Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Week in CFCL History

Here’s a look at this week in CFCL history, covering the dates June 23 to June 29.

June 23, 1992 RUFFINS trade Jerald Clark and Tyler Green to KENTS for Eddie Murray.
The second place Ruffins look to add to their offense by adding a future Hall of Famer in the final year of his CFCL contract.  

I have to believe the Ruffins were disappointed in Murray’s production, as he hit just .260 with 8 HR the rest of the way, though he did drive in 44 runs. 

What did Jerald Clark give the Kents following the trade? 8 HR and 44 RBI, but hit for a better average than Murray - .284.  
June 24, 1997 COPPERFIELDS trade Dmitri Young, Quilvio Veras, Karim Garcia, and their 7th round Rotation Draft pick in 1998 to LAMBCHOPS for Delino Deshields, Sammy Sosa, and their 8th round Rotation Draft pick in 1998.
The Copperfields, having just moved into a tie for first with David’s Ruffins, put together a package of young talent for a bundle of speed and power. 

Sosa and Deshileds came through big-time, helping the Copperfields secure the 1997 Championship: 

Sosa: .244 BA – 21 HR – 68 RBI – 15 SB
Deshields: .297 BA – 6 HR – 33 RBI – 28 SB 

The Copperfields ended up selecting Steve Cooke with the Chops’ 8th round pick in 2008. 

The Lambchops got screwed when the AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Dmitri Young in the expansion draft that off-season, then immediately traded him back to the National League. Because Young had spent a few minutes on an American League team, the rules at the time dictated that he be immediately released. Young wasn’t the only player lost by a CFCL team during that expansion draft (and yes, we later revised the rule to prevent that kind of absurdity. 

Not all was lost, though, as the Lambchops got 6 HR, 44 RBI, and 24 SB from the .05 Veras in 1998, while Garcia, also a nickel, provided 9 HR and 43 RBI. The Chops selected Emil Brown with the 7th round pick from the Copperfields.
June 24, 1997 COPPERFIELDS trade Esteban Loaiza to FLATFEET for Tom Glavine.
Glavine won 7 games for the Copperfields, with a 3.18 ERA and 1.15 RATIO. Loaiza won 6 for the Flatfeet, but they released him following the season as part of Winter Waivers.  
June 24, 2009 COPPERFIELDS trade their 16th round pick in 2010 to the GRAGING BULLS for David Bush.
Go big or go home… 

The Bulls used the 16th round pick to select Jeff Fulchino, who put up a 5.51 ERA in 2010.   

June 25, 1991 DEM REBELS trade Terry Pendleton to SIX PACKS for Charlie Hayes.
A swap of third basemen. Although Pendleton was having the better season to date, he was on the final year of his contract which made him expendable for the last place Rebels. 

Pendleton got even better after the deal, hitting .329 with 15 HR, 59 RBI, and 7 SB, which helped the Six Packs finish in second place in one of the tightest races in CFCL history (the top three teams were separated by a single point in the final standings). 

Hayes was cheap (.04), and a potential keeper for the Rebels. I recall Kelly selling Rich on his potential by claiming that although Hayes was only hitting .212 at the time of the trade, he drove in a run with nearly every hit. That statement wasn’t all that far from the truth, as Hayes had 33 hits and 20 RBI at the time of the deal. 

It appears Rich was rather impatient with Hayes to fulfill on this promise … in the same Roster Change report that reported the trade, Rich (who was covering League Secretary duties while I was out of town for work) wrote: 

Oh, and by the way, Kelly. Line score from Tuesday night. C. Hayes 2-1-1-0. He got his blessed hit, where’s the RBI? And what in the world is he doing with a run scored? 

Rich was apparently perturbed enough to immediately put Hayes on the trading block, and the Rebels sent him to the Ruffins the very next week.  
June 25, 1996 DEM REBELS trade Rod Beck, Orlando Merced, and their 12th round Rotation Draft pick in 1997 to LAMBCHOPS for Barry Bonds, Bruce Ruffin, and Jay Powell.
The Rebels had an 11 point lead over the 2nd place Copperfields when they put this one together, which was as much about securing their lead as it was about increasing it. After all, they already had 70 of the possible 80 points at the time. 

