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Old 07-13-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Postcards from Philadelphia: OOTP

In this dynasty, I'll be reporting from time to time on the storylines emerging from a baseball league that is modeled on the MLB but that uses entirely fictional players. My intent is not to report exhaustively on the league developments or the decisions I make but rather to seek a balance between plodding scrutiny of an imaginary baseball league and too-rapid gameplay that leaves me unconnected to the world I've created.

The league is a 24-team league inspired by recent realignment talk with divisions as follows:

NL East: Philadelphia, NY Yankees, NY Mets, Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh

NL South: Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Florida, St. Louis, Kansas City

AL Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota

AL West: Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego, Texas, Houston

Gameplay begins in 1988 with appropriate financials. The financials will not progress with time; the purpose of this choice is to penalize bad long-term contracts. Other house rules apply that mostly consist of encouraging realism wherever possible, especially with respect to trading.

I'll be playing as the Philadelphia Phillies. They are the second-smallest market in the game with an overall budget of $23 million. The league median is $41 million and the largest budget is $59 million (LA Dodgers).

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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1988 Summary

1. Phillies Turn In Historically Bad Performance. Saddled by an astounding lack of talent, the Phillies finished the season with a record of 48-114. This was a full 66 games behind division winner Boston Red Sox (who went on to beat Cleveland for the league championship). Nothing went right. The batters hit .240 as a team. The staff ERA was 5.57. Attendance was 14,000 per game. The locker room basically amounted to a festering cesspool of malcontent.

2. In blockbuster trade, Phillies send SP Crocker to Reds for OF Flores. At the trading deadline, the Phillies sent frontline starter Joe Crocker to the Cincinnati Reds for slugging left fielder Santiago Flores. Although Crocker was by far their best pitcher and probably their best overall player, the team felt like its biggest need was an everyday, middle-of-the-lineup hitter.

The trade has worked out for both sides. Although Cincinnati missed the playoffs by one game, Crocker served reliably during the stretch run with a 6-4 record and a 3.61 ERA. He has followed that up thus far in 1989 with a 7-4 record and a 3.48 ERA. Frankly, the Phillies somewhat miss his consistency.

Perhaps uninspired by the situation he was joining, Flores missed an entire month of play and racked up only 96 at bats in 1988 for the Phillies, although he hit .354 during that period with three home runs. This year, he has been solid, though unspectactular, with a .273 average, 11 home runs, and 35 RBIs through 65 games.

The biggest risk of the trade is that Flores has five years remaining on his contract at approximately $7 million per year. His contract represents one third of the team's entire payroll. If he doesn't carry his weight, his contract will significantly slow the team's progress.

3. Phillies select flamethrower Rafael Heredia with first pick of 1988 draft. At the time they drafted Georgia native Rafael Heredia, he was clocked as throwing 100 miles per hour and was regarded as one of the top-flight pitching prospects ever. He quickly backed that up by going 6-1 in the fall rookie league with a 1.11 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 56 innings.

4. Several minor-league pitching acquisitions fail to pan out. In separate deals, the Phillies acquired AAA pitchers Nick Carroll and Terry Hart in the hopes that both of them would be able to provide much-needed assistance in the starting rotation.

Carroll failed spectacularly. He made nine starts for Philadelphia during the last two months of the season and lost all nine games with an astonishing final ERA of 11.01. He then flopped in spring training this year and has been scuffling along in AAA with a 5-8 record and a 5.18 ERA through 15 starts. His scouting report at this point is: "what else do you need to know?"

Hart seemed like a potential #4 starter in the big leagues. At the time he was acquired from Texas, he had a 9-10 record for their AAA affiliate with a 2.53 ERA. Opposing batters were hitting only .234 against him.

Hart then played reasonably over the final month of the season, garnering a 2-3 record in 11 starts with a 3.06 ERA. But an injury slowed him down, and he has not fully recovered since then. A middling spring earned him a ticket to Camden to play AAA ball, where he has put up a 5-7 record with a 3.93 ERA and more walks than strikeouts. A return to the major leagues seems unlikely in the absence of numerous injuries.

5. Final Team Statistics

PHI BATTING








Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
RF Artie Hendricks 75 277 91 23 3 27 .329 0
LF Santiago Flores 127 474 148 30 27 100 .312 3
LF John Jackson 96 204 61 9 3 20 .299 3
3B Austin Conrad 132 495 140 33 12 63 .283 2
2B Edgar Sawyer 138 567 146 28 12 57 .257 27
CF Bob Gates 60 180 46 6 3 16 .256 5
C Will Jones 127 494 126 26 15 54 .255 6
2B Louis Schram 149 570 142 28 6 55 .249 19
1B George McRobie 120 269 64 9 3 15 .238 6
SS Mike Tipton 141 411 97 34 7 66 .236 0
RF Mark Moore 147 484 113 19 15 50 .233 6
C Gary Jenkins 83 167 32 5 0 12 .192 0
3B Dylan Hodge 107 192 35 11 4 23 .182 1


































PHI PITCHING








Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P3 Terry Hart 11 11 2 3 0 67.2 35 3.06
P Michael Olson 53 0 6 3 12 71.0
39 3.68
P1 Gerald O'Bryan 15 14 5 7 0 99.1
41 4.26
P Augusto Garcia 40 0 1 1 0 62.1
34 4.48
P Dwight Miller 73 0 2 2 0 100.0
92 4.68
P2 Dalton Bass 31 31 8 15 0 188.2
134 4.72
P4 Joe Hill 28 28 10 13 0 160.1
121 5.16
P Ken Cox 44 0 0 1 4 42.1
17 5.32
P Travis Cherry 28 0 0 3 0 37.2
21 5.97
P5 Harrison Scott 43 12 3 8 1 104.1 48 7.07
P Dave Harris 59 0 4 5 0 78.0
56 7.96
P Nick Carroll 9 9 0 9 0 43.1
19 11.01

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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April 1989

1. New Starting Pitchers Turn in Sparkling April. Free-agent acquisitions Tristan Baldwin and Pete Pierce each turned in superb first months as the Phillies streaked to a surprising 15-14 record in April and a share of first place in a weak NL East division. Both Baldwin and Pierce were discount starters whom the team picked up in the hopes that they would work out. At the beginning of the year, they did.

2. Heredia dazzles at Clearwater. 1989 first-round pick Rafael Heredia had a great month in Clearwater, striking out 101 batters in 76 innings while amassing a 2.00 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .209 average.

3. OF Prospect Bill Lowe Injured. 1989 second-round pick, OF Bill Lowe, was hit in the face by a pitch at the start of the year and will miss a significant portion of what would have been his first full professional year. He hit .325 in 191 at bats last year in rookie ball for the Wyandotte Phillies. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to recover from the fractured cheekbone.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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Early June 1989

1. Team Cools Off. After taking a stunning two-game lead in the NL East in early May with a 23-19 record, the team cooled off significantly and has dropped to a 33-37 record. Because the NL East is having a down year, however, they are only two games behind the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays (35-35).

2. Starting Pitching Leaves Something To Be Desired. A particularly obvious reason for the recent cool stretch has been the starting pitching. After a hot start to the season, none of the five starters have been playing well. #1 starter Tristan Baldwin is carrying a 4-7 record into mid-June with a 3.15 ERA, and #5 starter Pete Pierce has cooled to 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA. Meanwhile, #2 starter Gerald O'Bryan and #3 starter Dalton Bass both have 4-8 records with ERAs over 5.50.

3. Catcher Will Jones' Slump Becomes Worrisome. Catcher Will Jones is one of the team leaders, and had a fine 1988 season amidst all the chaos and discontent with a .255 batting average, 15 home runs, and 54 RBIs. A slump early this year has persisted to the point that scouts have begun to wonder whether he is either injured or perhaps has even lost a step. His average hung around .170 for most of April and May and he recently brought it all the way up to .208.

4. Phillies have first pick in 1989 amateur draft. Most media reports have the Phillies taking either high-school outfielder John McConnell (.407 10 HR 45 RBI in senior season) or Texas A&M flamethrowing lefty Fei-hsien Dun (7-2, 2.58 ERA, 91 strikeouts in 73 innings). Some rumors indicate that the team is enamored by the prospect of two frontline aces coming up through the farm system at the same time. The team was disappointed, however, that University of North Carolina ace Greg Carlson chose to return to school for another year. The team has had its eye on Carlson for several years now.

