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20 Questions (Season 27) – sabres2661

A combination of the Boss, Shrek, and the Buffalo Sabres can only come from one person  – sabres2661.

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? Glen 2. Married? Children? Pets? Yes, I am married, have two kids, both girls ages are 16,14. We got rid of our dog was a pit but we still have 4 cats. 3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? I live in a small town called Gorham, New York ( pop. Approx.. 2500) it is a small town between Rochester and Syracuse in the heart of what we call the finger lakes region, for those of you that have never been to this area called the finger lakes because five lakes branch out like fingers, this would def. be an area I would visit. I grew up in the area also a real small town called potter new York, I also lived two years in Hot Springs arakansas, and one year near st. Louis mo. In a town called. St. charles 4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? I have a janitorial business, been doing it since 1996. 5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? sabres pretty much speaks for itself ( even though they suck) 26 ( I probably should say is for Thomas vanek but its not) was for eric boulton was a decent fighter after rob ray left, and 61 was for one of there flops max afinogenov. I was originally in St. Louis I was there because I lived in st. Charles for a year. Only reason I moved to Scottsdale for one I lost four world series in a row but the other reason was I wanted to see how much of a difference a hitters park made. 6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? I started wis with sim league hockey, dang just realized been on this site almost 10 yrs. One day I was on nhl.com and saw the add for whatifsports so I gave it a shot that is where I first met finnski, I have also played sim baseball, football, did one season of there nascar, gd, and did a lot of hd until I found hbd. 7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? I use to golf but just don’t have the time anymore, up until year I was on atleast one bowling league. Both of my daughters play softball, so that has become my pastime. This season is my 3rd year coaching what we call Modified A ( we have no jv) I was also a parent helper for two yrs. I am suppose to take over varsity next year, which if so will be pretty exciting since my daughter will be a sr. and my youngest will also be on the team. I also coach both of our summer softball teams 14u, 16u. I am putting in for the varsity bowling job also. We have a camper on a permanent site at a local campground, before that we would camp a few times a year. 8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? This is tough believe it or not we really aere not big on movies. My top five would have to be shawshank redemption, green mile, rudy, blind side ( only bescause my youngest loves it), cinderella man, with the entire shrek series next lol. 9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? First one I can recall was a record was in the early 80’s I think 1984 bruce springsteen 10. What sports team do you cheer for? Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Cowboys, Syracuse orange 11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? I would like to to say Ottawa but in the end I believe it will be Toledo 12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? Pete Rose and since I picked him I also have to put in shoeless. 13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of?1994 Dallas Cowboys 14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? Well living in the middle of nowhere we don’t attend a lot, from a professional standpoint I would say last season my daughter and I went to see the sabres play boston we had seats right next to the boston tunnel about 6-7 from there bench needless to say we were surrounded by bruins fans. Buffalo ended up winning the game 6-0 I believe there were like 3-4 fight thorton got thrown out when he left the ice you could tell he wanted to flip the crowd off but knew better. From a non-professional level was just last week, my daughter and I had a bet if she had a perfect day at the plate this season I would buy her a new bat, needless to say I lost she went 4/4 with a walk scored 5 runs and stole 4 bases. She got her new bat yesterday a new vendetta cf6 15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? Def. hockey dynasty!!!! 16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? My fav. Player has to be one of my players who is no longer on the team Don Hunter, 6 time all star, 4 time silver slugger, career .324 hitter. And off to a great start with cinn. 17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy? Power, power, power. Did I mention power. I like to have some speed at the top but if I don’t not the end of the world 2-3 hitters like to have a solid avg./ obp then some power, I feel it is easier to hit a home run than get 2-3 hits. You can never have enough pitching, also most of my decent teams also had a deep bull pen I like to have 3 solid set up A types. With a solid closer 18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one!well it was Tacoma I would say but since hinz left I would say las vegas 19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? I would change the dur./stamina rating with position players. Way too many position players come in with a dur. Of say 50-60 I have never seen a 18-20 yr. old athlete with that low of stamina. 20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. They suck!! To be honest I have recently called up two sp who are probably #3-#4 on a good team I also just called up brian kim and will call up Jason cedano soon. I am expecting my team to improve some but I am about 2-3 seasons away from starting to win a few. I am expecting to win 60-70 games.

20 Questions (Season 27) – kdforester

Do you have a great idea for a movie or an old script you’ve really wanted to see on film? Well then you have found the guy who can make your dreams come true! Just post your movie ideas to kdforester in the comments.

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? KD.

2. Married? Children? Pets? Married 14 years. We have a 5 yr old daughter and a cat. I’m very fortunate.

3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? Born and raised in Los Angeles. Still here.

4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? I’m a CFO for an independent film development, financing, production and worldwide sales/distribution company.

5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? My team name is just a fun name or so I think.

6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? When I used to participate in fantasy leagues one of the guys mentioned this site on the league chat board and after I tried it was hooked. I can’t believe how much dough I’ve dropped on these leagues.

7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? Tennis. Cooking.

8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? I won’t mention any of my company’s films, but hope someone else will! Tough to pick only 5, but these come to mind first: Godfather, the three original Star Wars, Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, all three Batman, and Saving Private Ryan.

