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Sunday, December 27, 2009

AL Discussion!

Opey Higgins

At the start of every season everyone wants to know who the top team is.. Well in the American League it would be pretty close between 3 teams. I feel this season with the FA signings along with the previous seasons performances that Jacksonville, St. Louis and Salt Lake City will be the top 3 teams in the AL. San Francisco will take the AL West but I feel still not the "Power" team that they will eventually become. My predictions for the AL are ....

AL North:
Salt Lake City- 93-69
Seattle- 84-78
Kansas City- 76-86
Montreal- 67-95

AL East:
Jacksonville- 101-61
Philly- 95-67
New York- 81-81
Baltimore- 61-101

AL South:
St. Louis- 90-72
Texas- 73-89
El Paso- 72-90
Huntington- 64-98

AL West:
San Fran- 84-78
Salem- 66-96
Colorado- 67-95
Las Vegas- 60- 102

#1 Draft Picks

Opey Higgins

Going into the 7th season we've been witness to some of the greatest players to be drafted into the world. I'll start off by discussing the #1 draft picks from each season. I would like everyone to post a comment on who you think has been the best pick at #1.

Season 1: Corky Grant (SS) Drafted by New York. Grant was drafted at the top of a very nice class of players. He was chosen over guys like Nolan Cain(Pittsburgh), Les Cloud(Louisville) and Abraham Inge (Cleveland). Grant has played in a little over 2 full ML seasons and has a career BA of .284 with 44 HR's and 54 SB's. He hasn't performed as good as everyone would expect from a #1 pick.

Season 2: Rafael Seanez (RF) Drafted by the Texas Franchise in what was another pretty good draft which included Albert O'Brien (New York), Ted Banks (Austin), Sam Einerton(Salem) and Edgar Sosa(Seattle). Seanez in his first official ML season hit very well at .321 with 22 HR. His second season he dropped pretty far down and struggled hitting .243 with 15 HR. Hopefully for his and Baltimore's sake he pulls it together and has a great season.

Season 3: Jimmie Paul (SP Drafted by New York, Paul has one ML season under his belt so far and hasn't done that bad at all. 14-10 in season 6 for a rookie wasn't a big issue. He will only get better this season. Pretty good control with great pitches Paul should be a 15-17 game winner for the next 5 seasons or so..

Season 4: Quilvio Javier (2B) Drafted by Pittsburgh in probably the most stacked draft class yet. Javier is expected to be a big time player! He can hit the ball well with great contact and excellent ability to hit both Left and Right hand pitching. Javier is easily a 30HR ,.300+BA ,100+ RBI guy...

Season 5: Harold Burrell (1B) Drafted by Monterrey, Burrell is the next Single Season HR champ! This guy has the best bat I've seen come out of a draft in this world. The scouts say Max POWER along with B+ Contact/eye and splits. Albert Wall's record may not be safe for long.

Season 6: Norm Corino (SP) Drafted by El Paso, Corino is the top SP to be drafted in this world. Corino's control, pitches and splits are second to none! In 4 seasons Corino will be ready to make an impact at the ML Level... When he does expect it to be Cy Young worthy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Free Agency News!

Opey Higgins

Free Agency this season wasn't completely full of studs but there are a few signings that I feel were huge for certain teams.

1.D'Angelo Telemaco (SP): Jacksonville signed Telemaco to a 5yr 87.5 mil deal. Adding Telemaco to an already pretty tough rotation will pretty much guarantee the playoffs for Jacksonville.

2.Rafael Mercado (SP): Philadelphia Stars signed the former Season 2 NL Cy Young Award winner.. Mercado is a 5 time All Star. Bernie Alvarez has some competition for the SP#1 job in Philly.

3. Orlando Camacho (RP): At age 37 Camacho is still valuable to one team.. Salt Lake City... They signed Camacho to a 2yr deal worth 7.3 mil. Bullpen help whether he's 37 or younger, Camacho will be a big signing for the Trappers.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Team News: Buyers/Sellers

Opey Higgins

Chicago- Buyer: Top of the Rotation SP. Also a backup defensive SS. Willing to part with P Shooter Johnson and P Tony Black in exchange for the SS. Nobody else on the ML roster will be available.

