so we'll see how long it lasts. But rivalries are good for the game, I think."

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 12:24 PM

TWINS WIN GUINNESS CUP SERIES, SETUP SHOWDOWN WITH GIANTS
October 1, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - Despite not having home field advantage in the 2003 Guinness Cup Series, the Minnesota Twins were determined to get a shot back at major league glory and with a 7-2 win on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies today, the ballclub is heading for a showdown in Omaha against the San Francisco Giants for the right to play in MLB in 2004.

"This is what we wanted to happen," said Twins ace Eric Alexander (21-7, 2.80 ERA) about the team's ascent to the Continental League title. They're the first relegated team to ever win the CL championship and so, to advance a year after being relegated would be "huge" said veteran second baseman Gary Bryant.

The team set the CL record for attendance with 1.5 million fans this season. "We want to win this for them. They supported us and so we need to get back where we belong," said Twins Executive VP David Hawley.

Meanwhile, the Giants are poised to become the first team to ever "hold serve" and not get relegated after winning the Challenge Series. "We're going to play our hardest. This means a ton to us," said outfielder Jae Butler, a CL alum who said that he "much prefers the lifestyle" of the MLB than the CL.

And it's not just about money, he said.

"It's just about prestige man. I mean, a lot of the games down there you play to empty crowds. It's getting better now, I think. I just prefer this. Just the chance to know you can win the World Series is huge."

Talentwise, the Twins are a lot better than the Giants. The Giants ace Phil Martin (1-19, 4.75 ERA) said he believes the team can make it out of this series with the Twins, at neutral site Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, the first time the AT&T Challenge Series has ever been held in the U.S.

"We believe in ourselves and we know what this team is capable of. We might surprise some people, but not ourselves."

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 12:36 PM



Quote:

GM 1: San Francisco 8, Minnesota 7

GM 2: Minnesota 4, San Francisco 3

The Giants are the home team for the next doubleheader, with the Twins serving as the home team if a decisive Game 5 is needed on Monday night.

GM 3: San Francisco 6, Minnesota 5 (11 innings)

GM 4: San Francisco 5, Minnesota 4

The Giants win the Pennant! Ok, so not really. But they become the first team to hold serve in the AT&T Challenge Series and as a result, the Giants will stay in MLB another year, while the Twins go back to defend their Guinness Cup Series title in the Continental League for 2004.

Ed Note: I had no idea this would happen. On paper, the Twins were a lot of better than the Giants. But with a Series like this, it could've gone either way and so...how exciting?

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 12:44 PM

WORLD SERIES SEMI-FINALS

October 6, 2003
The Los Angeles Angels won the battle of teams that have never won a title despite lots of playoff appearances in seven close games. The Angels won Game 7 3-2, to advance to the World Series. In 13 playoff appearances, the team has yet to win a World Series, while the Tigers have gone 12 without winning the ultimate prize.

Meanwhile, in the other Semifinals Series, the battle of New England has boiled over, as the defending champion Boston Yankees are heading to Yankee Field where they've not lost in the playoffs this year, to take on the upstart Providence Bees, who were down 2-0 in the series before winning three straight at their home away from home in Hartford.

The Bees meanwhile are 1-4 on the road this post-season.

The team says they're not panicking.

"We're pretty ready for this," said Ralph Oliver who'll be on the mound for the Yanks in the decisive Game 7.

"We knew this could happen. It's a talented team over there and of course, we know a lot of those guys and so that adds a whole layer to it."

When asked if he expected a pro-Yankees crowd at Yankee Field tonight, he said, "Oh, no doubt. I mean, I'm sure they'll be some yellow bandwagon jumpers there, but I expect to place to be rocking and in favor of whatever we're doing right."

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 03:39 PM

Down 5-4 in the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees were lifted by one swing when Mel Harvey blasted a 375ft shot to tie the game. Jacob Snow scored the game winning run on an Ismael Morales triple and with that, the Yankees closed out the 9th and with that, head to their 2nd straight World Series.

"It's huge, man. What a tough series," said Snow about the victory. "I can't say I was worried late in the game, because we've got so many guys who come up clutch on this team that's all just a matter of time before somebody gets that decisive hit. This team is special."