9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? I think it was Eddie Murphy’s first stand-up comedy cassette.

10. What sports team do you cheer for? Lakers and Dodgers.

11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? Dodgers

12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? Pete Rose, but he is such a butthole… I grew up idolizing Ozzie Smith and Peter Rose. It’s really disappointing to see what a loser Pete became. Can’t deny the numbers though.

13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of? I’d have to go with the 1988 Dodgers.

14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? Game 6 of the 1987 NBA Final with my Dad. Will never forget that one!!

15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? NBA Dynasty.

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? In this league it would be Stan Fisher who I drafted and played every season except his last in LA. He won two MVP awards and now sits in the HOF.. Overall it would be Steven Gonzales in Clemente who won 9 Cy Young Awards. Nine!!

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

18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! Who isn’t?

19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? Coaching. We’ve all been talking about this for years now….

20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. We’ll win the West, easy.

20 Questions (Season 27) – The_Rock

We are privileged to count an actual Big Sky Alumni in our league, even if he went to the dreaded Eastern Washington.  Welcome to the league The_Rock!

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? Kelly

2. Married? Yes Children? 2 boys (4 & 6) Pets?

3. City/State you live in? Hermiston, OR Hometown where you grew up? Lake Stevens, WA

4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? Teacher – 10 years

5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Used to watch WWF and liked the_Rock Your Big Sky team name? Love to eat Razor Clams – YUM!

6. How did you start on What If Sports? Just somehow stumbled upon it. What have you played besides HBD? Used to play simleague baseball and have played some Gridiron Dynasty.

7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? Spending time with my wife and kids, coaching, fishing, taking vacations.

8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? In no particular order: Braveheart, Gladiator, The Power of One, Rocky IV, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? Michael Jackson – Thriller

10. What sports team do you cheer for? Seahawks, Mariners, UW Huskies, EWU Eagles

11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? Not the Mariners.

12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? Easy! Hands Down, Edgar Martinez DH!

13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of? The 1985 Bears – seemed like the Greatest Team to be around!

14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? 2006 NFC Championship Game – Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers. Great Game!

15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? Anyway to make a fishing game, that would be fun!

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? Hootie Gaudin – on my Honolulu team – pretty much overlooked by the previous owner, but he continues to over-perform and just finished with his greatest season yet. I like guys who play better than their numbers might suggest.

17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy? I think this might need to change…I continue to tell myself that my goal is to play above .500 every season, but my teams generally play at about that level, so I guess I need to set the bar higher.

18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! How about the San Francisco Sea Lions.

19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? Probably the coach hiring, not everything about it, but maybe the offering of different positions to these coaches who are better at more than one thing.

20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. With a little luck, play for a Wild Card spot!!!

20 Questions (Season 27) – sacfflgod

In spite of the fact that this is an original Big Sky owner, I still always have to triple check when I type his username.  Now to find out is is because of a fantasy football league hopefully will help me remember for here on out.  Find out more in sacfflgod’s 20 Questions

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? First name is Jon. 2. Married? Children? Pets? Married, No kids, too many pets to name. 3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? Galt, CA near Sacramento, Spent my whole life in CA. As a kid I was near LA, in NorCal ever since. 4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? I am a principal at a public elementary school of 700+ students. I was a teacher prior to my current job. I love being the “boss” of a school. 5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? Name is a link to a local Sacramento Fantasy Sports league I have done forever. Big Sky, I represented with the Sac State Hornets 6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? Played Sim League baseball several years ago. I have tried all the sim league sports. Love HBD for the detail. I have been a WIS member since 2001. 7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD?  I love coaching and golf. In the past I have coached high school baseball and basketball, although I have taken a break for now. 8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? Not a Movie Guy. 9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? Thriller/Michael Jackson 10.What sports team do you cheer for?  Sacramento Kings, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Steelers, SJ Sharks 11. Who is going to win the World Series this season?  The Cards looked stacked! 12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? Put Barry Bonds in. They need a Steroid Wing 13.If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of?  One of the Steeler Super Bowl teams of the 70s 14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? 2009 Rose Bowl 15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? I’d love to see a HBD type game for Football 16.Tell us about your favorite HBD player?   Fernando Neruda. Should have kept him until he retired. GOAT 17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy?  Build a young nucleus to mature together 18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! No rivals, but Hank with all his titles is a good one 19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? Change the coach hiring 20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. Somewhere around .500

20 Questions (Season 27) – dwhit34

If you ever wondered who in the BSA wrote a blog on Vietnamese cooking, read on about dhit34.

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? David

2. Married? Children? Pets? Yes, No, 5 dogs- although only 2 live with us, the other three live with my mother in law, and we rotate who stays in each house.

3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? New Orleans, LA grew up here also

4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? Chef- I have worked in restaurants for about 23 years, and I have been a chef for the last 11 years. That is the same amount of time that I have actually been in charge of the kitchens where I worked. Not everyone is a chef- contrary to TV and popular belief.

5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? D for David and first four letters of my last name, and the 34 is for Kirby Puckett.

6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? I don’t remember how I started but I played SimLeague Baseball. Then a little SimLeague Football. Started GD in about season 3, and I was heavily involved in GD for a long time. I have play HD also. Now I only play HBD.