Colorado- Not buying/selling: After years of bad trades, Colorado has decided to build from within.

Detroit- Not buying/selling: Detroit has no plans to be big spenders,will continue to focus on building through the draft, and only accept deals that bring it more young talent. The ML squad this season welcomes 4 significant additions: Terrence Hurst and Wendell Sullivan ,both former 1st round picks, finally make their debut at the top while Carlos Castillo and Ralph Washington ,both acquired via trade last season, also join the big league squad. Down on the farm, guys like Denny Chong , Michael Hernandez , and Eddie Brush will continue the slow climb and reflect well on Detroit's future.

New York- Not buying/selling: SP Dreifort is NOT available at all. New York owner wants to make that very clear.

San Fransisco- Buying and selling: Selling SP Darron Becker and 3B Theo McCurry. Buying a #1 or 2 SP.

Atlanta- Buying: Top of rotation SP, LR-SP5 type guys. Defensive backup SS too. Will trade prospects, can take on (some) contracts.

Montreal- Selling ML Buying Prospects: Looking for all positions/pitchers in the 22-25 age range. Selling Cy Young SP Mark Post, CF/2B F. Guererro, 3B Jocko Sexson, DH/3B H. Castillo and more. Anyone on the the ML roster over 26 is available.

Las Vegas- Not Buying/Selling: Going to continue to build through the draft and sign IFA's. Will sign some FA's to rebuild offense.

As more updates come in I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Blood!

Opey Higgins

The start to season 7 happens here! A flurry of owners came in to take advantage of some very good franchises. Well, almost all of them did. Owner Yoker70 took the Commish Challenge and moved the former San Diego team to Vancouver in what he feels is the first among many changes to turn that team into something great!

Playboy33 arrived in Sacramento and immediately purchased the team and moved them to Salem. Playboy another original Ballpark Frank owner has came to Doubleday and picked up probably the team with the most potential! LF Quinn Street was quoted as saying "If he can even be half the owner that we lost we're in good shape!".

Charlie leaves and we get a 2nd year owner in return!etillma has taken over the former Toledo franchise. He has some big time offer from Atlanta so he chose to move there. He was also offered a Hanes underwear commercial. Charlie Sheen and himself are probably going to be featured stalking Michael Jordan... Anyway.. I wish him luck!

scottso14 purchased the Texas franchise and has no desire to move the team. From what we were told he's supposedly part of some super green been conspiracy.. don't ask...

7of9 is the man of the hour though.. He has taken over the 5 time World Series Champs. He has a lot of hype to live up to as he chooses what direction he wants to take the team. Remaining in Louisville because his ex-wife and 12 kids told him if he leaves she'll take what money he has left after buying the team.

We also have 2 brand new owners, Cwoods and Badaxe. Cwoods took over the former Oakland franchise and moved them to Iowa City. Badaxe took over the former Tampa Bay franchise and took them to Toledo replacing the team that just moved. I know realistically it would take a very long time.. so let's pretend it's been 6-8 months :).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The end of an Era!

Opey Higgins

Louisville, KY

It's a sad day in the Doubleday world.. Today we were given word that the Louisville Colonels owner Rbedwell was retiring from the world. During his time as owner of the Louisville franchise, Rbedwell acquired 4 Division titles, 5 World Series titles and tons of respect! He was known for calling things the way he seen them regardless of who was right or wrong. It's a huge loss and I am deeply saddened to have had to make this report.

Along with the loss of Rbedwell, we lost another long time owner. Rootgargle announced he would not be returning for season 7 for personal reasons. Rootgargle is another owner that made a huge impact on the world with his ability to help update the blog. He also been runner up in the World Series on 2 separate occasions. Moving the Dukes out of Albuquerque to Sacramento this past season was the last major move he made. He left the team with youth and a promising future.