Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meet Frazc1

Frazc1 is in his 5th season as a member of Hunter. I originally ran into Frazc1 in Stargell @ Monumnet, where he took over commissionership (3 seasons ago??). It is a good world and he is a strong commissioner if anyone is looking for another world to hang their hat in.

Name:Chris (41)

Job: Self-Employed

HBD Moment: Last year in Stargell: I had the No.2 seed and the best record I have ever had but choked in the playoffs (as usual) to fellow owner and current division rival timf.

Favorite Team: University of Kentucky (Greatest College Basketball Program Ever) 7 National Titles hoping for No. 8 this year. COMMISH EDIT: As I Tarheels fan I would like to refute that claim, I will agree that Ashley Judd is a solid celebrity fan though
Football Team sucks but at least we are in the SEC (Best College Football Conference)

Favorite Player: Rafael Espinosa-Stargell. I got him as an international free agent at age 18 only because ever one else had run out of money. Been part of my ML pitching staff for last 7 years with 100 career wins.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Meet Afatrain

Afatrain is a first year owner in Hunter.

Name: Allen Haley residing in Orlando Florida

Age: 26

Job: Program support Coordinator/ Special Olympics Director for Carlton Palms Educational Center. COMMISH EDIT: Going to be tough to root against Afatrain when he takes a run at divison title.

Favorite HBD Moment: My 1 Division crown, was ages ago I don't even remember which world. Recently decided to come back to HBD. COMMISH EDIT: Going to need to upgrade that favorite moment in Hunter, since the last one left a lasting impression on you :)

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: Nope

Favorite Sports teams: Miami Dolphins, University of Michigan COMMISH EDIT: Must be a sorry behind this combo

Favorite HBD player (which world): Art Ackley, 2nd baseman for the mariachis.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Meet Randyrossrac

Randyrossrac has been a member of Hunter since S8 and the Baja Racers were his first team.

Name: Randy

Age: 52

Home: Torrance California

Job: Industrial tooling sales engineer & professional race car driver. Commish Edit: This is what you call "burying the lead". If anyone asked me what I did and those were my two vocations? Race Car Driver would be the first job I mentioned

Favorite sports teams LA Dodgers LA Lakers

Know anyone in Hunter: I do not know anyone in wis personally

Favorite hbd player: Wascar Lopez in Hunter COMMISH EDIT: I unsuccessfully for years tried to pry Mr. Lopez away from LA

Favorite moment: 1st playoff appearance with L A

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Meet Leppykahn

Leppykahn is another charter member of Hunter & the world creater which in some senses would make him the "God of Hunter". Leppy's love for 0 Contact 100 power players eventually drove his "good friend" Radek crazy. Needless to say having Bearclan1 is a much stronger additional.

Name: RJ

Age: 33

Job: Computer Programmer/Database Administrator

Favorite HBD Moment: Probably the time every starting position player made the all-star game.
2nd favorite was a toss up between the NLCS game 7 against Radek where the simulator didn't start the right guy and I had to do it myself (won by 1 run, if I remember correctly)... and the perennial race for 500 HR early in this world. (COMMISH EDIT: The race to 500 HR between Magglio Javier & Lonny Iglesieas was epic, Lonny ended up beating Magglio to the mark by 1 game. Rich Peters became the 3rd man to join the club later the same season)

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: No, I've recruited some people I knew, but they left. Although Diz is in my Dynasty Fantasy Football league.

Favorite Sports teams: Oakland Raiders, As. Also like the Lions, Saints, Diamondbacks, Suns.
Favorite HBD player (which world) Duh, Frank Zhang (Hunter) COMMISH EDIT: He was a pretty good player but a little too injury prone to be a Superstar...........Leppy that was a joke, I can feel your blood raising through the internet.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Meet Dizzlebob

Dizzlebob is a charter member of Hunter having been on board for all 21 seasons. I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank Dizz for all his work over the years in recuirting posts. It was between myself & Dizz for who would take over as Commish and I have no doubt that Dizz would have done as good as job (probably better).