7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? My favorite hobby is hanging out with my wife who I don’t see enough. I also have a cooking blog www.bambooblack.blogspot.com It is strictly Vietnamese food. Might venture into other Asian cuisines, but I haven’t posted any yet.

8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? Pulp Fiction, No Country For Old Men, Apocalypse Now, Usual Suspects, Shawshank Redemption

9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? Kiss- Double Platinum on vinyl

10. What sports team do you cheer for? Saints and LSU

11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? I would like to see the Braves. I really like their team, or the Nationals so I can watch their superstars.

12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? One is tough, but I might go with Dale Murphy. Gold glove centerfielder who was one of the premier power hitters of his time. He could steal bases, and he was the one impact player on some bad teams.

13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of? 1927 Yankees- win big, and party with the Babe

14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? NFC championship game when the Saints beat the Vikings! It was wild. The place exploded, and the party spilled into the streets. I think it was about 4AM and still going strong.

15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? Pro Football Dynasty

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? Currently I have Torey Huskey in Caray World. Reigning MVP and just a complete stud. In Big Sky, Pat Mays is my all time favorite. Middle of the order 2nd baseman who had speed and power.

17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy? I try to sign as many SS as possible then move them to other positions.

18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! Probably Tampa. Although, he wins more, I have been on his tails for a while, and we both are fairly successful.

19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? Coaching hiring sucks.

20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. I am rebuilding, but I think I am putting together a decent lineup. I am a few seasons away from making a run, so I think I will probably win about 70 games.

20 Questions (Season 27) – Evan43

As you read these 20 questions and learn more about defending champion Evan43, know that he watched tinkerbell movies long before he had a daughter. 

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you?

Evan

2. Married? Children? Pets?

No wife or pets… I have a daughter, Aurelia. She is five and my absolute favorite person.

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

I live in Arizona, half way between Phoenix and Flagstaff. I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.

4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it?

I work in retail. I have been for about 10 years now.

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

My WIS name is my first name and my high school football number. When Big Sky started I actually wanted to be in Atlanta. Somebody else already had claimed Atlanta. So I choose Kansas City and went with the historical Monarch name. I always try to use a historical team name or a name related to the city my team is in. The only exception is the team I named after my favorite tv show, Firefly.

6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD?

The first time I heard of What If was an ad on MLB.com back in 2002. I clicked the link and was hooked in about 2 minutes. I played SimLeague Baseball religiously. When Gridiron Dynasty started I switched over to that. Playing mostly in Bryant. Then the greatest addiction was released…. Hardball. I have played over 100 seasons in many different worlds. I have cut back my amount of team recently. But Big Sky is and always be my favorite world.

7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD?

I try to spend as much time as possible with my daughter. So lots of going to the park, doing nails and watching tinkerbell movies. I have corrupted her into liking to play baseball and thinking football jerseys are cool to wear. I do like to watch movies and tv shows like Game of Thrones. Still like playing computer sims like Baseball Mogul and OOTP Baseball.

8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time?

I could write a book on the subject… So lets go with 5 I really like to watch… Star Wars; Lord of the Rings; Big Lebowski; Boondock Saints; Dr Strangelove

9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased?

If memory serves and since it is really embarrassing, I am sure it is… Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation.

10. What sports team do you cheer for?

Atlanta Braves Washington Redskins Arizona Cardinals Ohio State Buckeyes

11. Who is going to win the World Series this season?

The Atlanta Braves of course

12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose?

Dale Murphy. I am completely bias and emotionally clouded. Dale Murphy was one of the best players in the 80s. During the time before the steroid boom when hitting was weak he was great. His low career batting average was his down fall with voters, I know. But, I watched the last few seasons when ‘character’ was a big reason for all-time greats like Bonds, McGwire, Clemens and others not getting voted in; why didn’t Murphy get extra credit for being a great ‘character’ guy. Ugh… I will stop before I get really going. Chipper Jones better get in….

13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of?

The 1919 Chicago White Sox. I would show those guys what happens to them for taking the money and try to talk them down.

14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live?

I never attended a major sports milestone. But, I see Randy Johnson strike out 14 Indians once, CC Sabathia’s major league debut and watched Albert Pujols take BP.

15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make?

I would like to see a Horse Racing game of some sort. I think that would be fun.

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player?

Like many of you… my HBD players seem almost real to me. I have had some great players on my many different teams. But, most of my favorites were KC boys. Teddy Tucker has been in the Monarch organization all 27 seasons so far. First as a gold glove center-fielder and now as a coach. I think that is pretty cool. But anyone who has been around the league knows my favorite is Luther Aldred. Luther is the all-time hit king and holds a few other marks, some that might never be broken. He isn’t a guy that would get much of a look now, but in the beginning I didn’t know any better. He will always be Mr. Monarch.

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

Training budget is so important. I think it helps with players development and slowing decline.

18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one!

