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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Race to 1000 hits!

Opey Higgins

Barry Broadhurst - 997 hits

Philip Maxwell - 974 hits

Otto Judd - 967 hits

Mitch Palmer - 940 hits

Paul McNamara - 938 hits

Broadhurst looks to become the first player in Doubleday to reach 1000 hits putting him instantly as one of the top guys to enter the Doubleday Hall of Fame come season 10. At 31 years old he may just be around when the day comes. I'd imagine he could potentially reach 1500 hits before he retires. Philip Maxwell just 27 years old could post 2000 hits by the time he turns 32 realistically he'll be our Career hit leader by the end of the next 5 seasons. Please leave a comment with your teams career hit leader and how many hits they've managed to get at this point.

Calvin Petkovsek gets shipped across the country!

Calvin Petkovsek was traded today to the Seattle Pilots today! Petkovsek is one of the few ML SS's that can hit and field. The deal sent Richmond 23yr old SS Ricardo Guardado, 25yr old 3B Perry Gumbert and 26yr old SP Nipsey Gipson. Seattle gets a good quality addition to the Big league squad while Richmond gets rid of the contract of Petkovsek and gains youth. Big trade and it's only 11 games in!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

NL WEST: Season 6 Preview

Last Season: 76-86 (2nd)
Season 6 Prediction: 85-77
Losses: Daniel Wilkinson RP
Additions: Walt Sanders RP, Livan Gil 2B, Johnny Cambridge 3B

Omaha is a team of extremes. Their pitching staff finished last season ranked 1st in the National League in WHIP and 2nd in ERA. All five starters are back and each is under the age of 27. As crazy as it sounds, the staff should be even better this season with the free agent acquisition of Walt Sanders and a healthy Izzy Green in the bullpen. The other extreme is of course their sputtering offense. As a team, Omaha hit 119 home runs in Season 5, the lowest total in the majors. To put that into perspective, Albert Wall of the Chicago Whales hit 74 last season. The addition of Livan Gil to the lineup should help, but this remains a team who will have to win with pitching.

Last Season: 82-80 (1st)
Season 6 Prediction: 78-84
Losses: Howard McFeely SS
Additions: Jaime Helton 1B, Quinton Palmer 3B

The success of Honolulu this year depends on how quickly the young team can find their groove. Most of their roster lacks ML experience and it could result in a step back in the standings. They will have six rookies in the lineup, two in the bullpen, and one starter. To call this a young team is an understatement. The good news for Honolulu fans is that the rookies are quite talented. Jaime Helton 1B and Quinton Palmer 3B could very well finish first and second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. With some time to develop, this team will be a headache to face down the stretch.

Last Season: 69-93 (3rd)
Season 6 Prediction: 74-88
Losses: Andre Trammell C, Carl Gaillard RP, Tony Bocachica SP
Additions: Johnny Durbin CF, Socks Lansing SS, Bob Lankford SP

Oakland could be the dark horse in this division. They're coming off a disappointing year and have retooled at some key positions. Just prior to the season, Oakland pulled off a pair of deals with the Richmond Diamonds to acquire Johnny Durbin CF and Socks Lansing SS. It cost the Oaks some talented prospects, but there is no denying that Durbin and Lansing give them proven ML caliber players in two key positions. The Oaks also promoted starting pitcher Bob Lankford to the big league club. Since being selected sixth in the Season 2 draft, Lankford has plowed his way through the minors and appears ready to be a major contributor for many seasons to come. Going along with the theme of this division, Oakland is a team on the rise.

Last Season: 65-97 (4th)
Season 6 Prediction: 63-99
Losses: Billy Leonard LF, Pat Dunston RP
Additions: Fonzie Puffer 2B, Rico Mateo RF

San Diego enters the season at a crossroads. Like Buffalo Bill in "Silence of the Lambs", the team is becoming something. We're just not sure what yet. They aren't strong in any area, so I believe new owner Ewchippe when he says it will be a 3-4 year rebuilding project to turn things around. In the minors, Carlos Andujar and Dave Fischbach are well on their way to being future stars for the Aces. With some solid moves over the next couple seasons and the emergence of these prospects, maybe the turnaround will happen sooner rather than later.

