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Saxmania
08-25-02, 07:54 PM
It happened.

Thanks for your patience (real or assumed) during the delay, but feel free to blame First Great Western trains for my late arrival home on Sunday. Go on. There you go.

Note to all owners not in the postseason – please do not abandon this forum. We will be offering season round-ups for each team in the league, plus debating the future of the league for seasons to come. Even if you don’t intend to take part again, we could benefit from your feedback and opinions on how better to run the league. Stick around, and heckle the frontrunners. They deserve it, the stuck-up high-payroll bastards.

Results

West Haven Yankees lost toYRMbombers2002 by 299 - 350 points
Lords of Flatbush defeated Cunning Linguists by 351 - 309 points
German Gold Gloves defeated Buckeye Bombers by 399 - 339 points
Junior’s Bashers lost to Michigan Wolverines by 274 - 324 points
Saxmania’s Swingers defeated Bad News Bears by 360 - 271 points
FP Balloon Knots defeated Bambino’s Ghost by 339 - 271 points

Team of the Week: German Gold Gloves (399 points)
Luckiest team of the week: Michigan Wolverines (won with 324 points)
Unluckiest team of the week: Buckeye Bombers (lost with 339 points)
Match-up of the week: Lords of Flatbush vs. Cunning Linguists (42 points of difference in the result)

Final Standings


Ruth Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
P Lords of Flatbush 16 2 88.9 - 5674 315.2
W Cunning Linguists 14 4 77.8 2 5467 287.1
West Haven Yankees 10 8 55.6 6 5155 286.4
YankeesRule2002 8 10 44.4 8 4704 261.3
YRMbombers2002 5 13 27.8 11 4452 247.3

DiMaggio Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
P Michigan Wolverines 15 3 83.3 - 5603 311.3
Junior’s Bashers 11 7 61.1 4 5452 302.9
German Gold Gloves 8 10 44.4 7 5201 288.9
Buckeye Bombers 6 12 33.3 9 4712 261.8
Italian Ice 2 16 11.1 13 4224 234.7

Mantle Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
FP Balloon Knots 8 10 44.4 - 5302 279.6
Babe’s Piano Playaz 8 10 44.4 - 4865 270.3
Bad News Bears 8 10 44.4 - 4860 270
Saxmania’s Swingers 8 10 44.4 - 4839 268.8
Bambino’s Ghost 8 10 44.4 - 4735 263.1

Match Reports

Knots refuse to lose, grab postseason shot from faltering Ghosts

Despite failing to command high divisional ranking throughout most of the 2002 season, the Balloon Knots nevertheless find themselves in a five-way tie for the pennant – and September baseball – at the end of 18 games. With their recent five-game winning streak propelling the Knots through a stagnant Mantle Division, the team will be optimistic that they can snatch a playoff berth that would have appeared unlikely two months ago. A powerful rotation of Maddux, Oswalt, Millwood, Wolf and Benson totalled four wins, and only Maddux allowed more than three runs all week. Meanwhile, Todd Helton’s bat churned out hits non-stop, with three homers and ten runs scored, while Edgar Martinez powered four doubles, continuing his comeback from injury. The Knots are the team with the hot hand right now, and will hope to prove that they have been underrated all year in next week’s five-way contest.

The Ghost, meanwhile, is looking decidedly pale. Despite Jacque Jones’ four moon shots, no other hitter managed more than one, while only three produced even that many. Ray Durham’s three triples were welcome, though. Things were little better in the rotation, where Mark Prior gave up 12 hits in four-plus innings, and while both Miguel Batistia and Denny Neagle ended up with wins, neither went deep into their games. Even Mike Williams’ performance, with two saves, was tarnished by his three earned runs. But after a season of up-and-down totals, the Ghost has as good a shot as any at the last postseason spot.

Swingers connect at last; Bears can’t hold off the pack

A mid-season slump appeared to see the Swingers limp out of contention, but the British team is now back with a faint chance of postseason play. Certainly one of their more combative totals, the Swingers’ 360 included two wins each from Barry Zito and Rick Reed, and, with Kerry Wood, three starters totalled 34 strikeouts. There was some solid hitting in the middle of the lineup, with production from Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, and Steve Finley, but two outfielders (Jordan and Hidalgo) are on the DL, while the Swingers will not enjoy as many starts from their rotation next week. Still, a distant shot at the pennant is better than no shot at all.

