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BirdWatcher 03-26-2019 11:04 PM

Opening Day at Centennial Stadium!
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At their brand new home, the gorgeous Centennial Stadium, the Brewers took on the Baltimore Lords on Opening Day of the 1972 season.
And although they were outhit 12-6, they scraped together a run in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 3-3 tie and held on for the 4-3 win.
Reigning MGL MVP Jamison Bash provided the winning run by hitting his first homer of the season. Reigning MGL Pitcher of the Year Cheol-han Lee wasn't at his sharpest- allowing 3 runs on 12 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4- but he earned his first win of the season nevertheless. Recently acquired stopper Jose de los Santos pitched a perfect 9th inning for his first save as a Brewer.

The following day saw a marathon pitching duel which finally ended in the bottom of the 12th inning on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Jamison Bash to break a scoreless tie and give the Brewers the narrow 1-0 victory.
Steve Green was masterful for the 8 innings he pitched, allowing just 3 hits (all singles) while striking out 10 and walking 2. Liann-wei Hua was the pitcher of record and pitched a perfect top of the 12th. Hua was one of 3 relievers (de los Santos and Miguel Solis, the others) who provided the Brewers with the combined shutout. Rookie Paul Mackins picked up his first big league hit in the 4th inning on a solid line drive (exit velocity: 102.5 mph) into right center.

BirdWatcher 03-27-2019 04:14 PM

***The View from Outside the Park***
This is a view from outside the park about, well, ballparks.
New ballparks in the WPK, to be more precise. A new ballpark for every team in the league.

It's a new day in the WPK as nearly every team has the potential for greater attendance numbers than they did previously as they have brand new stadiums/ballparks with larger capacity.

Basically, as I mentioned in the original thread about this league in the OOTP19 fictional subfolder, after failing to figure out how to import customized ballparks into the game when I first tried some time ago, I recently revisited this process and figured it out (of course, it isn't really that hard, once you get it) and therefore I have imported new ballparks into the game for all the WPK big league teams.
Thanks again to folks like Silvam and Adion, eriqjaffe, and nielsoncp for their wonderful creations.
I had been using current MLB parks 3D images for all my WPK teams, just trying to align as best I could with the city/region they are in (so, of course, Coors Field for my Brewers) but keeping all of the ballpark names/dimensions/factors/etc. from the creation of the league.
One result was that the Brewers had a much larger seating capacity, and therefore pretty inevitably led the league in attendance, than any other team. This wasn't something I rigged- it was just how it came out in the league creation process.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the financial realities of the WPK as all teams have potential to increase revenue at an accelerated rate in the next few years.

So, for me it helps immersion into this universe to have ballparks that won't be look like MLB parks that I am familiar with and that my WPK teams can have their ballparks help to create the story of the team going forward. Plus, it makes things a little less easy on me as I won't have the same sort of attendance, and therefore revenue, advantage that I had for the first 7 years of the league's existence.

In the process, I tried to keep ballpark factors more or less in line, league-wide, with previous factors. On a team level there will be some drastic changes, but overall the factors should balance out about the same as they did previously. However, there is a slight shift in that the MGL has ballparks that are, taken as a whole, a bit more hitter friendly than before and the opposite has happened in the SJL.

For our Brewers the biggest difference will be that the old park favored left-handed hitters quite a bit more than right-handed hitters and that has now switched to being fairly favorable for righties and more neutral for lefties. The park does remain a pretty good hitters park which favors power hitters, but that is much the same as before. (Which is what has been most impressive about how dominant our pitching staff has been.)

You have seen the Brewers new home- Centennial Stadium. I'll try to feature the others- in the MGL at least for now- as we head out on the road.

BirdWatcher 03-27-2019 10:22 PM

April 13-15, 1972, versus Portland
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The opening home stand continues with 2 games against the Portland Wild Things.

In game 1, Harry Lyerly isn't particularly sharp- especially early on- but the team gave him great run support and he settled down enough to get his first win of the season. Lyerly allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8 and walking 4 in 6 innings pitched. Matt Helm pitched a fine 3 innings to pick up the save.

The Brewers suffer their first loss of the season in the second game of the series in spite of mounting a bottom of the 9th inning comeback attempt that nearly succeeded. Daniel Torres struggled in his first start of the season, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits in 5 1/3rd innings pitched. The Brewers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to get within one run of the Wild Things, but unfortunately Andrew Kennedy struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.

