Monday, January 22, 2018

McCabe Magazine Season 35 Preview

SEASON 35 PREVIEW ISSUE 

New Orleans, LA (McC.COM) – Welcome to season 35 and to McCabe Magazines season preview issue. We would also like to take the time to welcome three (3) new owners, Frozenherd Arizona Diamondbacks, CollegeBoy33 Cleveland Indians and staeben of the New York Yankees welcome to the Robert E. McCabe baseball league, the best simulation on the whatifsports website, welcome aboard.

Adam Bradford Leads St. Louis to World Championship
Note; click players name for detail information 

After knocking off the defending back-to-back World Series champion Washington Nationals in the American League Championship series, the St. Louis Cardinals will go on to win season 35 World Series in 6 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals and Nationals ALCS rematch from season 34, a series in which the Nationals swept the Red Birds, we will see St. Louis gets its revenge from that embarrassing lost. The Cardinals and Pirates have dominated their respected divisions in recent years. St. Louis has controlled the American League South the past four years, winning 3 divisional titles and 412 games, an average of 103 during that 4 year span. In season 32 they added the best pitcher in baseball, Adam Bradford (R) who proceeded to win the Cy Young award in seasons 33 and 34, with a 2 year combine record of 40-6. Bradford and power hitter Louie Rosa (R) 59 HR 141 RBI, along with pitchers Albert Oliva (R), and spot starter Kennie Kubitza (L) will lead the Cardinals to their 3rd consecutive division crown and its 2nd World Series in team history. The Pirates won the National League Pennant in season 33, losing to Washington in the fall classic.  Pittsburgh had the second best record in the NL last year, and was upset in the division round by their neighbors to the east, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Since season 26 the Pirates have won the division crown 6 times during that 9 year period, and finished 2nd three times. The experts here at McCabe Magazine tell us, this year is their year. If you’re wondering why, look no further than the three highest paid players on the team, Alejandro Gonzalez (R) (3B), David Cantu (R) (SS), and Damian Okajima (R) (2B). Gonzalez is a nine time All-Star, and Okajima had the best regular season and postseason among the three. In season 34 he hit 28 HR, 99 RBI, with a 313 BA. During season 34 postseason Okajima was the only one of the three that showed up, batting 350 with an OPS of 0.931. Last year Gonzalez and Cantu disappeared in the teams 10 postseason games with a stat line of 1 Home and 2 RBIs combined. Gonzalez batted 250 during the postseason well below his career 297, and Cantu hit 167. We look for them to improve on those numbers and make a solid run this year in the National League.

Season 35 Playoff Picture

Here are your season 35 division winners in the American League; Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Cardinals, and the Anaheim Angels, with St. Louis beating Washington for the pennant. In the National League your division winners will be the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Richmond Virginians, and the Seattle Mariners. Pittsburgh will win the NL pennant by beating Seattle the number 1 seed. The wildcard teams will be; Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Colorado Rockies. Battling for the final playoff spots and falling short; Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets.  

McCabe Magazine Season 35  MVP 

Bartolo Hernandez
Bartolo Hernandez
Washington D.C.
Nationals
Age: 30B/T: L/R
Born: Bani, DO
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
View Hardball Dynasty Profile

McCabe Magazine Season 35  Cy Young


Brendan Matthews
Brendan Matthews
Florida
Marlins
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Mason, OK
Position(s): P (SP1)
View Hardball Dynasty Profile

McCabe Magazine Season 35  Cy Rookie of the Year


Phil Sullivan
Phil Sullivan
Philadelphia
Phillies
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Fairview Park, OH
Position(s): CF
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McCabe Magazine Season 35  Fireman of the Year


R.J. Beltran
R.J. Beltran
Cincinnati
Reds
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Hato Mayor, DO
Position(s): P (ClA)
View Hardball Dynasty Profile

 