Bonds didn’t disappoint, hitting .322 with 22 HR, 69 RBI, and 23 SB, and leading the Rebels to the 1996 Championship. Ruffin added 5 Wins and 12 Saves, while Powell contributed 3 Wins and a Save. 

The Lambchops didn’t exactly reap benefits from this deal… Merced ended up in the American League the following year and had to be released, and the Chops sent Beck to the FlatFeet for Delino DeShields on the first day of the 1997 season. DeShields didn’t hang around long, as the Chops dealt him to the Copperfields on June 24 of that season (see above). 

The Chops selected pitcher Tim Scott in the 12th round of the 1997 Rotation Draft).  
June 25, 2003 SIX PACKS trade Byung Hyun Kim, Steve Finley, and Fernando Vina to RESERVOIR DOGS for Kip Wells and Bryan Bullington.
The fourth place Reservoir Dogs make a couple deals in an effort to catch the first place Lambchops.  

Kim had gotten traded to the American League earlier in June. Under 2003 rules, as long as he remained on a CFCL roster for the rest of the season, the stats he accumulated in the AL would accrue for his CFCL team, however he could not be kept the following season unless he returned to the NL. This meant he was of little use to the rebuilding Six Packs, but still held value for a contending team. 

Kim gave the Dogs 17 HoSv over the rest of the season. Finley contributed 150 TB, 44 RS, 39 RBI, and 11 SB, and the Dogs flipped Vina to Dem Rebels a few weeks later. 

The Six Packs got a cheap (.01) keeper in Wells and a minor league pitcher who, although highly touted at the time, never amounted to much. 

The Six Packs did not get the chance to reap the benefits from Wells. Six Packs owner Kelly Barone resigned from the league following the season and Kip Wells ended up being the first player selected by replacement team By Kennen in the dispersal draft made up of former Six Packs players. 

The minor league pitcher in the deal, Bryan Bullington, was significant in that Hard Hats owner Matt Grage had badly wanted to acquire him from the Reservoir Dogs earlier in the season. Dogs owner Jason Grey held firm though, and Grage eventually accepted Bobby Basham in the earlier deal. The ill feelings about not getting Bullington, and other portions of that earlier trade, led to quite a bit of unpleasantness later in the season. 

Stay tuned…  
June 25, 2003 COPPERFIELDS trade Lance Berkman, Vladimir Guerrero, Adrian Beltre, Royce Clayton, Tino Martinez, Jeff D’Amico and Andy Ashby to RESERVOIR DOGS for Juan Encarnacion, Jose Macias, Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton, Andy Marte, Jonathan Figueroa, and Anderson Machado.
The Reservoir Dogs second deal of the day had them acquiring a rather hefty package of talent from the Copperfields. D’Amico and Ashby were filler, but here are the post trade stats for the hitters the Dogs received: 

Berkman: ,422 OBP – 151 TB – 58 RS – 49 RBI – 4 SB
Guerrero: .434 OPB – 144 TB – 40 RS – 46 RBI – 4 SB
Beltre: .304 OBP – 154 TB – 30 RS – 55 RBI – 1 SB
Clayton: .300 OBP – 73 TB – 26 RS – 15 RBI – 3 SB
Martinez: .367 OBP – 97 TB – 34 RS – 36 RBI – 1 SB 

The keys for the Copperfields were major league keepers in Encarnacion, Millwood, and Eaton, and Marte one to the most highly regarded hitting prospects in baseball. 

Encarnacion, Millwood, and Eaton all played for the Copperfields the following season and all had rather pedestrian seasons. 

Marte continued to be labeled a can’t miss prospect, ranked the #3 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus prior to the 2004 season, and the #1 overall prospect prior to the 2005 season. He never played for the Copperfields, though, as they used him as a key component in a deal with the Lambchops at the 2004 trading deadline.  

June 25, 2003 HARD HATS trade Jake Peavy and Juan Uribe to STONES for Jason Schmidt and Kyle Farnsworth.
Schmidt and Farnsworth were in the final years of unrenewable contracts, while Peavy was a bargain at .05. 

Peavy was a huge acquisition for the Stones, serving as the foundation for their starting pitching corps in 2004 when they took the CFCL Championship. Peavy led the league with a 2.27 ERA, and added a 1.20 RATIO, 3.26 K:BB, and 16 QS. 