The Bad News Bears will be cursing their failure to pull away from the competition during the mid-season. While the Michigan Wolverines, Cunning Linguists, and Lords of Flatbush were building large gaps between them and the mid-table teams, the Bears could not sustain the winning streak that brought them to the top of the table, and now find themselves merely one of five teams competing for a strike-dependent postseason. The infield did their part, with Jose Vidro and Austin Kearns (at DH) slamming four over the fences, but the previously fearsome outfield of Suzuki, Dunn, and Giles were less powerful. Chuck Finley’s gem and Kelvin Escobar’s two saves were cancelled out by Roy Halladay’s disaster (5.2 IP, 7 ER, 10 H) and Jason Marquis’ poor cameo (2.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H). But the postseason is not yet out of reach for the Bears.

Lords secure sole superiority, Linguists can wait for glory

By defeating the Linguists in the final week of the season, the Lords of Flatbush ensure that they are the winners of the Ruth Division pennant, and also exact revenge for their early-season defeat. Although the Lords do not yet know the identity of their first postseason competitor, they can now relax, knowing that they will definitely be faced with a team that could not break the .500 mark during the regular season. Carrying them to the pennant were Wade Miller (14 IP, 3 ER, 17 K), Eric Gagne (4 IP, 1 W, 2 Sv, 0 ER), and Shawn Green (5 XH, 8 RBI, 7 BB). With a hard-hitting lineup, an in-form rotation, and a dominant bullpen, the Lords must approach the postseason as the favorites for the championship.

The pennant may have eluded the Linguists, and their winning streak has finally been concluded, but the Wild Card winners still topped 300 for the seventh consecutive month, and indicated that they will form a powerful challenge to the Wolverines in a week’s time. After ten wins in a row, this week’s loss can be partly attributed to Jamie Moyer’s two mediocre outings, a lack of power from the infield, and Bernie Williams’ reluctance to move past first base on a hit (8 singles, 1 extra-base hit). Lance Berkman remains locked in (with three homers and 9 RBI), but he alone will not get the Linguists through September. Luckily, the team has a week off to regroup and prepare.

Wolverines complete Payton-assisted payback against tiring Bashers

With their postseason reservation secure, the only remaining goal that the Wolverines could expect to attain was to revenge themselves against the chasing Bashers for their Week 5 defeat. While the Bashers kept the race close for much of the season, Michigan’s efficiency kept the pack at bay all year, and leaves them confident for a strong postseason showing. Jay Payton’s relocation to Colorado appears to be a major bonus, as the former Met watched four balls fly out of the park this week, while driving in thirteen, scoring nine times, and also adding nine singles, a double, and a triple – good for an outstanding 53 points, one of the highest scores all season. Help from Randy Johnson, Andy Ashby, and the DL-headed Matt Morris finished the job. With a week off, the Wolverines can now spend it shopping for a new ace.

A season of frustrations for the Bashers, who ended up with the third-highest average in the league, and the fourth-highest winning percentage, but still end up four games behind the Wolverines. Their early-season defeats weighing them down, Junior’s team were also denied a morale-boosting season sweep of Michigan, with their weekly score of 274 well below their usual standard. Freddy Garcia’s start was not the ace-like outing the Bashers would have wanted, and although workaholic Bartolo Colon contributed two wins and yet another complete game, Tim Salmon’s absence was part of a power outage in the Bashers’ lineup. But an 11-7 record is no disgrace – it would easily have earned Junior a postseason place had they been a Mantle Division team – and the team’s quality is not compromised by their lack of September prospects.

YRM going out with another scalp while West Haven rue midseason problems

Another team succumbs to the YRMbombers, who add West Haven to Junior’s Bashers, German Gold Gloves, and Bambino’s Ghost as some impressive giant-killing feats despite a disappointing season. Power from Pat Burrell and complete game wins from Matt Clement and Cory Lidle were the keys to another big score from the unpredictable Bombers. With support from Andy Benes, Jason Jennings, and Mike DeJean, the Bombers’ pitching staff finishes on a high, and the team has some encouraging results to build upon next year.

