S22 Available Teams

Below is a brief overview of each of the available teams for this offseason.

NL West Team

Historically one of the stronger teams in the world, although they have never made it to the World Series. They have 8 division titles to their credit and last season they came in 3rd place in the division with 82 wins.  Past owners include GuerillaZen1 and dspahlinger. This talented team will be drafting 16 overall in the Amateur Draft and spent $14 million in each scouting department last season.

NL North Team

Equipped with star shortstop Julio Rodriguez, this team is in great position for the future having spent heavily in IFA and the draft. Past owners include larryscrubs and madmuldoon.

NL East Team 1

6 time division title winner placed 2nd in the division in S21, despite having one of the lower payrolls.

NL East Team 2

This poor franchise has only 1 division title in its history (S1!). This team will draft 15th next season, to go along with their #6 pick from S21. They look to have a lot of cap-space in S22.

NL East Team 3

4 x division winner and 6 x wild card team,  this franchise came in 4th last season. The franchise will draft 8th in S22, after drafting 15th last season.

AL East Team

Past owner astro123 took this team to 8 division titles (7 in a row) before departing several seasons back. This team 4th place finish will ensure another high draft pick to go along with the S21 picks of 22, 37, 42, 43, 57, 62, 69, and 73 overall. A deep team nearly ready to return to its glory days.

S21 World Series Review

Congratulations to the Austin Express (AL), who won Killebrew’s Season 21 World Series in six games over the Cinicinnati Reds (NL).

World Series MVP: Edwin MacDougal (LF), the game 1 and 4 MVP also hit a homer in game 6.

Interesting fact: No “bell cow” in the starting rotation, no SP won both his starts in the WS.

- Closest win was the game 3 Austin victory by 2.

- Lagest victory margin was game 1 and 6 each by 6 runs.

- Other odds and ends: Cincinnati and Austin had the highest number of plus plays in the playoffs, with 9 and 8 respectfully.

 

Playoff Preview and Predictions

American League

1. Austin Express

Probable AL Cy Young award winner Tomas Cordero headlines the best pitching staff in the AL. However, it’s their batting that has most people talking. Their 297 HR is the most in the majors.

2. New York Mutts

Geraldo Cubillan and Francis Alexander headline the rotation, but who will round-out the rotation in the playoffs? The world awaits the answer. They are a non-pinch hitting team that may need to change that philosiphy in order to survive.

3. Hartford Rabid Blue Huskie$

A power-hitting team with good defense. I don’t think they have the starting pitching to last in the playoffs.

4. Scottsdale Sleepers

The return of Santos Colon will boost their already stellar lineup, but its the pitching staff which must come through for them to get to the World Series. Tony Barrios has not been the same since his return from the DL.

5. Jacksonville Starfish

David Mack gives the Starfish more than just a chance in the playoffs, but will it be enough?

6. Washington D.C. Senators

How do you make the playoffs, but are still considered a disappointment? I expected more from this team, however, it seemed like the entire lineup had a down year. Coaching? Maybe we will read about what happened in the offseason. Still, they are a dangerous team in the postseason.

National League

1. Kansas City Blue Sox

In the running for numerous end-of-season awards, again. A well rounded, old fashioned team. Provided the bats don’t get cold after the 1st round bye, they should be VERY hard to keep out of the World Series.

2. Cincinnati Reds

The Big Red Machine is back! However, the Big Red Machine didn’t have Sammy Piatt. Watch out, the reigning World Series Champs could repeat!

3. Jackson Junk Yard Dogs

125 fielding plus plays, while having only 12 negative plays all season, an outstanding accomplishment! Though, that might not be enough for them to make it out of the 1st round.

4. Montreal La Verendrye’s

A down year by Ted Henley is still better than most. These former champs will be no easy out with Alex Pineda and Saul Estella in the rotation.

5. Chenneye Dog Soldiers

The Bad News Bears (or Dogs) are primed for a strong push into the postseason. They are a scrappy, well rounded team with little or no star-power.

