Power Rankings

1.

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong

While their World Series run ended last season, Charlotte is still among the top teams in the league and one of the favorites to bring home another ring. Ernest Guerrero has been a force at the plate while Izzy Weiland is putting up Cy Young like numbers.

2.

Minnesota

Minnesota Baggies

The Baggies are playing inspired baseball this season after missing their first ever post season last year. Akinori Yosida and Clayton Pratt are showing the age is just a number. Meanwhile, we could be wittnessing Duffs own farewell tour for Phil Won.

3.

SantaFe

Santa Fe Bible Thumpers

Santa Fe was another team with a down year last season as to what we expected to see.  This year has been very different as the offense has been the best around. Benny Perez has been killing it while Darrel Griffin is also having an all star first half.

4.

Salem

Salem Witch Hunters

A hot regular season is nothing new in Salem.  It will come down to if they can finally find their way in the playoffs. Oswaldo Armas has put up MVP like numbers and Lawrence Grimsley is showing he’s still got something left in the tank.

5.

KansasCity

Kansas City Monarchs

The defending world champions are once again caught in a tight division race. A career year by Steve Gil is certainly helping the cause and Russell Duke has also been lights out.  It’s going to be a tough road if the Monarchs want to repeat.

6.

NewOrleans

New Orleans aligators

Don’t let my 6 ranking fool you, the aligators have as good a chance as anyone at winning it all.  A current skid has seen them drop a bit but there is no reason to worry. Willie Ozuna is getting on base like a mad man and Bruce Hutch is living up to all the hype and then some.

7.

Colorado

Colorado U$eful Idiot$

A disappointing early end to last season leaves Colorado in a win or bust situation.  They have the talent and just need to put it together at the right time. Tarrik Franklin is his normal dominant self but Sam Hill is currently leading this explosive offense.

8.

ElPaso

El Paso Trashcan Men

El Paso continues to field a good team but are still looking to have success come October.  They are going to have to battle all season long to make it their but they can not be taken lightly. Hideo Zhang is still proving very effective and Luis Almanza is putting up solid numbers.

9.

Madison

Madison Avenue

The new ownership wasted no time making some big signings in free agency and are looking to win now.  So far it has been working as Madison leads the division. Yorman Guzman and Kirk McGowan are both having great years which is very scary when you look at who else is on the Avenues roster.

10.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies

Finally a strong start for the Phillies as they look to be the team we know they can be.  At the ripe old age of 39 Bronson Welch is having a great year and Roscoe Kashmir is also helping the staff.

11.

Augusta

Augusta Moose Heads

After claiming the past two AL North titles, Augusta finds themselves once again in a tight divisional race.  They are still looking to have success in the playoffs and they may have the team to do it. Rickey Dougherty and Diego Henriquez are each having amazing years and will need to keep it up to carry Augusta.

12.

Rochester

Rochester Sidewinders

The Sidewinders have recently been playing better as they look to once again earn the NL East crown.  They will certainly be challenged the entire time and rely on their pitching to carry them. Walt Burns is still earning his paycheck and Francis Clemens remains a lights out closer.

13.

Anaheim

Anaheim Halos

The Halos are no stranger of being stuck in a tough division and will have to start finding ways to win more games.  While their expected percentage .582, they find themselves hovering around .500. Bill Gray is getting on base with ease and it appears Alex Torrealba has finally become the pitcher we expected.

14.

Cleveland

Cleveland Crappers

After some struggling years it appears that Cleveland is beginning to find success.  Rookie Vance Pittinger is clearly going to have an amazing career and it will be fun to watch him grow and become even better.

15.

Fargo

Fargo Red River

A slow start for Fargo but they have been attempting to rebound.  The Cinderella from a year ago they will need to continue playing well to make it back to the playoffs. Bill Hodges has made up for the rest of the rotations struggles and new addition Howie Waters has made a huge impact.

16.

Hartford

Hartford Crusaders

Age may be getting the best of this dominant franchise, but they are still in the mix and still very dangerous. Yunel Flores is still playing like the Hall of Famer he is and Shep Franklin is having a fine year.

17.

