BRASSball League News

March 2005

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Draft Recap

 

Even though I was unable to participate in the draft, I would like to summarize some of the best selections, in my opinion, of the draft. There are many selections that I believe were excellent, in addition to these, but I wanted to keep this somewhat brief.

 

Some of the very best young talents in baseball were drafted in the first round. Fleetwood started the draft off with Joel Guzman and Jason Kubel. Every team would have loved to add Guzman to their roster. Personally, he reminds of a young Juan Gonzalez. If he turns out to be anything like Juan, Joal will be extremely pleased. Joal will have to wait a year for Kubel, but he showed as much promise as anyone prior to his knee injury. For the Twinsí sake, I hope he turns out to be the player they project him to be.

 

Plaza selected the player Mark Lentz convinced me not to draft with my last amateur selection lasst year. Carlos Quentin looks like SOM machine. He combines power, on-base and strong defensive skills. I really regret passing on this future stud.

 

Who wouldnít have been pleased to land Chris Carpenter with the 9th pick. This is called getting value for your selection. Several teams could use this solid starter in their rotation. Now, the same cannot be said for the #11 pick. It appeared, at the time, that Rick Ankiel was a great pick. However, it was very short lived. Having lived with selecting Matt White with the #8 pick, I know how much this hurts. Donít feel sorry for Joal though. His previous four selections should put a smile in the very near future.

 

Springfield selected my favorite prospect available in the draft. Chris Nelson looks to be a future stud at shortstop. Add to this the thin air in Colorado and he could be as valuable a shortstop in SOM. Time will tell though. Man, I wish he fallen one more selection. Daric Barton was selected one pick after my pick. If I had been participating, he would have been mine. I just didnít believe he would last this long.

 

It is unfortunate that Adam Miller is experiencing arm troubles. He sure appears to be an up-and-coming young stud. Now, it appears that we will have to wait another year to know for sure. Based on the baseball preseason, it looks like Metropolis landed a solid shortstop at #25. Andy may have a nice dilemma next year with Jason Bartlett and Furcal at shortstop.

 

Here are some players that I think have a huge potential that were selected in second round. Port Richeyís Luke Hudson selection appears solid. I just have this feeling that he will be a solid starter. Anyone following the preseason will also rate Bostonís Brandon McCarthy pick as excellent. Personally, I really like Santa Barbaraís Philip Humber selection. This guys looks special.

 

As for the rest of the draft, here are some of my other ìdiamonds in the roughî.

 

#66 Bloomington ñ Chris Young ñ He appears that have nice looking career ahead of him. Vaughn only had to use his 3rd round selection to grab this future innings eater.

 

#76 Cincinnati ñ Brandon Wood ñ This guy appears destined for a breakout season. He certainly looks like a solid major leaguer waiting to happen.

 

#107 Plaza ñ Andy LaRoche ñ Another guy that seems to be blossoming. Third base power is something everyone can use. Even the Dodgers need this now.

 

#125 Toledo ñ Travis Blackley ñ Will Cook County regret leaving this guy unprotected? I already had submitted my draft list to Ray before noticing he was available. If I were drafting, I certainly would have been had a hard time passing on this guy.

 

#134 Glen Allen ñ Ezeuquiel Astacio ñ I think many of us will kick ourselves for passing on this guy. He looks like he will another solid starter for the Astros.

 

#145 Ocala ñ Mike Pelfrey ñ If he signs shortly after being selected, he is well worth the selection. Then again, he is represented by Scott Boras so this may turn out to be a wasted pick. For reference, check Stephen Drew.

 

#164 & # 173 Cook County - Russell Martin & George Kottaras ñ Kevin decided he didnít need one top-shelf catcher prospect. He needed two. These guys look as solid as any catcher prospect.

 

#229 Maine ñ Richie Robnett ñ This guy may turn out to be the steal of the draft. Not only does he have the five tools, but he has baseball skills. Playing for Oakland, he will definitely refine these skills with a chance at being a SOM-sensation.

 

 

BRASSBALL PREVIEW

 

AL WEST PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Santa Barbara

92

70

Toledo

88

74

Brooklyn

75

87

Boston

63

99

 

 

Santa Barbara

Keys to Success

A healthy starting rotation. Early reports are not good on Roy Halladay. Considering he is the ace of the staff, the team will have its work cut out for them if he misses time. A repeat performance by some of their sluggers (Garrett Anderson, Nomar Garciaparra, Carlos Lee, Mike Lowell) could ease the strain on the pitching staff.

