Franchise Relocation Window Open

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Gents, 

If anyone wants to relocate their franchise, you have this week to let me know.

Franchise relocation requests must be submitted by 11:59pm EAST on Sunday, February 19th.

If more than one team wants to move to the same place, there will be silent bids, just like in waivers. 


Wild, Wild West It Is

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Gents,

It seems as though the consensus is that people are fine with having trade talk going on at the same time as the playoffs, and who am I to stand in the way of that?

Let’s just not slow down the playoff process, of course.  

I hear Manj and Bryan are scheduled to play their second-round series tomorrow; Steve and I are set to play on Monday.  Haven’t heard from the other side.

Fire away!


League-Wide Trade Discussion

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Gents,

It has come to my attention that there was a thread of league-wide trade talk this morning on which I was not included.

When people try to talk trade while the playoffs are still going on, I always try to shut it down, because I feel as though it’s disrespectful to the teams that are still alive in the post-season. 

But I also recognize that our off-season is short, and teams that are out of it are anxious to make moves, so it’s a bit of a conundrum.  The fact that this most recent thread was started by a team that is still alive in the playoffs makes it even more conundrumic.

So – what should we do?

Obviously, teams that are out want to talk turkey, as it were. And teams that are still in don’t want to miss out on opportunities for next year while they’re still trying to win this year.

Should we just go wild west and take all the reins off, or should we change something or change nothing?

I want feedback – what have you thought in the past when you were in the playoffs still and trade emails were flying around? What should we do?


Playoff Match-Ups – Conference Semi-Finals

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Gents,

The first round is over, and the second round is ready to begin.

The Conference Semi-Final Round begins for every series on Game Day 92, regardless of the length of the first-round series from which a team has advanced.

Each series is a 2-3-2 format, beginning in the home park of the higher-seeded team, with a day off after Game Two and another after Game Five.\

Here are the match-ups:

KIVIMAKI CONFERENCE:

(1) SF vs. (4) OAK          Umpiring Crew J plus first two umpires of Crew K

(2) BAL vs. (3) HOU        Crew A plus first two umpires of Crew B

MOUTSOUROUFIS CONFERENCE:

(1) BOS vs. (6) HST        Crew L plus first two umpires of Crew M

(2) DET vs. (4) TOR         Crew N plus first two umpires of Crew O

Good luck to all involved!


Free Agent Asking Prices and Rookie Salaries

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Gents,

Finally!

Again, I apologize for the delay in getting this out. We’re about two weeks behind, but I still think we’ll have no problem getting everyone done by the end of the month (assuming the playoffs are done by then).

As always, teams that are no longer active in the playoffs (there are 16 of you) are asked to get this done as quickly as possible. Teams that are still alive in the post-season are welcome to do it if they want to, but are under no obligation to until their team has either been eliminated or has won the championship.

Starting with whenever I wake up this morning, which will hopefully be around noon Eastern, I’m happy to do the off-season housekeeping with anyone who wants to, whenever I’m available.

Also, in the morning (or noonish), I’ll send out the brackets and the umpires for the second round of the playoffs.

Thanks for your patience.


Financials!!

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Gents,

The league-wide TV money was determined to be $9,800,000 per team this year.

Listed below is the amount of money each team has as of RIGHT THIS SECOND, before any contracts are signed and before any playoff revenue is earned.

Please remember, before you argue with me about your total (and of course, I could very well be wrong), that penalties for missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons have been applied (to ATL, FLA, LA, MIL and WSH).

Following each team’s financial total is the gross marketing money that team received, in millions, before any adjustments.

ATL – $55,096,876 (2.8)

BAL – $51,826,969 (3.7)

BOS – $59,987,881 (2.2)

COL – $62,941,916 (2.8)

DET – $52,021,960 (2.6)

FLA – $49,628,186 (2.9)

HST – $55,319,730 (2.1)

HOU – $44,892,260 (2.6)

KC – $34,631,683 (3.2)

LA – $54,549,224 (4.0)

MIL – $54,787,998 (3.6)

MINN – $55,264,680 (2.8)

NYM – $32,098,010 (3.1)

NYY – $83,747,853 (not a typo) (2.8)

OAK – $50,481,174 (2.3)

OHI – $62,908,479 (2.7)

STL – $53,846,183 (3.6)

SDG – $55,420,234 (3.1)

SF – $47,611,346 (3.0)

SCO – $52,185,432 (2.1)

TB – $59,494,698 (2.7)

TEX – $35,455,010 (3.4)

TOR – $42,789,962 (2.9)

WSH – $39,315,505 (2.9)


Fines

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Gents,

The following fines have been issued:

To OAK – $300,000 for using Huston Street when he was out of innings, resulting in a game replayed.

To HST – $500,000 for using Dillon Gee twice after he had been traded.

To MINN – $1,500,000 for using Justin Ruggiano seven times after he had been traded.


Rookie Draft Lottery and BlowOut Results

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Gents, 

The New York Yankees “won” the rookie draft lottery, moving from the 6th pick to the 2nd overall.  Everything else went as expected.

The first round of the rookie draft will be:

1. FLA

2. NYY (picking 6th in each subsequent round)

3. KC (picking 2nd in each subsequent round)

4. NYM (picking 3rd in each subsequent round)

5. COL (picking 4th in each subsequent round)

6. WSH (picking 5th in each subsequent round)

7. MINN (switching picks with LA each round)

8. LA (switching picks with MINN each round)

9. SCO (switching picks with OHI each round)

10. OHI (switching picks with SCO each round)

11. MIL

12. ATL

13. TEX (switching picks with SD each round)

14. SD (switching picks with TEX each round)

15. HST

16. TB

17. TOR

18. OAK

19. STL

20. HOU

21. DET

22. BAL (switching picks with BOS each round)

23. BOS (switching picks with BAL each round)

24. SF

Off-season housekeeping stuff will be sent out as soon as Rick Q. gets me the numbers, and I’ll be ready to get to work with non-playoff teams and whoever else wants to pretty much right away!

Thanks for another great regular season!


Playoff Match-Ups

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Gents,

As the Annual End-Of-Season BlowOut drags towards its inevitable conclusion, the playoff match-ups are set.

Congrats to the division champions – Baltimore, San Francisco, Boston and Detroit (the Giants and Red Sox are the top seeds in their respective conferences).

This year, no tie-breaker games were needed.  The first round begins on Game Day 82, so there are two full off-days for every team.

Each round is a 2-3-2 format, beginning in the home park of the higher-seeded team, with a day off after Game Two and another after Game Five.

Here are the match-ups:

KIVIMAKI CONFERENCE: 

(3) HOU vs. (6) SD       Last two umpires of Crew B plus all of Crew C

(4) OAK vs. (5) TEX      Crew D plus first two umpires of Crew E

 

MOUTSOUROUFIS CONFERENCE

(3) STL vs. (6) HST         Crew F plus first two umpires of Crew G

(4) TOR vs. (5) TB      Crew H plus first two umpires of Crew I

Rookie draft lottery results will come out shortly, as will full BlowOut results.