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My OOTP Career Thread: Meet the 1993 Rockies

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With the possibility looming of no real or fantasy baseball for a while, I'm going to replay the 90s in Out of the Park Baseball as a distraction.

I'll be taking on one of the NL expansion franchises in 1993.  I looked on the OOTP forums and it appears I need to replay the 1992 season first and then take the Rockies or Marlins job before the expansion draft.  I'm an old Strat-O-Matic nerd but have never really bonded with OOTP.  I've bought a few versions over the years but found them too much like work.  So I'm using the 92 season as a way of familiarizing myself with the myriad options available in the UI.

~25 games into the 92 season, Toronto and Atlanta have the best records in their leagues.  Cecil Fielder and Chris Hoiles are tied for the league lead in HRs with 11.  Cubs reliever Dave Smith has somehow managed to win 5 games by the first week of May.  Bert Blyleven was released before the season leaving him 31 games short of 300.

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Fast simmed to the end of May 1992. 

Baltimore has passed the Blue Jays in the AL East while Minnesota has opened up a 5 1/2 game lead in the West.  The Oaklands who won the division in real-life are already 11 1/2 games back.  Kevin Brown blew out his elbow for Texas and is out for the year.

In the NL, the Cardinals, Mets and Pirates are scrapping in the East with Atlanta 2 1/2 games up on San Diego out West.  The Padres have the second best record in the league and would lead the East by 5 games.

Frank Thomas has a .534 OBP but he still trails Barry Bonds in OPS.  Rob Deer, Chris Hoiles and Mark McGwire are tied for the MLB lead in HRs with 17.  Jose Rijo is 9-1 with a 1.47 ERA.  The best performing obscurity is Padres starter Frank Seminara who's held opposing batters to a .170 average on his way to a 7-1 mark.  In real life, Seminara only pitched 163 innings in the bigs.

Haven't decided but currently leaning toward the Rockies over the Marlins.  The Rockies will make more trips to Candlestick and I won't have to look at Wayne Huizinga's face.

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I noticed Cal Ripken Jr. was day-to-day with a sprained thumb but it appears he sat out a game earlier in the season.  He's currently hitting .226/.293/.327

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12 minutes ago, Eephus said:

I noticed Cal Ripken Jr. was day-to-day with a sprained thumb but it appears he sat out a game earlier in the season.  He's currently hitting .226/.293/.327

Maybe he'll be left unprotected in the expansion draft :shrug:

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As of the end of June, the Orioles have opened up a gap on Toronto.  The Yankees and Red Sox are 17.5 and 20 games back respectively.  They're still probably on the ESPN Sunday Night game.  The Sox have Clemens but nobody else is having a good year.  The Yanks have Melido Perez and Scott Sanderson leading the staff but 20 year old Andy Pettite joined the starting rotation in late May.

The Twins have fallen back to the pack in the West.  The White Sox are in close pursuit 1 game back.  Frank Thomas whose OBP is still over .500 is carrying the team.  It doesn't look like the A's year.  The real-life divisional champs are mired in sixth place.

The NL East is now a four team race with the Cubs joining the fray.  It's a mediocre division with only the division leading Cardinals over .500.  The surprising Padres are still leading out West with a 5 game cushion over Houston and Cincinnati.  The Braves went 7-18 in June and have dropped to 4th.  Deion Sanders is 21 for 34 in stolen base attempts.  OOTP also shows him as Caucasian.  Prime Time is still on pace for a 4.0 WAR season.  We'll see if he leaves for football in the fall.

Rob Deer has 30 HRs on June 30th.  He's hitting .230 but is striking out less that 25% of the time.  The CYA leaders are Jack McDowell (11-1, 1.58 ERA) and Jose Rijo (13-2, 1.59 ERA).  The magical season of Frank Seminara continues but he's an obvious regression candidate.  There's no way he can maintain a .183 BABIP

 

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Simmed to the All-Star break and the standings haven't changed much.  Baltimore, Minnesota, St. Louis and San Diego still lead the divisions.  The Padres lead has grown to 9.5 games over the Braves with the Dodgers, Reds and Astros all tied one game further back.  Oakland finally got above .500 but are still 8 games adrift.