West Haven may have a far better record, five games ahead of the Bombers, yet their late-season results (one win since the All-Star Break) has already ended any chance that pressure could be put on the Linguists and the Lords. A spotty roster, containing excellence from Livian Hernandez, Rafael Furcal and Chipper Jones, but little to no quality from Jose Jiminez and Reggie Sanders, has failed West Haven after an intimidating start to the league – but their solid record and potential for competitiveness must leave the Yankees eager to prove themselves as true contenders next year.

Gold Gloves show the postseason what it’s missing, Buckeyes go out with style

Two teams a long distance off the championship run nevertheless generated the highest-scoring game of the week, as both the Gold Gloves and the Buckeyes sent warning signals to next year’s owners. The Gloves have been plagued with bad luck and untimely slumps all year, but this week put it all together to win ‘Team of the Week’ and raise their record close to .500. Vlad Guerrero, Carlos Beltran, and Tony Batista formed a dangerous middle order, while Kevin Appier, Pedro Martinez, and Rodrigo Lopez all bewildered hitters during their starts. The bullpen rounded out an overwhelming performance, with five saves , no earned runs, and only four baserunners in six innings of work. The Gloves may not be championship material this year, but they’re certainly only a few changes in fortune away.

A midseason run made the Buckeyes a team to be feared by the frontrunners, but sadly the Bombers failed to keep their charge going long enough to reach the .500 mark. Nevertheless, in the final week they again demonstrated how they found their hot streak earlier on, with Jason Schmidt practically untouchable during his complete game shutout, and Tim Hudson outstanding not once but twice. The lineup could not push the Buckeyes past the Gloves’ mammoth total, but still delivered some solid work, with Miguel Tejada. Perhaps a sub-.500 season might worry the Buckeyes, but there are plenty of positive signs for future success.

Fixtures – 25th August 2002

Five-way pennant playoff – Mantle Division

FP Balloon Knots vs. Babe’s Piano Playaz vs. Bad News Bears vs. Saxmania’s Swingers vs. Bambino’s Ghost

Notes

So, here we go. A five-way tie for the pennant, and the team with the highest score at the end of the week is going to meet the Lords of Flatbush in another week’s time. I think it’s a little more interesting than just awarding the pennant to the team with the highest points average, although the Knots may disagree vehemently. Well, too bad. ;) In any case, for me it was a fun, unpredictable, and educational regular season, and thank you to everyone who took part. As I said before, stick around, because there’s more to come, and we’ve got ways to fill the approaching baseball-free winter months.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

YanksRockMan
08-26-02, 11:18 AM
hahahahahaha...very funny..;)

Ansky39
08-27-02, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Saxmania


Results


Lords of Flatbush defeated Cunning Linguists by 351 - 309 points http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/prosper.gif

Match-up of the week: Lords of Flatbush vs. Cunning Linguists (42 points of difference in the result)

Final Standings


Ruth Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
P Lords of Flatbush 16 2 88.9 - 5674 315.2
W Cunning Linguists 14 4 77.8 2 5467 287.1
West Haven Yankees 10 8 55.6 6 5155 286.4
YankeesRule2002 8 10 44.4 8 4704 261.3
YRMbombers2002 5 13 27.8 11 4452 247.3

DiMaggio Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
P Michigan Wolverines 15 3 83.3 - 5603 311.3
Junior’s Bashers 11 7 61.1 4 5452 302.9
German Gold Gloves 8 10 44.4 7 5201 288.9
Buckeye Bombers 6 12 33.3 9 4712 261.8
Italian Ice 2 16 11.1 13 4224 234.7

Mantle Division
Team Won Lost % GB Points Avg.
FP Balloon Knots 8 10 44.4 - 5302 279.6
Babe’s Piano Playaz 8 10 44.4 - 4865 270.3
Bad News Bears 8 10 44.4 - 4860 270
Saxmania’s Swingers 8 10 44.4 - 4839 268.8
Bambino’s Ghost 8 10 44.4 - 4735 263.1



Match Reports

Lords secure sole superiority, Linguists can wait for glory

By defeating the Linguists in the final week of the season, the Lords of Flatbush ensure that they are the winners of the Ruth Division pennant, and also exact revenge for their early-season defeat. Although the Lords do not yet know the identity of their first postseason competitor, they can now relax, knowing that they will definitely be faced with a team that could not break the .500 mark during the regular season. Carrying them to the pennant were Wade Miller (14 IP, 3 ER, 17 K), Eric Gagne (4 IP, 1 W, 2 Sv, 0 ER), and Shawn Green (5 XH, 8 RBI, 7 BB). With a hard-hitting lineup, an in-form rotation, and a dominant bullpen, the Lords must approach the postseason as the favorites for the championship.