Friday, September 25, 2009

AL WEST: Season 6 Preview

Last Season: 85-77 (1st)
Season 6 Prediction: 92-70
FA Losses: Tom Barkley RP, Buddy Shelley SP, Luis Pascual 3B
FA Additions: Ralph Bunning SP, Alex Martin SS, Willis Wasdin RP

After two years of thrifty spending, the Seals finally opened their wallet this off-season to acquire the talented (yet fragile) Ralph Bunning. The addition of Bunning finally gives the Seals a top of the line starting pitcher, if he can stay healthy. That's a major if, as Bunning didn't even get through his first start without tweaking his shoulder and landing on the 15 Day DL. The team overachieved last season, so lets see how they do with bigger expectations.

Last Season: 80-82 (2nd)
Prediction: 89-73
FA Losses: Pete Reid SP, Pascual Astacio RF
FA Additions: Cory Glynn SP, Craig Priest SP, Benny Truman SP, Howard McFeely SS

Coming off a World Series appearance, the Dukes (now known as the Solons, which I'm told is a Greek word for something and not a fish), threw their fans a curve ball by trading away most of their best players in exchange for prospects. Despite the purge, they still managed to be in contention for the Division Title until the final weeks of the season. This year they should improve upon their 80-82 record thanks to some nice free agent pickups. While everyone else was busy offering huge contracts to a select few stud pitchers, the Solons signed three solid pitchers who should help them regain their old form.

Last Season: 75-87 (3rd)
Prediction: 73-89
FA Losses: George Weaver SP
FA Additions: Pete Reid SP, Rex Scott CF, Oswaldo Andujar RP

Colorado rebounded from a down year by improving their record by 19 wins last season. Their lineup should be powerful as usual and the addition of Pete Reid gives them a proven starter at the top of the rotation. The roster will be better this season, but they will face tougher competition from San Francisco and Sacramento in the AL West.

Last Season: 52-110 (4th)
Prediction: 59-103
FA Losses: Nothing of note
FA Additions: Shooter Johnson RP

Following another dismal year in Anaheim, new owner Jack Badoou decided a change of venue was in order and moved the team to Las Vegas. As someone who has been to both places, I can tell you this was a great idea. Anaheim is best known for their Disney attractions, while Vegas sports the best strip clubs on the planet. As far as the team goes, they are young and need time to develop. This season will be more about gaining experience than winning games.

Friday, September 18, 2009

NL SOUTH: Season 6 Preview


Last Season Record-97-65 (1st)
Division Champ- Yes
NL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 94-68 (1st)
With what appears to be an upgraded Austin franchise this season, they continue on with youth for the most part. Offense: RF Midre Guerrero and CF Ted Banks look to lead the Austin Swing this season to another Division title. SP Felipe Maradona searching for his first Cy Young award, coming off a 16 win season his career high, he is going to be much more reliable this season and could see 20 wins!


Last Season Record- 91-71(2nd)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- YES
Season 6 Prediction-88-74 (3rd)
Our World Series Champions! What else can be said about Louisville that hasn't already been said? They looked to be an under dog last season coming into the playoffs only to dominate! The entire team has came back to try again in season 6, Owner Rbedwell has proven that this team will be in the Doubleday History books as the greatest franchise ever. Come season 10, I highly doubt another team will reach the level of success!


Last Season Record-89-73(3rd)
Division Champ-NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction- 85-77(3rd)
Spending tons of money in free agency last season , Richmond released several players including LF Randall Daly but they signed 1B Seth West that was recently released from Salt Lake City. West's power and ability to get on base should help bolster the Richmond offense while SP Rafael Mercado and Tom Lofton will be the anchors in the pitching staff to keep them in the top 10 teams this season.


Last Season Record-63-99 (4th)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 prediction- 66-93 (4th)
Monterrey has been very conservative when it comes to signing old talent.. They've been racking up International Free Agents for going on 3 seasons now. Showing little improvement each season could this be the season they break out? They have promoted several young stars to the Majors still leaving a ton of great players waiting to come up. Player to watch this season is SP Karim Bennett, We hear he's been working on his control during the offseason.. Potential 15-20 game winner!

AL SOUTH: Season 6 Preview!


Last Season Record-97-65 (1st)
Division Champ- Yes
AL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 93-69 (1st)
With the huge signing of SP Junior Cerveza, St.Louis looks to be in about the same spot they were last season. Good pitching and decent offense, In the AL South they are probably a lock for the Division title with El Paso and Huntington still trying to get their teams working like a well oiled machine.. That could be a while ..


