17
December

League Profile: Red Rose APBA League

It’s amazingly appropriate how much of a fan base APBA still has in its original hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Joe Shaffer’s APBA baseball league called the Red Rose APBA League is based there.

The RRAL has been around for a while.  Since 1977 to be exact.  That’s long enough to pass the game down to younger generations.  Joe says there is a familial connection in the league including some father/son manager duos. 

Info on the Red Rose APBA League:

League Name

Red Rose APBA League

Contact Person Joe Shaffer
Sport Baseball
# of teams 10-12
Year of inception 1977
Basic/Master/Computer/ Combination Combination
Geographically, where is your league located? Lancaster, Pa

 

Joe writes:

Initially started as a six team league, and has grown at times to as many as twelve teams.

We are a keeper league that plays an adapted version of the master game. We are always looking for new managers to expand the league! We have had siblings and father/son managers in our league, and we have made friends for a lifetime!

Thanks for checking in, Joe!

If you want to brag about your league, we’re listening!  Tell us all about the league you are in and we’ll post a profile about it.  In the meantime, read about other leagues who have written in.

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17
December

Weird Card Wednesday: 1984 Gary Lavelle

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What is it about San Francisco relievers that lends their batting cards to being so strange?  This is the card of Giants reliever Gary Lavelle of 1984. 

Lavelle had a typical year on the mound just missing an A* with a 2.76 ERA.  But at the plate, he went 0 for 5 with 1 walk and four strikeouts essentially not hitting the ball at all. 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
1984 Totals 77 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .167 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2014.

 

Normally, an 0 for 5 performance would guarantee a Terrible Tuesday appearance.  However, with one walk in six appearances, Lavelle gets six 14s which ain’t bad. 

But the thirteens!  He’s got them everywhere!!  His total comes to a total of 22.  The result numbers on his card that AREN’T a 13 or a 14:  12-12, 15-21,16-28, 25-23, 45-36, 52-25, 54-32 and 65-35.

In 1984, APBA put the 12 on 12 and moved the 25 to 52.  Curiously, the 27 just disappeared most likely in favor of a 13. 

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16
December

2014 APBA Baseball by the Numbers: Miscellaneous and mish-mash

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Andrew McCutchen: OF-3 and four solid power numbers

This is the last of my 2014 APBA Baseball By the numbers series.  Just a few miscellaneous categories to wrap up and some are silly and useless but fun.

Honestly though, in 2014 there weren’t many strange anomalies that struck me.  No catchers with a 15-11 or a single column 2.  Nor were there slow runners with a 15-11 either.  Those are always fun.

I’ll make do.

Power and Defense

Let’s start with the best at power and defense.  Here are the all the Fielding One players with a first column one and a total of four power numbers (0-6).

Player Team 1B EBH #
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 5 4
Justin Morneau COL 5 4
Player Team 2B EBH #
Anthony Rendon WAS 8 4
Player Team 3B EBH #
Nolan Arenado COL 5 4
Player Team SS EBH #
Jhonny Peralta STL 9 4
Troy Tulowitzki COL 9 4
Player Team OF EBH #
Michael Brantley CLE 3 4
Ryan Braun MIL 3 4
Carlos Gomez MIL 3 4
Carlos Gonzalez COL 3 4
Kevin Kiermaier TB 3 4
Starling Marte PIT 3 4
Andrew Mccutchen PIT 3 4
A.J. Pollock ARI 3 4
Drew Stubbs COL 3 4
Mike Trout LAA 3 4
Justin Upton ATL 3 4

 

As an aside, 19 players will not receive a 12-25.  The 12-29 is making a surge.  Also, 18 players will receive an error number (15-21) at 13.  The 13, 40 and 42 are also popular there if the player isn’t fortunate enough to receive a walk.

Speed

There weren’t any anomalies with catchers and such but this will have to do.  These are the players NOT rated Fast who still received a 15-11.

Player Team 11
Mike Aviles CLE 1
Elian Herrera MIL 1
Todd Frazier CIN 1
Chris Heisey CIN 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis NYM 1

 

Here are the speediest guys according to the Master Game’s speed rating.

Player Team Speed Rating
Dee Gordon LAD F 20
Billy Hamilton CIN F 20

 

And the slowest…

Player Team Speed Rating
Ryan Howard PHI S 2
Wilson Ramos WAS S 2

 

Names

Finally, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Christian Bethancourt have the longest names in the set at 20 characters.  Jon Jay has the shortest (Mike Olt and Ian Krol come in at a close second).

