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Friday, September 13

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Wednesday, Sept. 11
It's pretty clear to me that revenue sharing in BRASSball has lead to real and substantial competitive balance problems.

With equal payrolls, Ocala and Cook County routinely wrap up their divisions in July while other teams are seemingly out of the race in spring training. If baseball wants to give teams like Metropolis a chance it needs to help them overcome their inherent disadvantages.

The problem is clearly one of management and decision-making. I say, give all the owner an IQ test and the bottom twenty-five percent should get an extra $5 million a season to help make up for their deficit.


Talkin' baseball

Chat wrap:
August 30

Rob on the radio: ESPN Radio, Mondays at 9:26 p.m. PT

They're mortals, not supermen
For decades the city of Metropolis has been the safest city in the world. The Superfriends have fought off the mastermind supervillans like Solomon Grundy and Bizarro while also keeping the streets safe from petty criminals. Who, then, is battering and punishing a group of twenty-something young men? You won't believe the answer... Complete column

Best and worst free-agent signings
Curt Schilling made a splash with his $10 million deal, but what about the other big free-agent signings like Darin Erstad going to Box City and Brian Giles to Ocala. Which teams got stars and which got skunks?
Complete column


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WHAT ROB IS READING
Luchtefeld...  (Bob Woodward, 2002)
The unauthorized biography of Lenny Luchtefeld, Box City owner and one of the leading Lords of Baseball. While I didn't need to know he nearly flunked third grade, and fourth, once the story turned to his "youthful indiscretions" it got interesting. The author doesn't offer his opinion on the oft-rumored Presidential run by Luchtefeld, but his book would certainly serve as ammunition for political rivals.


  • LINKS OF THE WEEK
    www.walkerschronicle.com
    A daily journal by rabid Fleetwood Walkers fan Doc Johnson. I'll let you find out what he thinks about Jeff D'Amico's contract.

    www.bostonbaseball.com
    It's hard to disagree that Boston deserves a BRASSball team, and this website convincingly lays out the reasons why. They appear to have their eyes set on stealing the Lions from Plaza -- probably because no one quite knows where that is.



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    ON THIS DATE FROM ROB'S MAILBAG
    July 14, 1999: Avengers outfielder Todd Dunwoody was in the headlines when -- in the midst of a contract dispute -- he is seen making lewd gestures to the Metropolis left-field bleachers. Since the incident, the once promising prospect's career has spiraled. Who is to blame? Dunwoody? The Avengers' front-office for not showing him some love? Or fan Charles T. Fieber for being too mean from the stands?

    Complete column

    Sept. 4: Rob, do you agree with Kevin Kennedy's comments that the Outlaws were right when they signed Wilson Alvarez, but that the team miscast him as their ace and didn't give him an opportunity to succeed? -- Art Vandelay

    No. Honestly, I don't know what Kennedy was talking about, but that's not uncommon. The Alvarez signing was a disaster from day one, and I'm sure no one in Santa Barbara is sorry to have seen the last of him.



  • Rob's Leaderboard
    2002 AL OPS
    Rk. Name OPS
    1. Bonds, Mol 1244
    2. Walker, Hes 1120
    3. Sheffield, CC 1074
    4. Ordonez, Iowa 1042
    5. Guerrero, CC 1036
    Complete List

    2002 NL OPS
    Rk. Name OPS
    1. Sosa, Oca 1273
    2. Helton, Oca 1138
    3. Berkman, Cha 1018
    4. Abreu, Fle 990
    5. Kent, Sta 980
    Complete List

    2002 AL Avg Gm Score
    Rk. Name AGS
    1. Schilling, Mol 66.7
    2. Clemens, CC 59.5
    3. Morris, Min 58.8
    4. Hudson, Geo 57.5
    5. Appier, Bro 56.7
    Complete List

    2002 NL Avg Gm Score
    Rk. Name AGS
    1. Johnson, Sta 64.5
    2. Vazquez, Oca 62.2
    3. Buerhle, Blo 59.6
    4. Wolf, Col 58.9
    5. Oswalt, Oca 57.4
    Complete List

    2002 AL Weisser Count
    Rk. Team BC
    1. Cutters 9.0
    2. Maulers 14.0
    3. Everreadys 19.0
    4. Mudcats 24.0
    5. Lions 25.0
    Complete List

    2002 NL Weisser Count
    Rk. Team BC
    1. Ocelots 13.0
    1. Walkers 13.0
    3. Sioux 17.0
    4. Wolfpack 19.0
    5. Buckeyes 20.0
    Complete List



    Pythagorean Standings

     AL WEST  AL CENTRAL  AL EAST
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Mudhens 78-84 82-80 +4
    Bulldogs 71-91 77-85 +6
    Lagers 68-94 74-88 +6
    Outlaws 64-98 57-105 -7
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Maulers 113-49 105-56 -8
    Rubes 87-75 86-76 -1
    Parcelmen 58-104 57-105 -1
    Lions 51-111 52-110 +1
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Cutters 117-45 112-50 -5
    Braves 101-61 96-66 -5
    Everreadys 91-71 101-61 +10
    Mudcats 88-74 88-74 0
     
     NL WEST  NL CENTRAL  NL EAST
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Ocelots 114-48 117-45 -3
    Wolfpack 88-74 82-80 -6
    Yellow Jackets 68-94 69-93 +1
    Avengers 37-125 38-124 +1
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Sioux 104-58 100-62 -4
    Buckeyes 95-67 92-70 -3
    Bees 91-71 85-77 -6
    Walkers 89-73 85-77 -4
    Team ExW-L W-L +/-
    Mets 79-83 81-81 +2
    Heat 66-96 74-88 +8
    Isotopes 64-98 73-89 +9
    Tigers 60-102 60-102 0

    The above standings reflect how the division races would look based on Bill James' Pythagorean theorem of baseball, in which expected wins and losses are projected using the following formula: Runs scored [squared] / (Runs scored [squared] + runs allowed [squared]). This formula was designed to relate a team's runs scored and runs allowed to its won-lost record. The +\- column shows the difference in wins a team has compared to their expected win total. To see the actual standings, click here.

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