Season 35 Prediction
American League National League
AL North W L NL North W L
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 Cleveland Indians 95 67
Chicago White Sox 84 78 Chicago Cubs 81 81
Toronto Blue Jays 81 81 Detroit Tigers 71 91
Minnesota Twins 65 97 Cincinnati Reds 65 97
AL East W L NL East W L
Washington Nationals 100 62 Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65
Boston Red Sox 80 82 Philadelphia Phillies 90 72
Baltimore Orioles 79 83 New York Mets 80 82
New York Yankees 70 92 Rochester Broncos 70 92
AL South W L NL South W L
St. Louis Cardinals 102 60 Richmond Virginians 98 64
Houston Astros 97 65 Florida Marlins 84 78
Kansas City Royals 88 74 Atlanta Braves 70 92
Texas Rangers 71 91 Tampa Bay Rays 62 100
AL West W L NL West W L
Anaheim Angels 86 76 Seattle Mariners 103 59
Oakland Athletics 83 79 Colorado Rockies 89 73
Los Angeles Dodgers 72 90 Arizona Diamondbacks 78 84
San Francisco Giants 69 93 San Diego Padres 76 86
Westgate Casino and Sports Book Odds

As we have done in years past, we have posted Westgate Sports Book odds to win this seasons World Series.

Rank
Franchise
Owner Opening Odds
1 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 1-1
2 Baltimore Orioles kingkai53 2-1
3 Seattle Mariners mark3313 3-1
4 St. Louis Cardinals slurie2001 5-1
T Houston Astros bballer2117 5-1
6 Pittsburgh Pirates sportbanker 6-1
T Milwaukee Brewers cpintens 6-1
8 Oakland Athletics ojinga 10-1
9 Richmond Virginians spintens 11-1
10 Philadelphia Phillies sbank65 13-1
T Anaheim Angels captain10a 20-1
T San Diego Padres jgarron 20-1
11 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 20-1
14 Colorado Rockies axtell 22-1
15 Florida Marlins lido9613 30-1

                                                                                                            

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

McCabe Magazine Hall of Fame Selections

Orlando, FL. (McC.com) With the Hall of Fame committee getting ready to select its season 35 nominees the folks here at McCabe Magazine thought it would be helpful to list our choices to be enshrined in this year’s Hall of Fame class. As always, we encourage all eligible votes to exercises their McCabe given right to vote for the players they think should be voted into the Major League Hall of Fame. Listed below you will find in the order in which they should be voted, ranked 1- 5 our recommendations for this year’s inductees. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in McCabe Magazine questioning your ability to follow simple instructions and require you and your staff to attend a three day seminar on how to properly clean and maintain the outdoor porta potpies at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, you have been warned.   

These three (3) players should be a LOCK to join the season 35 Hall of Fame class 

Quinton Bryne
Quinton Bryne
none
none
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Robstown, TX
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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1. Quinton Bryne is ranked number 1 among all the players eligible to be selected for the Hall of Fame in Runs Scored with 2041, 1st in Triples with 109, number 2 in Hits 2856, number 3 in Doubles, third in stolen Bases with 693, 6th in Home Runs 543, 8th in OPS .912. He played in 105 Postseason games and batted .301. His career ended sadly when the Cincinnati Reds option him to the minors in season 33 where he played in 4 games for the Billings Mustangs their Rookie League Team and 9 games for their AA affiliate the Chattanooga Lookouts.   

Awards; He has 1 MVP, 2 World Series Rings, 1 All-Star MVP, selected to 11 All-Stars, 9 time Silver Slugger award winner.

Dean Ruffin
Dean Ruffin
none
none
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Westfield, NY
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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2. Dean Ruffin is our second choice for enshrinement as a member of this year's class. He has the All-Time Major League record in Doubles with 574, he's second on the All-Time career Stolen Bases list behind  Omar Paniagua (909) with a career total of 832 swipes. Among all players eligible to be voted on he is second in Triples (102), second in Runs Scored (1807), and ranked third with 2607 Hits. Dean played in 112 post-season games and batted .291 with 33 Stolen Bases and only 1 caught stealing.

Awards; 2 World Series Rings, 6 time All-Star, 4 Silver Slugger Awards.