The old Boston-Kansas City rivalry from the early years was great. Even if Boston won most of the playoff match-ups. Also El Paso has always been a great division rival… 27 seasons and counting. And of course Vance. Since we are friends it adds to the rivalry. We really don’t square of against each other. But there is the subtle desire to always be just a little better than each other. We both traded Hall of Famers to the other guy. I trade Hugh Buckvich to him; worst HBD trade I ever made. And he traded me Luther Aldred. And then there is the season 26 World Series. It is the stuff of legend and will always be my HBD greatest moment. My too old to win Monarchs defeating the much better Black Sheep in 7 games.

19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change?

The draft and diamonds in the rough. After the draft certain players should get be better. We need those out of nowhere players. Right now only players from the top three rounds make the big leagues. Just think that diamonds should show up right after the draft.

20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season.

Repeat Champs…of course. Heck we might even give those boys from Toledo another lesson…

Wednesday Wrap – Top Ten Starting Pitchers Edition June 8, 2013

Note: This started as a top 10 list and somehow ended up a top 30 list.  That’s why it took me so long, but I hope you enjoy it now that it is done.

Since it got brought up in the world chat, I’m going to dedicate this Wrap to the top 10 starting pitchers in BSA history.  I’m going to limit it to starters since I don’t want to debate the value/merit of relievers compared to starters.  That’s another list.  Actually, send me ideas for any top 10 lists you want to see on the blog and maybe we can start a whole series of them.

My bias on stats: I favor ERA and Whip when it comes to pitching.  Wins are important when it comes to comparing careers, but wins don’t really tell of a pitchers dominance.  Look up Jesus Cruz for proof of that.  I also think strikeouts are an important secondary stat and look at OAV (though I lessen it’s value because it is reflected partially in WHIP).  And then I also factor in awards as that shows a pitchers dominance in single seasons and not just the fact that he pitched for a long time and accrued stats.

1. Fernando Neruda (active, 376 wins/5255K/2.93 ERA/ 1.17 WHIP/ .217 OAV/ 6 Cy Youngs/ 12 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

The only debate here is whether anyone is crazy enough to suggest anyone is better than  Neruda.  Among all the players, he is in the debate for the best ever in the BSA.  Over 60 (and counting) more wins than the next closest, not only the only pitcher with more than 5,000 strikeouts, but the only pitcher with more than 4000 strikeouts (nearly 1400 more than the next closest), and then through in a sub 3 ERA, top 10 level OAV, and a 1.17 WHIP and it’s a clear cut case.  Oh, and by the way, freaking 6 Cy Young awards (and from both leagues).

2. Glenn Painter (retired, 209 wins/ 2706 K/ 2.61 ERA/ 1.08 WHIP/ .209 OAV/ 4 Cy Young/ 9 All Star/ 2 World Series rings/ Hall of Fame inductee)

The assumptions I made about this list are already shattered at #2.  Painter might have the least amount of wins of anyone on this top 10 list which is why a lot of people will probably disagree with his place at #2.  He was not blessed with great stamina so he didn’t get that long career like a Cubillan that allowed him to continue to pick up wins.  But in his prime, he was dominant.  In fact, if not for the sheer size of the gap in areas like wins and Ks, I think you could make an argument that Painter was better than Neruda.  Here’s the case: among retired  pitchers, Painter has the lowest WHIP and ERA.  Read that again and let it sink in.  All retired pitchers, starter or reliever, Glenn Painter has the lowest career ERA and WHIP in BSA history.  There are some active players who are ahead of him, but if history holds true, those players will have some lesser years later in their career and drop.  Painter also stands at number 2 in OAV among retired pitchers.  Those numbers along with 4 Cy Young awards propelled him up my board to # 2 all time.

3. Rube Daniels (retired, 198 wins/2110 Ks/ 2.71 ERA/ 1.13 WHIP/ .208 OAV/ 4 Cy Young/ 8 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring/ Hall of Fame inductee)    

3 of the 5 lowest single season WHIP totals AND ERA totals belong to Rube Daniels. His run in season 7 to 9 are disputably the best 3 consecutive seasons of pitching in BSA history.  They might be the most impressive 3 consecutive seasons of anyone at any position.  He has the lowest career OAV of any retired pitcher and is second in ERA and WHIP.  He was an original player, starting at the age of 27 which obviously hampers his overall stats, but also keep in mind that these early pitchers benefited from the “steroid” training era of HBD and got insane bumps later in their careers (imagine a 27 year old in the game now rated at a 75 who at 33 to 35 was a 91 overall)

4. Frank Dehart (active, 271 wins, 3571 K/3.09 ERA/1.14 WHIP/.225 OAV/ 3 Cy Young/ 8 All Star/ 1 World Series ring)

Dehart is in that stage of his career where he is still pitching but not at the high level he is used to, so there is a chance that he may drop down this list as his ERA and WHIP rise.  He has won Cy Young awards in both leagues and had sustained success throughout his career.  He doesn’t stand at the top of any list, but he is going to finish in the top 5 of nearly every major category.  He won’t get to 300 wins without 2 suprisingly good seasons, but unless his WHIP and ERA significantly raise, I feel he’s a notch ahead of Flores since he has a significant advantage in ERA, WHIP, and OAV, an extra CY Young, and is going to narrow the gap in both wins and Ks.