Last Season Record- 79-83 (3rd)
Division Champ- NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction-70-92 (3rd)
Texas is in the middle of a transition, They have a new owner that came in last season with a different approach to where the team needs to go. They let a few guys go but signed some key Free Agents, 2b Damian Wang, P Buddy Shelley and CF Roosevelt Sellers! However I don't see them being a strong threat this season. 3rd place in the South potentially 2nd if luck goes their way.


Last Season Record-80-82(2nd)
Division Champ-NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction- 71-93(2nd)
Huntington could potentially be 2nd place this season, With the lack of pitching they are looking to probably drop even more in season 6. Huntington fielded several offers to acquire a SP but none of them were agreed upon..


Last Season Record-51-111(4th)
Division Champ- NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 prediction- 62-100 (4th)
El Paso is still in rebuild mode, Slowly they are putting together a team that can contend. We here at the Doubleday Daily magazine support El Paso and hope they get the breaks they deserve.

NL EAST: Preview


Last Season Record-104-58(1st)
Division Champ- Yes
NL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 99-63 (1st)
Toledo is looking to have another strong season, Adding P Babe York only helps a pretty good Pitching staff. They again will have a very tough time taking the division since Pitt and Tampa Bay are really improved and constantly getting better as they promote their young talent.


Last Season Record- 94-68(2nd)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction-80-82 (4th)
After the move to Boston, Owner Camden decided it best to allow those Free Agents to be signed giving him approx. 11 picks in the top 100 in this season's amateur draft! Still holding onto team MVP Dan Hudler Boston is going to be a tough team to beat still..


Last Season Record-82-80(3rd)
Division Champ-NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction- 81-81(3rd)
Tampa Bay led by SS Robert Robinson has come far over the past few seasons. Although their record won't be stellar this season they will be a fierce competitor when they match up their pitching to the opposing offense. P Troy Harris appears to be the guy with the most potential this season. I predict him to be the team's best Pitcher. Tampa Bay may be a surprise this season so I could be very very wrong.


Last Season Record-77-85(4th)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 prediction- 85-77 (2nd)
Pittsburgh is going to be a sound 2nd place team this season, They have one of the most explosive young offenses in the world. Nolan Cain, Izzy Harris and Mariano Polanco lead the Offense into season 6 with big hopes and dreams. My "Most Improved team" for season 6 right here!

AL EAST: Season 6 Preview


Last Season Record-105-57 (1st)
Division Champ- Yes
AL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 95-67 (2nd)
Philly ran away with the AL East last season but I feel that they are not going to dominate like they did last season. They signed David Gonzalez during the offseason in hopes of beefing up the offense some more. Philly will have a long road ahead of them this season.


Last Season Record- 97-65(2nd)
Division Champ- NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction-98-64 (1st)
Jacksonville traded LF Pablo Mota and 3B Jocko Sexson to Montreal and acquired LR George Oliver and bring back RF Erv Hines. They also signed RF Winston Ripken, P Sal Jone and RF Edgar Villa as well. Jacksonville appears VERY strong this season.


Last Season Record-92-70(3rd)
Division Champ-NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction- 77-85(4th)
Baltimore lost a key offensive star in Winston Ripken to Free Agency.. They also lost P Kelly Carr. Baltimore is free of some major cap space but find themselves on the bottom of a very strong division. 3 teams improving and them kinda sitting idle.. We will have to keep an eye for them..


Last Season Record- 79-83(4th)
Division Champ- NO
AL Champ- NO
Season 6 prediction- 85-77
New York is an up and coming team in Season 6.. I promise you nothing less then about a 15-20 game improvement from last season. They could potentially take a wild card spot but this young team is going to be a very hard team to knock off..

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NL NORTH: Season 6 Preview/Predictions


Last Season Record-90-72 (1st)
Division Champ- Yes
NL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 88-74 (2nd)
Not much to see here! Ottawa has been on top for a couple seasons now but it's getting to where they are not bringing in new talent. They have some great prospects but not yet close enough to play at the ML level. I see them falling down 1 spot.. Maybe get a Wild Card..


Last Season Record- 85-77 (2nd)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction-99-63 (1st)
Chicago is probably the most talented team in the NL currently. They have a great offense and pretty good pitching. Albert Wall returns for another season coming off a record breaking year! Chicago looks to claim the NL North for the first time since season 1.


Last Season Record-78-84 (3rd)
Division Champ-NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 Prediction- 80-82 (3rd)
Keeping the team moving forward,Cleveland owner Douglaslee has improved the team greatly since buying the team. This season he'll continue to have his big stars from last season to help better the team and potentially win a Wild Card position. They could very well knock Ottawa down to 3rd.