Fresh off their tight series with the Bees, the Yanks will now face off against the Los Angeles Angels for the World Series title.

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 05:00 PM

YANKEES HAVE BACKS AGAINST THE WALL, FORCE GAME 7 IN WORLD SERIES
October 15, 2003
BOSTON – Down 3 games to 2 in the 2003 World Series, the Yankees found themselves in a similar position, but with a completely different team. The Yanks of 2002 would’ve simply slugged their way to victory. But the ’03 version of the Tea Dumpers are far more focused on finesse than brawn.

“We’re a completely different ballclub in so many respects, despite a lot of the same cast of characters,” said hitting coach Max Brownlee.

No more was this evident than in Game 6 of the World Series where the Yankees grinded out a 1-0 victory in 12 innings.

Francisco Ortiz pitched 2 innings of no-hit ball in relief to notch the victory, but he was only part of the story for the Yankees. Jorge Montes got the start and gave up 5 hits, struck out 8 in 6 1/3 innings. Lorenzo Lopez gave up just one hit and struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of work and so, without that sort of stellar performance, the team would've had a hard time being certain they'd be playing tomorrow.


"Those guys were clutch, no doubt about it," said first baseman Dan Warren who went 2 for 5 in the game.

The victory was secured by catcher Chris Elliott who hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 12th off Angels pitcher Ramiro Castellanos, to send Yankee Field into an absolute frenzy.

While there is still one game left, the Yankees are riding high on confidence. They’ve been here before and they’re hoping to lean on that experience tomorrow night.

“We’re battle tested, man. And no matter how many games we won in the regular season, the minute the clock hit October, no one cared anymore. We’ve gotta make this thing count. We’ve got to finish the job,” said hurler Jay Jackson.

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 05:04 PM

Here's the obligatory "is anyone reading? is this still interesting?" post... I've taken to writing the dynasty in a separate file and so, I'll update this threads less often, to give people time to catch up.

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 05:21 PM

ANOTHER WORLD SERIES IN THE BOOKS...

The Angels, who have never won a World Series and the Yankees who were driving for their 5th title in franchise history dueled in the 7th game of the 2003 World Series.

In the end, there was a winner. A 4-3 victory for....(box score) | (game log)