6. Augusta Masters

The feel good stoy of the playoffs, and possibly the entire season. They remind me of the young KC team I had in Season 4. Can they win it all too?

Predictions

Here for your entertainment — and so you can pound your keyboards and let us know how incredibly wrong we are — are our picks for the playoffs.

AL- Austin makes short work of Jacksonville and New York.

NL- KC gets past Montreal and Cincinnati.

World Series Champion- Austin Express in 6.

WS MVP- Bryce Harding

S21 Power Rankings

Division races are begining to take shape, a couple top notch IFAs have been signed and the Mid-season Classic is quickly approaching, it must be time for another look at Killebrews’ top teams. Enjoy!

1 KansasCity Kansas City Blue Sox (66-22), L10: 6-4, Home: 33-16, Road: 33-6, Exp %: .745; Overall Team Rating: 72. “It’s the pitching, stupid” answered Bench Coach Ricardo Johnson, referring to their 2.67 team ERA. Only one starter has an ERA above 2.50.
Last Ranking: N/A
2 Austin Austin Express (60-28), L10: 6-4, Home: 30-16, Road: 30-12, Exp %: .752; Overall Team Rating: 73. The world leader in batting average (.289), HRs (175), RBIs (549), Runs (562), OPS (.866), and just about every other offensive category. Oh, they have good pitching too.
Last Ranking: 6
3  Jacksonville Jacksonville Starfish (58-30), L10: 6-4, Home: 30-12, Road: 28-18, Exp %: .660; Overall Team Rating: 73. David Mack is having a career year (1.98 ERA), while Vern Gagne is crushing it (.326 BA).
Last Ranking: N/A
4  Cheyenne Cheyenne Dog Soldiers (56-32), L10: 5-5, Home: 27-18, Road: 29-14, Exp %: .606; Overall Team Rating: 68. Comeback player of the year candidate, Cody Turner, has waited four seasons to make it back to the big leagues after his bout with drug abuse. He is now taking full advantage of this opportunity, posting a 2.48 ERA.
Last Ranking: 10
5  NewYork_2 New York Mutts (52-36), L10: 3-7, Home: 23-20, Road: 29-16, Exp %: .662; Overall Team Rating: 76. Top overall rated team in world Killebrew (by 2 points), has three players rated over 90! Leads all teams in SO with 699.
Last Ranking: N/A
6  Cincinnati Cinicinnati Reds (55-33), L10: 6-4, Home: 29-14, Road: 26-19, Exp %: .645; Overall Team Rating: 70. The reigning WS Champs are in great position to defend their title, thanks in no small part to scoring machine: Jacob Borland (75 Runs and .390 OBP).
Last Ranking: N/A
7 Scottsdale Scottsdale Sleepers (53-35), L10: 8-2, Home: 27-19, Road: 26-16, Exp %: .586; Overall Team Rating: 70. No longer #2, their overall rating has slipped a couple points as well. Leads Killebrew in SBs and SB%. Oh, and Tony’s back…
Last Ranking: 2
8 Minnesota Minnesota Twins (51-37), L10: 6-4, Home: 28-15, Road: 23-22, Exp %: .629; Overall Team Rating: 71. Up one spot to #8, the Twins have quadruplet HR hitters, four have more than 20 at the halfway mark.
Last Ranking: 9
9  Hartford Hartford Rabid Blue Huskie$ (51-37), L10: 6-4, Home: 26-16, Road: 25-21, Exp %: .613; Overall Team Rating: 74. Built with great offense and defense the Huskie$ continue to win despite the antics of the scandalous owner mbrake, who just last week showed up to a LA Clippers game… However, it’s doubtful the commissioner will fine himself.
Last Ranking: N/A
10  Montreal Montreal La Verendrye’s (49-39), L10: 4-6, Home: 24-18, Road: 25-21, Exp %: .555; Overall Team Rating: 70. .249 team batting average isn’t helping much, but their are enough stars on this team to keep them on this list for the rest of the season. Saul Estalella will have a better 2nd half.
Last Ranking: N/A
11  Burlington Burlington Bees (44-44), L10: 4-6, Home: 20-24, Road:24-20, Exp %: .525; Overall Team Rating: 69. Despite grounding into 93 double plays so far this season, and having one of the worst team batting averages in the world (.244), The Bees are in position for a playoff run due in part to having one of the best bullpens in baseball allowing just 11 inherited runs to score out of 72 possible.
Last Ranking: N/A
12  Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Giants (47-41), L10: 5-5, Home: 21-21, Road: 26-20, Exp %: .567; Overall Team Rating: 72. Slipping a few spots, the Giants are in a tough fight. Caught in a three-way battle in the AL North, it’s doubtful all three teams will make the playoffs. They could use more production from Harry Lind.
Last Ranking: 8

