Monday, December 10, 2012

Meet the Owner: Raiderzman33

 This marks Raiderzman33's first year in Hunter. He has over 5400 games of HBD experience with 2 World Series Titles & a career .526 win %

Name: Frankie  - Married

Age: 37

Job: Finance Manager for Toyota Financial

Location: Oklahoma

Favorite HBD:  Being accepted as a beta tester and winning my first title with the Louisville Sluggers in Ruth.

COMMISH EDIT: I don't even know where to start with this one. It's unclear of #1 & #2 happened in the same season but if they did that would mean Raiderzman33, is the WS winner in HBD history. If #1 & #2 didn't happen in the same year, he's still the only HBD Beta Tester that I'm aware of in Hunter. I can only imagine what type of Wild West the original season of Ruth was before anyone knew what they were doing

Favorite Teams: Oakland Raiders, Houston Astros and Oklahoma City Thunder

COMMISH EDIT: Oakland had to be a dark horse to be his favorite football team given his location and other two selections

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Studdabubbas Sign Lary

Nov. 22, 2012—The Pittsburgh Press
19 seasons ago, the Pittsburgh Studdabubbas drafted SP Quentin Lary with the 28th pick of the amateur draft. He looked like quite a steal for the young franchise. Two years later, ownership traded him for some players nobody can remember in an attempt to boost their ML squad to a championship. That didn't happen. But since then, Lary has gone on to pitch 16 seasons in the Big Leagues, mostly in San Francisco, with a record of 233-81 and a career WHIP of 1.15. Not to mention a couple of Cy Young Awards, 9 All-Star invites, and two World Series rings.

This was one of the biggest blunders in Pittsburgh baseball history (and that's no small feat) and they never seem to hear the end of it. Ownership has publicly admitted in the past that they root against Lary and wish him the very worst (as if he asked for a trade). This makes what happened in free agency in season 25 all the more interesting.

Quentin Lary
Age: 37B/T: L/L
Born: Franklin, OH
Position(s): P (SuB)
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The Studdabubbas have resigned 37-year-old Quentin Lary for $6M. Your initial thought was probably that the Studdabubbas have softened in their hatred of Lary but, reports say, that is not true. Sure, they gave him a lot of money, but Studdabubba brass doesn't want him to succeed. They just want him to go away. Think about it. If you wanted to really stick it to a pitcher, what franchise would you choose for him? Yes, the Pittsburgh Studdabubbas.

Ask two time world champion Piper Torres how his time in Pittsburgh went. After a mediocre 6-7 season 23 in Pittsburgh, he imploded in season 24. After 3 lousy games he blew out his elbow and missed the rest of the season. And he isn't the only one. Here are some other All-Star pitchers who fell to the Studdabubbas curse with major arm injuries in the last 5 seasons: Lefty Riske, Cole Rossy, Artie Bordick, and Vin Franco.

The Studdabubbas have recently been averaging over one season-ending pitching injury each year. Will the very bitter Studdabubbas finally be able to put and end to Quentin Lary? We can only hope.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pre-Season Power Ranks (6-10)

6. Pittsburgh

From a record standpoint the Stubbabuddas were the 3rd best team in the NL. In the off-season Dizz made it clear that simply wasn't good enough signing three type A FA. Q. Lary, 9-Time All-Star, 2-Time Cy Young winner and 2-time WS winner, while he's slightly past his prime he's still an elite talent. Not satisfied with going to the SF cupboard just once Dizz double double by signing All-Star 3b V. Cueto. Finally, the 3rd signing (A. Moreneo) put Pittsburgh in a foriegn position of having TOO much SP. This year's team is likely the best in Pittsburgh history and it wouldn't surprise me to see them move up in the mid-season ranks

7. Cleveland

Much like Pittsburgh Clevelend went on a FA frenzy signing 3 type A FA and 2 type B FA, the biggest moves came in the bullpen with the addition of G.Turner, W. Guerreo & J. Estrella, the trio will form one of the best Set A combinations in the league. The Rockydawgs also shored up their INF signing J. Morgan at SS & V. Nuez at 3b. Those 5 additions to a team that won 77 games will likely put Cleveland in 90+ win territory for the first time in the franchise history

COMMISH EDIT: Why is it that everytime I have a type A FA it has to get signed by the team that already signed too others GRRRRRRRR. Stupid G. Turner. 

8. St. Louis

Ever since Jceffali joined the league I've known this season would come. St. Louis has been quietly stock piling a glut of young talent and has been slowly progressing in terms of wins 67, 71, 79, 84.......and I don't see them stopping there. The trade for K. Lawerence was a clear indicator to the rest of the AL South that Jceffali feels he's team's ready to compete for the division crown

9. Philadelphia

Since joining the league Hineiii has never missed the playoffs and I don't see this being the first time. Philly, big FA signings have started to get older but they still represent very good talents. The core should be enough to make it 5 straight in the post season

10. Richmond

The third AL South to make the list. Richmond finished 2nd in the AL South last year and then made an unexpected run to the ALCS. The Smokies return much of the same roster and will make the AL South, the most hotly contested division in baseball.

Honorable Mention:

Tacoma, Atlanta, Jacksonville