That’s it for the 2014 APBA Baseball: By the numbers series.  You can find all four posts of the By the numbers series at this link.

It’s been fun and I hope you enjoyed it.

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16
December

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1968 Dick Tracewski

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“Terrible” Tom Zuppa comes through with this week’s Tuesday submission.  It’s Dick Tracewski of the 1968 Detroit Tigers. 

Tom writes:

“I picked up GTOP2, which included the ’68 Tigers. Most people know about Ray Oyler’s terrible .135. And I knew Detroit forced Mickey Stanley into short in the World Series to get a bat into the lineup.

I did not realize the Tigers tried three SS that year … and they all were bad. Tom Matchick lit it up with .203, while Dick Tracewski hit .156.

Worst platoon ever?”

 

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1968 Totals 90 57 240 212 30 33 3 1 4 15 3 24 51 .156 .239 .236
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2014.

 

Tracewski did manage four 14s and a respectable SS-8 but other than that, he doesn’t bring much to the table. 

Two zeros, three 8 and two 9s.  That gives him a 25-39.  And while he does have a a fair amount of second column ones, he has a lot of singles out there too. 

Ugly numbers:  25-39, 33-8, 56-11 (in the second column)

Note that APBA put the 12 at 36 so they employed the switcheroo.  They moved the 33 that some players get to the ever useful 23. 

With the original set, they added an extra hit number to all cards to balance the hitting and pitching.  I wonder if they did that with this reprint. 

thanks Tom! I’m saving Matchick for another Tuesday!

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15
December

2014 APBA Baseball by the Numbers: Hitting numbers

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Tulowitzki: double ones and most on-base numbers in the set

Bah, pitching and defense!  I’ve already written about those.  Now, it’s time to talk about the 2014 Hitting numbers from the recently released APBA disk!

Here are the best, the most and sometimes, the worst.

Power

Sluggers:  These players had the most power numbers (0-6).  Each had five.

Player Team Power #
Michael Cuddyer COL 5
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 5
Kirk Nieuwenhuis NYM 5
Jorge Soler CHC 5

Soler, by the way, is the only one with five solid power numbers.  The others have zeros with at least one single in the second column.  Nieuwenhuis comes close.  He just has one 7 in the extras.

Tater-masters:  Here are the hitters who had two first  column ones.

Player Team 1s
Nelson Cruz BAL 2
Zach Britton BAL 2
David Ortiz BOS 2
Jose Abreu CWS 2
Chris Carter HOU 2
Nate Freiman OAK 2
Edwin Encarnacion TOR 2
Devin Mesoraco CIN 2
Troy Tulowitzki COL 2
Ben Paulsen COL 2
Giancarlo Stanton MAI 2
Zach Walters CLE 2
George Springer HOU 2
Madison Bumgarner SF 2

I see at least a couple pitchers here.  Zach Britton seems to make his way into these lists every year.

 

In the clutch:  I don’t know why but I like to find out who got two 5s on their card.  I think the APBA Journal called it the “Clutch Factor”.

Player Team 5s
Jorge Soler CHC 2
Steve Pearce BAL 2
J.D. Martinez DET 2
Mike Trout LAA 2
Sean Rodriguez TB 2
Juan Francisco TOR 2
Colby Rasmus TOR 2
Corey Dickerson COL 2
Chris Davis BAL 2
Jose Bautista TOR 2
Mike Olt CHC 2
Travis Wood CHC 2
Brandon Belt SF 2
A.J. Pollock ARI 2
David Peralta ARI 2
Enrique Hernandez MAI 2

 

Hitting and on-base Numbers

Hit ‘em where they ain’t:  These players had the most hit numbers on their card.  Hit numbers is being defined as 1-11.

Player Team Hit #
Zach Britton BAL 14
Jose Altuve HOU 13
Josh Tomlin CLE 13

There’s Britton again.  By the way, there was a massive tie for fourth place with 12.

 

Sliding into third:  Just for kicks, who had a first column 2?

Player Team 2s
Ryan Kalish CHC 1
Anthony Bass HOU 1
Andrew Cashner SD 1

Before you get too excited, these were all 66-2s.

 

Free pass:  These players had the most 14s.

Player Team 14s
Carlos Santana CLE 6
Joey Votto CIN 6
Aaron Hicks MIN 6

Again, many were tied for the next spot with five.