Age: 43, Married with daughter (Lila, 7)

Job: Graphic Artist, Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite HBD Moment:
Well, I’m usually disappointed with my team so this isn’t an easy question to answer. The Studdabubbas made it to game 7 of the World Series back in S2 and Lost to the Washington Generals—but I don’t feel like I built that team and just kind of went with what I had...and got lucky. But that’s the closest I’ve come to winning anything on this stupid website so it’s tops right now.

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life:
I have been friends with ex-Hunter owner carmandjr for about 20 years but I have never met anyone else.

Favorite Sports teams:
Steelers. I don’t like hockey (COMMISH EDIT: I thought I had made it clear previously as a Canadian I will not stand for digs at hockey) and I never went to a real college so I don’t have any other allegiances. I watch the Pirates sometimes but they don’t really count as a real team. I guess I root for Pitt basketball but I rarely get to watch them. I dream to one day to adopt a local, low division college football team like Robert Morris or Duquesne and try to go to games—but I need to find time and someone to do it with, first.

Favorite HBD player (which world):
Willie Drew (Hunter). He’s a guy I drafted in season 4 and kept for 11 seasons. He easily holds the Studdabubbas homerun (413), RBIs (1,273), and OPS (.959) records. His career batting average was .312. He was named Rookie of the Year in season 6, went to 4 All-Star Games, and even won a HR Derby in Season 11.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meet Timf

Timf has been an owner in Hunter since S13 taking over for an abandoned franchise. He has been the representative of the weaker league (Yes I am taking a unprovoked shot at the NL) in the World Series the last 3 seasons. He has yet to take home the WS title.

Name: Adam (Commish Edit: See Beerman MTO for explanation of timf username)

Age: 31 recently married but no kids.

Job: Real Estate Agent (Commish Edit: Bought me 2 houses & sold one)

Favorite HBD Moment: Definitely taking over the division title from baldric for the first time. A close second would be going to game 7 of the WS against jahu in Stargell where he ultimately crushed my hopes of a first title by scoring something like 22 runs on my rookie SP. (Commish Edit: Being on the other side of this title it was probably my 3rd or 4th favorite moment, I think the score was 22-4)

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: jahu & beerman. Jahu and I were actually in each others wedding party and we've been friends for nearly 20 years.

Favorite Sports teams: San Fransisco 49ers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Yankees. (Commish Edit: Notice a theme? Good teams in the late 90's not saying bandwagon jumper but.........)

Favorite HBD player (which world) Not sure I can narrow it down to one. Maybe Kent Sisler from Hunter who was my first MVP and should be a HoF'er when he retires.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meet Beerman324

Beerman324 has been in Hunter since Season 8. Little known fact the 324 in his name refers to his residence room number.

Name: Allan

Age: 29

Job: Logistics Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force

Location: I am from Ottawa (capital of Canada), but I am now stationed in Cold Lake, Alberta (fighter base).

Favourite HBD moment: When I win my first championship.

Do you know any Hunter owners in real life?:

Yes. I know the Commish, Jahu43, and timf. The commish and I went to University together and have known each other since. He is the one that got me into HBD. Timf is a friend of Jahu and I met him through him. Fun fact....tim is not his name. That was the name of the origional owner of that team who the three of us also know. Commissioner Edit: The original Timf was a good friend & is a school teacher he took an abandonded team at the end of Summer vacation, he became frustrasted with reviving a dead pitching staff using "Basic Mode" for roster management and once school started he handed the team over to another friend & current owner. The current Timf stuck with the name (even though his name is Adam) so that he could gain access to the "advanced mode" for roster management a season earlier

Favorite Sports Teams:

Toronto Blue Jays, Calgary Flames, Toronto Raptors, Green Bay Packers (COMMISH EDIT: He is actually a 49ers fan but renounced them just prior to the playoffs last season and jumped on the GB bandwagon)

