Wednesday, January 29, 2014


The Baltimore Orioles Wins the Fall Classic

New York, NY (McC) Season 21 is finally here! As we have done in the past, we here at McCabe Magazine would like to thank the beat writers in all 32 major cities, the baseball contributors at yahoo, the Sporting News Magazine,, Baseball American, Playboy, and the GMs, and front office folks that help this year’s preview be the most in-depth and comprehensive baseball magazine on the web.

McCabe Magazine and the noted contributors spent the entire off season analyzing the 40-man rosters of each organization and their top minor leaguers at every level. The consensus here is the San Diego Padres will win the National League pennant for the fourth year in a row, and the American League East will win the American League pennant again, as they have done the last five years. The only problem was which AL East team had what it takes to defend the division’s pennant? Despite the early odds posted by the Las Vegas Hilton, which has installed the Padres as a 2-1 favorite to win back to back titles, we’re going in a different direction. According to the data we have we select the Baltimore Orioles as the American League champions. They will go on to upset the Padres in the fall classic, 4-3.     
The Playoff Teams

In the American League we pick the Orioles to knock off the Toronto Blues in the league championship series, 4-2. The National League pennant will be another western divisional slugfest with San Diego winning the championship series 4-3 over the Colorado Rockies. The American League divisional winners will be; the Blues Jays (94-68), Orioles (96-66), Kansas City Royals (91-71), and Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67). The National League divisional winners will be; the Chicago Cubs (88-74), New York Mets (84-78), Atlanta Braves (91-71), and the Padres (109-53). Our Wildcard teams will be; New York Yankees (90-66), Boston Red Sox (88-74), Rockies (99-63), and the Seattle Mariners (96-66).  
Award Winners

As we noted, the Las Vegas Hilton along with McCabe Magazine contributors has posted its opening lines and prop wages for the upcoming season. Besides San Diego being the favorite to win the World Series (we disagree, Baltimore is our choice), they have also listed Kris Guerrero, (SS) of the Orioles as the favorite to win the AL MVP, Padres catcher Murray Higgins as the NL MVP. The CY Young award winners will be Don Seaver (P) Houston Astros, and 31 year-old Chicago Cub pitcher Vince Garcia. Rookie of the Year in the AL will be Angel Anderson (LF) Anaheim Angels, the NL ROY will be Alan Drese (SS) Cleveland Indians.

Season 21 Final Standings

American League
Team Owner W L
Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 94 68
Chicago White Sox kgrffth 86 76
Milwaukee Brewers brentcnb * 82 80
Minnesota Twins optistrat * 76 86
Team Owner W L
Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 96 66
New York Yankees ARomano 90 72
Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 88 74
Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 73 89
Team Owner W L
Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 91 71
Houston Astros ajaxx88 87 75
St. Louis Cardinals 421werd 78 84
Texas Rangers goldenbaer88 73 89
Team Owner W L
Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 95 67
Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 87 75
San Francisco Giants wylie715 82 80
Anaheim Angels captain10a 79 83
National League
Team Owner W L
Chicago Cubs mitt0108 88 74
Detroit Tigers patrickkm 87 75
Cleveland Indians Fantasy Frea 80 82
Cincinnati Reds cpintens 75 87
Team Owner W L
New York Mets basebalguru 84 78
Philadelphia Phillies egw18 81 81
Pittsburgh Pirates nbaker10 80 82
Rochester Broncos coinguy 71 91
Team Owner W L
Atlanta Braves bigsammich 91 71
Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 88 74
Richmond Virginians sylemark 85 77
Florida Marlins lido9613 70 92
Team Owner W L
San Diego Padres jgarron * 109 53
Colorado Rockies axtell 99 63
Seattle Mariners toothdoc7 96 66
Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 83 79

Saturday, January 25, 2014



Goodyear, AZ (McC) The crack of the bat, the pop of the glove, catchers and pitchers report, and we're off and running. Welcome to all and good luck in season twenty-one  (21). The first order of business is to thank  all the owners for voting in the Hall of Fame balloting and to congratulate the new inductees; Octavio ColonHulk KinglandJolbert Veras, and Francisco Gandarilla. The four inductees brings the McCabe League Hall of Fame total to eleven (11).