Chicago_1

Chicago Wieners

We are beginning to see the future of Chicago and it is a bright one.  They are in the mix of things this season and clearly will be for years to come. Felipe Berroa and Vern Restovich are both coming into their own very nicely.

18.

LasVegas

Las Vegas Gamblers

The young Las Vegas is showing promising signs but may still be missing a piece or two.  They are no easy win and could stick around down the stretch. Peter Knight has pitched very well but the loss of Philip Cole is going to sting for awhile.

19.

Baltimore

Baltimore Bloody-Nine

Still a very real shot a the division, not that it is necessarily the goal for Baltimore to compete.  However as it stands they are in the hunt for the time being. Francis Butcher is having one of his best seasons and Harry Mairena is giving any right handed pitcher a hard time.

20.

Louisville

Louisville Hill Jacks

A rough start for Louisville who has been very competitive for awhile now.  Plenty of time to turn things around and attempt to catch up. Shooter Rolen should be a main part when he returns and Rube Wieters has been leading the rotation.

21.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Pollos Hermanos

A bit of a disappointing start for Albuquerque who made some big moves over the off season. Torii Douglas has been playing well and the addition of Juan Villa is showing to be a good one. We’ll see if this team can step it up some.

22.

NewBritain

New Britain Bulldogs

After reaching 90 wins last year and claiming the division, the Bulldogs have faltered a bit.  Still time to turn it around and it starts with Ariel Martinez finding his form. Mandy Mahomes is proving to be a great top of the lineup guy.

23.

SanJuan

San Juan Clementes

Another tough year so far in San Juan but that does not mean they couldn’t make some magic.  The division is still very much in reach. Sun Satou is still showing signs of greatness and Edge Klesko is also having another solid year.

24.

Columbus

Columbus Isotopes

The Isotopes are hanging around in the conversation for now and could manage to make a push.  The young Bob Wilson is showing promise while Jamie Haywood plays a big part in close wins.

25.

SanFrancisco

San Francisco Rocks

Not sure what is going on in San Fran.  With 90 wins in 4 of the last 5 years, there is clearly something affecting this team. Kyle Fischer appears to be one of few not affected as he is killing it.

26.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati Black Sox

The young Black Sox have plenty of potential and will soon be threatening this dominant division. Winston Allen has had a great rookie campaign up to the injury, and hopefully will return healthy and better than ever.

27.

Houston

Houston Space Cadets

A rough season for Houston but that does not mean there are no highlights. Stefen Wood and Dwight Jefferies are showing very bright things for the Space Cadet future.

28.

LittleRock

Little Rock Bill Clintons

Not quite what we are used to from Little Rock.  We may see them commit to a rebuild if the struggles continue. Dennys Martin is making the most of his later years and Wilkin James is also doing quite well.

29.

Trenton

Trenton Shockmasters

The rebuild in Trenton is well under way and coming along nicely.  On a positive note, Woody Bordick is performing far beyond expectations which will certainly help when the Shockmasters are back in contention.

30.

Arizona

Arizona Royals

Not much to report in Arizona again this year as they continue to build up the youth. Saul Tejada is amazing everyone though as he has by far the best year of his career.

31.

Richmond

Richmond Spiders

A new owner steps in and certainly has a lot on their plate.  It’s time for this franchise to return to greatness and hopefully they will begin to get there. Coco Burkett has been highlighting this offense and keeping the fans coming out.

32.

MexicoCity

Mexico City Cartels

Some drama in Mexico City leads to an ownership change for a franchise that is on the rebuild.  There is plenty left for the new owner to do and it will be interesting to see where the Cartels will go from here.  On a positive note young Adam Ford is still proving to have a very bright future.

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Power Rankings (21 Games Left)

1.

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong

After the sluggish start, Charlotte is once again the best team in the world and will look to earn their third consecutive World Series.  They’ll be a very hard team to bet against.

2.

Hartford

Hartford Crusaders

After catching fire for quite some time, Hartford is poised to take the division back and also earn a crucial first round bye.  The Crusaders have proven they can play with the best of them, so we will have to see how they do.

3.

Colorado

Colorado U$eful Idiot$

Running away with the American League, Colorado is the sure favorite to play for a title.  It’s going to take one heck of a dry spell from this offense to prevent them from earning a ring.