S21 Amateur Draft Review

Whether you are in build mode, maintaining, or looking to the distant future; the Amateur draft is a key event in the process. So lets take a look at some of the winners and losers of this season’s Amateur Draft.

1st Round stats: (63 total picks) Number of players taken by position: P= 30, C= 2, 1B= 2, 2B= 3, SS= 10, 3B= 1, CF= 7, LF= 4, RF= 4 (acknowledging that many of these players will need a new position). Signing status: 28 are unsigned, 25 are assigned to RL, 5 to LowA, 3 to HiA, and 2 went straight to AA. Team with the most 1st Round picks? Louisville Petrinos with 6, next is Augusta Masters with 4.

Winners: Anaheim Eskimo Brothers may have drafted the best pure hitter in the draft in Wil Karl, RF.  Augusta Masters had a solid draft with Alex Griffiths , 2B and several other role players taken. It never hurts to draft a pitcher like Dale Omlansky, good job San Juan Expos.

Losers: New York Mutts have yet to sign any of their draft picks. Hard to list Milwaukee Madmen as losers when they draft a player like Fausto Tarraga, however, what’s with drafting three catchers in a row (rounds 2, 3, and 4) and a fourth catcher in the 6th round. This after spending more than anybody on HS and College Scouting. Another surprise here, but Louisville for all the picks they had in the 1st, they struck out on each one. They chose Josh Kelly when Zues Daal was still available? Then Nathan Monroe, when Socks Potvin was still there? Their draft could have been much better.

Mr. Irrelevant: Marino Arencibia, 2B, taken in the 25th round by Kansas City Blue Sox, pick 833 overall. Marino is currently considering passing up the $30,000 bonus, and finishing college instead. Get a job!

Note: The entire draft, as well as past drafts, are available under the World Office tab, under Reports, and Draft History.

Gift Card Tracker

“All new owners who did not play in season 20 are eligible for one of 3 gift cards – AL and NL new comers to Killebrew season 21 only.”  - mbrake

$15 to the new owner that guides his team to the biggest increase in winning % from season 20 to 21 and agrees to play in season 22.

$10 to the new owner that to the owner that guides his team to the second best winning % increase from season 20 to 21 and agrees to play again in season 22.

$5 to the new owner that has the third best increase in winning % improvement from season 20 to 21 and agrees to play in season 22.

2. Loonzilla – Giants (69-93) .426, currently: .537/+.111

11. elgman - Repo Men (66-96) .407, currently: .228/-.179

10. frp1981 – Petrinos (87-75) .537, currently: .438/-.099

3. colton_72 – Cajuns (73-89) .451, currently: .543/+.092

5. foxyg55 – Eskimos Bros. (54-108) .333, currently: .327/-.006

6. larryscrubs – Obliques (72-90) .444, currently: .420/-.024

4. leegee – Bees (66-96) .407, currently: .488/+.081

8. dirtbag12 – Moonshiners (79-83) .488, currently: .412/-.074

9. Kingdean – Masters (97-65) .598, currently: .512/-.086

1. johnhenry26 – 6 shooters (49-113) .302, currently: .469/+.167

7. Cartelli – Sour Diesel (76-86) .469, currently: .432/-.037

 

Too-Early in the Season Top 12 Power Rankings

We’re about 16 games into season 21, so what better time than now for our first power ranking! Through hours of research and intense debate our staff here at the Tribune have come up with the current top 12 teams in Killebrew. Enjoy!

