Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SEASON 27 PREDICTIONS

ASTROS WIN S27 WORLD SERIES

HOUSTON ASTROS knockoff CINCINNATI REDS 4-3

Quinton Bryne Leads the Astros to Back to Back World Championships

Detroit, MICH (McC.COM) - Spring training is over and the season is ready to begin. That means it’s time to release the McCabe Magazines season 27 preview and postseason award winners. As in years past we have enlisted the assistance of all 32 beat writers in each major league city, a panel of club front office personnel, major league baseball players association, and of course longtime contributor Tony “the Rock” Gambino, to help us complete this year’s forecast.  

Meet the Rock 

Before we get started we would like to acknowledge those readers who flooded our offices with letters, emails, and tweets, regarding the true identity of Tony “the Rock”. It has been learned and confirmed that Tony is not a Las Vegas insider or a point spread legend in Nevada as noted in the Sportsbook section of the McCabe Magazine. He is actually Anthony Rogers a 42 year-old customer service employee at PetSmart in South Williamsport, PA., site of the Little League World Series (LLWS), where he lives with his mom and dad, and his pet yokie, Duke. In Williamsport, Tony has also worked the LLWS concessions for 24 consecutive years and according to Tony, in 2014 he was asked by Mo’ne Davis, female pitcher from Philadelphia, to help her with some pitches. So before her first LLWS game Tony met her and taught her the proper way to throw the curveball, the slider, and fastball. Davis went on to pitch a 3 hit 8-0 shutout over the Newark Nationals of Delaware, and the rest as they say is history. So I hope this is a lesson to all of those readers sending hateful emails and letters about someone you really don’t know anything about. Take your time to get to know someone before you burn them at the stake. As senior editor I would like to thank Tony for sharing this story. Tony is a Great American, his gifts to the sports world and society is beyond anything we can imagine, and we are glad to have him as a part of the McCabe Magazine staff.

The World Series Champions

Now let’s get down to business, our panel of experts have selected the Houston Astros as our season 27 Worlds Series Champions. We have them beating the Cincinnati Reds in a 7 game series and winning 100+ games for the second time in team history. This is quite a turnaround for an organization that hadn’t won 100, in fact had actually lost 100 games 5 times in team history. Our National League Pennant winner will be the Cincinnati Reds who also won 100 games last year and was the NL number one seed going into the postseason. The Reds visions of a world championship was derailed by the most dominating National League major league team we here at McCabe have ever laid eyes on, the San Diego Padres. Many here wanted the Padres a 5 time world champion, and 9 times Pennant winner to be our selection. However, after much debate we decided to go with the young suds from the Ohio valley.

American League Pennant Winner and Playoff Teams

Leading the way for the Astros is our season 27 MVP Quinton Bryne. He banged out 37 Homers and 106 RBIs last year and we look for him to do the same to opposing pitchers this season. Bryne is not alone when it comes to giving the opponents nightmares, the rest of the hit squad consist of Blake Henson (38 HR, 100 RBI),  Richie Brush (36 HR, 109 RBI), Alex Salas (31 HR, 98 RBI), and Magglio Palacios (24 HR, 113 RBI, 319 BA). We think this lineup can threaten the All-Time Run scoring record of 1103 runs set by the season 2 Boston Red Sox, which was led by Hall of Famer Placido Ortiz. The best pitchers on the staff is Al Oliva (17-5, 2.75 ERA) and Tito Bang (15-8, 3.63 ERA), but make no mistake, it’s the offense that will fetch this organization the Robert E. McCabe Major League Season 27 Baseball Trophy.

