Power Rankings

1.

 Milwaukee

Milwaukee Phish Friars

The move to Milwaukee seemed to be the final piece of the puzzle.  The young talent is up and the Phish Friars will be a dominant force for years to come.  Who says you have to spend money to build a champion?

2.

Fargo

Fargo Red River

At first, the question was ‘Is Fargo for real?’.  Now with the addition of Anthony Coleman, there is no doubt that the Red River have their eyes on the prize.  The shifting power is becoming more and more apparent, and we will see how well Fargo can handle being the threat of the NL.

3.

Charlotte

Charlotte Rae Dawn Chong

Okay, so maybe not everything has changed.  Charlotte is once again among the top teams and is ready to return to glory.  Led by their solid pitching once again, it looks like the Rae Dawn Chong will finally have an easy time taking the division and will be a mjor threat come playoffs.

4.

Colorado

Colorado U$eful Idiot$

A pretty surprising stat here, Colorado leads Duff Beer in runs scored.  The all mighty Tarrik Franklin is having a bit of a down year only slugging .652, but other than that things seem to be going well for the U$eful Idiot$.  The real question is still when will this team get a World Series win?

5.

Toronto

Toronto Direwolves

I’m a bit hesitant with this one, since this franchise has been SO bad for SO long.  However, it appears the new ownership has finally got them going in the right direction, and Toronto appears to be the real deal.  The pitching staff is the best in the league and that will always lead to good things.

6.

Rochester

Rochester Sidewinders

Another team that has a little more convincing to do, but for now have earned some respect.  Rochester’s expected percentage vs actual is heavily in their favor, and it will be interesting to see if things keep going their way.  For now, however, the Sidewinders are running away with the East.

7.

Salem

Salem Witch Hunters

My bias may be getting the better of me, however this seems to be a Salem team that should have some more wins than they currently do.  Still devastated by last years World Series defeat, the Witch Hunters have one last shot at winning the big prize before a rebuild is in order.

8.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies

One would think that a when a good team adds a guy like Luke Saunders that they would instantly turn into a great team.  The Phillies certainly have the recipe for it but they are waiting to see the results.  There is a long way to go so we’ll see if they start pulling away.

9.

ElPaso

El Paso Trashcan Men

The defending champs appear to be a little hungover still as they are under achieving.  They certainly have a solid team and could win another title if they play to their ability.  Look for some nice winning streaks to come for El Paso to raise their stock back up.

10.

NewBritain

New Britain Bulldogs

A debatable spot for a team with the 3rd most wins in the AL.  However, the Bulldogs are only outscoring opponents by 11 runs which could mean they have been a little lucky to this point.  It could also mean they are the team of destiny and the person making these rankings knows nothing.  Only time will tell.

11.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Pollos Hermanos

The offense is there, the pitching is there, but the wins are just not coming.  It’s hard to explain sometimes but the Pollos Hermanos should be better than their record shows.  One thing is for sure, Akinori Yosida can still hit.

12.

Augusta

Augusta Moose Heads

Augusta has higher expectations than what they have been seeing.  They spent the money hoping for results that have just not come yet.  They are right in the wild card race and there is still plenty of season to try to catch Milwaukee but the Moose Heads need to figure out how to get more wins.

13.

Columbus

Columbus Isotopes

It has been a little while since Columbus has competed, so this is a nice sight.  They are right in the mix of things and have a lot of young talent to thank for that.  The Isotopes have a bright future ahead of them.

14.

Hartford

Hartford Crusaders

One would think that Hartford is in sort of a down swing rebuild faze.  However they are still winning games.  Eventually the age will start to show but maybe there is one last run for the Crusaders to make.

15.

Minnesota

Minnesota Baggies

A couple big losses have somewhat depleted the Baggies roster.  It’s hard to imagine seeing them miss the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years, so we can all just assume there is a 25 game win streak on the horizon and the Baggies will be right back towards the top.

16.

SantaFe

Santa Fe Bible Thumpers

The final team currently above .500 is also the final team on the top half of the rankings.  There is no questioning the offense in Santa Fe as it is always a force, but the pitching staff can’t seem to handle the small park.  They are right in the conversation so as long as the hitters keep hitting the Bible Thumpers will hang around.

17.

Anaheim

Anaheim Halos

Currently second in the division and right in the mix of things.  The Halos have consistently had a decent team but always seem to find themselves missing out.  Maybe this year they’ll make the strong push they’ve been waiting for.

18.

LasVegas

Las Vegas Gamblers

The close games have been killer in Las Vegas.  They have a good amount of talent but just aren’t finding a way to win.  Still plenty of time to figure some things out for the Gamblers as they look to end a very long playoff drought.

19.

Baltimore

Baltimore Bloody-Nine

Middle of the pack is about what we expected.  Baltimore is building up their team while staying somewhat relative.  They could play spoiler a little more down the road.

20.

Trenton

Trenton Shockmasters

It’s been a rough few years in Trenton, so seeing them hoovering around .500 is a nice change.  Things can only get better from here as some young talent will soon be arriving.

21.