4.

NewOrleans

New Orleans aligators

Being one of the top teams in the world and having to settle with a wild card is no stranger to teams of the NL South.  Of course, there is still time for New Orleans to make a push, but division title or not, they’re going to be one of the toughest teams in the post season.

5.

Salem

Salem Witch Hunters

An up and down season will likely leave Salem with a 3 seed.  Not a bad thing, but the less teams you have to play on the NL side the better.  It’s going to be a tough road if the Witch Hunters want to reach glory.

6.

LittleRock

Little Rock Bill Clintons

Cooling off of late has currently put the Bill Clintons out of a playoff spot.  The once hottest teams needs to find a spark again before they are once again left on the outside looking in.

7.

Fargo

Fargo Red River

Fargo has proven that when they are hot, they stay hot.  Nobody can touch the Red River when they are playing to potential and it has landed them a fighting chance at the playoffs.  Should they make it, the rest of the league better watch out.

8.

KansasCity

Kansas City Monarchs

After taking a season off last year, Kansas City has returned to form and will likely find themselves back in the post season.  We all know how dangerous they can be once they’re there, so it will be fun to watch how far they end up going.

9.

Minnesota

Minnesota Baggies

The terribly slow start appears to have been too much for the Baggies to overcome.  This would be the first time in the history of Duff Beer that we didn’t see Minnesota in October.  There’s still hope, but this could be the end.

10.

NewBritain

New Britain Bulldogs

Going from one of the hottest teams to one of the coldest is never fun.  New Britain is riding a 9 game losing streak but still find themselves as the 2 seed.  It’s anyones guess as to which Bulldog team we will see the rest of the way, and into the playoffs.

11.

SanFrancisco

San Francisco Rocks

Third in the division, but still with a wild card spot.  The reigning AL Champs know what they need to do come playoff time, but first they have to make it there.

12.

Augusta

Augusta Moose Heads

Augusta has maintained a slight edge in the division all season long, and will have to keep it up just a little longer to return to the post season.  It won’t be easy, but this team is no longer a stranger to success.

13.

Rochester

Rochester Sidewinders

An underachieving Rochester team is still going to wind up in the playoffs thanks to a struggling division.  While they can rejoice on this, they need to find a way to bring it all together if they want to avoid an early exit.

14.

Wichita

Wichita Tomcats

Wichita has nipped at the heels of leading the division all season long but have never been able to get there and keep it.  This team is capable of doing something special, but they need to do it very soon.

15.

Louisville

Louisville Hill Jacks

Not the season Louisville had dreamed of, but there’s still hope. They need to play the baseball they’re capable of the rest of the way, and hope some other things fall in to place, but we could still see them in October.

16.

LasVegas

Las Vegas Gamblers

Not much left for Las Vegas to do this season.  They’ve had a good year but the top teams are simply too far ahead.  Good news is the young core of players are proving themselves and next year could be big.

17.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies

Another team with a very down year.  The Phillies have a chance if they can get hot like they always seem to around this time.  It’s going to have to happen soon though as time is running out.

18. & 19.

ElPaso                          SantaFe

El Paso Trashcan Men                Santa Fe Bible Thumpers

The battle for the South is upon us.  Nothing separates these two teams and it’s going to be a wild ride to the finish.  Both have been hot and cold this year so we will see which one can pull it off at the right time.

20.

Baltimore

Baltimore Bloody-Nine

A better year than most would have expected from Baltimore.  They have been no push over for any team.  A winning streak could still potentially land them a division title, but if that isn’t the case they should keep their heads held high.

21.

Anaheim

Anaheim Halos

Usually a .500 record doesn’t land you 4th in the division.  But then again, most divisions aren’t the AL West.  Anaheim still has an outside chance, but the odds are stacked against them.

22.

Columbus

Columbus Isotopes

Another season comes and goes in Columbus.  The fans will stay loyal awaiting the day this average team turns in to a great one.  It seems as that time may be finally approaching.

23.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Pollos Hermanos

Certainly wasn’t the lack of offense that cost Albuquerque their season.  This team was explosive all year long and can certainly take pride in that.  As soon as the pitching comes around they could be a force in the NL.