Strengths

The offense is loaded. The Outlaws have power potential at almost every position on the squad.

Weaknesses

Their starting staff is not deep so any injuries could be devastating. The outfield defense appears adequate at best.

Outlook

The team should knock the ball around the park, but will it be enough. This team was built on pitching last year, but this year it is not as imposing.

 

 

Toledo

Keys to Success

The defending champions are hoping that their stars best years are not behind them. A let down by Chipper, Piazza or Kendall could spell doom for this squad. They do have some inning eaters, but the big question is whether they can hold a lead until the solid bullpen takes over.

Strengths

The bullpen has some very nice arms. They have a nice mix of offensive players that can be mixed and matched to sneak a few wins.

Weaknesses

The starting pitching on this club doesnít appear to be as reliable as its championship squad. Though the defense is reliable, it appears that some weaker defenders may have to play some important innings.

Outlook

The Mudhens have some young talent, but is it enough to cover any big deficits caused by the pitching staff. The fans were spoiled last season so this yearís squad could turn out to be a huge disappointment.

 

 


Boston

Keys to Success

Boston doesnít live and die with the Ramirezís, but they may be a team that lives and die by the long ball. If the sluggers hit any type of slump, the team may have trouble winning games as the pitching staff has limited potential.

Strengths

The power potential of Manny and Aramis Ramirez along with the emergence of Wily Mo Pena, the consistency of Aubrey Huff and leadership of Johnny Damon.

Weaknesses

The pitching staff is definitely looking like the weak link on this squad. They have an ace in Carl Pavano, but none of the other pitchers could be considered stoppers. The bullpen is suspect at best.

Outlook

The squad certainly will be entertaining to watch. The Rust and their opposition should push many runs across the board. When they do have the lead late, will Percival be able to close the door?

 

 

Brooklyn

Keys to Success

The pitching staff has to keep the team in games. For the squad to have any chance at competing in this division, they canít give up more than a couple runs a game.

Strengths

The squad has a fine collection of starting pitchers in Kerry Wood, Javier Vazquez, Ryan Drese and Steve Trachsel. Jason Isringhausen is in the pen to close out the victories.

Weaknesses

There one impact offensive player, Austin Kearns, is injured and will likely miss a large portion of the season. Other than Kearns, the rest of the offense will not strike fear into the opposition.

Outlook

The pitching staff may shine this year, but that may not result in wins. Holding the opposition to 3 or 4 or even 5 runs may not be enough for the victory. It appears to be a long season for the Bulldogs. The team will need to scratch for enough wins to prevent 100 losses.

 

 

AL CENTRAL PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Plaza

100

62

New Hampshire

84

78

Box City

68

94

Cook County

60

102

 

 

Plaza

Keys to Success

They have the offensive talent to play with anyone in BRASSball. Not to mention, they have one of the top staffs, on paper, in the league. As long as their players play to their potential, this could be a breakout season for the Lions.

Strengths

High-caliber offensive players at nearly every position on the field, and even the bench. Two front-of-the-rotation starters in Ben Sheets and Oliver Perez and two solid innings-eaters in Jake Westbrook and Kip Wells.

Weaknesses

The bullpen has some good arms, but it lacks a stopper. The defense should be reliable, but it is not in the upper echelon of the league.

Outlook

This should be the Lions season. They have talent that oozes playoffs. As long as the team doesnít hit any major hurdles, management can begin printing playoff tickets.

 

 

New Hampshire

Keys to Success

A huge season by Jim Thome will help, but not enough. They need significant contributions from Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, Shannon Stewart. The Derry Heifers rotation has to keep the team in games.

Strengths

Jim Thomeís presence makes this team more formidable. The starting rotation, including Kelvim Escobar, Odalis Perez, John Thomson and Kris Benson, should provide many quality starts. Damaso Marte leads a very deep bullpen.

Weaknesses

Consistent offensive output from players not named Jim Thome. Lack of a rotation stopper that will ease the stress on the offense.

Outlook

On paper, this team doesnít strike fear into anyone. However, the Heifers have many quality players that, over a 162 game season, should help the team win more than they lose. The question is whether that is enough to reach the playoffs.

 

 

Box City

Keys to Success

The health of Richie Sexson, Maggio Ordonez and Jason Bay. It appears that each guy could miss significant time. That will have an impact on a lineup that looked very strong with them in it. The rotation has pitchers that donít allow many walks, but how much will this help if they are giving up more hits than innings.