Farnsworth gave the Hard Hats 12 HoSv over the remainder of the season, but Schmidt didn’t last long with the team. Deciding to change course a few weeks later, the Hard Hats sent him to the eventual 2003 Champion, Eric’s Lambchops in what proved to be a very controversial and ill-advised trade. 

Stay tuned…
June 26, 2005 HOT SLUDGE SUNDAE trade Shawn Green, JT Snow, Rajai Davis, and their 13th round Rotation Draft pick in 2006 to DEM REBELS for Lance Niekro, Ryan Langerhans, Quinton McCracken, and their 7th round Rotation Draft pick in 2006.
The Sundae had acquired Green from the Splinters only a month earlier, but now shifting focus to rebuilding, they send him to the Rebels for a package of potential keepers. 

Niekro and McCraken both bombed and were out of baseball within two years. Langerhans turned in a marginal season for a penny player the next year (.350 OBP – 119 TB – 46 RS – 28 RBI – 1 SB).  

The real key for the Sundae, though, was that 7th round Rotation Draft pick from the Rebels. They used it to select minor leaguer Troy Tulowitzki, who has been a key component of their offense ever since.  
June 27, 2005 DA PAUL MEISTERS trade Vinnie Castilla and Mark Grudzielanek to RESERVIOR DOGS for Maron Byrd, Wes Helms, Zack Duke, and their 7th and 13th round Rotation Draft picks in 2006.

June 27, 2012 MORKERTZUMA’S REVENGE trade Matt Harvey and Martin Maldanado to TWIN KILLERS for Yadier Molina.
The Revenge get the last three months of Molina’s contract in exchange for a couple minor leaguers.

Molina delivered for the Revenge (.378 OBP, 122 TB, 32 RS, 32 RBI, and 5 SB after the deal), but the Killers are reaping the benefits in 2013, as Harvey is turning in a stellar season so far: 2.00 ERA, 0.85 RATIO, 5.50 K:BB. 14 QS.
June 28, 1994 COPPERFIELDS trade Mike Stanton and Alejandro Pena to DOORMATTS for Tony Tarasco and Scott Sanders.
The DoorMatt had accumulated all of 4 Saves by the end of June, while the Copperfields lead the category by 28, so Stanton (the relief pitcher, not the stud hitter) and Pena were expendable. 

Unfortunately for the DoorMatts, both Stanton and Pena were soon lost to injury and saved a total of one game following the trade.  

On the flip side, Tarasco hit only .242 for the Copperfields, with 5 RBI and 3 SB, while Sanders provided only one win. 

A bust all the way around…  
June 28, 2004 SPLINTERS trade Steve Finley, Danny Bautista, Jeff Bagwell, and Adam Everett to STONES for Austin Kearns, John Patterson, JJ Hardy, and Dave Kelton.
June 29, 2003 RUFFINS trade Kerry Wood, Bobby Brownlie, and their 3rd and 10th round Rotation Draft picks in 2004 to LAMBCHOPS for Craig Wilson and Tim Redding.
Although Redding bombed the following year, the Ruffins picked up a stellar keeper in Craig Wilson. Only .04, he provided the Ruffins with a .354 OBP, 280 TB, 97 RS, 82 RBI, and 2 SB in 2004.  

Wood contributed to the Lambchops’ 2003 Championship with 11 QS, a 3.46 ERA, 1.26 RATIO, and 2.28 K:BB. The following season, they selected Sergio Santos and Brian Hunter with the Ruffins’ 3rd and 10th round draft picks. 

Brownlie came in handy a few weeks later, as the Lambchops sent him to the Hard Hats for Jason Schmidt in a highly controversial and ultimately destructive deal. 

Stay tuned… 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

CFCL Awards - The Dallas Green Award

Just about three weeks ago, June 10 to be exact, the standings for the 10th reporting period of the 2013 season were posted at OnRoto, the CFCL’s stat service.

This particular standings report holds special significance for the CFCL each year, as it represents a mile marker of sorts – at the end of the season, the point totals from the Period 10 standings will be used to determine the winner of the Dallas Green Award. The award is given each year to the team that improves itself the most during the season, as reflected by the greatest increase in points between the Period 10 totals and those of the final standings.