24.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati River Rats

The young guys are starting to make their way up in Cincinnati, which means the time is near that they will begin to compete.  They will need al the talent they can get if they want to eventually take home the NL North.

25.

Chicago_1

Chicago Wieners

Another young team who’s stars are going to begin to emerge.  Chicago is not too far away from making a name for themselves in the AL, and the time is right while their division is down.

26.

SanJuan

San Juan Clementes

A rough go this year in San Juan.  They’ll begin to take some money off the books and start to acquire talented youth.  For now though, they will enjoy a nice off season.

27.

Houston

Houston Juicers

A step up from last year, but still a long season for the fans of Texas.  Patience is a virtue and the Juicers will still look towards a brighter tomorrow.

28.

Richmond

Richmond Spiders

They really had no where to go but up after last season.  One of the longest losing streaks you’ll ever see really hurt any chance of a solid season in Richmond.  However, it does appear that progress is being made and we should expect more in the coming years.

29.

Trenton

Trenton Shockmaters

We knew what we were going to get out of Trenton, and they delivered.  A below average year but gaining some solid youth.  While the farm system builds the team will have to deal with its fair share of blows.

30.

Cleveland

Cleveland Crappers

The Crappers have some of the best young talent out there and they will have to build around it in the following years.  Putting this season behind them will be the best option as they push forwards.

31.

MexicoCity

Mexico City Cartels

The fans of Mexico City realized they weren’t getting a World Series contender when the franchise relocated.  They’ll have to keep the faith that the Cartels will reach that point soon and that their is future.

32.

Arizona

Arizona Royals

Bit of a step backwards this year in Arizona.  After seemingly coming around last year they find them selves with the worst record in the world.  We obviously didn’t expect a playoff team from them, but the Royals did not catch any breaks this season.

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Power Rankings

1. (1)

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong

The pitching has been lights out led by Izzy Weiland and Dwight Romano.  That is fantastic news for the champs considering those aren’t even the top guys in their rotation.  Pablo Bravo has been a key performer in this high powered offense.

2. (6)

Colorado

Colorado U$eful Idiot$

While Tarrik Franklin is having a historic season, the rest of the Colorado offense is also crushing the ball. Marino Mercado is an RBI machine and Augie Nilsson is showing no sign of a sophomore slump.

3. (3)

NewOrleans

New Orleans aligators

Harry James is having a career year for New Orleans and Willie Ozuna is being his normal productive self.  The biggest question is what is going on with Jorge Rodriguez?

4. (4)

Salem

Salem Witch Hunters

Mark Wang is the leader of Salem’s offense and is strengthening his case for the HOF. On the other side, Einar Johnson has been a lights out closer since some early struggles.

5. (12)

LittleRock

Little Rock Bill Clintons

The young Howie Barker is proving to be the ace of the Bill Clinton rotation. Dennys Martin and Louie Rijo are showing that they are determined to get this team the respect it has deserved for many years.

6. (9)

SanFrancisco

San Francisco Rocks

The Rocks are being led by Mack Romero on the mound and Kirk McGowan at the plate. Augie DiFelice isn’t having a bad rookie campaign either.

7. (8)

Hartford

Hartford Crusaders

Rico Saenz and Yunel Flores are having all star years for the Crusaders. Miguel Alvarez is also showing that age is just a number as he is having one of his best seasons.

8. (15)

KansasCity

Kansas City Monarchs

Daryle McPherson is having the best season of his still young career which is proving crucial to keep the Monarchs in the hunt early on.  The offensive success is pretty distributed, but Steve Gil is proving himself to be a leader.

9. (16)

Fargo

Fargo Red River

At long last, Paul Blackwell and Endy Roa have turned into the dominate pitchers Fargo needed them to be. Ariel Martinez has also returned to form after some struggles last year.

10. (5)

Rochester

Rochester Sidewinders

The two young sluggers Stan Walbeck and Oswaldo Vizcaino lead the Sidewinder offense. Francis Clemens is also once again racking up the saves.

11. (11)

Louisville

Louisville Hill Jacks

David Wang is having a great start to the season, and Jonathan Garcia is continuing career success.  The addition of D’Angelo Vega has also proved very beneficial to the Hill Jacks.

