Wednesday, September 24, 2014

McCABE MAGAZINE SEASON 23 ALL-PRO TEAM

McCabe Magazine All-Pro Team and Season 23 Awards

Houston, TX (McC.com) – It’s that time of year when we here at McCabe Magazine take a look at season 23 and select the players who we feel are the best of the best. Here is the McCabe Magazine All-Pro squad and season awards.

Our MVP

Desi Cruz (1B/DH) of the Toronto Blue Jays is our MVP. Cruz led the entire league, American and National with a .347 batting average. He has 52 home runs and 115 RBIs, and help lead the Blue Jays to their sixth division title in a row. Now I know a lot of you are saying what about Calvin Pote, Chicago Cubs who is leading the league with in home runs (62) and RBIs (150)? And how about fellow teammate Alexei DaSilva (60 home runs, 127 RBI)? Our answer to those questions is simply this, 347 BA and the season 23 batting title. Enough said, and I rest my case.

McCabe Magazine Cy Young

Adam Bradford of the Anaheim Angels is McCabe Magazines Cy Young award winner. This season 22 rookie of the year won 20 games with a 2.70 ERA, and a league leading 1.00 Whip. Bradford and the Angels pitching staff are second only to the boundless San Diego Padre staff (3.43 ERA) in team ERA with a 3.52. Others receiving consideration for this award,  Wandy Duran, San Diego (22-8, 1.22 Whip, 3.38 ERA), Kid Richard, Los Angeles Dodgers (19-3, 1.06 Whip, 2.36 ERA), and Vince Garcia Anaheim (17-10, 1.03 Whip, 2.04 ERA).

Rookie of the Year

Storm Weaver, Rochester Broncos (24 HR, 71 RBI, 307 BA) is our choice as the McCabe Magazine Rookie of the Year. Now this was our toughness call, it came down to Weaver and Eury Banuelos (OAK) 25 HR, 69 RBI, and 325 BA. The tie breaker was games played, Weaver 152 and Banuelos 113 at the time of printing. However, I must admit, I’m still thinking about the decision. I would also like to mention a rookie that jump off the stat page that has a unbelievable 92 stolen bases, Anthony Wolcott of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fireman of the Year

Trevor Sample (OAK) 47 saves on 50 opportunities, (1-1, 1.02 Whip, 2.06 ERA). This screwball pitcher became the Athletics closer in season 22 and was quickly awarded a 6 year deal at 36 million dollars which has proved to be a smart move by the club. Honorable mention, Pedro Manuel (SD) 49 saves, 1.16 Whip, 3.09 ERA, Scot Kane (KC) 39 saves 1.19 Whip, 2.37 ERA, Harry Escobar (TEX) 38 saves, 1.01 Whip, 1.65 ERA, and Arthur Roa (MIL) 37 saves, 0.92 Whip, 1.91.         

McCabe Magazine Most Valuable Player

Desi Cruz
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 25B/T: S/R
Born: Nagua, DO
Position(s): DH/1B/COF
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McCabe Magazine Cy Young Award Winner

Adam Bradford
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Fairview, MT
Position(s): P (SP1)
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McCabe Magazine Rookie of the Year

Storm Weaver
Rochester
Broncos
Age: 22B/T: S/R
Born: Madison, IN
Position(s): LF/CIF/RF/DH
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McCabe Magazine Firemen of the Year

Trevor Sample
Oakland
Athletics
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Livonia, MI
Position(s): P (ClA)
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McCabe League All-Pro Squad 
Catcher

Hersh Mays
Colorado
Rockies
Age: 31B/T: L/R
Born: Lytle, TX
Position(s): C
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First-Basemen

Jose Colon
Los Angeles
Dodgers
Age: 27B/T: L/L
Born: Chiriqui, PA
Position(s): 1B/DH
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Second-Basemen

Alexei DaSilva
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 27B/T: S/R
Born: Juarez, MX
Position(s): 2B/3B/SS/OF
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Third-Basemen

Bernie Estrella
Chicago
White Sox
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: La Romana, DO
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
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Short-Stop

Brandon Hall
Boston
Red Sox
Age: 34B/T: S/R
Born: Xenia, OH
Position(s): SS
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Leftfield

Calvin Pote
Chicago
Cubs
Age: 25B/T: S/R
Born: Santee, CA
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Centerfield

Steven Starr
New York
Mets
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Richmond, KY
Position(s): CF/CIF/2B/OF/DH
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Rightfield

Landon Leon
Chicago
Cubs
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Hanford, CA
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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Designated Hitter

Desi Cruz
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 25B/T: S/R
Born: Nagua, DO
Position(s): DH/1B/COF
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Utility Infielder

