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Old 06-15-2018, 02:02 PM   #41
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Early Wynn has either been boom or bust in my many misguided attempts, but he always seems to come into the draft in the early years. Which makes me think, I haven’t yet seen him in any of my 13 drafts in my current league.
Has anyone else noticed that certain players always show up early in random debut drafts?

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2014 Year in Review

Frontier League: After a disappointing first half, the Baltimore Robins clinched their third straight playoff spot, narrowly winning the Northeast Division in a one-game playoff over the Buffalo Fighting Elk. The Robins were led by star rookie catcher Willson Contreras, who hit .342 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs, and their versatile outfield of John Hummel, Rick Monday, and Leon Durham, who missed by one home run from having all three members join the 30-30 club. Durham led the way with 34 homers, 41 steals, and scored 113 runs. Buffalo appeared to have the division title comfortably in hand, but lost 7 of their final 11 games. They were led once again by catcher Dave Nilsson, who hit .331 and slugged .501, and pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who went 17-9 with a 2.58 ERA.

The London Werewolves seized control of the Great Lakes division in mid-April, and cruised to the division title with 95 wins, led by right fielder Trevor Plouffe, who hit .316 with 34 homers and 104 RBI's, and rookie righthander Cy Blanton, who went 21-8 with a 2.49 ERA. The Cleveland Rocks returned to the postseason with a well-balanced attack, led by right fielder Aaron Judge, who hit .318 with 41 homers and 111 RBI's, shortstop Jose Reyes, who hit .300 with 16 homers, 75 steals, and 112 runs scored, and perennial Cy Young award candidate Jack Chesbro, who went 19-9 with a sparkling 1.77 ERA, an 0.94 WHIP, and led all pitchers with 10.9 WAR.

The Kansas City Mad Hatters won a league-best 101 games, led by an elite pitching staff which surrendered just 506 runs on the season. Billy Pierce and Joe Hesketh won 20 games and topped 200 strikeouts apiece, and four members of their rotation (Pierce, Hesketh, Rube Foster, and Manny Parra) sported sub-2.50 ERA's. Second baseman George Grantham hit .341 with 78 steals and scored 107 runs, while left fielder Lonnie Smith hit .322 with 21 homers, 72 steals, and scored 101 runs. Yet, for much of the season, Kansas City trailed the Minneapolis Penguins, who finished with 95 wins thanks to a similarly deep pitching staff. But staff ace Madison Bumgarner, who had a hard-luck 11-9 record despite a stellar 2.47 ERA, would miss the first round, and potentially part of the second round of the playoffs with a shoulder injury. Andy Van Slyke had another strong all-around season, hitting .332 with 25 homers, 88 RBI's, and 62 steals for the Penguins.

Mickey Mantle led the 98-win Denver Spikes back into the postseason by winning the Frontier League triple crown, hitting .359 with 44 homers and 136 RBI's. Slugging first baseman Kent Hrbek ripped 36 homers and drove in 123 runs as well, while southpaw Rube Bressler went 18-8 with a strong 3.04 ERA despite the thin mountain air. The San Francisco Longshoremen made their maiden entry into the postseason, as a deep pitching staff led by 19-game winner Michael Wacha and a bullpen anchored by Brad Lidge, who saved 32 games with a 1.67 ERA.

Continental League: In a virtual repeat from last year, the hard-hitting Charlotte Aviators returned to the postseason, winning the Atlantic Division with 93 wins, thanks to strong seasons from right fielder Richard Hidalgo, who hit .349 with 38 homers and 131 RBI's, and catcher Bill Freehan, who hit .292 with 30 homers and 100 RBI's. Steve Hargan went 20-8 with a 2.15 ERA. The Washington Ambassadors seized the wild card once again with a balanced performance, led by third baseman Rafael Devers, who hit .320 with 24 homers and 107 RBI's, and crafty southpaw Ray Collins, who went 16-7 with a 2.15 ERA.

The Miami Flamingos won the Southeast Division with 93 wins, as rookie center fielder Bobby Thomson hit .340 with 32 homers and 127 RBI's, and the pitching staff featured three 18-game winners in Matt Clement, Jesse Tannehill, and Brian Bannister. After a slow start, the New Orleans Crawfish returned to the postseason, clinching the wild card on the last day of the season with a 22-run eruption against New York. Right fielder Pete Rose led the Crawfish with a .361 average, while defending Cy Young Award winner Gary Nolan won his last five starts to go 20-12 with a 2.74 ERA. The Atlanta Ducks benefited from a late-season collapse by the Phoenix Lizards to seize the final wild card spot, which they clinched with a tie-breaking homer by Larry Whisenton in the ninth inning of the season finale. The Ducks were led once again by Joey Votto, who hit .324 with 28 homers, 107 RBI's, and a league-best 146 walks, and Troy Tulowitzki, who ripped 21 homers, drove in 96 runs, and provided Gold Glove caliber defense at shortstop.

The San Antonio Marksmen won a tough Texas Division with 93 wins, led by rookie outfielder J.D. Drew, who hit .298 with 28 homers and 125 RBI's, and shortstop Donie Bush, who had a .421 on-base percentage and led baseball with 107 steals. Ted Blankenship anchored a deep pitching staff with a 21-7 record and 2.13 ERA. The defending champion El Paso Armadillos won 89 games, led once again by their league-best pitching staff. Free agent signee Jeff Fassero dazzled with a 14-6 record and 1.54 ERA despite missing eight weeks, while first baseman Frank Chance led a scrappy, slap-hitting offense by hitting .344 and scoring 113 runs.

The Los Angeles Kangaroos ran away with the Southwest Division with a 110-52 record, as first baseman Dick Allen hit .318 with 42 homers and 120 RBI's, and right fielder Gary Sheffield blasted 31 homers, stole 32 bases, and drove in 100 runs. Southpaw Brett Anderson had a strong sophomore campaign with a 19-10 record and a 2.68 ERA, and closer Dick Radatz had a league-high 39 saves and a 1.95 ERA. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the Phoenix Lizards, who fell out of the postseason on the final day of the season after losing seven of their final eight games, on their way to a dreadful 9-16 September record.

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2014 Year in Review - Playoff Report

Frontier League - After a disappointing regular season, which culminated in blowing a sizable division lead to their rival Baltimore Robins, the Buffalo Fighting Elk sputtered into the postseason to face off against the Kansas City Mad Hatters, winners of a league-best 101 games and owners of the top pitching staff in the Frontier League. The matchup proved to be a mismatch -- only the Fighting Elk swept the Mad Hatters, holding Kansas City to nine runs in four games. Buffalo first baseman Jose Abreu won series MVP after hitting .389 with two homers. Buffalo won game 4 in dramatic fashion, as backup second baseman Alex Kampouris hit a walk-off homer in his lone at-bat of the series. Baltimore outlasted the Minneapolis Penguins in six games, as rookie sensation Willson Contreras hit .435 with two homers and 9 RBI's, and Clay Buchholz sported a 1.29 ERA. The San Francisco Longshoremen shut down the powerful London offense, holding the Werewolves to just 13 runs in 6 games and a lone homer. Catcher Earl Smith hit .429 and scored five runs, while rookie Ted Abernathy had a 1.64 ERA in two starts. The Denver Spikes dominated the Cleveland Rocks, shutting them out in the first three games, and outscoring Cleveland 26-1 for the series, while Mickey Mantle hit .688, and Kent Hrbek ripped three homers and drove in seven runs. In the Division Series, Baltimore outlasted the rival Fighting Elk in six games, as Rick Monday hit .450, and Leon Durham blasted three homers, including a tie-breaking moonshot in the seventh inning of the decisive Game Six. Denver came from behind, winning the last three games to eliminate the San Francisco Longshoremen in six games, as shortstop Donnie Hill hit .391 with two homers and eight RBI's, and southpaw Rube Bressler won both his starts and sported a stellar 1.17 ERA. In the League Championship Series, Baltimore held the powerful Denver offense in check, winning easily in five games, and surrendering just seven runs in their four victories. Leon Durham took home the hardware after hitting .318 with two homers -- including one in the thirteenth inning of Game One -- while Clay Buchholz continued his strong postseason by allowing just a single earned run in 14.2 innings, including a complete game 3-1 victory in the clinching Game Five.