Glen Watkins
Glen Watkins
none
none
Age: 42B/T: R/R
Born: Delbarton, WV
Position(s): P (P)
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3. Glen Watkins has 620 Saves in his career placing him third on the All-Time Saves list behind first Ballot HOF Pedro Manuel (674) who is still active, and  Ronald Kipnis (647). You might ask why is Watkins our choice and not Kipnis? Well Kipnis never won the Fireman of the Year Award and he has 8 All-Stars compared to Watkins 5 Fireman of the Year Awards and 12 All-Star selections. In 12 post-season appearances Watkins recorded 10 Saves in 11 SVO, with a 1.18 WHIP and a 1.18 ERA. 

Awards; 5 Fireman of the Year Awards and 12 All-Star selections.

These next two (2) players are not locks to get in but they are worthy of consideration and should get in if McCabe Magazine were in charge of the selections. 

Jeremy Creek
Jeremy Creek
none
none
Age: 38B/T: R/R
Born: Gunnison, CO
Position(s): DH
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4. Jeremy Creek has 576 Home Runs which is third among all eligible nominees,  he is second with 1629 RBI,  4th in Batting with a 312 Batting Average, and the best OPS .992. The draw back with Creek is he played 6 seasons in Colorado  where he hit 50 or more Home Runs in 4 of the 6 seasons. He only hit 50 or more only 1 time in the 7 seasons after leaving the Rockies. And its hard to over look his dismal post-season performance; 32 games, 1 double, 7 HR, 16 RBI, .181 Batting Average, .262 OBP, and a .616 OPS.

Awards;  2 MVP Awards, 5 All-Stars, 1 Home Run Derby Champ, and 6 Silver Slugger Awards

Matt Mauer
Matt Mauer
none
none
Age: 41B/T: L/L
Born: Warrenton, NC
Position(s): P (SuB)
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5. Matt Mauer is a much over looked pitcher. His career winning percentage of .724 is second only to Adam Bradford (.744). Mauer pitched in 1079 games with a 147-56 won/lost record, he has an amazing career WHIP (1.18) and ERA (2.92) which is tops among all nominees. What really stands out for us here at McCabe Magazine is his post-season stat line; 80 games, 13-2 record, 147.2 innings, 1.17 WHIP, and a 2.56 ERA. When the Blue Jays won the World Series in season 28 he appeared in 9 games, 16.2 innings, .162 OAV, .222 OBP, 0.72 WHIP, and a mind blowing 0.54 ERA. 

Awards; 6 All-Stars and 1 World Series Ring. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Owner of the Year Season 34

OWNER/ORGANIZATION of SEASON 34


Cincinnati, OH (McC.com) Listed below you will find the Robert E. McCabe Magazine Owner/Organization of the Year Award Winner and our Owner Power Rankings. As you all know, we at McCabe Magazine will award organization bonus points for winning the World Series and Pennant at each level. In addition, the owner will receive one (1) point for each win at every 
level, points for winning the Division title, and for making the playoffs as a Wildcard. The Owner with the most combined points will receive the McCabe Magazine Owner of the Year Award. We here at McCabe Magazine feel that a good owner should maintain a solid farm system and a winning major league club. The Major league club should be in position to win the division and World Series, while one or more of the lower level squads should be in position to capture a minor league World Series title. The Owner of the Year should field competitive teams at every level.   


Season 34 Robert E. McCabe League Owner of the Year Award winner is spintens of the Richmond Virginians. This Organization has 516 organizational wins and 405 playoff bonus points for an organization total of 921 points. The remarkable thing about this ownership is just like the Seattle Mariners and owner mark3313 did last year they placed a team in the playoffs at every single level, and this is what the Owner of the Year award is all about, recognizing competitive owners and organizations from top to bottom.