BirdWatcher 03-28-2019 07:12 PM

April 16, 1972, versus Detroit
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The Brewers conclude their initial home stand with a doubleheader against the Detroit Falcons.

In the first game they got a great performance from ace Cheol-han Lee, who picked up the complete game victory, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts and walked 3. Lee improves to 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA. Chad Brown is off to a great start in 1972 and went 5 for 5 in the game. The Brewers take game 1 6-2.

In spite of a fine start by team captain Abel Pennington the Brewers dropped the night-cap in 10 innings, 3-2. Miguel Solis took the loss, allowing a 1-out solo homerun off the bat of Falcons leftfielder James Watson.

Although it is very early in the season and no team is getting too excited about their record at this point, the Los Angeles Spinners have to be happy to be off to a 6-1 start, while the Phoenix Speed Devils, favored to win the MGL this season, have started a disappointing 2-5.

(I'm happy to see that Cheol-han Lee has gone from having the durable label to being considered an Iron Man. Lee is the WPK's career leader in WAR for a pitcher (62.0, his nearest competitor, Jake Harris, is at 54.5). At 31 and signed to the richest contract in the WPK through 1976 (his age 35 season) it is good to know that he is likely to remain a good investment. On the other hand, Miguel Solis, 32 years old and coming off two seasons where he suffered season ending injuries roughly mid-season, is now considered fragile. His contract only lasts through this season and this could likely be his last season with the Brewers.)

BirdWatcher 03-28-2019 10:18 PM

April 19-20, 1972, at Baltimore
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The Brewers then head out on the road for the first time in the 1972 season and start in Baltimore against the Lords.
This is their first look at the new home of the Lords, the cozy Community Stadium. Community Stadium seats up to 39,600, putting it a bit below average in the MGL in terms of seating capacity. It plays as a slight hitters park, a bit more favorable to left-handed hitters than right-handers. It is a pretty good place to hit the long ball.

You wouldn't know it was a hitters park though by the Brewers performance there in the two game series.
In game 1 they were shutout by Yin-Ti Lau. The Taiwanese righty seems to often have the Brewers number, and did again on this occasion, limiting them to a pair of singles and a pair of walks, while striking out 7 and getting the complete game shutout victory. Steve Green was not very sharp for Denver in his second start of the season, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 7 1/3rd innings pitched and he drops to 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA.

Game 2 saw the Brewers return the favor behind the strong pitching of Harry Lyerly, Liann-wei Hua, and Jose de los Santos. Lyerly allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 7 1/3rd innings pitched and got the win to improve to 2-0 with a 2.02 ERA. Hua and de los Santos preserved the narrow lead and de los Santos got his 2nd save of the season in the process as the Brewers prevailed 2-0. Some sloppy defense by the Lords in the top of the 9th gave the Brewers a bit of insurance, as Danny Roman reached on a 1-out error by the Lords firstbaseman (after Bobby Erbakan had led off with a double but was out trying to stretch it to a triple), and came home after rookie Paul Mackins singled and the Lords rightfielder, Jeff Crozier, who has a cannon arm, overshot his throw to third trying to erase Roman from the base paths.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 10:34 AM

April 21-23, 1972, at Portland
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At brand new Riverfront Stadium in Portland, the Brewers face the Wild Things in a 3-game series. Riverfront seats 42,500 and is expected to be one of the better pitching parks in the MGL, especially in terms of homerun suppression.

In game 1 the reputation holds true as the Brewers fall to the Wild Things 1-0, spoiling a pretty good start by veteran lefty Daniel Torres (6 1/3rd IP, 0 R, 6 H, 7K, 3 BB).

Saturday's game 2 is postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Sunday as half of a double-header.

In the first game of the Sunday doubleheader the Brewers hitters come alive and the visitors win 12-2. Cheol-han Lee struck out 15 batters in the game, tying the WPK single-game record and setting a new Denver record, over-taking Harry Lyerly who held the previous record of 14 (something he has accomplished 4 times.) Lee improves to 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Rookie Joe McPhillips showed signs of his great potential, being named the Player of the Game by going 4 for 5, collecting his first big league HR (a 3-run shot in the 6th inning) and his first big league stolen base. McPhillips drove in 5 of the Brewers 12 runs.