5. Heredia struggles at AA Brownsville. Scouts have reported that Phillies phenom Rafael Heredia has lost as much as five miles per hour off his fastball after being promoted to AA Brownsville from high-A Clearwater. He has a 2-4 record with a 4.18 ERA, but other signs remain encouraging: 61 strikeouts in 47 innings and an opponent's average of .224. But his walks are up substantially and indications are that his control is not developing at the rate expected.

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:04 PM   #5
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Late June 1989

1. Phillies select Texas A&M ace with first pick in draft. Picking first in the 1989 amateur draft, the Phillies selected collegiate pitcher Fei-hsien Dun from Texas A&M. Equipped with a fastball clocked in the upper 90s, Dun struck out 179 batters in 154 innings over two years for the Aggies.

In the second round, the Phillies selected high-school catcher Neil Cotten, who hit .364 with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs in his senior season. In the third round, the team picked high school outfielder Keizo Chikafuji.

2. Red Sox claim Bass off waivers. Pitcher Dalton Bass was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox. After the waiver claim was made, the Phillies called up starting pitcher Carlos Silva from AAA Camden.

3. Koch and Flores make the all-star team. Relief pitcher Ira Koch and leftfielder Santiago Flores were both selected to play for the NL during the upcoming All-Star game.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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July 31, 1989.

1. Phillies send MR Michael Olson to Texas in exchange for prospect. At the trading deadline, the Phillies sent relief pitcher Michael Olson to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor-league starter Steven Roberts. Olson had a 3.74 ERA in 38 games for the Phillies and the division-leading Rangers expect him to contribute to their team during the stretch run.

In exchange for Olson, the Phillies acquired prospect Steven Roberts. Roberts has played well for Texas' AAA affiliate this year with a 12-5 record and a 2.61 ERA in 19 games started. In Texas, his progress to the major leagues was blocked by the Rangers' top-notch pitching staff.

The teams also exchanged backup catchers as part of the deal.

2. SP O'Bryan to miss rest of season. Starting pitcher Gerald O'Bryan will miss the rest of the year with a back injury. His 1989 season was largely a disappointment, as he went 8-11 with a 5.69 ERA in 22 games. Several newspapers had reported that the team was attempting to trade him at the time of his injury.

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Old 07-17-2011, 06:52 AM   #7
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October 1989

1. Phillies' progress stagnates. Although the Phillies were in first place in their division in May and only eight games out of first place as late as mid-June, the team collapsed coming down the stretch and finished with a 65-97 record. The team finished 24 games behind the division-winning Boston Red Sox and eventually finished with the second-worst record in baseball, behind only the Chicago White Sox.

Several factors contributed to the decline. Chief among these was that the team's morale plummeted during the final few months of the year, with several players asking to be traded from the team. When this was not possible, they pouted.

Another factor was that the team hitting remains the worst in the league. The team hit only .240 and scored 615 runs, which was more than 30 runs fewer than the second-worst team (White Sox).

2. Manager Bobby Kilters is let go. At the end of the season, the Phillies chose not to renew the contract of manager Bobby Kilters. Team officials said the choice was necessitated by the poor team morale.

The Phillies elevated bench coach Ken Davidson to the position of manager. Davidson coached the San Diego Padres for a brief period in 1988 and was the Phillies' bench coach during 1989.

Kilters was hired by the Minnesota Twins to be their manager.

3. SP Tristan Baldwin is a bright spot. Although his record was only 11-14, starting pitcher Tristan Baldwin had a terrific year on the mound, recording an ERA of 2.63, which was second-best in the National League. He struck out 108 and held opposing hitters to a .236 average.

4. Team attendance is up. The Phillies drew 23,402 fans per game during 1989, up significantly from 1988's mark of 14,000 per game. The improvement is evidence that the market will support the team as it continues to improve over the next few years.

5. Dodgers beat the Royals to win the World Series. The biggest budget in the game won the World Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-1.

6. League Standings
Code:
AL West W L PCT GB Texas 99 63 .611 -- San Francisco 92 70 .568 7 Los Angeles 88 74 .543 11 Oakland 85 77 .525 14 San Diego 85 77 .525 14 Houston 80 82 .494 19 AL Central W L PCT GB Chicago (N) 89 73 .549 -- Cincinnati 87 75 .537 2 Detroit 74 88 .457 15 Cleveland 72 90 .444 17 Minnesota 64 98 .395 25 Chicago (A) 57 105 .352 32 NL East W L PCT GB Boston 89 73 .549 -- Toronto 87 75 .537 2 Pittsburgh 86 76 .531 3 N.Y. Mets 71 91 .438 18 N.Y. Yankees 69 93 .426 20 Philadelphia 65 97 .401 24 NL South W L PCT GB St. Louis 95 67 .586 -- Kansas City 91 71 .562 4 Atlanta 88 74 .543 7 Baltimore 79 83 .488 16 Florida 77 85 .475 18 Washington 75 87 .463 20

7. Team Statistics

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POS NAME G AB H 2B HR RBI AVG SB 3B Austin Conrad 145 540 152 37 14 68 .281 1 1B Luis Espinoza 40 115 32 6 2 13 .278 0 2B Louis Schram 157 599 162 27 5 56 .270 24 LF Santiago Flores 151 551 142 29 21 70 .258 6 CF Neal Orr 136 434 110 32 13 48 .253 14 RF Artie Hendricks 127 297 74 29 0 26 .249 0 C Brad Tate 29 90 22 7 0 11 .244 0 RF Mark Moore 152 573 140 40 14 78 .244 1 2B Edgar Sawyer 150 636 154 29 14 46 .242 35 C Will Jones 115 443 103 23 17 64 .233 1 SS Mike Tipton 149 447 101 26 3 39 .226 0 1B George McRobie 65 83 17 5 3 6 .205 0 LF John Jackson 87 109 22 3 4 13 .202 1 POS NAME G GS W-L IP BB K ERA P Itsing Huang 15 0 0-0 19.1 10 15 0.93 P1 Tristan Baldwin 33 33 11-14 239.2 79 108 2.63 P Ira Koch 52 0 8-5 62.2 23 60 2.73 P Dwight Miller 25 0 1-1 39.2 18 45 2.95 P2 Steven Roberts 18 18 5-10 129.0 72 82 3.77 P3 J. McKellaig 31 31 10-12 213.0 103 140 3.80 P Gene Pierce 47 0 2-4 63.2 27 27 3.96 P4 Pete Pierce 32 32 9-16 222.1 94 114 4.57 P5 Carlos Silva 18 18 5-10 121.2 46 86 4.96 P Travis Cherry 33 0 2-2 41.0 17 14 5.05 P Michael Lutz 18 0 0-2 24.1 10 14 5.18 P Ken Cox 37 0 2-1 37.0 20 19 5.84 P Augusto Garcia 20 0 1-0 24.0 27 13 9.00 Complete games: Roberts 6, Baldwin 4, Silva 3, McKellaig 2, Pierce 2 Shutouts: Pierce 1 Saves: Koch 24, Cox 2, Lutz 1

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Old 07-17-2011, 06:55 AM   #8
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Spring Training 1990

1. Phillies miss out on major offseason acquisitions. Numerous reports swirled during winter meetings that the Phillies were making a run at free agent 2B Pancho Vallejo, but the speculation turned out to be for naught as the veteran hitter signed a three-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. Vallejo picked up 180 hits last year en route to a .302 average.

Another set of rumors suggested that the Phillies were inquiring about Chicago Cubs second baseman James Holden, but no deal was reached.

2. Dodgers accuse Phillies of tampering. The Los Angeles Dodgers accused the Phillies' front office of tampering with free agent relief pitcher Jim Walker before the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal. After an investigation, the league agreed and penalized the team by awarding one of their draft picks to the Dodgers. It remains to be seen whether the pick will be in the first or second rounds.

3. Spring training competitions. One of the major competitions in spring training will be for a spot in the starting rotation. Steven Roberts and Tristan Baldwin are set in the rotation, but the following quartet of players will be competing for the final three spots in the rotation: Jeffrey McKellaig, Pete Pierce, Gerald O'Bryan, and former first-overall pick Rafael Heredia. Other outside competition will come from veteran Jim Walker and AAA pitcher Carlos Silva.