 

Ouch:  Players with more than one 42…

Player Team 42s
Tyler Thornburg MIL 3
Alex Cobb TB 2
Jeremy Guthrie KC 2
Derek Dietrich MAI 2

 

…and his little brother, the 22.

Player Team 22s
Luis Sardinas TEX 2
Carlos Corporan HOU 2
Ryan Flaherty BAL 2
Eric Young NYM 2

 

Just put him on:  Overall on-base is what’s reflected here.  I added hit numbers (1-11), 14s, and 42s.

Player Team Hit# +14s+42s
Troy Tulowitzki COL 17

Yes, there is only one.  Tulo has 17 and there were 26 others who tied for second with 15.

Speed numbers

Bypassing first base:  Who had two or more first column 11s?

Player Team 11s
Dee Gordon LAD 3
Jacoby Ellsbury NYY 2
Jarrod Dyson KC 2
Rusney Castillo BOS 2
Rajai Davis DET 2
Jose Altuve HOU 2
Lorenzo Cain KC 2
Carl Crawford LAD 2
Leonys Martin TEX 2
Emilio Bonifacio ATL 2
Craig Gentry OAK 2
Ezequiel Carrera DET 2
James Jones SEA 2
Ben Revere PHI 2

 

…and on the same vein, who had the most combined 11s and 10s?

Player Team Speed #s
Dee Gordon LAD 4
Rusney Castillo BOS 4
Jose Altuve HOU 4
Craig Gentry OAK 4
Jarrod Dyson KC 3
Rajai Davis DET 3
Emilio Bonifacio ATL 3
Ezequiel Carrera DET 3
James Jones SEA 3
Ben Revere PHI 3
Jemile Weeks BOS 3
A.J. Pollock ARI 3

Dee Gordon proving to be a speedster.

Miscellaneous

Bat control:  Just three players with three 31s

Player Team 31s
Derek Jeter NYY 3
Joe Mauer MIN 3
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3

I think all three have received that distinction in the past.

 

Just get to the second column, they’ll do the rest:  Just a random stat here, who had the most second column ones?

Player Team 1s in 2nd col
Starlin Castro CHC 31
Corey Hart SEA 29
Paul Konerko CWS 27
Nate Schierholtz WAS 23
Tucker Barnhart CIN 22
Allen Craig BOS 20

If I’m not mistaken, to get to the second column, you will have to roll a 66 on these guys.

 

Whiffers:  To finish up, a couple of downer stats.  The most 13s on a APBA card.

Player Team 13s
Brad Peacock HOU 24
Brett Cecil TOR 24
Maikel Cleto CWS 23
Danny Salazar CLE 23
Phil Coke DET 23
Jesse Chavez OAK 23
J.A. Happ TOR 23
Dylan Axelrod CIN 23
Logan Ondrusek CIN 23
Jason Motte STL 23

Yikes. Pitchers or no, I’m saving some of these for some Tuesday next year.

 

Rally-killers:  The players with the most 24s on their card.

Player Team 24s
Brian Wilson LAD 12
Zach Mcallister CLE 11
Fernando Abad OAK 7
Tim Hudson SF 7
Jonathan Broxton MIL 7
Nate Freiman OAK 7
Chris Nelson SD 7
Jose Tabata PIT 7

Jose, I’m a little disappointed in you.

That finishes up the hitting portion of “By the Numbers”.  I may put out one more post with some random but fun categories.

Here is the link with all of the 2014 By the Numbers articles.

Hope you are enjoying them!

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15
December

Monster Card Monday: 1995 Dante Bichette

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Doug Schuyler passed on this juicy (no pun intended) APBA card.  It’s Dante Bichette’s APBA card of 1995. 

Bichette played for the Colorado Rockies in Denver where the air was thin and the balls were flying over the fence.  At least, Dante’s were.  He led the NL with 40 homers and 128 rbis as well as a .620 slugging percentage.

He wasn’t just a power guy though.  He topped the league with 197 hits and batted .340 in 1995.  He even stole 13 bases (though he was caught 9 times as well). 

Bichette came in second in NL MVP voting to Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin in a pretty close vote (281 votes to 251). 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1995 Totals 139 612 579 102 197 38 2 40 128 13 22 96 .340 .364 .620
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/15/2014.

 

There are just two things that Bichette doesn’t have.  His defense is subpar (OF-1) and his on-base numbers would have been superior had he had more than one 14.  That said, he still had a decent .364 OBP but his was bound to decent when you start with a .340 batting average.