Continental League - The heavily-favored Los Angeles Kangaroos, winners of 110 games, struggled to put away the 87-win Atlanta Ducks in six games. Second baseman Joe Panik hit .500 with a homer, 4 RBI's, and 7 walks, southpaw Brett Anderson pitched sixteen innings without allowing an earned run, and closer Dick Radatz struck out nine Ducks in six shutout innings while earning three saves. The upstart Miami Flamingos upended the seasoned Washington Ambassadors in six games, as rookie center fielder Bobby Thomson hit .522 with seven RBI's, and Tuffy Rhodes broke a tie with a series-ending walk-off homer off Mike Timlin in Game Six. In the most dramatic series of the wild card round, the defending champion El Paso Armadillos wiped out a 3-1 deficit to the Charlotte Aviators by sweeping the final three games, led by catcher Tommy Clarke, who hit .520 with a homer and 8 RBI's, and Sheriff Blake, who won both his starts with a 1.72 ERA. The San Antonio Marksmen won a tight six-game series over the upset-minded New Orleans Crawfish, breaking a tie with four runs in the top of the ninth of Game Five, and winning Game Six in ten innings. Right fielder Michael Tucker was named MVP after hitting .409 with two homers and 5 RBI's, while center fielder JD Drew hit .450 with a homer and 3 RBI's. In the Divisional Series, Los Angeles easily dispatched the Miami Flamingos in five games, despite dropping the opener. Kangaroos shortstop Simon Nicholls led all hitters with a .455 average and four runs scored, while Miami outfielders Brady Anderson and Bobby Thomson combined for five homers. In a Texas Division showdown, El Paso outlasted San Antonio in another seven-game classic, with Hank Wyse outdueling Ted Blankenship for a 1-0 win in Game Six, and the Armadillos held on for a 6-4 victory in Game Seven. Catcher Tommy Clarke took home another series MVP trophy after hitting .320 and scoring three runs. The Armadillos' luck ran out in the League Championship Series, as the Los Angeles Kangaroos eliminated them in six games. The Kangaroos surrendered just 11 runs in six games, as they won the first three games, and then after dropping two pitchers' duels, won a 14-2 laugher in the finale. Gary Sheffield led the way, hitting .400 with two homers and 9 RBI's, and Mike Krukow threw two complete-game victories with a 1.00 ERA.

World Series - Although the Los Angeles Kangaroos won 19 more games than the Baltimore Robins during the regular season, Baltimore entered the series on a roll, having dominated Denver's league-leading offense in the League Championship Series. Los Angeles, however, immediately laid down the law in Game One, as Ken Gables threw a no-hitter, dominating the Robins in a 4-0 victory. The Kangaroos won Game Two 7-5, behind homers from Adam Duvall and Larry Bigbie. Baltimore salvaged Game 3, winning 4-2 as Clay Buchholz outdueled Mike Krukow. Los Angeles reasserted control in Game Four, ripping 16 hits on their way to a 5-3 win, as Gary Sheffield homered and Dick Allen ripped two doubles. The Kangaroos clinched the Series in Game Five with a 3-1 victory, as Gables went seven strong innings, and both Allen and Sheffield homered. Gables was an easy choice for series MVP, going 2-0 against Baltimore with a 0.56 ERA and just five hits allowed in 16 innings. Sheffield led the Kangaroos' hitters with six postseason homers and 19 RBI's

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It's fun reading about guys that are dominating your league(s) that have dominated the various incarnations of my HRD leagues over the years. Guys like Mickey Mantle, Rick Monday, Bobby Thomson, Gary Sheffield, and Dick Allen. All were really good RL players, but it's fun to put their names in an HRD blender and see what comes out on the other side. Two questions: Who's the Buffalo backup second baseman who hit the walk-off, series winning HR in Game 4 in his only at-bat of the series against the Mad Hatters? Who's the Los Angeles Kangaroos' shortstop who led all hitters with a .455 average in the Division Series against the Miami Flamingos (love the franchise nicknames by the way - how did you come up with them?)? Not trying to be a pedant or anything, just curious.
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It's fun reading about guys that are dominating your league(s) that have dominated the various incarnations of my HRD leagues over the years. Guys like Mickey Mantle, Rick Monday, Bobby Thomson, Gary Sheffield, and Dick Allen. All were really good RL players, but it's fun to put their names in an HRD blender and see what comes out on the other side. Two questions: Who's the Buffalo backup second baseman who hit the walk-off, series winning HR in Game 4 in his only at-bat of the series against the Mad Hatters? Who's the Los Angeles Kangaroos' shortstop who led all hitters with a .455 average in the Division Series against the Miami Flamingos (love the franchise nicknames by the way - how did you come up with them?)? Not trying to be a pedant or anything, just curious.
Thanks for reading so closely, and I fixed it above. The backup Buffalo second baseman is the immortal Alex Kampouris (infielder from the 1930s-early 40s). The Los Angeles shortstop is Simon Nicholls (A's shortstop from the early 1900s). Nicholls has had a terrific career so far in my league - career average of .339 with a 115 OPS+ and 160 steals through four seasons. He's been even better in the postseason, with a .368 career average, a 138 OPS+ in 337 postseason at bats plus 25 steals, and was World Series MVP in the inaugural season.

No real rhyme or reason to the team nicknames- came up with them on a long layover. Some are locally appropriate animals (El Paso Armadillos, Miami Flamingos) or alliterative animals (Anaheim Antelopes), a few are takeoffs on other sports teams (Baltimore Robins), several deal with local industries/ attractions (San Diego Zookeepers, Dallas Wildcatters, Washington Ambassadors), and a few deal with local history (Detroit Purple Gang). And some, like the Kangaroos, are simply mascot-worthy animals.
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Thanks for reading so closely, and I fixed it above. The backup Buffalo second baseman is the immortal Alex Kampouris (infielder from the 1930s-early 40s). The Los Angeles shortstop is Simon Nicholls (A's shortstop from the early 1900s). Nicholls has had a terrific career so far in my league - career average of .339 with a 115 OPS+ and 160 steals through four seasons. He's been even better in the postseason, with a .368 career average, a 138 OPS+ in 337 postseason at bats plus 25 steals, and was World Series MVP in the inaugural season.

No real rhyme or reason to the team nicknames- came up with them on a long layover. Some are locally appropriate animals (El Paso Armadillos, Miami Flamingos) or alliterative animals (Anaheim Antelopes), a few are takeoffs on other sports teams (Baltimore Robins), several deal with local industries/ attractions (San Diego Zookeepers, Dallas Wildcatters, Washington Ambassadors), and a few deal with local history (Detroit Purple Gang). And some, like the Kangaroos, are simply mascot-worthy animals.
Watching an absolute no-name guy with a short career dominate is pretty fun too. In my OOTP16 game, one dominant pitcher was James Burke, and a dominant position player was Tillie Shafer. Both had RL careers that were nothing to write home about, yet somehow both wound up in my HoF.
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Frontier League MVP- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (48): .359/ .437/ .647, 220 hits, 36 doubles, 4 triples, 44 HR, 136 RBI, 134 runs, 88 BB, 7 SB, 195 OPS+, 10.9 WAR
2nd place- Aaron Judge, RF, CLE: .318/ .455/ .580, 175 hits, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 41 HR, 111 RBI, 107 runs, 142 BB, 7 SB, 187 OPS+, 9.1 WAR
3rd place- Jack Chesbro, RHP, CLE: 19-9, 1.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 284 IP, 250 K, 64 BB, 15 CG, 7 shutouts, 211 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
4th place- Willson Contreras, C, BAL: .342/ .430/ .565, 166 hits, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 27 HR, 86 RBI, 84 runs, 77 BB, 3 SB, 176 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
5th place- Andy Van Slyke, 3B, MIN: .332./ .412/ .547, 197 hits, 31 doubles, 11 triples, 25 HR, 88 RBI, 110 runs, 83 BB, 63 SB, 166 OPS+, 8.8 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Jack Chesbro, CLE (48): 19-9, 1.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 284 IP, 250 K, 64 BB, 15 CG, 7 shutouts, 211 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
2nd place- Joe Hesketh, KC: 20-6, 2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 272 IP, 214 K, 85 BB, 11 CG, 2 shutouts 177 ERA+, 8.7 WAR
3rd place- Cy Blanton, LON: 21-8, 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 263 IP, 230 K, 61 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts,152 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
4th place- Vean Gregg, MIL: 19-9, 2.22 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 263 IP, 202 K, 79 BB, 15 CG, 6 shutouts, 168 ERA+, 7.4 WAR
5th place- Billy Pierce, KC: 20-8, 2.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 252 IP, 229 K, 56 BB, 10 CG, 4 shutouts, 152 ERA+, 7.8 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Willson Contreras, C, BAL (29): .342/ .430/ .565, 166 hits, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 27 HR, 86 RBI, 84 runs, 77 BB, 3 SB, 176 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
2nd place- Cy Blanton, RHP, LON (17): 21-8, 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 263 IP, 230 K, 61 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts,152 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
3rd place- Orlando Cepeda, 1B, MIL (2): .333/ .369/ .557, 212 hits, 44 doubles, 1 triple, 32 HR, 107 RBI, 35 BB, 36 SB, 155 OPS+, 6.0 WAR