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Old 07-20-2011, 03:54 PM   #9
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Opening Day 1990

1. Phillies disappoint in spring training. Evidence of a baseball renaissance in Philadelphia was nowhere in sight during spring training as the team limped to a 7-17 record. Especially disappointing was the poor performance of pitching prospect Rafael Heredia, who will open the season in AAA Camden.

2. Reliever Ken Cox to miss season. Relief pitcher Ken Cox will miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm. The Phillies had expected him to serve as the setup man this year.

3. Manager Davidson raising eyebrows with platoon plan. Some newspapers have reported tension between the Phillies front office and new manager Ken Davidson after Davidson announced that he will use an aggressive platoon system during the regular season. Almost every starter will platoon under Davidson's system, and at the moment, Davidson does not expect star outfielder Santiago Flores to play against lefthanded starters. Some reports indicate that Davidson's job security may be at risk if the team starts poorly.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:44 PM   #10
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Argh. Anyone know how to get columns to line up correctly using the [code] tags? Or is there another, better way to do it? I feel like this used to work but am having trouble both with MS Word and notepad.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:34 AM   #11
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1990 Philadelphia Team Statistics


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Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
SS Jim Johnson 87 220 67 12 3 28 .305 4
C Brad Tate 48 110 33 4 1 14 .300 0
RF Artie Hendricks 117 393 117 25 5 52 .298 1
1B Luis Espinoza 153 550 162 40 17 76 .295 0
2B Edgar Sawyer 139 556 161 28 28 89 .290 30
CF Neal Orr 134 452 119 39 12 54 .263 17
RF Mark Moore 144 496 130 27 14 64 .262 3
C Will Jones 143 556 144 31 15 64 .259 5
3B George McRobie 36 43 11 2 2 5 .256 0
OF Don Clark 144 357 91 9 8 40 .255 0
3B Austin Conrad 149 567 37 19 80 91 .254 2
SS Andres Luna 85 305 77 12 1 18 .252 18
SS Paul Adkins 130 291 71 19 4 35 .244 0
OF Dave Matthews 73 121 26 6 2 16 .215 0























PHI PITCHING








Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P Ira Koch 52 0 2 7 29 63.0 20 59 3.00
P2 Tristan Baldwin 31 31 15 10 0 216.1 67 102 3.74
P1 Clint Boyd 34 34 8 10 0 190.2 78 139 4.11
P3 Gerald O'Bryan 31 31 12 14 0 214.0 88 53 4.33
P5 Melesse Jumoke 26 5 3 5 1 54.0 31 34 4.33
P Steven Roberts 31 26 12 10 0 195.1 105 116 4.56
P Michael Lutz 54 0 5 4 5 60.0 43 31 4.80
P Jim Walker 64 2 6 2 1 98.2 69 42 5.56
P Tom Parks 38 0 2 2 0 54.1 31 40 5.80
P4 Rafael Heredia 18 15 3 5 0 93.1 82 68 5.98
P Jeffrey McKellaig 31 27 6 17 2 158.2 93 100 6.13
P Danny McFarlane 40 0 0 3 0 41.2 47 28 6.70

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Old 07-24-2011, 12:32 PM   #12
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Who did you end up doing it, with excel?
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Who did you end up doing it, with excel?

Yeah, the above post is excel, but even then I'm having trouble with it. Half the time I hit "submit" and it turns up as an empty post (having deleted any text I wrote along with it). Any thoughts?

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Yeah, the above post is excel, but even then I'm having trouble with it. Half the time I hit "submit" and it turns up as an empty post (having deleted any text I wrote along with it). Any thoughts?

The forum has space limitations on excel now. It used to accept an unlimited size post like the OOTP board does, but it was restricted some time back.

You would either have to just post smaller updates or use a jpeg attachment with powerpoint like I am doing with my NCAA 12 dynasty. You can also try using the code wrap method with notepad using a different font and putting the on the document before posting. (Probably already have tried that but just in case)
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The forum has space limitations on excel now. It used to accept an unlimited size post like the OOTP board does, but it was restricted some time back.

You would either have to just post smaller updates or use a jpeg attachment with powerpoint like I am doing with my NCAA 12 dynasty. You can also try using the code wrap method with notepad using a different font and putting the on the document before posting. (Probably already have tried that but just in case)

Thanks. Knowing about the space size limitation is pretty helpful. I'll see if I can make do.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #16
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1990 Philadelphia Phillies Summary

1. Team Shows Some Improvement . . . The team showed modest improvement from the 1989 effort by winning 72 games, seven games better than the previous year. One of the primary reasons why the team improved was the emergence of second baseman Edgar Sawyer as a 30-30 threat (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season).

2. . . . but not nearly enough improvement to satisfy the fans. Despite the modest improvement and despite a cut in ticket prices halfway through the year, attendance fell dramatically at the end of the season, and the team wound up with 100,000 fewer paid tickets than the year before. As a result, revenues and next year's budget fell dramatically.

3. Manager Ken Davidson takes the fall. Blame had to be placed somewhere and, perhaps as usual, it was placed on the manager here. Many criticized Davidson's reliance on platoons as resulting in the best players not always being on the field. But the real reasons behind his firing were probably (1) his salary, given the team's financial limitations, and (2) his inability to connect with some of the rookies on the team.

Bench coach Dave Beveridge, 35, was promoted to manager. He previously coached the Minnesota Twins for two seasons before serving last year as a member of the Phillies coaching staff.

4. Edgar Sawyer emerges. After two rather disappointing seasons with low batting averages, Edgar Sawyer stepped out with a .290 - 28 HR - 89 RBI - 30 SB performance. Observers had previously compared Sawyer with former Phillie 2B Juan Samuel but some are now suggesting that he has the ability to compare favorably with former Mets 3B Howard Johnson's best years.

5. 1B Luis Espinoza wins NL Rookie of the Year Award. Another bright spot was the performance of rookie first baseman Luis Espinoza, who hit .295 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs--good enough to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

6. SP Steven Roberts voted to All Star team and then sees performance plummet in second half. The decline of starting pitcher Steven Roberts was a mystery to team observers. Picked for the All Star game after starting the season 10-6, he fell off in the second half and was completely out of the rotation by late August. Reports have varied as to whether Roberts was injured in some way or became distracted by drugs and alcohol. Private whispers have suggested the latter.

7. SP Rafael Heredia does not impress. Former first overall draft pick Rafael Heredia made it to the major leagues in less than two years but did not impress in his rookie campaign, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a 5.98 ERA. He struggled mightily with his control, walking 82 batters in 93 innings while picking up only 68 strikeouts.

8. Phillies acquire starting pitcher Clint Boyd in trade for prospects. The Phillies sent two low-minors prospects and AA pitcher Dave Holloway to the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Clint Boyd and an AAA outfielder. Boyd is a lefthander who projects as a #3 starter in a solid rotation, but for the Phillies, he was their #2 starter down the stretch. He finished with a 8-10 record and 4.11 ERA in 190.2 innings pitched.

The prospects the Phillies sent to Cleveland were low-A catcher Neil Cotten (a second round pick in 1989) and rookie league second baseman Gerardo Bernardo (a second round pick in this June's draft).

9. Midseason free agent pickup Jumoke catches on at back of rotation. South African free agent pitcher Melesse Jumoke signed with the Phillies midseason and pitched well in long relief and spot starts, finishing with a 3-5 record and a 4.33 ERA in 54 innings pitched.

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Old 07-25-2011, 07:59 PM   #17
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1990 Final USBL Standings






NL EAST W L PCT GB
Boston 99 63 .611
Toronto 77 85 .475 22
N.Y. Mets 76 86 .469 23
Pittsburgh 71 91 .438 28
Philadelphia 70 92 .432 29
N.Y. Yankees 59 103 .364 40
NL SOUTH W L PCT GB
Baltimore 96 66 .593
St. Louis 96 66 .593
Atlanta 89 73 .549 7
Kansas City 83 79 .512 13
Florida 79 83 .488 17
Washington 77 85 .475 19
AL WEST W L PCT GB
Houston 105 57 .648
Oakland 97 65 .599 8
Texas 93 69 .574 12
Los Angeles 91 71 .562 14
San Diego 74 88 .457 31
San Francisco 74 88 .457 31
AL CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Cincinnati 92 70 .568
Detroit 81 81 .500 11
Chicago Cubs 78 84 .481 14
Cleveland 66 96 .407 26
Minnesota 64 98 .395 28
Chicago White Sox 57 105 .352 35

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:58 PM   #18
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I think a post got deleted in there somewhere by accident. Meant to add that OF Santiago Flores missed nearly the entire season with torn ankle ligaments that he suffered during a game in mid-May. And that Boston beat Texas to win the league championship.

