Friday, August 26, 2011
There's been a lot of speculation on whether or not Christoper Siddall will get enough votes to get into the Hall of Fame this season. And I'll admit, I'm probably a bit biased because Siddall was a Dirtbag for the first seven seasons of this world's existence. But his numbers simply cannot be denied -- he was the most dominant reliever of his era, hands down. It's really not even close.
The biggest knock on Siddall is probably that he doesn't have enough saves to get in. And if you're a reliever without any saves, you don't have much of a chance to get in the Hall of Fame. Generally, I would agree with that stance. A reliever would really have to have been dominant -- historically dominant -- to get consideration without any saves.
Well, Siddall was historically dominant. For a reliever or a starter, Siddall owns The Bigs' pitching record books. He is The Bigs all-time career leader in strikeout/walk ratio (a ridiculous 3.84), WHIP (1.03) and on base percentage allowed (.266). He is number two all-time in ERA (2.61) and slugging percentage allowed (.311) and third all-time in batting average allowed (.212).
So he doesn't have 300 saves. Big deal. He threw almost 1200 innings, which is more than borderline Hall of Fame starting pitchers like Vin Solano, and threw over 100 innings in each of his first nine seasons in The Bigs. So it's not like he didn't play long enough.
People can get caught up in the saves category but it's really a lot like the RBI stat -- based largely on outside factors. Siddall couldn't control how many saves he got much like hitters can't control whether or not there are runners on base when they come to bat. I chose to use Siddall as a setup A so that I could get the most innings pitched out of him. All he could control was how well he pitched when he was in the game and he ended up being better than any pitcher, starter or reliever, EVER. The only pitcher who could even be considered better than him is his ex-teammate Javier Henriquez.
Still think he's not Hall of Fame worthy?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Fargo is quickly becoming the place where future Hall of Famers go to retire. After signing 36-year-old Luis Martinez to a three-year deal and extending Javier Henriquez through his age 38 season, the Dirtbags have now signed another future Hall of Famer; Alex Lim.
Lim agreed to a 2-year $3.4 million deal to serve as the Dirtbags' fourth outfielder. The 37-year-old outfielder batted .291/.376/.412 last season in a full-time role with San Francisco. Lim previously patrolled left field in Fargo for five and a half seasons, helping the Dirtbags win their only World Series championship.
The Boise franchise has failed to make the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons. Now, they hope that a little money will go a long way towards fixing that. Actually, it's a lot of money.
The Drifters have announced the signing of 6-time All-Star shortstop Amp Palmer to a 5-year $65 million deal. The deal includes a $4 million bonus and a team option for the final year. The 32-year-old Palmer, who spent the past three seasons with Salt Lake City, had a .292/.349/.553 batting line last season with 39 homeruns, 134 RBI, 109 runs scored and 25 stolen bases.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Who are the top 5 eligible candidates for the Hall-of-Fame in the Position Players category?
1. David Rushford
Resume: The recently retired Rushford probably rushes to the top of this list. His 460 HRs and 1126 RBI rank first among eligible hitters. He has 7 40 HR/100 RBI seasons to his name. The voters did him very little justice in putting him in only one All-Star game.
Outlook: Far from a slam-dunk, but he's got a shot. Supporters will point to those seven dominant years and note that Gregg Black got in for five or six dominant years. Detractors can point to his severe dropoff late in his career and lack of hardware.
2. Ryan Snyder
Resume: Snyder very quietly put together a borderline HOF career. He's got an MVP award (which Rushford can't claim), went to 5 All-Star games, and won a World Series ring. Although he finihed 140 homers behind Rushford, their all-time slugging percentages are almost identical. He finished 6 stolen bases short of going 300/300 for his career.
Outlook: In some respects he may have a better case than Rushford, but he's been retired since Season 11 and hasn't gone in yet, which does not bode well at all for his chances. With only two inductees, it's not like he's stuck in a logjam behind sure-fire HOFers.
3. King Winn
Resume: Another member of the 1000 RBI club, Winn holds the single season RBI record with 182. That total helped him earn his MVP award as a DH, a difficult feat to accomplish. He drove in 100 runs 6 times and hit over 60 homers twice.
Outlook: I'd say not good. He had two or three hall-of-fame years, but his time of dominance was short and he fell off worse than Rushford. Being essentially a DH (he caught from time to time but had a hard time doing it full-time) also makes it harder. I most certainly wouldn't put him in ahead of Rushford or Snyder, and there will be sure-fire HOFers retiring soon, making it harder for him.
4. Andre Eckenstahler
Resume: He's the only currently eligible player with over 5000 at-bats to retire with a .300 average. Andre batted over .300 seven times and hit the 30/100 plateaus three times. He's got 4 All-Stars and 4 Silver Slugger awards on his mantle.
Outlook: Very doubtful. He had only one dominant season (season 1, where he hit .340--47-133 and would have cruised to an MVP award if not for the beer league softball season of Gregg Black) and his power numbers aren't eye-popping.
5. Bernie Soriano
Resume: The Cuban defector came in three homers short of the 400 mark and drove in 1114 runs in his career- Rushford is the only eligible candidate with more. He drove in 100 runs four times and had seasons of 99 and 98 RBI and hit 50 homers twice.