NL All-Stars
C Craig Biggio (HOU) - .308/.388/.377, 273 AB, 1 HR, 9 SB, 126 wRC+, 2.7 WAR
C Darren Daulton (PHI) - .302/.386/.512, 281 AB, 10 HR, 2 SB, 158 wRC+, 4.1 WAR
1B Fred McGriff (SD) - .282/.359/.509, 344 AB, 24 HR, 1 SB, 143 wRC+, 2.5 WAR
2B Bip Roberts (CIN) - .313/.372/.399, 348 AB, 2 HR, 37 SB, 116 wRC+, 2.2 WAR
2B Ryne Sandberg (CHC) - .281/.359/.386, 267 AB, 5 HR, 7 SB, 100 wRC+, 1.9 WAR
2B Robby Thompson (SF) - .274/.328/.413, 329 AB, 9 HR, 9 SB, 114 wRC+, 2.6 WAR
3B Ken Caminiti (HOU) - .290/.327/.468, 331 AB, 10 HR, 8 SB, 127 wRC+, 3.1 WAR
3B Dave Hollins (PHI) - .269/.385/.436, 305 AB, 11 HR, 1 SB, 131 wRC+, 2.8 WAR
3B Gary Sheffield (SD) - .313/.356/.544, 351 AB, 18 HR, 9 SB, 155 wRC+, 3.9 WAR
SS Barry Larkin (CIN) - .305/.356/.441, 338 AB, 8 HR, 12 SB, 127 wRC+, 2.8 WAR
LF Barry Bonds (PIT) - .334/.450/.666, 296 AB, 23 HR, 13 SB, 203 wRC+, 5.6 WAR
LF Bernard Gilkey (STL) - .304/.366/.435, 336 AB, 7 HR, 29 SB, 133 wRC+, 3.8 WAR
CF Ray Lankford (STL) - .287/.358/.456, 327 AB, 11 HR, 18 SB, 129 wRC+, 2.6 WAR
CF Andy Van Slyke (PIT) - .355/.420/.506, 259 AB, 4 HR, 9 SB, 163 wRC+, 3.6 WAR
CF Steve Finley (HOU) - .293/.365/.429, 338 AB, 5 HR, 27 SB, 127 wRC+, 2.5 WAR
RF Tony Gwynn Sr (SD) - .321/.365/.416, 327 AB, 2 HR, 1 SB, 123 wRC+, 3.3 WAR
RF Felix Jose (STL) - .308/.354/.443, 341 AB, 8 HR, 28 SB, 133 wRC+, 2.0 WAR
RF Larry Walker (MON) - .325/.361/.510, 345 AB, 14 HR, 18 SB, 141 wRC+, 3.7 WAR

SP Tim Belcher (CIN) - 8-4, 2.00 ERA, 121.2 IP, 0.99 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, 4.3 WAR
SP Andy Benes (SD) - 10-4, 2.11 ERA, 128.0 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 5.3 WAR
SP Tom Candiotti (LAD) - 10-7, 1.90 ERA, 146.2 IP, 0.99 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 4.8 WAR
SP David Cone (NYM) - 8-6, 2.36 ERA, 133.2 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 9.5 K/9, 3.8 WAR
SP Jose Rijo (CIN) - 13-4, 1.78 ERA, 136.1 IP, 0.93 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 5.1 WAR
SP John Smoltz (ATL) - 5-6, 2.46 ERA, 124.1 IP, 0.99 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 4.3 WAR
SP Greg Swindell (CIN) - 8-6, 2.20 ERA, 130.2 IP, 1.03 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 5.1 WAR
RP Paul Assenmacher (CHC) - 2-0, 0.29 ERA, 31.0 IP, 0.77 WHIP, 4.6 K/9, 0.8 WAR
RP Rob Murphy (HOU) - 3-0, 14 SV, 1.30 ERA, 48.1 IP, 0.77 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, 1.6 WAR
RP Lee Smith (STL) - 4-0, 1.63 ERA, 38.2 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, 0.8 WAR
CL Rod Beck (SF) - 3-2, 16 SV, 0.98 ERA, 46.0 IP, 0.91 WHIP, 7.6 K/9, 2.6 WAR
CL John Franco (NYM) - 1-3, 11 SV, 1.29 ERA, 35.0 IP, 1.23 WHIP, 5.7 K/9, 1.4 WAR
CL Jim Gott (LAD) - 2-2, 17 SV, 1.61 ERA, 44.2 IP, 1.28 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 1.8 WAR
CL Todd Worrell (STL) - 3-2, 23 SV, 1.57 ERA, 46.0 IP, 0.96 WHIP, 8.4 K/9, 1.8 WAR