Strengths

Miguel Tejada, by himself, is worth 10-15 wins. Francisco Rodriguez is waiting in the bullpen to close out games.

Weaknesses

Other than Eric Young, the team really doesnít have anyone that can steal a base. With the big bats on the sideline, this could have really helps. Michael Youngís inability to play the field this year due to undisclosed reasons.

Outlook

The offense has talent, but many of the guys are banged up or playing hurt. This will put more pressure on the pitching staff to hold down the opposition. It just doesnít appear the Parcelmen have enough to compete this year.

 

 

Cook County

Keys to Success

For the youth movement to come of age quickly. Carl Crawford needs to build on last season. Another repeat performance would do wonders for a team lacking star power.

Strengths

The team has excellent speed with several players having the ability to take the extra base or steal a base. John Lackey, not an old gent by any means, can help tutor the young staff.

Weaknesses

Inexperience. Lack of any proven boppers and/or run-producers in the lineup. Other than Lackey, the rest of the pitching staff may cause the manager to turn to gray.

Outlook

The team has many talented young offensive players. Whether they are ready for ìbigsî is still a huge question. If they need more ìseasoningî, this will be a long, long season for the Maulers.

 

 

AL EAST PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Moline

98

64

Windy City

92

70

Tinley

84

78

Hessville

66

96

 

 

Moline

Keys to Success

For the starting rotation to live up to the hype. With Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, Livan Hernandez and Matt Morris, there should be very few games that the team should not have a chance to win. This is built around the pitching staff with the expectation that the pitchers will take the team to the next level.

Strengths

As mentioned above, they have four upper echelon right-handed starters. The bullpen is deep with Juan Rincon setting up Trevor Hoffman with other quality arms available if needed. Brad Wilkerson is quickly approaching elite outfielder status.

Weaknesses

The team is depending on many first-year / rookies to contribute heavily. They need Khalil Greene and Victor Martinez to play to their potential.

Outlook

This looks to be an exciting season in Moline. They have a rotation that many teams in the league dream about and quality bullpen to back them up. With a very deep offensive squad, the team should be able to match up with most opposition pitchers.

 

 

Windy City

Keys to Success

Alex Rodriguez should deliver another sensational year. The question is whether Sammy Sosa can. The former Ocala star was shuttled out of town after a lack-luster season that saw Sosa on the bench more than in the lineup. The team has several young offensive stars, but none is ready to protect A-Rod in the lineup.

Strengths

Any team that has A-Rod is a tick above the rest, but this team also has top-notch talent at several other positions, including Mark Kotsay, Reggie Sanders and Kevin Mench in the outfield. The team added Bartolo Colon and Jon Garland in the off-season to bolster the pitching staff.

Weaknesses

The bullpen may turn out to be the Achilles heel for this squad. They did add a stopper to the rotation in Colon, but that could be moot if the bullpen blows too many games.

Outlook

How well Brett Tomko and Jeff Suppan bounce back from sub-par seasons could decide the fate of the squad. Even with Colon, Garland and up-and-comer Jeremy Bonderman, the team needs these guys to step in order to match Molineís starters.

 

 

Tinley

Keys to Success

The Redbirds need to continue to get maximum output from their players. Derrek Lee and Andruw Jones have led this squad for the past few seasons and need to continue to do so. The pitching staff needs to once again limit the oppositions run output giving the Redbirds 4-3 and 3-2 victories.

Strengths

Tim Hudson, Freddy Garcia, Wade Miller and Russ Ortiz lead one of the top rotations in BRASSball. The bullpen is solid with Tom Gordon setting up for Keith Foulke. There will not be a letdown going from the starters to the bullpen.

Weaknesses

The teamís offensive capabilities seem to be limited after Jones and Lee. The addition of Raul Ibanez will help, but is not likely to be enough.

Outlook

Tinley, formerly known as Bakersfield, have sat in the catbird seat the last few seasons. It appears that their division title may be in jeopardy this season. Donít count them out though, with their pitching staff, anything can happen.

 

 

Hessville

Keys to Success

Hessville revamped the offense in the off-season, but will it be enough. Adding Carlos Delgado and Jeromy Burnitz should help put fans in the seats, but these two guys canít pitch. The pitching staff was the problem last season and another repeat performance needs to be prevented.

Strengths

This team has guys that can drive the ball. Travis Hafnerís and Jayson Werthís development could add even more power to an already formidable lineup.