The division winners will be the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and the Anaheim Angels. The wildcard teams are the Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

National League Pennant Winner and Playoff Teams

The season 26 Reds won a National League high 101 games. Even though the current version has lost a ton of talent from last year, we feel they will continue to shake up the hierarchy in the National League. Reds Centerfielder Charley Reynolds (30 HR, 98 RBI, 327 BA, 1.003 OPS) is a 4 year starter and a 4-time National League All-Star. This 24 year-old future MVP is the straw that stirs the drink. His running mate is Kris Guerrero (32 HR, 102 RBI) an Iron horse, playing 161 games in seasons 23 and 24, 162 in S25, and 159 last season. In his 8 ML seasons Guerrero has averaged 30.8 Home Runs and 110.2 RBIs. The Ace on the pitching staff is Carlos DeRojas (11-5, 6 CG) and along with number 2 starter Ezequiel Mendoza this should be a solid rotation. There are more than a few problems we can see with this club 1) DeRojas has spent some time on the DL with shoulder and elbow problems, 2) Mendoza has 62 appearances at the major league level and of that 62 only 14 as a starter, and 3) The loss of major league talent. The biggest lost via Free-Agency was   Victor Brown (42 HR, 127 RBI) who signed a 5-year $53.0 M deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Other key loses;  John Dorsey (20 HR, 70 RBI) released during the offseason and signed by the San Diego Padres,  Alan Drese (25 HR), traded to Toronto, Mack Crosby (24 HR, 70 RBI, 292 BA) traded to Texas Rangers, and Anibal Frieri (305 BA) released and signed by the New York Mets.

The division winners will be the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Richmond Virginians, and the San Diego Padres. The wildcard teams will be Atlanta Braves, and the Cleveland Indians. 

After reading our own review several writers and upper management folks wanted to change our choice of the Reds to the Padres, however Tony “the Rock” convinced the staff that this was the correct choice.  
  
McCabe Magazine S27 MVP

Quinton Bryne
Houston
Astros
Age: 32B/T: R/R
Born: Robstown, TX
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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McCabe Magazine S27 Cy Young Award Winner

Asdrubal Pelaez
San Diego
Padres
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Ciudad Bolivar, VE
Position(s): P (SP1)
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McCabe Magazine S27 Rookie of the Year

Sammy Benoit
Chicago
White Sox
Age: 23B/T: S/L
Born: Sitka, AK
Position(s): CF/1B/OF/DH
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McCabe Magazine S27 Fireman of the Year

Yunesky Saez
Cleveland
Indians
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Bani, DO
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Season 27 Predictions 

AL North W L NL North W L
Toronto Blue Jays 100 62 Cincinnati Reds 97 65
Minnesota Twins 97 65 Cleveland Indians 90 72
Chicago White Sox 92 70 Chicago Cubs 71 91
Milwaukee Brewers 71 91 Detroit Tigers 68 94
AL East W L NL East W L
Washington Nationals 93 69 Pittsburgh Pirates 95 67
New York Yankees 90 72 Rochester Broncos 89 73
Baltimore Orioles 72 90 Philadelphia Phillies 79 83
Boston Red Sox 68 94 New York Mets 73 89
AL South W L NL South W L
Houston Astros 112 50 Richmond Virginians 94 68
Texas Rangers 85 77 Atlanta Braves 91 71
St. Louis Cardinals 69 73 Florida Marlins 85 77
Kansas City Royals 65 97 Tampa Bay Rays 64 98
AL West W L NL West W L
Anaheim Angels 101 61 San Diego Padres 102 60
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 Colorado Rockies 83 79
Oakland Athletics 82 80 Arizona Diamondbacks 74 88
San Francisco Giants 70 92 Seattle Mariners 67 95

Monday, August 24, 2015

OWNER of the YEAR SEASON 26

OWNER/ORGANIZATION of SEASON 26

Listed below you will find the Robert E. McCabe Magazine Owner/Organization of the Year Award Winner and our Owner Power Rankings. This year we at McCabe Magazine will award organizations bonus points for winning the World Series and Pennant at each level. In addition, the owner will receive points for total wins at every level, winning the Division title, and for making the playoffs as a Wildcard. The Owner with the most 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. His big league club should be in position to win the division and 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.