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Old 07-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #19
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We're to the point where almost everyone on the roster is there as a product of my decision-making. Let's take a look at the roster, which is undersized at the moment because we have just entered the free-agency period.

C Will Jones, 27, is a well-regarded defensive catcher with good batting all-around batting skills, in the mold of, perhaps, Ozzie Virgil in his prime. In his three seasons with the team he has been pretty consistent, hitting around .250 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs each year.

1B Luis Espinoza, 22, was just named NL Rookie of the Year after hitting .295 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs. He has good gap power, hitting 40 doubles in his debut season. Both the batting average and the home runs are improvements over the performance suggested by his minor-league seasons. It seems to me that he projects as Ricky Jordan.

2B Edgar Sawyer, 21, makes pretty good contact and hits for power but has never met a pitch he didn't want to swing at. In his first two seasons he hit basically .245 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs and 30 SBs but last season he made a marked improvement to a .290 average with 28 home runs and 89 RBIs. His profile looks nearly identical to former Phillie Juan Samuel. What remains to be seen is whether last season was essentially Samuel's 1987 career year or whether Sawyer will be able to sustain his success.

3B Austin Conrad, 30, is Charlie Hayes. .280 average with 15 home runs and 70 RBIs per year.

SS Jim Johnson, 31, is a defensive star who makes average or below-average contact and offers little else offensively.

LF Santiago Flores, 31, has been comparable to Kevin McReynolds over the course of his career, with average seasons in the range of .290 with 25 home runs and 90 RBIs. He missed nearly all of 1990 after tearing ankle ligaments in May. The team hopes he will be able to return to his past levels of success.

CF Neal Orr, 32, was a free agent acquisition who hits for above-average contact and power. His average seasons with the Phillies have been in the neighborhood of .260 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs. I haven't put my finger on exactly who he reminds me of.

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Old 07-26-2011, 08:21 PM   #20
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Among the pitchers:

SP Tristan Baldwin, 32, has been a quality, low-cost free agent acquisition. He doesn't excel at anything but has reasonable control. In his first season with the team he went 11-14 with a 2.63 ERA and held opponents to a .236 average. In his second season, he went 15-10 with a 3.74 average. He recently signed a one-year contract extension.

SP Clint Boyd, 27, was obtained in a trade last year for two quality low-minors prospects. He doesn't go deep into games but is pretty effective when he is in there. As a lefty, he is either the team's #1 or #2 starter at this point although realistically he is a #3 or #4 pitcher in a quality rotation. At the moment, we are considering trading him for former second-overall pick OF John McConnell, who projects as either Darryl Strawberry or a bust depending on who is scouting him. The issue here is consistency in the starting rotation versus McConnell's potential.

SP Melesse Jumoke, 28, was picked up as a midseason free agent. Nothing much to see here unless you were fascinated by, say, David Palmer.

SP Steven Roberts, 28, made the all star team last year and then mysteriously lost his mojo and was out of the starting rotation by August. As noted above, some whispers have suggested distractions in the nature of drugs or alcohol. He'll get a chance to right the ship this year.

RP Ira Koch, 25, was a throw-in in the trade that sent OF Dave Ramirez to the Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Gerald O'Bryan. He has blossomed into the team's closer. In the past two seasons he has averaged 27 saves with a 2.90 ERA and roughly one strikeout every inning pitched.

RP Michael Lutz, 26, is about as average as they come. No offense, Michael.

RP Tom Parks, 27, is about as below-average as they come. No offense, Tom.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:35 PM   #21
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In the minors:

CF Dave Matthews, 22, has been something of a surprise at AA and AAA ball with performance that suggests he can be perhaps a Milt Thompson kind of player in the majors. He will get a chance to make the team in spring training.

RF Bill Lowe, 23, is a former second-round pick who strikes out a TON but who boasts quite a bit of power and speed. I'm having trouble coming up with a comparison here. What if Pete Incaviglia was fast?

RF Jorge Zuniga, 24, was acquired in the trade that sent the prospects to Cleveland in exchange for Cliff Boyd. He could be real good but he suffered a pretty bad ACL tear soon after the trade so no one knows whether he will ever be the same player.

SP Rafael Heredia, 22, split last season between the majors, the disabled list, and AAA. It is clear that he will never be the ace that we had hoped. At best we will get a back-of-the-rotation pitcher. At worst, he won't really ever make it back to the majors.

SP Fei-hsien Dun, 23, by contrast, is still on track to be a frontline starter. He spent most of last year in AA ball where he went 4-3 with a 3.08 ERA and decent strikeout-to-walk numbers. He is still at least one year away from the majors, probably two.

SP Chris Bythell, 22, was our first-round pick (third overall) in the 1990 draft. He had a rough transition to rookie-league ball and no one is quite sure where he will go at this point. One might think that at this point we would be done drafting college pitchers in the first round. (He was great at UNC by the way.)

RP Danny McFarlane, 24, also split last season between the majors, the disabled list, and AAA. His potential still looks good but his performance in the majors last year was not:a 6.70 ERA in 40 innings pitched with many more walks than strikeouts. A poor work ethic and a pouty attitude are not helping his cause.

RP Hector Mazariegos, 20, got a peek last year and will probably start this season in the majors. He projects as our best relief pitcher at the AAA level at the moment.

A bunch of other riff-raffy hitters and pitchers in double-A ball or lower, but really, who knows what will come of them.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:58 AM   #22
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I've decided not to trade for 20-year-old outfielder John McConnell--the player my scouts think will be the next Darryl Strawberry. The reason is that one of the house rules I am playing with is that every trade must make sense from the perspective of the other team, and in this case, I wouldn't make the trade if I were the Padres.

What's confusing is that the Padres just acquired McConnell from the Yankees for two utterly unimpressive prospects. If it were a case of my scouts finding a diamond in the rough, I would make the trade, but here, SISA has rated McConnell as the #1 prospect in all the land. And he was the second-overall pick just two years ago. So I've decided that this is one of those cases where the game makes it too easy to acquire the best young talent--exactly the scenario the house rule is meant to prevent.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:28 PM   #23
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Offseason and spring training 1991

1. Phillies sign free agent shortstop and starting pitcher. We did not make a major splash in free agency but did sign two discount players who we expect to be starters. Shortstop Rob Durie, 28, comes from Toronto where he hit about .260 over the past two seasons with good OBP numbers and lots of steals--65, 44, and 52 over the past three seasons. And starting pitcher Tom Bankston, 27, is a journeyman who has already played for three different teams in his career. He posted a 13-10 record last year with a 3.64 ERA. We expect him to pitch a lot of innings and do fairly well for strikeouts.

We took a look at the two best starting pitchers on the market, Rob Yoder and Leo Akhurst, but could not afford either of them on a long-term basis. Both wound up signing with the Cardinals.

2. Spring training fairly uneventful. The only job competitions involved a handful of AAA-caliber outfielders competing for the final spot in the outfield and about seven pitchers jockeying for space in the starting rotation. The only surprise here was AAA relief pitcher Barry Hobbs made a good impression in his tryout as a starter.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:38 PM   #24
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June 1, 1991

1. Phillies take winning record into June for first time. Even with several significant injuries, the Phillies are above .500 in June for the first time in this simulation. The team is 30-27 and one game out of first place.