Dicky Wilkerson
New York
Mets
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Marion, KY
Position(s): 1B
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Utility Outfielder

Victor Brown
Texas
Rangers
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Wichita Falls, TX
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Right-Hand Starting Pitcher

Adam Bradford
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Fairview, MT
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Left-Hand Starting Pitcher

Wandy Duran
San Diego
Padres
Age: 33B/T: L/L
Born: Coventry, CT
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Right-Hand Setup Man

Vladimir Prieto
Atlanta
Braves
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Santa Cruz, AW
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Left-Hand Setup Man

Juan Azocar
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 30B/T: L/L
Born: Santo Domingo, CU
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Closer

Trevor Sample
Oakland
Athletics
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Livonia, MI
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Friday, September 12, 2014

McCABE MAGAZINE SEASON 23 POWER RANKINGS

THE DODGERS and ANGELS SIT ATOP the MAJOR LEAGUE POWER RANKINGS

The power rankings are an average of the following team statistics; Wins, OPS, Runs Scored, ERA, WHIP, and Fielding Percentage. 

Top 10
Rank Last Week Team Owner Wins Lost
1 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 76 45
2 5 Anaheim Angels captain10a 73 48
3 12 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 70 51
4 4 Chicago Cubs mitt0108 73 48
5 3 San Diego Padres jgarron 75 46
6 14 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 73 48
7 6 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 71 50
8 9 Florida Marlins lido9613 68 53
9 1 New York Mets basebalguru 67 54
10 10 Chicago White Sox kgrffth 70 51
The Next 5
Rank Last Week Team Owner Wins Lost
11 7 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 65 56
12 17 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 65 56
13 8 Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 57 64
14 22 Texas Rangers goldenbaer88 63 58
15 16 Colorado Rockies axtell 62 59
The Best of the Rest
Rank Last Week Team Owner Wins Lost
16 13 New York Yankees ARomano 58 63
17 11 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 53 68
18 N/R Cincinnati Reds cpintens 57 64
19 25 Philadelphia Phillies egw18 62 59
20 23 Pittsburgh Pirates nbaker10 59 62
21 24 Minnesota Twins optistrat 56 65
22 20 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 64 57
23 N/R Cleveland Indians Fantasy Frea 49 72
24 18 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 54 67
25 21 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 60 61


A look at this years corp of Rookies

As a card carrying sabermetric proponent, I decided to rank this crop of rookies in OPS and WHIP. With that said, more goes into naming a rookie of the year than OPS or WHIP. However, it’s a good place to start. It is McCabe Magazines opinion that you cannot do so without taking a hard look at the sabermetric stats. 

Top Rookie Position Players in OPS


Rank Player G HR RBI BB SB AVG OPS
1 Storm Weaver (ROC) 118 21 57 47 23 0.313 0.916
2 Tomas Padilla (TOR) 113 25 73 39 20 0.285 0.894
3 Charley Reynolds (CIN) 116 25 68 62 7 0.282 0.884
4 Alejandro Gonzalez (MIN) 95 17 55 37 14 0.300 0.862
5 Paul Stafford (PIT) 98 12 67 38 22 0.308 0.853
6 Yorman Sanchez (DET) 116 21 72 45 16 0.293 0.851
7 Hi Rosenthal (PIT) 94 23 60 34 8 0.259 0.850
8 Dennys Little (CLE) 114 13 38 29 2 0.287 0.803
9 George Strong (TEX) 96 17 59 38 0 0.270 0.779
10 Walt Rodgers (CIN) 121 17 58 46 3 0.269 0.770

Top Rookie Pitchers in WHIP 

Rank Player W L IP SO BB WHIP ERA
1 Rudy Levis (CH2) 8 2 125 98 32 1.12 2.95
2 Earl Braden (LA) 12 4 157 106 60 1.32 3.90
5 Stan Nelson (FLA) 13 6 163.2 102 43 1.39 4.29
4 Vance Wainwright (MIL) 9 12 165 122 46 1.50 4.25
3 Albert Cruz (NY2) 8 7 125.2 88 79 1.54 4.15
6 Amp Valdes (ROC) 6 10 126 89 59 1.57 5.07


Sunday, August 31, 2014

McCabe Magazine Major League Notebook

Inter-League Play Winners and Losers  

Chicago, Ill (McC) – Interleague play has concluded with the National league winning the newly inaugural “toohdoc7” award. This award was establish to recognize “toohdoc7” a longtime owner of the Seattle Mariners in the McCabe League. Toohdoc7 has been an active member since season 4, and hasn’t checked into the site since August 4, 2014 which was about 40 games into season 23. We miss you, and pray all is well.

Interleague Play. The National League 106 wins – American 86 wins.