We chose to recognize this particular achievement after Dallas Green because he was the Cubs’ general manager during the CFCL’s first season, 1984. That year, the Cubs won their first ever Division Championship, and they made their first visit to the post-season in some 39 years. A large part of the Cubs’ success that season was Green’s savvy General Managership. Green made several moves to lay the foundation in previous years and during the off-season, however it's probably safe to say that it was acquiring players such as Rick Sutcliffe and Dennis Eckersley during the season that pushed the Cubs over the top in the NL East.

We decided to use the Period 10 standings as our basis for the calculations for a couple reasons. First, we felt that by the 10th week of the season, much of the small sample size randomness of the early season standings would have been worked out and a good baseline for each team’s performance would have been established. Second, Period 10 typically falls around the second week of June, which was right about the time in 1984 that Green made what might have been the decisive move in solidifying the Cubs for their division title run.

On June 13, 1984, Green traded Joe Carter, Mel Hall, Don Schultze, and Darryl Banks to the Cleveland Indians for Rick Sutcliffe, George Frazier, and Ron Hassey. Hassey and Frazier both contributed in bit roles, but Sutcliffe was stellar – he won 16 games for the Cubs and lost only one. The Cubs were 18-2 in Sutcliffe’s 20 starts, and he won the National League Cy Young Award that year. Before the trade, the Cubs were playing at a .568 clip, but that jumped to .608 winning percentage for the games after the deal.

The Dallas Green Award was one of only 5 awards that were presented at the 1984 CFCL Awards Banquet, and it has been presented every year since.

The average point increase for first 29 winners of the award has been 15 points. The highest total ever recorded was 30.5 by the 2006 Ruffins, while the 1992 Six Packs won the award with the smallest point increase – 4.5 points.

And from the "This is interesting but probably means nothing" department, apparently being named David gives you a huge step up on winning this award ... David Mahlan (Copperfields), David Holian (Ruffins), and David Goetz (ForGoetz Me Nots) have taken home the honors over half the time (16 of 29 seasons), including 1994 when the Ruffins and Copperfields shared the award in a tie.

Here’s a record of all the winners:

Year Team Points Gained
David's Copperfields
ForGoetz Me Nots
Bald Eagles
Dem Rebels
David's Copperfields
David's Copperfields
David's Copperfields
Bald Eagles
Six Packs
David's Copperfields
David's Ruffins
David's Copperfields
ForGoetz Me Nots
Da Paul Meisters
David's Copperfields
David's Ruffins
Eric's Lambchops
Dem Rebels
Six Packs
Dem Rebels
Reservoir Dogs
David's Copperfields
David's Copperfields
David's Ruffins
Kenndoza Line
Mo's Red Hots 
David’s Copperfields
David’s Ruffins
David’s Ruffins
Dem Rebels

Friday, June 28, 2013

The CFCL Owners of 2008

Pictured from left: Nick Hansen (Nick's Picts); Mike Coulter (Candy Colored Clowns); Tim Morkert (Morkertzuma's Revenge); Michael Moore (Moore Better); Steve Olson (Steve's Stones and eventual 2008 CFCL Champion); Dave Holian (David's Ruffins); Matt Grage (Graging Bulls); Bob Boryca (Mo's Red Hots); Rich Bentel (Dem Rebels); Matt Bentel (DoorMatts); David Mahlan (David's Copperfields); Kenn Ruby [and DunnKenn] (Kenndoza Line).

We have a lot going on in this season.  It would mark the end of nine straight years that the CFCL had 12 owners.  At the end of the season Nick Hansen would resign (before returning four years later) and Steve Olson sadly stepped away feeling it the best thing for himself and the league.

In 2008 we also welcomed new owners Tim Morkert, Mike Coulter and Michael Moore.

Our draft location was once again the, if not so plush certainly roomy conference room, in Oak Brook, IL.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This Week In CFCL History

Better late than never, here’s a look at this week(ish) in CFCL history, covering the dates June 16 to June 22.

June 16, 1987 BALD EAGLES trade John Shelby to RUFFINS for Mike Diaz.
A deal between a first place team (Eagles) and a last place team (Ruffins). 

Huge, huge edge for the Ruffins in this one. Shelby hit .281 with 17 HR, 56 RBI, and 14 SB for them, while Diaz provided the Eagles with just a .220 BA with 6 HR and 27 RBI. 

To top it off, the Ruffins were able to package Shelby in an off-season deal with the Copperfields which netted them Ryne Sandberg, Ron Darling, Rick Aguilera, and Shane Rawley. 