 

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AL All-Stars

C Chris Hoiles (BAL) - .345/.423/.683, 281 AB, 28 HR, 212 wRC+, 6.0 WAR
C Terry Steinbach (OAK) - .302/.369/.425, 268 AB, 7 HR, 134 wRC+, 2.8 WAR
C Mickey Tettleton (DET) - .221/.351/.407, 258 AB, 14 HR, 119 wRC+, 2.3 WAR
1B Mark McGwire (OAK) - .275/.394/.546, 324 AB, 25 HR, 1 SB, 164 wRC+, 3.8 WAR
1B John Olerud (TOR) - .353/.446/.580, 317 AB, 16 HR, 190 wRC+, 4.7 WAR
1B Rafael Palmeiro (TEX) - .287/.354/.470, 355 AB, 16 HR, 5 SB, 140 wRC+, 2.9 WAR
1B Frank E Thomas (CWS) - .363/.492/.564, 289 AB, 11 HR, 11 SB, 200 wRC+, 4.9 WAR
2B Carlos Baerga (CLE) - .296/.327/.490, 341 AB, 16 HR, 3 SB, 134 wRC+, 3.2 WAR
2B Jeff Kent (TOR) - .287/.365/.516, 275 AB, 16 HR, 3 SB, 155 wRC+, 2.1 WAR
3B Leo Gomez (BAL) - .276/.379/.510, 304 AB, 21 HR, 155 wRC+, 3.8 WAR
3B Edgar Martinez (SEA) - .349/.419/.489, 327 AB, 6 HR, 6 SB, 166 wRC+, 4.2 WAR
SS Travis Fryman (DET) - .306/.379/.472, 320 AB, 10 HR, 2 SB, 144 wRC+, 4.1 WAR
LF Juan Gonzalez (TEX) - .326/.358/.654, 356 AB, 33 HR, 2 SB, 187 wRC+, 4.8 WAR
CF Kirby Puckett (MIN) - .349/.387/.561, 289 AB, 13 HR, 2 SB, 165 wRC+, 4.2 WAR
CF Devon White (TOR) - .314/.378/.481, 312 AB, 9 HR, 30 SB, 143 wRC+, 5.4 WAR
RF Joe Carter (TOR) - .293/.349/.574, 331 AB, 26 HR, 3 SB, 162 wRC+, 3.2 WAR
RF Jose Canseco (OAK) - .261/.330/.432, 329 AB, 15 HR, 9 SB, 123 wRC+, 2.1 WAR
RF Rob Deer (DET) - .244/.345/.567, 312 AB, 32 HR, 1 SB, 157 wRC+, 4.1 WAR
RF Tim Salmon (CAL) - .304/.408/.564, 312 AB, 22 HR, 3 SB, 170 wRC+, 3.6 WAR

SP Kevin Appier (KC) - 6-6, 2.47 ERA, 134.2 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, 4.5 WAR
SP Roger Clemens (BOS) - 7-6, 2.79 ERA, 135.1 IP, 1.16 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 2.4 WAR
SP Dave Fleming (SEA) - 6-4, 2.22 ERA, 105.1 IP, 1.11 WHIP, 5.6 K/9, 2.5 WAR
SP Jack McDowell (CWS) - 12-3, 2.07 ERA, 147.2 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 4.3 WAR
SP Mike Mussina (BAL) - 10-3, 2.36 ERA, 149.0 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 5.3 K/9, 4.9 WAR
SP Charles Nagy (CLE) - 12-3, 2.26 ERA, 135.1 IP, 0.99 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 4.3 WAR
SP Kevin Tapani (MIN) - 9-4, 2.53 ERA, 131.2 IP, 1.00 WHIP, 5.0 K/9, 3.1 WAR
RP Carl Willis (MIN) - 2-0, 1.13 ERA, 39.2 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 5.2 K/9, 1.1 WAR
CL Dennis Eckersley (OAK) - 3-0, 21 SV, 1.22 ERA, 44.1 IP, 0.86 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 1.4 WAR
CL Mike Henneman (DET) - 5-3, 18 SV, 2.13 ERA, 55.0 IP, 0.87 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, 1.0 WAR
CL Rusty Meacham (KC) - 4-4, 23 SV, 1.26 ERA, 43.0 IP, 0.88 WHIP, 5.7 K/9, 1.4 WAR
CL Duane Ward (TOR) - 5-2, 18 SV, 2.39 ERA, 37.2 IP, 1.43 WHIP, 12.2 K/9, 0.5 WAR