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 10:20 PM

2003 FINAL STATISTICS ~ BOSTON YANKEES
Code:

BATTING
Name                        G        AB        R        H        2B        3B        HR        RBI        TB        BB        K        SB        CS        AVG        OBP        SLG        OPS
Dan Warren 1B                160        635        120        204        32        1        49        142        385        52        142        2        1        .321        .373        .606        .979
Quinn Wouters SS        162        613        118        178        28        0        40        103        326        92        141        16        6        .290        .385        .532        .917
Jacob Snow CF                158        577        120        181        33        7        26        94        306        67        35        24        12        .314        .385        .530        .915
António Medina RF        143        568        95        145        9        3        25        64        235        55        103        81        20        .255        .329        .414        .742
Chris Elliott C                151        538        81        151        30        1        22        81        249        28        108        1        3        .281        .319        .463        .782
Melvin Harvey RF        158        526        96        156        33        1        23        86        260        81        44        1        1        .297        .394        .494        .889
Mario Santos 3B                146        471        74        129        22        0        31        91        244        29        92        0        1        .274        .312        .518        .830
Ismael Morales CF        126        342        53        87        13        1        16        62        150        51        68        10        8        .254        .367        .439        .805
Mino Nishikawa 2B        120        315        48        70        20        5        4        39        112        45        20        13        4        .222        .335        .356        .691
Joey Smith LF                97        219        39        60        17        3        7        29        104        38        31        8        6        .274        .378        .475        .853
Alfredo Rocha SS        61        168        25        39        7        0        7        29        67        19        21        0        0        .232        .307        .399        .706
Luis Zavala LF                37        134        18        31        5        0        6        19        54        12        33        4        2        .231        .295        .403        .698
Vin Reilly SS                45        129        18        32        5        2        4        23        53        18        15        3        1        .248        .338        .411        .749
Paco Franco RF                54        127        23        35        8        1        7        24        66        11        18        1        0        .276        .333        .520        .853
Art Frierson 3B                55        59        8        11        2        0        1        5        16        8        10        1        1        .186        .279        .271        .551
Emílio Correa LF        18        47        2        7        1        0        0        3        8        3        6        1        0        .149        .196        .170        .366
Liam Broadhead RF        18        46        10        12        6        0        2        8        24        6        5        4        4        .261        .346        .522        .868
Manny Romero C                29        45        4        10        3        0        2        11        19        2        13        0        0        .222        .255        .422        .678
Colm Howey 3B                15        16        4        5        2        0        1        4        10        2        2        0        0        .313        .400        .625        1.025
Curt Ellis 3B                17        11        0        1        0        0        0        2        1        1        1        0        0        .091        .167        .091        .258
PITCHING
Name                        W        L        SV        ERA        G        GS        IP        HA        R        ER        HR        BB        K        WHIP        OAVG        BABIP
Lorenzo López MR        6        3        12        1.48        71        0        109.1        67        18        18        5        28        118        0.87        .174        .238
Orlando Casillas MR        1        1        7        1.54        39        0        52.2        32        10        9        2        9        52        0.78        .174        .231
José Hernández MR        8        1        0        2.00        30        7        67.2        45        19        15        4        40        67        1.26        .191        .248
Francisco Ortíz CL        3        4        43        2.52        56        0        53.2        40        15        15        0        24        53        1.19        .216        .303
Saku Kawano SP                14        4        0        2.80        24        24        138.0        115        47        43        2        53        135        1.22        .223        .299
José Rodríguez SP        17        3        0        2.86        27        27        170.0        150        57        54        14        53        193        1.19        .235        .316
César Pacheco SP        5        2        0        2.87        7        7        47.0        48        23        15        4        15        47        1.34        .251        .314
Ralph Oliver SP                16        5        0        2.93        26        26        196.2        170        66        64        24        41        175        1.07        .229        .268
Jorge Montés SP                15        4        0        3.26        29        29        188.0        164        77        68        22        68        190        1.23        .230        .283
Rafael Souza MR                12        2        5        3.35        51        1        102.0        100        44        38        16        29        94        1.26        .255        .298
Álvaro Vega SP                16        5        0        3.65        28        28        204.2        193        90        83        28        44        250        1.16        .244        .322
Jay Jackson SP                8        6        0        4.83        38        12        123.0        115        70        66        16        58        144        1.41        .242        .314
Roy Mead MR                0        0        0        5.79        2        1        4.2        6        4        3        0        3        4        1.93        .300        .375
Curt Taylor MR                0        0        0        7.72        2        0        2.1        0        2        2        0        2        3        0.86        .000        .000
Greg Sheffield MR        1        0        0        13.50        4        0        4.0        8        6        6        2        4        4        3.00        .444        .500


Young Drachma 10-01-2007 11:06 PM

AFTER 122 WINS AND NO TITLE, YANKEES GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
October 16, 2003
BOSTON – The devastation of the Yankee Field crowd after the 4-3 loss Thursday night in Game 7 of the World Series was something that was extremely hard for Yankees GM D.C. Daly to watch.

Not so much for himself or even his players, but for the fans of the team.

“You have to understand that we went from World Series champs to chumps when we had to sell off guys last year. So to have the year we had this year was crazy good for our fan base. It let them know, we really do know what we’re doing up here and that we’re gonna be good for a long, long time.”

Now that the World Series is over and the team is heading towards another off-season, Daly said that he has one priority – longevity.

“We’ve got to lock up the guys who we want to represent this organization for a long time. And that’s a tough decision to figure out who gets to do that and who you let move on.”

The team needs more offense, he said, because despite being one of the best hitting teams during the regular season, his patchwork attempt at making up for the loss of offense the team had in 2002 obviously cost the team in ’03 he said.

“We did a great job trying to recreate the impossible. Last year’s ballclub was awesome and it almost cost us in the Providence series.”

Best of all, Daly said, he was able to spend the year imparting on the ownership of the importance of maintaining the fan base. First, just after the excellent season and seeing the fans come out, but after the Providence series – it became apparent – that it could all go away.