Cleveland

Cleveland Crappers

Coming off a division title, Cleveland has slowed up a bit. Vance Pittinger is having a bit of a sophomore slump as compared to what he did in his rookie campaign.  The Crappers success begins and ends with him so we’ll see if he turns things around.

22.

Louisville

Louisville Hill Jacks

An unexpected down year last year in Louisville leaves us wondering where this team will go.  There is still a good amount of talent on the team so if they string together some wins it wouldn’t come as a shock, but for now they lie around the .500 mark.

23.

KansasCity

Kansas City Monarchs

Certainly one of the biggest surprises to this point.  Kansas City could easily be listed as one of the top forces in the AL, they just aren’t showing it.  Plenty of time for them to get things going still and they are the last team anyone should count out.

24.

Helena

Helena Fighting Elk

The 4th owner in 4 years has made it clear that the time has come to rebuild this franchise.  Helena is known for success but it needs some love and care to return to the top.

25.

LittleRock

Little Rock Bill Clintons

Much like last year, Little Rock has no thoughts of making a post season appearance.  They are a middle of the road team that is building for a successful future.  That being said, they can still give any team a tough time.

26.

SanFrancisco

San Francisco Rocks

The recent lack of success in San Francisco is a little strange as you would expect more from this team.  The AL is a tough league to be in which is a big factor.  They may turn it around, or maybe this just isn’t the Rocks year.

27.

Arizona

Arizona Royals

The Arizona rebuild pushes forward as they continue to build up a hefty farm system.  Soon enough the Royals are going to become a threat and they will remain one for a long while.

28.

NewOrleans

New Orleans aligators

If you say you saw this coming, you lie.  After 16 consecutive playoff appearances, New Orleans has decided to take a year to regroup.  Still plenty of talent high and low so this will be a short lived thing, but for now the door is open for a new team to play in October.

29.

Houston

Houston Space Cadets

The time draws near for Houston to explode on to the scene.  We already see some young talent making impacts and there is plenty more to come.  The Space Cadets time as bottom dwellers should be short lived.

30.

MexicoCity

Mexico City Cartels

Everyone’s favorite Cartels are still hanging low as expected.  Plenty of good things are happening in the minors so there is no rush for Mexico city to make an impact.

31.

WashingtonD.C.

Washington D.C. Senators

The new owner has made it clear that the capital of the U.S. needs some rebuilding.  Oh and the new baseball team is struggling a bit.  No worries though as there are already some good pieces in place to make this a smooth process.

32.

Texas

Texas Strangers

Another rough year in Texas but that only means more talent will soon be coming in to the system.  It is scary to think about what this team will be like in a couple more seasons.

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End of Season Awards

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World Champions

ElPaso

El Paso Trashcan Men

For the first time in franchise history, El Paso lifts the trophy.  It was a wild and crazy post season in which they had to go through many tough opponents, but in the end, the Trashcan Men took a memorable game 7 and etched their place in history.

League MVPs

Colorado

Tarrik Franklin

Make it 4.  The 26 year old wonder now has 4 MVPs to his name.  Almost a lock to be a future Hall of Famer, Franklin has many records lined up that he plans on setting.

Salem

Oswaldo Armas

Former Rookie of the Year, Armas has been consistently good his entire career.  This year he stepped it up a notch, however, and earned his first MVP award. (Along with a contract extension.)

League Cy Youngs

KansasCity

Russell Duke

Recording over 200 k’s and 240 innings, Duke has earned his second Cy Young.  While his team fell short of defending their title,  Russell inked a 4 year deal to stay with the Monarchs, and will likely continue to be dominant.

Charlotte

Izzy Weiland

As if 2 World Series rings weren’t enough for this 25 year old, he now has a Cy Young to add to his trophy case.  Charlotte has full control over Izzy for a long time should they choose to keep him, and at this rate, how could they not?

League ROTYs

ElPaso

Don Green

Welcome to the Majors Mr. Green, here’s a ring and a ROTY award.  The 21 year old has already accomplished more than most players ever will, so it will be up to El Paso to keep him focused on the road ahead.

Cleveland

Vance Pittinger

Hard to believe this guy dropped to the #5 pick in the draft.  Cleveland is certainly very grateful, and have a lot to look forward to.  Vance is undoubtedly going to be a Duff great someday, and it will be our pleasure to watch this kid progress.

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Season In Review

Notable Players

Colorado

In one of the more impressive seasons we have seen, Sam Hill has been an absolute machine.  The single season record for hits is within reach, and should Colorado let him stay in the lineup, we could very well be looking at a new king.

Minnesota

Name a record and he likely has it.  The great career of Phil Won may have reached its final chapter.  The only fitting ending would be finishing his career with a World Championship, and the players of Minnesota are certainly inspired to give him just that.  Look for Ray Lewis to tweet @PhilWon to provide some inspirational words during the post season.

International Signings

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In a season that lacked many world class prospects, the Wieners made the biggest move by giving Luis Ciriaco a hefty $28.3 million dollar bonus.  The hard throwing righty will log plenty of innings throughout his career and has potential to be a solid mid rotation guy.