Continental League MVP- Bryce Harper, RF, JAX: .382/ .488/ .655, 218 hits, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 40 HR, 108 RBI, 114 runs, 118 BB, 26 SB, 210 OPS+, 11.9 WAR
2nd place- Bobby Thomson, 3B/CF, MIA: .340/ .390/ .560, 215 hits, 37 doubles, 3 triples, 32 HR, 127 RBI, 99 runs, 50 BB, 163 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
3rd place- Dick Allen, 1B, LA (1): .318/ .395/ .587, 191 hits, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 42 HR, 120 RBI, 107 runs, 79 BB, 14 SB, 171 OPS+, 7.7 WAR
4th place- Richard Hidalgo, RF, CHA (1): .349/ .420/ .593, 211 hits, 31 doubles, 1 triple, 38 HR, 131 RBI, 74 BB, 3 SB, 173 OPS+, 7.3 WAR
5th place- JD Drew, CF, SA: .298/ .418/ .518, 168 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples, 29 HR, 125 RBI, 99 runs, 120 BB, 38 SB, 175 OPS+, 8.4 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award: Ted Blankenship, SA (29): 21-7, 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 278 IP, 144 K, 64 BB, 19 CG, 7 shutouts, 183 ERA+, 7.5 WAR
2nd place- Sandy Koufax, HAR (19): 22-9, 2.41 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 265 IP, 222 K, 61 BB,16 CG, 5 shutouts, 170 ERA+, 8.3 WAR
3rd place- Steve Hargan, CHA: 20-8, 2.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 259 IP, 146 K, 56 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts, 196 ERA+, 7.0 WAR
4th place- Jeff Fassero, EP: 14-6, 1.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 199 IP, 137 K, 70 BB, 14 CG, 5 shutouts, 256 ERA+, 4.7 WAR
5th place- Ray Collins, WAS: 16-7, 2.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 261 IP, 113 K, 37 BB, 8 CG, 3 shutouts 192 ERA+, 7.3 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year- Bobby Thomson, 3B/ CF, MIA (48): .340/ .390/ .560, 215 hits, 37 doubles, 3 triples, 32 HR, 127 RBI, 99 runs, 50 BB, 163 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
2nd place- JD Drew, CF, SA: .298/ .418/ .518, 168 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples, 29 HR, 125 RBI, 99 runs, 120 BB, 38 SB, 175 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
3rd place- Dolph Camilli, DH, LV: .324/ .417/ .515, 196 hits, 46 doubles, 4 triples, 21 HR, 86 RBI, 111 runs, 97 BB, 10 SB, 168 OPS+, 7.1 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Lou Gehrig, 1B, CIN
2. Bartolo Colon, RHP, SD
3. Jim Edmonds, LF, OKC
4. Mike Cuellar, LHP, MEM
5. Dizzy Trout, RHP, JAX
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Contreras did alright for a 4th round pick. Be interested to see how Gehrig performs in your league. Never had him in any of my leagues but have had Cal Ripken Jr. a couple of times, he always seems to get hurt.
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Frontier League MVP- Mickey Mantle, RF, DEN (48): .359/ .437/ .647, 220 hits, 36 doubles, 4 triples, 44 HR, 136 RBI, 134 runs, 88 BB, 7 SB, 195 OPS+, 10.9 WAR
2nd place- Aaron Judge, RF, CLE: .318/ .455/ .580, 175 hits, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 41 HR, 111 RBI, 107 runs, 142 BB, 7 SB, 187 OPS+, 9.1 WAR
3rd place- Jack Chesbro, RHP, CLE: 19-9, 1.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 284 IP, 250 K, 64 BB, 15 CG, 7 shutouts, 211 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
4th place- Willson Contreras, C, BAL: .342/ .430/ .565, 166 hits, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 27 HR, 86 RBI, 84 runs, 77 BB, 3 SB, 176 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
5th place- Andy Van Slyke, 3B, MIN: .332./ .412/ .547, 197 hits, 31 doubles, 11 triples, 25 HR, 88 RBI, 110 runs, 83 BB, 63 SB, 166 OPS+, 8.8 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Jack Chesbro, CLE (48): 19-9, 1.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 284 IP, 250 K, 64 BB, 15 CG, 7 shutouts, 211 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
2nd place- Joe Hesketh, KC: 20-6, 2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 272 IP, 214 K, 85 BB, 11 CG, 2 shutouts 177 ERA+, 8.7 WAR
3rd place- Cy Blanton, LON: 21-8, 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 263 IP, 230 K, 61 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts,152 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
4th place- Vean Gregg, MIL: 19-9, 2.22 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 263 IP, 202 K, 79 BB, 15 CG, 6 shutouts, 168 ERA+, 7.4 WAR
5th place- Billy Pierce, KC: 20-8, 2.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 252 IP, 229 K, 56 BB, 10 CG, 4 shutouts, 152 ERA+, 7.8 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Willson Contreras, C, BAL (29): .342/ .430/ .565, 166 hits, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 27 HR, 86 RBI, 84 runs, 77 BB, 3 SB, 176 OPS+, 8.2 WAR
2nd place- Cy Blanton, RHP, LON (17): 21-8, 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 263 IP, 230 K, 61 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts,152 ERA+, 8.2 WAR
3rd place- Orlando Cepeda, 1B, MIL (2): .333/ .369/ .557, 212 hits, 44 doubles, 1 triple, 32 HR, 107 RBI, 35 BB, 36 SB, 155 OPS+, 6.0 WAR