5. Geronimo Flores (retired, 310 wins/3866 K/ 3.44 ERA/ 1.20 WHIP/ .231 OAV/ 2 Cy Young/ 9 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Getting 300 wins is significant.  It will most likely be a while before another pitcher achieves that goal.  But just making Flores the 2nd best pitcher because he has 300 wins would be like saying Luther Aldred is the second best hitter because he has is one of 2 hitters with 3000 hits.  Awarding a stat like wins alone is essentially awarding longevity and playing for good teams.  I’m not diminishing the significance of the achievement or how good Flores was, but he just wasn’t up to the caliber of those ahead of him.

6. Esteban Cubillan (active, 300 wins/ 3160 K/3.79 ERA/1.24 WHIP/ .244 OAV/ 3 Cy Young/6 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Until the last 2 seasons, I don’t think anyone would have expected Cubillan to be this high on the list.  But he would have been close to the top 10 without the last 2 amazing seasons.  Without a doubt, he has achieved a standard of success at the end of his career that is unmatched.

7. Philip Coleridge (active, 229 W/ 3130 K/ 2.90 ERA/ 1.12 WHIP/ .223 OAV/  1 Cy Young/ 5 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Coleridge has been overshadowed and underrated for a number of reasons, but he is the next pitcher with an outside shot at getting to 300 wins and the 2nd pitcher to surpass 4000 strikeouts.   With those numbers and maintaining his ERA and WHIP, he’d have the chance to rise as high as #2 on this list behind only Neruda.

8. Ben Sherman (active, 191 W/ 2281 K/ 2.90 ERA/ 1.15 WHIP/ 2.31 OAV/ 2 Cy Youngs/ 7 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Sherman, like Coleridge, has the opportunity to ascend into the top 5.  Like others on this list, he has had the fortune to play on some great teams, but he is often the reason they are great.  His season 23 statistics would probably rank top 5 in individual seasons for a pitcher (22-1/2.04/1.0o/.209/232 K).  He has also been one of the top playoff pitchers all time, with 11 wins and a 2.48 ERA.

9.  Mitch Hardy (retired, 236 wins/2486 Ks/3.26 ERA/ 1.21 WHIP/.246 OAV/2 Cy Young/ 9 All Star/ 1 World Series ring/ Hall of Fame inductee)

Hardy was an original BSA player and was the first real workhorse.  He routinely pitched 250 innings and had ten or more complete games in 3 different seasons.  He was also the first pitcher to achieve 200 wins in BSA history.

10. Shawn Radlosky (retired, 257 wins/ 2871 Ks/ 3.45 ERA/ 1.23 WHIP/ .227 OAV/ 4 All Stars/ 1 WS ring)

Radlosky might be the most unheralded player in BSA history.  Overshadowed by the NL stars like Neruda, Radlosky quietly posted solid numbers year in and year out and often went unnoticed for it.  As an example, look at his season 14.  He was 23-2/2.12/1.11/.210/168 K.  That season will win you the Cy Young many times, but not when Frank Dehart 26-4/ 2.42/1.13/.223/ 257 Ks in throwing a whooping 272 innings.  When you throw in the same league as Neruda and Dehart for most of your career, you don’t win awards even when you post great seasons.

11. Al Vallarta (retired, 238 wins/ 2584 K/ 3.57 ERA/ 1.23 WHIP/.251 OAV/ 2 C Youngs/ 4 All Stars, Hall of Fame inductee )

Perhaps the top inherited prospect at the start of the BSA, Vallarta started off with a bang winngin the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in season 6.  Oddly it was the only 20 win campaign of his career, though he won 19 games 4 other times.  Vallarta is the beginning of some comporable players in slots 11-16.  I think these 6 could arguably be rearranged in almost any order.  Vallarta is at the top for me based on the 2 Cy Youngs and the most wins, though his WHIP and ERA are higher.

12. Roy Hardy (retired, 178 wins/ 1704 K/ 3.17 ERA/ 1.16 WHIP/.243 OAV/ 2 Cy Young/ 3 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring/ Hall of Fame inductee)

Hardy is one of those original players who are difficult to slot.  He came on strong at the end of his career.  If Cubillan ignited this conversation based on his post 4o achievements, I think we can safely say Hardy had the best seasons for anyone past 36.  At 37 in season 7. he went 30-5/2,38/.97.  That 30 is not a typo and he became the only pitcher to change leagues mid-season and win the Cy Young in his new league.  In season 8 at the age of 38, he followed it up by going 22-4/2.65/1.02.  His 2 Cy Young seasons elevate him above some others in this area.

13. Robin Drew (active, 228 wins/ 2958 K/ 3.09 ERA/ 1.19 WHIP/ .233 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 5 All Star)

Drew has some better numbers than Vallarta and may pass him by the time the 38 year old is done.  He never played for a big winner to get some of the recognition some of these others received, but he was the model of consistency and has continued to show that even with age.

14. Dwayne Richard (retired, 217 wins/ 2753 K/ 3.13 ERA/ 1.16 WHIP/ .229 OAV// 1 Cy Young/ 6 All Star/ 2 World Series rings)

Richard was always overshadowed by Glenn Painter, but he still managed to have quite a career.  He was the power arm in the young tandem that came up for a surging young Pawtucket team and then remained a stalwart as that team became a dynasty in the BSA.  In the playoffs, he was 14-10/3.54/1.16.  Richard was son good that in season 19 he led Vancouver to their first and only divisional playoff win.