12. (7)

SantaFe

Santa Fe Bible Thumpers

It’s tough to be a successful pitcher in Sante Fe, but Pascual Armas has made the most of it.  It is, however, a great place to hit and Benny Perez is showing why.

13. (18)

NewBritain

New Britain Bulldogs

Alejandro Sanchez is proving to be a homerun or bust kind of guy, but he’s hitting enough to stay in the lineup. Pedro Vazquez has proved to be the ace in a struggling rotation.

14. (14)

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies

Harvey Miller has been fantastic out of the pen thus far, and Bronson Welch still has it at age 38. Juan Villa is leading the team in RBI’s by a wide margin.

15. (30)

Baltimore

Baltimore Bloody-Nine

Rule 5 pick Tony Lunar is showing ROTY potential.  Meanwhile, Victor Benoit and Tyler Taft are pitching out of their minds.

16. (25)

LasVegas

Las Vegas Gamblers

Philip Cole is here and the young ace is showing signs of great things to come. Dale Black continues to be an all around player as he succeeds at everything.

17. (21)

Anaheim

Anaheim Halos

The addition of Bill Gray has certainly been the spark of the Halos offense. Gary Jones has also been a lights out closer.

18. (10)

ElPaso

El Paso Trashcan Men

Since joining the rotation, Edgar Johnson has done quite well. Tony Soriano has been a catchers worst nightmare on the base path as he steals bases consistently.

19. (20)

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Pollos Hermanos

A booming offense in Albuquerque is led by Torii Douglas and the currently sidelined Geovany Morales. Orlando Soto appears to have come in to his own as the ace is dominating hitters.

20. (17)

Augusta

Augusta Mooseheads

Harry Jarvis has been out of this world good early on in the season. Jonathan Villone has done a great job getting on base, he just needs someone to start driving him in more.

21. (32)

Richmond

Richmond Spiders

Coco Burkett has stepped it up after a horrible season last year. The successes of Keith McMurtry and Reid Lee is also coming at a very nice time.

22. (3)

Minnesota

Minnesota Baggies

It seems that the future Hall of Famer Phil Won has reached the end of his great career. Rudy Burch is refusing to give up on his team as he tries to get them back into contention.

23. (13)

Wichita

Wichita Tomcats

Luke Saunders is an amazing player and that’s all that can be said. Milt Callaway appears to like his new home in Wichita and has done very well there.

24. (22)

Columbus

Columbus Isotopes

Julian Valentin may just have a year or two left in him as he is dominating at the plate. When called upon, Jamie Haywood has been lights out and it may be time to get him more innnings.

25. (31)

Houston

Houston Juicers

Out of nowhere Wyatt Jenkins has proved to be a top pitcher in the league. Dickie Telgheder is also having a nice season in a lineup that hasn’t got much going on.

26. (29)

Cincinnati

Cincinnati River Rats

Santo Diaz continues to have great success in Cincinnati and he may never leave. Louis Walker has pitched well, but his lack of support has hurt.

27. (26)

Chicago_1

Chicago Weiners

A struggling pitching has one bright spot in Theo Horton, who has been great in relief.  The young Felipe Berroa is showing that a promising career can be expected.

28. (28)

MexicoCity

Mexico City Cartels

The young Lonny Bowles is having another solid year at the plate of Mexico City. However, frustration is building in Denny Burnett and Sam Cornelius as they continue to pitch great, but have nothing to show for it.

29. (19)

SanJuan

San Juan Clementes

San Juan’s rotation is led by Sun Satou, who has been nothing but great for them. Edge Klesko has been the offensive highlight.

30. (23)

Arizona

Arizona Royals

Rookie Sonny Grabow has been crushing the ball and is certainly a ROTY candidate early on. Patrick Gates is also having great success on the mound.

31. (27)

Trenton

Trenton Shockmasters

Al Pena once again is quite the closer.  We can only wonder how good he qould be if he had more chances. Joshua Crane is also having a nice year at the plate.

32. (24)

Cleveland

Cleveland Crappers

George Goldberg is having a great sophomore year and shows a lot of promise. The young Adam Coombs is also having another solid year.