Continental League MVP- Bryce Harper, RF, JAX: .382/ .488/ .655, 218 hits, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 40 HR, 108 RBI, 114 runs, 118 BB, 26 SB, 210 OPS+, 11.9 WAR
2nd place- Bobby Thomson, 3B/CF, MIA: .340/ .390/ .560, 215 hits, 37 doubles, 3 triples, 32 HR, 127 RBI, 99 runs, 50 BB, 163 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
3rd place- Dick Allen, 1B, LA (1): .318/ .395/ .587, 191 hits, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 42 HR, 120 RBI, 107 runs, 79 BB, 14 SB, 171 OPS+, 7.7 WAR
4th place- Richard Hidalgo, RF, CHA (1): .349/ .420/ .593, 211 hits, 31 doubles, 1 triple, 38 HR, 131 RBI, 74 BB, 3 SB, 173 OPS+, 7.3 WAR
5th place- JD Drew, CF, SA: .298/ .418/ .518, 168 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples, 29 HR, 125 RBI, 99 runs, 120 BB, 38 SB, 175 OPS+, 8.4 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award: Ted Blankenship, SA (29): 21-7, 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 278 IP, 144 K, 64 BB, 19 CG, 7 shutouts, 183 ERA+, 7.5 WAR
2nd place- Sandy Koufax, HAR (19): 22-9, 2.41 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 265 IP, 222 K, 61 BB,16 CG, 5 shutouts, 170 ERA+, 8.3 WAR
3rd place- Steve Hargan, CHA: 20-8, 2.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 259 IP, 146 K, 56 BB, 12 CG, 5 shutouts, 196 ERA+, 7.0 WAR
4th place- Jeff Fassero, EP: 14-6, 1.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 199 IP, 137 K, 70 BB, 14 CG, 5 shutouts, 256 ERA+, 4.7 WAR
5th place- Ray Collins, WAS: 16-7, 2.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 261 IP, 113 K, 37 BB, 8 CG, 3 shutouts 192 ERA+, 7.3 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year- Bobby Thomson, 3B/ CF, MIA (48): .340/ .390/ .560, 215 hits, 37 doubles, 3 triples, 32 HR, 127 RBI, 99 runs, 50 BB, 163 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
2nd place- JD Drew, CF, SA: .298/ .418/ .518, 168 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples, 29 HR, 125 RBI, 99 runs, 120 BB, 38 SB, 175 OPS+, 8.4 WAR
3rd place- Dolph Camilli, DH, LV: .324/ .417/ .515, 196 hits, 46 doubles, 4 triples, 21 HR, 86 RBI, 111 runs, 97 BB, 10 SB, 168 OPS+, 7.1 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Lou Gehrig, 1B, CIN
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3. Jim Edmonds, LF, OKC
4. Mike Cuellar, LHP, MEM
5. Dizzy Trout, RHP, JAX
I remember Bobby Thomson doing quite well in my RDL in OOTP16 as well. Mantle is going to absolutely annihilate your league. He was incredible in mine. 9 MVPs IIRC. Dick Allen went into my HoF in the same league. Mantle and Judge in the same game? Whoo-boy!!! Yankee fans should enjoy that. Nice to see Mr. Contreras kickin' ass and taking the ROY after getting snubbed repeatedly at the draft table. Nice to see "The Left Arm of God" doing well as well. Also nice to see two former Expo pitchers (Fassero and Hesketh) being generally awesome.

As for your draft, I'd probably have it: 1) Gehrig, 2) Edmonds, 3) Trout, 4) Colon, and 5) Cuellar, but perhaps I'm splitting hairs. I've been known to do that...Occasionally.
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Contreras did alright for a 4th round pick. Be interested to see how Gehrig performs in your league. Never had him in any of my leagues but have had Cal Ripken Jr. a couple of times, he always seems to get hurt.
Still not quite sure how the AI passed over Contreras about 180 times...

Gehrig came in at age 18, but if my historic league is any indicator, he should be an MVP candidate in two years. (In real life, he didn't become LOU GEHRIG until about age 23). He's also teammates with a second-year Yaz.
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I remember Bobby Thomson doing quite well in my RDL in OOTP16 as well. Mantle is going to absolutely annihilate your league. He was incredible in mine. 9 MVPs IIRC. Dick Allen went into my HoF in the same league. Mantle and Judge in the same game? Whoo-boy!!! Yankee fans should enjoy that. Nice to see Mr. Contreras kickin' ass and taking the ROY after getting snubbed repeatedly at the draft table. Nice to see "The Left Arm of God" doing well as well. Also nice to see two former Expo pitchers (Fassero and Hesketh) being generally awesome.

As for your draft, I'd probably have it: 1) Gehrig, 2) Edmonds, 3) Trout, 4) Colon, and 5) Cuellar, but perhaps I'm splitting hairs. I've been known to do that...Occasionally.
Mantle is also playing at Coors Field, although his home-road splits are unexceptional. I think he's received 94 of a possible 96 first-place MVP votes so far in his two years. As an aside-- for reasons that escape me, Mantle has a different uniform and cap than his teammates. Any idea how to fix that? I thought it was, well, "uniform" for each team...

Four of the top five picks are (unsurprisingly) ranked among the top 10 prospects in the league. Cuellar, however, is ranked #94. Right now, he's a low-stamina reliever with no control, but I presume that will improve. Probably the most inexplicable draft slide this year was Matt Harvey, who was probably the highest-rated starter but fell to San Antonio with the #40 pick late in the first round. Larry Bowa is probably the best non-first rounder (went in the early 60s).
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Mantle is also playing at Coors Field, although his home-road splits are unexceptional. I think he's received 94 of a possible 96 first-place MVP votes so far in his two years. As an aside-- for reasons that escape me, Mantle has a different uniform and cap than his teammates. Any idea how to fix that? I thought it was, well, "uniform" for each team...

Four of the top five picks are (unsurprisingly) ranked among the top 10 prospects in the league. Cuellar, however, is ranked #94. Right now, he's a low-stamina reliever with no control, but I presume that will improve. Probably the most inexplicable draft slide this year was Matt Harvey, who was probably the highest-rated starter but fell to San Antonio with the #40 pick late in the first round. Larry Bowa is probably the best non-first rounder (went in the early 60s).
Re: Mantle uniform. Only thing I can think of is to go to Colorado > Settings > Modify Team Colors, Logos and Textures and click on the Update this team's pictures NOW button at the bottom left of the page, making sure you have the Lock team logos & textures box checked. The lock team logos & textures box prevents the game from messing with your FaceGen stuff every time the game is launched, so it's important to have it checked for every team in your league(s). If that doesn't do it I'm lost.

Cuellar will definitely start slow as he didn't really hit his stride as a SP until his age 29 season. You probably have him around age 20 or 21 or something like that. Fingers crossed that he doesn't do something silly like retire before he's had his chance to shine.
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Still not quite sure how the AI passed over Contreras about 180 times...

Gehrig came in at age 18, but if my historic league is any indicator, he should be an MVP candidate in two years. (In real life, he didn't become LOU GEHRIG until about age 23). He's also teammates with a second-year Yaz.
Gee-hee-hee-heezus!!! A baby Yaz and Gehrig on the same team? Cincinnati's gonna kick some butt.
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Gee-hee-hee-heezus!!! A baby Yaz and Gehrig on the same team? Cincinnati's gonna kick some butt.
... at least until their pitchers take the mound. There's a reason they earned the #1 pick.
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Four of the top five picks are (unsurprisingly) ranked among the top 10 prospects in the league. Cuellar, however, is ranked #94. Right now, he's a low-stamina reliever with no control, but I presume that will improve. Probably the most inexplicable draft slide this year was Matt Harvey, who was probably the highest-rated starter but fell to San Antonio with the #40 pick late in the first round. Larry Bowa is probably the best non-first rounder (went in the early 60s).
Sure enough, Matt Harvey appears to be the breakout star from the draft class: in his first three starts, he allowed 1 run and just 9 hits in 28 innings, include a 1-hit shutout in his third start, where he took a no-hitter into the ninth.
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Frontier League: The Northeast Division again proved to be the class of the league, with five of the six teams remaining in playoff contention through the last day of the season. The Baltimore Robins pulled away from the pack to earn their fourth straight postseason spot, winning 100 games on the strength of a balanced offense, led by center fielder Rick Monday, who hit .343 with 25 homers and 102 RBI's. Right fielder Leon Durham had his third consecutive season in the 30-30 club, and catcher Willson Contreras shook off an early-season slump to hit .285 with 33 homers and 91 RBI's. Paul Dean led a deep pitching staff, going 17-7 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. The Philadelphia Hawks made their maiden postseason appearance, winning 93 games after an explosive 24-6 start. The Hawks led the Frontier League in runs scored, batting average, and homers, as first baseman Cody Bellinger hit .314 with 44 homers and a league-high 138 RBI's. Corner outfielders Braggo Roth and Dave Nicholson each topped 100 RBI's and combined for 59 homers, while 19-game winner Roy Patterson anchored the pitching staff. The Pittsburgh Golden Grizzlies also won 93 games, as left fielder Del Ennis hit .334 with 34 homers and 132 RBI's, and Adrian Gonzalez and Willie Greene each topped 30 homers, while closer Huston Street notched 30 saves with a 1.56 ERA. The Buffalo Fighting Elk and Montreal Knights both remained in the postseason picture until the final day of the season.

As impressive as the Northeast Division was, the Great Lakes Division was equally unimpressive. For nearly the entire season, all six teams were well below .500. Ultimately, the London Werewolves rallied from a dreadful 4-16 start to finish with 82 wins despite a negative run differential, led by rookie third baseman Matt Chapman, who hit .294 with 32 homers and 120 RBI's, and righthander Cy Blanton, who went 18-10 with a 2.33 ERA. The Werewolves held off the underachieving Cleveland Rocks, who were led by Aaron Judge's 45 homers and first baseman Nate Colbert's 42 homers and 137 RBI's, while ace Jack Chesbro went 18-13 with a 2.04 ERA. The Toronto Predators, led by Felix Hernandez, who went just 14-9 despite a stellar 2.22 ERA and 265 strikeouts, also flirted with the postseason, but they were bogged down by one of the weakest offenses in the league.

