TAKES 2001 TITLE!
In a hard fought, well played
six game series the Ocala Ocelots emerged over the Minnesota Mudcats as
BRASSball’s 2001 champs. The
Ocelots are the sixth different franchise to capture the league hardware. Congratulations to Corey on a fine season and a deserved
championship. Below is a
Hampton vs Clemens
Ocelots jump on the Mudcats
early in game 1 with a 4 run first. Ocelots
had 3 doubles in the inning, David Segui’s 2 run gapper being the big one.
On the mound Clemens was spectacular as he allowed only 3 hits in 8 plus
innings of work. Posada’s 3 run 9th
inning homer made it look closer than it was.
Kile vs Vazquez
Sammy Sosa powered the Ocelots
to another comfortable win in game 2. Sammy
was 3-4 with a double, homer and 5 ribbies.
Vazquez tossed a 6-hit CG. Once
again the Mudcats put some late runs on the board to make the score closer than
Schilling vs Tapani
Game 3 started out quite poorly
again for the Mudcats. Back to back
first inning homers by Sosa and Segui got the Ocelots quick 4 runs again.
But Tap settled down and didn’t allow any more.
The Mudcats chipped away and the got the score tied back up at 4 in the
fourth. In the 7th A-Rod
delivered a 2 run homer to drive Schilling from the game.
The Mudcat bullpen then held on to secure a win.
Rusch vs Hampton
This one was also a very tight
affair as it was tied up at 2 after 7 innings.
Both lefty starters did fine jobs keeping their clubs in the contest.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth David Bell drove a double to
plate Jenkins from first. Matt
Morris came in and shut the Ocelots down in the 9th to notch the
series at two games apiece.
Clemens vs Kile
Ocelots broke out big time in
game 5 on their way to a 12-2 victory. Kile
was horrible in his start and Dave Weathers was no help.
Todd Helton smacked a 3-run homer while Charlie Hayes was 4-5 with 3
ribbies from the nine hole. The Mudcats got their runs on another 2 run dinger from
Loaiza vs Vazquez
With a title on their minds the
Ocelots sent out NL CY runner-up Javier Vazquez to get it done.
A Jeter homer in the first got the Ocelots on the board quickly.
An Andruw Jones triple in the Mudcats third evened the score at 1. Then Vazquez went in to over drive and put zeros on the
scoreboard. In the 7th
and 9th the Mudcats got a runner to second with less than one out but
could not plate a run. In the
bottom of the seventh a Charlie Hayes homer and a bases loaded walk to Sosa gave
the Ocelots a 3-1 cushion. In the
ninth Vazquez gave up a one out double to Jorge Posada.
But Quilvio Veras followed with a whiff and Jenkins was then retired for
the last out on a pop out. The
Ocelots had secured their title!
Javier Vazquez was named series
MVP as he pitched 2 CG’s allowing only 11 hits in 18 innings.
Clemens (2 wins) and Sosa (10 ribbies) were also instrumental in the
1995 Long Island
1996 St. Lucie Snook
1997 Bloomington Bees
1998 Cook County Maulers
1999 Box City Parcelmen
2000 Box City Parcelmen
Maulers hit 25 homers in 10 games…Danny Bautista hit 3
triples in 7 games for Glen Allen…A-Rod and Jeter each had 5 errors…Joe
Girardi hit 2 homers in 4 games for Toledo…Bartolo Colon was 2-0, 0.53 in 2
starts for Santa Barbara…Todd Helton and Sammy Sosa each had 18 ribbies for
Ocala…Javier Vazquez 4-0, 1.12 in 5 starts for Ocala…Rocket Clemens 4-1,
2.09 in 5 starts for the same Ocelots…Matt Moris 1.38 and 4 saves in 13
innings for the Mudcats…Hidalgo 3 homers in 5 games for Columbus…Derek Jeter
hit .394 in 17 games for Ocala.
BRASSball can now be found on
the web at www.brassball.org.
Yep, are very own domain name. Because
of problems with Andy’s former web host and a general desire on the part of
Corey and I to see the league in control of it’s own space and domain we
decided to go-ahead with these purchases. The
web space costs the league $99/year. The
domain name cost us $50 initially and is freely maintained by our web host after
that. So our initial outlay was for
$149. Because of this we have to
make a dues call that was unforeseen earlier.