Richmond Virginians Organization


Team Owner Level Wins Lost Note
Richmond Virginians spintens ML 89 73 NL Pennant Winner, NL South Div Winner
Richmond Virginians spintens AAA 91 53 NL South Div Winner
Richmond Virginians spintens AA 93 51 World Series Champion, NL Pennant Winner, NL South Div Winner 
Richmond Virginians spintens High A 89 55 NL South Div Winner 
Richmond Virginians spintens Low A 101 43 NL South Div Winner 
Richmond Virginians spintens Rookie 53 23 NL South Div Winner 
Total Wins 516
Bonus Points 405
Total  921




TOP 10
Rank Last Year Team Owner Total Origination Points 
1 2 Richmond Virginians spintens 921
2 3 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 916
3 23 Milwaukee Brewers cpintens 870
4 1 Seattle Mariners mark3314 748
5 16 Chicago Cubs rod34 729
6 7 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 715
7 6 Philadelphia Phillies sbank66 702
8 9 St. Louis Cardinals slurie2002 663
9 13 Oakland Athletics ojinga 606
10 5 Colorado Rockies axtell 562
THE NEXT 10
Rank Last Year Team Owner Total Origination Points 
11 10 Pittsburgh Pirates sportbanker 552
12 20 Detroit Tigers mrmich2 523
13 11 Cincinnati Reds kujhawker 512
14 4 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 493
15 14 New York Yankees tomcecil 476
16 18 Anaheim Angels captain10a 475
17 15 San Francisco Giants wylie716 463
18 8 Cleveland Indians bbwinksdaddy 459
19 17 Chicago White Sox kgrffth 455
20 12 Baltimore Orioles kingkai54 451
AND THE REST 
Rank Last Year Team Owner Total Origination Points 
21 18 Arizona Diamondbacks AmCan 446
22 19 Houston Astros bballer2118 428
23 22 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 388
24 28 New York Mets basebalguru 374
25 26 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs24 337
26 24 San Diego Padres jgarron 336
27 29 Atlanta Braves franknterry 327
28 27 Florida Marlins lido9614 323
29 25 Texas Rangers goldenbaer89 308
30 31 Minnesota Twins optistrat 284
31 30 Rochester Broncos ajaxx89 257
32 32 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 245


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Robert E. McCabe Magazine All-Time Greats

WELCOME TO THE McCABE MAGAZINE SEASON 35 FIRST INSTALLMENT

Welcome to the Robert E. McCabe Magazine and the first issue of season 35. As we have done at the start of each season we have updated the sidebars on the blog. Among the items listed on the sidebars are the top five (5) major league career leaders in several batting and pitching categories. What we wanted to do this year was to take a look at the active players on each career list and note any movement on that list.

Major League Active All-Time Career Leaders

Before season 33 the folks here at McCabe Magazine have always recognized Tony Cortes as the best player we’ve ever seen along with pitchers Vince Garcia and Luther Abercrombie a close second and third in no particular order. However, that way of thinking changed with the emergence of Alexei DaSilva, who not only broke his own all-time Home Run record with 737, but he also holds the all-time RBI record (1,960) and the all-time career record in Hits with 3,202. DaSilva has played all of his 20 years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, spending only two seasons in the minors. His skills have deteriorated quickly the past few years and it is our opinion DaSilva should retire and wait for the Hall of Fame phone call. The other active player on the all-time Home Run, RBI and Hits list is Jose Colon (1B/DH) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a career total of 703 Home runs, which is second all-time, 1,892 RBIs putting him third on the all-time career list, behind Moose Kennedy (1,947 RBI), and 3,040 Hits which 8 behind the man in second place, Bronson Whang who was the first player to collect 3,000 hits in a career. Just like DaSilva, Colon skills have declined in recent years. We don’t look for Colon to retire, according to several associates close to the situation, Colon has spoken openly about not hanging up the spikes until he catches and pasts Alexei DaSilva on the all-time Home Run, RBI and Hits list.    