If this was indicative of the moves the Bald Eagles were making during the 1987 season they fell to second place by the season’s end.
June 16, 2005 HOT SLUDGE SUNDAE trade Mike Gonzalez and their 5th round Rotation Draft pick in 2006 to KENNDOZA LINE for Termell Sledge, Kyle Davies, and their 10th round Rotation Draft pick in 2006.
June 17, 2000 HARD HATS trade Mike Hampton, Antonio Alfonseca, and their 3rd round Rotation Draft pick in 2001 to DEM REBELS for Kirk Rueter, Hee Seop Choi, and Travis Dawkins.
Hampton carried a .29 price tag, so he didn’t fit in the rebuilding plans of the last place Hard Hats, so they shipped him to the second place Rebels for the 4-cent Rueter and a couple minor leaguers. 

A couple of great pick-ups for the Rebels … post-trade stats: 

Hampton: 2.57 ERA – 1.21 RATIO – 9 W – 0 Sv
Alfonseca: 3.47 ERA – 1.38 RATIO – 3 W – 25 Sv 

Reuter was almost as good as Hampton the rest of the season, compiling a 3.89 ERA with 7 Wins.

The Hard Hats kept Dawkins through the 2001 season, but when he didn’t make it to the majors, they released him prior to the 2002 Draft. They kept Choi in their minor league season into the 2003 season, when they traded him back to the Rebels on July 5, 2003. 

This one’s interesting in that typically it’s the rebuilding team that gets a draft pick in a trade like this, but in this one it’s the Rebels who got the pick. They used it to select James Mouton in 2001.  
June 18, 1996 COPPERFIELDS trade Todd Zeile and Joe Oliver to SIX PACKS for Jeff Hamilton and Ken Ryan.
June 18, 2003 TENACIOUS B trade Alex Cintron and Guillermo Mota to SIX PACKS for Jimmy Rollins.
This one had to be a disappointment for Tenacious B, as Rollins had just a .318 OBP with 129 TB, 41 RS, 35 RBI and 12 SB after the trade.
June 18, 2006 RED HOTS trade Felipe Lopez, Derrick Turnbow, Todd Coffey, Ryan Shealy, and their 3rd round Rotation Draft pick in 2007 to STONES for Bobby Abreu, Geoff Jenkins, Adam Everett, Danny Kolb, and their 7th round Rotation Draft pick in 2007.
Mo’s Red Hots were at the top of the standings when they made this deal, and were looking to increase their lead. Everett and Kolb didn’t do much, but Abreu and Jenkins provided an offensive boost: 

Abreu: .402 OBP – 143 TB – 48 RS – 59 RBI – 17 SB
Jenkins: .384 OBP – 107 TB – 37 RS – 29 RBI – 1 SB 

A rebuilding deal for the Stones, they acquire three penny players (Lopez, Coffey, and Shealy and a 10-cent closer in Turnbow. 

The Stones cut Shealy and Turnbow prior to the 2007 Draft, but got contributions from Lopez (212 TB, 24 SB) and Coffey (6 HoSv). 

In the 2007 Rotation Draft, the Stones selected Heath Bell (2.02 ERA, 36 HoSv) with the Red Hots’ 3rd round pick, while the Hots used the Stones’ 7th rounder to select Jason Vargas (12.91 ERA in 10 IP).  
June 19, 1989 PICKS trade their 1st round minor league draft pick in 1990 to LAMBCHOPS for Nelson Santovenia.
The Picts, desperate for a catching upgrade over Benny Distefano, send a first round minor league pick to the Chops for back-up Santovenia. 

Santovenia gave them 1 HR and 8 RBI before July 17 when they were able to upgrade again, sending him to the Copperfields as part of a 8-player deal in which they acquired Jody Davis. 