The night-cap sees the Captain, Abel Pennington, continue his fine start to the 1972 season (1-0, 1.32) by pitching 6 2/3rds shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, striking out 4 and walking 3. The bullpen (Liann-wei Hua and Miguel Solis) preserved the shutout and the Brewers prevail 3-0. Backup catcher Spencer Wilson (.500/.500/.500), off to a great start, went 4 for 5 in the game with 2 RBI.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 10:41 AM

Seattle's Mannarino lost for season!
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Taylor Mannarino, having looked dominant in his first two starts of the season (having mostly worked out of the bullpen in his four prior WPK seasons), suffers a torn back muscle and is lost for the season.
It is a tough break for the 25-year old who is thought to have one of the most devastating change-ups in the game.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 10:47 AM

Injury prone Ibarra lost for season
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Former Brewer prospect Rob Ibarra, now in the Washington Night Train organization, suffered a season-ending injury yesterday (torn elbow ligament).
Ibarra was the 7th player selected overall in the 1965 amateur player draft and was once a highly regarded prospect (as high as #18 on the top prospects list in 1966), but has long been injury prone and many believe he will never reach his earlier potential.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 10:56 AM

Spinners sizzle, Speed Devils sputter
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Although it is still very early in the season and teams are striving to neither get too excited about early success or too deflated by early struggles, the Los Angeles Spinners fans, at the least, have to be very excited about their team's start as the Spinners are now 11-2 to kick off the 1972 season.

A big part of the Spinners success has been ace starter Jason Wilson. Wilson has had an interesting WPK career, as a pitcher with very average stuff and a four-pitch arsenal where no one pitch stands out as being anything special, but excellent control and movement. In the three seasons prior to this, Wilson went 20-8 with a 1.99 ERA, then 10-21 with a 3.51, and then last season 21-6 with a 2.77 ERA. It's a rare sandwiching of two 20+ win seasons around a 21-loss campaign. But this season Wilson is off to a torrid 4-0, 0.26 ERA start and the Spinners are flying high.

The Phoenix Speed Devils, favored by many to win the MGL, are on the other end of the spectrum, having now dropped 5 straight to fall to 4-10 and currently occupy the basement in the MGL.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 12:28 PM

April 24-26, 1972, at Detroit
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The Brewers then travel to Detroit to take on the Falcons at East Lake Park (which plays pretty neutral but is a bit more favorable for right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters) in a 3-game series.

The Brewers score 3 runs in the 9th inning to stage a come-back win over the Falcons in game 1 with the final score 5-3. Steve Green pitched pretty well in the start, working 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 4 hits while striking out 8 and walking just 1. The big hit of the game was provided by Bobby Erbakan- his 2-out, 2-run double in the 9th gave the Brewers the lead they would not relinquish. It was Erbakan's 5th double of the season.

In the second game of the series the Brewers earned a 4-0 victory in spite of losing starter Harry Lyerly early in the game (he left with 2 outs in the 2nd inning with what was later revealed to be a blister on his pitching finger and should be available for his next start). Matt Helm came in to take over for Lyerly and hurled a fine 4 1/3rd innings for his first win of the season. Bobby Erbakan picked up his 4th stolen base (in 4 tries) in the game.

The Falcons got a great start from their ace Colby Muir in the final game of the series to avoid being swept as they defeated the Brewers 2-1. In spite of pitching well (7 1/3rd IP, 2 R, 7 H, 4 K, 4 BB), Daniel Torres took the loss to fall to 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA. The Brewers only managed 3 hits in the game, but 2 of them were off the bat of Chad Brown (.377/.393/.491) who is off to another good start and is currently 3rd in the MGL in batting average.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 01:26 PM

The Captain lost for the rest of the season.
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The Brewers long-time team captain, Abel Pennington, who was off to a fine start in 1972, suffered a ruptured bicep tendon in his latest start and has been lost for the remainder of the season.

Justin Peacock was re-called from AAA Chester to take his place on the roster and presumably in the rotation (though he might share the last spot in the rotation with lefty Matt Helm.)

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 07:39 PM

April 28-30, 1972, versus San Francisco
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The Brewers return home to finish the month of April with 3 games against the San Francisco Velocity.

The Velocity are a pretty poor pitching team with a potent lineup that inexplicably has struggled thus far to score runs. (They are 10th in the league in runs against and 8th in runs scored.)

In game 1 of the series the Brewers continue their pattern of scoring runs in bunches or pretty much not at all. They win game 1, 12-1. Cheol-han Lee improves to 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in getting the complete game victory. He gave up 5 hits while striking out 7 and walking none. Antonio Puente, having recently returned from the IL (Paul Mackins, who did a good job in his absence, was sent back down to AAA Chester), went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 walks and hit his first homer of the season. Youngster Joe McPhillips (.290/.333/.613) hit his 2nd homerun and now has 11 RBI in only 34 plate appearances. Bobby Erbakan (.291/.381/.436) went 2 for 4 and hit his 1st homer of the season also.