Major League Career Batting

In Career Batting Average the top five are still the top 5 with a slight change in the order. Wilkin Lopez who was tied in third (3rd) place with Hall of Famer Tony Cortes at the end of season 33 with a .332 BA has dropped to 4th on the list with a career batting average of .326. Lopez played in 104 games with the Kansas City Royals last season batting .290, and was then traded to the Milwaukee Brewers where he batted .254 in 58 games. His season 34 total BA of .278 cost him 6 points on his career batting total, and we look for this future Hall of Famer to drop from a first ballot inductee to a long-shot if he continue to play, he is an unsigned free agent and looking to catch on with a contender. The serviceable Lopez, born in River Falls, Wisconsin says he’ll love to stay in Milwaukee or play for the Minnesota Twins who drafted him out of Minneapolis Community & Technical College in season 23 with the second overall pick. His bat makes him one of the top free agents on the market and shouldn’t have any problems finding a home this upcoming season.

The All-Time Active Pitchers


There were four active pitchers in season 34 listed on our Career All-Time Pitching list posted on the Blog sidebars. Setup/Closer Pedro Manuel and middle reliever Yamid Zapata both of the San Diego Padres, 35 year-old St Louis Cardinal Starter Adam Bradford, and Ronald Kipnis a Reliever for the first 20 years of his career with the Colorado Rockies then converted into a Starter last season when he was traded to the Rochester Broncos where he pitched in 29 games posting a 0-12 won/lost record with a 5.35 ERA in 28 starts. We think Kipnis can still pitch in the big leagues, but he needs to return to the bullpen as a setup man or in a mop-up role. Pedro Manuel is number one on the career ERA list with a 2.45 ERA and number one on the Career All-Time Save list with 674 saves. Manuel is signed through season 35 which is the last year of a 5 year $39 million dollar deal he signed in season 31. Last year Manuel posted a 1-4 record in 41 games with 32 saves, 1.39 WHIP and a 4.54 ERA. The precious season (33) he recorded a 1-2 won/lost 43 saves, 0.99 WHIP, and a 2.64 ERA. He left San Diego at the end of season 33 throwing like a 22 year-old stud, and reported for spring training in season 34 throwing like a 37 year-old pitcher looking to collect the $15.6 M left on the final 2 years on his 5 year deal. He still has decent control however, the pitch that made this future HOF an all-time great, his 4-seam fastball is lacking velocity, and the his slider will have a hard time getting High-A hitters out. This should be his last year as a big leaguer. Yamid Zapata has pitched in 1,378 games during his 18 year career, 17 of which were in the major leagues. Zapata has a career 2.78 ERA which is 5th on the All-Time list. Second on the All-Time Career ERA list is Adam Bradford a former Rookie of the Year and a 5 time Cy Young award winner. He still has all the stuff that made him the Ace of the American League with a career 2.47 ERA. Bradford has a career win total of 230 which is 48 behind Francisco Gandarilla (278 wins) the pitcher holding down the 5th spot on the all-time list.  

Other notable All-Time Career Stats 

Career OPS
Career WHIP
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
1
1.041
6-24
1
1.03
11-31
2
1.039
30-34
2
1.06
22-34
3
1.025
27-34
3
1.07
20-34
4
1.025
25-34
4
1.08
18-34
5
1.024
14-30
5
1.11
24-34
Career Stolen Bases
Career Strikes Per 9 Innings
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
1
909
11-23
1
9.32
3-23
2
832
11-26
2
8.7
24-34
3
827
6-24
3
8.56
22-34
4
768
21-34
4
8.37
11-31
5
725
16-28
5
8.34
18-31
Runs Scored
Career Completed Games
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
1
2,041
15-31
1
211
11-31
2
1,969
6-24
2
90
20-34
3
1,899
17-34
3
75
1-23
4
1,880
9-27
4
73
16-34
5
1,807
11-26
5
64
2-17
ML Hitting Streak
Career Games Pitched
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
Rank
Player
Stat
Season
1
35
4-14
1
1,451
2-21
2
34
1-15
2
1,378
18-34
3
33
15-26
3
1,332
10-26
4
32
24-34
4
1,271
13-32
4
32
17-34
5
1,265
11-30

McCabe Magazine next issue; Season 34 Owner of the Year