Weaknesses

The team lacks speed. This team very much resembles a softball team that takes a base at a time. Other than Dontrelle Willis and Mike Mussina, the pitching staff doesnít have anyone that can be truly counted on to deliver a big win.

Outlook

Without a huge improvement in the pitching staff, the team can add all the offense it wants and still not compete in the division. However, this team does have some sluggers that will cause other teams pain.

 

 

NL WEST PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Metropolis

108

54

Ocala

104

58

North Georgia

74

88

Gem City

66

96

 

 

Metropolis

Keys to Success

This team is loaded with hitting and pitching talent. They just need to keep their players on the field. Everything else should take care of itself. Win the key match ups against the other strong teams in the league, most notably Ocala.

Strengths

The 1-2-3 punch of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Jason Schmidt cannot be matched by any other team in the league. The bullpen is stacked as well with Eric Gagne ready to slam the door shut on games. Barry Bonds anchors the offense.

Weaknesses

The defense of the team will be suspect at times. Vernon Wells, Eric Chavez and JT Snow are stellar defenders, but the rest of the squad could be considered average to adequate at best.

Outlook

All the Avengers need to do is perform to their expected level. If they can do this, the division should be theirs to lose. 2004 was a remarkable turnaround for the squad and it appears that it was only the beginning.

 

 

Ocala

Keys to Success

Ocala still boasts one of the best offenses in BRASSball. In many ways, this yearís club could be more well-rounded than last yearís squad. Success does hinge on the development of Adam Eaton and Jake Peavy.

Strengths

With Todd Helton, Gary Sheffield and Larry Walker, the opposition will not enjoy pitching to the heart of the order. Roy Oswalt appears healthy and the addition of Tom Glavine should result in better numbers from the rotation. The defense remains one of the best in the league.

Weaknesses

Offensive output from third base and catcher may be limited. The team survived Burroughs subpar season last year, but with Jason Kendall gone, can they survive two.

Outlook

For the first time in several seasons, the Ocelots are not the returning NL West winners. This team should reach the playoffs. However, will it have enough ammunition to take overtake Metropolis for the division?

 

 

North Georgia

Keys to Success

Several young players have some experience under their belts and need to take the next step. Like most teams, the ability of their starting pitching to contribute quality starts will have a huge impact on the Yellow Jacketsí success.

Strengths

Mark Teixeira appears ready to become the core of the team. Eric Byrnes and Corey Patterson provide a nice power, speed, defense combination. Joe Nathanís presence should help the team secure more victories.

Weaknesses

The team has a plethora of arms, some which have failed to reach their potential, others taken from the scrap heap. If a couple of these guys donít step up, there could be many long innings.

Outlook

If some of the young guys grow as expected, this team could surprise a few teams. Whether it will be enough to reach the playoffs is an unknown, but they will cause headaches for some other teams.

 

 

 

Gem City

Keys to Success

Several players need to step up and show they are worth the money invested. If they donít, management may need to take a different direction rebuilding this squad.

Strengths

Mark Bellhorn, Vinny Castilla and Mike Cameron have performed well in the past and should be expected to have solid seasons. If the team can take a lead into the late innings, Armando Benitez is there to close the door.

Weaknesses

The starting staff lacks consistency. Chan Ho Park and Jamie Moyer are nowhere near the pitchers they used to be.

Outlook

Gem City waited several seasons for the opportunity to snatch the top spot from Ocala. Now, with Metropolis firmly entrenched in that spot, it appears that they will have to wait even longer.

 

 

NL CENTRAL PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Cincinnati

94

68

Maine

90

72

Bloomington

64

98

Fleetwood

50

112

 

 

Cincinnati

Keys to Success

This yearís team is built, as with previous seasons, is built around OPS and pitching. If Moises Alou, Jim Edmonds and Javy Lopez can put up numbers similar to last year, the team should reach the playoffs once again. Having Curt Schilling for a full season certainly wonít the Royals chances.

Strengths

As noted above, the teamís offense is built around players that regularly reach base and slug the ball. Along with the guys noted above, the team has above average talent at most positions. The starting rotation should be solid again with a front three of Schilling, Mark Buehrle and Woody Williams.

Weaknesses

Though Octavio Dotel has lights out stuff, he has a penchant for the long-ball. This could result in some games ìgetting awayî. Their middle of the infield defense is questionable at best.