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Early Season Moves

International Signings

NewBritain

Wilfredo Cora

The Bulldogs saw an early chance to make a big move and they took it.  Cora is going to be a great power hitting outfielder and is already being compared to some of the top home run hitters of all time.  Wilfredo is sure to have a long successful career and could easily become a member of the 600 dinger club.

Fargo

Julio Aguilar

A solid acquisition for Fargo.  Aguilar is going to be a brilliant fielding center fielder who will get on base and strike fear into any lefty on the mound.  He will also be trouble for many catchers with speed that’s sure to rack up the stolen bases.

Anaheim

Hipolito Jacquez

We will have to see how his stamina develops, but at the very least Anaheim signed a very reliable long relief guy.  With 5 solid pitches and great velocity Jacquez is going to have a very good career some day.

Trades

BaltimoreWichita

A solid trade by two new owners that helped both.  Wichita added a nice bat in Ignacio Castillo, while Baltimore gained two prospects with Sadie Wilson and Pedro Telemaco.  Castillo is having an immediate impact for the Tomcats and is going to try to help them return to the top of the division.  Meanwhile, the Bloody-Nine have eyes on the future, but their offense has been stellar even with the loss of one of their top hitters.

TrentonSantaFe

A swap of some bullpen arms in this one.  Santa Fe received Franklin Thames and cash to help sure up the pen and hopefully give him a deeper run at the end of the season.  Trenton brought in young fire ballers Juan Belliard and John Kwon.  It’s still early to see how these players will adjust to their new homes, but both teams should be happy with the results.

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Pre-Season Power Rankings

1.

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong

Fresh off their second consecutive World Series, the Rae Dawn Chong wasted no time in showing that they are not content.  The signing of Victor Figureoa shows that Charlotte plans on once again hoisting the trophy at seasons end.

2.

NewOrleans

New Orleans aligators

New Orleans will welcome in Brad Hill to help sure up their bullpen.  Otherwise there wasn’t much else that needed to be done.  They will certainly be a top team in the league and have as much a chance as anyone to go all the way.

3.

Minnesota

Minnesota Baggies

After winning 119 times during the regular season last year, Minnesota fell short when it mattered most.  It’s hard to predict where they will go this year but they’re certainly a team never to be taken lightly.

4.

Salem

Salem Witch Hunters

A flurry of additions by Salem was highlighted by Richard Cohen and Junior Sierra.  They’ll be the favorites to take the division and should be a competitor come playoff time.  They’re just another solid team in a very tough National League.

5.

Rochester

Rochester Sidewinders

The Sidewinders add to one of the top rotations in baseball by bringing in P.J. Nation.  This was a team that had their first sniff of the playoffs last year and almost pulled off an upset.  They will look to make a return trip this time with bigger things in mind.

6.

Colorado

Colorado U$eful Idiot$

No doubt that the offense will be there again this season.  Colorado’s main concern was tightening up the pitching staff.  The additions of Miguel Osuna Oswaldo Gongora and Luis Medrano should help.  They should be a solid competitor in the AL and will have there hands full in a tough division.

7.

SantaFe

Santa Fe Bible Thumpers

A breakout season last year for Santa Fe, but they found room for improvement. Ubaldo Quentin Mitchell Rushford and Pascual Armas should sure up their pitching staff which was the Bible Thumpers biggest need to address. Pedro Marmol will also get his first appearance in the bigs. Look for them to repeat last years success and possibly even build on it.

8.

Hartford

Hartford Crusaders

A disappointing end last year left Hartford with an empty feeling. Howard Gordon and Wilkin Hernandez should help solidify the bullpen.  Meanwhile Felix Eveland was also a nice addition along with Kris Daly making his debut .  The Crusaders aren’t spending all this money to be just another team, so look for them to try and turn it up a notch this season.

9.

SanFrancisco

San Francisco Rocks

Not much movement coming out of San Fran this off-season.  A trip to the World Series last year certainly gives them high expectations going into this season.  It’s going to be another year long battle in the AL West, but the Rocks have grown very used to that.

10.