Last Season Record- 63-99 (4th)
Division Champ- NO
NL Champ- NO
Season 6 prediction- 62-100
Detroit will be good in another 2 seasons for sure, but right now I feel they are going to stand in the same place they have been for 3 seasons. Great talent in the minors led by Denny Chong but that be a few seasons away before we see him. 3B Ronn Moore and LF Sarma Rose will again head the Detroit ML team as they face a tough road again.

AL NORTH: Season 6 Preview/Predictions


Last Season Record- 98-64
Division Champ- Yes
AL Champ- Yes
Season 6 Prediction- 95-67 (1st)
Montreal has added some pitching depth with SP Bobby Ray Bellhorn and Max Lopez. Both proven ML starters to go along with the same rotation Montreal used to get them to the World Series last season. Montreal also traded RF Erv Hines in a deal which they landed 3B Jocko Sexson and LF Pablo Mota. Upgraded all around now all they can do is sit back and wait to see if the moves are going to be successful or not..


Last Season Record-90-72 (2nd)
Division Champ- No
AL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 96-68 (2nd)
This season Free Agency was pretty good to SLC, They picked up 1B Carlos Gandarillas and SP Jose Santayana. SLC has been impressive for 2 seasons in a row now but have not managed to get into the playoffs due to strong play from the other divisions. This season I wouldn't count these guys out, I would place them as predicted Division champs but I think Montreal hasn't fell off just yet.


Last Season Record- 66-96 (3rd)
Division Champs- No
AL Champs- No
Season 6 Prediction-79-83 (3rd)
This franchise has made the playoffs once in 5 seasons.. New management has been bringing this team to life slowly for the last 2 seasons by bringing in good young talent. As they wait for their younger stars to mature they are fielding a decent ML squad for the time being. Some of their younger guys are playing now but the real studs are on the way. This season they could prove me wrong with RF Al Gonzales and CF Magglio Alvarado showing signs of improvement in their off-season training. SP Albert Robinson appears to be ready to go as well. KC is my upset team in the North, They could win the division.


Last Season Record- 61-101 (4th)
Division Champ- No
AL Champ- No
Season 6 Prediction- 67-95 (4th)
With no real off-season moves, Seattle is looking to rely on the same type team they have been. Allowing their youth to develop in the minors is what appears to be the plan. Seattle has had 4th placed tied down for many seasons, unless they do some drastic changes to the ML squad they will be there for a little while longer..However I do know owner Kcden has things well figured out. We are rooting for you here at Doubleday Daily!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Free Agent Signings! Biggest Acquisitions So Far!


We've had a couple big signings so far already since the Free Agency period began.

Tampa Bay

SP Pete Reid was acquired by the Colorado Grizzlies, The Grizzlies needed a huge signing this season and so far they've not disappointed. Reid signed for 2 seasons at a total of 15.4 million which also came with a 890k signing bonus.

Tampa Bay

2B David Gonzalez was signed to a 4yr $29mil deal. Philly potentially will not be able to re-sign SP Bernie Alvarez but acquiring Gonzalez is yet another big boost to that offense.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Swing, Swing!


Austin, TX

Austin and Kansas City agreed to a deal which sends Eli Hernandez and Brian Christopher to the Show-Me State in exchange for Edgard Mendoza. KC is trying to continue on building the minor league squads as they chase Salt Lake City and Montreal in the AL North.

The sun never sets in Jacksonville!


Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville again in the mix with a trade to Sacramento which sends SP John Nakamura and SP Ivan Figureoa to California's Capital for 2 prospects. Jacksonville continues to build a farm system with this deal. We will bring you more trades as they process..

Bobby Ray Bellhorn leaving St. Louis..


St. Louis, MO

A deal between St. Louis and Montreal for SP Bobby Ray Bellhorn was in the process of being completed but Montreal had went over budget before the deal could be completed. Both owners agreed to re-work the deal once Montreal had cleared the cap space to do so.. It has been confirmed by Montreal Owner Tom Highway that he has re-sent the offer for Bellhorn as originally agreed on and is happy about being able to bring Bellhorn to Montreal.

Hines is traded!


Jacksonville, FL

The Jacksonville Suns and Montreal Shamrocks have agreed to a huge trade!RF Erv Hines along with LR George Oliver and High A Prospect RP Ted Hall are going to Jacksonville in exchange for 3B Jocko Sexson ,LF Pablo Mota and LF Adam Logan . The deal relieves Montreal of about 5.5 mil in payroll and gives them 2 good ML level hitters along with a good Prospect. Jacksonville get some pitching help along with some additional power for their line up.