Outlook

Cincinnati has been asking for a BRASSball team for many years and their wish was finally granted with the Royals (formerly Sioux) moving from Stanley. Not only does the city have a team, they have the returning NL champions. The team shouldnít let them down with the talent this squad has onboard.

 

 

Maine

Keys to Success

Opponents will fear Johan Santana, but will the rest of the staff be able to contribute enough wins. The team needs to be able to score enough runs to secure enough wins when their ace is not on the mound.

Strengths

The team has an excellent blend of power and speed. This should prevent teams from simply issuing free passes to avoid potential problems. Mariano Rivera in the bullpen is about as automatic a win as you can get.

Weaknesses

The pitching staff appears to lack the depth to win the division. Other than Santana and CC Sabathia, who has the potential to be rock solid, the rest of the starting rotation has significant question marks.

Outlook

A team that features Carlos Beltran, Scott Rolen, Paul Konerko, Ken Griffey and Santana should provide excitement and wins. The Black Flies have a reasonable chance of reaching the playoffs this year.

 

 

Bloomington

Keys to Success

Alfonso Soriano needs to repeat on his monster 2004 season. Richard Hidalgo and Bernie Williams need to revert to the glory years. Josh Beckett and Jaret Wright need to stay healthy and become a formidable 1-2 punch.

Strengths

The team has some nice role players that should allow the team to matchup well with some teams. The bullpen has some power arms that should pose problems for the some the swing-happy teams in the league.

Weaknesses

The offense is lacking high-caliber players with the exception of Soriano. Other than Beckett and Wright, the rest of the pitching staff is either injured or unproven.

Outlook

The Bees have several exciting young players, but it appears that most will need another year in the minors. Due to this, their outlook for the season doesnít look promising. However, Soriano should provide enough excitement to bring the fans to the ballpark.

 

 

 

Fleetwood

Keys to Success

The Walkers have three of the top young hitters in Miguel Cabrera, David Wright and Bobby Crosby. Fleetwood needs these guys to become stars in short order for the team to be competitive. AJ Burnett recovery from arm surgery is critical to the teamís success.

Strengths

Marcus Giles had an excellent 2004 season and appeared poised to become a SOM star. When healthy, Burnett can be considered one of the elite pitchers in the league. Brad Penny, Zach Greinke and Esteban Loaiza add depth to the rotation.

Weaknesses

The lack of any proven quality relievers in the bullpen. Outside of Cabrera, the outfield is questionable at best. The team lacks a solid contributor at first base.

Outlook

The team will probably fall out of contention before mid-season. It will be interesting to watch how long it takes management to start marketing some its players. The rumor mill already reports that Brad Penny may be on his way out of town.

 

 

NL EAST PREVIEW

 

 

 

W

L

Charlevoix

92

70

Springfield

91

71

Glen Allen

86

76

Port Richey

55

107

 

 

Charlevoix

Keys to Success

The squad has a healthy Vladimir Guerrero entering the season. If he werenít lost for one half of last season, the team would have probably reached the playoffs. The pitching staff is well rounded with some quality starters and dominating relievers.

Strengths

The team has Guerrero, but it appears that Adrian Beltre may be heading for a breakout season. If this is the case, the team will certainly put up more runs than last year. The one two punch of Brad Lidge and Billy Wagner in bullpen will put pressure on the opposition to score early. Easier said than done when the starting staff features, rookie phenom Rich Harden, Al Leiter, Derek Lowe and Tim Wakefield.

Weaknesses

Shortshop depth seems to be a concern with Adam Everettís lingering injuries. The range of the outfielders will result in many extra hits.

Outlook

Charlevoix narrowly missed the playoffs last season. It will be interesting to watch if this proves to me motivation for this team, or if it hangs over their heads. With the star-caliber players on this squad, it appears that this will be the season that stretches into October.

 

 

Springfield

Keys to Success

The rotation needs to prove once again, that it is one of the tops in the league. The young stars need to continue to improve. This was a key to their playoff run a season ago. Any sophomore slump could have a drastic impact on the Isotopes 2005 aspirations.

Strengths

The team leader, Jeff Bagwell, anchors the team. Hank Blalock is quickly approaching the upper echelon of third baseman. Jose Guillen, acquired during the season from Metropolis, will be in the lineup all season. The 1-2-3 combination of Roger Clemens, Mark Mulder and Brad Radke should keep the team in games that the offense if slumping. John Smoltz anchors the bullpen.

Weaknesses

The bullpen, after BJ Ryan and Smoltz, is questionable. The team defense in the outfield also appears adequate at best.

