Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Major League Power Rankings

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

Power Rankings Top 10
Rank Team Owner W L
1 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 49 32
2 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 44 37
3 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 45 36
4 San Diego Padres jgarron 56 25
5 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 50 31
6 Colorado Rockies axtell 48 33
7 New York Mets basebalguru 50 31
8 Chicago Cubs mitt0108 42 39
9 Milwaukee Brewers brentcnb 48 33
10 Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 52 29
The Next 5
Rank Team Owner W L
11 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 47 34
12 St. Louis Cardinals 421werd 49 32
13 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 41 40
14 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 40 41
15 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 45 36
The Best of the Rest
Rank Team Owner W L
16 Richmond Virginians sylemark 41 40
17 Philadelphia Phillies egw18 46 35
18 Anaheim Angels captain10a 40 41
19 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 41 40
20 New York Yankees ARomano 37 44

STAT of the DAY

Hitting Stat
Batting Average verse Left-Hand Pitching
Rank Franchise Owner AVG OPS
1 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 0.307 0.880
2 Pittsburgh Pirates nbaker10 0.294 0.798
2T Colorado Rockies axtell 0.294 0.860
4 Houston Astros ajaxx88 0.291 0.849
5 Chicago White Sox kgrffth 0.284 0.786
5T Anaheim Angels captain10a 0.284 0.778
5T St. Louis Cardinals 421werd 0.284 0.758
8 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 0.283 0.833
8T Texas Rangers goldenbaer88 0.283 0.793
10 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 0.282 0.830
Batting Average verse Right-Hand Pitching
Rank Franchise Owner        AVG        OPS
1 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 0.289 0.802
2 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 0.288 0.781
3 Colorado Rockies axtell 0.286 0.851
4 Milwaukee Brewers brentcnb 0.284 0.811
5 New York Mets basebalguru 0.281 0.821
5T Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 0.281 0.787
7 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 0.278 0.854
8 Houston Astros ajaxx88 0.276 0.792
9 Anaheim Angels captain10a 0.275 0.765
10 San Francisco Giants wylie715 0.274 0.763
Pitching Stat
Batting Average Allowed verse Left-Hand Batter
Rank Franchise Owner OAV OBP
1 San Diego Padres jgarron 0.214 0.270
2 Tampa Bay Rays rsskfs23 0.234 0.309
3 Arizona Diamondbacks yoker70 0.241 0.295
4 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 0.249 0.323
5 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 0.249 0.327
6 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 0.251 0.312
6T Chicago Cubs mitt0108 0.251 0.322
8 Richmond Virginians sylemark 0.258 0.309
9 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 0.265 0.324
9T Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 0.265 0.342
Batting Average Allowed verse Right-Hand Batter
Rank Franchise Owner OAV OBP
1 San Diego Padres jgarron 0.229 0.302
2 Kansas City Royals TenaciousTYT 0.234 0.303
3 Chicago Cubs mitt0108 0.236 0.299
3T Detroit Tigers patrickkm 0.236 0.312
5 Baltimore Orioles bourboncask 0.237 0.295
6 Richmond Virginians sylemark 0.241 0.309
7 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 0.242 0.305
8 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 0.242 0.303
8T New York Mets basebalguru 0.249 0.322
10 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 0.250 0.316

Saturday, February 8, 2014



The Best Player Ever in Baseball, Cortes or Garcia? 

East Rutherford, NJ (McC) - The second decade in the Robert E. McCabe league saw the emergent of some great stars and the dominants of the National League West division during the regular season, and most notable the post-season. When talking about stars in the decade, that conversation starts and ends with the best players ever to lace up a pair of spikes, 8 time MVP Tony Cortes and 6 time Cy Young award winner Vince Garcia. Cortes (396 HR, 1457 RBI, 340 BA) is our decade MVP, Garcia (199 wins, 2.65 ERA, 115 CG) gets the Cy Young for the decade, and our Fireman of the decade is Cedrick Hollins (472 Saves). The only question left is "who is the best player ever?" Is it Cortes or Garcia? I was ready to name Cortes the best of all time until I took a real good look at the career of Garcia. I'm leaning towards the everyday player Cortes, but who could go wrong with either choice.