We will bring you more coverage over the trade action as the off season progresses. Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Boston Auction!

Opey Higgins


Boston, Mass.

Rumors are swirling as to if Boston is planning on trading all his ML vets. We did get told he was wanting to deal but who can afford these amazing players? First we have Dan Hudler. Hudler is a 2 time NL MVP and has had 2 All Star appearances. Oswaldo Navarro would be 2nd on this list, Navarro has been a huge asset to the city of Boston. He played in Boston during season 2 and 3 and brought home the Rookie of the Year award. The last big name I'll mention is Miguel Alou, Alou a 1 time All Star and has posted a 66-38 record over 5 ML seasons. Whoever get's a shot at any of the 3 players is looking to pay up, but it will be well worth it!

Tampa Bay: Brantley Available

Opey Higgins
Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay, FL

Tampa Bay owner Amerith has announced that RF Pat Brantley is available. He said the team is searching for ML Pitching and would prefer a #3 or 4 Starter. Brantley is a career .292 hitter averaging about 25 hr's a season. TC Amerith if you're interested.

Free Agent Gems: Players to watch!

Opey Higgins

This is possibly going to be the most star studded Free Agency yet in Doubleday.. Let's start off with the surprise of Free Agency.. We hear that SP Bernie Alvarez isn't sure about staying in Philly. The information we received was that Philly declined the team option. He is probably the biggest surprise but let's get the list of the top 5 possible free agents!

1.) SP Junior Cerveza
2.) SP Cory Glynn
3.) LR/SU Ralph Bunning
4.) RF Winston Ripken
5.) OF Jin-Chi Yosida

So Keep an eye for these studs to hit the market...They could be a big help to any franchise!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Where are they now? One hit wonders....


In every sport you have guys that have just one great season and disappear never to be seen or heard from again. In some cases they remain on the team but in a very minor role. I have dug deep into Doubleday's 5 season history to find these guys..

Cole Holzemer, He started his career in Houston (Currently Austin) where he was looking to be a top performer for the franchise with his .291 BA, 22HR, 74RBI season. He was just 24yrs old... Since season 1 he has managed to barely hit over .240 and hasn't hit more then 13HR's.. We heard rumors that he has a career waiting for him at Home Depot if this season doesn't get any better in San Diego..

Frank Corcoran played only 2 seasons in Doubleday.. Originally he was on the Trenton Hoffa's (Currently Detroit) where he has his 1 good season. He played in 137 games and hit .313 with an OBP of .382... He retired after the 2nd season with the team saying he wanted to pursue a career in acting. From what we have heard he's starred in such roles as Rock "Hard" Johnson in several adult films..

Bubba Whiteside, once a great addition to the Montreal Shamrocks.. He was traded in season 2 to San Francisco where he had a very big drop from his previous season's success. After only 97 games in SF he was released by San Francisco.. Jackson picked him and he only played 1 game in season 3 only to never play again.. We found him serving hot apple pie at a diner in Crown City, OH. He refused to comment and was not happy to see us..

More news from past stars to come as Season 6 of Doubleday continues!

Monday, September 7, 2009

San Diego- Cleaning House!

San Diego

Peter Matheson - SP

Rex Scott - CF

Carlos Gandarillas - 1B

Rex Scott, Peter Matheson and Carlos Gandarillas could be had for the right deal. San Diego is looking for prospects! Trade Chat Fox_Mulder if you're interested

Help Wanted: Firepower in Chi-Town!


Whales owner FantasyFrea reported that he is only looking for pitching. He wants atleast 1 top of the rotation starter along with some Long Relief help. He willing to part with just about any of his arb eligible players. Trade chat him for more details.

All Stars of Doubleday!

Opey Higgins

I am listing the players with 4 or more All Star game Appearances!

1. Cory Glynn- (STL/SP) 5
2. Derek McDermott-(CHI/C) 5
3. Orlando Camacho-(JAX/P)4
Rafael Mercado-(RICH/SP) 4
Rafael Pena-(BOS/SP) 4
Vic Silva- (RICH/3B) 4
Albert Wall-(CHI/1B) 4
Larry Wakefield-(BOS/P)4

The Sun is setting for Nance in Jacksonville?