“I think they realized after that series, where a quarter of our stadium were clad in yellow…they understood very quickly that if we falter that there are people to the south of us who are going to be very happy to fill up their stadium with our fans and probably some of our talent.”

With a bonafide rivalry in place and a new mission to reclaim the title the team has lost, Daly said that the team is not going to be shaken as they head into next year.

“There always have to be changes made. It’s the nature of the business. But we’re going to do our best not just to regroup, but to respond proactively to whatever comes next.”

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 11:06 PM

HARVEY VOIDS LAST YEAR OF DEAL
October 18, 2003
37-year old outfielder Melvin Harvey opted out of the last year of his deal today. He hit .297 with 23 HR and 86 RBI this past season. “We thank Mel for his contributions this season and wish him the best of luck,” said Yankees GM D.C. Daly about Harvey. He said he’s known for the past few weeks that Harvey was likely to leave the team after spending the bulk of his career in Washington D.C. and San Antonio.


BASEBALL WILL NAME ‘LEAGUE CHAMPIONS’ FOR REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS STARTING IN 2004
Taking a cue from hockey, Major League Baseball will begin to award a cash prize for the team that has the best record in the regular season. The MLB Champions League will be a parallel pennant awarded to the division champion with the best regular season record.

“We wanted to recognize the excellence of teams that win the regular season, because that is an accomplishment,” said MLB spokesman Todd Carroll.

Teams will not be able to retroactively claim the title.

MLB AVERTS DISASTER, A LABOR AGREEMENT IS REACHED
OCTOBER 19, 2003
Just when it seemed that baseball might be headed for a long off-season, the sport came together during the World Series to come up with an agreement to determine what changes the sport would make. The most notable change is that the league salaries will increase from the $1.4 million to more next season. Owners agreed to concessions that would give players more access to the massive revenues in the sport over the past decade.

The owners sought out a salary cap at the major league level, but such a proposal was declined by the players in this particular agreement which will last until 2007.

“We’re really happy to have this out of the way,” said MLBPA lead counsel Mark Schwartz.

YANKEES SIGN DAN WARREN TO 6-YEAR EXTENSION
OCTOBER 21, 2003
BOSTON – After two straight 40+ homer seasons, Yankee officials decided to make Dan Warren the first baseman of the foreseeable future in Beantown, inking the 25-year old Canadian to a 6-year deal worth over $83.2 million. Warren is the single-season leader for home-runs in Yankee history with 49 this past year, to go with 142 RBI and a .321 average.

“I’m really happy they go tit together. I didn’t know that it would happen so fast. But man, those are a lot of zeroes,” said the young slugger.

Said Yankee G.M. D.C. Daly, “He’s the kind of guy that we can really appreciate because he’s scrappy on the field and a hard worker off of it. We’re glad that he’s agreed to stay a Yankee for the foreseeable future.”

Young Drachma 10-01-2007 11:07 PM

REALIGNMENT HAPPENS FOR 2004
MLB 2004
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In addition to realigning the divisions, the American and National division are back to their geographic names - Central and Southern - respectively.

In other news, the Philadelphia Colonials have changed their name to the Pennsylvania Colonials. The team moved to a new stadium 50 miles outside of Philadelphia last season and with the return of the Phillies to Philadelphia of the Continental League, the team decided to go with the change as a "branding decision."
Code:

EAST
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Boston Yankees
Pennsylvania Colonials
New York Bombers
Providence Bees
New York Mets
Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brooklyn Cyclones

CENTRAL
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Detroit Tigers
Chicago Comets
Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs
Columbus Clippers
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Sox
Monterrey Matadors

WEST
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Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies
San Jose Captains
Riverside Red Sox
San Francisco Giants

SOUTH
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Texas Rangers
Cincinnati Reds
San Antonio Aviators
Atlanta Athletics
Florida Marlins
Washington Diplomats
Houston Astros
Arizona Diamondbacks


Young Drachma 10-01-2007 11:12 PM

REPORT: DALY TO LEAVE BOSTON
OCTOBER 28, 2003
BOSTON At 28, boy wonder D.C. Daly was ready to step out on his own.