But OTHER than that, this card has power (1-1-0-0-0) and average (a 25-7 and a 64-9).  His nine steals translates to a 15-10 and three second column 11s. 

Fun numbers:  44-0, 35-8, 25-7

APBA put the 12 at 52 and moved the 27 to 23 presumably for all the players for the 1995 season. 

“Beach” is abbreviated to “Bch” in “Palm Beach”.  I’m not sure why. 

thanks, Doug!

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14
December

2014 APBA Baseball by the Numbers: Pitching grades and ratings

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Clayton Kershaw tops all starters (again) with the only A&C grade

Yesterday, I posted the first in my APBA Baseball by the Numbers series where  I covered defensive ratings.  Tonight though, it’s time to go over the hurlers.  Who was the best?  Who got lucky and got cheated out of a good grade?  And of course, the general distribution of the grades and ratings.

Before I start, a quick tutorial on Master Game grades.  Instead of Grades A, B, C and D, Master Game breaks the pitchers’ grades into numbers 1-30.  They are consistent from year to year though.

Here is the conversion chart:

MG grade Basic grade
1 to 4 Grade D
5 to 9 Grade C
10 to 14 Grade B
15 to 19 Grade A
20 to 24 Grade A&C
25 to 30 Grade A&B

 

Ok, now the starting pitchers:

Starting Pitchers

Congrats to all of the Clayton Kershaw owners out there.  He was the only A&C pitcher this year.  Not only that, this is the second year in a row he’s topped the Majors with the best grade.  He did it last year with a MG 19 grade.

Here were the best starting pitchers by grade.

Pitcher Team St Grade
Clayton Kershaw LAD 21
Johnny Cueto CIN 18
Chris Sale CWS 17
Felix Hernandez SEA 17
Adam Wainwright STL 16
Cole Hamels PHI 16
Corey Kluber CLE 16
Doug Fister WAS 16
Jake Arrieta CHC 16
Jon Lester OAK 15

 

Here was the overall distribution of starting pitcher grades.

Start Grade Distribution
D 61
C 92
B 65
A 9
A&C 1
A&B 0

 

Highest ERA by an A starter:  Jake Arrieta, CHI, 16XY, 2.53 ERA, 156 2/3 IP

Highest ERA by a B starter:  Homer Bailey, CIN, 10Y, 3.71 ERA, 145 2/3 IP

Lowest ERA by a B starter: Michael Pineda, NY, 14YZ, 1.89 ERA, 76 1/3 IP

Highest ERA by a C starter: Franklin Morales, COL, 5W, 5.37 ERA, 142 1/3 IP

Lowest ERA by a C starter: Gavin Floyd, ATL, 9Z, 2.65 ERA, 54 1/3 IP

Can anyone explain Franklin Morales’ gift?  I had a similar situation with Manny Parra and since he was on my team, I wasn’t about to complain.

And thank you APBA, by the way for Homer Bailey!

Relievers

The best of the best.  There were a couple of A&B bullpen aces in this set.  Funnily,  enough, they were both from the Royals.  Look down a little further, and you’ll see another A&C from KC too.

Pitcher Team Rel Grade
Wade Davis KC 26
Kelvin Herrera KC 25
Craig Kimbrel ATL 24
Dellin Betances NYY 24
Drew Storen WAS 24
Ken Giles PHI 24
Neil Ramirez CHC 24
Dan Jennings MIA 23
Greg Holland KC 23
Joaquin Benoit SD 23

 

Overall distribution of relievers.  Split grade pitchers are included here, by the way.

Relief Grade Distribution
D 58
C 64
B 71
A 49
A&C 17
A&B 2

 

Let’s do the same here as I did for starters.  It’s always interesting to see the anomalies (I’m trying to avoid the split grade pitchers here).

Highest ERA by an A reliever:  Jake Petricka, CHI, 15W, 2.96 ERA, 73 IP

Highest ERA by a B reliever:  Jacob Diekman, PHI, 10XYW, 3.80 ERA, 71 IP

Lowest ERA by a B reliever: Carson Smith, SEA, 10XYW, 0.00 ERA, 8 1/3 IP

Highest ERA by a C reliever: Rex Brothers, COL, 5YW, 5.59 ERA, 56 1/3 IP

Ratings Distribution

Taking a look at the pitchers ratings distribution now.  Keep in mind that the ZZ, K, and R ratings are still unknown.