Favourite HBD player: in Hunter my favourite player was a former player of mine Braden Cox. He was part of my(and existing owner's) franchise until season 16. He was AL ROY in season 3. He is a 6 time All-star, 4 time silver slugger, and was AL MVP is seson 6. He is up for the HOF this year and I'm sure he will make it.
(COMMISH EDIT: This was sent prior to HOF annoucements, at which point it became clear Beerman did not read the blog or world chat)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Meet Hineii

This is Hineii's first season with his current franchise but had previously made a one season cameo in S14. His former team is now Washington DC Quakers. Lets_try "stole" Hineii's old team so Hineii responding by "stealing" his city. Prior to this season the Quakers resided in Philly.

Name: Donald

Age: 33 Married with one son (10) and guardian of nephew (15)

Job: Data Analyst at investment company

Favorite HBD Moment: Obviously its winning a championship I have won 3 (Kaline season 8 Stargell @ Monument Park Season 3 and Hall Of Fame season 13), but I have been to 12 world series. I can get there but for whatever reason I seem to come up short most of the time. Law of Avg says I should be 6/12 but I am 3/12 = .250

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: No

Favorite Sports teams: Philadelphia teams all the way. Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and even the Sixers (don’t tell anyone about the last one ok)

Favorite HBD player (which world) Alex Silva Catcher from my Kaline Team (my first team) he was drafted 18th overall in season 1 (back in 2006) of that world (now in season 22) and was an absolute beast of a player. He just retired at age 42 and had 12 AS, 10 SS, 9 MVP, 3 HR Derby a long with multiple All Time Records in that world….and he helped bring home my first Championship. I like to think that because I was so bad at Sim League Baseball that the WIS gods were smiling on me back in HBD first days and gave me Alex Silva as a gift.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Power Ranks (1-5)

5. Louisville- AL (Previous Rank: 3)

Originally I still had my team sitting in the 3rd spot however an injury to a certain 2-Time Cy Young award winner has a way of bumping a franchise down. Peaches Meredith a very capable replacement & a dude with a great name, has been called up to replace Kinkade but it still represents a considerable down grade. The Sluggers are off to a good start at 8-5

4. Los Angeles- NL (Previous Rank: 4)

The Baja Racers didn’t make any big moves in free agency but have been active in the trade market. Especially with his most recent trade, the deal was a classic help me now for help me later. The Baja Racers picked up Zip Carrol which represents a large upgrade over Corey Gibson today while giving up parts for the future. Z. Carrol joins Rabbit Denny (another great name), V. Martin, & I. Cruz to form a very formidable top 4. The Baja Racers have started strong at 8-5

3. Little Rock- NL (Previous Rank: 5)

As mentioned previously it wasn’t going to take much to move Little Rock up the rankings, while the Renegades lost a lot of quality players to FA they were active in replacing them. Signing two elite arms to the bullpen in P. Onitveros & W. Perez, these signings should ease the lost of R. Santiago. In addition to pitching help Little Rock also picked up E. Johnson to play 3b & T. Montgomery as a versatile fielder. These FA additions and a track record of success give Little Rock the top spot back in the NL. Little Rock is off to a hot start at 9-4

2. San Francisco (Previous Rank: 1)

A couple things combined to drop San Fran from the top spot, limited activity in the FA market & a trade that sent Esteban Fernandez to Pawtucket. While the Night Demons added a strong RP for Fernandez, the reliever won’t contribute in the ML for a season or two. The loss of Fernandez takes some immediate punch out of the line-up. SF did add V. Evans, I am assuming to fill the Fernandez role, it is still a downgrade. All of the above said it is splitting hairs the difference between number 1 and 2. SF is off to an 8-5 start

1. New Britain (Previous Rank: 2)

As stated in the first Power Ranks, I was very hesitant to drop the 2-time defending champs from the first spot. NB only had one major FA signing but the Yorkies did pick-up one of the better RP in Hunter history in Sammy Cruz. That coupled with the SF moves was just enough to nip them back into first place. Their strong record of 10-3 out of the gate certainly doesn’t hurt either