Still, you have to wonder if the incremental upgrades were worth in when you consider the Lambchops used the draft pick they got in return for Santovenia to select Steve Avery. If only the Lambchops had kept him for more than one year…
June 19, 1990
COPPERFIELDS trade Daryl Boston, Kevin Bass, Phil Stephenson, Charlie Hayes, Bryn Smith, and Ty Griffin to SIX PACKS for Kevin McReynolds, Glenn Davis, Spike Owen, Zane Smith, and Andujar Cedeno.
The Copperfields trailed the Picks by 15 points on this date, and both teams made trades to boost their chances. 
The Copperfields got some power from McReynolds (14 HR, 48 RBI), but Davis got injured and fizzled (3 HR, 16 RBI). Zane Smith put up a 2.05 ERA and won 9 games for them. Owen was just a temporary fill-in, and the Coppers sent minor leaguer Cedeno to the Eagles in a deal a month later. 
Of the players they received in return, the rebuilding Six Packs kept only Charlie Hayes and minor leaguer Ty Griffin the following year.   
June 19, 1990 LAMBCHOPS trade Dickie Thon, Barry Bonds, John Smoltz, and Joe Magrane, to PICKS for Andres Thomas, Lenny Dykstra, Neal Heaton, and Jeff Brantley.
In this trade, made the same day as the one above, the league leading Picks get their windfall from the Lambchops. 

The Picks got solid contributions from everyone, including 7 HR and 29 RBI from Thon, 11 Wins and a 2.88 ERA from Smoltz, and 7 Wins and 2.96 ERA from Magrane. But Bonds was the big prize here: .288 BA, 22 HR, 66 RBI, and 35 SB for the Picks after they acquired him. 

The Lambchops did not keep a single player they received from the Picks in this deal. A rule at the time required that teams trading away a player in the final year of his contract had to receive another final-year player in return. Bonds and Magrane were in the last years of their contracts, so the Lambhchops had to take the final year Dykstra and Thomas in order to complete the deal. That left them with just Heaton and Brantley as building blocks for the future. They ended up trading Heaton to the Swordfish at the trading deadline and Brantley to the Copperfields after the season. 

Clearly the Picks made the better of the two trades on this day in 1990, but it wasn’t enough for them to hold their lead. They ended up losing 8 points over the rest of the season and ended up a point behind the 1990 Champion Copperfields.  
June 19, 2000 SIX PACKS trade Neifi Perez to DEM REBELS for their 5th round Rotation Draft pick in 2001.
The Rebels needed a some middle infield help, and Perez delivered, hitting .300 with 6 HR and 42 RBI following the trade. 

In 2001, the Six Packs selected Mark Leiter with the Rebels’ 5th round pick. In limited action, Leiter won 2 games with a 3.75 ERA.  
June 19, 2005 STONES trade Juan Pierre, Craig Biggio, and Trevor Hoffman to COPPERFIELDS for Juan Encarnacion, Andy Pettite, and Cory Lidle.
The Copperfields start to assemble the pieces for their 2005 Championship run, while the Stones pick up some building blocks. 

The deal pays off big-time for the Copperfields: 

Pierre: .344 OBP – 150 TB – 59 RS – 32 RBI – 42 SB
Biggio: .325 OBP – 169 TB – 58 RS – 43 RBI – 5 SB
Hoffman: 2.04 ERA – 1.08 RATIO – 3.20 K:BB – 0 QS – 26 HoSv 

The Stones ended up flipping Petitte to the contending Tenacious B at the trading deadline, and cut Lidle before the next season, but they got a decent 2006 out of Encarnacion.
June 20, 2000 DEM REBELS trade Rick Ankiel and their 7th round Rotation Draft pick in 2001 to RUFFINS for Gary Sheffield, Ray Lankford, Jason Kendall, and their 10th round Rotation Draft pick in 2001.
The second place Rebels were looking for hitting, and found it in a trio of Ruffins. Post-trade stats: 

Sheffield: .306 BA – 23 HR – 51 RBI – 3 SB
Lankford: .272 BA – 16 HR – 38 RBI – 2 SB
Kendall: .312 BA – 10 HR – 39 RBI – 10 SB 

The Rebels also got a draft pick from the Ruffins, and used it to select Todd Dunwoody the following year. (.213 BA – 1 HR – 3 RBI – 0 SB). 

The Ruffins received on the Rebels’ picks in return, and selected Keith Ginter (1 hitless AB in 2001). 

The real key for the Ruffins was Ankiel, who, remember, was an up-and-coming PITCHER at the time. Ankiel pitched well for the Ruffins after the trade (6 Wins, 3.41 ERA) and came in 2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, but he totally lost it the following year (7.13 ERA in 24 IP). After missing all of 2002 with an injury, Ankiel had an unsuccessful come-back attempt in 2003 and did not return to the majors until 2007 … when he came back as an OF and put up a number of decent seasons as a hitter. 