1 Washington DC Washington DC Senators (11-4), L10: 9-1, Home: 6-3, Road: 5-1, Exp %: .696; Overall Team Rating: 74. No surprise here, the Senators have a great team.
Last Week: N/A
2 Scottsdale Scottsdale Sleepers (11-5), L10: 7-3, Home: 4-2, Road: 7-3, Exp %: .784; Overall Team Rating: 74. But will they remain here without their ace?
Last Week: N/A
3 Fargo Fargo Pulled Obliques (11-5), L10: 6-4, Home: 6-1, Road: 5-4, Exp %: .693; Overall Team Rating: 70. Look out for ROY candidate Julio Rodriguez.
Last Week: N/A
4 Vancouver Vancouver River Otters (11-5), L10: 9-1, Home: 5-5, Road: 6-0, Exp %: .602; Overall Team Rating: 69. 3-0 in one-run games.
Last Week: N/A
5 Portland Portland Sour Diesel (10-6), L10: 6-4, Home: 5-1, Road: 5-5, Exp %: .602; Overall Team Rating: 69. Strong start by Benji Foster (P)
Last Week: N/A
6 Austin Austin Express (10-6), L10: 6-4, Home: 5-5, Road: 5-1, Exp %: .748; Overall Team Rating: 74. With 9 players rated 80 or higher, this team is a favorite to win it all.
Last Week: N/A
7 Colorado Colorado Rockets (10-6), L10: 8-2, Home: 6-4, Road: 4-2, Exp %: .480; Overall Team Rating: 74. A bit of a surprise here, will they last in the top 10?
Last Week: N/A
8 Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Giants (9-7), L10: 6-4, Home: 4-3, Road: 5-4, Exp %: .614; Overall Team Rating: 72. Good start for a very good team.
Last Week: N/A
9 Minnesota Minnesota Twins (9-7), L10: 5-5, Home: 3-3, Road: 6-4, Exp %: .605; Overall Team Rating: 71. Benji Mateo is crushing it.
Last Week: N/A
10 Cheyenne Cheyenne Dog Soldiers (9-6), L10: 6-4, Home: 5-3, Road: 4-3, Exp %: .626; Overall Team Rating: 68. No stars here, just wins.
Last Week: N/A
11 Chicago-a Chicago Pterodactyl Hawk Wasps (9-7), L10: 5-5, Home: 3-3, Road: 6-4, Exp %: .506; Overall Team Rating: 70. Esteban Astacio is the key to this team’s early season surge.
Last Week: N/A
12 Little Rock Little Rock Cottonmouths (9-7), L10: 6-4, Home: 5-1, Road: 4-6, Exp %: .569; Overall Team Rating: 70. Their sweep of the Junk Yard Dogs propel them into the top 12.
Last Week: N/A

S21 Rule 5 Draft Review

An important event in world Killebrew has concluded: the Rule 5 Draft! Below are some observations and statistics.

Highest rated player drafted: 22-year-old, Theo Andrews, formerly of the Louisville Petrinos, was drafted by the San Antonio 6 Shooters with the 2nd pick (but first actual selection) in the draft. As young as Mr. Andrews is and as high as his potential is, I grade this selection as an A+.

Lowest rated player drafted: 23-year-old, diamond in the rough, Ernest Rose earns this honor. Selected by Fargo and taken from Minnesota, Mr. Rose will most likely be offered back or be waived. He does have nice control, velocity, and first pitch, but his splits are just too low, even if he hits his full potential.

Teams with most selections: Fargo (8), Anaheim (4), San Juan (4)

Teams not participating: Austin, Burlington, Cheyenne, Hartford, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Minnesota, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

Team with the most players taken from: Burlington was nice of enough to donate 6 players to the Rule 5 Draft pool.

Other notes: Interestingly, San Francisco decided not to participate in the draft despite having the number one pick. The last time this happened was Season 17. In Season 11 the first 3 teams decided not to pick.