15. Hugh Bukvich (retired, 219 W/ 2519 K/ 3.21 ERA/ 1.19 WHIP/ .232 OAV/ 5 All Stars/ 4 World Series rings, Hall of Fame inductee)

Beyond his regular season acievements, Bukvich  may be the best postseason picher in BSA history.  He started his career making 15 consecutive postseasons and 17 of 18.  He went 11-5/ 2.32 ERA/ 1.o2 WHIP/ .200 OAV in the postseason (31 starts).  In Toledo’s season 11 and 14 wins, he went 3-1/1.25/.83/.188 and 2-0/2.10/1.02/.180 respectively in 6 starts each season

16. Brendan Towers (retired, 148 W/ 1462 K/ 3.12 ERA/ 1.20 WHIP/ .247 OAV/ 6 All Stars/ 3 World Series rings/ Hall of Fame inductee)

Towers is one of the more interesting figures on this list.  He is a BSA legend for his part in the early Boston dynasty.  Boston also often utilized a 6 man rotation, giving its starters fewer starts and innings per season so Towers wasn’t a big workhorse.  He was not dominant (other than perhaps his season 7) and doesn’t have the awards or the compelling stats that some of the other low win early starters have.  But make no mistake about it, Towers was one of the greatest pitchers in the BSA.  It may not be quantifiable, but he just a winner.  He is the winningest postseason pitcher (by my quick look, please tell me anyone I missed), putting up postseason numbers of 17-7/ 3.53 ERA/ 1.15 WHIP in the postseason (28 starts).

17. Edwin Sauveur (active, 232 W/2621 K/ 3.74 WHIP/ 1.26 WHIP/ .251 OAV/  5 All Stars/ 2 World Series ring)

Pitching in Tacoma helps any pitchers career, but Sauveur was exceptional there.  His career totals will probably get him Hall of Fame consideration, particularly considering how similar his numbers are to Mitch Singleton who has already been elected.

18. Mitch Singleton (retired, 231 W/ 2292 K/ 3.57 ERA/ 1.27 WHIP/ .250 OAV/ 5 All Stars/ 4 World Series rings, Hall of Fame inductee)

Another part of the early Boston dynasty (thanks to finnski), Singleton was also a key acquisition for Nashville in helping push them to their World Series title.  Like Towers, he was a part of that 6 man rotation that probably took a few wins away from him.  He was one of the early big win totals in the world and proved to be a stabilizing force for many top rotations.

19. Domingo Sosa (active, 202 W/ 2424 K/ 3.42 ERA/ 1.24 WHIP/ .238 OAV/ 7 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Passing 200 wins this season, Sosa has been a consistently solid starter throughout his career.  He was a dominant starter while playing in the pitchers park in Burlington which considarably helped his numbers, but he still belongs on this list.

20. Albert Garcia (active, 120 W/ 1710 K/ 2.50 ERA/ 1.08 WHIP/ .219 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 4 All Stars)

It is difficult to place active players in the historical landscape because their numbers are changing, but Garcia currently stands on this list although as he ages he may fall off.  I am admittedly biased towards him, but he has some significant marks that put him on this list.  Currently, he has the lowest ERA and Strikeout to walk ratio among all qualifying pitchers in the history of the BSA and the lowest WHIP among starters in the history of the BSA.  His lower stamina will hurt him historically in that he won’t get as many wins and won’t last as long as a starter, but if he holds up for 5 more season with modest win totals he could stand right behind Painter if the grand scheme of things.

21. Vladimir Leon (active, 161 wins/ 1993 K/ 2.94 ERA/ 1.18 WHIP/.236 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 4 All Stars/ 2 World Series rings)

Leon has been an under the radar performer in the BSA.  He quietly is among the league leaders in ERA nearly every season and has perennially been a part of winning teams.  He is aging well and should top the 200 win mark and have a great career to lok back on

22. Al Pimental (active, 160 W/ 1960 K/ 3.00 ERA/ 1.10 WHIP/ .212 OAV/ 5 All Stars/ 2 World Series rings)

Overshadowed by Ben Sherman, Pimental has quietly posted dominant numbers in Tampa Bay.  While never having a Cy Young season, he has posted consecutive 20 win seasons and has a chance to top 200 wins and cement his status as an all time great.

23. Joaquin Guerrero (active, 120 W/ 1540 K/ 2.68 ERA/ 1.12 WHIP/ .219 OAV/ 2 World Series rings)

Guerrero has never won more than 16 games and isn’t going to rack up high career win totals.  But his WHIP and ERA are consistently stellar and place him among the greats.  I’m not sure he will have a long term place on this list, but he still ranks as a top pitcher in the league and has the chance to still post some memorable seasons to maintain his place.

24. Luis Lopez (active, 203 W/ 2278 K/  3.26 ERA/ 1.15 WHIP/ .227 OAV/ 3 All Stars/ 2 World Series rings)

With elbow surgery this year, Lopez’s career is near its end.  Looking back, he has had some great seasons and played on a lot of great teams.  He probably won’t ever get series consideration as a Hall of Famer without any eye popping numbers, but he ranks among the most consistent performers over their careers in BSA history.