Let’s start with the strikeout rating.

Strikeout Rating Distribution
X 79
Y 142
XY 73

 

…and now the control ratings.

Control Rating Distribution
W 106
Z 131

 

I thought I’d do the Master Game homerun ratings as well.

MG Homerun rating Distribution
G 109
H 32
L 72
M 27

 

As appropriate, the more restrictive ratings are rarer.

A few more miscellaneous stats left.  I’ve already mentioned the Royals’ impressive bullpen.  But which team had the most B or better starting pitchers?  Would you believe Oakland has six?

Pitcher Team Grade
Jon Lester OAK 15
Drew Pomeranz OAK 14
Sonny Gray OAK 13
Scott Kazmir OAK 12
Jeff Samardzija OAK 11
Jason Hammel OAK 10

 

Finally, here is a list of non-pitchers who took a turn on the mound in 2014 and were graded as a pitcher on their APBA card.

Player Team Relief Grade
Danny Worth CWS 2
Leury Garcia CLE 1
Chris Gimenez DET 1
Andrew Romine DET 1
Adam Dunn OAK 1
J.P. Arencibia TEX 1
Mitch Moreland TEX 1
Mike Carp TEX 1
Steve Tolleson TOR 1
John Baker CHC 1
Skip Schumaker CIN 1
Drew Butera LAD 1
Lyle Overbay MIL 1
Martin Maldonado MIL 1
Travis Snider PIT 1
Daniel Descalso STL 1

 

Worth gets a Grade 2 because he appeared twice and only allowed one run, I suppose.  Defensively, Drew Butera is the only one who is rated a P-2.

This series gets more and more fun.  Next up, “Hitting by the numbers”.  Again, check out last night’s article on defensive ratings too.

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13
December

2014 APBA Baseball by the Numbers: Defensive Ratings

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Yadier Molina: Tops in the 2014 set with a C-9 and Th-6

The 2014 APBA Baseball disk is out!  That means I’m crunching numbers.  For the last few years, I’ve been doing an overview of the cards as it were.  This year, I’ll start with the defensive ratings.  I’ll break down the ratings distribution and point out any standouts.  In the next couple of days, I’ll cover pitching and hitting as well.

The 2014 APBA defensive ratings were somewhat strange in that there WEREN’T any real standouts to speak of.  In years past, we would speak of the one 2B-9 or maybe the one shortstop that got a 10.  Not this year.  It was either feast or famine with the positions.  Either no player was blessed with the top rating or APBA handed it out like candy.  You’ll see what I mean.

Let’s look at each position individually…

Catchers

Here is the distribution of the catchers by fielding rating (these include all players who are rated at the position, by the way)

Rating # of players
C-5 1
C-6 7
C-7 33
C-8 23
C-9 10

 

A pretty balanced set except for perhaps, the ten Catcher-9 backstops.  That used to be a rare commodity.

If you’re wondering, Victor Martinez is the one player rated as a C-5.  The top fielding catchers are Y. Molina, Butera, Lucroy, Martin, Perez, J. Molina, Ellis, Iannetta, Hanigan and Wieters.

Firstbasemen

On to the firstsackers…

Rating # of players
1B-2 61
1B-3 53
1B-4 23
1B-5 5

 

The number of 1B-2 ratings may seem high but keep in mind that many are designated hitters who used to play the position.  According to the Master Game, 1B-3 is considered average fielding so they’re evenly distributed keeping that in mind.

The 1B-5s are Hosmer, Gonzalez, La Roche, Morneau and Loney.

Secondbasemen

Rating # of players
2B-5 2
2B-6 30
2B-7 59
2B-8 20
2B-9 6

 

Maybe it’s me but even six 2B-9 secondbasemen seems kind of high.  If you’re wondering, they are Ellis, Lemahieu, Solano, Cabrera, Kinsler and Pedroia.  Not too many surprises there.

Thirdbasemen

The third base category is always the strange one.

Rating # of players
3B-3 67
3B-4 40
3B-5 11
3B-6 0

 

This is not an anomaly.  This year though, it seems more pronounced.  There are more Fielding 3 thirdbasemen than Fielding 2 and Fielding One combined.  This imbalance towards the 3B-3 has been happening for as long as I have been doing this “By the Numbers” series.  For a secondbaseman to have a 2B-5 or a catcher to be rated C-5 would be horrendous but it is totally acceptable to have a starting thirdbaseman rated 3B-3.