 

Congrats to Rusty Meacham :thumbup:

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In other news,

The Padres just bolstered their rotation by trading for Bob Ojeda.  He'll probably replace Doug Brocail or Jim Deshaies.

The Pirates will have to do without Barry Bonds for six weeks after his back injury.  Dave Clark is holding down the fort in LF until then.

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Yeah, this is just about the most inconsequential thing I can do right now.

Can hardly wait til I screw up the expansion draft.

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This makes me we wish we could have got an online thing going instead of stupid WIS.

 

Also, congrats to the Big Hurt on 11 steals at the ASB...most in a season was 7 and 32 for his career IRL.

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1 hour ago, Fat Drunk and Stupid said:

This thread may be the closest we get to a baseball season this spring.

If this turns out to be true, we're all buying the game and nerding out w/ Eeph from our bunkers.

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Reached the end of July and Baltimore and San Diego have opened up comfortable leads in their divisions.  The Mets passed the Cardinals for the NL East lead while the Pirates have faded to 6.5 GB following the injury to Bonds.  His OOTP page describes Barry's personality as "knows how to put on the charm".   The Twins can't shake the White Sox but still lead.  Oakland is still 10.5 GB and needs to catch fire to get back into the race.   There's no wild card for another two years.

No huge trades happened at the deadline.  The Mets reacquired Frank Viola from Boston to help the back end of their rotation.  Sid Fernandez, Cone and Gooden have been terrific for them.  Darren Daulton went to Cincinnati in exchange for four minor leaguers including 24 year-old Trevor Hoffman.

Juan Gonzalez had a strong July with 11 HRs to overtake the slumping Rob Deer for the MLB lead with 37.  Frank Seminara's career year continues; he's now 11-4 with a 2.63 ERA.  The Cardinals have gotten good production out of a minor league random guy named Frank Speek who's struck out 80 in 54.2 IP.  In real life, Speek spent 1992 in A ball and was out of baseball one year later.

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Danny Darwin's season goes from bad to worse.  He's currently 3-14 for the last place Red Sox and now this...

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Danny Darwin will miss a week after a freak accident in his hotel room. Darwin woke early and when attempting to get up to close the curtains in his room, he tripped over a coffee table. The table toppled over and landed on his toes. MRI results were negative, but Darwin is still expected to be out for a week.

 

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6 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Danny Darwin's season goes from bad to worse.  He's currently 3-14 for the last place Red Sox and now this...

 

Wait until Rosenthal gets the real scoop on the Darwin hotel incident. #hookers

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I'm now at Labor Day weekend 1992 and three out of four divisional leads are looking pretty safe.  San Diego has the best record in baseball at 87-44 and are 12.5 games up on the Reds.  The Giants have been mathematically eliminated and are only hitting .225 as a team.  The Twins have led the AL West all year keeping a 5.5 game margin to the White Sox.  The AL East has tightened up a little but the Orioles still are 6.5 games ahead.  Chris Hoiles is having a MVP season for the Birds.

The only tight race in the NL East opened up a little in the past couple of weeks as St. Louis has won 11 out of 12.  They're now 4 games ahead of the Mets with four head-to-head matchups coming up in September.  The Mets have been helped by Dave Winfield who's hit .273/.368/.471 since coming over in an early July trade for Dave Magadan.

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I simmed to Sept 15 so I could play the Mets-Cardinals series but the Mets collapsed during those two weeks and now are only 1 game over .500, 9 games back of the Redbirds.

The AL West has tightened up though.  The Twins playing without an injured Kirby Puckett are now only 1.5 games up on Chicago and 4 ahead of Oakland.  The A's can cut it to 3 tonight with Ron Darling pitching vs. Mike Boddicker for the Twins.