25. Trace Woods (active, 161 W/ 1524 K/ 3.31 ERA/ 1.20 WHIP/ .238 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 8 All Stars)

At only 30 years old, Woods is the youngest on this list.  He demonstrates just how difficult it is to get to 300 wins.  Playing for a perennial contender and starting at a young age, Woods already has 4 20+ win seasons and has never been lower than 16.  It’s a safe bet that he’ll get to 250 wins, but to get to 300 wins (forget the factors of staying healthy and avoiding a rapid decline), he would have to average nearly 20 wins until he is 37 years old.  Now if he gets lucky and can keep pitching until he is 40 like a Cubillan, you can lower that average to 14 wins per season.  So he either has to keep pitching a really long time or stay at a crazy high level to pull that off.  Puts Neruda and Flores win totals in perspective.

26.Joel Simmons (retired, 197 W/ 2586 K/ 3.52 ERA/ 1.26 WHIP/ .245 OAV/ 4 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

As the seasons pass on, Simmons is one of the pitchers who slides down this list in retrospect.  He never really became the dominant starter that he looked like he would be as a prospect, but he did post solid career numbers.  He’s probably near the top of the “What could have been” list among pitchers.

27. Shane Dean (retired, 218 W/2238 K/ 4.06 ERA/ 1.29 WHIP/.263 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 3 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Dean holds a special place in BSA lure as a part of the Kansas City team that took down the dynasty of the Boston Bombers.  He was one of the first pitchers to top the 200 win mark.  His ERA inflated in a hitting heavy AL which pushes him down this list, but he should be remembered as one of the greats.

28. Felipe Marin (retired, 152 W/ 1437 K/ 3.28 ERA/ 1.21 WHIP/ .258 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 5 All Stars/ 1 World Series ring)

Marin has the lowest Strikeout to Walk ratio among retired pitchers.  He was never overpowering or really dominant, but he stands as perhaps the greatest control pitcher in BSA history.  I’m not sure if a guy like Marin would thrive in the HBD landscape of today, but early on he was as consistent as a starter as you could find in the BSA.

29. Del Johnson (retired, 119 W/ 1462 K/ 3.38 ERA/ 1.19 WHIP/ .233 OAV/ 1 Cy Young/ 3 All Stars)

He was the original NL Cy Young award winner and started out the world at 33 years old.  That was the tail end of his prime years, but he kept producing until he hit 40.  He would have been one of the great power pitchers had he played his full career, but even his late prime run has him remembered as one of the greats.  If we look at players in terms of eras, I think he is one of if not the top pitcher from the earliest era of the BSA.

30. Wascar Sanchez (retired, 106 W/ 1011 K/ 3.70 ERA/ 1.32 WHIP/ .268 OAV/ 2 Cy Youngs/ 4 All Stars)

Plenty of pitchers have better career numbers than Sanchez, but he deserves his place in BSA history.  He was the first repeat Cy Young winner and perhaps the best pitcher over the first 5 seasons of the world.  His decline began almost immediately so he never really had a chance to have a long career, but early on, he would have stood at the top of thnis list.

 

20 Questions (Season 27) -buffalo_rob

Spoiler alert: buffalo_rob is originally from Buffalo! But what else do you know about him?

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? — Rob, Bob, Bob-Bo, West. As a kid growing up my favorite basketball player was Jerry West.

2. Married? Children? Pets? — married 35 years, 3 adult children, 3 Grand kids, no pets unfortunately. We put down our dog 3 years ago on my birthday. It was painful and my wife doesn’t want another. I would love to rescue or foster dogs, but right now that isn’t a battle I would win.

3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? — Currently live in Granbury, Texas – Hometown Buffalo, NY

4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? — Corrections Officer, a little over 2 years. I also bake for a local supermarket. Very part time however.

5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? — self explanatory Buffalo Rob; but there is a story. I like watching survivor and Boston Rob was one of my favorites. I became Buffalo Rob, since my hometown was Buffalo. Took over the team for the previous owner and kept the name. Spittin’ Vermins til we die!!

6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? — Started playing GD back in March of 2005. I use to play TSN strat-o-matic. Scottso14 found WIS and brought me over. Played a lot of GD and had a bit of success. Didn’t like the changes so I left. Played a couple seasons of HD, but have been hooked on HBD. I also had a shared account with Dwhit34 (newbiefng). We won a few GD titles and HBD World Series. That was a fun time. We also had a group of GD players that met in David’s home town of New Orleans. We had a lot of fun.

7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? — I like to go out shooting. Targets and Wild Hogs and sleeping in my recliner. LMAO I am getting old!!

8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? — I am not a movie buff. Picking 5 would be tough. I almost never watch a movie a 2nd time. Movies I seem to watch more than once. Braveheart, Open Range, Pulp Fiction. I like watch movies with Robert Duval, Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams), and Anthony Hopkins (The Edge, Instinct, Silence of the Lambs), & Kevin Spacey (Pay it Forward, Pax, The Negotiator). I like Quenton Tarantino movies.