The Brewers lose game 2, 5-1, as veteran knuckle-baller Dennis Daniel keeps them out of rhythm all game. Abel Pennington got the start for Denver and as previously reported had to leave the game early with what proved to be a season-ending injury. Bobby Erbakan (.310/.403/.448) is really heating up and went 2 for 3 in the game. Jamison Bash (.212/.279/.404), off to a slow start after his MVP season of 1971, did hit his 3rd homer of 1972.

The Brewers lose a heart-breaker on the last day of April as they carry a 4-3 lead into the 9th inning only to see superstar reliever Jose de los Santos give up a 2-run homerun by Velocity centerfielder Antonio Sosa as the Brewers lose 5-4. Harry Lyerly pitched a solid game, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings pitched, striking out 8 and walking 3. Amazingly enough, Lyerly, whose known great weakness is a propensity to give up homeruns, has not allowed one yet this season in his 4 starts. One good sign in the game was Jamison Bash (.250/.318/.429) apparently starting to heat up at the plate as he went 3 for 4.

The Brewers finish the month of April with a 10-7 record, tied with the Brooklyn Aces for 3rd place in the MGL, behind the Los Angeles Spinners who are now 13-4. Though it is a little too early in the season for this to significant, the Brewers do lead the MGL in run differential at +30, while L.A. is +26.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 07:45 PM

Tomlin wins Player of the Month award (AA Nashville)
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Nashville Red Wing thirdbaseman Mike Tomlin had a great opening month and won the Player of the Month award for his league. Granted, this is Tomlin's third year at AA Nashville and he's a seasoned veteran at age 24.
He still has the potential to play a bit at the WPK level, though likely in a very limited role, but he is blocked in the Brewers organization by Jose Careaga and Mike Foster.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 11:34 PM

When your Iron Man superstar injures himself arm wrestling
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Silly, Ryan Rodgers. What was he trying to prove getting into an arm wrestling match at a local bar.
At nearly 34 years old and in the middle of the baseball season, he should maybe just skip the bar scene altogether.

With Rodgers heading to the Injured List, Paul Mackins will rejoin the club from AAA and Andrew Kennedy will get the lion's share of starts in leftfield.

BirdWatcher 03-30-2019 11:54 PM

May 1-2, 1972, versus Phoenix
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The Brewers then host their arch-rivals, the Phoenix Speed Devils, in a brief 2-game set.

As has often been the case this season, when the Brewers score more than a couple of runs, they score them in bunches. In game 1 the Brewers pounded the Speed Devils 13-1. Steve Green pitched a much better game than he really needed to, allowing just 1 run (unearned) on 6 hits over 7 1/3rd innings, with 9 strikeouts and nary a walk allowed. He improves to 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
Offensive stars were numerous but let's focus on two:
Bobby Erbakan (.328/.416/.463) appears to be having a breakout season at the plate. He went 3 for 5 in this one, hitting his 6th double and scoring twice.
Andrew Kennedy (.267/.302/.450) got off to a slow start this season but has been heating up of late and in this one he went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and hit his first triple and second HR of the season.

It wasn't as spectacular a win in game 2, but it was another win over the dreaded Speed Devils nevertheless. Bobby Erbakan (.357/.444/.514) was again front and center as he went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles (giving him 8 for the season) and picked up his 5th stolen base in as many tries. Daniel Torres got the win, his first of the season, to improve to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

BirdWatcher 03-31-2019 12:09 PM

May 3-4, 1972, versus Charlotte
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Next the Brewers host the Charlotte Sting for 2 games at Centennial Stadium.
The Sting, after years of futility, are seemingly a team on the rise. In their first six years of existence, the Sting never finished better than 8th place (in a 10-team league). Last season they rose a bit to 6th but still finished well under .500. But the expectation for this year is that could at least reach the break-even mark and they are off to a solid start. The Sting are 3rd in the league in batting average but closer to the middle of the pack in all other offensive categories. But with a much improved bullpen- led by free agent acquisition Jamel McNeil, arguably the most talented reliever in the game but also the most despised player in the WPK- they are 3rd in runs against in the MGL and have the best bullpen ERA.