NewOrleans

Any other season Pedro Sosa likely would not have received the $17 million bonus that he did, but he was in the right place at the right time.  The low stamina and durability will prevent him from being able to have lengthy outings, but his fastball will certainly be a sight to see.

Trenton

Likely the best hitter that was on the market, Ricardo Cairo should be a fairly consistent player.  The injury bug has already bitten him once, but if he can find a way to have a healthy career, Trenton should be happy with singing Cairo for a modest $12 million bonus.

Injuries

Fargo

A disappointing end for Bill Hodges who was having by far the best year of his career.  The loss likely had a major part in the struggles for Fargo, who look like they will fall short of playoffs after an incredible season last year.

LasVegas

A big blow to Las Vegas when Doug Woolf went down, and went down hard.  The youngster still has a very promising career ahead of him, but that hamstring will always be a lingering thought.

Single Game Performances

KansasCity

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In a game where he only recorded two hits, Wilin Delgado did something very special.  In what would be a 14 run 9th inning for Kansas City, Delgado smacked 2 grand slams.

Hartford

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In what would be the only no hitter thrown this season, Jerome Quinn did it against one of the top offenses in the league.  In a game where he allowed 3 walks and and also had a runner reach by error, the final out was made by Max Arrojo, who made what we can only imagine was the most clutch defensive play of the season.

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Playoff Races (24 Games Left)

National League

NL North

Minnesota

The Baggies have returned to the top of the North and are in great position.  They are 6 games up for the 2 seed and have been right in the mix for being the best in the NL.  Regardless of if they end up as the 1, 2, or unlikely 3 seed, Minnesota has as good a chance as anyone to lift the trophy at year end.

Fargo

After an improbable regular season and  playoff run last season, Fargo has appeared to slow down a bit.  A team that once dreamed of a division title, now find themselves struggling to hold on to the 6 seed.  Should they make the playoffs, nobody knows what can happen, but it will come down to if they find a way to get there.

Hartford

It appears to be the end of an era in Hartford.  The aging process has caught up and some once dominant players are on their way out.  That does not mean there isn’t still talent on this team. They’ve managed to hang around and could still make a late season push, but it is likely that they will slowly continue to fade.

NL East

Cleveland

We would have to go back to season 14 when this franchise last made the playoffs, and even further back to season 10 when they last had a winning record.  It is seeming that both of those droughts may be coming to an end.  Cleveland is a young team that many didn’t expect to see here, but they have a few more surprises to pull off.

Rochester

The early season favorites in the NL East find themselves in an unexpected battle.  Rochester has trailed Cleveland for a large portion of the season and can’t seem to make up the ground.  This team has plenty of talent, they just need to pull it together down the stretch and then focus on a playoff run.

NL South

Charlotte   NewOrleans

Big surprise, right? Charlotte and New Orleans make up the top two in the NL South for the 7th consecutive season. What may be new this season is we might see both teams playing in the first round.  However, where they end up, in what order, and who they play, means nothing.  These are two elite franchises and nobody would be surprised if either ended up in the World Series.

NL West

Salem

It’s lucky number 13 in Salem.  Their 13th consecutive division title, but not much to show for it.  They are looking good for a first round bye and could possibly even earn the 1 seed.  However, none of that will mean anything if the season once again ends in an early exit from the playoffs.

American League

AL North

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That’s right folks, the Wieners are here.  It was only a matter of time until Chicago came into the picture and it looks like they did it sooner than we expected.  They still have to hold off 2 division rivals to make the playoffs, but regardless of how this season ends, the ones to come are something this team is looking forward to.

Madison

With a $120 million payroll, not making the playoffs is unacceptable in Madison.  They have been up and down this season and need to find a way to get hot to close it out.  The division seems to be their only shot at advancing, which means they’ll need some clutch wins when it comes time to play their rivals.

Augusta

The two time defending North champs are once again right in the mix.  They have two teams to battle with down the stretch and it’s anyone’s division to win.  Augusta certainly wants another shot at representing the North in the post season as an early exit the last two years has haunted them.

AL East

Philadelphia

More of what we expected from Philadelphia.  After some struggles in recent years with competing, the Phillies have ran away with the East this season.  They are certainly a team loaded with talent and it will be interesting to see what they can manage to do in the playoffs.

AL South

SantaFe

After a disappointing season last year, Santa Fe is back and playing very well.  The division is not yet locked up but the Bible Thumpers will at least make a post season appearance and will be a tough team to take down.  So long as the offense keeps it up, they could go very far.

ElPaso

Another strong year by El Paso as expected.  The big question will be can they finally make something happen in the post season.  They have been there the last 3 years but have left disappointed each time.  Their first concern is trying to earn the division, but a successful playoff is the only thing that will make this a season to remember.

AL West

Colorado

As expected, Colorado tops the American League.  We all know what they are capable of, it will just come down to whether they can put it all together.  Look for them to finish the season out strong, and expect big things come playoffs.

KansasCity

The defending world champs are in solid position.  They have essentially locked up a post season berth, and they still have a shot at stealing the division.  Regardless of where they end up, the Monarchs plan to return to the top and bring home another title.

 

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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.

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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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