2. Standings:

NL EAST W L PCT GB
Boston 31 26 .544
N.Y. Yankees 31 26 .544
Philadelphia 30 27 .526 1
Pittsburgh 29 28 .509 2
Toronto 25 32 .439 6
N.Y. Mets 24 33 .421 7





NL SOUTH W L PCT GB
Kansas City 35 22 .614
Washington 33 24 .579 2
Florida 28 29 .491 7
Atlanta 27 30 .474 8
Baltimore 25 32 .439 10
St. Louis 24 33 .421 11





AL WEST W L PCT GB
Houston 39 18 .684
Los Angeles 32 25 .561 7
Oakland 31 26 .544 8
San Francisco 29 28 .509 10
Texas 29 28 .509 10
San Diego 27 30 .474 12





AL CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Cleveland 32 25 .561
Detroit 28 29 .491 4
Cincinnati 27 30 .474 5
Minnesota 25 32 .439 7
Chicago Cubs 23 34 .404 9
Chicago White Sox 20 37 .351 12
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:40 PM   #25
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3. Philadelphia Batting Statistics

Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
3B Austin Conrad 54 203 62 21 6 26 .305 0
1B Luis Espinoza 56 207 62 17 6 24 .300 2
LF Santiago Flores 53 201 58 12 9 35 .289 0
SS Rob Durie 53 212 59 9 1 21 .278 14
RF Dave Matthews 32 69 19 2 5 16 .275 0
C Will Jones 49 189 51 14 8 33 .270 1
2B Edgar Sawyer 53 208 55 11 9 28 .264 15
CF Neil Orr 47 165 39 10 3 21 .236 7
2B Andres Luna 40 75 16 3 0 7 .213 5
RF x-Bill Lowe 53 199 28 8 7 27 .201 14
OF Dorian Dixon 27 35 6 2 0 3 .171 2
C Brad Tate 14 33 5 3 0 1 .152 0
SS Jim Johnson 34 27 3 1 0 0 .111 0

4. Philadelphia Pitching statistics

Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P Manny Adame 8 0 0 1 0 12.2 4 11 1.42
P2 x-Tom Bankston 5 5 2 1 0 33.0 9 26 2.73
P1 Clint Boyd 13 13 6 2 0 77.1 28 38 2.79
P Ira Koch 23 0 2 2 15 25.2 12 20 3.51
P Stan Locke 21 0 1 1 1 24.2 15 25 3.65
P Jose Cruz 21 0 3 0 0 24.2 19 28 3.65
P3 Barry Hobbs 9 9 2 2 0 49.2 34 40 3.99
P Ken Cox 16 0 1 2 2 17.1 6 7 4.67
P5 Rafael Heredia 10 10 5 4 0 71.2 54 45 4.77
P Melesse Jumoke 15 10 5 6 0 77.2 36 59 5.21
P4 Tristan Baldwin 10 10 2 3 0 60.1 20 38 5.37
P Danny MacFarlane 12 0 1 0 0 13.0 7 13 7.62
P Hector Mazariegos 24 0 0 2 0 23.0 28 19 8.22
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #26
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September 1, 1991

1. Phillies Lead Division On September 1st. The Philadelphia Phillies are the surprise of the year as they take a four-game lead in the NL East into September. The team stands at 78-61 and leads defending champion Boston by four games and the New York Yankees by six games.

2. Phillies make deadline move. The Phillies acquired 25-year-old starting pitcher Xiao Wei Ang from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league pitching prospects Fei-hsien Dun (AA), Tommy McAlister (AAA), and Derrick Hammond (AA). Ang is a sinkerball pitcher who has gone 3-2 in six games for the Phillies with a 3.40 ERA.

In making the move, the Phillies acquired a top-four starter who can help the team make a playoff push. The White Sox picked up a former #1 overall draft pick in Dun plus two relief pitchers that are each rated at four stars or above at present.

It was a close call whether to approve the trade from the White Sox's perspective because Ang is only twenty five years old and in his rookie season. It would have made a lot of sense for the team to hang on to this particular player; there was no reason to move him because of his salary. In the end, however, I felt like the Sox picked up a AA starter with the potential to be a #1 starter in the majors (Dun) whereas Ang projects to be a #2 or #3 starter at best. Plus the Sox picked up two relief pitchers, each of whom could become quality setup men.

Standings and stats to follow.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #27
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September 1, 1991 Standings

NL EAST W L PCT GB
Philadelphia 78 61 .561
Boston 74 65 .532 4
N.Y. Yankees 72 67 .518 6
Pittsburgh 65 74 .468 13
Toronto 65 74 .468 13
N.Y. Mets 55 84 .396 23





NL SOUTH W L PCT GB
Kansas City 83 56 .597
Washington 75 64 .540 8
Florida 71 68 .511 12
Atlanta 70 69 .504 13
Baltimore 64 75 .460 19
St. Louis 62 77 .446 21





AL WEST W L PCT GB
Houston 95 44 .683
Oakland 80 59 .576 15
Texas 79 60 .568 16
Los Angeles 74 65 .532 21
San Diego 66 73 .475 29
San Francisco 58 81 .417 37





AL CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Detroit 75 64 .540
Cincinnati 72 67 .518 3
Cleveland 64 75 .450 11
Minnesota 62 77 .446 13
Chicago Cubs 56 83 .403 19
Chicago White Sox 53 86 .381 22
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:36 PM   #28
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September 1, 1991 Team Stats


PHI BATTING








Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
RF Jorge Zuniga 52 226 76 7 5 32 .336 0
1B Luis Espinoza 135 503 150 43 17 86 .298 5
3B Austin Conrad 130 515 152 37 12 53 .295 1
LF x-Santiago Flores 79 303 86 15 14 55 .284 0
SS Rob Durie 121 479 132 24 2 38 .276 39
CF Neal Orr 124 426 114 29 11 50 .268 21
C Brad Tate 33 87 23 8 0 11 .264 0
C Will Jones 117 455 116 28 16 66 .255 2
2B Edgar Sawyer 123 501 125 22 18 69 .250 30
SS Andres Luna 107 253 62 18 0 28 .245 17
CF Dave Matthews 101 273 66 15 7 28 .242 2
RF Bill Lowe 93 345 82 17 16 54 .238 22
RF Christopher Knox 39 40 8 0 0 3 .200 0
SS Jim Johnson 65 61 7 2 0 3 .115 0























PHI PITCHING








Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P Manny Adame 29 0 3 1 1 44.1 15 44 1.62
P3 Tom Bankston 20 20 11 4 0 146.0 51 101 2.53
P Ken Cox 38 0 2 3 5 49.0 24 24 2.94
P Jose Cruz 42 0 4 0 1 52.2 36 49 3.08
P2 Clint Boyd 29 29 14 4 0 175.2 68 88 3.18
P4 Xiao Wei Ang 27 27 9 12 0 180.1 70 174 3.54
P1 Barry Hobbs 19 19 7 4 0 106.2 64 94 3.63
P Hector Mazariegos 54 0 2 2 7 59.2 44 54 3.77
P Stan Locke 54 0 4 4 2 70.2 51 69 4.08
P Ira Koch 57 0 4 7 29 64.0 33 50 4.08
P Melesse Jumoke 31 22 9 10 0 164.0 84 118 4.39
P5 Rafael Heredia 25 25 10 13 0 168.1 109 123 4.70
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #29
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September 26, 1991

The Phillies make the playoffs! The team finished 89-73 and won the NL East, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. The USBL playoffs are as follows:

NL
Philadelphia Phillies (89-73) v. Washington Nationals (91-71)
Kansas City Royals (98-64) v. Boston Red Sox (88-74)

AL
Houston Astros (108-54) v. Texas Rangers (90-72)
Cincinnati Reds (85-77) v. Oakland Athletics (94-68)
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #30
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Game 1: Washington 7, Philadelphia 0
It was a pitcher's duel in which Philadelphia starter Barry Hobbs and Washington starter Brennan Woods each held the other team scoreless until the ninth inning. At that point, for some inexplicable reason, Philadelphia manager Dave Beveridge called in Rafael Heredia to pitch, whereupon Washington promptly scored seven runs.

Game 2: Philadelphia 2, Washington 0
Clint Boyd, Ken Cox, and Hector Mazariegos combined for a one-hit shutout of the Nationals. LF Santiago Flores hit a two-out RBI double in the third and pinch hitter Jorge Zuniga added an RBI single in the seventh to lead the Phillies to victory.

Game 3: Philadelphia 5, Washington 2
3B Austin Conrad hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning and hit a grand slam home run in the fifth inning to lead the Phillies to a 5-2 win over the Nationals. Starting pitcher Tom Bankston went 8 1/3 innings and Hector Mazariegos got the final two outs for the save.

Game 4: Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
The Nationals scored four runs in the first inning off Phillies starter Xiao Wei Ang and cruised to victory on that margin. Washington starter Roland Rutland picked up the win.