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meet Jbburner

Jbburner is a first year owner in Hunter

Name: JB

Age: 49

Job: Retired Forest Firefighter

Favorite HBD Moment: When I win my first World Series

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: No

Favorite Sports teams: Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls

Favorite HBD player (which world) Andre Sele Cincinatti Firestorm in Pine Tar. Great CF!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Power Ranks- 6-10

Spots five through one to follow later this week

10. Philedephia-NL (Previous Rank: Not Ranked (NR))
Hineii landed the biggest fish in the off-season pool with the
signing of R. Santiago that plus bullpen depth signing M. Speaker was enough to boost the Phillies into the top ten. The previous season as Chicago this franchise almost reached the .500 mark. Adding the best pitcher in Hunter, pushes this team to the playoffs, I had them ranked 10th prior to the season the 7-2 start means I might be pushing them up even further in the future ranks

9. Baltimore-NL (Previous Rank: 10)

The 9th and 10th spots were especially hard to determine it was essentially a game of musical chairs, I had four teams for two spots. Philly grabbed the wooden chair & Baltimore grabbed the chair with the slightly better cushion, leaving Minnesota & Cleveland just out of the top 10. What pushed Baltimore up a spot was the signing of top of the order bat in Trace Manning. After a very slow start Baltimore has won 4 straight and sits at 5-4.

8. Pittsburgh- NL (Previous Rank: 4)

The biggest fall in the updated power rankings are the Stubbabubbas, they fall 4 spots in the rankings and behind 2 other NL teams. While Pittsburgh returned the majority of their hitters from last season they failed to adequately address their hole at SP missing out on the major FA pitchers. They brought C. Johnson back hoping he can re-create some magic & lost another FA SP to a major injury during spring training. This is still a strong squad but the lack of an elite SP limits their upside. Dizz needs to right the ship after a 3-5 start to avoid falling further in the All-Star break update

7. Kansas City-AL (Previous Rank:NR)

No team was busier in the off-season than the Comets, if R. Santiago was the biggest fish in the off-season pond then G. Kerr was the 2nd best catch. Kerr along with Santiago became the first two players in Hunter to receive max deals. In addition to signing an Ace, KC had 4 additional major signings. They added stout defensive C B. Rameriz from their division rival SF, strong RP T. Garland, quality SS M. LaRocca & perhaps one of the more underated signing was adding M. Cheng. While Cheng is getting closer to the end of this career, he would still be a quality SP1 for a number of teams in the league & giving the signing of Kerr he slots in fantastically as an SP2. When you upgrade the top 40% of your rotation it jumps you in to the top 10. In my first rankings I noted only 1 new owner was in the top 10 however after FA that was likely to change. Well it did, ptwoner joins Hineii to double the number of new owners in the top 10 (stazrunner & Minny just slide out). The Comets are off to a 5-3 start & lead the AL West, for long-time Hunter owners it feels odd seeing SF in 2nd, no matter how early it is.

6. Washington- AL (Previous Rank: 9)

Let_trys had a very subtle off-season working with a core of strong players instead of the big FA signing he worked on the edges of FA and improved with roster with minor changes. He picked up quality 2b Birdie Leonard for a song (see what I did there, Birdie……song……great stuff). M. Everett improves his offense from the CF position for a very reasonable price & D. Roth offers a cheap and decently skilled stop-gap at first base. Had the Quakers choose to retain the services of V. Kraemer they would very likely see themselves in the top 5. The Quakers currently find themselves in 2nd place in NL East at 5-4

Meet Tonicawf

This is year 2 of Tonicawf's 2nd go around with Hunter. He left the world for one season & previously managed Omaha for seasons 16-18


Age-35 im married and have a three yr old daughter named penelope with special needs

Job- Contractor

Favorite hbd moment- Beating bjb last season in the playoffs. I havent won a div crown yet, though I' ve come in second a bunch of times. thats my goal this season in hunter
Know any hunter owners- nope

Fav sports teams- phillies(though my favorite player of all time is Dale Murphy-a brave. go figure), im a huge dolphins fan. i root sixers, but not a huge basketball fan anymore. who cares about hockey. (Commish Note: As a Canadian comments like will not be tolerated :) ) i love the philadelphia union.