Spring Training Results
Castus League Standings Grapefruit League Standing
Team Owner W-L Team Owner W-L
Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss  13-5 Chicago Cubs mitt0108 12-6
New York Yankees ARomano 13-5 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 11-7
Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 12-6 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 11-7
Washington Nationals Saffron 12-6 Colorado Rockies axtell 11-7
Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 10-8 Cincinnati Reds cpintens 10-8
Houston Astros ajaxx88 10-8 Rochester Broncos coinguy 9-9
Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 10-8 Florida Marlins lido9613 9-9
Chicago White Sox kgrffth 9-9 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 * 9-9
Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 9-9 Cleveland Indians Fantasy Frea 8-10
Texas Rangers goldenbaer88 8-10 Philadelphia Phillies egw18 8-10
Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 8-10 Pittsburgh Pirates nbaker10 8-10
San Francisco Giants wylie715 8-10 Richmond Virginians sylemark 8-10
Milwaukee Brewers brentcnb * 7-11 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 7-11
St. Louis Cardinals 421werd 7-11 Seattle Mariners toothdoc7 7-11
Anaheim Angels captain10a 7-11 New York Mets basebalguru 6-12
Minnesota Twins optistrat * 6-12 San Diego Padres jgarron * 5-13


These minor leaguers didn't make the final Major League rosters. Our crack staff ranked them base on spring training stats and major league potential.

Angel Anderson
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Hartwell, GA
Position(s): LF
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This AAA talent batted .325 in 10 spring training games and had an eye popping 180 RBIs in AAA last year with 43 Homers.

Yorman Sanchez
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Santa Ana, CA
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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This 22 year-old only has one year of pro experience, but looks like he can crack more than a few Major League starting lineups this year. He batted .519 in 11 spring training games with an 1,478 OPS.

Mariano Elcano
Age: 20B/T: L/L
Born: Havana, CU
Position(s): P (P)
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Elcano is a season 19 International free-agent currently assigned to Low-A. He received a $29 million dollar signing bonus making him the highest paid IFA for season 19. He has a major league fastball and slider. Spring training stats; 2-0, 19 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched, .203 OAV, 0.98 WHIP with a 1.56 ERA.

Brian White
San Francisco
Age: 20B/T: L/R
Born: HSenectady, NY
Position(s): CF
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This season 19 first round draft pick (11 overall) spent his first season as a pro split between Rookie ball (40 games) and Low-A (40 games) where he batted .326. Last year this organization jumped him up to AA where he batted .315 in 119 games. Spring training stats; 17 games, 34 at bats, . 353 BA.

Adam Bradford
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Fairview, MT
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Bradford is currently assigned to High A (SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!). He'll be moving up shortly to AA or AAA. The Angels are moving him along slowly and he is developing into the number one pitching prospect on our board. Look for this phenom to be on a major league roster by season 23.

Storm Weaver
New York
Age: 20B/T: S/R
Born: Madison, IN
Position(s): 1B
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Storm Weaver only batted .303 in spring training, however the scouts we spoke to say this switch hitting first baseman is going to win 5-7 batting titles once he makes the big club. Another Tony Cortes?

Rudy Levis
White Sox
Age: 20B/T: S/L
Born: Mangum, OK
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Spring training stats; three starts with an .143 OVA, WHIP 0.50 and a 0.90 ERA. In two minor league seasons he has a 27-6 record, 1.12 WHIP, and a 2.50 ERA.

Terrence Patterson
Washington D.C.
Age: 22B/T: S/L
Born: Coleman, MI
Position(s): P (P)
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This future Closer was assigned to AAA right out of high school where he has struggled since signing with Washington as a first round draft pick (15 overall) in season 17. One more year in AAA and he should be ready for the big time. Spring training stats; 10 games, .205 OAV, 1.10 WHIP, and a 0.90 ERA.

Jack Gray
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Wewoka, OK
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Gray was the 3rd overall pick in season 19 amuture draft. He is considered by many G.M.s as the best defensive shortstop in the minors and should win a number of Gold Gloves once he makes it to the bigs. Batted .393 in spring training with an 1.000 OPS. Played 29 innings at SS with 0 errors, and 29 innings at 3rd base with 1 errors.  

Derrick Kearns
Tampa Bay
Age: 25B/T: L/L
Born: Sidney, MT
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Spring training stats; 2-0 record in 3 starts, 17 innings pitched, .172 OAV, 1.00 WHIP, with a 1.59 ERA. This ground ball pitcher has been on the 40-man roster for two-years and should be on the Major League roster before the All-Star break.

Next issue: McCabe Magazines season 21 preview. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hall of Fame Injustice.

