Archive for June 2011

20 questions with sweetsalve

Evan43 is starting a special blog piece that will help us get to know each other better.  Ok, maybe it’s really to give us more fuel to make fun of each other.  But he asked me to be the guinea pig, so here are my 20 questions.


1. What should we call you?

Vance, though I’ve answered to all sorts of names

2. Married? Children? Pets?

Been married for almsot 8 years, have a one year old son, Wesley, and 2 cats

3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up?

Brewster, Ohio.  You don’t know where it is unless you are Amish, work on the railroad, or make swiss cheese or potato chips.  I grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio which is near Wheeling, WV.  You probably don’t know where that is either unless you drive frequently between Columbus and Pittsburgh, grew up in Appalachia, or played in the largest high school athletic conference in the country.

4. Occupation? Be honest, do you check in on your teams during your workday?

I’m a pastor and the joke is normally that I only work one day a week, so no, I don’t check them during church.  I do that before church.

5. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD?

I watch my son everyday so unfortunately watching the Disney Channel is the closest thing to a hobby I have right now.  I do enjoy playing some PS3, particularly NCAA football, and I  just resumed smoking cigars again.  I’m working my way up to buying a pipe so I can look smarter on my book cover whenever I get around to the hobby of writing a book.  I figure I’ll get the author picture down first before I start writing.

6. What makes you laugh?

Sarcasm, stupidity, and slapstick.  Most comedies make me laugh.  My son makes me laugh constantly.

7. What type(s) of music do you listen to?

I have a pretty eccelctic mix.  Being a pastor, I listen to a lot of worship music, but most of the music on my Ipod is classic rock and 80s/90s rock.  I mix in some lesser known bands that I think are great musicians or song writers

8. Favorite baseball movie(s)? Why?

Field of Dreams has to be the answer.  It celebrates both the heritage of the great game and its ability to connect a father and son.  Eight Men Out is the runner up since the Reds win the World Series

9. Real baseball team you grew up loving? Are they still your favorite?

Cincinnati Reds for my whole life

10. Who is your favorite baseball player past or present?

Probably Barry Larkin.  He was a key player in all the good Reds teams I grew up watching, though Eric Davis was a childhood favorite.  I idolized the Big Red Machine growing up too and Nolan Ryan was always my favorite non-Red

11. Which baseball legend do you wish you could have seen play? Why?

Probably some of the Negro Leaguers just to see how good they really were.  How far did Josh Gibson really hit the ball, was Satchel Paige the character he has been portrayed to be, was Cool Papa Bell really the fastest man in spikes? I’d want to see the best players no one got to watch

12. What is your all time favorite baseball memory or moment?

The Reds 1990 World Series victory.  I was 13 and at the height of my love of the game.  I seriously wore Reds t-shirts to school every single day through the end of the World Series.  I’m sure my classmates were glad the season was over and they didn’t have too look at a cartoonishly big Chris Sabo head or a Nasty Boys shirt (officially approved by Schottzie BTW) any more

13. How did you fall into HBD?

I was there at the beginning from the day they announced they were developing the game.  I played Gridiron Dynasty then and it was starting to wane for me, so I was ready for a new game and a baseball dyanasty game will always be my preference over any other sport.

14. How many teams do you run? How much time do you spend on your teams?

I was up to 6 for a while and dropped to 2 after my son was born.  But now that he’s a little older, I moved back up to 4 teams and spend the rest of my time on the BSA blog.  I don’t spend all that much time on my teams any more, though I check probably a half dozen times a day to adjust my pitching staffs.  I spend a bulk of my HBD time on Big Sky

15. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name?

No special meaning, it is something I came up with when I first needed an e-mail address in college.  My Big Sky team name is a piece of Big Sky history.  In the Big Sky conference, the coaches there always talked about how their coaches and players kept company with the overweight cheerleaders.  Apparently mostly thick farmer’s daughters reside in Montana.  But it was discovered that Mike (mlownds) preferred to sodomize sheep.  So when it came time to pick a team name that carried on the legend of the Big Sky conference, I had to have a name that took a shot at Mike or hurminator and hurm was just too easy of a target.

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player?

Al Lunar was the star of Toledo when I started HBD.  I knew nothing about the game then (none of us really did), but Lunar was the first star and his days in Toledo were rather short.  But he’ll always be considered a great for me.

17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy?

I suck at signing free agents because I am cheap.  I hate to spend money on players and hate big contracts, particularly long ones.  So I have always tried to lock down my players as long I can and sign veterans at the end of free agency cheaply.  I’ve tried to sign some big time free agents recently and it’s amazing to mee how much I care about fake money.  I also try to capitilize on trade values and move players at the heigth of their value.  Nothing I do is really any different than anyone else, I’m just patient and stubborn, one of those 2 more so than the other.

18. Do you have any suggestions for the Big Sky world or the Big Sky blog?

I’m a purist, so I want to see some of the old teams come back.  Not having a team in Boston in the BSA is a travesty.  As for the blog, the main writer is an idiot so more people need to comment on the stuff he writes to make it more interesting

19. General pet peeves about the HBD game?

3 things.  1. Coach hiring.  When they fix one thing, they ruin another.  The fact that they refuse to add enough fielding coaches or base coaches is just stupid.  It shouldn’t be that big of a deal to get a coach with a 70 fielding rating.  2.  International prospects.  The whole system is stupid.  I’d rather it mirror real life and be more competitive and have a signing period or have scouts in particular parts of the world.  Really anything then ranom appearances and having teams esentially mold their whole budget around potentially competing for one prospect.  3.  Scouting/Development.  Player development is too predictable.  Owners should not be able to spend nothing on scouting and still be able to tell prospects apart.  It’s not fair to new owners and it is a way that they can add fuzziness to the draft and get some later round picks to blossom and top prospects to falter.  Prospects rule this game and their predictability is what makes tanking a legitimate option to rebuild

20. If I ran WIS for a day I would…

Change a bunch of HBD rules including restrictions on budgets for your first season with a new team, have worlds develop more coaches, have scout hiring just like coach hiring where scouts had strengths in particular regions or positions, have everyone see every prospect both international and domestic and give them grades instead of numbers to increase fuzziness, and limit team names to two words.  Sorry all those with longer team names, professional franchises don’t use incomplete sentences as mascots

All Time Leaders

1. Luther Aldred 3031
2. Alfonzo Cruz 3004
3. Ugueth Moya 2830
4. Orlando Lee 2736
5. Alan Vickers 2643

Home Runs
1. Alfonzo Cruz 811
2. Dan Thompson 749
3. Ugueth Moya 686
4. Jerome Duran 633
5. Ivan Mantalban 602

1. Rusty Laker 1.021
2. Dan Thompson 1.020
3. Ugueth Moya .989
4. Matty Bennet .984
5. Emil Wilkinson .975

1. Fernando Neruda 352
2. Geronimo Flores 310
3. Esteban Cubillan 275
4. Frank Dehart 263
5. Shawn Radlosky 257

1. Fernando Neruda 5038
2. Geronimo Flores 3866
3. Frank Dehart 3356
4. Esteban Cubillan 2955
5. Shawn Radlosky 2871

1. Jesus Torrealba 694
2. Hal Wagner 636
3. Charles Hall 575
4. Cole Alexander 488
5. Augie Martin 478