ElPaso

El Paso Trashcan Men

The big spender award likely goes to El Paso this off-season.  Acquiring both Hideo Zhang and Patrick Guerrero, and also C.C. Bryne, they certainly showed that they are looking to do something big.  It will be interesting to see how their two new all stars fit in, and just how much they will improve the Trashcan Men.

11.

Louisville

Louisville Hill Jacks

D’Angelo Vega and Roy O’Donnell are the two additions the Hill Jacks made.  They should certainly have an immediate impact in helping Louisville stay atop the AL East.  Louisville has been no stranger to making the playoffs, but they are hoping to have more success.

12.

LittleRock

Little Rock Bill Clintons

The wrong place at the wrong time defines Little Rock.  Consistently winning 85-90 games per season, but has not finished higher than 3rd in the division or made the playoffs.  They should once again be competitive, but making that extra push will be difficult.

13.

Wichita

Wichita Tomcats

New management for Wichita steps in and makes some minor moves signing Hector Mendoza and Harold Hogan.  The offense should be there for the Tomcats so their success will be based mainly on how well their pitching staff can perform.

14.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies made some quality improvements without having to spend too much. Juan Villa Angel Martin Jon Butcher and Michael Diaz should help them return to the success they expect.  Philadelphia is becoming known for slow starts, so we’ll see if they can change that this year.

15.

KansasCity

Kansas City Monarchs

Last year certainly came as a shock to a lot of people.  The Monarchs just couldn’t get anything going the whole season.  It’s a safe bet that they should return to their old ways this year, but nothing is guaranteed.

16.

Fargo

Fargo Red River

Some decent signings by Fargo adding Brett Tracy and Donatello McCartin.  They should once again be a competitive team, however, it’s hard to know if they have the ability to compete with the top teams in the National League.

17.

Augusta

Augusta Mooseheads

Harry Nieto will be a nice addition to the Moosehead bullpen.  They were the surprise team in the AL last year and can’t be taken lightly this year.  It is uncertain as to if they can repeat last years success, but it should be fun to see.

18.

NewBritain

New Britain Bulldogs

Trading for Danny Hutton gives the Bulldogs a nice new option in their rotation.  They’ve been consistantly hovering around the low 80 win mark and have just been falling short of making some late season pushes.  They remain a mystery team for now who is hard to predict.

19.

SanJuan

San Juan Clementes

Not much going on in San Juan. Fred Allen will join, but they seem to be a middle of the road team in the NL which isn’t a bad thing.  If they want to return to the top of the division they may need to make a move in the early portions of the season.  Otherwise, it may be tough year.

20.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Pollos Hermanos

Ringo Jorgensen will begin his major league career this season. Josh Davis and Ricardo Seguignol also are new additions. The Albuquerque offense should be solid this year but they pitching just doesn’t seem to be there.  They may compete, but it seems to be a long shot.

21.

Anaheim

Anaheim Halos

One minor addition involved signing Kevin Tamura.  Not much else to report from Anaheim who finds themselves in the toughest division in the AL.  Signs show the makings of a long season for the Halo’s, but they’ve surprised us before.

22.

Columbus

Columbus Isotopes

Some new faces joining the Isotopes this year.  Signing Dennis Kim and Julian Valentin, and also giving Bob Gonzales and Vasco Uribe their first shot in the ML.  Columbus could be the surprise team of the AL this year, and they’re also part of a very open division.

23.

Arizona

Arizona Royals

Slow off-season in Arizona.  It looks like a building year for the Royals who are focused more on the future than the now.  Look for them to build their minors, and take it easy this season.

24.

Cleveland

Cleveland Crappers

Slowly but surely Cleveland is improving.  It won’t be this year, but the future should hold nice success for the Crappers.  Look for their young core to keep growing and for this team to stand by this season.

25.

LasVegas

Las Vegas Gamblers

Some smaller signings by Las Vegas include Darrel House Eric Price and the once great Harry Gil.  There’s some solid talent on this team which may result in a competitive season.  It will remain to be seen just how much talent they have.

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Chicago Weiners

Same old story in Chicago.  Payroll of nothing means they will be a major player in the prospect market.  They did sign Juan Cordero and Pete Edwards, but they will likely go under the radar again this year.

27.