Outlook

Springfield has retained or acquired the talent necessary to take another run at the division. Once again, the season will be won or lost by the starting pitching. The staff rose to the occasion last year, but are they up to the challenge again this year.

 

 

Glen Allen

Keys to Success

Albert Pujols put on a hitting display last year that most people can only dream of. Many of the other stars on this club either left via free agency or are hurt. The entire season may hinge on his ability to repeat last yearís performance and whether Ichiro Suzuki was worth price paid to acquire this hitting sensation. The starting rotation needs to continue to have quality start after quality start.

Strengths

Barry Zito, who had a Cy Young type of 2004 season, leads the rotation. If the arms of Chris Carpenter and Eric Milton, bounce back, and word out of camp is that they look great, the starting rotation looks solid heading into the season. Dan Kolb had a breakout season as the teamís closer last year and is back for a repeat performance.

Weaknesses

Other than Pujols and Suzuki, the rest of the hitters donít strike the fear into anyone. They need a few of these guys to step up for any chance of reaching the playoffs this year. The bullpen preceding Kolb appears average, especially with the early injuries to Brendan Donnelly and Mike Gonzalez.

Outlook

Glen Allenís playoff run may be coming to an end this season. Considering how long it has been since the Mets didnít reach the playoffs, this is almost unfathomable for the fans. Time will tell if Ichiro and Pujols have what it takes to carry this squad.

 

 

 

Port Richey

Keys to Success

The team features some productive sluggers in Jose Cruz, Tony Batista and Eric Hinske. For this team to have any chance to compete this season, these guys need to step up big time. The pitching staff has been decent in yearís past, but, again, they need to take a huge leap forward for the club to have success this year.

Strengths

Joe Kennedy, Victor Zambrano and Jose Contreras are a reasonable front three. The bullpen, though not star-studded is deep and should keep the team in games. The team has plenty of speed. The Everglades will put pressure on many teams when their base-stealing threats reach base.

Weaknesses

Injuries have already decimated the ball club. Nick Johnson, Jody Gerut and Todd Hollandsworth are out indefinitely. The club lacks star power to draw fans to the ballpark. They need to add a player they can market to the community.

Outlook

It appears to be another long season for the Everglades. The team hasnít taken the plunge into free agency to rebuild the club. Many of the teams minor leaguers have failed reach their potential. It may be time for the club to take another path in order to reach the top of the division.

 

 

BRASSball Reporter

 

Ray resigned his post as BRASSBall Reporter due to some medical issues related to his hands/arms. Instead of fighting through the injury and typing one word per week, he decided that it wasnít worth the trouble. As a result, I have eliminated this position for this year.

 

He had started to create the BRASSball Pre-season predictions, but was not able to finish. He will receive compensation on per article basis as the rest of the league.

 

 

2005 Player Usage

 

To avoid any problems with player over-usage, here is how the league will handle usage this year. The initial BRASSball league files, sent by Dave Little, contain the actual amount of PA/IP that players accumulated in the Majors last season. As such, the usage will be 1.05 times the amount of PA/IP listed. Note the amount for each of your players to ensure that you are tracking to the correct limits.

 

The BRASSball league game structure may or may not have the playersí 2004 ML statistics adjusted during the season. It is each BRASSball ownerís responsibility to know their playersí limits, regardless of whether or not an adjustment to stats occurred.

 

However, we will attempt to ìnotî adjust the league files during the season. If this does occur, we will attempt to notify the membership that they were adjusted. Just be forewarned that it is still the BRASSball ownerís responsibility to know their playersí limits.

 

If a BRASSball owner exceeds the usage buffer (5 PA or hitters and 3 IP for pitchers) for a player, the following fines will result:

 

o      Each plate appearance over the buffer will cost $250,000.

o      Each inning pitched over the buffer results in a $500,000 fine.

 

 

In-Season Standings Incentive Program

 

This is a reminder about the In-Season Standings Incentive Program. The purpose of this program is to provide results ìas they happenî to the LD so he can have the up-to-date standings published on the website.

 

Here is the text from the constitution pertaining to this incentive program:

In order for the league to have up-to-the-moment standings on the league website, the following incentive program is in place.

 

When a manager completes a HOME series he sends a message to the LD that states in the Subject line the results of the series. Example: OCALA (2) @ WINDY CITY (2). This is all that is needed. Please follow that format.

