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.

Loonzilla – Giants (69-93) .426, currently: .591

elgman - Repo Men (66-96) .407, currently: .159

frp1981 – Petrinos (87-75) .537, currently: .386

coltondrew_1 – Cajuns (73-89) .451, currently: .500

foxyg55 – Eskimos Bros. (54-108) .333, currently: .295

larryscrubs – Obliques (72-90) .444, currently: .477

leegee – Bees (66-96) .407, currently: .455

dirtbag12 – Moonshiners (79-83) .488, currently: .500

Kingdean – Masters (97-65) .598, currently: .477

johnhenry26 – 6 shooters (49-113) .302, currently: .500

lesliechow – Dog Soldiers (66-96) .407, currently: .682

Cartelli – Sour Diesel (76-86) .469, currently: .500


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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Tips for getting started

Choosing a team: Ask yourself some questions.

There are a LOT of strategies that could go into this decision: how many high draft picks has the team had; what is the average age of their Major League (ML) players; what is the projected budget for next season; what will their draft position be next season; how many games have they won over the past couple seasons; who are the team’s core players, or do they have a core; and/or how many owners have been “one-and-done”? Whether you decide to find answers to all these questions or just one or two, it’s up to you. However, my recommendation is not to get wrapped around in detailed strategy picking a team. In the end, you will not know what you have until after you set your budget and even then, nothing can duplicate a couple of seasons of experience. Have a little fun instead. Are you from the west or east coast? Your favorite team is where?

Choosing a ballpark: Its more about you, than you think.

What type of baseball do you like? Are you a fan of “old school” contact and running the bases, or is their nothing better than “power” baseball, or maybe you want to use strict “moneyball” concepts? If you love good pitching then maybe you should steer clear of Coors Field. Perhaps Comerica Park would better meet your goals. My recommendation is to look at the park’s numbers and then think of the team you most enjoy watching/building.

Choosing a name: Be an original, or not.

I am not an original. I saw the color scheme and realized I could not change it, so I just went with Blue Sox, for my Kansas City team. My recommendation is, just don’t pick a name you might regret and make sure you spell it correctly, or the way you want. However, you can always submit a ticket to WIS to change it later.

Before the budget: Reviewing rosters, and contracts.

If you haven’t already, do as WIS advises and review arbitration eligible players and who is headed to free agency. WIS will do some of the work for you in the budgeting window under the Admin tab. My recommendation is to be conservative with your payroll your first season.

Setting your budget: See post- Budgeting tips for new owners.

After the budget is set: Search, compare, and evaluate.

Search, compare, and evaluate, applies to both ML players and your coaches. Become familiar with the Player Search option in the Reports tab. My recommendation is to compare your budget to your fellow owners first, then compare your players. If you decide to trade it will be helpful to know if you are trading with someone who has better scouting than you do. Also, comparing budgets may give you an idea of who (and how many) will be your primary competition for Free Agency, International FA, Drafting, and so on.

Roster cleanup: Promotions, demotions, and releases.

You do not have to wait this long to make some of these decisions, but you shouldn’t wait any longer. My recommendation is to conduct all (or most) promotions and releases during the same “sit-down.” it can be time-consuming to sift through each level and pick out who has the potential and who is eating up space. But, going back to this task a day later would be an even bigger headache to me. Just don’t release too many, you will need fillers at each level and position.

Budgeting tips for new owners

Player Payroll:
This area is used to pay players’ salaries. Research is required to help figure out how much is needed. You will want to know how much is estimated for resigning your ML Free Agents you want to keep, Player arbitration costs, current payroll and several other costs that come from this area. To start, you could use this formula: Current payroll + Free Agent keepers + Arbitration keepers + $5M (minimum). If you plan to be active in the free agent market you might want to add money depending on how many ML players you want to go after. The open free agent market can be a hit or miss proposition for ML players. You will also need to resign minor league free agents and open market minor league free agents
to fill out your minors. One thing to note is some of your minor league free agents may want a ML contract and for the most part they are not worth it.

Prospect Payroll:
This area is used to pay signing bonuses for international free agents and amateur draft picks. Their salary comes from the Player Payroll. Internationals can cost a fortune for a blue chip player but if you do not have high draft picks this might be the best way to get a future star.

Coaches Payroll:
Coaches help your players to improve at all levels. ML coaches are expensive to replace. You will need to find out which coaches want to return, and their cost, and how much it might cost to replace others. The Hitting Coach and Pitching Coach are the costliest to replace. Next is the Fielding Instructor. 1B, 3B and Bullpen Coach are not as costly. Although most Bench Coaches are expensive, their function is disputable at the ML level and might be more important with a young team. Most minor league coaches can be found for around the minimum costs, with the HC and PC at the upper minor league levels being more expensive.

Domestic College Scouting Dept:
Money spent here determines how well and how many college players are scouted and that you see in the Amateur Draft. The higher the money the more accurate the player’s projected ratings will be.

Domestic High School Scouting Dept:
Money spent here determines how well and how many high school players are scouted and that you see in the Amateur Draft. Again, the higher the money the more accurate the player’s projected ratings will be.

International Scouting Dept:
Money spent here determines how well and how many international players are scouted. Again, the higher the money the more accurate the player’s projected ratings will be.

Advance Scouting Dept:
Money spent here determines how well you see any player that is or has been on a roster. All players current ratings are seen by everyone the same. Their projected ratings however are not, the more spent here the truer the projections become. In your first few seasons with a team you may want a higher advance scouting budget, since you are not familiar with your players. After a few seasons, you have a better idea as to how your players are and you might not need a higher budget here. If you do a lot of trading, you may want this higher too.

Spending money here helps prevent injuries. Additionally, good training and coaches, will improve a player’s ratings. On the other hand, if you bring in an older player and his previous team spent more on training than you, don’t be surprised if the player’s ratings dip sharply as the season goes on.

Spending in this area lessens the injury and allows him to rehab better and faster. If you have players who get hurt a lot, you want more money in this area so that they can get back on the field quicker. If many of your players have health ratings of 90+, then you can skimp in this area a bit. WARNING: one bad injury could turn a good starter, into an average bench warmer.

Hello, World Killebrew!

As World ARomano is reborn as World Killebrew, we feel it is time to begin a new blog as well. As some of you may recall World ARomano last had an active blog from approximately season 6 through season 10. That blog was ran by madmuldoon and focused on welcoming new members and highlighting the season playoff winners. Unfortunately that blog was not maintained after madmuldoon departed. In starting this new version, it’s my hope that this blog will be easier to maintain and survives much longer.

The Killebrew Tribune’s mission is to provide easy to ready content on a regular basis. Content will be less analytical and more observation; more statistic based and less wordy. We will strive for it to be non-repetitive to what WiS already offers us. Typical/future posts will include franchise and world histories, a brief tribute article to the world’s namesake, end of season awards (Darwin style), and of course power rankings.

As always, any recommendations (pro or cons) would be greatly appreciated. Anyone willing to provide content would also be appreciated.



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