My favorite hunter player-Sam Wheeler.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Season 21- HOF Votes

Below is posted in the blog, so that it is not lost after roll-over

Player Frn Votes
Rich Peters BAL 26
Kevin Coleman TRE 20
Erubiel Molina PHI 14
Garrett Biggio ELP 14
Dan Miller CLB 13
Yamid Molina NO 9
Lonny Iglesias COL 8
Braden Cox PAW 7
Andrew Wright COL 6
James Hayashi LV 5
J.P. Mercedes COL 4
Matty Garces NY2 3
Shawn Owen PHI 3
Hipolito Guillen SF 3
Eduardo Gonzalez KC 2
Clark Connelly IA 2
Sammy Moraga NO 1
Pedro Torrealba ELP 1
Glenn McCarty STL 1
Rodrigo Brito RIC 1
J.R. Alston OMA 1
Sherm Norton NB 1
Ben Beamon NO 1
Joe Ogea SF 1

Meet Wizbang 1943

Wizbang is a 3 year owner in Hunter joining the world in Season 19

Name: Luther wisby

Age: 68, married 49yrs, 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren

Job: Retired
Location: Manteca, Calif

Favorite HBD Moment: Defeating three 100+ win teams to reach world series(didn't win)

Hunter Owners: Don't know any in real life, that I'm aware of

Favorite Sports Teams: SF 49ers, USC Trojans, Oakland A's, New York Yankees

Favorite HBD Player: Hugh Scott, Memphis Mad Hatters, Satchel Paige

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meet Csherwood

Csherwood is a former Commissioner of Moneyball and is a first year owner in Hunter. I know Csher from Moneyball. I can atest that Csher has alligator blood, staring down the min. win requirement. Csher needed 3 wins in his final 3 games. He ended up sweeping his antagonist Crabman in the final series, to meet the win rule by 1 game. (I was suprised this wasn't his favorite moment) Csherwood is the 2nd owner in his franchise's history. If you can say one thing about Gocubz he was.......committed. As Csher pointed out his franchise has a perfect record when it comes to making the playoffs.

Age: 38, Married, no kids

Job: Attorney in the State of South Jersey (not to be confused with those other two states known as North Jersey and Jersey Shore) -- about to start my own solo practice focusing on bankruptcy and personal injury

My favorite HBD moment: just happened -- winning the World Series in Mays on a 2 run walk-off home run by Louie Blanco. Also, winning both Season 1 and 2 championships in Cooperstown was pretty sweet, especially when I steamrolled through the Season 2 playoffs as the #5 seed with only one postseason loss. (Commish Edit: I still think it should be the epic Money ball run)

Know anyone from Hunter in real-life: No

Favorite teams: Rutgers (my alma mater), all Philadelphia teams, and whoever is playing the Dallas Cowboys. I am also a college basketball junkie.

Favorite HBD player: I have had a lot including the infamous Harry Arrojo from FYC, but right now it is Louie Blanco (for the aforementioned home run) and Jocko Gilmore (2 time defending MVP and winner of last season's Triple Crown), both on my team in May

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Meet Dufferman

Duff is an original Hunter Owner, the Baydogs just completed their best season (making a run to the NLCS)

Name: Ed

Age: 54 (married, 1 son)

Job: work for Dept of Army in Chem/Bio Defense

Favorite HBD Moment: When Baltimore BayDogs qualified for the playoffs after 17 seasons of futility

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: no

Favorite Sports teams: Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens

Favorite HBD player (which world) Rich Peters (Hunter) retired with +500 Home Runs (but not in the HoF)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Rockydawg07

Rockydawg has been a Hunter owner since Season 4

Name: Geoff

Age: 51 and reside in Raleigh NC with my wife ,3 dogs and 5 cats. My team here is named after one of my dogs, Marley. a big ole 97 pound hound mix that we saved. Her nickname is The Moose, thus the Cleveland Moosedawgs.