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Oakland beats Minnesota 6-5 in 16 innings on a bases loaded walk from Jose Canseco.  The Twins scored three in the 8th to tie it and one in the top of the 16th to go ahead but Tom Edens couldn't hold the lead in the bottom of the frame.

The White Sox couldn't capitalize on the Twins misfortune, losing 6-2 in the Bronx to remain 1.5 GB.

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Final week of the 1993 season.  Where did the Expos come from?  They've gone 25-2 in September to close within 2 games of the Cardinals with a three game series coming up in St. Louis.  Pitching matchups are Kirk Reuter vs. Mark Clark, Dennis Martinez vs. Omar Olivares and Sergio Valdez vs. Jason Hisey. 

 

ETA:  Hisey's pro career topped out at A ball. 

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The Expos took the first two of the series to tie for the divisional lead.  But the Cardinals came back from an early 3-0 deficit to take the finale 7-3.  Andres Galarraga hit a three-run homer against his old club.

The Cardinals' magic number is 3 with 3 to play against the 53-106 Phillies.

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Montreal Expos are the NL 1992 East champions.  They swept the Cubs while the Redbirds dropped 2 of 3 to Philadelphia. 

Barry Bonds put up 8.1 WAR in spite of missing 48 games.  There were two 20 game winners in each league: Jack McDowell, Mike Mussina, Jose Rijo and Steve Avery.  Tim Salmon and Mike Piazza led rookies in almost all categories.

It'll be Montreal vs. San Diego and Baltimore vs. Minnesota in the LCS.   None of the four made the playoffs in real life.

I gotta figure out how to export to CSV.

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Twins beat the Orioles in 6.  Padres had to win two elimination games to beat the Expos in 7.

The WS is tied 3-3 with a game 7 coming up tonight in the Metrodome.  It'll be loud inside when Bob Ojeda faces John Smiley in the decider.

 

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The Padres are the 1992 champions.  They put up 5 runs early against John Smiley.  The Twins chipped away at the lead bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 8th but WS MVP Gary Sheffield hit a two run HR to put the game out of reach.

And now the expansion fun begins.  I have no idea how to do any of this.

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10/26/1992 - Eephus Hired in Colorado:

Buck Eephus will have a lot of pressure on in his new role with the Colorado Rockies.

He was today introduced as the team's new GM and manager, which the 32-year-old native of The United States expects to be quite the endeavor.

"I'm going to be busy, that's for sure," he said.

 

 

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The amateur draft was in December 1992 for some reason.  I picked Derrek Lee at 1.02 and a 290 pound HS catcher named Nate Dishington in the 2nd.  The only other recognizable names I drafted were Rey Ordonez, Lou Merloni and Billy Wagner.  I have no idea how historical talent gets randomized but I'm about to find out with Wagner.

 

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1 hour ago, Eephus said:

The Padres are the 1992 champions.  They put up 5 runs early against John Smiley.  The Twins chipped away at the lead bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 8th but WS MVP Gary Sheffield hit a two run HR to put the game out of reach.

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Expansion draft results.  I tried to go for young "talent" while the Marlins drafted a number of old stars including Willie Wilson, Robin Yount, Kirk Gibson and Dickie Thon.  My team is more like the worst pack of baseball cards you ever bought.

I blew my entire free agent budget on Matt Williams because I have no idea what I'm doing.  I didn't realize Darrin Jackson was making $1.9M when I drafted him so I'm overpaying for the short side of a CF platoon.