The best division in baseball during the decade has to be the National League West. That division has won the NL pennant 7 of the 10 years. Our runner up is the American League East with 6 pennants. The NL West had 3 of the 4 teams win 90+ games every year since season 17, and in season 19 the top three teams in the division won an amazing 100 games. Our team of the decade is the San Diego Padres. The Padres has the best record in baseball the last 3 years and 4 out of the last 5, they have played in 5 World Series in the decade, winning 3.        

The All Decade Squab for Season Two

Hersh Mays (251 HR, 624 RBI, 302 BA) is a 4 time All-Star and has won the Silver Slugger (C) award twice.   

Hersh Mays
Age: 29B/T: L/R
Born: Lytle, TX
Position(s): C
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Don Bagley has a 334 lifetime batting average which puts him 3rd on the all-time list behind our decade MVP Tony Cortes (340 BA), and Hall of Famer Placido Ortiz (335 BA). He won the Rookie of the Year in season 13, 4 time Silver Slugger (1B) award winner, and 3 time All-Star. 
Don Bagley
Age: 31B/T: S/R
Born: French Camp, MS
Position(s): 1B
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This former 1st round selection (2 overall) won the Rookie of the Year and MVP (2 time MVP) in the same year. He is a 8 time All-Star, 8 time Silver Slugger award winner (5 at 2B), and a World Series Winner. Career stats; 447 HR, 1248 RBI, 300 BA.

Homer Henry
Kansas City
Age: 33B/T: S/R
Born: Rock Falls, IL
Position(s): LF/1B/2B/RF/DH
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George Brantley won the season 20 MVP, has appeared in 6 All-Star games, a home run derby champ, 7 time Silver Slugger award winner (6 at 3B), and won a World Series Ring in season 15 with the Oakland Athletics.  

George Brantley
Age: 34B/T: L/R
Born: Benton, AR
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
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Mark Crosby has 2 World Series Rings, 5 All-Stars appearances, 2 Gold Gloves, and 2 Silver Slugger awards at shortstop.

Mack Crosby
San Diego
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Coronado, CA
Position(s): SS/3B/2B
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What more can we say about this first ballot Hall of Famer, 9 time MVP, 12 time All-Star, and 2 time World Series winner. He has the best career batting average of all-time at 340, and the signal-season record of 396 (season 15) when he flirted with batting 400 for the season. 11 Silver Slugger awards, 2 Gold Gloves, 1 All-Star MVP. Career stats: He is number one on the all-time career list in Runs Scored (1,682), BA (340), OBP (467), OPS (1.089), Stolen Bases (747), and Walks (1,471). He is 2nd on the all-time list with a 621 Slugging Percentage, 2nd on the list with 211 Intentional Walks, and 3rd on the career Triples list with 91.    

Tony Cortes
New York
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Barahona, DO
Position(s): LF/CIF/2B/OF/DH
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Diego Hernandez is the best center-fielder of the decade with 10 All-Star appearances, 7 time Gold Glove (CF) winner, 7 Silver Slugger (CF) awards, all in his 10 year major league career.

Diego Hernandez
San Francisco
Age: 32B/T: S/R
Born: Oakland, CA
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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This first ballot Hall of Famer is a 3 time MVP, and 9 time All-Star. 6 time Sliver Slugger award winner, 2 time Home Run Derby winner, and a All-Star MVP. He is first on the all-time career Slugging Percentage list with a 651, and ranked 2nd all-time in OPS (1.034), and 2nd all-time in Triples (95).  

Philip Priest
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Carrollton, KY
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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Designated Hitter

Ablullah Beckham is our DH of the decade. He is a 6 time All-Star, 4 time Silver Slugger (DH), and a 2 time Home Run Derby Champ. 37 year-old Beckham is presently assigned to the Milwaukee Brewers AAA affiliate where he is batting 343 and hoping to get one more shot at the bigs. This once King of the DH during his career made $45 Million during his 15 years as a pro is now making the minor league max of 55k, and in our opinion should just ride off into the sunset. Sticking around in the minors, where can win a batting title against inferior pitching will only hurt his chances to be elected into the Hall. Career stats; 405 HR, 1146 RBI, 316 BA.        