Results of this season’s (as well as past) Rule 5 Draft can be found under the World Office tab, under Reports, Rule 5 Draft History.

Ballparks/Cities Lists w/ PF

By mhulshult, as of 2/24/2012.

City/State Ballpark Capacity 1B 2B 3B LF RF PF Division
Albuquerque (New Mexico) Isotopes Park 11,124 4 4 4 1 0 1.211 West
Anaheim (California) Angel Stadium 45,050 0 -2 -2 0 0 0.951 West
Atlanta (Georgia) Turner Field 50,062 -1 -1 0 1 1 0.950 South, East
Arizona (Arizona) Chase Field 48,700 0 1 3 0 1 1.050 West
Augusta (Maine) Noes Field 7,500 -2 -2 -3 0 -1 0.904 North, East
Austin (Texas) Dell Diamond 8,800 2 2 2 0 1 1.072 South
Baltimore (Maryland) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 48,262 1 -3 -2 1 1 0.956 East
Boise (Idaho) Memorial Stadium 4,500 2 1 2 1 1 1.070 North, West
Boston (Massachusetts) Fenway Park 33,925 2 4 0 1 0 1.085 East
Buffalo (New York) Dunn Tire Park 21,050 -1 -1 -1 0 0 0.953 North, East
Burlington (Vermont) Mustain Stadium 7,500 -4 -3 -3 -4 -4 0.809 North, East
Charleston (South Carolina) Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park 5,800 -1 -1 -2 1 0 0.956 South, East
Charlotte (North Carolina) Knights Castle 10,002 0 0 0 0 0 0.983 South, East
Cheyenne (Wyoming) Conte Yard 7,500 1 0 1 -1 -2 1.000 West
Chicago (Illinois) Wrigley Field 38,765 2 0 -1 2 2 1.047 North, East
Chicago (Illinois) U.S. Cellular Field 44,321 0 -1 0 0 1 0.968 North, East
Cincinnati (Ohio) Great American Ball Park 42,059 0 0 -3 2 2 1.010 North, East
Cleveland (Ohio) Jacobs Field 43,345 1 0 -2 0 0 1.011 North, East
Colorado (Colorado) Coors Field 50,249 3 2 3 4 4 1.380 West
Colorado Springs (Colorado) Security Service Field 9,000 1 0 1 -1 -2 1.000 West
Columbus (Ohio) Cooper Stadium 15,000 0 0 0 -2 0 0.991 North, East
Detroit (Michigan) Comerica Park 40,000 2 -2 3 -2 -2 0.940 North
Dover (Delaware) Watkins Field 7,500 0 1 0 1 2 1.054 North, East
Durham (North Carolina) Durham Bulls Athletic Park 10,000 2 2 1 4 3 1.129 South, East
El   Paso (Texas) Citibank Ballpark 6,696 0 0 0 -2 -2 0.963 South
Fargo (North Dakota) Cash Field 7,500 0 0 0 0 1 1.041 North
Florida (Florida) Dolphin Stadium 47,662 0 -1 2 -2 -2 0.940 South, East
Fresno (California) Grizzlies Stadium 12,500 0 -1 0 -2 -2 0.927 West
Hartford (Connecticut) Welch Park 7,500 2 3 1 4 4 1.134 North, East
Helena (Montana) Kindrick Field 2,010 0 0 0 0 1 1.041 West, North
Honolulu (Hawaii) Aloha Stadium 50,000 -2 0 -1 -2 0 0.956 West
Houston (Texas) Minute Maid Park 42,000 0 0 2 2 1 1.006 South
Huntington (West Virginia) Eble Park 7,500 2 3 2 2 3 1.134 South, East
Indianapolis (Indiana) Victory Field 15,500 2 2 2 0 2 1.078 East
Iowa City (Iowa) Principal Park 10,800 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 0.898 North, South, East, West
Jackson (Mississippi) Boon Stadium 7,500 0 0 0 -1 -1 0.957 South
Jacksonville (Florida) The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 10,000 0 0 -1 0 0 0.957 East, South
Kansas City (Missouri) Kauffman Stadium 40,625 1 2 3 -2 -2 1.057 North, South, East, West
Las Vegas (Nevada) Cashman Field 9,334 -2 -2 -2 0 0 0.934 West
Little Rock (Arkansas) Ray Winder Field 6,083 0 0 0 0 0 1.021 South
Los Angeles (California) Dodger Stadium 56,000 2 -4 -3 -1 -1 0.872 West
Louisville (Kentucky) Louisville Slugger Field 13,500 2 1 1 2 1 1.068 South, East
Madison (Wisconsin) Bessire Ballpark 7,500 2 3 2 3 4 1.161 North
Memphis (Tennessee) AutoZone Park 14,320 -2 -2 -3 -2 -2 0.875 South
Mexico City (Mexico) Foro Sol 26,000 -1 -1 0 0 0 0.956 South
Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Miller Park 42,200 -2 0 0 1 1 0.990 North
Minnesota (Minnesota) Humphrey Metrodome 55,883 0 2 2 0 0 1.068 North
Monterrey (Mexico) Estadio Monterrey 27,000 1 1 0 2 2 1.070 South