Maybe it’s time for the 3B-2 for the truly horrible thirdbaseman.

…and nope, no 3B-6 this year.

Shortstops

No top fielding shortstop either.

Rating # of players
SS-6 7
SS-7 34
SS-8 46
SS-9 10
SS-10 0

 

On the other hand, maybe the MLB is just getting that good because there isn’t that many SS-6 shortstops (I guess I’m too used to 1960s baseball).

Outfielders

…and finally the gardeners.

Ratings # of players
OF-1 83
OF-2 93
OF-3 52

 

A slight imbalance toward OF-1 for the same reason as the firstbasemen (and quite frankly, it’s easier to be mediocre than great.  Rookies and has-beens fall into this category.

A few more stats to throw at you (no pun intended)…

Which players played the most positions?

APBA rated these players at five different positions.

Player Team Positions played
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 5
Brock Holt BOS 5
Ryan Flaherty BAL 5
Willie Bloomquist SEA 5
Logan Forsythe TB 5
Grant Green LAA 5
Ed Lucas MIA 5
Sean Rodriguez TB 5
Eric Campbell NYM 5

 

Each of these players are rated at every position except pitcher and catcher.

Outfield arm ratings

APBA rated these outfielders with the best arm ratings.

Player Team Arm
Juan Lagares NYM 38
Yasiel Puig LAD 38
Jay Bruce CIN 37
Michael Cuddyer COL 37
Carlos Gomez MIL 37
Nick Markakis BAL 37
Josh Reddick OAK 37
Moises Sierra CWS 37

 

Catcher Throw ratings

These are the best arms among the backstops.

Player Team TH
Yadier Molina STL 6
Tucker Barnhart CIN 6
Caleb Joseph BAL 5
Christian Vazquez BOS 5
Tuffy Gosewisch ARI 5
Brayan Pena CIN 5
Tim Federowicz LAD 5

 

Once again, Yadier leads the pack.

So no big surprises with the defensive ratings other maybe, than the fact that there were no big surprises.

Stay tuned the next couple of days when I have more fun with the disk numbers.  I’ll be writing up “Pitching by the Numbers” as well as “Hitting by the Numbers”.  Those should be exciting.  I usually throw in a catch-all mish mash one which turns to be pretty fun too.

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9
December

Sorry, no Terrible Card Tuesday today…

…but enjoy this photo of a dubious Doug Schuyler shaking the hand of Clark Eichman at the November tournament.

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Watch out!  Doug sucks out your will to win when he shakes your hand!

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8
December

Monster Card Monday: 2013 Peyton Manning

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Ok, bear with me.  I’m new to APBA Football.  Despite not being too up on the NFL as I mentioned in last night’s article, I do know who Peyton Manning is so he must be pretty good, right? 

Indeed he is.  For the Denver Broncos, Manning had one of best seasons by a quarterback of all time.  That may seem like hyperbole but the stats bear this out.  His passing yardage of 5,477 is the highest of all time.  Pass completions tied for second with 450 (he’s tied with his 2010 total by the way).   His total of 55 touchdowns?  Yup.  It’s number one all time.  On the other hand, he had comparatively low number of interceptions.  Just ten picks all year. 

It’s not a surprise then that Manning’s Broncos went 13-3 in the regular season and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before getting schooled by the Seattle Seahawks by the score of 43-8. 

Year Tm G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Y/A Y/C Y/G
2013*+ DEN 16 16 13-3-0 450 659 68.3 5477 55 10 78 8.3 12.2 342.3
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2014.

As a passer, Manning’s P column on his APBA column is his bread and butter.  In my opinion, his coach should stick with the short pass and then Manning and his Broncos would roll over the opposition.  There are only two potential interception possibilities (12-22 and 32-21) and just a couple sack opportunities.  Other than that, Manning’s pass numbers are smooth sailing with lots of gain numbers outside of the default penalty and injury numbers which I believe are a given for most QBs. 

In my test run last night, Manning started out with three incomplete passes on two short passes and one medium pass.  Beginner’s bad luck, I guess because he then shot off eight straight completions including a 66-1 for a 48 yard TD. 

One thing to note is that Manning isn’t much of a rusher.  He did recover two fumbles, most likely his own.  Because his return rate on these fumbles was slightly better than his rushing average, he has FR-K on his card denoting that APBA players should use the K column when Manning is returning a fumble.  You can see the K column while certainly not good, is better than his R column. 

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