9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? — Beatles “Let it Be” 1970, Still have it packed away somewhere.

10. What sports team do you cheer for? — Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics

11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? — MLB Boston Redsox, Haven’t followed baseball much this season. HBD – Huntington Catholics, Why? I am Catholic. ;o)

12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? — Shoeless Joe Jackson

13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of? — Miracle on Ice, 1980 USA Olympic hockey team. What a great time in American sports.

14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? — The year was 1980. The decade of the 70’s was over and the Bills had lost every game in that decade to the Miami Dolphins. 20 straight loses to the Dolphins. It was a beautiful autumn day in WNY and it was opening day in the NFL. 79,000 faithful packed the Ralph. Joe Cribbs was a rookie RB and the defense was to become known as the Bermuda Triangle Led by Fred Smerlas, Jim Haslett, & Shane Nelson. Miami led 7-3 after 3 quarters. The Bills scored 14 unanswered 4th quarter points to end the longest losing streak to one team in NFL history.

15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? — I would love to have a football game like HBD. Better stats with a draft instead of recruiting. How about a MMA league. Something along the lines of the Ultimate fighter.

16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? — Doc Higginson for my Boise Buffaloes team in Josh Gibson world. He is a hitting machine. In S8 Doc set league standards with a .384 BA and 247 hits. He also added 49 doubles, 36 HRs and had a 1.099 OPS in winning the League MVP.

17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy? — My best teams have been based on team defense and speed.

18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! — I would have to say Sabres (Glen). Glen put together a team that dominated the division and AL for 10 seasons. Going to the W.S. 5 times. He was my Miami Dolphins. However Tomhighway has joined the world and I loved beating him in Doubleday.

19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? — Having a team built on speed and base running. I would love to be able to control base running on a individual bases. In the 5 previous seasons Katio Pan has been CS 44 times with only 16 SBs for a success rate of .266. This guy would have a RED light all the time.

20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. — Vegas will steal over 400 bases this season. Did I side stepped the real question!! ;o)

20 Questions (Season 27) – finnski

A Canadian who loves embroidery, dodgeball, Blondie, and Ron Kittle? It can only be finnski!

1. Other than your screen name, what name can we call you? My name is Ron 2. Married? Children? Pets? Married for a year and a half, three kids – one step daughter (23), and raising my sister-in-laws son(16) and daughter(13). plus I have two cats VooDoo and Hallo. 3. City/State you live in? Hometown where you grew up? i live in Calgary Alberta Canada – just a 3 hour drive north from Montana…..and have lived in Vancouver and area, Prince George BC, Nanaimo BC, Edmonton AB and area as well. 4. What do you do for a living and how long have you done it? I am an embroidery digitizer by trade, which is the progrmaming of embroidery designs for shirts, hats, jackets and just about anything that can be sewn on. 5. Any special meaning for your WIS nickname? Your Big Sky team name? My WIS nickname comes from a line of a song by Andy McCoy about him being in a hospital bed and stealing the keys from St. Peter in Helsinki, Finnski….as for my team name, i was born in Vancouver and the name Vipers just seems to fit. 6. How did you start on What If Sports? What have you played besides HBD? I found the site by accident on the Sportsnet website i believe. As for what i have played here, GD, HD, Hockey, Football, Baseball, and HBD, which i now play fully. 7. Any hobbies or favorite pastimes besides HBD? I play hockey on Goodhockey.com but mostly love/live digitizing 8. What is your list for the top 5 movies of all time? Slapshot, Field of Dreams, Braveheart other than that i am not much for movies. 9. What was the first album/cassette/CD you ever purchased? The first recording i remember having was Blondie’s 45 of Heart of Glass 10. What sports team do you cheer for? I cheer for all teams in the Pacific Northwest area….any team in Vancouver and Seattle 11. Who is going to win the World Series this season? As much as i would like to say the Mariners…..i would have to say the Atlanta Braves….sorry there Chipper Jones. 12. If you could automatically put one player into the Baseball Hall of Fame who is not already in, who would you choose? JR Richard from the Houston Astros of the ’80 who had a stroke and tried to make a come back which fell just short. 13. If you could go back in time and be a part of one team in any sport for one season, which team would you be a part of? the 116 win season by the Mariners. 14. What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended live? Watching Ron Kittle hit his 50th Home run of the season in Edmonton while playing with the Trappers. The Chicago White Sox AAA team at the time. 15. If WIS hired you for one to choose and develop a new game for the site, what game would you choose to make? Dodge-ball…..just cuz it would play havoc with the programmers. 16. Tell us about your favorite HBD player? Ralph Reid who has been with the Vipers for a long time and holds quite a few of the teams records…for now. 17. Without giving way all of your secrets, what is your GM philosophy? My philosophy is just try and be a .500 ball club and hope for the best. 18. Do you have a rival in the Big Sky? If not, pick one! Any of the long time owners i consider a rival. 19. If you could change one thing about HBD, what would you change? I would change the scouting values mixed with the budget to counter each other. 20. Give us a prediction for your Big Sky team for this season. I’ll be happy if we can be a .400 team.

All Time Leaders

Hits
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

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

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

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

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