Bonus Points for Total Wins and Playoff Teams

Each team will receive one point for each win and BONUS POINTS as followed: ML Division Winner 100 points, Wildcard 75, AAA Division Winner 50 points, AAA Wildcard 30, AA Division Winner 40, AA Wildcard 20, High A Division Winner 30, High A Wildcard 15, Low A Division Winner 20, Low A Wildcard 10. Rookie Division Winner 10, and Rookie Wildcard 5.

Bonus Points for World Series and League Pennant

ML World Series winner 100 points, ML Pennant winner 75, AAA World Series winner 50 points, AAA Pennant winner 30, AA World Series winner 40 points, AA Pennant winner 20, High A World Series winner 30 points, High A Pennant winner 15, Low A World Series winner 20 points, Low A Pennant winner 10, Rookie World Series winner 10 points, and Rookie Pennant winner 5.

OWNER POWER RANKINGS

Season 26 Robert E. McCabe League Back to Back Owner of the Year is Saffron of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have a total of 585 organizational wins, 285 playoff bonus points, for an organization total of 870 points.


Franchise Owner G W L Bonus Pts Total 
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron ML 95 67 100
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron AAA 102 42 50
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron AA 109 35 *80
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron HIGH A 112 32 30
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron LOW A 114 30 20
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron ROOKIE 53 23 5
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 585 285 870







* Additional 40 pts for winning AA World Series


TOP 10
Rank Organization Owner Total Pts
1 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 870
2 Houston Astros mitt0109 766
3 Cincinnati Reds cpintens 759
4 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 730
5 Pittsburgh Pirates sportbanker 685
6 Richmond Virginians spintens 684
7 Anaheim Angels captain10a 677
8 Seattle Mariners mark3314 641
9 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 637
10 San Francisco Giants wylie716 622
THE NEXT 5
Rank Organization Owner Total Pts
11 Colorado Rockies axtell 587
12 Chicago White Sox kgrffth 582
13 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 580
14 Florida Marlins lido9614 579
15 Milwaukee Brewers brentcnb 560
THE BEST of the REST
Rank Organization Owner Total Pts
16 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 519
17 San Diego Padres jgarron 497
18 St. Louis Cardinals slurie2002 431
19 Philadelphia Phillies egw19 419
20 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker71 418
THE FINAL 12
Rank Organization Owner Total Pts
21 Cleveland Indians Fantasy Frea 409
22 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs24 403
23 Chicago Cubs carseneau 384
24 New York Yankees ARomano 383
25 Texas Rangers goldenbaer89 352
26 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 335
27 New York Mets basebalguru 332
28 Minnesota Twins optistrat 308
29 Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 294
30 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 247
31 Rochester Broncos coinguy 229
32 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 130


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

McCABE MAGAZINES S26 ALL-PRO TEAM

SEASON 26 THE BEST of THE BEST

Chicago, ILL (McC) – What another great season in baseball, we saw outstanding players and coaches perform at the highest level, battling for the right to hoist the most coveted trophy in all of sports, the Robert E. McCabe Championship Trophy! There were No-Hitters, players Hit for the cycle, 20 game winners, 3 players hit 50+ Home Runs, and 1 pitcher had 7 complete game shutouts, DAMN (has the guy said in the Draft Kings commercial). However, before the playoff scramble start, we would like to announce the Season 26 McCabe Magazines All-Pro Squad, league Most Valuable Player, and CY Young award winner.  

McCabe Magazine MVP Award Winner  

Calvin Pote
Chicago
Cubs
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Santee, CA
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Calvin Pote (LF) of the Chicago Cubs (91-71) is our choice for this year’s MVP award, and at 5’-9” and 166 pounds we wonder what’s in the water of this little giant’s home of Santee, California. Pote pounded out 58 Home Runs and 159 RBIs both of which led the league. He has average 49.6 round trippers, and 124.7 RBIs in the 8 full seasons in the majors.

