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Old 09-27-2019, 10:02 PM   #301
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:05 PM   #302
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1897 Preseason Predictions

Another offseason was in the books for Ephraim. The kids were all another year older, as was Ephraim, who would soon be 42. Life was crazy and hectic and just when Ephraim thought it couldn't get any crazier, Irene let him know she was pregnant.....again. After getting the news, Ephraim had to step out and get some fresh air. They already had eight kids. Where were they going to put another? Well, after a drink and some time to reflect, Ephraim just took his dad's advice, figuring if it was meant to be, it was meant to be. Ephraim's dad, James, was thrilled to hear the news, as was Ephraim's mom, Fannie. The parents were getting older as well, with James getting ready to turn 75 in a month and Fannie at 65. But both were thrilled to be able to spoil yet one more grandchild.

Ephraim was happy they were there for the kids. Irene's parents were both gone. Her mother passed when she was just an infant, while her father passed when she was just 16. Irene didn't like to talk about it, but the tragedy was worse than that, as all four of Irene's older sisters died with their dad in a house fire. Irene was at her Aunt Nancy's house at the time and after the fire, it's where she stayed until she left for college. Irene never really got past the survivor's guilt, but she used it to make the most of the time she had with her family, savoring every day as if it was her last. Ephraim saw strength in Irene from that experience, although she didn't see it herself.

With a new season upon the CBA, Ephraim was glad to see spring arriving and games getting ready to be played. Ten teams had joined the association, making scheduling even more difficult for him. But when it was all said and done, it all came together, as it always seemed to do. The sportswriters were writing about baseball once again and making their yearly predictions as to what would happen. Brown and Dartmouth are the favorites to take the New England Region crown and Rutgers is the slim favorite to win the Northeast Region. In the Atlantic Region, Navy is a narrow favorite over Lafayette, while Mississippi State looks to be the star for the Southeast Region. Northwestern is the overwhelming favorite to win the Great Lakes Region while defending champ Illinois State looks to be a playoff contender. Iowa State is favored to win the Midwest Region and California is predicted to win the Pacific. Louisiana State, the preseason #1, is considered an easy favorite in the Southwest Region while Chicago is a slim favorite over Michigan to win the Western Conference.

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Old 10-03-2019, 11:38 PM   #303
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Is there a formula you use in order to determine the top 10 teams in your league
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I actually borrowed it from Nick Soulis, who I believe got it from a friend. You can find the original doc in his Excellence Project post, which is a ranking of the all-time greatest teams. It's easy to find and is in the first few posts. This link will take you to it or you can find it in the dynasty reports.

I just modified the formula in the spreadsheet to accommodate what I needed with a shorter season. But the formula is mostly the same. I tweaked the bonus points in the playoffs and keep the bonus points in my calculations for preseason rankings. I actually rank all of the teams with the spreadsheet, but generally only report the Top 25.

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March 1897 Recap

Opening Day is known for outstanding performances and this one was no different. The CBA season started on March 2nd, as 68 teams started their 1897 journey toward the Collegiate Championship Series. Pitchers dominated the day, as three teams threw shutouts to start their year. Senior Greg Wodrich got Dartmouth on the right path, as he and the Big Green blanked Wisconsin 11-0. Northwestern ace, senior Joe Tucker, tossed a 2-0, 2-hit shutout against Furman, and junior Evan Russell, who transferred from Wake Forest to Duke, got the Blue Devils' program started right with a 2-0 victory over Chicago. At the plate, only one player made headlines, as Cornell junior first baseman Greg Marsing went 5-for-6 against Lehigh. Unfortunately for the Big Red, the Mountain Hawks overcame Marsing's hitting and won the game 10-6.

The pitchers definitely had the upper hand to start the season, with 58 shutouts recorded versus 20 notable hitting performances. But while individual performances are notable, it was one team's performance in particular that captured the attention of everyone in college baseball. The Northwestern Wildcats completed the month of March without a loss, starting out their season at 22-0. Needless to say, the Wildcats rose to the top of the CBA ranks, as the Top 25 had it's usual shuffle of teams thanks to hot starts and preseason hype. Ephraim had his hands full thanks to three separate incidents involving player conduct. On March 13th, Fordham senior center fielder Sal Lopez got into a heated argument with the home plate umpire over a called third strike. That argument cost Lopez two games. The following day, South Carolina and Mississippi had a benches-clearing brawl which led to the ejection of two players. Junior pitcher Mike Ford of the Gamecocks was suspended nine games for his involvement in the incident, while the Rebels lost the services of senior right fielder David Pizzo for four games. Just a few days later, on March 17th, the "St. Patrick's Day Brawl", as was noted in a local newspaper, occurred between Ohio and Lehigh. Bobcats' senior second baseman Aaron Moody was suspended for two games, while Mountain Hawks freshman pitcher Bill Lacey was given a four-game sentence.