The details of which follow below.
Corey and I will now need dues
in the amount of $15 from all of you by January first. Here is the accounting on the matter:
We had a beginning balance for
the month of 172.08. The cost for
the web space, as stated above, was $149. Plus,
the trophy I purchased to present to Corey for his championship cost $54.
Obviously we are now short of funds.
A dues call will add $330 to the league coffers (Al & Harlan have
paid already). This should most definitely keep BRASSball liquid until the
2003 off-season I suspect. Hopefully
we can maintain an every other year dues structure.
So please send those $15 dues to
me before the New Year. Thank you.
With nary a peep from any league
member since the last newsletter the BRASSball draft is now set in stone for the
first Saturday in March. That makes
the official date for 2002 March 2nd.
Mark your calendars and clear your schedule!
With the playoffs complete the draft order below is final.
|1. Metropolis||7. Charlevoix||13. Georgia||19. Toledo|
|2. Racine||8. Morris||14. La Crosse||20. Plaza|
|3. Box City||9. Springfield||15. Columbus*||21. Stanley|
|4. Gem City||10. Hessville||16. Santa Barbara*||22. Cook County|
|5. Bloomington*||11. Iowa||17. Glen Allen||23. Minnesota|
|6. North Georgia*||12. Brooklyn||18. Fleetwood||24. Ocala|
* Indicates these teams tied.
They will alternate their order with each round.
Playoff Platoon Note
During the just completed playoffs two differing players
came up for question under Article XX, section I of the constitution.
Both players in question did not have 300 PA’s allotted to them and
were not catchers. However, it was
quite clear that both of these players were full time RH compliments of a
platoon. In addition, neither was
able to make it up to their REAL LIFE PA usage, let alone 300.
Corey and I decided that the 300 threshold is simply too high given what
is needed in a draft league to be the RH side of a platoon.
Therefore, given that the rule in question ends with the following
sentence, “The LD’s will settle any disputes about what constitutes “the
same role” in the post-season,” we have decided that the threshold will be
200 allotted PA’s from now on for all players who were the RH compliment of a
regular season platoon.
A general reminder here to all managers as we try and
work into the new BRASSball routines. Once
again, Corey is responsible for anything involving the rosters.
All trades need to be reported to him.
All signings need to be reported to him.
Basically any question involving your roster- go to Corey.
I handle more of the daily BRASSball stuff- Newsletters, questions about
the constitution, emails, voting and all that general stuff.
All this will be spelled out in the updated constitution that should be
to all before the next newsletter.
As some managers use this group to disseminate
information it was asked that I pass along to all managers instructions
necessary to double check their info in this group. If your address info is not current you will miss out on
whatever is being shared. However,
I just want to point out that the email list maintained by myself is always
current and official league info will always come via my list. Here are the instructions for the Yahoo group:
Brassball group, they need to go here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BRASSball/members
Once they login they should see a list of everyone that is signed up for the
group. If their email is inaccurate, they need to click on "Account
Info" on the very top right of the page. They can have multiple
emails for the group, if they so desire.”
Trades and Roster Stuff
Bloomington – Signed Mark Buehrle, C.C. Sabathia,
Ichiro Suzuki and Jeff Weaver to 4-year contracts. Signed David Ortiz to a
Charlevoix – Signed Matt Anderson and Daryle Ward to
4-year contracts. Signed Jimmy
Anderson to a 3-year contract.
Columbus – Signed Jimmy Rollins to a 7-year contract.
Fleetwood – Signed Brad Penny to a 5-year contract.
Signed AJ Burnett to a 4-year contract.
Signed Raul Ibanez to a 2-year contract.
La Crosse – Signed Octavio Dotel to a 3-year contract.
Signed Kyle Farnsworth to a 2-year contract.
Signed Scott Strickland to a 1-year contact.
Metropolis – Signed Aramis Ramirez to a 10-year contract.
Signed Tony Armas, Jr. and Pat Burrell to 8-year contracts.
Santa Barbara – Signed Matt Clement, Doug Davis and Byung-Hyun Kim to 4-year contracts.
Springfield – Signed Mark Mulder to a 6-year contract. Signed Ramon Ortiz and Jarrod Washburn to 5-year contracts.