Game 5: Philadelphia 8, Washington 4
The Phillies broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning punctuated by home runs from 2B Edgar Sawyer and C Will Jones. Also homering for the team were 3B Austin Conrad (1st inning) and LF Santiago Flores (4th inning). Starting pitcher Barry Hobbs picked up the win.

The team now faces the Boston Red Sox in the League Championship Series. The AL matchup is Cincinnati vs. Houston.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:34 PM   #31
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NL League Championship Series

Game 1: Boston 6, Philadelphia 3
Boston hung six runs on Phillies starter and opened the series with a 6-3 win. 2B Edgar Sawyer added a three-run home run for the Phillies.

Game 2: Philadelphia 5, Boston 1
1B Luis Espinoza hit two solo home runs and added two singles to pace the Phillies in a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Starting pitcher Tom Bankston struck out 9 and allowed four hits in 8 innings.

Game 3: Philadelphia 5, Boston 4
3B Austin Conrad, 2B Edgar Sawyer, and CF Dave Matthews each homered during a four-run fourth inning to lead the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.

Game 4: Boston 3, Philadelphia 2
Boston scored three runs in the first inning on singles by 1B Jose Landin and SS Roberto Hernandez and held on for a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Red Sox starter Jorge Campos allowed only one hit in seven innings, and Philadelphia managed only two hits during the game.

Game 5: Philadelphia 6, Boston 4
Philadelphia CF Bill Lowe hit a game-winning two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. 3B Austin Conrad also knocked in two runs on three hits, and P Rafael Heredia picked up the win in relief.

Game 6: Boston 3, Philadelphia 2
Reigning Leland Kettner Award winner Mike Molina shut down the Phillies, scattering two runs and six hits across eight innings as the Red Sox beat the Phillies 3-2 to force a Game 7 in the League Championship Series. OF Santiago Flores homered for the Phillies.

Game 7: Philadelphia 6, Boston 1
Philadelphia starting pitcher Xiao Wei Ang left the game in the fourth inning with a strained bicep but it was no matter as Ira Koch, Manny Adame, Stan Locke, and Jose Cruz held the Red Sox to one run in relief as the Phillies advanced to the World Series. Jorge Zuniga, Bill Lowe, Dave Matthews, and Luis Espinoza all knocked in runs for the Phils.

The Phillies will play the Cincinnati Reds, who knocked the Houston Astros, and their best record in baseball, out of the playoffs.

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Old 08-03-2011, 04:43 PM   #32
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1991 World Series

Game 1: Cincinnati 2, Philadelphia 1
Former Phillie Joe Crocker struck out seven in eight scoreless innings of work as the Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 in Game One of the World Series. Barry Hobbs struck out 6 in six scoreless innings for the Phillies.

Game 2: Philadelphia 13, Cincinnati 2
Phillies 1B Luis Espinoza hit a three-run homer and CF Neil Orr knocked in four runs to pace the Phillies in a 13-2 rout of the Reds. The win was costly, though, as Phillies 2B Edgar Sawyer pulled a hamstring and will likely be out for the remainder of the series. Starter Cliff Boyd scattered six hits across seven innings of work.

Game 3: Cincinnati 5, Philadelphia 1
The Reds scored five runs in the first three innings off Tom Bankston and cruised to a 5-1 win. Reds starter Jesus Luna went 8 2/3 innings and struck out five.

Game 4: Cincinnati 9, Philadelphia 1
Phillies starter Rafael Heredia gave up seven runs in four innings as the Reds again cruised to an easy win. Reds ace Joe Crocker again pitched a strong game, scattering five hits and one run across 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Game 5: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 0
Phillies starter Barry Hobbs and nearly the entire bullpen--Stan Locke, Ken Cox, Ira Koch, Hector Mazariegos, and Manny Adame--combined to hold the Reds to a three-hit shutout. The game was 1-0 until the top of the ninth when Luis Espinoza, Rob Durie, and Austin Conrad broke the game open with a series of singles.

Game 6: Cincinnati 2, Philadelphia 0
The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series on the road on the back of a three-hit shutout from Jesus Luna. All-star RF Damian Bennett knocked in both Reds runs with a two-out single in the third inning.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:37 AM   #33
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1991 Offseason

In a surprising scandal, three Phillies players--rookie OF Jorge Zuniga, and minor leaguers Alejandro Martinez and Matt Robinson--were released from the organization after they were arrested for carousing in Tijuana in strict violation of the league's No-Chicanery-In-Tijuana policy.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:39 AM   #34
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1991 Final Standings

NL EAST W L PCT GB
Philadelphia 89 73 .549
Boston 88 74 .543 1
N.Y. Yankees 83 79 .512 6
Toronto 75 87 .463 14
Pittsburgh 72 90 .444 17
N.Y. Mets 61 101 .377 28





NL SOUTH W L PCT GB
Kansas City 98 64 .605
Washington 91 71 .562 7
Florida 85 77 .525 13
Atlanta 81 81 .500 17
Baltimore 76 86 .469 22
St. Louis 73 89 .451 25





AL WEST W L PCT GB
Houston 108 54 .667
Oakland 94 68 .580 14
Texas 90 72 .556 18
Los Angeles 85 77 .525 23
San Diego 84 78 .519 24
San Francisco 69 93 .426 39





AL CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Cincinnati 85 77 .525
Detroit 83 79 .512 2
Cleveland 72 90 .444 13
Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 14
Minnesota 71 91 .438 14
Chicago White Sox 60 102 .370 25
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:40 AM   #35
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1991 Phillies Batting Stats
Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
RF Jorge Zuniga 71 263 85 7 6 37 .323 0
3B Austin Conrad 151 594 177 42 15 67 .298 1
LF Santiago Flores 101 377 110 18 18 71 .292 0
1B Luis Espinoza 156 573 167 50 18 97 .291 5
C Will Jones 136 527 146 39 22 88 .277 2
SS Rob Durie 143 573 158 32 2 40 .276 46
CF Neal Orr 146 498 133 35 11 56 .267 28
C Brad Tate 38 99 26 8 0 11 .263 0
CF Dave Matthews 118 301 76 17 7 32 .252 2
2B Edgar Sawyer 144 593 145 24 22 88 .245 36
2B Andres Luna 125 288 69 19 0 29 .240 17
RF Bill Lowe 112 424 101 20 17 64 .238 28
RF Christopher Knox 43 42 8 0 0 3 .200 0
SS Jim Johnson 77 73 9 2 0 4 .123 0
CF Dorian Dixon 48 76 8 2 0 5 .105 3

1991 Phillies Pitching Stats
Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P Manny Adame 33 0 4 1 2 49.1 15 51 1.46
P Ken Cox 45 0 2 3 5 56.1 28 30 2.56
P2 Tom Bankston 25 25 13 6 0 182.2 64 127 2.76
P4 Xiao Wei Ang 11 11 5 5 0 81.1 32 71 3.10
P3 Barry Hobbs 24 24 9 4 0 132.0 80 127 3.41
P1 Clint Boyd 34 34 15 6 0 200.1 76 106 3.68
P Hector Mazariegos 60 0 2 3 10 65.1 49 60 3.72
P Stan Locke 64 0 5 4 2 83.0 63 82 3.90
P Ira Koch 66 0 5 9 29 73.0 34 59 4.19
P Melesse Jumoke 34 23 9 11 0 178.0 91 126 4.30
P Jose Cruz 50 0 4 0 1 60.0 43 53 4.35
P5 Rafael Heredia 32 27 10 14 1 188.2 128 136 4.53
P Tristan Baldwin 18 18 4 6 0 108.2 39 61 4.97
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #36
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1991 Offseason--Free Agency Period

1. Phillies trade MR Ken Cox to Atlanta for 2B Pancho Vallejo. Vallejo, now 31 and in the final year of a three-year contract, gives the team a veteran contact hitter in the infield. We're hoping to start Vallejo at second base, move Edgar Sawyer to SS, and move Rob Durie to 3B. In other words, Vallejo is the plan to replace the production lost with Austin Conrad leaving via free agency.

2. Phillies resign SS Durie to a one-year deal.

3. Phillies claim C Francisco Hinton off waivers from Chicago (A). Our scouts think that Hinton, 29, has the potential to be much better than a career journeyman, which is how he has spent his career thus far. We'll see.