The breakout story of the season was the dominant pitching staff of the Chicago Mules, who surrendered just 485 runs on the season on their way to 109 wins. Cy Young favorite Roger Clemens dominated, going 24-7 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and 286 strikeouts. Rotation-mates Jason Isringhausen, Fred Olmstead, and Rube Marquard won 20 games apiece, and each sported an ERA below 2.80. The Kansas City Mad Hatters rebounded from a 6-12 start to win 90 games and claim a wild card spot, as second baseman George Grantham hit .334 with 19 homers, 84 RBI's, and 83 steals, and righthander Rube Foster went 25-6 with a 2.34 ERA. The Milwaukee Raccoons snuck into the playoffs with 85 wins, as Orlando Cepeda led a balanced offense by hitting .335 with 25 homers and 98 RBI's, and southpaw Vean Gregg won 16 games with a 2.45 ERA and 221 strikeouts. The Raccoons needed to win their last five games to earn their playoff bid, including a one-game playoff victory over the Minneapolis Penguins, who were led by MVP candidate Andy Van Slyke, who hit .338 with 38 homers and 59 steals, while Madison Bumgarner went 17-11 with a 2.15 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.

The Denver Spikes cruised to their third consecutive Northwest Division title with 94 wins, as Mickey Mantle hit .333 with 31 homers and 100 RBIs, third baseman Tommy Glaviano hit .349 with 35 homers, 121 RBI's, and a league-best .450 on-base percentage, and Kent Hrbek blasted 34 homers and drove in 135 runs. Denver was never seriously threatened in the race for the division title, but the 84-win San Francisco Longshoremen, led by Troy Tulowitzki's 26 homers and 93 RBI's and 18-win Michael Wacha, were in playoff contention until the final day of the year, after losing six of their final seven games down the stretch.

Continental League: The 93-win Charlotte Aviators remained the class of the Atlantic Division, as right fielder Richard Hidalgo hit .320 with 34 homers and 100 RBI's, left fielder Bill Howerton hit .330 with 30 homers and 127 RBI's, and catcher Bill Freehan hit .301 with 30 homers and 98 RBI's. Remarkably, the Hartford Huskies crash-landed after a dominant 31-10 start, needing a late-season rally just to reach .500 despite another brilliant Sandy Koufax season, as he went 22-8 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

The 90-win Atlanta Ducks pulled out the division title on the last day of the year, winning 19 of their final 26 games. Joey Votto led a balanced Atlanta offense, as six Ducks scored at least 80 runs, by hitting .315 with a .440 on-base percentage and 26 homers, while catcher John Wockenfuss slugged .522, ripped 25 homers, and drove in 103 runs. The Miami Flamingos earned a wild-card spot with 89 wins, as third baseman Bobby Thomson had a solid sophomore campaign, hitting .301 with 28 homers and 120 RBI's, while center fielder Brady Anderson pounded 25 homers, scored 97 runs, and stole 38 bases.

The 102-win El Paso Armadillos earned their fourth straight playoff spot thanks to their league-best pitching staff, as Bob Friend went 21-9 with a 2.53 ERA, and Hank Wyse, Jeff Fassero, and Sheriff Blake each had 15+ wins with ERA's below 3.00, and closer Cory Gearrin had 40 saves and a 1.91 ERA. The 95-win San Antonio Marksmen rode a series of superlative individual performances into the postseason. Center fielder J.D. Drew was the presumptive MVP favorite, after posting a devastating .328/ .463/ .631 slash line, including 37 homers, 135 RBIs, and 58 steals. Defending Cy Young Award winner Ted Blankenship had another strong season, going 22-9 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Rookie sensation Matt Harvey, after a ridiculous 16-2 start, ended the season with a 19-8 record, a brilliant 2.17 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Shortstop Donie Bush led baseball with 96 steals on his way to a 112-run season.

The defending champion Los Angeles Kangaroos had the finest season in league history, winning 111 games behind a dominant offense that scored 947 runs- sixty more than any other team in baseball. Right fielder Gary Sheffield hit .315 with 43 homers and 150 RBI's, while left fielder Mike Davis and DH Glenn Davis hit 38 homers apiece and topped 100 RBI's apiece, with Davis also stealing 54 bases. World Series hero Ken Gabler went 24-8 with a 2.53 ERA, while closer Dick Radatz dominated with 43 saves and a 1.48 ERA. The Kangaroos were pushed by the Las Vegas Aces, who won 104 games behind a dominant offense of their own, as DH Dolph Camilli hit .345 with 23 homers and 101 RBI's, and third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit .303 with 28 homers and 114 RBI's. Free-agent acquisition Clay Buchholz dominated with a 28-5 record and a 2.13 ERA. The Phoenix Lizards took the final wild card spot, winning 87 games, led by batting champion Wade Boggs, who hit .367 with a .479 on-base percentage, and right fielder Shawn Green, who hit .326 with 45 homers and led baseball with 162 RBI's
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2015 Year in Review - Playoff Report

Federal League- Upsets, upsets, everywhere! In the Wild Card Round, five of the eight series featured upsets by teams who finished with at least ten fewer wins than their opponent -- and four of the five 100-win teams in the Historic Random Debut League were eliminated in the first round. After a game 1 shutout by Chicago Mules ace Roger Clemens, the Milwaukee Raccoons stormed back and won the next four games, holding Chicago to just three runs in the four losses. Left fielder Pepe Mangual led the Raccoons by hitting .389 with two homers. Southpaw Vean Gregg threw a complete-game three-hitter in Game Three, and Wayne Twitchell threw eight shutout innings for the Raccoons in the decisive Game 5. Closer Steve Hamilton earned three saves with five hitless innings in the series, as the 86-win Raccoons, who needed to win their last five regular season games (including a one-game playoff) just to qualify for the postseason, knocked off the 109-win Mules. The 82-win London Werewolves -- the weakest team in the postseason field -- upset the 93-win Pittsburgh Golden Gorillas in six games, as righthander Joe Engel was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and right fielder Trevor Plouffe hit .375 with a homer and 8 RBI's. In the most evenly-matched series of the Wild Card round, the Philadelphia Hawks knocked off the Denver Spikes in six games, led by first baseman Cody Bellinger, who hit .348 with 3 homers, 6 RBI's, and five steals, while rightfielder Braggo Roth hit .304 with three homers of his own, 7 RBI's, and four steals. The Kansas City Mad Hatters upended the 100-win Baltimore Robins in six games as well, erasing an early two-games-to-one deficit, including a wild 13-12 win in Game Five, where the Mad Hatters rallied from an early 10-2 hole. Although the series featured two of the top three pitching staffs in the Frontier League, the offenses exploded early and often. Left fielder Lonnie Smith led all hitters with a .500 average, a homer, five runs scored, and two steals, while right fielder Gabe Kapler hit .423 with a pair of homers and seven RBI's.

In the Divisional Series, the Milwaukee Raccoons won the final three games against the Werewolves to advance, four games to two, as shortstop Shawon Dunston hit .360 with three homers and seven RBI's. Milwaukee third baseman Mickey Klutts hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the ninth inning of the decisive Game Six. The Philadelphia Hawks easily dispatched the Kansas City Mad Hatters in five games, as Cody Bellinger hit .368 with a homer and five RBI's and catcher Dan Graham ripped three homers and drove in five runs as well. Kansas City's Gabe Kapler took home the series MVP in a losing effort, hitting .632 with 12 hits in five games, including two homers, five RBI's, and four steals. The Philadelphia Hawks knocked off the Raccoons in five games in a deceptively-close League Championship Series, as the five games were decided by a total of seven runs. Backup Philadelphia outfielder Bruce Campbell was the hero, hitting a walk-off pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning of Game Two, and for good measure, hitting another tie-breaking pinch-hit homer in the top off the eleventh inning of the decisive Game Five. In a controversial decision, Campbell was denied series MVP honors in favor of catcher Dan Graham, who led all hitters with eight hits, a .364 average, and he drove in three runs.

