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Aug 7 2018, 07:59 AM
So we have award stickers/emblems under player names for championships, but what about something similar for MVP and maybe Silver Slugger/Gold Glove winners as well?
Apr 6 2018, 11:34 AM

New York Voyagers first basemen has announced that he will test the free agency market. Although the announcement comes at a time when the future of the Voyagers is very much up in the air, McLish wanted to let the public know that he had discussed this matter with the Voyagers GMs weeks ago. He only decided to announce now in hope that avoiding the creation of any outside distractions would propel the team to their second playoff appearance. It did not.

McLish started his career with the Voyagers during their inaugural season as one of three first basemen, and spent the majority of his first season platooning with his fellow position players. By the time his second season had rolled around, he had earned sole rights to first base, and rewarded the Voyagers for their commitment. He finished the season ranked 9th in hits, 4th in doubles, 9th in runs scored, 4th in walk, 7th in on-base percentage, 9th in runs created, 8th in runs created per 27 outs, 9th in WOBA, and 10th in OPS. He was awarded the Sliver Slugger at 1B, and was named to his first all-star game. 2019 was another banner year for McLish as he was named to his second all-star team. He finished 7th in hits, 8th in batting average, 7th in on-base percentage, and led the league in walks.

All-in-all, McLish has had a very successful career. He is the career leader among first basemen in on-base percentage, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, walks, and wins above replacement (WAR). McLish has also been a positive locker room influence, as he was awarded the dedication award for seasons 1 and 2, as well as the Locker Room Leadership award for season 2. Although his future in the PBE is uncertain, he is very much looking forward to the possibilities.

If anyone has any questions for Shooty at this time, he would be happy to answer them here.
Apr 6 2018, 11:33 AM

Free agent announcement here.

Feel free to fire away any and all questions!

From kckolbe
How do you feel about your chances for the dedication award in Season 3?
For the Dedication Award? 100%.
I believe it's awarded to those who accrue a certain number of TPE over the course of the season, and I think I only missed one TPE opportunity. My only real obstacle would be that with both GMs stepping down, the award may not be given out this year.
For the Locker Room Leadership Award though, I'm less confident. I try to be a positive influence in the locker room and to keep things light but, for this past season I was a tad frustrated with the massive offensive downturn, as you can probably guess from my dead ball era articels.

Does your desire to hit FA stem from wanting to consider a new environment, or from market value?
Truth be told, I just wanted to see what the free agent process was like. I'm in two sim leagues and never had the chance to do so, so I figured I might as well.

From majesiu
What are your most fond memories of first three seasons in the league?
Definitely winning the first ever PBE championship. That was a lot of fun to be a part of. Yurt6 and Shadowz should be commended for the fantastic team they built and for taking a chance on me with the 72nd pick in the draft after I had been passed over so many times.

Did you develop any kind of positional rivalries?

Who is your biggest competitor each year in the race for Silver Slugger and Golden Glove award at first base?

I'll answer the last two questions together. I wouldn't call it a rivalry, but Boss from Providence is definitely my biggest competitor for the Silver Slugger and Golden Glove awards. S1 for Gold Glove I came in 2nd, he came in 3rd, and he won in S2. For the Silver Slugger he won in S1 while I came in 3rd, but I came out on top for S2 with him coming in 2nd. While there's not much difference in our fielding we do have entirely different approaches to hitting. He's more of your stereotypical "go big or go home" power type first baseman, where as I focus on OBP to keep the bats moving. It’s nice to see voters respect both approaches equally.

A while back you declared that there were some teams you would never play for in regards to the rental trade, does that still hold true?
I figured this would be brought up at some point. I would consider iamslm22 a buddy, and after that post we had a good conversation and hashed it out like adults. We're teammates in the NSFL and I would welcome the opportunity to be teammates here as well. My only problem with the Sloths was MacKaye, and he's long gone. Clearly they've got stuff figured out in San Antonio and I would welcome the opportunity to play there as well. As far as the Crabs go, to paraphrase this post, they never had much interest in me anyways.

Do you believe you are the best first baseman in the league right now?
Best? No, I don't. I do believe I'm top two, however. Boss, out in Providence, is a very good all-around player, and I feel that we each have our days.

From iamslm22
What would you say is your number 1 priority in Free Agency?
I would have to say that it would be going to a team with friendly and welcoming locker room. Whether that be a contender or a less established franchise doesn't really matter to me. I've already won one championship, and while that was great to be a part of and I would love to do it again, it's no longer my top priority.