Team
Owner
W
L
Team
Owner
W
L
Los Angeles Dodgers
Arte
9
3
Tampa Bay Rays
rsskfs23
8
4
Milwaukee Brewers
brentcnb
9
3
Arizona D-backs
yoker70
7
5
Chicago White Sox
kgrffth
8
4
Philadelphia Phillies
egw18
7
5
San Francisco Giants
wylie715
8
4
Richmond Virginians
spintens
7
5
St. Louis Cardinals
421werd
8
4
Rochester Broncos
coinguy
7
5
Anaheim Angels
captain10a
7
5
San Diego Padres
jgarron
7
5
New York Yankees
ARomano
7
5
Detroit Tigers
patrickkm
6
6
Texas Rangers
goldenbaer88
7
5
Florida Marlins
lido9613
6
6
Toronto Blue Jays
dimestoregin
7
5
New York Mets
basebalguru
6
6
Boston Red Sox
pat007ohmss
6
6
Chicago Cubs
mitt0108
5
7
Kansas City Royals
TenaciousTYT
6
6
Atlanta Braves
bigsammich
4
8
Oakland Athletics
jefepwnzer
6
6
Cincinnati Reds
cpintens
4
8
Wash D.C. National
Saffron
6
6
Colorado Rockies
axtell
4
8
Minnesota Twins
optistrat
5
7
Pittsburgh Pirates
nbaker10
4
8
Houston Astros
ajaxx88
4
8
Cleveland Indians
Fantasy Frk
3
9
Baltimore Orioles
bourboncask
3
9
Seattle Mariners
mark3313
1
11
Total Wins
106
Total Wins
86

A Look at The Chase

With the season at the halfway point we here at McCabe Magazine wanted to take a look the division races.    
Division Leaders

ML AL North (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Chicago White Sox
kgrffth *
57-34
0.626
-
Toronto Blue Jays
dimestoregin
50-41
0.549
7
Milwaukee Brewers
brentcnb *
50-41
0.549
7

Notes: The White Sox lead the AL North by 7 games over 10 time division winner Toronto Blue Blues and the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Blues Jays are the defending AL North champions, and winners of the division the last 5 years, and 7 of the last 9. I hear footsteps.

ML AL East (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Baltimore Orioles
bourboncask
47-44
0.516
-
Boston Red Sox
pat007ohmss *
45-46
0.495
2
New York Yankees
ARomano *
44-47
0.484
3

Notes: Baltimore is McCabe Magazine’s choice to win this division. However, it won’t be easy. Despite losing records to date, experience owners’ pat007ohmss and ARomano are hot on the trail. We look for this division to go down to the wire.

ML AL South (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Kansas City Royals
TenaciousTYT
51-40
0.56
-
Texas Rangers
goldenbaer88
47-44
0.516
4

Notes: The surprise team of the American League is the Texas Rangers which was our choice to finish last in the division with a 70-92 record. They trail the Kansas City Royals, the winners of the division the last 7 years.  

ML AL West (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Los Angeles Dodgers
Arte
58-33
0.637
-
Anaheim Angels
captain10a
51-40
0.56
7

Notes: This is a two team race with the Dodgers pulling away at the halfway point. The Dodgers have only won the division twice in their history, seasons 19 and 20. We have both Anaheim and LA making the playoffs.

ML NL North (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Chicago Cubs
mitt0108
57-34
0.626
-
Detroit Tigers
patrickkm
50-41
0.549
7
 
Notes: Owner mitt0108 took over the Cubs in season 21, pulled off some amazing trades, and I MEAN AMAZING, and has won the division the last two years. This division was once ruled by former Owner of the Year award patrickkm and the Detroit Tigers, only 2 losing seasons in his 10 year career.

ML NL East (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
New York Mets
basebalguru
54-37
0.593
-

Notes: What else can we say about 6 time division winner and former World Series champion basebalguru and the New York Mets? They lead the division by 9 games at the break. The fat lady is warming up.

ML NL South (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
Tampa Bay Rays
rsskfs23
57-34
0.626
-

Notes: Another surprise to our staff is the performance of the Tampa Bay Rays (9 game lead). All though we had the Rays finishing behind Atlanta and Florida with a record of 86-76, we did feel they had enough to make a run at the division title.



ML NL West (Season 23)
Team
Owner
W-L
PCT
GB
San Diego Padres
jgarron
56-35
0.615
-
Arizona Diamondbacks
yoker70 *
52-39
0.571
4
Notes: The San Diego Padres and owner jgarron have won the NL West division 16 time in 23 years. They are the best team, in the best division. However, yoker70 and the defending division champions Arizona Diamondbacks are doing their best to change the perception. They trail the Padres by 4 games.