 

A manager will receive $10,000 for each series reported in such manner. If a manager reports all 23 of the series that he is responsible for, he receives a $70,000 bonus, which results in the equivalent of one newsletter article or $300,000.

 

As this is meant to reflect the contribution equivalent of a newsletter article, the same rules apply as outlined in the ìArticle Incentive Program,î i.e., the maximum allowed articles is twelve, the LD doesnít receive credit for articles and so forth.

 

 

Transactions

 

54.  Ocala trades Jose Lopez, Larry Bigbie and Paul Quantrill to Toledo for Larry Walker.

55.  Tinley upgrades the contracts of Alfredo Amezaga, Alberto Castillo and Kit Pellow from MO to Y1.

56.  Port Richey upgrades the contracts of Orber Moreno, Jesse Garcia and Dave Williams from MO to Y1.

57.  Brooklyn trades Ken Griffey Jr. to Maine for Maine's 2006 5th round draft choice.

58.  Cook County trades Ryan Madson and $250,000 to Charlevoix for Kendry Morales, Cody Ross and John Riedling.

59.  Box City trades Raul Ibanez to Tinley for Tinley's 2006 3rd round draft choice.

60.  Charlevoix trades Steve Sparks and $350,000 to Cook County for a Chicago Metropolitan phonebook.

61.  (no transaction)

62.  Gem City trades Braden Looper to Windy City for Chad Harville and Windy City's 2006 4th round draft choice.

63.  Ocala trades Justin Miller to Port Richey for Port Richey's 2006 5th round draft choice.

64.  Glen Allen trades Wes Obermueller to Port Richey for Port Richey's 2006 6th round draft choice.

65.  Toledo trades Toby Hall, Dave Roberts, Ryan Franklin and Daric Barton to Cook County for Bronson Arroyo and $250,000.

66.  Fleetwood upgrades the contract of Chris Magruder from MO to Y1.

67.  North Georgia upgrades the contracts of Jeff Keppinger and Shane Halter from MO to Y1.

68.  Port Richey trades Dustin Pedroia, Elijah Dukes, Tom Gorzelanny and Port Richey's 2006 3rd round draft choice to Metropolis for Jose Contreras and Chad Gaudin.

69.  Santa Barbara trades David McCarty to Cook County for $50,000.

70.  Plaza trades Justin Speier to Santa Barbara for a box of balls.

71.  North Georgia trades Lou Merloni to Metropolis for Metropolis' 2006 4th round draft choice and $50,000.

72.  Plaza upgrades the contract of Olmedo Saenz from MO to Y1.

 

 

Upcoming League Deadlines

 

 

April 15

 

April Home Series Results deadline

Series results for April are due to home opponents, League Statistician and Backup Statistician.

 

May Trade deadline.

Trades must be reported to the LD by this date to be effective for May.

 

April 25

           

May Rotation deadline.

Starting pitcher rotations for May games due to the LD.

 

May Road Instructions deadline.

Instructions (HAL) for May games are due to road opponents.

 

 

League Membership Articles

 

Jim Clark submitted the March edition of Mets Watch. Ray submitted an article previewing the NL West.


Mets Watch March 2005

Vol 8, #2

 

Draft Day Results

            The much-anticipated annual Brassball draft day has come and gone, but Glen Allen is more than happy with their results. This year the Mets had two selections in the first round and were hoping to strengthen their starting pitching, targeting three candidates with the hope that one would fall down to #9, unbelievably not only did one fall, but the second fell to #16! Chris Carpenter will fill the void left by Clemens departure and Bobby Madritsch will give some quality starts this year and into the future. Since all seven amateurs made such great progress last season, the next item on the agenda was to replenish those prospects. The tally came out as three pitchers: Renyel Pinto, Ezequiel Astacio and Tim Stauffer, two infielders Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano, a first base/outfielder John Gall and a catcher/hitter Ryan Garko. While the Mets did not acquire any of the more hyped prospects, these all have talent and good futures.

 

ROUND 4

            Not only did the Mets not have a selection due to trades, but also they lost three guys that were not protected: Ober Moreno, Oscar Villarreal and Nate Bump. In subsequent rounds the Mets also lost Claudio Vargas and Tom Martin. Mets GM, ìUnfortunately we had too many players on the roster that we could not cover them all. I would have reclaimed most of these guys, but wish them well with their new teams.í

            After all the Mets were reclaimed one spot was open and Veteran Roberto Hernandez was selected to fill the void left when all the guys mentioned above were no longer part of the Glen Allen team.