Between this trade and the one immediately below (made the same day), the Ruffins swapped 6 stars for Rick Ankiel and 5 draft picks, only three of which they used. 
June 20, 2000 RUFFINS trade Curt Schilling, Billy Wagner, and Kevin Millwood to GO-GO for their 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 13th round Rotation Draft picks in 2001.
The Go-Go, in 3rd place overall, but near the bottom of the rankings in Wins and Saves, net a trio of all-star pitchers for a quartet of draft picks – an incredible haul with over a month to go til the trade deadline. Wagner was injured at the time of the trade, and did not return before the end of the season.

Here are the post-trade stats: 
Schilling: 3.12 ERA – 1.02 RATIO – 9 W – 0 Sv
Millwood: 4.18 ERA – 1.15 RATIO – 6 W – 0 Sv
Wagner: Did not pitch 

Schilling and Millwood helped the Go-Go pick up 7 points in the W and ERA categories, but they weren’t able to move up in the standings. 

Here’s how the Ruffins used the picks from the Go-Go in the 2001 Rotation Draft: 

Rd 3 – Ruben Rivera (.255 BA – 10 HR – 34 RBI – 6 SB)
Rd 4 – pass
Rd 7 - Kevin McGlinchy (did not play in 2001 or any season since)
Rd 10 – pass
June 20, 2011 KENNDOZA LINE trade Craig Kimbrel and Jordan Lyles to the CANDY COLORED CLOWNS for Tim Hudson and Daniel Hudson.
June 21, 1985  COPPERFIELDS trade Bob Welch to FRIARS for Larry McWilliams.
Welch was due to come off the disabled list and the Copperfields had Andy Hawkins as his replacement. Wanting to keep Hawkins but not cut Welch, they sent Welch to the Friars for McWilliams, which under 1985 rules, broke the link between Hawkins and the guy he was replacing. 

Probably a bad move for the Copperfields – although Hawkins proved to be worth keeping (3.10 ERA, 7 Wins after the deal), McWilliams undid it all with the 5.35 ERA he posted for the Coppers. 

The Friars made off like bandits. They rid themselves of McWilliams and Welch was stellar upon his return from injury: 2.25 ERA, 1.02 RATIO, and 13 Wins, which helped the Friars finish within 2 points of the champion Mudville Sluggers.
June 21, 1988 PICKS trade Bob Knepper and Scott Garrelts to BALD EAGLES for Roger McDowell and Mario Soto.
June 21, 1988 PICKS trade Doug Drabek to DEM REBELS for Kelly Downs.
Starting pitcher straight up for starting pitcher. This one didn’t involve the swapping of injured or replacement players, but appears to be just an even swap of starters. 

And it did turn out to be pretty even. Both pitchers were outstanding after the deal, but the Rebels get the edge by virtue of Drabek’s stellar ERA and Ratio.  

Drabek: 2.08 ERA – 1.05 RATIO – 10 W – 0 Sv
Downs: 3.08 ERA – 1.16 RATIO – 9 W – 0 Sv
June 21, 2002 LAMBCHOPS trade Terry Adams, Carlos Hernandez, Roosevelt Brown, and Aaron Heilman to SIX PACKS for Bobby Abreu, Edgar Renteria, Darryl Kile, and their 12th round Rotation Draft pick in 2003.
A seemingly simple mid-season trade put the whole game into proper perspective when Darryl Kile passed away the day after this deal. 

We covered that part of the story in the Darryl Kile Tragedy post  a couple days ago.  

Now let’s take a look at how this impacted the Lambchops’ pennant chances. Even without Kile, the Lambchops got good returns from this deal: 

Abreu: .316 BA – 9 HR – 57 RBI – 15 SB
Renteria: .319 BA – 8 HR – 52 RBI – 14 SB 

Of the four players the Six Packs received, they kept only Adams and Heilman going into the following season. The Lambchops selected Bobby Brownlie with the 12th round pick from the Six Packs.  
June 22, 2008 DOORMATTS trade Brandon Webb, Dmitri Young, and a 2nd round Draft Pick in 2009 to RUFFINS for Joey Votto, Chad Qualls, Gerardo Parra and Tommy Hanson.
The Ruffins pay dearly for 13 QS and 3.45 ERA from Webb. Young was injured after only 18 games as a Ruffin and did not contribute anything of value. 