The Jolbert Veras Tragedy  

Lakeland, FL (McC) The first thing I will like to say is McCabe magazine  normally does not take a position on whether a player should be inducted into the Hall of Fame are not. However, after last year’s tragedy of Jolbert Veras getting only one vote, we could not sit back and watch this body fail to do what is right.

Jolbert Veras retired after season 18 second on the McCabe all-time career Home Run list (673), and forth on the Runs Batted In career list (1,728). Veras played 15 years in the majors (2,211 games), collected 2,430 hits, and scored a total of 1,399 runs with three different major-league teams, the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. He is also a two-time MVP a World Series winner with San Diego, a silver slugger award winner and gold glove winner at first base. Gentlemen, he received ONE VOTE!  That is more than a tragedy, it is an injustice. We urge all Hall of Fame voters to take this information into consideration. 

If he is not elected into the Hall of Fame this year, McCabe magazine is prepared to show our displeasure with the process by giving our Hall of Fame Vote to the website "Deadspin" and we will also be boycotting the induction ceremonies. We will not send any correspondents, or reporters to this event as a protest. Please help us correct this injustice by voting for the most deserving candidate on the ballot, Jolbert Veras  

Jolbert Veras
Age: 38B/T: R/R
Born: Sabana Grande De Boya, DO
Position(s): 1B/LF
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Season 20 Wrap Up

The San Diego Padres Win the World Series over the Kansas City Royals

San Diego, CA (McC) The San Diego Padres (116-46) dominated the major league regular season and postseason, winning the World Series over the New York Yankees (88-74) four games to three. The staff here at McCabe Magazine have jokingly named the fall classic the “Padre Invitational.” They have won the last 3 National League Pennants, and 2 of the last 3 World Series. The past four seasons we have seen this organization win 434 games (lost 214), and a postseason record of 38-22 over that same period.

The Postseason

The Yankees (5th seed) won the American League Pennant by knocking off the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-80) in the opening round, the number one seed Kansas City Royals (110-52) in the divisional round, and the number 2 seed Boston Red Sox in the league championship round.  
San Diego swept divisional rival Colorado Rockies (99-63) in the divisional round 3-0, and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks (97-65) in the league championship series 4-3. It doesn't take a PhD to know the Padres secret, it’s that incredible starting rotation in which they had three (3) pitchers win twenty games, and a fourth pitcher win fifteen. The staff included Wandy Duran (26-7, 2.99 ERA), Asdrubal Pelaez (23-2, 2.52 ERA), Moose Martin (20-11, 2.73 ERA), and Tony Tanaka (15-8, 3.95 ERA). How are they fixed for the future you might ask? Well it’s like this, Duran signed a free agent contract at the end of season 19 that runs threw season 24, and he’ll be a FA at the beginning of season 25. Pelaez is locked up until the end of season 23, and 24 year-old Martin won’t be arbitration eligible until season 22. Tanaka is the only Padre starter on the free-agent market this season. It is truly amazing how he has maintained his 4 pitches; sinker, slider, change-up, and curve during his 3-year time in San Diego. Mr. Tanaka is a 37 year-old pitcher, that showed steady decline in all areas after season 18 and was consider just another washed up starter needing someone to take a lit match to his uniform in order to get it off of him. The folks we talked to say he has lost nothing except a little velocity and should be a solid 5th starter or long reliever in season 21. However, buyer beware, he’s 37 for crying OUT LOUD!

McCabe Magazines Postseason Awards

World Series and National League Postseason Most Valuable Player

Moose Martin
San Diego
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Scottsdale, AZ
Position(s): P (SP2)
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American League Postseason Most Valuable Player

David Wang
New York
Age: 31B/T: L/R
Born: El Reno, OK
Position(s): 1B/C/DH
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24 99 16 35 6 21 0.354 0.385 0.586 0.970

McCabe Magazine Final Major League Power Rankings

Owner W-L PCT
1 San Diego Padres jgarron * 116-46 0.716
2 New York Yankees ARomano * 88-74 0.543
3 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT * 110-52 0.679
4 Colorado Rockies axtell * 99-63 0.611
5 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 * 97-65 0.599
6 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss * 98-64 0.605
7 Detroit Tigers patrickkm * 96-66 0.593
8 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin * 90-72 0.556
9 New York Mets basebalguru * 93-69 0.574
10 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 * 87-75 0.537
11 St. Louis Cardinals 421werd * 85-77 0.525
12 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte * 82-80 0.506