 

Secondary Free Agents

            After almost 400 selections in the draft, there were some players still available for this additional draft. The Mets put in their bids for a handful of players and when the numbers were crunched, came out with two additional pitchers. Scott Proctor and Kyle Denny will be assigned to the minor leagues this year, but given an opportunity could pitch for Glen Allen in the future.

 

Spring Training News

            As opening day draws near, several veteran players have become injured and will stay in Florida for an extended time. Outfielders Trot Nixon and Quinton McCracken both have back trouble that will not heal in the cool spring weather of April. Catcher Vance Wilson has elbow trouble that is slow to heal. Morgan Ensberg has been hampered at third base with shoulder trouble so he will begin the year on the disabled list. Pitching casualties include Orlando Hernandez and Trevor Miller, both have some shoulder tenderness so the Mets will now risk additional injuries in the cooler weather.

            Ichiro Suzuki has been sizzling and not just in the heat of the sun. He is batting over .525 for the spring and has displayed such control of his bat that even the veteran players are watching. Omar Vizquel can only smile when asked about his new teammate, ìWow can that guy hit everything! High, low inside or out he never misses a pitch. He will be so much fun for the fans to watch this year.î Juan Pierre known for his bat control, ìIchiro is on another planet! I mean heís like from another world.î The ëthree amigosí as their teammates call them are always sitting together discussing baseball.


NL West Preview-Battle of the Juggernauts II ?

 

Metropolis-Predicted record 110-52

 

Rotation- Hereís the recipe for 110+ wins. Jason Schmidt, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Brandon Webb.

 

Bullpen- This is simply ridiculous, especially following the 800 K starting four. As Gagne is supported with Otsuka, Kline, Eyre, and Harper.

 

Line-up- This line-up is devastating with C-Posada, 1B-Snow, 2B-Vidro, 3B-Chavez, SS-Furcal, OF-Bonds, Abreu and Wells. As if that isnít enough the crushing bat of Melvin Mora is in place for DH duty. It should also be noted that this team has been assemble to win astutely with the availability of key bench players like Pickering, Merloni, and Hernandez.

 

Prospects on the Horizon- Distant help will be in place with the nine amateurs currently in the stable. It was said here first that Dan Meyer will never become a big three, but instead toil until his mediocrity can be tolerated by Avenger faithful.

 

Ocala-Predicted record 97-65

 

Rotation- With a starting four of Oswalt, Peavy, Glavine and Eaton they clearly have the makings of another substantial playoff run, but not the horsepower to overpower Metro.

 

Bullpen- Clearly a strength with Calero, Hawkins and Shields setting up for Mota.

 

Line-up- This is the teamís strongest asset and alone allows for a potential return to 100 wins. C-Ausmus, 1B-Helton, 2B-Boone, 3B-Burroughs, SS-Jeter, OF-Drew, Finley, Sheffield and Walker.

 

Prospects on the Horizon- With Mauer, Sizemore, and Iguchi on the immediate horizon continued success is guaranteed.

 

North Georgia- Predicted record 79-83

 

Rotation- Doug Davis, Paul Byrd, Tim Redding, Jose Lima, Andy Pettite, and Ted Lilly should keep them in most games, save against the Brass elite.

 

Bullpen- With set-up coming from Mercker and Nathan a gifted closer the potential is there in close games for North Georgia to split.

 

Line-up- With line-up of C-Buck, 1B-Hillenbrand, 2B-Kent, 3B-Teixeria, SS-Renteria, OF-Patterson, Dellucci, and Byrnes, hovering around the .500 mark is very likely.

 

Prospects on the Horizon- Kazmir, Diamond, Teahen, and Wainwright offer some future help to Yellow Jacket faithful.

 

Gem City-Predicted record 58-104

 

Rotation- This is going to be softball guys- With Moyer, Jennings, Ponson and Johnson tee it up for rival hitters.

 

Bullpen- The bullpen projects to be average to slightly below average with Benitez as the closer. Set-up will have to come from several arms-Gabe White, Harville, Atchison and Choate.

 

Line-up- With line-up of C-Pierzynski, 1B-Harvey, 2B-Bellhorn, 3B-Castilla, SS-Lugo, OF-Cameron, Mohr, and Bautista, Gem City looks to be on the tail end of many 7-2 games this season.

 

Prospects on the Horizon- Marte, Navarro, Logan and Hancock provide some real support for future success.