In injury news, the California Bears took a huge hit with the loss of senior first baseman Kelly Slifka. Slifka suffered a torn labrum, bringing an end to not only his season but potentially his collegiate career. Since the injury occurred on Opening Day, the Bears have petitioned the Commissioner's Office to allow Slifka to play again in 1898. California also lost JUCO transfer Jerry Vasquez for the season. The sophomore tore a calf muscle midway through the month which will take four months to heal. Virginia also had a major injury, losing junior left fielder Josh Bradfield to a broken bone in his elbow. In 18 games, Bradfield was hitting .373.

Rookie of the Month went to Alabama JUCO transfer Jack "Red" Powell. The junior posted a 7-1 record and 2.31 ERA in his first month in the CBA. Joe Tucker continued to pitch well for Northwestern, as witnessed by their start, and was awarded the Pitcher of the Month award. Tucker was 8-0 with a 1.75 ERA. The Batter of the Month honor went to USC sophomore Edwin Burgos. The third baseman from Amherst, New York hit .424 with three homers and 29 RBI.

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April 1897 Recap

Ephraim knew the rule well, as did everyone else. Four years of eligibility for all players, whether they played one game or sixty in a season. But this time, the University of California was asking for an exception to the eligibility rule for their injured first baseman, Kelly Slifka. Calling it a "hardship waiver", university President Darren Moore believed Slifka should be allowed to play another season with the team, as he sustained a season-ending injury in the first game of the year. At a hearing at his office in New York, Ephraim heard arguments both for and against the waiver. Some in the CBA office believed it to be unfair to other players in the past who had lost eligibility. Others felt this was a unique circumstance in which an injury and not a decision by a coach, kept the player off the field. The decision was made even more difficult, as Slifka had become a popular player nationally and the media was covering the request thoroughly. After consulting with the Board of Presidents, the decision was made to grant a hardship waiver to Slifka. However, it was announced as well that any future hardship waivers had to be approved by the CBA Board of Presidents and the Commissioner of the CBA.

Unfortunately, Ephraim had more work to do regarding disciplining players. On April 21st, in a game between Wofford and Mississippi State, Bulldogs pitcher Cameron "Zombie" Brown had just given up a three-run homer in the 4th inning of the game to lose his shutout. Nevertheless, Mississippi State still led the game 10-3. But his second pitch to Wofford second baseman Rich Rucker hit the sophomore. Rucker charged the mound and the benches cleared! Given the facts presented to him, Ephraim suspended Rucker for four games, while Brown was suspended for nine.

Pitching continued to dominate the headlines in April, with 57 shutouts tossed versus only 14 notable hitting performances. As an example of the dominance of pitching in the CBA, three pitchers won their 50th career game this month. The first was on April 16th by Lehigh senior Kevin DeVries in a 9-5 win at Mountaineers Ballpark against West Virginia. The win improved DeVries' career record to 50-19 and a 2.83 career ERA. Nine days later, and after DeVries had pushed his career wins to 52, two other CBA pitchers reached the milestone. Northwestern senior Joe Tucker achieved the mark by pitching a 4-0 shutout at home against Notre Dame. Tucker's career numbers on that day improved to 50-22 and a 2.72 ERA. Washington State senior Brad Hutchison gained his milestone win in a 12-6 victory at USC, where the Cougars broke a tie by scoring six runs over the final two innings of the game. Hutchison's career mark also sat at 50-22 and a 3.38 ERA.

Northwestern's incredible winning streak to start the season ended after a 25-0 start, as they lost to Lehigh 4-1 on April 6th. The Wildcats started another streak, however, and continued to play well, going 16-5 for the month and ending the month with a record of 38-5. Other teams weren't faring so well this month. Georgetown finished the month with a mirrored season record of 5-38. Tempers in Mount Pleasant, Michigan were running high halfway through the month, as the Central Michigan Chippewas recorded their 20th straight loss. The local college paper reported Central Michigan Chippewas' fans were "visibly shocked" by their team's inability to win. "This is an outrage", said Bob Johnson, a longtime Central Michigan Chippewas season ticket holder. "These guys are a disgrace. It is beyond obvious that they don't even care about the fans at this point. I guess they are just showing up to not go to classes or not study. Hopefully, they study their classwork better than they play baseball." Central Michigan Chippewas Manager, Nate Bauer, appeared to be at his breaking point during the post-game press conference. "I'm sick and tired of dumb questions! Embarrassed? Of course, I'm embarrassed. These guys call themselves collegiate athletes but they play like little leaguers." Ephraim just chuckled at the comments and figured that it was just a matter of time before Bauer lost his job. How do you expect your players to play for you when you call them out in the press?

Stanford freshman pitcher Matt Stephens won Rookie of the Month with a 7-0 mark in April. For the season, Stephens is 10-4 with a 4.23 ERA. Michigan senior John Roter was the CBA's Pitcher of the Month after going 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA. On the year, Roter is 9-5 with an ERA of 2.05. Batter of the Month honors went to Dartmouth senior John Anderson. For the month, Anderson hit .379, with two home runs, 29 RBI, and 28 runs scored. Anderson is hitting .391 for the season, with five homers, 48 RBI, and 49 runs scored in 43 games.

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