Job: Retail Manager

Favorite HBD Moment:
Season 10 in this world. My team was 84-78 and just made the wild card. We had a wicked hot streak near the end of the season.Then went 1-9 over the last 10 to barely hang onto the wild card. First round playoff we swept the powerful Blasters from Colorado. Then crushed the 114 win team from NY and owned by the worlds most lovable owner Radek. Then my team of youngsters and old castoffs made it to the world series and got our butts handed to us by some team owned by a canuck. I did not even know they had the internet up there! But this team had a miricle season

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life:
Since I have started this game I only have imaginary friends.

Favorite Sports teams:
Was born outside of Cleveland so I have been a long time suffering Tribe fan. But many great memories of the old stadium. I remember listening to the 10 cent beer night on the radio, They played the Rangers that night.

Favorite HBD player (which world
Favorite player is Tony Blair in addicted users world. A incredible pitcher who is still going strong at 39.I almost lost him to free agency, but signed him to a max contract and never let him go. I think he could pitch into his early 40's. We have also become pretty good friends outside of HBD and may go into business together when he retires from the team, My wife does not like him...I think she is jealous.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Meet jceffali

Jceffali is a first year owner in Hunter & is one of my leaguemates in Moneyball

Name: Johnny

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Married with 3 boys.

Job: Bond Analyst by day. Manager of a very good 10 & under travel baseball team on evenings and weekends.

I don't know any Hunter owners.

Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox, Notre Dame (I live in NY but grew up in the Midwest.)

Favorite HBD Moment: Winning two straight World Series (my only two so far) with the Las Vegas Dealers in the Jersey League

Favorite Player: Max White, starting pitcher, Jersey League. My first high draft pick when I finally started to understand the game! Drafted out of high school at age 18, he's now a 32 year old veteran, still on my team, with 150 wins and a sub-3 ERA and 1 Cy Young. He never had the durability to go more than 175 IP a year otherwise he'd have 200 wins by now, but he's still my boy!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Meet Greeny9

Name: Mike

Age: 39

Job: Farm manager

Favorite HBD Moment: winning the world series last season in Yaz would have to be it

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: nobody in hunter

Favorite Sports teams: It used to be the Leafs, but now I dont care for them anymore after so many years of not making the playoffs, and not really trying to make them either...
Favorite HBD player (which world) SP Alex Ortiz over in Yastrzemski, this guy is just plain ole raking, he nearly won the world series all by him self! his record is 114-27, .211 oav, 1.10 whip and 2.57 ERA. and all this in a perfectly neutral park. No pitchers park for him... I can only imagine what his numbers would be like in Burlington or something!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meet Pfontaine

Prefontaine is an original member of Hunter & a persistent thorn in the side of the Louisville Sluggers.

Name: Paul

Age: 40 (married-2 kids)

Job: VP of Accounting for private equity company in Atlanta.

Favorite HBD Moment: I guess it has to be my one and only title in Erffdog. Two seasons before i had fallen behind in the ALCS 0-3 and came back to win. Then in the WS, I fell behind 0-3 and came back to tie. I lost Game 7 in extra innings on a play at the plate where my guy was tagged out as the tying run. So that title 2 seasons later washed the sting away. But that was one hell of a ride.

Do you know any Hunter owners in real-life: Unfortunately, no. Would love to have a beer with my longtime rival Jahu sometime. He usually beats me, so I guess I'm buying . I have lots of respect for all the longtime Hunter owners. They're good people to play with.

Favorite Sports teams: Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, UConn

Favorite HBD player (which world) Mendy Clemens in Hunter. He was a beast of a player. I traded him in Season 6 to radek for Gene Fitzgerald, who was a very good SP, but sucked for me in 2 one year stints. I got Clemens back for his final 3 seasons. He's my one and only HOF'er.