The Sting and the Brewers played to a 3-3 draw after 9 innings in the first game but the Sting then broke through for 4 runs in the top of the 12th against Eric Singer and the Brewers could not counter and lost 7-3. (The starting pitcher for the Sting was former Brewer Adam Getchell, marking the third game in a row where the Brewers faced a former teammate in that role- prior to this it was Joey Brown and Lani Malolu of Phoenix.)

The Brewers dropped a tight one in game 2 as the Sting prevailed 3-2 and swept the short series to move 1 1/2 ahead of the Brewers in 2nd place (Denver drops to 4th behind the surging Brooklyn Aces.) Lefty Matt Helm got his first start for the Brewers this season and pitched quite well- allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits over 8 innings pitched (4 K, 2 BB) but was handed the loss to fall to 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA. Jamison Bash hit his 4th HR of the season in the loss.

BirdWatcher 03-31-2019 01:05 PM

1972 Draft Pool Announced
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Today is the day when the official pool of players eligible to be selected in the upcoming amateur player draft is announced and team's can really start to shore up their lists of potential picks.

According to the OSA, a few of the players expected to go very early in the draft are 18-year old prep star starting pitcher Kyle Newsome, 21-year old collegiate firstbaseman Edward Woods, and 18-year old USC reliever Mike McBride.
It should be noted that the Brewers scouting staff isn't nearly so high on these three players. They see Newsome as a borderline prospect at best as they aren't sold on either his movement or his control developing as much as the OSA believes. While they share the OSA's opinion about Woods' great homerun power potential, they believe his gap power will top out at average at best and they do not see him improving his K rate as much as the OSA does and therefore predict that his contact ability will be only slightly above average at best. They are closest to the OSA on their assessment of McBride, but they have doubts about him developing his movement beyond slightly above average and they think his splitter will be quite good but not as elite as the OSA seems to believe.

On the other hand, the Brewers scouting department is much higher on Nation Ford High School (Ft. Mill, South Carolina) outfielder Danny Knepp than the OSA is, though this might reflect an organizational bias in favor of defensively gifted players with top-of-the-scale speed and running abilities. Secondbaseman Robert Marinko, out of Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey is another favorite of the Brewers scouting department. They see him as projecting as a solid big league bat-first second sacker with above average speed and acceptable, if not first-rate, defense.

Overall, it does not appear to be a very top-heavy draft class but it goes rather deep in terms of potentially big league useful players, so the Brewers hope to find someone of value left when they get their first pick in the supplemental first round.

(Please note that the first three players listed here are showing with the OSA scouting ratings and the last two have the Brewers scouting staff ratings displayed.)

BirdWatcher 04-01-2019 12:13 AM

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My favorite name in the new draft class. Now I'll forever be on the lookout for a Lou Trammell.

BirdWatcher 04-01-2019 12:20 AM

Well, Golly!
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Second favorite.

BirdWatcher 04-01-2019 07:48 PM

May 5-7, 1972, versus Oklahoma City
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The Brewers stay at home and host the Oklahoma City Diamond Kings for 3 games.

Harry Lyerly starts the first game and finally gives up his first long ball of 1972. Unfortunately it was a big one- a 3-run shot in the 6th inning that broke a 1-1 tie. The Brewers end up losing 5-3 and Lyerly falls to 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA. Lyerly did strike out 10 batters in just 6 1/3rd innings pitched while walking only 2 but he also gave up all 5 runs in 10 hits. Rookie Joe McPhillips (.279/.340/.535) had another good game, going 3 for 4, hitting his first double of the season.

The final score in the second game was nearly identical, with the Brewers again on the losing end, this time by a score of 5-2. Steve Green had a game much like the one Lyerly had the day before, striking out 9 while walking just 2 in 6 2/3rds innings, but also allowing 5 runs on 9 hits. Green drops to 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA. Joe McPhillips collects the only extra base hit for the Brewers (they only managed 5 hits in the game) as he hits his second double of the season.

It took 16 innings, but the Brewers eventually once again lost by a 5-3 score. The bright spot for the Brewers in the game was the play of Bobby Erbakan (.341/.434/.505) who went 2 for 6, hitting his 9th double of the season and his 2nd homerun.

The Brewers have now dropped 5 straight and fall to .500 (12-12), putting them 5 games behind the Los Angeles Spinners in 5th place in the MGL. And wouldn't you know it, their next opponent is the Spinners in what is scheduled to be a 4-game series in L.A.

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