Continental League- In a stunning upset, the defending champions, the 111-win Los Angeles Kangaroos, were blasted out of the postseason in five games by their division-mate Phoenix Lizards, as Phoenix scored nine runs in their first three victories while being held to "just" eight runs in the finale. Center fielder Bubba Morton hit .556 with two homers and four RBI's, while Wade Boggs hit .500 with a homer and seven RBI's, and set the table for Shawn Green and shortstop Bob Johnson who drove in eight runs apiece. In the one Wild Card series that truly played to form, the 104-win Las Vegas Aces outclassed the Atlanta Ducks in five games, as 28-game winner Clay Buchholz and Skip Pitlock held the Ducks to two runs on seven hits in the final two games of the series. In a series with multiple dramatic finishes, the Ducks' lone win came on a ninth-inning pinch-hit grand slam by Larry Whisenton, while the Aces advanced on a walk-off homer by Brandon Belt in Game Five. Catcher Hal Smith led a balanced Las Vegas attack by hitting .529 with 5 RBI's. Although the San Antonio Marksmen rode a strong pitching staff and a subpar offense into the postseason, they flipped the script in the Wild Card round, scoring 38 runs in five games (including no less than six in every game), as they handily eliminated the Charlotte Aviators. Second baseman Mark Bellhorn took MVP honors after hitting .429 with a homer, five doubles, 6 runs scored, and 6 RBIs, while center fielder J.D. Drew hit .389 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's. After being shut out in Game One by southpaw Jeff Fassero, the Miami Flamingos pulled out four straight victories to eliminate the 102-win El Paso Armadillos. Catcher Jody Davis led Miami with a .316 average, their lone homer of the series, and seven RBI's, while right fielder Reggie Sanders provided the lone offensive spark for the Armadillos, taking home the MVP award in a losing effort after hitting .350 with four homers and 6 RBI's.

In the Division Series, the Phoenix Lizards upended another 100+ win juggernaut, knocking off the Las Vegas Aces in seven games, including winning the final two must-win games on the road. Phoenix first baseman Merv Connors was the surprise hero, hitting .483 and slugging .793 with two homers and 13 RBI's. Teenager Dennys Reyes outdueled Cy Young frontrunner Clay Buchholz in the decisive Game Seven. Meanwhile, the vaunted San Antonio pitching staff held the Miami Flamingos in check, surrendering just eight runs in a five-game victory. Phil Niekro took home the series MVP award after throwing a six-hit shutout in Game Two, and Matt Harvey took a shutout into the ninth inning of Game Five before passing the baton to Alexi Ogando. Phoenix's deep offense proved to be too much for San Antonio in the League Championship Series, however, prevailing in six games despite another brilliant outing by Harvey, where he allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings. Phoenix DH Monk Sherlock led the way with a .370 average and 4 RBI's, while left fielder Jefry Marte hit two homers and had a series-high 6 RBI's. Right fielder Michael Tucker led the Marksmen with a .364 average, two homers, and 4 RBI's in a losing effort.

World Series The Philadelphia Hawks, featuring a high-octane offense in their maiden postseason appearance, were moderately favored over the similarly explosive Phoenix Lizards, who had already dispatched opponents with 111, 104, and 95 regular season wins despite a middling 87-75 regular season record. Phoenix stole Game One 2-1 in an unexpected pitcher's duel, as teenage postseason sensation Dennys Reyes gave up just two hits in 5.2 innings, while Roy Patterson gave up just a single run for Philadelphia. Phoenix, however, took the lead for good on an eighth-inning single by shortstop Bob Johnson. Philadelphia returned the favor in Game Two, winning 3-1, as Tom Underwood and Tom Henke combined on a three-hitter (although one was a solo homer by Phoenix starter Mel Stottlemyre). Phoenix reseized the series lead, winning Game Three 6-2, as Shawn Green blasted a three-run first-inning homer. Phoenix opened up a 3-1 series lead by blasting the Hawks in Game Four, 9-5, as the Lizards broke open a pitchers' duel by scoring four runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh, as first baseman Merv Connors drove in five runs with a homer and a bases-loaded double. With Philadelphia's season resting in the balance, Roy Patterson threw a four-hit shutout, winning 5-0, as Dan Graham broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Philadelphia came from behind in Game Six, winning 6-4, erasing a two-run deficit in the sixth inning and taking the lead in the eighth after back-to-back triples by backup outfielder Don Buddin and second baseman Tillie Shafer. In an explosive Game Seven, Philadelphia erased an early 5-1 deficit, and the Hawks held on for an 8-7 victory, as right fielder Braggo Roth ripped three hits, including a homer and a double, and Tom Henke closed out the game with three shutout innings, allowing only a single hit. Roth was named series MVP, after hitting .444 with a homer, four doubles, four RBI's, and four steals. Patterson led the pitching staff, giving up just a single earned run in 15 innings (0.59 ERA), and Henke threw seven shutout innings to earn a win and two saves. All-star third baseman Wade Boggs led Phoenix with 12 hits, a .444 average, a homer, and seven runs scored.
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2015 Awards Winners

Frontier League MVP- Roger Clemens, RHP, CHI (38): 24-7, 1.55 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 285 IP, 286 K, 58 BB, 18 CG, 7 shutouts, 248 ERA+, 11.3 WAR
2nd place- Tommy Glaviano, 3B, DEN (7): .349/ .450/ .634, 189 hits, 41 doubles, 4 triples, 35 HR, 121 RBI, 92 runs, 92 BB, 2 SB, 189 OPS+, 9.9 WAR
3rd place- Andy Van Slyke, 3B, MIN (3): .337/ .413/ .592, 206 hits, 26 doubles, 8 triples 38 HR, 93 RBI, 118 runs, 82 BB, 59 SB, 172 OPS+, 9.7 WAR
4th place- George Grantham, 2B, KC: .338/ .428/ .526, 205 hits, 49 doubles, 4 triples, 19 HR, 84 RBI, 105 runs, 96 BB, 83 SB, 160 OPS+, 8.7 WAR
5th place- Cody Bellinger, 1B, PHI: .314/ .391/ .606, 180 hits, 25 doubles, 5 triples, 44 HR, 138 RBI, 111 runs, 74 BB, 12 SB, 169 OPS+, 6.2 WAR

Frontier League Cy Young Award- Roger Clemens, CHI (48): 24-7, 1.55 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 285 IP, 286 K, 58 BB, 18 CG, 7 shutouts, 248 ERA+, 11.3 WAR
2nd place- Paul Dean, BAL: 17-7, 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 262 IP, 260 K, 36 BB, 12 CG, 4 shutouts, 174 ERA+, 10.1 WAR
3rd place- Cy Blanton, LON: 18-10, 2.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 263 IP, 243 K, 63 BB, 11 CG, 4 shutouts, 167 ERA+, 10.3 WAR
4th place- Jack Chesbro, CLE: 18-13, 2.04 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 274 IP, 212 K, 73 BB, 11 CG, 4 shutouts, 188 ERA+, 9.0 WAR
5th place- Rube Foster, KC: 25-6, 2.34 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 250 IP, 133 K, 54 BB, 10 CG, 6 shutouts, 164 ERA+, 6.6 WAR

Frontier League Rookie of the Year- Matt Chapman, 3B, LON (45): .294/ .367/ .574, 174 hits, 44 doubles, 10 triples, 34 HR, 120 RBI, 96 runs, 69 BB, 5 SB, 150 OPS+, 7.2 WAR
2nd place- Jason Isringhausen, RHP, CHI (3): 20-6, 2.62 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 244 IP, 115 K, 72 BB, 13 CG, 3 shutouts, 146 ERA+, 5.0 WAR
3rd place- Grady Hatton, 3B, BAL: .292/ .374/ .463, 174 hits, 45 doubles, 3 triples, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 98 runs, 80 BB, 9 SB, 128 OPS+, 5.2 WAR