From Boss
Which team would be on the bottom of your list? There have been some changes to teams in their front office, does this influence your choice at all?
In all honesty, it would probably have to be the Providence Crabs. The main reason is that I just don’t think they have a spot for me. As I’m sure you’re aware, they have a well-established first baseman, so unless they have me switch positions or play DH, I just don’t see a place for me. To be honest, I wouldn’t have a problem with either, but I do think that playing DH would be a waste of a solid glove. I’ve also had a previous GM from Providence express his clear disinterest in me, so I’m assuming the locker room wouldn’t be all that welcoming either. I would love to be proven wrong on this though. The other 5 teams are all very even to me right now, mainly because I was so entrenched in the Voyagers locker room, I just don’t know much about anyone else. I look forward to learning more.
Apr 3 2018, 10:29 AM

Welcome to our final analysis of what will hopefully be known as the PBE Dead Ball Era, and not just a “normal season.” Well, the dust has settled and now we can finally take a look at a full season of information. Did things get better between mid-season and now? Well, not really. But the real question, did they get worse? Good news is they didn’t! Hooray! Things aren’t all sunshine and daisies though, as this was by far the worst offensive season in PBE history, and the others aren’t even close. Hyperbole much? Yes, I know, this is only the third season, but hopefully this will just be seen as a minor bump in the long history of the PBE.

When comparing our numbers to S2, the changes are appalling. Batting averages decreased from a .281 (which was probably a tad too high) to a paltry .244 (an 11.7% decrease), on-base percentage decreased from .338 to .294 (a 15% decrease), and ERA changed from 4.21 to a shockingly low 3.22 (a 24.5% decrease).

As I’ve stated time and time again, on-base plus slugging was almost perfectly even when compared to our S2 numbers, but things have taken a turn for the worse. Last year the league was sitting at .749, while this season we finished at .646. No obviously, when OPB and slugging both decrease OPS, is expected to go down, but a contributor to this decrease seems to have gone unnoticed. Walks. That’s right, the free pass all but disappeared in season 3. In season 2, the league total for walks was 1723, but the number dropped dramatically in season 3 to only 1055 (a 38.8% decrease.) Walk numbers we so low that 7 of the top 10 for least walks per 9 innings pitched (K/9 IP) are all from season 3. The league leader in walks for hitters finished with only 31, less than half of the league leader from season 2 (65) and just enough to place him at 45th on the all-time list. 45th!

Pitching absolutely dominated the league this year. The league-wide ERA of 3.22 might not look that impressive in a bubble, but when compared to the MLB, you can understand how incredibly good that 3.22 really is. In the last 98 years of MLB history, that number has been beaten only twice, once in 1920, and again in 1968. While we touched on the fact that walks have decreased significantly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the increase in strikeouts as well. When looking at the all-time leader list for most strikeouts per 9 innings, 10 of the top 14 are from season 3. The 4 that aren’t from season 3 are relievers, a position that historically has a very high K/9 IP. When looking at WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched), generally considered the gold standard for pitching performance, we see more of the same. The all-time leaderboards reads like a list of 2019 performances with 11 of the top 13 coming from the 2019 season (also known as S3.) In previous seasons, only two pitchers finished with a WHIP below 1.1, one was awarded reliever of the year, the other was awarded with pitcher of the year. This season, 8 pitchers finished below that mark.

Obviously, with a low number of hits and walks, and a high number of strikeouts, it’s safe to assume that runs per game took a nosedive as well. As mentioned in our mid-season review the league was sitting at 3.5 runs per game, and that’s exactly where we finished. In all recorded seasons in the history of the MLB (146 years!), the league has only scored below that number twice, once in 1908, and the other in 1968, a year we talked about above in the ERA section. Obviously, the leagues are outliers and not something we want to model the PBE after.

So where do we go from here? Well, it’s obvious that changes need to be made, and it sounds like the Head Office may have a solution. Apparently, there is an option to make leagues function similar to the “average” MLB season, which would most likely make our numbers look eerily similar to S2. In an ideal world, this option would’ve been found and utilized before we played through 3 entire seasons, but better late than never, right? I haven’t had an opportunity to test the settings on my own yet but, if it functions as advertised, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the return of offense to the PBE and how our fourth season turns outs. Now if there’s only something we could do about the player skill growth rate…

As always, I’d love to hear and comments, questions, or criticisms below.
Mar 26 2018, 06:57 AM
Recently, I've noticed a few people have an inordinate amount of jobs in the league. While I commend their dedication to the league, I would like to recommend that each individual is allowed only 2 league jobs. To me, a league job includes any postion paid by the league (simmer, fantasy head, updater, GM, HO, etc). This way, we can help spread the wealth to other players and hopefully get more people involved in the league. More involvement means better retention, greater distribution of wealth means faster growth.
Obvisouly if the application pool is vastly underqualified, special exceptions should be made, but I feel that those without jobs should receive special consideration.
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