4. Phillies sign two Japanese outfielders. Our scouts have turned up two outfielders from Japan. Kuma Sugahara, 23, was given a $1 million signing bonus and is expected to make the team as a fourth outfielder. Kenko Shinohara, 25, is likely to begin the year in Brownsville (AA) but is the better power-hitting prospect of the two.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:50 PM   #37
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July 1992

A few posts seem to have gotten lost here. Or perhaps I never finished writing them. At any rate, we're after the all star break now in 1992 and things are looking bleak. We can safely say that last year's run to the NL Championship was the product of a number of players having career years all at the same time rather than the product of a great team.

Let's look at the numbers.

1. Phillies in fifth place in NL East. Toronto leads the division at 46-39, followed closely by Pittsburgh (45-40) and Boston (44-41). The N.Y. Yankees are in fourth place (42-43). We are deep in fifth place at 37-48, nine games out of the division lead, and the N.Y. Mets are in last place (32-53). We are eight games behind Kansas City and Pittsburgh for the wild card.

The root causes of this are many, and we have some tough contract-extension decisions to make coming up. So let's take a look at the roster.

Catcher
Will Jones, 28, remains the starter here. He has played in only 29 games this year because of an injury but is hitting .284 with 6 HR and 16 RBI in those games (.903 OPS). He is in a contract year and is looking for a six-year, $45 million dollar contract. In many ways we can't afford to lose him because he has turned into a .270 / 20 HR / 80 RBI catcher. But we also can't afford to pay that salary.

Francisco Hinton, 30, is the backup. We claimed him off waivers at the beginning of the season because my scouts told me he was a late-blossoming superstar in the making. Oops. He's hitting .196 in 56 games and sports a gaudily negative VORP.

In the minors. Guillermo Lucero, 23, was picked in the second round of last year's draft. He played well in rookie and A ball and is now playing for AA Brownsville, where he has leveled out a little bit. Currently projects as a good defensive catcher with passable major-league offensive skills. Javier Rangel, 21, was picked out of high school in the third round of the 1990 draft. He has good offensive tools but has struggled to advance beyond low-A ball.

First Base
Luis Espinoza, 24, won the rookie award two years ago and has turned in two straight seasons of .290 / 18 HR / 85-90 RBI. Halfway through this season he already has 15 home runs and 60 RBIs. He is turning into a legitimate #5 hitter in the USBL.

In the minors. We've got a number of players backed up here: Pablo Diaz, 25, is hitting .283 at AAA Camden. Jesus Garcia, 23, and Tim Terry, 24, are both hitting .300 with double-digit home runs in Brownsville. Paul McKinney, 22, is playing reasonably well at Clearwater (A). The best prospect, though, is 19-year-old Mike Heron, picked in the first round of this year's draft after turning in three straight all-star seasons in high school.

Middle Infielders
We've got a mess here. Edgar Sawyer, 23, is turning in a terrible season, hitting only .245 (.287 OBP) with only 3 home runs and 32 RBIs halfway through the season--far from the Juan Samuel and Howard Johnson projections we were talking about earlier. Rob Durie, 29, is out for the season and probably will not play for the Phillies again. Pancho Vallejo, 31, is a huge detriment in the clubhouse and hasn't given us any offense to speak of, hitting .258 with 1 home run and 17 RBIs. Marc Forrister, 23, is a stopgap AAA infielder who my scouts think might turn into a poor man's Dickie Thon but really he has never even shown that much in the minors.

In the minors. Cesar Diaz, 23, was a third-round pick last year out of college and has shown a lot of promise, advancing all the way up to Camden (AAA) in about a year. He's slowed down there but still might become a good contact-hitting second baseman in the majors. He projects as potentially Tom Herr. Other than that I'm not seeing much in the organization except maybe Dan Randall, 22, who was picked in the 17th round last year and who is playing well in low-A ball.

Third Base
Andres Luna, 27, is starting here but this is not a good situation. He's hitting .257 with 5 home runs and 23 RBIs halfway through the season. Not the production we want from third base.

Raul Mata, 23, is a AAA player who is trying to win a job but who isn't producing anything other than a generic VORP.

In the minors. Paul McIntyre, 25, is playing well at Brownsville (AA) and projects as a lesser version of departed third baseman Austin Conrad but is not particularly exciting.

Outfield
Santiago Flores, 33, is still producing at Kevin McReynolds levels and is on track for a .300 / 20 / 100 season. He's got another year left at $8 million per year, though, so I would consider moving him if someone would take him.

Kuma Sugahara, 23, is a guy my scouts found in Japan. He's playing really well, on track to hit .300 with 10 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 20 steals.

Neal Orr, 34, has been injured and is down from his usual stats. He's in the last year of his contract and won't be resigned.

Bill Lowe, 24, remains kind of an enigma but is on track for a reasonable year. He's hitting for better average this year so far: .280-8-31 at the halfway mark.

Christopher Knox, 25, probably won't develop into a starter but might well become a top-notch pinch hitter.

In the minors. Keizo Chikafuji, 22, was our third-round pick out of high school in 1989 and has made his way up through the minors. He projects as a good contact hitter with good speed, and played well in a major-league stint earlier this year. Dave Matthews, 24, was sent back to the minors to find his groove after hitting only .202 in 100 at bats in the majors this year. He has not found it yet. Kenko Shinohara, 25, is another guy my scouts found in Japan but he hasn't really played that well in Camden (AAA) or Brownsville (AA) yet this year. Pat Rice, 19, was our first round draft pick this year. David Hernandez, 22, was also picked in this year's draft but seems to be unusually polished.

Pitchers to come next.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:11 PM   #38
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Clint Boyd, 29, is still our ace. But he's really best as a No. 2 or 3 pitcher. He's on track for a 13-8, 4.10 ERA season.

Barry Hobbs, 23, has been a pleasant surprise. He doesn't go that deep into games but is effective when he's in there. On track for a 10-8, 3.94 ERA season. He currently has 92 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched.

Tom Bankston, 29, has regressed to the mean after turning in a career year last year. After 17 games this year he is 7-8 with a 5.06 ERA. His contract is up after this year and I don't plan on resigning him.

Xiao Wei Ang, 26, has been kind of disappointing and probably wasn't worth the trade that brought him here (Fei Hsien-Dun) in the long run. He's 7-10 with a 4.42 ERA so far this year, although he does have 122 strikeouts in 118 innings and has a WHIP of 1.28. So maybe it's not all that bad.

Melesse Jumoke, 29, is still filling the gap as the fifth-starter and long-relief man. Halfway through the season he is 5-7 with a 4.83 ERA and as many walks as strikeouts. Only because we have nothing better.

In the minors. Rafael Heredia, 24, was sent down to Camden after starting the year 1-6 with a 7.30 ERA for the major league team. He's not happy about it and could probably use a change of scenery. Chris Bythell, 24, has made it Camden but is playing really badly there and it's not looking good for him to turn into the ace we thought he would be. Here's two top-three picks in the draft who look like they may never make it in the majors. Essentially I turned three top-3 picks into Xiao Wei Ang and two minor-league pitchers. Not what you hope for. And then Johnny Caldwell, 23, has kind of stalled at Brownsville (AA).

Not going to run through my relievers because they're fine, I have plenty of them, relievers grow on trees in this game.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:37 PM   #39
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1992 Trading Deadline

We made three trades in a dramatic makeover of the team. Left to be seen is the impact this will have.

1. C Will Jones, OF Neal Orr, and SP Tom Bankston to the N.Y. Yankees in exchange for 19-year-old shortstop Ryan Hall, 24-year-old LF Morgan Gibson, 25-year-old catcher Eric Kelly, and 22-year-old starting pitcher Lou McCray. The Yankees make the deal because they are two games out of first place in the division and they desperately needed a frontline catcher and a veteran starting pitcher. We make the deal to add young depth at shortstop, starting pitcher, and left field.

2. 1B Jesus Garcia to Boston for 29-year-old SP Michael McDonald and 21-year-old SS Ray Burton. Boston makes the trade because they have been trying to get rid of malcontent McDonald. We add a fifth starting pitcher and a young shortstop in exchange for one of our excess minor-league first basemen.