The pennant may have eluded the Linguists, and their winning streak has finally been concluded, but the Wild Card winners still topped 300 for the seventh consecutive month, and indicated that they will form a powerful challenge to the Wolverines in a week’s time. After ten wins in a row, this week’s loss can be partly attributed to Jamie Moyer’s two mediocre outings, a lack of power from the infield, and Bernie Williams’ reluctance to move past first base on a hit (8 singles, 1 extra-base hit). Lance Berkman remains locked in (with three homers and 9 RBI), but he alone will not get the Linguists through September. Luckily, the team has a week off to regroup and prepare.


sweet...

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Originally posted by Saxmania


Wolverines complete Payton-assisted payback against tiring Bashers

With their postseason reservation secure, the only remaining goal that the Wolverines could expect to attain was to revenge themselves against the chasing Bashers for their Week 5 defeat. While the Bashers kept the race close for much of the season, Michigan’s efficiency kept the pack at bay all year, and leaves them confident for a strong postseason showing. Jay Payton’s relocation to Colorado appears to be a major bonus, as the former Met watched four balls fly out of the park this week, while driving in thirteen, scoring nine times, and also adding nine singles, a double, and a triple – good for an outstanding 53 points, one of the highest scores all season. Help from Randy Johnson, Andy Ashby, and the DL-headed Matt Morris finished the job. With a week off, the Wolverines can now spend it shopping for a new ace.

A season of frustrations for the Bashers, who ended up with the third-highest average in the league, and the fourth-highest winning percentage, but still end up four games behind the Wolverines. Their early-season defeats weighing them down, Junior’s team were also denied a morale-boosting season sweep of Michigan, with their weekly score of 274 well below their usual standard. Freddy Garcia’s start was not the ace-like outing the Bashers would have wanted, and although workaholic Bartolo Colon contributed two wins and yet another complete game, Tim Salmon’s absence was part of a power outage in the Bashers’ lineup. But an 11-7 record is no disgrace – it would easily have earned Junior a postseason place had they been a Mantle Division team – and the team’s quality is not compromised by their lack of September prospects.

so long bashers... http://216.40.241.68/contrib/tweetz/bootyshake.gif


Originally posted by Saxmania


YRM going out with another scalp while West Haven rue midseason problems

Another team succumbs to the YRMbombers, who add West Haven to Junior’s Bashers, German Gold Gloves, and Bambino’s Ghost as some impressive giant-killing feats despite a disappointing season. Power from Pat Burrell and complete game wins from Matt Clement and Cory Lidle were the keys to another big score from the unpredictable Bombers. With support from Andy Benes, Jason Jennings, and Mike DeJean, the Bombers’ pitching staff finishes on a high, and the team has some encouraging results to build upon next year.

West Haven may have a far better record, five games ahead of the Bombers, yet their late-season results (one win since the All-Star Break) has already ended any chance that pressure could be put on the Linguists and the Lords. A spotty roster, containing excellence from Livian Hernandez, Rafael Furcal and Chipper Jones, but little to no quality from Jose Jiminez and Reggie Sanders, has failed West Haven after an intimidating start to the league – but their solid record and potential for competitiveness must leave the Yankees eager to prove themselves as true contenders next year.



and ta think boz questioned the integrity of your midseas moves... nice job yrm... http://216.40.241.68/otn/party/beerchug.gif


Originally posted by Saxmania

Fixtures – 25th August 2002

Five-way pennant playoff – Mantle Division

FP Balloon Knots vs. Babe’s Piano Playaz vs. Bad News Bears vs. Saxmania’s Swingers vs. Bambino’s Ghost

Notes

So, here we go. A five-way tie for the pennant, and the team with the highest score at the end of the week is going to meet the Lords of Flatbush in another week’s time. I think it’s a little more interesting than just awarding the pennant to the team with the highest points average, although the Knots may disagree vehemently. Well, too bad. ;) In any case, for me it was a fun, unpredictable, and educational regular season, and thank you to everyone who took part. As I said before, stick around, because there’s more to come, and we’ve got ways to fill the approaching baseball-free winter months.