Round 1     SP Wally Whitehurst     age 28
Round 2     RF Mark Whiten     age 26
Round 3     SP Mark Gardner     age 30
Round 4     C Darrin Fletcher     age 26
Round 5     2B Scott Brosius     age 26
Round 6     SP Tommy Greene     age 25
Round 7     1B David Segui     age 26
Round 8     2B Jeff Huson     age 28
Round 9     SS Bill Spiers     age 26
Round 10     SP Al Leiter     age 27
Round 11     RP Jeff Brantley     age 29
Round 12     CF Beau Allred     age 27
Round 13     RP Pete J Smith     age 26
Round 14     SS Ruben Amaro Jr     age 27
Round 15     SP Mike Bielecki     age 33
Round 16     CF Darrin Jackson     age 29
Round 17     RP Mark Wohlers     age 22
Round 18     RP Jose Mesa     age 26
Round 19     CF Dwight Smith     age 29
Round 20     LF John Vander Wal     age 26
Round 21     SP Tim Wakefield     age 26
Round 22     LF Billy Ashley     age 22
Round 23     1B Russ Morman     age 30
Round 24     SP Willie Banks     age 23
Round 25     LF Jerald Clark     age 29
Round 26     RP Kent Mercker     age 24
Round 27     SP Greg W Harris     age 29
Round 28     2B Jeff Manto     age 28
Round 29     LF Glenallen Hill     age 27
Round 30     CL Steve Reed     age 27
Round 31     RP Willie Blair     age 26
Round 32     CL Darren Oliver     age 22
Round 33     C Sandy Alomar Jr     age 26
Round 34     SS Paul Faries     age 27
Round 35     SP Mike Harkey     age 26

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Sign Darren Oliver to a 20-year extension. This will be our franchise LOOGY.

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18 minutes ago, Fat Drunk and Stupid said:

That's the team I'm rooting for?

I signed David Wells

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The Mets have had a busy off-season signing Barry Larkin, Darren Daulton and Bobby Witt to FA contracts bringing their team payroll to $34M which is $11M more than the closest club.  I'm 27th in payroll at $9.4M with only the Brewers behind me.

 

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Pete Rose made the HoF along with Seaver, Reggie and Phil Niekro.

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The sim really likes signing late 30s players to multi-year contracts.  St. Louis re-signed 38 year old Ozzie Smith to a three year deal at the tenth highest AAV in baseball.

I have an offer out to Manuel Lee because I don't think Ruben Amaro's glove will cut it as my everyday shortstop.

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This isn't starting off well.  OOTP put us on the road for a two game sweep by the Mets at Shea before coming back to Denver for the home opener.  Lost on Friday, won on Saturday as Mark Gardner went 8 for the W and then got stomped 13-3 in the finale.

Mark Whiten started strong but nobody else has except for Gardner I guess.  Jeff Manto is 1-17.  His backup is Jeff Huson so I don't expect a big change.

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Took the first two of four from the Mets at home.  I can see myself burning out the sharp end of my bullpen.  The 789 combo of Steve Reed, Mercker and Brantley looks to be one of the relative strengths of this rather weak ballclub.  But hey, we're 3-4 and ahead of SF and LA in the West.

Matt Williams is off to a slow start.  I remember times when he was with the Giants where he looked terrible.

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April 28, 1993

The Rockies ripped off six Ws in a row to even their record at 10-10.  Three of the wins were vs. Florida but still.  The last two wins came on walk off HRs at Mile High vs the Cubs.  The first was a 3 run pinch hit blast by red-hot Joe Oliver in a come from behind win.  The next night Darrin Jackson hit a 2 run homer to break an 8-8 tie.

I've brought up Scott Brosius to give me another option in the infield. Derrek Lee is tearing up AAA but I don't want to rush a 17 year.

As we approach the end of the month, Montreal and Atlanta lead the NL divisions.  Toronto leads the AL East by a game over Baltimore and the resurgent Red Sox.  There's a three way tie on top of the AL West between Texas, California and Seattle but the entire division is separated by only three games.  Moises Alou is off to a sizzling .468/.533/.797 start.

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Jeff Huson is a complete steal in the 8th round. Going to be the glue for this team, on the field and off.

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I lost a few games yesterday when the application hung but I'm back on it.  The Rockies have been feasting on the Marlins who have assembled a truly incompetent team.  Colorado aren't great but at least we're solid defensively.

Another three game sweep of Florida lifts the Rockies to a game over .500 at 13-12.  Matt Williams leads all of baseball with 27 RBI.  2B is still a black hole offensively with Manto, Huson and Brosius with OPS+ of 49, 54 and 12 respectively.  The AAA Sky Sox are off to a hot start at 10-5.  Rey Ordonez or Bill Spiers are the options for the next man up at second.

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May 10, 1993.

We're still one game over .500 after taking two out of three from the Braves at Mile High.  Matt Williams is still leading the NL in RBI with 34.  Dwight Smith was suspended for four games for his part in a bench-clearing brawl but left-hitting OF are my area of depth.  Joe Oliver has a 17 game hitting streak going.  My pitching has mostly been cromulent; Al Leiter is the only guy who really stinks but he's out of options so he's got a longer leash than normal.