3. SP Clint Boyd, RF Bill Lowe, 3B Andres Luna, and C Francisco Hinton to Cincinnati for 28-year-old C Paul Miller and 25-year-old 3B Cole Wilson. A blockbuster trade here. Cincinnati makes the trade because they have excess depth at catcher and middle infield, and they acquire a frontline starter and outfielder for their playoff push. We remake the team with a new catcher and a new third baseman.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:25 AM   #40
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1992 Recap

We finished the season in a jumbled heap at the bottom of the standings. Boston went on to win their third world championship over the Chicago Cubs.

NL EAST W L PCT GB
Boston 88 74 .543
Pittsburgh 86 76 .531 2
N.Y. Yankees 84 78 .519 4
Toronto 84 78 .519 4
N.Y. Mets 72 90 .444 16
Philadelphia 72 90 .444 16





NL SOUTH W L PCT GB
Washington 87 76 .534
Kansas City 86 77 .528 1
Florida 83 79 .512 3.5
Baltimore 81 81 .500 5.5
St. Louis 77 85 .475 9.5
Atlanta 73 89 .451 13.5





AL WEST W L PCT GB
Houston 97 65 .599
Oakland 88 74 .543 9
San Diego 88 74 .543 9
L.A. Dodgers 80 82 .494 17
San Francisco 77 85 .475 20
Texas 68 94 .420 29





AL CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Chicago Cubs 105 57 .648
Detroit 87 75 .537 18
Cincinnati 81 81 .500 24
Cleveland 75 87 .463 30
Minnesota 72 90 .444 33
Chicago White Sox 54 108 .333 51
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:28 AM   #41
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1992 Phillies Team Statistics

We had been curious whether the 1991 NL Championship was the result of having put together a good team early on in the simulation or whether everyone on the team had a good year at the same time. It was clearly the latter. These guys stunk this year and show no signs of getting better.


PHI BATTING








Pos Name G AB H 2B HR RBI .AVG SB
3B Cole Wilson 59 226 70 14 2 29 .310 14
RF Morgan Gibson 16 36 11 0 1 3 .306 2
1B Luis Espinoza 100 385 115 33 17 70 .299 0
CF Keizo Chikafuji 76 171 51 8 1 20 .298 13
LF Kuma Sugahara 150 512 147 20 11 62 .287 15
LF Santiago Flores 149 476 136 38 19 98 .286 4
1B Pablo Diaz 59 228 59 15 6 18 .259 0
CF Dave Matthews 99 308 77 19 3 47 .250 2
C Paul Miller 55 200 48 8 4 26 .240 0
RF Christopher Knox 79 121 29 3 1 9 .240 0
2B Edgar Sawyer 152 599 142 21 11 58 .237 42
SS Marc Forrister 74 151 31 6 1 10 .205 2
3B Raul Mata 128 282 53 11 5 22 .188 4
C Eric Kelly 21 45 7 2 0 1 .156 0
2B Cesar Diaz 26 44 6 0 1 7 .136 0












PHI PITCHING








Pos Name G GS W L SV IP BB K ERA
P Danny MacFarlane 25 0 3 1 0 36.2 18 39 1.47
P Chris Bythell 5 5 4 1 0 35.1 15 21 1.53
P Ira Koch 70 0 7 4 1 82.0 29 68 3.07
P1 Barry Hobbs 33 33 13 8 0 192.0 80 166 3.23
P Hector Mazariegos 60 0 1 7 39 62.1 28 49 3.47
P Manny Adame 40 0 0 3 2 43.0 23 38 3.77
P3 Xiao Wei Ang 32 32 12 16 0 217.0 81 224 4.11
P2 Lou McCray 12 12 3 6 0 81.2 28 54 4.41
P Stan Locke 46 0 2 1 1 60.2 71 68 4.60
P Antonio Sousa 50 0 2 0 0 52.1 43 41 4.82
P Melesse Jumoke 51 17 5 13 3 146.1 101 105 5.47
P5 Rafael Heredia 19 19 4 11 0 122.0 95 67 5.83
P4 Michael McDonald 8 6 1 3 0 27.1 25 22 7.24
P Mark Gillespie 21 0 0 3 0 28.2 22 28 7.54
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:52 AM   #42
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1993 Season Preview

In lieu of an offseason post, let's look at the new team since there has been so much transition.

Paul Miller, C, 29, is our new everyday catcher. We acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds after trading away former starter Will Jones for salary-related reasons. My scouts told me we were getting a .270 - 15 - 70 hitter but he seems to have taken a big nose dive since we traded for him. He wound up hitting .231 with 7 home runs and 51 RBIs in the 1992 season.

Eric Kelly, C, 25, is our backup catcher. We acquired him from the N.Y. Yankees as part of the Will Jones trade. He fits our normal backup bill in that he is a good defensive catcher but he actually does have some offensive promise. It remains to be seen whether that will develop.

Luis Espinosa, 1B, 25, is our now-stalwart first baseman. He was on pace for really great numbers last year before missing the last 2 1/2 months of the season with an injury. We are hoping he can come back this year and push the power numbers to the next level.

Cesar Diaz, 2B, 24, is a rookie second baseman. We drafted him out of Wichita State in the third round of the 1991 draft. We think he has the potential to be a great contact and doubles hitter with superb OBP.

Edgar Sawyer, 2B-SS, 24, is a mess. His OBP dropped to .266 last year as he struck out 111 times and walked only 16 times. He has lost his starting job and no team will take him in a trade anymore. This is the last season of his contract.

Andy Puckett, 3B, 28, is a free agent third baseman we signed from the N.Y. Mets on a one-year contract. We hope he hits around .260 with 10 home runs and 70 RBIs, as that would be consistent with his past performance.

Cole Wilson, 2B-3B-SS, 25, is a star, we hope. He was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Clint Boyd to the Cincinnati Reds. We hope he is a .300 hitter with a nearly .400 OBP as he has been in the past.

Marc Forrister, IF, 24, is a serviceable utility infielder. We drafted him in the 8th round of the 1988 draft and he has played his way up through the minor leagues.

Ryan Hall, 2B-SS, 20, was part of the package we received from the N.Y. Yankees in exchange for Will Jones. He is highly developed already and we hope he can contribute at the major league level this year.

Kuma Sugahara, LF, 24, won the NL Rookie of the Year award last year for his .287-11-62 campaign. Our scouts found him in Japan. He'll be starting every game and hitting in the middle of the lineup this year.

Morimasa Takata, CF, 23, is another player our scouts found in Japan. He seems to be a relatively well-rounded prospect and he may start the year directly in the majors.

Dave Matthews, OF, 25, is a decent fourth outfielder.

Santiago Flores, RF, 34, moves over to right field for his final season in a Phillies uniform. He has been one of the best players in team history but his skills are definitely slipping, and he is being pushed for playing time by . . .

Morgan Gibson, RF, 25, who we acquired from the N.Y. Yankees in the Will Jones trade. A great contact hitter who is the heir apparent in right field.

What we need, desperately: Some power in the lineup.

Grant Coleman, RHP, 28. At the top of the rotation is free agent Grant Coleman, who we signed from Florida. A hard-throwing righty who has racked up top-notch strikeout numbers in each of his seasons so far.

Lou McCray, RHP, 23. A blossoming sensation acquired from the Yankees organization in the Will Jones trade.

Barry Hobbs, RHP, 23. Our homegrown starter who has not yet racked up amazing stats but who continues to impress our scouts.

Chris Bythell, RHP, 24. Former first-round draft pick who finally makes the starting rotation.

Xiao Wei Ang, RHP, 27. Acquired via trade with the Chicago White Sox. Will definitely eat up innings but has been less impressive than we thought when we acquired him.

Bullpen includes closer Hector Mazariegos, setup men Manny Adame and Rafael Heredia (converted from starter), middle relievers Mark Gillespie, Antonio Sousa, Danny McFarlane, and Jose Antonio Soto.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:00 PM   #43
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May 1993

With the team off to a horrid 12-29 start, we fire manager Dave Beveridge and bench coach Hector Arroyo even though Beveridge led the team to the NL Championship just two years ago. Most of the players are unhappy, and Beveridge has clearly lost the clubhouse.

We hire 42-year-old Barrett Hardy as manager and 47-year-old Mark Morris as his bench coach.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #44
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The season continues to fall to pieces. SP Lou McCray has suffered a career-ending injury and SP Grant Coleman has suffered a season-ending injury.
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