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

this should be fun... http://216.40.249.192/mysmilies/cwm/3dlil/sleep.gif
but what if all 5 of em tie??? it could happen... i mean none of em really wants to face the lords anyways... http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/smoking/rauch25.gif nice job mr selig...

GO LORDS!!!!! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/sumo.gif

#1PaFan
08-27-02, 09:46 AM
For the zillionth time, GREAT job Sax.

Congratulations to the Lords for clinching the Division. Helluva season.

AND YRM, way to stick in there and fight. You did a great job with the waiver wire. You BETTER be back next year. :gulp:

Yanksagain
08-27-02, 11:33 AM
I want the Lords!!!

Bring it!!!

The Ghost will rise up!!

Bozidar
08-27-02, 02:25 PM
Nice job Wolvies..

Show em that the DiMaggio Division is where it's at.. :D

Coney36
08-27-02, 03:00 PM
I need an ace, I need an ace, I need an ace!!! Wait a second...I mean, I need another ace!!! :P

I knew Torborg was gonna kill Burnett...#$%@%...argh...Morris on DL too...:(

Nice job, Sax, as usual. Who am I up against next? :)

Sascha
08-27-02, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by Saxmania
Results
German Gold Gloves defeated Buckeye Bombers by 399 - 339 points

Team of the Week: German Gold Gloves (399 points)

Gold Gloves show the postseason what it’s missing, Buckeyes go out with style

Two teams a long distance off the championship run nevertheless generated the highest-scoring game of the week, as both the Gold Gloves and the Buckeyes sent warning signals to next year’s owners. The Gloves have been plagued with bad luck and untimely slumps all year, but this week put it all together to win ‘Team of the Week’ and raise their record close to .500. Vlad Guerrero, Carlos Beltran, and Tony Batista formed a dangerous middle order, while Kevin Appier, Pedro Martinez, and Rodrigo Lopez all bewildered hitters during their starts. The bullpen rounded out an overwhelming performance, with five saves , no earned runs, and only four baserunners in six innings of work. The Gloves may not be championship material this year, but they’re certainly only a few changes in fortune away.

A midseason run made the Buckeyes a team to be feared by the frontrunners, but sadly the Bombers failed to keep their charge going long enough to reach the .500 mark. Nevertheless, in the final week they again demonstrated how they found their hot streak earlier on, with Jason Schmidt practically untouchable during his complete game shutout, and Tim Hudson outstanding not once but twice. The lineup could not push the Buckeyes past the Gloves’ mammoth total, but still delivered some solid work, with Miguel Tejada. Perhaps a sub-.500 season might worry the Buckeyes, but there are plenty of positive signs for future success.
Can't me make this a keeper-league? I want to keep my team the way it is :D
Thanks Mr.Selig, as always.
And while the players are currently enjoying their vacation with a little bit of alcohol and fine weed in Jamaica, the management is already talking about contract-extensions, ballpark-renovations, offering new jobs for the coaching staff, busy with minorleague scouting etc.
Now grab your beer and turn on the TV, the pennant's on. :smokin:

YanksRockMan
08-28-02, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by Ansky39
and ta think boz questioned the integrity of your midseas moves... nice job yrm... http://216.40.241.68/otn/party/beerchug.gif



Originally posted by #1PaFan
AND YRM, way to stick in there and fight. You did a great job with the waiver wire. You BETTER be back next year.

wow..i feel so honored....gettin complimented by BOTH pa and ansky ;)

thanks bros...good luck in the postseason, if there is one..:)

heres to yas.. :gulp: :gulp: :gulp:

-pete

Bozidar
08-28-02, 11:18 AM
ppssst.. i didn't question the integrity of his midseason moves, just the integrity of his announcement of a firesale.

nice job, Peterz