It is reported that CF Doug Nance along with LF Mickey Price and SP John Nakamura are up for trade! Tropicana, the Suns owner is looking for a 1B prospect with a good bat in return. He prefers to trade all 3 in a package deal to whoever can offer the right player.

Trade Chat Tropicana if you are interested.

Season 6: New owners, New Cities, New ideas


Boston, Mass.

Boston was known for the high powered offense that was once part of the Beaneaters. After Tropicana bought the team mid season 5 he had planned to move the franchise. Boston fans were distraught! Boston was a contender in practically every season in Doubleday history and now they were being left in the dark. Tropicana moved the team to Jacksonville where he was getting a huge deal and tons of money to move the team.

Only for a short time did the Boston fans suffer, News came in that a new owner to the Doubleday world planned on bringing a team to Boston. The fans were skeptical and thought it would be a very bad franchise.. When the news hit that the former Durham Franchise was the team being moved the Boston fans were excited! Camden the new owner of the Former Durham Tobacconists decided it was time for the team to move closer to his hometown. So there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for the Boston fans.

In other news, Anaheim Robins were sold and are now moving to Las Vegas! Las Vegas hasn't had a team there since Season 1! So things could possibly be looking up with new ownership and a new look! More to come with Season 6 news as we continue into the offseason!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Louisville does it again! World Series Champions!


The World Series was taken all the way to game 7 where Louisville managed to win by 1 run. Montreal was the under dog but managed to put themselves in a position to win it and force Louisville to win. Louisville stepped up to the challenge and knocked them off. Owner Rbedwell has now led the Colonels to 4 World Series in 5 seasons. Louisville remains the team to beat so going into season 6 we will see who will continue to try building their franchises to take out the Colonels and who will bail.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

WORLD SERIES! Game 2 - 3



Game 2:

Unlike game 1 Louisville came out swinging putting 5 runs on the board by the 5th inning while Montreal was scoreless. Relaford began what looked to be a rally in the 7th but it wasn't going to matter. In the 8th Louisville put 3 more on the board going up by 6 runs. Montreal tried to fight back in the 9th scoring 3 runs only to be stopped. Louisville won 8-5.

Game 3:

After a very bad outting for Montreal, Game 3 looked to be very promising as Montreal opened the game in the 1st inning scoring 3 runs off a 3 run Erv Hines blast! Ogawa of Louisville drove a run in during the 2nd inning. But Montreal didn't stop! They hammered in another 2 runs in the 3rd to go up 5-1.. The 7th Louisville started heating up with bases loaded Ray Purcell walked in another run making the score 5-2 in favor of Montreal. Montreal remained scoreless the rest of the game, The 9th inning it began to fall apart. Closer Barajas came in for Montreal to put the game away.. He gave up a hit followed by causing Ogawa to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. 1 Out left that's all he needed to do this.. Nicky Barry, Pinch hitter came to the plate.. 1st pitch thrown was smashed and it cleared the wall giving Louisville another run.. game 5-3 Montreal... Barajas just looked completely shocked! Next up! Ray Purcell with 2 outs and only 1 run from the tie.. Barajas threw 2 pitches up and away trying to stay away from the very consistent Purcell.. After another ball and the count going 3-0 He tossed another pitch only for it to get crushed! Purcell launched a solo home run which closed the gap 5-4! Mercedes came up to the plate fixing to take advantage of the rattled Barajas...But Barajas managed to get Mercedes to flyout finally ending the game..

Game4: Mark Post (MON) vs. Matthew Brown (LOU)

Breaking down the WALLS!!


Season 5 was a phenomenal season for Albert Wall of the Chicago Whales. Not only did he break the single season Home run record he managed to rake up 2 player of the week awards, All Star game appearance, Home Run derby championship and now the biggest of them all the NL MVP award! I remember back in season 1 the owner brought Wall up just after 22 AAA games to the Majors.. Wall broke into the ML with 57 Home runs and 131 rbi. At seasons end and the owner gave up his team he put in a special note not to trade Wall EVER!

After 180 games with the new owner which moved the team to Omaha he was traded to Toledo where he played just 66 games before being traded again to Albuquerque.. Albuquerque kept him the rest of the season and Traded him during the offseason of season 4 to Oakland. He had his worst season yet and Oakland wasn't impressed.. But had all these teams knew that Wall was destined to break out in season 5 they all would've kept him.. The best is yet to come! Wall is just 26 years old and isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Expect this man to hit 60-70 Home runs for seasons to come! Congrats to Albert Wall and the Chicago Whales!