Elsewhere in baseball, Toronto has opened up a 4 game lead over Baltimore.  Seattle has the best record in baseball at 22-9.  Montreal leads the NL East by 2 games with Moises Alou, Larry Walker and Brian Deak (?) the top three NL position players in WAR.  In my division, the Braves are 2 up on Houston and 2.5 up on the defending champion Padres.

This week we have a four game home series against the Giants then three at Riverfront vs. the Reds.  SF has Bobby Bonilla now while Cal Ripken Jr. plays for the Cincinnati. 

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May 17, 1993

Split four with the Giants and had took two from the Reds to put us at 20-17.  The Reds series was the first of a 12 game road trip.  OOTP gave us Sunday off for some reason but I'm not complaining.  The Giants series featured a rain-shortened shutout from Pete Smith which will probably the only complete game shutout for the Rockies for a while.  I'm still managing using 2019 pitch counts and bullpen usage. 

Headed to San Diego and a weekend in LA.

 

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Played through the end of May.

On my first real cold streak with 6 losses in 7 games.  The Rockies are still a game over .500 but things aren't looking as good as when we were ranked #4 in the power rankings.  Lost Kent Mercker to a back injury while on the road trip but he'll be eligible to come off the DL this week.  Finally sent the slumping Jeff Manto to AAA and brought up Ruben Amaro Jr. to replace him.

Montreal has opened a 10 game gap in the East while Atlanta, San Diego and Houston are battling for NL West supremacy.  The AL East looks like it'll be Baltimore and Toronto again this year with Boston and the Yanks both under .500 again.  All 7 teams in the AL West are within 8.5 games of the lead.  Mark McGwire plays for the Blue Jays now and is leading the AL in HR and RBI.

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How is David Nied doing? 

I recall that he was supposed to be a cut above most expansion picks because he had been blocked in Atlanta by a stable of HOF'ers. 

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On 3/13/2020 at 10:01 PM, Fat Drunk and Stupid said:

That's the team I'm rooting for?

Al Leiter is my least favorite player in MLB history so I keep checking this thread hoping they’re in last.  

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16 minutes ago, cheese said:

Al Leiter is my least favorite player in MLB history so I keep checking this thread hoping they’re in last.  

I'd love to hear why you loathe him so

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50 minutes ago, RnR said:

I'd love to hear why you loathe him so

Sure but total hijack sorry.

Sports to me has everything to do with the context of time/place in your life. The 1 game playoff of 1999 was the single most heartbroken I’ve ever been over sports. 
 

The backstory isn’t that exciting. I was in high school and we moved away during the school year for my dad’s job. Messed up my HS baseball and I had no friends at the start. But the Reds were still playing at 7 every night even in our new town and my dad had bought me DTV with the Extra Innings package for me to watch every game as some sort of peace offering. Watching the surprising ‘99 Reds in a town I knew nobody, I was emotionally attached to them more than anyone ever should have been.  That whole week is still surreal in my head. The rain delays in Milwaukee. Then Al Leiter just ripping the whole season to pieces in 1 day. 
 

Since then, I’ve come back to Cincinnati and even had full season tickets, but have never been more connected to a team than that one. 

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4 minutes ago, cheese said:

Sure but total hijack sorry.

Sports to me has everything to do with the context of time/place in your life. The 1 game playoff of 1999 was the single most heartbroken I’ve ever been over sports. 
 

The backstory isn’t that exciting. I was in high school and we moved away during the school year for my dad’s job. Messed up my HS baseball and I had no friends at the start. But the Reds were still playing at 7 every night even in our new town and my dad had bought me DTV with the Extra Innings package for me to watch every game as some sort of peace offering. Watching the surprising ‘99 Reds in a town I knew nobody, I was emotionally attached to them more than anyone ever should have been.  That whole week is still surreal in my head. The rain delays in Milwaukee. Then Al Leiter just ripping the whole season to pieces in 1 day. 
 

Since then, I’ve come back to Cincinnati and even had full season tickets, but have never been more connected to a team than that one. 

I can relate to this on a personal level that probably few can. I understand completely.

Also, @Eephus, I vote that we put this bum on the block. Leiter can't divide us.

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