22
December

Monster Card Monday: 1936 Bob Seeds

Steve Ryan writes:

“I believe this (Bob Seeds card) is from the 1936 Yankees and how many times does a player with a 33-1 also have three 14* on his card?  Not sure if you have covered this in Monster Card Monday but it also might be worthy of a Weird Card Wednesday.”

Bob Seeds

 

As 2014 APBA Convention Homerun Derby Champ, Steve Ryan probably knows a thing or two about homerun cards. Indeed, this one fits the bill for either Monday or Wednesday.  It’s a strong one but it has its oddities too. 

In 1936, Seeds went 11 for 42 with four homeruns but he also stole three bases with five walks. 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1936 Totals 13 47 42 12 11 1 0 4 10 3 5 3 .262 .340 .571
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2014.

 

APBA didn’t skimp on the homerun numbers for Bob Seeds.  They gave him power numbers 1-1-1-6.  His hit numbers are on par with his .262 average.  He received three 8s and two 9s plus a 15-11. 

But in order to reproduce the three steals, APBA gave Seeds three 14*s in addition to his 15-11.  Watch out though… Seeds has a 23-24 exacerbated by the fact that APBA put the 12 at 41 on this set. 

Like some of you, I remember Bob Seeds from the 1930 set.  He was a rookie with the Cleveland Indians then and hit .285 in 277 at-bats.  It’s interesting that his four homers in 1936 was his highest career total till that time and he did it in just 42 at-bats!  Something caught on and after a one year break, he averaged six for the next three years.

Thanks Steve!!

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21
December

A slow start for the Locos prompts a new slogan: “Go Yo!”

Remember last season in the Boys of Summer APBA League when my Urbana Locomotives won 104 games?  That was fun.  We had the Cy Young winner and the MVP.  I even won Manager of Year for my league.  That was fun, too. 

In the new year, the Locos are learning to lose…a lot.

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Through 35 games, we are scratching to get into the double digits.  No thanks by the way to Randy Woolley’s Hannibal Cavemen and Brad Stark’s Portland Microbrewers who consecutively swept us six games each. 

We had no illusions about this year.  Our pitching is good but down from last year’s fantastic staff.  Our hitting is pretty atrocious at least compared to other teams in the BOS National League.  To make matters worse, the Locos lineup doesn’t fit well together and I’m still finding a magic cure. 

While it may not be that “magic cure”, we have taken steps to shake things up.  Seattle Rainiers skipper Merle Watkins approached me about a trade and we finalized it yesterday. 

imageHere are the details:

SEATTLE trades

  • OF-Yoenis Cespedes
  • 4th Rd Draft Pick (Seattle)
  • 4th Rd Draft Pick (Traverse City)

to URBANA in exchange for

  • OF-Christian Yelich
  • 5th Rd Draft Pick (Urbana)

In general, I liked Yelich.  In fact, I thought he would have fit well in our leadoff spot in a part time role this year.  However, he didn’t impress me so far, hitting just .190.  Yoenis Cepedes is a different kind of player but of roughly the same value in my opinion.  I decided to bite the bullet and take advantage of the draft picks next year.

We get to try Yoenis out in the upcoming series against the Holland Hitchhikers and try to break our 12-game losing streak. 

Our new slogan?  “Go Yo!”

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20
December

1939 Yanks take Rod Caborn’s Great Team Integrated Replay

Rod Caborn’s latest project was a traditional replay concept with a twist.  It was a decade replay using the Great Teams of the Past (GTOP) from the 1940s.  This time however.  Rod integrated players from the Negro League set into three of teams.  A very interesting concept!

Rod’s summary is fantastic and it is worth it just for his replay and selection guidelines.  Here is one small snippet:

“I chose two WWII era teams, from 1943, Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators, both of whom had winning records in real-life, and integrated them with Negro League teams from around that same time period.  The integration made both teams immediate contenders, which makes one wonder how dominant the Yankees would have been had there been integration earlier.  I also chose the 1947 Philadelphia A’s, 78-76 in real life, and integrated them with the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, a move that turned the A’s into contenders.”

Here are the final standings

 

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Quick summary from Rod: 1939 Yankees outlasted two of the integrated teams (1943 White Sox and 1943 Senators) in a great pennant race that was close all season long. MVP was Ted Williams, 1948 Boston Red Sox and Cy Young winner was Yankees RHP Red Ruffing.

But don’t let that summary from checking out Rod’s awesome press release.  Full of highlights, stat tables and enhanced by photos, it is well worth the read. 

thanks Rod!

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18
December

Considering joining an APBA league? This might help

IMG_3094-001APBA player Chad Holmes and I have been trading emails lately.  He is a manager in the NVABL which by the way, has a pretty cool website

Chad thought it would be a good idea if I started plugging more manager openings for leagues… putting those interested in leagues with those with open manager positions.

He writes:

“I’m wondering if you could help the APBA community in general (and selfishly, our NVABL league) by bringing awareness to the number of leagues with vacant manager spots. There seems to still be a decent amount of interest in APBA and I’m not sure how many folks realize how fun a full league can be!

If you’d be willing to point out how many leagues are posting openings in the Delphi forums.

If you could help in playing match maker it would be much appreciated.”

Great idea!  A good place to start is APBA Leagues and Replays category in the APBA Between the Lines forum.  More specifically, here are some individual threads to read if you are contemplating joining a league…

Some of these leagues listed are BBW.  Some are cards and dice.  All are APBA! 

Coincidentally, Neil Leininger of the long-running Lame Duck Baseball Association, also emailed me recently.  The LDBA is looking for skippers, too. 

Neil writes:

“The Lame Duck Baseball Association, a 20-team, continuous ownership, modified basic game mail league seeks replacement managers for our upcoming 35th season. The LDBA is an established and competitive league utilizing many fun innovations that combine basic game playability with the sophistication of the master game and beyond. Incoming managers will draft new teams from a talented dispersal pool (Bumgarner, Cano, Greinke, Kemp, Puig, Strasburg, J. Upton, Votto, Zimmermann, …) comprised of players from departing teams.

Schedule is 162 games from April through November, with winter trading and an annual March rookie draft. For more information about joining, please contact me at neil.leininger@gmail.com, right now there is 1 opening, but another manager may have to retire soon as well.

Our website is www.l-d-b-a.com

I’m sure Chad and Neil will agree that APBA league play is quite a different beast than solo play.  Not necessarily better or worse but a different way of approaching the game of APBA.  Personally, I have made lifelong friends in the Illowa APBA League that I met over 30 years ago.  Now, I am beginning to make good friends in my new league, the Boys of Summer APBA Online League.

thanks for the idea, Chad!

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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

Dante Bichette

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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