Trenton

Trenton Shockmasters

Trenton will welcome a plethora of prospects the their ML squad this year. Nicky Creek Felix Rodgers Spike Torres Stephen Anderson and Rob Ramsey will all be making their debut.  At the very least the Shockmasters should be improved, but likely not enough to get them in contention.

28.

MexicoCity

Mexico City Cartels

Andy Torres will get his shot in the Majors for the Cartels this season.  Otherwise, this is a team in full rebuild mode and they will have their struggles this season.  Mexico City has their eyes on the future and the fans will have to be patient.

29.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati River Rats

Some solid signings by Cincinnati include Kevin Cook Joaquin Villafuerte and Gerald Hendricksen.  While this should help the River Rats win some games this year, it won’t help them win enough to compete.  Look for them to play a role in the international market, but not much else.

30.

Baltimore

Baltimore Bloody-Nine

Acquiring Harry Mairena was the one minor addition by the new management in Baltimore.  It’s a team in need of love and care and will hopefully begin heading in the right direction.

31.

Houston

Houston Juicers

The pitching staff will be much improved with the signing of Wyatt Jenkins and also rookies T.J. Fordyce Vinny Peterson T.J. Fordyce and Vinny Peterson.  This should be a sign of good things to come in Houston, however they will likely still fail to compete too much this year.

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Richmond

Richmond Spiders

A brand new Richmond team will be on display this season.  From FA addition to rookies making their debuts.  Key players will be Bernie Reynoso Emilio Armas Neifi Cairo Valerio Arredondo Hector Diaz and Marv Thompson.  Hard to know what to expect from the Spiders so for now we’ll just wait and see.

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Season 21 Awards

World Champion

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong (Second Consecutive)

MVP

AL

Luke Saunders

Anthony Coleman

NL

Rudy Burch

Cy Young

AL

Hunter Griffiths

NL

Jose Ramos

Walt Burns

Rookie of the Year

AL

Ronnie Zambrano

NL

Wolf Leon

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Playoff Scenarios

National League

Minnesota

Clinched the 1 seed.

Hartford

Magic number to clinch playoffs 6. Currently tied with Charlotte for the 5 seed.  Charlotte owns the head to head tie break.

Rochester

Magic number to clinch division 4.  Tied with Salem for the 3 seed.  Owns the head to head tie break over Salem.

NewOrleans

Clinched a playoff berth.  Magic number to clinch division and 2 seed 11.  Leads Charlotte in division 6.

Charlotte

Magic number to clinch playoff berth 6.  Trails New Orleans by 6 in the division.  Tied with Hartford for the 5 seed.  Charlotte owns the head to head tie break.

Salem

Magic number to clinch division 5.  Currently tied with Rochester for the 3 seed.  Rochester owns the head to head tie break.

American League

Augusta

Currently tied with Vancouver for the division.  Leads head to head 5-2. Trails San Francisco by 5 for the 6 seed.  San Francisco owns tie break.

Vancouver

Currently tied with Augusta for the division.  Trials head to head 2-5.  Trails San Francisco by 5 for the 6 seed.  San Francisco owns head to head tie break.

Columbus

Trails Augusta and Vancouver in division by 5.  Leads Augusta in head to head 5-3.  Leads Vancouver in head to head 4-3.

Louisville

Magic number the clinch division 9.  Trails Santa Fe for 2 seed by 5.

NewBritain

Trails Louisville in division by 8. Trails San Francisco for 6 seed by 6.

SantaFe

Magic number to clinch division 12. Owns head to head tie break over El Paso. Magic number to clinch 2 seed 14.  Owns head to head tie break over Colorado.

ElPaso

Magic number to clinch playoffs 10 Trails Santa Fe in division by 5.  Santa Fe owns head to head tie break.  Leads San Francisco for 5 seed by 2.

Colorado

Magic number to clinch division 13.  Trails head to head to San Fransisco 2-5.  Trails Santa Fe for 2 seed by 3.  Santa Fe owns head to head tie break.

SanFrancisco

Magic number to clinch playoffs 12.  Trails Colorado in division by 4.  Leads head to head tie break 5-2.  Trails El Paso for 5 seed by 2.

KansasCity

Trails San Francisco for 6 seed by 6.

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