Continental League MVP- J.D. Drew, CF, SA (18): .328/ .463/ .631, 183 hits, 26 doubles, 16 triples, 37 HR, 135 RBI, 115 runs, 142 BB, 58 SB, +11.4 Zone Rating, 213 OPS+, 12.1 WAR
2nd place- Shawn Green, RF, PHO (10): .326/ .384/ .598, 203 hits, 28 doubles, 3 triples, 45 HR, 162 RBI, 109 runs, 64 BB, 15 SB, +12.9 Zone Rating, 164 OPS+, 9.0 WAR
3rd place- Bryce Harper, RF, JAX (13): .350/ .451/ .660, 201 hits, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 46 HR, 125 RBI, 103 runs, 109 BB, 9 SB, 193 OPS+, 9.5 WAR
4th place- Sandy Koufax, LHP, HAR (7): 22-8, 1.98 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 277 IP, 237 K, 58 BB, 20 CG, 5 shutouts, 212 ERA+, 10.0 WAR
5th place- Gary Sheffield, RF, LA: .315/ .401/ .619, 190 hits, 35 doubles, 10 triples, 43 HR, 150 RBI, 122 runs, 79 BB, 34 SB, 175 OPS+, 8.9 WAR

Continental League Cy Young Award- Sandy Koufax, HAR (46): 22-8, 1.98 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 277 IP, 237 K, 58 BB, 20 CG, 5 shutouts, 212 ERA+, 10.0 WAR
2nd place- Clay Buchholz, LV (2): 28-5, 2.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 270 IP, 156 K, 72 BB, 13 CG, 6 shutouts, 192 ERA+, 5.8 WAR
3rd place- Ted Blankenship, SA: 22-9, 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 290 IP, 144 K, 68 BB, 19 CG, 2 shutouts, 165 ERA+, 7.3 WAR
4th place- Kerry Wood, ANA: 23-7, 2.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 258 IP, 243 K, 101 BB, 10 CG, 5 shutouts, 163 ERA+, 6.1 WAR
5th place- Bob Friend, EP: 21-9, 2.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 292 IP, 136 K, 46 BB, 19 CG, 4 shutouts, 160 ERA+, 5.6 WAR

Continental League Rookie of the Year- Jason Thompson, 1B, LV (23): .286/ .373/ .495, 177 hits, 27 doubles, 3 triples, 32 HR, 109 RBI, 103 runs, 87 BB, 6 SB, 143 OPS+, 5.8 WAR
2nd place- Matt Harvey, RHP, SA (25): 19-8, 2.17 ERA, 1.01 WAR, 277 IP, 182 K, 62 BB, 10 CG, 3 shutouts, 184 ERA+, 6.7 WAR
3rd place- Glenn Davis, DH/1B, LA: .277/ .325/ .503, 174 hits, 26 doubles, 1 triple, 38 HR, 103 RBI, 97 runs, 41 BB, 123 OPS+, 3.0 WAR

Top draft picks: 1. Curt Simmons, RHP, MEM
2. Don Drysdale, RHP, CIN
3. Dwight Gooden, RHP, DET
4. Gil Hodges, 3B/ 1B, VAN
5. Mudcat Grant, RHP, NY
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Frontier League: After five season of fluctuating between 76 and 87 wins, the Montreal Knights took a big leap forward and won the Northeast Division title, making their maiden postseason appearance with 94 wins. Despite lacking star power, they had the stingiest pitching staff in the league, surrendering just 518 runs all season. Righthander Joe Boehling went 18-9 with a stellar 2.29 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and Harry Harper went 16-8 with a 2.44 ERA and a matching 1.03 WHIP. Remarkably, three Knights pitchers (Bob Grim, Joe Benz, and Erv Kantlehner) each had double-digit wins and double-digit saves, and each sported a sub-3.00 ERA. Second baseman Ted Lepcio led the Knights offensively, hitting .292 with 26 homers and 99 RBIs. The Baltimore Robins rebounded from a lethargic first half to finish with 92 wins, led by outfielders Rick Monday, who hit .299 with 28 homers, 97 RBI, and 43 steals, and Leon Durham, who hit .307 with 30 homers, 106 RBI, and 39 steals. The Robins had a deadly 1-2 combo on the mound in Patrick Corbin, who went 16-6 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, and Paul Dean, who also sported a matching 1.93 ERA, and who went 15-2 with a 0.91 WHIP in an injury-shortened season. The defending champion Philadelphia Hawks won seven of their final eight games to clinch a wild card spot with 89 wins. Although their pitching staff took a step back, their offense was second in the league, as Cody Bellinger hit .282 with 35 homers,114 RBIs and 30 steals, and rightfielder Braggo Roth had a tremendous all-around season, hitting .343 with a .442 on-base percentage, as well as 19 homers, 96 RBI's, and 58 steals.

The London Werewolves won their third straight Great Lakes Division in dramatic fashion, winning 17 of their last 21 games, including their final seven games of the regular season to edge out the Toronto Predators, who had led the division for most of the season. Third baseman Matt Chapman led the Werewolves' league-best offense by ripping 35 homers and a league-high 129 RBI's, while first baseman Billy Herman led all of baseball with a .379 average. Cy Blanton anchored the pitching staff, going 17-7 with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a stellar 243-58 strikeout/walk ratio. The Predators rode a strong pitching staff to their first playoff appearance, as Felix Hernandez went 19-8 with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP, while Todd Helton led the way offensively with a .345 average, 36 homers, and 106 RBI's.

The 96-win Kansas City Mad Hatters won the Great Plains division in dramatic fashion, winning 14 of their last 19, including the final four games of the season, to force a one-game playoff with the Chicago Mules. Kansas City then defeated the Mules 6-0 for the division title, as Billy Pierce threw a one-hit shutout in the playoff game. Second baseman George Grantham led the way, hitting .329 with a .414 on-base percentage, including 20 homers, 83 RBI's, 81 steals, and scored 114 runs. Pierce returned to form, going 20-5 with a 2.38 ERA, an 0.98 WHIP and 241 strikeouts. The Mules once again rode a dominant pitching staff to the postseason, as hard-luck Roger Clemens continued to dominated once again, to the tune of a 1.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 295 strikeouts, but posted only a 17-10 record. Rube Marquard went 21-10 with 2.73 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

The San Francisco Longshoremen won their first division title with 96 wins. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit 26 homers and 88 RBI's. Righthander Ted Abernathy went 18-10 with a strong 2.26 ERA, despite a pedestrian 1.20 WHIP. Closer Brad Lidge posted 39 saves with a 2.28 ERA. Although the Vancouver Viceroys nearly matched San Francisco's hot start, winning their first eight games and starting off 26-11, they went into a tailspin down the stretch, dropping 13 of their final 19 games to finish out of the playoffs, despite a strong season from catcher Gary Alexander, who hit .307 with 24 homers and 89 RBI's.

Continental League: The 104-win Charlotte Aviators ran away with the Atlantic Division title. First baseman Joey Votto led the way, hitting .346 with 31 homers and 110 RBI's, while catcher Bill Freehan hit .308 with 28 homers and 108 RBI's. Steve Hargan anchored a deep pitching staff with an 18-6 record, a 2.39 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP, while closer Manny Delcarmen had 37 saves and a 1.55 ERA. The 90-win Jacksonville Gulls had a breakout season, going 34-18 down the stretch, and they edged out the San Diego Zookeepers 6-5 in a one-game playoff for the final wild card playoff spot, Perennial MVP candidate Bryce Harper led the Gulls, hitting .336 with a .457 on-base percentage, including 26 homers and 95 RBIs, while catcher Milt May hit .282 with 20 homers and 83 RBI's.

The New Orleans Crawfish returned to the postseason with 98 wins, as leftfielder Rickey Henderson hit .332 with 24 homers, 127 RBI's, 107 runs scored, and 59 steals. Righthander Gary Nolan went 19-10 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, and free agent acquisition Dave Stewart went 20-8. The Crawfish held off the 93-win Miami Flamingos, led by breakout star Brady Anderson, who hit .333 with 33 homers, 44 steals, and 117 RBI's, while catcher Jody Davis hit .314 with 29 homers and 106 RBI's.