Montgomery (Alabama) Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000 2 2 2 1 1 1.083 South
Montreal (Quebec) Olympic Stadium 43,739 2 2 2 1 1 1.074 North
Nashville (Tennessee) Herschel Greer Stadium 10,138 1 1 1 1 2 1.067 South
New Britain (Connecticut) New Britain Stadium 6,146 -1 -1 -1 0 0 0.946 East, North
New Orleans (Louisiana) Zephyr Field 10,000 1 1 1 1 1 1.069 South
New York (New York) Yankee Stadium (II) 57,545 0 -1 -1 0 0 0.951 North, East
New York (New York) Shea Stadium 55,775 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0.927 North, East
Norfolk (Virginia) Harbor Park 12,067 0 -1 0 0 0 0.964 East, South
Oakland (California) Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 45,177 -1 -2 -2 -1 -1 0.895 West
Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) AT&T Bricktown Ballpark 13,066 0 -2 0 -4 -4 0.843 South, West
Omaha (Nebraska) Rosenblatt Stadium 23,100 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 0.919 West
Ottawa (Ontario) Lynx Stadium 10,332 0 0 0 0 0 0.999 North
Pawtucket (Rhode Island) McCoy Stadium 10,031 0 0 0 -1 -1 0.960 East, North
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Citizens Bank Park 43,000 -1 0 0 1 1 1.010 North, East
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) PNC Park 38,217 2 1 -1 -2 -2 1.000 North, East
Portland (Oregon) PGE Park 20,000 -4 -3 -4 -2 -2 0.855 North, West
Richmond (Virginia) The Diamond 12,150 0 0 0 0 0 0.971 South, East
Rochester (New York) Frontier Field 10,868 0 0 0 0 0 1.006 East, North
Sacramento (California) Raley Field 14,680 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 0.906 West
Salem (Oregon) Volcanoes Stadium 4,252 0 0 0 1 1 1.043 West
Salt Lake City (Utah) Franklin Covey Field 15,500 1 1 1 0 1 1.056 North, West
San Antonio (Texas) Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium 6,300 -4 -4 -4 0 -2 0.832 South
San Diego (California) Petco Park 46,000 -3 -3 3 -3 -3 0.830 West
San Francisco (California) AT&T Park 40,800 1 0 3 -3 -3 0.930 West
San Jose (California) San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200 -4 -4 -4 -2 -2 0.809 West
San Juan (Puerto Rico) Hiram Bithorn Stadium 19,000 0 2 0 2 3 1.080 South, East
Santa Cruz (California) Vaniglia Stadium 7,500 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 0.904 West
Santa Fe (New Mexico) WhatIfSports Field 7,500 4 4 3 4 4 1.332 South
Scottsdale (Arizona) The Davis Ballpark 7,500 2 2 2 2 2 1.119 West
Scranton (Pennsylvania) Lackawanna County Stadium 10,982 0 0 0 0 1 1.036 North, East
Seattle (Washington) Safeco Field 47,116 -3 -2 -1 -2 -2 0.880 North, West
Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Razavi Field 7,500 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 0.919 North
St. Louis (Missouri) Busch Stadium (II) 43,975 -2 -2 -1 -1 -1 0.950 North, South, East, West
Syracuse (New York) Alliance Bank Stadium 11,602 0 0 0 0 0 0.998 North, East
Tacoma (Washington) Cheney Stadium 9,600 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 0.793 North, West
Tampa Bay (Florida) Tropicana Field 45,360 -1 0 1 0 -1 0.990 South, East
Texas (Texas) Ameriquest Field in Arlington 49,170 2 0 2 1 1 1.100 South
Toledo (Ohio) Fifth Third Field 10,000 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0.967 North, East
Toronto (Ontario) Rogers Centre 50,516 -2 2 0 1 1 1.028 North
Trenton (New Jersey) Waterfront Park 6,606 0 0 0 0 0 1.020 North, East
Tucson (Arizona) Tucson Electric Park 11,000 3 3 4 3 3 1.194 West
Vancouver (British Columbia) Nat Bailey Stadium 6,500 0 0 0 0 0 1.035 North, West
Washington D.C. (District Of Columbia) Nationals Park 41,888 1 0 0 -1 -1 1.004 East
Wichita (Kansas) Lawrence-Dumont Stadium 6,400 -3 -2 -2 -3 -1 0.894 North, South, East, West