McCabe Magazines CY Young Award Winner

Adam Bradford
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Fairview, MT
Position(s): P (SP3)
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The Anaheim Angels Adam Bradford is our CY Young award winner. What more can we say about this future Hall of Famer. He led the league in wins (23), Whip (0.86), and ERA (1.57), all while leading the Angels to an AL West division crown with a 101-61 record. The Angels control him for one more season and is eligible for Free Agency after next season. However, the folks we talked to in the organization say don’t hold your breath, they have been working on a long-term deal for Bradford 2 days after he was drafted, they’re just waiting for the day they can pull it out, blow the dust off, and have him sign. Look for this young talent to remain an Angels until late, very late in his career.

McCabe Magazines Fireman of the Year Award Winner

Pedro Manuel
San Diego
Padres
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Los Teques, VE
Position(s): P (ClA)
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McCabe Magazines Fireman of the Year is Pedro Manuel. He has won 3 straight National League Fireman of the Year awards and should pocket his 4th this year. Manuel led the league with 55 saves (60 SVO) which help the San Diego (100-62) Padres win the NL West Division crown. The stat line, 2.37 ERA, 0.93 Whip, 57 strikeouts in 57 innings, in other words Manuel had the typical Pedro Manuel season.   

McCabe Magazines All-Pro Team


Catcher


Hersh Mays
Colorado
Rockies
Age: 34B/T: L/R
Born: Lytle, TX
Position(s): C
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
C Hersh Mays (COL) 111 180 26 0 43 135 1 0.379 1.168

First-Basemen

Jose Colon
Los Angeles
Dodgers
Age: 30B/T: L/L
Born: Chiriqui, PA
Position(s): 1B/DH
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
1B
Jose Colon (LA) 112 200 20 1 54 132 2 0.332 1.052

Second-Basemen

Wilkin Lopez
Minnesota
Twins
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: River Fall, WI
Position(s): 2B/LF
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
2B Wilkin Lopez (MIN) 136 192 35 3 49 129 6 0.297 0.978

Third-Basemen

Tomas Padilla
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 25B/T: L/R
Born: Fantino, DO
Position(s): 3B/MIF/OF
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
3B Tomas Padilla (TOR) 125 182 32 11 33 93 33 0.307 0.924

Short-Stop

Del Wulf
Texas
Rangers
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: Greenacres, WA
Position(s): SS
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Position Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
SS Del Wulf (TEX) 99 152 22 1 46 118 14 0.265 0.866

Outfield

Calvin Pote
Chicago
Cubs
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Santee, CA
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Position Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
OF Calvin Pote (CH1) 132 200 27 2 58 159 3 0.317 1.025

Outfield

Chris Daly
Florida
Marlins
Age: 28B/T: R/R
Born: Eutaw, AL
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
OF Chris Daly (FLA) 129 195 32 5 49 131 10 0.314 1.024

Outfield

Yorman Sanchez
Detroit
Tigers
Age: 27B/T: L/L
Born: Santa Ana, CA
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
OF Yorman Sanchez (DET) 110 196 41 5 30 112 30 0.319 0.927

Designated Hitter

Desi Cruz
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Nagua, DO
Position(s): DH/1B/COF
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Position
Player R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OPS
DH Desi Cruz (TOR) 104 190 23 5 43 121 2 0.323 0.988

Starting Pitcher

Adam Bradford
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Fairview, MT
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Position Player CG W L IP BB SO OAV WHIP ERA
SP Adam Bradford (LAA) 4 23 3 246 75 236 0.159 0.86 1.57

Middle-Relief

Yamid Zapata
Atlanta
Braves
Age: 30B/T: L/L
Born: El Seibo, DO
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Position Player G W L SV SVO BB SO WHIP ERA
SETUP Yamid Zapata (ATL) 87 8 7 6 10 27 123 0.95 2.47

Closer

Pedro Manuel
San Diego
Padres
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Los Teques, VE
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Position Player G W L SV BB SO OAV WHIP ERA
CIA Pedro Manuel (SD) 60 0 3 55 17 57 0.177 0.93 2.37