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Notes on Season 7: National League

Fargo has its best season to date with 115 wins, but doesn't make it to the NLCS for the second straight time. . . Instead, Anaheim and St. Louis duke it out again for the NL flag. . . The Archers are the third NL team to win the World Series(Fargo 3x and Toronto once). . . Under new ownership, Tacoma passes the .500 mark for the first time. . . On the flip side, the Beavers finish under .500 for the first time. . . Atlanta has won the NL East for 6 straight seasons. . . Little Rock had their string of four straight division titles snapped by El Paso. . .

Brett Tracy misses 1/4 of the season with a sore shoulder, but still manages to win his 7th straight Cy Young by going 18-5 in 201 innings. . . Kip White sets a Capra record with a .513 OBP and wins his first MVP. . . In 3 seasons Atlanta's Greg Shields is 108/116 in save opportunities. . . Cathcer Jerry West was signed as a cheap, backup for Little Rock and ends up hitting .300 and winning the Gold Glove. . . Melvin Martin wins the stolen base title and has now swiped 164 bags while only getting caught 15 times for a crazy succes rate of 92%. . . Dover's Gene Blair leads the league in complete games in his rookie season with 4. . . Jose "Iron Man" Almonte, Minnesota's all-star catcher, has yet to miss a game behind the plate in 7 seasons. 1134 and counting. . .

In his first season at AAA, 2B Denny Cooper wins every possible award(MVP, Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, Newcomer Award), which he also did last season at AA. Christian Grim is 2 for 2 in Cy Young awards as he continues his march to become Brett Tracy's successor. . . Hugh Palmer is a finalist in Cy Yooung voting at both the Low A and High A levels. . . There were no 5-star international signings in the NL. These two guys might have the most promising future: Vic Alicea and David Amaro. . .


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1. Gregory Roth 21, SP Anaheim- Season 40 2nd Overall Pick
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2. Dorssys Arcia 19, SP Los Angeles- Season 41 International $23.3 Million
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3. Shooter Smyth 22, SP Augusta- Season 38 5th Overall Pick
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4. Beamer McCallum 20, 1B Chicago- Season 41 1st Overall Pick
    - Top hitting prospect in Capra, dominated the minors last season, future MVP candidate
5. Albert Espinoza 23, C Iowa City- Season 40 International $14 Million
    - Acquired from Chicago last season, will anchor the Harvesters lineup and provide excellent value at catcher
6. Amp Brooks 19, SP Hartford- Season 41 2nd Overall Pick
Minnesota North Stars All Time Team 


Hardball Dynasty'sJose Almonte
Jose Almonte
Years Active: -2 to 11
Years with North Stars: 0-11
Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)

Almonte was an on-base machine, with 7 seasons of .400 OBP or better. That was also his career mark and he had 7 100-walk seasons. He also scored 92 or more runs each of the first 5 seasons of Capra, and hit 38 doubles in season 4. A forearm nerve injury ended his record games-played streak, particularly impressive considering he was a catcher.

Hardball Dynasty'sWesley Wilson
Wesley Wilson
Years active: 27-41
Years with North Stars: 36-41
Claim to fame: 98 RBI on a dismal 96-loss team in 37

Wilson had a long career and finished it with 3 straight seasons hitting over .300 with the club. His .322/.381/.547 slash line at age 34 was impressive.

Hardball Dynasty'sJeffrey Brow
Jeffrey Brow
Years active: 3-13
Years with North Stars: 3-…