Outlook: No chance and rightfully so. I could have easily put about 5 or 6 other guys in this slot, none of which would be viable candidates for the Hall. As for Soriano, he had a handful of big-time seasons and was wildly inconsistent. No way he should ever be voted in.
Just a few hours after signing Luis Martinez, the Fargo Dirtbags announced that they have agreed to a contract extension with franchise ace Javier Henriquez. Henriquez, The Bigs all-time wins leader with 230, signed a three-year $28.5 million extension with the third year of the deal being a team option. He will make $17.3 million next season, which includes a $10 million bonus, $6.2 million in season 17 and $5 million in season 18.
The extension will keep Henriquez with Fargo through season 18, meaning the ace pitcher will not be eligible for free agency again until he is 39-years-old.
14 seasons ago, The Bigs saw its first blockbuster trade as the Fargo Dirtbags traded Luis Martinez, Del Lopez and James Morton to the Milwaukee Manic Maulers for Javier Henriquez. Since that trade, the players involved have combined to earn 17 All-Star appearances, 7 Silver Sluggers, 2 Gold Gloves, 7 Cy Youngs, 1 MVP and 2 World Series rings. Henriquez and Martinez, the headliners of the deal, became the two best players at their position in their prime. Now, on the downside of their careers, they will be teammates.
Martinez agreed to terms on a three-year $12 million deal with Fargo and will serve as their starting left fielder this season. Ironically enough, the Dirtbags declined the option of Lopez, who had served the team in a part-time role the past two seasons, to make room for Martinez on their roster. Despite playing in five World Series, Martinez has yet to win one. The future Hall of Famer missed his only chance as his Milwaukee Manic Maulers went on to win the World Series in season 4 while Martinez was sidelined for the season with nerve irritation in his forearm.
Martinez will now join forces with the man he was once traded for in the biggest blockbuster in The Bigs' history to try and capture that elusive World Series ring.
Monday, August 15, 2011
David Rushford was one of the most feared sluggers for the first seven years of the league. He made an immediate splash in Philadelphia (later Washington), hitting 44 homers in season 1 despite starting the season in AAA. In his five big league seasons in Philadelphia/Washington he amassed an incredible 251 homers before moving on to Fargo and had two more big-time seasons before slowing down. He finishes his career with a .272 average, 460 homers, and 1126 RBI. Despite only playing 5 seasons with the Washington franchise he still holds the team records for HRs and RBI and has 4 of the top 5 single season home run totals. His HOF candidacy is already being debated.
Brook Teut is not likely to be taken seriously as a Hall of Fame candidate (and shouldn't be), but he was a good hitter in his day. Teut topped the 30 HR plateau four times and drove in more than 100 runs three times. His .269-34-119 season for Jackson in season 5 earned him a Silver Slugger award at 3B (Rushford was the NL winner that season) and an All-Star appearance. Teut retires with 259 homers and 914 RBI.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Fargo's Fausto Almanza and Charleston's Ronn Lincoln were both awarded with their second career Cy Young Awards in season 14. Winning the NL Cy Young, Almanza became the first player in the history of The Bigs to win a Cy Young Award in both the American League and the National League. Almanza finished the season with a 20-4 record, a 2.88 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 253 innings pitched. For the Chew, Lincoln went 19-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 218 strikeouts in 206.1 innings pitched.
Charleston swept the major two awards in the AL as LF Floyd Floyd was named the AL MVP for season 14. Floyd posted a .279/.399/.537 batting line with 34 homeruns, 63 stolen bases and 120 runs scored for the Chew. In the NL, Chicago Cows' Hub Hamilton took home the MVP honors. Hamilton hit .295/.366/.547 with 39 homeruns, 141 RBI, 119 runs scored and 33 stolen bases.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Jack Hunt left Ottawa after helping them defeat Washington DC in the season 12 World Series. Little did he know, he'd be helping the Blue Coats turn the tables on his former team just two seasons later.
The Washington DC Blue Coats defeated the Ottawa O-jays in five games to win the franchises first World Series title in this year's Series. Hunt scored the go ahead run in the sixth inning to clinch the series for Washington DC.
Hunt was a beast for the Blue Coats, dominating his former teammates by going 10-22 with three homeruns and eight RBI in the five games.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Washington DC Blue Coats will hope their second trip to the World Series will end better than their first one did. But they'll have to defeat a familiar enemy to reach their goal as the Ottawa O-jays will be their World Series opponent for the second time in three seasons.
The last time these teams met in the World Series, the O-jays took home the championship trophy, winning the series four games to two. The teams will again be lead by aces Andres DeLeon and Carter Leonard but the biggest subplot of this rematch may revolve around the two superstars who are playing for the other side this time around.
Future Hall of Famer Luis Martinez left DC after their season 12 World Series disappointment and signed a three-year deal to join then defending champion Ottawa. Jack Hunt also left his team after that World Series, fleeing Ottawa for big money in New York. But Hunt was traded to Washington midway through this season and will try to help the team he defeated two years ago, take down the team he helped to victory.