The DoorMatts, meanwhile, make out like bandits, setting themselves up well for 2009 and beyond. 2009 stats: 

Votto: .414 OBP – 266 TB – 82 RS – 84 RBI – 4 SB
Parra: .324 OPB – 184 TB – 59 RS – 60 RBI – 5 SB
Hanson: 2.89 ERA – 1.18 RATIO – 2.52 K:BB – 12 QS – 0 HoSv
Qualls: 3.63 ERA – 1.15 RATIO – 6.43 K:BB – 0 QS – 24 HoSv

June 22, 2008 CANDY COLORED CLOWNS trade Carlos Zambrano, Randy Johnson, Takashi Saito, Francisco Cordero, and their 8th round Rotation Draft pick in 2009 to GRAGING BULLS for Mark Reynolds, Clayton Kershaw, and Fernando Martinez.
Pitchers galore for the Bulls: 

Zambrano – 4.92 ERA – 1.25 RATIO – 1.72 K:BB – 6 QS – 0 HoSv
Johnson – 3.08 ERA – 1.11 RATIO – 4.63 K:BB - 13 QS – 0 HoSv
Saito – 2.20 ERA – 1.04 RATIO – 3.17 K:BB – 0 QS – 8 HoSv
Cordero – 3.82 ERA – 1.59 RATIO – 2.15 K:BB – 0 QS – 20 SV 

The deal gives the Clowns some nice building blocks for the future. 2009 stats: 

Reynolds: .349 OBP – 314 TB – 98 RS – 102 RBI – 24 SB
Kershaw: 2.79 ERA – 1.23 RATIO – 1.92 K:BB – 16 QS – 0 HoSv  

June 22, 2011 CANDY COLORED CLOWNS trade Matt Holliday, Brandon Phillips, Javier Lopez, Ryan Roberts and Ramon Hernandez to MORKERTZUMA’S REVENGE for Freddie Freeman, Pedro Alvarez, Francisco Cordero, Chris Heisey and Casey Kelly.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Meet Teddy's Splendid Splinters

Teddy Scott joined the CFCL back in 2004 and for four years ran Teddy's Splendid Splinters.  Unfortunately the Splinters had three second division finishes but they did leap to 2nd place in 2006.  An attorney by trade, Teddy had a keen eye for the Constitution and helped us identify some vagaries and loopholes along the way to make the CFCL an even more streamlined league.

In Teddy's last year he was part of a memorable draft that included the bidding on Alejandro De Aza.  Admittedly I had a lot of fun with the Monroe Doctrine that year, converting the U.S. Monetary System into "De Azas".

While Teddy was in the CFCL, he was one of the owners that completed a team profile. 

It's time to meet Teddy's Splendid Splinters.

How did you come to join the CFCL?

I was a member of a couple of other leagues, but the members of each league were spread around the country. I wanted to be a part of a Chicago-based league and I saw the request for new members on an internet forum (BaseballHQ, as I recall). The more I learned about the league, the more I wanted to be a part because of how serious everyone seemed to take the league.

Where did your team name (Teddy’s Splendid Splinters) come from?

I am a "numbers" guy not a "creative" guy, so I have always struggled to come up with the catchy, clever names for a team. This (failed) attempt was based on myself ("Teddy") being named after Ted Williams.

What do you remember from your four years in the league?

I remember (and miss) more than anything the annual draft. How much did Dave Holian bid me up to on DeAza? I still remember the sense of relief on his face when I walked away the "winner."

Did you have fantasy experience before you joined the CFCL? Have you participated in any since?

I continue to play in my other long-running leagues.

Do you remember any specifics about your team that finished second in 2006?

More than anything, I remember the couple of years before the 2006 as I was purposefully building a team to compete a couple of years after my initial team.

Who was your favorite player to own?

Chase Utley comes to mind as my favorite, but there are probably others I should remember.

Where has life’s road taken you since you left the league in 2007?

I'm still active in a couple of fantasy leagues (baseball only) and busy with my law practice, but I now have four kids (8, 6, 4 and 1 1/2) and spend all possible time with the kids. One of my favorites, so far, is being a tee-ball coach for the past three years.