Abdullah Beckham
Age: 37B/T: R/R
Born: Manchester, MI
Position(s): C/DH
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Right-hand Starter

Garcia, another first ballot HOF is the most dominating pitcher of all-time. Some of my colleagues say he's the best player ever. The most amazing stat is his all-time career leading 115 (5 in season 21) complete games. That stat leads the 2nd place pitcher, and our left-hand starter of the decade  Luther Abercrombie (72 CG) by 23 and counting. He is a World Series winner, 8 time All-Star, and 6 time Cy Young award winner. Career records: He's number 1 on the career list in the following categories;  complete games (115), Shutouts (32), Whip (1.01), and Winning Percentage (.734). Second on the career list with a 2.68 ERA, and 3rd with a 219 BA allowed.

Vince Garcia
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Lincoln, ME
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Left-hand Starter

Luther Abercrombie is another career stat stuffer. He has been around for 21 years and a major leaguer for 20. This back to back World Series winner in seasons 2 and 3, is a 8 time All-Star, 2 time Cy Young award winner, and is the all-time career wins leader with 305. He is also the career leader in strikeouts (3,984), Inning pitched (4,531.7), and games started (683). He is 2nd on the list with 21 shutouts, and complete games (72). He also has a No-Hitter in season 19 to his credit.

Luther Abercrombie
Age: 39B/T: L/L
Born: Newark, NJ
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Cedrick Hollins is our pick as the Closer of the decade. He is the all-time ERA (2.50) leader, a 8 time All-Star (7 this decade), back to back Fireman of the Year wards in seasons 17 and 18, and a All-Star MVP. He is 2nd on the career batting average allowed list (216), 3rd on the career Whip list (1.09), and 3rd in Saves with 469. Honorable Mention: Skeeter Brown the all-time career Saves leader (525), 7 time All-Star (only 3 this decade), 1 Fireman of the Year, and a World Series winner in season 13 with the San Diego Padres.  

Cedrick Hollins
New York
Age: 35B/T: R/R
Born: Wrightsville, GA
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Next Issue: McCabe Magazine Season 21 Power Rankings

Wednesday, February 5, 2014



Thanks to our Commissar and Owners

Chicago, ILL (McC) - The Robert E. McCabe League is 20 years old. It is the finest league in the Hardball dynasty world, and the best run thanks to our founder and commissar, pat007ohmss *, thanks Pat! I would also like to thank the owners in our league for being so committed, and competitive at every level, in terms of building a winning organization, active trading, reading the blog, and the unbelievable rollovers, thanks guys!

With the league turning 21, McCabe Magazine wanted to recognize the players that made this league what it is today by announcing the first “McCabe Magazine All-Decade Teams.” We put together All Decade squads for the first decade (seasons 1-10), and second decade (seasons 11-20). We also selected Most Valuable Players (MVP), CY Young, and Fireman of the Decade for each decade. One thing I would like to point out before unveiling our choices for All-Decade is that this was not an easy task. Example; how do you compare eight (8) All-Star appearances, Rookie of the Year versus three (3) appearances with two (2) MVP awards, and number 2 on the all-time Runs Batted In list? In other words, every selection is debatable, but we feel confident that we made the right choices.  

 Denny Johnson wins the All-Decade MVP

The All Decade awards were not as difficult as the team selections. The first decade MVP came down to Denny Johnson (664 HR, 1824 RBI, 312 BA) and Placido Ortiz (583 HR, 1728 RBI, 335 BA). Our choice is Johnson. The All-Decade CY Young goes to Julio Ramirez (279 wins, 2.91 ERA). Our choice for Fireman of the Decade goes to Arthur Bradshaw  (472 Saves)

The Decade Squab for Season One

Tom Metzger gets our vote for catcher of the decade. Metzger finish the first decade with 7 All-Star appearances and 4 Silver Slugger awards. Second on our list to receive votes was Harry Cabrera. This runner up had 4 All-Star, one Gold Glove, and 2 World Series Rings.   

Tom Metzger
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Pearl City, HI
Position(s): C/DH
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Our choice for 1st base goes to Hall of Famer, Placido Ortiz, the all time Hit King (2,923 Hits). He is a 8 time All-Star during the decade, 3 time MVP, 8 Silver Slugger awards, 2 World Series Rings, and a Rookie of the Year award in season one. Others under consideration; Hall of Famer Rick Ward (our choice for DH of the decade), and Donne DeWitt (432 HR, 1437 RBI, 305 BA).