The Yankees general manager walked away from the team on Monday, stunning Boston and the baseball world just one year after helping the franchise win its first World Series championship since 1918.

"I gave my entire heart and soul to the organization," Daly said in a statement. "During the process leading up to today's decision, I came to the conclusion that I can no longer do so. In the end, my choice is the right one not only for me but for the Yankees."

Daly will continue working for a few days to assist in the transition and prepare for the offseason. The Boston Herald, which first reported the news on its Web site, said the start GM has told associates that he might leave baseball or at least take a year off.

The Dodgers, Bees and Riverside Red Sox have GM openings.

Still the youngest GM in baseball history and still the youngest to assemble a World Series champion, Daly was reportedly offered about $1.5 million a year for a three-year extension. That was quadruple his previous salary but still short of the $2.5 million the Yankees offered Atlanta's Dave Beane in 1998 before hiring Daly.

But even after the money was settled, the negotiations turned into a fierce and Freudian standoff between the boy GM and the mentor who nurtured him from an intern to a World Series champion. By leaving, Daly breaks a longtime link with Yankees president Arnold Fuchs, who hired him as a Yankees intern while a student at Washington University in St. Louis and later as a graduate student at Harvard.

The Herald said Daly went through "agonizing soul-searching" over office politics and his relationship with his boss. Published reports that contained inside information about their relationship, "slanted too much in Fuchs favor," helped convince Daly there had been a breach of trust, the Herald said.

Yankees pitcher Ralph Oliver told The Associated Press he was disappointed in the news but had seen indications that it might be coming.

"You don't get better losing a guy like D.C.," said Oliver.

"It's obviously going to be an incredibly unpopular decision with the players. But we'll show up in spring training and get ready for the season and try to win another World Series. It's not like we're going to have a sit-down," he said.

A devotee of unorthordox signings from foreign countries and one who values his scouts as well, Daly's tenure has been marked by bold adventures that often conflicted with baseball orthodoxy:


• He dealt star players in both years with the team.

• He rebuilt the team's farm system to one of the best in baseball.

• He was ordered to rebuild the team after the team's World Series title in 2002 and had the best record in baseball history (122-40) in 2003.

But the efforts paid off.

The Yankees had not been to the World Series since 1995. Seven years later, with a new manager at the helm and a new attitude it had been missing, the ballclub won its first World Series since 1976.

Boston reached the postseason for a second consecutive year this season before losing in the World Series to the Los Angeles Angels in 7 games.

bbgunn 10-02-2007 12:54 AM

Good stuff. I'm still reading!

Breeze 10-02-2007 05:58 AM

me too

PilotMan 10-02-2007 08:29 AM

Yeah, you have some really good writing here. The series result had to leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth. It's hard to see domination like that not translate into the title that your eyes were on for the whole season. Being a Dodgers fan I have no idea what that feels like since we havn't been dominant since 1981 (forgive me Orel, I love ya, but that team wasn't dominant.)

I think that I would have done the same thing and walk away.

That was one hell of a pitching staff you had there, too bad that that was one horrid postseason by Rodriguez. Did you hem and haw about the starter decision, especially considering the depth of the rotation?

Still you did have plenty of power again, and some speed too. In the end though, either way, the stage was set for a change.

Young Drachma 10-02-2007 09:42 AM

I had NO idea who to put in for Game 7. I mean it took me 2 or 3 hours to decide. And it was stupid managing for me, because if I'd looked at his ERA (I don't know how it escaped my eyes), no way I give him the ball in that game.

But maybe it was for the best. We probably had no business getting out of that Providence series. And history proves that teams that win as many games as we did, don't usually win it all and so, I kinda expected it.

All in all, I'm extremely proud of the team and what they managed to do. But I'm also excited about the future. It'll be a bit strange to some degree...especially once I decide what I want to do.

And no, I haven't figured it out yet.

Young Drachma 10-02-2007 01:20 PM

The one Yankee whose number was retired before I got the job as GM with the team was manager Nick Jennings. He presided over the 3 World Series the team won from 1969 to 1975.



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