Trade tips for new owners

As a new owner it is entirely your right to “go for it now” and build your team through aggressive trades, however, understand that the single-greatest source of arguments in any league are lopsided trades. It is important to realize that if a trade is vetoed by a large number of owners, they are not simply protecting you from a bad deal. Vetoes are often done to protect the long-term good of the league in that it is possible for one team to aggressively pursue the best players of a newly-assigned team (with a rookie owner) while others are more patient, courteous and respectful, offering only fair and balanced deals that have the potential to help both teams. A new owner might realize within months that one or two deals weren’t a quick fix for the rebuilding situation he/she faces and then abandons that team at the end of the year while the rest of the league has to continue battling another team that built itself through lopsided trades with rookie owners who end up being long gone. Fortunately, it’s not as common in this world as in others and some of the biggest offenders have departed, perhaps because the world did use its voting power to veto trades in the past.

Also, vetoing is not necessarily a league-wide question of whether a trade helps the new owner’s team. Many times, a new owner argues that the trade is beneficial and says to the other owners ’please don’t protect me just because I’m a rookie’ and this is because they really want the deal because they need a certain player. What they fail to realize is that they could have achieved even more, likely much more, if they had let the entire league know that a player was available for trade. The more offers you have to choose from, the more often you will find the best possible deal. To do this, if a star or potential star is being asked about in a deal, new owners are encouraged to post in the chat forum that “I may be interested in trading Joe Schmoe, please send me your trade offers if you are interested.” It’s much more difficult for owners in the league to argue that a new owner is being exploited if the new owner openly said a player was available and had access to many offers, from which they chose the one that they felt was the best deal.

On that note, be wary of trades that offer several mediocre players for one star or potential star. Mediocre players, by definition, are often available easily through the waiver wire or free agency. Thus, if you are offered three players rated 70 for one player rated 80+, that can be a trade where you can often do better simply by asking in the forum if anyone would like to make offers for your 80+ rated player. It doesn’t mean that this is necessarily a bad deal but it can be worthy of further exploration to see what’s out there. Also, always be sure to check a player’s contract. Sometimes, a player may look like a top talent but has extremely high contract amounts locked into their future. These sorts of acquisitions can weigh a club down to eliminate financial flexibility in future seasons.

Finally, until the schedule is set and you’ve also set your team budget, there’s no way for a new owner to know what the projected ratings of players are. Therefore, be VERY hesitant before discussing possible trade deals with veterans asking about players even before budgets are set. Remember, owners who are returning may recall what sort of potential such players had shown previously and they could be interested in your player for that very reason.

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