Placido Ortiz
Age: 38B/T: S/L
Born: Elias Pina, DO
Position(s): 1B/DH
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Apollo Stanifer is our 2nd basemen. Stanifer is first on the all time games played list with 2,512, and second on the all time hit list behind Ortiz with 2,796 hits. He played 16 years in the majors, all with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stanifer played 162 games every year from season 3 to season 13.

Apollo Stanifer
Age: 38B/T: S/R
Born: Brown Deer, WI
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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Hall of Famer, Octavio Colon (564 HR, 1534 RBI, 277 BA) won Rookie of the Year in season 3, has won Silver Slugger awards at SS, 2B, and 3B. Has a total of 10 All-Star appearances (8 during the 1st decade), and is a World Series winner. Honorable mention; Clark Crespo 3 World Series Rings (HR 309, 1294 RBI, 292 BA).

Octavio Colon
Age: 39B/T: L/R
Born: Sinaloa, MX
Position(s): 3B/1B/COF/DH
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Mr Barker has appeared in 6 American League All-Star games during the decade with 3 Sliver Slugger awards at SS.

Hawk Barker
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Winnsboro, LA
Position(s): RF/CIF/LF/DH
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Bernie Guzman had 5 All-Star appearances, 2 World Series Rings, 2 Silver Slugger awards, and 1 Gold Glove.

Bernie Guzman
Age: 37B/T: R/R
Born: Nagua, DO
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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This was a three horse race between Enrique Gomez (5 time All-Star), Kip Peterson (4 time All-Star), and Chad Rolls (4 time All-Star). We decided to let the All-Star appearances be the tie breaker.

Enrique Gomez
Age: 37B/T: R/R
Born: Hato Mayor, DO
Position(s): RF/IF/OF/DH
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This season 19 Hall of Famer is the All Time career RBI King (1824) and 4th on the Home Run list with 664. 3rd on the career games played with 2,473. The 165 intentional walks puts him 3rd all time. Denny Johnson won 2 MVPs, 3 Sliver Slugger for RF, 2 Silver Slugger at 3B, and is a 6 time All-Star (5 in the decade).  

Denny Johnson
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Lexington, IL
Position(s): 1B/LF/DH
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Designated Hitter
Rick Ward is also a Hall of Famer, voted into the hall in season 17. He is a 8 time All-Star during the decade, and won the Home Run Derby three time. Ward also has 3 Silver Slugger awards at DH, and is a World Series winner.

Rick Ward
Age: 38B/T: S/L
Born: Iowa, LA
Position(s): 1B/DH
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Right-hand Starter
Julio Ramirez is a 9 time All-Star (4 in the 1st decade), 3 Cy Young awards, and a World Series winner in decade number 2. He is second on the all time career wins list with 279, 5th on the all career ERA list with a 2.91, second on the all time strikeout list with 3,246.

Julio Ramirez
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Sinaloa, MX
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Left-hand Starter
Francisco Gandarilla was elected into this years Hall of Fame. He started season 21 tied with Julio Ramirez on the all time career wins list with 278. He is now 3rd behind Ramirez (279), and the top dog Luther Abercrombie 305 (only 2 All-Star during the decade). Gandarilla is 3rd on the all time shutout list with 18, behind Abercrombie (21), and Vince Garcia  with 32 (only 2 All-Star appearances during 1st decade). Both Abercrombie and Garcia are the leading candidates for the decade 2 team.

Francisco Gandarilla
Age: 41B/T: L/L
Born: San Jose De Las Lajas, CU
Position(s): P (T2A)
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Arthur Bradshaw is second on the all time saves list behind Skeeter Brown (525). We picked Bradshaw over Brown for the following reasons; Bradshaw is a 5 time All-Star and 2 time Fireman of the Year during the decade verse Skeeter's 4 All-Star appearances and no FOY during the first decade.

Arthur Bradshaw
Age: 40B/T: L/L
Born: Mouth Of Wilson, VA
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Next: McCabe Magazines All Decade II Team