The Houston Pythons won a gripping three-team pennant race in the Texas Division in dramatic fashion, pulling out the tiebreaker game against San Antonio on a walk-off homer by shortstop Bill Hall in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 163. The Pythons were led by Kirby Puckett, who hit .317 and slugged .482, including 15 homers, and provided elite defense, as well as second baseman Paul Molitor, who hit .311 with 15 homers and scored 97 runs, and slugger Eric Thames, who ripped 37 homers and drove in 119 runs. Righthander Ken Reynolds went 20-5 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. The San Antonio Marksmen led the division for most the division, finishing with 92 wins. Star centerfielder J.D. Drew hit .309 with 39 homers, 47 steals, and 126 RBI's. The Marksmen's league-best pitching staff was led by Lefty Williams, who went 23-7 with at 2.33 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP, and Matt Harvey, who sported an 18-13 record, a 2.66 ERA, and a 1.07 WHIP. The postseason mainstay El Paso Armadillos won 89 games, led by offseason acquisition Pete Rose, who hit .334 with a .405 on-base percentage, including 54 extra-base hits. Bob Friend paced the pitching staff with a 16-9 record, a 2.89 ERA, and a 1.12 WHIP, while Jonny Venters (26 saves with a 1.59 ERA) and Deilin Betances (0.83 ERA) paced the league's best bullpen.

The dominant Los Angeles Kangaroos managed to improve on last year's 111-win juggernaut, as they won 120 games and clinched the division title before the end of August. Remarkably, shortstop Trevor Story -- selected at the end of the third round with the 148th overall pick -- immediately was tabbed the #1 prospect in baseball, and he did not disappoint, hitting .296 with 31 homers, 92 RBI's, 23 steals, and 113 runs scored. Left fielder Mike Davis had a stellar all-around season, hitting .305 with 76 extra-base hits, including 34 homers, 103 RBIs, 114 runs, and 71 steals. Brett Anderson went 26-6 with a 2.56 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, and the Kangaroos' other four starters (Mike Krukow, Ken Gables, Jimmy Anderson, and Jhoulys Chacin) won 18 games apiece. Closer Dick Radatz dominated out of the bullpen with 44 saves, a 1.36 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Although the San Diego Zookeepers were well-positioned to return to the postseason for the first time since the inaugural 2011 season, they dropped 9 of their last 12 games, including their final four games of the season, to stumble into a one-game playoff with Jacksonville, which they dropped. San Diego was led by rookie rightfielder Paul Waner, who scored 101 runs after hitting .352 and slugging .480, and southpaw Dave Righetti, who went 19-8 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP

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Frontier League: After taking the opening game of the Wild Card series, the defending champion Philadelphia Hawks dropped four straight games to the San Francisco Longshoremen -- the only series in the Frontier League which did not go the distance. The Longshoremen held the Hawks' explosive offense to just 13 runs in 5 games, and centerfielder Herm Winningham led the way with a .375 average, a homer, four extra-base hits, and 5 RBI's. In perhaps the most dramatic series in a tremendously competitive round, the London Werewolves upset the Chicago Mules and their dominant pitching staff in seven games, digging themselves out of a 2-0 hole. London erased a 4-0 deficit in a dramatic game 7, winning on a walk-off homer by Mark Grudzielanek. Rookie rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki took home series MVP honors after hitting .500 with 14 hits, a homer, and 7 RBI's, including a 4-for-4 effort in Game 7. The Montreal Knights knocked off the Toronto Predators in seven games, after nearly blowing a 3-1 series lead, and the Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 to win 3-2. Second baseman Ted Lepcio led Montreal with a .345 average and a pair of homers, while Toronto was led by lefthander Lefty Gomez who went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 16 innings, including a three-hit shutout in Game One. The Kansas City Mad Hatters, despite scoring just 20 runs in 7 games, upended the Baltimore Robins, with Billy Pierce and Jose Rosado each winning two games, including the crucial Games 6 and 7. Center fielder Jim Rivera led the Mad Hatters with a .409 average, a homer, 3 RBI's, and 6 runs scored. San Francisco knocked off the London Werewolves in six games in the semifinals, as Yu Darvish won both his starts with a 1.13 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and just 7 hits allowed in 16 innings. The Longshoremen were led offensively by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hit .455 with a series-high ten hits, two homers and four RBI's, while third baseman Bob Smith hit three homers and drove in 7 runs. Kansas City knocked off Montreal's league-best pitching staff in five games, holding the Knights to just 14 runs in the series, with Rube Foster going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, and Jose Rosado and Billy Pierce combined to give up just two runs and five hits in over 14 innings. In the League Championship Series, however, Kansas City's pitching dominance came to an abrupt end, as they surrendered 31 runs to the San Francisco Longshoremen in a four-game sweep. Second baseman Don Wert hit .444 with a homer and 4 RBI's, while Troy Tulowitzki hit .462 and drove in 6 runs.

Continental League: After a dominant 120-win regular season, the Los Angeles Kangaroos narrowly averted disaster, digging themselves in a 3-games-to-1 hole against the El Paso Armadillos before winning the final three games, holding the Armadillos to just two runs. DH Mookie Wilson led the way offensively with 15 hits, a .556 average, four extra-base hits, and three steals, while first baseman Glenn Davis hit .355 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's. Righthander Ken Gables dominated on the mound, with a 0.67 ERA, including eight shutout innings in Game 7. The Miami Flamingos dominated the Houston Pythons in a four-game sweep, holding the Pythons to just eight runs in the series. Brett Tomko took home the MVP trophy after throwing a two-hit shutout, while Brady Anderson hit .308 with 2 homers and 3 RBI's. The New Orleans Crawfish outdueled the San Antonio Marksmen in seven games, after winning the final three games of the series. Catcher Joe Mauer hit .464 with a series-high 13 hits, while Jeff Keppinger hit .385 with two homers and six RBI's. Righthander Gary Nolan won both his starts with a 1.69 ERA. In the final Wild Card series, the Jacksonville Gulls upset the heavily-favored Charlotte Aviators, despite dropping the first three games of the series. Leftfielder Joe Vosmik hit .400 for the Gulls with a homer and 4 RBI's, while rightfielder Bryce Harper hit .364 with a homer and 6 RBI's. In the Divisional Series, the Los Angeles Kangaroos narrowly avoided disaster once again, needing seven games to knock off the Miami Flamingos. Center fielder Larry Bigbie took home MVP honors after hitting .346 with a homer and 6 RBI's, and drawing a bases-loaded walk-off walk in the bottom of tenth inning of Game 7,while right fielder Mike Davis blasted two homers and drove in 8 runs. The magic ran out for the Jacksonville Gulls, who lost in five games to the New Orleans Pelicans, including a dramatic elimination game where the Gulls eliminated an early 10-0 deficit before fading in the ninth inning. New Orleans shortstop Michael Young hit .409 with 5 RBI's, including five hits in the decisive Game Five. In the League Championship Series, Los Angeles righted the ship, knocking off the Crawfish in five games. Ken Gables won two games with 12 shutout innings, and Glenn Davis hit .333 with 3 homers and 7 RBI's to win the series MVP.

World Series: Despite two close calls in the postseason, the Los Angeles Kangaroos entered the all-California series as solid favorites over the San Francisco Longshoremen. Los Angeles started the series with a bang, scoring six first-inning runs off Longshoremen ace Ted Abernathy in a 7-5 Game One victory, highlighted by a three-run Trevor Story homer. The Kangaroos won Game 2 7-3 behind a 17-hit attack, led by three hits apiece from second baseman Joe Panik and catcher J.T. Realmuto, and another Story homer. The Kangaroos pulled out a 1-0 victory in Game Three, as Mike Krukow threw nine shutout innings of four-hit ball, and Larry Bigbie drove in the lone run on a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning. Yu Darvish led the Longshoremen with 8 shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out 12. The Longshoremen staved off elimination in Game Four, holding off the rampaging Kangaroos 4-2, as Jim Nash surrendered just one run in seven innings, and right fielder Ron Pruitt had two hits and two RBI's. Ken Gables took the loss for Los Angeles -- ending a streak of eleven straight postseason victories dating back to 2014. The Kangaroos eliminated the Longshoremen in Game 5 with a 4-1 win, as Brian Anderson surrendered just one run in seven and a third innings, and Dick Radatz racked up his third save of the Series. Trevor Story was named the World Series MVP after hitting .316 with three homers and seven RBI's, while Joe Panik hit .450 with a series-best nine hits.
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